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 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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Photo of BeerSamurai34
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Meh. I can drink this one at a mexican restaurant every now and then. Obviously I am never ever buying this beer in any other capacity. Pairs well with chips and queso and fajitas.

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Photo of ElJacobian
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I live in the great country of Texas, and having a Dos Equis is what we call "being cultured". This is the perfect beer for floating the river, playing cornhole, and tailgating. You can drink infinity of them if you're outside and it's over 100 degrees. Who the hell cares about its head retention and lack of floral notes. Awesome beer.

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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 rocketcat
1.89/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Very easily drinkable beer. Taste, I think, is almost none. Some small taste is on first feel, but no aftertaste and smell is also weak. Maybe this is nice beer as ice cold on very hot day when thirsty, because it feels almost like water, but has little beer aroma.

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Photo of Myotus
2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself within 30 seconds. State yellow in color. There is a plethora of rising bubbles. Lacing is high and sticks to the sides of the glass.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of white rice from the adjunct rice malts that mix poorly with mild boiled cabage aromas and hints of spicy hops, bitter hops, and car exhaust (I swear I'm not making the exhaust up).
TASTE: The first flavor that I perceive is a combination of strong white rice, mild boiled cabage, and subtle spicy hop flavors. A hint of bitter hop flavors enter immediately after as all flavors persist with the exception of boiled cabbage, which grow stronger. Luckily, no car exhaust flavors are present.
FEEL: This brews body thickness is stuck somewhere in the gray area between light-bodied and medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated with a pleasant and crisp (I know that's redundant given that "crisp" implies that something is already pleasurable, but I'm using my choice of words as a way of emphasis) finish.
NOTE: This isn't exactly a horrible beer. It's very tolerable. But there is a thick line between tolerable and enjoyable. Cheers.

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Photo of Gote
1.37/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

The flavor of this beer is...nonexistent. Seriously, I've had water with more flavor than this. The only reason they can call this beer is because the water's gone through some beer-like processing.

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Photo of donspublic
3.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arived at the table in a large goblet ringed with salt and chili powder. Couldn't see thru the glass, it was a murky red color. Crap it is a michelada. That is right, took this average beer and had them dump clamato, hot sauce, and lime juice in it. Sorry but that is how I finish a night at a Mexican restaurant. I really don't need to give you a beer review, because I agree with most of the reviews below for this beer. It has a little personality, but it comes across really bad on it's own. Put it in a michelada or a beer rita and that personality adds to the game. Not a beer that I would normally drink on it's own, but it is good for the 2 applications above.

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Photo of mikescherrer8
2.16/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was my first Dos Equis experience and it was a total letdown.

First off, the smell was average, it was a mediocre potent scent, traditional smelling lager.

The taste was really...bland. It just wasn't a fun experience. It was a mild carbonation and the taste had no surprises, or hidden recipes that I caught. I took my time trying to like it, but it just wasn't happening for me.

The aftertaste was actually not terrible. For some reason I kept getting a hint of lime aftertaste.

Overall, I wouldn't really recommend this. Maybe it was just this specific flavor that was the letdown.

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Photo of archero
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It at least has a taste, which is better than I can say for some macro lagers, but it is far from a good taste. Sort of a dull, sweetish corn. I didn't drink it with a lime - maybe it would have been better?

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Photo of piweichen
3.64/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A good lager, simply good, nothing significant.
Look) I do like the bottle color and the design but come on, it is still beer. Light color bottle is never the best choice.
Smell) no real smell but some slight hint of malt (basically beer smell but better than light beer for sure).
taste) Very drinkable. Smooth. You can say its watery or plain, but I like it as it doesn't have any negative taste like overwhelming citrus flavor or wrong bitterness.
feel) It looks simple, it taste simple, its simply a good lager. Good Job Mexican

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold. Not much of a taste, a little bit of grain and corn, just slight tinge of hay. Very light body, easy to drink, watery and high on carbonation.

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Photo of jancona
3.58/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yes this is a mass produced Mexican lager, so I won't compare it to my favorite DIPAs or imperial stouts. A little light on the color for a lager and subtle on the nose as well. The flavor has a nice sweet caramel note and subtle orange. A touch of hops in the finish - though a little watery as well. Overall, a nice easy to find lager that does the job.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.36/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More or less a standard american lager, but it does actually have some body to it! I'd definitely put this above Miller or Bud! And it actually looks like beer when you pour it.

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2.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I guess I'm just not into the Mexican lager style of beers. It can be a refreshing and non confrontational beverage, but that doesn't make it good. Imo.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.27/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly crisp, light tasting beer, great cold on a warm summer day. Very carbonated, but goes down easy. Not the best beer, but certainly not a bad one.

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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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