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

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2,235 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,235
Reviews: 536
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 23.36%
Wants: 16
Gots: 262 | 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 oriolesfan4
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Had this a few times in the past at parties but never got to sit down and enjoy one.

Well.. it ain't terrible. I would compare it to a Corona with more body and a better mouthfeel to it. This makes it not a great beer, but leaps and bounds ahead of the more popular Corona.. damn media advertising. Anywho, just a pale rice-y skunky beer, best on a hot day. If you're gonna go Mexican themed, this or Negra Modelo would be solid choices.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.65/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Dos equis? Two x's? Two strikes?

Strikingly clear. Whitest of white head on a yellow tinted clear fluid. Snap, crackle, pop and the head is gone.

Smell is ... unappealing. Bad even.

Theres actually a slight bready flavor that gives us something to talk about. If not for that hint of flavor there would be no substance at all. Thankfully it tastes better than it smells.

Feel of almost flat carbonated water. You figure it out.

Overall: "I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Stone IPA bitch." Most Interesting Man in the World.

Photo of steeler
4.1/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"Stay thirsty my friends"

A - For the style, looks good. Pale yellow color.

S - A bit skunky, but smells like a stock beer.

T - For a Mexican style macro, it does have quite a bit of flavor. The one odd thing I found with this beer, is that its flavor really comes out as it gets colder :S. But good none the less.

M - Carbonated, Full, and very smooooth.

D - On a hot day, ice cold, hands down this is the perfect beer. Or washing down any spicy food or greasy wings. Easy to down a lot of these.

Overall its a great beer for what it is, defiantly better than Corona. Highly recommended!

Photo of kguyty
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow, with a very thin white head. Not much smell to speak of, and the taste resembles the smell. It is pretty thin, so drinkability loses points as well. Not awful, but not worth the extra money (if in the US). It is pretty good for free, but I have had better Mexican beers.

Photo of Psilo707
4.08/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Dos Equis. It's definitely my favorite economy priced beer from Mexico.

A: Light golden, very thin look to it.

S: Smells like corn, not in a very bad way like high corn content brews usually have.

T: Very light taste that is pleasing to the taste buds all the way through. The aftertaste is especially pleasant and doesn't reek of "cheapness" like many other beers from Mexico do.

M: Soft and mellow in the mouth. Doesn't get intense or too harsh at all.

D: Can drink a lot and never have any bad experiences or gulps of liquor.

Overall: I'm not sure why the ratings are so low on this one but I personally love it. Would recommend.

Photo of avalon07
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a totally clear texture. There was only about a quarter inch of head that quickly disappeared. Almost no lacing.

S: Had a very grainy smell, along with some light hops.

T: Not a whole lot of taste here, but it had a grainy quality, as well as hops. A thin flavor.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: This is yet another wholly ordinary macrobrew. It's not as offensive as as other beers of its ilk, but still not very good.

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

My dad brought over a 6'er of this when we cooked out.

Poured a clear golden with a thin white frothy head. No lacing whatsoever, head retention was poor.

Smells of water, weak malt, and light hop. A bit of sweet corn.

Taste is light and smooth. Hop is very light and malt is a bit sweet, no other detectable flavors really.

Mouthfeel is lightbodied and smooth. Carbonation is rather tame, and the beer leaves next to no aftertaste.

Drinkability is decent. It goes down really well, is easy to drink, doesn't have any lingering negative aftertastes, but the fact that its so plain makes me think theres much better out there I could be spending my time drinking.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very Pale yellow. Looks like a light beer. Little to no head that disappears into nothing very quickly. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell- Sweet smell, actually kind of a sweet and sour smell. I don't really care for it because of the sweet smell, not what i want in a lager.

Taste- Not bad, but not good either. Very average for me. No strong bitterness or aftertaste, which is good, but little bit sweet for me.

Mouthfeel- Just kinda there, a little watery.

Drinkability- Good drinkability. Not too heavy, not to light.

Overall this beer is pretty average to me, nothing that impressed me, but nothing that really turns me away. I'm basing this review on the beer without lime, the taste rating is a little high with lime. Really compliments this beer well.

