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

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2,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,463
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 26
Gots: 208 | 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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Photo of papaglide
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A = pours a golden copper color with smallish white head that leaves a nice ring of lace around the glass

S = mostly sweet malt, some slight graininess and very small hop nose present. Not much though, you really have to dig for it.

T = malty sweet with a slight toasted flavor. The hops are thin but do help out with the dry finish.

M = nothing much to say....little thin with low carbonation.

D = highly drinkable, would make a good session beer. I could drink this beer for half a night and still like it. Nothing offensive and nothing big about this beer, just a nice, average, easy drinking mellow brew.

Brown 12oz bottle $7.29 a 6 pack.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce provided to me as a leftover after a Father's Day picnic.

Aggressively foaming with active carbonation. Clear, filtered amber.

Smells like amber waves of grain, some light corn and a touch of sweetness.

Taste reflects the nose. Nothing great, but very sessionable.

Photo of Jwale73
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a translucent copper with a one inch, loose, bubbly, cream-colored head. Head eventually dissipates into a broken skim; some spots and strands of lacing revealed during the session - decent adhesion. Not much happening in the nose - some light malts maybe a nutty quality. Taste consistent with nose - not much complexity, a little watery and maybe a hint of acidity and a little residual sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with a pleasant, lively carbonation and a fairly clean finish. Not a a bad brew. Drinks easy and pairs well with Mexican.

Photo of honeybrewer
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this a few nights ago at a Mexican place, but it came pre-poured with a slice of lime, and all I could smell and taste was lime. So I bought a six pack at the store to give it an honest review.
12 oz bottle poured into snifter.
Pours a clear amber, half inch or so of foam, but dissipates quickly.
Smells faintly of sweet malt, not much else.
Taste is about the same; mild malt flavor, not much else.
Moderate carbonation, thin body.
Overall its strongest point is probably its ability to quench a mouthful of flames after too big a bite of jalapeno. Not much of a stand alone beer.

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

this is a decent beer but really there is not much to it.. I would put this in the neutral beer category.. this is something that is only sessionable and not really enjoyable as a center piece.. everything about this beer is typical - grainy, very slight malty sweetness, mainly just carbonated beer flavor.. I would not highly recommend this unless it is a hot day and nothing else is available.

Photo of JMad
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a frozen pint glass.

The beer poured a clear amber color with a 1 finger head that disappeared quickly.

The smell is slightly sweet and malty, but mostly metallic.

Tastes metallic too, very slight bitterness, and you can taste bread.

Mouthfeel is a little watery and tingly. It drinks good, just doesn't have much flavor.

Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I ordered this beer with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. After removing piece of lime, I poured in to the glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head that slowly faded to lacing.

S: Had a faint malt aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: Has a light sweetness that is crisp with a slightly bitter finish.

F: Had a nice texture that is smooth and goes down easy.

D: This is a decent beer on its own without any fruit wedge needed. Goes best with Mexican dishes

Photo of greengorilla
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug. It is an nice amber color with a minimal tannish head.

The smell is of malt, but it is very weak in smell. The taste is also somewhat weak. It doesn't have that macro grain taste, but a weak malt taste is really all I am picking up.

The mouthfeel is decent. It is quite drinkable. My wife loves it, but I can't say that I will be drinking it again real soon.

Photo of bmwgirl9606
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the Las Vegas airport, drinkable only because it isn't the standard American swill that's the only other choice.

Aroma - light malt, hint of band-aid and DMS (canned vegetable), no hop presence. Appearance - medium copper, good clarity, fast-dissipating white head. Flavor - light malt with distinct essence of plastic and canned vegetable ( DMS), no hop presence. Mouthfeel - light, some diacetyl present. Overall impression - I only drank it because I'm at the airport.

In general, not worth it.

Photo of kneeland
4/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my all time favorites! I prefer it with the lime, but it's still good without it, unlike some Mexican beers.

The color is a rich amber brown, and with an added lime it's got a great amber/citrus flavor.

