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

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 246
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 36.5%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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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Photo of marc956
5/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My personal favourite. Good taste, good aroma, available most anywhere in Mexico, not too light
or too strong, I wish we could get it on the US side of the border, but it's ok, I enjoy going to
Mexico to see family and friends, so it's always
an excuse to bring back a case or two. Hope y'all
have a chance to try it as well when down there!

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Photo of atorres600
4.53/5  rDev +39%
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 !!

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Photo of nekronos
4.47/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NIce beer, the colour is ok. Some of the elder drinkers here accepted it gladly. It has a soil flavor, but just a little. Perhaps is the best product of this brewery after Bohemia and NOche buena. But the foam is just a little, the colour is dark, and if you dirnk more than 3 you can get tired.

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Photo of DamianX13
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +26.4%
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!

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Photo of Polecat41
4.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer really lives up to my expectations - the best lager around! I drank Indio quite a bit when I was working in Monterrey, Mexico. I'm living in the Chicago area now & have just started to see it sold at the Jewel chain stores. This is the 3rd 12-pack I've bought in the past month (current price: $11.99). All my friends & relatives enjoy drinking it. It goes down well alone & with all kinds of food. Na zdrowie & salud to Indio!

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Photo of tesguino
4.07/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from my country originally called "cerveza cuauhtemoc" and his logo includes an aztec indian "cuauhtemoc" in 3/4 view, people went recognizing it with the alias of INDIO, then the brewery choose to put the name of indio to this beer; sold commonly in my city, this beer is drink in the most of weddings, familiar celebrations, its dark amber color and its hops and bitterness smell and flavor, make this beer one of the most prefered beers on my country; good for mexican food; 100% recommended.

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Photo of ChanChan
4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cerveza Indio acquired from Tijuana BC
Poured from bottle into a standard British pint-glass.

Appearance: Color is amber the head is soapy and light in color.

Aroma: Not much of an aroma, smells typical of its style. There is some burnt malts in this one

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied well carbonated.

Taste: Grany corn and malt-like taste. This beer tastes great for its price.

Overall: This, needless to say, is no craft beer so it is nothing to rave about. Nevertheless, this is perhaps the perfect Mexican session beer. It is a good summer beer quite refreshing and inexpensive if you can get it. It is available throughout different regions of Mexico, I am not sure if it has made the states yet though.

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Photo of santiagojmolina
3.98/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For it's price this is great beer, much better than Corona and on par with the more expensive Victoria. With an amber color, tasteful flavor, clean body and darker finish than most Mexican beers (other than Bohemia), Indio is great option when deciding on beers in Mexico. It's quite unfortunate that it is not exported.

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Photo of fido
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer is surrounded by many misconceptions in my city; A common myth surrounding Indio is that is comes from the bottom of brewery tanks when they are cleaned, This is not the case.

I drink Indio often because is very easy to get and is a good beer.

Pours clear reddish-amber color, is darker than normal mexican lagers. Aroma is malty and fruity, taste is clean and crisp. Mouthfeel is Smooth and low carbonation. Easy drinking beer for those hot summer days.

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Photo of PHXcook
3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like Schaefer's used to say, When You're Having More Than One. Less expensive than others in its class. Not as heavy as other ambers but more satisfying than Méxican lites like Pacifico, Corona and Sol. IMHO better than any U.S. majors.

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Photo of jeortizrubi
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Es cerveza antes se llamaba cuauhtemoc, pero todo el mundo que la compraba decia dame una del indio, entonces el nombre fue cambiado a indio, su envase es ambar, su sabor es bueno sin ser lo mejor del mundo pero es una cerveza que te puedes tomar varias si que el sabor te canse. la etiqueta que usa es de papel.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Indio is, after Bohemia, my favorite beer from this macro brewery: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma.
It's the one I buy in the neerest watery to my home, not because it's exceptional but because it's the best beer I can buy at walking distance from home.
It pours a copper-reddish brew, little brown head and almost no lace.
Smell, just average bit still good.
Great hoppy, somehow bitter, grainy taste.
A faint, still good, herbal and grainy aftertaste.
In a hot Northeastern Mexico afternoon you can have one after another easily.

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Photo of BeachRez
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Mi Casa in dt Cabo San Lucas. I had never heard of it before, and didn't see it at any other places, so not sure how much distribution around the area.
Good taste. Had a little bite initially, but faded pretty quick. Not a a full tasting beer, but a solid session beer. Perfect to folllow tequila shots. Didn't get a chance to check out the color, they kept forgetting a mug, and by the third bottle, I just didn't care.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I remember drinking this before I got into craft beer, during trips to Mexico. Then it started showing up on shelves in the states and what can I say? Nostalgia aside, I enjoyed it. For a “dark beer” (back in those days everything was “dark” or “light”, right?) it has a malty profile but manages to stay crisp and finish clean. My best comparison would be a less-sweet Dos XX Amber, something I would drink again in the right context even.

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Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was darker than the normal mexican, the mouthfeel was thick, can you believe that..thick and solid..but was lagery everywhere else..Light malty and fruity aroma. More than I expected. Not at all bad. Not great either. But good. Quite pleasant on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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.


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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
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).

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.51/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of cervezafan1313
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz can into a glass goblet. Indio seems to be everywhere in Mexico.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head was thin and dissipated quickly; sad, because the color is so spot-on.

Smell: light malty aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness and a dash of biscuity character. Since I'm not a big fan of biscuit, the light hint here gives it an Oktoberfest quality without pushing it over the edge. Decent!

Taste: like the aroma, it's quite light, although there's a nicely balanced character between sweetness and a drier, biscuity quality. It's actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big, if evanescent, carbonation. I like it, though I'd like it better with a little more body.

Overall: a highly drinkable and largely without-flaw beer. Not as robust as most Oktoberfests, but it's decent right down the line.

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Photo of mjurney
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, clear. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Off-white frothy head.

Very mild aroma. Sweetness, lightly toasted malts.

Sweetness, bread crush, toasted, a little caramel. Bitterness is very mild. Finish is crisp, clean and dry. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, well carbonated.

It's a good beer.

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Indio from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.