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

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Reviews: 89
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Mexico

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.14/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a winter season beer in Mexico and it is different every year, It would be great if this were all year available but no, stock goes fast, beer drinkers buy boxes to store at home. (187 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No doubt the best beer produced in Mexico (with Negra Modelo being second with a bit of distance between the two). Wish it was available all year round but then it wouldn't be this special. A must try during the holidays! (221 characters)

Photo of SofuSubarashi
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To clarify, I am giving my opinion on the new Bohemia version of Noche Buena.

First of all, let me say I am not sophisticated enough to truly comment on the look and smell. I mostly prefer to drink my beer from the bottle, but for this review I poured it in a glass.

I love Christmas beers. Noche Buena pours out the same color as the beautifully eye pleasing bottle. It looks dark cold, and promising. The gold foil brings with it a sense of festivity and grandness.

As I savor the aroma I detect the distinct odor of well...beer.

Not much of a fan of hoppy, piney and skunky beers, I seem to prefer lagers, high end and flavorful, but Lagers.

Noche Buena Bohemia delivers full flavor and a very satisfying delivery with something I love in my beer, a clean but strong finish.

We all have our regular go to beers, this one is a notch above like Christmas is a notch above a regular day. It adds a special dimension that makes the moment a bit more special. Christmas is not a day for any old beer.

I am NOT saying it's the best beer I ever had, simply that they pack a lot of fullness and flavor in a beautifully wrapped little bottle, and in a perfect balance for me. Merry Christmas! (1,196 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass from a local brewery in Cabo San Lucas. I recall drinking this beer before my craft days, thinking that it was some sort of dark god. How times have changed. This reddish brown concoction may stand out a bit in a landscape of yellow fizzy beach brews but is an average bock at best, below average truth be told. Does show some light tan head but with a curiously fizzy thin body and an aroma that is strangely alcohol-forward, boozy and medicinal rather than richly sweet and fruity, although I do get a whiff of cherry cough syrup. The flavor is devoid of clear roasted or chocolate elements. There are some cherry, sultana raisin, and peach notes poking out here and there along with a brown sugar backbone that somehow manages to underperform compared to a brew like Negra Modelo. I am having to pay too much attention to taste the fruit notes and I'm simply not getting the big dark molasses flavor others are claiming. Like a Mexican Shiner Bock. Finish is on the grainy and medicinal side. Its not awful but I think I'll refrain from buying a 12-pack next time. (1,099 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a good, solid bock-type lager, quite enjoyable with pizza.

Brown copper, it has a big pale tan head slowly shrinking.

Aroma caramelised barley, caramelised bread crust, yeast, pine crust, woody herb, hint sulphur.

Taste is nice, sweet toffee, caremlised bread, hint of wine up front, drier toasty finish, light leafy-woody finish. It has a bit of a basic, mass-produced quality but it is very good, full-bodied in character and very enjoyable. (454 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.62/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of gpogo
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A- Clear dark red amber body with a light tan foam cap.

A- Caramel and biscuity malt aroma.

T- Grainy sweet caramel flavor. Light balancing bitterness. Some phenolic flavors that makes the caramel flavor taste somewhat sweeter and old. Mostly clean finish with a sweet phenolic seat belt taste. Actually the aftertaste reminds me somewhat of non set jello.

M- Medium body, low to medium carbonation.

D- An ex left me this beer. It was better than I expected. Don't fear drinking this, but don't seek it out. (511 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the beer pours a dark brown color with red tints, the head was off white and reduced to a filmy layer.

It smells of caramel and spice with a slight metallic scent, the aroma is pretty good. It tastes similaar but with mre metallic flavor, I also tasted more caramel and some light grassy hops. The beer has a light feel with plenty of carbonation and a slightly dry-lingering finish.

I was very impressed with this beer, mostly because the store by my house sells it for $3.99 a six-pack. (491 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a deep copper color with a modest cap of foam that dissipated quickly. Sweet grain and tobacco in the aroma. More sweetness on the palate, too much. Some bready notes mix it up until the beer moves into a vacant center and finishes with a touch of bitterness and metallic twang.

Not the best bock out there, but not bad for south of a south of the border bock. (373 characters)

Photo of DenverLogan
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle...poured in small tulip glass.
Copper brown color. Small head.
Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, caramel, tobacco.
Significant carbonation...modest mouthfeel.
Flavors of medium sweet malts, minerals, citrus, water. More malt than light Mexican beer have, certainly, but light compared to Christmas - Holiday beers, or as it says "Estilo Bock." All in all, compared to the big beers I drink I would call this a session brew with slight caramel malt body. (463 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (390 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is difficult to grade.

#1- If compared to other Mexican macro beers, it would be one of the best of class.

#2 - If compared to American adjunct style Bocks (i.e. Shiner Bock), it would be slightly better than average.

#3 - If compared to German style Bocks, it would be sub-par.

Since the price was relatively low, I'm going to compare i to category #2.

Smells just like Shiner Bock but with maybe a tint of more hops.

Very attractive in the glass. Nice brown with purple and orange undertones. Perfectly clear with a white, quickly disappearing head.

Flavor is fairly sweet but with a dryer finish. A little bit of hops. A very little bit of spices. Some metallic/adjunct notes that distract from the final product.

