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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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Photo of flagmantho
2.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 24oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a quarter inch of white foam which dissipated immediately. Eh.

Smell: bland, slightly sour grainy aroma. Not enticing.

Taste: slightly sweet, grainy and a little bit sour. Not totally disgusting, but it's bland and uninspiring.

Mouthfeel: light body with a light-medium carbonation. Refreshing enough.

Overall: moderately refreshing but not good enough to warrant drinking a ton of it. That said, this is by far not the worst adjunct lager I've had.

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Photo of mjurney
3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Straw color, clear. Lots of small bubble rising up. Thin, bright white head.

Cooked corn, sweet, grainy.

Very light in flavor. Grainy, grassy, corn. Hop bitterness is minimal. Finish is very crisp, clean, semi-dry. Body is very light and watery, crisp, clean, refreshing, semi-dry, moderate carbonation.

It's a decent beer. There's no off flavor, it's just bland. It's very refreshing and high drinkable.

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Photo of Tebuken
1.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Goplden crystal beer with white foam that vanishes very fast,tiny bubbles, no lace.Aroma is no t present.Its taste is very poor,some kind of nothing, a very watery beer as many other industrial massive beers in market nowadays.Very light bodied, something to avoid for sure.

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Photo of Tr0janSlay3r
1.17/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Appearance- Dos Equis is literally perfectly transparent. It has a straw color to it with a decent amount of carbonation. With an aggressive pour into a American Adjunct Lager glass a 1.5 finger head appears and disappears within about thirty seconds and there is not lacing on the glass.

Smell- With my first few sniffs of this beer I can strongly detect a lot of rice in the making of this beer. After I get passed all of the grainy/rice smell, I really can detect a certain sweetness almost like a natural sugar smell.

Taste- Well, not much of anything. I hate to compare my beer to others, but it tastes like a Budweiser or a regular American Adjunct Lager. I expected something a bit different from a Mexican beer. It is overwhelming amounts of rice right off the tongue, with a sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste actually makes it worse I think which is usually not the case for me. Finally, I do sense a bit of skunkiness, probably because of the green bottle.

Mouthfeel- Very very light. Without the taste, I would say it is as close to water as it gets without being a light beer. Highly disappointed for this "specialty lager." CHEERS!

Overall- Really, after all of the fantastic advertising and cost of this beer I would have expected it to be a bit better. I really could not tell it apart from a regular macro brew. I would not recommend this to anyone, ever.

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Photo of Damian
2.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow color. A one-finger, tight, bubbly, bright white head topped the liquid, but it quickly dropped to a thin ring of foam. Tiny spots of lacing trickled down the glass.

Not much going on in the nose. Husky malts and cereal grains were noticeable. There was a slight skunky quality, but it quickly disappeared.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was quite subdued. Husky malts were again apparent. Somewhat grainy and a bit rough around the edges. As the beer warmed, some tart, lemony, wheaty notes came forth. A touch of sulfur/skunk appeared in the finish.

The mouthfeel was exceptionally light and airy with an excessive, large bubbled effervescence. The liquid felt prickly, almost to the point of being stinging.

Between the light skunkiness and the subtle flavor profile, Dos Equis Special Lager was barely drinkable. It is definitely a far cry from their amber lager.

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Photo of DeFaz
1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Corona is a cheap watery bland beer. Dos Equis is Corona plus a more offensive overly-sweet adjunct malt flavor on top of the corn. Those who drink this beer will insist that it goes great with their spicy food, and I will say that so does water.

Well it starts off the color you would expect--yellow and pale. The smell is quite faint, but if you sniff intensely you'll discover what is yet to come with the flavor--again, that saccharin sweetness and that oh so stale corn. The mouthfeel is actually just fine for an ultra-thin beer (carbonation is pleasant) but that is all ruined by that awful aftertaste.

They may have a good marketing campaign, but the most interesting man in the world does not drink this beer...and he wasn't dumb enough to try it.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Clear gold body, no head, moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Stale bread and vegetables. Pretty bad, even for a Mexican beer.

Taste: Not a very strong flavor . It taste like water corn. That is it !

Mouthfeel: . Light bodied and with lots of fizzy carbonation

Overall : The best you can say is it’s easy drinking and relatively inoffensive, but that’s only because it doesn’t take like much of anything. I will pass on this one ever again, and not recomend it to anyone. There are much better beers for the price out their in the store.

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Photo of Chico1985
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothin' like 'Free Beer From Work'ing the night away....

