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

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Lager - Vienna
Ranked #213
Ranked #49,439
3.25 | pDev: 19.38%
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.71/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked this one up in Baja.

Poured maltier than I was expecting, because I didn't realize this was a Vienna lager. Firmly dark amber colored. Tan head, 1/3". Average retention. Aroma was still a little bit of corny metallica (so black album & forward) with the requisite fall nuttiness, leaves, caramel talk.

Taste, eh, I found it to be too bitter for style. Still rocking that metallic bitterness here. Just doesn't have the malty smoothness, they went with a little extract for coloring or something, really brought in a lot of corn for this, just doens't help the body especially when they prolly also used some super high alpha acid bittering hop fluid or something. Its a clear step down from Negra Modelo in my mind. I know I keep using the word metallic, but man, this had that bitterness that wasn't like a pleasant Simcoe kind, it was harsh.

Gotta say this was below average for style in almost every way. Not appearance though.

Jul 09, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

De color cobrizo, de carbonatación media y con cuerpo ligero. Aroma débil a malta y caramelo. En boca tiene un sabor muy suave que no destaca, casi sin amargor.

Dec 01, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I first tried this in Alcapulco about 10 years ago. I loved it. They started importing it to Texas, like a lot of other Mexican beers. It has a nice dark caramel color. Not much head but abundant carbonation. Smells of sweet malt. Taste is a sweet and light dark malt. Very smooth and easy drinking. Overall nice cerveza for me. It's even more amazing at the beach in Puerto Vallarta with some Hornito's Reposado and an abundance of seafood.
Poured into a Pilsner glass. I think this was the one beer that really made a difference in the proper glassware. BBD APR2020

Sep 23, 2019
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Salty0011 from Nevada

2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

If you have made the move to IPA's stay away from this one. However if you find yourself stuck in Cabo entertaining your wife or whatever for five days at an all inclusive resort and it's Indio or Tacate take the Indo. What does it taste like, simple if Coors made a dark beer it would be Indio.

Jul 01, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.99/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle. Copper color. Smells of sweet caramel malt. Light body and a bit watery. Light caramel malt flavors with moderate sweetness. A little bland but drinkable. Decent compared to Mexican beer, only ok for a Vienna Lager. This would probably be better if they went a bit stronger -- the version I had was only 4.1% ABV.

May 05, 2019
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Faz_1990 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I grew up drinking this brand in Mexico since I was 18, and it is pretty hard to find unless you're in Texas (particularly San Antonio), and it happens to be one of my personal favorites

Mar 01, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i had never heard of or seen this before until last night, just when i thought i had consumed every possible mexican lager under the sun, i discover this one. maltier and darker than many, even in the vienna style, its a deep copper color and is served to me with a frosted glass and a course salted rim on one side, which i happily embrace. it smells a bit sweeter than i generally like, but i am immediately thinking is a good choice for the crazy spice mexican food i ordered. the malt sweetness balances the heat nicely, and the beer has enough flavor to hold up to the bold food, which a pale lager may not. unfortunately not real refreshing though, even with the salted rim, the beer is really full bodied for what it is, and there is a lingering nutty element along with the sugar at the end. furthermore, i get some metallic character in the finish, not a real clean fermentation to me, and it seems oddly adjuncty as well. overall i like it having more flavor and body than most, and the high carbonation is appreciated, but i didnt love this, even though it was a fine compliment to my dinner. ill be in no rush to drink this again, but at least its something a little different...

Feb 18, 2019
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful copper color, light tan head. There's some caramel notes on the nose, but it's pretty light, and that carries through to the taste.

This reminds me of a cross between a Marzen and a Vienna-style lager. This isn't bad, but it could've been more.

Aug 27, 2017
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FLima from Brazil

2.15/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Copper color with a thin head with short retention.
Aroma with predominant notes of corn based beer; you have to struggle to get any caramel here.
Flavor with notes of corn and malt sweetness, faint caramel and distant floral hops. Medium dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Watery body with excessive carbonation.
This felt as a regular Adjunct Lager with some drops of caramel. Also to be forgotten.

May 24, 2017
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle:

Pours dark copper with a thin head with decent retention. Trailing lace sticks.

The taste is of toasted grain and nuts.

The taste is of toasted grain, restrained caramel, nuts. Slight earthiness balances some of the sweetness without adding bitterness. Slightly metallic. Sweet-leaning. Thin.

Rather thin, but crisp.

Not a bad brew. Better than the typical Mexican macro brew. More of a Vienna Lager than an O-fest. Easy enough to drink.

Mar 13, 2017
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

2.94/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Indio surprised me by pouring out of the can, not the conventional near colourless yellow, but instead a reasonably handsome amber-brown displaying all kinds of flashy auburn and chestnut highlights. You'd assume it gets that colour from specialty malts and hence will have a richer, toastier aroma. Alas, it evidently didn't get it from the grain...

The brewery advertises this as "authentically Mexican" because it uses "indigenous" ingredients like corn. It's absolutely true that maize was the most important food of native Mexican societies and also at the center of their cultural and economic livelihoods but in the modern context... common! That sounds to me like the punchline to a beer geek joke.

You know which other mass-produced beers use corn? ALL OF THEM! If this is the criteria on which we're judging integrity then Corona, Tecate and Sol have the market cornered. Funny that those beers - which totally reek of corn syrup and are cloyingly sweet - deny any use of it whereas Indio proudly boasts of it even though, frankly, the adjunct really isn't that noticeable.

That said, this is decidedly a Mexican amber lager - not a German one. Naturally, it has a shallow, watery, sweet malt extract taste (and nothing that convincingly resembles crunchy bread crusts or toasted nuts). Mind you, what little extra bit of flavour is afforded makes it a bit more quaffable than the truly wretched yellow lagers like those mentioned above.

