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

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #238
Ranked #30,015
2.55 | pDev: 26.27%
May 07, 2022
May 20, 2001
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Notes: Born on the western bicultural borderland of Baja California, Mexico, Tecate® was originally created in 1944 to be the perfect thirst quencher for the miners working in the area. We are still proudly brewed in our namesake town of Tecate, using the same high quality recipe. Tecate® Original is a full-bodied lager with a refreshing crisp malt flavor and a pleasant aftertaste – the way a Mexican cerveza should be.
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Photo of md3kcn
2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by md3kcn from North Carolina

Purchased as a 32oz bottle from Citgo for $2.99. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Clear gold, with a quick-to-dissipate two-finger pale white head.
S - Light grains, corn. A little herbal. Oyster crackers.
T - Exactly same as the nose. Better than you'd expect.
F - Light-medium in body, with plenty of carbonation. Filling, but still super drinkable. Refreshing.
O - Honestly, a fairly average Mexican lager - but my favorite (tied with Modelo Negra). Not bad at all, but an objectively bad brew. I'd definitely get this one again, but paired with tacos from a truck. Worth a try.

May 07, 2022
4 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on May 05, 2022
3.1 by BCole281 from Texas on Apr 03, 2022
Photo of davidward
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by davidward from Florida

A generic Mexican lager.

Mar 24, 2022
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3.31/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by datstankadank from New Jersey

Pleasantly surprised with the quality. Lasting head, sticky lace, malt forward taste. Good beer

Feb 03, 2022
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3.52/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by defunksta from North Dakota

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale golden color with a moderate lacy white head. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Minimal aromas of cracker malts. Faint. (3.50)

Flavor: Mild flavors of cracker and pale malts. A balanced finish. (3.50)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. (3.50)

Compared to Modelo 1/18/22: Pours a more pale color. Milder aromas and flavors. Less honey, bread, and Mexican spice. Winner: Modelo

Overall: A crisp Mexican Lager. Mild on aroma, flavor, and body. Not terrible adjunct flavors though. It probably would drink similar to a Corona. Crisp and clean. (Final Rating: 3.52)

Jan 18, 2022
3.7 by Capt_Loomis from Florida on Dec 09, 2021
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2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

tall boy enjoyed this past summer, review from notes

metal and corn. and rotten corn. and aluminum. and skunk. and metal and faint booze. blech

avoid this mexi budweiser

Dec 09, 2021
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3/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by Skywave from Oklahoma

Golden, with a very slight haze. Thin head, minimal lace.

Corn, white grapes, sulfur.

Corny, syrupy, slight floral hops.

Light, nominal CO2, goes down easy.

I am shocked that I have never reviewed Tecate. I have had both it and the light version many times. Overall, It is not terrible, but not great either.

Nov 29, 2021
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3.24/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: Clear golden in color with a fizzy and noisy head that billows up and quickly recedes to a lid, leaving good lacing behind
Aroma: Barley malt, bread, light floral hop notes, and cereal grains
Taste: Cereal grains and barley malt kick it off and quickly followed by some nice but light floral notes that filter in and blend well. Kind of watery in the middle before grains resurface and close it out
Mouthfeel: Light and a decent body but definitely on the ‘watery’ spectrum, medium-high carbonation, very clean and crisp throughout and on the finish
Overall: I dig it. For a cheap but not “corny” or skunked Mexican lager, I’ve always liked this one and it’s fun to revisit it each year but also a nice test to see if my feelings or palate has changed. It hasn’t – this is still quaffable, refreshing, and not off-putting or cheap tasting, which makes it a winner for me

Nov 27, 2021
2.23 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 04, 2021
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3.31/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a can at the LCBO in Ontario 473ml at 4.5%.
Poured a 1finger head into glass
Clear golden color with good carbonation.
Sweet corn and a little apple
Smooth and light makes it easy to drink.
Overall an ok beer from Mexico.

Oct 14, 2021
3.74 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota on Jul 09, 2021
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3.03/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

Tecate is crystal clear, and the color of ripe hay, much like any mainstream lager. The head is cloudy, bone white, and shows decent retention.

