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

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2,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,256
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 131 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001)
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Photo of AleDrinkToThat


3.43/5  rDev +10.3%

A: Copper hue, with a medium-sized head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Smells of light malt and tart fruit. Low hoppy floral aroma.

T: Lightly malty, tastes of white grape and a little bit of apple. Low hop flavor and the alcohol hangs around a little bit on the aftertaste.

M: Medium body from the malt. Low carbonation.

D: It pairs well with Mexican cuisine, and is pretty good served at low temperatures. Good for mild summertime. It's my standard when eating Mexican.

01-11-2008 18:49:21 | More by AleDrinkToThat
Photo of kevman527

New York

2.1/5  rDev -32.5%

Had this beer on tap for $3, was a pint special, though I definitely wouldn't consider this beer anything special.

App. - Reddish-Copper color with a one finger head that didn't last too long. Had decent lacing down the sides of the glass however.

Smell - Had an earthy aroma and a slight butterscotch smell.

Taste - Nothing special, tasted like a typical Mexican beer, I couldn't pick out any real flavors. I did find that it had a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel + Drinkability - A very smooth beer, very easy to drink these one after another, however I don't know who would actually want to do that.

01-10-2008 01:38:21 | More by kevman527
Photo of Lothar666

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Split a pitcher of this with a buddy at On the Border in West Warwick, RI... the only other thing they had on tap was bud light. Despite low expectations however, this beer wasn't bad for what it was.

A- As expected based on the name, a dark amber in color. White, frothy, single finger head that persisted until the pitcher was drained and transferred readily when poured into a beer mug.

S- Nothing phenominal in the nose unfortunately; if I were blindfolded I may have confused this with an American Macro-Lager. Slightly grainy but nothing very strong.

T- Better than expected, but in all fairness it was served Ice cold. Very grainy- The presence of hops was not detected. This is definitlely not a winter beer, and I shudder to think what letting it reach room temperature would do to its flavor.

M- Fairly decent body and mouth texture, better than expected. At the very least, it wasn't overly watery. Still, nothing remarkable to speak of here.

D- The primary saving grace of this beer is the fact that it is very easy to drink and is a decent thirst quencher, especially when enjoying hot Mexican food.

12-12-2007 04:17:04 | More by Lothar666
Photo of BDIMike


3.88/5  rDev +24.8%

Good Mexican beer.
Comes in a copper color, with a medium-sized head.
The smell is strong of dark roasted malts.
The taste is a nice dark beer. It tastes of roasted malts, not much else.
The mouthfeel is somewhat thick. I guess for a warm weather beer, one doesn't want much thickness.
This beer goes very good with Mexican food. Perfect to sip on next time you go to a Mexican restaurant.

12-09-2007 16:13:15 | More by BDIMike
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2.85/5  rDev -8.4%

This was once a Vienna beer. Unfortunately, most of the character has fled over the years, and it is now only slightly more interesting than Michelob Dark. Grainy nose, with hints of malt. Nice color, decent head, but fades fast. Flavor is dry for style, but not too bad, some decent malt notes. Hops virtually absent, except in tail.

12-06-2007 02:56:25 | More by beerking1
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3.4/5  rDev +9.3%

After a disappointing bottle many months ago, I re-sampled this at a local Mexican eatery. On to the beer:

My sample came with a frozen goblet, which kept the beer cold the whole time. Light reddish brown color topped off by a good head. The smell is dextrin like, but much of the aroma is muted by the cold temperature. More of the same in the taste, but with a little bit of caramel and a light bitterness to level it out. It features the Mexican trademark of a light and easy drinking beer. Very similar to the other Mexican beers brewed in the Vienna style. Keep this cold, or risk dealing with corn flavors.

12-01-2007 03:58:49 | More by DoubleJ
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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance: white foam not persistent, low sparkle
Smell: nose slightly chocolate
Taste and mouthfeel: thin and soft in the mouth, unveils a slight sweet taste, low bitterness
Drinkability: average beer (but in a rare style)

Review added 11-20-2007, translated from french 3-2-2008.

11-20-2007 21:34:49 | More by thierrynantes
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3.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, medium copper body with a small, wispy white head. Lightly bubbly.

Smell: Mild toasted malt character with a very vague fruitiness.

Taste: Light toasted maltiness with a subtle sweetness. Tiny hint of apple. No trace of hops whatsoever. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't stand up on a chair and cheer about it, but it's not altogether terrible, actually.

11-17-2007 17:56:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

I was poured 12 ounces in a frosted mug at a local Mexican Restaurant.

A: It poured a clear copper colored body with an amber hue and a slight off white head. The head was almost a quarter finger, consisted of dense and varied bubbles and receded fast and not supporting much lacing.

S: It was difficult to coax an aroma from the brew but slight hints of lightly toasted malts and sweet plums emerged and a reserved aroma of spices.

T: This is were this brew shines. It was fresh and crisp. Lightly malted and sweet with a tart and zesty citrusy flavor that brought the beer to life. It had a nice clean and dry finish.

M: Light body with a modestly sweet malty front, lightly cirtursy zesty back and dry clean finish.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing, clean and easy to enjoy as a session brew.


