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

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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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Reviews: 600 | Ratings: 2,682
Photo of ADicerni
2.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To be fair, not my favourite type of beer. However it does taste like what it should. Watery, odourless and no carbonation. On pouring it in the glass very fast to make a head, the head lasted about 45 seconds in a clean glass. appears flat after head dissipates. Colour is pale golden and clear. Smell is more light malt without the aroma of hops. Taste is light body and flavour. Easy drinking if you want to drink a few more without feeling full. Sorry, like I said, not my stein of beer.

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Photo of tmimitw
4.1/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The green bottle doesn't match the brown. But it's still aaight. No Spanish movie stars...but I've had the hot cholas want deez nutz while drinking this. Drink it when the choice is this or Corona.

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Photo of FBarber
2.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pours a very light pale yellow. Clear crisp and effervescent. Thin white head dissipates quickly.

Smell has notes of grain, skunk and sweet corn. The sweet corn definitely provided a distinct sweetness to the beer's aroma.

Taste is a bland array of corn and grain with a mild sweetness.. If this beer warms up it becomes an awful mix of warmed sweet corn and grains. I will give it props - its not nearly watery as most of its american counterparts.

Crisp, light and drinkable. Medium carbonation. Exactly what you;d expect from the style.

Overall, this is an incredibly bland beer. Im sure I could find something worse, but if you can't find something better, you aren't looking.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
1.7/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Comes out pale, yellow, tries to amass a head white in color but it is quickly eviscerated. Lots of corn sweetener kind of aroma from an industrial grade corn production plant.

So much sweetness here draped over a light beer. Really lacking the things that make a beer, a beer. Hops, malt, meh, mere afterthoughts at best. Loads of carbonation. Lots of water.

I really dislike this more than almost any other Mexican beer I can think of.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.77/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

I don't know why I thought this would be good. I usually enjoy Mexican beers, but dos equis is very plain, too much like an American big brew, thin bodied, and sour tasting.

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Photo of jasadewi
2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale yellow with a dish-washer soap head.
S: Smells very faintly of alcohol and grains, like other cheap Mexican beers do.
T: Tastes alright. Very subdued grain flavor, mixed with alcohol and water. The type of cheap beer that appeals to many, but it does maintain its Mexican adjunct lager distinctness.
M: Light and heavily carbonated.
O: Overall, a decent beer. I would never turn one down, but I would take a Modelo over this (even though they are so similar). I don't always drink beer, but when I do, it's almost never Dos Equis.

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Photo of caribou43
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It is a typical lager, nothing extraordinary, boring. The Body is yellow and clear, thin foam and average carbonation. The taste is watery, grainy, no hop and the Sensation that it is a beer with cheap ingredients. It is ok during a hot day or with a mexican tacos

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Photo of larryarms847
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale golden yellow with a finger of foam and high carbonation.

Very subtle grainy aroma.

Grain and corn flavor.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, drinkable but not much more than that.

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Photo of VbolieuV
2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Standard lager look but with a decent amount of head.

Smell of cereals and grains.

In the mouth it's also the cereals and grains that come through.

Nothing exceptional but not bad either, easy to drink.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dos Equis Special Lager brewed by Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., with an ABV of 4.30% This brew pours out a nice golden amber color with a small white head. The smell of Dos Equis Special Lager, is rich with grains and corn, and malts. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste of Dos Equis Special Lager, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on grains and malts in the taste of this brew. Dos Equis Special Lager is a real smooth drinking brew. This brew has the look, taste and feel of most American style larges on the market. Now I'm not say that is a bad thing. There is nothing overpowering about Dos Equis Special Lager, it goes down nice and smooth. The mouthfeel of Dos Equis Special Lager, is rich, bold, smooth and refreshing. If you are looking for a bolder lighter brew look this one up . Overall I'm giving Dos Equis Special Lager, a solid 4 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V., did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
2.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into glass mug at Chili's Restaurant on Cinco de Mayo.
A-Clear yellow with orange & green tints. next to no head, next to no lacing.
S-Sweet malt with very faint, citrus & spice notes.
T-Mineral water with mild peppery notes & even fainter lime peel zest.
M-Very big carbonation, very light watery body.
O-Very light crisp easy drinker.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
3.49/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had one on a warm 85 degree day in Costa Maya, Mexico and it tasted much better than the one I rated in the US. Perhaps freshness has something to do with it. 3.07 was my original rating for the one I had here in the States.

