Saturday, June 4, 2011

Tecate


This episode is dedicated to http://youtube.com/brentalfloss - the YouTube musician/comedian who made my theme song for me. In many of his early videos he could be seen drinking Tecate, and I've always wondered why. In fact you can see him explain himself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMXigDhTF7U

Anyway this is a lager from Mexico. Considering my track record with Mexican lagers, this wasn't something I was looking forward to. But was Brent right about this being a decent beer? Let's see....

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Mexican lagers have a reputation in America for being adjunct-filled, watered-down, bland fizzy yellow beers on par with "economy" brands (the ones that make Bud, Miller and Coors seem gourmet in comparison). While it’s very difficult to find a truly good beer of these styles, there are many out there that garner the indifferent compliment "not bad" like Schlitz, Schaeffer and Pabst Blue Ribbon. Tecate is the Mexican equivalent of those beers.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: crystal clear dark gold/amber hue with tons of carbonation bubbles evident. Forms a small, bright white, soapy head which doesn’t last long but manages to live a trace of lacing - wow.

Smell: Definitely a fizzy yellow beer in the nose, only without the repulsive qualities often find in the cheaper brands. Grain, corn, a touch of cardboard are all present. Thankfully there is zero skunk and no metallic smell either.

Taste: After drinking craft beer for so long it’s actually difficult for me to drink a macro lager and think of it as beer. As is the case with the better of the adjunct macro lagers, Tecate is as flavorful as they can get. However, in the big scheme of things that’s not saying much since the actual palate is very generic. Lot of grain, toasted corn and a cardboard-like aftertaste. While this may sound pretty bad, the truth is it’s actually more neutral-tasting than it is off-putting. In fact, as the beer finishes I get a quick burst of honey sweetness. It’s actually a pleasant surprise, but at the same time disappointing since that means the brewers are deliberately not emphasizing that component of the palate.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, clean and extremely fizzy - so much so that the carbonation stings my tongue and mouth ever so slightly.

Drinkability: Tecate is a very gassy and crisp beer from start to finish - be prepared to burp (a lot). It’s somewhat refreshing due to its mild taste and mostly clean finish, although the cardboard aftertaste begins to wear on me by the end. The 4.5% ABV is totally appropriate as this is truly a light beer with a little more flavor. Ideally paired with potato chips and pretzels.

Overall, not the worst Mexican lager but far from the best. As an economy beer it’s top of the line considering its price point. As a beer in general it’s only average at best, so why bother if you don’t have to?

Grade: 5/10