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5.3% ABV. Pilsner from the Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma Brewery (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc-Moctezuma Heineken de México), which is a major brewery based in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, founded in 1890. This company operates brewing plants in Monterrey, Tecate, Navojoa, Guadalajara, Toluca, Orizaba and, beginning in 2012, Chihuahua, producing the Dos Equis, Sol, Bohemia, Superior, Carta Blanca, Noche Buena, Indio, Casta and Tecate brands among others. I received a six pack of Bohemia to review and I was quite excited about it as the “mainstream” Mexican style beers are widely not inspired by the pilsner style. Bohemia pours a dark, but clear golden color with a fizzy thin white head that displays mild retention throughout. Bohemia has a pretty nice nose to this beer – some corn, bread, and sweet malt along with perhaps a hint of crisp hop character of floral and spicy undertones. There is a solid sweetness to the flavor which is mostly bready in nature and has an interesting hint of corn and oats to it. Mild yeast with minimal hop bitterness and flavor. Light to medium in body with a decent level of carbonation throughout the drinking session. Overall, this was a clean and fresh tasting Mexican beer that would go very well with Mexican-inspired dishes (think: skirt, flank or hanger steak drizzled with lime juice), BBQ, and spicy food. Glad to have tried one of the more “high-end” Mexican beers out there.
Here are some delicious recipes for your Cinco de Mayo party or during any occasion!
Raspberry Bohemia (Makes 6 drinks)
· 1 1/2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen raspberry juice concentrate, thawed
· 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
· 6 bottles (12 ounces each) Bohemia beer, chilled
· Optional garnish: whole raspberries
1. Mix raspberry juice concentrate (undiluted) with lime juice in a pitcher. Refrigerate until serving time.
2. To serve, pour about 1/3 cup of the raspberry mixture into chilled beer glasses. Top with chilled Bohemia. Garnish with raspberries for a refreshing summer beverage.
And here are a couple others to try out especially on cooler days!
BOHEMIA APPLE LIME CIDER (Makes 2 drinks)
· 1 tablespoon each: coarse salt, sugar
· 1 cup fresh, unfiltered apple cider
· 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
· 1 bottle (12 ounces) Bohemia
· Fresh lime wedges
1.Mix salt and sugar on a small plate. Use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of two beer glass. Dip the rims into the salt mixture.
2. Mix cider and lime juice in small pitcher. Divide among 2 beer glasses. Top with Bohemia. Serve with a lime wedge.
BOHEMIA CHIPOTLE MICHELADA by Chef Rick Bayless
· 2 fresh lime wedges, cut in half
· Chipotle rimming salt, see recipe below
· 1 tablespoon Frontera Chipotle Hot Sauce or 1 teaspoon pureed canned chipotles en adobo
· 6 ounces chilled Bohemia beer
· 1 slice cucumber, for garnish
1. Use a piece of the lime wedge to wet the rim of a tall glass with lime. Dip the rim of the glass into the chipotle rimming salt.
2.Squeeze the juice from the remaining lime pieces into the glass and then add the lime pieces. Stir in the chipotle hot sauce or pureed chipotles in adobo. Fill the glass with ice.
3.Pour in the Bohemia beer. Mix gently. Garnish glass rim with a cucumber slice. Serve.
Chipotle rimming salt: Thoroughly mix 2 tablespoons coarse (kosher) salt and 1 tablespoon ground chipotle chile powder in a small bowl. Pour out onto a small plate to use for rimming beer glasses.