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Bohemia - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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399 Reviews
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Reviews: 399
Hads: 979
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 36
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2001

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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stein at the Fandango restaurant in Old Town, San Diego.

A: Golden brew with carbonation rising up. No noticeable head however. Would have been nice.

S: Not much to relate here. Little bit of hops and malt.

T: Wow, this was a welcome surprise! Plenty of hops in the taste, well for a lager, and a nice sweet bready malt taste.

M: Nice, smooth, and balanced between hops and malt. Little thin though, as compared to Sam Adams Boston Lager.

D: Now this is a great brew to have at any Mexican restaurant or just at a nice summer barbecue. Would definitely recommend having a sixer on hand for just an occasion.

Conclusion: While I was at dinner in Old Town, I wanted to taste something new. I had never heard of this brew when I saw it on the menu, I had to see if it was any good -- most major Mexican brewers have disappointed. But this one blew my socks off. It was actually good and worth the price of admission. It was so good that even the wife like it and recommended I pick up some at a later date. Nice brew. Definitely recommended! (1,071 characters)

Photo of Manos
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are certain situations where I am one who thinks beer and food go together so well as, say, manos en manos (if ya get me). Mexican cuisine and beer is one of those unions (Margaritas are a whole different story), in which cola or tea does'nt work for me. Enter Bohemia.
High life light light yellow, sweet grainy aroma, and a nice clean palate flavor, like some Japaneese beers I can recall. Negra Modello used to be my old stand by at most cocinas around, but a bad batch of those led me to try other offerings. If you get the chance, try this with your local favorite mexican establishment. Dig the label: I would love that as a t-shirt. (646 characters)

Photo of bcpriess
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First things first. This is a good beer. It isn't a great beer and it isn't an average beer. And it has style. For any of you readers that may be developing the packaging for a new beer, Bohemia has a great LOOK. The foil, the deco font, the stylized Aztec Indian, the brown/gold/yellow color scheme. This is what a beer bottle is supposed to look like. As opposed to cheeseball Photoshop gradients. I could go on and on about this aspect but that isn't why we are here....

A: (This has stayed in the bottle, so appearance is difficult to evaluate).
S: Bready, a little sweetness. I wouldn't go as far as to say yeasty although you can smell the yeast. No toast smells, and no obvious hoppy or alcoholic odors.
T: Very solid. In a lot of ways this reminds me of Warsteiner Dunkel. It has the right level of maltiness without getting excessive, but there is just a slight flavor of alcohol, which puts it just a notch below the W Dunkel.
M: Clean, maybe a little on the dry side.
D: Good drinkability, but heavy enough that you aren't going to down 4 of these in a row - and that isn't the point. For a beer you would pair with a meal, this is as good as it needs to be. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short & stubby brown bottle with a gold foil neck.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden in colour. Large carbonation bubbles. Creamy thin white head that clings on the glass.

Smell: Very clean aroma, just a touch of sweet grain in the background.

Taste: Body is light, mouthfeel is very smooth and very creamy. Touch of bready sweetness that is even, flavourful and goes faintly fruity -- in a soft, gentle sweet peach kind of way. The faintest hint of smooth vanilla hides amongst the light sweetness, but then it's lost almost instantly and the bready sweetness pulls thru for a second round. Light grain follows. Hop bitterness is also light with a slight twang of zesty hop and floral flavour which are quickly subdued. Finish is quite clean with some light residuals.

Notes: Before anyone says anything ... yes, this is a Vienna-Style Lager. There are quite a few Mexican lagers that are, but that's a history lesson within itself. Back to the beer ... without a doubt one of the best mass-produced Mexican lagers available. Just had one of these with a rice, bean and cheese burrito covered in peppermash salsa. It quenched, quelled and complemented quite nicely. (1,196 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice simple label, a few numbers printed but no discernable date. pours a lemony bright straw hue, crystal clear with an ultra-white near-clear frothy one-finger head that dissipates quickly without trace of lace.

aroma has pleasant notes of pale malts, green earthy hops, spritzy lemon and hints of melon and pear. a bit of honey sweetness. no funkiness like I was anticipating.

herbal spices and green hop notes up front, giving way to a pleasant light malt sweetness. fresh, some light graininess, and more green hops with a hint of tart spice.

mouthfeel isn't bad... active carbonation yields a bit of spicy prickly bubbling, fairly moderate body suits the beer well. not overly light or thin.

all in all, this one is pleasantly drinkable and surprisingly enjoyable. I didn't have high hopes, but this one far surpasses. flavors and aroma are beautiful. If only there was a bit more character to the hue and any hint of lacing... but all in all, not a bad brew at all. (979 characters)

Photo of Slynger
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with a very finely bubbled off-white lid.

Aroma's of sweet pale grain and floral hops with a solid amount of earthy spicy ones to go along with 'em.

Nice balanced flavors. Sweet pale grain and honeysuckle, with floral, earthy spiciness. Medium-light body with fine carbonation. Lightly crisp and clean.

