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

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2,237 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,237
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 265 | 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 matty
3.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma and taste are your normal Mexican macros except a bit lighter.Overall this is an easy drinking that goes down smooth.Perfect for a hot day or a Mexican dinner.I would recommend to try at least once would purchase again myself.

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, big head, light gold

Smell: a little wheat, a little malt. Rather non-descript

Taste:wheat, malt, and corn. Nothing offensive, nothing great

Mouthfeel: sweet and light

Drinkability: I had this on a cruise and you could do worse there. Pretty average for the style. Nothing bad about the beer. Nothing great either.

Photo of minterro
1.78/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A: clear bright yellow, fizzy head that disipates fast and leaves a little lacing.

S: smells like metal, with hint of sweetness.

T: crisp but...not good. I don't know how it has a can taste, when it comes in a bottle.

M: medium-little body, ok carbonation. probably the only decent thing i liked about this beer.

D: Easy to drink because of its body, not its taste. Not a fan of this beer. wouldn't even think of buy it again. Maybe it would be more refreshing if I was in a desert about to die of thirst, but not today. If the "most interesting man in the world" drinks this, he must not be interested in drinking good beer. Glad it was over when i finished.

Photo of roddwolff
3.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright blond color, small foamy head, with two "X" on the logo;

S: Sweet malt and corn, some citric hops with lemon essences;

T: Sweet malt and more citrus hops than the smell, also lots of carbonation;

M: Very refreshing, sweet bitternees that becomes little acid, high carbonation and light body;

D: Very easy to drink, my third favorite beer to accompany seafood.

Photo of grayburn
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a tiny head that goes away in a heartbeat. No lacing.
Smells of grain alcohol faintly, little else to speak of.
The taste is the same, true to style there is little flavor. However, the flavor that is there is sour rice, not exactly what one is looking for.
The mouthfeel is decent, crisp with high carbonation.
I could drink a few of these, but only if nothing else was available...not impressed.

Photo of brdc
2/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Dark yellow, white head, some retention, no lacing.
You can vaguely get a minimal smell of hops, and the taste is vaguely bitter with a note of rice. It did not work well even in scorching sun.
As mediocre as the can version, no noticeable difference.

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

Having just reviewed Carta Blanca at the same restaurant, I'll forgo a description of the "interesting" serving environment. Also having just reviewed Carta, I feel highly compelled to copy and paste that review here and replace references to rice with corn. But I won't.

A: A darker shade of gold than Carta, with better clarity to boot. Brilliant white head doesn't stick around, but leaves a trace of lace in its wake.

S: Adjunct heavy, but inoffensive. Corn is very evident, plus a bit of earthy hops. Certainly has more going on than its competition this evening.

T: Light and relatively refreshing. Corn tastes like the adjunct of choice, as there's a distinct sweetness here that rice and barley don't impart. Unfortunately, corn is my least favorite adjunct, as I think it overpowers any malt that might be in the mash with it if too much is used. That said, Dos Equis is better than most of the corn centered Miller beers I've had. The brewers must not have gone too over the top. Faint praise, I know, but I'm doing my best. Bitterness is there and actually has a bit of a lemon flavor. Finishes clean. You can let this one warm a little and not worry about it turning nasty. A definite plus.

M: Medium-light body is a touch syrupy. Carbonation feels about right.

D: This beer is nothing special, but it's a cut above Carta, and two or three cuts above Corona to me. It certainly goes down easily enough.

Because I'm probably insane, I've been trying all of the Mexican beers that are readily available at the Mexican restaurants in Denver. Dos Equis XX is my next to last stop on the trip. One more to go before I return to a steady diet of Bohemia and Negra Modelo with my enchiladas.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had last night at dinner last night with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Poured a pale yellow with no head or lacing. Smell was relatively non-descript and consisted primarily of corn. Taste was simply average. Nothing really jumped out. Like the smell, it is mainly corn. Watery mouthfeel. Good drinkability. Good for a bar-b-que.

