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.
Mexico | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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

Happy Hora @ Mad Mex Robinson yes there were many better options but this one I hadn't had since I was underage so figured it was time to revisit. Appears caramel amber with a white creamy head leaves a trail of fine speckled lacing behind. Aroma contains a touch of metallic character touch of caramel sweetness with not much a hop character to speak of. Flavor fruity note fizzy caramel tone light spritzy citrus note a touch of an herbal edge noted...not bad at all. Mouthfeel is light bodied higher carbonation doesn't make it undrinkable. Drinkability this one's a decent go to in a Mexican restaurant however not at Mad Mex where the selection doesn't even warrant this brew to be imbibed there, nice toasted malt character but I need a bit more flavor on average to be happy.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had a bottle of this with some Mexican food at Chevy's.

The beer is clear and amber with a small white head. Weak aroma. What's there is adjuncts, grain, lager type scents. Pretty clean flavor initially with a bit of corn and grain harshness in the finish. When paired with saucy and spicy food, this flaw is disguised to some degree. A tad sweet with some fruity malt. OK.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am at my nadir, reviewing a beer from a bottle that I have not yet been able to score in a CAN! O, the shame of it all and there is talk of booting me out of The CANQuest (TM) for failure to adhere to core policies. Please, CAN somebody find a CAN of this beer for me?!?

From the bottle: "Crafted in Mexico since 1897 to commemorate the arrival of the 'XX' century, 'Dos Equis' stands for 'Two X's' in Spanish. In our second century of fine brewing tradition, we continue offering Dos Equis Amber, a rich, robust flavored beer with the smooth drinkability of a classic dark-style lager. A true Mexican work of art."

Okay, first off, what Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo produced were "true Mexican work[s] of art", this is just a simple beer. Second, if you need to have the beer's name translated for you, I can only shake my head in disbelief. It's right there on the label and it does not "stand for", it actually means Two X's! Third, "dark" is not a style. End of rant.

I have to cop to being impressed by the finger-and-a-half of thick deep-tan head with decent retention off of my pour. Color was a gorgeous coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose had a caramel sweetness, very nice and very unexpected. Mouthfeel was medium with a mildly malty sweetness on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and quite drinkable, plus the lacing it left behind was also notable. Now, I am doubly interested in trying it from a CAN. This was good, not great, but still ...

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Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a white head that thins to a wide patch. Some vanishing spots of lacing stick.

The smell is of mild grain, mild caramel.

The taste is "macro-ish" with some caramel. There's a touch of blandish hop bitterness with a slightly metallic/salty tinge in the soft finish.

The feel is rather watery, somewhat fizzy.

Not much of interest here. I can think of a Mexican Vienna Lager that blows this out of the water (Bohemia). On it's own - bland, but generally inoffensive.

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Photo of tdm168
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed from a bottle with dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Torrero's in Raleigh.

Can't offer anything on appearance. Smell is faint and offers nothing of note. Taste is hardly complex, mildly malty and bitter; better than one would expect from a mass market beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

After a few mouthfuls, I did succumb, and put a lime into the bottle.

Overall, this is not a bad beer when you consider the Mexican beer market, but if I'm to compare it to other Vienna Lagers this beer is mediocre at best.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.77/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a low class beer that I do not mind that much. The color is nice amber, there is almost no smell. Moderate carbonation with a diffuse head, nothing to speak of really. No lacing on the glass, drinks fine. Minor aftertaste, does not last, does not really affect the overall drinkability. This is an average beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is served on tap in a giant mug. Hazy and lots of bubbles, it is an amber color with a thick, frothy, offwhite head. Toasted oats and semisweet caramel smells. The beer is a decent tasting lager, and is my go to beer at Mexican joints. Toasty and light flavors on a sharp, crisp body. Very easy to drink, and does not interfere with your food no matter what you are eating. Decent beer for what it is.

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Photo of Billolick
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almond brown, light head, soft and foamy.
Nose is all malt. Flavor starts as all malt sweetness, then evolves into some breadyness,yeast,and caramel notes. Mild hopping. I remember when this was "the good stuff". This is a refreshing and decent quality brew. Works in a pinch when only macros are available.

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Photo of ShanePB
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at a local Mexican restaurant into a standard pint glass. Garnished with a lime, no thanks.

A: Clear, amber brown colored body with a small wispy white head that dissipated quite rapidly. No retention, no lace. Simply put; not much of anything. There are certainly better looking lagers out there, but 'tis the style, I guess?

S: Caramel sweet malts, corn and some floral sweet notes. Nothing about this nose is impressive, it's extremely one dimensional and boring. The lime juice that was on the rim of the glass made it smell like acidic lime, but that obviously wasn't the beer. In fact, that might have been the best smelling part about it.

T: Ahhh, surprisingly crisp and refreshing. Sweet malts are certainly the focus of the beer, with a somewhat floral and dry taste in the finish. It leaves quite smoothly and doesn't give any off flavors. Pairing it with my spicy Mexican food perfect; it has some flavor and goes down easy to calm your palate from the heat.

M: Bubbly, active carbonation, crisp and a touch dry on the end. Not bad at all, in fact it's pretty much what I'd expect. I wanted just a bit more body but I can't fault it too much, it serves its purpose.

Well, I certainly prefer this to the Special Lager. I think this has a bit more character and the sweet malts do accompany the food quite well. On it's own, it's not the worst beer in the world to drink; however, I probably will only consume these at Mexican restaurants. It just puts me in the mood.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. About your typical Mexican beer. Poured a medium copper-amber color with a small head and maybe the slightest of lace. Smelled like a combo of corn and malt. Very light carbonation, but not super watery like some of the others. Maybe a tinge of sweetness? Went down pretty easy. A decent beer for a hot day on the beach. Would have others above it though (while in Cancun).

