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

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2,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 174 | 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 HUXC
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light yellow color similar to a Bud light or a Coors light. Not much head to speak of, no retention or lacing either.

S- Faint aroma, not the best pilsner-style ale.

T- Not a whole lot of taste. Slightly watered down ale. Not full bodied or bitter.

M- Moderately carbonated and crisp feel.

D- Easy to drink, very light and watery.

HUXC, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of daliandragon
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%

I am not even sure I've had this before. I like their vienna lager in the brown bottles but this one never had much appeal. Of course the ridiculous commercials probably help this beer's sales but this sure doesn't appear to be much out of the ordinary.

Pale straw color with thin cap of head. Yawn. very faint whiff of caramel malts and general grassyness. Snore.

Sweet and watery with tiny touch of noble hops on the finish. Slightly cloying but mostly inoffensive. Drinkable by the pool on a hot day. Yadda yadda yadda.

daliandragon, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, slightly sweet. Taste is crisp, light, a touch of sweetness and finishing a tad bitter. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

tone77, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of dstc
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours a clear pale gold color with a small white head. Head falls to almost nothing. Thinnest of lace.

Pale lager smell. Mild grains and no real hops.

Adjunct lager taste. Corn and grains and weak. Maybe needs the lime it came with.

Thin and watery and well carbonated.

Easy drinking but not great. Had worse.

dstc, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a somewhat clear and bright golden straw color with full cap of frothy white head, disipating quickly into nothing with little lacing. Scent is pale, touched of straw and grass with hints of steamed veggies. Taste is suprisingly cereal sweet and also straw and grass with hints of mustyness and cooked veggies. Light bodied, overly carbonated. An adjunct lager that does not distinguish itself but atleast has some qualities of fresh ingredients.

rfgetz, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of garuda
1.95/5  rDev -28.8%

A - Clear, fizzy yellow beer, but it does have some lacing.

S - Sweet corn/adjuncts, then very metallic.

T - Metallic tasting, then some creamed corn and grainy adjuncts.

M - Light body, high carbonation, but not over-carbonated like some of its counterparts. Finish leaves an accumulation of creamy corn across the palate.

D - Considering what it is, its not horrible, but I would never go out and buy this from a store.

garuda, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of VietPong
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%

The name and marketing definitely causes this beer to be overrated. Despite this, the beer is pretty enjoyable. It kind of tastes like a lower quality modelo's. The beer definitely has a crisp taste, but nothing that i distinguishably remember after having a six pack

VietPong, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of taylocd
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into pint glass

A - Pale gold, with head that dissipated immediately and leaves no hint of lacing

S - Hardly perceptible and so faint that I can't identify it well enough to equate it with anything familiar

T - Taste certainly gets more prominent as beer warms, and it is not really a good thing in this case. The taste seems to have a hint of both corn and metallic flavors and they meld together enough that I can just pick them out.

M - rather thin with medium carbonation as expected for adjunct lager

D - There is nothing particularly offensive about this one, so it would be a better selection than light lagers for hot weather.

taylocd, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%

Oh what the heck, when in Rome. So I quickly ran out of what I brought with me and was forced to start looking at the local taps. Could not bring myself to go for some of the bottles, but what can you do. Served ice cold in a frozen mug, this one was consumed on 08/08/2010.

A decent light amber color comes forward, as with the previous few the golden straw color dominating them. Small head of white fades leaving a bare top with some frozen lacing on the sides, and that was about it. Aroma is light malts, bready, hints of light caramel if I am really trying to stretch it and tons of corn and grains. Not much changes as you take a sip. Very clean and crisp as all these lagers tend to be, the problem is the rather uninteresting nature of them. You could drink yourself silly when its cold, but other then that it is just not worth it. Little to no aftertaste and it was gone in a flash.

Again a little bit different here, and there was a bit more of a flavor profile, but still, nothing terribly shocking here.

mikesgroove, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

12oz bottle with some code etched on the bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a 1 finger and shrinking head of foam. No real lacing to speak of.

