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

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Jnemmanuel28
5/5  rDev +101.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great taste, attractive design. One of oldest Mexican beer full of history and tradition from German founders. Full of tsar and refreshing, most of people in USA like to introduce a lime in the bottle, not necessary at all. perfect companion for beef, strongly recommended.

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Photo of Randygroves
4.76/5  rDev +91.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yes this is a real Mexican beer!!! That's the way it should be judged. If you are a fan of those grapefruit beers dont try to describe what a good Mexican beer is. If I was used to drinking a sour bitter IPA I wouldnt like this beer either.

I first had one on a bus ride in Mexico where they had a full cooler for the bus ride to pyrimids on the beach (Tulum). The whole time I was checking out the pyrimids I kept thinking back about greeting back on the bus for some more.

That was in 1987. Found it at ABC while picking up a variety of pumpkin ales. Still has the same taste as 27 years ago!
Taste- Like syrup is to pancakes this beer is to your tounge!

Having a hot day mowing the lawn or working in the yard? Live in Florida? This is the beer for you!!!

Grade beers for purpose. Not for preference...

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Photo of BoSox5902
4.52/5  rDev +82.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a great mexican beer, not as good as tecate, but way better than the overrated corona. this beer is very refreshing and is good with lime and salt on a hot day. they finally started selling it by my house, its a little pricey for a six pack, but a 32oz caguama is cheaper than a 24oz of corona

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.04/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a pale honey yellow with a slight tint of mossy green. The huge bleach white head fell to absolutely nothing in no time.

Smells of light biscuits and honey with a crisp lemon dryness.

Tasted initially of tingly bitter hops that was amplified by the carbonation but then revealed a light pasty bread dough and sweet corn bread that was pleasantly sweet in the finish.

The mouth feel was light and slightly sticky with an easy but prominent carbonation.

I could see myself drinking a lot of these if I needed to. Seriously, in a blind taste test, I’d bet you would have trouble guessing that this was made in Mexico. I must say, I was impressed by this beer.

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Photo of semihobo
4.04/5  rDev +62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got it from a closed cardboard case so it should be unskunked. No freshness date. Busted it out shortly after biking home in the summer heat... if there was ever a time for a Sol, it's now.

Clear, pale yellow body, one-bubble-thick head, large bubbles rising lazily. Head retention is lousy but there are some curtains of lace (!!) clinging to the sides of the glass halfway through.

Smells of corn, a little grassy. Some rice. Clean smell.

Very, very clean taste. Not much there, but hey, that's the aim of the style. A grainy start, a slight grassy/metallic hop note, and then it glides into a "clear" finish that is totally devoid of taste, while cold. Definite sour note as it warms -- keep this bad boy chilled.

Mouthfeel is light, just like water. Not as bubbly as La Croix, otherwise pretty similar.

Drinkability is excellent, I could go to town on case of cold Sol. Dinged only for cost and availability. Sol would be the college party beer of choice if sold for $10/30pack like Key Light.

I feel dirty giving this such high marks but hey, it's not trying to be an IPA. It is definitely, definitely better than the majority of macro lagers out there. Within the style, a surprisingly good brew.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +61.3%
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 CervezaMesa
4/5  rDev +61.3%
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 tobybul
3.99/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light tasting Mexican beer. I squeeze a wedge of lime in to it. My days of strong tasting beer are few and far between. Good alternative to Dos XXX.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +60.5%
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.


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Photo of JayManSmith
3.96/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There are so many beer snobs these days that don't know what they are talking about.

Just because it can be found in a 40oz does not make it an inferior malt liquor. This beer is indeed a lager, so stop describing it as such.

This beer is solid gold without appearing to be too watered down.

Not too much to the smell but maybe it was because I was getting pretty lit up.

If I had to compare the taste of this beer to another beer, I would say it tastes slightly like a Rolling Rock Pale Ale but still not quite the same (in a good way).

It's lightly carbonated compared to other lagers.

The bottom line is that this lager is better than Corona Extra, better than Dos Equis Special, and better than Tecate. It's an awesome summer beer when you are from the upper Midwest.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.93/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a nice medium pale yellow with two inches of white frothy head. Head dissipates into a foamy film with some mild lacing on the glass. Scent is citrusy grass, the taste is slightly soapy, but crisp; nice on a hot summer day.Better than I expected given the reputation of Mexican brews!

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Photo of eb003
3.88/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, I guess I'm one of the few that really like this beer. The appearance is very clear, very neat. The smell is a bit stronger than most beers, but still about average. I really enjoy the taste of this beer, it's very refreshing...especially in the heat of Mexico. The mouthfeel is very crisp. I rate this high on drinkability because I have drank this brew all day...well into the night.

I guess this one isn't for everyone, but it's for me. This is my favorite Mexican brew. That's to say "Mexican Brew".

Another BA said that it's better than Corona... I agree, far better. In the crop of Mexican beers this one stands out. There are better beers out there, but this one isn't bad by any means.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.74/5  rDev +50.8%

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into typical lager beer glass.

Appearance (4.25) : A hard center pour yields a fluffy, tight knit 2 fingered head that laces the sides and actually holds up quite well. Was not expecting that. The body is pale straw with excellent clarity and full transparency. Rings and rings of beautiful lacing follow the path downward. 4.25, I don't give those out easy.

Aroma (3.5) : Creamed corn, adjunct, and malt. Upon heavy inhalation there's crisp hay/grass and a little lemon. A very fresh smelling lager with no off-smells.