Poured into a Hoegaarden tumbler glass. The beer is very translucent yellow. A white head turns to a thick ring+slight cap quickly and remains that way, leaving some lace behind.

Straining to get any scent. I shouldn't have to try this hard really. Err pale malt graininess? Not offensive, but really not anything at all.

Taste is better, a clean pale lager that is easy to drink with no off-flavors. Pale, sweetish malts, some cereal/bread, buttery malt, even a bit of spicy hop flavor there. Though bland, not much else to complain about.

A decent mouthfeel on this one, good body and medium carbonation, no spikiness. Definitely better than most adjunct lagers.

Like it's brethren Corona, this doesn't deliver much for flavor as expected but is definitely a step above many in its style. The taste is decent, surprisingly good mouthfeel, no off-flavors, wouldn't mind throwing back a couple of these.

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Photo of bambam2517
2.62/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottles, cans, draft; ive had this many a time and many ways, my buddy always seems to have this on hand in some way. Not worth a detailed analysis, lets just get to what to expect:

Pours a little stiller than the standard BMC beers, taste is more pleasant with a little grain taste and less skunkiness than most "Mexibeers". Its a real easy drinker on a hot day thanks to the wateriness and the low ABV. There were PBRs, Miller Lites and this in the fridge, I kept going with the XX's. Thats all the praise I'll offer this one.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden color with a thin carbonated head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is mild. Cereal grain aroma. Malty, cereal like taste. Some rice. Slightly sweet at the end. A bit watered down. Light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BrewRat
3.42/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I had been curious about this particular beer for awhile, so I purchased a six pack of bottles at a local convenience store. Definitely not a great beer, but certainly not a bad one. The beer was a pale yellow with no real distinct odor that I was able to detect, although it had a slightly sweet smell to it. The taste was quite clean and rather on the light side. This is not the kind of beer that I would picture the most interesting man in the world drinking, but it would not be a bad beer served ice cold with some wings or good Mexican food.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear light straw color with rising bubbles. Fizzy white head that dissipates to a film. Light lacing that eventually disappears.

Aroma: Sweet cereal grains dominate, paper, rice.

Taste: Sweetness, cereal grains, corn. A notable paper quality.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated, light.

Overall: The can is so much better than the bottle, but still one of my least favorite Mexican beers.

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Photo of Zizick
3.97/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale straw color, foamy-fizzy head. Much carbonation.

S: Pleasant smells of some malts, kinda like a Heineken in some way that I couldn't explain. Really really faint though.

T: Has a fair amount of bitterness, but not a lot at the beginning and finishes very clean, has some taste of malts and adjunct but definitely not a lot.

M: Light, a tad bit watery. Easy to gulp down ice-cold on a hot day.

O: It's a nice beer, definitely not offensive, has great drinkability. All in all, it has it's place.

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Photo of beergoot
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a pale yellow color with a big, foamy white head; little carbonation in the body. Funky, sour-like aroma. Fair flavor with just a hint of cereal. Good mouthfeel; clean, crisp, and dry.

Just an average beer for this style. The weird aroma really distracts from things as well. Drinkable? Sure. Makes you want more? Not unless there is absolutely nothing else available.

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

I'm shocked that this beer has so many "bad" reviews here on Beer Advocate. It is not bad, but only average. It is overwhelmingly average, so gargantually run-of-the-mill and ordinary that this is the first review that I have ever posted that awards five "3" grades in the ASTMO categories.

I had it with an average plate of wings at the mundane Buffalo Wild Wings in Tacoma on a Wednesday.

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Photo of CloudStrife
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24oz can poured into a nonic glass.

A: Pours a clear light yellow gold with a 1 finger white head. Bit more head than your typical AAL but still fizzes away fairly quickly. Average visible carbonation.

S: Not much going on here, corn and other malts. Bit of sweetness that reminds me of cheap beer.

T: Same flavor you would expect from this style, a bit more on the sweet side of things.

M: Light body with average carbonation. A bit sticky on swallowing from the sweetness. Could be more crisp.

Overall not the best of the Mexican beers but inexpensive and great for a hot day. Bit too much corn going on.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
1.89/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a white, finger width head. Poor retention.

Smell - There's supposed to be a smell with this beer? Went and smelled the rodent cage just to be sure my nostrils were working. They are. I'm picking up almost nothing with this beer. Ghostly hint of grain and sweetness.

