Modelo Especial - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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2.59/5 rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
A modest pour produces a body slightly darker than most macro lagers. The head appears and disappears in the blink of an eye. Carbonation is modest, to say the least.
The nose is bolder than some macro lagers, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Sweet corn aromas are stronger than in most American macros. I don't pick up much by way of hops.
Modelo Especial's taste is typical of the style. Sweet malt up front, musky hops in back. Somewhere in the middle there's a faintly sour taste. This either makes the flavor profile more sophisticated or renders the beer slightly bland by cutting the sweetness of the malt. When sampled repeatedly in rapid succession against the other macro I'm reviewing, Tecate, Modelo Especial does taste more complicated. I had favored Tecate at first, but as the beers warm, and as I continue sipping, Modelo Especial manages to keep my attention longer.
The body of this beer is fuller than I expect from macro lagers. Not bad. Nothing to write home about.
Overall, I doubt that I would reach for a Modelo Especial unless forced to choose between it and its north-of-the-border cousins.
Serving type: can
09-25-2013 19:47:59 | More by GMB
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