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Friday, February 26, 2010

A taste of… Dos Equis Lager Especial

Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Alfonso Reyes 2202 Nte.
Monterrey (Nuevo León), 64442

Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Dos Equis Lager Especial was purchased for $1.88(USD) at Key Food in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There is a note stamped on the label: “Please drink by the end of the month notched…” in this case it is February 2010

The following notes are made after a mouth wash with room temperature sparkling water. These notes have not been influenced by reading promotional material or any other review of this brew.

I am including this preface to inform the reader of any and all circumstances that might be conceived of as creating a biased review or a conflict of interest regarding the choice of words used in the following review. I could go on and on with semi-legal jargon but I guess you will just have to trust me eh?

The following are my tasting notes:

Appearance: Golden straw yellow colored brew with large bubbles of carbonation that form fairly light head of creamy and sparkling white bubbles.

Aroma: The first impression is of lightly roasted grain with some biscuit and a touch of green grass. The second visit introduced a hint of buttered corn and a bit of a tang. The third nose-dive revealed no new suprises.

Mouth feel: Fairly heavy body for a lager.

Flavor: After the first refreshing sensation there follows a tang of flavor followed by a quickly developing sweet grain flavor that has a bit of flab to it. The second sip was as refreshing as the first and the malted grain maintained the attention of the flavor receptors. The third swig found no new suprises and retained the full mouth feel noticed in the first sip.

Finish: There is a full bodied finish that is amusing from a lager.

Comments: I would call this a Kolsh style brew… a lager yes but a pilsner-style lager no. This brew deserves to star at any one of the regional variations of the All-American “cook-out.”

The Brewery: http://www.magichat.net/

What others say:

BeerAdvocate: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/57/1907

RateBeer: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/dos-equis-xx-special-lager/225/

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