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: 742 | Ratings: 2,870
Photo of pootz
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this because I like a well made Vienna and I’m on a search to find one I far it’s Eliot Ness but I cant get this in Canada and St. Andre is too bitter and weak. This is a revisiting of Dos Equis after having being bored with it some years ago. The pour reveals a red-amber beer with a smallish off white cap that goes to a ring quickly. Aromas of sweet malt and cinnamon...very subdued.The start is sharp then mellows as the sweet malts mix with the spicy tastes and tart hops...the malt is pronounced and has a layer of spicyness in balance with the hops....finish is clean and slightly dry with a malt aftertaste...For now I will grab a DE-XX if I feel the need for a vienna

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

Has this on-tap in a 23oz tall glass. This came out with a copper body and a tan head that goes away fairly quickly leaving a slight amount of lace around the glass. The aroma is sweet with a good amount of malt to and a touch of hops can be detected as this warmed up. Taste is crisp and clean with malt and grain being the main contributors. There is also a slight sweetness and bitterness in this as well. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not too bad and it is adequately carbonated. This is very drinkable and refreshing to have with a Mexican dinner. Definitely my favorite beer to come out of Mexico.

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Photo of oelergud
2.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reddish copper body with rich carbonation, head doesn't stay long and no lace apparent.
Some pleasant sweetness and faint syrupy scents coming off this one. Clear undertones of something else, maybe corn.
Sweet taste with some faint spice that lingers well into the after taste. You have to really look for the hops.
Decent mouthfeel, not too bad.
Not a big deal but much better than most macro swill.


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Photo of PossumJenkins
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had Dos Equis Special a couple times before, but never tried the Amber, so I decided to have one with lunch today at a local Mexican restaurant.

All in all, a solid, very well rounded beer. Pours well, with a deep amber color and a 1/2 inch head that dissipated somewhat quickly but left quite a bit of lace on the glass. Taste is very smooth and mellow with a hint of honey, but perhaps a bit lacking in the character department. Goes very well with spicy Mexican food, though.

I generally prefer lighter, hoppier, pilsner-style lagers, but as far as darker lagers go, this is one of my favorite widely available beers. Seems like it would be perfect to drink outside on a hot summer day, unlike many similar beers. Quality/price ratio is pretty good; I'm sure this won't be the last one I buy.

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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 cbl2
2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Note: Served this on my sister's birthday at a place called Chevy's Mexican bar and grill. Had to ask them to bring a non-frosted glass, to which I was given the evil eye by our waitress.


Amber brown as the name promises. Little to no head.


Muted due to it being served too cold. There are hints of a mild malt sweetness, and the faintest whiff of weak hops.


Slightly fruity w/ mild hoppy aftertaste. Decent for what it is, but not an everyday beer, or anything to get excited about.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear bronze with no signs of carbonation. No head. A slight ivory white rimming. Lace is negligible.

Aroma: Lightly toasted malt mixed in with a little cooked corn.

Taste: Decent malt backbone. Nothing to shout about, but decent. Bready and toasty malt tones are dull, but perceivable. Dry aftertaste. Minimal contributions from adjuncts, corn, etc...

Mouthfeel: Slightly prickly with a moderate body.

Drinkabity: Let's just say I wouldn't turn one of these down if one was offered. I won't make a point ot buy more, but it's not bad. A shade better than average.

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

Had some while dining at our favorite Mexican restaurant recently.

The color is red brown. Served with a small head that left some lacing. Smell was slightly sweet. Taste was very smooth, a hint of sweetness, and not much of a noticeable hop characteristic. Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Not a bad beer, one of the top Mexican lagers. Will drink this again if there are not other more interesting choices available at a Mexican restaurant.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a pint of this on tap at a Mexican bar and restaurant. The beer pours an amber color with a big white head and lots of lacing. The aroma is one of grain and hops. The flavor is malty with a hint of hops bitterness. It is refreshing and clean in the mouth and lead to drinking a couple. This one doesn't need the lime.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another old friend. Always reliable. This is the only beer I actually like with a lime. I've also only drank it out of the bottle, so I am not too sure of what it looks like. It is slightly hoppy, with a slight bitterness to it. But the lime makes it a citrusy sour, which is great on a hot day. Plus, it makes you pucker up a bit and want to drink more. A couple of these on a hot day always help cool me off.

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

This beer pours a nice deep amber color with about 1 finger of head that quickly deteriorates into only a thin ring. There is Hardly any lace on the side of the glass. The auroma of this beer is mainly of roasted malts and not much else. The taste very much mirrors the smell of this beer. Malt and not much else. Its not a strong malt, but very little of the hops gets noticed. Not watery, but not overly malty. This is by far the best beer to come from south of the border. On a hot summer day, drinking many of these would not be a problem.

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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 beertaster13
2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked this up in a 12oz bottle. No freshness date to be found (supspicion might have had a bad bottle). Pours a brown copper color with little to no head, lacing was minimal with each gulp. Smell was fainly of malt with an alcohol twist. Grain bringing up rear. Taste was very skunk and to bitter, not a good balance of hops and malts at all. Very dry amber and flat. Light bodies amber for sure. I would never drink this again, even though I think I might have had a an over dated beer. Pass on this amber, better ambers out there.

