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

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Reviews: 721
Hads: 2,704
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 35.92%
Wants: 36
Gots: 452 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of FLima
2.59/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Amber copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Light sweet aroma of caramels, not much more than that.
Sweet flavor with predominant notes of corn syrup (karo) and caramels. Hints of oxidized apples. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Overly sweet Vienna Lager, not that bad, but I will pass next time.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This brew was served on tap at Mezcal Cantina in Worcester, Massachusetts. It arrived in an overly thick dos equis pint glass, with green colored glass festively rimming the top half inch of the glass. It showed a golden amber coloring, holding a half finger tall white head that retained rather poorly. There was no haze or sediment, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave notes of matted sweaty dog fur, rain water, wet paper towel, cardboard, lime rind, rice krispies cereal graininess, salt lick, heavy aluminum and mineral, generic lager yeastiness, and chalked pale maltiness. The flavor followed with white flour and drying corn tortilla grain and grit, white sugar, bronze, baked bready yeastiness, pale, lightly amber, and adjuncty malt toast, cloying apple juice, and lactic sourness rounded things off. The body was light, and the carbonation was medium to high. The mouth was left with a metallic sheen, but otherwise no real coating, cream, froth, or smack to go around. Drinkability was okay.

Overall, this was a beer had in desperation. We had flown into Boston on an evening flight for a friend’s wedding. After the hour long drive to Worcester we found ourselves with a hankering for some sauce at about 11pm. It was a Friday and the beginning of a wedding weekend. Highly understandable. We drove around Worcester for an hour looking in every Walgreens, CVS, and sketchy corner store we could find, looking for a pack of local beverages to bring back to the hotel and relax with. Alas, to our surprise, we found no such thing. Frustrated and defeated we turned back towards the hotel, and were happy to find an alcohol-slinging establishment a mere half mile from our temporary abode. This was the only beer available, aside from Pacifico, so we really just flipped a coin here. The “amber lager” is a standard Mexican adjunct lager, giving cheap grain through the nose and mouth, with little to rest upon for feel or sustenance. We drank the swill quickly, and it served its purpose, but after this we rapidly moved on to sampling the beverages for which this cantina was named.

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Photo of ordybill
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
Aroma- Smells of corn and maybe some grain and malt, stronger than Coors Light less than Heineken.
Appearance- The beer is a dark amber with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice mild flavor, it definitely a micro, but it does have character.
Palate- a medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation. Has a dry finish and minimal aftertaste.
Overall- A pretty good beer, I definitely choose this when I am eating Mexican food.

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Photo of stevoj
2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I was in a Mexican restaurant (in Germany) and they called this Dos Equis Dark...not impressed. Sticky, sweet, malt driven, watery, weak. I dont usually drink beer, but when I do, it wouldn't be this....

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Photo of Samldc
2.22/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

S-120z bottle into pint glass

A-golden brown with visible carbonation, looks great, one finger head quickly disappears, ok lacing

S-very little aroma, nothing comes to mind

T-rusty carbonation with metallic aftertaste

M-high carbonation and metal

O- very disappointed, haven't had one these in a few years and for some reason remembered it as tasting much better, will not buy again

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Photo of leantom
3.37/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had this at a local Mexican restaurant. Decent and comparable to Yuengling (my favorite mass-produced beer). Here goes:

A: OK, not good or bad. Beer pours a dark brown with a one inch head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing, too, but not bad.

S: Not that much going on here. Caramel malt is present but it's very light (hardly detectable). No hops or yeast.

T: Good. Presence of burnt caramel malt imparts toasty characteristics. It tastes like a watered-down Yuengling. As I was drinking it I was wishing it was Yuengling instead.

M: Light-bodied; lighter than Yuengling. Slight bready character makes up for the light body somewhat, though. Not bad.

O: OK beer. Would rather have a Yuengling, but not bad.

