Monstruo de Agua

Our Rating

77

/100
RateBeer Rating
BeerGraph's proprietary measure of a beer's quality, or Beers Above Replacement (BAR), has been converted from a scale of -5-20 to 0-100.

?

Availability:-
IBUSRMOGABV
Serving:-
--5
Beer stats from RateBeer
Beer stats from RateBeer
category-iconBeer Reviews

Monstruo de Agua’s Nochtli Is a Bit of Mexico in a Bottle

September 22, 2020

By Nathan Mattise, September 22, 2020

The folks at Mexico’s Monstruo de Agua brewery started with a simple mission. After seeing Mexican beer following in the footsteps of US brewers, the brewer wanted to make beer that was uniquely Mexican. Enter Nochtli, a golden ale crafted with prickly pear and lemon balm from the Monstruo garden, that has been brewed since 2016.

The beer looks like a standard wheat ale: straw-gold with minimal foam or bubbles. Lemon peel and grassy aromas come through clearly at first, with nopales, or cactus fruit, introducing an earthy element. In line with the beer’s smell, Nochtli hits your tongue with an initial bitter burst: mild lemon, hops, and very little grain (to the point you might get hard seltzer vibes). Those flavors don’t linger long, allowing the vegetal prickly pear to become the star of the show. 

Although an axolotl guards its label, Nochtli is a chameleon of a brew. It can shift from bitter to savory within the course of 12 ounces, giving drinkers a taste of terroir they can’t often find from local brewers. And after sampling this unique golden ale, here’s hoping more American brewers take cues from their southern neighbors.

ZX Ventures, a division within AB InBev, is an investor in October
Related Articles

Transmitter's S9 Noble Saison Might Be the Best American Farmhouse Ale on the Market

Saisons are complex, though they’re rarely sensational for it. S9 is both.

Yes, It’s OK to Drink This Beer for Breakfast

Philadelphia’s Evil Genius Beer Company united with Miller High Life to bring the ideal brunch IPA to life.

512 Brewing’s Pecan Porter Is Just Right

For a long time, this Goldilocks beer could only be found on tap, but 512 Brewing released its first batches of bottled Pecan Porter in March.

Loading...