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

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1,619 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,619
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 137 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

metter98, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain/corn and some fruity notes. Taste is of grains and corn with some pretty good fruity flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but not that bad all around compared to other stuff on the market.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very light yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation. Both the nose and the flavor are seemingly one in the same. Luckily this strays away from a lot of the skunky flavors that plague this style, especially when placed into a clear glass bottle. There is just a touch of light grain husks and not much else. Decent enough brew and definitely better than others from this brewery.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of booga73
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%

booga73, Sunday at 01:34 AM
Photo of DanielCole
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%

DanielCole, Saturday at 08:24 PM
Photo of Alissa2579
4/5  rDev +43.4%

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

Alissa2579, Saturday at 12:26 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

MikeRusso, Saturday at 01:06 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +25.4%

Zekenyce, Thursday at 04:34 AM
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3.08/5  rDev +10.4%

batt6343, Thursday at 02:01 AM
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Huntingmanof, Oct 15, 2014
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2.9/5  rDev +3.9%

smithj4, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.5%

codedfreaq, Oct 12, 2014
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2/5  rDev -28.3%

Keananmichael5, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of goforbrian
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

goforbrian, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Modelo Especial has a smooth flavour of beer with medium hops. No bitterness within Modelo Especial. Medium foam is a characteristic of Modelo Especial. Carbonation disappears quickly within Modelo Especial. I am the person who posted the photo of Modelo Especial.

xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of CrusinforaBrewsin
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

CrusinforaBrewsin, Oct 11, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev +16.1%

Mnykamp, Oct 10, 2014
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1/5  rDev -64.2%

JKV96, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.12/5  rDev +11.8%

Hiding the overall review score so I can rate this without bias. It's always better that way.

Fancy, fancy, fancy mexican beer for luchadors and bull gorers. It's got that awesome dollar store gold foil wrapping on the top like you're about to pop some heavenly wine. On the label is imprinted "Cerveza...MODELO...Especial". With two lions on the side. Let's get to it, shall we?

Appearance (3.25) : A fluffy yellowish off-white head that is initially 2 fingers but takes almost no time to disappear completely. The body is a golden amber hue with lots of bubbles lining the glass.

Aroma (3) : As it sits on my desk, I can smell the beer from here, and it smells very vegetal. I'll put my nose to the glass and see what I can come up with...

Heavy corn aroma, with some mild plant hop behind it. The corn is interesting...perhaps roasted corn tortilla, or tortilla chips. Leafy plant definitely comes in 2nd though.

Taste (3.25) : The initial taste isn't bad, it's very smooth and flavorful. It has a good balance. But in a literal second, as the brew bounces back towards your throat, that harmony is thrown asunder by a rotten corn/musty hop flavor, ending with a dry, musty, roasted vegetal corn mash. Overall the flavor isn't terrible, in fact it's miles and smiles better than Corona Extra, but it's still remarkably bad.

Mouthfeel (3) : Watery, carbonated, ends dry. Light bodied to be expected.

Overall (3.12) : Again, this beer is leagues better than Corona Extra. I don't even want to look at a Corona again. Modelo Especial is still pretty terrible, but drinkable. If someone showed up to a party with Modelo, or if it was in a cooler full of macro light lagers, I'd take this in a second. If there were anything else that was in the running however, I would leave it chilling in the icebox. I hope that makes sense. I'll pass on this brew next time.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Oct 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

hurshybear, Oct 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Allegue04, Oct 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

Beerasaurus, Oct 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

sdavis2, Oct 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +79.2%

Mando1052, Oct 07, 2014
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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.