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It smells of pale and light crystal malts with that lager yeast zing. The taste is good. It is refreshing with a light maltiness and some bitter hops. It's a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking Mexican lager.

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Photo of Tone
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of slight hops up front, then pale malt, and finally some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt up front, then very slight hops, and finishes with strong yeast cleanliness. Overall, just another poorly made Vienna.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a disappointing bottle many months ago, I re-sampled this at a local Mexican eatery. On to the beer:

My sample came with a frozen goblet, which kept the beer cold the whole time. Light reddish brown color topped off by a good head. The smell is dextrin like, but much of the aroma is muted by the cold temperature. More of the same in the taste, but with a little bit of caramel and a light bitterness to level it out. It features the Mexican trademark of a light and easy drinking beer. Very similar to the other Mexican beers brewed in the Vienna style. Keep this cold, or risk dealing with corn flavors.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a brilliantly clear, brown-amber color with frothy tan head. The aroma has notes of grain, caramel, and a hint of herbal hops. The taste is lightly sweet up front, and this sweetness actually holds up throughout the beer. There is a hint of bitterness in the finish as well as some light astringency. A pretty simplistic beer that has a nice caramel note it, though it does have a distracting astringency/ vegetal character to it that I don't find all that good. In the end though this is not nearly as flavorless as I was expecting it to be.

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Photo of stevoj
2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I was in a Mexican restaurant (in Germany) and they called this Dos Equis Dark...not impressed. Sticky, sweet, malt driven, watery, weak. I dont usually drink beer, but when I do, it wouldn't be this....

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.61/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle at Acapulco in Long Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a fizzy white head, fair retention, light lacing.

S: Very light, could only pick up a bit of malt.

T: Very light taste of caramel malt and sugar. Light hop bite at the end, slightly grassy.

M: On the watery side, very light.

D: Having this after Negra Modelo, it didn't really stand up to it, not a horrible choice overall though, it has its moments.

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Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a touch of malts. Taste is malty, a touch of caramel, light hops, very easy drinking. Feels a bit light in the mouth and overall this makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.33/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown 33cl bottle, 4.5% ABV, part of a 12 pack of 3 different lagers from this brewery and kept back after a Mexican evening we held some time ago. Poured into a Duvel glass.

Looked good, deep amber, redwood colour almost, the off-white head soon became a collar, which was a pity because the first impression was very impressive.

Malts dominate the aroma, in fact there isn't much else to talk about, so I wont.

Taste disappointing, thin, weak and tinny. The malt within the brew is like a sickly addative and doesn't sit well within the beer.

Started well, but as the review progressed it became obvious this wasn't a good beer, no matter what style it is placed into.

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dos Equis Amber has a colour like chestnuts under bright spotlight. It's obviously absorbed a great deal of the warm, Mexican sun; the beer practically glows despite the almost russet tone. It is perfectly transparent too. But while the colour is fantastic, head retention is not. Even the loose-fitting ring around its outside dissolved half-way through.

Most Mexican beers reek of Mexico City - this one reminds me of Europe. Out is the stinky, corny, chemical-y smell of a watered-down yellow lager that, for all its repulsiveness, conjures to mind hot weather and sandy, clearwater beaches and in is the chunky, clean, toasty maltiness of a breezy Oktoberfest celebration in Austria or Germany.

In typical big Mexican brewery fashion, the beer is on the thin side and not without a smidgen of cloying, industrial adjunct taste. That being said, it has a level of clean, relatively wholesome Munich or Vienna maltiness that took me by surprise. The rich, biscuity, toasty flavour I wasn't expecting to taste is actually there, albeit slightly diluted.

Dos Equis Amber is about as close an example I've tried of a mass-produced industrial brewery brand that can almost pass as a well-crafted European import. It has a ways to go yet, mind you - it lacks the richness definitely, and tastes a little bland by comparison - but it is at least a clean and unpleasantry-free lager that makes a decent mindless quaff.

In comparison to its Grupo Modelo counterparts, this Cervecería Moctezuma Vienna-style offering is much more acceptable and closer to the mark of an authentic European amber lager. It's also a far more drinkable beer, in my opinion, than the standard Dos Equis Lager. It's still no substitute for the German or American examples, but it at least provides a little actual diversity and quality to the otherwise shoddy Mexican portfolio.

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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some graint notes and a subtle hop aroma.

The taste was subtlely sweet with some breadiness and grainy malts. Good balancing hops dried out the taste.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness with good carbonation.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking lager. Certainly worth a try on tap.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Per the beers name this is indeed a clear amber colored lager with a decent off-white colored head.

The smell is sweet and quite malty with a reasonable spicy German style hop scent and a faint soapy aroma to the hops.

The flavor begins sweet and malty with a fair pecan and caramel candy flavor. Decent Vienna malt flavor it really stands out in this beer. Good amount of Nobel style hops it is about perfectly balanced with the malt and manages to be a little spicy. Not a complex beer but a passable Vienna Lager.

The mouthfeel is good.

More than competent beer here and another that stands out from the Carta Blanca and Corona clones of the Mexican beer scene. Not my favorite but worth drinking.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.28/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to reviewing this one for awhile. It is among my favorite beers, and is probably my favorite Mexican. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep gold with a quickly dissipating head.

Smell: a light malt aroma.

Taste: caramel flavors and some sweetness, but not too sweet. Just bitter enough to be interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a nice, moderate level of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite drinkin' beers and I can drink this stuff all day and all night. While I actually haven't had a Dos Equis Amber in awhile, I'm finding myself really enjoying this one.

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