1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

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

Not Rated.
Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
64
poor

2,342 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,342
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 17
Gots: 397 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (37) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 2,342 | Reviews: 572
Reviews by jrallen34:
Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a light gold with a light tan white, decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is a little hops with a slight skunk.

The taste is what you would expect nothing special.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.73/5  rDev 0%
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 JordanHageman
3.29/5  rDev +20.5%
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 WestmontStorm
3.25/5  rDev +19%

I don't hear too many positive reviews about Mexican beers, but I 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 ExtraStout
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dos Equis Special Lager is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Cancun. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Dos Equis Special Lager is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Cancun so this is my top beer choice, even over Corona.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.58/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A thin yellow beer with crazy soda carbonation, not much smell, and a very thin grain taste with bitter bite and prominant booziness. Mothfeel is prettymuch like watery soda. Definately at the bottom of my list for Mexican lager. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

Photo of Dmann
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as Mexican brews go, this is one that is on the edge of being something really good. It porued a medium golden color with minimal head that subsided quickly. The smell was grainy but with a bit of hops in there. The taste was almost pure euro-lager skunk but it was saved by a nice dry aftertaste the caught me by suprise. This is much better than Corona and Pacifico, but there must be better mexican brews out there.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I guess this is the type of beer to drink with some flame-throwing Mexican dish, because there isn't much taste. It's a yellow beer with a small white head. It had a mildly floral aroma, and that is about all you'll get from it. I couldn't taste much of anything, very insipid. Drink it if you must with some spicy dish, otherwise leave it alone.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 onz green "botella"

Appearance: Pale golden color with some white bubbles above.

Smell : There's corn ,cooked veggies and grains in this beer.

Taste: There's corn and cooked veggies in the taste also, some bitteness when you finish it

Drinkability: One of the best mexican lagers i have drink, not to compare with the amber one.

Photo of Todd
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Beaver13
1.47/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The Dos Equis poured a very light, clear yellow with a fizzy head that was very quickly completely gone. It has a skunky, yet slightly floral nose. It's very thin and watery. There is very little flavor, just a sweetish starch and some slight skunkiness. Overall, it's a little better than some macros, but not by much.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

my father has been buying this beer in the summer time regularly. at the last resort i was at in mexico, this was the beer that was on tap almost every 100m. or so! i

i'll definately say this is a great warm weather beer for if you're outside doing activites or work! the wife doesn't mind it either, which is great too... onto the review...

A: Looks like most other lagers, light golden yellow color, the head vanished almost instantly, leaves hardly any lacing and has an incredible amount of bubbles.

S: kind of a grainy corn metalic smell with a hint of hops.

T: not a whole lot at the start but there is something there in the middle that's very enjoyable. when it goes down, there's a definate corn taste with a bit of grain. it doesn't really taste metalic.

M: watery, best describes it. thin, fizzy with a bit of body at the end makes it above being not impressed, but not average either.

D: quite good, excellent fishing trip beer. it's better than Sol which we tried when the LB was shorted the Dos Equis product.

i bought it after drinking it constantly in mexico, one really big + that isn't rated here is 'hangover factor'... this beer, like some others i can drink way in excess and not be trashed the next day.

Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, big head, light gold

Smell: a little wheat, a little malt. Rather non-descript

Taste:wheat, malt, and corn. Nothing offensive, nothing great

Mouthfeel: sweet and light

Drinkability: I had this on a cruise and you could do worse there. Pretty average for the style. Nothing bad about the beer. Nothing great either.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale golden colour. Lots of visible carbonation, but little head retention and no lacing. Looked like soda.

Smelled like a typical macro lager. Corn meal and light malts. Not looking good so far.

The taste is all kinds of bland. A very uninteresting lager, but as is typical for the marketed style, there isn't anything offensive there either. Just your run of the meal, slightly sweet macro.

Mouthfeel is very watery and slick, with the carbonation tapering off near the end.

I always drink beer, and when I do, I prefer not to drink Dos Equis. I'm sure this brew will taste a hell of a lot better on a beach in Mexico (as I will see next month), but on a cold day in January, it did nothing for me.

Photo of SDbeerguy
4.23/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an 18 ounce glass at a breezy beachside bar. (anyone reading this in San Diego may know where I'm talking about just by that description.)

