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

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2,147 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,147
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 213 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001)
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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad looking for the style, yellow and fizzy with a decent enough, head although it didn't last that long, and spotty lacing.

Smelled fresh and grainy, pleasant but not very strong.

Tasted decent enough, although there's not all that much flavor. Grains and adjuncts seemed to dominate.

Feel wise this beer was up there for the category. On tap it was no world class beer, but that didn't matter. Light and well carbonated. Poundably drinkable.

On a hot summer day when you're at the airport in San Antonio, no complaints here. It is what it is, and that's not bad.

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of hdf561
3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle for the first time today. They are sponsoring an event I am going to later this year and it will be the only beer served so I figured I better figure out if I like it.

I like it alot, it is nothing special but very drinkable, and has a solid taste. The only problem is that I can get just as good a beer for way less. I would definetly drink this beer again and will enjoy several at the event Im going to.

hdf561, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance is an amber color with a paltry white head that disappears quickly. I couldn't pick up much scent, maybe some very weak bread, but at least there's nothing funky going on here. Taste was surprisingly decent for an AAL. Malt flavors with a slight hint of lemon or lime, a little sweetness, and a buttery taste in the finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin. Quite refreshing and drinkable, and goes great with some Mexican food. If your beer choices are slim, this isn't a bad choice to make compared to other AALs.

DeltaGolfSierra, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this on tap 10 minutes ago, for some reason I wanted to drink one hoping that it would be good, and It sucked, shoulda ordered another Sam.

Appearance-Very pale golden yellow, not signs of life in there. No head, although I got a little lacing.

Smell-Grainy and Corny, was trying to sniff out some citrus, hops or earthy tones, and nothing.

Taste-Nothing really going on, just get alot of carbonation. You get the typical American Adjunct Lager gross taste upfront, finish was kind of clean. Nothing at all.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, tons of carbonation, gassy. I felt bloated halfway through.

Overall-The most interesting man in the world should stick to whatever other beverage he drinks, this beer sucks.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of malty
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brilliantly clear pale straw colow with a thin (1/8") bone white head. Moderate visible uprising carbonation. Lackluster but refreshing appearance.

Crisp, slightly citric nose with a clean, crackery scent. Plain looks, but beckons to be quaffed.

A culmination of all the aforementioned elements above. Saltine crackers - Check. Crisp and slightly lemony (citric) - Check. Clean but a bit lackluster - Check.

Light bodied and the appropriate amount of good and solid carbonation. Little flavor in the crisp finish.

Overall a utilitarian lager that does the job on a 90F+ early evening. The first one I had as soon as I got home from work actually delivered more simple satisfaction straight outta the green bottle. This one isn't to be disected/pondered.

malty, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of claytong
2.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

so i had 5 of these on afternoon. they were like water.

Appearance - not an inch of head. dies quick. urine in color

Smell - corn husks, rice. smells like a cheap one.

Taste - light corn sugar, watery, not much there, im searching.

Mouthfeel - best thing about this beer, its like what and quenches my summer hotness

claytong, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A very clear, pale gold with a short-lived snow-white head. It would look better with some head retention.

The aroma is metallic and grainy. A definite corn aroma.

Light-bodied. Very thin, almost watery. Plenty of carbonation bite but very little flavor. The flavor that's there is slightly sweet with a lightly bitter, dry, crisp finish. Good finish but not much else.

It's not terrible but it really has no life to it. The only thing going for it is the crisp finish. It's not a beer I would seek out.

SuperSpy, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of ferrari29
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into hour-figure pint glass

A - Golden colored body; one finger head formed; barely any lacing formed on the side of the glass; beer poured with a moderate amount of visible carbonation

S - Corn, grains, nothing overwhelming and quite frankly I was not impressed with the lack of any noticeable scent of uniqueness; smelled like a regular adjunct lager

T - Corn and grainy, touch of sweetness and some sour notes; like a lemon; typical adjunct lager; slightly fruity and very light flavor or texture

M - Thin and runny; not much body

D - Typical mass produced and mass-marketed beer; makes a good beer to drink in the summer time under the sun

ferrari29, May 28, 2011
Photo of ElCommodoro
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a perfectly clear yellow gold with a bone white head that diminished, but did not disappear. It smells metallic, of corn and cereal grains. It has a good deal of carbonation. The taste is of dry, bland, bread. I often don't mind if my beer just tastes like bread, but this doesn't taste like very good bread. Though, I've had worse. It's a tad bit starchy. The dryness is notable. It's definitely not overly sweet like many adjunct lagers, but the taste is disagreeable. I'm not buying this again. I'll be sticking with Sol as my Mexican beer of choice.

ElCommodoro, May 21, 2011
Photo of Retsinis
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A co-worker brought a 12 pack to a recent poker game to my place. On Cinco-De Mayo, my wife and I split a bottle, and it gave me a chance to review it.

A: Poured from a green 12 oz bottle into pint glass. The beer pours a clear pale yellow, with a small fizzy head that receded nearly instantly, leaving no lacing.

S: Thankfully no detectable skunk, given the green bottle, but that's about where the pleansantries end. Light grains, corn, and stainless steel.

T: Ice cold, it's not bad with spicy food, but as it warms, the corn adjunct, watery consistency, and slightly metallic astringency just make it dive off.

M: Light, crisp, and heavily carbonated.

O: Love the ad-campaign, but pass on this beer, for me. Admittedly, I had a few these 10 years ago while on vacation in Rosarito, before I knew any better, but Adjunct Lagers no longer satisfy, and Dos Equis Special Lager is no exception. The amber variant is marginally better though.

Retsinis, May 11, 2011
Photo of AdamBear
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

AdamBear, May 08, 2011
Photo of GreenJetta912
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

GreenJetta912, May 07, 2011
Photo of philly224
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

philly224, May 07, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

TheSarge, May 06, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Rifugium, May 03, 2011
Photo of Looneybiz
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Looneybiz, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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...

shaunb81, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Schmittymack, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

NODAK, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of ghetto90007
1.48/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

ghetto90007, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

MoreThanWine, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BDIMike
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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)...

BDIMike, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of JesteR14
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

JesteR14, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Fenris244, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of tito42
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

tito42, Mar 26, 2011
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,147 ratings.