Pretty nice little vienna. Bonus points for being probably the best brew from Mexico that I have tried. Great summer/beach/anytime sessioner. (465 characters)

Photo of churro69
3.87/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Yellow beer, good amount of bubbles and head, i loved the hint of bitterness and the aftertaste was in my opinion pleasing, the smell was very nice and it was very drinkable, served very cold would make it a good choise for a hot day.

I would drink it again for sure. (274 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a polkal glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: The creamy and foamy white head lasted only a few seconds. The color of the beer is medium light straw. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

Nose: There is a light grainy nose with some floral and yeast. The hops give the beer a spicy nose.

Taste: A nice light grain, with some yeast and a light spicy floral note.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is crisp. The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. Everything about this beer is right on the mark for a German pils. (607 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fizzy yellow beer, but the smell is suprisingly hoppy (albeit nothing else), spicy and a touch floral.
Taste is super clean, which I don't fault as it's is presumably what the brewer was going for. Mainly a corn sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel is like water, but not the same as watery/flat/thin.
Drinkability was pretty high, cause it's like sugar water with a touch of booze, very neutral. Washed down a big ol' burrito like nobody's business. (442 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of soft grain with a subtle earthy spiciness. The smell is pleasant, but subdued.

The taste is of malty grain with earthy hop spicing background. Finishes a bit abruptly, but cleanly.

It just about reaches medium-bodied. The carbonation is a bit forward, but not too prickly or fizzy.

This is a pleasant surprise from Mexico. Sure beats the other Mexican beers of the same/similar style that I've had (by far). A good example of a Vienna Lager. I would say I liked it a bit more than the score reflects. A good brew to pair with Mexican (or any spicy) food, or as a "session" brew on its own. (659 characters)

Photo of rangel2
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As the owner of a Mexican restaurant and having all the available Mexican beers, this one is my favorite.

Clean straw color. Very little head.

Smells faintly fruity, with a nice bready aroma.

Taste is sweet, thicker than it appears, but has a noticeable soft and welcomed fruitiness. Very little bitterness but enough to make this a well balanced beer.

Overall, this is the best Vienna-Style/Pilsner (whatever you want to call it) Mexico offers. Clean, refreshing, sessionable, versatile enough to match most every flavor profile on our menu, and one that actually has some complexity to it. (595 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, fairly clear. Lots of small bubbles. Small head.

Very crisp, grainy, a little spicy from the hops.

Clean grainy up front along with crisp bitterness in the finish. Grainy, slight sweet, just a touch of hay. Spicy-earthy hops at the end, yet it's very crisp. Light bodied, very crisp and refreshing. Right amount of carbonation for the style.

Spicy, yet very crisp.

Very good for a Mexican made Pilsner. (467 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single of this for $1.49 at my go-to store.

I was very surprised by this and I'm glad. I always saw these Mexican beers at the store and figured they were all Corona-type ones, but this is a solid beer for sure. Nice attractive look to it with some good ascending bubbles. Taste is mild but crisp and refreshing. There's a lot more taste than you would expect from the appearance which is good. A nice solid beer, would have it again in a pinch. (455 characters)

Photo of webbcreative
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured light golden color, with a white head that isn't much to brag about, and left no lacing really.

Smell has a sweet graininess, but smells good.

Taste is clean, crisp, malty and a little sweet graininess again. Hops balance this beer out perfectly and are there for that reason alone. Nice clean finish, but dryer then I would have preferred, this has a wonderful sweet flavor, just wished it lasted a little longer.

Mouthfeel is thin, not watery.

Overall, this is one excellent Mexican beer, my favorite out of the country by far. (541 characters)

Photo of FrozenJoe
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: White frothy head. Lacing is there, but fades fast. Golden hay colored beer. Cool bottle.

Smell: Fruity, Heineken-like aroma. Malty sweet aroma.

Taste: Fruity flavored Heineken. Starts fruity and malty. Ends with light dry hops.

Mouthfeel: Tart, slightly puckering. Nice. Has some body and character. But a little watery.

Drinkability: This is a good beer. I would love this for barbecues. Holds up nice and easy to drink. A great all around social beer. (470 characters)

Photo of biggred1
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a dense white head that leaves some decent looking lace on the glass. Slightly above average aroma with untoasted grain, mild noble hops and a faint soapiness. Pretty damn good for a Mexican Pils, creamy and mildly bready with brash hop flavor that sets this apart from standard Mexican fare, must be the dark brown bottle. Smooth and medium bodied with soft carbonation. A nice beer to wash down some enchiladas for sure. (440 characters)

Photo of angusdegraosta
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, bright yellow color with good carbonation. Smells malty with mildly floral hops. The taste is among the best of Mexican beers I've had - a gentle integration of hops and malt, but far more interesting than a Modelo or Corona. As a German Pilsener, it does well for the style, with a thin and refreshing mouthfeel. Overall, this is a beer that complements food very nicely. Recommended! (391 characters)

Photo of HighGravityBrews
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Uno cervesa es muy bueno! My personal favorite bottles brew from Mexico. Nice 1/2" head when poured, setttles into an attractive lacing, smooth over the palate, nice pale amber hue, hints of vanilla and honey. NO BS & NO lime wedge needed here. DON"T FRUIT THE BEER! (266 characters)

Photo of meeekyh
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Making tacos this evening so Bohemia it is. I had one recently out and thought it good so now I can take the time to really enjoy it.

