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

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1,294 Ratings

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Ratings: 1294
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.5%

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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Brenden


2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It looks the part: crystal-clear pale to medium yellow-gold, maybe a little depth to it. It actually develops a reasonably-sized, fluffy pure white head. It doesn't drop a whole lot of lace, but there's some spotting around the glass.
There's some earth on the nose, and some grassy and herbal hops make a show. It's got more hops than most AALs, but it has an unfortunate skunkiness to it as well.
The skunk doesn't really translate to the flavor, which is nice. It's still got light notes of grass and herb with a bit of pale, dry malts.
The feel is better than what most of this style have to offer, light-bodied without being terribly watery, a bit thin but not as much as most. It's got plenty of crispness and it actually gets pretty smooth. That it's pretty clean is also a plus.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 14:23:20 | More by Brenden
Photo of archyquaffer


2.99/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a tallboy into a sampler. It's tough to get any kind of head out of it... You get a tiny, short-lived wisp of big bubbled, carbonated head that disappears as soon as you take your eyes off it. The beer is a pale straw color with moderate carbonation.

It's hard to detect much aroma unless you whiff from the can. Then you get some very light, subtle sweet malt with some metal. Hops are very subdued, with a very mildly bitter aftertaste, and a slight floral quality that combines with the malt to create a light honey character. A bit of skunk becomes more noticeable as it warms. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

This beer is quite drinkable but suffers a bit from a lack of head and mouthfeel. There is a bit of noticeable skunk, which may seem somewhat surprising from canned beer- perhaps it's intentional. (I've heard Caribbean countries do this on purpose). I paid roughly $2.59 for the tallboy at a local convenience store.

Serving type: can

03-26-2014 05:22:48 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of Warmonster


3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm into darker beers now.. But I remember when I liked this beer a lot... But only in bottles (I don't drink cans). There isn't a lot of flavor or even anything really special about this beer, but some people don't like a strong tasting beer, this is good for them. I noticed it has lower ratings here which I can understand if you don't like this type of beer, but for a lot of people this is a perfectly good beer, with plenty of flavor and is better than corona or a lot of the other Mexican beers... But like I said... Drink the bottles, not the cans. If you drink from cans you probably shouldn't be reviewing beers lol...

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 19:59:21 | More by Warmonster
Photo of shacawgo24


3.23/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A--Golden brown, like apple juice. Held to light, amber. See-thru. Bright hue. But simple. This body needs depth and edging. A total makeover honestly. White one finger head if any at all. Disappears as soon as the pour is done. Streaky grey/clear lacing, surprised to see that.

S-Malt. Skunky. Cereal grains. Apple juice sweetness. Slightly sour. Not a bad smell, just very, very watery and too simple. If a beer is to have few attributes in a certain category, then at least make them super-powered and strong. But that doesn't happen here.

T-An initial bitter not hop, but, malt, I don't know. Then that bitterness just dies. The sip is as follows: Faint bitter skunked millisecond start that dies off fast into a cereal grain middle with very lightly toasted corns, rice and barley which ends slightly sour like apple juice. Diluted bitters are there if you care to find in the aftertaste as well.

M-Watery. Weak bitter start. Slight sour finish. A faint tingling bitter aftertaste like, lavender, clove, cinnamon or something in the feel. The carbonation is good, standard actually. This carbonation is the highlight of the beer. The appeal of adjuncts and light lagers might be that they are well carbonated. Thin bodied but not flat. Like soda and energy drinks. Light watery fizzy beers are welcome refreshing mouth-feels.

O-This beer needs a complete overhaul. The color is see-thru and a tad pissy. The head is awful. The smell is hardly there. This is one of the better tasting adjuncts though, with enough sweet and bitter notes for even vet craft drinkers. But anemic and weak albeit. Golden water. If there are no tastes to speak of, they might be in the aftertastes, which are sadly stronger than the brew. The epitome of beer breath: grainy, malty and skunky. The carbonation is well attenuated and present, (above average). But when it's all said and done, this is a beer that you have to BURP to get a stronger taste. I have to keep the brew in my mouth and swish to even pick out any flavors. Not the wateriest beer but still watery. Drink Modelo Especial in the bottle to retain and compact the smells and flavors, (the little there are).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:41:27 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of FrozenJoe


2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has an odd chemical flavor. I don't like it. It has a lot of potential. But the odd flavor and artificial feeling dryness ruin it. It is a good looking darker pale lager. There is decent malt character to this beer. But overall its just an okay beer at best.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 22:07:23 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of jjamadorphd


2.91/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A decent beer if you're looking to get more quantity for what you normally would pay for. Overall, with a few friends around to pass the time, I'd down these to share some good times. Not the best of Mexican beers i have had, but it would do fine in a pinch. I will say this, however, I would be interested to try it out of a bottle. I think this idea of cans being a way to deliver beers to consumer is bogus (personal opinion, of course.)

