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

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 20.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: tesguino on 08-20-2007)
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Photo of AdrianMendez
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

AdrianMendez, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

flagmantho, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of DavidPantsSmarty
4/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the prize winner of the Bohemia family in my opinion. It goes down smooth for a 5.5% and leaves your palette clean and ready for more. With its overtones of both caramel and toasted nuts, it combines well with its floral and slight metallic taste. If you enjoy a quality 'indio' (a darkish mexican beer) you need look no further. It has a very sweet scent, but its overall finish is very dry and flavorsome. Anyone whom has experienced their fair share of typical mexican beers knows that this is something that is often lacking. Though this is no craft beer, it hones craft beer elements and can be found in most drinking establishments at a slightly higher price than the usual suspects. I first encountered Bohemia Obscura at La Opera bar in Mexico City and it quickly became my go to beer after a long day. It's taste is far more augmented than the usual suspects over at the 15 peso bars that cloud up high volume areas like centro and zona rosa. Overall, when in Mexico, this is the perfect beer to drink when you are not lazing in the sun on the beach.
A quick observation: i have been told by a friend that Bohemia uses artificial colors and additives in it brewing process and that it will give you rather nasty hangover. Though i can advocate the former to be false nor true, i can say that i have yet to experience any kind of hangover from Bohemia Obscura, even at times drinking more than a dozen in one evening.

DavidPantsSmarty, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of eugeniogp
1/5  rDev -69.8%

eugeniogp, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Danobold
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Danobold, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of ncm45
4.5/5  rDev +36%

ncm45, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of ZachRusk
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

ZachRusk, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Xibalba
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Xibalba, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of USChuy
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

USChuy, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of hubster712
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

hubster712, May 23, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

jlindros, May 22, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +20.8%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of vr6corrado
4/5  rDev +20.8%

vr6corrado, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Pexkool
2.98/5  rDev -10%
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.

Pexkool, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Stew4106
3/5  rDev -9.4%

Stew4106, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

zeledonia, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of davidtarantino
3/5  rDev -9.4%

davidtarantino, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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...

BretSikkink, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Nerudamann, May 23, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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...

hopsolutely, May 06, 2011
Photo of schmidtn
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

schmidtn, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of edrachman
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up first day in Playa Del Carmen. it's the Frida Kahlo special edition, but pretty sure that's the label only.

Pours deep reddish amber with little discernible head, but plenty of lacing.

Strong malty smell, almost musty which almost overpowers anything else.

Malt is not as strong on the taste. Drinks surprisingly well with deep flavor, just a bit of generic flavor. Nothing really stands out.

Again, drinks well, both mouthfeel and drinkability are nice and will have a few more in the next few days.

edrachman, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

mdaschaf, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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 F...lol

nukem5, May 10, 2010
Photo of jazztoloc
2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

jazztoloc, Feb 26, 2010
Bohemia Obscura from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.