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

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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 717
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 26
Gots: 259 | 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 Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Per the beers name this is indeed a clear amber colored lager with a decent off-white colored head.

The smell is sweet and quite malty with a reasonable spicy German style hop scent and a faint soapy aroma to the hops.

The flavor begins sweet and malty with a fair pecan and caramel candy flavor. Decent Vienna malt flavor it really stands out in this beer. Good amount of Nobel style hops it is about perfectly balanced with the malt and manages to be a little spicy. Not a complex beer but a passable Vienna Lager.

The mouthfeel is good.

More than competent beer here and another that stands out from the Carta Blanca and Corona clones of the Mexican beer scene. Not my favorite but worth drinking.

Photo of beerphan
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a small quick to disappear head. Lace in not available. Carbonation is robust and persistent.

Nose: Grain, some honey like sweetness, corn

Medium mouth with some caramel maltiness. Finishes mostly clean with a touch of bitterness and something a tad bit foul, though barely offensive.

Definately sometimes the best choice available unfortunately. Thanks Josh for the sample.

Photo of giblet
2.45/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this beer is ok. not as good as i hoped. i like their regular light lager more. this is similar but with that slighly burnt aftertaste. not bad and certainly worth a taste. i like Dos XX once in a while but not really the Amber - or like the dude in Survivor said...Amba

give it a try.

suckem up and movem out.


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

I had this at Abuelo's the other night...Abuelo's, good. Dos Equis, ehhh. Served in a pitcher then poured into frozen glasses, ehhh. Amber in color. Smell of grains, corn, some light malts and a lighter hop scent. Taste is somewhat bland with nothing standing out too much. Corny, grainy, sweet malts. I don't find much balance in this brew. Average mouthfeel. Right carbonation and kind of refreshing once you get past taste. I couldn't really even pour my second beer from the pitcher. For some reason I used to enjoy this a little, but it's lost what qualities I used to see in it for the most part. Negra Modelo es muy bien, Dos Equis, asi asi.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had two of these at a really fancy Mexican restaurant in Ft. Lauderdale the night before leaving for a cruise. It went extremely well with the Mexican fare.

A - Bronze, clear brew with a nice one finger off-white cap. Lots of lace sticks to the glass. A really nice looking beer....it was served in a very tall pilsener glass.

S - Lightly fruity with some light biscuity malt. Smells ok, but it's a bit weak and neutral. Nothing really stands out.

T - Light summer fruits....apples drizzled in honey, some peach and apricot. Toasted malt flavors back up the sweet fruit nicely. Hops are noticable and provide some balance. Again, this could be more assertive, and nothing really stands out. It's a tasty, but slightly boring brew.

M - Crisp carbonation, light bodied, and firm on the palate. A nicely sctructured mouthfeel.

D - Good stuff. One of the better beers to come out of Mexico, but it's still nothing to get exticed about. I drank two with dinner, and could happily session a six pack summer or winter.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.91/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on-tap at a hoochie bar in a plastic cup. appearance was nice, a hazy amber (really?) with a creamy head and sticky lacing. the other facets of this beer did not live up to the looks, kinda like a good lookin' girl who was lame in bed. bouqet was pretty much non-existent. i tried to pick up some aromas but did not discern anything in particular, maybe a touch of roasted grains. taste is dry and a bit creamy with a hint of roastiness. mouthfeel was ok. drinkability is alright assuming a relatively low abv, but there's really not enough going on to compel you to keep drinking this.

Photo of mobud
2.53/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from bottle into pint glass.

A- Amber with a very light, white head that goes away quickly.

S- Grainy, but not in a good way. It is a malt smell that is not offensive, but is one that makes you think about drinking this beer.

T- The malt taste is more burnt than roasted.

M- Very thin like a lot of beers of this variety.

D- I am not trashing this beer, but it is one that unforunately taste better freezing cold in a frosted mug at your favorite Mexican food place. I understand that is probably the best way for me to drink it.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on one of these this past Sunday over fajitas a Los Compadres. Not bad for a Mexican macro. Decided to forego the complimentary lime in order to actually taste the beer itself.

