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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Photo of beerthulhu
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a crystal clear pale gold with a 1 finger bright white frothy head that was less then average in retention at best while leaving a thin film topping and a clean lacing. Visible carbonation was very light.

S: cold lemons, starchy grains with a slight sourness of lemon-weed. A light fresh grassiness sneaks in as well. Very faint in nature but nothing really note worthy.

T: The flavor came off flat, with light traces of cardboard, dried lemon skins and a faint flowery hopping. Overall was pretty lackluster in every respect. Some light buttery lemon hints, corn malt, and grassiness round things out but is not enough to make this appreciable. Overall had a weak, watery flavor and was not particularly crisp by nature like a good lager should be.

M: a slight fizziness, was smooth, light and had a oily texture.

D: Drinkability was less then average, rather bland with little incentive to continue. Overall a weak, watery flavored macro style lager that gets easily lost in the crowd.

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

Poured into flared pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear straw gold with no head, thus no retention or lacing. The aroma was grainy and sweet but fairly bland. The taste sweet and grainy as well. The body was fairly typical, but had a nice level carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability was OK, but with a beer this bland, why bother? I tried it, you don't have to.

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

On-tap at Herby's. Lime on tow.

A: The lager is very light, a pale yellow color that has just enough golden brown in it. No head, thank I'm guessing, to the lime's citrus.

S: Mild nose, a little bready a little hoppy but very strong on either front. The highlight may just be the spicy citrus that the lime imparts. Fairly boring, but it greases the skids for the queso fundido.

T: Again, the lime delivers a pleasant detour from an otherwise boring lager. The light breads, very pale, are practically nonexistent. And don't even think about hoppiness. The good news is that the lager goes down very easily. This one didn't make it through the birthday apps.

M: Mouthfeel? It's moist with a drip of citrus. About what I expected.

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Photo of wordemupg
1.81/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 3/1/12

A clear straw yellow with a few bubbles feeding a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves no lace

S corn and rice cake with a slight chemical smell almost like a shitty chardonnay, no skunk though even with the green bottle

T a little sour wet hay to go with what I smell but just a little worse, still no skunk so that's a plus but it has off chemical flavor that's faint but not so nice

M flat and watery with a gross sour aftertaste, the aftertaste is pretty lousy

O another beer I could do without, not much going on and what is going on I don't really care for

you would think the "Worlds Most Interesting Man" would drink and interesting beer but what can you do? avoid Dos Equis that's what

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Photo of avalon07
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright yellow color and a totally clear texture. There was only about a quarter inch of head that quickly disappeared. Almost no lacing.

S: Had a very grainy smell, along with some light hops.

T: Not a whole lot of taste here, but it had a grainy quality, as well as hops. A thin flavor.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: This is yet another wholly ordinary macrobrew. It's not as offensive as as other beers of its ilk, but still not very good.

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Photo of tigg924
3.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, clear, big head, light gold

Smell: a little wheat, a little malt. Rather non-descript

Taste:wheat, malt, and corn. Nothing offensive, nothing great

Mouthfeel: sweet and light

Drinkability: I had this on a cruise and you could do worse there. Pretty average for the style. Nothing bad about the beer. Nothing great either.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. The brew smells like sweet malt, corn, and some light citrus. It tastes like sweet malt and corn. Not much to this brew at all. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it's smooth and easy to drink. It's really not bad, but it's not exactly good either. I have no problem drinking this occasionally, but I wouldn't make a point to buy it. Got a bottle from one of my buddies for free so I figured I might as well tick it.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat clear and bright golden straw color with full cap of frothy white head, disipating quickly into nothing with little lacing. Scent is pale, touched of straw and grass with hints of steamed veggies. Taste is suprisingly cereal sweet and also straw and grass with hints of mustyness and cooked veggies. Light bodied, overly carbonated. An adjunct lager that does not distinguish itself but atleast has some qualities of fresh ingredients.

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Photo of DrJay
2.66/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear pale yellow with a bright white cap that settled to a thick collar of soapy bubbles and a thin skim of fine bubbles. Sticky, streaky lacing. Cereal grain in the aroma, dry biscuit powder, corn, and faint sulfury hops. The taste up front is very much like the aroma, but this disappeared quickly and was replaced by hop bitterness that was low to moderate yet still felt sharp, as well as a metallic/steely finish. Cooked veggies too. Light bodied and dry, average carbonation. About what I expected, but I always hope to be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Brad007
2.62/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-gold color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn and sweet malt upfront. Typical setup for the style.

Taste is overly sweet and full of corn and grainy malt. Like a stale loaf of bread. Still quite easy to drink.

Corn and grain linger in the mouthfeel. Feels pretty average but still inoffensive. Goes down easy like water.

Average. You won't be too impressed with this but if you like your beers to be easy to drink and hardly special, then this is for you. Otherwise, I'd avoid it.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.64/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pale, crystal clear appearance. This beer has the tone of white grapefruit juice. Maybe just a little darker. No head. A slight dirty white collar. Appearance is lacking. Light grainy malts and hay on the nose. Maybe a titch of floral hop aroma. Mouthfeel is more carbonated than it looks. Malts are grainy and corny on the buds. Just a little bit of an astringent bitterness. A little metallic character comes into play in the aftertaste. Not my cup of tea, but I've had worse.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.55/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pale and golden. Weird aroma. Can't pinpoint what it is. Cornpops cereal I guess.

