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Sol is a beer imported from Mexico, its main rival being Corona. The beer comes in 330ml bottles and are 4.5% alcohol volume. The bottles are printed with a nice picture of the sun, reminding you of a holiday on the beach.
This beer is extremely light, smooth and refreshing. It is usually served with lime. It tastes really nice when it is ice cold out of the fridge. I personally prefer it to Corona, but others may prefer the stronger taste of Corona. This beer isn't suited to everyones tastes, and many people may find it too light, and go for a stronger alternative. However I prefer its after taste compared to Corona, which tends to be slightly bitter or "skunky".
This beer is also a bit cheaper than Corona. I paid £4.50 for a pack of 4 bottles, whereas Corona was £4.99. Sol seems to be relatively unknown, however is available in most major supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsburys and Asda. I have even seen it in Lidl, where it was only £3 for a pack of 4.
I would definitely recommend this beer if you are a fan of Corona or Mexican beer and would like to try something different. If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, this beer isn't for you.
Sol is refreshing light tasting beer which is brewed in mexico by the Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma brewery (CCM). Its been brewed there since 1899 and is now being exported to a host of countries around the world included the UK. Its only available in the UK in 330ml bottles and is 4.5% which is 1.5 units. (The description on this website is incorrect and i have asked for this to be changed. it is not 3.5%)
Sol is head to head with Corona. They are both served in bars with a slice of lime which adds to the flavour of the beer. The beer is available in lots of high street bars and clubs including walkabout, revoultions and oceana. Its also listed in Tesco, Sainsburys, Morrisons and Asda.
The UK was introduced to Sol before corona however it is oftern not known. People see that Sol is just a cheap version of corona but over 100 years of mexican latino spirit proves otherwise and its worldwide appeal is evident to see.
The product its self is a golden colour is a clear glass bottle. There is no paper label on this bottle yet classy label actually printed onto the bottle unlike most bottles where the label just peals off. truely fantastic bottle.
I think this product would suit males and females alike with its light taste and if any ladies are thinking about drinking a beer to impress the guys this beer is the one. Rest assured its only available in a bottle and you can never been seen with a pint.
Enjoy it, i know i do.
I am a big fan of Corona, the other popular Mexican bottled lager served with a slice of lime, but I have to admit I was sceptical about this rival to my favourite summer beer when my other half picked them up on special offer for a night in recently.
The idea with these lagers, like with Corona, it to serve them with a slice of lime in the top. The idea of doing this in Mexico was not, as many people think, to add to the taste of the lager (although I do think it adds a certain something!), but to keep flies and other tropical bugs out of the beer. Personally I have got so used to drinking these lagers with the lime in that they just dont taste right without it any more!
So, we cracked open a couple of bottles and I have to say that I was pretty impressed with the flavour of the Sol. It is quite similar to Corona (although it costs a lot less) and if anything just doesnt taste as strong. It is incredibly drinkable though and equally as refreshing on a hot day. You do have to ensure that it is served very chilled to get the best from it, there is nothing worse than a warm bottle of lager.
This lager is only 3.5% so its not going to knock you off your feet too easily but is a nice mellow drink.
I do think this is a worthy rival to Corona, especially given the difference in price. With a lime wedged in the top I think I would be hard pushed to tell the difference if a blindfold test was conducted, it is remarkably light, refreshing and easy to drink.
The co-op are currently offering these beers at £3 for a 4 pack and its worth noting that the Discovery range of mexican foods are also running a current promotion where you get a voucher inside the Fajita dinner kits worth £2 off a four pack, making for some bargain beer - I used my £2 voucher at Asda where the 4 pack was £3.21 so effectively I bought some of these for around 30p a bottle!
Grab some now while its on special offer!
Sol is a light lager brewed in Mexico. Some people I know view this as the cheap alternative to Corona, however I think that this is unfair and this is a great beer in its own right. Personally I prefer Sol to Corona.
Starting off, I have found that I can often pick Sol up pretty cheaply- Aldi sometimes has it at incredible prices. This is obviously a bonus, especially given the economic climate. As for the taste of Sol, I think it tastes great however I think that the taste is probably not up as many peoples street as the taste of Corona is. It is a less accessible taste that takes maybe a bottle or so to get used to.
Like Corona, I like to drink Sol with a lime, however I do find that it still tastes great without a lime which is not so much so the case for Corona. The label on Sol is a very pleasing one if this is something that matters to you, with a sun on it and it is not made of silly paper that easily comes off.
I'm sorry for all the comparisons to Corona, so briefly if you don't know either, then this is a light beer which is pretty cheap and tastes great especially with a lime (in my opinion). If you are not much of a fun of beer then Corona is probably a better bet however if you like your beer, particularly light lagers then definitely give a Sol a try.
Legend says that in 1899 when this beer was first being made by a German brewer in Mexico, the sun rays shining through the window led him to name the beer 'El Sol' the sun.
So Sol was born in 1899 and is an incredibly popular beer in latin america. Over here its a designer lager to be enjoyed in expensive bars, in Mexico it is an essential addition to a meal with a fruity taste, and the addition of a lime, this works perfectly with fiery, spicy mexican food and is lovely and refreshing on even the warmest day.
