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

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Ratings: 2,559
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 305 | 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 Jerone
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown and clear with a slightly off white head that sticks around for a bit, some bubbles coming up.

S - A sweet biscuity smell and malt.

T - Sweet malts that have a biscuit flavor too them, not a ton of flavor, but what is there is good.

M - Light body with medium carbonation, very drinkable.

O - A pretty solid beer, the most interesting man in the world should advertise their amber instead of their lager.

Photo of augustgarage
3.17/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Clear fulvous liquid with amber highlights. A faint head dissipates before I can evaluate it's color. Next to no lacing, though microbubbles continuously feed the surface.

Brown bread maltiness with a hint of raisins in the nose. Perhaps a touch of caramel, but otherwise clean.

Decent malty palate entry with reasonable depth for the style and a hint of toast. Very low bitterness and finishes rather sweet on balance. I can discern no hop flavor.

Light bodied, well carbonated, a touch sticky.

At least as much in common with an American adjunct lager as a true Vienna lager which is a shame - but one of the better big-name pasteurized beers available.

Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed from a bottle with dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Torrero's in Raleigh.

Can't offer anything on appearance. Smell is faint and offers nothing of note. Taste is hardly complex, mildly malty and bitter; better than one would expect from a mass market beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

After a few mouthfuls, I did succumb, and put a lime into the bottle.

Overall, this is not a bad beer when you consider the Mexican beer market, but if I'm to compare it to other Vienna Lagers this beer is mediocre at best.

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

Poured a dark, caramel-amber color. Smelled of malts, grains and hops. The taste was sweet and heavily dominated by a malt and caramel flavor; very light on the tongue and not much complexity. Finishes crisp and slightly bitter but has a nice aftertaste. Not bad, but not outstanding either.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper body with a thin white head that dissapears in seconds.

Mild aromas of nutty caramel.

There isn't much flavor, but what flavor there is takes the form of nutty malt, brown sugar, caramel, and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and sharp.

Vienna Lagers should offer more than this, but so few are available on the market this is one of the few examples most people have had. That's a shame. This may be on of the better Mexican beer available, but that sets the bar pretty low.

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

Poured out of a bottle into a regular old glass in Carlos and Charlie’s Cozumel, Mexico.

A – Poured out a brownish amber color with a thin head that had some sticky lacing.

S – Very light smell of malt and some grain.

T - Malty like the smell. Some toastiness. Touch of sweetness seemingly from fruit. Caramel.

M – Refreshing (maybe because its 100 out) but regardless this is a crisp beer. Light with a slight drying effect.

O – Surprised by this beer. It was better then I thought though I may be effected by the atmosphere around. Solid and much better then BMC’s. Well worth a try.

Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am at my nadir, reviewing a beer from a bottle that I have not yet been able to score in a CAN! O, the shame of it all and there is talk of booting me out of The CANQuest (TM) for failure to adhere to core policies. Please, CAN somebody find a CAN of this beer for me?!?

From the bottle: "Crafted in Mexico since 1897 to commemorate the arrival of the 'XX' century, 'Dos Equis' stands for 'Two X's' in Spanish. In our second century of fine brewing tradition, we continue offering Dos Equis Amber, a rich, robust flavored beer with the smooth drinkability of a classic dark-style lager. A true Mexican work of art."

Okay, first off, what Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo produced were "true Mexican work[s] of art", this is just a simple beer. Second, if you need to have the beer's name translated for you, I can only shake my head in disbelief. It's right there on the label and it does not "stand for", it actually means Two X's! Third, "dark" is not a style. End of rant.

I have to cop to being impressed by the finger-and-a-half of thick deep-tan head with decent retention off of my pour. Color was a gorgeous coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a caramel sweetness, very nice and very unexpected. Mouthfeel was medium with a mildly malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and quite drinkable, plus the lacing it left behind was also notable. Now, I am doubly interested in trying it from a CAN. This was good, not great, but still ...

Photo of spitInTheOcean
2.56/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

beautiful amber color. crystal color. not much head.

the corn may be more apparent than the malt in the aroma. the malt aroma is pretty thin. the aroma does have a clean lager character to it though.

no elegant malt flavor. more like just corn and alcohol. crisp dry finish. the taste of alcohol and corn linger in the finish. i dont taste any hop bitterness. ok, subtle malt flavor, its there, it just is not the predominant flavor.

soft at first then crisp and light.

overall, this beer strikes me as a step between budlight and bud. i have alot of respect for this style, but justice is not done here.

Photo of DannyDan
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. The beer was a reddish amber with a two finger thick white head that had very good retention and reallly nice lacing on the side. Carbonation was minimal.
S. The smell is caramel, some toasted grains, and sweet malts.
T. When tasting this beer I get some cereal grains, corn followed by some sweet sugary taste and caramel. The caramel stays in the aftertaste giving this beer a nice sweet taste to it.
M./O. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and smooth with a slightly creamy taste. Overall, a decent beer that goes nicely with mexican food and is much tastier on tap than in the bottle.

