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

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2,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,295
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 345 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001

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Photo of tjkinate
2.91/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better mass produced beers.

A: Pale transparent yellow beer that is topped with a 1 fingered frothy white head that exhibited some retention, but very little lacing.

S: Sweet malts and scents of grains.

T: Sweet grains and malts, like the smell, dominate the taste. Short lived flavor, but one of the better macro brews around.

M: Light, but silky

O: Ok brew that I enjoy on occasion.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At a friend's Monday Night Football party; choices were this or Amstel Light. Gave me a weird look when I asked for a glass. Tried to explain how a beer must be properly decanted if I'm going to properly review it. Got an even weirder look. Bears suck.

Appearance: Clear straw color, very pale. Rather large head is gone almost immediately. Steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom.

Aroma: Sweet malts struggle against the cooked-veggies DMS smell. Has some of that distinct macro skunk.

Taste: Cereal grains and corn malts. Minimal hop bitterness. Crisp and dry; finishes clean with a grainy aftertaste. As far as macro lagers go, this is one of the better examples, though that's obviously not saying much.

Photo of homebrew311
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m currently in a drought of craft beer as I am vacationing in Mexico, seems like the perfect opportunity to tick some Mexican beers.

A: clear, gold, fizzy, a razor thin collar of head. The color is a touch darker than what you get with other adjunct lagers.

S: the nose features cereal malts, corn, and a little bit of husk. Not as offensive as some of the comparable brews.

T: faint sweet malt notes up front followed by an empty and watery middle, a little bit of corn on the end, easy drinking. I guess you could say the lack of flavor is balanced well… if that’s possible…

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: well this definitely is a cut above Modelo Especial, and tends to be refreshing while sitting in the sun on the beach. I would say the amber version edges this one out. All in all, for what it is, its not bad… or offensive, just bland and flavorless as I would expect.

Photo of Hazer115
1.83/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured the green bottle in to a pint glass. Initially it had about a three finger head that was gone with about two minutes. It poured a very clear pale yellow with very little carbonation evident from the look of it.

The smell was nothing that I would describe as good, it had a faint smell of stale bread with the very slightest bit of hops.

In my opinion, I would say it tasted much worse than it looked. The mouthfeel was very heavy, with very little carbonation. If you were to just take a dink of this you may think that it had gone flat, but if you let it sit on your tongue, (as hard as that might be for you to do with this beer) for a while you can pick up that it does in-fact have carbonation, but very little. The taste of it was of a somewhat skunked beer with a stale bread taste, much like the smell, which was not pleasant to drink at all.

Overall, to the “Most Interesting Man in the World”, you picked a very uninteresting beer to drink.

Photo of MadCat
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yellow, short white head that dissipates as fasts as it forms. Leaves no lacing. Worse head retention than soda.

Smell: Light malts, corn, mostly clean nose

Taste: Very clean palate, mostly light malts and corn. Mild hops

Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation

Overall: Seems closer to Heineken than Corona. Not bad, but not a whole ton of flavor, or a whole lot going on. I'll drink it, but it isn't my preferred style.

Photo of boneboy
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale, yellow straw color with lots of visible bubbles. The head is a finger width, white head that dissipates to a thin film.

S - The smell is of grain and sweet corn.

T - There isn't a whole lot here. It is quite typical for a light lager. Nothing really stands out, but there are no offensive flavors either. It's smooth, refreshing, with the slightest hint of hops.

M - Light, crisp, well carbonated.

O - This would hit the spot on a hot, summer day. As far as macro-lagers go, this is not a bad choice.

Photo of elNopalero
2.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a plastic cup. Keeping it classy, folks!

Full carbonation. Fizzy and foamy. Smells skunked, although I think that’s how it’s supposed to smell. To say no flavor is a lie, there’s a flavor here but it’s not pleasant. Thin body. Leaves me with that nasty “beer mouth” feeling. How did I ever drink so much of this one in the past? Adding salt and squeezing a lime would improve the flavor, only because then it would taste like salt and lime. In fact, midway through I ended up squeezing the lime into it. My friend’s treat, and I appreciate the gesture.

3.21/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tasting glass.

A: Pours a classic lager appearance, a foamy white ahead that has a finger formation and very good head retention. The body is a pale straw color, with a very whirlwind like carbonation flow. The lacing is left in a layer swaths.

S: Aroma is a very light note of crisp Pilsen malt and a bit of low level spice. Medium level of intensity for the aroma.

