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

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BA SCORE
65
poor

1,857 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,857
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 23
Gots: 328 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Ratings: 1,857 | Reviews: 549
Photo of redfacedgoon
2.92/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glass Bottle. Ice cold. Refreshing but tasteless with dry, abrupt lack of aftertaste.

Photo of bcsbeer
2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Terrible. At a party had no other choice. Mexican Budweiser.

Photo of Libeertarian
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly amber gold. Very clear with steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of pilsner glass. Low retention off white head. Bready, grainy nose with small lemon notes that quickly give way to sweeter esters. Very grainy up front. Adjunct sweetness and a bit skunky in the back. Bread and the lightest hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite sudsy, a little prickly, with decently crisp finish. Fuller end of light-bodied. Not bad for an adjunct lager, but nowhere even close in terms of quality or appeal to Negra Modelo.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: slight grainy, light sweetness, no hop, slight apple, not a lot of aroma. Appearance: Brilliant straw, white fluffy quickly dissipating head leaving traces of delicate lace, Flavor: grain, slight apple, light, a little light fruit, no hop, very low malt, a little apple in the after taste. Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated – more so than the Grain Belt and it makes a difference giving a carbonation bight that adds to the refreshing qualities, light body. Overall Impression: Very light – its most distinguishing feature is its lack of distinction.

Photo of Carrier4
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

if your looking for a Mexican beer that is not the American beer modeled after a Mexican beer, or lets just say Corona; Modelo is a good alternative.

Photo of 57md
1.93/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

About the only thing that I can do is to compare this to Corona, so here goes:

It smells better (which is NOT hard) and it has a better body than Corona. On the down side, it is more corny than Corona (yep, that's a negative).

Photo of CMG-PSU
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Bland, flat, boring, no, thanks.

Photo of josanguapo
2.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From carrefour. Playing KB Dark Side, in Legado de Yuste glass. Neutral beer. It doesnt taste nor smell to anything, nor good nor bad. However, my wife likes it and thinks its one of the best beers she has ever tasted (she doesnt like beer much)

Photo of gregb13
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Fairly heavy on the wet cardboard and corn syrup, but not at all bad squaring off vs. rivals. Decent option at a Mexican restaurant.

Photo of JRFresh
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It is what it is

Photo of Ernie_The_Dude
1.26/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Good beer to throw down on a hot day in an attempt to hydrate. Smells like nothing, taste is almost non existent, feel is like water.

Photo of dandiprat2015
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lagers get low scores for there lack of complexity. But this has body and flavor and maintains the lagers drinkability. It's refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of dabone
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. Golden yellow and transparent with a decent white head. Plain aroma, nose didn't pick up much. Taste is a mix of bitterness and sugar. A little sweeter than expected. Average mouthfeel. Aftertaste left little more to be desired.

Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Beer Surprised Me

First of all, I was surprised when the waiter brought it to me. I had ordered a Negra Modelo. He brought me Modelo Especial. I don't like to make a big fuss especially with the man who is going to be delivering my food so I went with the flow.

Second, I was surprised that I liked this beer. It's a beautiful clear golden color with a little bit of a head on top. It has a nice summertime taste and a smooth feel. This is the type of beer that you want when you're sitting at a Mexican beach resort or on your deck in the summertime. It's not heavy; it was a good taste; and it doesn't have a high level of alcohol so you can have a few without getting buzzed (although some people consider this a bad thing, but when the surf's up, you want to be ready to go).

Overall, it's a decent but not spectacular warm weather thirst quencher.

Photo of el_michoacano
3.67/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Muy buena cerveza para hacer micheladas

Photo of dwmson1
3.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Awesome summer cerveza with a lime or lemon wedge! So tasty and light

Photo of toti1972
2.04/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poor beer, no smell, very light taste, highly carbonated, decent color, according with the price.

Photo of Russell321
3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent beer for a decent price

Photo of VILJ
3.65/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of the Mexican beers, I rate Dos Equis higher and also Negra Modelo is better to me. Not a bad beer, but I won't buy it over the others.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
2.1/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not great. But it is Cinco de Mayo.

Photo of RyanM81
1.91/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Almost tasteless. Flat mouth feel. Color is okay. Perfect for Cinco de Mayo.

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 DeerBeerFearDear
3.49/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

not "poor". more like "okay".

Photo of RonJensen
1/5  rDev -64%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why would you buy this foul tasting beer, when you can buy better AAL?. In fact, anything by BMC is better than this beer.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a clear plastic glass.

Appearance: Burnished brass bright golden color. Thin white foam upon pouring dies back to nothing, no lacing.

Smell: Skunky - not much else .

Taste: Mildly bitter, a bit of a corn & rice adjunct taste, crisp, but something slightly off about the beer.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly not massively fizzy, but highly carbonated. Not as watery as I would have expected given the lower ABV.

Overall / Drinkability: Went okay with a pizza slice, but nothing special and compared to Negra Modelo, not that great. No interest in having another one, nor any interest in having again. Okay for washing down a pizza slice for a late night working dinner, but given how much better I've had in beer, I do have some regret buying this one, but there wasn't much else available. Oh well.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,857 ratings.