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

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Ratings: 2,557
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 30
Gots: 303 | 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 Gambrinus1184
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce brown bottle into Berkshire Brewing pint glass:

A: Poured a faint, plae copper color with a weak head of white foam, but some decent retention.

S: Smells of faintly brassy toasted malt with a slight floral hop aroma.

T: The malts are actually quite clean, semi-sweet and tasty while the hopping adds a nice drying effect to the finish. This is pretty well-crafted and online with a copper ale.

M: Mouthfeel is lighter with a semi-sweet stickiness in the middle and a drying hop finish.

D: The best out of the box and not a bad option at all. ABV seems manageable and the flavor would probably dominate most any other Mexican restaurant's beer selection, particularly if it were a draft option.

Thank goodness this was included in a "beers of Mexico" mix pack from the brewery; otherwise I'd have written them off completely with the exception of this and Bohemia, which should replace Sol in the pack, but can't for bottle's size sake. Damn.

Photo of morebeergood
2.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a six pack yesterday to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and paired them with a taco dinner. Poured into pilsner glasses. Reddish orange color with a thin wispy head that fizzled out quickly. Didn't get anything in the odor department. Taste was somewhat bland, mostly just corn. Other than the color, not much difference between this amber lager and a regular lager. Tried one with a lime and one without, not much difference. Thin and watery overall. I guess it's a good beer if you want to swig down a few while munching on some Mexican, but I won't seek this one out again. A bit better that Corona, if that means anything, I guess.

Photo of association330
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a standard 12 oz. glass bottle...

A: Pours moderate amber with a decent white head that quickly settles. Not much lacing.

S - Apples and grapes with a trace of alcohol and floral notes

T - Malt, hints of apple, shades of bourbon, and a touch of alcohol. Pretty sweet, but decently balanced with a modest hop bitterness. Not much of a finish, but it's to be expected from a commercial lager.

M - Medium-high carbonation, light-to-medium weight, goes down easily with a crisp finish

D - Enough flavor and character to keep me interested, and average ABV. I'd easily drink a few of these when I just want a simpler beer. Would pair well with spicy food.

One of the better mass-market Mexican beers, for sure. Kicks Corona and all the American macros I've tried in the balls.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

had on tap for the first time in a long time, i don't think i've had the X since about 2001...

A- poured in its namesake glass a surprising amount of puffy beige head sits over a clear tarnished copper brew with golden amber highs. lots of rising bubbles sustain the head awhile leaving some creamy lace here and there.

S- grainy metallic malt, toasted nuts, and damp wood, adjuncts (corn?) caramel sweetness, and good old american whiskey.

T- cereal grains up front with some caramel in the back. i'm tasting lots of various unknown grains and some diacetyl creeps in with some of that dry whiskey barrel fron the aroma. rather bland toasted bread flavor becomes sweeter and more complex as it warms. dry cigarette tobacco and peanut skin with an earthy hop bite at the end.

MF & D- kinda fizzy, but i'm thankful that it doesn't become syrupy as the temp goes up. perhaps i have all those bubbles to thank. finish is crisp and clean and there is enough flavor going on the keep me interested while putting back a few of these

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

Not a bad session beer. It has an amber color with a white head. Pleasant syrupy flavor, somewhat like molasses. Smell is sweet but light faintly of hops. Mouthful was lite. It'd be a good beer for sessions as it doesn't seem to be as strong as some other beers.

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

A: Poured a nice cranberry-amber with virtually no head. Visible carbonation was nearly non-existent.

S: nice caramel malt sweetness, some sugar and light fresh flowers.

T: The initial flavor yielded a sweet caramel malt presence up front with some fresh flowery hopping that was light, yet appreciable and noticeable. Overall the flavor was light, smooth and fairly clean. There is a light fruitiness (apples) detected as well. Overall don't expect much depth or complexity.

M: very light, almost watery with some dried caramel and spicings while a faint bit of carbonation is experienced after the swallow.

D: Average drinkability. You wont be wowed but actually wont totally turn you off as well. You can drink this easily but may disappoint the hardcore fans of the American amber style.

Photo of Natural510
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light-amber color with inch-thick head from 12oz bottle. Leaves nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of grain and rich malts, subtle berry fruit quality.
Taste is somewhat thin, but toasted maltiness with an orange citrus finish is apparent.
Doesn't leave much in the mouth other than a tanginess and good carbonation, otherwise a very drinkable amber-lager.

