Tecate Light | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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#127 ranked American Light Lager | 3.90% ABV

Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
cuamoc.com

Notes: Year-round availibility. A bold choice for those who prefer a light beer, with clear golden color, defined malt character and smooth bitterness. The fermenting process and the hops used impart a light citrus flavor and aroma, making for a truly unique light beer.
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57
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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.85/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

From the bottle, it pours a light clear golden color with a decent white head that slowly diminishes as you watch. In the nose, it is grains, possibly corn. In the mouth, it is grainy.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
2/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light carbonation and a watery feel. Aroma isnt very strong,mostly a corn grain mix and malt. Maybe a little bread and grainy bread is there also
Taste is a combination of watery,sweet,sugary malt,a little bread
It is exactly as advertised,light in aroma,taste and body. I can see some people enjoying this more than I did but the corn aroma and corn syrupy taste just doesnt work for me

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Photo of singletary
3.09/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It poured the expected light straw yellow color with a good head that reduces quickly. The smell is corn and other grains. The taste is a sweet corn that is smooth and easy to drink. Overall nothing to get excited about but it is a easy drink.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
1.88/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

My wife loves to buy me beer, however, she knowingly buys stuff that is less than stellar. An on-going joke between us. This latest installment is a ‘Beer from Mexico’ 12er. And this gem from the pack is about the wateriest beer I’ve ever had...

It does say “light” and it means it with ever fiber of the word - light look, mouthfeel, no smell, and at best a wheaty flavor...At least it was sessionable...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours that familiar light beer light yellow with lots of clarity and a soft white head in the 1/5" range once it settles down (quickly). Aroma of some grain, not much beyond that. Lager yeast not really perceptible here.

Taste, a familiar interaction of sparsely used super high alpha acid hops that provide only bitterness and almost nothing in terms of flavor. There are no off flavors or sulphuric badness like in some garbage tier light beers. Its not great or anything, but its probably better than ratings here tend to indicate in the aggregate. Would seem to be nothing wrong and even a welcome respite in the summertime, throw one of these in between some more robust stuff you're drinking, get a little hydrated, shits saul goodman. I'm guessing from the mouthfeel this isn't 100% barley. Not overly sweet like some when you have that corn/corn syrup going on. Lots of carbonation. I think these are worthy of having around in the summer for a hydration and palate cleansing break, as well as for people who aren't that into beer.

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2.61/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. "Tecate Light"
24 fl. oz. can, coded "BBD OCT 2018" and sampled on 7 July 2018
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a very clear yellow body beneath a thin white head of foam that dissipates very quickly. There's not much promise there, but then again it is a light beer so what should I expect. There's some grainy malt to the aroma, and some background hops in the mix. I don't find it particularly adjunct-like which is nice. The flavor follows exactly with a bit of dull bitterness added in. It's balanced enough, and there's some hop flavor in the mix that's kind of generic but certainly in the herbal and spicy vein - certainly nothing new there. It's fairly dry, and it simply fades from the palate. In the mouth it's medium light in body and fairly soft with carbonation. It's one of the most boring beers I've ever tasted, but at least there are no flaws like I've found in some beers from around the globe. Ughhhh. Not recommended.
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Photo of depechemode1983
2.79/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours out a clear golden straw color. Head is foamy with lots of big bubbles on the top. Retention is moderate and leaves just a bit of lacing.
Sweet corn in the nose with some light grains. A hint of metal and lemon.
Taste is light grains. Corn sweetness has toned down. Nothing really offensive. Then again not much of anything.
Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp, and highly carbonated as expected.

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Photo of Harrison8
2.52/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours an orangish-straw with a slight fog to it. Head is a finger in height and white in color and doesn't last long. Aroma smells dirty. Rice, corn and some earthiness behind. Imagine smelling a plate of refined beans and spanish rice with a clump of dry soil on the edge. Flavor profile is a slight improvement. Still has a Spanish rice and corn flavor, but it comes off a little more earthy and herbal. Pilsner malts are there, but lightly. Mouth feel is a little fizzy, but stays lightly crisp with a thin consistency. Overall, a light Mexican lager. Not much to expect and not much delivered. Decent for heavy consumption on sweaterly hot days.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.

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Photo of superspak
3.16/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 4/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A touch of fruitiness, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Minimal herbal/grassy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, cracker, corn, white bread, light biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid robustness and good balance of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is okay. Pretty watery, but not bland. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.9%. Overall this is a okay pale adjunct lager. All around solid robustness and good balance of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful for the low ABV, despite being watery. Nice clean pils malt/grain flavors and mild earthy hop balance. A fairly enjoyable and non offensive offering.

