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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Photo of beveragebattle
1.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Round 1-Value
Tecate Lager@ $6.49 per sixer with 4.5% ABV

Round 2-Aroma
Tecate: Citrus and grainy aromas

Round 3-Flavor
Tecate: The palate is light with a touch of citrus and a caramel finish

Round 4-Finish
Tecate: 15-20 seconds

Round 5-Packaging
Tecate: The Tecate 12 oz. bottle is a standard beer bottle. The trademark Tecate black eagle is front and center on the front and Necker labels surrounded by red and gold.

Tecate is a tough sell. There are too many beer options at the $6-7 price point that are far superior in taste and aroma than Tecate.

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

Corona’s had it easy with stablemates such as Sol and that-other-cheap-one-I-see-everywhere-but-whose-name-escapes-me, at least you can put a wedge of lime in the bottle and add some flavour to non-existent nothing Lager it is. Now it’s time for Tecate - which I hear tell is also salvaged by the addition of lime... “It’s times like this I wonder why I even review beer” he said knowingly to glass of amber soda pop in front of him.

Poured from a 355ml can into the cheapest, plainest drinking glass I could find.

A: Clear straw yellow body with a wispy 1 cm white head which soon reduces to a light sea foam covering. Not a bad looking Adjunct Lager... not fantastic either, but then again we never expected it to be did we Steve? Damn straight. 6/10.

S: Cabbage and cider apples with a cereal grain backing... wow this really suffers without a lime even in the aroma - there is little redeeming Tecate at this stage. The cabbage note increases as the beer warms so plug your nose and drink it quick is what the Dr recommends. 4/10.

T: Cider apples, corn with a hint of HFCS (Americans know this one well: High Fructose Corn Syrup - which for unfamiliar Australian readers has a refined sugar syrup taste). Finish is ever slightly dry and granular. Aftertaste is quickly forgotten with a trace of metal. Look overall the flavour isn’t as shit as expected. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied with a fizzy carbonation that goes flat surprisingly quick. 5/10.

D: I’ve certainly had worse Lagers than this, and I could imagine the chilled brew/hot day dichotomy working in the favour of Tecate... and ‘yes’ a lime would factor into the equation too. Will it ever replace Corona as my “It’s bloody hot on this beach - drinking beer is a good idea right now” Lager? No, but the scores are very close indeed - Corona just edges this brew out as my middle of summer Lager*. 6/10.

Food match: Nachos... or something else Mexican... and yes I am getting lazy with these suggestions, shuddup.

*Bear in mind [quick if it’s a brown bear: play dead] an Australian summer makes most summers feel tame by comparison (with highs of +38 Celsius/+100 Fahrenheit not uncommon) and a cold Adjunct Lager goes down a treat in this climate.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: I did not really see any foam with the Tecate I drank.
Smell: Tecate had the aroma of alcohol and grain. Tecate had the aroma that reminds me of beer.
Taste: Tecate had a light taste. Tecate had the flavours of corn mixed with fermented grain.
Feel: Tecate had good carbonation.
Overall: Tecate is a beer for people who seek a refreshment during warm weather.

I purchased a can of Tecate for $1.99 USD in Glendale/CA/USA.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

That beer smell, nothing to my untrained nose can note that makes it anything other than beer of the lager kind.
But the look! Again, nothing special, a nice pale gold color, very thin foam head while poured into a glass, dissipates quickly.
The taste? Cheap lager beer, not watered down though like most cheap ones. Has a lager taste. Not too carbonated, goes down easy. Nice on a hot day like today.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
2.13/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Usual lager junk. Nothing Special. Had this from a can at a Mexican restaurant, poured into a frosted mug with a lime. just wanted to try something I haven't had before.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.82/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this one. Got kind of hooked on it when I lived in El Paso for nearly 5 years. Throw a lime in it and it tastes even better. Very moderately priced as well, I thought this was a good beer at the price point.

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2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I admit I'm not a AAL lover, but where I live, this stuff is everywhere. Honesty you could put this and dos Equis side by side and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference.

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Photo of Anacross
1.76/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A very average beer if you're not picky enough to go look for something better.
Tastes and smells like corn. Smells like a dirty rag. Watery and too much carbonation. Just another beer to avoid.

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Photo of MissYa
4.58/5  rDev +75.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I only drink beers with a dash of bloody mary mix, in this case it was delicious! I haven't enjoyed it at home yet, I tend to go for the cheaper beers to mix at home. Pints & Quarts in Lacey, Wa is where the bartender recommended tecate for red beer.

