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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-26-2004

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62
Ratings:
253
Avg:
2.38
pDev:
34.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 253
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tecate Light has a pencil-thin, white head, some lacing, lots of streaming bubbles, and a clear, golden appearance. A close inspection will reveal floating, gray-white, tiny specs suspended throughout. The aroma is faint, but one can detect sweet grain. Taste is of sweet grain, malt, and a slight hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, of course, and Tecate Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and thin. Overall, this is an excellent light beer, so it does the trick in its style category.

RJT

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Photo of griffin38
2.06/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This has to be one of the worst beers I have ever tasted.

A- it pours with almost no head and reduces to a tiny white ring around the inside of the glass

S- the initial reaction i had upon my first sniff was that of a litter box. It smells terrible and I was so overwhelmed by the unpleasant odor I could not find any distinctive smells.

T- The taste is not spectacular by any means, it has a crisp, rather flavorless start with a wheaty, and also rather crisp finish. The lack of flavor is a good thing in this case, however what little flavor it does have, is awful.

M -The mouthfeel of this beer is the one aspect that is near-tolerable. It's crisp, watery, and it almost reminds me of pelligrino. In most beers this would be a bad thing, but considering the other traits of this beer it is a blessing.

O- overall I think this beer is very poor. It's meant to be drank ice cold in large quantities, and for that type of beer there are much better alternatives.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Small white head quickly dies leaving a thin lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light hops and yeast aroma on this beer, standard fare for this style of beer.

Light hops taste with a little yeast and maybe a bit of grain malts coming through.

Watery light mouth feel on this light bodied beer that has a light dry aftertaste with a slight bitter taste to it.

Same old song and dance kinda beer, maybe be alright on a real hot summer day when your out on the lake and there's not much choice. I had a hard time telling this apart from regular Tecate, so I guess that's a good thing for a light beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've honestly never seen Tecate Light until I came across this at my local distributor in PA...needless to say I had to get it, considering the fact that we're going to a Primus/Gogol Bordello and Pirates game this week. This is a good beer to have in a cooler to mess with your friends. Only 3.7% it could be a marathon beer for a hot sunny day tailgating, and it's not has horrible as the reviews entail on this website. Aroma has a sharp chemical/slightly metallic smell with creamed corn and cooked canned vegetables all day. A bit of grain, husk, and corn resides in this beer. Flavor reveals a clean grainy, creamed corn flavor with minimal hop flavor going on. Overall a one dimensional canned beer from Mexico that has fulfilled some highlighted qualities like cold refreshing, macro lager status with a hint of cheap. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, yellow and fizzy all of the way.

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Photo of Douberd
1.81/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Can of 355 ml.
Colour is very light/pale yellow with atwo finger head with good retention.
Smell of malts and really old beer.
Taste can be described only as "indifferent", it would be the same if I was drinking water.
Mouthfeel is the same, so watery and with so light carbonation it makes you wonder why it's called a beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

24 fl oz can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in LA. Acquired at a Mexican market nearby. Expectations are as low as can possibly be - without venturing into budweiser chelada territory. Reviewed from notes (reviewed while beeradvocate was down for repairs).

A: Pours a one finger head of four second retention, awful thickness, and absolutely no cream. Colour is a dirty lemon with seeming overcarbonation. I'm not at all looking forward to this.

Sm: Water and straw. Stale barley. A mild strength, crappy aroma.

T: Straw, barley, and watery notes. A hint of clean malts. The third act features a straw note that has more fullness than the rest of the comparatively empty beer. This is the best part of the "flavour". It's incredibly simple, very watery, and pathetic - but I've had worse. Poorly built and horribly balanced.

Mf: Watery, smooth, and wet. Overcarbonated. Too thin. Very crap.

Dr: An awful beer I'd never have again. I suppose it might be less reprehensible on draught? There's little good to say about it. I guess the cover art on the can is alright. Wait, no - actually that sucks too. This is crap barley water that deserves no one's attention.

The best thing I can say is that I'd cook with this beer, or use it in a chicken marinade.

F

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Photo of dannydetox
2.03/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

what do we expect? this is commercial mexican lager done light. wish i hadn't poured it, actually; tastes better from the can. head dissipated faster than anything i can recall leaving a few bubbles rising from the bottom of a very pale yellow-gold colored beer. smells of musty corn and damp grains. taste? minimal. watery, mildly macrolager tasting. less carbonation when poured than when consumed out of the can. seriously - don't pour this beer into a glass. it is exactly what it is when consumed with lime out of the can: a quaffing light beer made to refresh, consume in quantity and instantly forget. works on a warm, sunny day when the 18 pack is on sale.

