1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,938 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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)
View: Beers (35) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Dos Equis Special Lager Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,938 | Reviews: 524 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Redrover


2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one on Tap at Cheese Burger in Paradise. A Jimmy Buffet inspired eatery in Downers Grove, IL.

Beer was served in a frosted 13 oz mug. Light yellow with a quickly collapsing white head. No real lacing.

Not much aroma at all. The slightest bit of flowery hops, some grain (corn) and a slight touch of pepper.

Not much in the flavor department, but no off or chemical tastes. Just an under hopped slightly sweet taste. This reminds me of an MGD or Rolling Rock.

Thin mouthfeel with the only saving grace that the beer has some excellent active carbonation. This is another why bother beer, but it is easy to drink. I should have a got a margarita instead!

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2004 20:42:18 | More by Redrover
Photo of BigRedN


2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Macro, small head, with minimal retention. Did notice some lacing though.

Smell: From the bottle this had a pungent odor. After pouring into a pint glass this lessened. Slightly sweet smell.

Taste: Sweetness (likely from adjunct) hops not noticeable. A bit better than other Mexican beers, better than I hoped after smelling it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonated. Didn't have the typical "rough" feel that I usually experience when consuming the first Mexican beer of the night.

Drinkable: Quite high actually. My father in law's favorite from Mexico, and I can get this at the local grocery store for $6.48 a six.

Final thought: Like some other Mexican beers (Corona not included) this just seems better when consumed in the right setting, namely Mexico.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2004 05:19:10 | More by BigRedN
Photo of GClarkage


3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. This has always been one of my favorite lager style beers on a hot day. Plus it's dirt cheap. A 12pk for $8.99 on sale regularly. Doesn't really pour or smell like anything special, but I really like the taste.
Pours a light color with not much head and zip lacing. Smells like a typical lager. Malt, malt, malt. However, it tastes really good. Great carbonation level, nice malt taste and goes down easy. One of my favorite session beers when low on cash. My #1 beer in Mexico so far.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 03:25:42 | More by GClarkage
Photo of hero27


2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow/golden color.. little to no head or lacing.

Smell: Grainy aroma, a little skunkiness. Corona-ish.

Taste: Hop bitterness..tastes like a typical Mexican lager. Honestly, i didn't pick up much as far as flavor goes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing taste. probably the best character of this beer.

Drinkability: If you're at a Mexican restaurant, haven't tried Dos Equis, and are really thirsty, order a few. But if any of the above terms don't apply, then I'd probably skip this one. Nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2004 06:43:23 | More by hero27
Photo of santoslhalper


2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, typical adjunct lager color with a tiny head that goes away quicky. Smells like your normal skunky "green bottle" beer with hints of grain and corn. Tastes, again, like an average lager. Malts and hops are very, very minimal. Also has the thinnest taste of corn. Much more carbonated than it looks. Feels like an MBC beer in the mouth. This would be a completely average session beer if nothing else is around. All in all, it's better than corona and your typical mexican beers, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 17:54:37 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of connecticutpoet


2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This one was very, very below average, although it was a little better than a few of the American macro adjuncts.

It was a clear yellow, which made me think of... well, you can figure it out. No bubbles evident and little head, which died away fast.

The aroma was of grains and corn, with a little skunkiness.

The taste was bland. Much more carbonated than the appearance would lead one to believe. It was slightly metallic and medicinal.

A good beer to have when trying a couple of different Dos Equis varieties for comparison, but definately not one to go back to.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2004 02:35:04 | More by connecticutpoet
Photo of maccroz


2.42/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall a subpar beer. Unlike it's darker brother, this is pale and bland. For some reason I was sucked in by the green bottle. Images of hot summer days by the pool sucking back cold and refreshing brews came to my mind.

This isn't the beer for that. I have tried this at mexican restaruants and it complements spicy food, salsa, and chips magnificently. By itself it kinda sucks though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2004 22:22:11 | More by maccroz
Photo of beertaster13


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

An average lager, I tend to go with this in mexican restaurants because about as decent as mexican lagers get. Pours a lazy yellow with a little lace head. The smell is of grain and hints of sugared malt, slight skunk, the taste is of a nice breaded grain mixed with a smooth crisp malt that cleanses the palate, light bodied and a good lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 06:54:08 | More by beertaster13
Photo of mynie


2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the most fullbodied beer that you can find at most Applebee's restaurants. There should be some sort of official award for that.

It's an unimpressive straw color that is really not much different than typical American lagers. It has a bold, bitter taste that is killed completely by the lime wedges that rude waiters will put in it unless you specifically tell them not to.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2004 23:41:23 | More by mynie
Photo of oelergud


2/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale golden clear body, rich carbonation and a low but steady white head.
Some sweetness and sour corn in the nose which is pretty much the taste. Aftertaste is a sour lingering unpleasantness.
Decent mouthfeel but doesn't leave anything behind after swallowed, feels somewhat clean, maybe clinically so.
I wasn't disappointed as I didn't expect much from this brew.


Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 20:02:30 | More by oelergud
Photo of Gagnonsux


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

This is definently a better brew than the majority of the Mexican lagers I've had. Appearance is golden, fairly bright, but head is quite weak with almost no retention. Smell is standard, luckily not skunked, slightly sweet, not powerful at all. Taste is fairly average, which is quite good for a Mexican beer. Hops bite is minimal, beer tastes mainly of average malty sweetness. Taste ends up equalling a nice middle-of-the-road lager. Dos Equis Special Lager is a nice, easy-drinkin' beer, I would have no problem drinking this with Mexican food or in a weekend session.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 20:56:21 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of bignick


3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at a beechside bar in Mexico, so perhaps my impession of the beer is skewed by my beautiful surroundings.

