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

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2,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,533
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 28
Gots: 283 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of Looneybiz
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and it has a real nice appearance. Your typical amber color with about a one finger head that leaves a little lacing.

Smell was so fient but you get a little sweet malt aroma.

Taste isn't bad at all. Dominated by malt and almost no of the coveted hop bittersweetness but still a nice flavor. Its a bit watery in the finish but overall taste is pretty decent.

I'd drink it again. A nice beer but I can't say that "I always prefer Dos Equis" but hey, if thats whats available, I'd be happy to drink it.

Stay thirsty my friends.

Photo of Schmittymack
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

At my watering hole (again) for the mini tour. A bit of a red/amber color with no aroma (again) and very little head. Taste was actually not too bad: the sweet malt that seems so prevalant in Mexican brews is more laid back. I won't go out of my way to buy this but at a Mexican resturaunt with little/no choice, I'd do this one, especially on tap.

Photo of RyanBelle
2.25/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is just my personal opinion but this beer isn't that good. Although darker than it's lager counterpart, it pales in comparison (ha ha). Not the great-tasting highly carbonated beer from Mexico I've come to enjoy (Green Bottle Dos Equis). This one is a whole other animal and the taste is pretty awful. It tastes like it has more alcohol than it does, which bothers me on this one.

Photo of Schwarzbart
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011.03.21 - Tap
A: Clear amber color and a nice creamy 1 finger head. From tap at the Dulles Airport.
S: Caramel notes and lager yeast.
T: Similar to smell, but also slightly buttery and toasted with some residual sweetness.
D: Medium light mouthfeel and smooth.

Photo of Lemke10
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this in a 8-pack Beers of the World variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Pours a dark amber color with a short lived head of foam. Has a rather weak scent that makes it really hard to pick anything out. For the taste you can pick out some wheat and malts but that's about it. Very simple taste and nothing special here but it's probably of the better mainstream Mexican beers.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is served on tap in a giant mug. Hazy and lots of bubbles, it is an amber color with a thick, frothy, offwhite head. Toasted oats and semisweet caramel smells. The beer is a decent tasting lager, and is my go to beer at Mexican joints. Toasty and light flavors on a sharp, crisp body. Very easy to drink, and does not interfere with your food no matter what you are eating. Decent beer for what it is.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer appeared to be a bright, light golden color with a nice one finger white, fizzy head that was retained better than I had expected. Noticeable carbonation seen rising to the top of the glass.

S: The aroma was light, as expected, with malt and other grain characteristics. I think that the lime that the bartender put on the glass may have clouded the aroma a bit.

T: I enjoyed the taste more than I thought that I would. I expected a more watered down taste, but was pleasantly surprised. It had a solid malt taste to it with some hops in the background, just enough to let you know that they are there, but not enough to overpower the malt.

M: Light, as expected with perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but still smooth and easy to drink.

O: A better beer than I expected and while I would not buy a sixer of it and bring it home, I would buy it if out if limited to Mexican beers.

Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear reddish brown colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, dark fruits (grapes?) - not a whole lot of smell.

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation but it still feels fairly creamy on the tongue. The taste is fairly malty with hints of dark fruit and a brown sugar/honey sweetness. There are also some notes of tea and grains. It finishes with a malty aftertaste.

Drink - Probably one of the better beers available from Mexico. It's not offensive and it's highly drinkable. I wouldn't purchase it again but I wouldn't turn one away if offered.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Moderate brown, decent foam. A good, average medium color beer.

Smell: A bit skunked. Some sweetness, basically corn.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I actually think the taste is the strength here. Corn sweetness with a tad hops. Not really like other Vienna lagers, but still good. Mouthfeel is a bit thin though.

Drinkability: Below average for a Mexican lager.

OVerall: See drinkability. Decent with Chipotle though.

Photo of tito42
2.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. No freshness date on bottle but reviewed same day of purchase from a warehouse club sampler case.

A: Burnt sienna in color, clear with decent carbonation, off-white head with nice retention and very good lacing.

S: Toasted malts and a bit of bread. Somewhat faint.

T: Very lightly toasted malt and bread. A bit of hops with an alcohol bite at the end that I didn't expect from a 4.5% beer.

