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

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BA SCORE
72
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2,463 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,463
Reviews: 706
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 26
Gots: 208 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

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 barefootbrewer
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear amber color with a big persistent head. The smell was sweet and malty. The taste is malty and kind of bland – but not bad. The mouthfeel is on the heavier side of thin. This is a very average but highly drinkable beer as it seems quite neutral in flavors.

Photo of trevorwideman
2.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A thin copper coloured lager pours with a 1/8 inch head, which settles to a thin lace helped along slightly by the medium-high carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass. Smell is slightly skunky, oddly enough, even from a brown bottle. Adjuncts, especially corn, are present, as well as an apple-juice like sweetness. Very faint aroma of flowery hops.

My first impression is that this beer seems a little muddled up. There's a faint metallic twinge along with the faint roasted malt presence, and a nuttiness that never really materializes like it should. The adjunct skunkiness is present as well, but mostly it's a sour-sweet combination like unsweetened Apple Juice. Body is thin and watery, but the carbonation is near perfect. Slides down like water as well. This is an unexciting beer but still not nearly as dreadful as most beers from Mexico.

Photo of scottoale
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz. brown longneck bottle pours a copper-mahogany amber brew with nearly a finger of cream colored head. The bubbly head settles to an 1/8" leaving some decent lace and carbonation bubbles rising steadily. Not a bad looking lager.

The smell is faint of roasty malt, somewhat sweet with some nuttiness. A minute note of alcohol comes through as it warms, along with a faint grassy hop aroma. Pretty mild smelling stuff.

Sweet nutty malt flavor, pretty mellow with a mild citrus fizz that takes the sweetness to a nice clean finish. Fairly well balanced with nothing outstanding going on, it's got a rather pleasant taste.

Medium in the body with a decent slick mouthfeel, easy to drink and goes quite well with just about any Mexican dish...go figure.

Try it for a change of pace, you may even like it.

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

Draft served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear dark amber color. Small head with some lacing.

Smell: Not much here, perhaps some minor roasted aroma.

Taste: Some roasted malts, very minimal hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Very thin to me, wat too watery.

Drinkability: This will be the best score because when some has the consistency of water, it's easy to drink.

I've had this many times and I wouldn't call it bad, it just doesn't leave me with any particular memory to speak of.

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

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a coppery amber colour... Slightly off white head poured quite rocky then faded to thin layer... sparse carbonation... no real lacing...

Aroma - Light biscuity malts, salty notes, some metallic hints, light toffee sweetness, some spicy fruits (figs and prunes), wet grass, faint spicy hops... quite a lot of macro notes...

Taste – Tart fruits (oranges, raisins and some fig notes), light toasted malts, some light caramel / brown sugar sweetness, light nuttiness, some spicy hops, hay notes...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.... Light / medium bodied... Quite drinkable but maybe the macro notes make it a little sickly after a while...

Overall - An OK, if slightly bland, beer... Probably worth a try if there's nothing else available...

Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap with dinner. Poured to an amber color with off-white head and okay lacing. Seved cold in a cold mug, with lime, and I added salt for extra effect and flavor. While not the typical beer we rate here for taste, flavor, and appearance, it was actually a good beer, given the circumstances. While it was no premium micro brew, it beat the hell out of most macros on the market, and I will likely have again under similar circumstances (read...limited chioices).

Photo of teg8612
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- More brown than amber. Big bubbles in the head.

S- Very faint aromas of alcohol and floral, sweet hops.

T&M- Very crisp and dry. Mild toasted malt with a sweet somewhat bitter aftertaste. Light and very clean on the palate with slight floral hop character. Will not compare with other Vienna style lagers as this is more macro in apporach. It won't offend but will not inspire either.

D- Very drinkable in the warm south in the summer. One of the better imports from the land of Sol. Goes good with all mexican food to tone down those spices and heavy cheese. A light version of Vienna style lagers.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber in color. Large head at first, falls quickly though. Smells of malt, and grains. Taste is of bready malts and a small amount of a hop backbone to throw in some bitter. Pretty light mouthfeel, wish it was a bit thicker. Still not bad. Overall an ok Mexican beer.

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

Pours an amber color, don't blink or you might miss the head disappear. Taste is bready malts and noticeable hop flavor and bitterness. I remembered this beer being better than this. Its not bad, but of the Mexican Vienna lagers, I prefer Negra Modelo.

