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

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #449
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
59
Ranked #50,988
Avg:
2.46 | pDev: 27.24%
Reviews:
437
Ratings:
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
 
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Notes: Born in the heart of Mexico in 1899, Sol is a bright and refreshing lager.
It’s inspired by the sun and brewed to shine just like those who drink it. The ones that radiate good vibes, that lighten the mood and always look at life on the bright side. The ones who not only shine, but shine their way.
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Nath91 from Australia

1.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sol Cerveza is one of those Corona knockoffs that seem to be popping up left and right in an attempt to gain a foothold in the light easy drinking, adjunct lager category. You know going in this isn't a beer that's for connoisseurs, and is only there to fulfill a market of people who either don't drink beer or people just wanting to knock back a seemingless endless supply of liquid in the hope it gets them drunk and not bloated. This 650ml long neck of Mexican beer, is apparently imported from the Netherlands into Australia, for Pinnacle Drinks which is basically Woolworths alcohol importer. Isn't globalisation great?!

Look: Poured into a pint glass. Extremely carbonated. Hundreds if not thousands of bubbles surround the interior of the glass, and plenty racing their way to the surface in search of freedom or a better life than my stomach. Bubbly white head that disappears before you know it. Head look promising, but non existent after 30 seconds, giving an appearance of golden soda water. Straw gold, completely filtered can see right through the glass. Standard adjunct lager look to it, nothing to write home about. The head dissipating in seconds, is disappointing.

Smell: Classic Mexican/Central American adjunct beer smell. Corn, light citrus notes, stale white bread, but not a great deal going on.

Taste: Taste follows the nose. Very thin body. Very sweet, very smooth almost no bitterness to speak of. Maybe some light hop extract, but nothing to exactly write home about. Pretty bland, there's a weird chemical roundness to the overall flavour.

Feel: Highly carbonated, thin body , slight dry finish. Highly drinkable if you're just wanting to knock these back without tasting anything.

Overall: I'm not knocking it because I don't think it's good. i'm knocking it, because unless I'm lying on a tropical beach somewhere for it to quench a thirst, it's not doing anything for me. Outside of a hot environment where you're relaxing and just drinking for a buzz, it's not worth the effort and the carbs. It's a summer beach beer that'll help get the taste of salt water or chlorine (if you're in a pool) out of your mouth. Nothing more, nothing less.

Aug 23, 2021
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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.06/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
Look: 1 finger head dissolves into thin layer, light straw color, some lacing
Smell: Mild aroma, cereal grains
Taste: Mild taste, some sweetness with a little cereal in background. A bit watered down on the finish.
Feel: Excellent carbonation, medium body.
Overall: General impression, if I want something simple and not too heavy I would reach for this over the domestic lagers I have tried.
Pair with spicy food, grilled steak or burgers or fried food.

Aug 11, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

1.75/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

2002: There are so much better beers under the sun................................ For some reason this beer is still available in Norway, competing with Corona, but selling less. Thin mouthfeel and flavour of maize / corn. A lime wedge does not help much. Still drinkable when ice cold.

May 05, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

1.49/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Cerveza pálida de carbonatación media y cuerpo ligero. Aromas débiles herbáceos y algo de cereal. En boca es plana, mejor que la Corona (no es difícil) e inferior a la Modelo.

Sep 06, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.01/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

So we only had this with a lime so that may alter the rating. Its clearly the step child to Corona. Not nearly as good, but with a lime it will pass. It’s pretty inconsequential. Not something I would seek out, not by a long shot, but once a summer it can be consumed with little issue.

Aug 09, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

1.96/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Appears light golden yellow with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly and no real lacing.
Smells lightly bready and floral.
Taste is light, watery, corn, spice.
Mouth feel is medium light for a beer that is pretty light.
Overall, this is one I would plan to skip on the future, unless one, it's a really hot day, and two, it's free.

May 21, 2020
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Mav221 from Canada (AB)

3.69/5  rDev +50%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Like Corona, Modelo and Pacifico, this beer is brewed in Mexico and is intended for consuming in very hot weather. It isn't anything like beer made in Europe, and is not supposed to be.