At first blush, Tecate smells of white bread and soda crackers. From there, the aroma thins out somewhat, initially leaning more towards the aroma of soda cracker. In the middle, the nose becomes more neutral, lacking the roundness you might find in European pilsners. The finish offers hints of leafiness and fresh cut grass, indicating use of European hops, at least.

On the tongue, Tecate starts out smooth, and light in body. Malt profile makes itself known in the form of soda crackers, and yesterday's biscuits. In the center there's just a hint of green apple tartness, although still none of the rounded quality of a European pilsner. The finish is European enough, giving me hop flavors in the form of peppercorns and dried leafiness.

It's not a world class lager by any means. But it is crisp, light in body, and completely refreshing. And that is in large part what you pay a lager to be on a hot, summer day.

Jul 07, 2021
2.24 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 30, 2021
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2.44/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

The contents of two 12 ounce cans were combined until a clear glass Imperial pint mug was filled. The beer is a bright and very lightly colored amber, almost as clear as seltzer water. A slight head occurred during the pour, but there's very little within a minute or so. It's almost odorless, unlike some American Adjuncts which at least throw a little malty sweetness or a little yeast toward the nose. There is far more glass lacing than there is taste. But, it's not all bad. Somehow the malt that doesn't show in the taste, creates a pleasantly bodied brew. This isn't malty to taste, so it is in good balance with the very mild dose of hops. Perhaps, under the right circumstances, this might pass as an acceptable session beer.

Jun 29, 2021
3.04 by Nyarko-San from Pennsylvania on Jun 14, 2021
3.71 by balizz on Jun 09, 2021
2.87 by BEZMEZ on May 29, 2021
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5/5  rDev +96.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Tacoma223 from New York

Absolutely enjoyed this beer a lot. Pours a nice golden beer color. Nice foamy head that goes away rather quickly . But seriously smooth/ malty/sweet corn taste. Amazing on a nice hot day outside. It goes down super easy and doesn’t make you feel bloated. Don’t know why this is rated so poorly.

Apr 25, 2021
3.11 by SMH_NWI from Texas on Apr 08, 2021
3.4 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Mar 29, 2021
2.45 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin on Mar 09, 2021
2 by emiliobaratta from Venezuela on Mar 04, 2021
2.58 by ivanpadron from Venezuela on Mar 03, 2021
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1.51/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5
by IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

L: Pours straw yellow with a two-finger white head.
S: Smells like corn, glass bottle, & some hay barn funkiness.
T: Taste follows the nose, it does have some okay grainy flavors, but there is just something funky about it.
F: Light-bodied, high carbonation, thin, crushable.
O: I know a lot of people like this beer for weekend benders & cookouts, but it just isn't for my taste.

Feb 27, 2021
3 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Feb 05, 2021
3 by GRhoads from Ohio on Jan 30, 2021
2.86 by Callipygea from North Dakota on Jan 22, 2021
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3.2/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by lquaster448 from Arizona

It has a weird aftertaste to it but its probably on par with the cost of other imported or domestic beer brands

Jan 21, 2021
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2.64/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

The beer is pale straw, clear, and has a short lived head. On the nose, it smells mostly of corn. Taste-wise, it is sweet and corny but not cloying. It is crisp with a bit of earthiness. The moutfeel loose but with good carbonation. Overall, a good beer for the style.

Dec 13, 2020
3.25 by Jdells09 from New Jersey on Dec 09, 2020
4.33 by JanglezB19 from Canada (ON) on Nov 29, 2020
Photo of gehille
3.5/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by gehille from Pennsylvania

Best budget mex.

Nov 28, 2020
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2.84/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Scotchboy from Idaho

For an adjunct lager this one is just fine; pours out clear pale yellow with a soapy and foamy white head that fades quickly. Nose and palate of malty and almost bready sweetness, the adjuncts are there but not overpowering, with small off-setting bitterness and floral character. Its watery and refreshing while not being particularly complex or memorable. Its just a AAL. Don't overthink it. Summer, grilling, whatever; when you want something light, this is better than Corona or BMC, IMHO.

Nov 18, 2020
3.14 by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania on Oct 16, 2020
2.89 by CreightonSM from New York on Aug 23, 2020
2.33 by AlekseiGuti from Texas on Jul 25, 2020
1.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 15, 2020
Tecate Original from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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