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

Not Rated.
Noche BuenaNoche Buena

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
79
okay

89 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 89
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (38) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 89 | Hads: 208
Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Efes tulip. 2011 vintage. Pour seems quite still. Zero lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel crossed with overripe banana. Mouthfeel is thin and taste is not offensive but really nothing exciting. Reminds me of a stale Yuengling more than a bock. Like a flat amber instead of a bock. Easy to drink, just not enjoyable. (339 characters)

Photo of EnJeiBee
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured with a transparent amber hue with almost no head whatsoever

S - The scent is of toffee and caramel malts, but there is also a faintly skunky scent at the end

T - The taste follows the nose quite closely, but introduces faint earthy hops to the mix. They're subtle, but there. However, I can't tell if the earthyness is from the hops or if the brew is slightly skunky in general.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O - It's definitely a middle of the road, easy drinker. There is absolutely nothing about it that stands out as overly bad or good. (581 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
2.33/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 bottle.

A: Poured into a beer mug. Very clear dark coppery amber, not a lot of head, little retention and no lacing.

S: Slightly metallic, a bit of grain and burnt sugar. Smells weak but like a bock.

T: Mildly sweet caramel and burnt sugar, dry corn and grain, metallic aftertaste and just a hint of esters.

M: Thin and watery, thin carbonation. Bitter (but not from hops) finish, fairly dry.

O: Drinkable when icy cold, but really not a very good beer. It doesn't seem much different than Dos Equis Amber. (516 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (335 characters)

Photo of diamondc
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Limited edition.

A: Looks good, lots of head and lacing.

S: Stale coffee, toffee, hot nuts.

T: Toasted malts, brown sugar, some decent bitterness at the end.

M: A bit of a metallic aftertaste. Gets a bit too corn syrupy towards the end. Not offensive though.

O: Decent, just barely good. (301 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear deep amber in color, with a large, dense cream-colored head, with excellent retention. Thick, sticky lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Toasted and dark caramel malts dominate, although they seem subtle.

Taste: Opens with toasted, nearly burnt malts, soon followed by a wave of earthy hop notes. The hops linger throughout the taste, along with the malt, each complimenting the other, like strands of pearls twined together. Finishes with a slight, lingering metallic note and a late wave of toasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: I was a fan of this beer years ago, before I discovered craft beer and BeerAdvocate, enjoying it every Christmas season when it was to be had. After that, it disappeared, until this year. Alas, it is not as glorious as I remembered it to be, but then, what is? Still, I cannot help but like it, as it recalls pleasant memories of bygone days.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, and a foil-wrapped neck, served in a standard Pilsener glass. (1,104 characters)

Photo of thekanna
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber color with fizzy, tan head that dissipates quickly.
S: sweet malt character with some corn thrown in there for good measure
T: slightly sweet malts, grainy with a lightly toasted taste. Medium carbonation with large bubbles. Honestly, not all that bad. (267 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Friend gave me on to try. Thanks Jay!

A -Light pekoe tea color, small ring style head. Not much lace, but present.

S - Very disappointing. Adjunct. Stale.

T - Ok. Light malt, nothing really special. Easy to drink.

M - Light bodied, good carb, fine finish.

D - Serve cold with lots of spicy Mex food! (304 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Vintage 2011 which means this awful beer has been made for many years and I have no idea why that is.

Look: Dark amber color with 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Smells the same as every other Mexican beer. Awful

Taste: This one has a bit of caramel that disguises the dirty mexican water taste but its still bad

Mouthfeel: Thin and lightly carbonated

Overall: Yet another bad beer that the mass populous love (421 characters)

Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Clear reddish brown body with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer relatively quickly. Euro hop aromas, appropriate for a bock. Biscuit malt flavor. Hops aren't as strong in the taste as I would like.

I can't really say I'm a fan of this beer. It's not bad, but not something I plan on drinking again. (362 characters)

Photo of bens0n
3.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish ruby color with a small amount of foamy light tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smell wise it smells bready just like any other bock. Nothing too special or memorable but still pretty balanced nothing hoppy or funky.

