Tecate | 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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Reviews: 581 | Ratings: 2,007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is pretty watery with aromas of grain, sugar, and metallic notes. 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 all around with nothing that would make me try this one again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.83/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

ya know what? as the mexican cheapos go, i like tecate. its been described by my flatmate wilson as mexican gatorade, and with a lime wedge dropped right in the can, i agree. smells like a crappy lager, nothing else. flavor though isnt bad, some mild malts in their watered down form, and i guess the balance in there is hops, but its nothing distinguishable. mouthfeel is its savior, light and well carbonated its just right sometimes either when you are traveling in the southwest, on a budget, or its just flat out hot outside. it has a role to play in the beer world, and for that i keep it on the island. say what you will...

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Photo of Knapp85
1.88/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Much like any other traditional lager. Minimal color, taste and quality. poured into a glass and watched the head disappear rather quickly. The aroma of malts are there but not much else. It's got a nice drinkable body to it, but still nothing overly impressive.

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Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured from an oil drum can into a half liter mug with a massive two finger high frothy, bright white head that has good retention properties and took a long time to die down. It is light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of adjunct malts such as corn and grain in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, adjunct malts dominate the overall taste and grainy flavors stand out in particular along with some notes of corn. The hops lend a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry.
O: The beer is not that bad compared to others in the style, particularly if it is served ice cold on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's everything that other BAers say it is and less. The bad is that there is an over-bearing grain flavor and vegetable flavor. The good is that there is a little bit of beer in there. It's not terrible, just brewed with lesser ingredients, leaving a medium straw color with little retention. Tastes a little malty and sweet, but misguided with poor adjunct grains. A little creamy and buttery. Finishes the same as flavors, but with a fleeting exit. Not much to say, its just beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Finally got to a taquería in Portland, while cycling down Hawthorne, and this just screamed out 'pick me!' over the local bomber of oatmeal stout weirdly placed next to it in the cooler - this is Mexican food, after all.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly soapy white head, which leaves some minor fuzzy lace around the glass as it quickly fades.

It smells of thin, mushy corn grist, some faint grainy breadiness, a slightly vinegar-esque astringency, wet cardboard notes, and over-cooked veggies masquerading as um, hops. It tastes of semi-sweet, soft husky corn, a certain metallic flintiness, further acetic acid and chemical waste-water notes, very mild weedy, vegetal, well, something - hops, I suppose, but nothing of the sort I'd prefer to get with. No booze, obviously - I don't know why I had to say that.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, and unobtrusive in its wan frothiness, the body a veritable lightweight, and equally easy to dismiss - the plebeian smoothness by default is nice, as my spicy-ass tacos surely demand it. It finishes clean - ok, plainly sanitized - and watery, the constituent ingredients ceding their worth to yes, good ol' H20.

Not a lot going on here, no big surprise, but, as expected, it matched with the food just fine, i.e. didn't mess with the simple and pleasurable south of the border cafeteria-style offerings, especially once I went with, natch, the top end of the spicy salsa spectrum. Same deal as years ago, slamming this back in a more or less equivalent joint in downtown Las Vegas, for a buck a beer, at the time.

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Photo of emerge077
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the mediocre Mexican beer of choice when I order or make a Michelada (Mexican bloody mary). In it's "pure" form, it isn't a beer I would recommend to anyone.

It has a very pale and transparent body, nearly like water, fizzy and dull. Aroma of spent grain and white grape. Taste follows the aroma, it's gassy with a flaccid malt presence, and an unpleasant aftertaste. Ice cold is the only way to go with this one, and even then, only with a lime. Not one to savor...simply chug, or skip it.

Not a bad mixer for Michelada though, which is why I keep drinking it.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.57/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Small white head quickly dies leaving a thin lacing above a clear golden colored beer.

Light hops and yeast aroma on this beer, standard fare for this style of beer.

Light hops taste with a little yeast and maybe a bit of grain malts coming through.

Watery light mouth feel on this light bodied beer that has a light dry aftertaste with a slight bitter taste to it.

Same old song and dance kinda beer, maybe be alright on a real hot summer day when your out on the lake and there's not much choice.

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Photo of zeff80
2.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a very fizzy, small, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted of corn and grains. There was a bitterness to the taste, too.

