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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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Reviews: 743 | Ratings: 2,837
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad for this country. That is drinkable with some taste. Nice foam in pour and amber colour. Works as a Vienna. Smooth drink with significant malt. Light mouthfeel, mild bitter aftertaste. Would work with spicy food. From broken sixpacks at LCBO.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light amber with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, slight caramel, and some metallic aromas. Taste is pretty much the same. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but at least it’s pretty drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Single finger rapidly dissipating head.

S: Faint odor. Little sweet and malty.

T: The taste has just the right amount of sweet malt. Light caramel and toasted malt.

M: Light to medium body, smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a nice amber. Nothing special but very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

supposedly one of the better mexican exports, but i did not care for this. smells like an adjunct lager with a touch of sweeter malt, kind of off-putting in an extracty way. flavor is the same, very corn lagery, artificially sweet. feel is really weird for a beer, expansive like a shaken up soda, overly bubbly, and funny in the stomach. body is less than medium and its actually really drinkable, aside from the way it made me feel. i think its also much less refresing than the regular dos equis lager, which i dont mind too much. this one is all up a pretty nasty beer, but still preferable to corona by a long shot.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours out as a relatively decent amber color with not a lot of head or lacing. The smell is rather generic, its grainy and mostly a nose full of malts. The taste has some hop bitterness to it but nothing too special. The mouthfeel is a little watery to me. Overall I won't need to have this one again I don't think.

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Photo of metter98
2.87/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear coppery amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that never faded away and left lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of corn in the nose along with notes of caramel and toasted malts.
T: The taste is a little better than the smell because the corn aromas are subdued; there are flavors of toasted and caramel malts along with some hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer certainly looks like a Vienna Lager but does not really smell like one, having more of a resemblance to that of an adjunct lager.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

There's nothing like celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a bad Mexican beer. The pour brought an initially promising head retention that disapeared after the first sip, leaving a film atop that proved not appealing. A weak amber color (caramel) later confirmed by the watery texture and taste that the brew makes no real attemp at quality. Aromas and flavors display light caramelization, but not enough to make any meaningful impact in the brew. Flavors hing on graininess, watered-down cola, and a faint resemblance to a lager. Thin body, and adjucts lead to astringency and residual grain and sugars on the palate. Though the beer is not awful, it makes a good run of it. Best to stick with the Negra Modelos next year.

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Photo of brentk56
2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Medium amber with neither head nor lacing

Smell: What smell? I think there is a little maltiness but it was hard to discern

Taste: All malt and no hops; very little taste overall - just a bit of brown bread and bandaid phenols

Mouthfeel: Light, watery with a touch of carbonation

Drinkability: I couldn't even finish my pint it was so insipid

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Photo of biboergosum
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, on the patio of a so-called Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto. My mom drinks beer very rarely, but I remember her always having a half of one of these when pizza or burgers were on the dinner table, a habit borne of years spent in San Diego, apparently.

This beer pours a clear medium bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, bubbly, and pleasantly foamy off-white head, which renders a decent array of bleeding layered lace around the glass as it steadily dissipates.

It smells of light, bready and grainy caramel malt, a wee crackery toffee note, a touch of yeast, and mild weedy, grassy hops. The taste is bready, sort of pastry-tinged caramel and toffee malt, an ethereal dark fruitiness - could be cherry, could be prune - and muted floral, green earthy hops.

The carbonation is average, and just supportive enough, the body an adequate medium weight, and well smooth, a small airy creaminess arising as things settle. It finishes off-dry, the grainy caramel becoming further entrenched.

An enjoyable enough amber lager; there seems to be a quiet beauty in its simplicity, maybe because of the lack of off-flavours and concentration on the malt, something that seems typically wanting in many of its peers to the north. It definitely outshone what passes for a Mexican restaurant plate here in Hogtown.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tap: Clear amber colored beer with a thick bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite sweet with some weak malt also noticeable. Taste is quite pleasant with again some sweetness and a bit of malt that can be notice. Very refreshing while drank on a patio of a Mexican/tex-mex restaurant. Much more enjoyable then Corona or Sol but by no mean is it a complex or extreme beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mr. Salsa in Oglesby, IL.