Serving type: can

01-20-2014 01:52:26 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of KYGunner


2.58/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The body for this lager was extremely weak with a pale yellow coloring and a relatively in active head.

The scent is a bit flat with cereal grains and a sour or wet mash aroma.

The taste had some cereal malt flavors with a tinge of corn. Tepid flavoring along with a tepid body or feel leaves me relatively flat on this Mexican lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 00:47:48 | More by KYGunner
Photo of GMB


2.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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
Photo of Auraan


3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear golden color with no head. Standard, but not horrible. Scents of maize, lager yeast and malt. Standard for an American Adjunct Lager. Flavor is mild, beginning with malt, maize and lager yeast, these flavors stay throughout, with a mild hop bitterness showing up in the middle and lingering on the aftertaste, with a bit of a metallic twinge, but not a lot. It's pretty good, mild but refreshing, with a higher hop character than some AALs I've had, and a decent malt and adjunct flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Yet again standard for the style. Overall, when rated to it's style, this is a good beer. It has more flavor than many domestic options and has little of the offensive flavors other Mexican lagers can sometimes have. If it's one's only option for a lager, for instance at a Mexican restaurant, or you want a decent, inexpensive lawnmower lager, this is a good choice.

Serving type: can

08-30-2013 06:28:45 | More by Auraan
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark straw hue drank from the bottle.

The smell featured sweet adjunct and a smattering of grassy hop.

The taste was likewise grainy and sweet with a touch of boiled corn and green apple.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 20:31:34 | More by plaid75
Photo of homebrew311


2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Logged from notes. This brew was consumed during my Mexico in October of 2011. Pours a pale fizzy yellow with a quickly dissipating head. The nose has musty corn notes along with bread and zero hops. Not very pleasant. The taste is nearly flavorless aside from some faint corn paired with metallic flavors. A mild sweetness is present at the finish, but mainly just watery. Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and a bit sharp. Overall, this is below average even for an AAL.

Serving type: can

08-12-2013 06:41:58 | More by homebrew311
Photo of acevenom


3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a liter mug. The beer pours clear golden with a frothy white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles in the glass. The beer smells like grain husks with some sweetness. It has the classic American lager aroma. What you get in the flavor is a very straightforward pale lager. You get the flavor of the barley malt, but there aren't a lot of hop notes here. They weren't strong in the aroma, but there is some minor back end bitterness. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. This beer is highly drinkable. This is a good beer.

Serving type: can

07-16-2013 00:58:03 | More by acevenom
Photo of charlzm


3.13/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed July 9th, 2013 at a Mexican restaurant.

Beer is a very clear, very pale yellow. A thin white head disappears fairly quickly, but it does provide some sheeting on the glass sides. Correct to style as I understand it.

Aroma is sweet and, unless I'm imagining things, I smell husky grains (corn and rice).

Flavor is exactly like the aroma: slightly sweet, husky grains. Almost no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slight carbonation liveliness.

No nasty flavors and easy drinkability don't make this a great beer, but it seems to be hitting the hallmarks of the style pretty well. For the record, my g/f ordered this for me while I was in the restroom. Otherwise, this never would have happened!

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 22:15:26 | More by charlzm
Photo of McStagger


2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Vigorous carbonation. One and a half finger rappidly dissipating bleached head. Lacing is pretty minimal. Beer itself is a pale, transparent straw yellow.

S: Husked grain, little bit of corn and a strangely metallic skunk. Not off putting, but not pleasent.

T: Straight shot of thinly masked adjunct. Lacks the overbearing cornflake flavor. Clean, metallic, and then...nothing. No aftertaste, nada.

M: Thin, seltzer like. Effervescent. Bubbles aren't to the point where they are prickly, but they're obviously manufactured.

O: Eh. That being said, I will squeeze a lime in here on a hot summer day at the beach. It is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 09:27:05 | More by McStagger
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color. Thin white head with no lacing.

Smell: Very mild smells of corn, malts, and grassy.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste grassy with some malts, sugars, and corn.