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Photo of jaredtp
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was okay. I enjoyed the barley that was in it, and I enjoyed the malt of this beer. I liked the hops that this beer has as well. Ir was not too heavy at all. And for a fairly cheap beer it was a decent beer. I have only had this beer in a bottle, I would like to try it on tap and see wich one taste better.

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Photo of mthomp081
2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - very small head, amber, brown, copper color

S - hops, malt, barley -all extremely mild and almost difficult to detect

T - metallic, slightly bitter from the hops but you can kind of taste the malt, kind of a traditional amber lager, watery

M - crisp, drinkable, medium bodied

O - A below average lager. Tastes very underwhelming, as expected from macro. Its watery and metallic, and the standard lager characteristics are so downplayed. I find this drinkable because well it is easily drinkable with its underwhelming tastes, but nothing really here to note.

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Photo of jgiordano88
3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite lagers and much better than the special lager. Goes down easy and has a rich taste and feel to it. Very refreshing. Has the dark brown color I expect from a lager and isn't anything fancy or expensive.

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Photo of Capperdurham
2.04/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

It's a decent amber lager that is much better on tap then out of the bottle. You can expect a slight metallic taste when drinking any bottled beer but it is even more so prevolent in this Mexican favorite, it completely takes away from the true flavor that Dos Equis has to offer.

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Photo of marshmarsh
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Nice, rich but thin brown color.

S - Caramel prominent, and hints of citrus

T - Caramel and woody flavors.

M - Full feeling, very nice linger.

Overall, a very nice beer with interesting flavor profile that leaves a pleasant taste. Good bar beer to have with bar food and watch a game, and goes good with lime wedge.

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Photo of illpass78
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours a clear brownish amber with a one-finger white head. Leaves some decent lacing and the head has nice retention.

Aroma: There's really not much here. Some maltiness, some bread, some very faint hops.

Taste: This has a very mild, inoffensive taste. It's pretty forgettable. There's some malt flavor, but it's pretty unremarkable. If you like mild, close-to-flavorless cookout beer, 1) why? and 2) this is it.

Mouthfeel: Pretty flimsy, especially for a dark beer.

Overall: This is one of those beers where I just don't understand the appeal. It's not bad in the way bad beers are bad - meaning it's not funky or full of adjuncts or super watered-down. But it's also thoroughly eclipsed by so many other options (Sam Adams flagship is the same style, probably around the same price point and is so much better than this). I don't always drink beer, but when I do, prefer it to taste like something.

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Photo of walternmoss
4.15/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Doc Equis Amber Lager is my favorite "anytime" beer. I buy this anytime I spend more that a minute staring into a beer cooler. It's a safe bet that I'll enjoy it and the beer will complement whatever I'm eating. It's much better in flavor than Sam Adams (in my opinion), less expensive, and more pleasant to drink. I think it's quite flavorful and has a pleasant "finish" that sort of wafts around my palate. Gracias!

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass.

A-deep beautiful copper color that u can't see through. Not much of a head.

S-toasty malts

T-rich grainy taste

M-clean finish, medium bodied

O-one of the best lagers I've ever had in my extremely limited tasting experience. Other lagers I've had didn't have the flavor this one did

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and caramel with lighter aromas of corn adjuncts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of corn adjuncts and a light amount of sweetness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Seems kind of like a hybrid of a Vienna Lager and an American Adjunct Lager, certainly not one of my favorite brews but not horrible. Easy to drink and pairs well with spicy foods.

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Photo of dar482
2.31/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer comes in a light red ruby.

The aroma has a toasted malt, but loaded with stale grains and corn.

The flavor is empty with a hint of sweetness and toasted malt flavor, but then onto a very unappealing metallic, mineral finish. The harshness of that flavor in the back is really hard to get past.

I would actually prefer their lager because it is even less bold in flavor, bad flavor.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 3029484FE1428 01293 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass.
Aroma of lightly toasted malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, somewhat fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a splotchy layer 1 – 2 mm thick
Lacing good, forming partial rings 1.5 cm wide of mostly small bubbles
Body medium amber, clear
Flavor of toasted malt, no alcohol, no hops, slight diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

This is actually a decent beer, very flavorful and refreshing, worlds better than the basic Dos Equis lager. I frequently have this (or Negra Modelo) at Mexican or Tex-Mex restaurants.

