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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-18-2002

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Photo of Tone
2.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of corn, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hops, hint of wheat, and rice. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Tastes of strong adjunct, hint of pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of hop. Overall, not much to report. Almost exactly what I was expecting.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.27/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pours a light straw gold, with nice white head of suds. Attractive lace, even.

Nose says corn and adjunct malts. Not much to go on there.

Taste is more corn and adjuncts. Body is very light, even watery. "Beer flavored water", this one. A little tinny and metallic near the finish, Sol is very light and lacking in flavor. Not one I'd care to revisit.

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Photo of archyquaffer
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a clear glass longneck into a shaker pint. A semi-aggressive pour produces about 1.5 inches of billowy foam. This settles down quickly but does leave a thin sheen of lace. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

I'm quite tempted to put salt, tomato, hot sauce and/or a lime in this beer- I think I can taste some salt in there anyway. Yes, definitely some salt. Besides that are some obvious corn mash flavors and aromas. The body seems pretty light, yet the beer has somewhat of an oily mouthfeel. No hop aromas to speak of, and no skunkiness. Bland but yet not particularly refreshing.

From the name and the clear glass bottle, I kind of expected this beer to be UV exposed and skunky. I believe I've heard about some Caribbean styles where this is done on purpose. Perhaps you're supposed to expose it yourself. This beer really doesn't really stand on its own too well, but would probably make an OK chelada. Very little flavor here.

I bought this as part of a variety 12 pack of Mexican beer. I hope the others are a little better than this one.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw golden colored with a half inch of white head that faded quickly. Excellent clarity. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of corn and a faint trace of bittering hops. The body is very light and highly quaffable. I get a blend of corn,light malt and a bit of hops in the front of the palate. The taste rapidly disappears. There's no real aftertaste. This a hot weather brew.

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Photo of balcomjo7
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very light beer.
Color: light straw yellow
Taste: Light, taste similiar to corona beer
Smell: Grainy, corn smell
Aroma: Grainy, clean
Goes down smoothly

This is not my favorite beer. Very watery, plain beer

Served in a bottle

From Mexico

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Photo of KYGunner
2.13/5  rDev -14.1%
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 joe1510
2.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Quart Bottle
Four Seasons Liquors - Morris, IL

Picked this up for a mop, might as well finish the rest. A straw golden body is clear enough to read through. Lazy carbonation runs up the middle to the fizzy white, finger high head. The head crackles away quickly to nothing but a small, bubbly ring.

Skunky. I don't know if it's from the clear bottle or if they intentionally do the whole Heineken thing but it's certainly reminiscent. Smells a little like hard water, mineral heavy, without much behind it but indistinct, soggy grains. It's not bad or off putting, really, but it is in no way good or particularly appetizing.

The flavor runs along the same lines. Soggy grain, not very crisp, that have gotten skunked in one way or another. The finish is a little more vibrant and the grains clean up a bit but it's simply more of the same. Again, nothing good but a halfway refreshing beer on a day running around outdoors.

The best of Sol is the mouthfeel. Light bodied with a fairly quick moving carbonation. The finish is actually dry and clean which clears away the skunk, leaving no noticeable aftertaste.

Sol isn't all that bad. I'm sure I will have it again in the future as I have in the past. It does what it's brewed for and makes sense in certain situations. I'd reach for this before Corona any day.

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Photo of tommizzle
2.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a step down from the more familiar Corona, but similar. It doesn't taste like much of anything, sort of a corn-ey single note. It is far from being good by itself, but that would really be doing it wrong anyway. When it's 100 degrees out, a few of these chilled to almost freezing with salt, lime and some picante sauce (maybe a splash of tomato juice, too) are exactly what you need. If you like to cut frozen margaritas with beer, this is good for that too.