11-09-2007 20:37:30 | More by dnichols
Photo of monkeybeer


3/5  rDev -3.5%

A- An amber brown, came to me with almost no head at all

S- Slightly malty and sweet with a hint of citrus

T/M- Almost no carbonation very light tasting beer no strong or overpowering tastes. Has a sweet malt taste.

D- Not bad would not run out and buy it, but good when you are out to dinner or having Mexican food.

11-06-2007 16:16:50 | More by monkeybeer
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New Hampshire

2.35/5  rDev -24.4%

Pours out a deep, clear amber with very mild carbonation that creates a thin, bubbly but rather sticky off-white head. doesn't look bad.

Herbal skuniness, spicey hop with low-grade grain alcohol and semi-sweet, brown-sugar-like malt on the nose. pretty weak though.

This first hits SCREAMS "malt beverage" with it's skunky-sweet malt flavor and weak green-veggie hop funk.The only good flavors to speak of is a hint of brown sugar in the malt...maybe some slight toffee.

Light feel, crispy but thin and forgetable.

This was a curiousity beer that I know many folks enjoy, but i still trying to figure out why.

10-29-2007 16:14:25 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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3.08/5  rDev -1%

Perfectly amber color with a big head that quickly disappears. No lacing.

All-around weak smell, a bit of sweetness and roast dominate.

Again, weak flavors but they are definitely there, which is what a lager should be.

I like the fact that this is not as carbonated as most lagers. It makes for a smoother drink.

It is what it is. Nothing to make this beer stand out, but stylistically right-on. I would grab a sixer of this in the summer if it weren't so expensive. For the price there are definitely more interesting beers out there, and people that like these kind of beers generally go for much cheaper offerings within this style, IMHO.

10-28-2007 20:39:33 | More by bboven
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3.65/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearence: A one finger head, which was off white colured, a deep amber colour to the beer.

Smell: Smells like malt with a bit of citrus-y hops in the mix.

Taste: Definitely a mild beer, slight sweetness; but not near as sweet as Sam Adams Boston Lager(same style). A little bit of hops, no very prominent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth not, very thick, leaves the mouth a little dry with some lingering malt flavour. Mid-level carbonation.

drinkability: Pretty drinkable, it is a respectable beer, definitely worth trying, could probably use just a bit more in all its tastes though and it would be better, a good beer no the less though.

Note: I see that the ABV isn't listed, I've seen a couple of sources that say 4.7 - 4.8%t

10-26-2007 02:19:04 | More by Scribbles
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New York

3.6/5  rDev +15.8%

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some graint notes and a subtle hop aroma.

The taste was subtlely sweet with some breadiness and grainy malts. Good balancing hops dried out the taste.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with good carbonation.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking lager. Certainly worth a try on tap.

09-29-2007 21:35:51 | More by plaid75
Photo of baos


4.03/5  rDev +29.6%

22 oz. in mug.

A: Nice amber color with not much head, little lacing.

S: Good fresh not much there a little malt and grains.

T: Crisp with the tiniest hint of sweetness. A little hint of malt to but ever so slight dudes. Very refreshing and mild beer. Perfect with spicy food.

M: I could use a bit more body but this beer isn't bad.

D: I really like this beer and usually have two grande sizes when I frequent my favorite Mexican joints. I took some notes the last time I had a glass. This beer goes down better than most other beers in my opinion.
Its rather meek and mild, but it pairs really well with food and thats why I give her an A!

09-24-2007 21:34:32 | More by baos
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Alberta (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -23.5%

Not much left ocally other than the mexican brews and the macros.

Nice brownish-copper in colr..a pencil width of head was all that an aggressice pour would brong. Small gobs of lacing on the sides of the glass. Faint aroma of roasted malt and some very faint, floral hop. Not much there for taste other than some very faint malts and a metallic taste that's hard to describe. Found it had a slight 'plastic-like' aftertaste...maybe that's the old shoelace Iron Dijn was describing. Average mouthfeel for a mexican beer, somewhat watery, but easy enough to drink on a hot day.

09-18-2007 23:49:32 | More by Shadman
Photo of Floydster


2.53/5  rDev -18.6%

12 ounce bottle from a friend while playing video games

Pours a reddish brown color into my Firestone pint glass

Smell was not impressive and the taste was not much to talk about either

Highly drinkable because of how light of an amber it is

Would probably go with something else next time if my buddy offered

09-12-2007 07:13:39 | More by Floydster
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3.3/5  rDev +6.1%

Dos Equis Amber has dark caramel or copper color, but there’s almost no head and it dissipated quickly. A touch of lacing. Although the smell is light it was a nice combination of lemony citrus and caramel with a general hoppiness underneath. Nice carbo sharpness in the first part of the taste, then the caramel comes through, but it’s not overly sweet. Hops are also around (with a touch of lemon highlights), but it’s the malts the stand out here. Finish was mild and light with just a touch of dry. Mouthfeel was light but not watery and I enjoyed the carbonation that was about dead center (not too little or too much). Drinkability: like the carbonation, I’ll call this one down the middle too. It’s nice, but unexceptional. Having said that, I should also say it’s far from bad. A good beer for passing the time when you don’t want to beer to take center stage.

