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Dos Equis Amber Lager | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Dos Equis Amber LagerDos Equis Amber Lager

Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.17/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Thin white head, nice clear amber body.

Smell : Slight caramel and a hint of hops, although it's pretty weak.

Taste : Light pilsner malts, a hint of caramel, slight spicy/earthy hops.

Feel : Light body, medium-low carbonation. Slightly sweet upfront and slightly dry finish.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this on a whim, and it sat in the fridge for a month until I tried it. It was a bottled beer. This beer has a very traditional lager smell and taste. It can blend in with the rest of the crowd. It does have a little bit of a dry after taste, which is nothing different than other lagers. It's not anything too special but it's something that isn't terrible. It's not what I expected, it tastes like an American lager no matter what what the label says. I'd recommend it, but it's not my number one. It's decent, thats it.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.79/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle. Amber/coppery color. Smells malty and of its style. Tastes very very sweet and caramel-like. Simple and tasty. Feels light enough that I wanted a few more, but not as light as an actual light beer or anything. Overall I would probably drink this with Mexican food. I would probably chose Negra Modelo over this given the opportunity, but this is pretty enjoyable too.

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Photo of tmimitw
4.67/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dos EHH keese ambar is la bomba. Tastes great, looks cool in your hand, and makes you learn Spanish faster. I once had Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz want deez nuts just by drinking one of these. Buy it guys...you won't regret it.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
3.69/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75


A - A golden brown color. Decent carbonation. Fairly transparent. Not much head at all on the pour.

S - Fairly mute. Malts come through. Light hop overtone. Expected for the style.

T - Hops right up front. Pretty smooth. Malts on the back end. Not overly complex (as expected) but very drinkable.

M - More carbonation than appears. Fairly wet. Medium-bodied.

O - Definitely a session beer. Could drink several of these. Good on a warm summer evening. Feel like I need a campfire to sit around. Really enjoy those malts on the back end. Pretty good, albeit pretty simple.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.01/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brings the auburn color giving it a nice look, the 1/3" white head quickly subsides. The aroma isn't much, you can search for the usual descriptors of caramel and nuttiness that get bandied about when this style of beer is reviewed, but they really aren't there, its just a muted aroma where you can pull barley grain notes if you want to.

Taste was a highly carbonated and relatively low everything else (hops, bitterness, malt, caramel, nuttiness) kind of vibe. Doesn't seem like a stand alone beer, pretty much relegated to advertising jingles and paired with food.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with red highlights and a one finger khaki color head that disappates quickly. Aroma is caramel sweetness and light malt. Taste follows with caramel malt sweetness, a bit of earthy tones, and floral overtones. Mouthfeel is thin, carbonated and very drinkable. Overall, this is a decent vienna lager, especially for the macro brewers.

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Photo of plumberman63
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

nice dark amber/brown color. Malty sweet caramel aroma. Taste follows the aroma,Not bitter or bad after taste. average feel. definitely would drink again(which is good bought a 6 pack). Had with bbq pork/pineapple pizza good pairing

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Photo of MACrist
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: A very clear dark amber. No real head to speak of. Lots of medium size bubbles rising. No lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Earthy, sweet caramel malts.
TASTE: Some bready, caramel malt.
FEEL: Medium thin body, good carbonation, fairly dry all the way through the sip.
OVERALL: Just not much going on. No off tastes. I think it would go great with a lot of different foods because there isn't much to get in the way of flavor of food. Pretty refreshing, though.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber hue with an off-white finger of foam.

Light toasted grain aroma. Nice sweetness.

Toasted malt biscuity and toast like sweetness. The slightest caramel note.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, while this certainly isn't the greatest beer it's actually pretty decent.

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Photo of Squire123
3.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep orange marmalade, very attractive, white cap that quickly fades.

Aroma: Pleasant malt forward scent backed by hops.

Taste: Inoffensive, designed to be popular and in that I think it succeeds. Malty Vienna style with just enough hop presence to keep things interesting. It taste good and makes friends easily.

Overall: Perhaps at it's best accompanying food but works as a stand alone as well.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dos Equis Amber Lager brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., with an ABV of 4.70% Now Dos Equis Amber Lager is an Vienna Lager style . This brew pours out a nice brown color with a a nice off white head. The brew has the look of root beer, now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Dos Equis Amber Lager is rich with roasted grains , malts and hops. There is also a mild sweetness in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is rich with flavors. You pick up on roasted grains, malts, and hops. There is also a nice rich smooth, sweetness to this brew. This brew goes down nice and smooth. There is no bad aftertaste to this brew. Dos Equis Amber lager, has a real nice balance to it. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. This is one of the lighter Vienna Lager brews I have had but it is still a good drinking brew. The mouthfeel of Dos Equis Amber Lager is rich, bold smooth clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Dos Equis Amber Lager a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a variety 12-pack $12.79 Walmart
Clear golden color
Medium carbonation
Light mouthfeel
Light malt taste, clean and no aftertaste
Overall an ok beer to drink when eating spicy Mexican food. Not something to drink when you want a lot of taste.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.27/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dos Equis Amber Lager | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. POured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with web-like lacing, and a clear dark reddish brown body.

