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

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 75
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 31.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: tesguino on 08-20-2007

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Photo of jlindros
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From my trip to Cancun a few months back.

Nice creamy head sticks around for a bit with some nice lacing, clear orange auburn red color.

Nose has a fairly cheap macro lager, but some nice malts, light crystal and fluffy dark malts, light skunk and metallic twinge. Hints of fruit and even toffee malt.

Taste starts with malts, darker malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, etc. then light lager, hint of lager fruit, and some bad lager, macro sweetness, light skunk metallic flavor, light powdered caramel like flavor. Finishes dry, bitter unhappy lager and light skunk, hint of caramel and brown malts. Nougat chocolate creamy taste too.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall interesting but not great, some decent malts but skunked bad lager.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into the tallest glass in the condo

A: Pours a dark amber color with a one finger head which is off white with a lot of small bubbles. There is a little bit of lacing, which is better than I can say for most Mexican beers.

S: I get a lot of malt on the nose, a little bit of biscuityness.

T: A lot of malt on the taste as well, there is a hint of lemon and a faint nutty flavor.

M/D: Goes down very smooth, extremely drinkable. More complex than most Mexican beers, probably my favorite, but a little harder to find in stores than most in Mexico. If it is available, its what I am drinking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bohemia has a dark side as well? Ok, Ventura, when you go to Miexico, can you bring me back a bottle? Two weeks later, I gratefully receive two bottle, one of which gets the DoubleJ dissection. It looks similar to the classic Bohemia label, but with "obscura" in small font. From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's dark amber colored with chestnut hues. Topping it is a half-inch of semi-soapy head which leaves good lacing around. The aroma of modest toast, soft esters, and kiss of husk distinguish itself from Bohemia classica, a beer which I revisited three weeks before. Obscura indeed has a toasty flavor, not too heavy, and also brings waves of bread crust and even the soft flesh of bread. It's almost bock-like, but lighter and designed for warm weather. A kiss of booze and medium body finish this beer on a refreshing note.

Warm or cold, Bohemia Obscura could be counted on throughout the year. Now let's see this imported!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a clear body and moderate effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam with decent retention.

Smell: malty aroma with a bit of caramel and a big of bready/biscuity flavor. Not my favorite, but decent and pretty clean.

Taste: malty with a fair bit of caramel and a tiny hint of chocolate. The bready and biscuity character from the aroma is much more subdued here. More of a dark lager than a Vienna lager, I'd say, but overall quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a surprising creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and drinkable lager, and while it may not be quite stylistically accurate, I quite like it. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is a light amber, more brown thatn head with about 2 fingers of very light tan. The retention was pretty good as well the lacing.

The aroma is light with some malts right on the front, but there is a little skunk to it that doesn't make it very appealing.

The taste is very malty throughout with lots of tea on the front and just sweetness on the end.

Mouthfeel is decent, ok drinkability.

Its decent but nothing I drink in the US, and while on vacation probably wouldn't drink this in the hot sun either.

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Photo of FLima
3.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While living in Mexico a long time ago, Bohemia was one of my favorites, though I am not sure whether they had this Obscura version at the time.
Brown caramel color with a thick beige head with a relatively short retention and leaving laces.
Creamy light aroma with notes of caramel, nuts, milky chocolate and raisins.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, toasted malts, prunes, coconut, tea, hazelnut and minerals. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Nice surprise from a mass company. Good Vienna Lager, it is not just caramel notes, it carries the demanded complexity for that style. Still it is somewhat bland but very pleasant and sessionable.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with a tanned head. Nothing interesting about the look, and the foam is poor. No lacing from this bottle.

Nose is too clean, with a slight skunkiness. Malts are caramelized but only just faintly. Maybe an herbal tea note. Weak.

Same for the flavor. Malt drives the flavor but there isn't a lot. Toasted notes, some black tea, hint of diacetyl, and carbonation notes. Body is light and overcarbonated, finish is super fast.

Hints of hazelnut and coffee save this from being really bad, but it's not far off. Fortunately it's not cloyingly sweet like some other Cuauhtemoc brews...

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Photo of HalfFull
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle up to the green tinged rim of a traditional Mexican hand shaped glass. This 'Bohemia Obscura', or 'dark' beer easily won Best of Show for my trip to what I otherwise expected to be a beer wasteland in Puerto Vallarta.

Beer pours a deep copper amber with a half inch of light bubbly off-white head. Retention and lacing are present but thin. Smells of lightly sweet caramel malts with a bit of woody hops.