Not a bad beer, but overpriced for what it is.

Photo of fitzy84
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had with dinner tonight. Not too impressed with the appearance: very watery-looking with a pale yellow tone, but to be fair, some decent lacing. Aromas were weak and pretty sour from what I could sense. Sour flavor in general; not too tasty or appetizing. Very, very watery, which ended up being a good thing: it was much easier to wash it down quickly. Overall, would not really recommend.

Photo of Rhynes2
2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not too big of a fan of this one. Very pale and overpriced for something that tastes like every other lager out there. (maybe this one has a bit more flavor). Kinda bitter too. I can appreciate a good tasting bitterness, this just seemed a little bit out of place. Alright to have with a meal but on it's own doesn't do to well. -Dale

Photo of SDbeerguy
4.28/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in an 18 ounce glass at a breezy beachside bar. (anyone reading this in San Diego may know where I'm talking about just by that description.)

Honestly this is one of my favorite beers out there. I've always enjoyed Dos Equis Special and Amber, but I prefer this. It's a very smooth beer that compliments a lime wedge perfectly, unlike Corona, which just tastes like a funky mess. It goes down very well and i find it to be very drinkable. I'm sure a lot of people may find it a tad bit bland or boring, but as far as a Mexican brew, I have a tough time beating this. Nothing beats a Dos Equis and a burrito.

Photo of kkosmoski
2.78/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green glass longneck poured into a Harpoon Raspberry UFO glass. Cryptic notation stamped on the bottle does not give any indication of bottling or freshness dates. Crystal clear light golden in the glass with a dying white head that tries to hang on to no avail. Aroma contains powdered sugar, cornbread, husk, and corn syrup - not very pleasing. Flavor starts with a corn syrup sweetness - almost like sweet corn in liquid form - drying up and maintaining a clean profile through mid-palate and then finishes with slight bitterness and mild grainy finish. Feel starts off a bit heavy on the tongue and then crisps up as high carbonation exploded in the mouth into a light body - very prickly. The overall lightness of this beer makes it very approachable to drink, but the corn sweetness gets in the way of my enjoyment of it. A good accompanyment to spicy foods, but for sessioning on its own, I am definately looking for something with some flavor.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.3/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a crystal clear pale gold with a 1 finger bright white frothy head that was less then average in retention at best while leaving a thin film topping and a clean lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: cold lemons, starchy grains with a slight sourness of lemon-weed. A light fresh grassiness sneaks in as well. Very faint in nature but nothing really note worthy.

T: The flavor came off flat, with light traces of cardboard, dried lemon skins and a faint flowery hopping. Overall was pretty lackluster in every respect. Some light buttery lemon hints, corn malt, and grassiness round things out but is not enough to make this appreciable. Overall had a weak, watery flavor and was not particularly crisp by nature like a good lager should be.

M: a slight fizziness, was smooth, light and had a oily texture.

D: Drinkability was less then average, rather bland with little incentive to continue. Overall a weak, watery flavored macro style lager that gets easily lost in the crowd.

Photo of xduderx
1.98/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A = very pale straw color typical of a lager.

S = almost non-existent maybe with a very slight sweetness.

T = not much of one. reminds me of a seltzer water with about a tablespoon of beer added to it. ick!

M = very thin with heavy carbonation.

D = only average because it lacks taste and can therefore be chugged quickly.

This is a complete waste of money for $7.50 a 6 pack. If I'm going to drink a lager, I'd MUCH rather have something cheaper like yuengling, high life, etc.

Photo of clayrock81
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clearish, pale yellow with immense carbonation to start for a huge head; quickly dies down and nothing happens. A rather skunky aroma with big whiffs of stuff like corn, rice and other veggies. Sharp and cutting, there is some sweetness on the backend that is a change of pace from the biting hops and lackluster feel most of these beers give. Even though it is light-bodied and a weak taste, I'll take this over other major Mexican/Latin American imports and some American macros anyday.

