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

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2,148 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,148
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 11
Gots: 213 | 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 BeerDreadz
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 onz green "botella"

Appearance: Pale golden color with some white bubbles above.

Smell : There's corn ,cooked veggies and grains in this beer.

Taste: There's corn and cooked veggies in the taste also, some bitteness when you finish it

Drinkability: One of the best mexican lagers i have drink, not to compare with the amber one.

BeerDreadz, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright strong gold body, good carbonation, good clarity. Thinnish white head quickly breaks down to an oil slick.

Small but pleasant grass/hay aroma, with a hint of fresh bread.

Taste starts lightly sweet, but full, not timid. Enough hops to balance, and while no bite, a tiny hop tingle carries into the clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, with a little body to it.

Drinkability is...really not bad.

I've had about twenty of these over the course of my current cruise vacation, and while I was disappointed in the lack of Sam Adams on the beer menu, I'm surviving nicely. It held up with nine excellent dinners. Not bad at all when compared with American Macro Lagers, and light years beyond that other Mexican beer.

But am I looking forward to getting home to my beer fridge.

RonfromJersey, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of baos
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Bottle into my smaller Trappist glass. It looks a bit paler than most of the macros. Bubbly Caucasian head that dissipates down and ends up having some pretty nice lacing.

S: A mild bouquet of fermenting green apples. Very sweet smelling. Too sweet for me.

T: A mellow bit of hop and barley, like a super weak pale ale, kinda like Rolling Rock. A bit too sweet for my taste buds.

M: Watery

D: Just okay, and I know its wrong but the limón and la sal go into this one. Served extremely cold with my flavorings and drank in the hot summer sun it makes a good day. Go with the Amber instead!

baos, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of WillieMoe
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was actually going into this expecting the worse, so it was almost a pleasant surprise. The look is average for a mass produced lager, nothing special.

The smell was very weak, nothing really stands out.

The taste was about average. Again, nothing really stood out. Slight malty taste in there, but it was barely evident.

The mouthfeel was fine. It went down smooth and didn't really leave any aftertaste.

I would say it's drinkable. If I was at a party where this was all that was available, I could see myself drinking a few.

Overall, it was not as bad as I had thought it would be, but I'm still wondering what makes this Dos Equis "special"?

WillieMoe, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
1.93/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Served in a pint glass with a burrito at lunchtime.

A. Pale golden with a white head that disappears quickly.

S. A bit of corn, but not much else.

T. Tastes a bit like corn syrup with some harsh bitterness.

M. Thin, watery with a dry finish.

D. I don't think I could handle more than one of these. If I hadn't purchased it, I wouldn't have finished the first one, but I hate to waste.

I thought this would be cool refreshing beverage to go with my mid-day meal, but I'll stick with a good old hefe instead.

BeerAndBourbon, Jul 22, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I recently vacationed in Mexico, and while most of the Mexican beers I drank tasted much better than they do in the US, this one actually tasted worse. Aroma was virtually non-existent. Mouthfeel was highly (unpleasantly) carbonated and flavor was corny and metallic.

BeerBelcher, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- straw yellow color with a small white head that dissapates quickly.

S- has a light sweet grain smell, not really anything else.

T- sweet malty taste, tastes kind of like heineken to me.

M- a light refreshing beer that goes down smooth.

D- not a great beer, but it is drinkable, i would choose it over corona anyday.

jayfarley3, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of rrg1gb
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

With a light golden appearance, there's little carbonation, and the head fades quickly. While it has a faint malt aroma, it has an obvious macro taste - light & crisp with no hops action.
The carbonation hits at the tip of the tongue and follows up with some adjuncts. It's almost like drinking seltzer water mixed with corn syrup. Still, I think this is better than its dark lager counterparts from north of the border, but not by much. Pass.

rrg1gb, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of gotweid
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottle the head was not too bad. Kind of a pale yellow/off gold color. Smelled a little hint of "skunkiness", but not bad. Couldn't place the rest...overdone? Taste really isn't all that bad. Crisp & fresher than the smell and had some body with a pleasant aftertaste that doesn't stay too long. If you want to drink beer all day this would do fine. Not a great beer at all, but not bad.

gotweid, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of giblet
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

decent Mex brew. better than the mass marketed one from south of the border. not a great beer, but one that is good served cold on a hot day.

leave the citris out of these beers. the only reason to add a lemon or lime is to mask the taste and smell. of course if you dont like the taste or smell then maybe that is the only way to drink it. to each their own.

worth a try.

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giblet, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
1.78/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Another Mexican beer and another disappointment. At least this one does not come in that unappealing transparent bottle as Sol or Corona does.

Appearance: clear with a pale yellow color. The head is white, very low and it fades as quickly as the beer is poured.
Aroma: corn grits smell.
Taste: adjuncty. More malty than hoppy.
Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength (my bottle states 4,5% instead of 5%) and medium to light body.
Finish: very slightly bitter and very short.

Overall: brisk and refreshing, but without character and no personality at all. Better than Sol and Corona (no compliment there!) but still bland. My quest for a good Mexican beer continues.

