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

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1,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 117 | 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 pmcadamis


1.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe that I've never reviewed this! I've had this about a billion times in Mexico, but I've always just assumed that I've reviewed it.

A - Clear, yellow, and fizzy-looking with a rapidly dissipating white head. Nothing to see here folks, please move on.

S - Corn tortillas, salt, and lagery funk. Not offensive, but not good either.

T - About the same as the nose,...lagery funky corn, with a hint of a metallic flavor...maybe from the can.

M - Fizzy and refreshing. Good for a hot day at the beach, but not much else.

D - A halfway decent alternative to the much-despised Corona, but do yourself a favor and find some Indio or Negra Modelo.

Serving type: can

06-06-2008 19:18:26 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of bradybeer


1.9/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a light yellow-almost white? Very white head which quickly disappears. No hop aroma to speak of with even less taste. Taste of flavored spa water-with no malt character, almost like drinking tap water. Finish is thin as is the body-drinkability is very low-

with so many better macro Mexican beers available there is no reason to have XX

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 21:06:12 | More by bradybeer
Photo of shroompod


2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale and clear , small head dissipates quickly.

Smell is very faint , almost imperceivable slight grain.

Taste is slightly sweet , a very small hop profile. Overall an average tasting macro.

Mouthfeel is light , reminds me of seltzer water.

Overall an easy drinking beer , nothing unpleasant, nothing noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 23:51:19 | More by shroompod
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber lager with a small white head. Smelled slightly malty with a sense of hops. Tasted same way, but the hops were more noticeable. Served with a lime that nicely complimented the malty aftertaste. Mouthfeel was kind of thick but not overbearing. Would definitely have again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 13:40:15 | More by maddogruss
Photo of BradLikesBrew


2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Clear, pale yellow body, thin white head. No lacing, minimal retention.

s: Well, the nose isn't offensive, but it is pretty damn hard to detect. The aroma is vaguely citric, maybe some grain, maybe.

t: Again, biggest plus here is that its not gross, as opposed to Corona. The flavor is as weak as the appearance and aroma suggest. No real off flavors, just really light malt, some graininess and some lemon.

m: Light, crisp, relatively clean.

d: Easy to put down, easier to get bored with. A step above some of the other Mexican mass-produced crap, but its a pretty small step. In the right setting and for the right price I will drink it again, but I will never seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 03:54:59 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank out of the bottle with a wedge of lime on Stinko de Mayo. Had a few of these with some grilled Mahi tacos and beer battered grouper tacos.

Aroma is mild, bready, and grainey.

Flavor ditto. Very mild, but better than Corona.

Body is light and surprising quaffable. Only on Cinco de Mayo.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 18:51:20 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Gambrinus1184


2.33/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12-ounce green bottle into Berkshire Brewing pint glass:

A: Poured a pale, straw yellow color with a sudden rush of carbonation, then nothing; is this soda?

S: Smells of faintly sweet cow corn with a faint skunkiness familiar to other Mexi-lager drinkers.

T: Tastes like a Corona with a splash of Heineken mixed in it. What a nasty Euro combo.

M: Mouthfeel is sharp, thin and stinging.

D: Standard drinking lager, but with a foreign trashiness all it's own. I've been told it's alright on draft, but I don't care to find out.

This brew probably goes over at trendier Mexican-themed bars and restaurants, just to offer something to people who scoff at Corona, but still want that "authentic" Mexican experience. Go for a Negra Modelo instead, if they've got it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 02:59:56 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of rye726


1.2/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clear yellow and tan head. Aroma is corny and simple and very light. Appearance is a clear yellow with no head. Flavor is very light as well and has some bitter components. Mouthfeel is light bodied and has a harsh carbonation. Overall, I'm not too impressed, its drinkable but not very. Like most other Mexican beers it needs a lime. Even with a lime, not so good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 00:08:36 | More by rye726
Photo of ckeegan04


2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow straw color. Thin white head. No retention and no lacing.

S - Grainy corn. Also picked up the slightest hint of some hops. Not much else.

T - Grainy malts with a slight hop bitterness.

M/D - Thin feel. If it is ice cold it is a decent drinking macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 19:41:12 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of adamette


2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap 5 2 08 at Winking Lizard in Mentor, Ohio

A Thin head, thin color to body, somewhat brown

S Trace malt

T thin, watery malt.

M fine, close to water

D Great, I could drink 10 of these..it really is very drinkable.

Notes: I was very dissapointed in this beer. I had one in the past I am sure but I was looking forward to tasting/rating it for BA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 01:11:23 | More by adamette
Photo of sloejams


2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"I don't always drink beer, but when I do I make sure it's not a Dos Equis"

Actually, I do drink beer always. Dos Equis Lager isn't the worst Mexican beer - in fact it's much better than your Tecates and Coronas. Still no reason to go far for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 16:31:45 | More by sloejams
Photo of MrIncognito


2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the very first beers I had ever had when I turned 21. I loved it then. Returning to it now almost 4 years later, I just don't like. I poured it into the glass myself and, even after a hard pour, could barely get a head. Pale straw color with tiny white head. No lacing.

Smell is of corn mash and some bitter hops.

Taste is lame. Lacks any and all character. Just corn and some wheat maybe. Very watery with not alot of depth.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and smooth.

