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

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2,091 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,091
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 182 | 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 thehyperduck
2.99/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355 mL bottle picked up as a single; best before June 2012. One of the few major Mexican pale lagers I haven't yet tried; I usually like to avoid green bottles but I don't have much choice here.

Pours a pale golden-straw colour, with a little more than a finger of fizzy bone-white head on the surface with poor retention. A soapy film remains on the surface, with a thin collar of foam around the edge of the glass .This stuff smells borderline rank to me; the skunkiness isn't too dominant but it is definitely a factor. It has that cheap, stale beer smell, the sort you might get a whiff of if you wander into a house that hosted a kegger the night previous - pale malts, too much corn; tolerable but not the most pleasant odour and not enticing at all.

Fortunately it tastes significantly better than it smells. Some slight pale malt sweetness and corn husk. Faint vaguely citrusy notes, hinting at the presence of some sort of hops. Clean finish without much aftertaste. Light-bodied, with the usual heavy macro carbonation and watery feel. Crisp and refreshing, as an adjunct lager should be.

This is not an interesting brew and like most Mexican lagers it is very overpriced, but considering its brethren, you could do much worse. More of a Euro-style lager than a stale corn bomb like Corona. I doubt I'd buy this from a store again, but I could see myself getting it at a Mexican restaurant, paired with spicy food.

[Updated Oct. 20 2013]

Picked up a can of this on a whim, to see if my opinion has changed any. I must admit, the outlook isn't as rosy as last time - this is a pretty mediocre lager, comparable to most domestic equivalents, with a grainy, corny flavour. Like Corona, this one is all marketing hype... at least the commercials for this brand are chuckleworthy.

thehyperduck, Nov 12, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better mass produced beers.

A: Pale transparent yellow beer that is topped with a 1 fingered frothy white head that exhibited some retention, but very little lacing.

S: Sweet malts and scents of grains.

T: Sweet grains and malts, like the smell, dominate the taste. Short lived flavor, but one of the better macro brews around.

M: Light, but silky

O: Ok brew that I enjoy on occasion.

tjkinate, Oct 23, 2011
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2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At a friend's Monday Night Football party; choices were this or Amstel Light. Gave me a weird look when I asked for a glass. Tried to explain how a beer must be properly decanted if I'm going to properly review it. Got an even weirder look. Bears suck.

Appearance: Clear straw color, very pale. Rather large head is gone almost immediately. Steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom.

Aroma: Sweet malts struggle against the cooked-veggies DMS smell. Has some of that distinct macro skunk.

Taste: Cereal grains and corn malts. Minimal hop bitterness. Crisp and dry; finishes clean with a grainy aftertaste. As far as macro lagers go, this is one of the better examples, though that's obviously not saying much.

NeutroMan, Oct 11, 2011
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2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m currently in a drought of craft beer as I am vacationing in Mexico, seems like the perfect opportunity to tick some Mexican beers.

A: clear, gold, fizzy, a razor thin collar of head. The color is a touch darker than what you get with other adjunct lagers.

S: the nose features cereal malts, corn, and a little bit of husk. Not as offensive as some of the comparable brews.

T: faint sweet malt notes up front followed by an empty and watery middle, a little bit of corn on the end, easy drinking. I guess you could say the lack of flavor is balanced well… if that’s possible…

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: well this definitely is a cut above Modelo Especial, and tends to be refreshing while sitting in the sun on the beach. I would say the amber version edges this one out. All in all, for what it is, its not bad… or offensive, just bland and flavorless as I would expect.

homebrew311, Oct 06, 2011
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1.8/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured the green bottle in to a pint glass. Initially it had about a three finger head that was gone with about two minutes. It poured a very clear pale yellow with very little carbonation evident from the look of it.

The smell was nothing that I would describe as good, it had a faint smell of stale bread with the very slightest bit of hops.

In my opinion, I would say it tasted much worse than it looked. The mouthfeel was very heavy, with very little carbonation. If you were to just take a dink of this you may think that it had gone flat, but if you let it sit on your tongue, (as hard as that might be for you to do with this beer) for a while you can pick up that it does in-fact have carbonation, but very little. The taste of it was of a somewhat skunked beer with a stale bread taste, much like the smell, which was not pleasant to drink at all.

Overall, to the “Most Interesting Man in the World”, you picked a very uninteresting beer to drink.

Hazer115, Sep 22, 2011
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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