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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
218
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
17.86%
 
 
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Photo of FLima
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 edition. Finally after so many years I was able to evaluate this traditional seasonal local brew (which I had it over 15 years ago).
Brown reddish color with a thick beige head with good retention and leaving strong laces.
Nice aroma with notes of chocolate, caramel and red fruits.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, prunes, mild condiments, toasted malts, herbal hops and mild caramel. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
I see this as a bolder Vienna lager as opposed to a Bock. Worth it trying if you are in the country during season time.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.74/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Beginner2
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A decent dark brown bock, but nothing great to recommend it.
Malty. Less bubbles than its Mexican competition and a balanced finish.
Another example of Germans bringing their styles to the New World.
MJ's 1999 "guide" gave it 3 of 4 stars and pointed out this is a Christmas beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Well here is an interesting beer you just don't see all that often. Lots of caramel and toffee appearance wise, its a darker 'bock' beer if you will. The head formation is only 1/3". Aroma smells like Christmas, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate malt.

Taste, smooth, but enough levity to keep it from going porter. This is like a Mexican Winter Warmer ale just as much as it is a bock. I think its a pretty cool beer. I'm not dying to have it again, but given the brewery/region/style, its pretty neat.

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Photo of Brandon632
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of canucklehead
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LennyOvies
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

2015 limited edition.

L- Deep clear amber body. Frothy open bubble tan head with low retention.
S- Malts, caramel and bread. Fairly weak.
T- Malty sweet bread and a slight corn note. Bland aftertaste.
F- Medium.
O- Better than any BMC Ive had but not near any craft beer. Very good for the price, just below average by itself. Sadly this year this beer went from 5.9% to 4.7% abv. Previous iterations were better.

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Photo of wize
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Amaité Cafe, Puebla, Mexico

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that left a collar around the edge of glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the nose.
T; The taste is a little malty with hints of chocolate and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. It is definitely a little more maltier compared to other Mexican beers.

Note: Edition Limited 2015

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Eziel
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeenTired
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Vestlake
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.14/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a winter season beer in Mexico and it is different every year, It would be great if this were all year available but no, stock goes fast, beer drinkers buy boxes to store at home.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
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 misternebbie
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SofuSubarashi
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To clarify, I am giving my opinion on the new Bohemia version of Noche Buena.

First of all, let me say I am not sophisticated enough to truly comment on the look and smell. I mostly prefer to drink my beer from the bottle, but for this review I poured it in a glass.

I love Christmas beers. Noche Buena pours out the same color as the beautifully eye pleasing bottle. It looks dark cold, and promising. The gold foil brings with it a sense of festivity and grandness.

As I savor the aroma I detect the distinct odor of well...beer.

Not much of a fan of hoppy, piney and skunky beers, I seem to prefer lagers, high end and flavorful, but Lagers.

Noche Buena Bohemia delivers full flavor and a very satisfying delivery with something I love in my beer, a clean but strong finish.

We all have our regular go to beers, this one is a notch above like Christmas is a notch above a regular day. It adds a special dimension that makes the moment a bit more special. Christmas is not a day for any old beer.

I am NOT saying it's the best beer I ever had, simply that they pack a lot of fullness and flavor in a beautifully wrapped little bottle, and in a perfect balance for me. Merry Christmas!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of JGGR
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blazer22
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of carcanal
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of BeerRunner
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of gmarquez316
1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of CesarAlanis
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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