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Sol | 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: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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#46,892
Reviews:
420
Ratings:
1,498
pDev:
27.13%
 
 
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18
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Ratings: 1,498 |  Reviews: 420
Reviews by Garrett092112:
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3/5  rDev +21.5%

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +61.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thankfully, this sample was not skunked (poured from a clear glass bottle). Sol has a thin, white head, a very clear golden appearance, and a surprisingly low carbonation level. Aroma is of some sort of vegetable matter, which I suppose is the barley malt. The taste is mild, and has a lightly roasted barley flavor, with a dash of hop spice underneath. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Sol finishes rather crisp and refreshing. This should go well with corn chips, salsa, and guacamole. Even with the unusual (not bad) aroma, I must say that I did like it and rate it higher than I expected. I would definitely have this again.

RJT

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sol brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. with an ABV of 4.5% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. Smells rich grains and corn. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew There is some skunkiness to this brew, but not bad. The skunkness is not to overpowering in this brew. The taste of Sol is sweet with some grains. This brew has a light body to it, I really like how smooth this brew is. There is not a lot to this brew, however it doesn't have to be. Sol goes down smooth with no bad after taste. The mouthfeel of Sol is nice, light, clean, and smooth. Overall I'm giving Sol a solid 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again. I'm reviewing the bottle version of this brew but it is better in a can. If you are going to get this brew get in a can. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., did a nice job with this one. One of my go to Mexican style brews.

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Photo of Jonjaciuk3
3.58/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Prefer this beer over a corona any day

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Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a pokal glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color. It is topped with two inches of large bubbled head that settles to a skim on top. The head leaves spotty lacing.

The smell is light grain. It doesn't smell as sweet as some adjuncts.

The taste is mild and vegetal. I get some cooked corn flavor. There is enough hops to keep it from being too sweet from the malt.

Thin mouthfeel

This is a clean, easy drinking lager. As far as Mexican adjuncts lagers go this one is at the top of the list.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.63/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It's in a clear bottle, so chances of it being any good are low.
I still poured it into a glass for easy drinking.
Looks like an average yellow cheap beer.
Smells... bad. I don't know what it smells like other than cheap.
Tastes pretty bad. Reminds me of Corona Extra, it tastes bad, but not so overly powerful that you can't finish one.
Feels okay, easy to drink if you can get past the taste.
Overall, if it didn't come in a variety pack I wouldn't be drinking it. This being my first of 3 that the pack came with, I will not be buying this one again on its own.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.47/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Wow, clear painted bottle. Looks terrible. Smells like corn syrup at best.

Taste is nonexistant. Like more stale Corona. Barely perceptible beer things like hops, malt and yeast. Really just a bunch of water. Boiled vegetables all over the flavor, mouthfeel, aroma etc. . .

Funny thing is, this stuff costs more than Sierra Nevada!

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Photo of CervezaMesa
4/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obviously not alot of people like this beer! To bad for your high maintnance palets towards beer. In Chicago we really enjoy this beer. Must be an Illinois thing.

Love at first sight for me! Not the best beer in the world but goes down like cold juice on a hot summer day! From where I come from we drink this beer with a lemon and it actually boosts the taste. You can't find a lot of info on this stuff, but all my buddies love this beer! We start to drink this when the first day of summer hits in June, i am from Chicago IL and everyone appreciates it when it gets comfortably hot and we can open a bottle of Sol w/ a fresh lemon on top!

Try it again guys in the summer, that's how i fell in love!

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Photo of superspak
3.31/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can into lager glass, best before 8/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. A bit too fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not watery finish. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a decent pale adjunct lager. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and mild earthy hop flavors; nicely smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Very flavorful for the low ABV. A little too heavy on the corn sweetness, but this is an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Pantalones
3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Second bottle from the "Cervezas de México" variety pack. Best-by date of September 2017, alongside a Julian bottling date of 6274, or 274th day of 2016.

Pours very pale yellow, a little darker once in the glass but still definitely on the paler end of things. It's perfectly clear and has a nice shine to it, along with an abundance of rising bubbles. Foam forms a thin white cap on the surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring around the edge; seems that it wants to stick around for a while, as it hasn't shrunk any more since pouring. Leaves pretty nice rings of lacing behind as the beer is drank, too.

Smell is sweet corn, with a bit of funkiness that reminds me of corn husks or something along the lines of wet hay. As the beer sits and warms a slight metallic thing starts to develop; toward the end of the glass it is not "slight" anymore, unfortunately -- it starts to dominate the other smells. While it's not totally unpleasant, especially when cold, smell is definitely not this one's strong suit.