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Photo of Jerone
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light straw color, bright white head that fades to nothing and lots of bubbles.

The beer smells of grain, some malt and some corn sweetness. The taste is very similar but not a ton of flavor here at all. Mouthfeel is very light and highly carbonated, highly refreshing.

The beers is good with lime and salt and with mexican food but is very poor by itself.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tecate light...a lighter version of Tecate and as in most Mexican beers taste best in the summer with a lime...however, judging Tecate light solo...its just another no frills cerveza! The beer poors golden clear with good carbonation that give a white foamy head for a brief time. The smell and taste are enhanced with grain. The hops help somewhat with the taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.68/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a can at a resort in Mexico. The beer pours a crystal clear yellow-gold color with a thick, foamy white head. Smells of oats and malt. Very crisp and light in mouth, with a slight sour taste. Musky rice/grain taste with slightly sour malt tones. Crisp, clean, and very smooth finish, with a slight musty aftertaste linger. Easy to drink when you are poolside in a resort. Not so much would I search this one out again.

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Photo of Nerudamann
2.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Look - straw color with about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - to be honest, quite a musky and bad smell. Quite pungent.

Taste and Mouthfeel - A little better than the smell, but the taste is still reminiscent of adjunct lagers using cereal grains to cut costs. Texture is watery.

Drinkability - the taste isn't horrible, but it's not in any way complex or intriguing. Easy to drink a lot of, so it probably serves it's purpose.

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Photo of Fenris244
1.03/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours clear yellow with a super white head that has no retention, pours like a soda.

Seriously has no aroma, I can't smell a thing, when I poured it the head gave of some aroma but it was to fleeting for me to remember what it was

Can hardly taste a thing either, I can taste some malt so I know it's there, I can taste some bitterness and the alcohol bit it's still like nothing, its all so faint!

Mouthfeel is terrible, it's to watery and the crazy forced carbonation makes it worse for me.

Drinkability? No, the lack of anything makes this a totally undrinkable beer for me, no flavor, no anything.

Sigh I know people who swear by this beer and drink it all the time and I'm left wondering what's the point?

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Photo of womencantsail
2.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A delicious tick picked up from Clete's Liquor and shared with t0rin0.

A: The pour is one of the lightest yellows I've come across with a soapy white head.

S: The percentage of corn and rice in this beer must be astounding, lightly sweet, but overall just very, very light and watery. A hint of bleach just to add something interesting.

T: Mostly rice with a bit of corn and grain sweetness. A mild bitterness from grain husks to "balance" out the sweet apple juice flavor.

M: The body is incredibly light and watery with a high level of fizz.

D: As awful as I made this beer sound, it's actually much better than the regular Tecate.

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Photo of eschbach
2.23/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I never have had Tecate Light before, so I picked up a 24 oz can at the gas station.

The appearance isn't great. It has a faint golden color. The head is respectable for a light beer. It smells like cereal and alcohol. I cannot smell hops at all. It has almost no taste at all. But it does leave a veggie taste in my mouth if I take a big swig. It feeels like water in the mouth. Just as most light lagers are, it is very easy to drink.

This beer is not unique at all. It's just another watery light beer. However, it has a low alcohol content compared to most light lagers. I can't see any reason to buy this beer. There are plenty of other light lagers that go down just as easy and have a greater alcohol content.

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Photo of jrallen34
1/5  rDev -58%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I drank this from a can into a glass in Cabo San lucas.

It pours a light clear gold with a white head, not much head or lacing.

The aroma is light hops and a lot of skunk. The taste is basically the same. The mouthfeel is less than water, is that possible? Drinkable is ok but what's the point with the abv.

This is like Tecate but worst, can you imagine?

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Photo of woodychandler
2.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I CAN wax nostalgic for a moment for the late Jack Fleiner, RIP, who used to pine for Tecate Light. He was a founding member of the triumvirate Vine and Anchor Society, two of us who were Navy men and two of whom were home-vintners. Jack was a big fellow who was always being urged onto a diet by his wife and there were the two demons, my uncle and I, trying to get him to go to supper with us at El Zoccolo in SF'sng out longer Upper Mission and when he relented, he looked like a guilty kid in church, always trying to order the smallest item or the least fattening one. The part that killed him, however, was the arrival of our icy CANs of Tecate! He would salivate, reach for chips, begin to scratch and finally excuse himself, unable to withstand temptation and unable to lie to his wife. If only Tecate Light had existed back then, Jack might have been able to hang out longer. I will pour some on the ground for his angel in the Mexican tradition. I like to think that I was (occasionally) paying attention.