T/ M: The brew is clean and crisp, not too much in the way of bold flavors, just a bit of biscuit and light malt character in the front. The body is very light, allowing the carbonation to fill the mouthfeel. Linger is short and not too much new flavors that were not all ready explored before.

O: overall for a south of the border lager is is not too bad, light and refreshing, while still having a bit of flavor.

Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a Frosted Mug at On The Border in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: A very light scent of only clean barley.

T: Clean barley, decently handled malt, and light cream on the climax. Simple but balanced. Unrefreshing. I'm glad the malt isn't intrusive like in most Spanish lagers.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overly so on each count. Doesn't complement the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable and pairs well with Mexican food. The price is high and the quality is low.

Photo of beerhan
2.35/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Preface to this review:
I was at a crowded bar and this was the easiest thing to order because it was on special. I had never had one and was bored and curious.

A-Almost transparent, light hay colored water with lots of bubbles. Kind of looks like a coke that has been watered down by ice.

S/T-Rather metallic, I guess that is why they give you a lime. Really though, I could taste nothing before adding the lime.

M-Kind of refreshing. Goes down very smooth and I guess does exactly what it is supposed to. Modest carbonation and does not have a bad flavor (nor a good one though).

O-This beer is designed for drinking mass quantities of so for what it's worth it is pretty easy to get down. It is better than many other adjunct lagers but does not really add anything. I would say it is better than other domestics but is not very useful for anything besides a hot summer day.

Photo of cagocubs
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a light gold with a thin bubbly head that dissipates and leaves little to no lacing. Active carbonation makes its way to the top.

S: Mostly grain with some hops and a little sweetness.

T: Taste is surprisingly better than the smell. Very crisp and earthy. You can taste the malt/grain, some sweetness like citrus. Not an offensive taste, but nothing that will knock you off your feet.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is good and coating is good. Decent wet aftertaste.

O: Not a bad beer. It is crisp and easy to drink. A good alternative to the common beers.

Photo of Jerone
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Straw colored with a quickly fading bright white head and lots of bubbles.

S - Smells of grain and maybe some hops and malt.

T - Like the smell, mostly grains with maybe some malt and hops in the background. Not a lot of flavor either.

M - Light body with good carbonation, very drinkable.

O - Perhaps better than your typical macro, but still not very good.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into standard pint glass.

A) A fairly deep yellow. I think what I'm trying to say, is I thought it be lighter. I think this is the first time I looked at this brew, as it is usually consumed direct from the bottle with the standard lime wedge. There was about a half inch of white foam.

S) I'd say average for the style. There was grain, corn, and mild sweetness on the nose.

T) There is nothing at all offensive about the taste. It's actually not to bad, even without the lime. There is a little sweetness in there and a kind of grassy finish.

M) Pretty light, and fairly crisp. The carbonation is not over done. It is a pretty refreshing lager.

O) I don't always drink lagers produced in Mexico, but when I do....

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed from a bottle at my favorite Mexican restaurant, Torrero's in Raleigh

I have nothing to offer in terms of appearance except to say that through the bottle it looks quite pale. Smell is of adjuncts, corn and grains, but with an additional sweetness coming through. Taste is bland but sweet with a surprising apple overtone. Mouthfeel is light and crisp; very refreshing on this 100 degree day.

Overall, its not a bad beer. I prefer it to it's amber counterpart, and it's definitely one of the better adjunct lagers out there.

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

Of the American adjunct lager category, there's not a lot of good to say. A whole lot of cheap beer, designed for drinking quantity, not real enjoyment.

Drank from the bottle at a favorite Mexican food joint.

A: Light in color as you'd expect. Nothing special, though I drank from the bottle so I can't comment on the head.

S: Corn adjunct is obviously present. Other than that, smells rather blah and generic.

T: Not much. Light lager flavors plus the corn adjunct flavor. Very easy to drink, though. Some adjuncts create a very annoying flavor profile, or are even overwhelming to the point that the beer becomes offensive. This beer is completely inoffensive in flavor. There's only a little to like, but absolutely nothing to really dislike here, in my opinion.

M: Very smooth. Extremely drinkable. Carbonation is present, but doesn't create an obstruction to drinking quickly.

O: Smooth and inoffensive, this is my choice with light Mexican fair, especially considering most cheap Mexican restaurants don't have any better offerings. Helps when eating the really spicy stuff just fine, too, which I love.

Photo of kflorence
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-yellow color and smells of grain, grasses and perhaps some citrus. Flavor is fairly mild and watery with a sweet, grain and citrus flavor. Finish is slightly bitter, yet pleasant tasting. Drank this at a birthday BBQ and it really hit the spot, though if you’re looking for complexity, look elsewhere.

