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

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Vienna Lager
Ranked #144
Ranked #29,672
3.13 | pDev: 18.21%
Mar 05, 2023
Apr 24, 2001
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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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Rated: 3.53 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3.72 by Beergod420 from Texas

Jan 30, 2023
Rated: 3.51 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Jan 07, 2023
Rated: 3.54 by Part-D from Florida

Dec 09, 2022
Rated: 3.1 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 3.1 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 2.67 by Jstarr2517 from Connecticut

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.55 by Gourdhead

Sep 17, 2022
Rated: 3.45 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Had on tap at Lucero's Tavern IV

On arrival, a 2 finger slightly fizzy head was present and slowly became rocky, but had a surprisingly good head retention, and formed lacing. Body is a brownish amber with lively fine carbonation.

I don't know if this is a shitty keg or what, but the aroma reminds me of pale super cheap bullshit malt liquor from Anhueser Busch. Super funky and really not clean at all. Aroma is reminiscent of gym socks with a vague hint of dark malt... maybe.

Taste is unfortunately similar to the aroma. This is like having sex in a canoe unfortunately, with a light malty heaviness that is easily confused for the funk that is present. This might even taste a bit skunky stupidly. I expected better.

Feel is slightly drying with a medium quick finish making all the bad parts of this beer not as bad, but a quick finish and high drinkability can't make up for the overall low quality in this beer. Decent feel but it's hard to feel good when you're smelling this.

Overall I'm not sure if this is just an old keg or if my bias against Dos Equis is justified, but this might be the worst Vienna Lager I've had in my life. I'd much rather have Victoria, or even Modelo Negra. Why does this exist? To be a light beer for people who don't want to bee seen drinking light beers?
Sep 12, 2022
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Reviewed by BulletsNBeers from Montana

5/5  rDev +59.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is delicious! Anybody that says it is very plain and watered down is a fucking idiot! It has more flavor than any of the other major beer manufactures on the market!
Aug 15, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.72/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Found in the fridge as a six-pack of 12oz bottles. Poured into a chardonnay glass.

L - Amber and clear, with a one-finger off-white head. Great lacing.
S - Cracker and toffee. Toast and caramel.
T - Matches nose exactly. Not too much else.
F - Light-bodied, with mild carbonation. More dry than what I would've imagined.
O - Disappointing, but objectively not bad. Not for me, but I can see the appeal. Worth a try.
Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by BigGold from Mississippi

3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Had most recently at Papito's Grill, Ridgeland, Mississippi, on draft into large ("Jumbo") mug.

Pours up deep amber with clarity and a lovely, 1-finger off-white head, with good retention, leaving nice sketchy lace down the mug. Initial off-putting aroma of sweet corn, but then a little caramel malt takes over, and continues. Begins sweet but clean (mild carbonation), then mild caramel malt, and some nice mild (stone?) fruit, before a creamy, slightly-drying but mostly not-there finish.

Much better than I expected, pouring up beautifully, with the only thing truly wrong being the initial sweet corn aroma, and less so a rather weak but creamy finish.
Aug 11, 2022
Rated: 3.47 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Aug 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Parmesan from Colorado

3.84/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
L: Pours a amber red color with a khaki tan head and some lacing on the glass.

S: Notes of chocolate and caramel, a mostly malt.

T: Light bittersweet chocolate, with some toasted bread and a touch of malt. Nicely drinkable

F: Smooth and drinkable.

O: Overall, this is a nice drinkable mass produced beer.
Jul 29, 2022
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Rated by magikbagel from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Its very plain, and feels watered down. Drinkable nonetheless.
Jul 16, 2022
Rated: 3.21 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Jul 12, 2022
Rated: 2.98 by Danzifer from Ohio

Jun 08, 2022
Rated: 3.52 by kirkgarner

Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
well made lager for the environment in which it was originally intended for. still goes down nicely in cold weather. looks the part,light on the flavor portion. but reasonably priced even for import. could be cheaper.
May 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Clear Jurassic amber with a moderate khaki foam head settling to a thick level blanket with a collar that leaves some thin drooping legs.

A firm carbonation delivers faintly toasty bread and hints of almond that go down swimmingly after a full day of hiking. A touch of tobacco comes out on the exhale after the just dry finish.

Ambar is really subtle and totally chuggable with no detectable off-notes, making for an overall better beer than their lager.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by monkist from Hungary

3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
I never had the OG Ambar so I have no idea how this Especial is different. Well, this is not a Vienna Lager, at least that is clear. Obviously it tries to be a Dark Lager - it does remind you of that by the way it smells, looks and tastes. It does taste okay in the first monent but then BAM! it all starts fading away. A few minutes into the beer and it starts tasting and feeling like bitter water. And most of the time the arona was more like bread, no beer or hops, just bread.
Funny beer, I like Dos Equis for what it is, a cerveza. Maybe I should try the “real” ambar next - because this one wasn’t really cutting it.
Apr 08, 2022
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Rated by donpstar13

4.75/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Very great taste and inexpensive beer!
Apr 03, 2022
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Rated by davidward from Florida

2/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
A generic Mexican amber. Sweet malty flavor.
Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 3.3 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 3.22 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Jan 17, 2022
Rated: 3.22 by 12ozfan from Illinois

Jan 16, 2022
Rated: 2.28 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jan 05, 2022
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

2.9/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Best By date : June 2022. Labeled "Ambar Especial" . Assume this is the same beer, as it's got the same abv, & blurb on the bottom of the label .

Clear , slightly orangey chestnut-brown, with slight, quickly-dissipating light tan head.

Smell is slight toffee and caramel, with a bit of fresh biscuity malt aroma when swirled. Not bad, just not much there.

Taste is light toasted nuts, and slight bread crust. A bit of tang, and weak amaretto flavor shows up as it warms to 50F(+/-) . Again, not bad, just not much there.

Feel is light, smooth, and slightly watery just before the light, very,very fine carbonation kicks in. Drying finish, that lingers afterward.

Overall, not bad, and no off-flavors, just kind of weak. Inoffensive enough to enjoy, if no other decent options available, especially in hot weather. Certainly better than its corn-laden brethren in the Light Industrial Lager vein. I'd rather have Yuengling or Negra Modelo though. ymmv
Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 3.44 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 2.87 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 3.02 by icemanexit from Indiana

Oct 24, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.57/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Rated by eatsluggs from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Mexican restaurant, Port Charlotte, teied something new. One of the few beers that I didn't want to finish.
Aug 17, 2021
Dos Equis Ambar Especial from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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