Some may sell this beer short, as it is not as full-bodied and interesting as most US amber ales & vienna lagers. However, in comparison to most other Mexican offerings, and taking into consideration its design to be a darker, quenching brew for hot-weather climates, this is a very good example of what beers from Mexico can bring to the table.

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

I have this on tap every Thursday at my local Mexican restaurant. Is an amber/brown color with a moderate amount of lacing along the glass. Taste is relatively bitter. It's kind of lacking and watery with the mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer - average across the board.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber brown in color with little to no head that was gone in just a couple of seconds. No lacing and looks very watery.

S: Smells of pineapple, strawberry, bread like grains and maybe some corn.

T: Light floral hops in the middle earthy tones in the front and bitter hops in the back decent taste for the style.

M/D: The feel is lightly carbonated and watery with a decent bitterness to it. The drinkability is good for a light beer to drink while working or playing. This one can be kept in a bottle or poured in a glass the air does enhance the flavors a bit and reduces some of the carbonation.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: nice amber-brown body but absolutely headless

s: faint sweet appley grains; some floral notes; overall pretty scentless

t: some caremel malts; raw wheat; a little toastiness; not very flavorful

m: quite syrupy-smooth; light carb; definitely solid

d: a decent beer for spicy foods like curry or mexican and a decent macro but that is all that is really in this beer's favor

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

This beer poured a dark brown with a red tinge and next to no head. The smell is of sweet malts with a slight caramel scent. The taste is of slightly toasted malts that start off with some sweetness that is cut with a slight amount of hops. The mouthfeel is slightly watery with a moderate amount of carbonation. The drinkability is pretty good for a lager, but I'd say the best part about this beer is how well it pairs with good Mexican food.

Photo of Trueant1
2.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A good lager. Pours great for a lager. A nice thick white foamy head and sits dark in the glass for a lager.

smells and tastes "clean". Alcohol in the smell and taste. A nice sweetness comes through in the sip. This is not a great beer but better than most lagers I have had.

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

A - Small, off white head with little retention. The body is amber-orange and very clear.

S - Clean, malty aroma with a bit of caramel.

T - Malt flavor with just a hint of caramel and roast grain. No hop flavor or aroma. Mild hop bitterness in the finish along with clean malt.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, but slightly low on malt character. Not particularly interesting, but good for what it is, and it deserves some recognition for consistently being the best beer available at most Mexican restaurants.

Photo of animal69
3.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

wow, i got this on sale for $ 5.99 a sixer at the grocery ; pours a clear copper-gold color w/ a decent white frothy head which dissipates very quickly leaving a fair amount of lacing in my nonic ; very faint smell, a bit of floral hops w/ some hints at graininess and a touch of alcohol ; a bit more malt present here w/ caramel-like flavors and hop bite initially followed by a nutty, faintly metallic taste midway, got the tradional munich/vienna-type finish ; a bit watery, dry, light body , decent co2 helps thicken it though ; overall, a fairly decent vienna and at an even cheaper than macro price, this one's above average on the drinkability scale in my book....

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

Always a safe choice when I want something a little different. It's basically a lager with some added sweet and bitters flavors.

The taste is mostly grainy, but with some caramel added. It finishes with some bitter and metallic flavors, but the crispness washes it away.

Easy to drink and unique from other popular brews.

Photo of charlzm
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at El Cholo Los Angeles, consumed 02/21/08.

Medium amber color with almost no head. Active though modest carbonation throughout. Aromas: sweet grain, some metallic tang. Flavor is sweet light malt with a tiny bit of citrus tang, followed by a lightly bitter finish. Crisp, easy to drink.

You could do a lot worse.

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

I had this on tap at my favorite Mexican restaurant. A perfect accompaniment to spicy food.

A: Nice brilliant amber color. Had almost no head and left no lace.

S: Caramel aromas with a hint of citrus hops. Slightly sweet.

T: Nice balance of bitter and sweetness. Caramel from nose comes into the flavor. Malt is sweet with some toasted notes. Finishes very clean.

M: Light body. The right amount of fizz. Feels a little slick on the tongue.

D: Perfect with Mexican food. Among the best mass produced Mexican beers.

Photo of GRPunk
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a goblet.