Fruit sweet taste, maybe some corn syrup Karo brand in the batch or something. No hops. Malt, if any, was roasted on a lukewarm sidewalk. Only thing big about this beer is the carbonation and price. Blech.

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

I remember a college buddy raving about this beer. I don't think I'd had it in about 8 or 9 years when I bought this six pack. In conclusion, it's nothing worth raving about, but it's not terrible either. On the whole, Dos Equis is better than the typical macro. Medium-dark straw color with negligible head. Cereal grains, grassiness, and a little DMS are some minor distracting flaws. Nice, clean hop finish. Has a little more character than I expected.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a light gold with a light tan white, decent retention and lacing.

The aroma is a little hops with a slight skunk.

The taste is what you would expect nothing special.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a medium white head . The head faded quite fast giving way to very little lacing.

Smell – The smell is light and is predominantly of some malty aromas mixed with an ever so light caramel aroma.

Taste – A lighter malt flavor with hints of corn mixed in. There is a lighter sweetness up front that seems to be lost toward the middle and the end. Overall rather one dimensional and bland in the taste profile.

Mouthfeel – A lighter body with a higher level of carbonation. The thinness of the body really allows it to coast right over the tongue. This coupled with the slightly higher then normal carbonation level give the brew very little time to permeate the tongue; which in this case is like a good thing.

Overall – Nothing to spectacular here. Doesn’t really have a huge taste and the nose and appearance leave something to be desired.

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

I guess this is the type of beer to drink with some flame-throwing Mexican dish, because there isn't much taste. It's a yellow beer with a small white head. It had a mildly floral aroma, and that is about all you'll get from it. I couldn't taste much of anything, very insipid. Drink it if you must with some spicy dish, otherwise leave it alone.

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Photo of mynie
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is the most fullbodied beer that you can find at most Applebee's restaurants. There should be some sort of official award for that.

It's an unimpressive straw color that is really not much different than typical American lagers. It has a bold, bitter taste that is killed completely by the lime wedges that rude waiters will put in it unless you specifically tell them not to.

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Photo of Gusler
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of the dozen or so Mexican beers I’ve sampled, a couple stand out, Casta Morena my favorite, and Dos Equis Amber, both good in their own right. Casta beers are just plain “Great”, Dos Equis Amber and Lager are really good drinking beers as in “Session”, when you want something with body, but not overly so.

The pour a limpid golden straw color, the head masterful and bright white, the lace in fine sheets to coat the glass. Malt makes up the nose with a nice lightly sweet front, and the top skinny, finish is perkily acidic, the hops adequate and the aftertaste dry.

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.61/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, fizzy white mousse.

S: Really neutral and sterile on the nose. Aromas of grain husks and lemony hops are just barely evident, even after the beer has settled and warmed.

T: Harsh notes of minerals, lemon, lime, grain husks, and cooked vegetables fill the mouth. The finish is fleeting with mineral and cooked vegetable notes.

M: Very thin, dry, and light-bodied. Carbonation is harsh and fizzy. Not particularly drinkable in my opinion.

O: This is another subpar lager. I honestly don't understand why this beer is so hyped by mainstream drinkers.

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Photo of andrenaline
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale golden colour, thin layer of head with no retention and no lacing.

S - Sweet corn, musty grass, buttered bread and wheat.

T - The sweet corn dominates, hints of apple juice, brown sugar, bready biscuit malt lingers on the palette.

M - Medium, smooth and wet.

O - An easy drinking, mild flavoured lager that is suitable for hot sunny days. Typical Mexican import that doesn't bring much to the table.

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Photo of FLima
2.02/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured no head. Light yellow color.
Sweet aroma from corn, for a moment I could feel a hint of hops. Medium carbonation.
Taste was refreshing while cold and it had a predominance of the usual suspect: corn.
Slightly dry finish with a corn aftertaste and some metallic.
The lemon piece that I took out for degustation would help to hide its flaws…

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

Comes out of the tap a clear amber-yellow with a rather typical white head. Aroma is crisp, strong and malty; I picked up a whiff of lime but this probably came from the obligatory lime wedge on the glass. Flavor is crisp, malty and just a little yeasty. The lively and fizzy texture leaves a slightly yeasty finish.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.76/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Surely the most interesting man in the world prefers something better than this? Pours a clear, very light yellow color with a decent white head that has better than average retention but no lacing.

Nose is biscuity malts that remind me of ritz crackers and salty peanut shells. Not much hops, but there does seem to be a bit of a dirty lime skin characteristic.

This beer is extremely watery feeling, slides down the throat without even the slightest retention of flavor. There is just a bit of citric and malt presence in the back of the throat. Highly carbonated and thin. This is one of my least favorite Mexican lagers, I cant think of a single other one I would pick this over.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one was free... Served from bottle into a Blue Ridge standard pint. Pours golden yellow with one finger white head when poured AGGRESSIVELY that subsides to none almost instantly. There was no apparent lacing present throughout. The aroma was comprised of only citrus. The flavor was of wheat and water. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this brew was very bland in all aspects. In my opinion, 'The Most Interesting Man in the World' needs to find himself a new brew to drink. I'm just glad it was free...

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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.71 out of 5 based on 2,694 ratings.
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