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

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842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 23
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of MNJR
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden color, nice head after the pour with thin retention. The smell is fresh, clean, fruit, vanilla. The flavor is good, solid, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is smooth and the carbonation is thin but has the right amount of sharpness. I get vanilla and clean light fruit flavors, and it is true its German heritage. But for all it's strengths, it lacks something vital in the aftertaste department. Yup, that's it: the problem is a bit of papery flavor and a slightly chalky, dry aftertaste. It's like they added some stale hops to an otherwise great beer. It tastes good, but then lets you down a bit in the end. Good beer, not great beer.

MNJR, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bohemia Clásica Lager

Appearance: Clear golden, some lacing, and a small head.

Smell: Citrusy hops and slight grain.

Taste: Pleasant malts, flowery hops, and citrus flavors (orange and others).

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, and refreshing.

This is a good session lager that also contains some good flavor. It is very easy to drink. There is not a lingering aftertaste or real bitterness. It is neutral in that respect. I'd think of it as a weak IPA.

megahurts4, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewing this as a Mexican Lager not as a German Pils:

Poured into a glass. I had the first few sips without the lime, then I put it in there.

A: Light yellow color, not much head. No lacing or retention once the lime goes in.

S: Mostly bready malts, actually smelled much better than expected. No adjunct or import notes detected.

T: Mostly the same bready malts from the smell. Perhaps a slight bitterness at the end. Not much of a pils. With a lime in it, the beer is really crisp and refreshing. The taste of the beer does a nice job offsetting the flavors of the food.

M/D: average mouthfeel, a bit lighter body than I wanted. The drink-ability is good. But I'll only have one of these with some Mexican food or perhaps a day at the beach.

EwaldEichstaett, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of churro69
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

churro69, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of MoreThanWine
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had decent expectations for this beer because several reading material sources spoke highly of it and I kind of thought it would be one of the better Mexican beers I'd have. Plus I had a fairly difficult time finding it for sale up here in the Northeast so it was kind of a rare treat.

Poured a big 2" head with irregular bubbles which fairly quickly setteled down to just a trace of head. Same clear yellow as the vast majority of American mass produced beers. Taste had malt and was somewhat creamy but otherwise not much happening.

Cool bottle. Forgettable contents.

MoreThanWine, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a 6 pk of these 12oz squatty brown bottles at Springbrook Liquors in Bloomingdale, IL for $7.99. It was one of the only Mexican beers I hadn't tried yet. There was no freshness date or any information about the beer on the skinny label, but if your Spanish is any good, the web site will give you tons of information about this beer.

The beer poured a crystal clear medium gold color with a ½-finger of white head that disappears rather quickly, leaving just a thin white rim. It leaves a surprisingly good amount of lacing on the glass with each sip.

The beer gives off a pleasant mild aroma of floral hops and a bit of spiciness.

The taste is good. Sweetness is held to a minimum with floral and spicy hops providing most of the flavor. At just 23 IBU's, you'd have to agree the hops do not impart a harsh bitterness, but are there for mild flavor and nice aroma. There is also a touch of citrusy zest in here to make it even more interesting.

Light and crisp mouthfeel with better than average carbonation.

This is a good Mexican beer and a nice example of a German pilsener. I will have no trouble finishing the other 5 bottles.

matjack85, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of Jef59
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Okay so I love Mexican food and I love beer. Unfortunately I can seldom find good beer at Mexican restaurant.

That being said, my waitress poured this into a mug way too gently, enabling no head to form. She then stated, "Couldn't ask for a better pour." I assume she was either mocking me or had no idea how to pour beer. The beer was a pale golden yellow.

The nose was was a little bland. I could only get a little scent of citrus and iron.

The taste also had a nice citrus note to it, plus some malts. Additionally, I was pretty impressed by the floral hoppiness of this beer. It's not bold, but it's there and enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was on the thin side, but it was extremely drinkable. I could have comfortably chugged the whole thing.

As far as beer I can find at Mexican restaurants, I would definitely order this again. It went great with my meal and was very refreshing.

