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

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1,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 23
Gots: 332 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Ratings: 1,859 | Reviews: 551
Photo of LooksCouldKiilll
5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Modelo Especial! Hands down my favorite beer. Forget Corona. Leave it to the spring breakers in Cancun. When you are looking for a nice Mexican beer that is easy to drink, quenches your thirst, and reminds of you sunnier days then this is your beer!
MMMM... I wish I had one right now!

Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +79.9%

Good skunky clear bottle brew. Taste like beer should

Photo of ColinMFLewis
5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

None but it's a good beer

Photo of echris310
4.84/5  rDev +74.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this beer here is heaven this my most fav beer has a li

It has a very smooth taste for a import a little pricey but worth it if u have the funds

If offerd this do not turn this down! Will not disapoint

Its way better then corona, tecate just to name a few mexican brews

Photo of tesguino
4.82/5  rDev +73.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the original "bull´s ball" huevo de toro, is very popular in my city over any brands of its rival brewery, but in general is exceptional for a party time, buddies reunion, smell fabulous, taste exceptional, like a real german lager beer, grupo model brewer of this beer had a lot of beer most are german or european styles, for many drinkers this is good, every brands have its drinkers.

Photo of CameronWolff
4.42/5  rDev +59%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is really good.

Photo of Powderhound92
4.27/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

If you like mexican beers, this is a fantastic, light mexican brew. Would strongly recommend to anyone. The second I open this beer it reminds me of the Cancun sun. If you dont like this beer, then you just dont appreciate the flavor a mexican beer. Viva Mexico, Viva Modelo

Photo of nekronos
4.15/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CLear, with a considerably foam. BUt it is a lager after all, a little bitter sometimes, not for a party or a football match reunion, but it can give you a good time in a chat. PErhaps the best beer of this brewery even better than Corona, well, you know.

Photo of CrescentLake
4.11/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite brew from south of the border. The neglected little brother of Negro Modelo, Modelo Especial, is an exceptional crisp clean summer beer. And forget man laws, a lime is a need addition. Often less expensive then the corporate mogul corona; this beer is a better substitute for august days and mowing lawns or should I say " para cortando el cesped"

Photo of dhannes
4.08/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought with lunch at a local Mexican restaurant...served chilled in a can along with a frosted glass. I started drinking out of the can, and then poured into the glass after the chill left.

A=Very nice, darker golden...very good for the style. Only a bit of a head.

S=I don't remember smelling much, other than a faint whiff of corn smell.

T=For the style, this is much better than Corona, Bud, and most other BMC's--sturdy maltiness with moderate hopping, and not too sweet. Still a bit less flavorful than, say, Batch 19.

M=Moderate body...perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but not overpowering.

O=For an AAL, it is hard to do much better...would like to see more body and flavor, but a good representation for a session beer...I would like to try on tap.

Photo of CervezaMesa
4.08/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all this beer is better then that piss corona!

Pours golden, nice finish...

I prefer a lime, goes great with fried foods!

Definitely not the best mexican beer but not the worst.
I could go on and on about this beer but it looks like everbody is saying the same thing! Try it if you haven't had it though!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks a lot like Pacífico...darker than Corona. Some head retention and carbonation.

Smell: Smells pretty malty and that's about it. Refreshing, but wish it had more bite/crispness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Above average taste for this style. The malt surpasses any other tastes, but does not overwhelm. Nice crisp refreshness.

Drinkability: I could easily enjoy a few of these with a meal.

Overall: In my opinion, no beer goes better with Mexican food than Modelo Especial. Thumbs up.

Photo of MadTown1000
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The familiar smell of Mexican lager - somewhat hoppy, with a good helping of adjunct grains. For whatever reason I've always liked the smell, so it gets solid points in that category. Pours golden into a pint glass with about an inch of almost yellowish white head, medium bubbles, that fizzes all the way down leaving no lace in about 30 seconds. Dark enough that it looks like real beer, but the fizz leaves no question that it's going to be on the lighter crisper side.

Taste as expected is light and crisp, with a malty aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Actually a little bit of hoppiness that comes out after a while as well. It's not a work of art, but it absolutely gets the job done as a refreshing summer beer. You could swig it down in quantity if you wanted to as well. This one gets solid marks across the board.

Photo of bobbyhands
4/5  rDev +43.9%

for what it is - it's great

Photo of Alissa2579
4/5  rDev +43.9%

This was my drink of choice while in Mexico. Had a nice flavor and not just water. Now and again I will pick up a 6 pack

Photo of DuffDaddy
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pints at El Norteno in Winter Haven with chicken fajitas.