The beer poured a yellow color, and I thought to myself, it looks like Bud. The smell, however, is a bit more appealing than Bud's. The taste is better. I enjoyed the mild sweet graniness of the flavor. The slight hops and malt seemed to balance each other nicely. This beer is more full-bodied than tecate, sol, or superior, but that is not saying much. I cannot picture myself ordering this beer in an American bar, but in Mexico it taste nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2004 18:08:31 | More by bignick
Photo of Bighuge


2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, crystal clear appearance. This beer has the tone of white grapefruit juice. Maybe just a little darker. No head. A slight dirty white collar. Appearance is lacking. Light grainy malts and hay on the nose. Maybe a titch of floral hop aroma. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than it looks. Malts are grainy and corny on the buds. Just a little bit of an astringent bitterness. A little metallic character comes into play in the aftertaste. Not my cup of tea, but I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 04:11:49 | More by Bighuge
Photo of chilidog


2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked thisone on tap at a pool-side bar for ive had the amber but not the lager. It came with a lime in it that im sure put a citric spin on the taste and flattened the appearance. That said, it was a well carbonated gold that had a white head that sorta fizzed to nothing. Very little lace spots could be seen. The aroma of corn & grain greet you as the same taste follows. The taste also had a metallic hint to it as well. An ok lager on a hot day by the pool esp. when its the only off macro offered. Though, loose the lime, Quickly!

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2004 21:38:20 | More by chilidog
Photo of Beaver13


1.48/5  rDev -46%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The Dos Equis poured a very light, clear yellow with a fizzy head that was very quickly completely gone. It has a skunky, yet slightly floral nose. 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 05:05:17 | More by Beaver13
Photo of JoEBoBpr


2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ve4ry refreshing beer and it does taste better than corona as a matter afact it dosn't need a lime. It does have a little corny taste to it but it has more subsatnce and body than corona thats why its better evn though im not saying i would buy this beer. I wouldn't ever.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2004 14:58:07 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

1/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was horrific. Corn and adjcunts aplenty, watery mouthfeel, Typical Mexican yellow as piss lager. Some plastic flavours pop up every now and then. Luckily i had the footy to watch to distract me from the weak as piss Mexican lager, this is easily just as bad as corona.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2004 09:47:00 | More by rastaman
Photo of Zorro


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

Pours a clear light gold lager.

Smells malty and of a large grain presence, no skunk at all.

Tastes mostly of grain, fairly mild flavor.

Mouthfeel is actually fairly good.

It's drinkable, but just not a sip and savor type of beer.
Beats Corona for washing down Mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2004 02:18:30 | More by Zorro
Photo of Dmann


2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As far as Mexican brews go, this is one that is on the edge of being something really good. It porued a medium golden color with minimal head that subsided quickly. The smell was grainy but with a bit of hops in there. The taste was almost pure euro-lager skunk but it was saved by a nice dry aftertaste the caught me by suprise. This is much better than Corona and Pacifico, but there must be better mexican brews out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 11:55:11 | More by Dmann
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is good. It's typical lager scent all the way; pale malts and lager yeast. It does have a bit of a sweet smell to it. The taste is decent. It is light with a simple pale flavor. It goes down easy with a dry finish and that Mexican lager zing. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. It drinks average. This is a run of the mill lager, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 00:43:11 | More by WesWes
Photo of francisweizen


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

This was sampled at Hotel Nelson in Tijuana with some excellent nachos and some wonderful mexican dinners. This was poured into a foam cup (as we were sitting outside) and suprisingly the cup did not impart any off flavors in this beer. The aromas are all light hops and malts, and the taste follows suit. The mouthfeel is light, but has more oomph than a corona or sol and the drinkability is great.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2004 18:51:20 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Boilermaker88


2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a crystal clear yellow color, a fairly compact brilliant white head that receded to a thin ring, leaving behind nary a wisp of lace.
The smell was of dusty grains and and earth, not too appealing. The taste was vaguely sweet, of pale malt and sweet corn. It had just the faintest bit of hops bitterness at the back of the palate. The feel was light, crisp and dry.
Overall, this isn't terrible if you're pairing it up with something like chips and salsa or a spicey dish. By itself, Dos Equis Special Lager is pretty bland and uninspired.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2004 23:17:52 | More by Boilermaker88
Photo of mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The head was small and irregular but the lacing wasn't too bad. Except for a slightly skunky pungency, the aroma of Dos Equis was similar to most other mass produced lagers ~ sweet corn mingled with a touch of bitterness; I thought I could detect a minute suggestion of citrus balanced (in a very small dose, mind you) with a very small hint of honey. Average. The taste was bland, watery and pretty much tasteless. On the palate Dos Equis was thin and didn't feature much of an aftertaste. Very dull and unexciting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 14:22:08 | More by mwrseeley
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


1.95/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle. I was prepared to dislike it: Green bottle of overhyped import purchased from drug store cooler with flourescent lights. etc. But this just didn't suck the way I thought. It is kind of plain, with a standard beery smell. Not a lot of flavor and perhaps filled with adjuncts. Still, nothing really offensive, mostly what you’d expect in this style, and probably a better choice in most Mexican restaurants. Just why do so-called "Mexican Beers" try to taste just like American ones?

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2003 13:53:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of counselor


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

Don't see what the "special" part of this lager is. This lager will serve to quench your thirst, but will not make you wish for another based upon the taste. It pours to a decent head with a fair color. The nose leaves lots to be desired, no rush of malts or hops. The beer fills your mouth, but nothing stands out and the finish consists of some decent lager crispness, but it is very shortlived.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 03:50:37 | More by counselor
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 1,938 ratings.