Moza Bock Beer
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.

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Bock - Traditional
Ranked #172
Ranked #49,016
3.08 | pDev: 18.18%
Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
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KMillard from North Carolina

2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a less carbonated, less hoppy, sweeter negra models with a very thin body. Probably a nice change of pace in Guatemala, but a bit flat in craft brew America. If you're looking at this in the usa, yes it's worth a try.

Mar 29, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Just as he is pulling beers out of the box that I gave him just as he headed southward for the winter, I am continuing to drink through all of the bottles that my local, in-person trader, tone77, dropped off for me.

From the bottle: "Guatemalan Import"; Depicted: a monk raises a mug of foamy beer in salute to two rampant goats.

I Pop!ped the cap, only to discover that it is a screw-top! Grr! Those are the precise type of bottles that I really wish would make a departure from existence. I gave it a fairly heavy pour, raising a finger of foamy, tawny head that slowly dissipated into wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with NE-quality clarity & garnet highlights. Nose was chocolaty with a subtle smokiness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but on the approach. The taste was odd, like chocolate and cherry, but imprecise. More like ersatz chocolate or carob. Also, the cherry flavor was syrupy, giving the whole thing a really cloying sweetness. Finish was equally sweet, with the taste of a cheap chocolate-covered cherry that lingered well past the swallow. Man, with Valentine's Day upcoming, this is like a reminder to get your significant other some good CANdy, not just the run-of-the-mill stuff.

Feb 11, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.36/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium to dark mahogany brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Aroma of dark malt, hints of molasses and caramel. Initial flavor of sweet dark caramel malt with slight toastiness, very light dark fruit; flavor tapers off quickly, but leaves a light aftertaste of the malts, which are pleasantly flavored. Light bodied. A light version of a bock, more like a mild Munich dunkle, with nicely flavored malt, but too modest to make a real impression. What flavor is present is good, but it tastes almost watered down. Most beer from this part of the world are light adjunct lagers, so I would probably be happy to pick this over other choices if traveling, but this bock is too mild if other choices are available. Thanks to my sister for sending this back from Guatemala.

Sep 29, 2015
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

2.29/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Somehow manages to combine a bock with the flavor and afterfinish of a crappy Central American pilsner. Way better than most beer available in the area but that's not saying much.

May 05, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is light, a bit of malts. Taste is very mild, malts, some sweetness, not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not a bad beer, and would probably taste much better in the tropics, but somewhat lacking in flavor and punch.

Mar 19, 2015
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eltrkbrd from Florida

5/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK Guys, for $5.49 at your local grocer (in my case Winn-Dixie); this brew seriously kicks @ss and I'm very picky about my dark lagers, porters and stouts...

This brewski will throw down with Green Flash Double Stout or New Belgium Black Lager any day for half the price!

Hold on while I crack another... MMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmm; DARK, Chocolatey, ZZZzzzing...

That's what I'm talking about — REAL beer...

Mar 16, 2015
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jefegrande from Florida

2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not blown away, but it was only $9.99 for the 12pk at Winn Dixie plus I got $0.05 toward my fuel perks. Whoopie! They were out of Becks dark so I thought I'd give it a try. It poured real easy, even with my sore wrist. The color was a blushing red when I shined my smartphone flashlight through my frosty cold glass. It didn't foam over the top which was good, I hate soaking the paper towel I have rubberbanded around the bottem of my drinking glass. The second one seems to be going down pretty smooth. The foam clung to the side of the glass all the way down on the first one, but this one the glass is practically clean, not sure how that happened, although I didn't put a paper towel around this one, hmmm. Bitterness builds slightly then tapers off with a sweet barley finsh. I will likely end up getting it again, due more for it's affordability though.

