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

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1,757 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,757
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of wcpmohr88
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Bought a 12-pack 5 days prior; drank most of it at a frat party while at my alma mater for homecoming.

A: I like the golden/straw color most adjuncts have, but that's usually my favorite part. No real head or lacing though.

S: The grain and metal come through far too much here. This smell automatically makes me think of watching SEC football in a fraternity basement (and being unable to feel my face), and that's not as fun as it used to be.

T: About what you'd expect for an adjunct- barely hoppy, grain flavors, kind of bland. I don't mind it very much, but there's a whole lot better. I think it tastes "like beer," but that's because my first 4 or 5 years of drinking beer were nothing but macro lagers.

M: Not really anything to report. Not offensive, though.

O: It works. Not much else to it.

Photo of Vashtar
2.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice appearance, but it lack saturation.
The smell is skunky like Modelo Negro
Taste is not impressive. It's a typical Mexican beer taste.
The mouthfeel has a cheep, light feel to it
Overall, it's about what I expected

Just buy Keystone if you want something light and cheap

Photo of Stpeterowdy10
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First review so here goes....

Bottle served at my local Chipotle.

Appearance is crystal clear, golden, and with some light bubbles.
Smell, lots of corn and a little bit of a skunk.
Taste, is again corn but not much else. Some light grain. Almost toast flavor. Light hint of alcohol in the after taste. Simple but still much better than other Mexican Lagers I have had. After tasting it went well with the spice of the burrito I was also enjoying.
Mouthfeel was very water with a little of that carbonation sparkle.
Overall pretty good but nothing crazy exciting.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2.00 Cans at a taco shop across the street. Why not.

Poured into a Mug

Appearance-Yellow straw color with a small off white head that is gone in a second. Mimimal lacing, you know what your getting...

Smell-Very bland, some wheat and grain.

Taste-Pretty clean and crisp. Lots of grain, No corn adjunct's noticable. Kind of sweet, some light malt.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Pretty drinkable.

Overall-It's alright, I would prefer this over a lot of other adjuncts.

Photo of Celtics76
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. can poured into a Red Hook Limited glass.

The first thing I noticed was the explosive amount of carbonation. Next, the quickly dissipating head. Yellow-gold in color. Not much of a smell to it but lacks the skunkiness of domestic macro lagers, so a good sign.

Taste is lacking but inoffensive. Nice crisp finish. I've taken a liking to Modelo as a go-to beer for cookouts and other outdoor activities. Clearly better then the Buds and Coors of the world.

Photo of BrewMaester
3.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin straw colored pour, no head or lacing to speak of. The nose is underwhelming a little corn and cereal scents, better than you’d expect from a canned beer. Flavor is mixed cereal, grains corn etc. nothing great but certainly not offensive. Thin mouthfeel, seltzer texture, which is to be expected from a macro. Overall its good for an American macro but nothing special, good for a day at the beach.

Photo of emmasdad
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ice cold from the can a little after 11 during my summer league softball game (so I have no idea what it looked like, although I could probably hazard a guess). Aromas of straw, graininess, light citrus and a hint of skunk. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of light straw, light graininess and hint of citrus with a crisp clean finish.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Who would have thought Id ever pour a can into a glass?

Bright yellow with soda pop fizziness. Head disappears instantaneously. Carbonation is average. If it had a head, itd be a decent looking beer.

Smell fits the style. no hops. Sweet malt. Corn sweetness.

Taste is what I picture Corn Pops cereal would taste like if they fermented it. Sweet, light, and airy. Hops are no where, but it much more smooth than other AALs. Goes down very easily with little bite. Best AAL in my book.

It doesnt really leave any kind of bad taste in your mouth. Much room for improvement, but not a bad base.

Easy drinking beer that screams pool or beach.

Photo of avaldivia
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden amber in appearance with a thin off white head. Smells vaguely of cereal grains. Taste is a hint of fresh lager yeast, followed by some sweet bread. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is slightly thin, high carbonation. Overall decent, I've had a lot worse.

Photo of IronCitySteve
2.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright clear golden straw color. Does not provide much a foam head. There is no lacing.

S: There is some corn, light roasted white toast and grain. More potent than other adjuncts I have had.

T: Starts and finishes the same way. Not overly complex but had more flavor than I expected. Mostly of corn, toast, grains and lightly roasted nuts.

M: Very light and typical of an adjunct. A little thin and watery.

O: This is a little bit better than most adjuncts I have had.

Photo of lisomiso
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Victoria pint glass I dug up from the back of the cupboard. It says "todo con medida" - indeed!

Pours clear, a nice golden straw color with a half inch head that quickly dissipates. Basically what you'd expect from a Mexican lager - maybe a touch darker.

Smells like cornflakes and a hint of frutiness - again, what I expect from a Mexican lager. Honestly, I really like the way it smells. The alcohol comes out as it warms, which is a bit surprising considering the ABV is only 4.5%.

The taste disappoints a bit, though. None of the malty corn flavor comes through, and it's that same soapy mineral water thing that I keep finding, with a bit of a metallic finish. The alcohol comes through - but at 4.5% ABV, how?

As it warms, I'll be damned if I don't smell and taste cherries... no, it's exactly Jergens cherry almond lotion. What? This is weird. (Strangely pleasant though... I know, right?)

Mouthfeel is fine; decent if coarse carbonation and a not-overly-watery body.

Overall - this beer smells a lot better than it tastes.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fancy and strange 12 oz bottle, into a pint glass

A - Fizzy Yellow liquid, about a 1/2 in of head with some activity.

S - Metal and corn, some grassy hops, a bit harsh

T - Corn and light barley malt nice dry grassy hopped finish

M - Nice amount of smoothness and carbonation, really clean

O - A good beer for when you just want a plain beer

Photo of WoodBrew
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just got done mowing the lawn and I figured it was the best time to try the Modelo Especial...and I was probably right. The appearance is Golden clear color with dissipating carbonation and head. The smell is semi-sweet with grain and alcohol undertones. The taste is typical of most beers in this genre and is fairly smooth. I don't mind it but if there was something else more interesting I would take that.

Photo of rcfunk
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I go slumming these days, I love me some Modelo Especial. When I was in college, my friends and I would binge with Tecate. I did a side by side the other night with Tecate vs Modelo Especial. There was no contest.

Let's be honest: this is a Mexican Pilsner Beer. If you judge it as such, it is a perfect example. Light, Crisp, Refreshing and Portable!

Photo of tdm168
3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with 1/4" of frothy head with decent retention. Smells grainy and skunky but with little else of note. Taste is sweet cereal grains and corn with a very mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and clean.

Mediocre, forgettable.

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,757 ratings.