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

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 561
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 18
Gots: 366 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 11-02-2001

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, clear, yellow body with a puny, small-sized, white head.

Smell: Well, it's definitely lackluster in the aroma department. Sparsely sweet-scented grains and corn cobs. Perhaps it'll fare better when it comes to taste.

Taste: Modestly sweetish, lightly grainy malts with a rounding out of unctuous corn. Small trace of spicy hops deliver an equally small hint of bitterness. Finishes quick and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If you thrill for swill, then Dos Equis Special Lager is a good bet. Otherwise, it comes across as being bland and adjunct-y. Their Amber was tolerable, not so much with this one.

Photo of Slygato
3.97/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance- Light yellow there is very little head to it

Smell- Smells of a light malt and grains

Taste- Grain taste not bitter at all what you would expect from a Dos Equis

Mouthfeel- Light body goes down smooth can feel the carbonation

Drinkability- Easy to drink could sit and drink it by itself but goes better with food

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.58/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Decent gold color. Tons and tons of foam...my glass basically overflowed. Sticky with some lacing. Good.

Smell: I love the maltiness of Dos Equis. Very breadlike and nasal-passage-clearing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Also very malty, stronger so than something like Molson. Smooth and a bit bitter, but not skunked at all. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Dos Equis has above average drinkability. "Stay thirsty my friends."

Overall: Nice beer, but not distinctively Mexican. See drinkability.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.55/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale and golden. Weird aroma. Can't pinpoint what it is. Cornpops cereal I guess.

Fruit sweet taste, maybe some corn syrup Karo brand in the batch or something. No hops. Malt, if any, was roasted on a lukewarm sidewalk. Only thing big about this beer is the carbonation and price. Blech.

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

355ml bottle. Upon seeking out the most recommended Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto, this seemed like an appropriate enough choice for my first patio experience of the year.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some sandstone mesa cliff lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of a very, very light grain/corn sweetness, some hard water flintiness, and a bit of fruity weediness. The taste is soft, bready corn grain, and an earthy, slightly vegetal hop essence. It really is rather weak, not bad, just well, low-key all-around.

The carbonation is moderate, just a simple frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and bordering on thin in its innocuous smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the weak-ass malt carrying on, and surprisingly, weirdly crisp.

A barely adequate lager chaser for the chips and none-too-spicy salsa...better than yer average BMC, sure, mostly through its plainness, in the same way that this 'Mexican' food is better than Taco Bell.

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed with my cheap tacos last night.

A: The pour is a light golden yellow color with a finger of airy white foam.

S: The nose is sweet and grainy with some hints of sweet apples and corn syrup. Not exactly great, but not offensive like many other beers of the style.

T: The flavor profile is what you would expect. Lots of grain and corn sweetness without much at all in the way of bitterness. The flavor is quite light, as you would expect.

M: A thin and watery body with a high level of carbonation.

D: Like the other beers of the style, easy to drink, just not necessarily all that flavorful. Good for enjoying with a Mexican meal, but not something I'd sit down and drink.

Photo of gatornation
3.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had on tap @ peppitos on chicago ave in mpls it was a pale gold/straw color with little head and some lacing the smell was wet biscuit some rice and corn with slight malts and hops in the background..all i will say is when your at a cantina and eating burritos and tacos and chips and salsa..this is a lager that fits in..will i buy this beer for the fridge..absolutely not... will i have it at a cantina again absolutely yes ..there is a place and time for this lager..and it fit in well with my dinner..not really recommended however

Photo of Longhorn22
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - It came out a bright gold color, and had a medium size head that dissipated quickly. It looks pretty much like any other macro style beer (i.e. not appetizing)

S - The smell sort of hurt my nose. It was inhaling an over carbonated soda. It stung, and it had a bit of sweet scents.

T - I tried this beer straight, and it was just sort of bland. I added some lime, which made it taste okay. I don't count the limes towards the taste though, since I had to do that myself. With limes, I would give it a 3.

M/D - It was decently drinkable, me and one friend finished a pitcher of it. Though, we are in college, so if we paid for it, we were going to drink it regardless. It had a medium viscosity, but it left a slightly bitter after taste.

Bottom line: If you are looking to get hammered drunk, this is a pretty good option. It isn't too expensive, and it is marginally better than a standard bud light. But if you are looking to sit down and enjoy a beer, you probably should go to something a bit more adventuresome.


Photo of MOB210SA
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Again, the other beer had at Sea Island @ The Forum on-tap.

Dropped to practically no head. Medium light golden yellow, and crystal clear.

Nose is corn with nothing other than maybe a light grainyness.

Small amount of malt and corny tasting. Bland bubbly mouthfeel.

If I ever happen to have this again, Ill try to make a better review for this not too great beer.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold, very clear, blanched white head.

Smell is adjuncty, and of corn, weak hops/bitter.

