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

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Dos Equis Amber LagerDos Equis Amber Lager

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 743 | Ratings: 2,877
Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Managed to sneak this one into the Festval of Beers in Brisbane, but after i tasted i wondered why i even bothered, very bad. Amber-red colour. Zero head retention. Sweet toffee and plastic, watery. They obviously used corn in this one, almost as bad as the regular Dos Equis.

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Photo of jt31914
1/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle

A: Quarter finger head, dark amber color typical of viennas.

S: Smells malty and like alcohol; no other pleasant smells in the brew.

T: Bitter taste and cheap alcohol flavor - the bitterness is not from the hops and tastes awful.

M: Overcarbonated in mouth.

D: I hate this, so not drinkable.

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Photo of crossovert
1.23/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

So it is Cinco de Mayo and I have absolutely no connection to the culture of it but here I am with a Mexican beer. I've been told this is the best Mexican macro out there.

Pours a deep reddish amber with a tiny white head that quickly dissipates without lacing.

The smell is ultra light, some light and toasted malt is all that I get.

The taste is putrid, just funky watery corn, I was expecting somethign decent actually. This is crap.

The mouthfeel is ultra carbonated and it tingles your gums after a drink.

Well it is only slightly more interesting than a Corona so it isn't worth trying really.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.31/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear amber color with no head or lace. It's aroma is caramel and bread crust. The flavor is sweet malt with no hop bite and a hint of caramel, bland. The mouthfeel is thin. Dos Equis Amber Lager is just a regular beer, nothing special, not recommended.

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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 waughbrew
1.53/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, they did the "amber" part right, but that unfortunately seems to be all. A head appears and stays a few seconds longer than expected, but eventually the gargantuan bubbles pop and leave a flat beer. Aroma is of sweet metallic grain with definite apple cider characteristics. There is a bit of promise (hence the .5) with a note of floral German hops. Flavor is amazingly subtle. Light plastic-coated caramel. Pretty well-balanced but leaves some metallic and astringent notes on the tongue. Feel starts off with rough carbonation but by the end is pretty flat and slick. Neither feel is good.

Its head lasts a little longer than most macros, its color is darker, it has more malt presence and body, but in the end it is still not something I can imagine wanting to drink. It must be that momentary caramel sweetness that helps it sell. There is just not much there, and it has a bad finish. Not recommended.

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Photo of brdc
1.53/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Small capped bottle poured into a pint.

Very light, almost translucent yellow beer, with a thin white head that does not hold at all.
Aroma is just not there, and the same can be said for the taste. It is very thin on the palate, and you keep smelling and trying again so you can write something meaningful, but it is just near tasteless. Add a lemon, so it tastes like lemon; but the best option is to stay away.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
1.58/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

tried this beer for the first time thought about it for a while.

A= pours a medium amber color, with no head.

S= doesn't have much of a smell at all.

T= watery taste as if you did a no-no and put ice in your beer.

MF=watery with bubbles

i was so mad that i bought a 6pack, i have a high respect for beer and never pour a beer out, but in this case i poured two out of six down the drain. its impossible to get a head out of this beer, so that means no lacing. i will never buy this again.

cheers! ... i guess

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Photo of jneiswender
1.6/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this beer at the Amigo Spot in San Diego. Served in a pint glass.

A-very thin white head and a medium amber body.

S-clean smell, nothing really there

T-faint grain and faint hops nothing really distinguishable


D-I guess better than other macro imports but I see why they always offer the lime. I would avoid.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.66/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.
Clear dark amber, fizzy tan, short lived head.

Aroma is caramel mixed with corn, combined gives it a dirty sock kind of smell.

Flavor is mostly nonexistent, a little malty, a little soapy.

Not very good. Pairs well with bad, chain style mexican food.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.66/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown-amber body with an almost nonexistent, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Lager yeast, rotten citrus, and BMC sourness.

Taste: Tart, sour citrus, bitter malt, and lager yeast. Quite sour and skunky on the whole, but still feasible.

Mouthfeel: Very light and spritzy.

Drinkability: This beer sucks, but it still goes down smoother than a lot of other cheap macros.

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Photo of scottfrie
1.68/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a dark caramel color with a thin short lived head that quickly disappeared into a faint scum.
S: I get a few notes of sweet caramel, dry grains, and wet dog.
T: Light watery flavors of wet cardboard and old grains. The finish is plastic like, and the aftertaste is a bit sour.
M: Super fizzy carbonation, light body, and a watery mouthfeel with a drying finish.
O: This was really gross tasting. If this is supposed to be the same style as Boston Lager then the differences are night and day.

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Photo of HarrySTruman
1.7/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

32oz frosty mug on tap

Brown in color more than amber, nice head that maintained for a while. Slight lacing.

Smells like an AAL. Almost of corn and malt.

