Dos Equis Special Lager - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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BA SCORE
64
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2,395 Ratings
THE BROS
63
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Ratings: 2,395
Reviews: 596
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 17
Gots: 455 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001

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Ratings: 2,395 | Reviews: 596
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Photo of Todd
2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz green bottle. No freshness date. That infamous "XX" adorns the bottle.

Appearance: A very pale yellow, bright beer with large carbonation bubbles and lots of activity. Heads pours a thin white bubbly lace, not at all impressive.

Smell: Spicy hop aroma with that cooked adjunct smell (corn), and a bit of European lager "skunk."

Taste: Crisp and refreshing up-front. Body is light. Malt sweetness is dextriny, with lots of sweet corn flavour. Hop bitterness is semi-spicy and herbal with a quick tangy snap that fades into a sweet tea-like flavour. More cooked corn/veggie flavours follow (aka DMS / dimethyl sulfide) and meld with a slightly dry grain flavour. Finish is clean with some light residual dextrins on the palate.

Notes: European/German brewing influences are apparent with this brew. It's not your typical Mexican lager/pils. And, even though it's essentially a mediocre beer, it's not an entirely bad beer. Pairs nicely with Mexican food or a nice alternative to American Lagers as it has a bit more body and flavour.

Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no freshness date

Appearance: Very little head retention at first pouring, soda like. Clarity is fine but no head.

Smell: Sweet grain and cooked corn aroma, not much else.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid mass-produced lager crispness, moderate body. Thin maltiness with cooked corn and rough grain in the palate. Hop bitterness is sized to what the malt is and that is not saying much. More grain overtones hit the taste buds further in with some dryness and an odd hop and fermented adjunct flavour.

Drinkability & Notes: For what it is worth this is better than Corona, other than that I’ll pass on this one next time it comes around.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JordanHageman
3.29/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Not horrible. But it's a refreshing easy going beer.

Photo of RoyalT
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Clear yellow body with a small up and down head.

Smell – Light grain aroma but not much else.

Taste – There’s actually some hops in there to balance out the malt and (mostly) grain flavors. No beginning, middle, and finish here – just the one hit of taste then you’re done.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated and fairly smooth.

Drinkability – It’s made to drink ice cold in the heat with a lime, so drink it ice cold in the heat with a lime.

Photo of TommyK154
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

It has a slight distinct taste from other macro lagers out there. Overall, for what it is, it's pretty good. Doesn't taste or smell skunky like other macros out there. Maybe not the best macro lager but not bad either. Taste is good, but mouth feel could be better. Overall worth a try if you're into macro lagers

Photo of SirBrandonofMaltANDHops
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Fairly typical pale lager that's drinkable & more substantial than others in its class.

Photo of Jrsmith82
4.15/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great smooth Mexican beer. Perfect on a hot day refreshing.
Everything doesn't need to be a hipster craft beer to get a good rating

Photo of AndyEdgar
2/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Just Mexican Budweiser. Bad beer and slam a lime in it to make it go down

Photo of HipCzech
2.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drunk from a 355 mL can (stamped "210715") while at Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta. Light flavored with basic grainy malt body, cooked corn and mild hop spice and bitterness. Light to medium body and decent carbonation. Another drinkable lager, great for sun and beach, but nothing special.

Photo of Grogsky
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a decent lager. I can't say anything bad about it. If you're biased towards to Mexican beer, such as Corona, make sure to leave that aside. This beer has a bad rep, but it sits well, and is good for having on the deck in the summer. That being said, there are many more better choices.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of my favorite Mexican beers that is relatively cheap

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.72/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

When you go to a mexican restaurant and the waiter tells you that they have dos equis, be sure its "ambar" (amber) or better drink something else.

Photo of gildo9
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

NOT TERRIBLE , EASY DRINKING SESSION BEER IF YOUR NOT CONCERNED ABOUT FLAVOR

Photo of Ranger337
2.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very easy drinker, not complex at all.

Photo of Joe_Howard
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours what you kind of expect an adjunct lager to pour. with this being said it definitely leads the pack in this category. Personally not a fan of beers that requires something like a lime to be drinkable.

Photo of CJNAPS
1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

They should just make the Amber and call it a day.

Photo of Gatch
3.29/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When compared to the most common Mexican beers and even the macro American stuff, this is consistent and a cold can is always welcomed.

Photo of RonJensen
1.75/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I think I'M the most interesting man in the world. I don't often drink adjunct lagers, but when I do, I definitely do NOT prefer Dos Equis. This beer is not even close to being interesting, so don't stay thirsty my friends for this beer. Save your money and buy a better and lower priced AAL, my friends.

Photo of madrambeer
1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

If I could have gone lower I would have, taste like goat piss

Photo of joe12pk
3.67/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Next time I'll try it with a lime!

Photo of supervike
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light and crisp, similar to Corona, but I think a bit more flavor. Always best with a wedge of lime and a pinch of salt. Easy to find.

Photo of WestmontStorm
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't hear too many positive reviews about Mexican beers, but I kinda like them. I can't imagine eating a nice Mexican dinner with a Heineken. Dos Equis is the perfect brew for that occasion. It's light and has just the right amount of that South O' the border maltiness. A twist of lime and you are set. Enjoy.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brilliant straw color. Generous foamy 2 finger white head, lasting 2 -3 minutes, strong legs and high activity.

Faint flavors and aromas of corn, saaz, citrus, with slight skunky and metallic smell.
Sharp with hints of sugar and a smoky feel.

Light body with excessive prickly carbonation. Faint and short finish on the bitter end with a lemony aftertaste.

Overall : Poor flavors, too watery, and a little stale.

Photo of Extol
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweet corn sort of flavor. Not so bad. I'd get this over plenty of other things.

Photo of Mosey
3.63/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great easy drinking beer. Good taste, better than most American big brands.

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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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