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

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2,327 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,327
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 153 | 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 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.

oriolesfan4, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of albern
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the second best beer coming out of Mexico after Negro Modelo, but that doesn't necessarily say a whole lot. The beer does look good, in fact it is deceptively enticing. The beer pours a very nice copper mahogany color with a nice off white creamy head that retains for awhile and laces nicely. The aroma began right out of the bottle with a good hint of pale malts, but quickly segued into a cloyingly sweet malt, somewhat fruity, and slightly musty smell. All well and good thus far.

The taste is very watery, very weak, and not terribly interesting, but it's an okay beer. It's not objectionable by any means. The beer is primarily caramel malty but cheaply made with hints of adjunct, sweetner, and macro who knows what. There is a slight graininess to the beer, maybe a slight corny-ness to the beer too. Dominant is the caramel malts and adjunct sweetner. The beer is light bodied, only moderately carbonated, and light in the mouthfeel. No real aftertaste to speak of. A pretty mediocre beer that works well in the right occasions, like a Mexican themed cook out.

albern, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a small head after a vigorous pour. The quickly fades to a thin cap. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass during consumption. The aroma consists of some malt and light, floral hops. Very subdued aroma even in my Sam Adams glass. Flavor is good with a semi-dry flavor profile. The malt is there but again lacks any strength. Hops are light and add nicely to the finish. Has a light body and a bit overcarbonated. Not harsh but just a little fizzy. A decent beer but lacks enough flavor to make it one of the better lagers. Good enough to drink but a bit expensive for what it is.

morimech, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Jayli
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer in copious amounts during a recent trip to Mexico.

Pours somewhat dark with an indifferent head. The smell is very grainy, mostly corn. Taste is alright. The hops are there, just not jumping out at you. Malt is weak. You get a strong taste of grain in this, not as bad as some, but you wish there was more malt. This is better than Corona, that's not saying much.

Jayli, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
2.08/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Stopped at a local Mexican restaurant last night for dinner and was surprised to see Dos Equis on draft. Figured it was a good opportunity for a review and to really put down my thoughts on this beer. Truth be told, I've always found this to be a rather boring beer. This experience did nothing to change my mind.

The pint came with literally no head and was a reddish/amber color. Very clear with no visible carbonation. No lacing at all was left in the glass.

Aroma was of roasted malt and not much else, other than some sweetness.

The taste is frankly what I remember... boring, flat (not carbonation wise) and pretty straight forward. Some roasted malt tones up front, bordering on a burnt flavor, followed by some sweetness. Then you get a slight touch of hops as the flavor moves towards the finish. I was thinking and it hit me. This beer is like a food that lacks spice of any kind. It needed "salt".. something to provide depth and bring out the flavors. Is this where the lime tradition started? (I did NOT have lime in mine.

Mouth feel is light and lacking depth. Drinkability was lacking in that I found this to just be a boring beer. It had been a while since I've had one and I was hoping that I would find the tap version to be a little more exciting. Nope....

The Mexican restaurant has a couple of Sam Adams products on tap as well as Wachusett IPA. I'll be having those from now on and not stray back to this one.

Reagan1984, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.48/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served up at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. Pours a deep ruby-ish amber hue with a tiny light tan head that fizzles quickly into nothing. Nary a trace of lace remains on the glass.

Smells of grassy, herbaceous hops, without much else really apparent in the nose.

Light in body and mouthfeel; perhaps a bit too much so, especially for the style. Not a whole lot of malt presence on the palate, with just a subtle sweetness and a good deal of bittering hops filling out the middle. Finish is light and slightly bitter.

A very drinkable brew, but as far as amber or Vienna lagers go, this one is certainly geared more toward the masses than even the renowned Sam Adams Boston Lager. Not bad, but certainly nothing exceptional as far as complexity goes. Still, a good alternative to the blander mass-market lagers that dominate the shelves.

superdedooperboy, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of avalon07
2.2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. Not much head or lacing.

S: Faint aroma of malt and some grain, but little else.

T: Very thin and unimpressive taste. A little bit of malt, but mainly it tastes of water. Very underdone.

M: Not a lot of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: This is just another mass-produced beer with little to recommend it. There's little taste or character with this one.

avalon07, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty, amber bourbon color that looks very thin and clammy. No head to speak of.

Slight tone of amber malt but that's it. Not bad but not much of anything.

Relatively clean and sparse amber malt. Slight ginger/sarsparilla feel. Not powerful but enjoyable enough, especially with appropriately spiced food.

Crisp on the palate aided by carbonation tingle.Slight pine to the hop pucker. Finish is clean of aftertaste.

This one's a nice spot start. Not one for the regular rotation but when the matchups are good it'll eat up some innings.

IBUnit63, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear light amber with small white head that quickly disappears to nothing.

A- Light slightly toasted sweet malt aroma.

T- Malt sweetness, though I find it kindof watery tasting and not very full flavored. Decent hoppy bitterness.

M- Light body with medium carbonation. Crisp finish.

D- A decent beer to go for at a Mexican restaurant, though not a great example of a Vienna Lager. However it does make for a refreshing beverage.

gpogo, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't seen this one in quite a while.

Nice amber gold pour with a small head of foam. There's even some lacing though the head is shrinking fast.

The smell is very light. I can hardly get anything out of it other than light grain and hops.

The taste is much beter than the nose. I get a grain husky flavour up front with some malt sweetness mid palate and a decent hop bitterness rounds it out nicely. Overal, I like the taste of this one.

Light bodied but not too light and not overly done with the carbonation, this is an easy drinker and I'm glad I tried it again. Yes I am.

