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

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Reviews: 548 | Ratings: 2,079
Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm drinking this beer from a 24oz tallboy, so I don't have much to say about the way it looks. Can evokes the image that this beer is fancy. The smell is interesting. There is barley malt, as well as some grainy smell that only Mexican beers seem to have (if you've ever smelled a Corona you know what I'm talking about), along with a corn and grassy (but not floral) note. The taste is surprisingly good. Very smooth, malt takes a forward role in this beer and the adjuncts add some of their own flavor and sweetness while remaining light on the pallette. A light bittering hops presence is detectable but non descript. As mentioned, the mouth feel of this beer is relatively thin but has a nice creaminess that makes the beer feel nice in your mouth. Carbonation is medium - low.
Overall this beer is not half bad, and it certainly beats out some of the megabrews it's in competition with. Nice presentation, nice balanced taste with a creamy mouth feel and a dry finish without lingering tastes. Would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.07/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, clean and easy drinking. Not too much flavor. What I do get is some grain, wet cardboard and sweetness. Crushed a bunch of these while playing golf. Not terrible.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.56/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!

This nice brew pours a clear golden color with a nice head of white foam that settles quickly to a thick ring and spotty lacing. Nose of sweet grains, corn, and subtle breaded malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet grains on the front, light white bread flavors on the middle to back, and subtle hops on the aftertaste. Nice mouth feel, crisp and clean, highly carbonated for a very lively mouth feel, yet a touch on the watery side. A fine summer brew or with spicy Mexican or Indian food. Good for what it is.


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Photo of MusaJames
4.1/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

be advised that a lot of Mexicans think this beer is for women. Despite some of that nonsense this beer is enjoyable. Great full flavor with a little bit of bitterness. This beer is readily available in both cans and bottles I would highly recommend that you go with the cans. I've had more issues with the bottles though no always.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a nice amber color, with a high level of carbonation and a small head. Has a strong smell of grains. The taste isn't bad, with a nice touch of hops and a full taste. The finish is a little bitter, however this is a solid brew.

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Photo of Kelby777
4.72/5  rDev +65%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured straight from the can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Very clear, pale amber color. Very carbonated, small bubbly, frothy head.

Smell - Smells of sweet corn and breadiness. Mouthwatering.

Taste - Way better than expected. I am actually very surprised at how this tastes. The taste is hard to explain... it has sort of a light orange peel hoppy flavor to it with a bitter finish. Don't worry, the hops are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - VERY easy to drink! The beer is just right in terms of thickness.

Overall - Would recommend this for any occasion. I can't image how good this would taste with some Mexican food. This beer puts Corona to shame.

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Photo of alexrichman
2.94/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice looking beer that has a rather dull aroma but a nice flavor for the style with the malt and corn adjunct lending pleasant subtle flavors that are not always apparent in adjunct beers. The body is surprisingly full while remaining very drinkable and crisp. Overall an enjoyable adjunct style lager with no aspect of this beer being particularly outstanding or offensive.

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Photo of Josephkeene
4.38/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

oy vey?! Why so many bad ratings - 24 fl oz Bottle condition

The pour is clean leaving zero lacing and hardly any head and comes with unique hoppy taste and smell - i've read before that marijuana and hops are very similar and damn if this beer doesn't smell as dank or tastes as dank as some bud.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is dark, clear orange. The head is frothy white and surprisingly leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass. I can't smell much, but perhaps a light graininess. This tastes refreshing, light, corny, grainy, and very very lightly bitter. The strongest flavors arising are the corniness, but it's not bad. A much better adjunct flavor than other macro adjunct lagers. The feel is light, fresh, crisp and refreshing. This is not that bad at all. I expected much less, but the flavor and feel have turned out to make for a great session beer or a great beer to be paired with some great Mexican food. Definitely a good Mexican adjunct lager, and I would recommend this to someone who wanted something of that sort.

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Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you have to drink the Mexican version of an American Adjunct Lager, this is about as good as it gets. If you can get it in the can, even better. Typically my go to beer at Mexican restaurants.

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Photo of maltheaded
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a nice clean refreshing brew, perfect for cheladas or with a slice of lime. Ive never been to Mexico, but I don't think the weather lends itself to 7% abv microbrews. I prefer this to american light beers, and is a good choice when the humidity and temperatures soar.

