“ Type: Lager „
This lager will forever have a special place in my heart (and my stomach!). I'd never heard of it until I went to Mexico on holiday....it is EVERYWHERE there. On every billboard by the road, on lorries, bars, everywhere you look is that huge double X logo. And best of all, it was on tap at our all inclusive hotel, which meant it was free and came in a bottomless glass :D
Now, the first day we went for lunch (mexican, naturally!) I fancied a lager with mine and asked what was available. To be honest, i was rather hoping for Corona, that being the only Mexican lager i was familiar with then. The name meant nothing to me, so i just nodded and crossed my finger that it wasn't going to be too dire.
Well, it's the perfect lager for drinking in the sun, without knocking you flat for the afternoon! It's only 3.5%, so doesn't pack too much punch, but personally i like the taste - a good sharp flavour, like a gentler Nastro Azurro i'd say. It goes very well with a slice of salted lime, and as you might expect is a good companion for spicy food. However, I have to say i'm not a lager connoisseur by any means (Stella is my usual choice at home) and I suspect that in a strict taste test on a grey, rainy English day, Dos Equis might not make much impact.
Dos Equis is made, unsurprisingly, in Mexico, i believe by the same company who make Sol - although i'm not so keen on that one, i find it definitely a bit lacking in flavour. Unlike Sol though, none of the main supermarkets in the UK stock it as far as i know, so you're into specialist drinks shops, or possibly your local mexican restaurant will have it- ours does.
One of the beers I sampled during my recent travels through España, was Dos Equis Special Lager, another beer coming all the way from Mexico. (What is it with those Spaniards, don't they have any beer of their own?) At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking this beer for that well-known 'beer' from down under - Castlemaine XXXX, but this one has only managed 2 X's. If it's half as good as 4X, then we're in BIG trouble. Hey, if it's ten times better than that swill, we're still in trouble! Dos Equis Special Lager is brewed by Cerveceria Moctezuma, one of Mexico's largest brewers. The company was founded in 1884 by a certain Herr Wilhelm Hasse and this has resulted in a German influence to their beers. For those of you who are not fluent in Castillian, Dos Equis means two x's - the symbol signifies the coming twentieth century when the original Dos Equis Amber was introduced in 1897. For those of you who ARE fully conversant in Spanish, Dos Equis still means 2 x's. THEY SAY: "Dos Equis Special Lager is a refreshing, crisp, golden, lager style beer. Made with roasted malts, choice hops, a unique strain of yeast and purified water." --------------------------INTERLUDE------------------------- A guy goes to a doctor and says he has a problem with sex. "I think my 'Richard' is too small," he says. The doctor asks him which drink he prefers. "Well, Lager," he replies, bemused. "Ah. There's your problem! Lager shrinks things. You should try drinking Guinness. That makes things grow," says the doctor. Two months later the guy returns to the doctor with a big smile on his face. He shakes the doctor by the hand and thanks him. "I take it you now drink Guinness?" asked the doctor. "No," replies the man &qu
ot;but I've got the wife on Lager!" ------------------------------------------------------------ Back to the beer...... * The Pour * This beer pours to a bright and clear, golden yellow colour topped by a big, white head which soon disappears leaving practically no lace whatsoever. There's some nice bready, biscuity malt aroma, a little grain, and lots of yeasty, dough-like tones as well. Unusually for a pilsner-style beer, there is very little in the way of floral hop aroma. * The Taste * It has quite a thin body with a firm and crisp mouthfeel and it's well carbonated, but not overly so. There's a little malt and a very timid hop bite but not a lot else....as it warms, there are some not very pleasant hints of corn and grain husk, but overall it's pretty tasteless. Flavour is not what makes this beer special, that's for sure. * The Verdict * At 5% ABV, this is yet another example of mass-produced, pseudo-beer. It might wash down a fiery chilli adequately enough but for a great beer experience? I don't think so. It's not bad, it's not nasty, it's just inappropriately named - Dos Equis Special Lager is not special and only just qualifies as lager. All I can say is the drinking water in mexico must be atrocious. Would I drink it again? - I suppose....but I wouldn't give two X's if I didn't! Thanks for reading, Sláinte ©proxam2003
Lager, 3.5 percent Alcohol. Brewed in Mexico since 1983.