Stout little brown bottle with no date to indicate when this beer would be freshest, now obviously but you get my meaning.

There is ample white head atop a pale golden and clear beer. notes in the nose are slightly grassy and a tiny bit floral. Good clean pilsner malt and herbal hops round out the taste.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with ample carbonation and a dry finish.

Very good drinkability and an overall rating higher than any other Mexican beer I can think of.

Slainte and bueno. (634 characters)

Photo of azevrec
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best Commercial Mexican Beer I have had.
Pours nice clear color with minimal head.
Good Smell with a hint of honey on the nose.
Great taste, a very good Pilsner type beer. Good finish, very easy to drink and very flavorful, very very good stuff.

Would go excellent with spicy food. (294 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I'm just a poor beer, nobody loves me;
He's just a poor beer from a poor brewery"

--from 'Bohemia Rhapsody' by Queen

Medium yellow-gold, a half notch short of amber. The beer would look better if it was filtered. The cap isn't bright white, but neither is it dark enough to be called eggshell. It displays good persistence and is stoney rather than rocky. A half-hearted attempt at lace results in an uneven, scalloped collar.

The nose is nice. It smells of sweet grain with more than a little spicy, earthy hoppiness. I can appreciate no off-aromas; thanks, no doubt, to the brown glass bottle (which ought to be mandatory). The more I smell, the more I like.

Surprise, surprise, surprise... Bohemia is good beer. It tastes quite a bit like it smells: fresh, lightly toasted grain bottom end; pleasantly bitter, hoppy top end. The hops are what really pull this beer out of the run-of-the-mill category. They're wonderfully spicy and herbal. Thankfully, the brewers didn't stint on amount.

The finish is hoppy-sweet and is too abbreviated. I've come to welcome the short finishes on most Mexican lagers because putting me out of my misery is infinitely preferable to extending it. I would love it if this beer lingered, though, since the flavor is so enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly prickly carbonation.

I wish to apologize to the good folks at Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma for the 'poor brewery' crack at the outset. The Bohemian/Bohemia Rhapsody play on words was just too good to pass up. Truth is, Bohemia is one fine Vienna lager and is a damn sight better than either Dos Equis or Carta Blanca. Looks like I have a new favorite Mexican beer. Salud! (1,705 characters)

Photo of TeutonicKnight
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great beer to have with a Mexican dinner. Rather than grabbing a domestic American Beer, this beer is a wise choice. Not a strong brew, it has light malty taste, that tickles the senses. Try it with a chicken burrito, makes for a great dinner! (250 characters)

Photo of orangemoustache
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-pours a straw yellow/golden with lots of cascading carbonation that builds a soft white fingers worth of fluff,some lacing as well

S-sweet bread and earthy with hops sticking out like a sore thumb

T-grainy and flavorful with grassy hops and a twist of citrus

M-strong presence on the tounge,light to medium body with carbonation that lasts and brings the hoppy bitterness to a dry soft finish

D-this was a nice suprise,I will be having this again soon,paired with fajitas these would go down easier than a ten dollar w#@*e (528 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One Mexican I hadn't tried, so I ordered one with my combo plate at the new Plazuelas restaurant in E-Burg. What a pleasant surprise. Nice pale color in the glass, with quite a bit of white foam that lasted for the first few sips. Icould tell from the pour that the mouthfeel (body, carbonation) would be better than I expected. Not much smell to speak of (though perhaps that is a good thing sometimes). Taste was, up front, malt... with a hint of floral hops. No off-tastes, no metallic or adjunct flavors to speak of; just a very nice, refreshing beer with a tiny bit of hops bitterness at the end of the swallor to keep you wanting to raise the glass. Great change of pace from the usual Mexican beers--and the food was good too. Nice all the way around. (758 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a SA pint glass t Senor Panchos, Prospect, Conn.

A: The liquid poured a very clean-looking golden yellow with a very small head and little to no retention. Nice carbonation and a balanced look though.

S: Smells a little sweet and grainy, like sweetened rice cakes.

T: Taste is slightly sweet, clean and smooth, with a crisp bite of carbonation and a little hop dryness in the finish. Fairly non-descript corn and grain malts, but not bad.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and carbonated.

D: The lower ABV and great mouthfeel couple with a crisp flavor to give this Mexican lager good drinkability. It's not the most outstanding or interesting, but it's reliable and a safe bet.

This is a nice beer to have with any Mexican dish, like my Sante Fe burrito, or just for drinks with some of your amigos. Negra Modelo is still superior, in my mind, but Bohemia is a good call too. (887 characters)

Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
80 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.