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

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69 Reviews
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Reviews: 69
Hads: 248
Avg: 3.25
pDev: 36.62%
Wants: 12
Gots: 63 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-12-2002

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Photo of brewapprentice
1.88/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Indio is a regular beer, it is very nice to drink in a hot day at a beach, yet it is not a very good beer to drink outside thirst quenching.
It has a very watery mouthfeel and I would even dare to say that it lacks flavour.
The smell is very faint and it has a pretty high carbonation.
In my opinion it lacks bitterness or hop aroma.
I would choose negra modelo over Indio any day.

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Photo of shivtim
2.05/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle in Mexico City.
Really odd 1970's space future pyramid lego. Like a Disney ride logo in Tomorrowland.

Amber-ish clear color, no head.
Nose is grainy malt. Maybe some slight hops.

Taste is metallic malts, again a tiny hint of hops. Tastes mostly like a macro lager. Not much there.


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Photo of MiguelEstrada
2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This is a beer that you have when there is nothing else left around, sadly there are worst beers in Mexico. It falls short in flavor and smell for the style.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.21/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Tasted 23 December 2011, reviewed from notes. On a family trip to the Yucatan, and wanting to try some Mexican beers not available in the US. The odd label on this one caught my eye.

Pours a deep amber color, quite a bit darker than I expected. Clear, with minimal head and essentially no lacing. Color might be the highlight of the beer - it's a rich, warm brownish amber color.

Smell is faint lagery hops, but not much else. I can't really detect much of anything in the smell, even after letting it warm up.

Taste is more malty and a bit more potent, but still pretty weak. The bready malt character surprised me. Hard to describe the flavor because there's so little of it, and it fades really fast.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty bad. Has a tiny burst of carbonation early on, that's gone in about a second, leaving it feeling flat, dull, and sad. Maybe worse than water.

Tastes like a bland amber lager. Not terrible, but almost totally flavorless. Definitely not worse than most of the offerings around here, but not much better.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice medium amber, with a small white head. Poor head retention, no lace. The nice colour is all this has going for it.

S: Sweet Munich style malt, caramel, classic nose for the style.

T: Very grainy, light flavour. Mild malt and carbon dioxide. Quite disappointed given the promise of the nose.

M: Light-bodied, very fizzy odd carbonation. Seltzer like for sure.

O: I was intrigued by a new Mexican beer, in a Fest style no less. This reminds me a lot of Victoria, a lovely classic nose gives me hope then the flavour and mouthfeel stink for the most part. No real off-flavours, I can finish the bottle, just wish there was more than basically a light lager here. Frankly, I'd prefer a Corona over this, the carbonation in this beer is just weird.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.33/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The pours red brown like any marzen, pretty clear with light tan head.

The aroma is very malty.

The tasty is way to sweet, too much spice and just an total unpleasant taste.

I would not drink this again.

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Photo of Douberd
2.41/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

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Photo of LennyOvies
2.62/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L- Clear brown body, lost of carbonation, fast fading white head.
S- Fizzy malts, nothing to be amazed by.
T- Slightly toasted malts.
F- Light, fizzy.
O- One of my go-to "BMC" beers, much better than most crappy beers, but still way below a true craft offering.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

most mexican beers or cervezas if you will, are all basically the same to me: not too bad but also not very good. this one falls right in line with the rest of them.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First reviewing a saved brew from my trip, then adding my notes of this same beer.

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber, suprisingly good head, light tan in color.

Smell is mild caramel malt, but thin, with grainy undertones.

Taste is thin, light caramel malts, lighter malt backbone with just thing graininess.

Mouthfeel is solid for a lager, slight caramel sweetness what would probably be a too crisp beer, that said a touch too carbonated.

Overall, just a thin caramel lager that looks very good; some solid malt flavors and backbone are just lacking

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Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Despite its official designation as a Marzen, this does not come close to the real German thing and drinks a lot more like an American Adjunct Lager. Very little flavor with a flat finish. But overall, for what it is - a cheap beer and a Mexican equivalent to PBR, it does the job.