Taste - Follows the nose; almost nothing to be had here. Slight grain and residual sweetness. Finishes stale, like cardboard.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a nice, crisp bite. Goes down smooth before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - So apparently the Most Interesting Man in the World drinks the most uninteresting beer in the world. Cool. I've had tap water with more character. Reading the date code, I believe this was bottled on January 30th, 2012. If these kinds of beers are supposed to quench one's thirst, then I guess everyone is taking Interesting Man's motto of "Stay thirsty, my friends" to heart. As indifferent as I am to this beer, it is a candidate for a re-review.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Looking to get a cheap buzz, I bought a 24oz of Dos Equis, having never had it before. Well, here we go... I'll just skip the appearance since I had it straight from the can.

Smell: Don't ask me what I mean, because I'm not sure -- but it smells Mexican. Has a bit of spice/twang to it that I don't usually get out of adjuncts. Interesting to be sure, but not very inviting.

Taste/feel: The initial taste I actually quite like, as it's an adjunct flavor with a bit of pepper or something. The finish on this one (maybe because it's a can) is EXTREMELY metallic. If it weren't for that metallic/copper/blood taste that I'm getting, this could be a surprisingly tasty adjunct. That after taste pretty much ruins it for me though... which is a shame. The carbonation is medium/high, as well.

Overall, this trumps the Natty Daddy that I just had ... no contest. Natty had a bizarre sweetness to it, but Dos Equis is actually a decent adjunct lager. In comparison to Budweiser or Coors, I like it quite a bit more, as it doesn't have that extremely skunky corn aroma or flavor. Quite carbonated and lacking flavor (that DAMN metallic taste...), but still a decent choice if you want to get a buzz.

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Photo of ranger7
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer a couple of times. Once from a bottle without a slice of lime.
This time, I drank it with a lime at La Hacienda with their signature fajitas .

A - Very light in color; pale gold. About average for a lager.

S - Underwhelming. Typical lager scent. The lime overpowers most of it.

T - Very light. The lime helps.

M - A lot of carbonation: very fizzy and goes well with Tex-Mex.

Summary - As a lager, this is overall pretty poor. The smell and taste is non-existent and it is much too fizzy to be enjoyable on its own. With a lime wedge and some nice Tex-Mex, however, Dos Equis is a great option.

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Photo of The21ner
3.41/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried the bottled version. I was very impressed. I really came to believe that all Mexican beers were as bad as the American. But it wasn't the case. This beer is above average, very smooth , very drinkable. Dos equis became one of my go to beers when watching a game.

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Photo of Kremlock
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pale straw colour, 1/4 inch head, no lacing, very clear.

S: slight toasty scent. A bit of adjunct detectible, soft grassy hops.

T: Very light flavoured. Sorta hard to even find a flavour here. Light adjunct and that's about it.

M: well carbonated but a bit fizzy on the tongue.

O: Refreshing and thirst quenching, aroma is good but no flavours.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.28/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes of stuff I've had over the past month or so.

This one was reviewed directly from the bottle with a bit of lime and served with authentic Mexican food.

Appearance: Through the bottle, but you can tell this is a gold lager in the image of an adjunct. Given the style it's appropriate.

Smell: Adjunct characters through and through. I personally added lime after the initial taste. Everything about the beer was better, including the smell.

Taste: Clean, crisp, lightly skunky, surprisingly good for what it is, especially when citrus is added.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, pretty light and with exceptional carbonation. Kinda soda-esque.

Not a great beer by any standard, but in the Mexican adjunct category it's not bad at all.

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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 GhostKidd956
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My take on Dos XX

Appearance: slight hazy yellow color not much going on.

Smell: small sweet grains smell, very little malts.

Taste: very very light hop and malt taste not very much going on.

Mouthfeel: a bit over carbonated tends to bubble in the back of your throat

Overall: eh its a alright beer. better than any other mexican beer i've tried the only other beer that i feel that has the most flavor is Indio.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of ShawnB
1.56/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This was legitimately the worst beer I've ever had.

Appearance: average adjunct. I like the appearance, but it's nothing special.

Smell: Some funk going on, but it doesn't warn me about what's going to happen when I actually taste it.

Taste: Worst taste ever. The aftertaste tastes the way burnt plastic smells. I have no idea how this taste got into the beer, but it's awful.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery, but not actively offensive.

Overall: Terrible, terrible beer. I'm more than willing to tolerate an adjunct lager, but not this.

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Dos Equis Special Lager from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
2.71 out of 5 based on 2,651 ratings.
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