Dos Equis Ambar
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #218
Ranked #50,562
3.14 | pDev: 18.15%
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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Notes: Dos Equis Ambar (Amber) is a vienna style lager that was originally brewed by the German-born Mexican brewer Wilhelm Hasse in 1897.

The brand was named "Siglo XX" ("20th century") to commemorate the arrival of the new century, and the bottles were marked with the Roman numerals "XX", or "Dos Equis" (two X).
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pour a medium to dark coppery amber with fine, two finger white head with great retention and thick lacing. Aroma of grainy and bready malt, light grassy hops, a little bit minerally. Flavor starts with pale and lightly caramel malt with some evidence of corn, light grassy hops; finishes with light grassy hops and thin malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I actually picked this up when finding it singled, thinking it was the regular lager, which I hadn't reviewed. (It is now named "Ambar Especial"). It looks and tastes better than I remember the regular Dos Equis, which was a mediocre adjunct lager. It looks great in the glass, aroma is OK and the taste starts pretty decent, but thins out quickly into a finish that is satisfactory but tastes almost watered down. Expectations were low, and this is pedestrian brewing, but I have to say I'd prefer this in a pinch over the thin grassy regular lager. Nothing special, but I would grab one at a restaurant if nothing else was appealing.

Aug 30, 2021
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle in an Imperial style pint glass. It’s best by date is January 20, 2022 so i expect that it’s fresh.

Nice looking pour, deep golden amber color with a 1f dense linen colored cap that drops to a film and leaves soapy lacing.

Smell of sweet risen dough and roasted grain. There are caramel and grassy aromas, too.

Flavors of caramel malts and light grassy grain. No unpleasant aftertaste.

It’s light and smooth. A little bit sweet. Good carbonation, clean finish, lingering caramel.

I needed a Vienna style lager for a recipe that I cooked today so this is what I found. I drank it for fun and it’s better than I expected.

Jul 18, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

2.63/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330 ml bottle, from Vaaland, Bryne. ABV is 4.5%. Copper to amber colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma, some fruit, grass and caramel. The flavour is at least more malty than the Especial, a little fruit and caramel again, but is otherwise rather bland and boring, with minimal hops.

May 05, 2021
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TommyG22 from Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The only Mexican Beer that I enjoy and always the one ordered when out to eat. Not at all bitter, easy drinker. Perfect for an afternoon in the sun.

May 02, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.17/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a light brown/ruby color, with avery thin white head.
S: Nice bready smell, nice & malty; there is a fair amount of hops.
T: Certainly follows the nose, honsestly its just a little maltier than an original dos.
F: Medium-light bodied with high carbonation & a crisp finish.
O: This beer isn't bad by any means but, I'd still just rather enjoy an OG dos.

Dec 10, 2020
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Psychromatic from Alabama

4.44/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Lovely Ambar,as stated on the label. Good and dark!
S: Nice wheat and a bit of odd spice!
T: Rich, gentle bitterness, malty goodness.
F: Smooth and soothing. Good stuff.

O: This runs a close second to my favorite mass-produced Mexican beer, Negra Modelo.
I'm happy when I can procure either of these delicious brews!

Jun 02, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

2.61/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
But, when in a Mexican restaurant I always try to order this if they have it on tap, it's even better on tap.
In my opinion probably the best of the large production Mexican beers.
Appears amber with a nice foamy head that dropped quickly and little to no lacing.
Smells lightly bready floral, slightly spicy.
Taste follows the nose with a nice caramel finish.
Mouth feel is medium for the style with good carbonation.
Overall, the best of the bunch and if you can find it on sale well worth buying for a sessionable cookout beer.

May 18, 2020
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im_thelumberjack from Canada (QC)

3.65/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

While good as a bottle it is very good as a draft beer. It is a nice amber beer with a little bit of head, and a nice corn malt flavor. Much like Corona it benefits greatly from a slice of lime on the glass/lid which gives it a nice citrus kick that elevates the experience and flavor drastically.

