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Bohemia | Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little over a finger of pure, blinding white foam, lacks density and with a good portion of larger bubbles resolves down to the surface rapidly, you get a little residual concentration along the glass sides, the lacing is minimal but not nonexistent. Golden colored liquid of credible depth and solid throughout, even darker when peering down into the glass, the small bubbles well dispersed. Straw, sweet grains and corn make up a good portion of the nose, however, it’s not simple nor obvious, has a fine quality which slowly draws out pepper, orange peel as well as peach, apple, pear scents, not that sweet while also avoiding any bitter greenness. Light-bodied with a steady, refreshing carbonation which scrubs the palate. The orange, lemon citrus plays to this nicely, as does the pepper to light clove spice and pressed flowers. Shade of natural country bread but not yeasty, more crunchy in feel. The apricot, peach, apple fruit close to evanescent. Maybe, just maybe, a dollop of honey. Again, more humbly constructed than simple, just a beer trying to be a beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear straw-yellow body with a quarter inch of short-lived head. Biscuit and caramel malts and a touch of hops comprise the very hard-to-detect aroma. Biscuit with a touch of caramel, a slight cooked corn flavor, and just a hint of hops hits the palate initially, but goes away rather suddenly. Aqueous with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Inoffensive and quaffable, definitely good for a hot day, as it goes down easy and is thirst-quenching. Not sure I'd classify it as a German Pils, since it doesn't quite have the hop presence for it, but as a Bohemian Pils or even and American one, this one passes with flying colors.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty good beer from Mexico. Definitely better than most beers widely available here in the states. You can trace its European ancestry with its use of hops and malted barley. However, neither is very prominent, as the beer is medium-light in taste and profile. It fits very well with Mexican food. Another thing of note is that if the beer is made with the use of adjuncts (corn or rice), it is done with a rather deft hand, as it does not taste like it. Again, the taste is of a pleasant light maltiness with subdued influences from the hops on the finish. Good food beer. I could put quite a few of these away.

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Photo of DJED69
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lovely beer. Certainly not your typical insepid, skunky, flavorless Mexican brew. Bohemia is a crisp, fresh tasting pilsner. Yes, pilsner. Nice malt and bitter hop balance. A touch of sweetness and a terrific citrusy aftertaste. This has become one of my go to beers. Excellent with food or to quench that desire for a cold brew. If you can find it locally, try it. And please, no lime.

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Photo of LarryV
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best Mexican beer I've tried. Clean, crisp malty aroma with a hint of hops. Pours a pale golden color with moderate carbonation, very little head. Very crisp, clean with a subdued graininess. Hops are subdued as well. Seems to have a slight underlying vanilla flavor that peeks out for a moment. I can see where this would be a very refreshing beer on a hot summers day, a solid refreshing brew.

Note: I didn't detect any sourness or skunkiness in the aroma or flavor as some other reviewers have noted.

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Photo of Greggy
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden color with no sediment, and a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S- Some light fruitiness comes through. It's almost a light citrus and banana. There is also a decent graininess and hop presence.

T- Starts with a very light banana citrus note then quickly chances to a metallic dryness all the way to the finish.

M- Low carbonation and clean finish

D- This has just enough citrus spice to cut through mexican food. Definitely a top choice at local Mexican joints.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Clear goldenrod yellow with a 1-finger head and no lace

S- Smell is clean and smells a bit like sweet corn and hard water

T- Taste is semi-sweet, with a nice balancing edge of bitterness. Nothing big, but quite pleasing

M- Light and bubbly

D- Very high

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils. glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

The pour is a pale golden with a tall white head. Retention is decent, but lacing is low.

The nose is mostly citrusy and floral with a hint of sweetness. The taste is more of the same at first, but the sweetness quickly goes away in favour of a sour bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin with a high amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent; I could have a few.

It's not a bad example of the style, and I will probably try it again. I just can't see keeping it on hand.

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Photo of Timmush
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok, take this with a grain of salt (not lime).

This is the best mexican beer out there. I always have a few in the fridge when we are eating mexican/spanish or hot food.
Call me crazy but I detect belgian yeast as well as heffenwiesen characteristics.
This is a good beer worth trying and drinking on hot days or pairing with the above mentioned food.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall this one and Negra modelo are my favorite beers to drink. They are very good beers, tried this one for the first time in Quero Terro Mexico, in 2002. I was at a little pub enjoying some acoustic music. This was the most expensive beer they had at a dollar fifty.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is of a pretty typical pale lager.

The nose is suprisingly good. Fragrant floral and citrusy hops, probably of the Noble varietal. Reminds me of a weak pale ale.

Taste is flavorful, light bodied with honeyish malt, floral and citrus notes throughout and a nice, subtle hoppy finish. It has somewhere between a white wine and a mead quality that is actually quite interesting. It has a few layers, that is.

