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

1,063 Ratings

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2001

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Photo of Suds
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear, golden in color with a tall and puffy white head. It is actually a nice-looking brew. The aroma is where it breaks down...a bit of sulfur, some grain, a bit of vegetable, and distant spice. The taste is lightly malty...again, some spice, and a little sweetness. Medium in body...somewhat of a salty(?) finish. The beer is more interesting than an average macro, but isn't good, by any measure.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a massive goblet dressed with lime and salt. Fizzy head dwindles to patchy lace. Murky golden straw color.

Nose has some crisp hop, mostly overpowered by dressing (lime/salt may be frowned on for that reason, but have you tried it without?).

Taste has that nice noble hop crisp in full without overpowering. Barley, some corn characteristics, suggestive of its make, perhaps.

Mouth is bigger than expected, and a tad dry.

One of the more refreshing cervezas, one that might actually be enjoyable without dressing. Better than Corona is really the only bar there is.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Even though it comes in a dark brown bottle this is still a yellow pilsner at heart. Usual appearance despite the dark color bottle, soft 1/3" white head on top. Heartier than most Mexican beers. Aroma was maize, you call it corn.

Taste is definitely above average from this region and style. Good hop zip, noble. Listen pilsen malt, not really much in the way of lager sweetness from the yeast. At a Mexican restaurant, this and negra modelo are probably your best choices.

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Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Certainly the best Mexican beer I've had...if there's corn in it, it's little enough for the brew to remain crisp enough to feel like a German pilsner.

If it's a choice between Corona and this - go with this one every time. Cheaper too!

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.59/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Look of a murky pilsner, golden. Not much of a smell. Taste of sheves of wheat and barley. In the mouth it is full bodied. I like craft beer best, yet this commercial from south of the border is decent.

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Photo of Kdubzz
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of my favorite Mexican beers, Bohemia is light and refreshing, with just enough flavor to fit the style. It's a pale golden color with zero head. The smell almost reminds me of a VERY light Belgian; a little bit of sweet hay and malt and a touch of grassy hops. It tastes mostly sweet and malty, with a bit of a pepperiness to balance. The mouthfeel is medium-light, with a little bit lower carbonation than one might expect from the style. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, a definite step above other popular Mexican brews.

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Photo of caribou43
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I was travelling in Mexico, it was one my favourite beer, regarding the macrobrewery. Of course, it is a clasical one, but it is find. The Body is typical: yellow and Gold, average carbonation and well balanced between malt and hop, the taste is really pleasant at the mouth. This beer is perfect with a tlayuda de Oaxaca.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.58/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Most all Mexican beers taste very similar to me...except this one. This beer actually has some floral hops aroma and taste. Very cleanly brewed with no glaring defects. Always my choice in Mexican restaurants with limited beer lists, although I only remember buying it at a store once. First time to taste this beer was 1966 at the brewery in Monterrey. Couldn't understand why they would make Tecate if they were capable of making a beer like Bohemia. Bohemia sold at a higher "premium beer" price in those days...don't know about today. If you haven't tried it, compare it to other Mexican beers you drink and you might be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of MFMB
3.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A good Pilsner. Light golden in color, pristine appearance. A little sulfur in the nose nothing overwhelming. A nice crisp taste. Grains, grass etc. lite bitter bite at the end. Above average mouthfeel, feels more along the line of something craft rather than macro. Over a good beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 341 mL Bottle poured into a Shaker Pint.

Easily the best Mexican made beer that I've had. Lots of flavours and aromas that would rival many European examples of the same style.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought 12oz from Liquor Collection
Goldem color
Light mouth feel
Medium carbonation
Lihg tmalt taste
Overall an ok beer. I would rate it on the level of Budweiser

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Photo of DAlba97
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As far as looks and smell, nothing stands out about this brew but the moment you take that first sip you know you scored one! Flavor unmatched in the pilsner category! Great brew.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bought well really my WIFE bought it (she's from Mexico)

A macro style - pale yello

S sk=lightly metallic graininess

T bland with a bit of a bite

M standard

D guzzle or pour them out. your choice. I stand UNimpressed

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler glass.

*There are two entries in the BA database: Bohemia, and Bohemia Clasica. My bottle label says Bohemia Classic and has 4.7% ABV. The entry for Bohemia Classic in the database has the correct ABV but says it's an American Adjunct Lager. BUT the other entry just listed as Bohemia has the ABV as 5.3%. In other words, the exact bottle of beer I'm reviewing does not match either description on Beer Advocate. That's a shame.

I'm reviewing this beer as Bohemia Classic, a Golden Pilsner with 4.7% ABV. Perhaps I should start a third entry. Just Kidding.

Look: A very slight blurriness in the golden body much as a Pilsener should look; A white head that recedes to pretty much nothing with absolutely no lacing.

Aroma: Sweet with malts, slightly toasted grains, and the faintest of lemongrass in the background.

Taste: A dry semi-citric grassiness comes through -- just enough to indeed remind you that this is brewed in the Pilsener style. Otherwise a good layer of malt sweetness carries the taste with a balance of semi-bitter hops in the very end.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry.

Overall: Despite all of the confusion on labeling, style, and ABV this is a pretty decent clean-tasting pilsener at the price point.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Moderate Pils malt aroma with some noble hops.

A: Super clear, golden color with a thin amount of head and not much retention.