Before I launch into 'taste', I should say the bottle claims on the back that this beer is styled in the pilsner fashion. Only in the aftertaste is this even remotely apparent.
It tastes noticeably hoppier than other AALs, though the prominent corn taste kind of diminishes this highlight. Weak malt base, plenty of that classic adjunct flavor.

Mouthfeel is kind of watery, especially for a "pilsener". Carbonation isn't as crisp as it should be, and there's very little body to it.

Overall, there are worse things to drink. I'd take this over MGD, Bud, Miller High Life, or Keystone Orig.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a pale golden colour. Lots of visible carbonation, but little head retention and no lacing. Looked like soda.

Smelled like a typical macro lager. Corn meal and light malts. Not looking good so far.

The taste is all kinds of bland. A very uninteresting lager, but as is typical for the marketed style, there isn't anything offensive there either. Just your run of the meal, slightly sweet macro.

Mouthfeel is very watery and slick, with the carbonation tapering off near the end.

I always drink beer, and when I do, I prefer not to drink Dos Equis. I'm sure this brew will taste a hell of a lot better on a beach in Mexico (as I will see next month), but on a cold day in January, it did nothing for me.

Photo of magine
2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a golden yellow, with a white head that fly away quickly. No lace. Looks like a macro brew.

Brew smells of grain, corn. Very understated nose.

Brew is crisp and light. Has a subtle corn/grain flavor. Very watery feel and taste, finishes slightly dry.

This is not a good brew; nothing more than a macro tasting brew. Was given to me as a gift; not a recommended purchase. Lackluster in every department a person would look for in a brew. One and done.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one right out of the bottle. No freshness date. Very little action when swirled in bottle. Green bottle with 2 X's label pretty cool. Smells like wet grass, not very pleasant aroma. Taste is very watery, really can't taste anything that resembles a lager. I have had this before with a lime so I will go against the laws of beer physics and add a lime at this time....Ok, this helps alot. This and so many watery mexican beers cannot stand alone they need limes to make them drinkable and give them some flavor. My mouth feels nothing notable when drinking this, sorry. Drinkability: I do not like this beer at all, however, I could drink it all day long, play beach volleyball, cook steaks on the grill, lay by the pool and still catch a buzz. Bottom line, this beer sucks, but I can drink it if I have too, and I do on occasion. No real flavor without a lime.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Translucent golden yellow beer with a minimal head after an agressive pour, quickly dissipates until nothing. Reminds me of the head of a cider, non-existant.

S: Hard to pick up anything of substance here. A little bit of esters, some faint hops.

T: Some malt up front, very little hops, not much finish at all, got a little bit of citrus in there somewhere. I remember this having more taste than the typical american adjuct. I guess I was wrong.

M: low carbonation, low body

D: not a bad beer for what it is, just doesn't stand out at all. Doesn't have a "bad" taste as I've had with some other beers of this quality. Is do-able for a bbq or with some mexican food.

Photo of legatovibrato24
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden color with a minimal head.

S - Similar to Corona and many American macro brew lagers, which places it slightly below average.

T - Drank with a Quesadilla, and the flavors of the food seemed to easily trump those of the beer, but slight notes of hops were able to shine through.

M - Thin, no serious body.

D - With other beers available in this category, such as Modelo Especial and Negra Modelo, One would wonder why Dos Equis would be chosen over them.

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

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color that is perfectly clear. Had no head even with a fairly vigorous pour.

Smell: Has a bit of a spice in the smell that while isn't repulsive, isn't exactly inviting either.

Taste: On the whole, this is a little bland. It tastes almost watered down, although it does have a fair hop kick in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin. The carbonation gives in a little texture in the mouth, but not much.

Drinkability: It's okay. It's not the worst thing ever, but there are better beers: in general, and in the particular style.

Photo of Dodo2step
2.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Pittsburgh friend--thanks Ray

A- a light clear urine yellow color with lil or no head.

S- grain, wheat, corn, typical macro American lager smell

T- grain and corn. nothing special in the flavor. Sweet though.

M- smooth and crisp

D- easy to throw back and something i would have for dinner in a restaurant if nothing else special was on tap. Higher than the bmc beers in my book but lower than sam adams

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 24oz bottle into 19oz pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light, clear straw color with a medium sized white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: Sweetness and grain, with hints of corn and slight grassy hops.

Taste: Sweet grain and corn, finishing with very slight hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin, crisp, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable and refreshing, but little else to offer. Does fit in well when eating out at Mexican restaurants, though.

Photo of kaseydad
2.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in a restaurant and it was brought out with a Pilsner glass....so....pilsner glass pour and am greeted with a pale yellow brew and a small white head which quickly dissolves to nothing.

Aroma is nothing special. Nothing of note to separate it from any other adjunct lager.

Clean and crisp taste with a little funk on the swallow.

Carbonated nicely.

Multiples are very easy if you like this style but there are much better (imo) Mexican beers out there.

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.

Photo of rfabian
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of John_M
1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
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.

Photo of TLove
1.84/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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