I did not enjoy this beer this time. I actually thought about not finishing it... which is rare for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 18:26:23 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very pale golden color with a fairly big white head. Aroma is diluted malt with definite corn present. On the palate it is light both in body and flavor, but crisp and went well with the Mexican food. Not a real flavorful beer, but goes down really easy.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 02:25:50 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of jsprain1


3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was given this one at a barbeque recently so I took some notes.
A- It is a pale pale yellow with a head that disappears rapidly. But considering the style, it is average.
S- It is weak malt and hops with a good bit of corn. It smells exactly like a Mexican restaurant.
t- The taste is decent. It is probably the best of the Mexican beers I've had. It does have a strong corn taste, though.
M- Strongly carbonated. And i still have corn on my mind.
D- Good for a Mexican beer. Take that as you will. Good for macro lager. A good match at a Mexican restaurant. Not horrible, not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 04:08:59 | More by jsprain1
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured yellow with very little head. The smell was mostly of grain with maybe a little bit of of corn. The taste is thin malt with a very small amount of hops, very fitting of the style. The mouthfeel is fairly thin with a moderate amount of carbonation. The things this beer excels in are drinkability and putting out the fire of spicy foods. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who isn't looking for a good Mexican drunk or eating a burrito the size of their head with very hot sauce.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 04:39:12 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of JackWeizen

Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear and flavorless lager that I bought because they didn't have the cerveca I really wanted, and I needed something to fit theme. This stuff pours clear light golden with a nice fizzy head that exits stage left.

Smell is underwhelming, and the taste is just very watered down. The malt and hop profile are pleasing to me. Floral, and not too grainy. Just slightly sweet. The problem is that they taste so watered down, that its like drinking a beer "spritzer".

This beer isn't bad, its just not fulfilling, and its expensive by that rationale.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 19:58:25 | More by JackWeizen
Photo of donteatpoop


3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very pale, clear yellow. Smells of corn and grain, tastes the same. This is really an average brew, nothing seems to set it apart from the rest. Goes down smooth, I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting... If only they tasted better.

I've only had three Mexican beers, and this was the middle one. Not the best and not the worst, just average.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:07:47 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of emerge077


2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Washed down some Guatemalan tamales with this, I don't recommend drinking it for any other purpose.

Poured a very pale golden yellow. Light fizzy foam instantly disappeared in the chilled mug. It very much resembled apple juice without much carbonation.

Kid's apple juicebox was the only thing I could smell.

Papery malt and an apple taste from the yeast, a slightly abrasive bitterness on the back end. Very thin and watery, with a gaseous end that isn't too pleasant. I threw back the rest to spare any further introspection.

Drink Dos Equis Amber instead!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 01:17:47 | More by emerge077
Photo of JDV


2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells decent. light malty, corn tastes at first, but then a slight malty, skunky taste, and a relatively quick finish. Definitely better with lime, to give it actual pleasant flavor. Not great, but a good easy enough beer to drink by the pool. A decent choice when there aren't many...

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:19:26 | More by JDV
Photo of skittlebrau


3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

the fact that this beer is so much better than Corona is undoubtedly going to skew this review. Anyway here we go..

A: Thin, watery yellow. No head to speak of. What did you expect. It gets better from here.

S: Smells very bready. No skunk.

T: Again, tastes very bready. I don't detect any hops at all. The brewers of this beer do a good job of covering up any adjuncts, although as it warmed I could taste a little corn.

M: Thin and watery.

D: Pretty drinkable, as long as there's nothing better around.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 22:06:04 | More by skittlebrau
Photo of windigo32


2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours very light golden color, very slight head that goes away quickly. Bubbles rise from the bottom quickly and constantly in large number.

S: Not to much a smell with this. Kind of earthy but in a bad way if that makes sense.

T: The taste is nothing special, just light and crisp.

M: Feels rather carbonated in the mouth.

D: This is my "cheap" party beer. It's very drinkable and goes down quickly.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 20:09:52 | More by windigo32
Photo of vickersspitfire


2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had one left over from a Christmas present I gave to a friend who really loves this beer…

Poured into a pint glass and got a small one finger head that was pretty white and didn’t last long, after a few moments its practically non-existent. The body is a very clear light yellow and has little carbonation and very thin lacing. This smells like your typical Mexican beer very light skunked aroma… but it’s not skunked at all and there is a slight hint of malts in there. It does have a strong crisp bitterness to it and has a very thin feel but it not offensive at all just no real flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 02:58:52 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of Traquairlover


2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A = Somewhat depper yellow than I expected. Very small white head. Lots of carbonation.

S = Almsot nonexistent. Very slight smell of malt. No hops, no fruits, nothing much at all. At least it is inoffensive.

T = Much like the smell there is very little there. A slight bitterness. Some slight tartness (like a sour candy), and very light taste of malt. Not much different from other beers of this style, but if you like the style, this beer should serve fine.

M = Thin bodied, lots of carbonation, no real mouth coating, pretty refreshing in the mouth though.

D = I'd say this is average. If you don't like the style then it would be lower, but it is a perfectly straightforwad American Macro Lager which is refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2007 19:41:02 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Overlord


2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellow, familiar to those who sample any mass produced lager.

Lots of carbonation, not as much skunkiness as one would expect, no real smell except a hint of malt. Maybe some bitterness.. can't say if that's from hops, though, as I can never detect any.

Perhaps a slight step above Corona, Miller, and other of its ilk.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2007 05:03:22 | More by Overlord
Photo of Gehrig


2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a pint of Dos Equis at a very good local Mexican restaurant with shrimp stir fry. The stir fry was very good; the Dos Equis, just OK. There was little head atop the clear golden body, and what there was didn't last long. Little confronts the nose, some mild hops, same with the taste. The carbonation was decent and the texture smooth, and it was a mild beverage to accompany dinner. Yet it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered. Not one I'll request, certainly not the next time I'm at that establishment.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2007 03:44:41 | More by Gehrig
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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