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

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2,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,037
Reviews: 526
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 11
Gots: 153 | 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)
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2.68/5  rDev -1.8%

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...

01-15-2008 22:19:26 | More by JDV
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3.13/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

01-12-2008 22:06:04 | More by skittlebrau
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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

01-04-2008 20:09:52 | More by windigo32
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2.78/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

01-01-2008 02:58:52 | More by vickersspitfire
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2.68/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

12-23-2007 19:41:02 | More by Traquairlover
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2.1/5  rDev -23.1%

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.

12-22-2007 05:03:22 | More by Overlord
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2.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

12-15-2007 03:44:41 | More by Gehrig
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New York

3/5  rDev +9.9%

A- Golden yellow color, clear, thin white ring of head, tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Grains, corn, hints of malts and hops, slight metallic smell

T- Honey, malts, grains, corn, slight bitter hops near the end

M- Light body, medium carbonation, smooth, slight oily finish

D- Not too bad

To me this tastes like another typical mexican light beer. Not bad but nothing to really rave about.

12-10-2007 19:28:02 | More by iceball585
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2.88/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a nice yellow with a short white head. It has a sweet aroma of sweet corn and some light hops. The taste is not that impressive. It tastes kind of sweet malts and light hops. It is pretty carbonated and since it doesn't have much taste it is fairly drinkable. Good mouthfeel, but not that great an overall beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

12-09-2007 21:05:13 | More by erosier
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2.38/5  rDev -12.8%

12 oz green bottle served in a lager glass.

Poured a brilliantly clear light yellow color with medium carbonation and a bright white head. Escaping bubbles were clearly visible. Nose was corn, corn, corn. Anything else was in the background. I mean, we're talking impressively corny. Maybe some mushroom aroma in there, too. Light body. Tasted about like it smelled. Really lacked much flavor at all, and what was there tasted like it did not belong in beer. Mouthfeel was crisp and clean, and the drinkability was good except that it doesn't taste good enough to drink a lot of it.

This is one of my wife's standards. It's good enough to steal one out of the back of the fridge if the need arises, but that's about it. It's kinda pricey, too, which I've never understood.

11-02-2007 23:05:27 | More by shererjt
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New York

3.03/5  rDev +11%

Poured a very light straw color with a thin head. The smell was pretty weak with a hint of corn to it. To me it had a good favor my favorite of Mexican brews but it could use a lime to sweeten it up a little. It had a medium carbonation and was fairly smooth in my mouth. As I said this is my favorite Mexican brew it could use a lime and with it its a very enjoyable beer if your out having fun and not thinking too much about the taste.

10-08-2007 06:16:52 | More by armock
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2.33/5  rDev -14.7%

There's no head. It's really weird, it there's some soda-like large-ish bubbles, but nothing sticks. Very clear, golden, macro-brew.

Sweet grain, DMS, corn aromas.

Crisp brew when cold, thin, light body, malty with lots of grain husk and cooked corn flavor.

Really weak. Better than Corona is about the best I can say.

09-26-2007 20:34:00 | More by BretSikkink
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2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

Pours a pale golden color with very little head, even pouring into the middle of the glass, though what is there sticks around for a while and laces the glass. Smells a little floral, but mostly very clean. The taste is also very clean. Not much sweetness, not much bitterness, no malt or hops detected. No flavor at all, really. Mouthfeel is pretty watery, with a little tingliness on the tongue, much like soda water. Overall, it's drinkable, but so is water. I was hoping for beer.

09-17-2007 13:16:04 | More by Kulrak
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2.6/5  rDev -4.8%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass in my friend's garage

Never had this with food, but probably would be better

Refreshing beer espeically in the summer heat

Pours golden yellow color with no head

Taste is comparable to Pacifico from what I can rememeber out that one

Could drink a good amount of these if desired

09-12-2007 07:11:48 | More by Floydster
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2.63/5  rDev -3.7%

12 onz green "botella"

Appearance: Pale golden color with some white bubbles above.

Smell : There's corn ,cooked veggies and grains in this beer.

Taste: There's corn and cooked veggies in the taste also, some bitteness when you finish it

Drinkability: One of the best mexican lagers i have drink, not to compare with the amber one.

09-04-2007 07:31:13 | More by BeerDreadz
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New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev +16.5%

Bright strong gold body, good carbonation, good clarity. Thinnish white head quickly breaks down to an oil slick.

Small but pleasant grass/hay aroma, with a hint of fresh bread.

Taste starts lightly sweet, but full, not timid. Enough hops to balance, and while no bite, a tiny hop tingle carries into the clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, with a little body to it.

Drinkability is...really not bad.

