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

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72
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2,175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,175
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 18.27%
Wants: 22
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
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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:
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mcarroll10177

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on tap into a traditional beer mug

A- nice dark brown color to this beer not much in the way of a head as it was served in a resturant

S- average, not to much going on here at all some hops some lemon perhaps very slight nose

T- easy drinking fresh and clean, however it lacks the complexity that I am used to

M- balanced not to thick and not to much carbination

D- an easy drinker good to wash down the mexicana I ate with it.

Overall this beer got the job done, and it was much better than your average Carona.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2006 19:22:24 | More by mcarroll10177
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hero27

Minnesota

2.17/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Clear amber color..surprisingly unwavering eggshell head.
Musty pale toffee malt aroma.. the lackluster generic malt flavor didn't do too much for me either.
They call this "full-bodied" on the label..is that a joke? My favorite local Mexican restaurant has anything from flavorful local witbeirs like John's White Ale to St. Bernardus 12 on-draft, so I'd be hard-pressed to find myself ever drinking this there. Flavorful than most macros, but still misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 05:31:23 | More by hero27
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hanco005

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered this on tap at a local Mexican restaurant. It was the only non macro draught choice, so I thought I would give it a try. Served in a 22 oz mug

A—clear copperish amber with a thin wispy sheet for a head, I would say that it fades down right away, but there isn’t enough to fade down, no lacing produced, either, is my glass clean?

S—very malty and sweet, some grainy tones, too,

T—as sweet as the smell, malty, not bad, not great either,

M—it crisp and clean, light bodided, mild carbonation at best

D—overall, it is average. Not much else to say about it, really. It’ll do in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 13:40:07 | More by hanco005
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hunteraw

China

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide wine glass. The bottle was free, so no complaints. As far as presentation, the brown bottle is nice.

Appearance: Pours a brown-bronze color with little head and no lacing.

Smell: To be honest, not picking up a whole lot here. A little malt toastiness, I suppose - nothing objectionable at least. Keeping in mind the style here...

Taste: Some toastiness, bitter on the finish. A bit mineral-ly, perhaps. Moderately bittered, but not bad. Finishes dry, which is always a plus for me.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light mouthfeel, but good carbonation - adds to drinkability, I'd have to say.

This isn't a great beer, but for washing down some Mexican food it's not bad. As far as "what to order at a Mexican restaurant?" if the choice is between this and Corona, there's no contest. Nothing to seek out on its own merits either, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 00:20:26 | More by hunteraw
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WVbeergeek

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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mithrascruor

California

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish-copper color and has a foamy off-white head. Lighter than most amber beers.

Smell: The beer's smell is quite faint but consists mostly of rosted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts again (but stronger than in the smell!) accompanied by some grains and a light, almost sweet, floral taste. The aftertaste has a lightly bitter taste. Unfortunately it will, on occasion, have a strange (mildly soapy?) taste with the aftertaste. Thankfully that doesn't happen very often.

Mouthfeel: Semi-smooth feel and medium-bodied. Carbonation is fairly strong, but isn't excessive.

Drinkability: Unless it's giving that weird soapy aftertaste, this is certainly a very drinkable beer. Alcohol is fairly mild. It's not the most interesting beer, and isn't the smoothest, but that's usually not enough to make it problematic.

One of the better (if not the best) mass-produced dark lagers in North America. I will usually get this at restaurants (if there isn't anything more interesting) and will occasionally get a 6-pack if it's on sale. Though usually it's not any cheaper than buying a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 04:44:32 | More by mithrascruor
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 15:32:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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djcrean

Iowa

2.68/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an attractive dark amber with 1 inch head. The head has decent retention and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Very faint, maybe a touch of toasted grains

T: Disappointing. Very crisp and clean, but very unremarkable. Hop bitterness is weak and fleeting.

M: Clean

D: Very drinkable, but then again, so is water.

Notes: Run of the mill mass-marketed lager. A cut above some Mexican imports (Corona), but not as good as others (Bohemia). The taste unfortunately just can't live up to the appearance. Go with Bohemia if it's available.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 00:41:04 | More by djcrean
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becktone

Ohio

2.55/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is great. It can be described as the color of dark cherry stained wood. The head is pretty much non existant, and there is practically no lacing. This one's a big let down.

