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

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Tecate LightTecate Light

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.26/5  rDev -6.2%
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 +30.7%
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 +32%
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 +45.6%
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 +42.7%
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 -5%
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 +72.2%
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 +66%
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 +2.9%
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 +13.3%
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 davidperez
1.55/5  rDev -35.7%
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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Photo of PorterPro125
3.38/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 355 mL Can

A- Pours a clear, pale golden colour topped by a fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. Lots of large, visible bubbles. No lacing.

S- Nothing other than the faint aroma of boiled corn.

T- Same as the aroma. Corny but not a corn sweetness as it is with a lot of other Light Lagers. Not bad at all.

M- Light (but not overly) Body and Moderately High carbonation.

O- Just another non-offensive, poundable Light Lager that is easy drinking.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.21/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Decent light beer. Pours a pale straw color with minimal head that reduces to a splotch or two. Aroma is slight corn/metallic. Taste is corny, but then again that predominates in the style. Really not that offensive, but probably wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of metter98
2.31/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bottle at Sabor a Puebla, Puebla, Mexico

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass and some specks of bubbles on the surface.
S: Very faint aromas of corn are present in the nose.
T: The taste has light aromas of corn, but no sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate with moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't very flavorful, but has no "off" flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of FLima
1.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow color with a fluffy head with short retention. No lacing.
Horrible aroma with predominant notes of sulfur, lemon and corn syrup.
Flavor with notes of lemon, faint herbal hops and sweet cereals. It doesn't really have an aftertaste.
Watery body with good spicy carbonation.
Same as its counterparties, this is made for having it with lemon slices or as Micheladas.

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Photo of Damien47
5/5  rDev +107.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was browsing the beer options in the store for a party when this brand, Tecate Light, caught my eye. I decided to try some of it and it was really excellent.

The smell of the beer is good, smells excellent, with a hint of sweet grain. The taste was a sweet grain and corn, now I know there is no hops in this type of beer, but it tasted excellent, so no complaints there.

Out of the mainstream Mexican beers, Tecate is obviously one of the best, it is thoroughly impressive and has good taste.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Sampled last night on 7/15/15. Comes in a 24 ounce can for $2.09 from the local Hy-Vee yesterday. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled -glass "HB" stein.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a good 2-finger head that dissipates quickly to just a thin layering, mostly around the edges. Some light spotty lacing is seen but not a lot. Aroma is just of some sweet grains that isn't very appealing. Pretty much is said for the taste. Thin and very watered down with a slight metallic taste. Nothing exciting at all with this brew. Light-bodied with heavy carbonation.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, yellow similar to the color of your urine when you get dehydrated with a loose white head that immediately vanishes leaving no lacing, clear

S: sweet grain, not very pleasing

T: not much, slight sweetness, corn, no hops

M: thin and watery

O: I bought this to put salt and lime in as it is unfit for consumption without.

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Photo of HipCzech
2.36/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Drunk from a 355 mL can (stamped "06 2015") while at Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta. Bland and watery, mildly grainy, slightly sweet (corn) and yeasty; light bodied and reasonably carbonated. Mostly inoffensive if completely forgettable. Quenching after a day at the beach, as much as a cold mineral water.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
1.55/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This is my family´s favorite beer so I get to taste it often. I once drank one with very nice flavour and smell, i think it was very fresh out of the factory, every other time its a very bad, tasteless beer.

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Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, corn. Taste is, well, I would describe it, if it had one. A touch of grain, a very light sweetness. Feels watery in the mouth and overall, even for this style, is lacking in any flavor.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Tecate is an overrated beer in mind, bitter and bland in my opinion, and far inferior to something like Modelo, if we're talking mainstream Mexican beer. However, Tecate is a lighter beer in general, which immediately made me skeptical as to how light their Tecate Light had to beer. It had to be like water in comparison.

Today I can say that I find Tecate Light more appealing than regular Tecate...but that's not saying much. Tecate is a mediocre beer with less than average qualities and Tecate Light, by comparison, is still a relatively lesser light lager than the domestic offerings like Miller Lite.

Appearance - Bright, sunshine yellow with a pure-white, foamy head. Remarkably unremarkable.

Smell - Water with faint hits of rice and grain. Uninviting and bland.

Taste - Follows the nose in the water department, clearly proving to be largely made up of water and mild rice and grains. Inoffensive but so much so that the beer lacks a discernible identiy.

Mouthfeel - Heavily, unattractively carbonated and watery.

Tecate Light is one of the most forgettable beers I've had in recent memory, but not because it's bad, but because it's indifferent and thoroughly unimpressive.

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Photo of Spikester
3.3/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drinking this right from the can. This version of Tecate has only been on the shelves for about six months and I wanted to try it so here goes...
Smells alright. Tastes like a good adjunct lager. If the abv of 3.7% is correct then this is a perfect Summer Barbeque beer. And it is better tasting than most of the more popular light beers. Mouthfeel was light and very fizzy (from the can) also quite refreshing.

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Photo of cosmicevan
1.18/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Went on a little family vacation to mexico and the mini fridge was stocked with these. Not normlly a fan of light beer on general but a ticker is gonna tick. Poured from the can to a glass...look was pale yellow with a big fizzy lager head and some visible carb, loos like a light beer and not all that appetizing but dont judge a book by its cover, right? Nose is corn and grain. Flavor is pretty much absent, but what is there is grainy and fairlt meh. Mouth is light and fizzy. I would say that this is the kind of beer you can drink all day but honestly i am nit going to make it through the can. Call me a beer snob but this just isnt good.

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Photo of jodsj
5/5  rDev +107.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

You guys are f-ing clowns. T-minus is the most versatile beer in the world! You can drink it when it is warm, it is 100 degrees out, and it delicious, furthermore you can drink it when its chilled to perfection and its MORE DELICIOUS OR DELICIOUSER ... Also, there is alot of water in it so you can stay hydrated. Consider it the most top notch light day drinking beer you've ever pressed your fairy little lips to. Sack up Bruh!

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