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

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BA SCORE
64
poor

2,082 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 2,082
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 174 | 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)
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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Poured a perfectly clear yellow gold with a bone white head that diminished, but did not disappear. It smells metallic, of corn and cereal grains. It has a good deal of carbonation. The taste is of dry, bland, bread. I often don't mind if my beer just tastes like bread, but this doesn't taste like very good bread. Though, I've had worse. It's a tad bit starchy. The dryness is notable. It's definitely not overly sweet like many adjunct lagers, but the taste is disagreeable. I'm not buying this again. I'll be sticking with Sol as my Mexican beer of choice.

ElCommodoro, May 21, 2011
Photo of alovesupreme
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%

Freshness date was in code so I dont know how fresh the beer is.
Poured aggressively yielded a 1 finger white head. Dissipated quickly with bubbles on the side of the glass.
A little corny.
Very little hop presence with a slight malt finish. Thats about it.
Bubbly with a thin body.
An ok beer that I would choose over other adjunct lagers but not much else.

alovesupreme, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of tykees88
3.88/5  rDev +41.6%

Taking this beer for what it is.

A- slight yellow color little bit of head.

S- Smells kind of grainy and I really do smell lime in this thing.

T- By itself it's alright but I prefer to add a lime and I think it tastes very good with one.

M- It's light feeling and waterlike consistency. But not in a bad way.

D- This just means it's an easy drinker and goes great with spicy food. A good one to go to on taco night.

tykees88, May 04, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +64.2%

markallmon, Feb 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

RCLOHR267, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of roddwolff
3.8/5  rDev +38.7%

A: Bright blond color, small foamy head, with two "X" on the logo;

S: Sweet malt and corn, some citric hops with lemon essences;

T: Sweet malt and more citrus hops than the smell, also lots of carbonation;

M: Very refreshing, sweet bitternees that becomes little acid, high carbonation and light body;

D: Very easy to drink, my third favorite beer to accompany seafood.

roddwolff, Apr 21, 2009
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

tizride, May 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

dbaker61, Nov 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

insearchofhops, Aug 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

bushwack, May 18, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

ShakaShakaShaka, Oct 18, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

fluidmotion, Mar 05, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

northcoastwolf, Jan 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -27%

RedWeizen83, May 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

kds2437, Jul 22, 2013
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

Campodog, May 04, 2014
Photo of bscalt
3/5  rDev +9.5%

bscalt, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of archyquaffer
3.4/5  rDev +24.1%

Poured from a green longneck bottle into a sampler. A moderate pour brings about a very short-lived 1/2 inch bubbly white head. This reduces to little islets of foam in about a minute with very little if any lacing on the sides of the glass. The little islets hang around though. The beer is a pale golden with moderate carbonation.

I definitely get some skunk on the nose. The taste is also a bit skunky with a little bit of leafy hops and a distinct but very light malt sweetness. Very little bitterness is apparent, with not even much of an aftertaste on the burps. The mouthfeel is maybe a little thin but not unexpected for the style. It does have some decent carbonation despite the lack of head and stickiness

This is a very clean, light and refreshing brew that would go perfectly fine on a hot day and/or with Mexican cuisine. I know from experience that I tire of this kind of skunky Caribbean beer, but one or three are certainly fine. In other words, there's nothing too special here, but certainly not much to complain about either. I got this from the oddball rack at Albertson's and paid one dollar (no freshness date, but it doesn't taste stale).

I would love to know more about the story of the German expatriots in Mexico, and the invention of this beer to commemorate the arrival of the 20th century. I wonder what this beer tasted like in 1900?

I don't agree that this beer should be classified as AAL. I think the BA needs a new category, such as "Caribbean Lager".

archyquaffer, Mar 11, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

sketchyhoodie, Feb 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

KimbarkBrewCrew, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Gmartin75, Dec 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

NorCalAussie, Aug 26, 2014
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2/5  rDev -27%

Jaysmittyland, Nov 27, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

VTBrewHound, Mar 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

Danimal1101, Jun 24, 2013
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,082 ratings.