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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 416 | Ratings: 1,047
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yelllow with a 1 inch white head that fades to nothing. Little spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, some grass, and citrus zest. Taste is the same as the smell with the grains and citrus zest being most apparent. This beer has good carbonation and is crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and one of the better offerings from Mexico in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

somewhere above the median on the Mexican beer spectrum. the one pours a real light clear watery wheat color, with a short lived white head. the nose is very generic and light, crystal and pale malts, not as pilsener as indicated, but not offensively cornmeal adjuncty like a sol or a corona, although the flavor of this is only mildly better than either of those. it honestly doesn't really taste like much, which is actually an improvement over the metallic and rancid flavors of some of its competition. very crisp finish too without the sweet weirdness. also improved with a lime wedge, as infrequently as I say that, it applies here. ultra light mouthfeel and pretty good carbonation. I would take this over most other Mexican beers ive had, save pacifico. this does not approach a good quality brew, but in a hot summer setting when the alternatives are mich ultra and coronoa light, this is my horse.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a German Pilsner I felt that this wasn't too bad. With not being a huge fan of Pilsners I wasn't expecting to enjoy this at all. The beer is a moderately good with some good hop and malts on the nose. The Color is a typical yellow with a white white that fades off within a few sips. The mouthfeel is decent with some good carbonation keeping it real and lighter bodied to keep is refreshing. Not too bad of a beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a bit of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of grainy malts and is accompanied by a light to moderate amount of bitterness that persists through the taste, but particularly stands out in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation with a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a cut above most other standard Mexican lagers and is relatively easy to drink.

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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 emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks can be deceiving with this one...

Pale yellow, fizzy and typical. However, a good finger of foam results from a steady pour, and remains for a couple minutes.

Smell is vaguely earthy, floral, with a cameo of sweet spice...it's Saaz hops, just barely. Much more pleasing that the other Mexican lager options.

Taste is spicy Saaz again, with a short note of sweet grain, reminiscient of grain of paradise. Good carbonation, and clean mouthfeel. Utilitarian, but it does the job well. Very easy to put down a few on a warm day.

Paired two of these with a "Puerco en Mole" dish.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single of this for $1.49 at my go-to store.

I was very surprised by this and I'm glad. I always saw these Mexican beers at the store and figured they were all Corona-type ones, but this is a solid beer for sure. Nice attractive look to it with some good ascending bubbles. Taste is mild but crisp and refreshing. There's a lot more taste than you would expect from the appearance which is good. A nice solid beer, would have it again in a pinch.

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Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, orange/amber color with a small, white, foamy head. It left a little lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of caramel, roasted malts and some floral notes.

T - It tasted of burnt toast maltiness, caramel and some light chocolate notes. It had a nice bitter kick from the hops.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good vienna lager. Really one of the best commonly available Mexican beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bohemia is a flower amongst weeds when it comes to beers produced in Mexico; not that there aren't a few other good ones here and there, but for the most part there are more bad than good.

It pours a crystal-clear deep gold body beneath an average-sized head of bright white foam. The retention is very good, but it leaves only very minor lacing about the glass.

The nose is bright and fresh with floral and gently spicy hops (Saaz) over a delicately sweet and mildly candyish maltiness that suggests honey with a drop of vanilla.

In the mouth it's medium-bodied and crisp with a moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation.

The flavor is quite straightforward, but it has finesse. It's clean and very well-balanced with a solid bitterness that backs it's lightly grainy and slightly honeyish maltiness and floral, spicy, and lightly grassy hops. It finishes with a lingering combination of hops, sweet malt, and gentle bitterness that gently erode from the palate.

Overall, Bohemia is a very nicely done, well-refined European-style lager that easily stands up to its predecessors, and deserves more attention than it gets.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I'm just a poor beer, nobody loves me;
He's just a poor beer from a poor brewery"

--from 'Bohemia Rhapsody' by Queen

Medium yellow-gold, a half notch short of amber. The beer would look better if it was filtered. The cap isn't bright white, but neither is it dark enough to be called eggshell. It displays good persistence and is stoney rather than rocky. A half-hearted attempt at lace results in an uneven, scalloped collar.