Photo of changeup45
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good for a Mexican beer. Light colored topped with a thin head. Slightly hoppy with some citrus notes. Light-bodied and easy to drink a lot of these although it could use a little more flavor. Nothing foul about it though so I'd drink it again.

Photo of itcomesnpints
2.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bright white head that looks great until it quickly dissipates into the light golden lager. Slightly stale aroma of corn/grain and barely detectable hops. Taste is centered on beautiful notes of...water. Uneventful to say the least. Mouth feel is very thin, but enough carbonation to give a certain crispness. I have this beer on-tap in my garage, and although sub-par overall by most standards, it serves its purpose for endless games of flip-cup.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, served at Mario's in Huntington Beach,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a mild white head, pretty standard for the style.

S: Very faint, got a light amount of hop character.

T: Quite good for a macro lager. Mild bread malt mixed with a nice noble hop kick which had notes of cut grass and a bit of earth to it. Good balance.

M: On the thin side, low carbonation, crisp and clean.

D: A nice beer to go with Mexican food, though I'd probably get bored with it if I was drinking alone.

Photo of opwog
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

How does a beer that I rate with most elements as just average, suddenly rate a "good" for drinakbility? When it is served during taco Tuesday! This is one of those beers that is best served alongside of some spicey Mexican food. Do I like Bohemia or Negra Modello more that Dos Equis if I am looking for a side with my tequilla? Yes, but the thiner body of XX fits the food more appropriately.

Of note, this is probably the only Mexican beer that I know of that hints at the skunky green glass of Ballentines, et al. But not quite as strong in this smell.

Photo of CanuckRover
2.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale gold. Non-existant head and thin lacings. Visible, constant, carbonation.

Skunky aroma. Pretty unpleasant really. Little bit of grass seed hops in the back, but ugh.

Not exactly full of surprises. Light grainy malt with a pinch of grassy hops. Corn is pretty pronounced in this and emphasizes the skunk.

Thin, highly carbonated.

Not so much a beer as a carefully engineered marketing product meant to take share away from Corona. Oh, and their tagline "I don't always drink beer, but when I do I drink Dos Equis."? Bugger off.

Photo of nasty15108
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear yellow color. Good carbonation but not much head or lacing to speak of.

S - Slightly malty, with a slight skunky Euro-Lager aroma.

T - Malty, with hints of corn and grains. Pretty bland.

MF&D - Typical macro. Good with Mexican food, but not really anything else. Definatly not worth the import price tag. I'm not an advocate for putting anything in beer, but this is one thats better with lime.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw-like color, with very little white fizzy head that disappears quickly.

The smell consisted mostly of grain and corn.

Like the smell, it tasted mostly of grain and corn.

The feel was light and thin, very crisp with fairly high carbonation.

This was a pretty easy drinker. Even though there wasn't anything that stood out, this was a pretty tasty beer. Although, I'm not sure if i would pay the higher price for a case.

Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at a local mexican joint. No lime wedge.

A - Poured out a clear, highly carbonated straw yellow color with a small, bubbly, white head. Very little head retention and no lacing.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and some light caramel malt.

T - It tasted fairly sweet. It had an okay corn and grain flavor. Slightly bitter.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - Not very flavorful but drinkable. Goes great with some spicy Mexican salsa.

Photo of HalfFull
3.13/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden in color with a thin head. Retention and lacing were minimal.

Deep corn and balanced malt on the nose. More depth than Corona/Sol/Pacifico, but nothing special. Taste is a bit richer as well with a slight oily feel on the tongue. Finish is average with moderate carbonation. Not bad but comes at a decent price premium to Sol. I'd reach for the Sol Brava next time.

Photo of daythree16
3.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a frosted pint glass. Gold color with 1.5 finger head that doesn't leave any lace as it fades.

The smell is a little funky, like sweet corn. The taste is sweet as well. There is a little grainy sweetness with not much else.

The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing. Overall, there is definitely nothing special about this beer. Certainly overpriced. If this is what I'm thirsty for, I'd go with a cheaper macro lager.

Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 2,235 ratings.