Feb 08, 2015
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Moza Bock Beer
12 oz. brown glass bottle

Notes: Clear, very dark mahogany body. The rocky light tan head drops readily, leaving limited spotty lacing behind. In the nose there's a bit of dark caramel livened by a hint of dark fruit. The flavor follows, adding a delicate touch of spicy and grassy hops into the mix. Moderate bitterness. Short finish: malt fades quickly, some minor spicy & herbal hops remain. Approachable, and refreshing, but ultimately not really satisfying; and not a bock. If anything it's more of a dunkle but even then it's lacking a chocolate edge. It's what I'd call a "European dark lager".

Oct 09, 2014
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.04/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jason survived on these while hiking through the country. Apparently 4.5 to 5%, this is not really a bock. Small, even sour aroma significant mollasses. Big soapy head on dark body, lots of foamy lace,lots of cream at te bottom. Closer o porter. lighter than average mouthfeel. Sweet finish, reminds me of a malt liquor,only sweeter, lighter ABV, closer to a good root beer.

Feb 06, 2009
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daliandragon from Maryland

2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I indulged in this one down in Guatamala while honeymooning at the Mayan ruins of Tikal last month. I was interested to try something other than a generic yellow lager since that's pretty much how they roll in Central America. Review conducted from notes.

The pour gives me a cola color without head or even a thin cap. The nose somewhat redeems this with some legitimate dark malt. Some nuttiness is discermable and appreciated.

I do get some dark malt in the taste as well but mostly this is dull and lifeless, sitting passively in my mouth waiting for me to swallow. Mouthfeel is thin and a bit chalky, which can't be good for business.

I wouldn't really call this a bock, more a macro lager with extra malt and some food coloring. Yeah, there's a reason you've never heard of this one.

Jan 13, 2008
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JEdmund from Kansas

1.98/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this in Guatemala City. It's one of about six beer choices in the entire country and the only "dark" beer besides Negra Modelo.

Looks a lot like Coke—tan head with very fine, Cola-like bubbles that quickly dissipate; color is a deep maroon and doesn't allow much light to pass through; appears to be clear; no lacing and head dissipates to a paltry ring of tiny bubbles

Even kind of smells like Coke... Has a twangy/metallic bitterness as well as a bit of sweetness; no notes of coffee, chocolate, or smoke; very little character, with the overriding scent being metallic

Taste & Mouthfeel
Very thin in body and flavor; low level of carbonation; initial sip has a bit of zing, but then it all turns to an odd mix of metallic sweetness and tastes a lot more like soda than I ever noticed before; some maple syrup and brown sugar flavor; zero hops detectable; very disappointing overall

Compared to other Bocks I've had...well, this barely tastes like beer, let alone a Bock. It barely has a malt presence and there's certainly no hop flavor to speak of.

Each sip I go for is assaulted with the strange and uninviting metallic aroma. Then when the flavor hits my tongue, it just seems odd. I'm expecting beer, but it tastes more like a beverage with high fructose corn syrup that's been sitting in a can. There's just a hint of malt in the beverage and that's really all. The color is about the only thing hitting the mark on the Bock style. In Guatemala, between this and Gallo, it's a choice between a lesser of two evils, but I would probably always pick Moza since it has a simulacrum of being a beer. Even in the bottle, though, it's still weak.

Oct 31, 2007
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bjohnson from Massachusetts

1.91/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My brother brought this back for me on his recent trip to Guatemala. can--excellent.

Pours a dark brown color with plum highlights--almost looks like a scotch ale to me. Thin one finger cream colored head holds nicely on the edges of the glass with a bit of fizz in the middle. Sweet caramel malt notes with a touch of hoppiness. Toasted grains and barley are strong enough that if I closed my eyes I would think this was a lager just from the aroma.

Almost has no flavor. Very slight sweet caramel presence and a touch of plum. Aftertaste of toasted grains and a touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Thin and watery on the palate. Bock bier? nope. I guess they haven't figured it out down there yet. Very light and easy drinking, but drinkability is quite low on this sucker.

Aug 31, 2007
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beeroclock from Florida

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/black color. Little to no head and the same for lacing. Smells slightly sweet. Tastes sweet, sweeter than I expected, however for the brews of Guatemala that I tasted, this and the Monte Carlo are the easiest to drink. This one provides some extra sweetness that goes well with the foods in the area. My rating is definitely based on the options and style as it would come in a little less compared to options from the states and against a good German Bock.

