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

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2,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,037
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 153 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 AdamBear


2.6/5  rDev -4.8%

A-very pale gold with a creamy white head

S-very adjunct with honey and corn. strong scent. not far from being gross

T-a very smooth and balanced taste of corn and honey. surprisingly the flavors are strong and not bad. has a decent dark honey after-taste

M-watery with a creamy finish. becomes more watery as the drink goes on

O-not an awful beer for a hot mexican day though it seems to get more watery. its best to keep your glass full. i definitely prefer this to the US macros. it has more flavor, and is more balanced.

05-08-2011 07:04:33 | More by AdamBear
Photo of GreenJetta912


2.88/5  rDev +5.5%

Very light color. A heavy pour only showed small amounts of head.

Not much to the smell. Definite corn characteristic. Malty sweet with a very small bit of hops.

Taste is not bad. Haven't had much in terms of Mexican beer but this beats the hell out of a Corona with or without the lime. There's nothing nasty here. It's malty sweet with a little corn characteristic. There's really not much here. It doesn't taste great but it's not nessisarily bad.

Finishes off with a thick, creamy, milky mouthfeel. Happy Cinco de Mayo.

05-07-2011 13:00:05 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of philly224


2.95/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A: I never really know how to rate appearance, drank right from the bottle so yeah...

S: Kind of a sweet scent but there is not really much to say about it

T: The taste is very mild but is a little better then Corona. This is my go to beer when eating crab legs.

M: Basically like water

O: I buy this from time to time when having crab legs. I think this and corona go perfectly with crabs but I would not drink this alone.

05-07-2011 03:24:01 | More by philly224
Photo of TheSarge


2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Figured I'd try a Dos Equis for Cinco de Mayo.

Looks like any other adjunct lager, except the head presentation of bright white head lasts a good bit longer than most other beers of this style. The body is pail yellow gold, and cleanly filtered.

The aroma is a hint of grainy huskiness and cardboard.

This beer literally has zero taste. Just carbonated water is all I'm getting.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, and a bit on the refreshing side.

Overall this beer has nothing to bring to the table.

05-06-2011 00:28:52 | More by TheSarge
Photo of Rifugium


1/5  rDev -63.4%

First had: bottle in a gift set

Basically, a better alternative to Corona. So still crap.
Poured like a typical macro: straw color, thin head that fizzled out, fizzy carbonation. Rancid aroma, mulched grass and stale hops, which carried through in the taste. Light, watered down mouthfeel with no real flavor at all. Sickeningly sweet aftertaste with lots of funk and skunk. Too be avoided.

05-03-2011 18:14:20 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Looneybiz


2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Ok, so the first time I tried it was in a pint glass and after that, I didn't even bother pouring into a glass, there is no difference with this beer.

Smell and taste are so mild its basically a Budwieser with 2 X's on the bottle. Light bodied and fient sweet malt.

If you are looking for a trendy beer that doesn't have any bitterness that this is your beer. But I'm not a big fan. I'm not gonna throw out the rest of what I have but I will probally just pound them away.

The XX Amber is a lot better in my opinion.

04-25-2011 06:46:47 | More by Looneybiz
Photo of shaunb81


2.9/5  rDev +6.2%

Appearance - Beer pours a golden body with a 1/2 inch head. Lacing is minimal and NOTHING clings to the glass. I don't really want to drink this.

Smell - Caramel and skunk (bad smell) are prominent on the front. There are toasted malts and light hops here. Not impressed. I still don't want to drink this beer.

Taste - It is slightly sweet up front, but the skunk bad taste) comes through from the middle and all the way to the back end. Ugh....

Mouthfeel - The beer seems a bit too carbonated to me. If it were more creamy, the beer would get a little more credit, but it isn't. The balance is a little off.

Overall - This beer just doesn't do it for me. It might be drinkable, but it's drinkability doesn't do it justice. It's just plain gross and I will pass it up every time I see it. No wonder my Wife likes it...

04-23-2011 05:37:06 | More by shaunb81
Photo of Schmittymack


2.73/5  rDev 0%

Another at my "watering hole". Typical yellow fizzy brew in a pint shaker glass. Little to no head and no lacing. No aroma that I could pick up; taste was probably slightly better than the other yellow fizzy brews on the tour. Sweet malt (corn), crisp, no bite/taste.

04-19-2011 08:57:01 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of NODAK


3/5  rDev +9.9%

Smells of light grain and some citrus character. The smell at least makes it seem like it'll be refreshing and light.

