Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dos Equis Azul

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1100) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle (which seemed to be under filled) into a pilsner glass. It appeared to have a best before date of 8/16/14. This bottle was sent to me by Shanika Y. Hillocks (thanks!).

Appearance: Typical pale lager with straw/lemony yellow hue. Clear with fine carbonation visible. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which laces and retains somewhat well.

Smell: Wheaty aroma with underlying sweetness. No lager scent.

Taste: With the craft beer revolution in full swing, it’s nice to see the macro breweries at least trying something new. Dos Equis Azul is pale lager brewed with wheat and agave nectar; enough so that it doesn’t taste like generic fizzy yellow beer, yet so much that it tastes like something amazingly original. The palate is rather light with the wheat being quite prominent. It’s interesting how different wheat tastes when it’s the star of the show in something other than a hefeweizen. Imparts a light graininess with some earthy character as well. The agave nectar appears on the finish, delivering a slight honey-like flavor. Sweet and seemingly authentic, though I would not describe this as a sweet beer per se. It works as an interesting variation on the same old macro lager, but still has a ways to go to be genuinely appealing.

Drinkability: Getting down a serving of Dos Equis Azul is no challenge whatsoever. The body is light, with a rather tepid, but smooth mouthfeel. It’s not crisp like most pale lagers or pilsners. Somewhat refreshing, though it definitely finishes clean. It does not live up to its 5.7% ABV potential, as this drinks more like a traditional session beer (and should have the weight of one if it’s not going to be any more robust). 
Grade: 5/10

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