The nose is nice. It smells of sweet grain with more than a little spicy, earthy hoppiness. I can appreciate no off-aromas; thanks, no doubt, to the brown glass bottle (which ought to be mandatory). The more I smell, the more I like.

Surprise, surprise, surprise... Bohemia is good beer. It tastes quite a bit like it smells: fresh, lightly toasted grain bottom end; pleasantly bitter, hoppy top end. The hops are what really pull this beer out of the run-of-the-mill category. They're wonderfully spicy and herbal. Thankfully, the brewers didn't stint on amount.

The finish is hoppy-sweet and is too abbreviated. I've come to welcome the short finishes on most Mexican lagers because putting me out of my misery is infinitely preferable to extending it. I would love it if this beer lingered, though, since the flavor is so enjoyable. The mouthfeel is light-medium with a slightly prickly carbonation.

I wish to apologize to the good folks at Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma for the 'poor brewery' crack at the outset. The Bohemian/Bohemia Rhapsody play on words was just too good to pass up. Truth is, Bohemia is one fine Vienna lager and is a damn sight better than either Dos Equis or Carta Blanca. Looks like I have a new favorite Mexican beer. Salud!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, yellow body with a frothy, white head. Lightly effervescent.

Smell: Grassy, spicy aroma with pale malts and a slight sourness overall. Thankfully, though, no skunking present.

Taste: What tastes like pils malt with a brief, subtle sweetness. A bit soapy, a bit of grass. Spicy hop taste and light bite of bitterness. Some lingering sourness to the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Lively carbonation.

Drinkability: When surrounded by Mexican lagers, it would be certainly be more desirable than say, a Corona Light. Surely it would go great with Combo #14, 8, and 12 at your local Mexican eatery.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.92/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of bready malts, spices, caramel and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is starts out with some spice & lemon along with a hearty malt character. Then a mild but complimentary hops presence comes in to provide a little balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent representation of style, I could drink a few of these but I think it would be better with food and there are better beers in the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really sure what to make of this one. I saw it sitting there and had never heard of it before so decided to take a flyer on it. Served cold, I found it poured out pretty decent overall. Nice medium brown in color with a tight head of white that capped the top quite well. Settling down it managed to maintain a firm, but decent level of head through nice carbonation that was streaming up through the bottom of the glass. Aroma was light, far too light in my opinion, caramel and bready notes, but nothing standing out to me as being anywhere near where it should be. Same goes for the flavor. While it was tight and clean, there was just a lack of depth that was hard for me to get past. Light caramel barely covers a mostly bready, grainy malt bill that does little to try and help the issue.

Overall ehh. It was not terrible, but was really rather lackluster. I did not have a huge issue with it per se, but I needed more. For a macro like lager though it came off fairly well.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Guadalajara -used it to compliment a chicken enchilada platter with some habanero sauce. 12 oz brown bottle into a pint.

The color is slightly darker than golden with great clarity and visible carbonation. The head of white holds with a very small bead and relaxes leaving a spotty lace. The smell is good with slight fruitiness and gentle spice but the general aroma is malty ans slightly sweet. The feel is good with moderately high carbonation and gentle spice with mellow malty middle and crisp, semi-dry finish.

This is a pretty tasty lager with some malt sweetness and a hint of fruitines with tinges of floral notes from the hops which are pleasant. This has the kind of sweetness that reminds you of adjuncts but doesn't go too far and is nice in relation to the highly carbonated almost spicy profile. I enjoyed this thoroughly and will probably get some for times when I want a refreshing beer or something to scrub the palate when I am enjoying ribs or refried beans. I would recommend this to anyone who happens upon it at their local mexican restaurant like I did.

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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 Jason
3.97/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date. Very thin white lacing though it sticky quite well.

Slightly earthy hop with a spicy back, is this dry hopped or is it hop extract. Thick sweet graininess wraps around the hops to make the aroma somewhat intriguing.

