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

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Ratings: 2,273
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 314 | 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 MadTown1000
2.62/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle, the usual adjuncty Mexican lager smell, but a bit fainter - sort of like Corona mixed with Miller Lite. Pours a light straw with maybe 2 fingers of head that quickly fizzes away to nothing - barely even any residual bubbles on top. Smell from the glass is nonexistent. Compared to the smell I noted earlier, the Miller Lite is much more evident than the Corona. It even struggles to reach that level of intensity. This is one seriously weak beer. Little flavor, little smell, little evident carbonation, some noticeable alcohol. It's entirely nonoffensive, but there is nothing whatsoever to recommend this beer.

Photo of EsoxLucius
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

my father has been buying this beer in the summer time regularly. at the last resort i was at in mexico, this was the beer that was on tap almost every 100m. or so! i

i'll definately say this is a great warm weather beer for if you're outside doing activites or work! the wife doesn't mind it either, which is great too... onto the review...

A: Looks like most other lagers, light golden yellow color, the head vanished almost instantly, leaves hardly any lacing and has an incredible amount of bubbles.

S: kind of a grainy corn metalic smell with a hint of hops.

T: not a whole lot at the start but there is something there in the middle that's very enjoyable. when it goes down, there's a definate corn taste with a bit of grain. it doesn't really taste metalic.

M: watery, best describes it. thin, fizzy with a bit of body at the end makes it above being not impressed, but not average either.

D: quite good, excellent fishing trip beer. it's better than Sol which we tried when the LB was shorted the Dos Equis product.

i bought it after drinking it constantly in mexico, one really big + that isn't rated here is 'hangover factor'... this beer, like some others i can drink way in excess and not be trashed the next day.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a light yellow with nill head and lace. Smell of light grass and hop. Taste...there is just not a whole lot going on although it is quite refreshing with a lot of carbonation and a light mouthfeel. A good one to try on an extremely hot day.

Photo of Monsteruss
1.76/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The foam was yellow/white wheat in color, 1 finger length in height, bubbly and lacey. The color was a golden yellow, very carbonated with hints of mustard yellow. The smell was sweet, hoppy with a hint of wheat - pretty basic. The taste was a watered-down pils and very little hops taste. Mouthfeel - dull with a skunky metallic aftertaste. Drinkability - crisp watery session , not worth a second chance.

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

Dos Equis Lager Special or XX lager as it is known in Mexico is a classic pilsner from mexcican macro Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma. In northern Mexico it is widely know only as "lager".

Color: Pale yellow, some golden notes with little head formation and little lace retention.

Aroma: Aromas of malts and hops almost lost but found at the end with medium bitterness.

Taste: Semi-dry malts, corn, cereal, low to mid hop bitterness.

Finish: Dry and with a median bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Psyopticon
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear Light Yellow look to it. Alot of carbonation. Low lacing.

Smell - Not really much of a scent the first go. Somewhat of a corn syrup. Barely.

Taste - Didn't really taste a whole lot. There just really wasn't a taste I could find... =/

Mouthfeel - Just alot of carbonation, really.

Drinkability - Goes down easy, and I could drink one or two, but that's about it. Mildly refreshing.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes out of the tap a clear amber-yellow with a rather typical white head. Aroma is crisp, strong and malty; I picked up a whiff of lime but this probably came from the obligatory lime wedge on the glass. Flavor is crisp, malty and just a little yeasty. The lively and fizzy texture leaves a slightly yeasty finish.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Green 33cl bottle, 4.5% according to my bottle label, part of a 12 pack of three different beers from this brewery.

Poured into a Duvel glass, just to give it a chance.

Mid gold body, not as light as some lagers. not as dark as others. The head, which was white fell to a thin collar very, very swiftly, pity.

Odourless, gets my standard 3 for a pils/lager that often fail to attack my nose.

This review followed a Sol review, this beer is heads and shoulders above that beer in the taste stakes. This has a good, almost rich lager flavour, crisp, sharp and almost interesting.

I thought this an OK lager, some depth to its mouthfeel and one of the better beers to come out of Mexico (that get to the UK anyway).

Photo of illidurit
1.9/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Fizzy yellow wuss beer. Slimy head of white froth. Aroma is just about nonexistent, maybe some corn, paper, and pale malt. Flavor is extremely watery with little substance but adjunct sweetness with a little mineral note. Good for washing down Mexican food, not good for anything else.

Photo of aquaderek
2.76/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The head dissipates very quickly and leaves no trace. The nose is what I expected, oat soda-esque. The taste is non obtrusive and it has a nice mellow drinkability. Probably nice with spicy mexican food. Not a beer I would seek out, but may order at a mexican resturaunt.

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a very clear straw color - head formation is quick but not well retained. only a light white film remains. Very filtered.

S - A very light scent of malt sweetness and some corn adjunct or DMS background. Little to no hops are detected.

T - Starts off with a rather empty flavor. Builds some bitter balance, almost with a dry taste. No hops are noticeable. The only direct flavor I get is in the aftertaste where some of the corn profile comes through.

M - Light in body - low in carbonation bite. Crisp and clean on the palette.

D - Easy drinking - you could nail a dozen of these at a mexican restaurant. abv is beyond manageable. Flavors don't wear, easy drinking. Not filling.

Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +22.3%
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
3.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.77/5  rDev +37.6%
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
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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
2.85/5  rDev +4%
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
3.55/5  rDev +29.6%
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
2.92/5  rDev +6.6%
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
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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