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

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Photo of beertaster13
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked this up in a 12oz bottle. No freshness date to be found (supspicion might have had a bad bottle). Pours a brown copper color with little to no head, lacing was minimal with each gulp. Smell was fainly of malt with an alcohol twist. Grain bringing up rear. Taste was very skunk and to bitter, not a good balance of hops and malts at all. Very dry amber and flat. Light bodies amber for sure. I would never drink this again, even though I think I might have had a an over dated beer. Pass on this amber, better ambers out there.

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Photo of Foxman
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a roanish amber, crystal clear. A very thin off-white head drops away quickly to virtually nothing.

The nose is sparse, with just a mere trace of malt sweetness, and a very vague bitterness on the end.

Upon sipping, the malt sweetness asserts a bit more here, carrying along a slight twist of caramel. A dull tanginess slips through the middle, then is promptly subverted by a mildly dry hoppy bitterness, not much more than a hint, but certainly there. Overall, it is very basic, fundamental, and refreshing.

Light bodied, it doesn't coat as much as slide over the palate, but the carbonation gives it a genuine presence. The dry bitterness imparts a short-lived glow at the finish.

I had this on tap at Don Pablos. It took them three tries to get through their thick skulls that I did not want a lime wedge stuck on the lip of the schooner. Once they did, I was plesantly surprised. I've had this several times, but I'd never really turned a critical eye to it before. The malt sweetness and carbonation combone to make this a drinkable and refreshing beverage. As far as Mexican beers, this currently occupies the top spot for me. They go down very easy, and are a fine accompaniment for the standard tex-Mex fare you get in my neck of the woods. I might not buy this one off the shelf, but at dinner, with some Black Angus fajitas, this one is always welcome. But minus that damned lime!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a clear copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malts, and a bit of bread and grain. The flavor is of caramel malts as well as some toasted grains and a bit of hop spiciness. It is a very smooth and easy drinking beer.

Sampled 2/6/04

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Photo of Popsinc
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear amber pour with a nice head. The nose is very mild...light fuitiness takes some shape. The taste overall is bland. Almost no hoppiness. Malts are sublte if not hidden. There seems to be a pinch of citrusy sweetness on the finish but that fades quite fast. A light bodied beer with a decent mouthfeel. An easy drinker but little in the way of interesting qualities.

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Photo of tjd25
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown color. The head was very thin and disappeared very quicly. I didn't find anything particular in the smell. The taste is malty, a nice combination of caramel and red fruits, but without the sweetness. The carbonation is weak. Hops are pretty much hidden. A decent lager.

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Photo of pheurton
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

chestnut brown with foamy white head that quickly vanishes. mildly sweet grain aroma and nothing else. aggresive carbonation makes this beer bubbly and sharp. mild vienna malt flavor and a detectable macro corn-syrup sweetness. kiss of the lightest, most non-aggresive hops in the end. finishes clean and the aftertaste isn't all that bad. overall, a better than average macro that i can stomach at chain mexican restaurants.

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Photo of Dmann
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good mexican beer. It poured a dark brownish color with a thin fizzy head that faded quickly. The smell was strong on grain and malt. The taste was pretty decent with good malt flavors and a touch of hops. Although the taste was dominated by grain it was a smoothe flavor that went very well with the chips and salsa I had. A good mexican brew to get if it is offered.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.43/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, an amber Mexican beer would be a step up from the average yellow lagers that are on the market, or so at least I used to think so in theory. This XX Amber pours out a decent looking clear roasted amber colour, very little head to speak of with no retention at all. It has a faint roasted malt aroma, more on the grainy/husky side. Flavour is very mild and light, hints of roasted malt and metallic grain, and something of a trace of floral hops. Aftertaste reminded me of what chewing on a shoe lace might taste like, and I couldn't drop that sentiment after the first few sips. Watery mouthfeel, it is easy enough to drink, but that aftertaste ruins it for me. This would be a beer that would have to be paired with something or other, preferably spiced food.

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Photo of clvand0
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had the amber version of Dos Equis, so I gave it a try. Pours the expected amber color with a small head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty plain, but there is a little maltiness to it. The flavor is a little bland as well, but not bad. Kinda weak. There is a little maltiness in the flavor with possibly some caramel as well. Pretty well done for a south of the border beer, but not spectacular either.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a decent enough amber brown color with no head to speak of.Not much aroma-your basic beer smell Id say.Slight malt flavor and no real discernable hop bitterness to it.Very slight caramel or toffee flavor.Nice smooth body but again nothing special.Overall an ok choice to go with your Mexican meal-sure beats a Corona or a sharp stick in the eye.Seems to be a bit "brighter" when I have had it in a bottle-might be dirty lines or something similar here.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It really is a nice amber color in the bottle. That's about where the good comments end. Has a very harsh taste; I guess that's the corn or rice or whatever. Little tinge of alcohol which makes it slightly more palatable, but I'd only drink this from a pitcher at a Mexican restaurant in the future. 20% less harsh with the addition of that forbidden fruit, the lemon. Best thing I can say: at least it's not MGD.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.27/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The Dos Equis Amber poured a clear copper with a fizzy head that quickly disappeared. It has a sweetish, starchy malt aroma with some slight fruity hints. Like the regular Dos Equis, it is thin and watery. It tastes a little better though. The taste is mostly sweet malts and some caramel hints. It has a kind of skunky, metallic finish though. Overall, it's better than regular Dos Equis and at the upper end of macros...still not something I would get again, unless choices were very slim.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mad Mex in the North Hills. The color was a dark amber, with a wispy white head. The smell was sweet dark malt. The taste was fairly dry with some slight hints of bitterness. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, could have a few of these.

