Mmm . . . cerveza fria . . . there may nothing better than an icy cold beer. Well, mostly.
Today I'm reviewing a pair of Mexican beers: Sol and Tecate.
Unbeknownst to me when I picked up this pair of cervesas, both of these beers are brewed by the same company Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery which is a subsidiary of Heineken International. This brewery is a large operation that has been in business since 1890.
I can't say that I loved either one of these beers. They are your everyday, run of the mill beers . . . nothing special . . . that doesn't make them bad, just not outstanding. Don't get me wrong . . . I like light beers. I think they have their place in the beer drinking scheme of things. I equate it to drinking water with alcohol and I drink this alcoholic water quite often.
Tecate . . . Cerveza Tecate-Con Carácter . . . beer with character, so they say. Personally, I think that's a bit of an over statement. It is an American Adjunct Lager. This style is comparable to beers like Pabst Blue Ribbon, Rolling Rock, etc. - mass produced to be inexpensive. It's so called because it uses adjunct cereal grains, like rice and corn, to cut costs.
Tecate is very light and unremarkable. If your looking for a beer with low alcohol content (4.5% ABV) that you can consume in quantities on a hot and sweaty day . . . this is your beer. Overall . . . meh.
I could say the same for Sol . . . only more so. It is marketed as "The original Mexican sunshine beer" is a blond Mexican, light, festive and refreshing golden colored pilsner-style beer. Sol is brewed in the style of an American Light Lager with an even lower alcohol content (3.7% ABV). It is extremely light and I thought a little skunky tasting. However, I find that is often the case with beers packaged in light colored bottles.
Again . . . meh.
You may say . . . but, but, but they're a subsidiary of Heineken. Yeah, well, I don't like
Heineken , either. The only Heiny you'll catch me grabbing is my hubby's. Just sayin'.
Cringe if you want . . . but I'll stick with my Keystone Light or Bud Light when I want alcoholic water. Cheers!
For more information visit the Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery website.