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

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BA SCORE
64
poor

2,318 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 366 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355 mL bottle picked up as a single; best before June 2012. One of the few major Mexican pale lagers I haven't yet tried; I usually like to avoid green bottles but I don't have much choice here.

Pours a pale golden-straw colour, with a little more than a finger of fizzy bone-white head on the surface with poor retention. A soapy film remains on the surface, with a thin collar of foam around the edge of the glass .This stuff smells borderline rank to me; the skunkiness isn't too dominant but it is definitely a factor. It has that cheap, stale beer smell, the sort you might get a whiff of if you wander into a house that hosted a kegger the night previous - pale malts, too much corn; tolerable but not the most pleasant odour and not enticing at all.

Fortunately it tastes significantly better than it smells. Some slight pale malt sweetness and corn husk. Faint vaguely citrusy notes, hinting at the presence of some sort of hops. Clean finish without much aftertaste. Light-bodied, with the usual heavy macro carbonation and watery feel. Crisp and refreshing, as an adjunct lager should be.

This is not an interesting brew and like most Mexican lagers it is very overpriced, but considering its brethren, you could do much worse. More of a Euro-style lager than a stale corn bomb like Corona. I doubt I'd buy this from a store again, but I could see myself getting it at a Mexican restaurant, paired with spicy food.

[Updated Oct. 20 2013]

Picked up a can of this on a whim, to see if my opinion has changed any. I must admit, the outlook isn't as rosy as last time - this is a pretty mediocre lager, comparable to most domestic equivalents, with a grainy, corny flavour. Like Corona, this one is all marketing hype... at least the commercials for this brand are chuckleworthy.

Final Grade: 2.94, a C.

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One of the better mass produced beers.

A: Pale transparent yellow beer that is topped with a 1 fingered frothy white head that exhibited some retention, but very little lacing.

S: Sweet malts and scents of grains.

T: Sweet grains and malts, like the smell, dominate the taste. Short lived flavor, but one of the better macro brews around.

M: Light, but silky

O: Ok brew that I enjoy on occasion.

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Appearance: Clear straw color, very pale. Rather large head is gone almost immediately. Steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom.

Aroma: Sweet malts struggle against the cooked-veggies DMS smell. Has some of that distinct macro skunk.

Taste: Cereal grains and corn malts. Minimal hop bitterness. Crisp and dry; finishes clean with a grainy aftertaste. As far as macro lagers go, this is one of the better examples, though that's obviously not saying much.

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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,318 ratings.