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

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Ratings: 1719
Reviews: 513
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%

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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)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, sugar, and some metallic aromas. Taste is the same but there is also an off flavor that I can’t put my finger on that is almost medicinal. There is a very light bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is somewhat undrinkable, especially with the off flavor I am getting.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 00:43:17 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Textbook amber, perhaps a half-shade lighter. The bleached bone white head is the best part of the appearance. It has a rumpled, pitted upper surface and is a better than average lace generator. For the style, this isn't a bad looking beer.

The nose isn't so wonderful. Although it isn't offensive, it's heavy on the adjuncts and is recognizable as a macro lager with even a passing sniff. There's a mild amount of musty hoppiness and a lot of corn.

The flavor is the aroma in liquid form. Dos Equis Special Lager is a bland and watery version of a bland and watery style. I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing given what the more bold macro lagers taste like.

There might be more corn here than barley (which, I'm sure, makes it cheaper to brew). The beer is lightly sweet, there's almost no hoppiness or body... do I need to continue? DESL is a more desirable beer than Corona in the same way that having one's nose hairs pulled out is a more desirable form of torture than having one's fingernails pulled out.

The mouthfeel doesn't measure up. Although each mouthful doesn't start out thin and watery, it arrives there in fairly short order. There isn't even a decent amount of carbonation to liven things up.

Dos Equis Special is a poor man's Dos Equis Amber. That's probably an unfair comparison since the latter is a Vienna lager and almost certainly contains higher quality ingredients. Other than color, the bottles and labels are identical, so make sure to buy the average one (Amber) rather than the lousy one (Special). Better yet, grab a sixer of Bohemia instead. You're welcome.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 12:41:50 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh what the heck, when in Rome. So I quickly ran out of what I brought with me and was forced to start looking at the local taps. Could not bring myself to go for some of the bottles, but what can you do. Served ice cold in a frozen mug, this one was consumed on 08/08/2010.

A decent light amber color comes forward, as with the previous few the golden straw color dominating them. Small head of white fades leaving a bare top with some frozen lacing on the sides, and that was about it. Aroma is light malts, bready, hints of light caramel if I am really trying to stretch it and tons of corn and grains. Not much changes as you take a sip. Very clean and crisp as all these lagers tend to be, the problem is the rather uninteresting nature of them. You could drink yourself silly when its cold, but other then that it is just not worth it. Little to no aftertaste and it was gone in a flash.

Again a little bit different here, and there was a bit more of a flavor profile, but still, nothing terribly shocking here.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:10:45 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed with my cheap tacos last night.

A: The pour is a light golden yellow color with a finger of airy white foam.

S: The nose is sweet and grainy with some hints of sweet apples and corn syrup. Not exactly great, but not offensive like many other beers of the style.

T: The flavor profile is what you would expect. Lots of grain and corn sweetness without much at all in the way of bitterness. The flavor is quite light, as you would expect.

M: A thin and watery body with a high level of carbonation.

D: Like the other beers of the style, easy to drink, just not necessarily all that flavorful. Good for enjoying with a Mexican meal, but not something I'd sit down and drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 17:10:23 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.63/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Draft: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a medium white foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of overly sweet adjunct is quite gross. Taste is also dominated by loads of gross sweet adjunct notes with a bland aftertaste. Body is light with light oily notes. Overly sweet bland lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 19:37:45 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard beach-beer. Why are there no good beers sold at the beach? Anyhow, this one, albeit grainy and bite-ey has a cleanliness and crispness with it. Sweetness is low in the aromas and flavors. Again, the malt profile included adjunct grains and contribute a vegetable flavor. Flavors fade leaving a light medicinal flavor remaining. More bite-ey toward the finish. A little dry. Still a thirst quincher, but not for serious beer tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 03:10:38 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


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

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is golden with a slight white head that diminishes rapidly. The nose and taste can be described together as I don't think there's much of a difference and, frankly, there's really not much to them. There's a bit of light grain and that's about it. Some mild bitterness in the taste and feel, but even that is hard to pick out. Not a fan of this and prefer the amber version.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 05:25:09 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular—as well as grainy malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn and grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t horrible but the taste is relatively bland and uninteresting.

Serving type: can

08-04-2012 19:55:27 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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 TMoney2591


3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle at Chipotle.

Nothing like knocking back a nice brew with some tasty Chipotle, baby! This one pours a clear very pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived white froth. The nose comprises corn, wheat, hard water, and corn syrup. The taste doesn't deviate from this plan too far, save for a light hint of lemon spice. The body is quite light, with a lightly fizzy carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, nothing close to special, but good enough to douse the spice from the delicious steak.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 07:15:42 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of NeroFiddled


2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hundreds of tiny bubbles streaming through its crystal-clear yellow-gold body support a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some craggy and spotty lace about the glass. The nose is 'generic beer' with a distinct note of dimethyl sulfite and some mild skunkiness remaining from what little hops were there to begin with. It's lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy in the mouth as it warms across the palate. The flavor delivers all that might be expected, which is little. It's sweetish, adjunct-laden and DMS laced malt is held in check by a sublime bitterness; and it finishes short and dry with a light note of refreshing hop spice and some short lingering malt sugar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 21:31:44 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Upon seeking out the most recommended Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto, this seemed like an appropriate enough choice for my first patio experience of the year.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some sandstone mesa cliff lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of a very, very light grain/corn sweetness, some hard water flintiness, and a bit of fruity weediness. The taste is soft, bready corn grain, and an earthy, slightly vegetal hop essence. It really is rather weak, not bad, just well, low-key all-around.

The carbonation is moderate, just a simple frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and bordering on thin in its innocuous smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the weak-ass malt carrying on, and surprisingly, weirdly crisp.