A- It poured a decent amber-brown with a slight frothy off-white head that left some solid sticky rings on the side of the glass.

S- The aroma was quite muted. I could pick up some malty aromas, but not much else.

T- Pretty decent flavor. It had a nice bready flavor with some lighter hop tones.

M- Pretty basic. Fairly clean, not too watery.

D- It's a refreshing beer and something I'd drink when options are short on a mainly macro taplist.

Photo of gotweid
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden clear copper. Very attracive. No real head and not much lacing though which takes away a little from the apprearance. Smells of alcohol, some malt and an unpleasant ground corn. Tastes of a slightly roasted malt with a slight trace of a mild hop. Taste is much better than the smell. Very smooth, somewhat crisp and yet a tad dry. Very drinkable because it is smooth with no bitter bight, but has a pleasant flavor. Stacks up very well against other macros. On a side note, this beer is best consumed out of the bottle (and with some chips and salsa of course) because of the aroma (smells like a cheap macro to me) is not appealing. Straight out of the bottle this becomes a very good, easy drinking macro.

Photo of cbleary
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a tasty Mexican lager and usually the best one available on draft at a Mexican restaurant. It pours nice with a small head that leaves decent lacing. It tastes of fresh malt with a bit of noble hops. It was very drinkable and went great with Mexican fare.

Photo of jwolfie70
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A go to beer when in a Mexican joint for me (probably because nothing else decent is available). I find myself always going back to this beer. Pours an amber red. Smell is of straw. Taste is a malty sweet straw flavor. Infinitely more flavorable than most other Mexican offering readily available in Northern California, but rather bland when compared to good beers. However, this beer does go excellent as a thirst quencher when eating spicy Mexican food, and I find myself drinking it quite a bit.

Photo of Overlord
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a flat looking brown ... not much red to it. Almost zero head, just a small pool of white foam in the middle.

Smells thinly of malts. The taste is surprisingly non existent for a supposedly amber ale. Some not unpleasant malt. That's about it.


Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mr. Salsa in Oglesby, IL.

Poured into an 8 oz. pilsner glass a light brownish amber tone, with good clarity and visible carbonation. A steady pour produced a finger width of creamy head, which left rings of delicate lacing on the glass. Retention was below average, there was a thin ring for the duration of the glass.

Grainy aroma with a mild apple note. Light and papery.

Flavor has some toasted malt character, lightly sweet with a dry residual sugar in the aftertaste. Hint of tart apple bitterness is there, also white grape, but not too pronounced. It's light, also balanced with good carbonation and light maltiness. After finishing one I had another, and so did everyone else. Not a bad choice, but I still prefer Bohemia as my #1 Mexican lager. Paired well with a carnitas/pulled pork dinner. As a side note, this makes a mean michelada...

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

Had on-tap last night at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Downtown Cincinnati. It arrived in a BIG MUG with a lime slice. There was about 1/4" of white head on this when it reached my table... but it faded away to a thin cap rather quickly. Very spotty, slight lacing down the glass as I drank.

Nose... the lime encompassed most of the scent. But I picked up very slight caramelized malt.

Taste: I tasted it BOTH WAYS.... without the lime first.... then with some lime juice squeezed in. Without the lime, this beer was less than ordinary. I was hoping for a Sam Adams-ish (Vienna Lager) taste. BROTHER!... was I dissapointed! Only a slight grainy, caramel taste came through. NO HOPS at all. I squeezed the lime in to provide a little extra.... I actually preferred the taste WITH the lime. It added some flavor.

Mouthfeel: Watery, fizzy lager. I guess that compared to Sam Adams Boston Lager... remove ALL HOPS and cut with 50% carbonated water.... then you have Dos Equis Amber Lager.

Drinkability: I wish that some of these Mexican chain restaurants could get some decent cervesa! This beer is refreshing.... but not interesting enough to have again.

Photo of lawman834
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Well...Amber. Thin head, goes down fast. There is some lacing however.

S-Kinda strange. A little sour, almost like vinegar. I dunno, Mexican beers always smell kinda funny.

T-Pretty decent. It is similar to a Sam Adams, but not as good. Has the good balance between malt and hops as a Vienna should, but its a little thin and watery and has a hint of that sourness that's in the smell.

D-Fairly drinkable. I think that sourness might get to you after awhile.

Overall better than many, not as good as some. For the style and for your money, just get a good ol Sam Adams.

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