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Modelo Especial - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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1,584 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,584
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Reviews by Aiptasia:
Photo of Aiptasia
1.78/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in the bottle at Cabo Taco restaurant, consumed with spicey fish tacos.

A: Hay colored with a lot of fizz, not much lacing.

S: Smells like generic beer horse blanket, not much on aromatics.

T: It's half a step above a corona, or beer of similar ilk. The best thing I can say about the taste is that it's non-offensive. Completely neutral fizzy flavor with a one note hit of dirt from whatever hops they water it down with.

M: Fizz, watered down. Best served damn near frozen on a hot day.

O: It's alcoholic carbonated water! :)

Aiptasia, Nov 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.25/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance – Yellow with an orangish tinge and a medium-sized head that disappeared without a trace in seconds.

Smell – I can’t really make out this one. It smells vegetal. Whatever it is, it’s not beer.

Taste – This is definitely not to my liking. I can’t pick out any typical beer flavors like hops, malts, grain, or sweetness of any kind. It’s almost like drinking pureed cauliflour or lawn grass. It’s not skunked, though. I just can’t figure out what they put in it.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation isn’t bad, but I’m going to be apologizing to my tongue for weeks.

Drinkability – You could sell this at a stand in the middle of the Sahara desert and wounded, sick, emaciated, nomads would walk right by it. But, it sells like crazy so what do I know.

Comments – I hate to offer nothing constructive, and I know some of the other BAs found things to like about it, but I just can’t write anything in all honesty even remotely favorable about this especial brew. I thought it estunk.

RoyalT, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev +7.5%

beerhunter13, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of DavyJones
3/5  rDev +7.5%

DavyJones, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modelo Especial 4.4% alcohol AA Lager. Served from bottle to pint glass.

A- Pours a crisp golden yellow, slightly darker than most mass produced AA Lagers. Light to minimal head and lacing.

S- Slightly sweet malts and skunky lemon hops dominate the nose.

T-M- Taste is decent for a Mexican import and probably my favorite other than its darker brother Modelo Negro. Sharp and crisp malts and corn upfront followed by a zesty hop presence. Mouthfeel is light carbonation with drinkable smoothness.

D- Nice Mexican Import beer and a all round good brew.

wesbrownyeah, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev +7.5%

tbryan5, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mediumrare
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

mediumrare, Sep 08, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4/5  rDev +43.4%

markallmon, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Drunkenass
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +79.2%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12onz can

Appearance: Straw color with some white head really nice.

Smell & Taste : Maltiness, grains and some carbonation

Mouthfeel & Drinkability : Really nice beer, easy to drink,a real macro but with some good taste. I have this beer twice one of then was'nt ice cold and it was way better.

BeerDreadz, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of DaftPatrick
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

DaftPatrick, May 15, 2014
Photo of drinkofczars
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Typical Mexican lager look. Very similar to bud light appearance.

S- It smells especially good with a fresh lime in the beer. Before it smelled like a typical Mexican beer. Small amount of bitter aroma

T- Delicious. Like Corona without the skunky bite because of the can.

M- Crisp, refreshing, light. Exactly what I was looking for in this beer.

O- I might start drinking this out of cans when I'm feeling like a corona. About the same price with a little better quality.

Tasty crisp Mexican beer.

drinkofczars, May 23, 2011
Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

SunDevilBeer, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev +7.5%

TTripp725, May 01, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a clear bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has very good clarity, some visible carbonation and a bright golden color. It forms only a small bright white head that fades fast. The fast fading head is reduced to just a small ring of foam that makes some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of adjunct filled malt with some dry hay and grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth: There are some mild corny and grainy flavors with some other cooked vegetable notes and grassy hay like notes. The finish is very clean with some mild bitterness quickly fading off the tongue. The palate is crisp and easy drinking with a light to medium body and nice active carbonation.

Notes: Not bad at all and when served ice cold it works well to clean the palate of hot spicy Tex/Mex food.

generallee, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ValpoExpo
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

ValpoExpo, Jun 18, 2013
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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Doomcifer, Jun 28, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Beerswag, Jan 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

petewheeler, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bit more flavour than your usual Mexi-Lager, this is a prefered lager I have when enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine. No lime is needed being that there is less offensive off flavours to try and mask. Best consumed ice cold.

Jason, Aug 18, 2002
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Packaging looks good. Pours like a macro lager, pale yellow with a 1" white head. Smell and first sip are of malted grains. Only slight hop taste. This actually was surprisingly smooth. I don't think this is great, but it's not as bad as some.

Rifrafboy, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of Billolick
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

How close to water can"beer" be created? Try this beer to find out. Very light malt flavor, no hops present. This one is just very expensive water. I tried to pick up some flavors,but quit, downed the bottle, I was thirsty, and vowed not to waste my $ again. Unless it was 100 degress and I was in Mexico.

Billolick, Mar 06, 2004
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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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