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

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2,362 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 699
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 25
Gots: 169 | 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 BigRedN
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Amber in color, thin head that dissapated into a thin white cloud covering half the liquid. Some lacing, plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Malty, sweet malty. Hops not noticeable, smells one dimensional.

Taste: Malty sweetness on the tongue, no real impression of hops noticed.

Mouthfeel: A little light, definitely carbonated. Smooth and lively.

Drinkability: A very easy drinker, nothing extraordinary here, but it's still good. A definite departure from most Mexican beers I have had. Miles apart from the adjunct lagers that are normally available from Mexico. If it is necessary to consume a Mexican lager, I would recommend to give this a try.

BigRedN, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of Stimack
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew pours to an amber color and is very clear. Has a white head that breaks down very quickly and leaves very little lacing around the glass. The aroma is ok, grainy with a malt flavor, not to bad for a Mexican beer. Taste is pretty good, highlights of malt and a little citrus twang with a nice amount of carbonation. Not a overly interesting brew but better than other Mexican brews I have had. This is a beer that I could drink more heavily on a warm summer day while in the sun.

Stimack, Nov 09, 2004
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber color with a diminutive off white head that leaves modest lacing. The aroma is of caramel malts and a wisp of grassy hoppiness. The taste is of grainy husky malts, a bit of corn, some roastyness and some sugary sweetness. The finish is mildly bitter and nutty. The mouthfeel is thinnish and prickly.

This is a passable lager, definitely better than north american macro lagers but not without NA macro flaws. Its like a corny macro lager with some roasty nutty specialty malts put in it.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 06, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually can't get into beers from Mexico but I wanted to give this a shot just to be fair.
Poured clear and amber with a slight cap of froth. Smelled hints of grain maybe citrus but a definite floral tone. Taste wasn't bad at all. Hops are detected but faint. Some grain, maybe a small hint of lemon, nothing over the top but worthy of a second if handed to me. I could do this again if another selection wasn't available. Maybe the next time I go the local authentic Mexican eatery.

Ahhdball, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of tatterdash
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Hernando's Hideaway in Toronto. It came in a really cool hand-made looking glass with a tinted rim. It was a nice amber colour with an off-white head that laced well. Smell, well it was almost non-existant, but at least it didn't smell all skunky like Corona, a bit of faint hops. Taste was rather good, some malts and a bit of hops on the finish, but not too many favours or too much of it, but it was really good with the Mexican meal. It has a nice light mouthfeel that goes well with the spiciness of Mexican food too. I found it very drinkable despite its shortcomings, and it definitely it the best Mexican beer I have tried so far.

tatterdash, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Big foamy almost creamy-looking head from an aggressive pour. Head lasts for a bit and is followed by very subtle lacing. Color is a clear dark golden honey shade. Not quite amber in my opinion. Smell is hardly detectable, but is malty and slighty fruity. First taste is light, but starts off with a good malty quality and finishes with just a hint of bitter. It doesn't really excite my tastebuds beyond that. Mouthfeel is light and watery. This beer isn't horrible, but I think it needs to be teamed up with some good spicy food because alone it really isn't that exciting.

tomthumbsblues, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of GClarkage
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. About your typical Mexican beer. Poured a medium copper-amber color with a small head and maybe the slightest of lace. Smelled like a combo of corn and malt. Very light carbonation, but not super watery like some of the others. Maybe a tinge of sweetness? Went down pretty easy. A decent beer for a hot day on the beach. Would have others above it though (while in Cancun).

GClarkage, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color, clear. Pretty good head that dissipates quickly. No real lace.

Crystal malt aromas; Fairly mild, but inviting. I also note a touch of brown sugar (figuratively speaking).

Thin in body, but flavorful, especially for a national import. A little over-carbonated for my tastes. There's also a touch of aluminum in the flavor and aftertaste. Quaffable, certainly the more flavorful choice against the other mass-marketed beers of the world.

smcolw, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of Juggernaut
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a popular mexican establishment, and was not poured.
The smell was of a slit hint of malt but not much else.