Photo of OsuJohn
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This lager is somewhat light and drinkable, good for the middle of the summer. Dos Equis is a good compromise between flavor and heaviness. This beer is more flavorful than typical light lager, but not as heavy as most domestic lagers.

This is my choice when I want to drink a flavorful beer in a hot atmosphere without being overwhelmed by the weight of the beer (BBQ, poolside, after yard work). However this is not my first choice when I seek out a beer based on taste.

Photo of bunnyhustle
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the better adjunct lagers I've had, but that aint saying much. Pours a really pale, clear, yellow, with fizzy fluffy head. No retention or lacing. Smell has a slight grain and cereal smell. Taste is pretty bland but I swear a light kiss of lemon perhaps, though there isnt much there I swear there was a slight sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. Easy drinker. About the only reason I'm reviewing this is to say this: This may be the best beer to pair with fish tacos! A 6 pack of this was on sale for $4 so I picked it up, had a couple, then the next day had a couple with fish tacos and it was a perfect compliment!

Photo of albern
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty ho hum beer, but I wasn't expecting much beyond that. I had this years ago in the plaza in very hot, humid, sticky Veracruz, Mexico where anything cold is a welcomed relief from the thick, stale, stagnant overheated air, even at night. This was awesome in those conditions. In a more contemplative, relaxed setting this beer is just another adjunct beer from Mexico. It's refreshing, very light, clear as crystal, yellowy pale, no head, not much lacing. What did you expect. The nose is cooked veggies with the musty cardboard lagery smell that is common with the style. There is a slight maltiness in there too and maybe a slight earthy note as well. The taste is very bland, eminently drinkable, light, light, light. There is very little taste beyond some cooked veggie, some light malts, some adjunct sweetener. There is very little mouthfeel and almost no aftertaste, save for a touch of grassiness. If you're looking for taste, forget it. If you want a carbonated beverage in a sticky, oppressively humid environment, such as the Caribbean coast of Mexico in July, this is your beer everytime.

Photo of tittymcj
2.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured out impossible clear. It has almost no color. Slight yellowish hue, with tons of carbonation that keeps going for a long time. The head is very bubbly but not thick, and disappears rapidly.

Smells very metallic. No real scents at all aside from some vague corn.

Taste is thin. Some corn, some bready character, but also very metallic.

Mouthfeel is very thin and bubbly. Refreshing, but not very complicated.

Very drinkable beer because of it's thin character.

Photo of Riccymon
2.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a fizzy straw yellow from the bottle with an eighth-inch of fizzy white head that quickly disappeared. I smell a hint of corn syrup and taste almost nothing. Reminds me of mineral-y tap water steeped with some canned corn. Mouthfeel is similarly devoid of any recognizable characteristics, which I guess isn't quite as bad in this style. In light of its utter blandness, I guess I can't really dock this in the drinkability category either.

Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale yellow straw color. Thin white head that leaves no retention or lacing.

S- Grainy corn also picked up the slightest hint of some hops. Not much else.

T- Grainy malts with a slight hop bitterness also could pick up something sweet just couldn't put my finger on what it was.

M- Light in body, thin and carbonated just fine.

D- Not bad for the Macro style.

Photo of Brad007
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-gold color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt upfront. Typical setup for the style.

Taste is overly sweet and full of corn and grainy malt. Like a stale loaf of bread. Still quite easy to drink.

Corn and grain linger in the mouthfeel. Feels pretty average but still inoffensive. Goes down easy like water.

Average. You won't be too impressed with this but if you like your beers to be easy to drink and hardly special, then this is for you. Otherwise, I'd avoid it.

Photo of spointon
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one from a 12oz green bottle in a bar in Cozumel last weekend.

A= This lager poured a very pale yellow color with decent clarity and a 1/2" foamy white head. The head quickly dropped to nothing and did not leave any lace on the glass.

S= Sort of a sickly sweet malt and corn aroma with a tiny bit of hop spiciness. Some sulfur and a mild amount of skunking present as well.

T= Malt and corn sweetness all throughout this one with just the barest minimum of hop bitterness in there to balance the sweetness. The mild skunking gave this a punchy, herbal quality near the end. Finish was clean and absent of any aftertaste other than the faint skunk.

