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 UCLABrewN84
2.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty watery with aromas of grain and sugar. Taste is pretty much the same and like the smell is watery. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with no real aromas or flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bad, but not that that bad. its better than a corona, not better than a pacifico, in my humble opinion. the color is straight piss, it really looks pee from someone that's rather dehydrated. there is a decent head on it though, and with a lime wedge it can look appealing after a hot day of work. the flavor is obviously adjuncty, corn heavy, syrupy, metallic, and a little bit decomposing, but taken in a big gulp from the bottle, its passable in some ways. the aftertaste is long and rotten though, yikes. fine carbonation but a little thick for a beer that's supposed to be a summer slammer like this one is. I usually hold the fruit in all beers I drink, but this beer is really only tolerable in quantity with a lime wedge, otherwise its pretty foul. time and a place though, time and a place...

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'll take this over Corona any day. This beer is much like any other pale lager, the color is yellow the head it white. The aroma is slightly skunked the taste is rather boring but with a lime added it's pretty good. The best part of this beer is the label design. I'm a stickler for good design and this beer has some really good eye catching design in my opinion. Worth looking at, at least.

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Photo of metter98
2.46/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lots of lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—rice seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but is a little more flavorful and also has a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn’t dominated by adjunct malts, although both the aromas and flavors are weak.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml clear as day bottle. I recall dropping a buck a pop for this stuff at a wedding in Chicago many years ago, because I didn't want to drink Bud. Sigh.

This beer pours a clear, pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, and thinly foamy bone-white head, which leaves a few random swaths of inkblot lace around the glass as it steadily settles.

It smells of stale creamed corn, overcooked vegetables, a slight pithy graininess, and a certain weedy skank. The taste is sweet, glutenous corn mash, a touch of wet cornbread and the box it may have come in, a bit of stinky weedy hops, and some weirdly out of place metallic, acetone-adjacent alcohol.

The carbonation is quite low and hard to pin down at times, the body on the light side weight-wise, and quite airy in its thin wispiness, with a certain grating, cloying edge. It finishes sweet and corny, and nothin' but, yet otherwise clean, in the manner of strained corn water.

As far as this particular soulless corner of beerdom is concerned, Sol is a passable enough member - nothing all that skunky, once past the nose, which is surprising, given the serving vessel. A plain and innocuous adjunct lager, and, relatively speaking, drinkable enough in certain common situations, where the weather and/or beer selection conspire against you, and perhaps the food is spicy enough for one not to care.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -54.4%
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 kojevergas
1.83/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Presentation: Clear bottle. I'm always suspicious of the brewer's competency when they allow their brewery to use clear bottles. Given the style, I expect this is one of those tropically marketed beers meant to have a lime added. Often such beers are better with the lime but still shite. No beer should require an additive to be good. I poured this myself into a Hoegaarden pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: One finger head, very thin, no cream, and of abysmal retention (less than one minute). Clear, low bubble dark yellow colour.

Sm: Clean light barley scent, but with a more complex crisp injection of malt than is typical for the style. Not particularly appealing, but not off-putting.

T: Clean crisp barley with slight cream undertone affects (and yes, 'affects', not 'effects' in this specific context is actually correct grammar). The cream note escalates as the second act enters, culminating in a pleasant punch-through on the climax. It's a rather refreshing effect. Though this beer is by no means complex, it's certainly light and refreshing, a feature consistent with its marketing and intention. Overly sweet throughout. The finish is a sharp upshot of the malted barley features, ending the beer on an unbalanced note. It meets the requirements of its style in a minimal and half-assed fashion, but by no means is this a well built or balanced beer.

Mf: Smooth, light, wet, and refreshing - exactly what the desired demographic of this beer probably wants. There is a sharp coarse finish that doesn't feel matched to the general tone and direction of the beer. Overcarbonated. Poor presence on the palate.

Dr: It's very cheap, and will meet your expectations - which aren't very high. It's a little worse than similar beers like Corona, and doesn't demand a lime, though it would likely be better served with one. I vastly prefer Pacifico in terms of what this beer is trying to do. I wouldn't get this again, but it's drinkable.


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Photo of LXIXME
2.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A small white head fades into nothing above a clear golden colored beer.

A light aroma of corn syrup and light sweet grain malts.

The taste is more of the light sweet malts with a slight hops coming through.

A slight dry aftertaste with some hops tastes lingering on this watery light bodied beer.

This seems to be a watered down version or other Mexican light lager style beers.

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Photo of zeff80
2.25/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear yellow color with a white, one-finger head.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and was rather sweet.