Poured into an 8 oz. pilsner glass a light brownish amber tone, with good clarity and visible carbonation. A steady pour produced a finger width of creamy head, which left rings of delicate lacing on the glass. Retention was below average, there was a thin ring for the duration of the glass.

Grainy aroma with a mild apple note. Light and papery.

Flavor has some toasted malt character, lightly sweet with a dry residual sugar in the aftertaste. Hint of tart apple bitterness is there, also white grape, but not too pronounced. It's light, also balanced with good carbonation and light maltiness. After finishing one I had another, and so did everyone else. Not a bad choice, but I still prefer Bohemia as my #1 Mexican lager. Paired well with a carnitas/pulled pork dinner. As a side note, this makes a mean michelada...

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer couldn't be any more average to me. Tastes oddly similar to the other Dos Equis out there, just darker in color and maybe a small tad more taste. I mean, it's right on par with Michelob as a mass produced "Amber lager" but it cannot compete with the microbreweries with this style. They usually cost the same price too which makes it obsolete. Basically it's drinkable and and quench your thirst.. but look elsewhere for well balanced, tasty beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a copper color with a white, one-finger head. Left some lace.

S - It smelled sweet. A good malty aroma, too.

T - It tasted of malts and corn. It was fairly sweet with some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp and relatively dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is one of the better brews from Mexico. Certainly worth having on a hot day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Color is a modest copper-brown with a slight head. The nose brings forward a bit of light bread and some very mild and earthy hops. The taste combines a bit of earth and a touch of toast fairly well, at least given who the producer is. Decent body and carbonation; this isn't half bad.

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Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Small, off white head with little retention. The body is amber-orange and very clear.

S - Clean, malty aroma with a bit of caramel.

T - Malt flavor with just a hint of caramel and roast grain. No hop flavor or aroma. Mild hop bitterness in the finish along with clean malt.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

D - Easily drinkable, but slightly low on malt character. Not particularly interesting, but good for what it is, and it deserves some recognition for consistently being the best beer available at most Mexican restaurants.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dos Equis pours a clear copper body beneath a foamy yellowed-white head. The head retention is pretty good and it leaves some decent lace behind.

The nose expresses lightly sweet and toasty malt but little else. There's the suggestion of hops in the background, but they can't be picked out. A delicate flicker of yeasty sulphur comes through as well.

The flavor is not quite as sweetish as the nose suggests, with the gently toasty malts balanced by a firm bitterness and ghostly floral hops. It finishes clean, short, and dry.

Crisp and light-medium in body, this is an easy-to-drink lager that offers a bit of character in its toastiness.

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Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well, the color is nice, a medium amber. Smell is OK, just a beery whiff. Faint taste of caramel? No, that's imagination from the color. Bitterness is the soapy dishwater style. I didn't realize this stuff was so bad. It's just a flat, dull flavor with an unpleasant cardboard sort of taste. Faintly woody. Not crisp enough for a decent gulp.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hard to believe that I've gone this long without reviewing Dos Equis, by far my most common order (in the past) at Mexican restaurants. I haven't had one in a few years though and I'm fairly certain that I've never had one that wasn't accompanied by food.

Lucent, deeply burnished orange-bronze with a moderate amount of fine suspended 'stuff'. The pale beige head is smaller than most and is acceptably firm. Scraps of lace are starting to appear, but don't hang around to see how it all ends. The lightly toasted grain-like nose is simply average with no hint of adjuncts.

The flavor is mediocre at best. It's lightly malty with a faint toastedness and is slightly sweet with an underlying mild sourness. 'Lightly', 'faint', 'slightly' and 'mild'... you get the picture. There's perhaps a subtle (there I go again) bitterness on the finish without any real hop flavor.