Taste (3.75) : Flavorful, biting, with quiet hints of creamed corn, nuttiness, straw, and faint hop. The beer just drinks. I had a piece of fried chicken a moment ago so that might help this beer a bit (I know, I know...greasy palate, it's a no-no, but lets be real it's a lager). The finish is corn malt and tiny hop. The burps are bubbly and pleasant. This is about on par with Modelo Especial, maybe better. I like it.

Mouthfeel (3) : Carbonated, light bodied, ends watery and dryly crisp.

Overall (3.74) : Why the hate for this beer? I can slam a beer just as easily as the next guy, but I have a hard time dogging this one. It's a cool, crisp, creamy Mexican lager that fits the bill - especially after KFC.

Edit : upon review of other write-ups from BA'ers, perhaps Sol changed their formula and its now great? My sample had a great head with rings of lacing, good crisp flavor and no skunk. Hm.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.74/5  rDev +50.8%
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 Subliminal64
3.73/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

By far this is my favorite "brand name" imported Mexican beer.

Drank straight from the bottle with no lime.

Great colour. Very light golden colour.

Very faint sweet smell.

Lots of carbonation. Feels good on the tongue. Taste is a little light, but very refreshing with no aftertaste.

Not my favourite beer, but its one that I will have periodically throughout the year.

Give it a try.


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Photo of mattfungus
3.7/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

before I found real good craft beer this was my one better than corona beer. I liked it with or without lime or with a shot of tequila.

I do like it better than corona. Like corona it is a corn, rice, malt mixture. Unlike corona its less skunky and a more sunny.

Great for a hot day and with enchiladas or fajitas.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.66/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- pale yellow with 2 finger billowy head (surprising for this style). Lots of carbonation.

Smell - not much going on

Taste - Completely void of flavor yet very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - typical

Overall - refreshing, nothing bad, easy, watery. Recommend instead of Corona.

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Photo of nekronos
3.63/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It depends of the presentation, regular bottles taste nice for a while, non retornable and cans are impossible to drink for someone who likes craft beers. But it may be, according to some rumours, because these last presentations are filled with the beers who went beyhond the date.

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Photo of sid
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very easy drinking light beer. Best serverd ultra cold. You know what to expect when you buy this beer. I love picking up a 12 pack and downing them all during a hockey game...hits the spot. Cheaper and better than Corona...better than Coors.

No head, not bad mouthfeel...some hops...very little malt...not much flavour but is expected. Best served with a lime. I think its a great social beer plus the bottle says class. Good all around macro lager...much worse out there.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can poured into a glass. Purchased at the Mega supermarket in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

A-Straw-yellow brew, crystal clear.

S-Grainy. Corny.

T-Semi-sweet bready malt with a little bit of grain/corn. Hint of hop spice with a present, but subtle, bitterness. Finishes very clean, very dry.

M-Light body, very refreshing. Carbonation is medium-high, but not overwhelming for this brew.

D-Very drinkable. This was my go-to for the beachside during this trip. It's very tasty, relative to other Mexican lagers.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.58/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Better tasting than I expected. Nothing to look at, more like yellow water. No smell, but for some reason that was not a bad thing. Feel is watery. But overall, I did not mind drinking it.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.57/5  rDev +44%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong adjunct smell from the bottle, along with whatever hop it is that's used in most lighter Mexican beers. Pours a very light yellow with about an inch and a half of head that sticks around a bit longer than its American cousins, especially the last quarter inch or so. The same smell is present out of the glass. I like mass-market Mexican beers, so I like that smell. Sol's is sort of like a bit more grown-up Corona. If you hate Corona, I can't think of any reason you'd like this much better.

Flavor follows the smell. Standard mass-market Mexican, closest cousin is Corona. Sol is slightly maltier. Surprisingly little carbonation, and a thinner mouthfeel than I'd like. Drinkability is, unsurprisingly, its strongest point - you could make a nice afternoon on the beach out of these. When put into the right bracket of comparison, Sol is pretty decent. If you're looking for strong, complex flavor though, you're not going to find it here.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.53/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I'll be damned, but this looked pretty good. Great carbonation and very sexy with the lime. Decent foam, even in the bottle.

Smell: Mostly sweetened corn malt and lime.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This must have been a fairly fresh bottle. A bit salty, and tangy with the lime. A great beach beer. Nice and crisp as well.

Overall Drinkability: Just came back from the paradise that is Ciudad Juárez, México, and I just had to have this at a bar in El Paso. This really isn't a bad beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.51/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle served at Tierra Viva in Sayulita.

A: The bottle arrived with a lime wedge. Clear as every other adjunct lager this weak, I'm running out of adjectives. It was yellow and pale.

S: The lager was cold, rendering it scentless. Thin malts and not much else.

T: The cold temperature greatly aided me. The cold locked out just about every flavor except for the occasional lime aftertaste. Pale grains and corn. That's all she wrote.

M: The mouthfeel is, in a word, cold. And that's how this style is best served. The citric lime addition adds enough flavor, more than the adjunct body would.

D: Another excellent hot weather beer. One of the better adjunct lagers that I've had during vacation.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.48/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, straw yellow color with very thin head.

Not much to the smell, some corn and yeast.

The taste is mostly of corn, also a slight citrus taste, maybe lime.

Very light and thin, a little watery with good carbonation.

Very easy drinker. This beer was much better than I had expected. I bought a few of these in Mexico while on a cruise since they were $3 cheaper than the beer on the boat. This is one of the better macros I've had.

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