Dos Equis Amber

Total Score: 5.5/10 BrownSugar1 Barley1 Lemon1 Stein1

Dos Equis (or “two X”) proves it may be half the beer that our Australian XXXX is… I hope not because XXXX is crap at best. Anyhow I was entirely convinced that I’ve reviewed this (and many other Mexican beers) before but it turns out I haven’t. Why? Because most Mexican beers are that forgettable. But who can blame them with their equatorial climate that makes drinking anything other than Lager practically unpalatable… fair enough I say – if I lived in Mexico the idea of an IPA or RIS would be like wearing a winter parka in that blazing oppressive heat: Unbearable.

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Clear caramel coloured body with a sea foamy off-white head on top… it’s like a Lager but brown, Michael Jackson (the beer reviewer) cited these beers as Vienna Lagers, a style developed by Austrian brewer Anton Dreher – which made its way to Mexico via Austrian immigrants. 7/10.

S: Aroma is a mixture of cane sugar, dark fruit (specifically plum) and a hint of dark Grenache grape (WTF???). Overtones of vegetal matter and dark rum bring this brew back to earth and stamp it indelibly as the macro Lager it really is. 6/10.

T: Crisp, dry cereal characters banish the above intriguing aromas to the nether region of good beer “Never to return!” shouts Dos Equis, “A pox on thee!”. Hints abound of brown sugar/caramel malts and crisp lime hops but overall the dryness of this brew in the finish is almost unbearably Japanese. 5/10.

M: Mid to light, almost watery bodied, with a gassy medium carbonation and naught much else. 5/10.

D: Again for a Mexican beer on a hot summers day I can see this going down a treat as long as it is ice cold, but here in the mild spring weather of Canberra it’s an absolute bore of a Lager, like most macro Lagers, I’m struggling to contain my boredom of this beer as I drink it… perhaps I should chuck in a lime wedge? Nope, it’s almost finished, stay the course. In any case I might try this again in the context of a Mexican dinner during summer – with that sacrilegious addition of a lime wedge… mmm, sacrilegious. 6/10.

Food match: Quesadilla or Cemita with sliced avocado, meat, white cheese, onions, pápalo and salsa roja – take your pick.

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