Mar 22, 2020
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Draft. Gold to light amber with 1.5 finger head. Light bready malt, just a hint of spice. Bit of honey. Medium light mouthfeel. Lower carbonation where I had it.

Dec 28, 2019
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TheRealMrWillis from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Brilliant deep brown/amber color. Didn't get much of a head out of my pour.

S: Wonderful bready smell. Really like this one.

T: Fairly even malty taste with some corn. Goes down smooth if swallowed right away, when lingering on the pallate it has a surprising spice to it.

F: Medium, smooth, and creamy.

O: A pretty well balanced amber lager that I'd probably drink again given the opportunity. Strongly prefer this one to the original Dos.

Dec 13, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Shorty's
Perfectly clear light amber in color without much of a head on it by the time it got to the table. Malty bready pilsner with hints of earth spice and fruit. Not bad with refried beans.

Nov 24, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look is crystal clear light amber/brown, the color of slightly weak tea.
Smell is a subtle, very light toast, some adjunct sweetness, some honey, everything is very light.
Taste is similar, lightly toasted malt, adjunct corn, some sweetness, a light lingering bitterness.
Carbonation is medium as well as the mouthfeel. Overall, it’s not bad, better than the popular Mexican light lagers you see in every other tv commercial. It would be better without the adjunct.

Nov 24, 2019
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Wigglejig from Arkansas

3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Usually has a decent deal at restaurants, and typically is lumped in with the "cheap" beer, so you can get really good deals sometimes. This is on the low end of tolerable for a lot of people, but it really does hit the spot with some cheesy food and a lime. Enjoy, and don't overthink.

Sep 29, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a relatively clear, brown, deep-copper color with a creamy white head. SRM of 16 (4.00)

Aroma: Good aromas of dark bread, with some sweet vanilla and toffee. (3.75)

Flavor: More grassy noble hops with roasted bread. Tons of roasted German bread flavors with the spicy, grassy Noble hop flavors. Nice cinnamon and spice. Some cherry and vanilla notes. Reminds me of a German farm. Finishes with a touch of grassy and lemon bitterness. Overall, leans sweet, but balanced. (4.25)

Feel: Medium bodied. Relatively light. Great carbonation. Finishes extremely smooth and clean, but with a lingering vanilla cream flavor on the tongue. (4.25)

Overall: I'm pretty impressed by this beer. Showcases the German hops and malts extremely well. Just the right balance. The spices complete this beer. Sums into an extremely delicious beer. Impressive and glad I tried this one (Final Rating: 4.07)

Sep 01, 2019
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RaulMondesi from California

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I remember once being fond of this beer. Then again, I was once fond of girlfriend #2 who cheated on me with the trash man (whatever, her dump truck was too big for me anyway).

Moving along here...

It’s not bad. It’s not bad like eating at a Subway in Alabama (because it was the only place around) and not getting salmonella. Yeah, it will do the trick and keep you satisfied if simple satisfaction is all you are after (which tonight, that’s all Raul is seeking).


Aug 30, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An aggressive pour from a 12-oz. bottle barely reaches a finger of khaki creamy froth with long retention and arches of lace. Clear deep reddish-brown amber color with red highlights.
Moderate smell of toasted and caramel malt, very faint hops and lots of corn.
The taste is on the border of semi-sweet and sweet with very low bitterness. Grain, toasted bread and some roasted malt flavors are undermined by the syrupy corn taste.
Medium-light body, plenty of carbonation despite the jump start needed at first pour.
I enjoyed this beer on draft during a cruise to Mexico, limited options made this beer an interesting choice. Sweet and corny yet smooth and session-able, a not so hoppy revisit.
Too sweet for the style, this would rate a lot higher in the AAL category.

Aug 05, 2019
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excellent brownish/golden color, finger width head that hung around for a few minutes in 24 oz bar mug. Aroma leaned toward malt, sweet, grain. Taste was balanced with minimal bitter after taste. Easy drinking with refreshing feel. Good with a meal. Will order again. Cheers.

Jul 24, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with two fingers of cream color head. Swathes of lace appear on the sides of the glass.
Smell is grainy with a hint of herbal hops.
Taste is grains caramel and herbal grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and balanced.
Overall a tasty Vienna style lager.