Photo of funkengruven
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up out of a bin of various loose beers sitting around the liquor store. I had the option of sampling one, which is good in case I didn't like it.

This poured a not too bad looking amber with a boring head that quickly subsides to nothing. Smell is not so nice, rotten cabbage and some metallic notes permeate the nose in this one. It however really doesn't taste as bad as it smells, a sweet malty aroma that goes down very easily, with a smoothness I really did not expect. This is a decent easy drinking lager that would go well with hot spicy food, or as a refreshing end to a hot day.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.35/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I haven't had Dos Equis in quite a while and that was the stuff in the green bottle visitng Baja. This pours an attractive caramel brown. Smells somewhat sweet. Taste, well here is where I'm not impressed. A bit of a metallic taste along with an average macro graininess to it. Not as nice tasting as it looks. Overall quite disappointed, it's not a drainpour but for any Mexican vienna lagers, Negra Modelo is the one to stick with, not this stuff.

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

Above average amber lager....thirst quenchng with some good roasted malt flavor...body is on the light side of medium....not much of an aroma...I like this on a hot summer night when I am thirsty but looking for something with a bit more flavor than a basic macro. I usually start with this but then move on to a Summit Pale or something but occasionally this will hit the spot so good I'll kick back 3 or 4 of these at a time...probably the best Mexican beer I have had

Photo of Drew966
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dos Equis Amber pours a copper color with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is very little aroma, just a hint of malt. Decent malty with a mild caramel flavor, with just a little bit of hops. Pretty good compared to most of the Mexican beers I've tried. Worth a try. No lime necessary.

Photo of mcarroll10177
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on tap into a traditional beer mug

A- nice dark brown color to this beer not much in the way of a head as it was served in a resturant

S- average, not to much going on here at all some hops some lemon perhaps very slight nose

T- easy drinking fresh and clean, however it lacks the complexity that I am used to

M- balanced not to thick and not to much carbination

D- an easy drinker good to wash down the mexicana I ate with it.

Overall this beer got the job done, and it was much better than your average Carona.

Photo of hero27
2.17/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle.

Clear amber color..surprisingly unwavering eggshell head.
Musty pale toffee malt aroma.. the lackluster generic malt flavor didn't do too much for me either.
They call this "full-bodied" on the label..is that a joke? My favorite local Mexican restaurant has anything from flavorful local witbeirs like John's White Ale to St. Bernardus 12 on-draft, so I'd be hard-pressed to find myself ever drinking this there. Flavorful than most macros, but still misses the mark.

Photo of hanco005
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered this on tap at a local Mexican restaurant. It was the only non macro draught choice, so I thought I would give it a try. Served in a 22 oz mug

A—clear copperish amber with a thin wispy sheet for a head, I would say that it fades down right away, but there isn’t enough to fade down, no lacing produced, either, is my glass clean?

S—very malty and sweet, some grainy tones, too,

T—as sweet as the smell, malty, not bad, not great either,

M—it crisp and clean, light bodided, mild carbonation at best

D—overall, it is average. Not much else to say about it, really. It’ll do in a pinch.

Photo of hunteraw
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide wine glass. The bottle was free, so no complaints. As far as presentation, the brown bottle is nice.

Appearance: Pours a brown-bronze color with little head and no lacing.

Smell: To be honest, not picking up a whole lot here. A little malt toastiness, I suppose - nothing objectionable at least. Keeping in mind the style here...

Taste: Some toastiness, bitter on the finish. A bit mineral-ly, perhaps. Moderately bittered, but not bad. Finishes dry, which is always a plus for me.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light mouthfeel, but good carbonation - adds to drinkability, I'd have to say.

This isn't a great beer, but for washing down some Mexican food it's not bad. As far as "what to order at a Mexican restaurant?" if the choice is between this and Corona, there's no contest. Nothing to seek out on its own merits either, though.

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

Happy Hora @ Mad Mex Robinson yes there were many better options but this one I hadn't had since I was underage so figured it was time to revisit. Appears caramel amber with a white creamy head leaves a trail of fine speckled lacing behind. Aroma contains a touch of metallic character touch of caramel sweetness with not much a hop character to speak of. Flavor fruity note fizzy caramel tone light spritzy citrus note a touch of an herbal edge noted...not bad at all. Mouthfeel is light bodied higher carbonation doesn't make it undrinkable. Drinkability this one's a decent go to in a Mexican restaurant however not at Mad Mex where the selection doesn't even warrant this brew to be imbibed there, nice toasted malt character but I need a bit more flavor on average to be happy.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice reddish-copper color and has a foamy off-white head. Lighter than most amber beers.