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Photo of JasonR32
2.5/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is as average as a beer can be. It looks like a beer, has the stereotypical beer taste and just feels like a good old fashioned beer. It's not good, it's not bad, it's a beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From bottle, Clear yellow pour, corn grass hay aroma and taste the same but it's sweet typical lager taste. Not to bad for lager be good on really hot day.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.9/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really light hop bitterness. Bread and malts are present. Straw color appearance. Regular lager style. Better than Modelo and Corona. Its up there with Bohemia and Carta Blanca. Really good. Cheers!

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Photo of clager
3.19/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from can into pint glass. Appearance is clear yellow/amber. Minimal head. Smell is ok, I appreciated some cinnamon. Taste is similar, easy drinking with more sweetness than is typical of a lager, more so reminded me of an amber. Not very bitter. Well carbonated. Overall much better than expected, I would order this again. Might be even better with lime.

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Photo of Baja_Mike
4.4/5  rDev +68.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised at the number of low ratings for this beer. IMHO, this is probably the best beer of any large scale brewery. Certainly the best of the Mexican beers, which are generally underrated as a whole (though I don't care for Corona; nor do the Mexicans). I spend about half my time in Mexico, so I will assert that I've thoroughly researched the latter opinion. :-) Good all around beer; excellent price/perforance value.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
1.75/5  rDev -33%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Blend american adjunct lager,highly carbonate with not a really great mouthfeel. Mild bitter/sour taste. Cooked vegetable smell. I will try and not repeat.

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Photo of mhuber
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, medium golden color. Almost no head and only a slight aroma of grain. Flavorvis typical of an adjunt lager - easy drinking, ricey, bitterness just above average and high carbonation. Meh. Okay.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.34/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Crystal clear, golden color with small white head, little to no lacing

S: Slight smell of adjunct grains and slight hop presence, slight skunkyness as it warms

T: Slight hop bitternrss upfront, gives way to the adjunct grain sweetness, dry finish

M: Light feel, dry, crisp

O: A decent beer for this style but nothing special.

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Photo of ordybill
2.99/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a mug.
Aroma- Has a very corn/grain aroma and a wee bit of hops
Appearance- A BMC color with a small white head
Taste- Has a very watery taste, sort of like a weak Miller
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish
Overall- A poor to average beer, there are many better Mexican beers out there.

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Photo of gopens44
1.65/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Oh what the hell. Drank thisw for a short amount of time, wandered away from it. One of those beers that take son a different personality when doctored up with lime and salt, but unadjusted it is a fairly fizzy joint that lacks taste. What's there is corned up and barely bitter. Just not a good thing no matter how you slice it or spice it....

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Photo of jzlyo
3.18/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little bit of lemon in the flavor and aroma, a pale lager after that, not very unique apart from the small impact of lemon flavor, although it is decent.

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Photo of Elaineblo
3.75/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

To be honest here this beer has some horrible reviews because it is considered the garbage of garbage beers because it is cheap and people turn their noses to it. I honestly believe if the company relabeled the brand it would do pretty good. It has a miller high life taste to it, with a lemon zest after taste. I do not care for non dark beers but this one I love.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
2.17/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: deep gold

S: corn

T: bland, corny watery

M: watery and almost a taste of malt liquor in there

O: better than I though. Sub decent drinking experience. 2 and a quarter out of 5

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.57/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Made my review comparing to other Cervazes. Great color and smell, not as great tasting as Dos Equis Amber or Corona Firmiliar but not bad. A little too much carbonation.

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Photo of leantom
2.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Had this at the local Mexican joint. Here goes:

A: Yellow but well-carbonated. OK head but without lacing. Standard adjunct lager.

S: Lots of corn. And then lots more corn. Some barley and hops, but these are dominated by corn.

T: Follows the smell, which isn't a good thing.

F: Good. Nice and well-carbonated.

O: Bad beer. Would rather have a Bud.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.71/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't have too much to say about this weak lager. It tastes similar to other Mexican beers like Sol and Corona. There isn't too much to this beer. It's not the worst I've ever had, but it is definitely below average. Surprisingly this beer rates better among BAs than Pacifico, which I thought was a much superior beer. Oh well, to each their own. I won't be returning to this one.

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Tecate from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.61 out of 5 based on 2,007 ratings.
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