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

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Ratings: 1294
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.14%

Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 EdgeT

2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is to be enjoyed at the pool or on the beach... or maybe just on a hot day. Other than that I dont advise this beer. It is something only to be enjoyed when its a perfect day out. Also i advise drinking it out of the bottle rather than the can, the can for this beer does not do it justice. Especially how the bottle's cap is wrapped in gold paper.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:45:55 | More by EdgeT
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured from bottle as a medium golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of corn and some fruity smells. Mixed with these was a skunky smell with a light vegetal aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a bread and corn mixed with hints of a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances further the caramel fades giving rise to more sweet corn flavors. Some citrus flavors and a grassy flavor come to the tongue more at the end, leaving a rather unpleasant mix of flavors on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is a little above average. The thinner body and higher carbonation are quite fitting for the style, making it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – I think I would leave this one alone on most occasions.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:38:19 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Sparkyinsurf


3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful deep yellow carbonated lager in a clear glass.

S: skunky Mexican beer; beer in a clear bottle with too much light equels skunky. If they shipped it away from the light it might smell better. Or if you like the smell of skunk you'll be pleased.

T: fantastic taste for a Mexican lager, better than most others.

O: it is one of the best Mexican bears, hands down. This is what I prefer when I'm in Cabo.Corona is made at the same brewery but I think it is sub par to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:07:32 | More by Sparkyinsurf
Photo of Powderhound92

4.35/5  rDev +55.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 01:00:12 | More by Powderhound92
Photo of Dodt


3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thought i would go out of my normal habits(checking beer advocate before buying.) when i created this mix six. clear straw yellow with a head that goes away in a instant. aroma is a blend of corn and malt . taste and mouth feel would seem like a great summer beer due to it crisp flavor and clean finish. next time i am out at a local Mexican restaurant i will have to see it this is on the menu , would love to pair it with a well crafted mexican meal

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:12:16 | More by Dodt
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 30, 2012 (someone left it over here after a party on Sept. 30, 2012). Less than a finger of head, that dissipated right away. Yellow golden pale with white head. Bad retention all-around.

Smelled pretty good for an American Adjunct Lager. Got bread, cereal, grass and a honey sweetness.

Tasted similar to the nose, but not as good. Got a more skunky version of the smell. Bread, cereal, grass, corn, grains, very very very slight lemon hops, finishing with a surprising bitterness.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish with some slight bitterness.

Not too bad for the type of beer. This was the first I ever had of it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:01:23 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of soulfly1492


3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light struck, of course. Other than the skunk, I get some breadyness, thin malt profile. Sweet mildly bitter grains, corn.

Appearance: Pale yellow. High clarify. Lots of rising bubbles. OK retention. No lacing.

Taste: Better than the aroma. Mild malt sweetness, corn and maybe rice. Some bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Pleasantly mild carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: I'd take this over Corona any day, but nothing too impressive here.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:34:15 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of intensify


3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not your average "mexican style" beer. No this is not Corona, or Tecate. Modelo has a unique flavor which pairs well with seasoned, or salted foods.

S- Corn, burned hops and malts.

T- Clean presence of corn and cooked malts. Nothing offensive about the taste and is best enjoyed without a lime, if you ask me.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation.

A good beer to enjoy while grilling some meat. You have to respect Modelo for dressing the neck on their bottles with the gold colored wrap. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:37:05 | More by intensify
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. ABV is stated as 4.5%. It looks just like a bottle of weewee! Acquired from Booths a little while ago.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of light malt with a stale note of overcooked veg/corn and a hint of stewed hops. Faintly sulphurous. Not great.

Tastes of light malt with a mild finish. Hints of stewed hops, corn and overdone veggies. Dry, with a faint bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is watery yet crisp, with tingly carbonation and some astringency. Weak aftertaste of light malt/corn.

Meh - a fairly typical mass-produced adjunct lager. Bland and insubstantial. Drinkable enough if cold refreshment is desired - aims low and hits the target. No need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:53:33 | More by jazzyjeff13


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

355ml bottle (7500-1894 bar code) Lager glass. (From my notes). Golden color, clear appearance.White froth, brief crown. Grainy, slightly corny aromas with grassy touch & light apple notes to the nose. Flavors are as expected from aromas. Subtle sweet sensation & no bitterness. Light body. Medium to high & lively carbonation. Watery texture. Crisp & refreshing. Better served cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:28:02 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of BostonHops


2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a a short-lived 3/4" fizzy white head. no real lacing to speak of. nose is subdued, with light notes of malt, grain/corn, and a vague hint of hops in the background, although that could just be wishful thinking.

more of the same in the flavor, which, while decidedly unexciting, is inoffensive and easy to drink. corn/graininess with some malt characters. light and lively on the palate.

overall, as far as adjunct lagers go you could do a lot worse. not doing a whole lot for me, but it's not bothering me either. it's even a bit refreshing. beats corona, albeit that's not saying much.

(originally reviewed: 07-07-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:59:42 | More by BostonHops
Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing like being brave. Here goes:

Into a pint glass (also tested in a pilsener, no changes):

A: clear golden colored body with a small white one finger head that died within twenty seconds. Minimal amount of lacing appeared sporadically trailing down the sides of the glass.

S: some sweet graininess going on mixed with the typical corns of an adjunct.

T: pretty much the same thing.

M: light and slick, not much else to say, very sessionable

O: well, its an American adjunct lager, what does one expect. Without sounding harsh, its good for what it is. Though this might be nice next to my grill this summer - get in line Modelo behind the others.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:43:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of mjurney


3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Very nice foamy head that stick around for a while.

Sweet corn and cereal grain.

Sweetness up front. Sweet corn (Corn pop like), cereal, just a dash of grass. Slight crisp dryness towards the finish.

Clean, dry and crisp body. A little heavier than most adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:36:47 | More by mjurney
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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.