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

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Dos Equis Special LagerDos Equis Special Lager

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 11-02-2001

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Reviews: 604 | Ratings: 2,694
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, sugar, and some metallic aromas. Taste is the same but there is also an off flavor that I can’t put my finger on that is almost medicinal. There is a very light bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is somewhat undrinkable, especially with the off flavor I am getting.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a bottle of this at the Texas Roadhouse 5-26-2008. The pour was a typical pale yellow. The head faded rather quickly. Had a little bit of a skunky smell to it. Taste was a little hoppy but not much at all. Some light grains and malts shine through. This type of beer is so common that it's hard to say much different about it.

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Photo of metter98
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn seems to stand out in particular—as well as grainy malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of corn and grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t horrible but the taste is relatively bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard beach-beer. Why are there no good beers sold at the beach? Anyhow, this one, albeit grainy and bite-ey has a cleanliness and crispness with it. Sweetness is low in the aromas and flavors. Again, the malt profile included adjunct grains and contribute a vegetable flavor. Flavors fade leaving a light medicinal flavor remaining. More bite-ey toward the finish. A little dry. Still a thirst quincher, but not for serious beer tasting.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle. Upon seeking out the most recommended Mexican restaurant in downtown Toronto, this seemed like an appropriate enough choice for my first patio experience of the year.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow hue, with one finger of loosely foamy, and mostly fizzy dirty white head, which leaves some sandstone mesa cliff lace around the glass as things quickly sink away.

It smells of a very, very light grain/corn sweetness, some hard water flintiness, and a bit of fruity weediness. The taste is soft, bready corn grain, and an earthy, slightly vegetal hop essence. It really is rather weak, not bad, just well, low-key all-around.

The carbonation is moderate, just a simple frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and bordering on thin in its innocuous smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the weak-ass malt carrying on, and surprisingly, weirdly crisp.

A barely adequate lager chaser for the chips and none-too-spicy salsa...better than yer average BMC, sure, mostly through its plainness, in the same way that this 'Mexican' food is better than Taco Bell.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Served on draught into a Frosted Mug at On The Border in Denver, Colorado. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: A very light scent of only clean barley.

T: Clean barley, decently handled malt, and light cream on the climax. Simple but balanced. Unrefreshing. I'm glad the malt isn't intrusive like in most Spanish lagers.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overly so on each count. Doesn't complement the flavours.

Dr: Very drinkable and pairs well with Mexican food. The price is high and the quality is low.

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Photo of emerge077
2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Washed down some Guatemalan tamales with this, I don't recommend drinking it for any other purpose.

Poured a very pale golden yellow. Light fizzy foam instantly disappeared in the chilled mug. It very much resembled apple juice without much carbonation.

Kid's apple juicebox was the only thing I could smell.

Papery malt and an apple taste from the yeast, a slightly abrasive bitterness on the back end. Very thin and watery, with a gaseous end that isn't too pleasant. I threw back the rest to spare any further introspection.

Drink Dos Equis Amber instead!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.65/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Draft: Poured a golden yellow color lager with a medium white foamy head with average retention and some light lacing. Aroma of overly sweet adjunct is quite gross. Taste is also dominated by loads of gross sweet adjunct notes with a bland aftertaste. Body is light with light oily notes. Overly sweet bland lager.

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Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.03/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. The color is golden with a slight white head that diminishes rapidly. The nose and taste can be described together as I don't think there's much of a difference and, frankly, there's really not much to them. There's a bit of light grain and that's about it. Some mild bitterness in the taste and feel, but even that is hard to pick out. Not a fan of this and prefer the amber version.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hundreds of tiny bubbles streaming through its crystal-clear yellow-gold body support a creamy white head that holds well and leaves some craggy and spotty lace about the glass. The nose is 'generic beer' with a distinct note of dimethyl sulfite and some mild skunkiness remaining from what little hops were there to begin with. It's lightly crisp and then somewhat creamy in the mouth as it warms across the palate. The flavor delivers all that might be expected, which is little. It's sweetish, adjunct-laden and DMS laced malt is held in check by a sublime bitterness; and it finishes short and dry with a light note of refreshing hop spice and some short lingering malt sugar.

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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 TheManiacalOne
2.81/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Looks right - clear, fizzy, a bit towards the orange end of the yellow spectrum. Smell is non-descript. Bready, malty, no real hops. Maybe a bit of overcooked rice. Flavor is wet white bread and something like cabbage and / or cauliflower. Not sulphury though. Finish is flabbier than it should be.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts - corn is the strongest with grainy coming right behind.

T: The taste is similar to the smell with the corn and grain adjunct malts dominating and a light amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Easy enough to drink but not really anything special with this beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle in a gift set

Basically, a better alternative to Corona. So still crap.
Poured like a typical macro: straw color, thin head that fizzled out, fizzy carbonation. Rancid aroma, mulched grass and stale hops, which carried through in the taste. Light, watered down mouthfeel with no real flavor at all. Sickeningly sweet aftertaste with lots of funk and skunk. Too be avoided.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a simple-looking, clear, yellow body with a puny, small-sized, white head.

Smell: Well, it's definitely lackluster in the aroma department. Sparsely sweet-scented grains and corn cobs. Perhaps it'll fare better when it comes to taste.

