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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
275
Reviews:
70
Avg:
2.44
pDev:
33.2%
 
 
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6
Gots:
74
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TPZEM
2.4/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Chuckdiesel24
2.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of lupercmda
1.75/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Raime
1.51/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Free palate washer. Smells and tastes like wet farts and metal. Oh well.

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Photo of Toynk
2.75/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of bankboy66
2.6/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cgrunin
2.38/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of FrozenJoe
3.9/5  rDev +59.8%
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 warpig372
2.08/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of RJLarse
2.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of anakincane
1.34/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.25/5  rDev +33.2%
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 prost2hefeweizen
1.25/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of jkblr
2.47/5  rDev +1.2%
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 -7.4%
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 +29.1%
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 +30.3%
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 +43.9%
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 smithj4
2.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
2.2/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of JLK7299
2.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DaveCash
2.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Pantalones
3.44/5  rDev +41%
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 rangerred
3.54/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Tecate Light from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.44 out of 5 based on 275 ratings.
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