It could be cleaner, but I have to say this one caught me off guard. Well done.

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been on a bit of a German pilsener kick as of late. I figured I'd go south of the border and try a little Bohemia.

Pours a pale gold with a bubbly white head. Not much in terms of lacing.

The aroma is nice. Nothing overpowering, but it's a bit biscuity and with some nice floral hop notes. Pleasant.

The bready malt plays well with the hops. This is a really well-rounded pils.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. Really crisp and dry on the finish.

Drinkability is extremely high. This is a quality pils, and it beats the shit out of most other Mexican beers. I could definitely see myself buying a sixer (only $7.99, which is damn good) to consume on a hot-ass summer day.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favorite of mine when I'm eating Mexican food, however I polished one off a few nights ago after eating Chinese food. Hmmm, there's an idea I should try in the future, crossing one culture's food with another culture's beer. I guess I've done it a few times without ever thinking about it, but how weird would it be to see Tsingtao beer with Italian dishes? Anyways, let's move on and get to this beer:

It's a pale straw color, that pours a nice head, but shrinks considerably after a minute. It has a a nice hop aroma that doesn't leave you gasping for air with caramel notes in the back. The beer's slightly sweet, with a hoppy profile, but not bitter. It's very refreshing and easy to drink, making it a good choice when one is thirsty and doesn't want to drink water. Remember, this is a Mexican beer that's built for easy comsumption. But more importantly, it tastes pretty darn good, and that characteristic puts it above other Mexi-Lagers.

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Photo of ordybill
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and floral essence.
Appearance- The beer is gold colored with a small white head.
Taste- Has a decent malt and hop mix flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with light carbonation has a slightly oily texture and has a nice aftertaste.
Overall- A pretty enjoyable brew, great with food.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For Cinco de Mayo, I decided a Mexican beer was in order, and picked up a bottle of this to try a new beer at the same time. Poured from a 12 oz. stubby foil-topped bottle into a pub glass.

Pours a bright, clear straw yellow with a full three-fingered white foamy head, which fades away quickly to a thin cap and fails to leave much of itself behind on the glass.

Aroma at first whiff seems mildly adjunct-like until the realization hits that this isn't adjunct but rather a full, sweet malt aroma. Hops show through as well, earthy and with a bit of soapiness.

A light, medium body lacks a bit in the area of carbonation, with just a light level of CO2 apparent on the tongue. A delightful sweet, bready maltiness is balanced out by mildly bitter, earthy, somewhat grassy hop notes, finishing slightly bittersweet and medium-dry.

Deceiving in its name, which suggests Pilsner status, and mislabeled as a German Pils, this bright, rich, malty brew sits firmly in amongst some of the better Helles lagers out there. Along with the Vienna and Dunkel lagers brewed by Dos Equis and Modelo, this addition to Mexican brewing fits in well with those brews of Germanic origins, and is a nice throwback to the brews of the Austrian immigrants who once took their places in Mexico, as well as a great, refreshing and flavorful quaff for Cinco de Mayo.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that displays only mild retention.

S: Pretty nice nose to this beer. Some definite corn aromas to it but plenty of bread and malt notes to it as well. Only a hint of hop character which is lightly floral and spicy.

T: A solid sweetness to the flavor which is mostly bready in nature and has a hint of toast to it. Mild yeast and corn flavors with minimal hop bitterness and flavor.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: It's been a long time since I've had this beer and I was very pleasantly surprised by it. Quite an enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a stein at the Fandango restaurant in Old Town, San Diego.

A: Golden brew with carbonation rising up. No noticeable head however. Would have been nice.

S: Not much to relate here. Little bit of hops and malt.

T: Wow, this was a welcome surprise! Plenty of hops in the taste, well for a lager, and a nice sweet bready malt taste.

M: Nice, smooth, and balanced between hops and malt. Little thin though, as compared to Sam Adams Boston Lager.

D: Now this is a great brew to have at any Mexican restaurant or just at a nice summer barbecue. Would definitely recommend having a sixer on hand for just an occasion.

Conclusion: While I was at dinner in Old Town, I wanted to taste something new. I had never heard of this brew when I saw it on the menu, I had to see if it was any good -- most major Mexican brewers have disappointed. But this one blew my socks off. It was actually good and worth the price of admission. It was so good that even the wife like it and recommended I pick up some at a later date. Nice brew. Definitely recommended!

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Photo of Manos
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are certain situations where I am one who thinks beer and food go together so well as, say, manos en manos (if ya get me). Mexican cuisine and beer is one of those unions (Margaritas are a whole different story), in which cola or tea does'nt work for me. Enter Bohemia.
High life light light yellow, sweet grainy aroma, and a nice clean palate flavor, like some Japaneese beers I can recall. Negra Modello used to be my old stand by at most cocinas around, but a bad batch of those led me to try other offerings. If you get the chance, try this with your local favorite mexican establishment. Dig the label: I would love that as a t-shirt.