Jef59, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of SassyBootblack
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After I fished the lime out of the bottleneck, I poured this into a glass.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a thin white head. So clear you could read a newspaper through it.

Smell: A little malt and fruitiness.

Taste: A little sweet pilsner malt flavor and a small but noticable fruitiness, but not from the lime. Tastes more like apple.

Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp.

Drinkability: A crisp, highly drinkable lager with just enough class to be interesting.

SassyBootblack, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of bcpriess
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

bcpriess, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of jsprain1
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden straw with a decent head, though very little in retention or lacing.
S- Smell is very grainy with a bit of faint hops floating about.
T- A bit sweet, but mostly grainy with just enough hops to balance it out. A well balanced flavor but generally not enough volume of flavor for the style.
M- Thin, but not quite watery. crisp carb.
D- A pretty drinkable pilsner. Near the upper end of mexican beers.

jsprain1, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of jporf911
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle, no freshness date provided.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Light, transparent straw yellow that is a lot like a clear version of the foil wrapped around the neck of the bottle. The one-finger white head was disappointingly short-lived but did leave a bit of sticky lacing around the sides. Plump carbonation bubbles amble up from the bottom.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. Don't allow this beer to warm up too much. At first, it opens up the flavors, but it ends up smelling like an old, rickety Mexican outhouse that Señora Sanchez forgot to clean for the past seventeen years; still, Bohemia smells great when it's cool. Sweet grainy malt and floral hops mingle with a bit of yeast.

Taste- 4 out of 5. Sweet, bready malt initially hits the tongue, followed by a strange but pleasant menagerie of citrus and grain. The most remarkable part of this beer is the gentle undertone of vanilla and peach. It wasn't at all what I was expecting, but it's good nonetheless. Although the usual mild hop bitterness is there, the Saaz hops also contribute a slightly corn-like taste that would go well with tortillas.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. This beer is somewhat creamy but still thin overall. It's not nearly as watery as the Mexican piss-water known as Corona or its illegitimate half-brother, Sol.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. Better than most Mexican beers out there. I definitely recommend it if you're at a local Mexican joint and want a cerveza to accompany your meal. It's full enough to have with a meal, yet light enough to drink quite a few of. Skip the Sols and Tecates and Coronas, and have a Bohemia instead.

jporf911, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of webbcreative
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

webbcreative, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle at Vive Sol in Mountain View, CA. Wow, this is actually not bad for a pale lager. Not great though if you classify it as a German pils.

Great clear golden-yellow appearance with a thick lasting white head.

The smell is nothing great - grainy with pale malt and a faint hint of hops.

The flavor is mildly sweet as well as mildly bitter. Pale malt, hay, grain, and floral hops.

Light on the palate but not too watery. Fairly crisp.

For the style (which I'm not a big fan of I must say), this is not terribly bad.

nickd717, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 1/2" head tops a nicely colored pale yellow beer.

Smell - Hoppy and grain filled scent and some yeast in the background.

Taste - I was not expecting the taste i got. Balanced well with hops, barley and malt. The sweet aftertaste is not over done.

Mouthfeel - Clean and crisp. Another nice summer time beer.

Drinkability - I like it. It has a good flavor for the type of beer it is.

SAtaMi, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a Mexican themed evening with friends and decided this would compliment the food nicely.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is crystal clear yellow. About a finger of stark white head fades rather quick and leaves no lace.

The aroma is fairly muted. What I can pick up is the usual corn tortillas smell. Which I can assume is from the saaz hops. Hints of sweet malt and light breadiness.

The flavor is about the same as the nose. Faint corn and malt. A bit of skunky tartness in the finish.

Thin body with a good dose of carbonation.

Overall it washed down the spicy mexican cuisine fairly good and it was hot and humid so it was a nice thirst quencher. So technically it did it's job.

beerwolf77, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden yellow with a light foamy head that dissipated quickly. Bready, light malty aroma, nothing noteworthy. Smooth malty feel and flavor, maybe some breaady flavors with a very faint citrusy finish. Easy to drink but certainly nothing spectacular. If you're looking for Mexican brew it's a nice change from Corona.