Flavor wise it lines up with the smell... nothing festive but still a worthy bock with a toasty bready flavor.

Its a decent thickness with low carbonation, goes down smooth. Easily a sessioanble beer even though its 6% abv. (474 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never even heard of or seen this beer before. It randomly fell into my lap last week after it was left in the backyard cooler from our Xmas party. There were 2 left, so I decided to crack em'.

Note: I drank them both from the bottle so I can't really give a good assessment of the appearance, so i'll just average it based on the other aspects...blah blah blah.

S: Like a German Bock (surprisingly) - sweet and malty, bready with a hint of grassy hop in there as well.

T: Where did the nice malt and hint of hops go??? Like a standard Mexi-Beer but a hint of brown sugar and toasted grain.

M: Standard, slightly less than fizzy, session beer.

O: Unfortunately the nose is the only thing with German influence in this one. Don't get me wrong, being born and raised in SD, I have a major weakness for Mexi-Beer and this one really just is a good Mexi-Beer, and not much more. Right up there, and maybe even nicer, than Victoria (another Mexican classic). I could drink these all night and with an ABV of 5.9% I might actually catch a buzz which isn't easy to do with most Mexi-Beers. (1,088 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (816 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Rumpole
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, this is the first I've heard tell of this stuff, found it in a holiday variety 24-pack along with both types of Dos Equis. It is light bodied for the style, which is what you'd expect from a Mexican dark. It's very close to rival Negra Modelo; this is a little richer and roastier, the Negra Modelo a little lighter and finishes a bit cleaner. If you like Mexi-darks, you'll like this just fine. It, or an equivalent dark from this brewer, ought to be available year-round, I'm somewhat surprised they don't really have anything to counter the Modelo unless it's Christmas season. While we're at it, this brewer really needs to get the Bohemia in 12-packs. A very drinkable and pleasant Mexi-dark. (718 characters)

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2011 edition. This pours a brownish color with a short lived white head. The smells are light, some malts, caramel and toffee. The feel is medium to light. Taste is similar to smell light toffee malts, a little bitterness and carbonation at the end. (295 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich mahogany with an off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a ring around the edges. There is no lacing. The beer smells slightly caramel and malts. Tastes of faint spices with a malt presence. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I wanted to rate this beer higher, but there's just not that "outstanding" thing in it I'm looking for, other than good memories of times spent in Mexico. So consider this a sentimental favourite. I do like the taste, and if I could find it here in six or twelve packs, I'd drink it a lot. Unfortunately I could only find single bottles. (670 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (638 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (778 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Rich and clean Mexican beer smell.

Beautiful red orange appearance

It went downhill with the taste. It's as devoid of substance as a keystone.

The mouthfeel is bubbly, like champaign. It feels artificially carbonated. If you like bubbly water, you might like this.

Speaking of bubbly water, it tastes watered down.

I found myself just waiting for this beerish drink to be over. (383 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
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... (547 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Christmas Beer session in my tasting notebook.

Poured into a standard pint glass, appears brown-tinted amber with a light single finger of loose head that falls down to a loose rim of foamy scum in about two minutes, body is lighter and carbonation is quite lively on the tongue. Aroma has this grassy herbal feel that also contains hints of cinnamon and spice spread over the top of a lightly toasted caramel malt. Taste comes across as a lot of the things promised in the nose, but not quite as strong as I would have anticipated from the nose, with the main flavor emphasis up front on the spice even coming across as understated before the tongue delves into the malt bill. Compared to other Christmas beers I have had it is rather underspiced but compared to other Mexican beers it is amazing. Pretty good overall, just wish it were amplified somewhat and had more head to it. (908 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of SawDog505
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a dark amber, with a nice one inch white head, that settles slower than expected. Some solid lacing. Smell is grass, lemon, sweet malts, and maybe a hint of pine. Taste is all of that, with a little breadyness and good balance. Body is thin for me, but on the heavy side for a Mexican beer. Nice amount of carbonation and very easy drinking. This is a nice tasting beer. (403 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (411 characters)

Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
79 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.