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

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002

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Photo of warpedrevolution
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No doubt the best beer produced in Mexico (with Negra Modelo or Bohemia Oscura being second with a bit of distance between the two). Wish it was available all year round but then it wouldn't be this special. I was only able to have a few bottles as I arrived in late January and the people kind enough to let me drink a few had some saved from the holiday season and it was no longer available in stores. A must try during the holidays!

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never even heard of or seen this beer before. It randomly fell into my lap last week after it was left in the backyard cooler from our Xmas party. There were 2 left, so I decided to crack em'.

Note: I drank them both from the bottle so I can't really give a good assessment of the appearance, so i'll just average it based on the other aspects...blah blah blah.

S: Like a German Bock (surprisingly) - sweet and malty, bready with a hint of grassy hop in there as well.

T: Where did the nice malt and hint of hops go??? Like a standard Mexi-Beer but a hint of brown sugar and toasted grain.

M: Standard, slightly less than fizzy, session beer.

O: Unfortunately the nose is the only thing with German influence in this one. Don't get me wrong, being born and raised in SD, I have a major weakness for Mexi-Beer and this one really just is a good Mexi-Beer, and not much more. Right up there, and maybe even nicer, than Victoria (another Mexican classic). I could drink these all night and with an ABV of 5.9% I might actually catch a buzz which isn't easy to do with most Mexi-Beers.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass from a local brewery in Cabo San Lucas. I recall drinking this beer before my craft days, thinking that it was some sort of dark god. How times have changed. This reddish brown concoction may stand out a bit in a landscape of yellow fizzy beach brews but is an average bock at best, below average truth be told. Does show some light tan head but with a curiously fizzy thin body and an aroma that is strangely alcohol-forward, boozy and medicinal rather than richly sweet and fruity, although I do get a whiff of cherry cough syrup. The flavor is devoid of clear roasted or chocolate elements. There are some cherry, sultana raisin, and peach notes poking out here and there along with a brown sugar backbone that somehow manages to underperform compared to a brew like Negra Modelo. I am having to pay too much attention to taste the fruit notes and I'm simply not getting the big dark molasses flavor others are claiming. Like a Mexican Shiner Bock. Finish is on the grainy and medicinal side. Its not awful but I think I'll refrain from buying a 12-pack next time.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of doucmehu
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 bottle.

A: Poured into a beer mug. Very clear dark coppery amber, not a lot of head, little retention and no lacing.

S: Slightly metallic, a bit of grain and burnt sugar. Smells weak but like a bock.

T: Mildly sweet caramel and burnt sugar, dry corn and grain, metallic aftertaste and just a hint of esters.

M: Thin and watery, thin carbonation. Bitter (but not from hops) finish, fairly dry.

O: Drinkable when icy cold, but really not a very good beer. It doesn't seem much different than Dos Equis Amber.

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Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, 2011 edition. This pours a brownish color with a short lived white head. The smells are light, some malts, caramel and toffee. The feel is medium to light. Taste is similar to smell light toffee malts, a little bitterness and carbonation at the end.

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Photo of Tom-Peters
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.49/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received this as a gift from BA Borrachito at the Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port on 6 December. Really wasn't sure what this beer would turn out like. Turned out it was quite unremarkable.
This Mexican brew had a clear ochre color and a fairly good-sized bubbly off-white head. The head quickly shrank down to a skim despite the lively carbonation. The smell was a blend of earthy malts and some corn syrup with a rather unappealing lightly sulphurous aroma. The taste was a listless mix of caramel and grainy malt flavors with a vague hops bite in the finish. The feel was thin and watery.
This beer really isn't much to get excited about. It's basically a boring, not-quite-average dark lager.

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Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
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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4/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours a deep copper color with a modest cap of foam that dissipated quickly. Sweet grain and tobacco in the aroma. More sweetness on the palate, too much. Some bready notes mix it up until the beer moves into a vacant center and finishes with a touch of bitterness and metallic twang.

Not the best bock out there, but not bad for south of a south of the border bock.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very well presented bottle, great seasonal appeal, although it's a shame that the cap underneath the foil is blank. Looks like carbonated iced tea in the glass, very pretty. Appealing appearance and aroma. Aroma is mostly malt, a hint of hops tucked away in the back. A touch of sweetness, resolving to a mild hops finish. Maybe a little too much carbonation... I feel like some flavors might be being hidden by the bubbles. Not a whole lot of depth in the flavor department, but nothing to complain about either. Crisp finish, very drinkable. Probably the best Mexican macro out there.

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Photo of ChrisCage
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this while on vacation in Mexico during the first week of December 2009 and finally found my tasting notes after misplacing them during a move.

This is the 2009 version of this beer, just as an FYI....

A- Poured a reddish color with dark amber hues in the backround. There wasn't much head retention or lacing that was clinging to my glass either. Overall an unspectacular looking beer, but definitely not the worst look out there. Very nice label with the poinsettia logo and the foil on the neck is always a nice touch.

S- I found this to be quite sweet smelling...obviously due to the malts used. Other than this, it smelled of grains and the overall aroma was mild. I didn't notice any real hop bitterness but I wasn't really expecting to either with this style and all.

T- The beer was rich and malty sweet overall, and I did pick up some fruity hints that were slightly tropical, like banana. There was also a certain floral note to it that I couldn't really pick out a specific to relate it to, but it was there. Decent bitterness on the finish and I found it clean tasting for a darker beer.

M- Found this to have a light body to it with heavy carbonation to scrub the palate clean. The alcohol was well hidden as well.

D- Very easy to drink beer...I thought it was light enough to enjoy with a spicier dish, and there isn't a lack of chili pepper in Mexico! It has enough flavor to have on its own and I find that this is a very similar beer to Negra Modelo....very decent!

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 219 ratings
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