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Photo of BasementBer
2.78/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I give this beer a low grade because it tastes kind of good, not awful, but it gives you a terrible hangover, I think they use a lot of adjuncts to achieve taste and they are bad for you.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
2.89/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle with incomprehensible date stamp. Served in a pint glass. Amber color, vigorous pour yields one finger of anemic tan head which quickly fades. Good clarity. Bready nose, doughy, hints of caramel and toasted malts. In the mouth, it's bready with a weak hop character. Water, flat-ish, possibly I got an older bottle but impossible to tell from incomprehensible "date" stamp. Overall: Flat, borderline artifical flavor, fairly drinkable. Was somewhat surprised to discover that this was a Marzen as the label gives no indication. A very low-average representation of style as I received this particular sample.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 30/8/12

A clear dark copper with very little for bubbles, foam or lace, looks pretty still, just a very thin film that´s gone in seconds

S caramels, some bread crust but has a slightly off smell, not quite skunked but on its way, some damp cardboard

T tastes slightly better then it smells, more caramel malt and less cardboard, slightly nutty

M has some body too it and more bubbles then I could see in the glass, not bad in this department

O other then a sub par smell this ones drinkable, nothing special but much better then all the yellow Mexipiss I´ve had lately

pretty average but that puts it above average for this part of the world.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this last night at dinner in Reynosa Mexico. I didn't know it was a marzen until I saw it just now on BA, but I guess that description fits this beer ok.

I poured the beer into a frosted mug. The beer had a burnt copper color with a thick off-white foam. Pretty transparent with no floaties.

The aroma was not too strong, just a little malty. Really there was only a mild hop bitterness in the after-taste also. Not as flavorful as I'd prefer.

Not something I'd go for too often, but not bad when the alternative is Bud, Coors, Corona, etc.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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

standard- thin body

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!"

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Photo of andrenaline
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Props to my father-in-law for bringing this brew back from a recent trip.

A - Pours a dark copper colour, finger of head wit little retention or lacing.

S - Nose is mild, dominated by sweet corn, brown sugar and light caramel.

T - There is a surprising amount of flavour given the style and brewery, burnt sugar and caramel, hints of smokey notes, and leafy greens.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew that's easy drinking, though doesn't boast a flavour profile that will blow you away. An easy drinking brew that has more flavour than the other more popular brews from the country, and will pair well with the daunting heat.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of jkendrick
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
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!

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Photo of FosterJM
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

963rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

No bottle date
Purchased at a small shop in Ensenda, MX on 11/26/11

App- Rich light brown with some amber. Looks a bit like a watered down soda with all the head and bubbles gone. The head was only about 1/2 in thick and a bit creme in color. Only a couple dots of cling.

Smell- Really there isnt a lot going on the aromatics. Really lacking but slightly dectecable was a bit of doughy malts with a bit of plum in the nose.

Taste- I think this really is the right classification for this beer. Not a mexican lager either light or dark but very much close to a marzen with the bready malts and a bit of spice. Very watery. A bit better than most mexican offerings but not something you need to seek outs. The taste reminds me much like the color of being too watery and underflavored.

Mouth- A bit of medium body with hints of watery lightness and a medium carbonation level. Leaves a malty plum flavor behind. Not bad.

Drink- Well its a Mexican beer brewed to a style of German decent. What could go wrong. I think this needed more bold flavors and to bump the ABV beyond 4.5% If say closer to 6.5 or 7% flavors could be pushed and the wateriness would be gone. Even if I go back to mexico, probably wont have this one again.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this at the airport in Acapulco. Pretty red/gold color with a thin head that didn't stick around too long. Light malty and fruity aroma. The flavor was a little surprising, as I tasted some fruit (particularly raspberry) when I had been expecting more of a malty, Vienna-style drink. It was not too far on the fruit beer side though and I didn't find it too bad at all. A little thinner than I normally like but a decent summer beer and a great alternative to the Corona/Modelo crowd if you can find one in Mexico.

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Indio from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.