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

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BA SCORE
72
okay

2,433 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 26
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

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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Ratings: 2,433 | Reviews: 705 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for this country. That is drinkable with some taste. Nice foam in pour and amber colour. Works as a Vienna. Smooth drink with significant malt. Light mouthfeel, mild bitter aftertaste. Would work with spicy food. From broken sixpacks at LCBO.

Sammy, Dec 19, 2004
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, slight caramel, and some metallic aromas. Taste is pretty much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but at least it’s pretty drinkable for what it is.

UCLABrewN84, May 15, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.5%

djrn2, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.5%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

acurtis, May 03, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color is a modest copper-brown with a slight head. The nose brings forward a bit of light bread and some very mild and earthy hops. The taste combines a bit of earth and a touch of toast fairly well, at least given who the producer is. Decent body and carbonation; this isn't half bad.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +28.6%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of metter98
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear coppery amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that never faded away and left lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of corn in the nose along with notes of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is a little better than the smell because the corn aromas are subdued; there are flavors of toasted and caramel malts along with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer certainly looks like a Vienna Lager but does not really smell like one, having more of a resemblance to that of an adjunct lager.

metter98, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +28.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of brentk56
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium amber with neither head nor lacing

Smell: What smell? I think there is a little maltiness but it was hard to discern

Taste: All malt and no hops; very little taste overall - just a bit of brown bread and bandaid phenols

Mouthfeel: Light, watery with a touch of carbonation

Drinkability: I couldn't even finish my pint it was so insipid

brentk56, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's nothing like celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a bad Mexican beer. The pour brought an initially promising head retention that disapeared after the first sip, leaving a film atop that proved not appealing. A weak amber color (caramel) later confirmed by the watery texture and taste that the brew makes no real attemp at quality. Aromas and flavors display light caramelization, but not enough to make any meaningful impact in the brew. Flavors hing on graininess, watered-down cola, and a faint resemblance to a lager. Thin body, and adjucts lead to astringency and residual grain and sugars on the palate. Though the beer is not awful, it makes a good run of it. Best to stick with the Negra Modelos next year.

BEERchitect, May 07, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap: Clear amber colored beer with a thick bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some weak malt also noticeable. Taste is quite pleasant with again some sweetness and a bit of malt that can be notice. Very refreshing while drank on a patio of a Mexican/tex-mex restaurant. Much more enjoyable then Corona or Sol but by no mean is it a complex or extreme beer.

Phyl21ca, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard to believe that I've gone this long without reviewing Dos Equis, by far my most common order (in the past) at Mexican restaurants. I haven't had one in a few years though and I'm fairly certain that I've never had one that wasn't accompanied by food.

Lucent, deeply burnished orange-bronze with a moderate amount of fine suspended 'stuff'. The pale beige head is smaller than most and is acceptably firm. Scraps of lace are starting to appear, but don't hang around to see how it all ends. The lightly toasted grain-like nose is simply average with no hint of adjuncts.

The flavor is mediocre at best. It's lightly malty with a faint toastedness and is slightly sweet with an underlying mild sourness. 'Lightly', 'faint', 'slightly' and 'mild'... you get the picture. There's perhaps a subtle (there I go again) bitterness on the finish without any real hop flavor.

The body is appropriately light-medium and there's not a whole lot of carbonation. I don't usually mind a shortage of bubbles, but in this case it makes the beer seem flat and uninteresting. Which it pretty much is.

I may still order Dos Equis Amber Lager on occasion to wash down my enchiladas. Otherwise... never. I've had worse Mexican beer, but that doesn't mean that Dos Equis is anything to celebrate.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of kylehay2004
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Single finger rapidly dissipating head.

S: Faint odor. Little sweet and malty.

T: The taste has just the right amount of sweet malt. Light caramel and toasted malt.

M: Light to medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice amber. Nothing special but very drinkable.

kylehay2004, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.5%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%

ygtbsm94, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Hooters tonight, because well, there was a decent selection for Hooters, about 40 beers, but this was the only one I had never had, so that was reason enough for me. Pored a golden amber, with a slight reddish hue. A big fizzy white head graced the top and faded quickly leaving behind a decent little top of film, and some residual lacing for a minute or two. Nice carbonation was evident from the start. Smell was very light, practically non existent here. What was there was maybe some kinda light grain, but it was really faint, maybe a touch of some kind of bready yeast..The taste was rather blah and non descript. Your typical amber lager really. Lots of malt, no hops, and a touch of grain, thats about it. Pretty good mouthfeel as the carbonation kept things pretty lively on the palate, and it went down very smooth, with a quick, crisp finish. Very clean. Drinkability was above average, as very cold this was one that you could throw down a ton of. Overall I have had muc worse, and for a macro, not actually half bad. Went pretty damn well with dinner. I would definatly have one again, though I wouldn't put a sixer in my fridge

mikesgroove, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a relatively decent amber color with not a lot of head or lacing. The smell is rather generic, its grainy and mostly a nose full of malts. The taste has some hop bitterness to it but nothing too special. The mouthfeel is a little watery to me. Overall I won't need to have this one again I don't think.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, medium copper body with a small, wispy white head. Lightly bubbly.

Smell: Mild toasted malt character with a very vague fruitiness.

Taste: Light toasted maltiness with a subtle sweetness. Tiny hint of apple. No trace of hops whatsoever. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't stand up on a chair and cheer about it, but it's not altogether terrible, actually.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -3.5%

largadeer, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pokal at La Hacienda.

When in a Mexican restaurant, drink as the Mexicans might. Enter Dos Equis. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises light burnt wheat, very light roasted malts, caramel, and flowers. The taste follows pretty closely, with the roast toned down even further. A light bit of toasted biscuit comes in, but dies away just as quickly. The body is a heavy-ish light, with a moderate carbonation and a finish that really seems to wanna be dry. Overall, nothing special going on here, but enough drinkability to go with my tasty enchiladas.

TMoney2591, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mr. Salsa in Oglesby, IL.

Poured into an 8 oz. pilsner glass a light brownish amber tone, with good clarity and visible carbonation. A steady pour produced a finger width of creamy head, which left rings of delicate lacing on the glass. Retention was below average, there was a thin ring for the duration of the glass.

Grainy aroma with a mild apple note. Light and papery.

Flavor has some toasted malt character, lightly sweet with a dry residual sugar in the aftertaste. Hint of tart apple bitterness is there, also white grape, but not too pronounced. It's light, also balanced with good carbonation and light maltiness. After finishing one I had another, and so did everyone else. Not a bad choice, but I still prefer Bohemia as my #1 Mexican lager. Paired well with a carnitas/pulled pork dinner. As a side note, this makes a mean michelada...

emerge077, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 03, 2013
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Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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