Still, despite the caramel colouring, Indio is yet another in a long line of insipid, indistinctive Mexican lagers. While Cervecería Moctezuma (makers of Dos Equis and Bohemia) clearly intended for it offer a little more character than its standard brands, the irony is that this one, with its syrupy cola-like flavour, is probably better suited to a lime wedge than any of the others.

Aug 03, 2016
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davidperez from Mexico

3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a seidel, it pours a clear copper with ruby tones, with a small head with no retention.

The bouquet is biscuit, faint caramel, malts and lager yeast.

The flavor follows the nose accurately, and a slight toasted malts note appears as well. Bitterness is perceived after the initial sweetness and it balances the beer for the remainder of the flavor, making the finish more bitter than sweet.
Light body with a watery mouthfeel, high carbonation.

For a BMC beer, this is nice. Go for it if you just want to chug on something mindlessly.

Mar 11, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear deep orange amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose—toffee and caramel seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having sweet flavors of malt extracts with notes of toffee and hints of caramel. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but seems a little lighter and watery compared to other beers in the style. Nonetheless, it packs in a lot of malts unlike most other Mexican beers.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 19, 2015
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LennyOvies from Mexico

2.62/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

L- Clear brown body, lost of carbonation, fast fading white head.
S- Fizzy malts, nothing to be amazed by.
T- Slightly toasted malts.
F- Light, fizzy.
O- One of my go-to "BMC" beers, much better than most crappy beers, but still way below a true craft offering.

Nov 17, 2015
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

most mexican beers or cervezas if you will, are all basically the same to me: not too bad but also not very good. this one falls right in line with the rest of them.

Sep 03, 2015
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PHXcook from Mexico

3.89/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Like Schaefer's used to say, When You're Having More Than One. Less expensive than others in its class. Not as heavy as other ambers but more satisfying than Méxican lites like Pacifico, Corona and Sol. IMHO better than any U.S. majors.

Jul 16, 2015
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Dynobolt from California

3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Over all ok beer. Tasted from a bottle and it wasn't to pleasant at first. Then after you get over the bottle taste the beer actually tasted ok. Also poured in to a glass, 1/2 in head that quickly disappears. Poor to no lacing. Tasted better in the glass.

Jun 28, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

2.79/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I give this beer a low grade because it tastes kind of good, not awful, but it gives you a terrible hangover, I think they use a lot of adjuncts to achieve taste and they are bad for you.

Feb 18, 2015
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cryptichead from Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Despite its official designation as a Marzen, this does not come close to the real German thing and drinks a lot more like an American Adjunct Lager. Very little flavor with a flat finish. But overall, for what it is - a cheap beer and a Mexican equivalent to PBR, it does the job.

Jan 02, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled in Cabo San Lucas, poured into an ice cold mug. I let it warm up a tad before sampling. A light rusty red with a finger of foamy quick-breaking beige head. Interesting style designation and I would not have pegged this as such, although sure, there is a more robust malt aroma than one typically finds in Mexican lagers ... Some vaguely nutty toffee and brown bread, along with some non-descript fruit notes. Palate is low-key caramel with minimal corn flavor, a few spritely sour candy and citrus notes winking in and out. A ghost of molasses. Body on the thin side and the carbonation is amped up too high. Somewhat buttery. Dry finish with some woody notes. Mellow and subtle flavor, not bad but underwhelming. Does remind me of a few macrobrewed German O-fests, now that I think about it.

Dec 31, 2014
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Svingjo from Canada (BC)

3.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice ruby colour that produces a finger thick head that dissipates quickly and has only a light carbonation. There was actually very little on the nose, it is possible that it was served too cold, but a light malty caramel flavour came out in the mouth. Very quick finish. It was actually fairly refreshing drink on the beach.

Dec 22, 2014
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MiguelEstrada from Mexico

2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This is a beer that you have when there is nothing else left around, sadly there are worst beers in Mexico. It falls short in flavor and smell for the style.

Dec 18, 2014
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cervezafan1313 from California

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

In my humble opinion one, if not the best mass-produced Mexican beer around! The head is a finger thick, and fades a few minutes after pouring. Smells of sweet malt, wood aromas and faint molasses. The beer color is darker than the average Oktoberfest beers, it is a beautiful reddish amber color. The flavor is much morw milder than what you would expect, based on the color: sweet yeast and some licorice and faint raisin flavors.

Nov 23, 2014
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burnerfinger from Texas

3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bought this one on sale at a liquor store
poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

a pours dark - darker than I expected.
just a bit of head that settles TOO quick and leaves slim to none on the lacing

s not much - really kinda BLANK to the nose

t not much think Mexican macro

standard- thin body

by the dozen
not actively BAD in any way , but truly missing any GOOD parts either, IMHO.
again, in the words of RUFUS the Stunt Bum:
"You call that a beer? I'd rather have another!"

May 08, 2014
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Small off white to tannish head just sort of sit at about a quarter inch above a clear and bright copper to bronze colored beer.

Light aroma of lightly roasted caramel malts with a yeasty almost sour edge to it.

Light roasted caramel malts taste without much else coming through with this better than average beer from south of the border.

Almost wet feeling aftertaste without much if any tastes remaining behind with this light bodied beer.

Considering that most Mexican beers like Corona, Tecate, Dos Equis, Sol, etc are pretty not good unless you add lime and maybe beer salt, this beer seems to be above average considering the source. That's still not a recommendation to run out and buy this beer, if you want a decide beer from south of the Rio Grande you should drink Negro Modelo or maybe Dos Equis Amber.

Dec 22, 2013
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