Brewed by FEMSA - Cuauhtťmoc-Moctezuma (Heineken)
Style: Pale Lager
Monterrey/Orizaba, Mexico


on tap

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RATINGS: 1217   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Has a sparkling gold hue and exciting aroma and flavor of malt.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
asbe (30) - TURKEY - NOV 23, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours clear light golden color.. Low white head quickly fades. Cereal and mostly lemon aromas. Well carbonated. Drinkable in the hot summer days. Nothing special

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChadPolenz (1652) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2015
One of the small pleasures of beer reviewing is trying a beer you were told is horrible and it turns out to be not all that bad. The Mexican-brewed ďSolĒ by a Heineken-owned conglomerate definitely had one of the worst reputations for macro lagers I can recall. Now that Iíve actually tried it, Iím surprised itís not actually a bit acclaimed since itís slightly sweet, not skunky, and very quaffable. That being said, itís still mild and pretty boring overall.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It was bottled on 7/4/15 and cost $1.66 ($0.14 per ounce).

Appearance: Clear shade of amber proper with effervescence visible. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which retains and laces about as well as a macro lager might.

Smell: Typical lager aroma in every way, though there is no distracting or annoying corn or rice smell. Additionally, there is no skunky scent despite the clear bottle (perhaps they use GMO hops?).

Taste: Iíve drank enough macro lagers to discern the difference between the bad ones and the not-so-bad ones. I wouldnít consider ďSolĒ to be a truly good lager, but itís definitely not bad. It just tastes like a generic lager in all aspects. I will say that itís noticeably sweeter than most and there is no cornwater taste (DMS), though I do detect some apple character and a bit of a tartness on the end. That might be acetaldehyde, though it is subtle compared to some other brands. Nothing in the way of hop bitterness or flavor, but thatís expected. Overall, this is decent for the style and tolerable for a beer in general.

Drinkability: Beers like Sol tend to be a challenge to drink. Either they taste disgusting or theyíre overly-fizzy or leave a bad aftertaste. Surprisingly, none of those factors are present here. Though the mouthfeel is thin and crisp, it never feels like water despite the light 4.5% ABV body. Sessionable to be sure, this is the kind of beer I could drink straight from the bottle, though itíd probably be better presented in cans.

RATING: 5/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer_rookie (360) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 11, 2015
12 oz clear bottle.

Pours a golden straw color. Barely a film of head. No lacing. Pretty well carbonated. Eh...

Aroma is nice. Perhaps itís the carbonation but I smell some decent lemon. I smell lively malt, does that makes sense. The hops are somewhere between grassy and floral. But...itís not skunked!

Taste is malty and semi sweet. It has slight bitterness. I certainly taste some lemon. Itís not super flavorful, but it doesnít taste bad.

Mouthfeel is light. Itís crisp and refreshing. Easy drinking. Very sessionable. Finishes slightly dry. Also finishes mildly bitter.

Overall, this is pretty good. I like this lots better than Corona. I wish it had higher ABV, this one is only 4.2%. But it is enjoyable. I would pick this up again.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Larry_Duffman (343) - - NOV 10, 2015
I had it from the bottle. Itís a clear golden color. The aroma is corn malt. The taste is the same with a mild sweetness. Itís pretty smooth and clean. Itís better than your average macro pale lager. As expected, thereís not much going on.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
chucklemation (1309) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2015
Pours a pale straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is some corn and bread, but the lime that the restaurant put in the bottle distracted from most of the aroma. Flavor is very bland malts. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated. Not very good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Graham77 (412) - SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2015
330ml bottle. Aroma cereal. Flavour light sweet, light bitter. Slightly better than average mass market beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Might be a slight bit smoother than Corona, but definitely your typical mexican lager... Now, whereís the damn chips and salsa?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LazyPyro (480) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear pale golden yellow colour with a very weak head. No real aroma to it. Taste is lacking of anything really, a watery and easy drinking beer. Not unpleasant, just very boring. Will take Corona over this any day. 12th November 2014.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Beerblogger100 (50) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Hard to get 75 character from this, twelve oz clear bottle real carbonated no malt no hops no nothing.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
austejaph (61) - LITHUANIA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottled 33 cl. Aroma: hops. Appearance: golden, sparkling, minimal head. Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter. Palate: light body, slick feel, fizzy, abrupt finish.

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