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Indio - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Mexico

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-12-2002

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Ratings: 235 | Reviews: 70
Reviews by BryanCarey:
Photo of BryanCarey
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Indio pours to a light copper color with some gold hues on the edges. The nose on this beer includes a little roasted malt, graininess, and grassiness. Foam is moderate to low, and doesn’t hold itself together for very long.

Indio offers flavors like carmal and toffee malt, light roast, crisp toasted malt, a touch of breadiness, and some light herbal hops. There is a slight bite in the finish, but it is short lived and the taste returns quickly to that of sweet malts.

Indio is a thin- bodied brew. It has some of the characteristics of a good beer, but the thinness will spoil the experience for some. Still, it is better than most other Mexican brew and it has enough positive qualities to make it worth trying. It is a good introductory craft beer and a good option when you want to serve something better than the standard, everyday beer but also don’t want to offend anyone.

More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Small off white to tannish head just sort of sit at about a quarter inch above a clear and bright copper to bronze colored beer.

Light aroma of lightly roasted caramel malts with a yeasty almost sour edge to it.

Light roasted caramel malts taste without much else coming through with this better than average beer from south of the border.

Almost wet feeling aftertaste without much if any tastes remaining behind with this light bodied beer.

Considering that most Mexican beers like Corona, Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol, etc are pretty not good unless you add lime and maybe beer salt, this beer seems to be above average considering the source. That's still not a recommendation to run out and buy this beer, if you want a decide beer from south of the Rio Grande you should drink Negro Modelo or maybe Dos Equis Amber.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber-orange with a nice big two finger head of white foam. A decent amount of lace is left on my plastic beach glass, but I have a feeling that more would be there if it were in a glass-glass. The beer is hazy, and although I had no idea that this was an O-fest style beer, now that I know, this fits the style visually.

S - Sweet carrot cake and cinnamon. Mild autumn leaf hops and thick caramel malts. Smells great out here on the beach (God bless free Wi-Fi and Mexican resorts!)

T - Basically similar to the nose...carrot cake dusted with cinnamon.

M - A bit lighter than many O-Fests, but somehow that's very appropriate for the climate down here in Puerto Vallarta.

D - Perfect. I'm glad I found something down here besides Dos Equis and Tecate....although I'm sure I'll manage to ingest plenty of those below average brews too. This is the true gem of my all inclusive resort!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin layer of head on a clear, caramel colored body.
The aroma is heavy on the malt, lots of caramel and a touch of lemon.
The taste is mild to moderately malt sweet without any complexity though. It taste fine, just not interesting.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Not bad, not great.

Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a bottle purchased at OXXO for 85 cents. At four bucks a pop in the hotel market for either Corona or Pacifico, I figured I'd walk a couple blocks to pursue additional options. ;) Pours an orange amber with a fizzy tan head. This goes quickly as expected, given the high carbonation.

Fair amount of medium rich malts on the nose in conjunction with notable toasted corn flavors. Tastes of light malts initially though this is soon masked as the carbonation seems to effectively reduce the surface area on the palate. Corn flavors return on the finish. Fairly drinkable but the high carbonation and corny finish detract.

Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle purchased at the Nueva Vallarta Wal-Mart.

A: The oktoberfestbier is a ruddy brown color, resembling Negra Modela only at first. As the pour settles, a lighter little lighter but no less opaque. A sizeable head, nearly three fingers, left scant lace behind.

S: Damn! This one actually smells like an oktoberfest. The sweet maltiness is strong, very bready with a pronounced fullness. Hops are also noticeable, one of the first times here, but only in limited quantities.

T: Firm and malty. Those three words accurately describe Indio. Darker malts, full and bready, have just a hint of residual sweetness. Otherwise, they are remarkably dry. Hops, earthy and mild, provide just enough of a kick. The malty flavors last long, emphasizing the grains. It's no German märzen but it definitely passes the sniff test.

M: The full grains are a tad abrasive in each sip, however the ample carbonation provides redress. A nice darker beer that isn't too heavy.

D: I've had two glasses and wouldn't mind a third. A nice change of pace in a land seemingly dominated by light lagers.