M - It was crisp but a thin watered-down. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a lake/fishing beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: golden lager--darker than a typical light. Minimal head that dissolves quickly. No lacing.

S: nothing too much$ adjunct smell.some residual malty sweetness.

T:nothing special, but decent for the style. Slightly grainy.

M: light with a good amount of carbonation.

D; pretty drinkable in the warm weather here in Phoenix.

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Photo of nickfl
3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a small, white had that disappears quickly and leaves no lace. The body is perfectly clear and straw colored.

S - Grainy with a hint of sweet corn and a touch of floral hops.

T - Grainy malt up front that quickly develops some vegetal notes. Finishes with a hint of corn and light bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A very average industrial lager. The corny character is noticeable, but not particularly unpleasant and the aroma is agreeable due to some light notes of malt and floral hops. It certainly beats skunky corona with a lime.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.67/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale gold, very clear, thin white head that dissipates quickly. Nice malt & hop aroma. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but buoyed somewhat by a zesty carbonation. Very light, generic beer flavor of malt & hop. Not offensive - not particularily pleasant. Finishes quickly leaving a light dryness. Somewhat refreshing but quite lackluster. Seems a little bit below average.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

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

S: The aroma is of corn and other adjuncts, with some light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready and a little sweet with flavors of grain & corn. The malt character is a little heartier than most macros and the hops presence is about the same as most. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth for the style, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, it’s pretty decent for a macro, but overall it’s just a run-of-the-mill beer in a lack-luster style and tastes a lot like the other beers from this company.

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Photo of mactrail
2.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale, sweetish lager. Very light golden color in the pint glass. Some malt taste and not too much of the usual metallic club soda. Essentially flavorless but manages to project a pleasant beeriness. Decently carbonated with a nice spritz to provide the illusion of body. Very slight tanginess; I suppose the lemon slice might actually improve this.

Certainly nothing to excite even the lager lover, but in a Mexican restaurant faced with the full range of Lites, this is not a bad option.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. single - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden body with a small, wispy, white head.

Smell: Clean-smelling, though fairly mild nose of meager malts and cornmeal.

Taste: Light pale malts with a handful of choice corn kernels and a mild sweetness. Very nominal hop presence and bitterness. Finishes is dry and come fairly quick.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: El yawno! A boring and altogether bland lager to pair up and down with Mexican chow, I suppose. I'll have to search the freezer for some taquitos!

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear golden yellow with a half finger tall bright white head that dissipates quickly. There is also fairly significant amounts of visible carbonation.

S: Little smell of any kind with this beer - maybe the faintest hint of adjunct malts - corn and grain.

T: The adjunct malts dominate the taste with grain and corn also present. Slight bitterness from the hops.

M: Light with significant amounts of carbonation. Maybe a little watery. Dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and would be good on a real hot day with some food.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber, nowhere near light enough to be called straw. The blindingly bright white cap has more character than the average American macro lager (you know, the American macro lagers that are actually brewed in America?). Since Mexico is in North America, I'll let it slide. The foam is acceptably persistent and leaves fat strands and assorted splotches of lace. Not a bad look at all.

The nose is inoffensive, perhaps because there isn't much to it. It's clean and smells like reasonably fresh barley with minimal graininess. At least it doesn't smell like an adjunct cesspool. It kinda, sorta has a hop presence, but then again, that may be giving it too much credit. Bottom line: s'okay.

I've had a fair amount of Tecate in my day and the flavor is pretty much how I remember it. I still don't appreciate much, if any, adjunctiness on the palate. The beer is moderately malted for the style with a subtle sweetness that isn't corn-like to me. Like the nose, there isn't much in the way of top notes or hoppy bitterness. In fact, there's very little present that might hold one's interest longer than twelve ounces. Make that six ounces. The finish is as abrupt as the flavor is simple and as the mouthfeel is light.

Tecate is an excruciatingly unchallenging beer that, nevertheless, is a decent south of the border thirst quencher that fulfills its mission statement perfectly. It's a light, semi-flavorful, unfailingly polite, don't wanna think too much about it, goes with Mexican food, rehydrating, grows on you after a while, put away a six-pack with ease, no limes in the vicinity, inexpensive, doesn't have to be ice cold, drinkable kind of cerveza.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drink this a decent amount of the time when in Mexico. Time to finally review it.

