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

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 11-02-2001

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Photo of donspublic
3.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arived at the table in a large goblet ringed with salt and chili powder. Couldn't see thru the glass, it was a murky red color. Crap it is a michelada. That is right, took this average beer and had them dump clamato, hot sauce, and lime juice in it. Sorry but that is how I finish a night at a Mexican restaurant. I really don't need to give you a beer review, because I agree with most of the reviews below for this beer. It has a little personality, but it comes across really bad on it's own. Put it in a michelada or a beer rita and that personality adds to the game. Not a beer that I would normally drink on it's own, but it is good for the 2 applications above.

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Photo of mikescherrer8
2.16/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was my first Dos Equis experience and it was a total letdown.

First off, the smell was average, it was a mediocre potent scent, traditional smelling lager.

The taste was really...bland. It just wasn't a fun experience. It was a mild carbonation and the taste had no surprises, or hidden recipes that I caught. I took my time trying to like it, but it just wasn't happening for me.

The aftertaste was actually not terrible. For some reason I kept getting a hint of lime aftertaste.

Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this. Maybe it was just this specific flavor that was the letdown.

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Photo of archero
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It at least has a taste, which is better than I can say for some macro lagers, but it is far from a good taste. Sort of a dull, sweetish corn. I didn't drink it with a lime - maybe it would have been better?

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Photo of piweichen
3.64/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good lager, simply good, nothing significant.
Look) I do like the bottle color and the design but come on, it is still beer. Light color bottle is never the best choice.
Smell) no real smell but some slight hint of malt (basically beer smell but better than light beer for sure).
taste) Very drinkable. Smooth. You can say its watery or plain, but I like it as it doesn't have any negative taste like overwhelming citrus flavor or wrong bitterness.
feel) It looks simple, it taste simple, its simply a good lager. Good Job Mexican

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold. Not much of a taste, a little bit of grain and corn, just slight tinge of hay. Very light body, easy to drink, watery and high on carbonation.

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Photo of jancona
3.58/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yes this is a mass produced Mexican lager, so I won't compare it to my favorite DIPAs or imperial stouts. A little light on the color for a lager and subtle on the nose as well. The flavor has a nice sweet caramel note and subtle orange. A touch of hops in the finish - though a little watery as well. Overall, a nice easy to find lager that does the job.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.36/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More or less a standard american lager, but it does actually have some body to it! I'd definitely put this above Miller or Bud! And it actually looks like beer when you pour it.

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2.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I guess I'm just not into the Mexican lager style of beers. It can be a refreshing and non confrontational beverage, but that doesn't make it good. Imo.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.27/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly crisp, light tasting beer, great cold on a warm summer day. Very carbonated, but goes down easy. Not the best beer, but certainly not a bad one.

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Photo of mhuber
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, light golden color. Head is almost non-existant. Moderate lacing. A light, crisp flavor with a citrusy hint. Just a tad bitter. Not the most flavorful beer but it would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of GRPunk
2.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz. Can into a pils glass.

A- A fizzy, white head drops from a finger to a thin film quite quickly. The body is a clean, golden-straw with moderate-heavy carbonation. Virtually no stick or head after a few minutes.

S- Sweet and slightly vegetal. Light grassy aroma.

T- Sweet grains with a hint of corn like flavor. Kind of a sweet cream of wheat or a sugary corn-based cereal. Fairly dry finish.

M- Light body with heavy carbonation. Crisp and dry.

O- It really blends into the macro imports. Nothing off putting, but it doesn't do anything to set itself apart. Maybe a little more flavorful than some, maybe. Refreshing on a hotter than usual, spring day.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

It is pale yellow in color. Two inches of white head quickly subside leaving no trace of its existence.

I don't get much smell. I was expecting that lovely skunked aroma that is ofter associated with Mexican macro lagers. Instead I get a little grain and light floral aroma.

It is lacking much flavor. It tastes a lot like an American macro lager. I probably couldn't discern this from a PBR.

Thin mouthfeel

It's not skunky like Corona, so it's got that going for it.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear golden straw color, little white head,

S: Nothing much to speak of, slight hops

T: Slight hop bitterness, slight adjunct grain sweetness, slight fruitiness

M: Light, crisp, dry

O: Average beer, not my favorite but I've had worse.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.17/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Roughly a 3 on the SRM. Absolutely robust crystal clear with a golden color. One and a half inch head that dissipates pretty quickly that is tooth-white and frothy.

