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

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2,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,081
Reviews: 527
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 174 | 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 CAMRAhardliner
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%

I just got back from an all inclusive resort in Playa Del Carmen Mexico. The weather was great, the beach was great, the food was great, unfortunately this is the only beer on tap at the resort. There was Dos Equis amber, Tecate and Superior at the al a carte restaraunts and that completed the beer options.

Anyways, its as very pale gold beer with a fizzy shortlived head. Lacing is not very impressive. The aroma is light and sweetish, rather grainy. The taste is Grainy and again sweet. Theres more malt flavor then in Canadian macros for sure. The hops are too minimal. It has a bready lightly bitter and corny finish. The mouthfeel is strongly carbonated and watery.

This is a rather watery international lager that still is more flavorful than Bud or Canadian. Its pretty refreshing in the heat on the beach but doesnt have much flavor or complexity to offer.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of canucklehead
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%

Hmm, I sit here not hating this beer cause I'm thirsty and tired but in reality this is a fairly watery lager that has little real character. The nose is ciderlike( a sign of age) but the taste is still ok. Hints of corn but not too sweet in the finish make this ok fresh in a Mexican bar but not worth paying import prices for.

canucklehead, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of hylton44
3.28/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured a little pale, very thin head. Smelled of a standard macro, straight up.

The taste was not particularly robust or complex; it was mildly grainy, but I did drink this at a Mexican restaurant, and had the benefit of both chasing some fajitas with it and accompanying it with a lime wedge, which was quite complimentary.

Consuming it in an ideal setting undoubtedly added to my experience, which was enjoyable, so I'm edging up the points on taste and drinkability. I'm very likely to drink a beer like this in a similar situation in the future, and I'm not going to penalize a brew for playing to its strengths.

hylton44, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of steinlifter
3.28/5  rDev +19.7%

This poured a light golden, fizzy head with no retention.
smell was vaguely of grains, maybe a whiff of apple.
taste was smooth and watery, no unpleasant tastes, just not much taste at all.
mouthfeel is thin and watery, slight slickness.
drinkability is good for what this is, which is a Mexican Lager, nothing really "special" about it, but it isn't off putting either, not a bad lawnmower brew.

steinlifter, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%

Dos Equis Special Lager
12 oz green bottle
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a golden yellow with mini carbonation bubbles rising toward the top of the glass. No head retention with the slightest ring of lace on top of the beer.

Bland nose with a hint of grains and honey sweetness.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and fully carbonated. Tastes of cereal, corn and rice. A clean beer with a sweet malt presence. Flavors tend to me more grainy than anything.

A middle of the road lager. Nothing special about this beer.

Hibernator, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of cracgor
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%

I don't particularly like this beer. It is clear staw colored sparkly fizz. It does have some sweeter malty smell to it. And the taste is malty, unbalanced, tinny, and just too acidic for me. Light and crisp. Drinkable only because it is light and isn't so bad out of the bottle.

cracgor, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
2.6/5  rDev -5.1%

Dos Equis Special Lager pours a clear bright golden amber from a 12oz light green glass bottle. Head of white foam goes to just over one finger before collapsing to a full ring of foam with a broken carpet of fine bubbles.

Nose is a damp malt with hints of hops and not much else. Palate is a carbonated first impression of light barley malt and a slight corn adjunct.

First and foremost, the carbonation plays a large roll with the mouth feel. As far as the malt and adjunct go, they are in the background with the hops just starting to work at the very end, too little, too late.

A light bodied lager, well suited for hot weather in the Southern climes, not for the fall season in mid America

BeerBob, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.85/5  rDev +4%

Pours a full gold color and is brilliantly clear; it is well carbonated but cant really manage to hold more than a wisp of a pale head. The aroma is lightly spicy with just a bit of hops; there is also a note of sweet grain. The beer is quite thin on the palate, and other than a little bitterness does not linger at all. The taste is crisp and flavorless up front, but manages to finish with a bit of hop bitterness and a sweet thin graininess. As expected there is not much to this beer, it is fairly clean, except for the sweet grainy character. Really not much to say about this.

Gueuzedude, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of tesguino
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%

Like most of the lager beers, its blond color, and low fermentation, without abuse of hops, beach favorite beer, good with seafood and chinese cuisine; smell give an alcaline sensation, smell plane, soft; mouthfeel and drinkability under the average, is not common in my city. 78% recommended.

tesguino, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of whynot44
2.85/5  rDev +4%

Clear gold color with a decent white head, only a trace of lace left behind.

The aroma is very mild, grassy with just a bit of sweet malt. Light bodied, with a pleasant hops flavor.

