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

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955 Ratings
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Ratings: 955
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.06%
Wants: 34
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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Mexico

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 CesarAlanis
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Good mexican beer!

Photo of utopiajane
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours golden with good clarity and lots of shine. Fat head of off white foam that lasts well but does not leave lace. Nose is a perfect clean grain scent with a shy bit of sweetness. No esters from yeast and no hop scents on the nose. Smells like bread from the bakery. Admirable. Taste is good. Creamy body with a slight carbonation. Deep but not rich grain and some a faint sweetness. The beer finishes clean crisp and with a bit of lemon. Very very good. Drinks so easily. Too easily.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a thin white head that is permanent and does not lace. Color is medium gold. Aroma presents sweet pale lager malts and noble hops, probably Saaz and/or Hallertauer or the like. Flavor is balanced and on the sweet/malty side of Pils, More like a Czech Pilsner. Finishes with a crisp spicy hop note. Mouthfeel is big for style listed here. In conclusion, Bohemia is trying to capture the essence of both Czech and German Pilseners and does a fine job of it.

Revised original review from 08-24-2002

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance – A gold color, with a thin head that disappears quickly. Has a thin, runny lacing.

Smell –A sweet malty aroma with floral hops and just a light touch of lemon. It’s really nice.

Taste – Similar to the smell, with a touch more hoppiness.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated, crisp, slightly creamy, and smooth.

Drinkability – A very drinkable beer; I always finish the bottle too quickly. This has become one of my favorite session beers. Definitely the best beer I’ve had from Mexico.

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just slightly paler than amber, this beer is on the darkest side of yellow. It maintains a certain clarity, too, translucent but leaning more transparent. The head is a whitish cap reaching half a finger with good retention and somewhat better than decent coverage in terms of lacing.
It's a little grainy underneath, but it does have more Noble hops than I expect. It has a little bit of a peppery bite with some dry grass and a little damp earth. It goes a little sweet on the nose, more so than the tongue, but it's not corn. Malts, after the sweetness, go about medium-dry in the flavor. The finish offers more of a floral note with just a little of the running grains note continuing through.
It's crisp, light-bodied but not watery, and fairly smooth; all said, pretty refreshing. The grains do keep it from being completely clean.

Photo of BREWS4LA
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is probably one of the best Mexican beers. Its a Pilsner in true tradition of a Bohemia style hence the name. Not as popular as your mass produced and advertised Mexican beers.
Very good medium taste yet easy to drink in hot weather and with spicy food. Always very consistent.

Its funny that the locals in Mexico joke that Corona is Donkey Pee and should only be exported put they'll keep the Bohemia and Victoria any day.

Next time you go to a Mexican restaurant I encourage you to skip the Corona/Dos Equis Etc. and give it a try.

Cheers

Photo of Redneckwine
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz cold bottle at a local Mexican joint

Lets skip the intracacies and keep this review plain and simple, since that's what this beer is all about...

Overall - Super clean, lightly sweet, bready malt: light grassy/floral hops: Crisp, effervescent carbonation, light body, smooth. Just a super refreshing, subtle, clean lager. Nothing fancy, but no off notes here to speak of; highly drinkable.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours very light. Looks watered down

S - A malty aroma with not much else. Very very very slight hop aroma

T - Again, mainly malts. It is tasrty just not overly complex

M - A very light drink. Wouldnt call it watery though. It is smooth

O - A drinkable beer. Would go good with a spicy dish that requires a lot of drinking! The beer is flavorful.

Photo of WillWillows
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I drank three of these watching Mexican League Soccer and eating at my local Mexican restaurant, El Toro in Springfield, OH. Fajitas are fantastic and the beer is cold, the football high level. Lot of emotion. This is a good European Lager made in Mexico. Thank Emporer Maximillian for this, he brought the Austrian and German brewers with him long ago. In the bottle there is gold top and silver top. The silver is a dark and tasty brew if you can find it. Good beer.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles purchased at Beers of the World for my Day of the Dead party. Drank directly from the bottle.

Poured a little out later to get an idea of the appearance- it's pale yellow, typical adjunct lager look. Pretty fizzy. Can't get much of a read on head or lacing.

Smells like sweet grainy malt, grass, and a bit of pine.

Unexpectedly great taste here. The hops impart a peppery, piney pite, which is buffeted by strong carbonation. Sweet grainy malts as well, that are kept in check by the grassy hop bite. Not much lingering bitterness. Dry finish.

