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Noche Buena - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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BA SCORE
77
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194 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002)
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Reviews by BasementBer:
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%

2011 edition

A: Clear yet with a mild body. pours a brownish scarlet hue.

S: Burnt sugar and caramel.

T: not so great, quite watery and not the aged taste yoid expect. but the lager makes it thin.

M: too thin, too light and slightly chemically tasting.

O: sadly this is revered as one of the best coming from mexico. so be it.

01-24-2012 04:00:26 | More by BasementBer
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +19.8%

Appearance - This beer poured a light brown in color and was very clear. It had a nice off-white head that showed good retention.

Smell - This one has a nicely toasted aroma and is very clean. I can also pick up some dark molasses which rightly completes the bouquet.

Taste - That has a big, hard-hitting molasses flavor without a hint of sugar. The malt base is firm and strong giving this beer a lot more heft than I expected.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied, flows easy in the mouth, and has enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Drinkability - I wouldn't say that this is a session beer but it is an easy drinker. It's light and refreshing but has powerful punch that demands respect.

PS: This may seem like a strange beer to pick for my 1,900th review, but I was down in Mexico City having celebrated the bicentennial and was working out the week at a car wash owned by a friend, actually there more to learn from his cooking techniques as they serve food at the car wash and he is an amazing chef. We cooked the night away and I kept my mouth from getting dry by drinking Noche Buenas and I have to say they made for quite the refreshing evening.

10-01-2010 01:17:36 | More by RoyalT
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

08-15-2012 04:07:50 | More by danthehopslamman
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Billolick

New York

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date/best before info.

Pours clear dark amber, medium tan head that quickly departs and leaves just a few bits of lace.

Nose is just faintly of some powdered sugar and dark malt.

Thin brew, with limited flavors being exposed to the palate. A hint of chocolate, caramel, and then a dry and as somebody mentioned, a metallic note to finish things off. Wasnt expecting a whole lot but still somewhat disappointed here.

Best thing I can say is that it worked fine as part of a marinade for chicken thighs...

11-28-2011 00:27:43 | More by Billolick
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LizLBHB

California

4.08/5  rDev +22.2%

This annual Mexican holiday brew is always a favorite. It is generally available November or December, but even then it is a little hard to find. Lightly spiced bock...though I would move it more towards a Vienna lager style. Worth smuggling a case north of the border ...sorry compadres de cerveza... you can't keep it all! Of course you can legally bring a couple up anyway!

01-22-2009 02:35:33 | More by LizLBHB
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hadlance

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

11-16-2012 18:22:00 | More by hadlance
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sigtau200ws

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

12-30-2011 02:24:11 | More by sigtau200ws
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BankerNes

California

5/5  rDev +49.7%

11-30-2011 19:23:06 | More by BankerNes
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Dizzy

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +11.7%

I sampled the 2006 edition from a bottle. I have some question to the style, I'm wondering if this is more of a Vienna Lager than a bock. It reminded me of Dos Equis Amber or Negra Modelo. Poured into a pint glass, seemed a light brown. Carmel malts seemed to be the whole flavor, I didn't notice any hop flavors. Medium bodied. Overall I liked this one, but I wouldn't seek it out.

02-19-2007 04:09:42 | More by Dizzy
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CmBanaszak


3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

01-12-2013 13:47:02 | More by CmBanaszak
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HoppySeb

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-07-2014 18:52:45 | More by HoppySeb
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.39/5  rDev +1.5%

One of the better mexican brews. Pours a deep auburn to caramel, minimal head, off white with little lace or retention. Aroma had cinammon and/or nutmeg, fit the season

Taste, not much for hops or carbonation, but was a smooth malt beer to make up for it, wouldn't call it a malt bomb by any means, but it is a nice alternative to really heavy winter ales. Caramel carries this beer. Wish it was a little more price friendly, but there is no denying it is up there with Negra Modelo in terms of quality.