A bit watery and thin on malt flavor. Not a lot of taste but drinkable. Nothing to get exited about. Probably good with tacos.

whynot44, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of bditty187
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%

Clear, pale yellow in hue, I’ve seen this color of beer all too often. White foam topped the beer, at the apex the head was less then a half finger in height. It slowly faded to a thin, soapy cap. This cap had fair staying power; it subsided to a wispy collar. There was no subsequent lacing. The appearance could be better.

The nose is clean… for awhile. The first hints of hay were welcoming (and bit surprising), then the aromas turned sweet. It had that cheap adjuncty underbelly but no sign of being stored in a green bottle. At cooler temperatures the nose is inoffensive, the potency is low. I can’t help but say… meh. It is almost neutral but that tickle of sweetness is too much for me.

The palate is much cleaner then I was expecting it to be. I figured it would have at least some “green bottle” aromas, not skunked but that Euro Lager imported vibe. Upfront I detected… um, well, not much, just some hay. Ditto for the middle… yawn. At the finish that cheap, adjunct sweetness developed and it lasted into the aftertaste. I don’t like that taste at all. Honestly, it wasn’t offensive but it doesn’t jive with me. It is too sweet; it needs hops and more malt. Typical Pale Lager, if it is your thing then have at it.

Medium in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel fits this beer well even if it is uneventful.

I found this to be sub par in the drinkability realm; I think water or iced tea would be a much better alternative. As a beer I have no desire to drink this one again. I’ve not had any Mexican food that this would be good with, not even Taco Bell. I purchased my bottle in Omaha. Skip it.

bditty187, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of nekronos
3.55/5  rDev +29.6%

Worst beer in Mexico ever!, plus the light ones. Maybe, the lager concept was mistaken by light, because this beer ahs been always very light, water flavor and easy to get spoiled with a little heat over it. Some amateur drinkers like it because of it smootness and not getting drunk so easy.

nekronos, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.35/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours a crystal clear yellow-gold. Thick frothy snow-white head. Lots of bubbles and nice lacing. Smells grassy, lightly or sweet fruit and just a touch of herbal hops.

Taste is much less grassy and much more sweet fruity malt. A hint of hops in the finish. A nice crispness to finish it off. Rinse your tongue and repeat. Thin and fizzy, clean finish, some fruity aftertaste not much else. Is not too drinkable for a pale lager. Not bad, not good. A suitable alternative to the Big 3 is you MUST have a beer somewhere.

ViveLaChouffe, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%

On draft at the Soiled Dove in Denver, CO.

This is a pretty unimpressive, bland, macro lager, very similar to the big American ones. I can't name one redeeming quality of it except that it's watered down and easy to drink if you're in the mood for something bland that won't fill you up. Might as well just drink a Bud or Coors.

LPorter33, Aug 25, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.68/5  rDev +34.3%

Pours a crystal clear pale gold. One finger head with good retention and sticky lacing are two aspects you won't find in many other Macros. However, the European influence on Mexican beer is heavily percieved in the taste and smell. Skunky hops and spicy grain dominate, while lending a dry bittness and smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium body and good carbonation with a clean finish. Not very different, but certainly better than the average macro or euro lager.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Barraclou
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Presentation: Another Mexican beer, but it is was not that bad last time I drank it.

Appearance: It pours a very pale straw colour with lots of white foam.

Smell: It could be improved. The first aroma was floral hops, but a not too good cooked veggies smell comes to hide everything else.

Taste: It is quite good for a mexican beer. It is light, but this one got some taste. You will find no malt flavour, just grains and hops.

Mouthfeel: It is watery and foamy with carbonation bubbles sparking on your tongue.

Drinkability: The best mexican lager available up here in Canada.

Barraclou, May 15, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%

Dos Equis Special Lager

Appearance-pours a pale piss color with minimal head that slowly bubbles and fizzes away, unremarkable.

Smell-cooked veggies, some grain astringency and hop nuances, veggies more than anything though.

Taste-grainy with a bit of spice hop at the begging, no malt to balance it out though and DNS comes through heavily, goes down smooth enough with a grainy finish.

Mouthfeel-smooth enough, a little boring if you will, does not leave you begging for more.

Drinkability-refreshing on a hot day and at only 5% alcohol it would make a decent session brew, drink it cold.

Overall-simply unremarkable, I feel like I've tasted this beer a thousand times, and I HAVE because it is just like any BMC product. Dissapointing especially compared to the decent vienna amber. Overall it's acceptable if this is what your looking for but the Amber is a much better choice.

