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Beer #58 – February 27, 28 and March 1, 2010: Dos Equis Special Lager

March 6, 2010

You may be wondering, the same beer for three days?!?  What happened to a “different beer each day”?  Well, for as wonderful as it was to get away at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico, the beer choices were limited to: (1) Dos Equis in a can or (2) Dos Equis on-draught.  Without transportation or a store with a wider selection in walking distance, I had to endure three days of the exact same beer!  I somehow survived… and will be catching up in the days to come.

Beer: Dos Equis Special Lager

Brewery: Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, Monterey, Mexico

Style: Adjunct Lager

Serving Type: 12 oz can

Price: Unknown – included at all-inclusive resort

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Water glass

Strength: 5.0% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Easy to drink, mild, refreshing in a hot climate.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a pale straw color with a decent fizzy white head.

Aroma: Sweet, with a faint grassy hop note

Mouthfeel: Thin, a little watery, with medium carbonation.

Taste: Initial cereal sweetness, somewhat bland, with a more flavorful clover honey middle.  Grassy, herbal hop notes come through, with a slightly peppery, mildly bitter finish.  Overall, a bit more hop presence than many other adjunct lagers, and therefore somewhat more flavorful and enjoyable.

Pairing: A beach chair and a wedge of lime.

Trivia: The term “adjunct lager” refers to lagers that use rice or corn in place of some significant percentage of malted barley.  These grains add sweetness and ferment to provide alcohol, but add little flavor, typically resulting in a less interesting, less flavorful beer.  They are also cheaper than malted barley, therefore bringing down costs and increasing profit for the macro-breweries.

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