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Dos Equis Amber Lager - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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2,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,359
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 25
Gots: 168 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001)
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
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2.2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Since we live so close to Mexico now, we should get used to drinking this beer. But to be honest, I haven't had one since we moved. I have had Pacifico, but not this. I didn't realize this beer had been around for so long. 1900 was a LONG time ago. I wonder how many times, over the years, they have changed the recipe. At any rate, they have an awesome marketing campaign. Regardless of how this beer tastes, stay thirsty, my friends. (See what I did there?) I guess the marketing works! Let's see what this beer tastes like.

In the Glass: It is darker than I remember. I say that… and I am not sure I remember ever drinking this from a glass. Surely I have. I think, in restaurants, they serve this with a lime wedge on the side of the glass. When I order this in bottles, I always ask for a lime wedge. Not sure why… but it makes the Mexican beer experience seem authentic. It is a clean, amber color and I can pretty much see right through the beer.

Nose: I am not expecting much from this beer, but the aroma did surprise me. It is semi-sweet and somewhat dry. This is a beer, unlike most that we drink, that should be drank ice cold. Beers that are meant to be drunk cold are usually trying to hide something in the flavor profile. That is what we have here.

Flavor: Not much there. This is an easy drinking, chugging kind of beer. This is the Bud Light of Mexico. Granted, it's better than Bud Light. But it has all the right characteristics of a crappy, domestic beer. The beer also has a very low ABV, and while I am not sure what the ABV is of their lager (green bottle), you do get a bit more maltiness from the amber.

Mouthfeel: Boring. Not much more to say. There is nothing from front to back. This is the kind of beer you buy a case of, chug, and wake up wondering how you polished off so many beers the night before. The mouthfeel is boring, there are no bubbles, and zero complexity with this beer.

Aftertaste: There isn't much of an aftertaste here. What is there is dry, and malty. But after a few swallows, you might even forget that you are drinking a beer in the first place. I don't want to sound like I am picking on this beer. I will order it from time to time when I am eating Mexican food. But this isn't a top shelf kind of beer, and isn't one that I am going to try to find on purpose.

This beer serves as an easy drinking, boring, "domestic" beer to our friends south of the border. It's low ABV allows us to chug bottle after bottle, and the history behind the brewery is at least a topic of conversation. The beer has been brewed for a LONG time, so if nothing else, you have that. I still wonder how many times the recipe has changed over the years. Anyway, glad we tried it, but it's nothing to write home about. Oh yeah, and stay thirsty, my friends!

Dos Equis (XX) Amber - The bottle says: "Crafted in Mexico since 1897 to commemorate the arrival of the 20th century.

"Dos Equis was crafted in Mexico in 1897 by a German brew master, who deluded his brewing heritage with the spirit of Mexican traditions. Originally called Siglo XX to celebrate the arrival of the 20th century it later became known as just Dos Equis (or simple, two Xs in Spanish.) Dos Equis Amber is a full flavored, yet surprisingly smooth amber-colored lager from Mexio that is easy to drink with a clean finish."

rickyleepotts, Nov 09, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear amber pour with a nice head. The nose is very mild...light fuitiness takes some shape. The taste overall is bland. Almost no hoppiness. Malts are sublte if not hidden. There seems to be a pinch of citrusy sweetness on the finish but that fades quite fast. A light bodied beer with a decent mouthfeel. An easy drinker but little in the way of interesting qualities.

Popsinc, May 16, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Brownish-orange in color and very clear. No head to speak of.

Smell – Faint malt aroma with no balance.

Taste – Not much there other than the smallish malt from the aroma. It seems like there’s something bitter in there – an attempt to balance maybe – but the flavor was uninspiring overall.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation helped this one along, but the flavor made for some gagging swallows.

Drinkability – Not the tastiest beer in the world, but fine for a hot summer day.

RoyalT, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -3.5%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber with a white head that stays around a while.

Make sure and get a whiff of it quickly, as the aroma fades fast. Slightly nutty, grainy, with a hint of caramel.

