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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 HalfFull
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass from a bottle purchased at OXXO for 85 cents. At four bucks a pop in the hotel market for either Corona or Pacifico, I figured I'd walk a couple blocks to pursue additional options. ;) Pours an orange amber with a fizzy tan head. This goes quickly as expected, given the high carbonation.

Fair amount of medium rich malts on the nose in conjunction with notable toasted corn flavors. Tastes of light malts initially though this is soon masked as the carbonation seems to effectively reduce the surface area on the palate. Corn flavors return on the finish. Fairly drinkable but the high carbonation and corny finish detract.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Amber-orange with a nice big two finger head of white foam. A decent amount of lace is left on my plastic beach glass, but I have a feeling that more would be there if it were in a glass-glass. The beer is hazy, and although I had no idea that this was an O-fest style beer, now that I know, this fits the style visually.

S - Sweet carrot cake and cinnamon. Mild autumn leaf hops and thick caramel malts. Smells great out here on the beach (God bless free Wi-Fi and Mexican resorts!)

T - Basically similar to the nose...carrot cake dusted with cinnamon.

M - A bit lighter than many O-Fests, but somehow that's very appropriate for the climate down here in Puerto Vallarta.

D - Perfect. I'm glad I found something down here besides Dos Equis and Tecate....although I'm sure I'll manage to ingest plenty of those below average brews too. This is the true gem of my all inclusive resort!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First reviewing a saved brew from my trip, then adding my notes of this same beer.

Poured into a standard pint glass, color is amber, suprisingly good head, light tan in color.

Smell is mild caramel malt, but thin, with grainy undertones.

Taste is thin, light caramel malts, lighter malt backbone with just thing graininess.

Mouthfeel is solid for a lager, slight caramel sweetness what would probably be a too crisp beer, that said a touch too carbonated.

Overall, just a thin caramel lager that looks very good; some solid malt flavors and backbone are just lacking

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3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

25 floz. bottle. Lager glass. (From my notes: Bought at “Mexican Week” in a mall. Enjoyed at home). Brownish amber color. Chill haze. Off-white, large bubbled, froth creates a two finger crown. Not much retention. Caramel malt, sweet malt, slightly hoppy aromas. Flavor as expected from aromas: sweet maltiness & moderate toasted touch. Herbal & earthy hops provide subtle bitterness. Medium to light body. Medium to high carbonation. Fizzy & watery. Refreshing & drinkable. Nice pairing in Summer with Mexican food.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful, clear deep amber colour. Decent level of carbonation and fine bubbled head.

However no discernible aroma whatsoever and almost indistinct flavours. Missing the bready maltiness I'd expect in a Maerzen. Despite the colour, also missing the entire spectrum of caramelized flavours as well.

Certainly not the worst beer I've had in Mexico - less "adjunct" than many - but not one I'd purchase again.

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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 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 shivtim
2.05/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle in Mexico City.
Really odd 1970's space future pyramid lego. Like a Disney ride logo in Tomorrowland.

Amber-ish clear color, no head.
Nose is grainy malt. Maybe some slight hops.

Taste is metallic malts, again a tiny hint of hops. Tastes mostly like a macro lager. Not much there.


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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 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 stoutman
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was darker than the normal mexican, the mouthfeel was thick, can you believe that..thick and solid..but was lagery everywhere else..Light malty and fruity aroma. More than I expected. Not at all bad. Not great either. But good. Quite pleasant on a hot afternoon.

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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 CHSLBrew
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Purchased a six-pack of this at the small store at our resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

A-Pours a dark copper-brown beer, quite clear. Off-white to light-tan head rose large-bubbled off the pour and dissipated almost instantly to nothing, even with the constant stream of bubbles rising up.

S-A very slight toasty chocolate, on top of a base of graininess.

T-Grainy malt with a bit of something toasty-choco-sweet, similar to the nuances in the aroma. Bitterness is present, though subtle, with something a bit herbal/earthy, very slight. Finishes with a residual tasty sweetness, crisp.

M-Medium-light body, not much to it, but still a little something. Carbonation is medium-high to high, probably just a bit too much, to the point of almost harsh.

D-Quite drinkable. It's got some refreshing aspects to it, while setting itself apart from the bulk of Mexican brews available with its greater depth of malty, spicy flavor.