With that out of the way, I would like to point out that this is not a light beer despite its light yellow color. It has a grain-like taste that quickly dissipates into a brief finish. This beer is quite refreshing. Perfect for sweltering hot summer weather.

May 17, 2020
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lubeman from Illinois

2.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wish I hadn't bought this 12 pack. It is a totally blah lager with little flavor and zero to negative aroma. Might be OK for boiling brats. Not suitable for drinking which should be pleasurable.

May 02, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev +55.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with a mild white head. SRM of 7-8. (3.75)

Aroma: Rather pleasant aromas of light cereal grains with some milk. The milk and pale malts give a mild sweet aroma off the end. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor too is of pale cereal and a nice milky, pale malt sweetness. Like frosted flakes soaked in milk. Not sweet, but the sweetness is appreciated (3.75)

Feel: Medium to fuller bodied for the style. Decent carbonation. Finishes smooth with a touch of creaminess. (4.00)

Compared to Corona 4/16/20: Pours a slightly darker color with a heavier head. Stronger aromas. Hard to compare b/c this Corona was oxidized, but it has more grain sweetness and less skunk, that's about all I can say. Winner: Sol

Overall: A very smooth and clean drinking AAL. This one was better than I expected. Nice cereal grain and milk flavors. Not a whole lot of German malts. It even beat Corona side-by-side. I may pick this one up again if I get a chance. (Final Rating: 3.83)

Apr 17, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.92/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle. Clear golden color with a thin layer of white head. Light straw smell. Light feel. Grainy malt flavor with a little corn sweetness. Not a whole lot going on, but it's a clean and refreshing lager.

Feb 29, 2020
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Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

1.84/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Review: 33cl clear bottle of Sol: 4.5% vol.

Coming in a light long necked bottle with the iconic sun logo of Sol, eye catching. This is a summer drink no doubt about it! Looks similar to Corona in its presentation and style, I thought it was when I initially looked at it! Can get it in cans too, but not sure for tap.

It is a beach time beer anyhow, Acapulco style, dont know how it will work though in the Northern European wet and cold harsh climate, but let’s see………

Through the bottle it looks a light yellow, but on pour we do get a nice sparkling golden colour with a very frothy creamy white head, a nice good bit of carbonation fizzing away. Some lacing present as well.

Looks ok, like a regular light lager would. Head maintains well. Surprisingly good on the eye.

A light lagery aroma which isn’t too bad on the nose getting the corn, and the grains. Ok.

On the taste it is very, very light, initially getting a creamy flavour, bit dry in the mouth as well.

Slight aftertaste of corn syrup which is not enjoyable.

This is a very light lager, but it has a dryness and a bit of a metallic feel to it that lets it down.
Overall it is not nice, and not as smooth as it should be.

Bit of an underlay taste and a harsh citric bitterness that’s annoying. A pass for me. A nothing beer.

Nov 29, 2019
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elNopalero from California

1.87/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Oh goodness this is bad. I had to revisit this because I’ve never reviewed it before but it’s worse than I remember. Just don’t do it. Even ice cold.

Nov 29, 2019
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Nofoba

2.87/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 330ml bottle (brewed in Netherlands). It has a bright golden body with a thick white head.

The aroma is sweet, with light malts and a hint of corn.

A smooth taste that resembles cornbread, but maybe kind of cardboardish. Very little bitterness. The aftertaste is watery, ending in plain dryness.

A light, easy drinking beer, but maybe a little too watery.

Oct 16, 2019
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HeyBeardMon from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its not going to blow you away, but it is a nice refreshing Mexican beer with no aftertaste. Has a light straw color, kind of a thin head but for the cost, its not bad.

Jul 22, 2019
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shambeano from Australia

1.72/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Rated from notes, had last Wednesday before a Taco dinner. Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a pint glass.
Look: light straw colour with about 1 cm of white head. Falls to nothing. Very generic looking.
Smell: Again, generic macro lager smell. Beery, a little sweet, a little grainy.
Taste: Much like the smell, grainy and a touch of honey sweetness.
Feel: Light bodied, zingy carbonation, not much bitterness or length of flavour.

Jul 02, 2019
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JoelR48 from South Carolina

2.06/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

From the can into a plastic cup. Very foamy pour. The head quickly receded into a thin ring. Very faint aroma. Taste was smooth w/o any aftertaste. Mouthfeel was clean and crisp. Overall very refreshing and thirst quenching. Sol is a very good Mexican import. Cheap and readily available for purchase. This is easily one of my top 5 beach beers.