Taste is also corn-like, but much less sweet; there's a bit of a bitterness at the very beginning of each sip, and it's pretty dry overall, there's only a light pop of sweetness on the end that reminds me of what you get when you eat... well, corn. It's reminding me a bit of an unsalted tortilla chip, which was the impression I got the first time I had this one. There's a bit of a yeastiness to it as well, I'm noticing this more around halfway through the glass this time. Fortunately the metallic smell that arrives as the beer warms never transfers over to the flavor -- it's pretty consistent from beginning to end, at least when going from fridge-temperature to somewhat warmer than that over the course of 15-20 minutes.

Feel is pretty nice. Light and crisp and drinkable but not watery, feels noticeably more substantial than the "light" beers despite being in the same ABV range as them. That may be thanks partly to the carbonation, but whatever it is it works. It's definitely highly carbonated, but this comes across as a pleasant seltzer-y fizz rather than an uncomfortable prickliness.

Overall, not a bad little beer as AALs go, funky metallic smell aside. It's only 4.2% ABV according to this bottle (the site says 4.5%, maybe the beer has changed or maybe just batch variance?), but it's much more interesting and flavorful than the American "light/lite" beers in that ABV range -- I'd say it's more comparable to the standard AALs than the "light" bunch, despite having alcohol in the "light" range. I've been pleasantly surprised by these Mexican beers -- it's making me want to re-review the American examples of the style without the "lighter flavors = lower taste score" bias that I had in my earlier days of reviewing.

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Photo of WesWes
2.58/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a very yellow color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is unimpressive. It has a very dry pale malt scent with adjuncts and a lager yeast aroma. It really is devoid of any real beer smell. The taste is unimpressive as well. This beer tastes like watered down swill. It has a very light pale malt flavor that is almost undetectable. This beer must be loaded up with adjuncts. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a terrible beer. I've had other adjunct lagers that were much more flavorful than this. Michelob Ultra drinkers would probably go nuts for this. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.74/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Preface - I always rate to style.

A - Looks nice golden. Clear. Nice bubbles. Head is white and brew is yellow.

S - Lots of corn and musk.

T - Yum. Refreshing for a hot day! No piss taste (corona)

M - No bitterness. Awesome carbonation, maybe a little flat.

O - One of the better Mexican brews. Cheers!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.94/5  rDev +19%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a very average beer. It's soapy head was disconcerting, but it wasn't a bad beer. It wasn't interesting, but this style isn't supposed to be. It tastes like cheap malt and cereal grains with sort of a sour note. You could call it citrus if you want to be nice. I can taste some corn as well, but I've tasted more in plenty of other beers. It's not overly-sweet, which is good. It has a less sticky mouthfeel than some other adjunct lagers.

Overall, this is a very basic, but not flavourless adjunct lager. I'd say its defining characteristic is a very mild sour note that I wouldn't quite call citrus.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

This would appear to be a Corona clone but it tends closer to Bud Light. It holds a very sour mash flavor with a rice/corn mix and a tinny aftertaste. Most aspects of this beer are weak and it begs for a lime. Once a lime is added it does give a crisp clean thirst quenching feel which ultimately may be the brewers intent.

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Photo of robebo44
2.35/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tim007007
2.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of beertaster13
1.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I've always said anything you HAVE to add a lime to must not taste that great, that being said Sol follows that line. Pours a clear gold yellow with no head to speak of. The smell is of grain and hints of citric syrup. The taste is flat and grainy, corn with no sweetness to back it up, very rough. Light bodied and just another mexican beer. I had to add a lime just to finish.

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Photo of Getinthevan
3.42/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a sixer of this stuff earlier today before band practice. I remembered the bottle as a kid, as my parents drank a lot of this stuff.

The appearance is a mild, almost watered down yellow with a quick fading head. Nothing too extraordinary about it, but it was a decent shade of yellow.

For a Mexican lager, this stuff actually smelt pretty good. There was a high level of corn and what not, but it still smelled a bit better than other lagers I've had as of recent.

Taste was pretty snappy for a Mexican beer. As much as it smelled, the taste had a strong corn flavor to it, but it wasn't overpowering, and it finished with a nice and smooth ending.

Mouthfeel was average at best. As a lager, it goes down quickly, but there isn't much flavor to savor once it hits your tongue. Not a bad beer at all, and good to quench thirst, that's for sure.

Drinkability was pretty good! They go quickly and certainly leave a stigma in the mouth for wanting to drink more. Overall, it isn't a bad beer at all. I'd but it again to battle against the hot summer days of this burning sun!

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Photo of GabooL457
2/5  rDev -19%

Photo of Maiacetus
3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of ChadwickHines
2.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Better than corrona

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a bright yellow color beer with a small bubbly head with very little retention. Aroma of corn and adjunct is totally dominating and not very interesting. Taste is bland and boring with some corn being sensible and for the rest it is mostly watery. Just another boring pale lager I guess.

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Photo of sparx1100
1.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.47 out of 5 with 1,498 ratings