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

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2,314 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 696
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 24
Gots: 148 | 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 TerryW
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber red with a thin head. Passable lacing to start the glass.

Nose is malty with a hint of sweet fruit. Quite mild.

Thin and sweet in taste, precious little there. Not much mouth presence except for some bite from the carbonation.

Except for looking reasonably good, this beer doesn't seem to put forward much of an effort. Inoffensive, but uninspiring. Good to wash down a sandwich with.

TerryW, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It smells of pale and light crystal malts with that lager yeast zing. The taste is good. It is refreshing with a light maltiness and some bitter hops. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking Mexican lager.

WesWes, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of CharlesRiver
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color with a small head that is gone before I know it. A few malt hints in the smell. I also pick up something metallic as well. Immediately after I try this beer I an suprised how low the carbonation is. I am not sure if this is how all bottles are or not. The flavor is even weeker than the smell. It kind of reminds me of Newcastle for some reason but not as sweet. Very easy drinking but lacking in flavor.

CharlesRiver, Jan 07, 2004
Photo of palma
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No born on or best by date, so you are taking your chances with this one. The body is amber in its truest form. Off-white head that is thin but tall in the beginning and then quickly disappears to a lace that lingers around till about half way though the beer. Smell is better than I expected from a Mexican import. It is sweet and a little grainy. Very nice to the nose. Taste was very clean and crisp though not much flavor. Not very hoppy. Some malt but not much. Very mellow. Only distinct favors I could pick out were maybe some orange and some corn. A smokey aftertaste. It's a tad bit on the watery side. I think this beer would be very good with spicy Mexican food. It acts as a pretty good thirst quencher. Medium to high carbonation though the mouthfeel is still pretty smooth. There is also a little bit of creaminess to the beer. Over all a very very easy drinking beer.

palma, Jan 04, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent mexican amber beer. I drank it straight from the bottle, but it does have a nice light amber colour and a small white head. Aromas are of slightly sweet, bready malts and very background floaral hops. The taste is very sweet, bready and malty with a nice, sweet, floral hop after-bite. The mouthfeel is thin but not too thin for this style and the drinkability is damn good for a Mexican beer. Decent.

francisweizen, Dec 15, 2003
Photo of beerbill
4.33/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great combination of the creamy and slightly bitter taste that I enjoy in darker beers combined with a citriussy taste that I enjoy in mexican beer.

It pours an impressive dark body with a strong yet pleasent nose. The taste is crisp and inviting with none of the brackish after taste that you get sometimes.

beerbill, Nov 30, 2003
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.55/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dos Equis is a beer I used to drink in college and haven't had since. (8 years ago) Still a popular beer amongest a few of my friends I decided to visit my old haunts.

Dos Equis pours a dark amber/brown with a skimpy head.
Their wasn't much of a smell but I could detect some malt.
The taste was surprizingly good! Sweet with an orangy, malty flavor. Very Hop-py. It went down smooth and had no bitter or skunky aftertaste.

Dos Equis impressed me after all these years and would be a nice session beer. Would go nice with your typical bar food.

NJpadreFan, Nov 29, 2003
Photo of diablo14
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

solid brew from mexico here. i prefer negra modelo myself, but this was easy to drink and not without its charms. i wasnt expecting much when i drank, but managed to exceed that, thankfully.

really liked the color of this beer, almost bronze in hue. head didnt stick around long enuff, but that may have been due to the glass being from a restaurant, where they always seem to have some residue from the dishwasher. a total head killer. slight nutty aroma, some malt and hints of corn. flavor was pleasantly sweet, nutty tones with a little orange zest, maize, and gentle malts. bitter finish which worked well with the rest of the beer. crisp bubbles present also. went down the hatch in a tidy fashion.

i had this with chorizo enchiladas, and was a great compliment to the spiciness of the sausage. definately a dinner beer thats to be consumed with food from its home country. not a world beater, tho i did rather enjoy it over the meal and would drink it again next time im having mexican food.

diablo14, Nov 15, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a ruby amber with ruby red highlights, with little to no head that doesn't last that long and leaves a sexy lace. This beer is beating my expectations as far as color and smell. The sweet malt notes hit the nose softy along with a little hop aroma.

