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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

BEER STATS
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#46,492
Reviews:
409
Ratings:
1,449
pDev:
27.24%
Bros Score:
2.43
 
 
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look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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1.54/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Yuck! It was the only option at the restaurant and I stopped at one. Generic for sure.

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2.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.34/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.32/5  rDev +35%
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.8/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smell is mostly malt and corn. Taste is not bad, mostly corn but there is a hint of hops in the taste. Feel is light, but highly carbonated.

Overall beer is refreshing and okay, it really dosen't stand out in any way but it is not bad either. I would watch out when buying this beer since it comes in a clear bottle, it might be suspect to skunking.

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2.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.04/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jkblr
3.49/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle BB February 2018 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 4.2% ABV. This beer was pulled from a closed Beers of Mexico 12 pack so there is no light damage. The beer is pale straw yellow with a fair amount of white head and a little lacing. The aroma is a sweet, corny smell. The taste is corny, grainy with a tiny tart finish. The mouthfeel is moderately thin with good carbonation and dryish finish. Overall, good. This is much better than most domestic AALs, but is doomed by the clear bottle. Don't be afraid to grab a mix pack that includes this one.

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3/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle of water with a lime.

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2.42/5  rDev -1.6%
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3.64/5  rDev +48%
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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3.18/5  rDev +29.3%
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2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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2.56/5  rDev +4.1%
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2/5  rDev -18.7%
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2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
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3.25/5  rDev +32.1%
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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3.35/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.46 out of 5 with 1,449 ratings