Jun 08, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.24/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I like this brew a good bit. A sweet taste, corn? Light bodied and smooth. A good summertime beer, and one that can be pounded in large quantities. A notch above average.

May 06, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

2.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Bottle at Old Chicago.

Pours a clear pale to straw gold. Little lacing.

Corn nosed, vegetal, light hint of hops.

Corny, generally grainy taste. Very light presence of any bitterness. Overall, it isn't overwhelmed by light struck character but it is still far from something that I would drink again, which I thought I had. Shrugs.

Jan 18, 2019
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

2.84/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

24 Oz Can poured into glass. No lime put in this for rating purposes. Normally i would put it in.
Look - Well this was easy to predict. Clear pale straw color and medium-small foam head. Some slight lacing.
Smell - Stale Cornbread and mineral water, some sweetness. Fairly typical adjunct aroma.
Taste - There's nothing wrong with it but it's also a very basic beer. It's sort of like a house beer at a restaurant, something that is clean and crisp but not much in the way of flavor. Follows the nose with the corn sweetness. Carbonation is medium-high. Drinkability is very high like most Mexican lagers.

Not much else to say about it. I would say better than Corona but not quite as good as Modelo or Tecate. Overall, it's good for what it is, there is nothing to dislike about it, just a high carbonated simple adjunct beer. Grade is a C+

Dec 15, 2018
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

(24 oz can, BBD SEP 2018... purchased cold... poured into a simple glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, pale gold liquid, but with fine, speckled sediment afloat; extra-tall, creamy white foam, which recedes with a deep-dimpled, spongy form... actually a few crusty bands of lace; messy collar remains

S: lots of corn meal (tortilla) and an almost rank yeasty backbone... relatively potent smells, but comes across more like liquidized masa

T: corn meal, popcorn flecks, mild underlying pale grainy malt base; hint of bubblegum surfaces long into the aftertaste... rather dull, colorless, dimension-less flavors; bit of (lightly sweet) fresh corn kernel later on in aftertaste... virtually no hop flavor or tangible bitterness

F: soft, light-bodied, foamy; faint bit of residual silty film left behind... rather easy drinking, only mildly watery

O: third in a short 3-beer series of 24 oz can adjunct lager reviews (preceded by Labatt Blue and Tecate)... the tortilla-forward flavors and strange old-yeasty back note aren't endearing me to this... interesting differences compared to Tecate (from the same brewery)... might have had once before from a bottle, but I would never purposefully get this again

Nov 20, 2018
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FightingIrish from Wisconsin

1.56/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I bought it when the local grocery store was offering a buy one/get one promotion. After drinking it, I can understand why. They should have just given me the $15 to drink this swill, because I certainly would never buy it again. It tastes very weak, with a weird citrus flavor. And it literally tastes like an open can of beer that's been sitting around for a few days. Sol is absolutely awful. If you like cheap Mexican beer, go with Tecate.

Nov 05, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

1.52/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I really couldn't find any redeeming qualities about this beer. Clear glass bottle poured into a mug. Fizzy white head that vanishes. Nothing, and I mean nothing, on aroma and taste. It is thirst quenching.

Oct 22, 2018
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Borbly from Canada ()

2.67/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a medium yellow body, with aromas of rice and a bit of a weird staleness. Flavour is likewise, with a slight pungent tone replacing the sulphuric at the back of the palate, ultimately leading to a slightly unclean finish. Not good

Oct 13, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

2/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Like a poor mans Corona, you can agree with me or disagree with me about this one. It is something that tries to be Corona but just misses the mark. I still will drink it if it is available.

Oct 08, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

3.2/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nostolgia, my peeps. Pure nostalgia. When Raul was a little lad back in his high school days, this was one of his beers of choice. And light up like the sun it does. Now, we ain’t thinking Nina Agdal running on the beach in the Maldives. Think of that ok chick that lives down the street from you lounging down at the community pool. And you know what? Raul is into that. Light, grainy, no skunk...

Get it while it’s good, my peeps.

Jul 08, 2018
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