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

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2,008 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,008
Reviews: 525
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 145 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001)
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Photo of alovesupreme


3.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Freshness date was in code so I dont know how fresh the beer is.
Poured aggressively yielded a 1 finger white head. Dissipated quickly with bubbles on the side of the glass.
A little corny.
Very little hop presence with a slight malt finish. Thats about it.
Bubbly with a thin body.
An ok beer that I would choose over other adjunct lagers but not much else.

08-21-2009 05:01:43 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of twiggamortis420


1.73/5  rDev -36.6%

Surely the most interesting man in the world prefers something better than this? Pours a clear, very light yellow color with a decent white head that has better than average retention but no lacing.

Nose is biscuity malts that remind me of ritz crackers and salty peanut shells. Not much hops, but there does seem to be a bit of a dirty lime skin characteristic.

This beer is extremely watery feeling, slides down the throat without even the slightest retention of flavor. There is just a bit of citric and malt presence in the back of the throat. Highly carbonated and thin. This is one of my least favorite Mexican lagers, I cant think of a single other one I would pick this over.

08-15-2009 22:22:33 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Clear straw and a typical fizzy head. Nose is slightly grassy with hints of lemon/citrus. Flavour is bland, with some husky grain and the bare hint of hops. Vegetal, light body with an every so slightly bitter finish. Watery. Blandest of the bland but not actively gross.

08-07-2009 15:04:50 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of Amalak

New York

2.88/5  rDev +5.5%

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle on a hot summer day...which I think helps this beer.
A- It had a carbonated clear color of yellow.
S- Mild malt to it.
T- Good crisp beer on this hot day. Refreshing. Better than most Mexican beers I would say. Almost has a pilsnery taste. Right beer for certain occasions.

08-06-2009 15:46:42 | More by Amalak
Photo of VictorEHuskie


3.3/5  rDev +20.9%

This beer is real good. I honestly have nothing bad to say about it. It goes down easy and tastes good to boot. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. I could drink them all day long and I just might if we get another really hot summer day soon. Very refreshing beer. A must try for those on a budget.

07-27-2009 22:52:20 | More by VictorEHuskie
Photo of tyhillman


4.75/5  rDev +74%

A great beer all around. I love the taste and I can usually get it at a decent price from a store down the road. Good for parties and just relaxing around the grill. Maybe not the best beer in the world but it is far from the worst. I would personally say that it is better than Corona.

07-23-2009 19:56:15 | More by tyhillman
Photo of ExtraStout


3/5  rDev +9.9%

Dos Equis Special Lager is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Cancun. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Dos Equis Special Lager is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Cancun so this is my top beer choice, even over Corona.

07-20-2009 16:20:07 | More by ExtraStout
Photo of tobymugg


4.6/5  rDev +68.5%

A: Normal golden lager colour. Light yellow, beautiful.

S: Sweet metallic corn, barley, touch of hops.

T: Perfect golden pilsner. Sweet, slightly bitter, complex-ish palate with a biscuit finish.

M: Thin, just above average.

D: Very drinkable, particularly enjoyable in any situation.

This beer is notable for it's purity. It has no extra chemicals that some macro beers have, chemicals that exacerbate hangovers. This beer can be overused without hangovers. However I recommend it as an excellent beer with dinner -- to enjoy in moderation.

07-20-2009 01:18:59 | More by tobymugg
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

1.68/5  rDev -38.5%

Situation: Cheap 12 courtesy of Bottle King (with Club Member card!) and the wife is on a bachelorette party)...
Glassware: Warsteiner footed pilsenser...
Appearance: Tawny straw yellow with a steady effervescence and a soapy head--not attractive unless you've been sweating or spooning hot salsa....
Aroma: somewhat bright and punchy pilsener hops; otherwise, another in a long line of not-quite-Pilsner Urquell scents...
Palate: absolutely light and fizzy, with little to recommend a second sip save to testify that there was a last one...
Taste: flatly malty, almost a 40 oz. bottom-out; refreshingly light with a hint of carbonated sweetness; as Vienna lagers go, this is only reserved for places like Jose Texas and Chili's...
Overall: Wasn't a fan before, and even with the nice price, not going to have me reaching for this again until another Cinqo de Mayo promo...only the commercials with the most interesting man in the world could redeem its thinness....