Honestly this is one of my favorite beers out there. I've always enjoyed Dos Equis Special and Amber, but I prefer this. It's a very smooth beer that compliments a lime wedge perfectly, unlike Corona, which just tastes like a funky mess. It goes down very well and i find it to be very drinkable. I'm sure a lot of people may find it a tad bit bland or boring, but as far as a Mexican brew, I have a tough time beating this. Nothing beats a Dos Equis and a burrito.

Photo of magictrokini
2.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As in my Pacifico review, this blurb is not meant to glorify this beer. I will enjoy an ice-cold Dos XX on a hot day, and I will not feel guilty about it. Pours clear and bubbly gold with a puffy white head. Sweet rice and corn aroma with a helping of grassy hops. Taste is the same, only very smooth and not as watery as one would expect.

Photo of ChadwickHines
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Not bad. Has some bite to it

Photo of ryanocerus
2.32/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

No where near as good as the Amber. The flavor was there and then gone instantly...reminding me of a non-alcoholic beer. Not worth mentioning any other characteristics except for the lack of flavor.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Golden hued with good clarity. Minimal head barely covers part of the top of this beer. Aroma of light grain and corn is prevalent. Mouth is thin and watery. I get pretty much entirely corn with the flavor and a bit of Saaz hops. Another hot weather brew that is highly quaffable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.55/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale and golden. Weird aroma. Can't pinpoint what it is. Cornpops cereal I guess.

Fruit sweet taste, maybe some corn syrup Karo brand in the batch or something. No hops. Malt, if any, was roasted on a lukewarm sidewalk. Only thing big about this beer is the carbonation and price. Blech.

Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another brew from a "beers of the world" sampler pack...

Clearish straw color with a better head than some and lacks adjunct qualities. A bit of skunk smell, some sense of a weak hay. Malt is decent, some estery sense and elements of subdued nutiness. Mouthfeel is light and attenuates into a dryishness late. Some senses of raw grain and corn syrup. This brew is fairly mediocre overall, but has more malt goodness than many others from south of the border.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 ounce can states crafted in Mexico since 1897 to commemorate the arrival of the 20th Century. Pours a clear golden hue with fizzy carbonation forming a white head that dwindles quickly. Aroma has corn and rice adjuncts with a slightly metallic note, not bad overall...another mass produced lager for sure. Cereal grains noted for sure full of creamed corn and cooke veggie notes this beer is something else to be entertained by...tastes like a cooked vegetable note with cereal corn and rice grains in the flavor minimal hops becomes cloying after a short amount of imbibing. Not the best or worst beer I've ever tried but something I shall steer clear of in the future. God Bless America this is horrible adjunct lager we are forced to drink due to an large amount of Mexicans entering the culture always a beer I enjoyed the amber lager version of, the Lager especial just isn't up to my standards.

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was horrific. Corn and adjcunts aplenty, watery mouthfeel, Typical Mexican yellow as piss lager. Some plastic flavours pop up every now and then. Luckily i had the footy to watch to distract me from the weak as piss Mexican lager, this is easily just as bad as corona.

Photo of Lagerfeld
3.53/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking beer - generally a fan of the beers in green bottles, this one is slightly of a lower quality than the others i enjoy (heineken,moosehead) dos equis is a very basic lager.

Pros:

Very Carbonated (i love carbonation, makes it more refreshing)

Easy To Drink (which is good in most cases if you have friends or girls over who don't understand the taste of good beers and rate beers on drinkability ex. coors light/bud light fans)

Good Bottle Design (overall the beer is very well promoted and the bottle design is pretty classy and current)

Cons:

Taste (doesn't have a distinct taste, if i was given this in a blind study with other lagers i'd have a hard time saying if it was dos equis or not - that being said it does not taste bad and would be good on a hot summer day)

Wow Factor/Originality (I believe to be a truly entertaining and well made beer you have to stand out among the thousands of other beers out there in some way - this beer does not do that - theres just not much too it, still a decent beer but not a top notch beer in my opinion)

Overall I think the beer deserves a "C" +/- good for certain occasions but by no means a regular in my rotation

to view more.
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,342 ratings.