The first sip brings nice toasty malts with hint of hops. A caramel malty flavor also hits the tongue. The after taste is not to bad clean and crisp. The only real complaint I have is that the brew is not very complex, hits home then leaves.


kunzbrew, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of 44ouncer
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this beer many years ago -- and tried last night at the Tia Juana restaurant in Fremont, California. The Tia Juana's an awesome place. Check it out if you're ever in the SF Bay Area.

Wow, what a disappointment. Kind of a greenish brown color. The head, and this was from a recent keg, immediately disappeared to just a film right where the liquid met the glass -- and no more. Honestly don't remember the smell. Not bad. Not great, either. The taste wasn't anything special. This was an amber beer -- but it just tasted like an average lager. Mouthfeel wasn't anything great, either. No sparkle, just a mouthful of a rather thick feeling liquid. It was kind of weird. Drinkability? Got sick of drinking this one. Left me feeling kind of luggy.

Overall, a real bummer of a brew.

44ouncer, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Minimal head and a sour maltiness are the first things noticed in this one. Light bodied and fairly lean in the mouth with a tangy malted twang. Quite carbonated-not a lot of flavor and even a bit dilute. However, this is a sound choice if you can't find Bohemia at your next Mexican feast.

moulefrite, Oct 11, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice reddish amber color. Goes right along with the name. It had a tiny head that left no lacing, points away for this.

Smell: It had a nice malty smell. This is definitely something to look for in an amber lager.

Taste was mostly malt but there was a hint of a metalic taste, almost like it came out of a can.

Mouth feel was good... pretty malty, definitely not watery.

Ellbert, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of TinusTime
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brownish amber colour with little or no head ( this could be due to the freezing mug it was served in-despite my request.) At first no smell, but once it warmed there was a bit off malt on the nose, but not much else. The taste was OK. It had a balance of slightly toasted maltyness with just enough hops to keep it dry. Overall one of my favourite mexican beers. I will have it when i go out to eat mexican food, or at some sort of Fiesta, but i wouldnt go out and buy it for a session beer any time soon.

TinusTime, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Well, it's better than Corona, but that's not hard. Reviews on this one seem to bounce around more than usual, which is interesting. Here's my take:

Appearance: Clear amber color. Light lace, fades more quickly than I'd like.

Smell: Light, malty, not much else.

Taste: Bland, tasteless, mildly astringent aftertaste. I really expected more.

Mouthfeel: Probably the best quality of this one. Thick, almost creamy feel, even without any real taste.

Drinkability: Not the worst beer I've ever had, but overall rather bland and uninteresting. Drink it if you're handed one, but I can think of a lot of things I'd rather be drinking.

SetarconeX, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of stoutman
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Two ways to describe this: Better than Corona, not as good as Carta Blanca. Basically, a somewhat flat lager, nothing exceptional about it. I tried it one night after dinner, and I got the same impression from this beer, as other mexican brews, although I think XX had a bit more alcohol. This was yet another below- average beer. Save the dinero and buy Americano. Or Carta Blanca.

stoutman, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Brownish-orange in color and very clear. No head to speak of.

Smell – Faint malt aroma with no balance.

Taste – Not much there other than the smallish malt from the aroma. It seems like there’s something bitter in there – an attempt to balance maybe – but the flavor was uninspiring overall.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation helped this one along, but the flavor made for some gagging swallows.

Drinkability – Not the tastiest beer in the world, but fine for a hot summer day.

RoyalT, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got stuck having to go to a local Mexican restuarant. At the bar I checked what was on tap - Bud Lite, Coors Lite, and Dos Equis Amber Lager. Gee, tough choice....
Beer was presented in a pint glass with a lime wedge stuck on the rim (promptly flicked off onto the bar). The beer was a clear reddish color with virtually no head and no lace. Plenty of carbonation noted.
Smell was subdued of malt with no discernible hops aroma.
Taste was sweet with a caramel malt flavor and some hints of floral hops.
Feel was light-to-medium bodied, rather wet, but with a fizzy, tingly edge.
Overall, not too bad a beer. Pretty average, in fact. Does a good job of smothering some spicy Mexican food. Not a beer I'm going to stock my fridge with, though.