07-17-2009 18:16:03 | More by dacrza1
Photo of bgreg3


3.1/5  rDev +13.6%

Pretty clear golden color , with a decent foam head that'll stick a few in a pilsner glass.and the bubbles keep comin up from the bottom.

I smell some kind of copper or sulfur in there and behind that I can smell hints of corn and breadiness.

Tastes like sweet corn and the sulfur thing comes back to haunt but it's more like a good kind of haunt.

Smooth mouthfeel pretty light and has a very dry finish making it a pretty drinkable lager in my opinion. This brew gives mexican beers hope , I was about to give up on them completely but this does the hat dance around corona , I urge you to try it, just at a bar or something , it's nothing special , but enjoyable.

07-16-2009 18:04:12 | More by bgreg3
Photo of MadTown1000


2.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Out of the bottle, the usual adjuncty Mexican lager smell, but a bit fainter - sort of like Corona mixed with Miller Lite. Pours a light straw with maybe 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzes away to nothing - barely even any residual bubbles on top. Smell from the glass is nonexistent. Compared to the smell I noted earlier, the Miller Lite is much more evident than the Corona. It even struggles to reach that level of intensity. This is one seriously weak beer. Little flavor, little smell, little evident carbonation, some noticeable alcohol. It's entirely nonoffensive, but there is nothing whatsoever to recommend this beer.

07-15-2009 02:02:18 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +11.7%

my father has been buying this beer in the summer time regularly. at the last resort i was at in mexico, this was the beer that was on tap almost every 100m. or so! i

i'll definately say this is a great warm weather beer for if you're outside doing activites or work! the wife doesn't mind it either, which is great too... onto the review...

A: Looks like most other lagers, light golden yellow color, the head vanished almost instantly, leaves hardly any lacing and has an incredible amount of bubbles.

S: kind of a grainy corn metalic smell with a hint of hops.

T: not a whole lot at the start but there is something there in the middle that's very enjoyable. when it goes down, there's a definate corn taste with a bit of grain. it doesn't really taste metalic.

M: watery, best describes it. thin, fizzy with a bit of body at the end makes it above being not impressed, but not average either.

D: quite good, excellent fishing trip beer. it's better than Sol which we tried when the LB was shorted the Dos Equis product.

i bought it after drinking it constantly in mexico, one really big + that isn't rated here is 'hangover factor'... this beer, like some others i can drink way in excess and not be trashed the next day.

07-14-2009 05:55:46 | More by EsoxLucius
Photo of Bookseeb


2.83/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance is a light yellow with nill head and lace. Smell of light grass and hop. Taste...there is just not a whole lot going on although it is quite refreshing with a lot of carbonation and a light mouthfeel. A good one to try on an extremely hot day.

07-01-2009 02:12:01 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of Monsteruss


1.75/5  rDev -35.9%

The foam was yellow/white wheat in color, 1 finger length in height, bubbly and lacey. The color was a golden yellow, very carbonated with hints of mustard yellow. The smell was sweet, hoppy with a hint of wheat - pretty basic. The taste was a watered-down pils and very little hops taste. Mouthfeel - dull with a skunky metallic aftertaste. Drinkability - crisp watery session , not worth a second chance.

07-01-2009 00:28:47 | More by Monsteruss
Photo of cervezale


2.15/5  rDev -21.2%

Dos Equis Lager Special or XX lager as it is known in Mexico is a classic pilsner from mexcican macro Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma. In northern Mexico it is widely know only as "lager".

Color: Pale yellow, some golden notes with little head formation and little lace retention.

Aroma: Aromas of malts and hops almost lost but found at the end with medium bitterness.

Taste: Semi-dry malts, corn, cereal, low to mid hop bitterness.

Finish: Dry and with a median bitter aftertaste.

06-30-2009 21:54:52 | More by cervezale
Photo of Psyopticon


3.18/5  rDev +16.5%

Appearance - Clear Light Yellow look to it. Alot of carbonation. Low lacing.

Smell - Not really much of a scent the first go. Somewhat of a corn syrup. Barely.

Taste - Didn't really taste a whole lot. There just really wasn't a taste I could find... =/

Mouthfeel - Just alot of carbonation, really.

Drinkability - Goes down easy, and I could drink one or two, but that's about it. Mildly refreshing.