Photo of dylanrossi
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper and slightly red in color with mild carbonation present. Not much of a head but decent lacing on the glass.

Smell: Faint aroma of sweet malt and apple dominates. Sweetness slightly resembles that of a cider.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts come through initially, some bitterness apparent as well, though the flavor is not very clear. The intriguing sweetness of the aroma is blurred and only really noticed in the after-taste which is overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp body that would be expected from a Vienna Lager. Finishes crisp and would be refreshing if not for the lingering sweetness.

Overall: For this category you could do a lot worse. I would certainly pick this over many of the other mass-produced beers that are similar in style.

Photo of Jimmys
3.36/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clean, clear copper. color is nice and what I think a vienna should look like. bubble white head subsides to a rim. decent lacing.

S: maltiness with a faint, faint caramel. a subtle toast as well. cant sense any hops.

T: the toastiness makes a point on the palate. nice and vienna-y. however, cant find any hop flavor. maybe a tang of metallic?

M: carbonation is slightly too soft in my opinion. light body.

D: overall, not the best or worst vienna ive ever had. just wish there was slightly more noble hop presence.

Photo of eric5bellies
2.52/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear Amber colour with a nice off White head that retains for a while before reducing to a film, no lacing.

S - Not much to speak of except some small grain.

T - Not much to speak of here either except small grains and malt.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation, that is the best part of this beer.

T - Not sure what this beer is trying to be, as it wouldn't quench a thirst.

Photo of mryuk
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a filtered amber-brown with only a little head.

smell does not have much there...slightly malty.

taste is smooth with a bit of flavor but not too much. just slight malt and almost no hops.

mouth is light with good carb.

an enjoyable mexican brew with a bit more flavor than a lot of what is out there.

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

I had this beer in a Mexican restaurant. It poured a nice amber color with a two finger tan head building, but falling apart fast leaving little lacing.
The smell is malty with brown sugar and maple syrup.
The taste is mostly a combination of the above. A light bodied mass production type beer. It was very drinkable and would serve the purpose in hot climates.

Photo of homebrew311
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: deep amber with minimal white head, no retention

S: grainy malts, very mellow, a touch of caramel

T: starts off with cereal grains and bread, notes of corn and a mild sweetness to finish. Very bland but no unpleasant flavors

Mf: light body, medium carbonation

O: not a bad pairing with Mexican food, the beer serves it's purpose, but it lacks a bit in the flavor department

Photo of WastingFreetime
2.49/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap with my burritos for lunch.
Looks like a typical vienna malt except for no head at all. Coppery colored and translucent. Smell, however, is terribly thin compared to many other similar offerings. Sure, its refreshing with your food, but that's because there seems to be so much water in there. Taste is similarly bland and watered down. It does have one thing in its favor, and that is the lack of typical adjunct lager off flavors which I understand to be common for Mexican beers. I can't really detect any flavorful chords of any significance, however. Easily forgettable, but not terrible or disgusting to taste.

Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a relatively decent amber color with not a lot of head or lacing. The smell is rather generic, its grainy and mostly a nose full of malts. The taste has some hop bitterness to it but nothing too special. The mouthfeel is a little watery to me. Overall I won't need to have this one again I don't think.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
1.95/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. I don't always drink Dos Equis, but when I do, it's usually because someone left a couple on my fridge...

Appearance: Pours a weak head and a watery copper body.

Smell: The best description of the smell I can give is "stale" - otherwise it doesn't smell like anything at all.

Taste: This beer literally tastes like nothing. I had a Michelob a little earlier which knocked the socks off of this Dos Equis. It's a shame, because I used to be a big fan in my younger days.

Mouthfeel: Here's where I can give some points back. Nicely carbonated and, for what it's worth, refreshing.

Overall: It's been a while since I last had a Dos Equis and I'm afraid my tastes have just changed. Either that or this beer is trying too hard not to offend anyone's sensibilities.

Photo of Converge
2.31/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Pours with about a finger of carbonated tan head that dissipates but leaves tons of lacing. Has a deep amber-orange hue.

S - Unfitting smell. Very thin with a bit of graininess to it, and a touch of sweetness to it.

T - Upfront the flavour is comprised of grain and not much else. Some light malt, no sweetness really.

M - Smooth carbonation, easy to drink. Decent body.

D - Simple lager but not much else. Don't really care for it.

Photo of TCMike
3.9/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice amber color, and produced a 1 finger white head.

The smell was faint, but of biscuit, and malts.

The taste was the same as smell.

No bitter hops, easy drinking, medium carbonation. It had a light-medium mouth-feel.

This is my favorite beer from south of the border.

Photo of Groomsy
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered a pitcher of this tonight with a friend at La Finca in Morehead, KY. Served in mugs.

Appearance: The body is very different from many Mexican beers we're used to seeing - it's a deep, reddish chestnut/amber color, clear and transparent, with quite a few bubbles rising to the top. The head is a beige/dark white, and is about one finger in width, composed of tight bubbles, and sticks around only briefly before fading to a covering film, leaving some spotty lacing behind. Looks like a nice beer, very European in nature.