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Photo of Foxman
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a roanish amber, crystal clear. A very thin off-white head drops away quickly to virtually nothing.

The nose is sparse, with just a mere trace of malt sweetness, and a very vague bitterness on the end.

Upon sipping, the malt sweetness asserts a bit more here, carrying along a slight twist of caramel. A dull tanginess slips through the middle, then is promptly subverted by a mildly dry hoppy bitterness, not much more than a hint, but certainly there. Overall, it is very basic, fundamental, and refreshing.

Light bodied, it doesn't coat as much as slide over the palate, but the carbonation gives it a genuine presence. The dry bitterness imparts a short-lived glow at the finish.

I had this on tap at Don Pablos. It took them three tries to get through their thick skulls that I did not want a lime wedge stuck on the lip of the schooner. Once they did, I was plesantly surprised. I've had this several times, but I'd never really turned a critical eye to it before. The malt sweetness and carbonation combone to make this a drinkable and refreshing beverage. As far as Mexican beers, this currently occupies the top spot for me. They go down very easy, and are a fine accompaniment for the standard tex-Mex fare you get in my neck of the woods. I might not buy this one off the shelf, but at dinner, with some Black Angus fajitas, this one is always welcome. But minus that damned lime!

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

Pours to a clear copper color with a thick, creamy off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malts, and a bit of bread and grain. The flavor is of caramel malts as well as some toasted grains and a bit of hop spiciness. It is a very smooth and easy drinking beer.

Sampled 2/6/04

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Photo of Popsinc
2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear amber pour with a nice head. The nose is very mild...light fuitiness takes some shape. The taste overall is bland. Almost no hoppiness. Malts are sublte if not hidden. There seems to be a pinch of citrusy sweetness on the finish but that fades quite fast. A light bodied beer with a decent mouthfeel. An easy drinker but little in the way of interesting qualities.

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Photo of tjd25
3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown color. The head was very thin and disappeared very quicly. I didn't find anything particular in the smell. The taste is malty, a nice combination of caramel and red fruits, but without the sweetness. The carbonation is weak. Hops are pretty much hidden. A decent lager.

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Photo of pheurton
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

chestnut brown with foamy white head that quickly vanishes. mildly sweet grain aroma and nothing else. aggresive carbonation makes this beer bubbly and sharp. mild vienna malt flavor and a detectable macro corn-syrup sweetness. kiss of the lightest, most non-aggresive hops in the end. finishes clean and the aftertaste isn't all that bad. overall, a better than average macro that i can stomach at chain mexican restaurants.

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

This was a pretty good mexican beer. It poured a dark brownish color with a thin fizzy head that faded quickly. The smell was strong on grain and malt. The taste was pretty decent with good malt flavors and a touch of hops. Although the taste was dominated by grain it was a smoothe flavor that went very well with the chips and salsa I had. A good mexican brew to get if it is offered.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.43/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Well, an amber Mexican beer would be a step up from the average yellow lagers that are on the market, or so at least I used to think so in theory. This XX Amber pours out a decent looking clear roasted amber colour, very little head to speak of with no retention at all. It has a faint roasted malt aroma, more on the grainy/husky side. Flavour is very mild and light, hints of roasted malt and metallic grain, and something of a trace of floral hops. Aftertaste reminded me of what chewing on a shoe lace might taste like, and I couldn't drop that sentiment after the first few sips. Watery mouthfeel, it is easy enough to drink, but that aftertaste ruins it for me. This would be a beer that would have to be paired with something or other, preferably spiced food.

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Photo of clvand0
2.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hadn't had the amber version of Dos Equis, so I gave it a try. Pours the expected amber color with a small head and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty plain, but there is a little maltiness to it. The flavor is a little bland as well, but not bad. Kinda weak. There is a little maltiness in the flavor with possibly some caramel as well. Pretty well done for a south of the border beer, but not spectacular either.

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Photo of lackenhauser
2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a decent enough amber brown color with no head to speak of.Not much aroma-your basic beer smell Id say.Slight malt flavor and no real discernable hop bitterness to it.Very slight caramel or toffee flavor.Nice smooth body but again nothing special.Overall an ok choice to go with your Mexican meal-sure beats a Corona or a sharp stick in the eye.Seems to be a bit "brighter" when I have had it in a bottle-might be dirty lines or something similar here.

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Photo of AndIWantYou
2.16/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It really is a nice amber color in the bottle. That's about where the good comments end. Has a very harsh taste; I guess that's the corn or rice or whatever. Little tinge of alcohol which makes it slightly more palatable, but I'd only drink this from a pitcher at a Mexican restaurant in the future. 20% less harsh with the addition of that forbidden fruit, the lemon. Best thing I can say: at least it's not MGD.

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Dos Equis Amber Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.09 out of 5 based on 2,870 ratings.
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