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Photo of bcpriess
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First things first. This is a good beer. It isn't a great beer and it isn't an average beer. And it has style. For any of you readers that may be developing the packaging for a new beer, Bohemia has a great LOOK. The foil, the deco font, the stylized Aztec Indian, the brown/gold/yellow color scheme. This is what a beer bottle is supposed to look like. As opposed to cheeseball Photoshop gradients. I could go on and on about this aspect but that isn't why we are here....

A: (This has stayed in the bottle, so appearance is difficult to evaluate).
S: Bready, a little sweetness. I wouldn't go as far as to say yeasty although you can smell the yeast. No toast smells, and no obvious hoppy or alcoholic odors.
T: Very solid. In a lot of ways this reminds me of Warsteiner Dunkel. It has the right level of maltiness without getting excessive, but there is just a slight flavor of alcohol, which puts it just a notch below the W Dunkel.
M: Clean, maybe a little on the dry side.
D: Good drinkability, but heavy enough that you aren't going to down 4 of these in a row - and that isn't the point. For a beer you would pair with a meal, this is as good as it needs to be.

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Photo of Todd
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short & stubby brown bottle with a gold foil neck.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden in colour. Large carbonation bubbles. Creamy thin white head that clings on the glass.

Smell: Very clean aroma, just a touch of sweet grain in the background.

Taste: Body is light, mouthfeel is very smooth and very creamy. Touch of bready sweetness that is even, flavourful and goes faintly fruity -- in a soft, gentle sweet peach kind of way. The faintest hint of smooth vanilla hides amongst the light sweetness, but then it's lost almost instantly and the bready sweetness pulls thru for a second round. Light grain follows. Hop bitterness is also light with a slight twang of zesty hop and floral flavour which are quickly subdued. Finish is quite clean with some light residuals.

Notes: Before anyone says anything ... yes, this is a Vienna-Style Lager. There are quite a few Mexican lagers that are, but that's a history lesson within itself. Back to the beer ... without a doubt one of the best mass-produced Mexican lagers available. Just had one of these with a rice, bean and cheese burrito covered in peppermash salsa. It quenched, quelled and complemented quite nicely.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice simple label, a few numbers printed but no discernable date. pours a lemony bright straw hue, crystal clear with an ultra-white near-clear frothy one-finger head that dissipates quickly without trace of lace.

aroma has pleasant notes of pale malts, green earthy hops, spritzy lemon and hints of melon and pear. a bit of honey sweetness. no funkiness like I was anticipating.

herbal spices and green hop notes up front, giving way to a pleasant light malt sweetness. fresh, some light graininess, and more green hops with a hint of tart spice.

mouthfeel isn't bad... active carbonation yields a bit of spicy prickly bubbling, fairly moderate body suits the beer well. not overly light or thin.

all in all, this one is pleasantly drinkable and surprisingly enjoyable. I didn't have high hopes, but this one far surpasses. flavors and aroma are beautiful. If only there was a bit more character to the hue and any hint of lacing... but all in all, not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of Slynger
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color with a very finely bubbled off-white lid.

Aroma's of sweet pale grain and floral hops with a solid amount of earthy spicy ones to go along with 'em.

Nice balanced flavors. Sweet pale grain and honeysuckle, with floral, earthy spiciness. Medium-light body with fine carbonation. Lightly crisp and clean.

Pretty nice little vienna. Bonus points for being probably the best brew from Mexico that I have tried. Great summer/beach/anytime sessioner.

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Photo of churro69
3.87/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear Yellow beer, good amount of bubbles and head, i loved the hint of bitterness and the aftertaste was in my opinion pleasing, the smell was very nice and it was very drinkable, served very cold would make it a good choise for a hot day.

I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a polkal glass at 40 degrees

Appearance: The creamy and foamy white head lasted only a few seconds. The color of the beer is medium light straw. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear to brilliant.

Nose: There is a light grainy nose with some floral and yeast. The hops give the beer a spicy nose.

Taste: A nice light grain, with some yeast and a light spicy floral note.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is crisp. The body of the beer is light and the finish is light. Everything about this beer is right on the mark for a German pils.

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Photo of ccrida
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

fizzy yellow beer, but the smell is suprisingly hoppy (albeit nothing else), spicy and a touch floral.
Taste is super clean, which I don't fault as it's is presumably what the brewer was going for. Mainly a corn sugar sweetness.
Mouthfeel is like water, but not the same as watery/flat/thin.
Drinkability was pretty high, cause it's like sugar water with a touch of booze, very neutral. Washed down a big ol' burrito like nobody's business.

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Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,051 ratings.
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