Overall: Similar in taste to Budweiser, ok brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 19:52:10 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of FLima


2.31/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Used to drink it with some frequency while lived in DF. Golden color with a fluffy head that disappeared completely right away.
Light aroma of malt with predominant lemon notes.
Taste follows nose, a zesty lemon flavor with malt and some adjuncts. Almost no bitterness and no aftertaste.
Watery body with medium carbonation.
Tasteless beer, on the positive side its lemon twist feeling can be great on the beach and a thirst or spicy quencher.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 17:23:21 | More by FLima
Photo of delta490


2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. This review is for with and without lime added. Pours a nice medium gold color but with almost no head. No lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet, with a hint of bread. After adding lime, it smells much more citrusy. Go figure. Taste is almost non-existent, with very little by way of malt, hops, or anything else. With no lime, there is almost no flavor and I now understand why it comes with lime. Even lime doesn't really bring much to the party. But it IS better. Has a decent mouthfeel, smooth with a hint of carbonation. It does do well with spicy Mexican food when served with a lime, so it's got that going for it.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 09:31:27 | More by delta490
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

1.71/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz can at fridge temp poured into a pint glass.

Purs out a bright golden yellow color, kinda what my pee looks like after I drink an energy drink. Big, fizzy white head quickly fades to a super thin, patchy, soapy layer. Super clear.

Smells like absolutely nothing. Maybe the slightest buttered corny grains.

Mineral water, hose water, slightest buttered sweet grain.

Thin, watery, but not really overcharged like most.

Worst than most macro lagers. AVOID!

Serving type: can

04-23-2013 20:32:29 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of Falcynn


3.11/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold with a finger wide head of foam that disappeared quickly and left very little lacing.

Smell: Smells like any other AAL. Some grain, corn, and that's really about it.

Taste: Zero bitterness, a lot of malt, corn, and a fair amount of sweetness compared to other beers in this style. Very little after taste, this beer goes down really easy.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Leaves very little trace once swallowed down.

Overall: Probably my favorite maco Mexican beer, which might not be saying much, but it's still decent.

Serving type: can

04-13-2013 21:44:25 | More by Falcynn
Photo of metter98

New York

2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of corn (and hints of sweetness) followed by notes of grainy malts and a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't really that bad when compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

04-08-2013 22:53:29 | More by metter98
Photo of echris310


4.86/5  rDev +73.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 06:47:02 | More by echris310
Photo of bbluemzbeer


2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I bought this beer at the local market an decidied to try it out.

Appearnace: Pours a crystal clear medium slightly golden yellow and brwon. amll amounts of lacing are observed.

Smell: Light to moderate aromas of t malts, especially corn along with some hops.

Taste: The taste is very bland moderate body of light maltand lots of corn . There is a light bitterness.

Mouthul: moderate amounts of carbonation. It is over carbonated, lending it a touch of sharpness at end of swallow . It is too heavy and thick for the lack of flavours.

Overall. It is pretty bland beer. This beer is price at the high end price range Going for one looar a beeer. Icehouse, natural ice, pbr, coors are lots better options for a cheaper price. I would choose Corona or Lecate over this beer.

Serving type: can

03-31-2013 19:00:43 | More by bbluemzbeer
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours clear and golden with a white, half finger head. Leaves a mostly bare on the surface, with only a ring of bubbles on clinging to the side of the glass. Lacing is spotty

Smell - Definite notes of skunk, while touches of grain and sweetness make up the bulk of what's left.

Taste - Somewhat stale grain upfront, then edges on malt sweetness and a touch of grassy bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a crisp, bone dry finish.

Overall - It's drinkable, but 98% of the beers out there fit that mold. Not something I'd care to purchase, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Inoffensive; the kind of beer you drink to catch a buzz. It's certainly not for the enjoyment of great taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:22:03 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a pale straw yellow color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of skunk, corn, some bready notes and light grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy malts, corn, some breadiness, light grassy hops and some skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas. I'd take a Dos Equis over this.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 20:56:58 | More by SebD
Photo of Jsteez


2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz. can into a dimpled beer mug.

This is the 7th beer in my great American Adjunct lager hunt.

A-Deep gold, looks better than the typcial Adjunct piss yellow color. Poured a 1/2 finger soda water head that fizzled quickly and left a slight white ring around the edges of the beer. No lacing at all. Lower carbonation in the glass.

S-Grain, sweet corn, rice, and a slight skunky smell.

T-For a cheap Mexican-American Adjunct style lager, it actually had some sweet malt character. Of course the dominant tastes were corn and rice. The aftertaste was wet and didn't leave a strong aftertaste, which is what I like in a good brew.

M-Highly carbonated and it did quench my thirst. There was an element of crispness to this, but nothing too special. Quite watery, really.

Overall-I had no expectations when I bought this. It surprised me more than I thought it would. It wasn't spectacular, and in fact, it was quite average. It's just a good way to wash down spicy food.

Serving type: can

03-03-2013 19:02:06 | More by Jsteez
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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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