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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 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 VelvetExtract
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow color. Head is bleached and about a quarter inch in height. Head, although small, does retain quite well. Light lacing. Armies of bubbles rise to fuel the head.

S-A bit skunky. Moderate Noble hop grassiness. Also a subtle cracker and corny graininess. Actually smells more legit than I expected it to be. Brings enough to the table.

T-The hops are clean and the skunk is muted to a certain extent. Subtle cracker/dough combination. Lightly spicy on the finish. The hoppiness is pronounced to a very respectable degree (especially for a Mexican import). Flavors work well together.

M-Light bodied with a spritzy carbonation level. Quite drinkable. Mild hop-induced bitterness. Crisp and clean. Barely any metallic flavor.

O/D-Better than expected. Blows other Mexi-brews away. Still, far from anything I would by again (as I only purchased a single). But hey, turns out it was worth trying.

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Photo of avalon07
2.75/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a mug, this beer had a bright yellow color and a totally clear texture. Very little head or lacing.

S: Not a whole lot of smell; some hops, a little malt and a bit of fruit.

T: There's an odd quality to this beer, but it's not very interesting. It has bitter hops, malt and some citrus, but it's really very thin.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: I'm still searching for a good beer from a Latin American country. This isn't one of them. It's a pretty ordinary brew all around.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw color with a subdued off-white head, decent carbonation, and decent lace. Light grainy malt aroma and flavor with light fruitiness. Medium bodied, creamy and smooth.

Not a Vienna Lager but a darn good Mexican beer ... more like a Helles and a good one at that.

'03' emb on bottom
Tasted: 01/11/05

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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 Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the better Mexican beers out there. Nothing unique or falling short appearance or aroma wise. Standards.

Taste is a pleasant surprise, nuanced pilsner flavor, zippy, with some different things going on I can't put my finger on, but its far more complex/involved than the majority of pilsners, especially from this neck of the woods.

Whatever the complexities, they play nice throughout the bottle. Amounts to good drinkability. This is a favorite with Mexican food, along with Negra Modelo.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.47/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a bottle in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is very clear and light gold, but it has a nice think and lasting white head.

Unlike any mexican beer I've ever had this actually some an aroma to it. There are some nice hops like a true pilsner.

The taste is light and hoppy with wheat, nothing special but not bad.

Mouthfeel is nice but light, and this is drinkable.

I'd never have this to have it in US, but I would recommend searching this out in Mexico.

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Photo of champ103
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull straw yellow color. A small bubbly white head forms and leaves little lace.
S: Grain and cereal. Husky with a little hop bit toward the end.
T: Very nice. Lots of bready and cereal malt that is a little sweet. The hop character is none to small either. Citrus and piney flavors.
M/D: A light body that is crisp and clean. Very easy and smooth to drink. I sessioned this with no problem.

This is a very good Mexican Lager. Blows almost everything else I have had from that country away as far as beer goes.

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

Pours a clear gold, the head white, minimal, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt, clean and crisp. Front is malt, lightly sweet, top is light, the finish is quite acidic, dry, and nicely hopped. The second beer I had in Warez, Mexico, on my first weekend at my new posting to Fort Bliss. Ranks #937 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this at a Mexican restaurant in Kittery. Pale yellow color with a very small head. Poured the second bottle more aggressively, still a small head. Little aroma, some sweet corn. The taste was faint malt with a tiny hops presence. Thin mouthfeel. It did, however, pair well with my enchiladas verde.

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

Strikes me as more of a Bohemian Pilsner than Vienna....and a good Bohemian Pilsner at that.

A-Clean and impressive looking in the glass....light golden color....good carbonation bubbles but little head or lacing.

S-Spicy and floral hops lead the way...very nice aroma....some earthiness too....a sweeter malt aroma...almost a little of the honeyed/vanilla notes iI've experienced in some Maibocks. Great aroma.

T-Spicy and floral hops mingle with the sweeter malts and make this quite tasty.

M-Medium bodied....medium firm carbonation.

D-This is a winner. An enjoyable lighter colored beer from Mexico. Would seem to pair nicely with spicy foods...not the worlds greatest Bohemian Pilsner but this is good.

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Photo of mynie
4.11/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sad pour. Light straw yellow with a small head that dies quickly.

Nice smell. Mixed between a good Euro pils and a good American Vienna. Grainy malt and a kiss of hops and lots of fruit.

Tastes fantastic! Jesus god where does this all come from. It's like grapefruit hops without the bitterness. A rosegarden. All sorts of fancy herbs and spices mixed with wonderful malt and grain. Nice nice nice.

You can't judge a beer by it's color, I guess. One of the tastiest brews I've had in a while.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An OK beer - not outstanding, but drinkable. Color is a typical beer-golden with a moderate head. Smell is strong and beery. Taste is malty, with a little bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a good accompaniment to Mexican or Tex-Mex cuisine.

I added a lime to give it a little extra zing, and this really worked.

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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 twiggamortis420
4.12/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Go figure...a TexMex joint with tulip glasses, niiiice. Heavy pour does not yield much of the fluffy bone-white head, but the beer is a nice clear dark yellow color. Head dissipates fast and does not leave much in the way of lacing.

Nose is faint, but still smells better than nearly all Mexican lagers. Most noticeable is a mild grassy hop presence. Mixes with a light sweet maltiness and just a hint of sulfur.