The body is appropriately light-medium and there's not a whole lot of carbonation. I don't usually mind a shortage of bubbles, but in this case it makes the beer seem flat and uninteresting. Which it pretty much is.

I may still order Dos Equis Amber Lager on occasion to wash down my enchiladas. Otherwise... never. I've had worse Mexican beer, but that doesn't mean that Dos Equis is anything to celebrate.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, medium copper body with a small, wispy white head. Lightly bubbly.

Smell: Mild toasted malt character with a very vague fruitiness.

Taste: Light toasted maltiness with a subtle sweetness. Tiny hint of apple. No trace of hops whatsoever. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I wouldn't stand up on a chair and cheer about it, but it's not altogether terrible, actually.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spices, nuts, honey and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy with flavors of caramel, nuts, honey and roasted malt. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is spicy and sweet.

M: Smooth with a little bit of crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tastier than I expected, goes down easily, slightly filling, this was not a bad beer and I think it is the type of beer that would go very well with a meal rather than just pounding it down.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Hooters tonight, because well, there was a decent selection for Hooters, about 40 beers, but this was the only one I had never had, so that was reason enough for me. Pored a golden amber, with a slight reddish hue. A big fizzy white head graced the top and faded quickly leaving behind a decent little top of film, and some residual lacing for a minute or two. Nice carbonation was evident from the start. Smell was very light, practically non existent here. What was there was maybe some kinda light grain, but it was really faint, maybe a touch of some kind of bready yeast..The taste was rather blah and non descript. Your typical amber lager really. Lots of malt, no hops, and a touch of grain, thats about it. Pretty good mouthfeel as the carbonation kept things pretty lively on the palate, and it went down very smooth, with a quick, crisp finish. Very clean. Drinkability was above average, as very cold this was one that you could throw down a ton of. Overall I have had muc worse, and for a macro, not actually half bad. Went pretty damn well with dinner. I would definatly have one again, though I wouldn't put a sixer in my fridge

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Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. brown long neck. Gold label with gold artwork and a red/maroon XX. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Brownish copper in colour with a semi-sticky cream coloured lace that retains pretty well to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Touch of malt with toasted and sweet undertones. Very faint floral hop and trace alcohol also in the aroma.

Taste: Crisp and dry malt mouth feel of grain and a touch of husk, faintly light hop flavour and a residual sweetness hit in the middle and let through a very light bitterness. Malt is a little thin but the toasted character makes up for that a bit. The aftertaste lingers with left over residual dextrins and leaves the mouth clean.

Notes: One of the better lagers to be imported from Mexico and a better pick from mass-produced American amber lagers like Michelob Amber Bock and the like though pale in compairison to some of the more flavourful Vienna Style Lagers. Pairs well with mild bean or chicken burritos covered with Monterey Jack cheese.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark amber in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some copper highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts and caramel with lighter aromas of corn adjuncts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted and caramel malts with just a hint of corn adjuncts and a light amount of sweetness. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Seems kind of like a hybrid of a Vienna Lager and an American Adjunct Lager, certainly not one of my favorite brews but not horrible. Easy to drink and pairs well with spicy foods.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pokal at La Hacienda.

When in a Mexican restaurant, drink as the Mexicans might. Enter Dos Equis. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by about a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises light burnt wheat, very light roasted malts, caramel, and flowers. The taste follows pretty closely, with the roast toned down even further. A light bit of toasted biscuit comes in, but dies away just as quickly. The body is a heavy-ish light, with a moderate carbonation and a finish that really seems to wanna be dry. Overall, nothing special going on here, but enough drinkability to go with my tasty enchiladas.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark amber/orange with a one finger head that dissipated quickly.

S: Pretty light with some toasted malt and caramel

T: Again, toasted malts, a slight hop flavor, but not much. A little watery, but overall not bad.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, but refreshing. Easy drinking, if you don't expect much its a nice option, especially when in Mexico.

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