A: Tecate is light gold/straw in color with a small white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Mostly corn and other additives. There is a light malty sweetness and a bit of a floral note from the hops.

T: Surprisingly bready. There is a good bit of grain and a heavy hand of corn. There is a slight sweetness on the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied, but crisp and drinks rather smooth.

O: Its not bad, but nothing special. A cheap beer that comes in cans. Easy enough to get when in Mexico, and overall middle of the road for easy to get Mexican beers.

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Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours apricot with 1" of white head, some lacing & okay head retention

Slight fruittyness

Sweet malt & a little husky grainyness up front. Slight fruitttyness (pears & lemons) & a hint of honey in the middle. Finishes crisp, dry & a little fruitty

Okay balance with ligh light body & average carbonation

Drank pretty easy, better than most mexican offerings

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Despite what rich said I cannot go on record as stating this is a good beer in any way. One of the mix I picked up yesterday I dropped this one into a pint glass and it was consumed on 08/24/2010.

The pour was a medium amber color with a crystal clear profile that allowed a good bit of carbonation to be seen streaming up through the bottom of the glass. Aroma is light with hints of bready grains, wet cardboard, a touch of caramel, maybe, but I am reaching now. Decent feel as the light body and moderate carbonation certainly do lend themselves to making it come across as quite session able, but I have to admit the taste just does not do it for me. Nothing leading the charge and just too light of a profile.

I guess with some spicy food or a hot day it would be doable, but for your average session I would pass. I will admit I do not think it should be in the bottom list, I have had much worse.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.55/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this at Fiesta Mexico in York, served chilled poured into a mug.

A - A transparent golden w/ moderately fast moving bubbles and 1/2 inch of pale white cap w/ tiny bead. A sheet of lace coats the glass

S - A mild malt aroma w/ vegetal dms odor, a mild arom of corn augments the subtle spice

M - Mild maltiness w/ slight hop spice and moderate carbonation. The feel has a subtle sweet tinge w/ very light body and semi-dry finish

T - A crisp flavor w/ mild adjunct quality and slight bitterness which is muted overall. The flavor is bland and follows the aroma w/ light vegetal taste. The finish is like you didn't even drink a beer -it goes to nothing rapidly.

D - I would consider this the coors of Mexico -nothing I want to consume again really,but if you are only looking to quench your thirst perhaps this would do. It has nothing to really separate it from the legions of other mass produced lagers IMO.

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Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Chevy’s Tex-Mex in a frozen mug with a wedge of lime and a Mexican flag, both were discarded to get to the beer. Bright and clear pale yellow colour, minimal white lace. Very clean aroma, virtually nothing in the aroma other than a faint grain and corn girt smell. Intense crispness in a light body, clean palate with a thin grain flavour throughout. Some corn grit and light hop bitterness rounded out this brew and its dry finish. This is the “Miller” of Mexican beers, a better pick a than Corona.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.69/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Another can from the Clete's Mini-Tickfest

A: The pour is a golden color with a decent enough white head, but not all that much retention.

S: Just an awful aroma comes from the glass immediately. Lots of sweet corn, grass, and urine pretty much sums this one up.

T: A moderate level of sweetness from the corn, but there's also a burnt rice flavor which provides a bit of an interesting character. Overall, though, not pleasant.

M: The body is light and the carbonation is surprisingly not overdone.

D: This was always my least favorite of the Mexican lagers that I'd had and this can reminds me why. Just no good.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.81/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Have I seriously never had Tecate before? Hm. Time to fix that: This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild corn, light white bread, and hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with more hard water and a touch of toasted cornmeal. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a limp little beer, but one that avoids becoming entirely offensive.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a light, bone-white head with low retention. The color was a bright, lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was light, slightly sweet, faintly lager-like. The mouthfeel was thin, slightly sweet, and again lager-like in its taste on the tongue. The finish was light, smooth, and lager-like. Does anyone else notice a trend? It has always been a good accompaniment to Mexican food, especially at El Zoccolo Restaurant in the Outer Mission district of San Francisco, where I had many meals with my uncle and a buddy of his. R.I.P., Jack Fleiner.

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