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

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Style:
Lager - Vienna
Ranked #181
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,614
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 16.37%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
125
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
 
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Notes: Bohemia Oscura is a Vienna type beer. It offers the perfect balance of caramel and toasted malts that give off notes from walnut and coffee.
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rodc78

2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bohemia is marketed as the premium product line of Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma brewery.
While the Clara ('pilsner') is actually good, to me the Oscura tastes too much of artificial chocolate, almost like Hershey's Syrup but without the aroma.
I perceive it as an over-industrialized effort to sell it as 'exotic' or 'gourmet' to people that don't expect much or know much about beer but want to try something fancier that average mexican macros.

Oct 24, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-toned body with a thin, wispy, ivory head.

Smell: Oscura has a rather weak aroma, with ultra faint touches of malt in the form of a dry toasty quality and lager character.

Taste: A bit sweetish, rather mild hints of toasted bread, nuts with a dusting of Sanka and chocolate. All rather mild, but fine, then, unfortunately, it turns a bit metallic as you reach the soft finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.

Overall: Picked up the Bohemia multipack to celebrate the Fourth of July - whoa, whoa, whoa - don't worry, I did make sure to snag some appropriate American-born beers for celebrating Independence Day. Still, I'd say the standard-issue Bohemia Clásica/Pilsner is the best of the bunch.

Jul 03, 2019
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: herbal, crisp hops, fermented grains, hint of malt sweet, airy finish. Mild malt and hop nose. Brown, mostly clear, with tall head that dissipates fast. Medium/light body. 14 IBUs

May 26, 2019
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Nass from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a white fluffy head with a fair amount of carbonation. There is a best by date on the bottle. I like the classy looking bottle label artwork. The aroma is sweet mixed with some burnt char type of character as well. It sort of reminds me of Negra Modelo except Negra Modelo is has a bolder flavor. The is taste is caramel, dates, slight roasted malt, slight nutty character, there is a biscuit note in here as well. This is not a bad Mexican Vienna Lager at all, you ought to go out and try some. Cheers! B

May 26, 2019
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle, it pours a nice dark amber with a modest head, soon dissipating to a ring and continent. Caramel malts in the nose. In the mouth, it is the same. Decent!

May 05, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a brown color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has malty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malty flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A refreshing beer in the hot sun

Jan 14, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice earthy brown color with a finger of light tan head that leaves decent lacing. Light malts in the nose. Refreshingly sweet malt taste with caramel and breadiness. Light to medium bodied and easy drinking. Delicious -- especially in Mexico when choices can be limited.

May 28, 2017
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canucklehead from Canada

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not the easiest beer to find in Mexico but worth the purchase as it rivals Negro Modelo as one of the best macros from here. Malty and well finished with a nice mouthfeel this is a great beer with food .

Mar 03, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Amaité Cafe, Puebla, Mexico

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with thin off white head that died down, leaving a collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of dark malts are present in the smell.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark Malts and hints of malt extracts.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has s moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is very light in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 20, 2015
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Myotus from Texas

3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle (best by date 26Oct15) into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and a half worth of khaki foam that dissipates into a line after 1 minute. Copper in color. Rising bubbles are medium-sized and are high in quantity. There is an abundance of tiny, white particles floating in the brew. Lacing is thin and moderate, but stays on the glass.
SMELL: Doesn't have a strong smell. There are subtle aromas of caramel malts and sweet bready malts.
TASTE: Mild caramel malt and sweet bready malt flavors enter initially. Subtle spicy hops and pale malts along with hints of bitter hops enter immidieately after as caramel flavors continue, but sweet bready malt flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes with a subtle dryness.
NOTE: This was too good to come from Mexico.

Oct 03, 2015
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FLima from Brazil

3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While living in Mexico a long time ago, Bohemia was one of my favorites, though I am not sure whether they had this Obscura version at the time.
Brown caramel color with a thick beige head with a relatively short retention and leaving laces.
Creamy light aroma with notes of caramel, nuts, milky chocolate and raisins.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, toasted malts, prunes, coconut, tea, hazelnut and minerals. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Nice surprise from a mass company. Good Vienna Lager, it is not just caramel notes, it carries the demanded complexity for that style. Still it is somewhat bland but very pleasant and sessionable.