Light bodied, well carbonated, very refreshing.

The best Mexican cheap lager out there for sure. Would pair incredibly well with Mexican food.

Photo of McStagger
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Something light and crisp to match my pizza.

A: Nice golden hue. Perhaps slightly darker than the average BMC. Half a finger of bleached head. Moderate carbonation. Minimal retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Clean grain. Some vegetal characteristics and a bit herbaceous.

T: Flavor is light and slightly grassy. Up front picks up a bit of herbal hoppiness. Mid palate has some cracker malt sweetness and tart green apple and more adjunct characteristics. Finish is more of the same green apple skin. Dry.

M: Light, without being overly seltzer like.

O: My goto Mexican lager. Drinks easily with enough hoppiness to pair with the spicier dishes.

Photo of pallison123
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you're looking for a North American Pilsener as an alternative to the 'monster brews' flooding the market under the guise of 'IPAs' (or double, triple IPAs) look no further. Bohemia is hoppy and crisp but really blossoms when the cold edge softens. I wouldn't start it at room temp, but it rounds out as it warms up for sure. The mouthfeel is on the light side but the taste packs a nice hoppy punch. It's well balanced too, but definitely hop-forward.

Photo of KBrady
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There's no better Mexican beer out there. It's hard to find, but as far as refreshing pilsener-style brews go, this is an excellent example and worth trying. Goes best with spicy food and is sessionable but doesn't shy away from giving you a kick after downing a few.
Highlight here is mouthfeel - very crisp, above-average carbonation while retaining flavor throughout. Very pleasant and almost nothing I'd rather drink on a beach.

Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Review as I drink. Let's pop this mother.

app- ever-so-slightly hazy yellow. No streaming bubbles anywhere, but my glass is impeccably clean. Frothy white head that's going down rather slowly for the style. Lots of particles just hanging in there. Surprising for a pils.

sml- Unfortunately I'm running on one nostril tonight, but let's give it a shot: nice peppery, floral hop presence. Not a whole lot of malt anything. This is a pilsner so I've got to remember not to try and read too much into it. Ok I do get some malt. Smells like wet bread. Is that weird? That's what I think of.

tst- More bright peppery hops. I think I really like this beer. Just the tiniest bit of lemon again, or some kind of citrus that hangs on after it's gone down the throat. There's more here than the Paulaner lager? Well a lager isn't a pilsner but still, I am pleasantly surprised. Malts hardly show up at all, and only to kick the hops back a little.

mf- pretty light but the only-slightly-filtered thing gave it a little body. It doesn't feel like a water beer.

This is what I would call a great example of style. I guess I really like pilsners. The characters here are pronounced but not like an IPA or stout. This is something that impressed me more than a lager from a company famous for making some of the best brews on earth. Another beer that gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling for the brewing scene in Mexico.

HULK

Photo of Chuckhammond1944
4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am by no means and expert but I have been telling and serving people this beer for years. I first came across it in Mc Allen TX and then in Juarez. MX and I was hooked when the served it the 2nd time. I could not believe that a border beer could be this good. So forget all the floral and spicy stuff just sit back sip and enjoy.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

pours yellow/golden color with no head. smell is very faint citrus. taste is a bit better, citrus flavors with no bitterness. its a bit refreshing. low carobation and medium body, good feel.

overall got this on a markdown and its a bit better than i was expecting. wouldnt actively seek it out but it wasnt bad.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

straw golden, short lasting white head, no lacing.

aroma and flavor = grainy with plenty of DMS... light hoppiness is way background... a bit of bitterness up front.

still pretty drinkable... Doubt I would buy again except when drinking with work buddies and making fajitas (again).

3.25/3/3/3.5/3.25

Photo of Holland
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks thin, pale yellow with a weird almost electric tint, and little head.

Smells bread like with lots of skunky smells coming immediately out when I opened the bottle.

Tastes better than the smell indicates. Bread like, a bit malty, with little sweetness or bitterness.

Feels thicker than I thought it would.

Really a drinkable beer and I'm glad to have had it, but it's nothing to seek out.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured this German style pilsner from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Poured a amber color, produced a off white head, decent retention and lacing left on the glass.
A foundation of sweet malted grain makes for a nice balance with the spicy hops. Well balanced and has some flavor. Not a bad choice if your looking for a Mexican beer to pair with some spicy food.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a golden straw color with a thin white head that lingers. Good lacing.