May 09, 2019
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sort of disappointing.
I had high hopes for this beer. Everything about this beer seemed to be good. The flavor and body really took it down a notch for me.
The look: absolutely stunning presentation! Very beautiful artwork I must say. The smell: was the best point of the beer. Smelled exactly like a European lager. Smooth caramel/brown sugar and rich malt. The taste: this is where ot fell apart for me. Super clean with hints of brown sugar with none of the sweetness. Top end was dull, the middle had a build up of the malt character with the slightest hint of hop. The finish had slight noble hop and dry through out. The Feel: dismal watery like a light beer. Carbonation was fair. Overall, I gotta say this beer was not impressive or satisfying to my pallet. Very boring and lack luster. I perfer Modelo Negra over this any day. To sum it up, It tastes like a slightly toasted version of Coors banquet.

Mar 10, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass; bottled on 12/28/2017, best before 12/2018. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange/copper/amber/light reddish color with a 1 finger dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Some fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of bready malts and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, and brown sugar; with lighter notes of caramel, nuttiness, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, brown bread dough/crust, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, caramel, nuttiness, wood, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and complexity of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; with a solid malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal fruity/yeasty notes. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. A bit thin, but not too watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a very good Vienna lager. All around nice robustness and complexity of bready malts and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/clean/refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful for the low ABV. Very clean and nicely rich Pils/Vienna/Munich malt flavors; with mild earthy hop presence/balance against sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Feb 08, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing as part of BJCP training. 2B International Amber Lager. Best by July 2019

Pours a decent foamy slight off-white head that retains fairly well, but doesn't last too ling, nice lacing though, clear amber to reddish copper color, for the style pretty nice, but unfortunately that's where the niceties stop

Nose very light malt, a little toasted amber like sweet malt thing but not quite there, toasted bready as well, no hops, some DMS cooked corn is there which is acceptable in low levels but this isn't that low, but even more is the cooked vegetal aroma

Taste brings very light malt profile, a little malty-sweet like character but amber toasty like malt, toasted bread crust like, maybe a little caramel or cola syrup but not sugary/syrupy, again that mild DMS like corn character which is not a fault although somewhat unpleasant, just a touch of herbal hops and barely noticeable bitterness, but again that mild cooked vegetable notes in there are unpleasant, and something else I can't really label but an unpleasant unhappy lager thing going on

Mouth is lighter bodied, medium carb

Overall this was not a good beer at all, not sure why BJCP classifies this as commercial example, I will def need to re-try Yuengling or Brooklyn Lager, just something that seems like a better option

Jan 27, 2019
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bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown bottle - not dated

Dos Equis Amber Lager poured a copper/amber color producing a small white head. The nose is of light toasted malt and caramel. The taste matches the nose with malty sweetness noted. The Amber Lager is light bodied and crisp with medium carbonation.

Dos Equis Amber is an easy drinker - with more flavor than Dos Equis Lager. This Lager is one of the better Lagers to come from Mexico.

Jan 07, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Revisited 1/6/19

A-Pours a light golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has corn and malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-An easy drinking lager

Jan 07, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites, this one gives and takes heed to cervezas, but at the same time is a nice change. I would put this in the same category as Killians, this gives a very balanced taste that is crisp and sweet, which can be kind of hard to pull off.

Oct 08, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.04/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - amber colored (shocking i know), foam head is medium and some good lacing on the glass
Smell - sweet malt, corn, honey and slight coffee
Taste - Although i prefer no corn syrup, this isn't too bad. It is sweet but not syrupy. Toasted and roasted Malt is pretty much the flavor, very bready and grainy. Caramel. Not much in the way of chocolate or coffee. Carbonation is medium and fairly drinkable. Not the best beer for eating food with, somewhat filling as it is a darker beer than typical mexican lager.

Overall, easy to drink, smooth, with good flavor. Not exceptional or bursting but its just a good amber beer. Grade is A-

Oct 04, 2018
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Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 3120 ratings