Well, the nose didn't lie. Flavor profile has cereal grains providing some sweetness to the body along with some citrus present that I'd say make it taste like a lime was already thrown in this beer. Perhaps that's why people put limes in these beers, to accentuate the taste that's already there. Hopping at the back is light at best. Pretty restrained.

Standard, average Mexican brew. Good on a hot day, I'm sure, but nothing to analyze too deeply.

04-11-2011 00:34:04 | More by NODAK
Photo of ghetto90007


1.48/5  rDev -45.8%

12 ounce bottle from the Firm's Fridge. So far I've been through Guinness, Bass Pale Ale, Coor's Light and Newcastle Brown. I've Dos Equis, Corona, and Stella Artois left. Ugh, good thing I have some good stuff in the fridge at home.

Dark golden yellow color. Super weak white head. Lacing? Never heard of it. This is a glass of urine as far as appearances are concerned. A glass full of pee would probably yield better head and lacing come to think of it.

Smell? Yikes. I don't always understand what sophisticated reviewers mean when they say horse blanket smell, but this smells like horse manure mixed with straw. No joke here. Maybe some grain in there. Mixed with horse manure.

Luckily it doesn't taste like it smells. Grainy with a dry finish. And some other adjunct flavors in there - really inconsistent flavors and lots of garbage in here. This is not a very good beer and is becoming a very good candidate for a drainpour.

Standard adjunct lager mouthfeel - moderate body, slight crispness from carbonation but nothing to excite.

I hate to pour beer down the drain but I might just save myself the calories. Honestly, in terms of drinkability, I just might prefer a Coors Light over this one. Steer clear of them both.

04-05-2011 00:59:56 | More by ghetto90007
Photo of MoreThanWine


3/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a 2" soap bubble head. Clear straw yellow in color. Smells of corn or some other nondescript grain. Taste is water with a hint of grain and hint of sweetener. There's the slightest of a zing. Overall thirst quenching and nothing at all disagreeable. The epitome of average (C). They say the most interesting man in the world drinks this. Well if that's true then he chose the boring to balance out all the rest of that excitement.

04-05-2011 00:22:24 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of BDIMike


3.75/5  rDev +37.4%

Pours a crystal clear golden color. The beer is very thin with a ton of carbonation and a thin white head.
Smells of biscuit wheat and freshness. There is a bit of hop smell as well.
Taste is much better than the smell. The beer is dominated by a fresh biscuit taste and a refreshing bite.
Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Dos Equis Lager was made to pound on a hot Mexican day. The crisp mouthfeel refreshes, but it is smooth enough to go down easy.
Drinkability is amazing in this beer. The best Mexican lager by far. It is refreshing and smooth all the way down. You can drink them all day long in nice weather and it has a good taste to match, unlike other watered down Mexicans (Corona)...

04-02-2011 23:47:48 | More by BDIMike
Photo of JesteR14


2.9/5  rDev +6.2%

A- Straw yellow, soapy bubbles. Nothing that stands out in the appearance.

S- I dont get much, wheat and grain is mainly what i smell. It is a pleasent wheat grain smell though.

T- Very well balanced beer, watery and a good wheat/hop taste. Not VERY hoppy but a definite easy drinker.

M- This isent my favorite beer style, but the flavors are balanced and make it a great party beer.

D- High on drinkability, i think the Amber Dos Equis is a better quality beer and would get that over this any day.

04-01-2011 07:50:57 | More by JesteR14
Photo of Fenris244


2.15/5  rDev -21.2%

Pours a clear straw yellow, fizzy soapy white head about 1 finger thick, lasted for about 5 seconds and left some lace.

A little sourness, cooked veggies, corn maybe

Certainly low in flavor, sweetness is there, bubblegum almost, the hops taste used and flat, not much else.

Light in body, carbonation is kinda heavy makes it feel slick, very watery.

Would drink it if it was offered to me by a friend or something but it's lacking in flavor and body an I wouldn't go out of my way to find it. Its better than most other American adjunct lagers but not by much

03-31-2011 18:29:58 | More by Fenris244
Photo of tito42


2.78/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a green bottle into a weizen glass (pints were drying). No freshness date on bottle but reviewed same day of purchase from a warehouse club sampler case.

A: Light golden hue, crystal clear with large bubbles. Thin white head dissipates quickly.

S: Sweet corn, a bit of hops, and something else grassy/grainy, like alfalfa.

