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 sigtau200ws
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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 bens0n
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear reddish ruby color with a small amount of foamy light tan head that leaves no lacing.

Smell wise it smells bready just like any other bock. Nothing too special or memorable but still pretty balanced nothing hoppy or funky.

Flavor wise it lines up with the smell... nothing festive but still a worthy bock with a toasty bready flavor.

Its a decent thickness with low carbonation, goes down smooth. Easily a sessioanble beer even though its 6% abv.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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 Treyliff
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Took a bottle of this home from a Christmas party out of a holiday 24 pack.

A- Dark copper color with a reddish hue. Large light tan head that shrinks to a small layer that stays long after the pour. Good lacing stuk to the side of the glass.

S- Roasted malts and a sharp citrus smell from the hops. Also a strange metallic smell coming through on the nose, a little off puting and seems to overpower everything else.

T- Seems a little light for a bock. Slight citrus notes, buiscits, a little bit of chocolate, and an off puting metalic taste, simlilar to the smell. Finished slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is solid.

Seems solid in everything other than smell and taste. I don't know what to make of that. The pour was awesome, but that certain metallic taste and smell seemed to keep it from being a great beer.

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Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of davidtarantino
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eltrufio1
1/5  rDev -70.2%

Photo of duff247
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised to see this at a Xmas party. At points, the label has a very similar look to that of Bohemia. It comes in a brown 12 ounce bottle, so...on to the beer:

It's got an amber brown color with lasting head and solid formation of lace sticking around. The nose has a little toffee, also some stale malt. Flavor is meh towards the begining; light amounts of toffee crisp, caramel, bread, and a kiss of hops. As the beer warms up these flavors intensify and overall becomes sweeter. This bolder flavor matches well with the mouthfeel which is surprisingly fuller than I thought, and rather smooth.

Here's a sleeper from a Mexican brewing giant. It's a step up from Dos Equis Amber, but Noche Buena is only around during the winter season.

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Photo of Rumpole
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For whatever reason, this is the first I've heard tell of this stuff, found it in a holiday variety 24-pack along with both types of Dos Equis. It is light bodied for the style, which is what you'd expect from a Mexican dark. It's very close to rival Negra Modelo; this is a little richer and roastier, the Negra Modelo a little lighter and finishes a bit cleaner. If you like Mexi-darks, you'll like this just fine. It, or an equivalent dark from this brewer, ought to be available year-round, I'm somewhat surprised they don't really have anything to counter the Modelo unless it's Christmas season. While we're at it, this brewer really needs to get the Bohemia in 12-packs. A very drinkable and pleasant Mexi-dark.

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Photo of DavidST
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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 spycow
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of emerge077
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish copper color, lasting tan foam, even ten minutes after the first pour. Spotty lace around the edges, long drippy trails as the glass is drained. Bright clarity.

Brown sugar and malt-o-meal cereal, not too far off from oatmeal.

Thin and watery, though there's a vague amount of flavor here. Flaked oats, nutty malts, though unfortunately there's a metallic twang to the finish. Nothing sweet here that would suggest a bock, though there are some vague caramel flavors. Dry, papery aftertaste, clean finish. Simple and easy drinking. Nothing groundbreaking. Worth a try, though Indio is a far better beer from this brewery.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +19%

Photo of HalfFull
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. New 2011 edition of this holiday brew. Pours a deep amber with a hint of copper, quite clear and with a half inch of tan foam. Retention is a bit brief, surrendering to a light cap in a few minutes.

Nose is clean though a bit thin. Touch of ruddy caramel, perhaps a bit of carob and a hint of roast. No real hop aroma but that's just as well given the light malt delivery. Taste is smooth and light, finishing with a lingering yet thin caramel. Roast appears briefly after the swallow along with a bit of spice. Overall certainly lighter in body than I anticipated but quite drinkable and with enough complexity to keep things interesting. Light caramel sweetness and spiciness on the finish with some hops emerging with warming.

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Photo of BankerNes
5/5  rDev +48.8%

Photo of Vashtar
2.36/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Rich and clean Mexican beer smell.

Beautiful red orange appearance

It went downhill with the taste. It's as devoid of substance as a keystone.

The mouthfeel is bubbly, like champaign. It feels artificially carbonated. If you like bubbly water, you might like this.

Speaking of bubbly water, it tastes watered down.

I found myself just waiting for this beerish drink to be over.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Billolick
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/bottling date/best before info.

Pours clear dark amber, medium tan head that quickly departs and leaves just a few bits of lace.

Nose is just faintly of some powdered sugar and dark malt.

Thin brew, with limited flavors being exposed to the palate. A hint of chocolate, caramel, and then a dry and as somebody mentioned, a metallic note to finish things off. Wasnt expecting a whole lot but still somewhat disappointed here.

Best thing I can say is that it worked fine as part of a marinade for chicken thighs...

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Transferred over from the Christmas Beer session in my tasting notebook.

Poured into a standard pint glass, appears brown-tinted amber with a light single finger of loose head that falls down to a loose rim of foamy scum in about two minutes, body is lighter and carbonation is quite lively on the tongue. Aroma has this grassy herbal feel that also contains hints of cinnamon and spice spread over the top of a lightly toasted caramel malt. Taste comes across as a lot of the things promised in the nose, but not quite as strong as I would have anticipated from the nose, with the main flavor emphasis up front on the spice even coming across as understated before the tongue delves into the malt bill. Compared to other Christmas beers I have had it is rather underspiced but compared to other Mexican beers it is amazing. Pretty good overall, just wish it were amplified somewhat and had more head to it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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 FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +19%

Noche Buena from Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 218 ratings.
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