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 WastingFreetime
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -0.6%
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 +19.4%

Photo of SawDog505
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a dark amber, with a nice one inch white head, that settles slower than expected. Some solid lacing. Smell is grass, lemon, sweet malts, and maybe a hint of pine. Taste is all of that, with a little breadyness and good balance. Body is thin for me, but on the heavy side for a Mexican beer. Nice amount of carbonation and very easy drinking. This is a nice tasting beer.

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Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a typical looking reddish brown color with a thin cream colored head on top. The head fades and doesn't leave too much on the glass. The smell of the beer had some dark malt aromas with a light element of spice in there. The taste was pretty decent actually. I enjoyed the beers hint of holiday flavor it had. The mouthfeel was drinkable and well carbonated. Overall this brew wasn't too bad.

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Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a medium amber color with a frothy off-white head. Decent retention and nice lacing.

Nose is caramel maltiness and floral hops with a little bit of sweet herbal character.

Nice little floral hop kick with a fair amount of toasty-caramel malt. I dont think there is any spice additions, but the interaction of the herbal hop and toasted malt gives it almost a nutmeg/cinnamon character that fits well with the beer. I am glad to see a Mexican brewery delve into the seasonal beer market. Body is fairly light and it drinks really easy. I am contemplating picking up another 12-pack of this before Christmas rolls around, especially at less than 15 bucks...Im fairly impressed!

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical chestnut brown color with reddish highlights, head is bubbly but nothing to speak of. Nose is similar to the original Negra Modelo but has an accent of herbs and maybe a hint of spicing as well.

The flavor here is, again, similar to the ordinary Negra but includes some additional complexities and nods towards the winter warmer style. Moderate herbal character adds something up front, and the finish, while still medicinally abrupt, is heightened by a very mild herbal note.

A little better than the original, and it comes in 12-packs which is kind of nice. Look for it at your local bodega.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.01/5  rDev -10.1%
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 BDIMike
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper red color. Very clear and highly carbonated, but a thin white head goes away immediately.
Smells like a very nice bock. A very nice caramel malt smell dominates the nose.
Taste is an above average bock. Like the smell, the taste is dominated by caramel malts with a slight hop taste.
Mouthfeel is a good thickness with a smooth feel.
Drinkability is great for a bock. I am not normally a fan of bocks as they seem boring to me. However, judging this on style it is much better than most other bocks I've had.

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Photo of tito42
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle with gold foil seal into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. No freshness date on bottle but reviewed same day of purchase from a warehouse club sampler case. 2010 Limited Edition (Edicion Limitada, actually)

A: Rich mahogany with a nice cocoa head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S: Toasted malts, earthy hops, a touch of cocoa.

T: Rich, lightly toasted malts and earth hops. Actually hoppy to the point that it almost outweighs the malt, which was not expected. Caramel notes.

M: Medium-light bodied with decent malt creaminess. More hops dryness than I expect from the style.

O: An above average bock and easily my favorite Mexican beer to date (haven't yet tried Bohemia). Definitely worth it if you're a wholesale club member and you can get the Dos Equis holiday sampler on the cheap.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at a party, thanks Andy. It almost made up for the crappy movie you made us sit through

The aroma is rather light for a bock, it's malty with a hint of brown sugar. The taste thankfully has more to it, bits of caramel and cinnamon and brown sugar. The body is light for a bock but it's smooth enough. I'd have it again and is probably the best Mexican beer I've had.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Sam (SSW117) for sharing this at a recent tasting.

Pours with a tawny amber hue, the sticky body fills the sampling glass. A coating of light tan lace adorns the top. Caramel & hops are slight in the aroma, with a little cereal and toasted bread crust.

Flavor is clearly caramel-rich and backed by toasted cereal grains. Nothing too exciting, but it is impressively Bock-like for a Mexican beer. Body is medium-thin and crisp. Big bubbles of carbonation, but still a very drinkable beer. Worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of hevbus
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a seasonal brew and only comes out during the Holidays. It is in par with what I think is the best Mexican beer; Bohemia.
A- The head is about 1 finger and lingers enough to get the first couple of drinks.
B- Aroma is good and pleasant.
c- Taste is better than expected. Especially if the only thing you have ever had is Tecate or Corona which is nothing more than the Bud and Coors of Mexico.
I look forward to drinking this when in Mexico during the Holidays. Maybe that is the aura that surrounds this beer. The fact that it is the Christmas beer.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, this presents a very clear and deep reddish amber color under a thin but nicely sustained head. The aroma is a mild but noticeable sweet roasted malt nose with a light note of hops. There's a nice sweet roasted malt dominated and robust body here carried along by a pleasant medium carbonation into a caramel noted crisp malt finish. All in all, a no frills but solid bock. Gracias a la Cerveceria por una cerveza con cojones...