06-22-2009 05:18:14 | More by Psyopticon
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.28/5  rDev +20.1%

Comes out of the tap a clear amber-yellow with a rather typical white head. Aroma is crisp, strong and malty; I picked up a whiff of lime but this probably came from the obligatory lime wedge on the glass. Flavor is crisp, malty and just a little yeasty. The lively and fizzy texture leaves a slightly yeasty finish.

05-26-2009 00:34:56 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.38/5  rDev +23.8%

Green 33cl bottle, 4.5% according to my bottle label, part of a 12 pack of three different beers from this brewery.

Poured into a Duvel glass, just to give it a chance.

Mid gold body, not as light as some lagers. not as dark as others. The head, which was white fell to a thin collar very, very swiftly, pity.

Odourless, gets my standard 3 for a pils/lager that often fail to attack my nose.

This review followed a Sol review, this beer is heads and shoulders above that beer in the taste stakes. This has a good, almost rich lager flavour, crisp, sharp and almost interesting.

I thought this an OK lager, some depth to its mouthfeel and one of the better beers to come out of Mexico (that get to the UK anyway).

05-23-2009 14:06:16 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of illidurit


1.9/5  rDev -30.4%

On tap. Fizzy yellow wuss beer. Slimy head of white froth. Aroma is just about nonexistent, maybe some corn, paper, and pale malt. Flavor is extremely watery with little substance but adjunct sweetness with a little mineral note. Good for washing down Mexican food, not good for anything else.

05-23-2009 06:09:00 | More by illidurit
Photo of aquaderek


2.8/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The head dissipates very quickly and leaves no trace. The nose is what I expected, oat soda-esque. The taste is non obtrusive and it has a nice mellow drinkability. Probably nice with spicy mexican food. Not a beer I would seek out, but may order at a mexican resturaunt.

05-18-2009 00:10:41 | More by aquaderek
Photo of katan


3.45/5  rDev +26.4%

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very clear straw color - head formation is quick but not well retained. only a light white film remains. Very filtered.

S - A very light scent of malt sweetness and some corn adjunct or DMS background. Little to no hops are detected.

T - Starts off with a rather empty flavor. Builds some bitter balance, almost with a dry taste. No hops are noticeable. The only direct flavor I get is in the aftertaste where some of the corn profile comes through.

M - Light in body - low in carbonation bite. Crisp and clean on the palette.

D - Easy drinking - you could nail a dozen of these at a mexican restaurant. abv is beyond manageable. Flavors don't wear, easy drinking. Not filling.

05-10-2009 03:15:51 | More by katan
Photo of matty


3.38/5  rDev +23.8%

Very pale yellow colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma and taste are your normal Mexican macros except a bit lighter.Overall this is an easy drinking that goes down smooth.Perfect for a hot day or a Mexican dinner.I would recommend to try at least once would purchase again myself.

05-02-2009 03:31:35 | More by matty
Photo of tigg924


3.03/5  rDev +11%

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, big head, light gold

Smell: a little wheat, a little malt. Rather non-descript

Taste:wheat, malt, and corn. Nothing offensive, nothing great

Mouthfeel: sweet and light

Drinkability: I had this on a cruise and you could do worse there. Pretty average for the style. Nothing bad about the beer. Nothing great either.

04-29-2009 16:24:17 | More by tigg924
Photo of minterro


1.78/5  rDev -34.8%

12oz bottle

A: clear bright yellow, fizzy head that disipates fast and leaves a little lacing.

S: smells like metal, with hint of sweetness.

T: crisp but...not good. I don't know how it has a can taste, when it comes in a bottle.

M: medium-little body, ok carbonation. probably the only decent thing i liked about this beer.

D: Easy to drink because of its body, not its taste. Not a fan of this beer. wouldn't even think of buy it again. Maybe it would be more refreshing if I was in a desert about to die of thirst, but not today. If the "most interesting man in the world" drinks this, he must not be interested in drinking good beer. Glad it was over when i finished.

04-27-2009 00:27:54 | More by minterro
Photo of roddwolff


3.8/5  rDev +39.2%

A: Bright blond color, small foamy head, with two "X" on the logo;

S: Sweet malt and corn, some citric hops with lemon essences;

T: Sweet malt and more citrus hops than the smell, also lots of carbonation;

M: Very refreshing, sweet bitternees that becomes little acid, high carbonation and light body;

D: Very easy to drink, my third favorite beer to accompany seafood.

04-21-2009 18:06:16 | More by roddwolff
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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