Appearance: golden amber with a one-finger head retention

Smell: Macro lager, effervescence, slight tinge of hops

Taste: Not bad, a bit bitter, with spicy hop notes

Mouthfeel: None to report, thin.

Drinkability: Easy drinking beer. Would be good on summer days of working out in the yard, or anytime you go to the Mexican restaurant and don't want the girly margaritas.

Photo of prototypic
1.71/5  rDev -45%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: It's a transparent, dark amber color with a foamy one finger head. Retention was short and lacing was rather light.

Smell: It's mostly corn and grains. There is a bit of a malty smell, but it's very light. But, it does give some hope of a caramel malty taste. Hops are light to non-existent.

Taste: My hopes are pretty much shattered. It's all corn and grains. Very, very reminiscent of a macro. It does not have the malty taste I had hoped for, nor are hops noticeable. Disappointing. Very watered down taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. But, you kind of have to choke it down. Not drinkable at all. It doesn't taste good. Overall, it's not a good beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's nothing like celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a bad Mexican beer. The pour brought an initially promising head retention that disapeared after the first sip, leaving a film atop that proved not appealing. A weak amber color (caramel) later confirmed by the watery texture and taste that the brew makes no real attemp at quality. Aromas and flavors display light caramelization, but not enough to make any meaningful impact in the brew. Flavors hing on graininess, watered-down cola, and a faint resemblance to a lager. Thin body, and adjucts lead to astringency and residual grain and sugars on the palate. Though the beer is not awful, it makes a good run of it. Best to stick with the Negra Modelos next year.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.74/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at Costco in a Mexican beer sample case of Sol, Dos Equis Lager, Dos Equis Amber, and Tecate. They were out of Sam's brewmaster collection so this looked like something good to try. Not much smell to speak of in the bottle. Poured into my chalice a nice copper bronze color. Nice big bubble head with good structure. Taste is subdued by carbonation similar to the Lager Especial I previously reviewed. However there is a slight sweetness followed with a bittersweet hop flavoring. This is a refreshing beer, but nothing outstanding.

Photo of lehows
3.78/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the more flavorful beer choices as far as Mexican lagers go. Pours a light amber color with a small white head that fades to a ring. Decent but subdued aromas of mild malt and grain...nothing offensive. Clean and crisp malt display and refreshing mild bitterness washes down burritos easily. Your best bet at a Mexican restaurent if you want to avoid skunked lagers and corn taste. Very drinkable.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always on tap at California Tacos and More in Omaha, NE.

Clear brown brew, off white head doesn't jump up much or take long to dissipate. The lacing is quite sticky, bumps up the appearance score.

The aroma is fairly weak, mostly malt but not too sweet, more of a toast aroma. Light peppery alcohol and floral hop.

Served in a chilled glass with a lime, I had to take some preparations for actually drinking the beer. After warming in my hands for several minutes, I tasted grain husk, slightly sweet malt, and high carbonation. There is not much hop bitterness, but it comes in towards the back end to balance thigns out. Generally thin brew, residual sweetness and toast flavors.

Rather pale overall, maybe served to cold. One of the best Mexican import lagers, at least has some malt character. Not a great brew.

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

A- brown with small white head. head fades very quickly.

S- some malt but hard to detect.

T- malty and watery. very light taste.

M- low carbonation and very thin and watery

D- I got this at a mexican restaurant. Not bad for a mexican beer. its worth a try.

Photo of cichief
2.56/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on draft in a shaker type pint glass.

A- Poured a light amber with a thin head of off-white foam.

S- Nothing there, just a hint of malt.

T- More light malt, caramel, just the slightest int of hops.

M- Too fizzy for my taste, thin.

D- If you are painted into a corner, its better than most American lagers.

