Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

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

Not Rated.
Dos Equis Amber LagerDos Equis Amber Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.

721 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 721
Hads: 2,706
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 35.92%
Wants: 36
Gots: 455 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (39) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dos Equis Amber Lager Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 721 | Hads: 2,706
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 **

 179 characters

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.

 2,242 characters

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.

 205 characters

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

 441 characters

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

 167 characters

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.

 360 characters

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.

 1,871 characters

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.

 466 characters

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.

 198 characters

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.

 196 characters

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.

 349 characters

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

 171 characters

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.

 505 characters

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.

 495 characters

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.

 177 characters

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.

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

 211 characters

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

 227 characters

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.,

 245 characters

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.

 512 characters

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.

 784 characters

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.

 713 characters

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.

 532 characters

Photo of StoneTSR
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: This is a surprisingly good looking beer. Deep copper in color, transparent, with thousands of lively bubbles darting up towards the strong, two fingers of white, fluffy head. The head forms a small crown that reaches above the rim of this pint glass after being poured from a 12-ounce bottle. The retention is excellent and ten minutes after the pour there is still a good quarter-inch of head left. The lacing is superb as well, with layering that almost look like a Nitro Milk Stout.

SMELL: There is nothing offensive here, but then again there isn't much of anything here at all. There is basically zero aroma, despite the big, fluffy, pretty head. Maybe there is a trace of sugary malt, but that's it.

TASTE: Indicative of the copper color, there is a fair amount of caramel flavor present along with a slightly burnt toast breadiness. Underneath the malt and yeast is a relatively heavy corn-like taste. A hint of hop bitterness squeaks in at the end as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly sweet to start with a drying finish. The body is actually bigger than expected, I'd say light to medium...but leaning light.

OVERALL: This is not a terrible beer. It is not a great one either, but in a pinch, this will do.

 1,241 characters

Photo of IronLover
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Reddish orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps. Buttery, toasted malt and burnt caramel aromas with hints of herbal hops. Medium bodied with a slightly watery feel up front that transitions to light, tangy, crispness through the middle to the end. Burnt caramel malt and light toasted malt flavors with herbal hops through the middle and clean finish. Flavors are generally subdued with dominant burnt caramel character.

 492 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +28.2%

$1.23 special.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance.

Appearance (4) : The head seems to just stick to itself like some kind of sci-fi film. It was cool to watch. There's a giant bubble on top about the size of a 50 cent piece. Not sure what that's about. Oops, it popped. 1 finger oatmeal-colored head that leaves an impressionable amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. It sits on top of a dark fiery amber hue, at an impressive 80% opacity only showing the shadow of my hand on the other side when held up to the light. I was expecting much less for this beer. A solid 4.

Smell (3.5) : A familiar smell. Maybe Amber Bock-ish? Maybe Blue Moon Seasonal...ish. Anyways, it's spiced, some coriander, has plenty of barley malt,with supplements of oatmeal, wheat, and corn. Maybe some rice. If this is all true to my nose we've got a lot of adjuncts. But perhaps I'm confused. Some faint faint citrus notes but I would call them fruity, not hoppy.

Taste (4.25) : Yeasty, bready, delicious. This was a good pick. The finish has a great yeasty bread dough flavor to it and some buttered bread. Wow, I like this a lot. Lots of malt character with graininess and fresh bread. Ends smooth and clean.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Crisp, smooth, dry, clean.

Overall (3.96) : I'm a chatterbox tonight. Sorry for the long review. This is one of my top ambers now. Next time I see it for a good price I'll pick up a six or twelve. I was not expecting this as I typically don't like mexican style beers. But this one somehow rises above. Lovely yeasty bread dough with a slight sour malt character. Bravo (in every sense of the word)!

 1,636 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.