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

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2,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,320
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 18
Gots: 369 | FT: 0
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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 RonaldTheriot
2.59/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I don't drink Dos Equis. After tasting this sample, I'm sure I won't in the future, either. Dos Equis has a thick, white head and a very clear, straw appearance. Aroma is skunky and rancid, due to the green bottle allowing light to spoil the beer. The taste is of barley and corn or some other heavy grain. Hop bitterness is low. Mouth-feel is slimy and light. Dos Equis finishes wet and tolerably satisfying. If I get the chance, I will try it in a canned or draft version. I'm sure it's much better that way.


Photo of thecarster1
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, half fingers worth of fizzy head fades very quickly, lots of fizzy bubbling, clear light straw coloring.

s- skunk, dry hay, grain, corn, some sweetness, not a good nose to start this one off.

t- better than the smell, thankfully. very one note brew here, very light and bordering on flavorless, light hay, grain, light citrus, some dryness on the back end.

m- light, watery.

d- gulpable for sure, just cause it's so light. this is a refreshing summer drink, but not one i would seek out by any means. i would drink this again in the summer when not much else was available.

Photo of LacquerHead
2.47/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a watery looking, crystal clear yellow. There is absolutely no head retention. The head quickly fizzles out - Sodas have more head retention than this.

The aroma is nothing too elaborate, rather plane.

It tastes like a water-downed lager. I think it is a step up from a Corona - at least it does not have that skunk smell and taste. Overall the taste reminds me of tortilla chips! The carbonation is prickly at first but it goes a little flat towards the end.

This goes well with spicy food, not as a great complimentary beer/food pairing, rather simply has a means to cool your mouth off because this is very watery. Whenever I drink this stuff it has to be ice cold, and if I'm not feeling too lazy I will cut up some limes and throw 1 or 2 in the bottle - no point in wasting a glass for this one; it's straight from the bottle for me.

I think this beer's best quality are the commercials about the "most interesting man in the world." I will "stay thirsty" mi amigo, but I won't be reaching for this - unless there no other choices, or if it's free.

To me this is a "chips and salsa at a little Mexican dive restaurant" session beer.

Photo of Shuffledaddy
2.82/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on-tap at Chuy's. 16 oz. pint glass serving.

A- Not great. Kind of bright yellow, not really even golden. Maybe corn yellow? Head is unimpressive and fades quickly.

S- Some hop bitterness, also smells heavily of corn followed by a hint of "skunk"

T- Not bad. Tastes heavily of corn, with some lingering veggie-like hop notes. Finishes fairly clean.

M- Moderate mouthfeel for this style. Not too watery, but not really rich either.

D- Once you get past the skunkiness, you realize this a decent Mexican lager that goes well with Mexican food. You can do worse, but you can also do better. Personally, I prefer Dos Amber or Negra Modelo.

Photo of spoons
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow color with almost no head that fades quickly.

Smell is corn-like and grainy, its almost offensive. Not nice.

Taste is actually pretty decent per style. Some grain and sweetness. A decent body, med/high carb. I'd drink it if it was there but I would not buy this beer.

Photo of goblue3509
2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small faint head which gives way to no lacing. The aroma is corn up front with a little bit of a hop presence. The taste has a corn backbone with hints of hop presence. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall the drinkability is okay, for an american adjunct it is good, as it has some flavor, however, there is nothing to leave you dying for another.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow color. The clean, white head has a fairly frothy texture for a macro lager, and retention is respectable. Lacing is fairly sticky and although not amazing, again, it's respectable.

S: Lightly grainy up front. Inoffensive, but definitely corny. A very mild leafy/vegetal hop presence is accompanied by a faint lagery twang.

T: Some grainy and corny flavor up front. Mildly sweet. Crisp and perky thanks to a spectral hop flavor - just a mild herbal/vegetable bite. Some cooked vegetable notes are present but manage to avoid being terribly offensive.

M: Medium-light body. Clean and crisp, with fairly perky carbonation. Thin and dry into the finish.