Photo of neenerzig
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of this recently with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. I saw in on the menu, hadn't had it in quite some time, and knew it sure as hell would probably be better than Corona. Poured into a chilled mug. I warmed the mug up some with my hands and let it sit for about five minutes before pouring it. I really wish restaurants would not chill their mugs. You would think that a place that serves beer could maybe do a little research and learn that chilled mugs are a no no! This beer pours a medium amber copper color with a tan head that is maybe 1/3 inch thick when poured and is gone almost instantly, shrinking to a very tiny white ring lining the inside of the glass. Just about zero lacing. Somewhat sweet malty aroma with hints of corn or other vegetables. Decent taste with flavors of grassy malt and a slight hint of hops. Not a terrible taste, just not enough flavor all around. It complimented my food nicely, but I certainly would not go out of my way to drink this in other situations. Has a sort of crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation. Easy to drink, but that is because some its characteristics are more like seltzer water than a good beer. Overall not bad, but not that good either.


Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a white, one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled sweet. A good malty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of malts and corn. It was fairly sweet with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and relatively dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better brews from Mexico. Certainly worth having on a hot day.

Photo of zdk9
3.43/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing special about this beer- a very drinkable carmel lager.

A- Pours a carmel/ dark orange. A small fingers worth of white head that dissapates instantly

S- A touch of sulfer covers up a winey smell

T- A good level of dryness. A strong flavor of Chardonnay (weird...), along with some carmel and mediciny hops. Ends with a touch of honey.

M- Not a great mouthfeel, a little chalky, but smooth.

D- Interesting enough to be sessionable. The flavor is growing on me, but the smell and mouthfell are lacking.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Reddish-copper crystal-clear body with a thin light tan head. Smells sweet and roasty, like caramel and biscuit. Tastes roasty and grainy and slightly watery with a clean finish. Light body with only moderate carbonation. Better than standard macro lager, but nothing particularly special. You'd be better off with Negra Modelo. Having said that, It's a light drinkable pleasant amber lager.

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

I've had this and the lager here in the US, and found them lacking. Tried this again on a recent trip to Mexico, and I swear there's a difference. The beer was a dark brown with a thick tan head. It had a nice malty aroma. Taste also malty, with a little caramel and some hops. Very enjoyable, and it stood up well with Mexican food.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.79/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dos Equis amber pours a dark amber color with a one inch white head, leaving a fair amount of lacing along the glass. The smell is malty with hints of hop--very nice. The taste follows suit, with a crisp, malty kick. This beer is very refreshing and obviously goes well with mexican food. I had this for years with the lime, but when I had it again for the first time in a while w/o, I definitely agree with purists to leave lime/lemons OUT of beers.

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I have this beer only twice is a nice beer ..but for one or two not more...it have a very nice color (dark),have a little hard taste but i like it...i would drink it again... This is not a beer for hot weather...I buy it from a gas station for $1.61 including tax so is cheap and you can find it almost anywhere

Photo of BradBLR
3.27/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a deep amber color with a white head that lasted about half the beer, with a less that average lacing. The smell was a dry malt with hints of hops.

The taste was that of a dry smooth malt, with slight hints of hops. A very refreshing beer with a nice balance of dryness and bitterness. The mouthfeel was ok, with the CO2 being a little too strong.

Not a bad beer, pretty tasty on a hot day.

Photo of Beerman420
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Mexican Beer for me! Beats out the rare Corona Dark by a long shot.
A - Dark, rich, head doesn't vanish too quickly.
S - Very rich smell. Hoppy.
T - Smooth, easy downer. Good with tequila!!
M - Average
D - Pretty good. Very nice amber brew for those hot summer days. Goes with almost any food.

Photo of soupyman10
2.19/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle into a mug. Pours a fairly nice amber color, with a small white head that dissolves quick. Smell is grainy and sweet, but very mild, and definitely nothing good (a little metal tossed in there for fun, even coming from a bottle). Flavor is likewise shitty, all crap sweetness, mostly grain, straight-forward. Taste is pretty thin, with high carbonation. The beer is bad, plain and simple. It's a macro-lager that tastes like a macro-lager, but that color is trickily attractive, so the crap taste is all the crap-per when it hits your sad, slowly grimacing lips. It's still better than pretty much every American macro, but I guess I just had expectations that were a little too high. In any case, it sucks.

Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.