S- Not much to speak of here. I will say that i was in a Mexican restaurant with a lot going on making it difficult to pick up on the aroma. There was certainly no astringent aroma like I usually get with most Mexican beers. I did detect some sweetness and grain.

T- Much better than I expected. Too accustomed to the poor beers that I get at Mexican restaurants like Corona or Tecate. Sweet biscuiy taste foward, hop finish. A nice bite of hops that was quite a delightful surprise. Very smooth. Nice balance

M- Light body, clean and refreshing. Perfect carbonation.

O- By far the best Mexican option IMO. A really nice effort on a German Pils. Will be my go to beer when I am eating spicy Mexican food. The sweetness of this beer really suits well with the spice.

Photo of Foam
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The best of the mass-produced Mexican beers, for sure ... a vienna? lager/ pilsener in style (lots of Germans migrated to Mexico, back in the days... thus , the blonde haired/blue-eyed Mexican folks ...)
A nice elegance? / soul that is usually missing from other cheapy macro-swill brews ... A decent smooth body and finish that doesn't assault your taste buds or sensibility as much as uber-hopped west coast style ales will do . (aint nobody got time for that...)
Ideal for basic Mexican cuisine (or any spicy food) .
has recently (2015) become my go-to 'cheap' beer when I don't want to spend more than $25/case . hits all the right notes in my mouth and won't crunkify you too much even if you have a couple too many ... ( can you say session beer ? )

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

somewhere above the median on the Mexican beer spectrum. the one pours a real light clear watery wheat color, with a short lived white head. the nose is very generic and light, crystal and pale malts, not as pilsener as indicated, but not offensively cornmeal adjuncty like a sol or a corona, although the flavor of this is only mildly better than either of those. it honestly doesn't really taste like much, which is actually an improvement over the metallic and rancid flavors of some of its competition. very crisp finish too without the sweet weirdness. also improved with a lime wedge, as infrequently as I say that, it applies here. ultra light mouthfeel and pretty good carbonation. I would take this over most other Mexican beers ive had, save pacifico. this does not approach a good quality brew, but in a hot summer setting when the alternatives are mich ultra and coronoa light, this is my horse.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with a good bit of translucence to its body. The head is a two finger white shade. Bubbly as can be, it fades away quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, either.

S: Grains and light maltiness, about what I expect from a Mexican lager. Oh, and some noble hops. Gee, imagine that, noble hops in a lager! Whodathunkit? I also notice some tart lemon/lime qualities.

T: The lime tone in the aroma moves down to the tongue, supporting a sweet malt base and faint yet zesty hop bite. Adjunct notes are thankfully kept in check. Simple as can be, but it just works so well with what it has.

M: Light and crisp. Carbonation isn't overbearing, and it's superbly drinkable.

O: This isn't just good for a Mexican lager - it's a legitimately good beer, period. Merely drinking this makes me think about 78F sunny days laying on the patio without a care in the world. This beer has just given me A) a go-to in Mexican restaurants, B) something to buy for non-beer-drinking guests when hosting a party, and C) something to actually enjoy besides margaritas should I ever end up vacationing in Cabo San Lucas.

Photo of orcsinspace
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion, Bohemia is by far the best Mexican beer. Had this in the foil topped bottle, so I will not comment on the head or any of that stuff, but this is overall a decent beer.

Whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant, I get a Bohemia. For some odd reason, about two years ago, every Mexican place in town started bringing it out with a lime--I guess to cater to the Corona crowd--but I wish this would not happen because I find that the lime taste messes up the flavor of the hops.

The taste is similar to German or Czech beer in general; there is a little hop flavor and a little bold malty flavor at the same time. It has a similar mouthfeel to a beer like Lowenbrau, which is not too watery, but not having a solid presence either.

Overall a solid beer, especially when compared to other Mexican beers.

Photo of puboflyons
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the foil topped 12 fl. oz. bottle . Sampled on February 19, 2013

The pour is pale yellow with a short-lived fizzy white head.

The aroma is of pale German malts, sugar, toast, and a cleanish hop scent.

The body is light to medium and is also rather creamy.

The taste begins with moderate malts and a low to moderate hop bitterness that lingers briefly at the end. I found it to be pretty decent for the style.

Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
78 out of 100 based on 955 ratings.