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

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BA SCORE
65
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2,235 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 260 | FT: 0
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001)
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Photo of Bigboyash73
2.33/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is ok beer besides the skunk smell that comes from it! Green bottles dont help the smell. It has a horrible after taste but takes ok when you first sip it! I have to admit the commercials are cool!Put this in a can and it will be better! Havent tried the amber version yet! Hopes it better!

Photo of emancomeith
1.4/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

OK so my New Years Resolution is to drink 52 different companys beers in 52 weeks (for example...not Bud and Bud light but just Bud)...
This beer was my week number 2 and I have to say I wish I would have picked something else.
I didnt like anything about this beer from the taste to the color-from the carbonation to the bad after taste that it left in my mouth.
I do however like the bottle art
and the commercials are really really cool.
The only really good thing about this beer is that I ran out and dont have to drink it ever again...

Photo of zdk9
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours into my mug a goldenrod color with a finger and a half of angel white head. The head dissipates quickly, more quickly than the carbonation rising from the bottom of the mug would indicate. Lacing...maybe a bit.

S- A simple aroma, and rather sweet. Sweet like cooked frozen corn and honey. Some malt- cookie dough, sweet holiday bread. And just a bit of lemon.

T- Taste is not nearly as sweet. Unexpected at this point, but appreciated. More malt- straw, white bread crust.

M- Light and goes down easy.

D- This is a bit one dimensional. Good for a hot day which tonight is not.

Photo of hardy008
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow with a small white head with poor retention and little lacing. Smells of grain and corn, nothing else. The beer taste like it smells. Corn and grain, and a little sweetness.

Light bodied, average carbonation. Feels about average. Not a good beer, and not the worst I have had.

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

a- typical clear pale yellow with fast fading head
s- corn and just a pinch of hops
t- corn and just a pinch of hops and some sweetness
m- thin watery mouthfeel
d- as far as the mexican/south american beers go its decent but its still a diluted session beer. ill take it over corona/tecate/modelo/etc

Photo of jsdunlop
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light and golden, crystal clear with a minimal head, some lacing present. Smell is strongly of corn and grains, a bit sweet, nothing more, nothing less. At first taste, this beer introduces some very grainy and nutty flavors to the palate, followed by a slight sweetness and a very, very faint floral hop character that is short lived. Mouthfeel is light and watery, moderate carbonation, with a very dry aftertaste, its almost as if all the saliva and moisture from the mouth has vanished after a sip of this swill. Not too refreshing, though it does have a crisp grainy/carbonation bite to it at first sip. Nothing to seek out, but it is drinkable, just not much going on as far as flavor goes.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella goblet

A: Pale yellow with nice golden tones. Pours almost no head. Minimal spotty lace.

S: Really clean malt. Clean

T: Bland. Little sweetness. Corn. Slight bitter.

M: Nicely carbonated. Little overall affect.

D: Not really great. I've had it before and wouldn't seek it out again.

Photo of dragonWhale
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Are you supposed to start thirsty and stay thirsty? What does the commercial imply? Tough to say, I guess. As I sip the watery lager, I can feel my beard growing more sexy by the swallow. At each faint brush of hop, I become more mysterious. What kind of man would drink such a flavorless beverage? It's tasty if you like that wet dog flavor in a beer. Not bad at all, eh? Very little to it, some faint hops and malt, distinctively watery.

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

A rough pour gives us a crystal clear brew of the lightest pale straw color. The head is two fingers of white foamy bubbles that disappear entirely within moments, without a trace. The carbonation is active and there is a lack of any sediment or haze. Any aromatics present are faint, with light malts, metallics, and corn coming through the most. The grain bill is presented at the very front of the taste. Surprisingly, it begins with a grainy, and significantly corny, flavor. The middle is hollow, with shells of the front mixing with a slight bitterness. The finish is metallic, with a tinge of sour (is that hops?!) to carry it through to the aftertaste. The body is light, but the carbonation is highly apparent. The beer's feel is thin and watery, as it neglects the mouth and glides straight down the throat, with little palpable satisfaction. The drinkability is fair due to simplicity.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the standard appearance and the "chuggable" drinkability. While many of these adjunct lagers use corn, it is rarely exhibited so forwardly in the taste, as it is here, leading to a bland, unremarkable brew. For the style, it passes, but is not necessarily delectable by any means.

Photo of DemandingSky
4.43/5  rDev +61.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First off, Dos Equis or XX is my favorite dinner beer. By that, I mean I drink it just about every time I go out to eat at a nice restaurant. It's taste and feel is smooth with a very high drinkability, color is soft yellowish and smell is kind of sweet. I generally buy it in bottles and the price is nice for the quality.

