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

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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 523
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 11
Gots: 97 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 Georgiabeer


2/5  rDev -27%

05-12-2014 00:44:42 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:25:38 | More by Wasatch
Photo of duceswild


2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

02-19-2013 01:26:55 | More by duceswild
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

12-25-2012 17:59:04 | More by ejimhof
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dos Equis doesn't exactly look like Aztec gold but the appearance is decent. The colour is a little drab and toneless but otherwise the clarity is immaculate, the bubbles are entertaining and the head... wait, where did it go? There were some white bubbles here a minute ago. Looks like 'decent' needs to be knocked down a peg. We'll consider it "presentable".

I understand that corn is revered in Mexican culture but I think it's better left to tortillas. Using corn as an adjunct may lead to more consistent beers but I'll tell ya, it certainly does not lead to more fragrant ones - and least not more *pleasantly* fragrant ones anyhow. This has a pretty bold smell alright, it just isn't a very appetizing one.

Neither does corn make for a more tasteful beer. If this isn't the poster boy for high-fructose corn syrup I don't know what is. Best case scenario: corn makes for a more neutral (less distinguished, less flavoured) tasting beer. Worst case scenario: it makes something so repugnant just the thought of it gracing your lips makes your liver quiver.

I'd say Dos Equis is somewhere in the middle, highly uninteresting but not too distasteful. That being said, the fact that I can't remember how long this bottle has been in my fridge and I still have another 10 months before the posted date of expiry doesn't exactly sit well with my liver either. Who knows what else they put in these beers?

Well, we do know they put very little actual ingredients; no hops and a little, tinee-tiny bit of malt leads to a very light-bodied, unnoteworthy, unsatisfying, entirely characterless beer. They do, however, pump in plenty of money. Cue the advertising. The Dos Equis mascot is 'the most interesting man in the world' because this beer certainly is not.

And effective advertising it is. Hey, if those (brilliant) little 15 second vignettes can convince people that this beer has any story or character at all, then by god maybe this company does deserve the sale. But let's be clear about one thing: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma is far, far better at making commercials than they are at making beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 01:02:56 | More by biegaman
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1.63/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tis the season and all that. Was at a kareoke bar in Prescott Arizona (of all places) and this was as "good" as anything they had.

The beer pours a pale gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. Alas, the beer smelled worse then it looked, with a lot of moderately sweet corn, a touch of seltzer water, and nothing else. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose on this light, very bland tasting beer. This beer is quite watery with very little flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and given the lack of flavor, drinkability sucks. I was absolutely delighted when my beer was finally gone and I could call it a night.

Note to self. Never order this crap again.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 04:56:06 | More by John_M
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

11-30-2011 16:49:27 | More by brandoman63
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

12-01-2011 05:12:29 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

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

A: Poured a crystal clear pale gold with a 1 finger bright white frothy head that was less then average in retention at best while leaving a thin film topping and a clean lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: cold lemons, starchy grains with a slight sourness of lemon-weed. A light fresh grassiness sneaks in as well. Very faint in nature but nothing really note worthy.

T: The flavor came off flat, with light traces of cardboard, dried lemon skins and a faint flowery hopping. Overall was pretty lackluster in every respect. Some light buttery lemon hints, corn malt, and grassiness round things out but is not enough to make this appreciable. Overall had a weak, watery flavor and was not particularly crisp by nature like a good lager should be.

M: a slight fizziness, was smooth, light and had a oily texture.

D: Drinkability was less then average, rather bland with little incentive to continue. Overall a weak, watery flavored macro style lager that gets easily lost in the crowd.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 19:08:28 | More by beerthulhu
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2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely pale yellow, with lots of carbonation bubbles and a very small head that does not last at all.

S: You can smell the corn/adjunct and a slight skunkyness to it as well.

T: Light and crisp, but not a lot going on here. There is a little spice, but the corn flavor dominates.

M/D: The bubbles that form when poured don't really hit you on the mouthfeel. Its an easy drinking Mexican beer. It does the job, and with so few options in Mexico, it is better than most. Plus, the most interesting man drinks it.

Serving type: can

07-21-2010 02:49:32 | More by mdaschaf
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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
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1.51/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 22:17:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

05-25-2014 02:38:04 | More by Latarnik
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2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale yellow with a bright white cap that settled to a thick collar of soapy bubbles and a thin skim of fine bubbles. Sticky, streaky lacing. Cereal grain in the aroma, dry biscuit powder, corn, and faint sulfury hops. The taste up front is very much like the aroma, but this disappeared quickly and was replaced by hop bitterness that was low to moderate yet still felt sharp, as well as a metallic/steely finish. Cooked veggies too. Light bodied and dry, average carbonation. About what I expected, but I always hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 00:17:43 | More by DrJay
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New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

02-20-2014 19:25:24 | More by LXIXME
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a bottle at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Torrero's in Raleigh

I have nothing to offer in terms of appearance except to say that through the bottle it looks quite pale. Smell is of adjuncts, corn and grains, but with an additional sweetness coming through. Taste is bland but sweet with a surprising apple overtone. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; very refreshing on this 100 degree day.

Overall, its not a bad beer. I prefer it to it's amber counterpart, and it's definitely one of the better adjunct lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 12:58:51 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +9.5%

02-11-2013 02:53:42 | More by Kelp
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3/5  rDev +9.5%

07-10-2014 14:53:12 | More by Mebuzzard
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1.75/5  rDev -36.1%

10-29-2012 15:57:47 | More by sendbeer
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3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of the dozen or so Mexican beers I’ve sampled, a couple stand out, Casta Morena my favorite, and Dos Equis Amber, both good in their own right. Casta beers are just plain “Great”, Dos Equis Amber and Lager are really good drinking beers as in “Session”, when you want something with body, but not overly so.

The pour a limpid golden straw color, the head masterful and bright white, the lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Malt makes up the nose with a nice lightly sweet front, and the top skinny, finish is perkily acidic, the hops adequate and the aftertaste dry.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 06:55:31 | More by Gusler
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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
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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
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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

03-30-2014 16:39:10 | More by dmorgan310
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

03-28-2013 19:07:04 | More by harpus
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Alberta (Canada)

1.78/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/1/12

A clear straw yellow with a few bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves no lace

S corn and rice cake with a slight chemical smell almost like a shitty chardonnay, no skunk though even with the green bottle

T a little sour wet hay to go with what I smell but just a little worse, still no skunk so that's a plus but it has off chemical flavor that's faint but not so nice

M flat and watery with a gross sour aftertaste, the aftertaste is pretty lousy

O another beer I could do without, not much going on and what is going on I don't really care for

you would think the "Worlds Most Interesting Man" would drink and interesting beer but what can you do? avoid Dos Equis that's what

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2012 07:05:40 | More by wordemupg
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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