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

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Ratings: 1,582
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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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 TMoney2591
2.23/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 FosterJM
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

447th review on BA
Can to pint
24 oz

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

App- Its dark, dark, yellow with 1/2 in of head, lots of bubbles in the beer. No cling.

Smell- Light, corn, some lats. Just kind eh, nothing to write home about.

Taste- Just a bland AAL, not as bad as the others but just a tad better.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. A bit dry with lots of corn & malts.

Drink- Its for Cinco de mayo. Never again. Not as bad as some AAL but close. This is another watered down beer substitute.

FosterJM, May 06, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: bright shiny gold. massive carbonation bubbles collect at the bottom of my pilsner and race to the surface to build a bubbly head that doesnt last for long.

S: a very corn-like aroma. perhaps a very light english hop varietal? not much else going on.

T: a bit of fruitiness. grapes. maybe a light oatiness in there at the tail-end. dry finish.

M: light body with medium carbonation. could be a little harder.

D: for what it is, not a bad example. in my grocery store it's the same price as corona and a better mexican lager in my opinion as well. hooray 24oz cans.

Jimmys, May 06, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
1.38/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a super clear light yellow color, no head lots of fizz.

Skunked straight up skunk

Kinda like old fruit, bubble gum and something rotten really unpleasant.

Slick on the palate, the forced carbonation us a bit to much for me.

Why? Seriously why? Do my friends think this is classy or something? Never again

Fenris244, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
1.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a small one finger white head that I can head fizzing away, which is not good, the body is a dark yellow color, with medium carbonation and almost 100% transparent, but not completely. Here are my first thoughts, the head is gone, and I can tell I'm not going to get much lacing, so that's bad. But on the other hand there isn't a crap load of carbonation and the color isn't as light yellow as most of the adjunct lagers I've had, so that kinda offsets things a little bit. The smell is a little hoppy and a little malty, frankly it smells a little skunky, but maybe that's just the hops, because it's in a can so theres no way it's skunky. I mean overall the smell is very faint, and not very strong, but what I can smell I like, it smells like it has some taste to it, so not bad on the smell for an adjunct lager. Extremely watery on the taste, like WOW, super watery, I was expecting much more flavor out of that smell. I'm for sure getting a metallic flavor and a almost a cough syrup taste mixed in with the low carbonation. The taste is not very good at all, I'm really not getting any hops or malts either here. It really just tastes like metallicy cough syrupy water. On second thought, there might be a small small hop bite in here somewhere. The only two things I can think so say that are good about the taste are the small hop bite and the fact that it's not skunky like I thought it might be on the smell. I was really expecting more flavor from this beer, but it's falling very short, even for an adjunct lager. The mouthfeel is ok, not terrible, medium carbonation, but frankly it could actually use a bit more carbonation because the flavor isn't all that great. Drinkability is considerably low considering it's an adjunct lager. Overall on this beer, way worse than I was expecting, and I wasn't expecting all that much from it, being an adjunct lager. I have absolutely no idea how the bros give this a B-. There are a few things I like about it, but very few, mostly this beer is not very good at all.

MaltsOfGlory, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Yellow beer, head dissipates almost instantaneously with no lace. Sweet corn aroma. Not too offensive, just lacking.

Taste, again, lacking hops, malt etc. . . not offensive, seltzer water with some beer in it. Lots of carbonation.

Absolutely horrendously priced at $7.49 a 6 pack. I have no idea what that would pay for, maybe they have some big soccer advertising bills to pay or something.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Orange/golden color, no cloudiness. Less than one finger head quickly disappears. Minimal lace.

S: Faint grass and malt. Emphasis is on "faint." Soon fades to just malt.

T: Bland sweetness, tiny bit of peppery astringence on the finish. Soap and metal also present, but not enough to really detract from what minimal flavor there is. A little creme soda?

M: Light, carbonation okay, tiny bit of creaminess, mostly soda-like.

O: Aspires to be average, but doesn't quite make it. Okay if there's nothing else to be found. Not at all especial.

AmericanGothic, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Light straw color with a half inch of head that quickly disappeared to just covering the surface.

Fairly fragrant for its style. Lots of honeysuckle... actually only honeysuckle, but still nice.

The taste is hard to pin down. Smooth with a slight honey flavor midway through. The taste is "refreshing" without any bite.

Light towards medium body with moderate carbonation. Crisp and clean.

One of the top beers for its style. Smooth and easy drinking, plus it smells good.