Aug 15, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bohemia has a dark side as well? Ok, Ventura, when you go to Miexico, can you bring me back a bottle? Two weeks later, I gratefully receive two bottle, one of which gets the DoubleJ dissection. It looks similar to the classic Bohemia label, but with "obscura" in small font. From a stubby 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

It's dark amber colored with chestnut hues. Topping it is a half-inch of semi-soapy head which leaves good lacing around. The aroma of modest toast, soft esters, and kiss of husk distinguish itself from Bohemia classica, a beer which I revisited three weeks before. Obscura indeed has a toasty flavor, not too heavy, and also brings waves of bread crust and even the soft flesh of bread. It's almost bock-like, but lighter and designed for warm weather. A kiss of booze and medium body finish this beer on a refreshing note.

Warm or cold, Bohemia Obscura could be counted on throughout the year. Now let's see this imported!

Aug 03, 2015
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Mike_Aguirre from Mexico

4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite mexican beer, I wish the world would consider this as the beer from mexico and not corona. Pours deep amber, coppery, with red highlights. Aroma and taste are of vienna malts and bitterness is right for the style. Great beer.

Feb 18, 2015
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of my favorite dark Mexican beers. Easy to drink, great flavor and feel, and something I search out now when I'm buying beer in Mexico. It has become my go-to dark beer surpassing Negra Modelo.

Feb 09, 2015
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

*300th Review*

A bunch of numbers are on the bottle, but there are a few separate ones that read "11 2013", so I assume that means drink by November. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy brown with about a finger of a tan-ish head. The head doesn't last long, and the beer only leaves a slight ring around the glass. Patchy lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains. Traces of some sort of dark fruit like plum or raisin. Doesn't seem to be of the highest quality, but it doesn't smell bad.

Taste: The dark fruit sort sweetness is on the front, and then the rest is some slightly roasted malt to take away from some of that sweetness. There's no real bitterness in this beer, but that malt character does help to keep this from being cloying. On some sips I pick up a faint metallic note, but I'd rather have that over skunkiness any day, which this beer doesn't have. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, with just a little bit of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is just alright. Highly forgettable. The thing that gets me about this beer is the pretentious bottle -- wrapped in foil as if this is a really rare treat. I'd not be opposed to having it again, but it's just too "blah" for me to warrant ever buying it.

Jul 14, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance: rich amber hue with a clear body and moderate effervescence. Head poured two fingers of frothy ivory foam with decent retention.

Smell: malty aroma with a bit of caramel and a big of bready/biscuity flavor. Not my favorite, but decent and pretty clean.

Taste: malty with a fair bit of caramel and a tiny hint of chocolate. The bready and biscuity character from the aroma is much more subdued here. More of a dark lager than a Vienna lager, I'd say, but overall quite tasty indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a surprising creaminess. I like it.

Overall: this is a tasty and drinkable lager, and while it may not be quite stylistically accurate, I quite like it. Would definitely have again.

Oct 30, 2012
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DavidPantsSmarty

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the prize winner of the Bohemia family in my opinion. It goes down smooth for a 5.5% and leaves your palette clean and ready for more. With its overtones of both caramel and toasted nuts, it combines well with its floral and slight metallic taste. If you enjoy a quality 'indio' (a darkish mexican beer) you need look no further. It has a very sweet scent, but its overall finish is very dry and flavorsome. Anyone whom has experienced their fair share of typical mexican beers knows that this is something that is often lacking. Though this is no craft beer, it hones craft beer elements and can be found in most drinking establishments at a slightly higher price than the usual suspects. I first encountered Bohemia Obscura at La Opera bar in Mexico City and it quickly became my go to beer after a long day. It's taste is far more augmented than the usual suspects over at the 15 peso bars that cloud up high volume areas like centro and zona rosa. Overall, when in Mexico, this is the perfect beer to drink when you are not lazing in the sun on the beach.
A quick observation: i have been told by a friend that Bohemia uses artificial colors and additives in it brewing process and that it will give you rather nasty hangover. Though i can advocate the former to be false nor true, i can say that i have yet to experience any kind of hangover from Bohemia Obscura, even at times drinking more than a dozen in one evening.

Oct 11, 2012
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.01/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From my trip to Cancun a few months back.

Nice creamy head sticks around for a bit with some nice lacing, clear orange auburn red color.

Nose has a fairly cheap macro lager, but some nice malts, light crystal and fluffy dark malts, light skunk and metallic twinge. Hints of fruit and even toffee malt.

