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

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Brewed by:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma, S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 12-28-2002

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91
Ratings:
214
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
27.38%
 
 
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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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 DenverLogan
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle...poured in small tulip glass.
Copper brown color. Small head.
Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, caramel, tobacco.
Significant carbonation...modest mouthfeel.
Flavors of medium sweet malts, minerals, citrus, water. More malt than light Mexican beer have, certainly, but light compared to Christmas - Holiday beers, or as it says "Estilo Bock." All in all, compared to the big beers I drink I would call this a session brew with slight caramel malt body.

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Photo of plaid75
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal clear amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet corn, light caramel and a grassy hop.

The flavor likewise featured a sweet adjunct with some deep earth tones and cleaned up with a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the thinner side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent bock. A nice surprise.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is difficult to grade.

#1- If compared to other Mexican macro beers, it would be one of the best of class.

#2 - If compared to American adjunct style Bocks (i.e. Shiner Bock), it would be slightly better than average.

#3 - If compared to German style Bocks, it would be sub-par.

Since the price was relatively low, I'm going to compare i to category #2.

Smells just like Shiner Bock but with maybe a tint of more hops.

Very attractive in the glass. Nice brown with purple and orange undertones. Perfectly clear with a white, quickly disappearing head.

Flavor is fairly sweet but with a dryer finish. A little bit of hops. A very little bit of spices. Some metallic/adjunct notes that distract from the final product.

Medium mouthfeel. Relatively smooth with appropriate carbonation.

This beer is respectable but not great.

One last note --- this beer is brewed in one of my favorite cities, Monterrey, NL, Mexico.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.12/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Clear amber with fizzy one-finger head which dissolved quickly. Surprisingly sturdy rings of lacing.

S - Mild aroma of lightly toasted grains and lager yeast.

T - Dextrin sweet graininess forward, with some spicy pilsner-esque hops taking over in the finish, also adding the slightest hint of fruitiness. A pasty taste starting in the mid-palate suggests the presence of adjuncts. Not offensive, but not good either.

M - Light bodied, with prickly carbonation. Appropriate for the taste profile. Probably the best thing about this beer.

O - Mild, inoffensive, and unimpressive. Definitely not a good representation of the style. Adjunct/dextrin tastes spoil what may have had some potential.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, brown colored lager with an amber glow. Thick bubbles of carbonation stream upward from the bottom of the glass. The foam is off-white, about a half-inch thick to start, holding nice as a thin film never completely dissipates. Clean, mild aroma with a light doughy sweetness. It's nice but faint, and I would like to get a bit more from it.

The taste has a light bready zest, with a hint of fruit. Subtle bitterness at the back. Not much to be real thrilled about. It's all a bit watered down and ultimately doesn't hold my attention for long. Medium body, average carbonation. Tastes mild in alcohol strength.

Overall a decent Bock beer, nothing special but relatively well made.

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Photo of 1234Jack
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

smells clean in glass, malt.

red brown amber color through glass, filtered.

lacing is fine, head is not super prominent.

taste is sugary sweet, malty.

crisp on tongue.

no hop taste or smell that i can really detect...

This is an ok beer, but the overly sugary aftertaste detracts for me. Makes me think adjunct.

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

Reads 5.4% by Vol. on bottle. I have not seen this beer in the stores since the early 80's back then it was one of the best on store shelves. We used to go out of our way to buy this malty beer. I paid $13.99/12pk today oh well...

Appearance- is average deep brown and clear. Pours and holds a good head.
Smell- whisp's of alcohol and caramel
Taste- first taste was cheap alcohol, adjuct grain or sugar then malt finish
mouthfeel-First sip bites you a little, after that it gets a little smoother, finish is dry.
Overall- ok, I put in the american bock catagory not horrible but not of a german breed.
I think its a Dos EquisXX Amber with some boost added to it. It tastes like that exactly.
One of the best beers from mexico
Cheers!

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Photo of beergoot
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark, copper-red color and sports a thick, sticky head. Fair malt scent; bright and musty. Decent if unspectacular malt flavor; some caramel; slightly bitter. Clean, dry finish, medium-light body.

A reasonably drinkable, flavorful bock beer. Nothing out of the ordinary but worth a try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear darker amber, light-light bubbles on the body. Head is off-white maybe half a finger's length. After a sip settles slightly uneven lacing.

Smell: Light hop scent, nothing here that you haven't smelled before.

Taste: Here is where it gets a little interesting. I say that in regards you don't see a lot of Latin countries attempt a bock. It comes off lightly malty and maybe a notch sweet. Light hop bitterness that makes it really easy to drink.