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Photo of cosmicevan
2.06/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Went on a little family vacation to mexico and the mini fridge was stocked with these. An american adjunct lager, but made in mexico...interesting. Poured into a glass. As expected transparent straw yellow (actually, kind of urine looking). Hard pour yeilded a big frithy head that was gone quick leaving some bubbles on the surface of the brew. Nose is grainy and reminds me of the beer i drank in high school. Little corn. Taste, if you can call it that is also very grainy. Not much of anything there. Mslightly less bold and flavorful than the american counterparts. Think i will stick to margharitas this trip instead. Not a drain pour but not something to drink if looking for a beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
2.84/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Sampled last night on 1/4/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass with a small lime wedge.

Pours a pale yellow in color with a very thin white head. Some very spotty lacing was seen. The aroma is nothing special and is of just some grain. Above average carbonation as seen from the tiny bubbles streaming up from the bottom and sides of the glass. The taste is watered down and on the 'thin' side. Nothing special here.

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Photo of beergoot
2.4/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellow body with a lively carbonation and a decent, white foamy head. Very faint aroma, biscuit. Taste has only the faintest hint of malt and hop bitterness. Decent mouthfeel; clean, crisp, dry finish.

Well, it doesn't quite taste like water, but it would be difficult to really appreciate this as a quality beer. Nothing awful about things, just a near lack of aroma and flavor. Too bad most adjunct lagers can't follow-up a fair appearance with a decent tasting beer. Sol follows the pack with this one. Pretty much forgettable as a whole.

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

I drank several of these ice cold from the cooler while wasting an afternoon in idle conversation. This was an okay to drink a lot of but don't write home about it (oops). This tastes better than American macrobrew that has a pale yellow beer much like this one. I could drink these with Corona and not really know the difference. I ate tacos and frijoles with this and worked out nicely. Not really good when warm, so crank em down.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.13/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

330 ml bottle picked up from the singles bin at LCBO. Then poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Looks fizzy, with a thin looking yellow color poured into the glass. Tons of carbonation is visible. 1 finger was poured with decent retention and even some lacing around the glass. While the color wasn't impressive, the other beer qualities were a pleasant surprise.

Smell - Not pleasant, which is probably aided by the clear bottle. Some corn, cooked vegetative scents, some slight grass notes and a bunch of skunk.

Taste - Well it tastes better than it smells. Tastes thin, wet with faint corn and adjuncts present. It's not entirely offensive at very cold temperatures and if you're very thirsty.

Mouthfeel - Thin, watery, carbonation aids the beer here as opposed to detracting from it. Feels a touch grainy in the mouth.

Overall - If you're looking for something cold and wet after a hard day's work this will do. However beyond that, definitely not a sipping beer and as expected was not a beer that improved as it warmed. Fortunately it was gone down the gullet rather quickly.

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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 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 jjamadorphd
2.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another Mexican beer, but unlike others that I have had, this one just didn't quite make the cut.

In the bottle and out, the beer has a beautiful golden color. It pours a very nice white head, but it has not lacing or staying power. I smelled hints of honey and even sugar, which I have to admit I found appealing. The beer unfortunately felt way too watery for my taste - it was as though I could have drank an entire six pack without thinking I was really having any beer. The watery-ness lent itself to the blandness of the beer, and although it wasn't the worst I ever had, it left me wanting for more.

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Photo of Amish_Ambush
1.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Yellow, watery.
Smell: light bubble gum smell
Taste: The barest, faintest evidence of oranges. Nothing flavorful going on here. Still, this is something that I would drink over having a Corona.
Mouthfeel: Thin
Overall: Lawnmower beet. Nothing more.

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Photo of NiceTaps
2.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12oz can in an Imperial pint glass.

A- Crystal clear and clean light straw color with a big 2-finger white head. There's quite a lot of lacing, although it does not last very long. Lively carbonation.

S- Not too bad...some sweet corn and dry AAL grain. It strikes me as concentrate that I added hydration to make the finished product.

T- Not too good...very cheap unfinished alcohol dominated the adjuncts.

M- Poor...thin and watery . Some bite from the alcohol. Not pleasant.

O- Why bother?

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Photo of Damian
1.98/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Drank from a 12 fl. oz (355 ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, pale golden yellow. A one-inch tall, foamy, bubbly, bright white crown topped the liquid. Very impressive lacing. Thick, patchy sheets of froth coated the entire glass.

