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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,410
Reviews:
400
Avg:
2.5
pDev:
26.8%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
309
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0
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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.64/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great Mexican beer, has a goldish color with a thin head. The smell isn't too great with sour grains. The taste is remarkably smooth with a sweet corn taste. There is a sweet aftertaste but it goes down well.

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Photo of herman77
3.18/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeffreyhill021
2.33/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of nater919
2.56/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DaveCash
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of joemama76
2.33/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JLK7299
2.13/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Pantalones
3.25/5  rDev +30%
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 SkylerShores
3.35/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
2.74/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of F_riedrich
3.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
2.32/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Branlott42
2.37/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of CLEWISCC
1.51/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

L: Golden but not too pale. Doesnt hold a head very well either.

S: Cant pick up any smell or aroma from this. Quite a bad sign in hindsight.

T: Frankly barely passable as a beer, taste like watered down Corona. Works much better as a tropical refreshment than beer. I can pick up a hint of metallic taste in the aftertaste.

F: More akin to bitter carbonated water.

O: Coming from the Phils. I expected Mexican cervezas to be light, refreshing with a hint of sweetness. Was quite disappointed with this one. Corona is better even though it not exactly good.

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Photo of SportsGuy33
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mrpoizun
1.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Same as Pacifico (Corona never was any good- it was always the crappy Mexican beer), this has been dumbed-down by the giant conglomerate that owns it now to light beer territory. Sol used to be a wonderful example of the Mexican beers that the Germans originated in the early twentieth century- as long as it wasn't skunked due to its clear bottle. Now it's basically water. Strained mud puddle water.

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Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A direct competitor to Corona, the bottle looks the same and the beer tastes the same. A little too carbonated for my liking, but pretty refreshing for a hot day. Not good not bad.

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Photo of rsquared59
2.47/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
1.67/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of cbcrunch
2.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MichaelProcton
2.99/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Darker gold than many other options in style, decent white head fades pretty quickly to a thin cap. Smell is very straightforward malt, and not even a whiff of skunk! Taste is the same: clean, unperturbed sweet malts. Mouthfeel is nice and full, and the sharpness of the carbonation is nicely . I'm a little surprised to find this available in the 32-oz. section at the gas station; it's a pretty good beer, even independent of its AAL brethren. Paired perfectly with my homemade chicken quesadillas and pico de gallo.

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Photo of alexandergartley
2.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tigerbrau
1.87/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of YumaLaowai
3.5/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's not bad it's not great. For an alright price on a hot day I'll grab it.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.5 out of 5 based on 1,410 ratings.
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