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

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2,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,105
Reviews: 529
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 191 | 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 Rayek
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Having just reviewed Carta Blanca at the same restaurant, I'll forgo a description of the "interesting" serving environment. Also having just reviewed Carta, I feel highly compelled to copy and paste that review here and replace references to rice with corn. But I won't.

A: A darker shade of gold than Carta, with better clarity to boot. Brilliant white head doesn't stick around, but leaves a trace of lace in its wake.

S: Adjunct heavy, but inoffensive. Corn is very evident, plus a bit of earthy hops. Certainly has more going on than its competition this evening.

T: Light and relatively refreshing. Corn tastes like the adjunct of choice, as there's a distinct sweetness here that rice and barley don't impart. Unfortunately, corn is my least favorite adjunct, as I think it overpowers any malt that might be in the mash with it if too much is used. That said, Dos Equis is better than most of the corn centered Miller beers I've had. The brewers must not have gone too over the top. Faint praise, I know, but I'm doing my best. Bitterness is there and actually has a bit of a lemon flavor. Finishes clean. You can let this one warm a little and not worry about it turning nasty. A definite plus.

M: Medium-light body is a touch syrupy. Carbonation feels about right.

D: This beer is nothing special, but it's a cut above Carta, and two or three cuts above Corona to me. It certainly goes down easily enough.

Because I'm probably insane, I've been trying all of the Mexican beers that are readily available at the Mexican restaurants in Denver. Dos Equis XX is my next to last stop on the trip. One more to go before I return to a steady diet of Bohemia and Negra Modelo with my enchiladas.

Rayek, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had last night at dinner last night with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Poured a pale yellow with no head or lacing. Smell was relatively non-descript and consisted primarily of corn. Taste was simply average. Nothing really jumped out. Like the smell, it is mainly corn. Watery mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Good for a bar-b-que.

jdubjacket, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of OsuJohn
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This lager is somewhat light and drinkable, good for the middle of the summer. Dos Equis is a good compromise between flavor and heaviness. This beer is more flavorful than typical light lager, but not as heavy as most domestic lagers.

This is my choice when I want to drink a flavorful beer in a hot atmosphere without being overwhelmed by the weight of the beer (BBQ, poolside, after yard work). However this is not my first choice when I seek out a beer based on taste.

OsuJohn, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of bunnyhustle
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the better adjunct lagers I've had, but that aint saying much. Pours a really pale, clear, yellow, with fizzy fluffy head. No retention or lacing. Smell has a slight grain and cereal smell. Taste is pretty bland but I swear a light kiss of lemon perhaps, though there isnt much there I swear there was a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Easy drinker. About the only reason I'm reviewing this is to say this: This may be the best beer to pair with fish tacos! A 6 pack of this was on sale for $4 so I picked it up, had a couple, then the next day had a couple with fish tacos and it was a perfect compliment!

bunnyhustle, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of albern
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty ho hum beer, but I wasn't expecting much beyond that. I had this years ago in the plaza in very hot, humid, sticky Veracruz, Mexico where anything cold is a welcomed relief from the thick, stale, stagnant overheated air, even at night. This was awesome in those conditions. In a more contemplative, relaxed setting this beer is just another adjunct beer from Mexico. It's refreshing, very light, clear as crystal, yellowy pale, no head, not much lacing. What did you expect. The nose is cooked veggies with the musty cardboard lagery smell that is common with the style. There is a slight maltiness in there too and maybe a slight earthy note as well. The taste is very bland, eminently drinkable, light, light, light. There is very little taste beyond some cooked veggie, some light malts, some adjunct sweetener. There is very little mouthfeel and almost no aftertaste, save for a touch of grassiness. If you're looking for taste, forget it. If you want a carbonated beverage in a sticky, oppressively humid environment, such as the Caribbean coast of Mexico in July, this is your beer everytime.

albern, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of tittymcj
2.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out impossible clear. It has almost no color. Slight yellowish hue, with tons of carbonation that keeps going for a long time. The head is very bubbly but not thick, and disappears rapidly.

Smells very metallic. No real scents at all aside from some vague corn.

Taste is thin. Some corn, some bready character, but also very metallic.

Mouthfeel is very thin and bubbly. Refreshing, but not very complicated.

