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

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Dos Equis Amber LagerDos Equis Amber Lager

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2,125 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,125
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 83 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:35:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of nickfl


3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 03:42:32 | More by nickfl
Photo of Jason


3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2002 06:20:48 | More by Jason
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2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 17:53:19 | More by drabmuh
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West Virginia

3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2006 19:33:24 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

05-16-2013 16:20:13 | More by Slatetank
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2004 03:10:52 | More by WesWes
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-07-2012 04:20:50 | More by SocalKicks
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2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 19:12:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 05:47:39 | More by Gueuzedude
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2.48/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 04:51:58 | More by mactrail
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3.13/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 20:29:10 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-08-2011 19:57:59 | More by Rochefort10nh
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2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Acapulco in Long Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a fizzy white head, fair retention, light lacing.

S: Very light, could only pick up a bit of malt.

T: Very light taste of caramel malt and sugar. Light hop bite at the end, slightly grassy.

M: On the watery side, very light.

D: Having this after Negra Modelo, it didn't really stand up to it, not a horrible choice overall though, it has its moments.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 04:16:10 | More by Halcyondays
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United Kingdom (England)

2.28/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 33cl bottle, 4.5% ABV, part of a 12 pack of 3 different lagers from this brewery and kept back after a Mexican evening we held some time ago. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Looked good, deep amber, redwood colour almost, the off-white head soon became a collar, which was a pity because the first impression was very impressive.

Malts dominate the aroma, in fact there isn't much else to talk about, so I wont.

Taste disappointing, thin, weak and tinny. The malt within the brew is like a sickly addative and doesn't sit well within the beer.

Started well, but as the review progressed it became obvious this wasn't a good beer, no matter what style it is placed into.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:27:57 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.28/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 21:36:11 | More by smcolw
Photo of GClarkage


2.63/5  rDev -15.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 03:19:35 | More by GClarkage
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

05-08-2013 08:28:11 | More by beernads
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2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

11-13-2012 19:55:16 | More by imperialking
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3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark amber brown with a one inch head that sticks around for a moment. Some medium carbonation and spotty white lacing are apparent.
Smell is of Vienna and crystal malts.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slight caramel grazing the palate. The slight grainy and malt refresher is not bad if you stick with just this beer in one setting. Normally, I don't add citrus but a lime seems to help bring out the goodness in this one.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2005 17:58:49 | More by weeare138
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3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-05-2012 23:57:05 | More by MarkyMOD
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United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought at 59p in a bargain shop in Sheffield. BB 27/08/07, served chilled in a pint glass.

A: dark copper in colour with reddish glows; the puffy light-beige head retreats fast, on top of moderate carbonation.
S: acute sour-sweet lemony citrus fruits and powdery caramel+chocolate malts come together; a touch of sweet prunes, red-current juice, and ripe plums stay behind the more assertive flow of burned sugar, which smells a bit sharper than average; hovering in the background is a constant scent of rose and berry flavouring. Quite interesting.
T: quite light in fizziness upfront—good; caramelised sugar and toffee-ish maltiness develop, but in a subtle manner… very smoothly transferring towards a faintly dryish finish with little aftertaste apart from the burned-sugar aroma and a dryish-sweet tinge of rum, while the palate remains mildly tannic and metallic at time. Weak but smooth.
M&D: quite smooth in carbonation and the body is light w/o tasting thin; however, this beer succeeds as far as here. It’s super easy-drinking but very boring amber lager, desperately in need of lots of other elements to boost up the profile.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 14:03:07 | More by wl0307
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3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Herby's. Lime again. I removed this one quickly.

A: The lager is darker, a mid-brown amber that doesn't lose its translucence. No head again; I'll continue to blame the lime.

S: The nose has a little more strength, more caramel in place of the vapid paleness of its sister. That added body makes a difference, standing out in an otherwise cold beer.

T: The Vienna adds a little more body, the caramel just a little darker and thicker. That maltiness defines the beer, a lightly toasted flavor that goes nicely with the lime. Don't get me wrong, there's more flavor here but this is a Mexican macro Vienna so adjust your expectations accordingly.

M: Mouthfeel is average, lightly toasted.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2012 01:53:44 | More by akorsak
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almond brown, light head, soft and foamy.
Nose is all malt. Flavor starts as all malt sweetness, then evolves into some breadyness,yeast,and caramel notes. Mild hopping. I remember when this was "the good stuff". This is a refreshing and decent quality brew. Works in a pinch when only macros are available.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2004 01:43:42 | More by Billolick
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2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 22:47:40 | More by oriolesfan4
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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