The taste was not much better, but was not bad. It had some bitterness but not much, with a hint of maltiness and carbination.

It was medium bodies with decent mouthfeel. I would have again if I had limited options, not bad when compared to american macros.

Juggernaut, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of oracle
1.78/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

had this at the local mexican resturant. Served too cold. medium copper with no head at all. I mean none, nada, zippo.

Smell was a little off but not actually bad. Mild malt and thats about all.

Tasted weak and watery. Mouthfeel had way too much tingly in it, like a soda pop.

Skip it an look for something better.

oracle, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of jahred
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried a small glass at the Goose Island Oktoberfest "Beer Academy" - pours a very clearn, medium brown color with small amounts of white foam. There's a light malt scent, but nothing overpowering. The taste is also very light, with citrusy hops and an odd vegetable flavor in the background. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp, but after a few sips that green hop/veggie flavor starts to get a bit annoying and unpleasant.

jahred, Oct 04, 2004
Photo of BeerManDan
2.05/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured it had nice amber color with very little foam. That was the best of this beer. The smell of any spices or hops were not evident and the taste was very flat, with no flavor what so ever. Will NEVER waste my money or time drinking this amber ale!

BeerManDan, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one looked pretty good... a nice clear amber color, but no head to speak of. One must keep in mind that I had this one just after Dos Equis Special Lager, as a comparison.

The aroma was slightly malty and a little medicinal. Not much to distinguish it, but no skunkiness.

The taste was much more carbonated than the appearance led me to believe. It was a little sweet and malty, but not outstanding. Just middle-of-the-road.

Not one I would go out of my way to get, except at a Mexican restaurant. But better than the Special Lager.

connecticutpoet, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle
This beer is a very clear amber color with a thick white head. Moderate head retention with minimal lacing. Smell is malty. Taste also has a mild malt flavor. Body is medium. A good beer to have with a mexican entree but otherwise there is better beer out there.

afinepilsner, Sep 05, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours a clean amber with a bubbly of white head. Has a grainy slightly sweet aroma. Nothing that really jumps out at you. There was alight hop sharpness at the begining of the taste. With alittle sweetness in the middle and a very light finish. Drinkable, yes. Do I want it more, no.

ybnorml, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard to believe that I've gone this long without reviewing Dos Equis, by far my most common order (in the past) at Mexican restaurants. I haven't had one in a few years though and I'm fairly certain that I've never had one that wasn't accompanied by food.

Lucent, deeply burnished orange-bronze with a moderate amount of fine suspended 'stuff'. The pale beige head is smaller than most and is acceptably firm. Scraps of lace are starting to appear, but don't hang around to see how it all ends. The lightly toasted grain-like nose is simply average with no hint of adjuncts.

The flavor is mediocre at best. It's lightly malty with a faint toastedness and is slightly sweet with an underlying mild sourness. 'Lightly', 'faint', 'slightly' and 'mild'... you get the picture. There's perhaps a subtle (there I go again) bitterness on the finish without any real hop flavor.

The body is appropriately light-medium and there's not a whole lot of carbonation. I don't usually mind a shortage of bubbles, but in this case it makes the beer seem flat and uninteresting. Which it pretty much is.

I may still order Dos Equis Amber Lager on occasion to wash down my enchiladas. Otherwise... never. I've had worse Mexican beer, but that doesn't mean that Dos Equis is anything to celebrate.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of mynie
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The local Mexican joint has 32 ounce mugs of this stuff on sale Thursday nights for three bucks apiece. Fine deal, let me tell you. This stuff goes perfect with greasy food.

It pours out brown with golden hues and a nice head. It smells very hoppy with a touch of burnt malt, kind of earthy, with slight hints of spice. It tastes surprisingly complex, a combination of bold but nice hops with a grainy spiciness that it equal parts sweet and almost peppery. The sweetness and bitterness balance each other out quite well and make this one heck of a lager!

