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

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72
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724 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 724
Hads: 2,740
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 35.92%
Wants: 37
Gots: 482 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager | 4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of jw4free
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lager glass. L: nearly no head. Dark Amber. Bit of carbonation. S: brown toast maltiness. T: not much. F: crisp but watery. O: easy drinking lager.

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Photo of DAlba97
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is the standard to which all lagers should be accounted to. My all time favorite lager! Full or the lager flavor and nothing extra/unneeded. Take my word for it & buy yourself a 6-pack!

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Photo of damzz
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

As with Mexican lagers, it is a simple beer. There is no complexity, no layers of anything. Is that "bad"? No. IF the want is for a beer that hs some flavor beyond the Mexican lagers, this is it with Bohemia.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.49/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

**FROM OLD NOTES, 01/8/12: All I can smell is the Lime, Light yellow. Blah, Flat, Little Carbonation. Nothing Funky is the only compliment I can give. "Stay Thirsty" is right **

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Photo of doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dos Equis (or “two X”) proves it may be half the beer that our Australian XXXX is... I hope not because XXXX is crap at best. Anyhow I was entirely convinced that I’ve reviewed this (and many other Mexican beers) before but it turns out I haven’t. Why? Because most Mexican beers are that forgettable. But who can blame them with their equatorial climate that makes drinking anything other than Lager practically unpalatable... fair enough I say - if I lived in Mexico the idea of an IPA or RIS would be like wearing a winter parka in that blazing oppressive heat: Unbearable.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear caramel coloured body with a sea foamy off-white head on top... it’s like a Lager but brown, Michael Jackson (the beer reviewer) cited these beers as Vienna Lagers, a style developed by Austrian brewer Anton Dreher - which made its way to Mexico via Austrian immigrants. 7/10.

S: Aroma is a mixture of cane sugar, dark fruit (specifically plum) and a hint of dark Grenache grape (WTF???). Overtones of vegetal matter and dark rum bring this brew back to earth and stamp it indelibly as the macro Lager it really is. 6/10.

T: Crisp, dry cereal characters banish the above intriguing aromas to the nether region of good beer “Never to return!” shouts Dos Equis, “A pox on thee!”. Hints abound of brown sugar/caramel malts and crisp lime hops but overall the dryness of this brew in the finish is almost unbearably Japanese. 5/10.

M: Mid to light, almost watery bodied, with a gassy medium carbonation and naught much else. 5/10.

D: Again for a Mexican beer on a hot summers day I can see this going down a treat as long as it is ice cold, but here in the mild spring weather of Canberra it’s an absolute bore of a Lager, like most macro Lagers, I’m struggling to contain my boredom of this beer as I drink it... perhaps I should chuck in a lime wedge? Nope, it’s almost finished, stay the course. In any case I might try this again in the context of a Mexican dinner during summer - with that sacrilegious addition of a lime wedge... mmm, sacrilegious. 6/10.

Food match: Quesadilla or Cemita with sliced avocado, meat, white cheese, onions, pápalo and salsa roja - take your pick.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at TGI Fridays.

Mediocre from start to finish. Caramel malt, faint citrus and minimal hop presence. Not terrible but, all aspects of this beer (even the appearance) seems generic and watered down.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To my palate, all beers taste the same once you put a lime in it.

Standing on its own with no lime, I find Dos XX surprisingly good. I'm not a huge fan of lagers in general, but I like the heavier maltiness and lowered hoppiness of this beer. Less bitter and overly carbonated than most American lagers. Beautiful Amber color. Not a GREAT beer, but a really solid beer. I can easily drink multiple in a session and enjoy all the way through

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Photo of CraigP83
3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber and clear, good carbonation. I couldn't get a good smell since the restaurant I ordered from crammed a lime on the rim. Easy drinking, good intro to darker beers

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Photo of fx20736
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Given a single bottle from the next door neighbor August 2015. Served at fridge temp in a dimpled mug.

Look: medium-dark orange amber, no lacing to speak of.

Smell: hard to smell anything. Maybe a little caramel malt and a faint whiff of spicy hops

Taste: simple, mild, just a hint of toasted bread.

Feel: does it matter?

Overall: inoffensive but boring.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a macro produced beer in the style of the Vienna lager. Vienna malt is used and that's the same as for the Bock style. Vienna malt is lighter and sweeter than Munich malt which is used in the Oktoberfest. These two styles are similar and drink similarly but each is distinct. They differ in color slightly from the different malts used. The qualities that define both styles are no caramel, subtle or low hops presence. In the mouthfeel there is a pertinent difference. The Vienna finishes with some residual sweetness and can show some warmth in the finish. Both are clean lagers with no diacetyl, no dms, no fruity esters. Neither should have any roasted flavors.

Dos Equis Ambar is a darker lager to have with food. It is refreshing. It has a good clean feel with lots of bubbles and a mild flavor. With food it acts as though it has bitterness because it's mostly dry. But without food it's a sweeter finish. The body on the beer is light enough to seem thin and easy to drink. It tastes like brown bread with a good crust. A husky grain finishes smooth and with a sweet touch at the very back but leaves the palate wide open. A bite from carbonation and a breath from those hops that I would say is no more than vibrance. No real flavor or scent but you can taste them and it's not bitter. They lend an almost citric snap to the finish. This beer went extremely well with savory foods. With sweeter foods it appeared much thinner.

