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

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2,157 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,157
Reviews: 531
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 12
Gots: 215 | 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 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
Photo of mithrascruor
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden straw color. White head is initially quite fluffy, but dissipates rapidly, leaving a ring and fine film atop the beer.

Smell: Spicy (hops?) and corn. However, the smell is very light and hardly present.

Taste: Light hoppy spicyness gives way to corn, which gives way to a semi-sweet finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied, though not quite watery. Light carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but something about the taste gets on my nerves a bit after a short while.

A fair to average Mexican lager. A bit spicer than some others, but it's also a bit more tedious than some others. The Dos Equis amber is much better.

mithrascruor, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of robmorris31
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dos Equis and Mexican food…Yum!

A- A tint darker than traditional American Lagers. Transparent medium orange with hues of yellow and brown.

S- Kind of skunky for me. I can definitely smell the lager!

T- A full flavor of lager is not timid. A little bite at the end as it finishes.

M- Full and textured. Many flavors all with different feels.

D- Drinkability is good. Very nice especially when served with its host country’s food.

I would recommend this beer to those who prefer a Heineken style finish. Not as good as on draft! Add a lime at the bottom of a glass then pour in and enjoy for a twist.

robmorris31, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of jettjon
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date along with a cold mug and a lime. Tasted without the lime.

Pours a golden clear color with few medium-small bubbles. One-finger white head, rapid fade to spotty coverage, minor lace. Not much on the nose cold; I didn’t let this beer get warm. Just some bready malt. Taste of mild malt, very mild and light overall, just a hint of bitter toward the end. Very unassuming flavor. Mouth is wet and lightly carbonated, a bit flat. Drinkability is pretty decent overall; this is acceptable lawn-mowing swill or would go OK with tacos or whatever.

Overall: Decent for Tex-Mex fare when nothing better is available; it’s agreeable though neutral. Definitely benefits from a frosty mug and a lime.

jettjon, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of bigsteveo830
3.28/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a goldish amber color with a small white bubbly head the fell fast leaving little lacing, some larger bubbles on side of glass

S- corn smell with slight skunk

T- sweet corn taste with a slight fruit flavor

M- light with a good amount of carbonation..very typical

D- Pretty good, goes good with spicy food

Overall it's a pretty average beer, better than corona in my opinion but a little over priced

bigsteveo830, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of BuffaloBilly
2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't know if its the water or what but all mexican beers have that skunkiness to them and this is no exception. No lime required on this one, it's not as skunky as corona, I actually prefer xx over it. Corn adjucts present, a little more flavorful than other mex beers. Not too bad, at the price though i'll pass.

BuffaloBilly, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dos Equis was the first legal beer I ever had, when I went to Rosarito, Mexico with friends for drinks. Now, a year and a half later and a more developed palate, I ordered one a few days ago for my first official beer review. Consumed at Chipotle with a fajita burrito, on to the beer:

The head wasn't impressive in the bottle, and it would dissapear quick after each sip. There was nothing wrong with taste, it started with a corn-like sweetness and ended in cooked veggies with a mild spicy hoppiness, though not overpowering. Despite being a middle-of-the-road brew, it was easy to drink and cut the spiciness on my palate from the burrito.

DoubleJ, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've definately had worse macros, especially in green bottles or from Mexico. This one can be filed under, clean and unoffensive. Like Heineken, but with a little less flavor. It was just sweet with a faint taste of adjuncts. A lime doesnt really ruin this one or cover up flavor so much as improve upon a nearly blank slate of a beer.

tempest, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.42/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a lingering patch.

The smell is of sweet corn and husk. Slight skunk.

The taste is of sweet grains and sulfur. Corn husk. Some apple-like fruitiness (fresh - not sour) almost emerges but is all but lost in adjunctville.

Watery thinness, but not overly for style. Leaves a chemical-like aftertaste.