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from Mexico by a friend.

Nice light auburn coloration, it pours with a decent amount of foam. Faint lace rings the glass. Mild aroma of grainy sweetness. Not offensive, however not enticing.

Flavor is primarily malt with a slight hop finish. It has a buttery sort of mouthfeel, with a grainy aftertaste. Body is light yet still malty, good if you want to have several. It's pretty agreeable overall, probably best with a meal.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a dark copper color with hues of amber and is filled with mild carbonation and topped off with a white head roughly one finger thick and thins out into a small ring of lacing. Wheat, mild hops and light grass aromas come through. It’s crisp and light bodied, sweet overall with just a hint of bitterness. The malts are present, not much hops- some fruits do come through, not a bad tasting beer. It is rather dry, very smooth and goes down well, I have to admit this is much better than I was expecting!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Indio has a medium-to-thick, cream-colored head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, copper appearance. Practically no lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can pick up sweet brown bread. Taste is of brown bread, sugar, and corn husk. Bitterness is at a minimum. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Indio finishes mostly dry and crisp. Overall, this is pretty dull. I suppose it’s worth checking out, though.

RJT

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.1% ABV: 1.2 Litre bottle drank off the coast of Mexico in my Cunard Stateroom on 31 Jan 2013.

I really enjoyed this: it had a good amber body and was clean and clear looking, a thin off-white head sat on top of each pour.

Maltier than I expected and overall a fine (for such a cheap brew) beer. Refreshing and tasty (the malts giving it some flavour and sweetness, the hops giving some bite).

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 floz. bottle. Lager glass. (From my notes: Bought at “Mexican Week” in a mall. Enjoyed at home). Brownish amber color. Chill haze. Off-white, large bubbled, froth creates a two finger crown. Not much retention. Caramel malt, sweet malt, slightly hoppy aromas. Flavor as expected from aromas: sweet maltiness & moderate toasted touch. Herbal & earthy hops provide subtle bitterness. Medium to light body. Medium to high carbonation. Fizzy & watery. Refreshing & drinkable. Nice pairing in Summer with Mexican food.

Photo of jkendrick
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Drank this a lot last month while in Oaxaca, but never poured it out of the bottle. So the appearance as best as I can describe is "brown bottle, pretty neat label."

S: Again with it always in the bottle the nose was limited, but there is some maltiness and maybe a bit of fruit.

MF: Pretty thin, but better than most Mexican beers.

T: It's mostly malt with a slight touch of hops bitterness. The finish is like water.

Overall: It's one of the better Mexi beers I've had and you can drank a lot of 'em while on the beach. It's nothing special, but it sure goes down nice after a shot of roadside mezcal!

Photo of atorres600
4.53/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i too was in monterey on buisiness and never saw this beer before. So i had to try it .. This would be the second best taste to bohemia. Same brewery but a little darker and more caramel taste to it. Less foam but such a good punch packed in this bottle. Well worth the trial if you happen to find this beer somewhere. ive never seen it in the states though !!

Photo of cervezafan1313
3.5/5  rDev +7%

In my humble opinion one, if not the best mass-produced Mexican beer around! The head is a finger thick, and fades a few minutes after pouring. Smells of sweet malt, wood aromas and faint molasses. The beer color is darker than the average Oktoberfest beers, it is a beautiful reddish amber color. The flavor is much morw milder than what you would expect, based on the color: sweet yeast and some licorice and faint raisin flavors.

Photo of Pegasus
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear, deep amber in color with an off-white head, which soon dissipates to a scatytering of foam. Thin fine-beaded lace leaves a small ring on the glass walls.

Aroma: Lightly-toasted malts, biscuit, and some grassy hops dominate the aroma. .

Taste: Opens with lightly toasted malts, followed by a wave of mildly metallic hops. The malt ascends a bit, presenting a mild toasted dark bread flavor. Later in the taste, mildly earthy hops appear. The hops and malt bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, but certainly not the equal of better German and American Märzen / Oktoberfest. Still, better than many commonly available Mexican beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at CEFCO in Texas in August of 2013 for $8.99/ build-your-own six-pack plus tax.

