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

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BA SCORE
64
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2,148 Ratings
THE BROS
63
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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 214 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 kshankar
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow/gold with no head to speak of

Aroma is grainy. Corn too.

Taste is fairly unoffensive, even though I've had some skunky specimens of this thing. On this tasting though..all is fine. Its not spectacular, but it works

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is okay, and overall its watery

Drinkability is high. Thats really what this beer is meant for.

Overall, in terms of style, its much better than most of the beers it competes with.

kshankar, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of rfabian
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler it produces a 1 inch head that leaves some lacing. The appearance is straw yellow and clear. The aroma is of light hops with a noticable adjunct smell. It has the standard American Adjunct Lager taste, pleasant and not taxing. Light feel and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable.

rfabian, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a light gold with a light tan white, decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is a little hops with a slight skunk.

The taste is what you would expect nothing special.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

jrallen34, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of John_M
1.63/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Tis the season and all that. Was at a kareoke bar in Prescott Arizona (of all places) and this was as "good" as anything they had.

The beer pours a pale gold color with minimal head retention and lacing. Alas, the beer smelled worse then it looked, with a lot of moderately sweet corn, a touch of seltzer water, and nothing else. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose on this light, very bland tasting beer. This beer is quite watery with very little flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and given the lack of flavor, drinkability sucks. I was absolutely delighted when my beer was finally gone and I could call it a night.

Note to self. Never order this crap again.

John_M, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of TLove
1.9/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer was the best of my mix 6 pack light lager test. While kicking myself in the head for even bothering with a light lager test, this beer wasn't atrocious, which is a start. Though on any other list it would have been rock bottom.

Got this for free at the Capitol Food Fight event in DC last night.

Corn malt body with a bleached white barley and weathered grainy notes in the smell and taste. Color is a darker, fuller, saison-type yellow with a bit of syrupyness in the color, but not in the taste. I much prefer this to Heineken, which is the other option at this event.

The finish is moderately balanced, with a very dry, acrid acidity and a pungent alcohol taste. Surprisingly kolschy in the mouth, but doesn't really have the body for it.

TLove, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of wknight167
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a crystal clear pale starw yellow with minimal head.

Nose- Grainy with a hint of citrus, lime?

Palate- Crisp, sweet refreshing, but not a whole lot else.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a somewhat low carbonation.

Drinkability- Pretty high, but uninteresting. I prefer it to other adjunct lagers.

wknight167, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of BBri
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer at all. Peppery flavor with a nice bite. Smells sweet with hints of citrus and grain. Pale yellow that's darker than it's Mexican counterparts. If I'm out for Mexican food, I'd order this over Corona or Tecate. Although not spectacular, they really put some work into brewing it. Not bad at all.

BBri, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear light straw, not head. Not much ring either.

S - Corny, grainy.

T - Maiz beer. Good with tamales, no doubt. Not much malt richness, no hops to speak of. I am in Mexico, and this is a standard 'just drinking' suds beer.

M - Thin, carbed, bitter in not a good way at finish.

D - Oh, geez, con Tamales, es muy bien!

srandycarter, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of originalsin
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is NOT the most interesting beer in the world. Need I say more?

Light maltiness, a bit sweet, boring on the nose, boring in the mouth, a bit too carbonated, no head off the pour, piss yellow. At least drinkability is alright. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. I'd rather be drinking the other dos equis though, the amber that is.

originalsin, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Spineypanda
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dos Equis is what I have come to expect Mexican Lagers to taste like. It is refreshing, don't get me wrong... but has just about nothing to make me purchase it with my own money.

It's appearance is light golden and clear; it has a woody citrus scent to it. It tastes like a bowl of soggy grains. This beer is once again, something I will drink, but only if free. I have had far worse.

Spineypanda, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of imanidiot777
4.08/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light gold/yellow, very clear, not too much head and very little lacing.

S: I can't really pick out anything in particular in this one.

T: Barely any hops, a tad malty and a tad sweet. Something good about it though.

M: Feels really refined and is easy on the mouth.

D: Goes down really smooth, I could drink a ton of these too not too heavy at all.

imanidiot777, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Guinness Glass (had nothing else available at that time). Poured a pale yellow colour with a half inch head that went off in a jiffy. Smelt like grain liquid with a slight malt essence. The taste was like what Kellogs flavoured water would be. Mouthfeel was thin with good amount of carbonation. I would rate this high on drinkability, good refreshing beer, definitely more body than Corona.

BeerSingh, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of y2jrock60
3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow, very clear, highly carbonated, creamy white head that dissipates quickly

S- (My nose was clogged) Zero hop aroma, not very impressed

T- No hop flavor, taste is light, semi-sweet and malty

M- Light bodied and watery

D- Could easily drink a 6-pack, but not very enjoyable

y2jrock60, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of rootbeerman
1.88/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

poured into glass
A: pours straw yellow, very short lasting one finger head
S: grainy corn, barely a hop in the nose
T: um corn water with barely noticeable hops. tastes better when drunk out of the bottle imo.
M: medium carbonation, watery
D: goes down easy

reminds me a bit of coors light

rootbeerman, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of biegaman
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dos Equis doesn't exactly look like Aztec gold but the appearance is decent. The colour is a little drab and toneless but otherwise the clarity is immaculate, the bubbles are entertaining and the head... wait, where did it go? There were some white bubbles here a minute ago. Looks like 'decent' needs to be knocked down a peg. We'll consider it "presentable".

I understand that corn is revered in Mexican culture but I think it's better left to tortillas. Using corn as an adjunct may lead to more consistent beers but I'll tell ya, it certainly does not lead to more fragrant ones - and least not more *pleasantly* fragrant ones anyhow. This has a pretty bold smell alright, it just isn't a very appetizing one.