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Photo of TPZEM
2.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very pale yellow color with almost no head; what little is there dissipates quickly. Smells of almost nothing else besides cereal and light toasty malt. Drinks almost the same; very watery body to the beer. Overall, one of my favorite light lagers because it's VERY easy to drink. But not something I get all the time, as I don't tend to drink light beers all that often. Decent for after a long mowing.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.9/5  rDev +74.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look
Pale and clear. Light golden color. Lots of carbonation. Head dissipates fast.

Smell
Very neutral. Almost nothing there.

Taste
Mild flavor. A little bit of hop brightness. A little bit of sweet malt. Dry finish. Very, very smooth-sipping, neutral beer. Not harsh at all.

Feel
Lots of carbonation. Very light, smooth, and refreshing.

Overall
This is a smooth, refreshing beer. Mild flavor. Balanced and light. A very good summertime option.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.25/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint.

Clear light golden color, lots of bubbles, decent white head with retention from nucleated glass.

Smells of wet cereal grains, corn.

Tastes like wet cardboard, cornmeal, slightly metallic.

Feels light and very dry.

Overall, I hate this saying, but it is what it is. Hot day, cold beer, it's fine. Not any worse than anything in it's style.

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Photo of jkblr
2.47/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle BB February 2018 poured into a perfect pint glass at fridge temp 3.9% ABV. The color is bright, translucent straw yellow with short lived white head. The perfect pint nucleation is allowing this to keep a ring of head around the glass. Smell is faintly corny, but it could be a defect also as I have reviewed more of these lately and find this aroma is not always present in AAL. Taste is very light with almost no discernible flavor. Vaguely beery, almost like seltzer. Mouthfeel is sharp carbonation, moderate oily/soapy slickness and a touch of bitterness on the end. Overall, ok. I've have so much worse, but I've had better too.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of a bottle and this had the smell of cereal grains and sour wheat. The taste is pretty watery with a solid grainy wheat taste, the finish is kind of sour.

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Photo of jwc215
3.15/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

24 oz. can:

Pours yellow with a fluffy lasting head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of light grain, some cooked corn. Clean. Inoffensive.

The taste is in character of a typical macro light. Buttered corn, some grain, a touch of non-descript hops to balance sweetness. Sweet-leaning, crisp finish.

Pretty refreshing. An inoffensive, inexpensive "lawn-mower" beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.18/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Aroma and flavor is malts/pale malts/grains and a mix of mild fruit and beery in the finish. A little more redeemable than the American macros, decent.

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Photo of ordybill
3.51/5  rDev +56.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear, pale gold color with a very small white head. The aroma is corn. The taste is mild grain. It is a cheap light lager, but it does well what it is meant to do.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.44/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My last bottle of this one from a "Cervezas de México" variety pack. Clearly marked best-by date of September 2017 (which I assume is a year after bottling as there is a Julian date "L6272" just above that -- 272nd day of 2016 I assume.)

The beer is, as expected, incredibly pale and clear. My first impression of it was that it resembled a cider, just from how light and translucent it is. It does have quite a lot of rising bubbles, and forms a surprisingly nice-looking head of white foam on top -- it actually seems to be slightly thicker now than it was upon pouring, which is pretty drastically different from other AALs I've had (both standard and "light/lite.") The foam sticks around for a long time, too -- easily long enough that there will still be at least a thin but pretty dense layer on top when the glass empties, and it leaves some nice lacing behind as it goes too. It doesn't have the dull look like some other American AALs and even Euro pale lagers do to my eyes, it has that sort of "shine" to it that pilsners often have. It's actually a pretty nice-looking beer!

The color is not the only thing I found similar to a hard cider -- the smell of the beer right off is also very cider-like. When fridge-temperature shortly after pouring, it's appley, a bit alcohol-y, some slight funkiness hiding way off in the background... overall pretty pleasant, and I'm still surprised by just how much aroma there is considering that it's a "light" beer (and only 3.9% ABV so actually lighter than average for the style.) Things are not all good on the nose front, however; after any amount of time spent warming, that barely present funk in the background begins to emerge as a more noticeable corn-husky or wet-hay sort of smell that's not nearly as nice as the initial cidery smell.

