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

Modelo EspecialModelo Especial

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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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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 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 MDDMD


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

A-light golden amber color with a small white head which dissipates quickly with no lacing

S-light malt and yeast aromas

T-malt and light yeasty bread, slight sweetness

F-light body with moderate carbonation

O-not offensive yet nothing I would seek out

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 01:33:59 | More by MDDMD
Photo of JackieTH


2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived in a 10-oz sample sized glass. Light golden liquid with a finger of white foam that disappeared leaving no lace. Plenty of effervescence.

Smell was faint cooked corn, grains, biscuit. Taste quite similar with adjunct qualities apparent, corn, cereal grain. Medium light body with strong carbonation. Finishes clean. Nothing here to get excited about, nothing off-putting, a middle of the road adjunct lager.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 15:33:38 | More by JackieTH
Photo of mdfb79

New York

2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 03/31/12 notes. Had on tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA alongside some awesome Mexican food. Served in a 12 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, corn, bread, and some light earthy notes. Not too bad, but pretty bland.

t - Tastes of grains, sweet corn, bread, biscuit, and light fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall not a great beer but a much better alternative for Mexican beer than Corona and Corona light. I like the normal Negro Modelo better than this, though this is a lighter beer. Not bad but a bit bland. Not worth seeking out but worked with some Mexican food and would go to over the Corona's.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 14:46:01 | More by mdfb79
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second brew I enjoyed on my Mexico trip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Mild corn, faint grassy hop notes and cereal grains.

T - Much like the scent though a tad more flavourful than Tecate, with sweet corn, grassy notes and cereal grains.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Yet another easy drinking, but flavourless ale that serves well to satisfy your thirst but will certainly not satisfy a craving for flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 03:35:43 | More by andrenaline
Photo of morebeergood


2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We ate dinner last night at the new Lone Star Taco Bar last night, and I noticed they had Modelo on draft. I don't think I've ever had a Mexican beer of this kind on tap, so I ordered one. Served in a Modelo branded glass. Darker color that I could recall, but no head whatsoever. Smell was like all other adjunct lagers - all rice. Taste actually wasn't that bad, maybe because it was on draft. Regardless, it was a pretty smooth tasting lager. Mouthfeel was on the watery side, but it went down easy. Not a bad pint for $4 with a plate of gourmet tacos. Way better than other south-of-the-border beers in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 20:13:24 | More by morebeergood
Photo of avaldivia


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

On tap at Mi Pueblo on Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour.

A: Light gold colored. Little head or lacing.

S: Light grains. Corn. Not much else.

T & M: Damn it! Not bad. Light and crisp. The flavors are slightly better than the nose. Very crisp. Nice and enjoyable.

O: I will never buy this except during happy hour on Taco Tuesday. I have to admit, I don't hate it.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2011 06:41:56 | More by avaldivia
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was served this Adjunct Lager on tap at a Mexican Festival. Poured into a clear plastic cup. This lager pours a clear golden color and makes a foamy head with very below average retention. This beer left behind no lacing. The aroma was typical of a mexican style lager, dominated by grain and grass. The taste had slight hints of grain, it was very sweet and it had almost no hop bitterness. Light in body, this beer is better than Corona. I guess I would have to say slightly above average for an adjunct lager. Im sure it would go good with a Keso Dilla.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 22:04:56 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Slatetank


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

I had this draft @ TGI Friday's in Harrisburg served chilled in a clear bottle, poured into a pint.

The beer is golden colored with great clarity and rocky think bone white cap with tiny bead. There is visible carbonation and the retention is good. The smell is mild, but nice with some toasted accents in the pilsner malt and a light hop aroma which is slightly spicy and there is mild fruitiness, but no skunkiness even for a clear bottle. The feel is as expected -medium bodied semi dry and moderately carbonated with slightly slick texture and only a hint of dms with light spice from the hops giving a refreshing overall quality.