The nose of this beer is very clean and the sweet malt is easily identifiable. It smells ok, nothing spectacular. Its definitely not repulsive, but this beer just doesn't seem to be meeting my expectations. Not really impressed with this beer, wasn't expecting too much, but still....

As with the aroma the taste is also pretty clean. I don't taste the sweet malt character that I believe should be upfront in this beer. The taste is bland.

This beer is fairly light bodied and is average in the mouth, nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular. This beer goes down easy, but I probably won't be buying it again. If I want a vienna lager from Mexico I think that I'll go for Negra Modelo. This beer just doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 00:37:29 | More by becktone
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JayQue

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good one to accompany food. Nothing wrong with the beer but nothing exceptional about it either. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a small head, minimal lacing. Smell is very mild malt. Light taste of malt and some bitterness,but once again very mild. Mouthfeel a bit thin, nothing unpleasant in the aftertaste. There is enough flavor here to warrant drinking a few of these, but a session beer should have a little more interesting taste.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2006 15:14:54 | More by JayQue
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acrawf6

Louisiana

2.15/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark amber with a small white head

Smell. I do get some cooked vegetable aromas with a macro lager adjunct aroma. As it warms up, I get a little bit of a sweet smell, but it is more of a tea aroma.

Taste. Initially I get a cooked vegetable taste, not that good. Taste is a little puckering.

Mouthfeel is under par. Carbonation is decent, but the balance is off and thin.

Overall, it is better than macro lagers, but it is a bad Vienna lager. Nothing in the beer to make it a beer worth seeking

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 01:53:24 | More by acrawf6
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a while back and liked it, tried it again and it was pretty good. Don't know why the special lager is more popular.

Nice color with a less than fair head retention. golden brown color

mild malt and hop smell

taste is smooth and dry could use a little more hops

This is one of the better beers from mexico. and for the record i don't know why people think mexican beer is so awesome, it's not that special

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 05:58:26 | More by jasonjlewis
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rodrot

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber color with a small head of foam that went away quickly. Aroma was malty with some whiffs of caramel in the nose. Taste was a pleasant mix of sweet malts, some nutty flavors and a faint flavor of cherries. The mouthfeel was fairly smooth and light on the palate. Very easy drinking and actually paired well with a Cuban roast pork sandwich. However, Negra Modelo has more character and would have been a better choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 13:26:23 | More by rodrot
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shamus

Ontario (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Limp head. Almost no head even with a wild pour. Looks whatever.Smells like industrial cleaners. Tastes a bit like some kind of berry Kool-Aid. Cotton candy dry mouth aftertaste. Does not go well with Mexican or any food.. It's just the kind of beer that says "I don't care. I'm just barely trying."

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 00:14:15 | More by shamus
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MSchae1017

Georgia

2.05/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer wast tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer poured a rusty amber with a decent sized fizzy white head that held for a little bit but eventually left leaving some lace. The smell is all corny adjunct and really not plesant. The taste is a lot of adjunct but some nice amber malts and balanced with some bitterness. Fairly thin and overcarbonated mouthfeel but overall highly drinkable in a mexican resturant.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 01:11:25 | More by MSchae1017
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uabigdaz

Arizona

2.08/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured this into a pint glass from the bottle it came in. Appearance is a pleasant brown color that makes you excited to try to beer. Nice head that takes a while to calm, but which leaves a decent lace. Smell is rather bitter and smells a bit sour. The taste is not what I was hoping for. Very bitter, almost metallic taste. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. I could see myself drinking this beer again but not as a result of my own beer run. Still, it's worth a try, aren't all beers?

