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

BA SCORE
78
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1,066 Ratings
BohemiaBohemia
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
cuamoc.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,066
Reviews:
418
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
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40
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171
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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 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 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 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 atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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 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 InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -12.5%

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 rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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 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 jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BeerOps
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dvmin98
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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 t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

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 Hopheadjeffery
3/5  rDev -12.5%

Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,066 ratings.
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