The head foamed up and quickly receded. Whoops! The color was a golden yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a cereal sweetness of adjuncts. Uh oh. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite presence of adjuncts, but not not as prevalently as I have experienced in "regular/leaded" beers. Taste was mild and smooth with a cereal flavor throughout. Hmm. Finish was mildly malty/cereal. Ho hum. Jack, you did not miss much. RIP, old buddy.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.02/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a crystal clear, very light yellow color with a neon white foam that fades to a collar quickly. Some lacing is evident.

Smell is lightly malted and a bit sweet...not unpleasant at all. Not a whole lot going on, but it does not smell bad.

Taste is very similar to a less-than-fully carbonated Perrier sparkling water. A few hints of cardboard with a dab of sweet honeydew melon...mmmm, doesnt that sound good? Well, its not. Pretty damn watery with very little appeal. Might work as a beach beer, but I would drink a regular Tecate before this.

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Photo of cervezale
1.65/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A classic mexican pilsner brewed by mexican macro giant Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma.

Color: Yellow pale with very low head retention and almost no lace formation. Not good looking after coming off the can

Aroma: Faded romas of dry malts and hops.

Taste: Semi-dry malts and some hops. Nothing much interesting. Average mexican macro lagger and with metallic bitter tastes.

Finish: Dry finish with bitter aftertaste with metallic notes.

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Photo of Tone
2.45/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow color. 1/8 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness and adjunct. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of adjunct, strong metallic flavor, and slight yeast cleanliness. Wow, the least flavored beer I've ever had - no body at all.

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Photo of brdc
1.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Pale yellow, some white head, no retention or lacing.
Aroma is essentially not there, and neither is any taste. It feels like a pilsner watered down quite heavily, and elaborating on anything is just making it up. Horrible, did not make the grade even in a beach at 86 degrees.

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Photo of merryjoulton
1.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours basically clear color, hardly a hint of yellow. Smells like tin foil. Tastes like seltzer water. Head is nonexistant as soon as the pour is finished. Okay so maybe there is the slightest hint of malt in the taste. I can't guarantee that though.

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Photo of roddwolff
1.65/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I'am analyzing the most consumed beer in the north-eastern Mexico. The appearance is the typical yellow color, don't look bad but its very simply, there's no foam; the water have any smell ? well, this beer smell like water; the taste isn't bad, just a tiny malt essence; very fizzy mouthfeel, you feel like drinking mineral water, without body; in the drinkability, we have a very easy beer to drink with low alcohol.

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Photo of marc956
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a "light" this isn't bad. I put lime juice (key limes work best), a little salt and it came out much better than Coors Light.

Descent flavour, enough alcohol to remind you it's not Topo Chico water, and it's from Mexico where I have family.

Whether you get this or not is up to you.
There are much better Mexican beers than this.

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Photo of JDV
2.52/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Free almost 1/2 can sample at the local grocery store. I figured I might as well try it, as I'll probably never buy this in my lifetime.
Poured moderately yellow with no head. Smell was just light, sweet malt. Taste was like corn, sweet malt, and a hint of bitterness just to keep it real, because that's how Tecate Light rolls. It really wasn't that bad for a light beer, and it definitely wasn't offensive at all. No off flavors and went down like water. Thanks, Tecate light sample hander-outers.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.19/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm writing you now from the beautiful city of Puerto Vallarta in Jalisco, Mexico. I've had Tecate in the states, but I haven't had the pleasure of trying Tecate Light yet.

A - Yellow, clear, and foamy. The head is pushing three fingers, and sticks around for a good amount of time considering the style.

S - Corny, like crappy tortillas.

T - A bit like watered down canned-corn juice....which is watered down corn anyway. Not offensive at all, but just plain boring.

M- Watery, but downright thick compared to some American macros.

D - Honestly, I'm on my honeymoon, so I'm inclined to be much more happy with this beer than I would be back home in Springpatch. But, it's a serviceable brew for beach-quaffing, and it's doing the job (despite the very low alcohol content :(....). Not a bad beach brew by any means, but it's not something to seek out in the states.

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