M - It was a little thin and watery. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not impressive. It is fairly typical of the style and the country of origin. It's probably very refreshing on a sunny beach in Cancun, but a little dull in your living room on a cool night.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.43/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The pour brings a yellow colored body with a very thin white head of large bubbles that disappears nearly as quickly as it forms, kind of like a soda. Nose is light grain and some adjuncts. The taste is just gross. It's kind of like Corona, but perhaps worse. Light grain with some bitter husks. Very light body. Lots and lots of carbonation. Again, not good. If that's all some place has, I'll have a water. Same taste, less filling, to paraphrase what some might say.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden body beneath a full head of bright white foam. Tiny bubbles can be seen rising throughout the glass. The head retention is good and, bolstered by the carbonation rising from below, it maintains a thin lid throughout much of the glass. It even leaves some nice lacing.

The nose is limited to some mild malt. Surprisingly, it's not skunked despite the clear bottle.

In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a median carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

The flavor displays some lightly sweet, adjunct-laden malt. It's just slightly grainy. There are some hops present in the background, seemingly spicy in nature. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes short and dry.

Overall it's pretty vapid, which limits it's drinkability because there's just nothing there to keep your attention. And you can't really use the "on a hot day" excuse either because almost and golden, adjunct beer would do at that point.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and a decent amount of hops for the style.

T: The taste starts out bready with a light malt sweetness, then a mild hops presence comes in, which is pretty good for the style. The after-taste maintains the breadiness.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty for the style, goes down easily, not too filling, even though there are much better beers out there, this one isn’t too bad for a macro.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.69/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, bronze-colored body with a tall, white head.

Smell: Grainy, cheap malts with a light waft of skunk and more than a whiff of yellow corn and chemical additives.

Taste: Substandard, stale, grainy light pale malts with a light sweetness. Icky chemical soaked corn. Light hop bitterness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Dreadful and quite sol-crushing. Some of these mass-produced lagers can be quite serviceable, some just bland and forgettable, and some are downright awful. Sadly, Sol is one of those awful, awful lagers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.74/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Macro Smackdown XVII pits this clear-bottled, stuff a lime wedge in the neck, drink it at the beach, Mexican-brewed lager against Hamm's Golden draft, a canned, drink it at a backyard B-B-Q, Midwestern-brewed lager. I have a feeling that one won't taste much like the other. Let's find out.

Sol is a smidgen more amber than HGD, a half shade darker. It also has a brighter white head that has a much more appealing texture. I'm surprised by all the good looking lace. This beer jumps out to an early lead.

The aroma is incredibly muted. No more than a minor whiff of generic grain reaches my nose. There might be a hint of metal as well, it's hard to say. I'm sure this is a fresh bottle because I... uh... retired the bottle that had been in my beer fridge for several months and replaced it with a fresh bottle a few weeks ago.

I wish the flavor was as underpowered as the nose because Sol is terrible beer. I'd like to taste it side-by-side with Corona because I have a feeling the better known beer is better. That's a scary thought. This lager is bland, while also being moderately nasty (not an easy thing to pull off). It tastes like metal-flaked stale grain with very little sweetness to save the day.

Almost no carbonation can be seen rising off the bottom of the glass at this point. Therefore, it isn't surrprising that, in addition to being watery, the mouthfeel is as bland as the flavor profile.

Simply put, Sol is craptastic beer. It looks like the brewery is trying to position this offering as an alternative to Corona (there's nothing like aiming low in order to achieve your goals). I say they have no hope of snagging even 10% of that market. Not with beer that tastes like it was rejected by the quality control experts* at Grupo Modelo, brewers of Corona Extra.

*obviously a joke since it's clear that no such job exists

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger and a half tall bright white head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small thicker patches and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of grainy adjunct malts with a hint of rice

T: There are light to moderate flavors of grainy and adjunct malts (rice) but without a lot of sweetness. There is a light flavor of grassy hops with impart a slight amount of non-lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin and watery.

O: Very easy to drink and sessionable, would be a good beer for a cook out on a hot summer day or at the beach. Pairs well with just about any food style as it does not have competing flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.85/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

Same pale golden pour I have come to expect from everything this lovely evening. A small head of white caps the top, but it quickly settles down into a thin film that barely clings to the sides of the glass. Aroma is corn, grain, hints of light musky and moldy bread. Nothing really to write home about for sure. Crisp, clean taste is barely a taste at all, maybe some light grains, touches of bready notes and a hint of something light in the back, maybe light grasses and a small touch of bread.

Overall another macro lager that just is what it is. It has a place for everyone, just not in my fridge, not again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.4/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this from a 'taste activator' glass at El Rodeo poured from a clear 12oz.