Mouth: Smooth, comes off with a toasty finish with its medium carbonation.

Overall: I hate to make promises but this one is at minimum satisfying. Not great not bad, but compliments any meal regardless of style. Drink up fellas (and ladies), Salud!

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Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a clear mahoghany colour with a some sparse foam and lace. graininess on the nose with some cocoa and nougat aromas...hints of caramel and ripe fruit, too. smells nice enough. the flavour profile is a touch light in the shorts...it has crisp notes of bock related maltiness...some herbal and spice hop nuances. it notches just above a dark lager, but falls a bit short of seeming like a full fledged bock. the mouthfeel is crisp and a touch metallic, with an overall medium light body. it blurs the line between trying to be easily drinkable and full flavoured.

overall this isn't bad, but nothing really stands out as being special. therefor it falls a bit short of being worth seeking out. glad i got my bottles for free.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours out clear dark brown with red hues when held to the light. Head is nice, thick, and with decent retention. Not too much lacing on this one. The nose is grainy with a mix of citrus and floral hops and solid malt backbone. Extremely light on flavor. A little bit of grains and a little bit of metal. Hops are almost nonexistent and the malts have vanished. Mouth feel is watery at best with hints of carbonation. This beer went downhill fast. Never will I buy this again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, dark brown color with a one-finger, egg-shell white head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty and somewhat roasty.

T - It tasted malty with toffee and caramel flavors. There was a slight roast character, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice bock. Seems different than most German bocks and less sweet than American ones.

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Photo of crossovert
2.87/5  rDev -14.6%
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 nickfl
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured with a small head of off white foam on a clear, amber brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves little trace on the glass.

S - light malt with a hint of caramel.

T - caramel and toffee malt up front that remains strong through the finish and combines with a touch of roast character in the finish.

M - medium body, average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - very drinkable, nothing complex, but inoffensive and about what you would expect from a mexican industrial bock.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Little head on this one and no real lacing on a light amber with slight golden hues hazy body. Aroma is mild. Subtlety spicy and earthy. Flavor is more of the same with brown sugar and caramel malt intermixed.this one is Little flat to me with light carbonation and light body. Overall very drinkable and exactly what you would expect from a bock made on Mexico and actually not a terrible beer though.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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 EnJeiBee
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It poured with a transparent amber hue with almost no head whatsoever

S - The scent is of toffee and caramel malts, but there is also a faintly skunky scent at the end

T - The taste follows the nose quite closely, but introduces faint earthy hops to the mix. They're subtle, but there. However, I can't tell if the earthyness is from the hops or if the brew is slightly skunky in general.

M - Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O - It's definitely a middle of the road, easy drinker. There is absolutely nothing about it that stands out as overly bad or good.

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Photo of doucmehu
2.33/5  rDev -30.7%
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 BasementBer
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

2011 edition

A: Clear yet with a mild body. pours a brownish scarlet hue.

S: Burnt sugar and caramel.

T: not so great, quite watery and not the aged taste yoid expect. but the lager makes it thin.

M: too thin, too light and slightly chemically tasting.

O: sadly this is revered as one of the best coming from mexico. so be it.

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Photo of diamondc
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2011 Limited edition.

A: Looks good, lots of head and lacing.

S: Stale coffee, toffee, hot nuts.

T: Toasted malts, brown sugar, some decent bitterness at the end.

M: A bit of a metallic aftertaste. Gets a bit too corn syrupy towards the end. Not offensive though.

O: Decent, just barely good.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear deep amber in color, with a large, dense cream-colored head, with excellent retention. Thick, sticky lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Toasted and dark caramel malts dominate, although they seem subtle.

Taste: Opens with toasted, nearly burnt malts, soon followed by a wave of earthy hop notes. The hops linger throughout the taste, along with the malt, each complimenting the other, like strands of pearls twined together. Finishes with a slight, lingering metallic note and a late wave of toasted malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: I was a fan of this beer years ago, before I discovered craft beer and BeerAdvocate, enjoying it every Christmas season when it was to be had. After that, it disappeared, until this year. Alas, it is not as glorious as I remembered it to be, but then, what is? Still, I cannot help but like it, as it recalls pleasant memories of bygone days.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a pry-off crown, and a foil-wrapped neck, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of thekanna
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
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 srandycarter
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Friend gave me on to try. Thanks Jay!

A -Light pekoe tea color, small ring style head. Not much lace, but present.

S - Very disappointing. Adjunct. Stale.

T - Ok. Light malt, nothing really special. Easy to drink.

M - Light bodied, good carb, fine finish.

D - Serve cold with lots of spicy Mex food!

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