TheDeuce, May 05, 2005
Photo of theozag
3.43/5  rDev +25.2%

On a whim, I recently tried a bottle of Dos Equis with a meal. I've got to say, I didn't realize what I'd been missing by always picking a craft brew or lesser-known beer instead of Dos Equis during all those trips to beer stores. The only real real disappointment in this beer was the smell. Perhaps it's allergy season kicking in, but I had real trouble drawing any distinct aroma from either the brew or the empty bottle (usually the bottle will provide aroma even when the beer hasn't). Appearance seemed like the ho-hum average for crystaline lagers. Mouthfeel and drinkability also weren't worthy of top marks, in my book, but they did make the beer more appealing than the lack of smell might suggest. Starts a gentle, almost sweet flavor and settles onto the tongue with a light-bodied yet complex palatte hop, wheat, and oat undertones. Finishes as it begins, and I was glad to find out that it left without the least hint of bitter or sour afterthoughts. No part of this beer stays on the tongue after the brew has been consumed. I'd say this would probably be a good beer to start out the night, as you could head right into your next bottle without fear that it'll taste like Dos Equis.

theozag, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
2.38/5  rDev -13.1%

Just another brew from another Mexican macro.
This one is rather popular among youths, after an intense ad campaign from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma a few years ago, and no wonder:
Nice color; no head nor lace. Barely a smell. Lightly hoppy. watery. Bubbly. If you know your beers, you'll hardly want another one.

Pepeton, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of Redrover
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%

I had this one on Tap at Cheese Burger in Paradise. A Jimmy Buffet inspired eatery in Downers Grove, IL.

Beer was served in a frosted 13 oz mug. Light yellow with a quickly collapsing white head. No real lacing.

Not much aroma at all. The slightest bit of flowery hops, some grain (corn) and a slight touch of pepper.

Not much in the flavor department, but no off or chemical tastes. Just an under hopped slightly sweet taste. This reminds me of an MGD or Rolling Rock.

Thin mouthfeel with the only saving grace that the beer has some excellent active carbonation. This is another why bother beer, but it is easy to drink. I should have a got a margarita instead!

Redrover, Dec 16, 2004
Photo of BigRedN
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance: Macro, small head, with minimal retention. Did notice some lacing though.

Smell: From the bottle this had a pungent odor. After pouring into a pint glass this lessened. Slightly sweet smell.

Taste: Sweetness (likely from adjunct) hops not noticeable. A bit better than other Mexican beers, better than I hoped after smelling it.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonated. Didn't have the typical "rough" feel that I usually experience when consuming the first Mexican beer of the night.

Drinkable: Quite high actually. My father in law's favorite from Mexico, and I can get this at the local grocery store for $6.48 a six.

Final thought: Like some other Mexican beers (Corona not included) this just seems better when consumed in the right setting, namely Mexico.

BigRedN, Dec 08, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +36.9%

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. This has always been one of my favorite lager style beers on a hot day. Plus it's dirt cheap. A 12pk for $8.99 on sale regularly. Doesn't really pour or smell like anything special, but I really like the taste.
Pours a light color with not much head and zip lacing. Smells like a typical lager. Malt, malt, malt. However, it tastes really good. Great carbonation level, nice malt taste and goes down easy. One of my favorite session beers when low on cash. My #1 beer in Mexico so far.

GClarkage, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of hero27
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%

Appearance: Bright, clear yellow/golden color.. little to no head or lacing.

Smell: Grainy aroma, a little skunkiness. Corona-ish.

Taste: Hop bitterness..tastes like a typical Mexican lager. Honestly, i didn't pick up much as far as flavor goes.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing taste. probably the best character of this beer.

Drinkability: If you're at a Mexican restaurant, haven't tried Dos Equis, and are really thirsty, order a few. But if any of the above terms don't apply, then I'd probably skip this one. Nothing to get excited about.

hero27, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of santoslhalper
2.63/5  rDev -4%

Pours a clear, typical adjunct lager color with a tiny head that goes away quicky. Smells like your normal skunky "green bottle" beer with hints of grain and corn. Tastes, again, like an average lager. Malts and hops are very, very minimal. Also has the thinnest taste of corn. Much more carbonated than it looks. Feels like an MBC beer in the mouth. This would be a completely average session beer if nothing else is around. All in all, it's better than corona and your typical mexican beers, but not by much.

santoslhalper, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%

This one was very, very below average, although it was a little better than a few of the American macro adjuncts.

It was a clear yellow, which made me think of... well, you can figure it out. No bubbles evident and little head, which died away fast.

The aroma was of grains and corn, with a little skunkiness.

The taste was bland. Much more carbonated than the appearance would lead one to believe. It was slightly metallic and medicinal.

A good beer to have when trying a couple of different Dos Equis varieties for comparison, but definately not one to go back to.

connecticutpoet, Sep 19, 2004
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,081 ratings.