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

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198 Ratings
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Ratings: 198
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | 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 RoyalT
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this while on vacation in Mexico during the first week of December 2009 and finally found my tasting notes after misplacing them during a move.

This is the 2009 version of this beer, just as an FYI....

A- Poured a reddish color with dark amber hues in the backround. There wasn't much head retention or lacing that was clinging to my glass either. Overall an unspectacular looking beer, but definitely not the worst look out there. Very nice label with the poinsettia logo and the foil on the neck is always a nice touch.

S- I found this to be quite sweet smelling...obviously due to the malts used. Other than this, it smelled of grains and the overall aroma was mild. I didn't notice any real hop bitterness but I wasn't really expecting to either with this style and all.

T- The beer was rich and malty sweet overall, and I did pick up some fruity hints that were slightly tropical, like banana. There was also a certain floral note to it that I couldn't really pick out a specific to relate it to, but it was there. Decent bitterness on the finish and I found it clean tasting for a darker beer.

M- Found this to have a light body to it with heavy carbonation to scrub the palate clean. The alcohol was well hidden as well.

D- Very easy to drink beer...I thought it was light enough to enjoy with a spicier dish, and there isn't a lack of chili pepper in Mexico! It has enough flavor to have on its own and I find that this is a very similar beer to Negra Modelo....very decent!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of AlexCorleone
4.8/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.75/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jrallen34
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's that time of the year again, and we get this beer again. If I didn't give it a shot, then i'd have to wait another year....

Sexy looks, brown mahogany with an off white foam that sticks around for a while.

Smells a nice balance of malts and hops, but nothing special..

Taste is the same, some sweetness and perfectly balanced. Yet again, not quite special though. Somewhat astringent aftertaste.

Very bubbly, lots of carbonation.

It's not a big deal, but it's very damn enjoyable, and considering it comes from a macro (with macro pricing)...it's actually good. For less than $10usd a 12-box.... there's no room for complaints.

Photo of LizLBHB
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BeerZack
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of marc956
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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)

Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle courtesy of fly. Thanks!
Pours a clear maroon color with a medium sized beige head. Smell is toasty caramel like malt. Taste is nutty and toasty flavored malt with a hint of bitterness. Medium bodied and pretty decent actually for what I expected. Flavor ist still on the thin side, but not bad.

Photo of Melchizedek
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of super1chicken
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Some friends in Mexico City turned me on to this beer on my last visit. Its seasonal and more of a traditional Mexican / Vienna Lager (like Dos Eques & Negro Modelo). What struck me the most is the yeasty aroma. Being a home brewer it was refreshing to get that smell from a commercial bottled beer. I found the beer quite drinkable and a nice break from the other standard beers in one gets in Mexico.

And no need to worry, any bartender in Mexico knows better than to put a damn lime in a beer!

Photo of Dizzy
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hunteraw
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very well presented bottle, great seasonal appeal, although it's a shame that the cap underneath the foil is blank. Looks like carbonated iced tea in the glass, very pretty. Appealing appearance and aroma. Aroma is mostly malt, a hint of hops tucked away in the back. A touch of sweetness, resolving to a mild hops finish. Maybe a little too much carbonation... I feel like some flavors might be being hidden by the bubbles. Not a whole lot of depth in the flavor department, but nothing to complain about either. Crisp finish, very drinkable. Probably the best Mexican macro out there.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice munich malt aroma. Just a little hint of hops.

Brown and clear with a nice tan head.

Sweet malt flavor is dominant but there's good hop bitterness. Very light hop flavor in the aftertaste.

Flavor is bock-like but body and mouthfeel are pretty watery for that style.

Not a bad beer and probably one of the better ones from Mexico. But not a particularly exciting beer either.

Photo of Pepeton
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

¡Salud!

Photo of tesguino
3.98/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the only seasonal beer of the macro´s;a dark lager beer full bodied, smell roasted and caramel malts, well ballanced, for this its color, low in fermentation, good off course with holiday mexican food (tamales, stuffed turkey) enjoy direct from the bottle or in a goblet; this beer is the most beautiful creations of its brewery, it creates nostalgia all the year until is obtained it at the end of autumn; 100% recommended.

Photo of nekronos
4.28/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

2003 Vintage.

This dunkel lager poured a clear, iced-tea brown color with tan, creamy foam that settled. The smell was malty with a hint of biscuit. The taste was malty with some biscuit and a very light sweetness overall. There was a touch of caramel with a light hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium body and low carbonation feel. This was a decent lager. Thanks to Borrachito for this one.

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malty, caramel and toast. A medium bodied Vienna. Malts are nutty and very slightly sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. A crisp and clean beer. It may be a bit watery, but its certainly a nice Mexican beer. It would be a good beer for a warm summer day, to bad it’s a Christmas Beer…. I do like this beer though. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, but rounded. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this as a gift from BA Borrachito at the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port on 6 December. Really wasn't sure what this beer would turn out like. Turned out it was quite unremarkable.
This Mexican brew had a clear ochre color and a fairly good-sized bubbly off-white head. The head quickly shrank down to a skim despite the lively carbonation. The smell was a blend of earthy malts and some corn syrup with a rather unappealing lightly sulphurous aroma. The taste was a listless mix of caramel and grainy malt flavors with a vague hops bite in the finish. The feel was thin and watery.
This beer really isn't much to get excited about. It's basically a boring, not-quite-average dark lager.

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -9.9%
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".

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Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.