Smell: The beer's smell is quite faint but consists mostly of rosted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts again (but stronger than in the smell!) accompanied by some grains and a light, almost sweet, floral taste. The aftertaste has a lightly bitter taste. Unfortunately it will, on occasion, have a strange (mildly soapy?) taste with the aftertaste. Thankfully that doesn't happen very often.

Mouthfeel: Semi-smooth feel and medium-bodied. Carbonation is fairly strong, but isn't excessive.

Drinkability: Unless it's giving that weird soapy aftertaste, this is certainly a very drinkable beer. Alcohol is fairly mild. It's not the most interesting beer, and isn't the smoothest, but that's usually not enough to make it problematic.

One of the better (if not the best) mass-produced dark lagers in North America. I will usually get this at restaurants (if there isn't anything more interesting) and will occasionally get a 6-pack if it's on sale. Though usually it's not any cheaper than buying a much better beer.

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

Dos Equis pours a clear copper body beneath a foamy yellowed-white head. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some decent lace behind.

The nose expresses lightly sweet and toasty malt but little else. There's the suggestion of hops in the background, but they can't be picked out. A delicate flicker of yeasty sulphur comes through as well.

The flavor is not quite as sweetish as the nose suggests, with the gently toasty malts balanced by a firm bitterness and ghostly floral hops. It finishes clean, short, and dry.

Crisp and light-medium in body, this is an easy-to-drink lager that offers a bit of character in its toastiness.

Photo of djcrean
2.68/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an attractive dark amber with 1 inch head. The head has decent retention and leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

S: Very faint, maybe a touch of toasted grains

T: Disappointing. Very crisp and clean, but very unremarkable. Hop bitterness is weak and fleeting.

M: Clean

D: Very drinkable, but then again, so is water.

Notes: Run of the mill mass-marketed lager. A cut above some Mexican imports (Corona), but not as good as others (Bohemia). The taste unfortunately just can't live up to the appearance. Go with Bohemia if it's available.

Photo of becktone
2.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color of this beer is great. It can be described as the color of dark cherry stained wood. The head is pretty much non existant, and there is practically no lacing. This one's a big let down.

The nose of this beer is very clean and the sweet malt is easily identifiable. It smells ok, nothing spectacular. Its definitely not repulsive, but this beer just doesn't seem to be meeting my expectations. Not really impressed with this beer, wasn't expecting too much, but still....

As with the aroma the taste is also pretty clean. I don't taste the sweet malt character that I believe should be upfront in this beer. The taste is bland.

This beer is fairly light bodied and is average in the mouth, nothing out of the ordinary or spectacular. This beer goes down easy, but I probably won't be buying it again. If I want a vienna lager from Mexico I think that I'll go for Negra Modelo. This beer just doesn't do it for me.

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

This is a good one to accompany food. Nothing wrong with the beer but nothing exceptional about it either. Pours a fairly clear amber color with a small head, minimal lacing. Smell is very mild malt. Light taste of malt and some bitterness,but once again very mild. Mouthfeel a bit thin, nothing unpleasant in the aftertaste. There is enough flavor here to warrant drinking a few of these, but a session beer should have a little more interesting taste.

Photo of acrawf6
2.15/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours out a dark amber with a small white head

Smell. I do get some cooked vegetable aromas with a macro lager adjunct aroma. As it warms up, I get a little bit of a sweet smell, but it is more of a tea aroma.

Taste. Initially I get a cooked vegetable taste, not that good. Taste is a little puckering.

Mouthfeel is under par. Carbonation is decent, but the balance is off and thin.

Overall, it is better than macro lagers, but it is a bad Vienna lager. Nothing in the beer to make it a beer worth seeking

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this a while back and liked it, tried it again and it was pretty good. Don't know why the special lager is more popular.

Nice color with a less than fair head retention. golden brown color

mild malt and hop smell

taste is smooth and dry could use a little more hops

This is one of the better beers from mexico. and for the record i don't know why people think mexican beer is so awesome, it's not that special

Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 2,463 ratings.