The taste is decent, not the kind of beer that will make you shout EUREKA! and dance on the bar, but a solid flavor of lighter malt with a nice accent of light hops w/ a smoothness you expect from a lager, mostly crisp, but has a gentle corny accent which is familiar if you have had this style before. I consider this a pretty decent example of the style and not a bad choice when noshing on ribs or other grease laden fare. I found this to be refreshing and it satisfied my craving for a second beer without weighing me done or making me feel bloated like some overly gassy adjunct lagers have a tendency to do and I like the fact you can actually taste the malt, not just a seltzer lager flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 14:40:47 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Schmittymack


2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another one on the Old Chicago Mini Tour. Poured a see-through yellow with very little head that disapated quickly. NO aroma; taste was too sweet of malt, corn, and no hop bitterness at all. Another one that's not offensieve but little there in the way of taste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2011 08:48:00 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

This pale lager pours a light yellow gold color from a clear 12oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is grainy, grassy, corny and sweet. A light bodied pale lager. Malts are mild, cereal and grainy. Hops are slightly bitter and a touch spicy. Lively carbonation. Somewhat metallic tasting and that flavor, sad to say, is the major flavor component to that beer. Sort of like beer flavored water; buy not in a good way. It has no off tastes because it has almost no flavor at all. Mouthfeel is thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2011 18:05:38 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served draft at a local Mexican joint, with a lime wedged into the top of the shaker glass.

Very light golden yellow, completely see through. No foam, no lacing.

Semlls grainy. Taste is very mild, typical adjucnt, just a hair better than some of the typical American macros.

Just so-so, but went down easy with my chimichanga.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2010 13:11:17 | More by KTCamm
Photo of armock

New York

2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a clear straw color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of grainy malt with a good bit of corn scents

T - Just like it smells grainy malt with a bit of corn adjunct flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well its a Mexican macro beer so its not very drinkable to begin with but this one is really bad had to force this one down to finish my pint not worth getting even just to try it

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 18:35:07 | More by armock
Photo of merryjoulton


1.98/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was served to me at an amazing Mexican restaurant in Southern Arizona in a pint glass. It appeared to be nothing more than pale yellow fizzy water. There was no head to speak of. Smell was a little bit rotten and a little bit of cat piss. Taste was congruent with the smell (not pleasant). Mouthfeel wasn't horrible, although thin. Drinkability was fine, but maybe I've just built up a tolerance fore bad Mexican beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 06:10:13 | More by merryjoulton
Photo of Farrell

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fresh from a local Mexican restaurant, Modelo is a decent beer when compared to its other south of the border friends because it actually accomplishes what it was set out to do: it is a light bodied, fairly tasty lager that is highly drinkable and has minimal off flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2010 01:33:04 | More by Farrell
Photo of champ103


3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color. A small white cap forms and recedes in an instant. No lace.
S: Sweet malt. Some grain and cereal. Light cooked veggie aroma. A nice citrus hop aroma as the nose lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt, cereal, cooked corn, and some citrus hops.
M/D: A light and watery body that is over carbonated. An easy beer to session though.

Not the worst Mexican lager I have tried. It goes well with some Tex-Mex. Though that is about the only time I will drink this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 04:53:33 | More by champ103
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a golden brew with a small white head and no lacing.

Corn grain scents and a bitter whiff of hop leaf.

Boiled corn sweetness dominates, but finishes with slight bitterness and fairly clean.

Mouth coating and moderately carbonated. Not great with the flavors of this brew. A bit cloying.

Cuts through the hot mexican food for sure, and subtlety of flavors makes this a very easy downer with food. Alone, I don't know how much I could drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 14:32:16 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of jujubeast6000


2.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/30/2008 (Tap @ Gingerman, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear yellow-light brown color body. Smallish white head, somewhat lasting. Sweet wheaty aroma, maybe some malts, but no hops. Fizzy taste, fruity, maybe banana. Some malts, fruity aftertaste. Surprisingly tasty for this light style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 05:05:33 | More by jujubeast6000
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
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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,294 ratings.