1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
65
poor

1,894 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,894
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 11
Gots: 100 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001)
View: Beers (35) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dos Equis Special Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,894 | Reviews: 523 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nrbw23
nrbw23

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale yellow straw color. Thin white head that leaves no retention or lacing.

S- Grainy corn also picked up the slightest hint of some hops. Not much else.

T- Grainy malts with a slight hop bitterness also could pick up something sweet just couldn't put my finger on what it was.

M- Light in body, thin and carbonated just fine.

D- Not bad for the Macro style.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 08:26:15 | More by nrbw23
Photo of malty
malty

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear pale straw colow with a thin (1/8") bone white head. Moderate visible uprising carbonation. Lackluster but refreshing appearance.

Crisp, slightly citric nose with a clean, crackery scent. Plain looks, but beckons to be quaffed.

A culmination of all the aforementioned elements above. Saltine crackers - Check. Crisp and slightly lemony (citric) - Check. Clean but a bit lackluster - Check.

Light bodied and the appropriate amount of good and solid carbonation. Little flavor in the crisp finish.

Overall a utilitarian lager that does the job on a 90F+ early evening. The first one I had as soon as I got home from work actually delivered more simple satisfaction straight outta the green bottle. This one isn't to be disected/pondered.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 00:01:29 | More by malty
Photo of rrg1gb
rrg1gb

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With a light golden appearance, there's little carbonation, and the head fades quickly. While it has a faint malt aroma, it has an obvious macro taste - light & crisp with no hops action.
The carbonation hits at the tip of the tongue and follows up with some adjuncts. It's almost like drinking seltzer water mixed with corn syrup. Still, I think this is better than its dark lager counterparts from north of the border, but not by much. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 21:11:04 | More by rrg1gb
Photo of Dodo2step
Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Pittsburgh friend--thanks Ray

A- a light clear urine yellow color with lil or no head.

S- grain, wheat, corn, typical macro American lager smell

T- grain and corn. nothing special in the flavor. Sweet though.

M- smooth and crisp

D- easy to throw back and something i would have for dinner in a restaurant if nothing else special was on tap. Higher than the bmc beers in my book but lower than sam adams

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 19:12:06 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of RonaldTheriot
RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I don't drink Dos Equis. After tasting this sample, I'm sure I won't in the future, either. Dos Equis has a thick, white head and a very clear, straw appearance. Aroma is skunky and rancid, due to the green bottle allowing light to spoil the beer. The taste is of barley and corn or some other heavy grain. Hop bitterness is low. Mouth-feel is slimy and light. Dos Equis finishes wet and tolerably satisfying. If I get the chance, I will try it in a canned or draft version. I'm sure it's much better that way.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:09:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of dstc
dstc

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale gold color with a small white head. Head falls to almost nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Pale lager smell. Mild grains and no real hops.

Adjunct lager taste. Corn and grains and weak. Maybe needs the lime it came with.

Thin and watery and well carbonated.

Easy drinking but not great. Had worse.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2010 13:37:15 | More by dstc
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
PEIBeerGuy

Prince Edward Island (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden, with a fast-dropping low head (if you can call it that).

Out of the green bottle, I expected the standard skunkish smell, but it was a bit more like lager + a hint of dough.

Taste is just alright. Nothing fancy. A hint of corn, of all things.

Feels fine in the mouth... would like it to be a bit smoother. Not overcarbonated, though, and not sharp.

Fine for a drink on a hot deck or with a meal. Wouldn't go out and get it on purpose (after this one, that is).

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 01:03:38 | More by PEIBeerGuy
Photo of Celtics76
Celtics76

Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My brother left a couple of these in the fridge after my cookout, figured I'd pound one and put a review in.

Pours a pale gold with a fast fading head. Some crazy carbonation throughout. There's barely any aroma but what's there is very lager-like.