Bitterbill, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of craytonic
4.13/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz longneck bottle with a lime; on tap in goblet with a lime, etc.

Nice light amber color.

Toasted, floral sweetness.

Nice, light refreshing taste. If you add the lime you almost feel a touch of saltiness. Could have a little more carbonation.

Good body, not very heavy, but not as light as bud light, etc.

My favorite mexican import. Great with mexican food - chips, salsa, etc.

craytonic, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber color. There isn't any head or lacing...what little there is fades away quickly.

Aroma: Mild hops, maybe a bit of sweetness that comes from it as well.

Taste: Its sweet with a bit of the hops going as well. Overall its not bad, but not spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, some carbonation to make it crisp.

Drinkability: Well its refreshing enough on a hot day, but it isn't the best beer to do so with. I'd say its a good beer though, just not amazing.

kshankar, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.65/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. Aroma of light sweet malts, grass, and a touch of hops. Flavor is basically the same, slightly bitter finish. Pretty smooth and somewhat dry finish, a decent Mexican beer.

mtstatebeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of flaminghomer
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head on this one starts out fairly thick w/ tiny bubbles and medium dimples but then fades away into obvlivion. There is some mild lacing going on. The smell is mostly malts as well as the taste. It does the style justice and is a great beer for those just starting to experiment with darker beers. It is smooth and drinkable.

flaminghomer, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of brdc
1.53/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Very light, almost translucent yellow beer, with a thin white head that does not hold at all.
Aroma is just not there, and the same can be said for the taste. It is very thin on the palate, and you keep smelling and trying again so you can write something meaningful, but it is just near tasteless. Add a lemon, so it tastes like lemon; but the best option is to stay away.

brdc, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Taco Boy in Charleston.

Pours a decent amber color with almost no head. The head that is there quickly dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles and a very thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smells of mild noble hops, and not much else.

Tastes a little more complex than it smells but not by much. Besides the mild hop taste there's also some sweetness, but there's also a little metallic taste in there.

Mouthfeel is alright. Carbonation isn't too much or too little, but it could be a little thicker.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. Good for a hot day or with Mexican food, but not much else.

I went on the recommendation from the most interesting man in the world and it could have been worse.

glid02, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Exactly what was expected..eating at a Mexican restaurant and this was one of the best beer options offered.
Pour was good, amber as advertised, with a big white head and minimal lacing.
Smell was a bit on the skunky side, some noble hops perhaps shining through.
Taste had hints of grain, mteallic and hops. Seemed a bit stale, but not sure.
Not a good beer.

dmamiano, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A thinnish, seethru cocoa puff brown that has a small head but does leave some lacings. Weak hop smell of floral/earth notes mixed with a little bit of sweet malts (coffee, chocolate, caramel?). While overly dry and husky on the tongue, it does have a crisp backbite from the hops (not much else from the hops) and a semi-sweetness from the malts. A little too much of a bland aftertaste, but this is not a bad beer.

clayrock81, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of RodBurg
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper/brown. Coarse off white head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Malt and grain smell followed by a light floral hops and some skunk.

A watery malt, grain, and husk hits the palate then some light bitterness.

One of the better Mexican beers out there. Pretty refreshing. I think it might be better with a lime wedge. *hangs head*

RodBurg, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.23/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'd say this is a little better than your average Mexican beer. It pours a dark amber color but it tastes a lot lighter than it looks. Watery at times. Easy drinking though and refreshing enough. I'd be curious to do a taste test with this and, I don't know, almost any other Mexican beer and see if there's a difference. I suspect this one would be a bit better than many of the others.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of SickBrew
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had one for lunch here in Vancouver WA.

This easy drinking Vienna Style Lager is always a favorite for washing that south of the border food down. It is not one of those extra special beers by any means but when choices are limited and this brew is on tap, it's a no brainier. If you have not had it on tap treat yourself for one, or two or...


SickBrew, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours an nice amber colour with a decent head that fades quickly...

Not much in the smell, sweet, malty with some citrus, also sort of smells like a macro lager.

Grassy upfront, sort of nutty and finishes sweet and malty, pretty balanced between hops and malt.

A very watery mouthfeel, but a nice refreshing beer, probably the best mexican beer I've had so far, beats the hell out of corona.

GodOfBeer, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours an amber color with a lighter bodied and medium sized head that fades pretty fast and laces some down the glass.
S: Very sweet malts with some faint citrisy notes and some faint earthy hops in the nose.
T: Very sweet malty base underneath a citrisy and earthy flavor from the hops probably. Not a bad taste and the citrisy/earthy flavor is not too strong to overpower the malt.
M: Very smooth, crisp, with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable beer that is actually a nice mexican alternative.

erosier, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Transparent amber with about a quarter inch of head that dissipates rapidly into nothing.

S - Some faint malt with some slightly fruity and earthy hops.

T - Starts out fairly sweet with hints of toasty malt, sours a little bit with some grainy cereal flavor, and then finishes with a quick bitterness along with some citrus hops.

M - Light but not too thin, with high carbonation.

D - Not a terrible brew, but average at best and certainly a pretty lackluster vienna lager, though I actually thought I was drinking an amber lager.

PatrickJR, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of schanker21
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish, very translucent amber with almost no head. Smells like beer. Maybe some malt comes through a little bit. Tastes kind of like bread, but there isn't a whole lot of taste to it. Mouthfeel is pretty light and makes it a pretty easy beer to drink. Overall a very average beer, though it does go down well with some enchiladas.

schanker21, Jul 29, 2008
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,327 ratings.