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

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2,139 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,139
Reviews: 530
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 211 | 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 Spineypanda
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dos Equis is what I have come to expect Mexican Lagers to taste like. It is refreshing, don't get me wrong... but has just about nothing to make me purchase it with my own money.

It's appearance is light golden and clear; it has a woody citrus scent to it. It tastes like a bowl of soggy grains. This beer is once again, something I will drink, but only if free. I have had far worse.

Spineypanda, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of imanidiot777
4.08/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold/yellow, very clear, not too much head and very little lacing.

S: I can't really pick out anything in particular in this one.

T: Barely any hops, a tad malty and a tad sweet. Something good about it though.

M: Feels really refined and is easy on the mouth.

D: Goes down really smooth, I could drink a ton of these too not too heavy at all.

imanidiot777, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Guinness Glass (had nothing else available at that time). Poured a pale yellow colour with a half inch head that went off in a jiffy. Smelt like grain liquid with a slight malt essence. The taste was like what Kellogs flavoured water would be. Mouthfeel was thin with good amount of carbonation. I would rate this high on drinkability, good refreshing beer, definitely more body than Corona.

BeerSingh, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of y2jrock60
3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow, very clear, highly carbonated, creamy white head that dissipates quickly

S- (My nose was clogged) Zero hop aroma, not very impressed

T- No hop flavor, taste is light, semi-sweet and malty

M- Light bodied and watery

D- Could easily drink a 6-pack, but not very enjoyable

y2jrock60, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
1.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured into glass
A: pours straw yellow, very short lasting one finger head
S: grainy corn, barely a hop in the nose
T: um corn water with barely noticeable hops. tastes better when drunk out of the bottle imo.
M: medium carbonation, watery
D: goes down easy

reminds me a bit of coors light

rootbeerman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of biegaman
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dos Equis doesn't exactly look like Aztec gold but the appearance is decent. The colour is a little drab and toneless but otherwise the clarity is immaculate, the bubbles are entertaining and the head... wait, where did it go? There were some white bubbles here a minute ago. Looks like 'decent' needs to be knocked down a peg. We'll consider it "presentable".

I understand that corn is revered in Mexican culture but I think it's better left to tortillas. Using corn as an adjunct may lead to more consistent beers but I'll tell ya, it certainly does not lead to more fragrant ones - and least not more *pleasantly* fragrant ones anyhow. This has a pretty bold smell alright, it just isn't a very appetizing one.

Neither does corn make for a more tasteful beer. If this isn't the poster boy for high-fructose corn syrup I don't know what is. Best case scenario: corn makes for a more neutral (less distinguished, less flavoured) tasting beer. Worst case scenario: it makes something so repugnant just the thought of it gracing your lips makes your liver quiver.

I'd say Dos Equis is somewhere in the middle, highly uninteresting but not too distasteful. That being said, the fact that I can't remember how long this bottle has been in my fridge and I still have another 10 months before the posted date of expiry doesn't exactly sit well with my liver either. Who knows what else they put in these beers?

Well, we do know they put very little actual ingredients; no hops and a little, tinee-tiny bit of malt leads to a very light-bodied, unnoteworthy, unsatisfying, entirely characterless beer. They do, however, pump in plenty of money. Cue the advertising. The Dos Equis mascot is 'the most interesting man in the world' because this beer certainly is not.

And effective advertising it is. Hey, if those (brilliant) little 15 second vignettes can convince people that this beer has any story or character at all, then by god maybe this company does deserve the sale. But let's be clear about one thing: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma is far, far better at making commercials than they are at making beer.

biegaman, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
1.9/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I was making tacos for a date and she said she'd bring the beer. Unfrotunately this is what she brought.

A - Clear, yellow, can see bubbles.

S - Corn and other assorted grains. A little malty. Maybe it's the green bottle, but this smells like Heineken.

T - Tastes like Heineken, in that I can't stand it. Tastes more like a pilsner than a lager, and a bad one at that.

M - Watery, feels like the taste is floating above the water somehow.

D - Well, it is easy to get down, assuming you can get by the taste.

I hate this beer would have to be really thirsty to have it.

AgentZero, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

alovesupreme, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

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.

twiggamortis420, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

allergictomacros, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Amalak
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Amalak, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.3/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

VictorEHuskie, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of tyhillman
4.75/5  rDev +74%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

tyhillman, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

ExtraStout, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tobymugg
4.6/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

tobymugg, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
1.68/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

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....

dacrza1, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bgreg3, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of MadTown1000
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

MadTown1000, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of EsoxLucius
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

EsoxLucius, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bookseeb, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of Monsteruss
1.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

Monsteruss, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of cervezale
2.15/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

cervezale, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Psyopticon
3.18/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Psyopticon, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Cyberkedi, May 26, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

BlackHaddock, May 23, 2009
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,139 ratings.