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

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Ratings: 2,470
Reviews: 707
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 26
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001)
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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...

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

supposedly one of the better mexican exports, but i did not care for this. smells like an adjunct lager with a touch of sweeter malt, kind of off-putting in an extracty way. flavor is the same, very corn lagery, artificially sweet. feel is really weird for a beer, expansive like a shaken up soda, overly bubbly, and funny in the stomach. body is less than medium and its actually really drinkable, aside from the way it made me feel. i think its also much less refresing than the regular dos equis lager, which i dont mind too much. this one is all up a pretty nasty beer, but still preferable to corona by a long shot.

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.

Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a white, one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled sweet. A good malty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of malts and corn. It was fairly sweet with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and relatively dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better brews from Mexico. Certainly worth having on a hot day.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dos Equis pours a clear copper body beneath a foamy yellowed-white head. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some decent lace behind.

The nose expresses lightly sweet and toasty malt but little else. There's the suggestion of hops in the background, but they can't be picked out. A delicate flicker of yeasty sulphur comes through as well.

The flavor is not quite as sweetish as the nose suggests, with the gently toasty malts balanced by a firm bitterness and ghostly floral hops. It finishes clean, short, and dry.

Crisp and light-medium in body, this is an easy-to-drink lager that offers a bit of character in its toastiness.

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck. Gold label with gold artwork and a red/maroon XX. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Brownish copper in colour with a semi-sticky cream coloured lace that retains pretty well to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Touch of malt with toasted and sweet undertones. Very faint floral hop and trace alcohol also in the aroma.

Taste: Crisp and dry malt mouth feel of grain and a touch of husk, faintly light hop flavour and a residual sweetness hit in the middle and let through a very light bitterness. Malt is a little thin but the toasted character makes up for that a bit. The aftertaste lingers with left over residual dextrins and leaves the mouth clean.

Notes: One of the better lagers to be imported from Mexico and a better pick from mass-produced American amber lagers like Michelob Amber Bock and the like though pale in compairison to some of the more flavourful Vienna Style Lagers. Pairs well with mild bean or chicken burritos covered with Monterey Jack cheese.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Happy Hora @ Mad Mex Robinson yes there were many better options but this one I hadn't had since I was underage so figured it was time to revisit. Appears caramel amber with a white creamy head leaves a trail of fine speckled lacing behind. Aroma contains a touch of metallic character touch of caramel sweetness with not much a hop character to speak of. Flavor fruity note fizzy caramel tone light spritzy citrus note a touch of an herbal edge noted...not bad at all. Mouthfeel is light bodied higher carbonation doesn't make it undrinkable. Drinkability this one's a decent go to in a Mexican restaurant however not at Mad Mex where the selection doesn't even warrant this brew to be imbibed there, nice toasted malt character but I need a bit more flavor on average to be happy.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spices, nuts, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of caramel, nuts, honey and roasted malt. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is spicy and sweet.

M: Smooth with a little bit of crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tastier than I expected, goes down easily, slightly filling, this was not a bad beer and I think it is the type of beer that would go very well with a meal rather than just pounding it down.

Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Small, off white head with little retention. The body is amber-orange and very clear.

S - Clean, malty aroma with a bit of caramel.

T - Malt flavor with just a hint of caramel and roast grain. No hop flavor or aroma. Mild hop bitterness in the finish along with clean malt.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, but slightly low on malt character. Not particularly interesting, but good for what it is, and it deserves some recognition for consistently being the best beer available at most Mexican restaurants.

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
1/5  rDev -67.8%

Photo of drabmuh
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a low class beer that I do not mind that much. The color is nice amber, there is almost no smell. Moderate carbonation with a diffuse head, nothing to speak of really. No lacing on the glass, drinks fine. Minor aftertaste, does not last, does not really affect the overall drinkability. This is an average beer.

Photo of mactrail
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, the color is nice, a medium amber. Smell is OK, just a beery whiff. Faint taste of caramel? No, that's imagination from the color. Bitterness is the soapy dishwater style. I didn't realize this stuff was so bad. It's just a flat, dull flavor with an unpleasant cardboard sort of taste. Faintly woody. Not crisp enough for a decent gulp.

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It smells of pale and light crystal malts with that lager yeast zing. The taste is good. It is refreshing with a light maltiness and some bitter hops. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking Mexican lager.

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a white head that thins to a wide patch. Some vanishing spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild grain, mild caramel.

The taste is "macro-ish" with some caramel. There's a touch of blandish hop bitterness with a slightly metallic/salty tinge in the soft finish.

The feel is rather watery, somewhat fizzy.

Not much of interest here. I can think of a Mexican Vienna Lager that blows this out of the water (Bohemia). On it's own - bland, but generally inoffensive.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color, clear. Pretty good head that dissipates quickly. No real lace.

Crystal malt aromas; Fairly mild, but inviting. I also note a touch of brown sugar (figuratively speaking).

Thin in body, but flavorful, especially for a national import. A little over-carbonated for my tastes. There's also a touch of aluminum in the flavor and aftertaste. Quaffable, certainly the more flavorful choice against the other mass-marketed beers of the world.

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer couldn't be any more average to me. Tastes oddly similar to the other Dos Equis out there, just darker in color and maybe a small tad more taste. I mean, it's right on par with Michelob as a mass produced "Amber lager" but it cannot compete with the microbreweries with this style. They usually cost the same price too which makes it obsolete. Basically it's drinkable and and quench your thirst.. but look elsewhere for well balanced, tasty beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color with frothy tan head. The aroma has notes of grain, caramel, and a hint of herbal hops. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and this sweetness actually holds up throughout the beer. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as some light astringency. A pretty simplistic beer that has a nice caramel note it, though it does have a distracting astringency/ vegetal character to it that I don't find all that good. In the end though this is not nearly as flavorless as I was expecting it to be.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of GClarkage
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. About your typical Mexican beer. Poured a medium copper-amber color with a small head and maybe the slightest of lace. Smelled like a combo of corn and malt. Very light carbonation, but not super watery like some of the others. Maybe a tinge of sweetness? Went down pretty easy. A decent beer for a hot day on the beach. Would have others above it though (while in Cancun).

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