Although it lacks in the flavor department, is watered-down and overly husky, it's not the worst Mexican beer I've had. But, that's not saying much. In fact, it says virtually nothing. In fact, I would prefer some American macros if I had to over this. Beats Corona and some other Mexican beers I've had, but still is not worth-while, even for the style.

jwc215, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev +46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is probably the best of the mexican beers i have tried.no need to salt the mug and stick a lime in this one.a pale amber in appearance.light head and moderate lacing down the glass.this isnt a bad session beer.best enjoyed buy the bucket outside when south of the border.

tbone53, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this tonight at a Mexican food cafe here in Austin. Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass. The waiter brought two limes to go with it, but I put them aside.

The pour is pretty boring, as there wasn't much head to the beer, and the color and body of the brew appeared to be fairly thin.

I took a sip and tasted a tart kind of sour crispness. Not bad, and it was fairly refreshing. Took a couple more sips, about the same thing. I then added the limes, as this is the way I see most people drink this brew (I personally never really like fruit in my beers). In this case, the limes do actually add a good amount of flavor as the offset some of the sourness and add a little more refreshment to the beer. With the limes, I would rate the taste at a 3.5. The mouthfeel is about what you would expect for a Mexian lager, fairly thin, but it wasn't watery.

This is one of the few beers I would actually drink in the future but include the limes in. It does a nice job of going with chips and salsa as well as tex-mex food. Nothing complex, not the best flavor, but still a good thirst quencher and goes down easy with food.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Jimbo07
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a big ol mug. Dark yellow, decent head. Smell is not very strong. Taste is good, mouthfeel is quite good. Overall it's really an average beer in my opinion. Nothing really bad about it, it's just so average to me. I wouldn't mind having it again.

Jimbo07, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear straw color with a nice head. It had a hoppy, sweet smell. The taste is clean and crisp and slightly salty. The mouthfeel is thin. This is one of those that is drinkable very cold on a hot day - this is very average beer but quenching.

barefootbrewer, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.08/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle. Popped a lime in there. No salt, I never use salt on XX, only with Corona or Tecate.

First I must mention, this beer is super drinkable, if that makes any sense. I could drink it all day long. It goes great with any food, especially spicy. Tonight we are having sincronizadas and XX will do just fine.

The smell is masked by the lime, but I'm sure it's pretty lager like.

The taste is smooth and it bubbles/fizzes nicely on the tongue.

Through the green tint of the bottle the beer looks perfect.


AChamberlain, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of HugoGrim
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Clear pale gold body. Aggressive pour produced a nice head, though it was gone almost immediately. Garnished with a slice of lime.

Aroma is pretty much non existent. It smells quite good, but that's because of the lime, so that won't matter in the review numbers.

Flavor serves it's purpose. It's crisp, clean, and pairs excellently with the lime.

This is really a situational beer only for me. I only drink it when I'm eating Mexican food, as it complements perfectly. It does not stand well on it's own though, so I will score it accordingly. Drinkability is top notch.

HugoGrim, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
1.53/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A thin yellow beer with crazy soda carbonation, not much smell, and a very thin grain taste with bitter bite and prominant booziness. Mothfeel is prettymuch like watery soda. Definately at the bottom of my list for Mexican lager. Move along folks, nothing to see here.

JudgeRoughneck, Sep 17, 2006
Photo of goschool
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last time I had this beer was when I was 18 in Tijuana. I didn't know hardly anything about different styles of beer, but I thought it was better than Corona, which isn't such a feat.

The pour is clear gold with a "now you see it, now you don't" white head. The nose has sweet grains and malts.

There seems to be three kinds of macro lagers. Retched adjunct filled ones, the ones that have about as much in common with water as the do with beer, and the ones that have a sweet, crisp taste. Brews from the last group aren't anything spectacular, but they can be refreshing, they can wash down food, and they're easy to quaff.

Dos Equis falls into the third camp. The taste starts off with hops, which were all but absent in the aroma, and finishes with a grainy sweetness. No es nada especial, but it's not so bad.

goschool, Sep 13, 2006
Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
63 out of 100 based on 2,157 ratings.