It smells of corn with maybe some lemon zest and that aroma that comes with macro Lagers.

It tastes grainy more than of corn, light lemon zest, and has a musky earthy flavour. The finish is short and turns very watery.

Not much going on here though it's better than some of the similar ilk I've tried. Still, it isn't a go to beer ever for me.

Bitterbill, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of burnerfinger
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%

had this on tap at the agave azul in Flower Mound, texas.

A: straw colored ultra clear with ZEERO lacing. no head to speak of, only a thin film mostly at the edges of the glass

S malty actaully smells a bit like rice to me
think: MACRO

T: ho hops here. malty fuzz

M: extra over-carbonated. too fuzzy.

D: on the good side, this is ultra drinkable ! no ABV bite, have at em! if you care to.

burnerfinger, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%

I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I don't drink Dos Equis. After tasting this sample, I'm sure I won't in the future, either. Dos Equis has a thick, white head and a very clear, straw appearance. Aroma is skunky and rancid, due to the green bottle allowing light to spoil the beer. The taste is of barley and corn or some other heavy grain. Hop bitterness is low. Mouth-feel is slimy and light. Dos Equis finishes wet and tolerably satisfying. If I get the chance, I will try it in a canned or draft version. I'm sure it's much better that way.


RonaldTheriot, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

a- bottle poured into a pint, half fingers worth of fizzy head fades very quickly, lots of fizzy bubbling, clear light straw coloring.

s- skunk, dry hay, grain, corn, some sweetness, not a good nose to start this one off.

t- better than the smell, thankfully. very one note brew here, very light and bordering on flavorless, light hay, grain, light citrus, some dryness on the back end.

m- light, watery.

d- gulpable for sure, just cause it's so light. this is a refreshing summer drink, but not one i would seek out by any means. i would drink this again in the summer when not much else was available.

thecarster1, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of LacquerHead
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

It pours a watery looking, crystal clear yellow. There is absolutely no head retention. The head quickly fizzles out - Sodas have more head retention than this.

The aroma is nothing too elaborate, rather plane.

It tastes like a water-downed lager. I think it is a step up from a Corona - at least it does not have that skunk smell and taste. Overall the taste reminds me of tortilla chips! The carbonation is prickly at first but it goes a little flat towards the end.

This goes well with spicy food, not as a great complimentary beer/food pairing, rather simply has a means to cool your mouth off because this is very watery. Whenever I drink this stuff it has to be ice cold, and if I'm not feeling too lazy I will cut up some limes and throw 1 or 2 in the bottle - no point in wasting a glass for this one; it's straight from the bottle for me.

I think this beer's best quality are the commercials about the "most interesting man in the world." I will "stay thirsty" mi amigo, but I won't be reaching for this - unless there no other choices, or if it's free.

To me this is a "chips and salsa at a little Mexican dive restaurant" session beer.

LacquerHead, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Shuffledaddy
2.85/5  rDev +4%

Had this beer on-tap at Chuy's. 16 oz. pint glass serving.

A- Not great. Kind of bright yellow, not really even golden. Maybe corn yellow? Head is unimpressive and fades quickly.

S- Some hop bitterness, also smells heavily of corn followed by a hint of "skunk"

T- Not bad. Tastes heavily of corn, with some lingering veggie-like hop notes. Finishes fairly clean.

M- Moderate mouthfeel for this style. Not too watery, but not really rich either.

D- Once you get past the skunkiness, you realize this a decent Mexican lager that goes well with Mexican food. You can do worse, but you can also do better. Personally, I prefer Dos Amber or Negra Modelo.

Shuffledaddy, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of spoons
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a very pale yellow color with almost no head that fades quickly.

Smell is corn-like and grainy, its almost offensive. Not nice.