Tastes of smooth malts with nutty caramel and lingering coffee undertones. Feel is quite nice. The light coffee sticks around in the finish and is met with some malts for a balanced close. Not very sweet and light on the tongue with just the right amount of carbonation. Easy drinking. Dark and reasonably complex yet smooth, making it well suited for the typical weather of its homeland.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle picked up at a local shop in Tulum. Continuing my exploration of Mexican beers, in the hopes that I'll find something I like.

Pours a deep amber with an orange tint. Clear, with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is quite faint. Toasted malts, a bit of hazelnut, and a touch of coffee. Not bad, but pretty light on the aroma.

Taste is good. Nice malt base, with some light plum flavors, brown sugar, and a mild nutty presence. Finish brings a mild bitterness that lightens it. I like it.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, rather buoyant in the mouth, like it's expanding once it hits my tongue. Medium carbonation that's pretty persistent - mostly big bubbles that bounce on the tongue. Works well for this beer.

A pretty good beer, all things considered. So far, it's the best of the local options I've had. I'll continue exploring other Mexican beers, but I suspect I'll come back to this one.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.14/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I wouldn't classify it as a Vienna Lager, unlike its Dos Equis sister, it is definitely a dark amber/black and qualifies for the name "Obscura".

Pleasant appearance, but unfortunately a brutal corn syrupy aroma. The higher alcohol content (as compared to most Mexican beers) deepens the flavour profile, which has some maltiness along with the fundamental sweetness and over-riding corn adjuncts. What a shame hops don't seem to have made it south of the border. However there is an underlying slight bitterness to the finish, so this beer is actually growing on me as I finish it...

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

*300th Review*

A bunch of numbers are on the bottle, but there are a few separate ones that read "11 2013", so I assume that means drink by November. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy brown with about a finger of a tan-ish head. The head doesn't last long, and the beer only leaves a slight ring around the glass. Patchy lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains. Traces of some sort of dark fruit like plum or raisin. Doesn't seem to be of the highest quality, but it doesn't smell bad.

Taste: The dark fruit sort sweetness is on the front, and then the rest is some slightly roasted malt to take away from some of that sweetness. There's no real bitterness in this beer, but that malt character does help to keep this from being cloying. On some sips I pick up a faint metallic note, but I'd rather have that over skunkiness any day, which this beer doesn't have. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, with just a little bit of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is just alright. Highly forgettable. The thing that gets me about this beer is the pretentious bottle -- wrapped in foil as if this is a really rare treat. I'd not be opposed to having it again, but it's just too "blah" for me to warrant ever buying it.

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Photo of Gatch
4.04/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorite dark Mexican beers. Easy to drink, great flavor and feel, and something I search out now when I'm buying beer in Mexico. It has become my go-to dark beer surpassing Negra Modelo.

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Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - dark copper color/deep amber color, clear, with about a finger and a half of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - a little malty smelling, sweet, and maybe a little bit of a nut type of smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - it has a bit of a roasted or smoked quality. It actually tastes a lot like some of the beers that I had in Bavaria, but much darker "tasting". Basically more filling. The texture itself is very well-balanced though. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall - not a very perplexing beer to taste, but still interesting and good.

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Photo of nukem5
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Day 7 in Mexico!
(All beer should be tasted from glassware but down here its hard glass is designed for drinking not smell and taste, 200ml glass.)

A: Nice and dark pour with sadly very little head and lacing!

S: little corn , little malts

T: sweet,malts and corn some hops? but not much.

M: Little bit flat butrich smooth not aggressively carbonated.

D: Very drinkable as all are when temps are over 100

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Photo of Myotus
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 26Oct15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and a half worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a line after 1 minute. Copper in color. Rising bubbles are medium-sized and are high in quantity. There is an abundance of tiny, white particles floating in the brew. Lacing is thin and moderate, but stays on the glass.
SMELL: Doesn't have a strong smell. There are subtle aromas of caramel malts and sweet bready malts.
TASTE: Mild caramel malt and sweet bready malt flavors enter initially. Subtle spicy hops and pale malts along with hints of bitter hops enter immidieately after as caramel flavors continue, but sweet bready malt flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: This was too good to come from Mexico.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite mexican beer, I wish the world would consider this as the beer from mexico and not corona. Pours deep amber, coppery, with red highlights. Aroma and taste are of vienna malts and bitterness is right for the style. Great beer.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.94/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Certainly the best beer from Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma, i know it as the caramel beer.

A: Dark amber color, small head of foam that contrasts with thier blackness, acceptable lacing;

S: Malt with notes of toffee and biscuit;

T: Sweet malt, with notes of nuts and chocolate;

M: Refreshing, high bitterness, medium body and high carbonation;

D: Is true that is uncomparable.

