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

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BA SCORE
64
poor

2,318 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 366 | FT: 0
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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

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of tempest
2.96/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.92/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dos Equis was the first legal beer I ever had, when I went to Rosarito, Mexico with friends for drinks. Now, a year and a half later and a more developed palate, I ordered one a few days ago for my first official beer review. Consumed at Chipotle with a fajita burrito, on to the beer:

The head wasn't impressive in the bottle, and it would dissapear quick after each sip. There was nothing wrong with taste, it started with a corn-like sweetness and ended in cooked veggies with a mild spicy hoppiness, though not overpowering. Despite being a middle-of-the-road brew, it was easy to drink and cut the spiciness on my palate from the burrito.

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2/5  rDev -27%

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1.75/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev +28.5%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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3/5  rDev +9.5%

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3/5  rDev +9.5%

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

Pours a clear light gold lager.

Smells malty and of a large grain presence, no skunk at all.

Tastes mostly of grain, fairly mild flavor.

Mouthfeel is actually fairly good.

It's drinkable, but just not a sip and savor type of beer.
Beats Corona for washing down Mexican food.

Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of akorsak
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Herby's. Lime on tow.

A: The lager is very light, a pale yellow color that has just enough golden brown in it. No head, thank I'm guessing, to the lime's citrus.

S: Mild nose, a little bready a little hoppy but very strong on either front. The highlight may just be the spicy citrus that the lime imparts. Fairly boring, but it greases the skids for the queso fundido.

T: Again, the lime delivers a pleasant detour from an otherwise boring lager. The light breads, very pale, are practically nonexistent. And don't even think about hoppiness. The good news is that the lager goes down very easily. This one didn't make it through the birthday apps.

M: Mouthfeel? It's moist with a drip of citrus. About what I expected.

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2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of John_M
1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Photo of biegaman
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.

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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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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.

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2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -36.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

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