The aroma was very simplistic. Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated. Crisp and grainy with a mild tartness. Some skunky notes were detectible as the beer warmed.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was rather unimpressive. It tasted very adjunct ridden and contained lots of raw, husky, grainy malts. Subtle lemon and hay notes appeared in the center. The finish was bracingly dry and bitter. It reminded me of a hoppy beer that had been completely sucked of any actual flavor.

Most adjunct lagers come across as being overly fizzy, but this one almost seemed a bit flat. Light and airy on the palate. The soft and mellow effervescence gave the liquid a slight creaminess.

In the realm of American adjunct lagers, Sol falls near the bottom of the pack. Though not quite as offensive as its Mexican brethren Pacifico, this beer had an odd, astringent, bitter quality on the finish that was likely the result of a poor quality hop extract. If you must drink this, definitely mask the flavor profile with a lime or two.

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Photo of mjurney
3.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Straw color, clear. Lots of small bubble rising up. Small frothy head.

Crisp and clean. Some sweetness, grainy and a little corn.

Sweet corn, grainy, some cracker. Hop bitterness is minimal. Finish is very crisp and clean, a little dryness. Body is very light and thin, crisp, clean, refreshing, fizzy.

It's a decent beer.

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Photo of harpo111
2.09/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I picked up a 6 of this on a hot day....Thought the label looked cool...had never tried it. Will go back to Negro Modelo.
A: yellow pale in a cool looking bottle...bottle was cooler than the beer.
S: sort of grainy/corny...
t: some hops...but more gritty with an aftertaste that makes me go "I need something spicy to cut this"...some sweetness...
M: a little body
O: I am not a one to turn down beer...but if I had to choose between this and a Natural Light....I would take the Natural Light... this stuff has a sweetness like a Miller...but an aftertaste that just lingers...and I am not fond of it in the least... I had better hopes for it. I would rather have a Modelo or Negro Modelo in a split second.
It is drinkable...and is better than a lot of really cheap stuff...I just don't like the aftertaste and the fact that it is 6.99 a six vs 3.99 for Natty Light...or Miller ...two cheap beers that I would rate higher on the overall scale...

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Photo of Brenden
2.12/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

There's lots of clarity in this pale yellow-gold brew. The head ends up being simply a ring of foam along the edges. It does leave some spotting, and at least that ring stays for the duration.
Fruity fusel and husky corn notes are strongest along with graininess.
This beer may be trying to out-adjunct the other adjunct lagers. Stale, mustly, corny and mildly metallic, there's actually a smidgen of hops bitterness...which turns the finish sour.
This beer is moderately carbonated. An effort is almost made for crispness, but it dies off. It might be a little smooth...at least it's clean. It could be slick, after all.

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Photo of bmwats
2.17/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Rising effervescence. Pours a 1 finger, frothy, white head. Settles slowly. Lots of spider web lacing.

S: Pale grain, wheat, and wet cardboard.

T: White bread... not much else. Tap water, maybe...

M: Nothing. Light, shallow, vapid.

D: You can really power thru it, largely because there's nothing to it.

Atmosphere is okay. Actually a really nice head, and some strong lacing. Nose is light and pale, not much to it. Completely shallow, and devoid of any flavor. Overall, this is a pretty poor quaff. Not really a horrible, repulsive experience; just... nothing.

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Photo of jettjon
2.27/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I first encountered Sol around 2005 in Mexico, and apparently it was so bad then that I never bothered to review it. I encountered it again courtesy a "beers of Mexico" sampler pack at a friend's house.

From a can into a pint glass, one finger of fizzy white foam quickly fades, leaving a tiny bit of lacing. Some carbonation precipiates from a clear golden yellow body. Nose is grainy with corns and malt. In the mouth, big flavors of adjunct and a bit of artificial sweetener, off flavors and a hint of metal. Fizzy and watery in the mouth. Overall: A very poor macro adjunct 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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Sol from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.48 out of 5 based on 1,362 ratings.
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