I smell grassy, bright grains along with full-bodied malts.

Tastes like a nice, rich blend of the previously described elements of this offering. Very slight carmalized malt note.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is medium with mild carbonation. Clean and smooth.

Overall, I'll rate Dos Equis Amber Lager | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. with a 4.25. A mello,yet full flavor and quenching body that will hit the spot on just about any day when you're feeling like a fairly good cerveza.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.52/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've seen pictures so I didn't bother pouring it into a glass, drank form the bottle.
The bottle had a nice foam head built up inside as I take drinks from it.

Smells of a lager, maybe some malts.

Tastes like a slightly sweet lager without much of an aftertaste.

Drinks smooth, soft carbonation that has a close to creamy feel to it.

Overall enjoyable, not heavy not light.

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Photo of hdf561
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tall Pilsner glass at BWW a goldish Amber with no head but lacing that lasts citrus notes no real overpowering smell one way or the other very even

Tastes great again no real flavor profile but a great smooth drinkable beer. Prefer the lager especial vs this Ambar but this is a great beer!

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Photo of davidperez
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a seidel, it pours a brownish copper, clear, with a one-finger ecru head, sudsy, with little retention.

Smells slightly of biscuit, lager yeast, sweet slightly roasted malts.

The flavor follows the nose. Prominent is the malty sweetness, caramel, biscuit and lager flavor; yet that sweetness it is balanced rightfully by the bitterness. There is a refreshing note that could almost pass as lemon too, subdued and gentle.
High carbonation, watery mouthfeel.

Not the worst mexican BMC, but not the best either.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a frosted mug (meh)

Not really worth my time to review but not a bad brew. Simple (not complex in any way) and somewhat lacking flavour but a good looking and easy drinking beer. Definitely not the best Mexican Lager out there but I had to give it a try

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ugh. This is the best thing the Mexican food restaurant had, so I figured I would go ahead and review it. Pretty watery with very little flavor. Some hoppiness, but very subdued.

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Photo of jw4free
3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a lager glass. L: nearly no head. Dark Amber. Bit of carbonation. S: brown toast maltiness. T: not much. F: crisp but watery. O: easy drinking lager.

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Photo of DAlba97
4.1/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is the standard to which all lagers should be accounted to. My all time favorite lager! Full or the lager flavor and nothing extra/unneeded. Take my word for it & buy yourself a 6-pack!

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Photo of damzz
2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

As with Mexican lagers, it is a simple beer. There is no complexity, no layers of anything. Is that "bad"? No. IF the want is for a beer that hs some flavor beyond the Mexican lagers, this is it with Bohemia.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.49/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

**FROM OLD NOTES, 01/8/12: All I can smell is the Lime, Light yellow. Blah, Flat, Little Carbonation. Nothing Funky is the only compliment I can give. "Stay Thirsty" is right **

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Photo of doktorhops
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dos Equis (or “two X”) proves it may be half the beer that our Australian XXXX is... I hope not because XXXX is crap at best. Anyhow I was entirely convinced that I’ve reviewed this (and many other Mexican beers) before but it turns out I haven’t. Why? Because most Mexican beers are that forgettable. But who can blame them with their equatorial climate that makes drinking anything other than Lager practically unpalatable... fair enough I say - if I lived in Mexico the idea of an IPA or RIS would be like wearing a winter parka in that blazing oppressive heat: Unbearable.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear caramel coloured body with a sea foamy off-white head on top... it’s like a Lager but brown, Michael Jackson (the beer reviewer) cited these beers as Vienna Lagers, a style developed by Austrian brewer Anton Dreher - which made its way to Mexico via Austrian immigrants. 7/10.

S: Aroma is a mixture of cane sugar, dark fruit (specifically plum) and a hint of dark Grenache grape (WTF???). Overtones of vegetal matter and dark rum bring this brew back to earth and stamp it indelibly as the macro Lager it really is. 6/10.

T: Crisp, dry cereal characters banish the above intriguing aromas to the nether region of good beer “Never to return!” shouts Dos Equis, “A pox on thee!”. Hints abound of brown sugar/caramel malts and crisp lime hops but overall the dryness of this brew in the finish is almost unbearably Japanese. 5/10.

M: Mid to light, almost watery bodied, with a gassy medium carbonation and naught much else. 5/10.

D: Again for a Mexican beer on a hot summers day I can see this going down a treat as long as it is ice cold, but here in the mild spring weather of Canberra it’s an absolute bore of a Lager, like most macro Lagers, I’m struggling to contain my boredom of this beer as I drink it... perhaps I should chuck in a lime wedge? Nope, it’s almost finished, stay the course. In any case I might try this again in the context of a Mexican dinner during summer - with that sacrilegious addition of a lime wedge... mmm, sacrilegious. 6/10.

Food match: Quesadilla or Cemita with sliced avocado, meat, white cheese, onions, pápalo and salsa roja - take your pick.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at TGI Fridays.

Mediocre from start to finish. Caramel malt, faint citrus and minimal hop presence. Not terrible but, all aspects of this beer (even the appearance) seems generic and watered down.

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