Clean palate, perfect with all spicy foods and not just Mexican. Thin maltiness holds on to a sweet graininess, hops are not there just for the bitterness. Bitterness balances very well and there is a level lingering flavour of earthy floral hop. Clean dry grainy finish.

This is my top pale Mexican beer without a doubt.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always get at least a 6 pack of this when I am down in Mexico for work.

A: Pours a clear yellow/gold color with a one finger, white foamy head on top. Pretty good retention, but minimal lacing.

S: A hint of hops with some floral notes and a bit of spice. There is a sweet malt aroma and some bready/doughy malt as well.

T: On the sweet side with a heavy malt bill. Lots of bread with a little bit of corn and some nice hops that come through as a bit of lemon and a touch of apple.

M: Medium bodied, with a nice crisp mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

O: One of my favorite Mexican beers. Most of my favorites are from the Bohemia line in fact. This one is easy drinking with a slight hop presence and a nice malt backbone.

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Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden yellow with a thin white head.

The smell is of soft grain with a subtle earthy spiciness. The smell is pleasant, but subdued.

The taste is of malty grain with earthy hop spicing background. Finishes a bit abruptly, but cleanly.

It just about reaches medium-bodied. The carbonation is a bit forward, but not too prickly or fizzy.

This is a pleasant surprise from Mexico. Sure beats the other Mexican beers of the same/similar style that I've had (by far). A good example of a Vienna Lager. I would say I liked it a bit more than the score reflects. A good brew to pair with Mexican (or any spicy) food, or as a "session" brew on its own.

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Photo of tdm168
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with 1/4" of bubbly head. Smells of faint adjuncts with notes of faint grass and straw. The taste is light malt with some grassy hops coming through; at times a little like adjuncts and some faint metal. Mouthfeel is light bodied and well carbonated.

This is surprisingly smooth and well blended. This is more than I was expecting.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bohemia is one of the better south-of-the-border brews availiable almost anywhere around in Houston and probably the U.S. Appearance is a decent golden, head is fairly small. Smell is rather weak, but clean, mild sweetness is noticible. Taste is pretty good, maybe a little too light, but the balance is just about right. Complemented my enchiladas nicely. This is easily better than the Tecates and Coronas of Mexico, and is something I could drink quite a lot of in the future. Probably the only Mexican beer that I'd rather have is Negra Modelo.

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Photo of Billolick
2.68/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness dating observed. Pours very light straw, slight chill haze, slight white head, leaving just a tad of lacing. Just a few lazy bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Nose is corn/rice like. Just a typical macro lager going on here, lawn mower brew, or ice cold with some spicy mexican food. Besides that, pass this one by.

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Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. The first of about 10 Mexican beers I am going to review from notes just back from a week trip to Cancun. Plus I have another 5 to rate that I brought back. OK...Smelled decent. Had a few hops lingering around. Maybe a sweet flowery fruity flavor hiding in the background? Poured with a small head and a bit of lacing. Light yellow coloring. Tasted pretty good for a beer from Mexico. Maybe a cross between a pilsner and a lager? Good carbonation. A few light hops in there too. Maybe the third best beer I had back there. Refreshing, but would take another beer I like over it anytime. Worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best beer I've found in Cancun, it even has bitterness. I don't know about the vienna lager label on BA. This looks and tastes like a pilsner, say, one from Bohemia. It also reminded me of a less bold version of the Sly Fox Pils. It has a slightly bready flavor with grassy and floral hops. Drinks very crisp and it great for washing down food or just relaxing. Two bottles of this helped me put down 27 jumbo shrimp. Any beer that can do that and taste good is alright in my eyes. Not the best pils, but its in a brown bottle and a good choice is vacationing in Mexico

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Photo of Tone
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow. No head, no retention, and no lacing. Smells of a clean lager without the strong adjunct aroma. At this point I became intrigued. Doesn't really seem to fit the style with the lack of hops or head, but it does have the slightly fruity aroma. It's crisp and smooth with low carbonation. Tastes of a clean lager without the strong adjunct association. Some of the flavor is masked by the fruitiness. Overall, very drinkable despite the initial appearance. Worth a try.

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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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