Fatehunter, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Schmittymack
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Schmittymack, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Has a typical lager color and smell when poured. Lot's of nice bubbles coming up from the bottom. Tastes like Corona! Not too malty or hoppy. The corn in it is evident, but doesn't make it bad. I thought this beer was very refreshing. Not something I would drink often, but not bad once in awhile. Might be good on a boat or mowing the lawn.

flyingspatula, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
1.93/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a nice golden color with a middling white head. Said head becomes just a film.
Smell is heavily musty/skunky with hops and a faint note of malt.
Taste is a bit more balanced. Malt, hops and. ... nothing else.
Watery, light bodied, medium effervescence. Aftertaste is nicely balanced between malt and hops. Slightly better than a BudMillerCoors but getting past the nose is not easy. I'd pass on another.

PorterLambic, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the clear 12oz bottle with foiled cap into a pilsner glass. I really can't believe the presentation of this beer. The foil for classiness paired with the clear bottle showing off this pale lager just struck me as sort of ironic and pretentious. There really is nothing remarkable about this beer. I guess the "classy" presentation works to attract buyers, differentiating it from the "less classy" beers all around it on the gas station shelves.

In reality it is no different. This is a completely average and typical adjunct lager, and I'm sure in a blind taste test would be almost indistinguishable from the others. It's a bit lighter I guess, but then the clear bottle actually hinders it from being as drinkable.

All around mediocre.

BucBasil, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of kopper65
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Straw color. Clear, bright, with a very fizzy white head of foam that disappeared within a minute or so. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Clean smelling corn aroma mixed with some light notes of grain. Hints of butter, but not real strong. None of the aromas really stand out. Kind of tame but very pleasant.

Taste - Nice sweet corn flavor with the grain backing it up. Very nice, actually.

Mouthfeel - Kind of light, somewhat dry, refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability - I think this is a very drinkable beer and is better than most if not all American macro lagers.

kopper65, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 Knapp85
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 BeerBodisafa
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is more yellow than most adjunct lagers, has a small white head, leaves some lacing.

Smell, well it smells like a Bud Light, not much.

Taste, I was impressed for it being just an adjunct lager. Very citrusy, clean, very easy to drink. Being in the can definately saved it from getting skunky.

Mouthfeel, not much body, but who wants body in this style?

Overall, not bad, it will be my pool beer this summer, in the can, not the bottle.

BeerBodisafa, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of WVRadar
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear pale to deep gold body, 1/2 inch head which quickly dissipated to a ring around the top. Looked almost flat, with very few bubbles rising to the top. Lacing was average. Taste was very light with almost no finish. Watery, soft mouthfeel. Not impressed, almost like drinking a light beer.

WVRadar, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of angrywolf
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden color, with a thin head and some lacing.

Smell: Adjuncts, some caramel and a hint of hops, and slight skunkiness.

Taste: Metallic, cereal grain adjunct.

Mouthfeel: Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. If I had to pick between this and any BMC offerings, I would rather pick this, although I would rather drink something else.

Nothing "Especial" about this one. Negra Modelo is far better.

angrywolf, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is consistantly one of the skunkiest smelling beers there is. It never seems to fail to smell like pure skunk upon opening. Underneath that, there's some Euro-type lager smell to it...but it's skunky.

I know it's labeled as an adjunct lager, but I don't really get much of an adjunct taste to it. Rather, it has some cereal grain on the body...a mild sweetness....and some of the skunk from the aroma transfers to the finish of this beer. Hops are nearly non-existant.

Pretty blah stuff. I used to believe this was among the best Mexican beers, but it's clear Negra Modelo is the superior beer between the Modelo's.

NODAK, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a white one finger head that vanishes almost instantly. Right away I can smell skunkiness, and my face is nowhere near the bottle. I hope this isn't a bad bottle. Tastes like lime and corn. Mouthfeel is sticky and unenjoyable, especially since the limey-ness of the flavor suggests it should be more refreshing in the mouth. Would not go out of my way to drink this again, aside from trying it on tap or a bottle I know for sure is fresh to see if I just got a bad bottle. It's really unfortunate when the best feature about a beer is the bottle it comes in. I guess the foil top got my hopes up.

ZenAgnostic, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of GweedoeBRew
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not really so what is so Especial about Modelo especial. After having many beers in Cabo they all start to run together. I really think that Maybe Modelo just changes the name on the can, but puts the same product in all the bottles!

It is a typical Mexican style pils beers. Refreshing when you are sitting next to the pool on an 80 degree day, but doesn't have much body to it.

But I tried all of the mexican pils and this one was closer to the bottom of the list than the top.

GweedoeBRew, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
1.88/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear yellowish color with a thick yellowish white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of corn, grain, and a little sweetness. Tastes of sweet corn, bread, and a little grain. Mouthfeel is light with a heavy carbonation. Drinkability is okay.

TheKingofWichita, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of foogerd
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden clear yellow body, white head some lacing. Decent looking Lager.

S- Light hops and malt.

T- Sweety grainy taste, some light bitterness, light refreshing beer.

M- Light bodied airy and fizzy.

D- Very drinkable lager, great to wash down a meal or to cool off on a hot summer day.

foogerd, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,582 ratings.