Unfortunately for us, it seems so long since we had a warm sunny day, but this lager is still becoming more and more popular in the UK, as an addition to Tapas or Mexican food or as a bottle to drink with mates, it is 3.5 per cent alcohol and therefore not too strong, therefore you can drink it socially without becoming incrediby drunk.
It has a sharp citrusy flavour and its packaging is well known with the simple sol design.
I like Sol, you can get 8 bottles for £6 in Asda and the lager is available in all supermarkets and most decent bars.
It is a decent beer, its not my favourite by any means, I prefer the taste of Corona for some reason as its lighter and more zingy, but if thats not available Sol is a good second choice.
So, it will be a long time until we actually see the sun, so in the meantime 'Sol' may be as close as we get!!!
How did I come to be drinking Sol lager?
It all happened last summer when my good friend and long-time drinking buddy, Big Al, was stuck at home while his partner was off on a girly holiday to Tenerife, so I went a-visiting armed with some tasty bottles of imported beer in an attempt to keep his spirits up. Big Al, being somewhat hollowed-legged, soon scoffed his way through the quality, so we had a rummage around to see what brews he had in stock.
His young nephew had left some beers from a previous visit and that is how I came to be drinking Sol.
SOL comes in a trendy, clear glass bottle with a painted label. I'm sure using clear glass to bottle their beer doesn't present much of a problem with skunking, after all, it's not as if Mexico is blessed with a sunny climate, so there's very little chance of the light affecting the quality of this brew.
Ceveceria Cuahtemoc Moctezuma, who have breweries all over Mexico, are the people behind Sol - which is one of their newer brands. They also brew Carta Blanca, Tecate, Dos Equis Lager, Bohemia and a tasty Christmas beer, Noche Buena.
Mexican beers are predominantly lagers -- the majority of its beers are made with a type of yeast that rests at the bottom of the liquid after fermentation. Lager yeasts ferment at lower temperatures than do the top-fermenting yeasts which are used to make ales. The resulting beers tend to be smoother, cleaner and more subtle than ales....generally.
Speaking of things from Mexico...
A guy walks into a diner and asks for a bowl of chilli but the waitress says, "The guy next to you got the last bowl."
So, he gets a cup of coffee instead. Then he sees that the guy next to him has finished his meal, but the bowl is still full.
He asks, "Are you going to eat that?"
The other guy says, "No. You can have it."
The guy takes it and starts to eat it. When he gets about half way down, he sees a dead mouse in it, and he pukes back into the bowl.
The other guy says, "That's about as far as I got, too."
Back to the beer.....
* The Pour *
Sol pours to a clear, very pale, washed-out yellow colour which is topped by a thin head that fades very quickly and leaves only minimal lace. The aroma is that of a very slight hint of hops, sweet grain and corn, cooked vegetables, a trace of lemon and possibly some malt. But then again, maybe not.
* The Taste *
It's extremely light-bodied - my local tap-water has more oomph than this - and it's excessively carbonated. There are some vague hints of malt up front but the dominant flavour is all about corn and grain husk. If I close my eyes and concentrate, really concentrate*, I can just about taste some hop bitterness before the dry, grainy and slightly acidic finish.
* I've lost my thesaurus, concentrate is a synonym for imagine, isn't it?
* The Verdict *
At 4.5% ABV, I'm not entirely sure that, in a blind tasting, I would actually recognize this as a beer. It's watery, fairly bland, and just like Corona, needs a lime to give it some flavour. Not being all that likely to be struck down by scurvy any time soon, I don't really feel the need to consume large quantities of lime with my beer....possibly that's a consideration in Mexico, who knows.
It's light, easy-to-drink and I'm sure if it was served ice-cold it would be refreshing on a very hot day. Other than that, it has no redeeming features and to hand over hard earned cash for what is essentially a bottle of over-priced, 'flavoured' soda-water, seems to be near the top of the list of pointless exercises.
A 330ml bottle usually sells for around 99p - let's see, that's about 90p more than it's worth.
Would I drink it again? - Not in this lifetime.
I think I'm right in saying that Sol is the only widely available Mexican lager in the UK, although I would be willing to be corrected on this. As a Brit, Sol is seen as something of an exotic lager over here, and is usually only found in places such as Tumbleweeds and Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurants although it has its way onto the supermarket shelves as well. But is it any good? The problem with beers of this kind is thatyou are usually out and about when drinking them - having fun at a Mexican restaurant and not paying attention to the taste as it mingles with the food anyway. What You do get though is a light malty beer which has a very small fizzy head and a faintly oily texture. The colouration is a light golden hue and there is a slightly unpleasant again oily smell about it. Taste is somewhat nondescript which is probably why it is served in the restaurants so as not to interfere with the taste of the food and strength is around 4.5% which makes it about average. Overall, this isn't a bad lager, but its not going to be your first choice when you hit the bar on a Friday night. It goes well with food because there really isn't much of a taste to it although its faint oiliness is somewhat unpleasant in my book. As a result I would have to rate it quite lowly because there are so many better lagers out there.
Lager, 4.5% Alcohol. Brewed in México since 1899.