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

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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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-12-2002

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Photo of nukem5
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Day 1 of ? in Mexico
Monterrey for work!
Saw this on the menu and never heard of it... so.

A: Pours a nice dark rust color and very little foam, slight laceing.

S: Lights malty smells rise from glass very little hop scent.

T: Carmel and malty.

M: Very little carbonation med to heavy body.

D: Smooth and went well with my Fajitas.

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Photo of pkalix
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

all previous reviews are dead on. better than the 'typical' mexican brew, but still a light version of what the rest of the world refers to as BEER. color is nice, but no head, no trace of head and sits in the glass like a commercial wine. a little tastier than the 'yellow' stuff you normally find in the supermarket but still not something i would spend money on to bring home a full pack of six (as i expect they are normally sold). not bad and would be a great addition to a lazy picnic or bbq with friends or in-laws you dont particularly care for.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled in Cabo San Lucas, poured into an ice cold mug. I let it warm up a tad before sampling. A light rusty red with a finger of foamy quick-breaking beige head. Interesting style designation and I would not have pegged this as such, although sure, there is a more robust malt aroma than one typically finds in Mexican lagers ... Some vaguely nutty toffee and brown bread, along with some non-descript fruit notes. Palate is low-key caramel with minimal corn flavor, a few spritely sour candy and citrus notes winking in and out. A ghost of molasses. Body on the thin side and the carbonation is amped up too high. Somewhat buttery. Dry finish with some woody notes. Mellow and subtle flavor, not bad but underwhelming. Does remind me of a few macrobrewed German O-fests, now that I think about it.

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3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Purchased a six-pack of this at the small store at our resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

A-Pours a dark copper-brown beer, quite clear. Off-white to light-tan head rose large-bubbled off the pour and dissipated almost instantly to nothing, even with the constant stream of bubbles rising up.

S-A very slight toasty chocolate, on top of a base of graininess.

T-Grainy malt with a bit of something toasty-choco-sweet, similar to the nuances in the aroma. Bitterness is present, though subtle, with something a bit herbal/earthy, very slight. Finishes with a residual tasty sweetness, crisp.

M-Medium-light body, not much to it, but still a little something. Carbonation is medium-high to high, probably just a bit too much, to the point of almost harsh.

D-Quite drinkable. It's got some refreshing aspects to it, while setting itself apart from the bulk of Mexican brews available with its greater depth of malty, spicy flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and bread. Taste is much the same with a slightly sweet fruity flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is a nice surprise coming out of this brewery, but not too exciting by itself.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of moonman00
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The rumors said this beer is made of the leftovers of the other beers that Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma has. It is of course false, in fact it is one of the best selling beers of this brewer.

It is an every day beer(weekend) we drink it on parties and family meetings.

Pours a nice reddish-brown, with almost no head.

It smells very malty, and at the taste is bitter. It has a good drinkability, goes well with Mexican food.

Always get this beer with Cochinita Pibil, goes well with spicy plates.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Over all ok beer. Tasted from a bottle and it wasn't to pleasant at first. Then after you get over the bottle taste the beer actually tasted ok. Also poured in to a glass, 1/2 in head that quickly disappears. Poor to no lacing. Tasted better in the glass.

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Photo of drperm
3.25/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.23/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another beer I had at Acapulco

Nice amber color with a very clear head. Looks actually very cool.

Rather soft smell of grain and a bit of caramel sweetness

The taste is a bit on the bland side, with a small amount of malt and grainy sweetness. Not much bitterness to speak of. Absolutely not bad taste, just weak; as if though it needed more punch.

Mild carbonation and slightly watery feel.

This beer redeems with great drinkability. Perfect compliment for hot weathers and heavy foods.

Definitely not a bad beer, it's just bland and wimpy. I keep feeling that it needs more flavor. I recommend it if there's nothing better to drink.

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Photo of Zorro
3.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of inebrius
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a fat 940mL jug into a Holiday Inn tumbler. Frothy khaki head falls directly back into the clear copper liquid whence it came. Placid nose of far off roasted grass and industrial donut cleaning compound. There is no doubt this is an easy drinking beer for Coahuila Summer's or washing down a forkful of cabrito but that's really all that it is. A good alternative to unsweetened iced tea I'm thinking it's colored Carta Blanca. In the mouth there is some grain, I guess, perhaps a lick of bitterness, maybe, I'm grasping for descriptions. To sum it up: nondescript. Why doesn't Bohemia come in the fat jug?

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy and brown in color, not much head but a little lacing. Moderately attractive but not overly different from many of the darker Mexican lagers.

Somewhat bready with a faint hint of raisin and an earthiness more of malt than hops, or rather from the yeast. Munich-like but way too clean for Germany. Super faint.

The flavor is quite nondescript. Bready and slightly sweet, malt-driven but fairly light. Grainy finish, ample carbonation pulling any residual sweetness. Body is very light, mouthfeel is almost like water. At 4.5%, shouldn't be noticing any burn, and we definitely don't here.

Drinkable but a little faint unless you're putting in a good session.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - MAN, lookin' good! Deep amber with beautiful white head. I thought I found the Mexi grail.

S - Ok, smell not deep and straw and light, maybe a little Corona "ish" but still deeper and more interesting than I thought.

T - This one gives you a nice malt up front, not much but water in the end. A little sour towards the end too. Torn on this beer in general.

M - Nice full mouth, good carbonation, hits all the sensors. Watery and sour in the end, tho.

D - Smuggled this up from Mexico. Nice one for tamales, but not what I would usually drink. I have heard of the Beer Factory in Mexico, I looked all over for their products. I could not find any.

If you know of these, please beer mail.

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Photo of Weston19
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark caramel color with sticky lacing around glass.

S: Has a hoppy, grassy, malty smell to it.

T: Corny, grassy, malty, and has a nutty after taste. Not the most flavorful beer out there but it's not bad if you're looking for something refreshing with some flavor.

M: Light and smooth. Easy drinking.

O: Not bad. It has enough flavor to make it a lawn mower beer but not enough to be memorable. I could definitely have this with some Mexican food.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful, clear deep amber colour. Decent level of carbonation and fine bubbled head.

However no discernible aroma whatsoever and almost indistinct flavours. Missing the bready maltiness I'd expect in a Maerzen. Despite the colour, also missing the entire spectrum of caramelized flavours as well.

Certainly not the worst beer I've had in Mexico - less "adjunct" than many - but not one I'd purchase again.

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