A barely adequate lager chaser for the chips and none-too-spicy salsa...better than yer average BMC, sure, mostly through its plainness, in the same way that this 'Mexican' food is better than Taco Bell.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 21:52:42 | More by biboergosum
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap and served in a 12oz. cup. Typically I like to review beers that are served in a glass, but I don’t think it would have made much difference with this one.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium-sized foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is of barley, malt, grain, almost no hops and it is a bit metallic.

T: The taste contains flavors of grain, corn, malt, faint hops. The metallic quality that I picked up in the smell comes out in the after-taste.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Easy to drink, not very filling, it went well with my quesadilla but the beer itself was not very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2007 05:29:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Washed down some Guatemalan tamales with this, I don't recommend drinking it for any other purpose.

Poured a very pale golden yellow. Light fizzy foam instantly disappeared in the chilled mug. It very much resembled apple juice without much carbonation.

Kid's apple juicebox was the only thing I could smell.

Papery malt and an apple taste from the yeast, a slightly abrasive bitterness on the back end. Very thin and watery, with a gaseous end that isn't too pleasant. I threw back the rest to spare any further introspection.

Drink Dos Equis Amber instead!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 01:17:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured effervevscent yellow/gold with a 1.5" head that left the glass pronto, no lacing either

Smell: Slight sweet malt notes

Taste: Some grainyness. corny notes & cloying sweetness that never leaves. Finishes sweet & boring

MF: Spritzy & medium light body. Okay carbonation

Drinks okay if you like oversweet lagers. Would go okay with some firery foods, but dissapoints on its own. I remember this being better, maybe memory is playing tricks...

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2006 13:05:35 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is good. It's typical lager scent all the way; pale malts and lager yeast. It does have a bit of a sweet smell to it. The taste is decent. It is light with a simple pale flavor. It goes down easy with a dry finish and that Mexican lager zing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It drinks average. This is a run of the mill lager, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 00:43:11 | More by WesWes
Photo of zeff80


2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at a local mexican joint. No lime wedge.

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated straw yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. Very little head retention and no lacing.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and some light caramel malt.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. It had an okay corn and grain flavor. Slightly bitter.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - Not very flavorful but drinkable. Goes great with some spicy Mexican salsa.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:26:13 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a full gold color and is brilliantly clear; it is well carbonated but cant really manage to hold more than a wisp of a pale head. The aroma is lightly spicy with just a bit of hops; there is also a note of sweet grain. The beer is quite thin on the palate, and other than a little bitterness does not linger at all. The taste is crisp and flavorless up front, but manages to finish with a bit of hop bitterness and a sweet thin graininess. As expected there is not much to this beer, it is fairly clean, except for the sweet grainy character. Really not much to say about this.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 00:09:34 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


2.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle of this at the Texas Roadhouse 5-26-2008. The pour was a typical pale yellow. The head faded rather quickly. Had a little bit of a skunky smell to it. Taste was a little hoppy but not much at all. Some light grains and malts shine through. This type of beer is so common that it's hard to say much different about it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 02:51:04 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


2.42/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a lingering patch.

The smell is of sweet corn and husk. Slight skunk.

The taste is of sweet grains and sulfur. Corn husk. Some apple-like fruitiness (fresh - not sour) almost emerges but is all but lost in adjunctville.

Watery thinness, but not overly for style. Leaves a chemical-like aftertaste.

Although it lacks in the flavor department, is watered-down and overly husky, it's not the worst Mexican beer I've had. But, that's not saying much. In fact, it says virtually nothing. In fact, I would prefer some American macros if I had to over this. Beats Corona and some other Mexican beers I've had, but still is not worth-while, even for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 23:03:30 | More by jwc215
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 33cl bottle, 4.5% according to my bottle label, part of a 12 pack of three different beers from this brewery.

Poured into a Duvel glass, just to give it a chance.

Mid gold body, not as light as some lagers. not as dark as others. The head, which was white fell to a thin collar very, very swiftly, pity.

Odourless, gets my standard 3 for a pils/lager that often fail to attack my nose.

This review followed a Sol review, this beer is heads and shoulders above that beer in the taste stakes. This has a good, almost rich lager flavour, crisp, sharp and almost interesting.

I thought this an OK lager, some depth to its mouthfeel and one of the better beers to come out of Mexico (that get to the UK anyway).

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 14:06:16 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: can

04-22-2012 18:31:28 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Halcyondays


2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, served at Mario's in Huntington Beach,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a mild white head, pretty standard for the style.

S: Very faint, got a light amount of hop character.

T: Quite good for a macro lager. Mild bread malt mixed with a nice noble hop kick which had notes of cut grass and a bit of earth to it. Good balance.

M: On the thin side, low carbonation, crisp and clean.

D: A nice beer to go with Mexican food, though I'd probably get bored with it if I was drinking alone.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 03:22:28 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of tempest


3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've definately had worse macros, especially in green bottles or from Mexico. This one can be filed under, clean and unoffensive. Like Heineken, but with a little less flavor. It was just sweet with a faint taste of adjuncts. A lime doesnt really ruin this one or cover up flavor so much as improve upon a nearly blank slate of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 18:35:49 | More by tempest
Photo of kojevergas


2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a Frosted Mug at On The Border in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: A very light scent of only clean barley.

T: Clean barley, decently handled malt, and light cream on the climax. Simple but balanced. Unrefreshing. I'm glad the malt isn't intrusive like in most Spanish lagers.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overly so on each count. Doesn't complement the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable and pairs well with Mexican food. The price is high and the quality is low.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2011 00:38:37 | More by kojevergas
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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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