T: Crisp and slightly bitter with a medium-dry finish. Moderately low maltiness, pretty crisp with moderate hop bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation.

O: For a macro this beer is actually pretty solid. Somewhere between a Viennese lager and a German Pilsner. The beer’s appearance is a bit darker than most Pilsners and is reminiscent of a Viennese Lager. However, the flavor and mouthfeel is more suggestive of a Pilsner

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Photo of plumeria
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my go-to beer when there is no time to shop or it is 100 degrees outside. It has a nice gold color, good foam and lots of nice bubbles. It is very balanced, clean and crisp and goes really well with food. The best Mexican beer I have had and in my overall top ten for an everyday beer.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.18/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Two 12 ounce bottles consumed with a dinner of fish tacos at Manuel's in downtown Austin while on a business trip. Clean, light and balanced with a bit of a floral quality that I found enjoyable. An easy beer to drink and it paired nicely with my meal. Head and shoulders above every other Mexican beer I've had to date.

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Photo of FLima
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This was my regular go-to beer while I lived in Mexico, at that time it tasted great. Taking the opportunity to revisit this back in its country.
Yellow golden color with a thin head with short retention.
Good aroma for style with nice honey and bread notes.
Flavor with notes of herbal hops, grainy malt, honey, mild floral and some lemon drops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Light towards medium body with proper carbonation.
Very decent for a mass lager, balanced with easily perceived hops to my surprise. Maybe that is why 15 years ago I perceived this to be a bitter one, that before the craft beer world. No thrills, but it is refreshing and pleasant without being dull.

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Photo of Myotus
3.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle (best by date 19Sep15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that halves itself after a minute and a half. Gold in color. There is a plethora of ascending bubbles. Lacing is thin, but moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of grass and sweet bready pilsner malts first enter my olfactory receptors. These malt aromas are incredibly well balanced by mild bitter hops and slightly less mild spicy hops.
TASTE: Initial taste is mild grass and sweet bread flavors that combine with milder bitter hop flavors. All flavors persist as mild spicy hop flavors enter immediately after. This is incredibly well balanced as the smell told me.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. This goes down smooth and finishes crisp.
NOTE: As noted twice, this was brilliantly balanced between hops and malts. I know people always compare this to other brews from Mexico, but they really shouldn't. This is not an American Adjunct Lager and shouldn't be compared to Corona or Dos Equis.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Slightly darker straw color to it with a little more malt presence than others in the style. Everything you expect, and nothing you don't. One of the stronger contenders in the mexican beer world in my opinion.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at Jalepenos on downtown Sandpoint .

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet somewhat creamy bone-white head, which leaves some spotty o Ean

It smells of semi-sweet corn grits and cereals, mild acetone esters, a further breadiness, and a faint earthy earthy bitterness. The taste is grainy pale malt, astringent corn mass, a small chemical plant effluent edginess, and pithy earthy dead leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty innocuous, barely a wan frothiness presiding, the body mealy middleweight, and plainly smooth, the inherent corniness coming through the rye (figuratively, of course). It finishes off-dry, the gritty corn keeping it's hold on the whole deal.

Not really all that bad, especially on a finally cooled down 100 degree day - not that this is really indicative of the style listed here. Sort of a one and done for me, as my steak looks like a way better option than another one of these.

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Photo of donspublic
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not many Mexican restaurants in Houston actually carry this beer. Was at one tonite and decided to go back 25 years when this used to be my regular on trips below the border. Come to think of it, this is the only beer my gin guzzling dad ever liked, so there that is something. Poured clear into a frosted beer mug. Very little head, sucked all the ice off of the sides and bottom of the glass and formed an upside down ice mountain in my glass. This brought me back to the days when my favorite mexican restaurant used to store their mugs so cold this was an every day occurrence. Crisp tasting, faint everything, this is a great beer to relieve your palate from over IPA indulgence. Seriously though, didn't really think about reviewing this beer while drinking it, but it brought back a lot of memories. Great beer to have with food, that is it's strong point. Having a party, break this out for the food, no one will be mad

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant golden straw with a 1” rapidly dissipating white foam collar. Leaves splotchy lace.
S: Light grains, no appreciable hop, faint bread crust.
T: Fairly dry, some light malt flavor, faint fruit.
F: Crisp, highly carbonated, light.
O: Very easy to drink but not a lot that stands out.

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Photo of DanCam
4.52/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I look around and see mindless beer drinkers enjoying their Coronas and Modelos, I sigh and hope that they discover a good Mexican beer like Bohemia. My top five Mex Beers would list as Bohemia, Indio, Victoria and lastly Dos Equis. Bohemia is by far a great tasting beer and now recently not hard to find.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Review more in terms of a 'cerveza' versus the listed style.

This is a nice golden color with an appropriate biscuity scent. Not much of a head to speak of, generally looks the part. A seemingly unimpressive lager.

Actually fairly flavorful, it's like a nice in-between of a German Pils and a generic American Lager, and oddly, I mean that as a compliment. It's American character adds to the drinkablity. Deserving of the foil on the bottle, I could see this as a solid 'table beer' (compared to table wine) or a nice classy beach tag-along.

I'll buy this again for sure, and definitely my go-in Mexican restaurants, no lime this time, probably no lime ever.

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Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,063 ratings.
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