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Photo of PvtSnowball
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a sixer to go with the tacos.

A: A nice amber with little head and fair retention. Lack of head hurts the score.

S: Pretty neutral really. Balanced hop and malt. Maybe some adjuncts. Not offensive though.

T: Nice balance and was a good complement to the dinner.

M: Smooth with the right amount of carbonation. Maybe a tad watery.

O: Not bad but not great. Goes well with spicy food.

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Photo of RDB51
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

How do I love Cinco de Mayo?...let me count the beers.
While many would ask why get a beer from Mexico, given their Corona experiences.
The first reason should be that Mexico actually has a German Immigrant beer history and the second reason is their food pairs so well with beer. XX Amber is my go to beer on tap or in a bottle when paired with spicy Mexican food.

XX Amber has a deep amber color and good carbonation. I believe carbonation is very important when eating spicy food. The tingle of the carbonation is great with the burn left from the hot peppers and spices. The beer head while rather small lasted to the end and covered the bottom of the empty glass. I enjoyed its rich taste, that was very good for a lager style beer.

So when you are eating a wonderful Mexican breakfast, avoid the pale ales, stouts, and IPAs and get a XX Amber lager... ...well before noon. Yes, I don't always drink beer before noon, but when I do....its a XX Amber.

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Photo of DKRowden
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a schooner glass. It has a nice light amber hue with a very small white head that dissipates quickly. It has a very faint sweet smell. It has a light malty taste with a good sweetness to it. It has a smooth mouth feel with a lightly dry finish. Overall it is an ok beer.

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Photo of Paincane
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish amber with off-white head that leaves moderate lace.
S: Caramel, toffee and malt nose.
T: Malty sweetness with a slight citrus presence.
M: Light bodied and well-carbonated. Smooth with a clean dry finish.
O: Decent Mexican beer--finally!

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Photo of DW_and_my_boy_Jones
3.93/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me and my boy Jones went by one of our three favorite beer-buying establishments last week, and I bought two six-packs of the Dos Equis Amber Lager...and I had forgotten just how really good that this beer tastes. I think my exact words were "wow, I have forgotten how freaking good this beer tastes!" This is definitely my go-to beer for any occasion. It has a nice amber color, and is just very "smooth". My boy Jones always orders a Dos Equis Amber draft beer at the local Mexican restaurant (I usually get a Negra Modelo, because you can't find it just everywhere...at least here in no-where-ville Missouri!).

If you are new to "beer snob-e-ness" and want to try a nice amber beer - this is the one...not Michelob Amber Bock....oh, sorry, that's for another review!

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Photo of TheOneCleanHippy
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Although a somewhat average beer, I find the Dos Equis Amber Lager to be a very refreshing and smooth beer. It has a good amount of taste and is not as watery as many beers of similar pricing. I find this beer to be the best of the beers that one can get a pint of for $3-4. Though it won't overwhelm you with complicated tastes and smells, it will refresh you and satisfy you. Goes well with a lime garnish and makes a hot summer day that much more pleasant.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - OK - not much head

s - Good amber - somewhat lacking in aroma

t - Crisp refreshing beer. Perfect paring with most mexican food, which is what I enjoyed while drinking the beer.

m - good clean crisp beer

o - good beer for mexican food, or hot summer day.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one this evening on 8/27/15 but had it several times in the past as well as on tap at a few Mexican restaurants. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CORONA EXTRA" pint glass.

brew pours a dark orangish-amber in color with a thin beige cap. Some spotty lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is actually pretty light with some hints of caramel and toffee malts for the most part. Pretty much is said for the taste with some 'dark bread' type yeast also. Pretty smooth and a decent beer and I like it much better than their other one in the green bottle. A bit 'watered-down'. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, one of the better Mexican brews .

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Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
72 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.