Very subtle, grainy flavor with a watery feel. Goes down easy with a crisp finish. Despite the lack of flavor, I find it to be fairly inoffensive - this is a good choice if you are eating something spicy (like Mexican) or anything with a strong flavor. I do not recommend drinking this on it's own, not enough taste to be had.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 22:04:53 | More by Celtics76
Photo of originalsin
originalsin

California

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is NOT the most interesting beer in the world. Need I say more?

Light maltiness, a bit sweet, boring on the nose, boring in the mouth, a bit too carbonated, no head off the pour, piss yellow. At least drinkability is alright. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. I'd rather be drinking the other dos equis though, the amber that is.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2009 23:31:32 | More by originalsin
Photo of beertunes
beertunes

Washington

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into flared pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear straw gold with no head, thus no retention or lacing. The aroma was grainy and sweet but fairly bland. The taste sweet and grainy as well. The body was fairly typical, but had a nice level carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability was OK, but with a beer this bland, why bother? I tried it, you don't have to.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 01:43:32 | More by beertunes
Photo of Gehrig
Gehrig

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a pint of Dos Equis at a very good local Mexican restaurant with shrimp stir fry. The stir fry was very good; the Dos Equis, just OK. There was little head atop the clear golden body, and what there was didn't last long. Little confronts the nose, some mild hops, same with the taste. The carbonation was decent and the texture smooth, and it was a mild beverage to accompany dinner. Yet it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. Not one I'll request, certainly not the next time I'm at that establishment.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 03:44:41 | More by Gehrig
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, clear, yellow body with a puny, small-sized, white head.

Smell: Well, it's definitely lackluster in the aroma department. Sparsely sweet-scented grains and corn cobs. Perhaps it'll fare better when it comes to taste.

Taste: Modestly sweetish, lightly grainy malts with a rounding out of unctuous corn. Small trace of spicy hops deliver an equally small hint of bitterness. Finishes quick and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If you thrill for swill, then Dos Equis Special Lager is a good bet. Otherwise, it comes across as being bland and adjunct-y. Their Amber was tolerable, not so much with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 22:57:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of PatronWizard
PatronWizard

California

2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dos equis? Two x's? Two strikes?

Strikingly clear. Whitest of white head on a yellow tinted clear fluid. Snap, crackle, pop and the head is gone.

Smell is ... unappealing. Bad even.

Theres actually a slight bready flavor that gives us something to talk about. If not for that hint of flavor there would be no substance at all. Thankfully it tastes better than it smells.

Feel of almost flat carbonated water. You figure it out.

Overall: "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Stone IPA bitch." Most Interesting Man in the World.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 06:32:33 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Alextricity
Alextricity

Michigan

2.64/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looking to get a cheap buzz, I bought a 24oz of Dos Equis, having never had it before. Well, here we go... I'll just skip the appearance since I had it straight from the can.

Smell: Don't ask me what I mean, because I'm not sure -- but it smells Mexican. Has a bit of spice/twang to it that I don't usually get out of adjuncts. Interesting to be sure, but not very inviting.

Taste/feel: The initial taste I actually quite like, as it's an adjunct flavor with a bit of pepper or something. The finish on this one (maybe because it's a can) is EXTREMELY metallic. If it weren't for that metallic/copper/blood taste that I'm getting, this could be a surprisingly tasty adjunct. That after taste pretty much ruins it for me though... which is a shame. The carbonation is medium/high, as well.

Overall, this trumps the Natty Daddy that I just had ... no contest. Natty had a bizarre sweetness to it, but Dos Equis is actually a decent adjunct lager. In comparison to Budweiser or Coors, I like it quite a bit more, as it doesn't have that extremely skunky corn aroma or flavor. Quite carbonated and lacking flavor (that DAMN metallic taste...), but still a decent choice if you want to get a buzz.