I have spent many nights ordering nothing but Dos Equis Amber. The lager is good too, but the amber is the real good stuff.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to treat this one with respect, and poured it from the brown bottle into a pint glass.

It pours an amber color befitting the name... a small bubbly white head and the beer itself is crystal clear.

Not much smell to it... faintly caramel malty but nothing strong at all.

The taste is very similar, but definitely better out of the pint glass than straight from the bottle with a lime. Malty up front but no real variance to it.

Probably my favorite of the widely available Mexican beers, but it's still nothing TOO special.

Photo of RickS95
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Like the name implies, it's an amber in color with a small head. While dark in color it's been clarfied about a thousand times so you can still see through it.

Smell is nothing to write home about, a little smoky from the malt.

Taste is fair at best, nothing dominates.

Mouthfeel follows suit, nothing Earth-shattering. A little bitter at the end, that's about it.

I'm not generally fond of Mexican beer, but this was ok. I wouldn't pay for another, but would drink it if given to me.

Photo of wordhog61
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend told me about this beer, and I finally tried it at a local Mexican restaruant. I don't usually like dark beers but this is quite good. The first two I had were drafts, and they were refreshing after a long day. If you've read my reviews prior I hate alot of carbonation and like a smooth beer, without the fiz. This beer is just about right, very drinkable and without the fiz.

Photo of mklinger
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pitcher at a local Mexican restaurant & shared it with two others. Rich brown color, more brown than amber with a nice fluffy head that churned up with pouring into glasses. Very clear. Some, but not a lot of lacing left over.

Aroma was quite understated & mild. A little toasty malt was there but not much else. No hop aroma presence.

Taste was what you should expect: Little hop presence (just a hint of bitterness), toasty malt character, less caramel sweetness than you'd expect -- a bit but not what you'd expect from the color. Same for the roast character. I wonder whether they use caramelized sugar or sinamar to bring the color up without adding much flavor.

Mouthfeel was fairly light & well carbonated. It was easy to go through a pitcher of this. Decent Mexican beer.

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

12oz. brown bottle into pint glass

A: Medium amber with short-lived white head that leaves moderate lace.

S: Some toasty malt, "lager" smell. Sweet, maybe?

T/M: Mostly fits the description of a Vienna lager -- toasty, some sweetness, minimal hop bitterness to balance. But I can taste corn when it gets a little warmer. I suppose the corn comes with the territory of mass-produced Mexican beer, but I don't like it with this style. Mouthfeel is average for a lager this color.

D: Despite being able to taste corn, I find this beer highly drinkable at proper temperatures. Great for relaxing outdoors in the summer and much better than other mass-produced Mexican beers.

Side note: I love the Dos Equis ads with the Most Interesting Man in the World, but they did not contribute to my purchase of this beer. Fantastic advertising, though.

Photo of bondjedi
4.03/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just bought a keg of this. Note that most if not all good Mexican restaurants will have this on tap, and most of not all will serve with a wedge of lime. Do not put lime in your beer. Please.

A nice caramel color, opaque but not muddy. Well laced after the foam settles, which is quickly.

A dry taste, which is deceptive. One imagines that a darker beer would be lush. Gravelly finish - this is a brew that will put hair on your chest.

Arguably the best Mexican macro out there. Highly recommended, as we turn the corner into summer.

Photo of colts9016
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Boston Lager Glass at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A thin white ring around the glass. the ring around the glass is foamy. The color of the beer is an amber color with some copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There is a good amount of effervescence in the beer.

Nose: A slight funky aroma first emits from the beer. There are notes of caramel, toasted malt, yeast, and bread crust. There is a slight hop aroma with a floral hint, and citrus. It is lacking the spicy floral notes.

Taste: There is a light malt flavor with caramel, toasted malt, caramel, yeast, and bread crust. There are notes of of pine and citrus.

The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, and dry.

The body of the beer is medium and the finish is lightly medium. This beer is lacking a lot of characters of a Vienna Lager. It is easy to drink because there is not a lot of flavor but it isn't nasty.