I thought this beer met all the style guidelines. The off flavors I see mentioned for this beer are caramel - I honestly did not find any. And fruit- again no. Metallic- I noticed people saying metallic flavor. While I found none, I am guessing that if you did observe metallic it could be one of two main reasons -one - improper storage of malts, or two the bottle was old and the metallic flavor is the result of oxidation.

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Photo of hopphead31415
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Look-This one pours an orange amber color with frothy fringes on the medium small head.

Smell-It is a malt forward (duh) lager.

Taste-It has floral and herbal notes singing high over the lager malt base. It has a pretty low alcohol content weighing in at 4.7% ABV.

Mouthfeel-It is crisp and refreshing with noticeable carbonation.

Overall-There is nothing special about this beer, but it is a nice brew if you are at the right place probably eating an enchilada.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear medium amber with a thin beige head, good retention. Aromas of hay, caramel, biscuit, earth. Light watery body, good carbonation. Light sweetness, a hint of citrus, gentle bitter finish.

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Photo of lechap
4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On a recent fishing trip I had occasion to taste a lot of different beers. Honestly, one of the best I had was a pint of this on tap. Not normally a fan of Mexican beers but this was an exception.

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Photo of Lahoi
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. Call me cheap, but it all depends on the $$$. I've been to bars, grills, restaurants and even package liquor stores that seem to think that this is a premium beer, thus they price it accordingly. If that's the case, this beer sucks. But put it down there with the other cheaply made lagers and I think this is a nice, drinkable beer.

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Photo of BrewUSA
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Look 6/10
Smell 12/20
Taste 30/40
Feel 5/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 71/100

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Photo of DevAJ
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had no clue this was considered a Vienna until I came to this site. This is by far my favorite "Vienna", but then again I don't have a whole lot of exposure to the category as the only others I've had were Samuel Adams and Abita Amber. If Samuel Adams and Abita Amber are classic interpretations of the style then the classic Vienna isn't for me, but the Dos Equis interpretation is pretty good in my opinion and it's the only beer I get when I go to a Mexican restaurant and I always get it on draft.

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Photo of RyanK252
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours red orange amber with a frothy off white head that settles and lightly laces.

S: Bready malt, maybe a hint of floral notes, and a little sweetness.

T: Bready malt, some sweetness, very light fruity notes, and that's pretty much about it. Can be a bit watery on the back end.

M: Fairly light body, moderate carbonation.

O: Generally inoffensive, but I can't say I plan on drinking this again. Just nothing special about it.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent Mexican amber lager. It is labeled as a Vienna style lager, but it seems like a premium adjunct lager, IMO. However, it is refreshing alongside Ensenada style fish tacos.

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Photo of JeffBlue
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Draft, revisited) at Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Wheaty and plain but refreshing; 3/8/15.

Others:
Bohemia (favorable)
Indio (favorable)
Dos Equis Special Lager (neutral)
Sol (unfavorable)
Tecate (unfavorable)

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Photo of eddiefontaine13
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best when really icy cold, very drinkable with spicy food, chili relanno's...this beer brings down the heat, clean finish, good with lime wedge, this beer is much better in draft form than in a bottle every time I have drank it

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite mexican beers that I can get right at the local mini market. If I can´t find Bohemia I get some Amber Lagers. Pours deep golden almost coppery, smells and tastes like vienna malts and adjuncts are there but not overwhelming.,

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Photo of Foyle
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that drops quickly with very minimal lacing. Color is a clear, deep amber with some moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very mild -- a bit of corn, a hint of caramel
Mouthfeel: light, quite frothy, with a easy dry finish.
Flavor: nice combination of caramel, a bit of nuttiness, whole wheat bread, with a small hop bitterness in the back end.
Overall: very pleasant, easy drinking. Pairs terrifically with spicy Mexican cuisine.

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Photo of baumaxx1
2.82/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance -
1 cm off-white head, clear dark amber/gold colour, moderate carbonation. Moderate lacing. Head dissipates to a thin film.

Smell -
Malts, yeast, citrus, cherries and sugar syrup. Nothing really too offensive, but there's not much to smell.

Taste -
Bread, a hint of lemon and lime, caramel malts, almond, but on the whole on the plain side. Pretty drinkable, but not the most flavoursome beer you can get - a bit on the watery side and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel -
Mostly watery, mild fizz, fairly refreshing. Standard.

Overall -
Can't complain too much. A decent mass-produced beer at a reasonable price, and there are far worse lagers on the Australian market than this. Nothing special and it's a bit bland like most beers for the mass-market, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 8/30/14

Appearance - 4/5
Pours an orange-amber-brown color. A little bit of head retention. Fairly clear. Lots of carbonation seen rising to the top.

Smell - 4/5
Was surprised by the smell. Maltly sweetness, accompanied by smells of cherries, tart apples, and alcohol.

Taste - 3.75/5
A traditional lager taste mixed with significant fruitiness and malty sweetness. Makes for a nice taste. Nicer than a was expecting, given the brand.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Fairly smooth, light to medium in body. A small carbonation kick on the tongue. Moderately crisp.

Overall - 3.5/5
I could see this being a nice beer on a hot summer day. Not really my favorite style, but I don't have a lot of major complaints either.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dos Equis Amber is best on tap, with a lime on the edge of the glass. The beer is not great, but it definitely passes the time with some good old Tex Mex. The color is a deep copper, with a golden hue in the right kind of light. The head is rather small, about a finger's width, and it lingers. Its aroma is of corn, not overly strong. It tastes of grain, a bit watery actually. It has a dry after effect. Not bad. Not good either, but overall, this is a beer you can have with dinner, and it won't ruin your evening at all.

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Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.