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Photo of Squire123
2.87/5  rDev +5.9%
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 BeerBobber
4.04/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour from a 12 oz. can got me 1 finger of white soapy head topping a clear golden beer with lots of streaming bubbles.

Smell is fairly plain barley and malts with that white bread smell in it. No skunk smell so perhaps the can protects this beer better than the bottle.

Taste is like clear water with some barley and malts with a bit of hops somewhere in there. Very clean taste and refreshing when served cold.

Mouth feel is very wet and watery with a nice easy finish on the backside.

So far this would have to be my favorite beer from south of the border. I always liked Tecate but it does have kind of an odd paper like taste as it finishes. I do not get that with this beer. I also see in some reviews the skunk thing happening. Maybe cans are the way to go to protect the beer better. With a low ABV, and a refreshing taste when served up cold, I can see me popping several of these sitting poolside this summer when it gets up to 115 degrees!

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
2.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can get this in a 32 oz frosty mug at the local Mexican joint and it goes damn good with fajitas. I believe every beer has a place and time, even Bud Light

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I get a 20 oz draft every time I find myself in a Mexican restaurant. In my mind, it's the compliment to any "south of the border" dish. The right amount of alcohol for an evening meal.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1/19/16 - On SWA poured from can into SWA airline plastic cup, with lime wedge.Decent carbonation, mild white head, and hops aroma. Slight taste of malt and hops. Decent texture, easy drinking. OK.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a terrible beer by any means, it pours a light gold with a very small head. Has a light taste to it with an average amount of carbonation. The thing that stuck out to me the most is that it had an awful smell to it, however the actual taste wasn't bad at all.

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Photo of NateDyk47
2.64/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap (with a lime wedge) at a Mexican restaurant with dinner. Very light golden color, little to no head. Mild hop aroma with a similar taste. Light bodied, not very carbonated, easy to drink. Obviously a far cry from good craft beer, but comparing with the likes of Bud Light, Coors Light, etc this ain't too bad.

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Photo of chinchill
2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap. Served very cold in a pint glass.
Pale golden body is very clear but has less visible carbonation than expected, It is topped by a short weak head.
Very light and mild aroma but not unappealing. The flavor follows although, thankfully, more hops are present here. Both are more hoppy than malty. Not flawed but only as strong as I'd expect for a light beer (although I have limited experience with that style. Light body is a bit watery.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the green bottle in which it was housed. Nose is skunks, tastes somewhat the same. There was a hint of corn in the nose. It went down like water. Came from a "Beers of Mexico" sampler pack, which also contained the rare Noche Buena. You could easily drink these all day long after working in the yard or around the house.

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Photo of staubot
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Golden with lots of carbonation that sticks to the side of the glass. Nice head goes down fast. Smell is a very light hops and malt, not much here. Tastes of watery malt with a slight hop bitterness. Unimpressive, lacks real or original taste.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
1.65/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Whoa was not impressed, even keeping in mind I was drinking a lager. It had a musky and tainted aftertaste and it's best attribute at the time I tried it was that it was cold. I don't know what that Dos Equis guy is thinking.

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Photo of LennyOvies
1.7/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

L- Straw yellow body, filtered. Lots of carbonation. Big white bubbly head.
S- Tons of corn and malts.
T- Fizzy and some malts, nothing else.
F- Bubbly.
O- Mediocre.

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Photo of Wer34truh
1.94/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

A typical lager appearance. Golden color. Miniscule head. Moderate-to-low carbonation. Smells the part as well. Very inoffensive notes of malt, but really the smell is almost non-existent.

Carbonation dominates this beer. Not necessary because the carbonation is high - but because there is nothing else. I suppose that, just like the smell, there are some malt in this beer. But really, this is the definition of forgettable. Could I see myself drinking this on a warm summer day? Definitely. But in all honestly, I'd rather take a Budweiser or a Miller Lite.

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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.71 out of 5 based on 2,682 ratings.
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