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Photo of devilben02
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
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 PEBKAC
1.9/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

"Estilo Bock" 2010 edition

This beer was thrown into the communal ice bucket during New Years, where it lingered & subsequently became property of the operator of the establishment... me. :D

A sticky glob of parchment-colored Cool Whip floats a top my Ommegang Anniversary glass. Clear antique maple wood stain, with a rich deep orange hue. Erratic misshapened lace blots the glass.

Smells big of malted cereal, brown sugar, & grain alcohol. Oxidized potatoes, leather, & sticky beer residue make up smaller nuances.

Glassy texture. Metallic charr, with caramel notes. Bland grain. Beef broth?! Newspaper. This bottle is CostCo fresh, but tastes old. Thin. Carbonation is lively. The finish is subtly sweet with some yet to be determined starch(boiled corn husks?).

I could maybe swallow this better with some Ritz crackers & some of those ugly gift basket cheese spreads I've been gifted over the holidays. But then I wouldn't have any ammo left to pass off to unwanted guests.

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Photo of atorres600
4.74/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I too am a sucker for mexican beers so i was at cotco and picked this one up. It comes in a 24 pack along with dos equis lager regular. It was exceptional .. I think i am a fan of cuauhtemocs dark beers they brew because this is the 3rd best beer ive had from here. Dark but smoooth !!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.66/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my Lost Abbey Teku produces a two-finger thick, pale amber tinged, tan colored head that even leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a deep amber, sort of root-beer looking color that shows an absolutely brilliantly clear, garnet color when held up to the light. The aroma smells spicy from a mx of hops and malt and there is an almost raisin like note towards the end; this last is contributed by the malt and really isn't fruit-like. The spiciness suggest cinnamon to me for some reason and now that I noticed that I am noticing that the hops definitely are contributing a berry-like character to the nose; that even smells a bit like concord grape juice.

Fairly dry up front, this picks up a faint sweetness as it rolls across the tongue, which accentuates a light, concord grape like flavor. Both the carbonation and a hop bitterness contribute a nice bite to this beer from beginning to end; this is almost the dominant note in this beer. The beer is quite clean, like one would expect from a lager, and finishes fairly non-descriptly with a faintly metalic, grassy combination of malt and hop. Clean malt contributes a touch of lightly accented umami malt character, a wisp of caramelized whole grain; this does manage to have a sort of diluted richness of malt character that a good bock would have and it works quite well here. Fairly light bodied, but still has a touch of viscousness that manages to linger a bit on the palate; the body is enough that this would stand up well to food. At times this has a sort of berry flavor to it, which nicely compliments the softly sweet malt character.

Not bad, and certainly better than Negra Modelo, I wish this beer was as ubiquitous as that when I went out to Mexican restaurants. While nothing to get overly excited about, this is a nicely enjoyable brew that I would be happy to be drinking as I am cooking food up in the kitchen, which is exactly what I happen to be doing at the moment.

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

Who are you? I must find out. A Mexican Christmas bock? Let's give it a shot. Clear red, some lacing and decent low carbonation. Nice noble hop aroma with some sweet and lightly toasted malt. Tastes nice, good balance between the malts and the noble hops, there is a little bit of mid-palate cardboard that fades quickly but is a noticeable flaw.
Overall, pretty good stuff and a nice little surprise.

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Photo of fizzy
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is Noche Buena 2010 and came from a Variety Pack that I picked up at Sam's Club for what I thought a good price of $20.00. Not many imports at that price. I like Dos XX in general and thought this would be a holiday treat.

There are so many bock beers that you could get lost for the rest of your life just sampling bocks. This one is good, but I don't really think it has anything over any good American bock beer.

I liked it, it didn't take me "off to old Mexico", but on a cold night here in western Minnesota it will fill the void nicely

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Photo of thebeerdoctor
4.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark amber colored pour into a mug. With the kind of aroma in the nose that meant good beer, some 18 years ago, when I first sampled this Mexican holiday classic. A delicious presentation from start to finish. Wonderfully drinkable, with expert balance between malts and ample hops support.
First created in 1920, this is an outstanding example of Christmas bock... if only you are fortunate enough to find it.

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured a light brown in color and was very clear. It had a nice off-white head that showed good retention.

Smell - This one has a nicely toasted aroma and is very clean. I can also pick up some dark molasses which rightly completes the bouquet.

Taste - That has a big, hard-hitting molasses flavor without a hint of sugar. The malt base is firm and strong giving this beer a lot more heft than I expected.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied, flows easy in the mouth, and has enough carbonation to keep things interesting.

Drinkability - I wouldn't say that this is a session beer but it is an easy drinker. It's light and refreshing but has powerful punch that demands respect.

PS: This may seem like a strange beer to pick for my 1,900th review, but I was down in Mexico City having celebrated the bicentennial and was working out the week at a car wash owned by a friend, actually there more to learn from his cooking techniques as they serve food at the car wash and he is an amazing chef. We cooked the night away and I kept my mouth from getting dry by drinking Noche Buenas and I have to say they made for quite the refreshing evening.

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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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