Very drinkable beer because of it's thin character.

tittymcj, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
2.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a fizzy straw yellow from the bottle with an eighth-inch of fizzy white head that quickly disappeared. I smell a hint of corn syrup and taste almost nothing. Reminds me of mineral-y tap water steeped with some canned corn. Mouthfeel is similarly devoid of any recognizable characteristics, which I guess isn't quite as bad in this style. In light of its utter blandness, I guess I can't really dock this in the drinkability category either.

Riccymon, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale yellow straw color. Thin white head that leaves no retention or lacing.

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

T- Grainy malts with a slight hop bitterness also could pick up something sweet just couldn't put my finger on what it was.

M- Light in body, thin and carbonated just fine.

D- Not bad for the Macro style.

nrbw23, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-gold color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt upfront. Typical setup for the style.

Taste is overly sweet and full of corn and grainy malt. Like a stale loaf of bread. Still quite easy to drink.

Corn and grain linger in the mouthfeel. Feels pretty average but still inoffensive. Goes down easy like water.

Average. You won't be too impressed with this but if you like your beers to be easy to drink and hardly special, then this is for you. Otherwise, I'd avoid it.

Brad007, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of spointon
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one from a 12oz green bottle in a bar in Cozumel last weekend.

A= This lager poured a very pale yellow color with decent clarity and a 1/2" foamy white head. The head quickly dropped to nothing and did not leave any lace on the glass.

S= Sort of a sickly sweet malt and corn aroma with a tiny bit of hop spiciness. Some sulfur and a mild amount of skunking present as well.

T= Malt and corn sweetness all throughout this one with just the barest minimum of hop bitterness in there to balance the sweetness. The mild skunking gave this a punchy, herbal quality near the end. Finish was clean and absent of any aftertaste other than the faint skunk.

MF= Thin bodied and fizzy, giving a crisp feel on the tongue. Decent palate cleanser.

D= As fortune had it, I had this beer from a bottle just a couple hours after having it on tap. Its the ubiquitous beer in Cozumel. Pretty drinkable for the style, and certainly better than Corona or anything brewed by Miller for that matter.

spointon, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of CndBoi
3.63/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its a fairly good beer, i am a big fan. I am big on drinkability and smoothness, and dont like very flavorful beers, which is why i am such a fan. Most people dont really like such easy drinking beers, so its understandable for the less then stellar review. But it looks good, as a nice light golden pour, and has a nice kind of nutty smell to it. It goes down smooth and tastes good. If you like easy drinkers, this is easily of the top.

CndBoi, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of bmwats
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A: Bright yellow. Heavy carbonation pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly into a smattering of bubbles. Substantial carbonation continues to rise. No lacing.

S: Light malt, wheat, subtle yeast and honey.

T: Wheaty and lightly malted, maybe a hint of citrus. . . not much else.

M: Light body and a little watery.

D: Okay. Not much to talk about, but you can live through the process, and not even realize you're finished.

Atmosphere, not really. . . Light subdued flavor, although not offensive. The same with the feel. Serviceably refreshing quaff.

bmwats, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a diminutive white head that disappears immediately to leave an anemic-looking collar. Smells very faintly of grainy malt and nothing else (though thankfully, that includes skunk). Taste is quite similar in its malt/adjunct mediocrity. Slightly crisp at least. Decent carbonation gives it a weak Perrier feel. Drinkable, but there's a complete lack of flavor and character.

philipquarles, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Spikester
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a good two finger white head. Very modest lacings.
Aroma is corny, copper.
Taste is corny, sweet, and slightly bitter finish. Perfect US macro clone.
Easy drinker, mild carbonation, slightly sweet finish. Would be fine with a Mexiacan meal. No bad qualities.

Spikester, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of WJVII
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a wheat colored yellow with a thin white head that quickly sank back into the brew leaving no lacing, nor any cap to speak of. The aroma was of corn, some light hops, and a little alcohol. The taste was thin and full of carbonation. I am not reviewing this with a lime (as I would usually drink) which would cut into the carbonation and add some flavor to this seemingly dull brew. Macro all the way. Could drink with a spicy Mexican meal to cut the heat, but other than that just another Mexican import falling flat.

WJVII, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poures a very light, clear yellow with a fizzy white head that was very quickly.Aroma is slightly skunky,some corn,and a hint of floral hops. It's very thin and watery. There is very little flavor, just a sweetish starch and some slight skunkiness. Overall, it's a little better than some macros, but not by much.