Smell: Woah, very European smell here. Quite surprising, but not strong at all. I pick up some roasted malt from the nose, as well as maybe some vague graininess and faint earthy hops or bread crust from the yeast. Not bad, just faint. The smell is nearly nonexistent on this beer, but what is there is pretty good. Bump up both the malt and hops on this, and you would have a fine Euro-esque lager on hand; but it's just too weak.

Taste: Mostly malt, honestly, and somewhat diluted. You pick up the roasted malt, maybe just a hint of nutty flavors that follows, and a barely-there presence of some spicy/earthy hops in the finish. As the beer warmed, I noticed that some biscuit/bread flavors were struggling to emerge, but it was overshadowed by the graininess. The finish was the worst part about this beer, leaving a lingering note of adjunct steeliness and a bitterness that is not reminiscent of hops. I'm giving this a 3.5 because even though it wasn't mindblowing, it did its job well by pairing with and washing down the pollo bandido dishes. A decent dinner beer, just not extremely flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Average for the Mexican beers I've tried - high carbonation, somewhat thin body, goes down easy. Some flavors linger into the finish but don't stick around for too long.

Overall: If you want a beer to wash down those enchiladas and tastes better than Corona, go for this. If you're looking for a genuine-tasting Vienna lager, stay far, far away. Not bad for what it is, but probably not worth pursuing outside of this kind of context.

Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dos Equis Amber has a colour like chestnuts under bright spotlight. It's obviously absorbed a great deal of the warm, Mexican sun; the beer practically glows despite the almost russet tone. It is perfectly transparent too. But while the colour is fantastic, head retention is not. Even the loose-fitting ring around its outside dissolved half-way through.

Most Mexican beers reek of Mexico City - this one reminds me of Europe. Out is the stinky, corny, chemical-y smell of a watered-down yellow lager that, for all its repulsiveness, conjures to mind hot weather and sandy, clearwater beaches and in is the chunky, clean, toasty maltiness of a breezy Oktoberfest celebration in Austria or Germany.

In typical big Mexican brewery fashion, the beer is on the thin side and not without a smidgen of cloying, industrial adjunct taste. That being said, it has a level of clean, relatively wholesome Munich or Vienna maltiness that took me by surprise. The rich, biscuity, toasty flavour I wasn't expecting to taste is actually there, albeit slightly diluted.

Dos Equis Amber is about as close an example I've tried of a mass-produced industrial brewery brand that can almost pass as a well-crafted European import. It has a ways to go yet, mind you - it lacks the richness definitely, and tastes a little bland by comparison - but it is at least a clean and unpleasantry-free lager that makes a decent mindless quaff.

In comparison to its Grupo Modelo counterparts, this Cervecería Moctezuma Vienna-style offering is much more acceptable and closer to the mark of an authentic European amber lager. It's also a far more drinkable beer, in my opinion, than the standard Dos Equis Lager. It's still no substitute for the German or American examples, but it at least provides a little actual diversity and quality to the otherwise shoddy Mexican portfolio.

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

Copper/amber appearance with a small amount of head that quickly disappears. Smell is sweet with a hint of malt and caramel. Very light overall.

Taste is sweet with roasted malt and a small hint of corn, floral hops and caramel. Taste is very light but refreshing. Light bodied with high carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter.

Not the most flavorful beer around, but smooth and easy to drink. Good to chug down on a hot day or when eating spicy Mexican food. If you’re going to try it, get a 6 pack when it's 30C out and enjoy.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A salute to General Zaragoza and his men who kicked ass 149 years ago today.

Single 12oz bottle (no date) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear dull orange-copper-brown color. Held up to the light the color is more orange-copper. Beer poured a white head that died down to a thin skin across the top with lots of persistent delicate strands of lacing. Good lacing...but something about the color is a bit off for me.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts with a metallic finish - and that's it. With a swirl though its more cut grass and corn.

Taste: Caramel and toasted malts up front, moving quickly to a grainy/corn middle and then a bitter/metallic finish. Finish is both crisp and lingering at the same time. The metallic taste lingers awhile, but the rest of the beer flavor ends sharply. Not sure how else to describe it.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation - fizzy really. Fizzy to the point I can't make out much else about the mouthfeel. Disappointing.

Overall / Drinkability: Well, with Mexican food this beer does quite well from what I remember in the past the many times I've had it. It does a great job quenching spicy heat without drowning the flavor. By itself though after mowing the yard...I'm not as enthusiastic about it. I fear I let General Zaragoza down with this one. I'll have to try something better next year.

Photo of FanofHefe
2.11/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at a Mexican restaurant. Appeared to be one of the best selections of an otherwise weak list.

Served in a pint glass. Clear, light amber body with only a thin film of head at the top. No retention or lacing.

I get very little in the aroma. Some slight maltiness, but not much else.

Not a very good flavor to enjoy. Bland malitness with a possible hint of hops. I don't think the keg was old because this is a respectable restaurant and did not have many taps. Just a very bland flavor, barely measuring up to macro lagers.

Will not have again.

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