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Photo of tesguino
3.64/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A new beer from CCM, deepy red color almost like copper;

same graphics like its twin bohemia; new bottle; in general is a beer like casta premium or conmemmorativa 2006; i try with some seafood and bluecheese dip;

served on a pilsner glass; boiled hops and a malty aftertaste; round and large mouthfeel; good beer;

85% recommended.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This sure was a surprise.

It was not very long that I was talking with some friends about the sorry aspect of the Mexican beer scene, both macro and micro.

Now I find a new macro, and it's actually good.

Pours a dark amber, with an almos half inch (1 cm) tan bubbly head, with no lacing.

Smell is of lightly roasted malts, some yeast in the background.

Taste is crisp, as a lager should be; malty, really malty.

Mouthfeel is round, prone to the bitter side. Actually, this one and Casta Oscura have to be México's most bitter beers. Not a hop monster, really, but a nice afternoon beer when the thermometer was way over upper 90's most of the day.

Drinkability is high, but with a lot of care since a 5.5% ABV has to be taken seriously in my weather. I guess Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma has a winner here.


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Photo of nekronos
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes it is creamy somwtimes it is quite alcoholic. BUt it has softer aroma than the regular. It broke the myth of Bohemia being a dark one. It is malty in tste and I prefeer it over the other one. The quality is good but not exceptional. Let us say it is a potable beer in here.

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Photo of fido
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bohemia oscura pours a nice copper dark color; nice head and nice lacing; Smell of malts and maybe fruity aroma; Taste is of roasted malts and caramel; Nice carbonation, Refreshing and very,very drinkable brew.

I recommend this mexican beer.


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Photo of jazztoloc
2.29/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint from a 325ml bottle.

A: Translucent dark amber, small head and some thin lacing on the glass. Not a bad looking beer.

S: Smell is the greatest turn down in almost all mexican macros. People drink out of the bottle most of the time, but once you pour this beer into a glass, the semi rancid aroma steps up.

T: Light roasted malts, some dry wood and some sweetness. Finishes a little seet.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

D: As a macro, drinkability is high. This is a little bit more expensive than most of mexican macro beers, and could be the best of them. Very good to pair with spicy mexican food.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I just came back from Acapulco....and you might picture skunky beers as you picture myself lying on the beach at an insane 35ºC / 96.8ºF. doesn't have to be like that!

Poured the trademark Vienna copper color, with a bit more color depth than the average Viennas. Nice almost 1 inch head with a short life and, leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell was cool. Malt sweetness and notable hop scents make their way into your nose. It's not the best smelling ever....but it's the best thing I've ever smelled on a beach!!

The taste is awesome. Smooth sweetness, a very small hint of lemon and nuts going around. Hops are smooth and perfectly matched to the malts. Unlike Negra Modelo, it doesn't leave that unpleasant veggie aftertaste.

It's a light bodied beer but not that "bad" light. It's a perfect compliment for hot weather. The carbonation is right on the perfect spot.

Maybe it was the hot weather...but I really felt like drinking that 6 pack in an instant. Really, it's extremely drinkable.

Perfect choice. Screw overpriced coronas at the Mexican shores. Get a 6 pack from the local Wal Mart for $60 save money and get 6 delicious beers. This beats easily most other Cuahtemoc beers and Modelo beers. Remember, this is not the regular Bohemia, this one is Bohemia Oscura and has a silver seal on top instead of gold. Very recommended!

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Photo of schmidtn
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark beer color: amber. Head lasts only a few momements.

I drink this beer a lot when travelling in Mexico, but have never had it in a wine glass before. This is not recommended. It has the smell of a clean, but wet dog.

Taste is nice and malty, with a light European style hops on my tongue. Nice tasting beer. Better in a regular glass rather than a wine glass.

Lighter, heavy for a Mexican brew, but not as heavy as it appears. A small amount of malt lingers.

A tasty beer best consumed from the bottle or a glass where the aroma does not pool.

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Photo of Pexkool
2.98/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a reddish brown color with a little white head.

S - Malt, chocolate, barley, wheat, licorice.

T - Metallic taste with roasted malt and wheat. Alcohol and water and kind of a citric tones with bitter aftertaste.

M - High carbonation, crisp and bitter aftertaste. Leaves your mouth and back of your tongue dry and the bitterness makes you want another sip.

Overall, a good beer among all of the popular Mexican beers out there; one of the best but not for much. It's great for a dry and hot weather, like those in a typical Mexican summer. Highly recommended if you come to Mexico and want to taste something different and better than Corona.

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Bohemia Obscura from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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