D: Definitely not the most interesting beer in the world. It does manage to be clean and refreshing though. To me, it drinks like a slightly cleaned-up version of Rolling Rock. Take that for what it's worth.

Photo of 92jAKe47FS
3.05/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a similar taste to most other Pilsner Style lagers like budweiser, corona, miller, coors light. Pours a transparent yellow, with a not to impressive head that dissipates rather quickly. Has a crisp, sharp taste with moderate carbonation. Not a terrible beer but not one that I would pay for again.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely pale yellow, with lots of carbonation bubbles and a very small head that does not last at all.

S: You can smell the corn/adjunct and a slight skunkyness to it as well.

T: Light and crisp, but not a lot going on here. There is a little spice, but the corn flavor dominates.

M/D: The bubbles that form when poured don't really hit you on the mouthfeel. Its an easy drinking Mexican beer. It does the job, and with so few options in Mexico, it is better than most. Plus, the most interesting man drinks it.

Photo of spinrsx
2.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear pale yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for only a minute before it was gone.

Smell - Bread, grains, corn syrup, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn syrup, apples, grains and a bit of skunk. There really isn't a whole lot of taste going on.. extremely light beer.

Overall - Too much of an apple juice and corn syrup sweetness. There are lots of better options in the adjunct category.

Photo of sluggermatt15
2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A yellow straw color, pours a foamy white head. Not impressive. About an average appearance for a beer.

S- Wheats, grains, some sweetness. There really isn't a distinct smell to this one, which kind of gave me the thought that it was going to be somewhat watery in taste.

T- Watery, empty taste so to speak. There is a little aftertaste, but it's kind of alcoholy. This beer didn't taste as nice as I thought it was going to.

M- Not too much carbonation, holds pretty well and not too bubbly.

D- Drinkable to an extent. It's a "premium lager" so I would advise 2 or 3 in a session. I wouldn't get drunk off of this beer, but it's certainly drinkable.

Overall, too much hype and this beer did not nearly live up to it. I was kind of disappointed because Dos Equis is constantly advertised on television and I thought it would be the real deal. I probably won't have another.

Photo of firestormxvii
2.26/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

A- Light yellow, almost as dark as Budweiser.

S- Honestly, I couldn't smell anything.

T- Starts watery, moves to a slight hint of corn and then disappears.

M- Thinner, slight carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink, nothing impeding swallow except the water. Could chug this for days.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of thagr81us
2.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one was free... Served from bottle into a Blue Ridge standard pint. Pours golden yellow with one finger white head when poured AGGRESSIVELY that subsides to none almost instantly. There was no apparent lacing present throughout. The aroma was comprised of only citrus. The flavor was of wheat and water. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was very bland in all aspects. In my opinion, 'The Most Interesting Man in the World' needs to find himself a new brew to drink. I'm just glad it was free...

Photo of DrJay
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale yellow with a bright white cap that settled to a thick collar of soapy bubbles and a thin skim of fine bubbles. Sticky, streaky lacing. Cereal grain in the aroma, dry biscuit powder, corn, and faint sulfury hops. The taste up front is very much like the aroma, but this disappeared quickly and was replaced by hop bitterness that was low to moderate yet still felt sharp, as well as a metallic/steely finish. Cooked veggies too. Light bodied and dry, average carbonation. About what I expected, but I always hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Photo of bourbonbock
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me greatly of Sol, corona, and modelo. I wouldn't be surprised if all mexican beer came from the same place... Dirty t-shirts squeezed out into a horse trough and then 'pasteurized' by the horse before making its way into the bottle, but hey what do I know about cervezas.

Photo of colts9016
2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a dimple mug at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head thats foamy, bubbly, white in color with no retention. The color of the beer is amedium straw color with some golden hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There are some carbonation bubbles in the beer

Nose: A sweet corn aroma with a light wheat, lemon, and a phenol note.

Taste: A sweet corn flavor with notes of rice, barley, fruity esters, and some lemon.

Mouthfeel: Is carbonated, alittle dryness, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light also. There's really no distinction in the beer. It's just an okay AAL.