The taste fades about as fast as the smell. It's pretty bland with hints of caramelized malts and a slightly dirty taste, though the mouthfeel is pretty good.

I want to lower my score more with every sip.

brownbeer, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This is a suprisingly dark beer for Vienna Lager, like a dull Irish Red almost. A forceful pour gives a big head that dies slowly, but is gone without a trace by the time I'm 1/3 done. I smell only faintest whiff of what I think is crystal malt aroma. This beer wasn't much to report on, one dimensional metallic and caramel flavor with no toasted character at all. I did notice something strange when I started eating Spanish rice with it. It took on cinnemon, woody, and boozy flavors that prettymuch made it taste like spiced rum. I'm not reviewing based on that, but they were delicious together.

Mouthfeel is a great consistency but damn, this is one flat beer, and still, it stung the mouth a tad.

JudgeRoughneck, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +28.6%

tohe9384, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

tbryan5, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Dmann
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good mexican beer. It poured a dark brownish color with a thin fizzy head that faded quickly. The smell was strong on grain and malt. The taste was pretty decent with good malt flavors and a touch of hops. Although the taste was dominated by grain it was a smoothe flavor that went very well with the chips and salsa I had. A good mexican brew to get if it is offered.

Dmann, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +52.7%

markallmon, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of fmrl
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

fmrl, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

FadetoBock, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of ddodger41
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

ddodger41, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of Drunkenass
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Joebraggot
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

Joebraggot, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of beaversfan12
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

beaversfan12, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this and the lager here in the US, and found them lacking. Tried this again on a recent trip to Mexico, and I swear there's a difference. The beer was a dark brown with a thick tan head. It had a nice malty aroma. Taste also malty, with a little caramel and some hops. Very enjoyable, and it stood up well with Mexican food.

lordofthewiens, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have this beer only twice is a nice beer ..but for one or two not more...it have a very nice color (dark),have a little hard taste but i like it...i would drink it again... This is not a beer for hot weather...I buy it from a gas station for $1.61 including tax so is cheap and you can find it almost anywhere

BeerDreadz, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Jpinoniemi, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The Dos Equis Amber poured a clear copper with a fizzy head that quickly disappeared. It has a sweetish, starchy malt aroma with some slight fruity hints. Like the regular Dos Equis, it is thin and watery. It tastes a little better though. The taste is mostly sweet malts and some caramel hints. It has a kind of skunky, metallic finish though. Overall, it's better than regular Dos Equis and at the upper end of macros...still not something I would get again, unless choices were very slim.

Beaver13, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

TTripp725, May 01, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass. There is no noticeable freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a dark golden honey color with very good clarity and lots of carbonation rushing to the surface. On the top sits a soft foamy white head that fades quickly. Lacing is minimal and slick.

Smell: Its aroma has a light character with hints of grainy malt sweetness and mild grassy/leafy hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has a thin, mild sweetness overall. There are hints of sweet grainy malt, husk and toasted biscuits. Hop flavor is very mild and it offers very little bitterness for balance. It finishes fairly quick, crisp and clean. The palate has a smooth easy drinking texture with just enough carbonation and a medium body.

Notes: It's not the best or most complex Vienna Lager but it is drinkable with no off putting flavors.

generallee, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Scribbles
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence: A one finger head, which was off white colured, a deep amber colour to the beer.

Smell: Smells like malt with a bit of citrus-y hops in the mix.

Taste: Definitely a mild beer, slight sweetness; but not near as sweet as Sam Adams Boston Lager(same style). A little bit of hops, no very prominent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth not, very thick, leaves the mouth a little dry with some lingering malt flavour. Mid-level carbonation.

drinkability: Pretty drinkable, it is a respectable beer, definitely worth trying, could probably use just a bit more in all its tastes though and it would be better, a good beer no the less though.

Note: I see that the ABV isn't listed, I've seen a couple of sources that say 4.7 - 4.8%t

Scribbles, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3/5  rDev -3.5%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 25, 2013
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Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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