Taste starts with malts, darker malts, caramel, molasses, toffee, etc. then light lager, hint of lager fruit, and some bad lager, macro sweetness, light skunk metallic flavor, light powdered caramel like flavor. Finishes dry, bitter unhappy lager and light skunk, hint of caramel and brown malts. Nougat chocolate creamy taste too.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall interesting but not great, some decent malts but skunked bad lager.

May 22, 2012
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Pexkool from Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a reddish brown color with a little white head.

S - Malt, chocolate, barley, wheat, licorice.

T - Metallic taste with roasted malt and wheat. Alcohol and water and kind of a citric tones with bitter aftertaste.

M - High carbonation, crisp and bitter aftertaste. Leaves your mouth and back of your tongue dry and the bitterness makes you want another sip.

Overall, a good beer among all of the popular Mexican beers out there; one of the best but not for much. It's great for a dry and hot weather, like those in a typical Mexican summer. Highly recommended if you come to Mexico and want to taste something different and better than Corona.

Feb 11, 2012
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zeledonia from Washington

3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle picked up at a local shop in Tulum. Continuing my exploration of Mexican beers, in the hopes that I'll find something I like.

Pours a deep amber with an orange tint. Clear, with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell is quite faint. Toasted malts, a bit of hazelnut, and a touch of coffee. Not bad, but pretty light on the aroma.

Taste is good. Nice malt base, with some light plum flavors, brown sugar, and a mild nutty presence. Finish brings a mild bitterness that lightens it. I like it.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-bodied, rather buoyant in the mouth, like it's expanding once it hits my tongue. Medium carbonation that's pretty persistent - mostly big bubbles that bounce on the tongue. Works well for this beer.

A pretty good beer, all things considered. So far, it's the best of the local options I've had. I'll continue exploring other Mexican beers, but I suspect I'll come back to this one.

Dec 26, 2011
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BretSikkink from Mexico

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown in color with a tanned head. Nothing interesting about the look, and the foam is poor. No lacing from this bottle.

Nose is too clean, with a slight skunkiness. Malts are caramelized but only just faintly. Maybe an herbal tea note. Weak.

Same for the flavor. Malt drives the flavor but there isn't a lot. Toasted notes, some black tea, hint of diacetyl, and carbonation notes. Body is light and overcarbonated, finish is super fast.

Hints of hazelnut and coffee save this from being really bad, but it's not far off. Fortunately it's not cloyingly sweet like some other Cuauhtemoc brews...

Aug 14, 2011
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Nerudamann from Oregon

4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Look - dark copper color/deep amber color, clear, with about a finger and a half of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - a little malty smelling, sweet, and maybe a little bit of a nut type of smell.

Taste and Mouthfeel - it has a bit of a roasted or smoked quality. It actually tastes a lot like some of the beers that I had in Bavaria, but much darker "tasting". Basically more filling. The texture itself is very well-balanced though. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

Overall - not a very perplexing beer to taste, but still interesting and good.

May 23, 2011
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hopsolutely from Canada

3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although I wouldn't classify it as a Vienna Lager, unlike its Dos Equis sister, it is definitely a dark amber/black and qualifies for the name "Obscura".

Pleasant appearance, but unfortunately a brutal corn syrupy aroma. The higher alcohol content (as compared to most Mexican beers) deepens the flavour profile, which has some maltiness along with the fundamental sweetness and over-riding corn adjuncts. What a shame hops don't seem to have made it south of the border. However there is an underlying slight bitterness to the finish, so this beer is actually growing on me as I finish it...

May 06, 2011
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schmidtn from Michigan

2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark beer color: amber. Head lasts only a few momements.

I drink this beer a lot when travelling in Mexico, but have never had it in a wine glass before. This is not recommended. It has the smell of a clean, but wet dog.

Taste is nice and malty, with a light European style hops on my tongue. Nice tasting beer. Better in a regular glass rather than a wine glass.

Lighter, heavy for a Mexican brew, but not as heavy as it appears. A small amount of malt lingers.

A tasty beer best consumed from the bottle or a glass where the aroma does not pool.

Mar 08, 2011
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edrachman from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up first day in Playa Del Carmen. it's the Frida Kahlo special edition, but pretty sure that's the label only.

Pours deep reddish amber with little discernible head, but plenty of lacing.

Strong malty smell, almost musty which almost overpowers anything else.

Malt is not as strong on the taste. Drinks surprisingly well with deep flavor, just a bit of generic flavor. Nothing really stands out.

Again, drinks well, both mouthfeel and drinkability are nice and will have a few more in the next few days.

Nov 28, 2010
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Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 125 ratings