Photo of pootz
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served at BBQ.

Poured a clear pale straw color, rocky cap disappears instantly to a tiny ring, no lacing.

Weak nose, light dextrin sweetness, and wet cardboard.

Uneventful profile; weal malt spine barely detectable hopping, fiast watery finish.

Complete powdered extract dreck.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, golden, with a fast-dropping low head (if you can call it that).

Out of the green bottle, I expected the standard skunkish smell, but it was a bit more like lager + a hint of dough.

Taste is just alright. Nothing fancy. A hint of corn, of all things.

Feels fine in the mouth... would like it to be a bit smoother. Not overcarbonated, though, and not sharp.

Fine for a drink on a hot deck or with a meal. Wouldn't go out and get it on purpose (after this one, that is).

Photo of lester619
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For no reason other than those "most interesting man in the world" commercials are freaking hilarious. The beer itself is a pretty boring straight forward lager. Pours a light fizzy yellow with a thin head. Smell is grainy and not very appealing. Crisp, bitter, very easy drinking. Fizzy, highly carbonated mouthfeel. It has a slight aftertaste that I could do without. Overall it's not bad beer. The line "His mother has a tatoo that reads son" makes me laugh for about ten minutes every time I see it. Stay thirsty my friends.

Photo of eschbach
3.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think most of us have seen the Dos Equis ads with Jonathan Goldsmith, who plays the most interesting man in the world. Those ads are hilarious! This is the beer I drank nonstop when I was in Mexico during spring-break. So it has a special place in my heart.

Dos Equis has a golden color similar to most lagers. It has minimal head, It has a grainy smell. The taste is crisp and bitter. It's a very refreshing beer. It tastes better with a lime in it but it is not essential. This is one of the easiest drinking lagers on the market. this beer is great for getting you wasted!

Overall this is a nice simple lager. It's not going to win any awards for it's amazing flavors, but it's better than most Mexican beers. I like this beer for chilling by the pool or if I want to get really drunk haha.

Photo of carlspeed
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Decent beer. The Amber is better all around. It's smoother and just goes down better. However, if I wanted something cheap to drink with some mexican food, I may choose this since it has a slightly higher ABV in it.

Light flavored, almost like the Natty Light of cerveza.

Photo of cdkrenz
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pale golden yellow body with a full inch of frothy white head. Not a bad looking adjunct by any means.

S - Mild grain aroma. Perhaps a hinting at banana.

T - Again mild grain in the flavor with a very slight bitterness toward the end. There's an oddness to the finish that's unbecoming.

M - Watery with a slight coarseness in the ending and finish.

~ Overall this is not something I recommend. White it may be a sessionable lager, there are better ones available.

Photo of Kaiser81
2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had some of this on Cinco de Mayo

Poured from a pitcher into my frosty pint glass at a bar.

A - pale yellow color with 2 fingers worth of head. There is modest, at best, lacing left on the glass.

S - Faint malts and grains mixed with some rice. Not much to really speak of here.

T - Ricy taste with a bit of grapish chardonnay on the end. No bitterness or malts to speak of.

M - Light body with high carbonation.

D - Meh. OK to drink cold once in a while, but not what I prefer. Pitchers were only $7.75, so that's why we got it.

Photo of zimm421
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a very clear goldenish yellow color with a decent head but one that is very thin and leaves a very small amount of lacing.

Smells strongly of malts, very bready and sweet. Nothing too overpowering and doesn't turn me off like a lot of beers this style would. Tastes of adjuncts and malts, mostly corn and some sweetness. No bitterness whatsoever, and not a whole lot of flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is very thin, only slightly thicker than water. A fairly high level of carbonation, but not too much. This is actually pretty easy to drink, but isn't flavorful enough to make one go back for more. Drank it for Cinco de Mayo, probably won't ever buy it again.

Photo of copper1956
2.12/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very little flavor, like yellow carbonated water. I found it to be a little over carbonated. It smelled OK mainly because it didn't have much of a smell. Not malty or hoppy, I guess if you're looking for something very light tasting this is the one. I will not buy this beer again.

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