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +82.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this cerveza!I have tried a few spanish brews that I have not been impressed. It smell like a little skunky, but the taste is great. Mouthfeel is like a bud and this beer is very balanced and easy to drink. Try this beer and you will not be mad with yourself!

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.96/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours medium gold with a foamy white head. No lace.

Some grass and light malt, a little skunk, a little mineral.

Some malt with a little corn sweetness, some light green veggie bitterness, or leafy notes, light bitter finish, fairly clean. Some mouth-sourness in the end, but not as much as some other adjuncts.

This one has some body, and some good carbonation. The body makes this more palatable.

Not horrific for the style, but I find that this could be better. Wanted some crisp edges. Got some bitter edges, but some sugars where I didn't want them. Skunk is skunk, and the nose wasn't so overpowering to make this entirely off-putting. But this is middle of the road American Adjunct.

Photo of STKPICR0720
2.76/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay I was handed this beer as my brother-in-law was leaving the bar. He likes it I could care less. I was drinking a Sierra Nevada torpedo at the time. Green bottle and green bottle I coould not tell and almost spewed when I took a swig. Wow the beer smells like a skunk. Taste way to much like a lime and a bad one at that. I would never purposly seek this beer out but I will say I will take it over a corona any day of the week.


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

616th Review on BA
Bottle to clear dixie
12 oz

App- Super clear yellow with almost a ring of bubbles. No head really, no cling.

Smell- Its a lager for sure but thats about it. Smallish grain like corn.

Taste- Okay, im being serious when I say this. Tastes like a tortilla chip. Corn and lime.

Mouth- Medium bodied and high carbed.

Drink- it is what it is. Low abv low flavor for the masses

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an extremely light yellow color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates into nothing.

S: Small amounts of toasted grains, white bread and a oh so small amount of citrus.

T: Starts and finishes with a clean toasted bread taste with a mild undertone of lemon.

M: A light bodied beer with a decent amount of carbonation. Comes off a little watery but still a crisp taste.

O: This is a decent option for a picnic on a warm summer day. A little more flavor than most Adjuncts.

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

Now, I am starting to come full circle, having eschewed beer in a bottle in favor of CANned beer, bottle be returning to CANs very shortly, I CAN promise you. In the meantime, stay thirsty my friends!

From the bottle: "Crafted in Mexico since 1897 to commemorate the arrival of the 'XX' century, 'Dos Equis' stands for 'Two X's' in Spanish. In our second century of fine brewing tradition, we continue offering Dos Equis Lager, a very refreshing, golden aromatic Pilsner-style lager. A true Mexican work of art."

Okay, first off, what Diego Rivera and Frieda Kahlo produced were "true Mexican work[s] of art", this is just a simple beer. Second, if you need to have the beer's name translated for you, I can only shake my head in disbelief. It's right there on the label and it does not "stand for", it actually means Two X's! End of rant.

My pour netted me a finger of foaming, fizzy, bone-white head with lousy retention. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the all too-familiar cereal quality associated with AALs. Mouthfeel was thin with the light lager taste that is a staple of the style. Finish was refreshing, sure, but it was cold and it is a hot day, so water might be equally refreshing. It was not bad, but it was simply a standard interpretation of a lesser style.

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

Out of bottle. From notes.

A: Pale straw thin head that dissipated quickly. No head.

S: Not that great. Meh. Non descript hops with some citrus.

T: Citrus, with a little hops. Clean not alot going on.

M: Light well carbonated crisp. Nice.

D: Not the best not the worst.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad looking for the style, yellow and fizzy with a decent enough, head although it didn't last that long, and spotty lacing.

Smelled fresh and grainy, pleasant but not very strong.

Tasted decent enough, although there's not all that much flavor. Grains and adjuncts seemed to dominate.

Feel wise this beer was up there for the category. On tap it was no world class beer, but that didn't matter. Light and well carbonated. Poundably drinkable.

On a hot summer day when you're at the airport in San Antonio, no complaints here. It is what it is, and that's not bad.

Photo of hdf561
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in a bottle for the first time today. They are sponsoring an event I am going to later this year and it will be the only beer served so I figured I better figure out if I like it.

I like it alot, it is nothing special but very drinkable, and has a solid taste. The only problem is that I can get just as good a beer for way less. I would definetly drink this beer again and will enjoy several at the event Im going to.

Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.