Not a beer to get drunk on, perhaps a gateway to liquor like I use it for, but not for the actual purpose. Definitely good for just relaxing one evening watching sports or a movie.

Photo of CrazyMike
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Straw yellow appearance with minimal head. Smell is light, picked up grain and corn.

Taste is light overall, it is a bit sweet with corn and almost a rice taste. Picked up no hops. Body is very light and lightly carbonated. After taste is dry and sour, but doesn't over do it.

Overall, this is a simple beer. Has little characteristics but I can see it being a refreshing summer beer. Would only recommend if your into Mexican Lagers

Photo of Lagerfeld
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice looking beer - generally a fan of the beers in green bottles, this one is slightly of a lower quality than the others i enjoy (heineken,moosehead) dos equis is a very basic lager.

Pros:

Very Carbonated (i love carbonation, makes it more refreshing)

Easy To Drink (which is good in most cases if you have friends or girls over who don't understand the taste of good beers and rate beers on drinkability ex. coors light/bud light fans)

Good Bottle Design (overall the beer is very well promoted and the bottle design is pretty classy and current)

Cons:

Taste (doesn't have a distinct taste, if i was given this in a blind study with other lagers i'd have a hard time saying if it was dos equis or not - that being said it does not taste bad and would be good on a hot summer day)

Wow Factor/Originality (I believe to be a truly entertaining and well made beer you have to stand out among the thousands of other beers out there in some way - this beer does not do that - theres just not much too it, still a decent beer but not a top notch beer in my opinion)

Overall I think the beer deserves a "C" +/- good for certain occasions but by no means a regular in my rotation

Photo of DCon
3.48/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When choosing a Mexican beer, this is the one to go to. The reason is probably only marketing purposed because of the "Most interesting man in the world" commercials. The beer itself tastes better than a Corona, so I enjoy a Dos Equis every now and then. Never have seen in on tap though...

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

Poured this bottle into a mug. Very light golden color, I have heard that this was originally created to market to those folks who consider Heineken to be top shelf. Basically another all grain lager that risks being light damaged by being in green glass. No such problem here. This fresh case sample has all the grainy flavors intact, with carbonation keeping the sweeter-floral ester notes lively. Simply easy to drink. Best enjoyed cold.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the bottle at Chipotle.

Nothing like knocking back a nice brew with some tasty Chipotle, baby! This one pours a clear very pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived white froth. The nose comprises corn, wheat, hard water, and corn syrup. The taste doesn't deviate from this plan too far, save for a light hint of lemon spice. The body is quite light, with a lightly fizzy carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, nothing close to special, but good enough to douse the spice from the delicious steak.

Photo of JMD
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear straw yellow with very small head even after an agressive pour. Head fades almost immediately and leaves no lacing on the glass. Looks exactly like a hundred other macros.

S: Light aroma of grain and corn husks. Not much else going on.

T: Bland macro flavor. Grainy with notes of sweet corn. Some very faint hops.

M: Very light and highly carbonated

D: This is your run of the mill, bland macro lager. No flavor and no real character. That said, I've had too many of these while on the beach in Mexico to give it a low drinkability rating. The commercials are by far the most interesting part of the beer. "If he punched you in the face, you would have to fight of a strong urge to thank him."

Photo of Thorpe429
2.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is golden with a slight white head that diminishes rapidly. The nose and taste can be described together as I don't think there's much of a difference and, frankly, there's really not much to them. There's a bit of light grain and that's about it. Some mild bitterness in the taste and feel, but even that is hard to pick out. Not a fan of this and prefer the amber version.

Photo of TheHammer
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Next to no head, and when it did occur it disappeared almost immediately. The body is a slightly lighter then average blonde that has some steady carbonation.

Smell: Slight skunking but for the most part, bland and boring. Small notes of corn and straw. It's run of the mill in the worst way.

Taste: Starts with a mild rice and sweet corn taste that turns to fairly mild and generic hops. It's a bit watered down, but I sort of expect that from a mexican beer.

Mouthfeel: At the very end of the beer, the carbonation kicks in weird and a bit too soon. That and the lack of head doesn't do any favours. Apart from that, it's not bad.

Drinkability: Well it is refreshing, but the odd carbonation hurts it a bit, as it also leave you belching. Apart from that, no issues getting it down.

Final Thoughts: So, apparently the most interesting man in the world likes one of the world's least interesting beers. Maybe that's why he doesn't always drink beer. This beer is pretty generic, but I will give it that I would certainly choose it over Corona. You'll want a squirt a lime with this one.

