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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
247
Avg:
2.37
pDev:
34.18%
 
 
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Photo of DoubleJ
2.41/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Natty Light and High Life Light are gone here in the College Light Invitational, and tonight we try out Tecate Light. It's more expensive than the other beers in this invite, but it's also one of the cheapest imports around. 110 calories per 12 ounce serving and just 3.7 ABV, so this one also has the lowest ABV in the invite. As this is part of the College Light Invite, the 7 ounce shot still applies. POP! goes the can, so on to the beer:

Pale straw yellow in color, topped by a big fizzy head in my stange glass. Pretty clean corn aroma in the nose, and sweet. The first sip brings a light bodied beer, low amounts of corn husks. Thin malts and a touch of rice creep around. As it is in Tecate, this watered down version shows vague bitterness. Nothing offensive about the flavor, just bland. Geez, regular Tecate was bland too, but at least this one has an excuse. A good drinker in the short term, but my interest in this beer wore down over time.

It's 7 ounce shot time! No bad flavors in this one, so this should be easy...okay, not as easy as I thought, the corn flavors took a little work to get down, but I didn't gag, right?
"Chuggability" gets a 3.5 rating (not to be confused with drinkability).

Tecate Light delivers a surprising product (for what it is) in a lackluster category. Better than the Big 3 domestic light brews, and lower in alcohol for good measure for those looking to drive after a couple of these. It's the number one light beer in Mexico, so I'm quite surprised it wasn't until recently they decided to put this in the U.S. market. That stated, I could only see myself getting this beer for those times I'm looking to drink lots of beer, but don't want the buzz effect.

With three beers down and one to go here in the College Light Invitational, Keystone Light steps up tomorrow night.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24-Oz can, they just got this at the supermarket so I am pretty sure it is fresh.

A clear yellow beer but not the palest I have seen by a long shot. Slight white head at least it doesn't appear to be over carbonated OR artificially boosted out the wazoo with maltodextrins.

The smell is sweet and corny with a little lemon scent from the hops. Little bit of biscuit malt scent and discernible Nobel hops; I have certainly smelled worse light beers. Or in some cases not smelled much of anything.

The taste begins sweetish and fairly bready, there is a slight banana aftertaste. Light and airy and not strongly flavored most of the taste is in the aftertaste. Strong lemon flavor to this beer wonder if they added any juice to it? Light and easy on the tongue and at this alcohol level I could see going for this when I am not sure of the quality of the water supply.

This beer is light and spritzy and quite easy to drink. A RIS it is not but it never claimed to be anything more than a light thirst quencher.

For what it is it is. Nothing but a light beer made to kill thirst and help you avoid heatstroke. There is some actual taste to it and at this alcohol level you are unlikely to be getting drunk from a mug of it. A good substitute for water should you find yourself in Mexico or wanting something with a Mexican meal with a low alcohol punch.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear medium golden color, with a fizzy, soda-like white head, which collapses almost instantly. Carbonation is abundant, consisting of both fat bubbles, and extremely fine slow-rising streams of bubbles.

Aroma: Vegetal with cooked corn notes, alcohol, and mild metallic hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet at the open, with a hint of cream corn, middle of the taste is more like roasted corn, finishes dry with a mild herbal and metallic hop quality.

Mouth feel: A bit thin with very sharp, stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not terrible, but rather almost completely devoid of character. Would likely be quite drinkable on a scorching summer day, in particular with the low ABV.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-four ounce aluminum can, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of fido
2.05/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Really I don´t like light lagers very much; So I cannot say much about this one.

Pours a poor yellow color without head and no lace, Smell is malty but weak, Flavor is watery, Easy to drink. Refreshing.

I think is better try this beer in bottle, If you want you can add limes.

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Photo of tesguino
4.05/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light Mexican beer, its flavor is good, its aroma accentuated a little in spite of its lightness, its presentation is magnifies, very tends to be sold in my country, by his low carb, easy to digest and to taste, it is obtained anywhere, is not expensive, his appearance had the distinctive color of pilsener beer, drink directly from the aluminum can is good

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Photo of nekronos
3.58/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I cannot say much in favor about a light beer, no matter what brand it is. BUt this at least does not taste awfull. Just a little of water tasting. BUt if you want to hang with your friends and not get drunk, then here you are. The flavor is a little close to Tecte regular, but you can get the light angle.

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Photo of Albinoh
2.46/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear yellow color, very white head. There is nothing about the smell, you have to take some deep breaths to feel some malt. Mediocre taste also, malt and corn, some citric taste. I dont know what else to say, the taste is very light, light mouthfeel also... the taste leaves very quickly.

My girlfriend likes this beer... she said its easy to drink and doesnt get you too fat (31 Kcal)... lol

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Photo of jimbotrost
2.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

reviewed 4-2-04 and taken from notes. Very light gold almost yellow. Full head which is white and full carbonation. Cut straw in nose and leans toward neutrality. Flavor is of the same cut straw and body is chalky, not right for style. All in all, not a bad attempt at a light beer.

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Photo of Pepeton
2.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The light brother of the original Tecate beer. A brand born in a brewery in Baja California, that was bought a long time ago by the macro Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma.
These two beers are also available in bottles.
Clear yellow; light malty smell; you can find some bitterness; some hops as an aftertaste and very drinkable in any tropical weather.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tecate Light I believe is only found in Mexico. I had this when down in Puerto Vallarta with some friends. I had this in hot weather so in that case it hit the spot, very cold and crisp. It poured a light yellow with no head to speak of, minimul to no lacing. Smell is of light citrus and waterdowned hops. The taste has a minimul blast of hops and alot duller than regular version. Feels flat but crisp in mouth. Drinkable in the sultry sun of Mexico but on any given day this is not the beer for me.

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