Noche Buena
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.

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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #156
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,686
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 17.7%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
223
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Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
 
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Avail:
Winter
Wants
  17
Gots
  28
SCORE
78
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Reviews by jzlyo:
Photo of jzlyo
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is light caramel, a bit of sweetness and malts. The flavor is caramel, malts, a hint of butterscotch, a bit of fruit and a mildly sweet finish.

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Photo of marc956
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was finally able to get a 12pack in Monterrey a
few months ago had heard about it for years + the
price couldn't be beat either 55 pesos (about 5$)
which is cheaper than even Tecate!

Taste is excellent (like all GOOD mexican beers -
of which most are) you don't need lime/salt and I
like it being on the strong side 5.9% which makes
for a change from my everyday fave Indio which is
also distributed by Cerv. Cuauthemoc, this one is
a bit of a bock, a bit of an amber. Good hybrid!!
IMO it's best to enjoy during the holidays though
it'll be 100 tomorrow (well later today) so gonna
enjoy them as cold as my fridge can be (unless 2+
of y'all can convince me to keep my last precious
3 for summer drinking)

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Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of thekanna
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light amber color with fizzy, tan head that dissipates quickly.
S: sweet malt character with some corn thrown in there for good measure
T: slightly sweet malts, grainy with a lightly toasted taste. Medium carbonation with large bubbles. Honestly, not all that bad.

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Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Clear reddish brown body with an off-white head that settles to a thin layer relatively quickly. Euro hop aromas, appropriate for a bock. Biscuit malt flavor. Hops aren't as strong in the taste as I would like.

I can't really say I'm a fan of this beer. It's not bad, but not something I plan on drinking again.

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Photo of jaimenavarrog
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of devilben02
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I discovered this one in the ice bucket at a Super Bowl party that contained a varied assortment of "CostCo exotics". I wasn't expecting much from this lesser-known brother of the Dos Equis family, but this was a welcome surprise.

First, I must give high scores for appearance since the red-tinged medium-amber color of this beer looked great even from a blue plastic party cup. A thick, billowy light-sand-colored head erupted during the pour, eventually settling into a thin, foamy cap. The aroma was surprisingly sweet and almost reminded me of caramel corn, but it wasn't an artificial corn sweetness that comes across in many mass-produced lagers. The flavor was likewise skewed toward the sweet malt end of the spectrum, with a nice dry, bready, caramel character that was up-front but not potent. Being a bit under-carbonated, the texture was smooth and easy.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth, fairly dry sweetness of this beer, making me quite glad that my initial expectations (throw-away off-style from Mexican lager factory) didn't get in the way of my willingness to try something new.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.72/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Very dark copper color, creamy foamy head with a finger thick, good lacing; Smell: Floral hops and pumpkin; Taste: Smoked malt, floral hops, molasses ad pumpkin, the flavor pumpkin predominant by far; Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, high bitterness, high carbonation, robust body; Drinkability: My favorite beer for Christmas.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.33/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle poured into Efes tulip. 2011 vintage. Pour seems quite still. Zero lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel crossed with overripe banana. Mouthfeel is thin and taste is not offensive but really nothing exciting. Reminds me of a stale Yuengling more than a bock. Like a flat amber instead of a bock. Easy to drink, just not enjoyable.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a flute

A - It is dark amber colored with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head.

S - The aroma is sweet. It has some caramel and toffee.

T - The taste matches the smell. It is sweet caramel and toffee.

M - Moderate

O - This is one of the least offensive beers that I have had out of Mexico. It drinks easy and the taste is okay. I'd put it with Negro Modelo.

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Photo of mactrail
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think this is just an adjunct lager with a little caramel coloring. If this is rated as a bock, it's pretty much at the bottom of the barrel. Back in the 1970s, we used to be happy to see this stuff around the holidays. It was dark, which made it special. But I also think that back in the day Noche Buena had a sweeter, slightly richer caramel taste.

This just tastes faintly of caramel malt and surprisingly bitter. Maybe with the price of hops the less-particular of the industrial brewers are using some rock bottom variety that gives a little bitter zing without breaking the budget.

The mouthfeel is quite spritzy and tastes like club soda. Dark amber color in the glass. The typical wet cardboard smell. From the bottle into a plastic cup at the neighborhood street celebration. At least I still have my memories.

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Photo of crossovert
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 edition. gold-foiled 355ml bottle.

It pours a clear reddish brown with a creamy off-white head.

The smell is actually not too bad. It smells like noble hops and some pleasant carmally malts.

The flavor is more of a disappointment, it shows is Mexicaness. It has a it of metal, herbal notes form the hops, some muddled sweetness, and overall not that great.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's that time of the year again, and we get this beer again. If I didn't give it a shot, then i'd have to wait another year....

Sexy looks, brown mahogany with an off white foam that sticks around for a while.

Smells a nice balance of malts and hops, but nothing special..

Taste is the same, some sweetness and perfectly balanced. Yet again, not quite special though. Somewhat astringent aftertaste.

Very bubbly, lots of carbonation.

It's not a big deal, but it's very damn enjoyable, and considering it comes from a macro (with macro pricing)...it's actually good. For less than $10usd a 12-box.... there's no room for complaints.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the better mexican brews. Pours a deep auburn to caramel, minimal head, off white with little lace or retention. Aroma had cinammon and/or nutmeg, fit the season

Taste, not much for hops or carbonation, but was a smooth malt beer to make up for it, wouldn't call it a malt bomb by any means, but it is a nice alternative to really heavy winter ales. Caramel carries this beer. Wish it was a little more price friendly, but there is no denying it is up there with Negra Modelo in terms of quality.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finishing my night with this beer. How appropriate, no? It pours a clear sunrise garnet topped by a finger of dirty off-white foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light cocoa powder, graham crackers, and biscuits. The taste holds notes of caramel, light mandarin orange syrup, honey-dripped biscuits, and very light chocolate powder. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a mostly smooth feel, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, not a spectacular brew by any stretch, but a very drinkable, generally enjoyable one. Not bad.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass - thanks jess!

Pours a clear caramel brown color with some slightly brighter auburn and burnt orange hues. A thick beige head bubbles up, retaining well with patchy lacing on the glass.

Some toasted malts with grain and faint caramel sweetness. Light suggestions of dark fruit such as dates, and a touch of soapiness.

Fairly soft up front with some toasted malts and caramel. Touches of fruit sweetness and burnt sugar, but very faint. Very subdued flavor in general, to be honest.

Medium body, nice carbonation, slightly creamy and smooth on the tongue. A pretty boring bock flavorwise, although it looked and felt pretty nice.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

It pours a medium brown with a light tan, good lacing and retention.

The aroma is lots of spice with caramal.

The taste is light overall, not what you would think. Mouthfeel is ok, drinkability is ok.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a rich mahogany with an off white head that dissipates quickly, leaving nothing but a ring around the edges. There is no lacing. The beer smells slightly caramel and malts. Tastes of faint spices with a malt presence. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I wanted to rate this beer higher, but there's just not that "outstanding" thing in it I'm looking for, other than good memories of times spent in Mexico. So consider this a sentimental favourite. I do like the taste, and if I could find it here in six or twelve packs, I'd drink it a lot. Unfortunately I could only find single bottles.

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4/5  rDev +18%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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2/5  rDev -41%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 223 ratings