1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,200 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,200
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.72%
Wants: 15
Gots: 243 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dos Equis Special Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,200 | Reviews: 534 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nmeiborg
2/5  rDev -27%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -27%

irishkyle21, Jan 17, 2012
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.

akorsak, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Lang44
2/5  rDev -27%

Lang44, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, fizzy white mousse.

S: Really neutral and sterile on the nose. Aromas of grain husks and lemony hops are just barely evident, even after the beer has settled and warmed.

T: Harsh notes of minerals, lemon, lime, grain husks, and cooked vegetables fill the mouth. The finish is fleeting with mineral and cooked vegetable notes.

M: Very thin, dry, and light-bodied. Carbonation is harsh and fizzy. Not particularly drinkable in my opinion.

O: This is another subpar lager. I honestly don't understand why this beer is so hyped by mainstream drinkers.

mrfrancis, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Wally1912
2/5  rDev -27%

Wally1912, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of JKForbes
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

JKForbes, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of sommersb
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 01-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. green bottle
Glassware: Shaker Pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Wal-Mart

Picked these up to go with some Mexican dinner at home...

Appearance is a clear, straw-yellow color, with lots of bubbles seen in the glass. The white head settles to about 2 fingers high and features good retention and a little bit of lace.

The aroma is almost non-existent. Some light, clean malt character at best.

Taste seems like a watered-down pilsener flavor, with some light malt sweetness and faint hops. I get some off-flavors that I would guess came from corn or some other adjunct filler.

Carbonation is high and the body is thin, giving a crisp mouthfeel. Really not much of an aftertaste, however.

Overall, not a very remarkable beer, but not offensive either. A good choice for washing down some dinner.

sommersb, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of MoritzRW
4/5  rDev +46%

MoritzRW, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of SebD
3/5  rDev +9.5%

SebD, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of mbacon3227
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

mbacon3227, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of uziangis
1/5  rDev -63.5%

uziangis, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of ZPB
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

ZPB, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Bockrules
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a six pack of this for working on a friends car. Poured from the green bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a straw-gold with a few bubbles lazily rising to the white, two finger head. Head is gone almost immediately. Leaves behind one or two bubbles of lacing.

S - Grass notes win over cereal upon opening the bottle, giving this beer a better nose than nearly all macros. Still not much here.

T - A little bit of corn sweetness upfront. The body is a sweet corn and adjunct infused mixture with faint sour mash notes attempting to provide some semblance of balance lurking in the background. A slight amount of grassyness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a stale-cereal finish.

M - Slightly better than most macros, it is just a tad thicker than seltzer water with atleast as much carbonation.

Dos Equis slightly edges out most macros in terms of smell, mouthfeel, and flavor, but not enough to compensate for the premium price. Think of it as Mexican bud for when you want to look more cultured than your plebeian friends. And to my fellow beer enthusiasts: stay thirsty my friends (or else you won't want to touch this)

Bockrules, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of kemoarps
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

kemoarps, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Sudbuster
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Sudbuster, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev +9.5%

rob99er, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
2/5  rDev -27%

VaterRoss, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of khargro2
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of iMilky
3/5  rDev +9.5%

iMilky, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev +9.5%

animal69, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Naamandroid
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Naamandroid, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Unicycling4Beer
3.5/5  rDev +27.7%

Unicycling4Beer, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of BigCheese
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

BigCheese, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
2/5  rDev -27%

ThinkAgain, Jan 06, 2012
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 2,200 ratings.