S: Mild floral notes and a subtle aroma underneath almost like summer grass. That's for hops, as for esters a very, very mild plum scent with some tangerine.

T: Very mild stone fruit/ plum flavor as was detectable in the aroma. Slight breadiness afterwards, but very very subtle. Maybe a little pine at the end, nut like the other flavors, very, very mild.

F: Very light mouthfeel as far as body. Carbonation is medium, and a lot like seltzer.

O: Refreshing and very clean. A great American style lager and as anyone that's had them at a picnic knows, they go great with cookout food, especially barbecue! A Mexican beer that's a good old American favorite - and for a reason. There are no strong flavors, but there are not supposed to be. Beers like this are the stuff of American social lubricants. Not amazing, not terrible, just inexpensive good fun.

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Photo of TommyK154
3.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

It has a slight distinct taste from other macro lagers out there. Overall, for what it is, it's pretty good. Doesn't taste or smell skunky like other macros out there. Maybe not the best macro lager but not bad either. Taste is good, but mouth feel could be better. Overall worth a try if you're into macro lagers

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Photo of RonJensen
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

I think I'M the most interesting man in the world. I don't often drink adjunct lagers, but when I do, I definitely do NOT prefer Dos Equis. This beer is not even close to being interesting, so don't stay thirsty my friends for this beer. Save your money and buy a better and lower priced AAL, my friends.

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Photo of Roguer
2.14/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Extremely pale golden brew, with a decent white foamy head with good retention. Brew looks a little sickly, which isn't helped by being served in a frosted mug.

Aroma is overly sweet and malty; a touch of grass and corn.

Incredibly sweet (in a sickly way) flavor, with little beyond corn, rice, and pale malt. Really the bottom of the barrel for AALs.

Nice lively mouthfeel, but with a sickly, oily aftertaste and (thankfully, in this case) short finish.

I had mild hopes for this one, but it ended up being one of the worst AALs - and beers overall - I've ever had.

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Photo of HipCzech
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drunk from a 355 mL can (stamped "210715") while at Hyatt Ziva in Puerto Vallarta. Light flavored with basic grainy malt body, cooked corn and mild hop spice and bitterness. Light to medium body and decent carbonation. Another drinkable lager, great for sun and beach, but nothing special.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving: 355 mL Bottle

A- Golden Straw Golden Colour. 1 finger white head.

S- Corn and slight Citrus

T- Slight Citrus and more Corn.

M-Medium Carbonation, light body.

O- Easy drinking Lager that's much better than Corona and it's just as available. No Lime Necessary.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brilliant straw color. Generous foamy 2 finger white head, lasting 2 -3 minutes, strong legs and high activity.

Faint flavors and aromas of corn, saaz, citrus, with slight skunky and metallic smell.
Sharp with hints of sugar and a smoky feel.

Light body with excessive prickly carbonation. Faint and short finish on the bitter end with a lemony aftertaste.

Overall : Poor flavors, too watery, and a little stale.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.72/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

When you go to a mexican restaurant and the waiter tells you that they have dos equis, be sure its "ambar" (amber) or better drink something else. This is a very plain beer, adjuncts are present in aroma and taste.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours what you kind of expect an adjunct lager to pour. with this being said it definitely leads the pack in this category. Personally not a fan of beers that requires something like a lime to be drinkable.

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Photo of Grogsky
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a decent lager. I can't say anything bad about it. If you're biased towards to Mexican beer, such as Corona, make sure to leave that aside. This beer has a bad rep, but it sits well, and is good for having on the deck in the summer. That being said, there are many more better choices.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
2.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date on bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear light yellow color with less than one-finger white head that dissipated in less than one minute until there was just a ring of small bubbles around the edge of glass, minimal lacing, less than average carbonation, there were suspended bits of something floating about, this is not appropriate for the style.

SMELL: corn, grass and bread.

TASTE: there is very little sweetness from the malt up front, then the taste of corn, some grass and a mild hop bite.

PALATE: less than average carbonation for the style, medium body, a little watery.

OVERALL: This would barely pass as a lawnmower beer but, there are better choices even for that. I would never willingly consume this beer again. We seriously need to rethink NAFTA.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't hear too many positive reviews about Mexican beers, but I kinda like them. I can't imagine eating a nice Mexican dinner with a Heineken. Dos Equis is the perfect brew for that occasion. It's light and has just the right amount of that South O' the border maltiness. A twist of lime and you are set. Enjoy.

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