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

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
281
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.23
pDev:
18.89%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and bread. Taste is much the same with a slightly sweet fruity flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is a nice surprise coming out of this brewery, but not too exciting by itself.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of emerge077
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from Mexico by a friend.

Nice light auburn coloration, it pours with a decent amount of foam. Faint lace rings the glass. Mild aroma of grainy sweetness. Not offensive, however not enticing.

Flavor is primarily malt with a slight hop finish. It has a buttery sort of mouthfeel, with a grainy aftertaste. Body is light yet still malty, good if you want to have several. It's pretty agreeable overall, probably best with a meal.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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 zestar
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of smithj4
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Dig that new label, padre-o. This stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises dry wheat (some of it sorta funky), corn, light grass, and light biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit coming through a tad toasted. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth and fluid feel. Overall, a fairly boring little beer, but still one of the most enjoyable offerings from south of the Rio Grande.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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

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

Poured from 16oz can into a glass goblet. Indio seems to be everywhere in Mexico.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a haze-free body and a moderate effervescence. Head was thin and dissipated quickly; sad, because the color is so spot-on.

Smell: light malty aroma with a hint of caramel sweetness and a dash of biscuity character. Since I'm not a big fan of biscuit, the light hint here gives it an Oktoberfest quality without pushing it over the edge. Decent!

Taste: like the aroma, it's quite light, although there's a nicely balanced character between sweetness and a drier, biscuity quality. It's actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel: light body with a big, if evanescent, carbonation. I like it, though I'd like it better with a little more body.

Overall: a highly drinkable and largely without-flaw beer. Not as robust as most Oktoberfests, but it's decent right down the line.

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Photo of biegaman
2.94/5  rDev -9%
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 Zorro
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber to light brown colored beer with a small tan colored head.

Smell is sweet and malty with a grassy hop aroma. Toasted grain and nut with a little toffee. There is a caramel aroma to this.

Starts out dry and yeasty. Toasted grain with a medium grassy hop flavor. Little bit of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall certainly easy to drink but the flavor doesn't deliver what the smell promises.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a nice medium amber, with a small white head. Poor head retention, no lace. The nice colour is all this has going for it.

S: Sweet Munich style malt, caramel, classic nose for the style.

T: Very grainy, light flavour. Mild malt and carbon dioxide. Quite disappointed given the promise of the nose.

M: Light-bodied, very fizzy odd carbonation. Seltzer like for sure.

O: I was intrigued by a new Mexican beer, in a Fest style no less. This reminds me a lot of Victoria, a lovely classic nose gives me hope then the flavour and mouthfeel stink for the most part. No real off-flavours, I can finish the bottle, just wish there was more than basically a light lager here. Frankly, I'd prefer a Corona over this, the carbonation in this beer is just weird.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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 wordemupg
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 30/8/12

A clear dark copper with very little for bubbles, foam or lace, looks pretty still, just a very thin film that´s gone in seconds

S caramels, some bread crust but has a slightly off smell, not quite skunked but on its way, some damp cardboard

T tastes slightly better then it smells, more caramel malt and less cardboard, slightly nutty

M has some body too it and more bubbles then I could see in the glass, not bad in this department

O other then a sub par smell this ones drinkable, nothing special but much better then all the yellow Mexipiss I´ve had lately

pretty average but that puts it above average for this part of the world.

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Indio from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.23 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
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