Neither does corn make for a more tasteful beer. If this isn't the poster boy for high-fructose corn syrup I don't know what is. Best case scenario: corn makes for a more neutral (less distinguished, less flavoured) tasting beer. Worst case scenario: it makes something so repugnant just the thought of it gracing your lips makes your liver quiver.

I'd say Dos Equis is somewhere in the middle, highly uninteresting but not too distasteful. That being said, the fact that I can't remember how long this bottle has been in my fridge and I still have another 10 months before the posted date of expiry doesn't exactly sit well with my liver either. Who knows what else they put in these beers?

Well, we do know they put very little actual ingredients; no hops and a little, tinee-tiny bit of malt leads to a very light-bodied, unnoteworthy, unsatisfying, entirely characterless beer. They do, however, pump in plenty of money. Cue the advertising. The Dos Equis mascot is 'the most interesting man in the world' because this beer certainly is not.

And effective advertising it is. Hey, if those (brilliant) little 15 second vignettes can convince people that this beer has any story or character at all, then by god maybe this company does deserve the sale. But let's be clear about one thing: Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma is far, far better at making commercials than they are at making beer.

biegaman, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
1.9/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I was making tacos for a date and she said she'd bring the beer. Unfrotunately this is what she brought.

A - Clear, yellow, can see bubbles.

S - Corn and other assorted grains. A little malty. Maybe it's the green bottle, but this smells like Heineken.

T - Tastes like Heineken, in that I can't stand it. Tastes more like a pilsner than a lager, and a bad one at that.

M - Watery, feels like the taste is floating above the water somehow.

D - Well, it is easy to get down, assuming you can get by the taste.

I hate this beer would have to be really thirsty to have it.

AgentZero, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Freshness date was in code so I dont know how fresh the beer is.
Poured aggressively yielded a 1 finger white head. Dissipated quickly with bubbles on the side of the glass.
A little corny.
Very little hop presence with a slight malt finish. Thats about it.
Bubbly with a thin body.
An ok beer that I would choose over other adjunct lagers but not much else.

alovesupreme, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
1.73/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Surely the most interesting man in the world prefers something better than this? Pours a clear, very light yellow color with a decent white head that has better than average retention but no lacing.

Nose is biscuity malts that remind me of ritz crackers and salty peanut shells. Not much hops, but there does seem to be a bit of a dirty lime skin characteristic.

This beer is extremely watery feeling, slides down the throat without even the slightest retention of flavor. There is just a bit of citric and malt presence in the back of the throat. Highly carbonated and thin. This is one of my least favorite Mexican lagers, I cant think of a single other one I would pick this over.

twiggamortis420, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear straw and a typical fizzy head. Nose is slightly grassy with hints of lemon/citrus. Flavour is bland, with some husky grain and the bare hint of hops. Vegetal, light body with an every so slightly bitter finish. Watery. Blandest of the bland but not actively gross.

allergictomacros, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Amalak
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle on a hot summer day...which I think helps this beer.
A- It had a carbonated clear color of yellow.
S- Mild malt to it.
T- Good crisp beer on this hot day. Refreshing. Better than most Mexican beers I would say. Almost has a pilsnery taste. Right beer for certain occasions.

Amalak, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is real good. I honestly have nothing bad to say about it. It goes down easy and tastes good to boot. One of the most drinkable beers I have ever had. I could drink them all day long and I just might if we get another really hot summer day soon. Very refreshing beer. A must try for those on a budget.

VictorEHuskie, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of tyhillman
4.75/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer all around. I love the taste and I can usually get it at a decent price from a store down the road. Good for parties and just relaxing around the grill. Maybe not the best beer in the world but it is far from the worst. I would personally say that it is better than Corona.

tyhillman, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of ExtraStout
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dos Equis Special Lager is a mild pilsner with a mild flavor and a slight hop bitterness. Don't look for robust flavor. What you find is a crisp refreshing light ale that is great for the hot but breezy sun of Cancun. Light on the palate and very drinkable.

Dos Equis Special Lager is a beer that is best drank within it's environment just like Balashi from Aruba is. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken. The pickin' is slim in Cancun so this is my top beer choice, even over Corona.

ExtraStout, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tobymugg
4.6/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Normal golden lager colour. Light yellow, beautiful.

S: Sweet metallic corn, barley, touch of hops.

T: Perfect golden pilsner. Sweet, slightly bitter, complex-ish palate with a biscuit finish.

M: Thin, just above average.

D: Very drinkable, particularly enjoyable in any situation.

This beer is notable for it's purity. It has no extra chemicals that some macro beers have, chemicals that exacerbate hangovers. This beer can be overused without hangovers. However I recommend it as an excellent beer with dinner -- to enjoy in moderation.

tobymugg, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of dacrza1
1.68/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Situation: Cheap 12 courtesy of Bottle King (with Club Member card!) and the wife is on a bachelorette party)...
Glassware: Warsteiner footed pilsenser...
Appearance: Tawny straw yellow with a steady effervescence and a soapy head--not attractive unless you've been sweating or spooning hot salsa....
Aroma: somewhat bright and punchy pilsener hops; otherwise, another in a long line of not-quite-Pilsner Urquell scents...
Palate: absolutely light and fizzy, with little to recommend a second sip save to testify that there was a last one...
Taste: flatly malty, almost a 40 oz. bottom-out; refreshingly light with a hint of carbonated sweetness; as Vienna lagers go, this is only reserved for places like Jose Texas and Chili's...
Overall: Wasn't a fan before, and even with the nice price, not going to have me reaching for this again until another Cinqo de Mayo promo...only the commercials with the most interesting man in the world could redeem its thinness....

dacrza1, Jul 17, 2009
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,148 ratings.