Photo of PDX2LA
1.45/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

I wanted to try something new. So, I asked the bartender for a bottle of Dos Equis. This beer had no body, not a whole lot of flavor, and the appearance was not memorable. My only lasting impression of this beer is that it tasted like dirty tap water. If it wasn't for the alcohol, I would not have known it was beer. However, their marketing campaign is amazing. Had it not been for those commercials, I would have never given it a try.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad for an adjunct, especially how cheap I can get it at the local Mexican place. Light straw color, no head but a little bit of lacing. Just a bit of a grainy smell. The taste is also rather plain, adjunct grains...

The beer does have a decent body however. And the carbonation is also nice, the beer feels nice and a bit spicy on the tongue. Drinkability is good as long as you have a burrito or a couple of Chile Rellenos

Photo of Aphexwolf
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light amber, clear, weak head, poor carbonation.
Smell: A hint of sour corn or beans.
Taste: Very light, but decent has decent corn and grain aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.
Drinkability: Goes down fairly easy. Can drink several.
Summary: This is an above average beer. I gave it a 7.4/10, or a C. This was my favorite beer when I was younger, but having expanded my palate, I've learned there are much better brews out there. Behind all the hype and advertising this really is not the most interesting beer in the world. Don't get me wrong there's nothing bad about this beer, but really there's nothing great either, except drinkability. I still drink it fairly often because it's served commonly at restaurants that only serve light beer. But even by itself I would still drink it again, if not for old time's sake.

Photo of vdread
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dos Equis Lager Especial comes in a green glass, but it was pulled from a case, so it shouldn't be skunked. lucky me, it wasn't skunked at all.

it pours a highly carbonated yellow 'beer' color, though the color is quite bright for a typical AAL.

smells of sweetness, corny grain, slightly grassy.

tastes decent. strong on the corn and grain, there is a good (for the style) noble hop presence. it's not as horrible as i imagined it to be.

mouthfeel average for the style. not much to be said here. this is a reasonable mexican brew. i think it's much better than a Corona or Sol for sure... but maybe that's just because i finally had a mexican beer that isn't skunked...

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

The beer-hating husband asked me to pick up a six pack for him, and I was so impressed that he asked for a beer that I decided to review it. I've actually never had a Dos Equis before.

A: Pale yellow in color, like a Corona or American adjunct. There was a smattering of white foam that vanished right before my eyes.

S: Corn sweetness, with a hint of yeast.

T: More corn, corn syrup sweetness, rice, and a bit of bready yeast. Some of the other reviewers of this beverage claim to detect hops, but I guess my palate isn't refined enough because I can't find them.

M: Bubbly and cold, like 7-up mixed with lager.

D: I downed about half a glass, then dug into the fridge to add a twist of the traditional lime wedge. It definitely improved the flavor significantly, but now I feel kind of dirty inside.

I can't believe this cost me $.50 more than 6-pack of SA Boston Lager, and almost $2.00 more than the Deschutes Inversion! They must really be on to something with that marketing campaign.

Photo of beerprovedwright
1.5/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Sorry, this beer rates just below your run of the mill domestic mass produced brew that most of America beer drinkers find as normal beer. The head of one finger dissipated about as fast as it appeared, leaving nothing. The color is that of my morning "dew". Rating a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. The smell is very light and that of what I remember walking out in the barnyard in the morning as a child. The taste is about one step above water, some corn and malt, but nothing else. No mouth feel, no body, no zing, no pop. Maybe this is just a bad bottle. I am sorry to say, I will try to avoid this unless I must drink it to not hurt somebody's feelings.

Photo of ElijahCSkuggs
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the Urban Dictionary: "A dos equis is said to occur when two incredibly attractive women, either together or coincidentally, stand within three feet of each other, rendering any straight male within one hundred feet speechless." It also says it may stand for someone with two X-chromosomes; a woman. Or, you can use it to refer to a gay male, OR, it's meant as a good mexican beer. Nevertheless, let's see how this beer treats this dos equis.

Well, it's easy to see that this beer is no dime piece, as the head was there one second and gone the next. A clear gold, with a slow carbonation is something you've all seen before.

It's a weird mix of sweetness and hops...sweeps. I like sweeps.

Tastes alright to me. Has a less sweet impact, and it's quite brisk, bubbly and possibly a little bit sour to the mouth. Finishes pretty clean...light, smooth and dry. Leaves a corny/grain aftertaste.

Quite a nice average beer. I can tell you if people are passing around Dos Equis, Coronas, Bud Lights and a slew of other mass-produced beers...more than likely I'll be grabbing the Dos Equis.

Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 2,235 ratings.