Tasty. This is a delicate beer that deserves more attention than it gets. Has more hop flavor than actual bitterness, and actually leans toward the hoppy end of the lager spectrum. I am guessing it is saaz hops I am digging on here, it is very refreshing and crisp. Has a very Czech feel to it. I also like the yeast strain they use, it adds some light fruitiness and a creamy feel. Finishes pretty dry and is light to medium-light bodied. A tad fuller than most Mexican lagers.

This is a real treat from Mexico. I do believe this is the best export our neighbors to the south have to offer.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a lighter straw color with a good bit of translucence to its body. The head is a two finger white shade. Bubbly as can be, it fades away quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass, either.

S: Grains and light maltiness, about what I expect from a Mexican lager. Oh, and some noble hops. Gee, imagine that, noble hops in a lager! Whodathunkit? I also notice some tart lemon/lime qualities.

T: The lime tone in the aroma moves down to the tongue, supporting a sweet malt base and faint yet zesty hop bite. Adjunct notes are thankfully kept in check. Simple as can be, but it just works so well with what it has.

M: Light and crisp. Carbonation isn't overbearing, and it's superbly drinkable.

O: This isn't just good for a Mexican lager - it's a legitimately good beer, period. Merely drinking this makes me think about 78F sunny days laying on the patio without a care in the world. This beer has just given me A) a go-to in Mexican restaurants, B) something to buy for non-beer-drinking guests when hosting a party, and C) something to actually enjoy besides margaritas should I ever end up vacationing in Cabo San Lucas.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just slightly paler than amber, this beer is on the darkest side of yellow. It maintains a certain clarity, too, translucent but leaning more transparent. The head is a whitish cap reaching half a finger with good retention and somewhat better than decent coverage in terms of lacing.
It's a little grainy underneath, but it does have more Noble hops than I expect. It has a little bit of a peppery bite with some dry grass and a little damp earth. It goes a little sweet on the nose, more so than the tongue, but it's not corn. Malts, after the sweetness, go about medium-dry in the flavor. The finish offers more of a floral note with just a little of the running grains note continuing through.
It's crisp, light-bodied but not watery, and fairly smooth; all said, pretty refreshing. The grains do keep it from being completely clean.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a mildly hazy pale golden color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of pale malt, caramel, and a hint of noble hops. The taste is like the aroma, but a bit milder. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer that I could drink in a pinch, but would otherwise.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.62/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I enjoyed off the resort, and what a pleasant surprise it was!

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Metallic musty malts, hints of leafy greens, grassy hop notes and hints of burnt cane sugar.

T - The first Mexican beer that has traces of hops! Surprisingly flavourful and fitting of the style. Grassy hop notes amidst some muddled metallic caramel malts and hints of bitter citrus notes.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - I don't know if this was the result of a dulled palette from drinking flavourless beers on the resort, but this Mexican brew actually boasts some flavourful hop characteristics. Easy drinking and mild enough on the palette to enjoy in the intense Mexican heat. The best option in Mexico IMO.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not nearly as bad as I was expecting. As far as the Mexican beers I have tried so far, it is not quite as good as Negro Modelo, but is mucho better than Corona, Tecate, etc. Light malt flavor. Aroma is hard to comment on because all I could smell was the lime. All in all I would probably try this again as it went with my enchiladas fairly well.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is golden yellow and a bit pale with a white head that went out fast leaving some patchy lace. Smells of lightly done malt with faint hop. Taste is mostly sweet malt, very clean with barely a hop noticed. Feel is medium bodied and easy, smooth and refreshing. This is a better Mexican lager then most.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.15/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with a smallish head.

Smell – There’s a faint grain aroma here to go with the sugary sweetness, which seems to be the main attraction.

Taste – The grain was just plain nasty at the taste and the sweetness reminded me of a Pixie Stick I left outside in the rain once when I was a kid.

Mouthfeel – This sample from Mexico is light-bodied and fizzy in the mouth.

Sinkability – This one lacks substance and winded up in the pipes.

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Photo of Gmann
3.14/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw color with a small diappointing head, also there are some unidentifiable objects floating around. The aroma is faint but does have some slight notes of maltiness. The taste is of bready malt and not much else. It's not grainy or adjuncty, just bland. The feel is light and nicely carbonated, finishes neutral. Drinkability is good, no off-putting flavors. Bland for the most part, just a hint of malt. I believe this brew has its place. It good for when you want something light and you don't need to serve it ice cold to drink it.

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Photo of laituegonflable
1.95/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours an oddly green-tinged yellow, flat top but mega-fizzy. Clear, thin-looking, bland.

Smells revoltingly sweet. Lots of corn grain with brown sugar and little else. Just bland and sweet. While I'm surprised that it has a smell, it's not pleasantly so. It's like when you first discovered Lady Gaga had a penis. It may or may not have been a surprise, but it certainly wasn't a pleasant one.

Taste is less sweet, thankfully. Still mostly bland though - watery on the assault that gets a bit sweet, bordering on malty, towards the mid, a touch of cereal grain on there that becomes slightly tart towards the back. Touch of vanilla late is the most interesting thing, but it can't save an otherwise very bland palate.

Bit of texture on the feel but still pretty thin. Carbonation tingle is not overblown though.

There seems to be a noticeable effort put into this beer that isn't present in most bland Mexican lagers. But it's not enough for me not to lump this in with all the others as uninspiring, insipid swill.

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Bohemia from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.43 out of 5 based on 1,047 ratings.
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