M: Light bodied beer with more of a malt profile than it's sister in the green bottle, yet still watery. Carbonation and alcohol bites the palate slightly at the end.

O: I really enjoy this style, and Dos Equis Amber is an honest effort from a macro. Not in the same conversation as a Sam Adams, but this is probably among the best choices at your local Mexican restaurant.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I allowed this one to warm up slightly before drinking, to better appreciate it's flavour.

A 330ml bottle with a BB date of June 2011. Picked up dirt cheap from a local off-licence.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear brownish-amber colour with good carbonation. Topped by a thick creamy head of white foam with good retention. Smells of sweet malt, with notes of solvent, caramel and corn.

Tastes of sweet amber malt, but quite watery. Faint hints of caramel. No obvious bitterness or hoppy notes. Mouthfeel is smooth and oily. Leaves a slight aftertaste of malt.

Interesting style, but not the best lager ever. The biggest fault is the weak flavour; it's watery and lacks depth. I imagine that there are better examples out there. Drinkable if you don't want your tastebuds challenged in any way.

Photo of sluggermatt15
2.64/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Brownish with an off white lacing head. Not bad. Reminds me of a brown ale color.

S- Roasted malts. Pretty basic.

T- Malts, a little sweet, some wateriness. Reminds me a little of Yuengling Lager.

M- Too much carbonation. Doesn't score well here.

D- Moderately drinkable. This was the special on-tap and I feel it is somewhat drinkable. I would not drink this all night.

This one reminds me of a cheap Newcastle. Definitely watered down compared to it, but sort of your average non-light beer. Probably would not order this one again as I am not a fan of Dos Equis.

Photo of JesteR14
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- amber goodness, and some hints of red. Nice creamy thick head.

S- Toasted malts.

T- Great beer. I had this a while ago and looked forward to reviewing it. Creamy, malty and it goes down great!

M- Creamy and not much carbonation, but rich amber lager that is very smooth.

D- very drinkable, buy one and try it for your self!

Photo of G2Brew
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a straight sided pint glass.

A - Nice amber-brown, good clarity, and a full finger of light brown head that lasts pretty well, and provides some nice lacing.

S - The aroma is malty, with roasted grain notes and caramel. A bare hint of floral hops.

T - Solid toasty malt flavors, with some caramel, but not sweet. The hops balanced nicely, but the malt and grain dominate. Clean, not heavy. I'd like a little more from an amber or brown lager.

D - This is a fairly drinkable beer. A lot of Mexican restaurants don't give you much choice of beer, and I prefer this over most of the others. That said, I'm not a big fan. I'll buy it again in a restaurant, if there's nothing better to choose from, but I won't be keeping it in the fridge.

Photo of beertunes
2.97/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear dark honey amber that had no head, thus no retention or lacing. The aroma was mostly malty-sweet with just a slight tang of hops. The flavors were a bit below average for the style, very malty with a noticeable hop tang on the finish.

The body was a bit thin very the style but still decent. Drinkability was good, but this beer isn't anything special, so why bother? Try it or don't, it doesn't really matter.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pretty sexy one-finger off-white head. Unlike the original Dos Equis, the one has a good smell to it. Moderate banana bread character. Had to stick my nose close in there to smell it though. Hints of toffee. Taste is a bit like coffee, maybe a little bit of herb or dark tea. Mouthfeel is a bit spicey and goes down smooth.

Photo of nick76
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is watery and slightly like caramel and paper. The appearance is light amber with a small head. The taste is slightly sweet with a chemical bitterness that is horrible. The palate is average. The beer is not good overall and I think it's a drain pour.

Photo of hevbus
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very drinakable beer. If your looking to move up from Corona or Tecate this would be the next step up.
It does not fill you up like other ambers such as Michelob Amber Bock.

A- Taste is light but leaning to what you would expect from an amber.
B- Color is somewhat brownish but not too dark.
C- Lacing is there but you have to really drink it slow for it to show up.
D- Drinkability is light for an amber but ok.