May 23, 2007
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nekronos from Mexico

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have to drink it again, since it has a long time and lots of beers since I had it for the last time.It was sweet and good, better than regular Lagers over Central America and MExico, but although its colour is dark and good brown foam, I had had other Swartz Beers lately so the standars change.

Oct 11, 2006
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benito from Oregon

3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Guatemalan bock? Who would have thought it?

This is an intriguing, if slightly subpar beer. The bottle is a polyglot puzzle, mixing Portuguese ("obscura"), German ("bier"), and Spanish (everything else). It pours a dark brown with a thin head--by far the darkest Latin American brew I've ever seen. If fidelity to style counts for anything, this looks darker than a typical bock.

The bouquet is virtually non-existent, but fear not. This is not an average Tropical Lager; it has some nice smokey and caramel flavors that are quite refreshing. Indeed, this is a perfect blend between tropical beer sensibilities (light bodied, easy to drink) and a true bock (malty, powerful). I'm not sure that I would drink this outside of Guatemala, but
given what it's up against there, this brew is your best bet in the entire country.

Recommended to weary travelers pulling into a small comedor in Guate, Antigua, Tikal, or "sus alrededores."

Apr 16, 2006
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BeerBob from Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moza Bock Beer pours out of a 12fl oz dark brown bottle like it was a nitro! Head went to over four fingers then starts to settled out like a well poured stout. Lacing and tan foam abound from an average pour into my 26oz beer glass.

Nose is a damp pleasant sweet barley malt. Palate is a pleasant sweet barley malt, not cloy or over represented... this stuff really tastes good.

The bittering of the hops and the sweet barley malt mingle well with the carbonation for a most wonderful beer from Guatemala City.

Nov 09, 2005
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle, with a monk on the front freaking out 2 goats by holding a stein of beer above them (it's presumably Moza in the mug). It's interesting, I translated "Moza" online, and it says that it means "Young Woman". I don't know about that.
Beer pours pretty dark, almost porterish, with slight translucence revealing a dark brown color. Head pours almost nil, but somehow grows to about 1/4" of foam. Smell is earthy malt, slightly grassy, slightly brown sugar. Taste is very smooth and somewhat muted. Slight malt sweetness is present, but not much more than that. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy. Good drinkability, i could probably toss back quite a few of these.

Feb 25, 2005
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.44/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Almost opaque, ruby-infused, dark chocolate brown topped by a semi-soft beige head that displays large divots in its upper surface. As the cap recedes, it deposits an unimpressive amount of bubble bath-like froth on the inner surface of the glass.

There isn't much going on in the nose. It smells like heavily toasted, metal-flecked grain... and I had to get my nose well into the glass to appreciate that. Upon tasting, Moza is a decent stab at a bock, but it misses the mark. The shame of it is, with a few (admittedly major) changes, it could be pretty good beer.

Chocolate malt is noted, but is too weak and tastes slightly harshly metallic, just as in the nose. The beer is bitter and sour in equal measure, both of which increase in intensity from the start of each mouthful to the finish. In terms of harshness, it doesn't help that the body is barely light-medium and that the carbonation is on the overzealous side.

I've now had five bocks and none of them have been worth drinking. Moza Bock has the framework and contains all the basic ingredients, but is a failure of the finer aspects of good beer construction.