Photo of wordemupg
2.6/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

341ml bottle poured into pint glass may18 2010

A clear light copper with a good amount of bubbles sticking to the glass and floating up to a fast falling soapy head that leaves a ring of lace

S some caramel and not much else

T a little bread and caramel with a metallic taste that leaves something to be desired

M not watery but not far from thin and the carbonation fluffs it up a bit

D pretty basic if you ask me and not the best flavor so make of that what you will

I would assume this is a beer that the locals don't drink south of a couple boarders from here

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

Served to me in a pint glass with a small head that dissapated quickly. Color is amber with a dark undertone. Smells a bit bready with a sweet caramel hint. Taste is better than anticipated. Very smooth malt flavor that works very well. Sweet caramel flavor that hits the spot without being too unbalanced. Hop profile is low, as it should be. Easy drinking, flavorful beer that falls short of Boston Lager but is easily the best Mexican macro I've had to date.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I assume this is not the beer the Most Interesting Man in the World drinks.
It is a very soft beer, full of light delicacies. Very little hop profile, a slight bitterness on the front fading into a dryness from the toasted malts. But the flavor itself is a bit pathetic. There is little maltiness evident, just a very watery taste and slight metallic twang like the Most Interesting Man in the World's banjo made from stretched rhino hide and strings made from tying together the whiskers of cougars.
There's really not a lot here, but it isn't offensive. I'd just expect a little bit more malt flavor and a touch more hop finish.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

Photo of carlspeed
2.33/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Really good beer for drinking if you want something with mexican food. I am a huge proponent of drinking beers that match your food, and if I could have a bunch of these, a margarita or two, and some chips and salsa, I would be one happy SOB. It's very smooth, and it's actually smoother than their lager especial which surprised me. This is my favorite Dos Equis, but I do wish that it's ABV was up there with the Lager Especial, which actually tastes like a lighter beer. Go figure. Drink and be merry.

Photo of Bouleboubier
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Next to no carbonation. The promise of head faded quickly post-pour. I'm not sure that I've ever seen a major league beer like this with so little fizz. I mean, it just sat there, not doing a damn thing, knowing full well that it was unappealing to look at, undesirable to savor. It couldn't look me in the eye, that's how flat and uninspiring it knew it was.

Well, yeah, the lack of fizz did kill the thrill that might've been had drinking this. It's not all that bad for what it is: a stagnant, leather-brown, wanna-be Vienna lager, malty malt beverage. In all seriousness, a little CO2 could be all it needs to be worthy. Really, it wasn't tasteless by any stretch, just thick and caramelly in the mouth, but that's about it. More than 2 or 3 in a row and you might find yourself wanting to lay down and rest that gut.

Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a warm Dos Equis into a pint glass to a gigantic off white head. It is dark amber. The smell is of toasted toffee. It is actually quite pleasant. There isn't much taste, faint toasted malt, toffee, and caramel. This beer is actually a lot more drinkable than I expected. I was dreading this beer but thought "what the heck? It's a made up holiday." This beer goes down pretty good. It is probably second to Negra Modela is my experience.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Photo of crossovert
1.2/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

So it is Cinco de Mayo and I have absolutely no connection to the culture of it but here I am with a Mexican beer. I've been told this is the best Mexican macro out there.

Pours a deep reddish amber with a tiny white head that quickly dissipates without lacing.

The smell is ultra light, some light and toasted malt is all that I get.

The taste is putrid, just funky watery corn, I was expecting somethign decent actually. This is crap.

The mouthfeel is ultra carbonated and it tingles your gums after a drink.

Well it is only slightly more interesting than a Corona so it isn't worth trying really.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a loose white head that disappears fast. Nose is caramel and some winter spice but also a cheap sour corn lager tang. Apple and burnt toast up front with very mild mint and earth hops to end. Sweet linger, fizzy and thin.

Technically faithful to style while being a quick quaffer in hot weather. Given the distro, though, probably the best option in some backwaters.

Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,463 ratings.