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 23:16:51 | More by uabigdaz
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mediocre, but decent and drinkable. Pours out to an amber color with a vigorus head of foam that calms after a minute or two. Some lace, and a medium level of carbonation. Aromas of fresh pancakes and malt, with some yeast notes. Different. Taste is bland and bare; light bready malt with some hop bite is overshadowed by cooked corn and cereal grain elements. Mouthfeel is unexceptional. Drinkability is fair. Nothing offensive, but nothing great either.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 00:53:22 | More by Frozensoul327
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plaztikjezuz

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 for 12oz)
pours deep amber with a off white head that quickly fell in to a haze.
the aroma is malty and citrus. (it had a lime in it)
the flavor is rich with malt, bit of hopspice, citrus from the lime.
i love XX i worked in a mexican resturant for years and devoloped a taste for good mexican beers and tequila (bohemia/xx and petron). it goes down great in the summer sun and quinches your thurst.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 03:27:14 | More by plaztikjezuz
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RJLarse

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a six-pack of Dos Equis (XX) to taste review and enjoy for Cinco De Mayo. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a nut brown color, and is clear with many bubbles streaming through the beer. It appears to be moderately carbonated. A foamy three-finger, white head forms with large bubbles. The head dissipates to a thin ring, and laces the glass nicely.

The smell is sweet with a malted grain aroma.

The taste is sweet and malty. It has a fruit flavor like melons (cantaloupe) and earthy taste, and a mild hop finish. The flavors are a little awkward, and not particularly well balanced.

Mouth feel is light and dry but a little watery.

This is a drinkable beer. I would have it again, probably in a Mexican restaurant. I think there are better amber lagers, and I would choose one of those, or an amber ale, if I were buying a six-pack. I think I’ll also try it with a slice of lime. All around a pretty average lager.

NOTE: The lime murdered the head, and didn't enhance the flavor at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 01:46:42 | More by RJLarse
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jarmby1711

Australia

2.4/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Darker than amber in colour , tending to look like a Porter, the visuals lure to believe that the experience awaiting you may well be good.
it is decidedly disappointing.
I really struggled to get any discenable flavour out of my beer.
It was watery and vaguel ,very vaguaely toasted malts but that was it.
Nothing unpleasant ,just nothingness.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 03:50:49 | More by jarmby1711
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hylton44

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pale amber color, though it was tough to get a proper guage in the varied lighting of the Mexican restaurant in which I sat. Thin head disappeared very quickly. I tried to keep my palette clean for the first half of this beer, and I was not all that impressed. The aroma was faint, sweet, and maybe slightly toasty. It went down easy...too easy. It seemed really thin & watery, not offering up much complexity as I swished it about. Easy enough to drink, but not all that interesting or delectable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 20:37:23 | More by hylton44
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edskirk3

Pennsylvania

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

I had a couple of these at my favorite Mexican restaurant the other night, garnished with lime.

Pours a rich amber with a nice white head that retains pretty well. Smells of toasted malts and very faint floral notes.

Palate is dry and crisp with toasted malts, and sweetens a little towards the end. Underlying hop bitterness in the background. Unexpectedly light.

My first thought after finishing the first bottle was, this is like a Mexican Yuengling Lager. If I had two glasses side by side, I probably could not tell the difference. The only difference in taste for Dos Equis Amber that I could detect was the absence of corn.

And it paired very well with crab tacos and warm tortilla chips.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 21:53:30 | More by edskirk3
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ReebShorts

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, gold label, brown colored beer. decent head, faded to a thin layer after a minute or so.

Aroma is toasted malt, and a mildewy sweet corn smell, maybe a slight bit of hop or spice here also.

Carbonation seems to be just right, and this finishes pretty clean. Flavor is primarily toasted malt, the corn is more noticeable on the nose than the pallette, and the mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side. An average amber ale, better than some macro amber ale's i've tried, but not one i'll seek out.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 05:36:36 | More by ReebShorts
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seanmhogan

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent copper toned coloring.
Pours with a white head that goes away fast.
Mild taste, which is rather sweet and a little hoppy.
Light consistency.
Much better substitute than corona, but drink it without the lime. Don't cover up any flavors just drink it the way it is.
And this beer is really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 23:25:43 | More by seanmhogan
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AlexJ

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, copper/tan with a fluffy head that quickly fades.

Aroma is clean malts, very light caramel, and some faint hops.

Flavor starts with crisp malt, slightly sweet, with hints of floral and grassy hops in the finish.

Body is just above light, with a crisp texture and average drinkability. It went well with the Mexican feast it accompanied.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2006 21:38:32 | More by AlexJ
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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