Jan 07, 2005
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bditty187 from Nebraska

2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Surprisingly dark, brown in hue, I might even call in it black with ruby highlights. There is impressive color depth for a bock. The head was beige in color, at the apex it was a sliver of a finger in height, then it quickly faded to a thin collar. Unimpressive. It looks dead in my glass. There was no subsequent lacing. Appearance has some positives but it is only slightly above-average overall. The nose is weakly malty with slight sweet, caramely notes. Dark fruit undertones. Potency is low and the bouquet doesn’t really say much. Clean. Malty enough but it is still ordinary. It’s not inviting because I can’t really hear it speak. Still, I’m going to take a sip. The palate is very pleasant. However the palate lacks details and it desperately lacks assertiveness. There is some nice matly sweetness with dark fruit undertones and some traces of caramel and molasses. Clean until the aftertaste where it becomes sticky. The flavor profile is boring, mainly because it comes a cross flat; it has good taste but no depth. It doesn’t take much thought to drink this bock. Drink, drink, drink… empty glass. What’s the point? Simple. Forgettable. There is nothing bad about it but its most positive attributes are “good” at best. Medium in body, low carbonation, dull mouthfeel, thankfully there is some bulk, too bad it is lifeless. It is very drinkable but not in a good way. I can’t see a need to drink this again. Still, it is cool to see a bock from Guatemala. I purchased this bottle in Omaha for $1.70.

Nov 30, 2004
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BrewMaster from California

3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness dating on it.

Appearance: Dark brown with red hues. Tan head with uneven sized bubbles. Head thins down to islands in about 3 minutes.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt aromas with an alcohol note and a seemingly watery thin scent.

Taste: Sweet and very carbonated up front with caramel malt notes and a touch of coffee. The middle of the flavors is sour and it ends with a watery dark malt ending. If it wasn't so watery the flavors would be bolder and would stand better on there own. As it is the beer leaves a lot to be desired in flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thinner on the palate than a beer with this kind of taste usually presents. Well carbonated but not overly so.

Drinkability: It goes down ok, but I won't be looking for this beer to buy it. It tasted more like a porter than a bock and really had no outstandign characteristics.

Nov 20, 2004
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: So this is a Guatemalan Bock. Pours dark ebony with mild carbonation and a medium thin and rocky beige head. Thin lacing throughout. The aroma is lightly malty and nutty. Medium-bodied with an off blend of burnt malt, caramel and cough medicine flavors. The finish is slick and sweet, making for a below average outing overall. Bock to the drawing board, fellas.

Jul 13, 2004
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.41/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy mahogany color with a finger high light tan cap of firm froth that keeps for a bit. Minimal spotty lace and a thin collar stays present. Mild nose of dark toffee and molasses sweetness. Taste has subdued chewy sweetness brought on by some molasses and toffee, very slight roasty hints, quite milding the whole way through. Finish has some notes of brown sugar in cookie dough and chocolate. Faint but detectable. Most of the flavors are found nearer the finish. Feel is just shy of medium on the lighter side with partially creamy front and a slight sweet tangy finish thats breif. A decent enough bock, and from Guatamala no less.

Jun 19, 2004
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jahred from Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this at the Goose Island April Beer Academy. Pours a dark, almost-black color with a tan, disappearing head. There's a nice sweet, malt scent that's rather present. The taste isn't particularly complex, but is sweet, syrupy and malty, and nicely backed by hops. An almost coffee/toffee-like aftertaste made this a tasty brew.

All the previous reviews seemed to frown upon this beer - not sure why. It wasn't particularly complex or unique, but certainly not a bad beer.

May 05, 2004
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AtLagerHeads from Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The ebony body was briefly surmounted by a bubbly beige foam that vanished as quickly as it appeared. The nose is of black licorice and the flavor has a bit of an acidic edge to it but is mainly of a sour malt sense that is not entirely unpleasant yet not that enjoyable either. A thin mouthfeel and watery sense seem inconsistent with the beer's darkness. Not so filling as to limit it's drinkability.

Nov 13, 2003
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just like their Famosa it pours with no head (well a faint brownish ring around the edge) so of course there is no lace. Very dark, brown color. Nose is a malty, sweet raisin. Body is a little thin for a bock. Starts sweet, finishes smooth and sweet but there are better bocks. The ABV is 4.5%.

Oct 11, 2003
Moza Bock Beer from Cervecería Centro Americana, S.A.
Beer rating: 75 out of 100 with 50 ratings