I've had about twenty of these over the course of my current cruise vacation, and while I was disappointed in the lack of Sam Adams on the beer menu, I'm surviving nicely. It held up with nine excellent dinners. Not bad at all when compared with American Macro Lagers, and light years beyond that other Mexican beer.

But am I looking forward to getting home to my beer fridge.

08-17-2007 21:46:20 | More by RonfromJersey
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3.08/5  rDev +12.8%

A: Bottle into my smaller Trappist glass. It looks a bit paler than most of the macros. Bubbly Caucasian head that dissipates down and ends up having some pretty nice lacing.

S: A mild bouquet of fermenting green apples. Very sweet smelling. Too sweet for me.

T: A mellow bit of hop and barley, like a super weak pale ale, kinda like Rolling Rock. A bit too sweet for my taste buds.

M: Watery

D: Just okay, and I know its wrong but the limón and la sal go into this one. Served extremely cold with my flavorings and drank in the hot summer sun it makes a good day. Go with the Amber instead!

08-02-2007 03:59:31 | More by baos
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2.9/5  rDev +6.2%

I was actually going into this expecting the worse, so it was almost a pleasant surprise. The look is average for a mass produced lager, nothing special.

The smell was very weak, nothing really stands out.

The taste was about average. Again, nothing really stood out. Slight malty taste in there, but it was barely evident.

The mouthfeel was fine. It went down smooth and didn't really leave any aftertaste.

I would say it's drinkable. If I was at a party where this was all that was available, I could see myself drinking a few.

Overall, it was not as bad as I had thought it would be, but I'm still wondering what makes this Dos Equis "special"?

07-30-2007 14:46:02 | More by WillieMoe
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1.93/5  rDev -29.3%

Served in a pint glass with a burrito at lunchtime.

A. Pale golden with a white head that disappears quickly.

S. A bit of corn, but not much else.

T. Tastes a bit like corn syrup with some harsh bitterness.

M. Thin, watery with a dry finish.

D. I don't think I could handle more than one of these. If I hadn't purchased it, I wouldn't have finished the first one, but I hate to waste.

I thought this would be cool refreshing beverage to go with my mid-day meal, but I'll stick with a good old hefe instead.

07-22-2007 05:48:53 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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2.05/5  rDev -24.9%

I recently vacationed in Mexico, and while most of the Mexican beers I drank tasted much better than they do in the US, this one actually tasted worse. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Mouthfeel was highly (unpleasantly) carbonated and flavor was corny and metallic.

07-05-2007 21:31:04 | More by BeerBelcher
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2.85/5  rDev +4.4%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- straw yellow color with a small white head that dissapates quickly.

S- has a light sweet grain smell, not really anything else.

T- sweet malty taste, tastes kind of like heineken to me.

M- a light refreshing beer that goes down smooth.

D- not a great beer, but it is drinkable, i would choose it over corona anyday.

06-24-2007 11:21:17 | More by jayfarley3
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2.68/5  rDev -1.8%

With a light golden appearance, there's little carbonation, and the head fades quickly. While it has a faint malt aroma, it has an obvious macro taste - light & crisp with no hops action.
The carbonation hits at the tip of the tongue and follows up with some adjuncts. It's almost like drinking seltzer water mixed with corn syrup. Still, I think this is better than its dark lager counterparts from north of the border, but not by much. Pass.

06-21-2007 21:11:04 | More by rrg1gb
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3.08/5  rDev +12.8%

From the bottle the head was not too bad. Kind of a pale yellow/off gold color. Smelled a little hint of "skunkiness", but not bad. Couldn't place the rest...overdone? Taste really isn't all that bad. Crisp & fresher than the smell and had some body with a pleasant aftertaste that doesn't stay too long. If you want to drink beer all day this would do fine. Not a great beer at all, but not bad.

06-14-2007 02:32:57 | More by gotweid
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3.2/5  rDev +17.2%

decent Mex brew. better than the mass marketed one from south of the border. not a great beer, but one that is good served cold on a hot day.

leave the citris out of these beers. the only reason to add a lemon or lime is to mask the taste and smell. of course if you dont like the taste or smell then maybe that is the only way to drink it. to each their own.

worth a try.

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06-13-2007 12:11:30 | More by giblet
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1.78/5  rDev -34.8%

Another Mexican beer and another disappointment. At least this one does not come in that unappealing transparent bottle as Sol or Corona does.

Appearance: clear with a pale yellow color. The head is white, very low and it fades as quickly as the beer is poured.
Aroma: corn grits smell.
Taste: adjuncty. More malty than hoppy.
Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (my bottle states 4,5% instead of 5%) and medium to light body.
Finish: very slightly bitter and very short.

Overall: brisk and refreshing, but without character and no personality at all. Better than Sol and Corona (no compliment there!) but still bland. My quest for a good Mexican beer continues.

06-05-2007 18:45:21 | More by AlexLMS
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.