This appears very pale yellow with good clarity and fast rising bubbles are visible with a thin snow cap with tight bead. The lace sticks better than average. The smell is slightly corny with some sweet esters and mild grainy aroma. The feel is seltzer-like with high carbonation level and semi-sweet body with thin overall mouthfeel and clean semi-dry finish.

The interesting thing about this beer is the taste, while it is not offensive in any way, there just isn't much of it, slight corn-pop sweetness is about all I get the flavor is not bad slightly grainy, no real hop taste and the mild malt is slightly overtaken by the high carbonation. I don't get any diacetyl really so I am talking about what isn't there inasmuch as I am trying to describe flavor. The good thing about this beer is overall I can't really fault it for doing what it sets out to do -the kind of beer you don't think about it is refreshing crisp and light bodied with a easy to drink quality and went very well with my fajitas texanas.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Straw yellow color, a small head formed and a little bit of lacing developed as well.

S: Weak corn, malt, and a slight funk

T: More of the corn and some malt. Has a slightly a dry finish.

M/D: Light and very thin, sort of refreshing I guess. It is a less commercialized version of Corona, but a little better. Always served with a lime, which speaks to how great it is. Could do worse, but not hard to do better.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.18/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: The beer pours a crystal clear yellow color with a very small white head but some vigorous carbonation bubbles.

S: Smells like corn, a lot of corn, with some toasted grain. Fairly grassy with a mild bitterness. There is a definite "foot" smell to it, and not in a good way (like you sometimes find in lambic).

T: Tastes like sweet corn or perhaps corn syrup. There's some rice in there too, I think. The grain flavor is sort of burnt and quite unpleasant. Surprisingly not skunky considering it was in a clear bottle. It just doesn't taste good, though.

M: The body is light with a medium level of carbonation.

D: Not something I'd really care to have again. Luckily it was free to me, so I can't really complain about the tick too much.

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Photo of Jason
2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz clear glass long neck bottle with a silk-screened label with no freshness date. Pale yellow colour, very clear. The white lace sticks and stays a bit but not long enough.

Big corn grit aroma with faint fusel alcohols.

Big bitty mouth feel from a flat out dominant corn grit and grain husk flavour. Hop bitterness rides this and actually intensifies it in the middle for an astringently bittern flavour. Dry and grainy finish.

Just like Corona, needs a lime … any beer that needs a lime is not worth drinking.A sub-premium lager.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.09/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Leave it to my local, in-person trader, tone77, to find Sol in a CAN when it has been on my Want list probably longer than any other at this point. "Why would I want it?" you ask. Because it is beer in a CAN, which is the objective of The CANQuest (TM), a misguided attempt on my part to try EVERY beer in a CAN, EVER. No CANned beer is turned away and each and every one is given a chance to prove itself worthy of a full review and full CANsumption.

From the CAN: "Cerveza Importada"; "Exposition Universelle Inernationale Paris"; "Cerveza Especial"; "Desde 1899"; "Please enjoy Sol responsibly".

My Crack and subsequent inverted Glug produced a sudsy finger of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a gorgeous sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled of sol-heated and fermented silage. Now, before you take exception to that, please understand that AALs are the backbone of The CANQuest (TM) and as such, I CAN recognize the scent quickly. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and it had a slightly vinous flavor in addition to the usual melange of adjuncts, especially corn. Finish was semi-dry, slightly refreshing, but nothing terribly different from any of its brethren.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.77/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing my tour of macro Mexican beers with this Sol, cost me $1.99 for a 32 ounce bottle. Appearance is standard pale lager, nose is adjunct standard. Nothing unexpected. Taste is actually pretty good, compares to an above average American macro. No off-tastes or bad after taste. Definently not a craft beer, but unoffensively drinkable.

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Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with 1/2" inch of head with little retention. Smells grainy, but little else of note. Taste is grainy but with a little citrus note coming through. There's also a slight hop bitterness in the finish. This beer is crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Not a bad session beer if you're looking for something with very mellow flavor.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sol as in most Mexican beers taste best in teh summer with a lime...however, judging Sol 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 teh taste so that it is not bread water. Mouthfeel is easy especially on hot days...enjoy!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, yellow-gold color with a thin, sparse, white filmy coating on the surface. Aromas of toasted grains, roast corn, and a slight char character. Flavors are watery and light, with a roasty backbone of corn and grains, leading to a slightly filmy, toasty aftertaste. The finish is light and smooth, albeit slightly limp and watered down once again. This brew is nothing if not consistent.

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