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

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of biegaman
2.94/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of davidperez
3.19/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of LennyOvies
2.62/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.65/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of PHXcook
3.89/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.79/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of cryptichead
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of MiguelEstrada
2.17/5  rDev -33%
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.

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Photo of cervezafan1313
3.5/5  rDev +8%

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.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
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!"

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Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle with incomprehensible date stamp. Served in a pint glass. Amber color, vigorous pour yields one finger of anemic tan head which quickly fades. Good clarity. Bready nose, doughy, hints of caramel and toasted malts. In the mouth, it's bready with a weak hop character. Water, flat-ish, possibly I got an older bottle but impossible to tell from incomprehensible "date" stamp. Overall: Flat, borderline artifical flavor, fairly drinkable. Was somewhat surprised to discover that this was a Marzen as the label gives no indication. A very low-average representation of style as I received this particular sample.

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Photo of Weston19
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark caramel color with sticky lacing around glass.

S: Has a hoppy, grassy, malty smell to it.

T: Corny, grassy, malty, and has a nutty after taste. Not the most flavorful beer out there but it's not bad if you're looking for something refreshing with some flavor.

M: Light and smooth. Easy drinking.

O: Not bad. It has enough flavor to make it a lawn mower beer but not enough to be memorable. I could definitely have this with some Mexican food.

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Photo of Polecat41
4.08/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer really lives up to my expectations - the best lager around! I drank Indio quite a bit when I was working in Monterrey, Mexico. I'm living in the Chicago area now & have just started to see it sold at the Jewel chain stores. This is the 3rd 12-pack I've bought in the past month (current price: $11.99). All my friends & relatives enjoy drinking it. It goes down well alone & with all kinds of food. Na zdrowie & salud to Indio!

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Photo of elNopalero
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I remember drinking this before I got into craft beer, during trips to Mexico. Then it started showing up on shelves in the states and what can I say? Nostalgia aside, I enjoyed it. For a “dark beer” (back in those days everything was “dark” or “light”, right?) it has a malty profile but manages to stay crisp and finish clean. My best comparison would be a less-sweet Dos XX Amber, something I would drink again in the right context even.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear, deep amber in color with an off-white head, which soon dissipates to a scatytering of foam. Thin fine-beaded lace leaves a small ring on the glass walls.

Aroma: Lightly-toasted malts, biscuit, and some grassy hops dominate the aroma. .

Taste: Opens with lightly toasted malts, followed by a wave of mildly metallic hops. The malt ascends a bit, presenting a mild toasted dark bread flavor. Later in the taste, mildly earthy hops appear. The hops and malt bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, but certainly not the equal of better German and American Märzen / Oktoberfest. Still, better than many commonly available Mexican beers.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourcing: Purchased at CEFCO in Texas in August of 2013 for $8.99/ build-your-own six-pack plus tax.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.17/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin layer of head on a clear, caramel colored body.
The aroma is heavy on the malt, lots of caramel and a touch of lemon.
The taste is mild to moderately malt sweet without any complexity though. It taste fine, just not interesting.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Not bad, not great.

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Photo of mjurney
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color, clear. Lots of fine carbonation rising up. Off-white frothy head.

Very mild aroma. Sweetness, lightly toasted malts.

Sweetness, bread crush, toasted, a little caramel. Bitterness is very mild. Finish is crisp, clean and dry. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, well carbonated.

It's a good beer.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.51/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a dark copper color with hues of amber and is filled with mild carbonation and topped off with a white head roughly one finger thick and thins out into a small ring of lacing. Wheat, mild hops and light grass aromas come through. It’s crisp and light bodied, sweet overall with just a hint of bitterness. The malts are present, not much hops- some fruits do come through, not a bad tasting beer. It is rather dry, very smooth and goes down well, I have to admit this is much better than I was expecting!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.1% ABV: 1.2 Litre bottle drank off the coast of Mexico in my Cunard Stateroom on 31 Jan 2013.

I really enjoyed this: it had a good amber body and was clean and clear looking, a thin off-white head sat on top of each pour.

Maltier than I expected and overall a fine (for such a cheap brew) beer. Refreshing and tasty (the malts giving it some flavour and sweetness, the hops giving some bite).

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Photo of andrenaline
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Props to my father-in-law for bringing this brew back from a recent trip.

A - Pours a dark copper colour, finger of head wit little retention or lacing.

S - Nose is mild, dominated by sweet corn, brown sugar and light caramel.

T - There is a surprising amount of flavour given the style and brewery, burnt sugar and caramel, hints of smokey notes, and leafy greens.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A tasty brew that's easy drinking, though doesn't boast a flavour profile that will blow you away. An easy drinking brew that has more flavour than the other more popular brews from the country, and will pair well with the daunting heat.

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