The taste also has a bit of that cidery quality at first, though it's not as prominent as in the smell and shifts toward more of a corn-grainy sort of flavor toward the end, with most of the cidery features fading as it warms. I don't notice anything resembling hop flavors and hardly anything I'd describe as malt aside from a white bread type flavor in the aftertaste -- this is unmistakably an adjunct lager -- but it doesn't have that weird unpleasant sweetness that a lot of the American AALs I've tried have to one extent or another. It's actually very dry, with hardly any feeling of sweetness despite the "sweetish" flavors present. I've had three bottles of this over the past week and there's enough there that I wouldn't turn down more if offered -- it is light, but there's enough flavor present that it doesn't get totally drowned out even alongside spicy food. Vastly superior in the flavor department when compared to Bud Light (the only other "light" AAL I'd tried up until now.)

Mouthfeel is also surprisingly good -- though it is light-bodied of course, it doesn't come across as "watery" to me at all, just light and drinkable. Another plus is that the flavor doesn't suffer when drinking big gulps, so the mouthfeel and flavor actually work together here.

Overall, this little beer seriously surprised me -- I was not expecting to find a "light" adjunct lager that had more than one noticeable flavor to it. I was definitely not expecting to find one that I actually *liked,* let alone one that I could drink three full bottles of and still enjoy even at the end of the third. This review probably seems outrageously high to a lot of you, but I guess you can look at it as me "rating to style" -- this is just *that much* better than the couple cans of Bud Light I had a year or two ago, so a mere 0.3 point difference in score wouldn't do it justice. American macro brewers, take note -- you guys may have INVENTED light beer, but the Mexicans are definitely better at it!

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Photo of puboflyons
2.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

From the tall can stamped with L6058484AFOB16. Sampled on December 26, 2016. I could end this review right now by saying "I drank this" and that would about cover it.

OK, it looks the way it should with a pale yellow color leading up to a foamy, frothy white head that fades down.

What little aroma I get is full of grain, rice, mildly sweet malts, and grassy hops.

The body is light but kind of smooth when I think about it.

The taste is about what you would expect from a Light Lager with a grainy and doughy bread presence followed up by a mild grassy hop finale. If you have to drink a Light Lager - go with Bud Light or Coors Light before this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.15/5  rDev +85.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tecate Light | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with solid lacing, and a light straw gold body.

I smell corn with some grassy funk going on.

Again, corn, with a slight malt sweetness that makes this really drinkable.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with fair carbonation.

I'll rate Tecate Light with an overall 4.25. Of the slew of light AAL's out there, I'd choose this in a top three selection. This is a light brew with flavor and drinkabliliy most other's just don't contain.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tecate Light brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., 3.70% This brew pours a nice golden amber color with a small white head. There is also a decent amount of lacing to this light brew. The smell of Tecate Light rich with grains and malts. You pick up a slight hint of hops in the smell of this brew. Tecate Light has the look and smell of most light brews on the market, not saying that is a bad. Now for the taste, it is light with sweet grains and malts. Little to no hop bitterness in the taste of this brew. This light larger has some good flavor to it. What sets this light brew apart is some flavor. If you rate with in the style it a decent drinking light brew. The mouth feel of Tecate Light is Clean, Smooth, Rich, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Tecate Light a solid 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.A, did a real nice job with this light brew.

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Photo of beershrine
2.48/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I bought a 20 pack for $10.99 with a coupon. The label states 3.9% alcohol. This is a beer for hot weather basically a very light beer. Not bad considering about .50 cents a can.

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Photo of Burly
2.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It's low on flavor, but it's light and refreshing if you are looking for a lawnmower beer. It's definitely better with lime, because it needs all the flavor enhancement it can get.

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Photo of Squire
3.6/5  rDev +60.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow with white cap and lacing.

Aroma of clean mild grain and light, floral hops.

Taste is richer than I expected with a fresh, clean grain presence accented by floral hops with a touch of spice. Clean well integrated flavors with a mild hop bite.

Light medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Overall it's good brew for what it is, basically a light non conflicting food accompaniment or something to liven up the party without the guests getting too rowdy.

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Photo of davidperez
1.55/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Served in a seidel, it pours a clear pale yellow, with a 1 cm head that dissipates almost instantly.

You must really exercise your imagination to detect corn and malty sweetness in this beer's aroma. Perhaps a citric note.

No imagination is good enough, however, to try to make up for its flavor. Residual sweetness, metaphysical bitterness, and a speculative corn note. Perhaps.

Watery mouthfeel, high carbonation.

Say no to Tecate Light.

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Tecate Light from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 313 ratings