Boilermaker88, Aug 15, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark amber color, small head. Vienna style lager, slightly caramelized malts, slightly hoppy. Mouthfeel is slightly malty. Balance is OK. Flavor is mild, but acceptable. Mouthfeel is very thin, sort of watery. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is better than most Mexican beers. It pours a medium to dark amber/brown. It has no nose at all that I could detect. (which is better than smelling like an American Macro). The taste begins sort of mellow and finishes out on the back of the tongue with some uninteresting maltiness balanced out with some bittering hops. Not much of a head. It's ok at ChiChi's if there's nothing else there.

canoehornpoint, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ok It's a been a long fathers day visiting..so I chose a couple od simple mexican beers tonight. Had heard good things about this one.
Comes in the 12 oz long neck dark amber coloured bottle.
The beer actually looked pretty good in my pint galss..nice chesnut brown, good sized off white head..it faded fast though..no great lacing..good carbonation strings.
The aroma however was not very nice..sort of vinegary..slightly off puttng.
Taste is pretty bland..some dark malts but not much..theres a terse , harsh atringency in the beer..no hops discernable.
Pretty harsh on the tongue, not dry though..strange.
Not a very drinkable beer in my opinion its to watery and yet is harsh..worse than I expected.

Reidrover, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of Loki
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12oz bottle at a mexican restaurant. Originally present along side a frozen mug with a lime wedge on the mug. Had to ask for a non-frozen mug, but at least they didn't shove the lime in my beer or put it in the neck.

Poured a clear amber color, with a fair head. Minimal lacing, but it was present throughout.

Smelled of toasted malt sweetness and some hints of hops and minerals.

Very smooth, crisp, clean taste with the dominate flavor of dry malt. Medium body that finishes with a slight hop and mineral taste. Goes down very smooth, and very easy. One of the top selections of Mexican beers available at nearly every Mexican restaurant. Pairs well with the food and much better than the other XX offering and head and way above a Corona.

Loki, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dos Equis Amber is another Mexican Vienna-style Lager that is similar in some respects to Negra Modelo, but this beer is slightly less appealing than its rival.

Dos Equis Amber pours a golden brownish amber color with a decent tan foam head. There is even some lace left on the side although not too much. The smell is quite light, with only some light toasted malt scents making their way through. The mouthfeel leans toward the thin and watery side. This beer is also more fizzy than expected, although not as much as some standard yellow beers. The first taste is of some nice nutty toasted malt flavors. There is a decent roasted malt flavor all around, but it is somewhat subdued by the extra watery content on the palette. There is also a decent but unspectacular hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is quite clean with some lingering dry grain flavors, and this beer finishes off with a little alcoholic warmth.

XX Amber is way ahead of XX Special Lager in the flavor department, but lacks the character of Negra Modelo. This stuff is easy to drink and might be a wise selection at a Mexican eatery.

Beastdog75, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
2.9/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one looks a tarnished amber with minimal floating islets of carbonation, slight collar - nothing fancy.

A smell of corn, slightly malty and some crispyness.

The taste is kind of base, Its clean and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is average

Not much to report. I might drink another one if offered. I would never buy it.

elmocoso, May 30, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
2.3/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing too exciting going on here. Pours a dark amber color with a medium and foamy light beige head. Aroma of light malt. Rather light-bodied with very little flavor. Lightly sweet finish. My money is on Negra Modelo or Victoria over this any day as far as Mexican Viennas go.

Dogbrick, May 22, 2003
Photo of shirfan
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear reddish-golden with a thin, but sticky head.

Aroma is mild malt and something resembling maple sugar. A hint of some fruit tones, like a very mild belgian. Not unpleasant.

Taste seems purposely mild and clean with thought to the foods it may often be paired with. Easy to drink with no off flavors; an exceedingly thin toasted malt body goes dry early and finishes with just a hint of floral hops.

Much lighter than I prefer, but it would be very happy playing a support role for serious mexican dishes, when the focus is not on the beer.

In a word: unobtrusive.

shirfan, Apr 30, 2003
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,314 ratings.