Not exactly a world classic, but something that goes well with Mexican food, and that's all you can really ask. A much better choice than Corona, and one that I'd enjoy again the next time I do eat Mexican.

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Photo of stewart124
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fizzy head to top of this brownish amber lager. The aroma is of faint hops and a floral hints. Taste is a crisp fruity taste with hints of grains. Very sweet malts and an almost sugar character without being overdone. The hops are present but nothing too strong. Carbonation plays a nice role and the aftertaste is very sweet. This is am easy to drink lager and pairs well with a mexican dish. Would be a real treat in the summertime. Again this is a quality lager.

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Photo of Southernbrew
2.32/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours amber (duh) with a small head that quickly dissapated. Smells slightly sweet with a slight citrus element. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Slight citrus flavoring with little aftertaste. Decent mexican beer, good with enchiladas but wouldn't drink alone.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almond brown, light head, soft and foamy.
Nose is all malt. Flavor starts as all malt sweetness, then evolves into some breadyness,yeast,and caramel notes. Mild hopping. I remember when this was "the good stuff". This is a refreshing and decent quality brew. Works in a pinch when only macros are available.

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Photo of TerryW
2.21/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Amber red with a thin head. Passable lacing to start the glass.

Nose is malty with a hint of sweet fruit. Quite mild.

Thin and sweet in taste, precious little there. Not much mouth presence except for some bite from the carbonation.

Except for looking reasonably good, this beer doesn't seem to put forward much of an effort. Inoffensive, but uninspiring. Good to wash down a sandwich with.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It smells of pale and light crystal malts with that lager yeast zing. The taste is good. It is refreshing with a light maltiness and some bitter hops. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking Mexican lager.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish amber in color with a small head that is gone before I know it. A few malt hints in the smell. I also pick up something metallic as well. Immediately after I try this beer I an suprised how low the carbonation is. I am not sure if this is how all bottles are or not. The flavor is even weeker than the smell. It kind of reminds me of Newcastle for some reason but not as sweet. Very easy drinking but lacking in flavor.

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Photo of palma
3.82/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No born on or best by date, so you are taking your chances with this one. The body is amber in its truest form. Off-white head that is thin but tall in the beginning and then quickly disappears to a lace that lingers around till about half way though the beer. Smell is better than I expected from a Mexican import. It is sweet and a little grainy. Very nice to the nose. Taste was very clean and crisp though not much flavor. Not very hoppy. Some malt but not much. Very mellow. Only distinct favors I could pick out were maybe some orange and some corn. A smokey aftertaste. It's a tad bit on the watery side. I think this beer would be very good with spicy Mexican food. It acts as a pretty good thirst quencher. Medium to high carbonation though the mouthfeel is still pretty smooth. There is also a little bit of creaminess to the beer. Over all a very very easy drinking beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent mexican amber beer. I drank it straight from the bottle, but it does have a nice light amber colour and a small white head. Aromas are of slightly sweet, bready malts and very background floaral hops. The taste is very sweet, bready and malty with a nice, sweet, floral hop after-bite. The mouthfeel is thin but not too thin for this style and the drinkability is damn good for a Mexican beer. Decent.

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Photo of beerbill
4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a great combination of the creamy and slightly bitter taste that I enjoy in darker beers combined with a citriussy taste that I enjoy in mexican beer.

It pours an impressive dark body with a strong yet pleasent nose. The taste is crisp and inviting with none of the brackish after taste that you get sometimes.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dos Equis is a beer I used to drink in college and haven't had since. (8 years ago) Still a popular beer amongest a few of my friends I decided to visit my old haunts.

Dos Equis pours a dark amber/brown with a skimpy head.
Their wasn't much of a smell but I could detect some malt.
The taste was surprizingly good! Sweet with an orangy, malty flavor. Very Hop-py. It went down smooth and had no bitter or skunky aftertaste.

Dos Equis impressed me after all these years and would be a nice session beer. Would go nice with your typical bar food.

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Photo of diablo14
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

solid brew from mexico here. i prefer negra modelo myself, but this was easy to drink and not without its charms. i wasnt expecting much when i drank, but managed to exceed that, thankfully.

really liked the color of this beer, almost bronze in hue. head didnt stick around long enuff, but that may have been due to the glass being from a restaurant, where they always seem to have some residue from the dishwasher. a total head killer. slight nutty aroma, some malt and hints of corn. flavor was pleasantly sweet, nutty tones with a little orange zest, maize, and gentle malts. bitter finish which worked well with the rest of the beer. crisp bubbles present also. went down the hatch in a tidy fashion.

i had this with chorizo enchiladas, and was a great compliment to the spiciness of the sausage. definately a dinner beer thats to be consumed with food from its home country. not a world beater, tho i did rather enjoy it over the meal and would drink it again next time im having mexican food.

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Photo of kunzbrew
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a ruby amber with ruby red highlights, with little to no head that doesn't last that long and leaves a sexy lace. This beer is beating my expectations as far as color and smell. The sweet malt notes hit the nose softy along with a little hop aroma.

The first sip brings nice toasty malts with hint of hops. A caramel malty flavor also hits the tongue. The after taste is not to bad clean and crisp. The only real complaint I have is that the brew is not very complex, hits home then leaves.


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