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