07-30-2010 00:53:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-07-2014 04:51:14 | More by WVbeergeek
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hubster712

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-23-2012 17:54:53 | More by hubster712
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InfernoBoss

California

3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-07-2012 08:43:17 | More by InfernoBoss
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Melchizedek

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

Got a bottle of this shipped to me by dear (now dearer!) friends in Mexico City.

Pours a darkish brown, slightly bronze, with a rapidly dissipating, bubbly head (though I'm drinking from a glass that's been washed in very hard Berlin water, so I assume no beer is going to perform like it should, head-wise). Streaming, constant carbonation gives it a nice appearance.

Smells really quite nice, with a distinct bit of yeast, tea-like hop, and honey-cake malt sweetness - much more interesting than your average Mexican lager.

In the mouth, medium-light, softened by carbonation - easy-drinking. Balance in the flavor is nice enough, though it leans a bit to the sweeter, breadier side of things. A light and slightly citric, apple-skin bitterness is in there too, especially in the dry finish. Caramel and toffee in the woody aftertaste.

Not life-changing, but I'd certainly not turn it down. A solid amber brew, if not a true bock.

01-08-2008 20:40:03 | More by Melchizedek
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twowheelssoar

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

09-14-2012 11:23:19 | More by twowheelssoar
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

05-18-2012 21:32:07 | More by jheezee
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jtnelson40

Texas

4/5  rDev +19.8%

02-02-2012 05:25:49 | More by jtnelson40
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BeerZack

North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev -22.2%

2008 edition 12oz bottle
Clear chestnut amber or light brown color, hardly a thing ring of head.

Smells like a Dos XX amber. kinda skunky, bit of sweet bready malt, but mostly carbonic lager smell.

Taste is pretty lacking. A lot less taste than even the smell suggests. I'm guessing its the heavy carbonation that masks everything.taste is not sweet, just kinda weird. The g/f says it smells/tastes like vomit, but I don't think its quite that bad.

Heavy stinging carbonation, like sparkling water or soda feel.

On the scale of beer in general this beer ranks pretty low, but it's not that far from my expectations.

11-21-2008 04:04:37 | More by BeerZack
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HalfFull

California

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. New 2011 edition of this holiday brew. Pours a deep amber with a hint of copper, quite clear and with a half inch of tan foam. Retention is a bit brief, surrendering to a light cap in a few minutes.

Nose is clean though a bit thin. Touch of ruddy caramel, perhaps a bit of carob and a hint of roast. No real hop aroma but that's just as well given the light malt delivery. Taste is smooth and light, finishing with a lingering yet thin caramel. Roast appears briefly after the swallow along with a bit of spice. Overall certainly lighter in body than I anticipated but quite drinkable and with enough complexity to keep things interesting. Light caramel sweetness and spiciness on the finish with some hops emerging with warming.

12-01-2011 01:31:32 | More by HalfFull
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JamLand

Hawaii

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

06-29-2013 23:06:06 | More by JamLand
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Acforster2

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-29-2013 17:44:07 | More by Acforster2
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tvl89

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

02-19-2013 20:57:36 | More by tvl89
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Treyliff

West Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -11.7%

Took a bottle of this home from a Christmas party out of a holiday 24 pack.

A- Dark copper color with a reddish hue. Large light tan head that shrinks to a small layer that stays long after the pour. Good lacing stuk to the side of the glass.

S- Roasted malts and a sharp citrus smell from the hops. Also a strange metallic smell coming through on the nose, a little off puting and seems to overpower everything else.

T- Seems a little light for a bock. Slight citrus notes, buiscits, a little bit of chocolate, and an off puting metalic taste, simlilar to the smell. Finished slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is solid.

Seems solid in everything other than smell and taste. I don't know what to make of that. The pour was awesome, but that certain metallic taste and smell seemed to keep it from being a great beer.

12-23-2011 22:31:42 | More by Treyliff
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Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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