MF= Thin bodied and fizzy, giving a crisp feel on the tongue. Decent palate cleanser.

D= As fortune had it, I had this beer from a bottle just a couple hours after having it on tap. Its the ubiquitous beer in Cozumel. Pretty drinkable for the style, and certainly better than Corona or anything brewed by Miller for that matter.

Photo of CndBoi
3.63/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its a fairly good beer, i am a big fan. I am big on drinkability and smoothness, and dont like very flavorful beers, which is why i am such a fan. Most people dont really like such easy drinking beers, so its understandable for the less then stellar review. But it looks good, as a nice light golden pour, and has a nice kind of nutty smell to it. It goes down smooth and tastes good. If you like easy drinkers, this is easily of the top.

Photo of bmwats
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint.

A: Bright yellow. Heavy carbonation pours into a half finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates quickly into a smattering of bubbles. Substantial carbonation continues to rise. No lacing.

S: Light malt, wheat, subtle yeast and honey.

T: Wheaty and lightly malted, maybe a hint of citrus. . . not much else.

M: Light body and a little watery.

D: Okay. Not much to talk about, but you can live through the process, and not even realize you're finished.

Atmosphere, not really. . . Light subdued flavor, although not offensive. The same with the feel. Serviceably refreshing quaff.

Photo of philipquarles
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a diminutive white head that disappears immediately to leave an anemic-looking collar. Smells very faintly of grainy malt and nothing else (though thankfully, that includes skunk). Taste is quite similar in its malt/adjunct mediocrity. Slightly crisp at least. Decent carbonation gives it a weak Perrier feel. Drinkable, but there's a complete lack of flavor and character.

Photo of Spikester
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep gold with a good two finger white head. Very modest lacings.
Aroma is corny, copper.
Taste is corny, sweet, and slightly bitter finish. Perfect US macro clone.
Easy drinker, mild carbonation, slightly sweet finish. Would be fine with a Mexiacan meal. No bad qualities.

Photo of WJVII
2.73/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a wheat colored yellow with a thin white head that quickly sank back into the brew leaving no lacing, nor any cap to speak of. The aroma was of corn, some light hops, and a little alcohol. The taste was thin and full of carbonation. I am not reviewing this with a lime (as I would usually drink) which would cut into the carbonation and add some flavor to this seemingly dull brew. Macro all the way. Could drink with a spicy Mexican meal to cut the heat, but other than that just another Mexican import falling flat.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poures a very light, clear yellow with a fizzy white head that was very quickly.Aroma is slightly skunky,some corn,and a hint of floral hops. 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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.63/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

More Cuauhtémoc goodness. Better than Sol but worse than Bohemia

A- Poured from green 12oz into 14oz pilsener glass. Clear piss-yellow color with a decent foamy head that doesnt stick around long but leaves a smudge of lacing

S- Sweet malted corn, oxidation, and I believe I detect a touch of hops

T- Taste is decent with some pilsener-lager flavors noticeable. Overall good, strong taste for an adjunct lager

M- Light with prickly carbonation like most Mexican beers

D- Quick and easy to turn the glass like most Mexican beers

Photo of treehugger02010
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this beer out of the refrigerator at my parent's home in Tampa, FL and poured it into a flared pint glass.
Appearance: Surprisingly pretty. A clear gold color with a large white head and good retention and layered lacing. Lots of bubbles, but not over carbonated.
Smell: Oxidized, cardboard. Pale malt, non-offensive hop.
Taste: Again it tasted oxidized. Not much in the way of malted backbone, but a good earthy hop bite.
Mouthfeel: Crisp and dry.
Drinkability: Not awful.
Don't drink and review.

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

As in my Pacifico review, this blurb is not meant to glorify this beer. I will enjoy an ice-cold Dos XX on a hot day, and I will not feel guilty about it. Pours clear and bubbly gold with a puffy white head. Sweet rice and corn aroma with a helping of grassy hops. Taste is the same, only very smooth and not as watery as one would expect.

Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 2,237 ratings.