IronLover, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of exonthebottle
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1. clear with a light head that disappears fast

2. faint honey floral smell hops?

3. light crispness and slightly bitter at the end.

4. very smooth almost like tonic water

5. very easy to drink a lot of this.

Okay representation of the style goes well with Mexican food.

exonthebottle, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of wesclaypool
2.78/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - Pours a pale, light yellow color, very clear with not much carbonation. Pretty substantial head, but fades real quick to nothing.

s - Not much going on, thin, alcohol smell.

t - Tastes alright, but nothing really distinctive. Has some corn tastes alongside that alcohol, lager taste.

m - Light bodied with some crispiness.

d - Went well with Mexican food, and I prefer it to something like Corona, but not something I would go for at the store.

wesclaypool, May 29, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

1. It was a pale straw color with thin bubbly white head that disappeared almost immediately.

2. Not much of a smell. Smells a little piney, kind of sweet, but the scent is not strong.

3. Tastes' like bread, a little bit of citrus followed by a very slight hoppy finish.

4. Feels a little bubbly, not overcarbonated though, very crisp.

5. I could probably drink 20 of these. It is refreshing, crisp, and has more taste than most other mexican beers.
You don't usually taste any hops in these beers, but they are present in Bohemia.

JMad, May 26, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with active carbonation and a decently large white head.

S: Fresh malts and some hops.

T/M: A slight citrusy lime taste which is backed with an herbal, almost green tea-like bitterness, slightly sweet malts, earthy hops, and a general freshness. Also, refreshing and not over-carbonated like most Mexican cervezas.

D: Quite a good, refreshing brew, which was very surprising since I'm not usually a fan of Mexican beers. It was definitely the best part of an otherwise lackluster dinner (some type of combination pork dish, if I remember correctly) that I had at Matador Mexican restaurant in downtown Phoenix, AZ.

thekanna, May 20, 2010
Photo of billybob
2.42/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours a clear golden color one finger foamy white head that disappeared almost as soon as it was poured with no lace. clean smell of fruit and grain. corn and malt taste slight hop note dry light mouth feel carbonation was ok. claims of roasted barley cocoa like bitterness and hints of vanilla were not there as claimed on the cardboard carrier not something i would buy again.

billybob, May 19, 2010
Photo of bob3701
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a clear pale golden color with a short white big bubbled head that quickly goes into a thin ring with no lacing. Very grainy aroma with a bit of hops too. Tangy flavor up front and a sweetish finish. This so far is my favorite Mexican beer in this style. Very drinkable and a good session beer.

bob3701, May 18, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day 12 , This one is a treat like its darker brother Obscura, it has a good deal of flavor and that nice thick foamy goodness,mmm. You dont see much of a head on to many beers down here, this one is nice tastes of light hops, corn and should be drank ice cold they tell me.I had 2 with my Pascada (Fish) and they went very well together.

nukem5, May 14, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass. Nice pillowy half-inch head. Champagne look to it with a slightly golden-yellow hue.

Mildly spicy, hoppy aroma. Fresh, earthy and grainy. Very true to the classic pilsner characteristics.

I don't know if it's something with Mexican beverages in general but, like the other heavily German-influenced Mexican beers I've had like Negra Modelo and Dos Equis amber, and bebidos like Mexican Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Jarritos, etc., there doesn't seem to be much carbonation in this. Whereas in the other beers I've mentioned, just a little more fizz was desirable, the Bohemia was quite fine to drink this way (and I clean my glassware out properly and thoroughly, so I think I can rule out a scummy glass for affecting the head and bubbles, etc.). So easy to drink and staple-worthy.

Best Mexican beer I've had, even though it's a distinctly German-style brew. Or Vienna. Or whatever it is.

Bouleboubier, May 14, 2010
Photo of hangh
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty clear, golden color. Not much head, dissapears quickly
S- Little smell, hard to notice, floral like but not very pungent
T- Very sublte taste initially, most of the beer's taste comes with a following bitterness. Quick and easy to drink without unique flavor.
M- very light and smooth, not too noticable,
D- Easy to drink, great for quick consumption, very safe for any food situation

hangh, May 14, 2010
Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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