I would drink this beer occassionally when in the mood for something Mexican. Goes good with spicy Mexican food. It brings out the taste out of the spices and the combination is really good.
Try it wiht Enchiladas, or fajitas.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in the traditional manner, with a slice of lime and a pinch of salt around the rim of the glass.

Somewhat amber but clear with a one finger head and decent lacing.

Smells of toasty malts and light grains.

Tastes nice and light, almost airy. Slightly earthy, with a floral hops profile.

Feels effervescent and light bodied, with a very mild lingering bitterness.

Drinks about average but maybe slightly above.

Photo of TheHammer
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance, gives a half finger of head that sustains like crazy, likely do to the unrelenting carbonation coming from the body. It laces quite well, and a nice, clear multi-faceted amber serves it well.

Smell:Toasted malt with notes of molasses and bready dough. There is a slight straw note to the beer with a small touch of plum. Warming helps it case out quite a bit, and I do wish it made more of an impact.

Taste: Very interesting, it's like it's a standard blonde larger hybridized with an amber. It starts with some caramel malt with a touch of straw that turns to a nice blend of molasses, barley, corn and a dusting of hops.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very well done, and helps out the entire beer. It has a bit of a weird blended taste at times, but it works itself out. Aftertaste is nearly absent, save for a bit of lingering sugar like taste.

Drinkability: It's pretty good, but I wouldn't be grabbing it on a hot day. This would go great with mexican food though, which I think it the idea. High carbonation though means the beer needs some help sitting down.

Final Thoughts: All it all, probably one of the better Mexican beers out there and worlds better then their Lager. This was interesting, and I was happy to drink it, and would gladly have it again. As a side note, I can also see this being a beer you could sell your non-BA buddies on too.

Photo of bbb099
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Moderately dark amber color with a light brown head. Decent retention.

S - Toasted malt and vanilla. Somewhat pleasant.

T - Light malt flavor. Notes of grain, corn sweetness.

M - Moderate carbonation. Medium to light bodied. Nothing exciting.

D - Good. However, there is nothing that differentiate this beer from others of the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.48/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Solid amber colour, so-so foam up that vanished..no effervecence. Smell is pretty harsh whn cold - nasty corn and crap hops, but when it warms it...well...I guess it doesn't get any better really...still sweet. Taste is ok with some tasty weak malts that come across sort of dry, but the corn, alcohol and whatever else kills any real enjoyment here. The brew comes across a bit watery, fizzy and with some noticable alcohol (weak) - realistically it feels lilke I have foam in my mouth. Empty finish.

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

Has anyone else actually looked at the bottle? It's "Dos Equis Ambar" not "Amber." It should be "ámbar." Anyways..

Vigorous pour got a little out of hand and I got a mighty white fluffly head on this thing. Slowly receded, and then left a respectable amount of lacing. Crystal clear dark copper color.

Has that typical lager smell. Little bit of malts, and a lot of aluminum. And this beer came out of a bottle. I really want to know what causes that aluminum smell..

Taste is light. Light biscuity malts. Not much else.

Mouthfeel is heavier than I thought it would be. Slightly viscous. Better than average for a mass produced lager.

Pretty drinkable. On my 3rd one of the evening.

Final thoughL Vienna lager? Not quite. Color is the only thing this beer has in common with a vienna lager. Not hoppy enough, not crisp enough.

Photo of nas5755
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear, very clean amber, a nice head with decent lacing

S- Bready malts, a little caramel

T- Bready malts, a little caramel , very solid and crisp

M -Crisp, carbonation levels are on the plus side, clean and solid

D- A solid beer, I could session this with no problems and I can find no faults in the beer. I am kinda impressed as I was expecting something horrible.

Photo of PEBKAC
1.75/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Another dingleberry left over from New Years Eve.

Rare Vos tumbler. Couple inches of creamer-colored head. Rich, shiny copper brew.

Smells of sticky caramelized wort with a touch of cider & bottle cap.

Sharp metallic twang upfront. Taste is salty & stale biscuits. Finish tastes like boiled veggie water & hair.

Carbonation is out in front trying to detour you away from the actual taste. Frothy, but once you get underneath it, it is very watery. The alcohol stands practically naked.

If it didn't look so pretty in a glass I wouldn't of even tried.

Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,533 ratings.