Taste is actually pretty decent per style. Some grain and sweetness. A decent body, med/high carb. I'd drink it if it was there but I would not buy this beer.

spoons, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small faint head which gives way to no lacing. The aroma is corn up front with a little bit of a hop presence. The taste has a corn backbone with hints of hop presence. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall the drinkability is okay, for an american adjunct it is good, as it has some flavor, however, there is nothing to leave you dying for another.

goblue3509, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

A: Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow color. The clean, white head has a fairly frothy texture for a macro lager, and retention is respectable. Lacing is fairly sticky and although not amazing, again, it's respectable.

S: Lightly grainy up front. Inoffensive, but definitely corny. A very mild leafy/vegetal hop presence is accompanied by a faint lagery twang.

T: Some grainy and corny flavor up front. Mildly sweet. Crisp and perky thanks to a spectral hop flavor - just a mild herbal/vegetable bite. Some cooked vegetable notes are present but manage to avoid being terribly offensive.

M: Medium-light body. Clean and crisp, with fairly perky carbonation. Thin and dry into the finish.

D: Definitely not the most interesting beer in the world. It does manage to be clean and refreshing though. To me, it drinks like a slightly cleaned-up version of Rolling Rock. Take that for what it's worth.

Clydesdale, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of 92jAKe47FS
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%

This beer has a similar taste to most other Pilsner Style lagers like budweiser, corona, miller, coors light. Pours a transparent yellow, with a not to impressive head that dissipates rather quickly. Has a crisp, sharp taste with moderate carbonation. Not a terrible beer but not one that I would pay for again.

92jAKe47FS, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

mdaschaf, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
2.08/5  rDev -24.1%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear pale yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only a minute before it was gone.

Smell - Bread, grains, corn syrup, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, apples, grains and a bit of skunk. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going on.. extremely light beer.

Overall - Too much of an apple juice and corn syrup sweetness. There are lots of better options in the adjunct category.

spinrsx, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of sluggermatt15
2.08/5  rDev -24.1%

A- A yellow straw color, pours a foamy white head. Not impressive. About an average appearance for a beer.

S- Wheats, grains, some sweetness. There really isn't a distinct smell to this one, which kind of gave me the thought that it was going to be somewhat watery in taste.

T- Watery, empty taste so to speak. There is a little aftertaste, but it's kind of alcoholy. This beer didn't taste as nice as I thought it was going to.

M- Not too much carbonation, holds pretty well and not too bubbly.

D- Drinkable to an extent. It's a "premium lager" so I would advise 2 or 3 in a session. I wouldn't get drunk off of this beer, but it's certainly drinkable.

Overall, too much hype and this beer did not nearly live up to it. I was kind of disappointed because Dos Equis is constantly advertised on television and I thought it would be the real deal. I probably won't have another.

sluggermatt15, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of firestormxvii
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%

A- Light yellow, almost as dark as Budweiser.

S- Honestly, I couldn't smell anything.

T- Starts watery, moves to a slight hint of corn and then disappears.

M- Thinner, slight carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink, nothing impeding swallow except the water. Could chug this for days.

Serving type: bottle

firestormxvii, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%

This one was free... Served from bottle into a Blue Ridge standard pint. Pours golden yellow with one finger white head when poured AGGRESSIVELY that subsides to none almost instantly. There was no apparent lacing present throughout. The aroma was comprised of only citrus. The flavor was of wheat and water. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was very bland in all aspects. In my opinion, 'The Most Interesting Man in the World' needs to find himself a new brew to drink. I'm just glad it was free...

thagr81us, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of DrJay
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%

Crystal clear pale yellow with a bright white cap that settled to a thick collar of soapy bubbles and a thin skim of fine bubbles. Sticky, streaky lacing. Cereal grain in the aroma, dry biscuit powder, corn, and faint sulfury hops. The taste up front is very much like the aroma, but this disappeared quickly and was replaced by hop bitterness that was low to moderate yet still felt sharp, as well as a metallic/steely finish. Cooked veggies too. Light bodied and dry, average carbonation. About what I expected, but I always hope to be pleasantly surprised.

DrJay, Jul 18, 2010
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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