T: A very thin flavor that is a bit biscuity, a tad hoppy, and slightly malty, but mostly water. In it's favor, it doesn't have a corn syrup sweetness that I dislike greatly in some AALs.

M: Very light bodied beer. There is a malt presence but this is a very watery beer.

O: Extremely easy drinking because it isn't offensive in any way. I'd prefer this to light lagers and the BMCs, but on the same hand I'd rather have a PBR or Schlitz.

03-26-2011 01:40:12 | More by tito42
Photo of Knapp85


2.23/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

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

New Mexico

3/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 28 Oz. green bottle into a dollar store dimpled mug from Indonesia.
The half finger head dissipated as fast as you could draw two X's onto a paper liquor store bag with a sharpie.
Nice clear amber beery colour with minimal carbonation.
Smell was what you could expect from a green bottle. A slight whiff of skunk followed by a grainy, moderate yeasty aroma.
The flavour wasn't offensive, but nothing "especial" as the label touts.
Biscuity, a little corny and bland. Not as bad as that sounds, but it wouldn't be my first choice if I wasn't having it with a meal.
The stuff would be outstanding ice cold with a plate of Enchiladas.

03-16-2011 01:24:56 | More by BobJustBob
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured on-tap at a resort in Mexico. It pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold with a thin, fluffy white head. Smells of malt and corn. The beer is slightly sour malt flavored, with a crisp, light body. Minimal toasty aftertaste, with a quick, light finish. Pretty easy to drink when you have no other choices.

03-15-2011 23:56:02 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of brew3crew


2.98/5  rDev +9.2%

A-light yellow with hite head that quickly disapates.
S-grainy with corn and sweetness
T-grainy and really crisp. The dryness makes me want to drink more from it being so dry
M-light and crisp. Very dry finish.
D-really drinkable. Most of this style is so I am not suprised here

03-07-2011 00:47:36 | More by brew3crew
Photo of HockeytownBrew


2.85/5  rDev +4.4%

Official beer of the most interesting man in the world.

A: Pours the usual pale straw yellow for an adjunct lager. Finger width head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S: A bit grainy with subtle corn and sweet notes. A very faint aroma here.

T: Graining with a bit of bread-like yeast and slight hops. Pretty much what I thought. Maybe this is why the most interesting man in the world doesn't always drink beer.

M: Goes down smooth with a light to medium body and some moderate carbonation.

D: Drinking several wouldn't be a problem.

02-27-2011 04:18:59 | More by HockeytownBrew
Photo of bnes09


3.13/5  rDev +14.7%

Drank this stuff just about every day while on vacation in Mexico.

Pale golden color lager with a finger of head. Some lacing appears but quickly recedes.

Faint grain smell. Hint of lemon and lime hop.

Corn and rice adjunct flavors dominate. Mild malt grain with some lime hop. Nothing special.

Light consistency, plenty of carbonation just as expected. Fairly smooth.

This beer is very average. Nothing offensive and nothing really interesting about it. Adding a lime to it adds some flavor but it's still pretty mediocre. Fairly easy drinking though.

02-26-2011 17:38:52 | More by bnes09
Photo of beertunes


2.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +33.7%

Nice frothy one finger head with decent retention and good lacing. Very pale, clear straw body. Very faint coffee and even fainter caramel/nut smell. Light tobacco taste, very thin on the alcohol. Not particularly flavorful. Very dry. For its style, it's actually a decent beer. The mouthfeel is good. Doesn't feel watery, there's plenty of spice on the tongue. I don't always drink a Dos Equis, but when I do, it's pretty enjoyable. Probably one of the better Mexican lagers I've had.

02-24-2011 00:42:08 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of fizzy


2.48/5  rDev -9.2%

Had this on tap at a Mexican restaurant because it was "Happy Hour" and 24 oz taps were $2.75. Should have just gone with the Budweiser, a brew that I don't particularly like, but would have been a better choice. Why do I think that Mexican beer is going to taste better in a Mexican "joint" than a home? Nothing to write home about. Maybe I would think different about this beer having it in Mexico, but in Willmar, Minnesota I could easily stick with Bud.

02-20-2011 22:23:30 | More by fizzy
Photo of nick76


2.98/5  rDev +9.2%

The aroma is almost nonexistent with a tiny bit of hops but mostly malt and corn. The appearance is pale gold with a tiny head. The taste is like the aroma. It's very inoffensive and clean. The palate is typical for the style. Overall not much here in the way of bad but not much to taste. The only good thing is that it's refreshing.

02-20-2011 20:14:07 | More by nick76
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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