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

BA SCORE
72
okay
2,919 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good
Read the review
Dos Equis Amber LagerDos Equis Amber Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,919
Reviews:
758
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
18.39%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
602
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,919 |  Reviews: 758
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

 340 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 563 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 650 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 717 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

 970 characters

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of mactrail
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

 342 characters

Photo of XmnwildX12
1/5  rDev -67.7%

Photo of dcmchew
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of billab914
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had Dos Equis Amber tonight with my mother's mole enchiladas.

Appearance- Nice deep amber color with moderate head.

Smell- Typical darker lager smell. Average

Taste- Very tasty, maybe not complex enough, but mid-sip sweetness is great.

Drinkability- I could drink a lot of these, a Mexican macro that is better than most of our macros.

Dos Equis Amber tastes very closely to AB's Texas-only beer Ziegenbock, I think Amber wins by a nose. Both beers are well worth drinking as session beers and have similiar pricing.

 533 characters

Photo of smithj4
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

 446 characters

Photo of atrocity
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber in color, clear. Pretty good head that dissipates quickly. No real lace.

Crystal malt aromas; Fairly mild, but inviting. I also note a touch of brown sugar (figuratively speaking).

Thin in body, but flavorful, especially for a national import. A little over-carbonated for my tastes. There's also a touch of aluminum in the flavor and aftertaste. Quaffable, certainly the more flavorful choice against the other mass-marketed beers of the world.

 462 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

 361 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

 1,291 characters

Photo of vfgccp
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of Jason
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 1,024 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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

 1,154 characters

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.1 out of 5 based on 2,919 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.