Serving type: can

02-25-2013 02:25:35 | More by Alextricity
Photo of BeerDreadz
BeerDreadz

Florida

2.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 07:31:13 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of Jason
Jason

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 21:45:08 | More by Jason
Photo of blaje
blaje

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serve and drink by the poolside/seeside in Cancun Mexico when I was in vacation.
Really not the first time a drink this beer, but first time in draugh...
Drank MANY time during the week and I found nothing very special about this beer, except is great drinkability. Sun and warmth helps a bit in these cases. Neverless, Few glasses of this beer each afternoon was really appreciated.
Overall comment, great for the sun, by the pool or at the see, but not a beer that I will seek for at home. Really common major brew.
From now on, this beer will reminds me the Cacun sun and the great time I had. At least it's that!

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 03:21:30 | More by blaje
Photo of hotstuff
hotstuff

Indiana

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I poured this beer into my glass, the head quickly dissolved and there were small bubbles with this beer. This beer was watery and did not have much taste to it in my opinion. The hue of this beer was yellow. It had an aftertaste to it which I did not like and there is not much character to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2003 09:59:08 | More by hotstuff
Photo of goochpunch
goochpunch

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical pale gold with little head. Malt overdoes the grain in the nose and has a pinch of hop. Taste goes downhill from the aromas and is just selztery. Flavors start off decent but then plummet into nothingness pretty quickly. Mouthfeel is thin and spritzy. I can down this alright.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 22:32:56 | More by goochpunch
Photo of santoslhalper
santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, typical adjunct lager color with a tiny head that goes away quicky. Smells like your normal skunky "green bottle" beer with hints of grain and corn. Tastes, again, like an average lager. Malts and hops are very, very minimal. Also has the thinnest taste of corn. Much more carbonated than it looks. Feels like an MBC beer in the mouth. This would be a completely average session beer if nothing else is around. All in all, it's better than corona and your typical mexican beers, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 17:54:37 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of civilizedpsycho
civilizedpsycho

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color that is perfectly clear. Had no head even with a fairly vigorous pour.

Smell: Has a bit of a spice in the smell that while isn't repulsive, isn't exactly inviting either.

Taste: On the whole, this is a little bland. It tastes almost watered down, although it does have a fair hop kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. The carbonation gives in a little texture in the mouth, but not much.

Drinkability: It's okay. It's not the worst thing ever, but there are better beers: in general, and in the particular style.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 18:48:18 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of stoutman
stoutman

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

You really gotta be desperate to drink alot of this. Dos Equis is a deep mahogany color, with a big malty molasses flavor and a hop finish. This beer stays reasonably dry throughout. Corny rice filler aftertaste makes this brew a one time experience only for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2002 17:10:57 | More by stoutman
Photo of Brad007
Brad007

Vermont

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-gold color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt upfront. Typical setup for the style.

Taste is overly sweet and full of corn and grainy malt. Like a stale loaf of bread. Still quite easy to drink.

Corn and grain linger in the mouthfeel. Feels pretty average but still inoffensive. Goes down easy like water.

Average. You won't be too impressed with this but if you like your beers to be easy to drink and hardly special, then this is for you. Otherwise, I'd avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 00:50:01 | More by Brad007
Photo of mwrseeley
mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head was small and irregular but the lacing wasn't too bad. Except for a slightly skunky pungency, the aroma of Dos Equis was similar to most other mass produced lagers ~ sweet corn mingled with a touch of bitterness; I thought I could detect a minute suggestion of citrus balanced (in a very small dose, mind you) with a very small hint of honey. Average. The taste was bland, watery and pretty much tasteless. On the palate Dos Equis was thin and didn't feature much of an aftertaste. Very dull and unexciting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 14:22:08 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, crystal clear appearance. This beer has the tone of white grapefruit juice. Maybe just a little darker. No head. A slight dirty white collar. Appearance is lacking. Light grainy malts and hay on the nose. Maybe a titch of floral hop aroma. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than it looks. Malts are grainy and corny on the buds. Just a little bit of an astringent bitterness. A little metallic character comes into play in the aftertaste. Not my cup of tea, but I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 04:11:49 | More by Bighuge
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,894 ratings.