Photo of giblet
3.95/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Mexican brews. More body and taste than some of the others that are mass marketed. Very good mouth appeal and good aftertaste. A lighter beer than the Negra making it easier to drink. This is the perfect beer for those who are having a cookout in the summer and want to have more than one or two.

It goes down smooth and is a very tastey thirst quencher.


Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More than a typical adjunct lager. Pours a clear straw color with a large white head that had very good retention. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Stuck my nose in the glass and was treated with more than a grainy aroma. Hops, I smell hops. Hints of lemons and flowers. Also has a flavor that is impressive for the style. Enough hop flavor to mask the adjuncts. Slightly sweet malt flavor. Bitterness is low. Does not finish as clean and crisp as most BMC beers but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing really stood out in the body except it did not seem as overly carbonated as other similar beers. The only reason I bought this beer was because it was available in cans and attractively priced. One of the better Mexican lagers.

Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(This review is of the Oklahoma 3.2% ABW (4.0% ABV) version sold in grocery stores, tasting it from a bottle poured into a glass)

I had very low expectations (with the exception of Negro Modelo and Bohemia, most Mexican beers are lackluster) but was quite surprised by how good this beer was.

Aroma was slight but the flavor was surprisingly malty and dry. It reminds me a tiny bit of a lighter version of Fat Tire. Lots of carbonation. Lingering malty after taste.

Photo of chillwinston
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best Mexican beer hands down. It's best from a bottle but then you risk it being spoiled and it has that foil around the top. Appearance and smell is very typical of a Mexican lager but the taste is much better. The mouthfeel is much more substantial. It's tastes like it has a bit of honey in it. This the perfect beer for drinking outside in the summer or on a beach in Mexico.

Photo of Deewhy4
3.89/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good beer for me, drink it often when i need to quench my thirst. Not one of my favorites but definitely my go to beer when i need one.

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to rate this better than mainstream beers and most Mexican beers. This has pretty decent quality. It is a medium golden with a thick head and big bubbles. Aroma is a mellow maltiness and maybe, just maybe some mild hops. THis has a clean maltiness that's not too sweet and slightly curbed with some bittering hops. Refreshing but not too light. The mouthfeel and taste compliment each other. THis is easy drinking, pleasant and pretty good quality.

Photo of vacax
3.86/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 ounces of canned glory pours into my glass. Straw in color, quite fizzy, loads of percolation. Slightest amount of retention, but there is a touch, with light lace. Nose has a bit of apple, a bit of hop bitterness is present, only a bit of plastic. Pretty good smell for an adjunct lager, it does have a smell and it isn't even exactly offensive.

Flavor has some malt sweetness to it and some pretty well balanced hops too. A bit of plastic flavor on the midpalate and in the finish, but it is largely missable, making this a fairly well done adjunct lager. Honestly one of the better adjunct lagers out there, though on the more expensive side for a style that encompassing various types of swill. Feels pretty light, probably because of the high carbonation, though it stays prickly and not foamy. If you're going to drink swill, this is a pretty good choice.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.86/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12 oz. bottle of this at my favorite local Mexican restaurant last night. No freshness date seen.

A: Poured crystal clear gold with little carbonation and a very thin fizzy head that disappeared within seconds. No lacing was left.

S: The smell was really pretty thin - some hints and mild hops and sweet malt - clean an easy.

T/M: It was light bodied and fairly well-balanced. Some sweet malt and mild hops and plenty of water - though the water was not too prominent for the style. A touch of salt picked up as well. Not too bad of a taste from a macro lager from Mexico.

I think this is a great beer to enjoy Mexican food with. Whenever I eat ethnic foods, I try and drink the beer from their country. This was a good example for it's style - simple, clean and refreshing.

Photo of miket163
3.85/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times...

Pour/Appearance: Golden straw colour with a 2 inch foamy white head which lasted about 5 minutes ( American Pint Glass).

Smell: Modelo smelled like your typical lager...grassy and grainy, not to much going on but a pleasant clean smell, think hayfield after a fall cut.

Taste: Modelo tastes like a lager! A bit more bite (i'm guessing hops) than a BMCs and taste how it smells, very much like grass. Very clean flavour with very little after taste. Not much malt going on.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but washes nachos down very well!

Drinkability: Excellent, very good spicy food beer!

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.