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

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

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002)
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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +19.8%

spycow, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +19.8%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -10.2%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little head on this one and no real lacing on a light amber with slight golden hues hazy body. Aroma is mild. Subtlety spicy and earthy. Flavor is more of the same with brown sugar and caramel malt intermixed.this one is Little flat to me with light carbonation and light body. Overall very drinkable and exactly what you would expect from a bock made on Mexico and actually not a terrible beer though.

kylehay2004, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a typical looking reddish brown color with a thin cream colored head on top. The head fades and doesn't leave too much on the glass. The smell of the beer had some dark malt aromas with a light element of spice in there. The taste was pretty decent actually. I enjoyed the beers hint of holiday flavor it had. The mouthfeel was drinkable and well carbonated. Overall this brew wasn't too bad.

Knapp85, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finishing my night with this beer. How appropriate, no? It pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light cocoa powder, graham crackers, and biscuits. The taste holds notes of caramel, light mandarin orange syrup, honey-dripped biscuits, and very light chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a mostly smooth feel, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, not a spectacular brew by any stretch, but a very drinkable, generally enjoyable one. Not bad.

TMoney2591, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish copper color, lasting tan foam, even ten minutes after the first pour. Spotty lace around the edges, long drippy trails as the glass is drained. Bright clarity.

Brown sugar and malt-o-meal cereal, not too far off from oatmeal.

Thin and watery, though there's a vague amount of flavor here. Flaked oats, nutty malts, though unfortunately there's a metallic twang to the finish. Nothing sweet here that would suggest a bock, though there are some vague caramel flavors. Dry, papery aftertaste, clean finish. Simple and easy drinking. Nothing groundbreaking. Worth a try, though Indio is a far better beer from this brewery.

emerge077, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a one-finger, egg-shell white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and somewhat roasty.

T - It tasted malty with toffee and caramel flavors. There was a slight roast character, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice bock. Seems different than most German bocks and less sweet than American ones.

zeff80, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of nickfl
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little trace on the glass.

S - light malt with a hint of caramel.

T - caramel and toffee malt up front that remains strong through the finish and combines with a touch of roast character in the finish.

M - medium body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - very drinkable, nothing complex, but inoffensive and about what you would expect from a mexican industrial bock.

nickfl, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

WVbeergeek, May 07, 2014
Photo of mactrail
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think this is just an adjunct lager with a little caramel coloring. If this is rated as a bock, it's pretty much at the bottom of the barrel. Back in the 1970s, we used to be happy to see this stuff around the holidays. It was dark, which made it special. But I also think that back in the day Noche Buena had a sweeter, slightly richer caramel taste.

This just tastes faintly of caramel malt and surprisingly bitter. Maybe with the price of hops the less-particular of the industrial brewers are using some rock bottom variety that gives a little bitter zing without breaking the budget.

The mouthfeel is quite spritzy and tastes like club soda. Dark amber color in the glass. The typical wet cardboard smell. From the bottle into a plastic cup at the neighborhood street celebration. At least I still have my memories.

mactrail, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku produces a two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head that even leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a deep amber, sort of root-beer looking color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, garnet color when held up to the light. The aroma smells spicy from a mx of hops and malt and there is an almost raisin like note towards the end; this last is contributed by the malt and really isn't fruit-like. The spiciness suggest cinnamon to me for some reason and now that I noticed that I am noticing that the hops definitely are contributing a berry-like character to the nose; that even smells a bit like concord grape juice.

Fairly dry up front, this picks up a faint sweetness as it rolls across the tongue, which accentuates a light, concord grape like flavor. Both the carbonation and a hop bitterness contribute a nice bite to this beer from beginning to end; this is almost the dominant note in this beer. The beer is quite clean, like one would expect from a lager, and finishes fairly non-descriptly with a faintly metalic, grassy combination of malt and hop. Clean malt contributes a touch of lightly accented umami malt character, a wisp of caramelized whole grain; this does manage to have a sort of diluted richness of malt character that a good bock would have and it works quite well here. Fairly light bodied, but still has a touch of viscousness that manages to linger a bit on the palate; the body is enough that this would stand up well to food. At times this has a sort of berry flavor to it, which nicely compliments the softly sweet malt character.

Not bad, and certainly better than Negra Modelo, I wish this beer was as ubiquitous as that when I went out to Mexican restaurants. While nothing to get overly excited about, this is a nicely enjoyable brew that I would be happy to be drinking as I am cooking food up in the kitchen, which is exactly what I happen to be doing at the moment.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Billolick, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Georgiabeer, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this at a Xmas party. At points, the label has a very similar look to that of Bohemia. It comes in a brown 12 ounce bottle, so...on to the beer:

It's got an amber brown color with lasting head and solid formation of lace sticking around. The nose has a little toffee, also some stale malt. Flavor is meh towards the begining; light amounts of toffee crisp, caramel, bread, and a kiss of hops. As the beer warms up these flavors intensify and overall becomes sweeter. This bolder flavor matches well with the mouthfeel which is surprisingly fuller than I thought, and rather smooth.

Here's a sleeper from a Mexican brewing giant. It's a step up from Dos Equis Amber, but Noche Buena is only around during the winter season.

DoubleJ, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.54/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet corn, light caramel and a grassy hop.

The flavor likewise featured a sweet adjunct with some deep earth tones and cleaned up with a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent bock. A nice surprise.

plaid75, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it sets in the glass a transpicuous mahogany color with a substantial light tan head that is semi-creamy in texture with a fine veil of lace to obscure the glass. Sweet malt nose with light hints of caramel, clean and crisp with the front sweet and lightly malted, top is thin in its feel. Finish has a moderate carbonation and the hops apropos to the style with the aftertaste being dry, drinkable, but a bit thin waisted for me. A new beer for me from Mexico, just when I think I've had them all, received this one at the "Strong Ale Fest Beer Swap".

Gusler, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass - thanks jess!

Pours a clear caramel brown color with some slightly brighter auburn and burnt orange hues. A thick beige head bubbles up, retaining well with patchy lacing on the glass.

Some toasted malts with grain and faint caramel sweetness. Light suggestions of dark fruit such as dates, and a touch of soapiness.

Fairly soft up front with some toasted malts and caramel. Touches of fruit sweetness and burnt sugar, but very faint. Very subdued flavor in general, to be honest.

Medium body, nice carbonation, slightly creamy and smooth on the tongue. A pretty boring bock flavorwise, although it looked and felt pretty nice.

xnicknj, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

It pours a medium brown with a light tan, good lacing and retention.

The aroma is lots of spice with caramal.

The taste is light overall, not what you would think. Mouthfeel is ok, drinkability is ok.

jrallen34, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber color with a frothy off-white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Nose is caramel maltiness and floral hops with a little bit of sweet herbal character.

Nice little floral hop kick with a fair amount of toasty-caramel malt. I dont think there is any spice additions, but the interaction of the herbal hop and toasted malt gives it almost a nutmeg/cinnamon character that fits well with the beer. I am glad to see a Mexican brewery delve into the seasonal beer market. Body is fairly light and it drinks really easy. I am contemplating picking up another 12-pack of this before Christmas rolls around, especially at less than 15 bucks...Im fairly impressed!

twiggamortis420, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.