09-10-2007 18:29:55 | More by wcdoyle
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3.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Of course a good old standby while visiting a latin eatery. I do appreciate this beer although I find myself only consuming it with a meal. Not a beer I drink without accompanying latin food. It just pairs up nicely with such. Amongst other large scale brewing companies I will give this beer a fair amount of credit. The taste usually clouded by the meal so I will refrain from getting too deep with characteristics.

08-09-2007 01:16:25 | More by pintnhand
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.58/5  rDev +15.1%

A- Brownish copper color, semi-clear, light white head that faded quickly

S- Toasted malts, floral hops, hint of citrus

T- Grains, toasted malts, slightly sweet, faint bitter hops

M- Light body, medium carbonation, smooth

D- Not too bad

Definatly a summer time mexican beer. Light bodied despite the slightly darker color. Decent choice for a bbq or outdoor party.

08-09-2007 01:06:26 | More by iceball585
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United Kingdom (England)

2.7/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

08-07-2007 14:03:07 | More by wl0307
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2.42/5  rDev -22.2%

$2.99 / Bottle
El Mezcal Restaurant
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - This Vienna sweetheart came wrapped in a golden label covering her dark brown skin, (bottle). It as served with no glass so the appearance of the brew itself is unknown. The label is simple yet interesting. It has the profile of a Mexican King, or Prince, or God in the center of the label.

Smell - I don't know if it’s just because of the bottle or if the scent is truly that faint. I couldn't get a strong enough whiff to make a firm call.

Taste - Malt to start accompanied by a tinge of caramel and then finishes with a small burst of hop. In my opinion the flavor is average at best.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation has a stronghold on the feel of this Vienna Lager. The action in my mouth takes away any smooth feel the flavor may offer. My tongue is impacted from the tip and moves back toward the middle as far as where I taste the brew.

~ This is one beer I can't see having again, it's a 'One 'N Done.' I compare all Amber beers to Point Amber brewed out of Stevens Point, Wisconsin and this one is having a hard time holding its own in my opinion. To top it off it cost me $2.99 for the bottle, no thanks.

08-01-2007 14:48:26 | More by cdkrenz
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3.13/5  rDev +0.6%

Drank on-tap at La Boca, Middletown, CT

Poured a clear mahogany with a tight, white, one-finger head that faded to a clingy film. Copious amounts of lacing stuck all down the glass.

The aroma was a touch malty and fruity, yet somewhat off. Powdery and metallic notes were instantly detectable, along with a faint, ale-like fruitiness and a whiff of grain.

The taste was similar to the aroma. As with the nose, the metallic notes came through strong. A slightly acidic, astringent flavor was immediately detectable as well. Fruity top notes were noticeable by mid-palate. The finish left a dry and slightly metallic flavor in my mouth and there was absolutely no hop presence.

Mouthfeel was quite thin with noticeably large, forced carbonation bubbles.

As for drinkability, this was a rather flavorful and easy-drinking Mexican offering. However, too many aspects of this beer seemed "off."

07-28-2007 05:56:47 | More by Damian
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3.15/5  rDev +1.3%

I had this at a Mexican restaurant yesterday and after years of enjoying this, largely from a bottle, I have to give it some benefit of the doubt in my review, because this sample was a bit disappointing. Although it looked its usual beauteous deep copper color, the head was a bit thin on this one, modest lace. The aroma was also very thin and barely suggested some wheat perhaps but not much else. The head died pretty quickly and with the first swig I was surprised at how lifeless this was. Not quite flat officially but definitely not what I have come to expect. There is a light carmel flavor but I also got a slight metal detector reading. There is a fine carbonation though it is not too powerful. There is some sweet wheat noted but overall I was disappointed in this on tap. By the bottle it is almost always a winner and a great choice with heavy food like you might typically have at a Tex/Mex restaurant. I will have to review a bottle to help even up the score here.

07-25-2007 14:56:35 | More by Durge
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -3.5%

Had this at Hooters tonight, because well, there was a decent selection for Hooters, about 40 beers, but this was the only one I had never had, so that was reason enough for me. Pored a golden amber, with a slight reddish hue. A big fizzy white head graced the top and faded quickly leaving behind a decent little top of film, and some residual lacing for a minute or two. Nice carbonation was evident from the start. Smell was very light, practically non existent here. What was there was maybe some kinda light grain, but it was really faint, maybe a touch of some kind of bready yeast..The taste was rather blah and non descript. Your typical amber lager really. Lots of malt, no hops, and a touch of grain, thats about it. Pretty good mouthfeel as the carbonation kept things pretty lively on the palate, and it went down very smooth, with a quick, crisp finish. Very clean. Drinkability was above average, as very cold this was one that you could throw down a ton of. Overall I have had muc worse, and for a macro, not actually half bad. Went pretty damn well with dinner. I would definatly have one again, though I wouldn't put a sixer in my fridge

07-22-2007 02:49:35 | More by mikesgroove
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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