WakeandBake, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.63/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More Cuauhtémoc goodness. Better than Sol but worse than Bohemia

A- Poured from green 12oz into 14oz pilsener glass. Clear piss-yellow color with a decent foamy head that doesnt stick around long but leaves a smudge of lacing

S- Sweet malted corn, oxidation, and I believe I detect a touch of hops

T- Taste is decent with some pilsener-lager flavors noticeable. Overall good, strong taste for an adjunct lager

M- Light with prickly carbonation like most Mexican beers

D- Quick and easy to turn the glass like most Mexican beers

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of treehugger02010
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer out of the refrigerator at my parent's home in Tampa, FL and poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: Surprisingly pretty. A clear gold color with a large white head and good retention and layered lacing. Lots of bubbles, but not over carbonated.
Smell: Oxidized, cardboard. Pale malt, non-offensive hop.
Taste: Again it tasted oxidized. Not much in the way of malted backbone, but a good earthy hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry.
Drinkability: Not awful.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As in my Pacifico review, this blurb is not meant to glorify this beer. I will enjoy an ice-cold Dos XX on a hot day, and I will not feel guilty about it. Pours clear and bubbly gold with a puffy white head. Sweet rice and corn aroma with a helping of grassy hops. Taste is the same, only very smooth and not as watery as one would expect.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of hoppheadIPA
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a 32oz. mug. Pours a golden yellow with a thin head that vanishes quickly, leaving no lacing on the mug.

Smells slightly of corn hops with nothing else really to pinpoint.

Taste did no impress me at all, being a lager. Although compared to other mexican brews, this is a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel was pretty smooth with a little mor carbonation that I had hoped, But it goes down fairly smooth.

After about 3/4 of the 32oz mug, I was ready to leave it at the table. But I paid for it, so I drank it.

hoppheadIPA, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of PintOHops
3.45/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears pale/straw yellow with high carbonation. Thin head that dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass, no lacing. Smells of musty malt with corn & mixed vegetables. A sweet butterscotch, and touch of citrus as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of corny mixed vegetables, and a citrus note at the end. Musty malt with a touch of bitterness, and a sweet butterscotch flavor that comes out in the aroma as well. Not much change as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, feels silky & smooth. Some crispness as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This is highly drinkable ,one of the least corny tasting American Adjuncts that iv had. There's nothing offensive about it. I could easily drink it all night long. I think its a bit different from others, because of its butterscotch flavor/aroma, and its silky smooth mouthfeel. Very decent, I recommend you try it.

Another thing that's interesting about this beer is the fact that it comes in a green bottle, and there's no skunky aroma or flavor. Impressive!

PintOHops, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had this a few times in the past at parties but never got to sit down and enjoy one.

Well.. it ain't terrible. I would compare it to a Corona with more body and a better mouthfeel to it. This makes it not a great beer, but leaps and bounds ahead of the more popular Corona.. damn media advertising. Anywho, just a pale rice-y skunky beer, best on a hot day. If you're gonna go Mexican themed, this or Negra Modelo would be solid choices.

oriolesfan4, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dos equis? Two x's? Two strikes?

Strikingly clear. Whitest of white head on a yellow tinted clear fluid. Snap, crackle, pop and the head is gone.

Smell is ... unappealing. Bad even.

Theres actually a slight bready flavor that gives us something to talk about. If not for that hint of flavor there would be no substance at all. Thankfully it tastes better than it smells.

Feel of almost flat carbonated water. You figure it out.

Overall: "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Stone IPA bitch." Most Interesting Man in the World.

PatronWizard, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of steeler
4.1/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Stay thirsty my friends"

A - For the style, looks good. Pale yellow color.

S - A bit skunky, but smells like a stock beer.

T - For a Mexican style macro, it does have quite a bit of flavor. The one odd thing I found with this beer, is that its flavor really comes out as it gets colder :S. But good none the less.

M - Carbonated, Full, and very smooooth.

D - On a hot day, ice cold, hands down this is the perfect beer. Or washing down any spicy food or greasy wings. Easy to down a lot of these.

Overall its a great beer for what it is, defiantly better than Corona. Highly recommended!

steeler, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of kguyty
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow, with a very thin white head. Not much smell to speak of, and the taste resembles the smell. It is pretty thin, so drinkability loses points as well. Not awful, but not worth the extra money (if in the US). It is pretty good for free, but I have had better Mexican beers.

kguyty, Nov 11, 2008
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,105 ratings.