Photo of Zorro
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber to light brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a grassy hop aroma. Toasted grain and nut with a little toffee. There is a caramel aroma to this.

Starts out dry and yeasty. Toasted grain with a medium grassy hop flavor. Little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall certainly easy to drink but the flavor doesn't deliver what the smell promises.

Photo of roddwolff
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color with amber hues backlighting, the foamy head look like a dark cloud, good retention, i like the logo;

S: Sweet, malt and toffee;

T: Begin with sweet malt and maple syrup, then roasted malt and toffee again, the sweetness is countered with a few earth hops;

M: Refreshing, well carbonated and medium body, left the mouth caramelized;

D: Tasty to take it with grilled meat, i drink this beer at the famous cabaret of Monterrey known as "el infinito" jeje.

Photo of Douberd
2.41/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 355 ml, ABV 4.1% , reviewed live.
On a google search some days ago for mexican beers to try while at the Yucatan peninsula I came onto one saying that Indio is really for the low class, Indio blooded. Racist, I know. Colour is really impressive, dark amber, and there I was, thinking it would be just another immitation of Corona like beers. No head whatsoever though and no lacing.
I was expecting some caramel on the aroma, based on the colour and yes it's there, only not so obvious as with other beers of the kind. But with a swirl of the glass it is traceable, you have to try a bit hard though to distinguish it.
Untill now a positive impression, on the taste front though, not much to report. Pleasantly drinkable but it's as you drink water, seriously, it is tasteless.
Watery also on the palate and very light carbonation.
Overall, if they can add some more taste I can see it turning into a serious challenger for other mexican beers out there.

Photo of ChristosMega
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Mexico

Photo of BasementBer
2.78/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was my favorite beer in mexico. Mostly cause i knew it wasnt going to be corona. I also was a bit naive in enjoying their art labels on the 2010 bottles.

A: Pours a amber to brown color, medium to no head and absolutely no lacing.

S: Grainy, no discernable hop notes. Predominantly sweet malts.

T: Caramel, but light.

M: Fizzy lifting drink. Goes down fast and finishes quickly.

D: This beer has a bit more going on than your typical mexican beach beer, but it does serve a purpose of being refreshing and it is.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.04/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bought this one on sale at a liquor store
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

a pours dark - darker than I expected.
just a bit of head that settles TOO quick and leaves slim to none on the lacing

s not much - really kinda BLANK to the nose

t not much think Mexican macro

m
standard- thin body

d
by the dozen
not actively BAD in any way , but truly missing any GOOD parts either, IMHO.
again, in the words of RUFUS the Stunt Bum:
"You call that a beer? I'd rather have another!"

Photo of DamianX13
4.25/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is exactly what it wants to be(actually, I have no idea if it is, but it is exactly what i want it to be). It is nice and refreshing while still holding a good amount of flavor. Best Mexican beer I've had. Love this beer.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Dig that new label, padre-o. This stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat (some of it sorta funky), corn, light grass, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit coming through a tad toasted. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth and fluid feel. Overall, a fairly boring little beer, but still one of the most enjoyable offerings from south of the Rio Grande.

Photo of Svingjo
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice ruby colour that produces a finger thick head that dissipates quickly and has only a light carbonation. There was actually very little on the nose, it is possible that it was served too cold, but a light malty caramel flavour came out in the mouth. Very quick finish. It was actually fairly refreshing drink on the beach.

Photo of drperm
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip Inn Ritz, Mexico City.
Considering that a Google search for ¨Mexican Craft Beer¨ yields a dire paucity of results, I was all geared up for a week of Dos Equis and Negra Modelo (which, at the end of the day, is fine). Our hotel bar had three varieties on offer: Sol, Bohemia, and Indio. I knew well enough to stay away from Sol; doing little more than flipping a mental coin I went for the Indio and was more than pleasantly surprised.
It´s an almost (almost) alelike darkish lager, smooth and caramelly and malty with a hint of something that reminds me ever-so-slightly of Leffe. I think I´ve found a winner for the week.
Aviso: It is MUCH better poured into a glass than if left in the bottle (as are most beers, I suppose...)

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Indio from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
75 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.