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

Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager
2,738 Ratings
Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager

Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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 JesteR14
2.89/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Straw yellow, soapy bubbles. Nothing that stands out in the appearance.

S- I dont get much, wheat and grain is mainly what i smell. It is a pleasent wheat grain smell though.

T- Very well balanced beer, watery and a good wheat/hop taste. Not VERY hoppy but a definite easy drinker.

M- This isent my favorite beer style, but the flavors are balanced and make it a great party beer.

D- High on drinkability, i think the Amber Dos Equis is a better quality beer and would get that over this any day.

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Photo of toler13
2.89/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BBri
2.89/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a bad beer at all. Peppery flavor with a nice bite. Smells sweet with hints of citrus and grain. Pale yellow that's darker than it's Mexican counterparts. If I'm out for Mexican food, I'd order this over Corona or Tecate. Although not spectacular, they really put some work into brewing it. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Iamjlopez12
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Wmartin1016
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of erosier
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow with a short white head. It has a sweet aroma of sweet corn and some light hops. The taste is not that impressive. It tastes kind of sweet malts and light hops. It is pretty carbonated and since it doesn't have much taste it is fairly drinkable. Good mouthfeel, but not that great an overall beer. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of MrIncognito
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of the very first beers I had ever had when I turned 21. I loved it then. Returning to it now almost 4 years later, I just don't like. I poured it into the glass myself and, even after a hard pour, could barely get a head. Pale straw color with tiny white head. No lacing.

Smell is of corn mash and some bitter hops.

Taste is lame. Lacks any and all character. Just corn and some wheat maybe. Very watery with not alot of depth.

Mouthfeel is light carbonation and smooth.

I did not enjoy this beer this time. I actually thought about not finishing it... which is rare for me.

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Photo of zdk9
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours into my mug a goldenrod color with a finger and a half of angel white head. The head dissipates quickly, more quickly than the carbonation rising from the bottom of the mug would indicate. Lacing...maybe a bit.

S- A simple aroma, and rather sweet. Sweet like cooked frozen corn and honey. Some malt- cookie dough, sweet holiday bread. And just a bit of lemon.

T- Taste is not nearly as sweet. Unexpected at this point, but appreciated. More malt- straw, white bread crust.

M- Light and goes down easy.

D- This is a bit one dimensional. Good for a hot day which tonight is not.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average lager, I tend to go with this in mexican restaurants because about as decent as mexican lagers get. Pours a lazy yellow with a little lace head. The smell is of grain and hints of sugared malt, slight skunk, the taste is of a nice breaded grain mixed with a smooth crisp malt that cleanses the palate, light bodied and a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’m currently in a drought of craft beer as I am vacationing in Mexico, seems like the perfect opportunity to tick some Mexican beers.

A: clear, gold, fizzy, a razor thin collar of head. The color is a touch darker than what you get with other adjunct lagers.

S: the nose features cereal malts, corn, and a little bit of husk. Not as offensive as some of the comparable brews.

T: faint sweet malt notes up front followed by an empty and watery middle, a little bit of corn on the end, easy drinking. I guess you could say the lack of flavor is balanced well… if that’s possible…

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: well this definitely is a cut above Modelo Especial, and tends to be refreshing while sitting in the sun on the beach. I would say the amber version edges this one out. All in all, for what it is, its not bad… or offensive, just bland and flavorless as I would expect.

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Photo of rraddi
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kmanjohnson
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cbcrunch
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of J-Dog86
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From the can, it pours a golden color with a modest head that lasts for only a short time. Grainy scent in the nose. The mouth gets a grainy sweetish malt flavor. Drink it cold for best enjoyment - mine was a bit warm.

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Photo of DrBass
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Squire123
2.87/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another garden variety AAL carrying an import price tag. Yawn.

The best thing I can say about this one is it washes down food well. Our local has the 4 pack 16 oz cans for $3.59 and that avoids light struck examples, but even in best condition it's nothing to get excited about. Light color and flavor, little hops or malt, not really an improvement over Bud Light.

Buy it if you're making tacos and want to keep a theme going.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.86/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear golden color with a small faint head which gives way to no lacing. The aroma is corn up front with a little bit of a hop presence. The taste has a corn backbone with hints of hop presence. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall the drinkability is okay, for an american adjunct it is good, as it has some flavor, however, there is nothing to leave you dying for another.

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Photo of WillieMoe
2.86/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was actually going into this expecting the worse, so it was almost a pleasant surprise. The look is average for a mass produced lager, nothing special.

The smell was very weak, nothing really stands out.

The taste was about average. Again, nothing really stood out. Slight malty taste in there, but it was barely evident.

The mouthfeel was fine. It went down smooth and didn't really leave any aftertaste.

I would say it's drinkable. If I was at a party where this was all that was available, I could see myself drinking a few.

Overall, it was not as bad as I had thought it would be, but I'm still wondering what makes this Dos Equis "special"?

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.86/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of colts9016
2.86/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a dimple mug at 37 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head thats foamy, bubbly, white in color with no retention. The color of the beer is amedium straw color with some golden hues. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant. There are some carbonation bubbles in the beer

Nose: A sweet corn aroma with a light wheat, lemon, and a phenol note.

Taste: A sweet corn flavor with notes of rice, barley, fruity esters, and some lemon.

Mouthfeel: Is carbonated, alittle dryness, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is light and the finish is light also. There's really no distinction in the beer. It's just an okay AAL.

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Photo of Amalak
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle on a hot summer day...which I think helps this beer.
A- It had a carbonated clear color of yellow.
S- Mild malt to it.
T- Good crisp beer on this hot day. Refreshing. Better than most Mexican beers I would say. Almost has a pilsnery taste. Right beer for certain occasions.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.85/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Crystal-clear medium golden color with a small snow-white head, which soon fades to a paper-thin layer. The carbonation is slight with somewhat poor lacing.

Aroma: Moderate amount of skunk, strong cooked vegetable notes, and some mild, pleasant hop notes.

Taste: Begins with mildly sweet malt and a touch of zesty carbonation. Midway through the taste spicy hop bitterness appears – this carries to the end of the taste and beyond, with a lingering, slightly metallic quality. The finish is a bit dry.

Mouth feel: A pleasant feel and better body than a typical pale lager.

Drinkability/notes: One of the better macro brews from Mexico, one could do far worse. Dos XX goes well with Mexican food, and it can be found any Mexican restaurant in Texas that’s worth its salt. Very refreshing in hot summer weather.

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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.74 out of 5 with 2,738 ratings
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