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

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,577 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 1,577
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 118 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%

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 djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%

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 nmann08
3/5  rDev +7.5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

zestar, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -64.2%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Amarillo dorado with a few dozen fat bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass before breaking free to rush up to the cream colored cap. And a nice looking cap it is too. Unlike most American macro lagers, the foam has some character and doesn't deflate within the first few minutes. It doesn't look as if much lace will stick, but the clarity of the beer and the stick-to-it-iveness of the head make up for it.

I always worry about clear glass bottles. Sure enough, the unmistakable aroma of skunk greeted me on cap popping. Like usual, the nastiness pretty much disappeared by the time I got around to assessing the aroma in earnest. Corny grain, musky hops... you know the drill.

Modelo Especial tastes like a macro lager; albeit a more sweet, less bitter, not really all that offensive one. I'll say one thing for corn, at least it provides more flavor and sweetness than rice. It may not be my favorite adjunct, but it's the lesser of two evils when it comes to cheap, tossbackable brews.

Like most versions, there's no spark on the palate, nothing that causes me to look forward to the next sip or the next bottle. Having said that, given the fact that there's no trace of overt offensiveness, it's clearly superior to just about anything coming out of the tanks at A-B. I've never had ME before today, but I imagine that it would be a Mexican food washer-downer por excelencia.

The body is light on a good day and doesn't have a whole lot to recommend it. Still though, it never descends into wateriness and never loses the moderate degree of carbonation that it starts out with. It may be average in terms of mouthfeel, but at least it's committed, dammit!

This is okay beer. The lack of any truly horrifying characteristics, the light sweetness and the easygoing drinkability have grown on me over the course of the bottle. I'll have no trouble ordering up a Modelo Especial the next time I get a hankerin' for a chili relleno.

BuckeyeNation, May 08, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev +0.4%

Eeh, it's beer... I guess. Not a lot here to brag about, other than it is what is expected from South-of-the-boarder beers. Thirst quenching, carbonated, lightly flavored, and low on the quality. This beer contributes a pungent hop aroma that showm mostly earthiness, but also skunkiness. Tastes are a mix of pilsner malts and corn. The beer fades quickly, just before becomming oily and sweet-heavy late. Sub-par on many fronts.

BEERchitect, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%

Again the boy should be banned from bringing back mixed sixers from food lion, lol. By far the worst selection I have ever been presented with, consumed on 08/08/2010.

The pour was actually decent with a nice mellow and light amber color that had a small head of white that actually stayed around for a good long while.

Again with the super light aroma, light malted grain, corn, hints of lots of bready notes, nothing really coming at me that I really enjoyed, just seems a bit too bland. Clean taste, too clean as there was really nothing left of it after a few moments, other then the fading musky flavor from the start.

Overall it could have been worse, but damn, unless it was a smokin hot day and this was all I had I would pass.

mikesgroove, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -28.3%

Texasfan549, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +7.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a white head that has almost zero retention.

S: Sweet corn and apple juice is what the nose is all about. A slight grassiness with a touch of sweet grain. Luckily the can has protected this one from any skunking.

T: Quite a bit of grain flavor along with the corn. There is a touch of rice and some of the apple juice sweetness that I get in many adjunct laden lagers. Almost no bitterness or hop character.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: As with so many of these beers, this really isn't that bad, but it's just not all that flavorful or interesting. It just doesn't make me want to drink it again.

womencantsail, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -46.2%

ygtbsm94, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

kylehay2004, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -5%

12 oz. bottle for $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, delightfully golden body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Lightly skunked nose with notes of grain husks and cooked corn.

Taste: Husky grains and maize with a light cereal sweetness. Tiny, tiny bit of sourness. Light hop bitterness is sufficient enough to give this beer a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but thankfully lacks the wateriness of its brethren. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: No outright hideous, but, if you find yourself in a Mexican restaurant and need a beer, I'd sooner reach for a Negra Modelo.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

Nothing overly impressive here. The beer was a yellowish golden color with a little bit of head that lasted until you take your first sip then it disappears. There isn't much of anything to say. It smells of malts not much hop aroma. You can probably avoid this beer is you're looking for something more exotic.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Another light Mexican offering during this Cinco de Mayo tasting. It pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises rice, light sweetness (a very vague example of the phenomenon), bad wheat, and burnt puffed rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of hard water. The body is rather light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a kinda pitiful brew, one I can't see ever drinking again voluntarily.

TMoney2591, May 06, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%

Straight out of the fridge into a pint glass. Loose network of bubbles, pretty fizzy. Foam rapidly fades away to nothing, leaving a yellow gold liquid with a thin ring on the surface.

Smells nondescript, light husky grain, straw.

Taste is similarly nondescript, dry and crackery, seltzery fizz. Vague bitterness in the aftertaste, yet no hop flavor to report. Pretty clean, though there was a faint metallic hint. Factory fresh and utilitarian. Use it to wash down some fiery hot Mexican cuisine, or to cool down after mowing the yard.

emerge077, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of largadeer
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%

Golden body with a fleeting white head. Pretty standard Mexican lager aroma: mildly sulfuric lager yeast, pale malt sweetness, slight DMS. Not much else to it. It's reasonably clean and doesn't offend. Tastes more or less the same. Pretty clean fermentation aside from a bit of DMS. Slightly metallic, with a pale malt sweetness and a touch of sweet corn. Not much bitterness to the finish. Not an offensive beer by any means, and it's good for washing down spicy Mexican food.

largadeer, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%

A - Poured out a crystal clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. It dissipated quickly and left little to no lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of corn. Not much else there.

T - It tasted sweet and pilsener-like. Light grassiness lead one to believe there are some hops in here. Overall, the taste is not offensive, but it's not great.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. I've seen it listed as a Vienna Lager in a book, but the color and lack of maltiness makes me think this site has the correct style.

zeff80, May 05, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a clear, surprisingly dark golden body beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose is clean (unless you've got a bottle that's been skunked) and expresses grainy malt with a background waft of hop.

It's mildly crisp in the mouth with a medium body.

The flavor is exactly as the nose indicates with grainy, bready malt dominating but balanced by a smear of non-descript hops and a firm bitterness. The balance could be better, but it's OK.

It finishes clean and dry with some short-lived hops and then some residual maltiness left on the palate.

NeroFiddled, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +7.5%

SocalKicks, Apr 01, 2012
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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,577 ratings.