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

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Dos Equis Amber LagerDos Equis Amber Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite mexican beers that I can get right at the local mini market. If I can´t find Bohemia I get some Amber Lagers. Pours deep golden almost coppery, smells and tastes like vienna malts and adjuncts are there but not overwhelming.,

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Photo of Foyle
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a 1" off white head that drops quickly with very minimal lacing. Color is a clear, deep amber with some moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: very mild -- a bit of corn, a hint of caramel
Mouthfeel: light, quite frothy, with a easy dry finish.
Flavor: nice combination of caramel, a bit of nuttiness, whole wheat bread, with a small hop bitterness in the back end.
Overall: very pleasant, easy drinking. Pairs terrifically with spicy Mexican cuisine.

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Photo of baumaxx1
2.82/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance -
1 cm off-white head, clear dark amber/gold colour, moderate carbonation. Moderate lacing. Head dissipates to a thin film.

Smell -
Malts, yeast, citrus, cherries and sugar syrup. Nothing really too offensive, but there's not much to smell.

Taste -
Bread, a hint of lemon and lime, caramel malts, almond, but on the whole on the plain side. Pretty drinkable, but not the most flavoursome beer you can get - a bit on the watery side and slightly metallic.

Mouthfeel -
Mostly watery, mild fizz, fairly refreshing. Standard.

Overall -
Can't complain too much. A decent mass-produced beer at a reasonable price, and there are far worse lagers on the Australian market than this. Nothing special and it's a bit bland like most beers for the mass-market, but quite drinkable.

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Photo of mchegash
3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 8/30/14

Appearance - 4/5
Pours an orange-amber-brown color. A little bit of head retention. Fairly clear. Lots of carbonation seen rising to the top.

Smell - 4/5
Was surprised by the smell. Maltly sweetness, accompanied by smells of cherries, tart apples, and alcohol.

Taste - 3.75/5
A traditional lager taste mixed with significant fruitiness and malty sweetness. Makes for a nice taste. Nicer than a was expecting, given the brand.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Fairly smooth, light to medium in body. A small carbonation kick on the tongue. Moderately crisp.

Overall - 3.5/5
I could see this being a nice beer on a hot summer day. Not really my favorite style, but I don't have a lot of major complaints either.

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

Dos Equis Amber is best on tap, with a lime on the edge of the glass. The beer is not great, but it definitely passes the time with some good old Tex Mex. The color is a deep copper, with a golden hue in the right kind of light. The head is rather small, about a finger's width, and it lingers. Its aroma is of corn, not overly strong. It tastes of grain, a bit watery actually. It has a dry after effect. Not bad. Not good either, but overall, this is a beer you can have with dinner, and it won't ruin your evening at all.

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: This is a surprisingly good looking beer. Deep copper in color, transparent, with thousands of lively bubbles darting up towards the strong, two fingers of white, fluffy head. The head forms a small crown that reaches above the rim of this pint glass after being poured from a 12-ounce bottle. The retention is excellent and ten minutes after the pour there is still a good quarter-inch of head left. The lacing is superb as well, with layering that almost look like a Nitro Milk Stout.

SMELL: There is nothing offensive here, but then again there isn't much of anything here at all. There is basically zero aroma, despite the big, fluffy, pretty head. Maybe there is a trace of sugary malt, but that's it.

TASTE: Indicative of the copper color, there is a fair amount of caramel flavor present along with a slightly burnt toast breadiness. Underneath the malt and yeast is a relatively heavy corn-like taste. A hint of hop bitterness squeaks in at the end as well.

MOUTHFEEL: Slightly sweet to start with a drying finish. The body is actually bigger than expected, I'd say light to medium...but leaning light.

OVERALL: This is not a terrible beer. It is not a great one either, but in a pinch, this will do.

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Photo of IronLover
3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Reddish orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a short off-white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps. Buttery, toasted malt and burnt caramel aromas with hints of herbal hops. Medium bodied with a slightly watery feel up front that transitions to light, tangy, crispness through the middle to the end. Burnt caramel malt and light toasted malt flavors with herbal hops through the middle and clean finish. Flavors are generally subdued with dominant burnt caramel character.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.96/5  rDev +28.2%

$1.23 special.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured for appearance.

Appearance (4) : The head seems to just stick to itself like some kind of sci-fi film. It was cool to watch. There's a giant bubble on top about the size of a 50 cent piece. Not sure what that's about. Oops, it popped. 1 finger oatmeal-colored head that leaves an impressionable amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. It sits on top of a dark fiery amber hue, at an impressive 80% opacity only showing the shadow of my hand on the other side when held up to the light. I was expecting much less for this beer. A solid 4.

Smell (3.5) : A familiar smell. Maybe Amber Bock-ish? Maybe Blue Moon Seasonal...ish. Anyways, it's spiced, some coriander, has plenty of barley malt,with supplements of oatmeal, wheat, and corn. Maybe some rice. If this is all true to my nose we've got a lot of adjuncts. But perhaps I'm confused. Some faint faint citrus notes but I would call them fruity, not hoppy.

Taste (4.25) : Yeasty, bready, delicious. This was a good pick. The finish has a great yeasty bread dough flavor to it and some buttered bread. Wow, I like this a lot. Lots of malt character with graininess and fresh bread. Ends smooth and clean.

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Crisp, smooth, dry, clean.

Overall (3.96) : I'm a chatterbox tonight. Sorry for the long review. This is one of my top ambers now. Next time I see it for a good price I'll pick up a six or twelve. I was not expecting this as I typically don't like mexican style beers. But this one somehow rises above. Lovely yeasty bread dough with a slight sour malt character. Bravo (in every sense of the word)!

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