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Photo of nukem5
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Day 1 of ? in Mexico
Monterrey for work!
Saw this on the menu and never heard of it... so.

A: Pours a nice dark rust color and very little foam, slight laceing.

S: Lights malty smells rise from glass very little hop scent.

T: Carmel and malty.

M: Very little carbonation med to heavy body.

D: Smooth and went well with my Fajitas.

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Photo of inebrius
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a fat 940mL jug into a Holiday Inn tumbler. Frothy khaki head falls directly back into the clear copper liquid whence it came. Placid nose of far off roasted grass and industrial donut cleaning compound. There is no doubt this is an easy drinking beer for Coahuila Summer's or washing down a forkful of cabrito but that's really all that it is. A good alternative to unsweetened iced tea I'm thinking it's colored Carta Blanca. In the mouth there is some grain, I guess, perhaps a lick of bitterness, maybe, I'm grasping for descriptions. To sum it up: nondescript. Why doesn't Bohemia come in the fat jug?

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Photo of Douberd
2.41/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle of 355 ml, ABV 4.1% , reviewed live.
On a google search some days ago for mexican beers to try while at the Yucatan peninsula I came onto one saying that Indio is really for the low class, Indio blooded. Racist, I know. Colour is really impressive, dark amber, and there I was, thinking it would be just another immitation of Corona like beers. No head whatsoever though and no lacing.
I was expecting some caramel on the aroma, based on the colour and yes it's there, only not so obvious as with other beers of the kind. But with a swirl of the glass it is traceable, you have to try a bit hard though to distinguish it.
Untill now a positive impression, on the taste front though, not much to report. Pleasantly drinkable but it's as you drink water, seriously, it is tasteless.
Watery also on the palate and very light carbonation.
Overall, if they can add some more taste I can see it turning into a serious challenger for other mexican beers out there.

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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 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 BryanCarey
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Indio pours to a light copper color with some gold hues on the edges. The nose on this beer includes a little roasted malt, graininess, and grassiness. Foam is moderate to low, and doesn’t hold itself together for very long.

Indio offers flavors like carmal and toffee malt, light roast, crisp toasted malt, a touch of breadiness, and some light herbal hops. There is a slight bite in the finish, but it is short lived and the taste returns quickly to that of sweet malts.

Indio is a thin- bodied brew. It has some of the characteristics of a good beer, but the thinness will spoil the experience for some. Still, it is better than most other Mexican brew and it has enough positive qualities to make it worth trying. It is a good introductory craft beer and a good option when you want to serve something better than the standard, everyday beer but also don’t want to offend anyone.

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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 drperm
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip Inn Ritz, Mexico City.
Considering that a Google search for ¨Mexican Craft Beer¨ yields a dire paucity of results, I was all geared up for a week of Dos Equis and Negra Modelo (which, at the end of the day, is fine). Our hotel bar had three varieties on offer: Sol, Bohemia, and Indio. I knew well enough to stay away from Sol; doing little more than flipping a mental coin I went for the Indio and was more than pleasantly surprised.
It´s an almost (almost) alelike darkish lager, smooth and caramelly and malty with a hint of something that reminds me ever-so-slightly of Leffe. I think I´ve found a winner for the week.
Aviso: It is MUCH better poured into a glass than if left in the bottle (as are most beers, I suppose...)

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Photo of roddwolff
3.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color with amber hues backlighting, the foamy head look like a dark cloud, good retention, i like the logo;

S: Sweet, malt and toffee;

T: Begin with sweet malt and maple syrup, then roasted malt and toffee again, the sweetness is countered with a few earth hops;

M: Refreshing, well carbonated and medium body, left the mouth caramelized;

D: Tasty to take it with grilled meat, i drink this beer at the famous cabaret of Monterrey known as "el infinito" jeje.

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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 tesguino
4.07/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer from my country originally called "cerveza cuauhtemoc" and his logo includes an aztec indian "cuauhtemoc" in 3/4 view, people went recognizing it with the alias of INDIO, then the brewery choose to put the name of indio to this beer; sold commonly in my city, this beer is drink in the most of weddings, familiar celebrations, its dark amber color and its hops and bitterness smell and flavor, make this beer one of the most prefered beers on my country; good for mexican food; 100% recommended.

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