Noche Buena - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
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4.8/5 rDev +43.7%
This may favorite winter beer
Appearance: Good cling, good cream compact foam
Smell: Mature Caramel malt and a little bit toasted bread
Taste: Great balance between caramel malt and bitterness (sweet and bitter)
After taste: grain, caramel and a little bit coffee note.
04-17-2010 14:33:45 | More by AlexCorleone
4.78/5 rDev +43.1%
I too am a sucker for mexican beers so i was at cotco and picked this one up. It comes in a 24 pack along with dos equis lager regular. It was exceptional .. I think i am a fan of cuauhtemocs dark beers they brew because this is the 3rd best beer ive had from here. Dark but smoooth !!!
12-24-2010 04:16:53 | More by atorres600
4.75/5 rDev +42.2%
Look: Very dark copper color, creamy foamy head with a finger thick, good lacing; Smell: Floral hops and pumpkin; Taste: Smoked malt, floral hops, molasses ad pumpkin, the flavor pumpkin predominant by far; Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, high bitterness, high carbonation, robust body; Drinkability: My favorite beer for Christmas.
01-25-2010 20:27:31 | More by roddwolff
4.5/5 rDev +34.7%
I was finally able to get a 12pack in Monterrey a
few months ago had heard about it for years + the
price couldn't be beat either 55 pesos (about 5$)
which is cheaper than even Tecate!
Taste is excellent (like all GOOD mexican beers -
of which most are) you don't need lime/salt and I
like it being on the strong side 5.9% which makes
for a change from my everyday fave Indio which is
also distributed by Cerv. Cuauthemoc, this one is
a bit of a bock, a bit of an amber. Good hybrid!!
IMO it's best to enjoy during the holidays though
it'll be 100 tomorrow (well later today) so gonna
enjoy them as cold as my fridge can be (unless 2+
of y'all can convince me to keep my last precious
3 for summer drinking)
04-10-2008 06:31:21 | More by marc956
4.43/5 rDev +32.6%
A dark amber colored pour into a mug. With the kind of aroma in the nose that meant good beer, some 18 years ago, when I first sampled this Mexican holiday classic. A delicious presentation from start to finish. Wonderfully drinkable, with expert balance between malts and ample hops support.
First created in 1920, this is an outstanding example of Christmas bock... if only you are fortunate enough to find it.
11-19-2010 23:16:22 | More by thebeerdoctor
4.28/5 rDev +28.1%
Perhaps you have been a little unjust with this beer. IT is really a good beer, seassonal, and I understand it maybe because it is a little tiring. BUt once a year it is nice. The foam is a little, but the hops are really present, the aroma and the flavor say so.
09-15-2005 16:32:28 | More by nekronos
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
4.05/5 rDev +21.3%
Since this beer is a seasonal, I feel it's OK to make a new review, now on the 2005 version.
First things first: Checked in the site of the brewers and, yes, this one is a bock, not a Munich Dunkel.
The story on the Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma site states that the homesick German brewers hired to start-off a brewery at the beggining of the 20th century made small batches of this brew for themselves. Soon they had to brew some more for guests, and then went into full blown yearly production due to success.
Pours a nice dark reddish, with a tan head and small lacing.
Smell is malty and you can even notice some hops.
Taste is fresh and crisp, as the lager it is. You can also sense the maltiness and a little carbonation. Just a little.
Aftertaste is lightly bitter, maybe the hoppiest Mexican beer I can recall. Just wait a minute you hopheads. Nothing to make a fuzz. Just some hop bitter aftertaste to make keep malts on check. Nice, though.
This is another beer that I miss all year long. Too bad Christmas comes only once a year. Anyway, the waiting is worthy.
11-30-2005 06:55:24 | More by Pepeton
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
4/5 rDev +19.8%
This beer is a seasonal brew and only comes out during the Holidays. It is in par with what I think is the best Mexican beer; Bohemia.
A- The head is about 1 finger and lingers enough to get the first couple of drinks.
B- Aroma is good and pleasant.
c- Taste is better than expected. Especially if the only thing you have ever had is Tecate or Corona which is nothing more than the Bud and Coors of Mexico.
I look forward to drinking this when in Mexico during the Holidays. Maybe that is the aura that surrounds this beer. The fact that it is the Christmas beer.
02-20-2011 01:33:18 | More by hevbus
Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.