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

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2.74/5
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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,112
Reviews:
620
Ratings:
2,764
pDev:
22.99%
Bros Score:
2.65
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
740
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,764 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of kylehay2004
2.64/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of acurtis
2.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.33/5  rDev -15%
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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -19.7%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.2/5  rDev +16.8%
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 metter98
2.68/5  rDev -2.2%
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 biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev +7.7%
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 BEERchitect
2.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
2.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.29/5  rDev -16.4%
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 -11.7%
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 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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.65/5  rDev -39.8%
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 LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 6/16/2017. Pours fairly crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice balance and solid robustness of pale malt, corn, and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing, minimal dryness. Medium carnation and light body; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/doughy/grainy mouthfeel that is good. A bit watery feeling, but not bad. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a good Adjunct lager style. All around good balance and solid robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful for the low ABV. Clean pils malt/corn flavors, with just enough balancing hop presence. A nicely enjoyable, well made offering; and good style example.

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Photo of Boone757
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
2.24/5  rDev -18.2%
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 zestar
2.75/5  rDev +0.4%

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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 2,764 ratings
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