Thin body but nice carbonation, and I had no problem downing a couple big ass glasses off it during the course of a meal.

mynie, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of slitherySOB
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent Mexican beer. Poured from the jug a darker amber colour with a bit of red tinge. Heavy, one finger head that lasted and lasted. Bit of a curtain lace on the glass. Sweet, light malty smell. Bit of sugar as well and some pepper(?). Again, sweet malty taste. Didn't detect any pepper, though. For a lighter taste, this has a bit of a heavy mouthfeel. Creamy and thick. Highly drinkable, considering a few of us had 5 jugs of it.

slitherySOB, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this because I like a well made Vienna and I’m on a search to find one I like....so far it’s Eliot Ness but I cant get this in Canada and St. Andre is too bitter and weak. This is a revisiting of Dos Equis after having being bored with it some years ago. The pour reveals a red-amber beer with a smallish off white cap that goes to a ring quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and cinnamon...very subdued.The start is sharp then mellows as the sweet malts mix with the spicy tastes and tart hops...the malt is pronounced and has a layer of spicyness in balance with the hops....finish is clean and slightly dry with a malt aftertaste...For now I will grab a DE-XX if I feel the need for a vienna

pootz, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -67.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Managed to sneak this one into the Festval of Beers in Brisbane, but after i tasted i wondered why i even bothered, very bad. Amber-red colour. Zero head retention. Sweet toffee and plastic, watery. They obviously used corn in this one, almost as bad as the regular Dos Equis.

rastaman, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of meathookjones
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has this on-tap in a 23oz tall glass. This came out with a copper body and a tan head that goes away fairly quickly leaving a slight amount of lace around the glass. The aroma is sweet with a good amount of malt to and a touch of hops can be detected as this warmed up. Taste is crisp and clean with malt and grain being the main contributors. There is also a slight sweetness and bitterness in this as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not too bad and it is adequately carbonated. This is very drinkable and refreshing to have with a Mexican dinner. Definitely my favorite beer to come out of Mexico.

meathookjones, Aug 03, 2004
Photo of oelergud
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish copper body with rich carbonation, head doesn't stay long and no lace apparent.
Some pleasant sweetness and faint syrupy scents coming off this one. Clear undertones of something else, maybe corn.
Sweet taste with some faint spice that lingers well into the after taste. You have to really look for the hops.
Decent mouthfeel, not too bad.
Not a big deal but much better than most macro swill.


oelergud, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of PossumJenkins
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had Dos Equis Special a couple times before, but never tried the Amber, so I decided to have one with lunch today at a local Mexican restaurant.

All in all, a solid, very well rounded beer. Pours well, with a deep amber color and a 1/2 inch head that dissipated somewhat quickly but left quite a bit of lace on the glass. Taste is very smooth and mellow with a hint of honey, but perhaps a bit lacking in the character department. Goes very well with spicy Mexican food, though.

I generally prefer lighter, hoppier, pilsner-style lagers, but as far as darker lagers go, this is one of my favorite widely available beers. Seems like it would be perfect to drink outside on a hot summer day, unlike many similar beers. Quality/price ratio is pretty good; I'm sure this won't be the last one I buy.

PossumJenkins, Jul 18, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap: Clear amber colored beer with a thick bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some weak malt also noticeable. Taste is quite pleasant with again some sweetness and a bit of malt that can be notice. Very refreshing while drank on a patio of a Mexican/tex-mex restaurant. Much more enjoyable then Corona or Sol but by no mean is it a complex or extreme beer.

Phyl21ca, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of cbl2
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Note: Served this on my sister's birthday at a place called Chevy's Mexican bar and grill. Had to ask them to bring a non-frosted glass, to which I was given the evil eye by our waitress.


Amber brown as the name promises. Little to no head.


Muted due to it being served too cold. There are hints of a mild malt sweetness, and the faintest whiff of weak hops.


Slightly fruity w/ mild hoppy aftertaste. Decent for what it is, but not an everyday beer, or anything to get excited about.

cbl2, Jul 01, 2004
Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.