Medium mouthfeel. Relatively smooth with appropriate carbonation.

This beer is respectable but not great.

One last note --- this beer is brewed in one of my favorite cities, Monterrey, NL, Mexico. (933 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.12/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Clear amber with fizzy one-finger head which dissolved quickly. Surprisingly sturdy rings of lacing.

S - Mild aroma of lightly toasted grains and lager yeast.

T - Dextrin sweet graininess forward, with some spicy pilsner-esque hops taking over in the finish, also adding the slightest hint of fruitiness. A pasty taste starting in the mid-palate suggests the presence of adjuncts. Not offensive, but not good either.

M - Light bodied, with prickly carbonation. Appropriate for the taste profile. Probably the best thing about this beer.

O - Mild, inoffensive, and unimpressive. Definitely not a good representation of the style. Adjunct/dextrin tastes spoil what may have had some potential. (747 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, brown colored lager with an amber glow. Thick bubbles of carbonation stream upward from the bottom of the glass. The foam is off-white, about a half-inch thick to start, holding nice as a thin film never completely dissipates. Clean, mild aroma with a light doughy sweetness. It's nice but faint, and I would like to get a bit more from it.

The taste has a light bready zest, with a hint of fruit. Subtle bitterness at the back. Not much to be real thrilled about. It's all a bit watered down and ultimately doesn't hold my attention for long. Medium body, average carbonation. Tastes mild in alcohol strength.

Overall a decent Bock beer, nothing special but relatively well made. (690 characters)

Photo of 1234Jack
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

smells clean in glass, malt.

red brown amber color through glass, filtered.

lacing is fine, head is not super prominent.

taste is sugary sweet, malty.

crisp on tongue.

no hop taste or smell that i can really detect...

This is an ok beer, but the overly sugary aftertaste detracts for me. Makes me think adjunct. (319 characters)

Photo of beershrine
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reads 5.4% by Vol. on bottle. I have not seen this beer in the stores since the early 80's back then it was one of the best on store shelves. We used to go out of our way to buy this malty beer. I paid $13.99/12pk today oh well...

Appearance- is average deep brown and clear. Pours and holds a good head.
Smell- whisp's of alcohol and caramel
Taste- first taste was cheap alcohol, adjuct grain or sugar then malt finish
mouthfeel-First sip bites you a little, after that it gets a little smoother, finish is dry.
Overall- ok, I put in the american bock catagory not horrible but not of a german breed.
I think its a Dos EquisXX Amber with some boost added to it. It tastes like that exactly.
One of the best beers from mexico
Cheers! (734 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark, copper-red color and sports a thick, sticky head. Fair malt scent; bright and musty. Decent if unspectacular malt flavor; some caramel; slightly bitter. Clean, dry finish, medium-light body.

A reasonably drinkable, flavorful bock beer. Nothing out of the ordinary but worth a try. (300 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear darker amber, light-light bubbles on the body. Head is off-white maybe half a finger's length. After a sip settles slightly uneven lacing.

Smell: Light hop scent, nothing here that you haven't smelled before.

Taste: Here is where it gets a little interesting. I say that in regards you don't see a lot of Latin countries attempt a bock. It comes off lightly malty and maybe a notch sweet. Light hop bitterness that makes it really easy to drink.

Mouth: Smooth, comes off with a toasty finish with its medium carbonation.

Overall: I hate to make promises but this one is at minimum satisfying. Not great not bad, but compliments any meal regardless of style. Drink up fellas (and ladies), Salud! (746 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a flute

A - It is dark amber colored with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head.

S - The aroma is sweet. It has some caramel and toffee.

T - The taste matches the smell. It is sweet caramel and toffee.

M - Moderate

O - This is one of the least offensive beers that I have had out of Mexico. It drinks easy and the taste is okay. I'd put it with Negro Modelo. (406 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear mahoghany colour with a some sparse foam and lace. graininess on the nose with some cocoa and nougat aromas...hints of caramel and ripe fruit, too. smells nice enough. the flavour profile is a touch light in the shorts...it has crisp notes of bock related maltiness...some herbal and spice hop nuances. it notches just above a dark lager, but falls a bit short of seeming like a full fledged bock. the mouthfeel is crisp and a touch metallic, with an overall medium light body. it blurs the line between trying to be easily drinkable and full flavoured.

overall this isn't bad, but nothing really stands out as being special. therefor it falls a bit short of being worth seeking out. glad i got my bottles for free. (735 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours out clear dark brown with red hues when held to the light. Head is nice, thick, and with decent retention. Not too much lacing on this one. The nose is grainy with a mix of citrus and floral hops and solid malt backbone. Extremely light on flavor. A little bit of grains and a little bit of metal. Hops are almost nonexistent and the malts have vanished. Mouth feel is watery at best with hints of carbonation. This beer went downhill fast. Never will I buy this again. (475 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of crossovert
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 edition. gold-foiled 355ml bottle.

It pours a clear reddish brown with a creamy off-white head.

The smell is actually not too bad. It smells like noble hops and some pleasant carmally malts.

The flavor is more of a disappointment, it shows is Mexicaness. It has a it of metal, herbal notes form the hops, some muddled sweetness, and overall not that great. (365 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (402 characters)

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