Taste was a bit bland. Tasted of carbonated water, corn, roasted malt and grain.

Easy to drink, high carbonation level, finished dry.

Would not drink again. Certainly wasn't a well crafted beer. Reminded me of some dry beers. I see why a lot of Mexican beers are served with limes in them, because this flavorless, dry beer, needed something to add a little life to it.

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Photo of prototypic
1.71/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: It's a transparent, dark amber color with a foamy one finger head. Retention was short and lacing was rather light.

Smell: It's mostly corn and grains. There is a bit of a malty smell, but it's very light. But, it does give some hope of a caramel malty taste. Hops are light to non-existent.

Taste: My hopes are pretty much shattered. It's all corn and grains. Very, very reminiscent of a macro. It does not have the malty taste I had hoped for, nor are hops noticeable. Disappointing. Very watered down taste.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. But, you kind of have to choke it down. Not drinkable at all. It doesn't taste good. Overall, it's not a good beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of PEBKAC
1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Another dingleberry left over from New Years Eve.

Rare Vos tumbler. Couple inches of creamer-colored head. Rich, shiny copper brew.

Smells of sticky caramelized wort with a touch of cider & bottle cap.

Sharp metallic twang upfront. Taste is salty & stale biscuits. Finish tastes like boiled veggie water & hair.

Carbonation is out in front trying to detour you away from the actual taste. Frothy, but once you get underneath it, it is very watery. The alcohol stands practically naked.

If it didn't look so pretty in a glass I wouldn't of even tried.

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Photo of steanu
1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

It's got a nice Amber color to it and it smells really good until I sipped it. I got it on tap and I do not believe that they cleaned the filter at all because it tasted like metal and there was no fizz in it. It was not a good beer. It was only $2 on tap and it was because the bar had too much of it. It was a disappointment.

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Photo of oracle
1.8/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

had this at the local mexican resturant. Served too cold. medium copper with no head at all. I mean none, nada, zippo.

Smell was a little off but not actually bad. Mild malt and thats about all.

Tasted weak and watery. Mouthfeel had way too much tingly in it, like a soda pop.

Skip it an look for something better.

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Photo of shamus
1.82/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Limp head. Almost no head even with a wild pour. Looks whatever.Smells like industrial cleaners. Tastes a bit like some kind of berry Kool-Aid. Cotton candy dry mouth aftertaste. Does not go well with Mexican or any food.. It's just the kind of beer that says "I don't care. I'm just barely trying."

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.88/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Caramel color with a 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Dirty mexican bath water with a toffee note

Taste: Again same as the nose. The beer does taste better than some of the other awful mexican beers out there but still not good

Mouthfeel: Thin and fairly carbonated

Overall: Again just an awful example of what a beer could be

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
1.95/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. I don't always drink Dos Equis, but when I do, it's usually because someone left a couple on my fridge...

Appearance: Pours a weak head and a watery copper body.

Smell: The best description of the smell I can give is "stale" - otherwise it doesn't smell like anything at all.

Taste: This beer literally tastes like nothing. I had a Michelob a little earlier which knocked the socks off of this Dos Equis. It's a shame, because I used to be a big fan in my younger days.

Mouthfeel: Here's where I can give some points back. Nicely carbonated and, for what it's worth, refreshing.

Overall: It's been a while since I last had a Dos Equis and I'm afraid my tastes have just changed. Either that or this beer is trying too hard not to offend anyone's sensibilities.

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Photo of semihobo
1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz, undated.

Pours with a darker than expected reddish body, head is piddly and dies a quick death.

Smell is very faint, all that can be picked up are a weak toffee note and some grass.

Taste is mild. Sweet, syrupy malts reminiscent of clover honey. Sweet finish as well with a touch of grain. Hops are conspicuously absent.

Watery body, drastic undercarbonation.

Unbalanced, all malt. Like a doppelbock mixed 50/50 with water. Expensive to boot due to import status. Not at all worth it.

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Photo of estlinska
1.99/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap in a mug. Pours deep copper color with fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The nose is unimpressive, some whole grain bread and caramel. The taste is slightly metallic with caramel sweetness and the palate is pure water. I drink this with Mexican food, overall just average.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.99/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle
4.60% ABV

I tried this beer on March 7, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto. The beer poured a solid reddish-brown colour with a thin white head. The aroma was primarily grassy with a little malt. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, but highly carbonated. The flavour was grassy, a little malt, and a little sourness. Definitely better than a Corona or a Tecate.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light amber color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.02/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer wast tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer poured a rusty amber with a decent sized fizzy white head that held for a little bit but eventually left leaving some lace. The smell is all corny adjunct and really not plesant. The taste is a lot of adjunct but some nice amber malts and balanced with some bitterness. Fairly thin and overcarbonated mouthfeel but overall highly drinkable in a mexican resturant.

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