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

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1,931 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,931
Reviews: 524
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 117 | 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 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
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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
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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
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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
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2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

just another boring lager. at least i know this type is not strictly limited to australia (even tho we have cornered the market in that style). nothing to get excited about in any way thats for sure.

stock standard appearance, typical golden color with a whitish head that disappears quickly (where have we seen that before). some corn and a little malt on the nose. taste was corn, lemon, and faint presence of malt. uninteresting hop touch which didnt add anything to the finish. a whole lot of nothing. another of these light bodied beers that relies on fizz rather than hops to do the work at the end.

went down alright with my quesadillas, but considering im paying top shelf price for it, i can surely do better, especially when its not a whole lot better than local swill. i spose at least the flavor wasnt offensive, but still dull as dishwater.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2003 13:43:01 | More by diablo14
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2.7/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hundreds of tiny bubbles streaming through its crystal-clear yellow-gold body support a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some craggy and spotty lace about the glass. The nose is 'generic beer' with a distinct note of dimethyl sulfite and some mild skunkiness remaining from what little hops were there to begin with. It's lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy in the mouth as it warms across the palate. The flavor delivers all that might be expected, which is little. It's sweetish, adjunct-laden and DMS laced malt is held in check by a sublime bitterness; and it finishes short and dry with a light note of refreshing hop spice and some short lingering malt sugar.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2003 21:31:44 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Rootdog316


2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Basically I would consider this an upper class of Corona. I didn't like the taste at first, but after a few minutes I actually began to enjoy it. It seems as if it tasted a little strong at first, but then the more and more I drank it, it seemed to diminish in strength. A decent imported Mexican beer, I recommend it over Corona for those summer time parties.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 05:14:44 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of UnionMade


2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Color is a little too neon yellowy, like you can tell they used corn. Lose the green bottle.
Aroma is blandly spicy hops, with some pils malt. Adjuncty corn aroma. A little bit skunky.
Eh. Tastes like a mexican pilsener style. A bit better than an american macro beer, but not good enough to pay imported price on. Way too much carbonation. Made me burp like crazy.
It is one of the better mexican beers, with the exception of Casta, which isn't even in the same class.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 16:41:41 | More by UnionMade
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2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a boring yellow color with a small white head. Nothing much in the aroma - smells like a mass produced beer. Slightly bitter taste and drinkable with a lime. I've had this beer when it tasted really good and other times I've had it and not liked it at all, so I'm not sure what to say to conclude. It's not bad at all for a mass-production beer, but it's still nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 20:19:27 | More by clvand0
Photo of RoyalT


2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Clear yellow body with a small up and down head.

Smell – Light grain aroma but not much else.

Taste – There’s actually some hops in there to balance out the malt and (mostly) grain flavors. No beginning, middle, and finish here – just the one hit of taste then you’re done.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated and fairly smooth.

Drinkability – It’s made to drink ice cold in the heat with a lime, so drink it ice cold in the heat with a lime.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2003 01:01:35 | More by RoyalT
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2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, no head. Light hops and malts. Very dry taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is dry. There is almost a champagne like finish to this beer. Kind of strange. Aftertaste is dry and slightly malty. Not a lot of flavor. Typical Mexican Party beeer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2003 01:20:46 | More by beerguy101
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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