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Photo of Squire123
3.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A standout for the type.

This one has flavor. I can taste hops and malt, balance is good as are the flavors. Don't trust the bottles though, only buy the cans and only on sale.

Recommended, it's not just for breakfast.

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Photo of GOBLIN
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not good, Not good, Not good at alll . . . . I honestly wasn't expecting much here but I do sometimes enjoy a decent easy drinking adjunct lager. A little skunyness with a crisp finish can be nice sometimes. This beer however doesn't seem very well put together and is similar to Bud light. As a matter of opinion it's the Mexican example.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.14/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Yellow beer with a small 2/5" head that vanishes quickly. Corny aroma, but other than that, pretty bland and inoffensive.

Taste, highly carbonated fizzy yellow beer. Not much in terms of hops, malt or yeast flavors. Highly priced for not having much to it.

Just one of those super light watered down beers.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From can, pours pale golden with a good fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma a slightly grain smell very little else. Taste corn, grain, grass, malt. Very clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.42/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My choice last night in a restaurant in St Helier, Jersey. Clear yellow beer with a thin white head. The aroma is fresh with herbs and faintly of hops & some bitterness. Taste is sweet, grainy & light, with a mild bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

1/28/16 Chicago (355ml bottle poured into pint glass).Blonde clear pour,quickly disappearing white head, minimal carbonation. No aroma, minimal corn and watery taste, easy going down, minimal texture. Not especial.

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Photo of JRBaker84
3.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite light beer to drink with Mexican food. Looks like a good quality light beer. Not much aroma but the taste is good without even coming close to getting in the way of the flavors of whatever Mexican food I choose to eat. Mouth feel is light with a quick finish. Overall it is nothing special on its own but it's exactly what I want out of this type of beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the can, it pours a a moderate golden amber with a moderate head, quickly dissipating. Grain in the nose. Grain in the mouth, pleasant and not bitter. Good on a hot day, which this is not. Acceptable.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.02/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another decent Mexican lager. Color is straw. Smelled corn and other adjuncts. Taste was pretty good. Very carbonated with the carbonation stinging my tongue. Props for the gold foil on the bottle.

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.09/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a 24 oz. can of this from a Kwik Trip gas station. This beer pours a golden hue with a moderate head that dissipates quickly into a small amount of lacing. There is a good deal of carbonation present. The scent of this beer does not reveal all that much, mostly just corn. The taste brings out hints of corn and grains. There is a bit of a harsh bitterness at the end of this. Overall I would say this is a decent beer.

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Photo of mark5692
2.16/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I don't get it really. It's fairly pricey for a beer that isn't special. There really isn't anything special about it. Tastes like a cheap beer. Expected a little more but I guess if you're looking for the "Budweiser" of Mexico you got it. Wouldn't buy again but wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
3.71/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at all the complainers on here weeping about the quality of Mexican water and how Mexican beers aren't worth the packaging they're put in. Why are beers like this still reviewed as if they are craft brews from an obscure micro-brewery that only uses ingredients pertaining to a 400 hundred year tradition? This is a mass produced corn beer and it's a respectable one, too. It's got some hints of citrus, a good, creamy feel to it, the color is relatively attractive and the carbonation isn't overdone.

If you wanted a good beer, this is a good choice. Ignore the beer snobs who say otherwise. If you can get this at a decent price, you won't be disappointed. That is, if you go into drinking it knowing what it is and what it isn't. Modelo is a great alternative to Corona and is a fantastic beer to relax in the sun with.

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Photo of Robo-puppy
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Most people who know me well, know that it is rare for me to but a Mexican beer. This is due to the fact that the water in Mexico is as clean as cat urine. Modelo is no exception. This beer fits well if one is trying to throw back a hot dog while bowling. Overall, the feel of the bottle is its best attribute. It fits well in your hand and makes a great projectile to throw onto the field if one's baseball team has just committed the unpardonable sin. Overall I can't even give Modelo a respectable belch.

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Photo of Redfoot19
2.56/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This seems to be a popular Mexican beer, but for some reason it doesn't sit well with me. There not much smell to it, and it is kind of dry/bland. It is ok if you want to make a Michelada, but alone, I am not a fan.

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