AlexLMS, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as its Amber brother, but not bad for a mass-produced Mexican beer. As with most of these, it’s best enjoyed ice-cold, with a squeeze of lime, while eating chorizo sausage or other Mexican spicy dishes. Actually prefer this over many of the BMC's, which isn't saying much.

kimcgolf, May 20, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz green bottle

Dos Equis Lager Especial was golden in color and very clear. It had a white head that didn't last. The smell was light and mostly grain with a little skunk. The taste was sweet, grainy and a little harsh with a dry finish. It was light bodied with medium carbonantion. Drinkability was below average. The Dos Equis Amber was a much better beer than this one was.

afinepilsner, May 18, 2007
Photo of jpkoch1962
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours like any Euro Lager- clean and pale. The Aroma was dominated by the adjuncts- very bready and grainy. Tasted well.... like a MGD; adjunct rich, hints of cooked corn, maybe a little hop bitterness. What a disappointment. If I wanted a MGD, I would have bought MGD and saved myself a few bucks.

jpkoch1962, May 15, 2007
Photo of smcreator
3.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is best served with a lime, however this rating is for the beer served cold without a lime.

The beer does not have a bitter aftertaste. It is not an above average smooth beer, but will not 'tire;' your mouth during extended drinking.

A good party beer if everyone is tired of the normal cheap beers as it has a slight better taste than the 'average' beer.

smcreator, May 13, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a mason jar, this beer had a faint gold, mostly yellow appearance, with only a few suds on top due to the streaming carbonation coming up from the bottom. Reviewing it in the style it is made, its not a bad beer overall, compared to its competitors. The smell is faint grain combined with alcohol, basically the same aroma you get from other macros that aren't skunked. The taste was very faint malt, alcohol, but not too much of a carbonated bite, which is why I rate the mouthfeel at a little bit better than average. Not a horrible beer, it had slightly more sustenance than its competitors.

MiScusi, May 08, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up at Costco in a Mexican beer sample case of Sol, Dos Equis Lager, Dos Equis Amber, and Tecate. They were out of Sam's brewmaster collection so I gave this a whirl. Bottle smell is a strange braunschweiger. Poured into my chalice with little to no head. Color is golden with a bronze hint. There is now a slight corn smell. Taste is quite bland, not sweet not bitter, almost without flavor, only a slight hop finish. The carbonation is evident and actually more prevalent than anything else. This is definitely only a lawnmower beer. Nothing at all to brag about here. Maybe this is a bad bottle for some reason. If trying another improves I will return to edit this review.

mooseisloose, May 06, 2007
Photo of prototypic
1.68/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: It's a clear, light yellow color with a very modest one finger, foamy head. Retention was very short and lacing was unimpressive.

Smell: Very light on the nose. If you stick with it, you can pick up some grains and corn. Virtually no hops or malt to speak of.

Taste: Actually, not a great deal of taste worth mentioning either. There are some light grain and corn flavors. No malt or hops. Pretty typical for a macro.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and it goes down easy. But, like most macros, it doesn't taste good. One is about all I can handle. It's not enticing enough for another. Overall, it's not a good beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

prototypic, May 06, 2007
Photo of mcarroll10177
3.65/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- straw yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly disappated

S- not much nose here some very mild hops

T- clean and crisp with some faint hops, no complexity at all

M- light with good carbination

D- Macros are very easy drinking and this is no exception.

All in all an OK mexican beer. I pair this beer with stuffed jalopanos and the hottest mexican fare. It quenches the thirst and is much better than Carona.

mcarroll10177, May 01, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical pale gold with little head. Malt overdoes the grain in the nose and has a pinch of hop. Taste goes downhill from the aromas and is just selztery. Flavors start off decent but then plummet into nothingness pretty quickly. Mouthfeel is thin and spritzy. I can down this alright.

goochpunch, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of GPHarris
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a three fingers thick white and fluffy head into a weizen glass. body is a bright and clear gold that is very bubbly. leaves a surprisingly thick sheet and sticky sides until about halfway through.
s - metallic smell with the hints of fruit juice and lime.
t - again metallic with some dry grains and grass.
m - very thin and clean on the tongue.
d - easily drunk and not bad overall. much better than corona, sol, pacifico and others of its ilk.

GPHarris, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of sacfly
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz, no date
Pours a crystal clear pale yellow. Thin white head is gone in seconds. Aroma is light caramel, grain, and a hint of grassy hops. Taste is sweet and grainy up front, with a mild grassy bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Not much more to say. One you will not sit and ponder, but a solid beer on a hot summer day.

sacfly, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a pint on tap at the local bar.

Decent golden amber color with a small amount of off-white head that doesn't seem to leave much lacing. Aroma is very faint, hard to detect any noticable hoppiness or malt. Perhaps some grainy notes, though.

Taste is barely a notch above the macrobrewed american junk: metallic, some rice and hop notes present. The mouthfeel is the highlight of this beer. Surprisingly hoppy aftertaste, with a nice juciness and smooth finish. Overall, it lacks any noticable complexity, but you can drink it all night. Goes down easily.

wagenvolks, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap and served in a 12oz. cup. Typically I like to review beers that are served in a glass, but I don’t think it would have made much difference with this one.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium-sized foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace.

S: The smell is of barley, malt, grain, almost no hops and it is a bit metallic.

T: The taste contains flavors of grain, corn, malt, faint hops. The metallic quality that I picked up in the smell comes out in the after-taste.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean & dry finish.

D: Easy to drink, not very filling, it went well with my quesadilla but the beer itself was not very tasty.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.1/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

In my humble opinion, this is the best American Macro around. Appearance is kinda flat, but the smell picks it up. Much sharper than most macros and no corn smell. Taste is similar to a euro pale. Mouthfeel is light but decent. Drinkability is fantastic.

supercolter, Mar 08, 2007
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
64 out of 100 based on 2,148 ratings.