Taste: Modestly sweetish, lightly grainy malts with a rounding out of unctuous corn. Small trace of spicy hops deliver an equally small hint of bitterness. Finishes quick and dry.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Decidedly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: If you thrill for swill, then Dos Equis Special Lager is a good bet. Otherwise, it comes across as being bland and adjunct-y. Their Amber was tolerable, not so much with this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.41/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Textbook amber, perhaps a half-shade lighter. The bleached bone white head is the best part of the appearance. It has a rumpled, pitted upper surface and is a better than average lace generator. For the style, this isn't a bad looking beer.

The nose isn't so wonderful. Although it isn't offensive, it's heavy on the adjuncts and is recognizable as a macro lager with even a passing sniff. There's a mild amount of musty hoppiness and a lot of corn.

The flavor is the aroma in liquid form. Dos Equis Special Lager is a bland and watery version of a bland and watery style. I can't decide if that's a good thing or a bad thing given what the more bold macro lagers taste like.

There might be more corn here than barley (which, I'm sure, makes it cheaper to brew). The beer is lightly sweet, there's almost no hoppiness or body... do I need to continue? DESL is a more desirable beer than Corona in the same way that having one's nose hairs pulled out is a more desirable form of torture than having one's fingernails pulled out.

The mouthfeel doesn't measure up. Although each mouthful doesn't start out thin and watery, it arrives there in fairly short order. There isn't even a decent amount of carbonation to liven things up.

Dos Equis Special is a poor man's Dos Equis Amber. That's probably an unfair comparison since the latter is a Vienna lager and almost certainly contains higher quality ingredients. Other than color, the bottles and labels are identical, so make sure to buy the average one (Amber) rather than the lousy one (Special). Better yet, grab a sixer of Bohemia instead. You're welcome.

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Photo of russpowell
2.57/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured effervevscent yellow/gold with a 1.5" head that left the glass pronto, no lacing either

Smell: Slight sweet malt notes

Taste: Some grainyness. corny notes & cloying sweetness that never leaves. Finishes sweet & boring

MF: Spritzy & medium light body. Okay carbonation

Drinks okay if you like oversweet lagers. Would go okay with some firery foods, but dissapoints on its own. I remember this being better, maybe memory is playing tricks...

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely pale yellow, with lots of carbonation bubbles and a very small head that does not last at all.

S: You can smell the corn/adjunct and a slight skunkyness to it as well.

T: Light and crisp, but not a lot going on here. There is a little spice, but the corn flavor dominates.

M/D: The bubbles that form when poured don't really hit you on the mouthfeel. Its an easy drinking Mexican beer. It does the job, and with so few options in Mexico, it is better than most. Plus, the most interesting man drinks it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.62/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh what the heck, when in Rome. So I quickly ran out of what I brought with me and was forced to start looking at the local taps. Could not bring myself to go for some of the bottles, but what can you do. Served ice cold in a frozen mug, this one was consumed on 08/08/2010.

A decent light amber color comes forward, as with the previous few the golden straw color dominating them. Small head of white fades leaving a bare top with some frozen lacing on the sides, and that was about it. Aroma is light malts, bready, hints of light caramel if I am really trying to stretch it and tons of corn and grains. Not much changes as you take a sip. Very clean and crisp as all these lagers tend to be, the problem is the rather uninteresting nature of them. You could drink yourself silly when its cold, but other then that it is just not worth it. Little to no aftertaste and it was gone in a flash.

Again a little bit different here, and there was a bit more of a flavor profile, but still, nothing terribly shocking here.

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Photo of Jason
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no freshness date

Appearance: Very little head retention at first pouring, soda like. Clarity is fine but no head.

Smell: Sweet grain and cooked corn aroma, not much else.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Solid mass-produced lager crispness, moderate body. Thin maltiness with cooked corn and rough grain in the palate. Hop bitterness is sized to what the malt is and that is not saying much. More grain overtones hit the taste buds further in with some dryness and an odd hop and fermented adjunct flavour.

Drinkability & Notes: For what it is worth this is better than Corona, other than that I’ll pass on this one next time it comes around.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed with my cheap tacos last night.

A: The pour is a light golden yellow color with a finger of airy white foam.

S: The nose is sweet and grainy with some hints of sweet apples and corn syrup. Not exactly great, but not offensive like many other beers of the style.

T: The flavor profile is what you would expect. Lots of grain and corn sweetness without much at all in the way of bitterness. The flavor is quite light, as you would expect.

M: A thin and watery body with a high level of carbonation.

D: Like the other beers of the style, easy to drink, just not necessarily all that flavorful. Good for enjoying with a Mexican meal, but not something I'd sit down and drink.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is definently a better brew than the majority of the Mexican lagers I've had. Appearance is golden, fairly bright, but head is quite weak with almost no retention. Smell is standard, luckily not skunked, slightly sweet, not powerful at all. Taste is fairly average, which is quite good for a Mexican beer. Hops bite is minimal, beer tastes mainly of average malty sweetness. Taste ends up equalling a nice middle-of-the-road lager. Dos Equis Special Lager is a nice, easy-drinkin' beer, I would have no problem drinking this with Mexican food or in a weekend session.

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