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

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Ratings: 1,728
Reviews: 503
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 18
Gots: 201 | FT: 0
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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 BEERME528
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was left in my fridge after a party, otherwise I would never consider purchasing. However, after drinking it, I plan on buying myself a pack on occassion. It poured a head of foam that vanished fairly quickly on top of the lightly colored liquid. I have never really enjoyed a Corona which made me skeptical of this taste, but I very much enjoyed it. It felt good from the start to the finish.

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

It poured an amber colour, much darker than any other Mexican adjunct lager I've seen. It had no head, but formed a bit of lacing around the sides anyway. The smell is faint and sweet and reminiscent of apple juice. Not that green apple smell in high gravity lagers, but definitely apple.
The taste is better than I remember, but that may be because I had a Corona earlier and I am simply relieved that this is less terrible. The taste is starchy, but also has some minor grain flavour. Not much. It's bland, but palatable. That's about it.

Photo of chillwinston
3.98/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best Mexican beer hands down. It's best from a bottle but then you risk it being spoiled and it has that foil around the top. Appearance and smell is very typical of a Mexican lager but the taste is much better. The mouthfeel is much more substantial. It's tastes like it has a bit of honey in it. This the perfect beer for drinking outside in the summer or on a beach in Mexico.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that thinned out to a ring.

S - grainy sweet corn.

T - grainy sweetness with a touch of bittering midway turning back to sweet on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

O - middle of the road beer that's ok for washing down Taco Bell.

Photo of smakawhat
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 24oz can into a nonic pint glass. The Mexican canfest continues...

A very large white head is formed with a giant styrofoam like cap of three fingers. This thing is STUCK. Body is extremely clear with a somewhere in between pale gold/straw color, extremely bright looking. Head falls slowly with some sticky clumps in places. Some small rising carbonation from the bottom, but head does eventually recede.

Nose is a giant grainy solvent smell. A little husky, and some sweetness. Doesn't smell that nice to be frank.

Taste is stupidly sweet. Sugary corn syrup, easy drinking, almost a hint of bread with a little bit of almost malt liquor like dryness on the swallow.

Overall it's a stupidly low abv easy drinking but incredibly bubblegum beer with sweetness like candy. Easy lawnmower beer if that's your thing.

Photo of perrymarcus
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a a short-lived 3/4" fizzy white head. no real lacing to speak of.

nose is subdued, with light notes of malt, grain/corn, and a vague hint of hops in the background, although that could just be wishful thinking.

more of the same in the flavor, which, while decidedly unexciting, is inoffensive and easy to drink. corn/graininess with some malt characters. light and lively on the palate.

overall, as far as adjunct lagers go you could do a lot worse. not doing a whole lot for me, but it's not bothering me either. it's even a bit refreshing. definitely beats corona, i'll give it that.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A:Clear light gold color. Poured a 2 finger creamy white head with fair retention to a thick skim. Decanted vigorously. Laced in wavy rings in spot.

S: Sweet malt and corn. Wet grains and green apple. Grass.

T: Sweet, wet grain. Corn and green apple transition quickly to mild, grassy finish. Not really bitter, but balanced.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Briefly smooth and coating ahead of a crisp and light finish.

O: Very easily drinkable. Solid example in an ordinary style - credit to eliminate any off-flavors in a beer this light.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
2.05/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a fizzy golden yellow with a bubbly white head. Dissolves almost immediately, leaving some carbonated froth on top and barely any lacing.

Almost completely muted nose - some corn and cereal with a pang of metal.

Watery barely and corn up front. Faint sweetness and toasted grain with that "lovely" adjunct metallic pang. Slight bitterness, but not necessarily of the pleasant hoppy variety. Finishes dry and rough.

Light watery body, high carbonation, prickly and abrasive on the tongue. I suppose this drinks quickly but the flavor isn't great for an adjunct. I'd take a Pabst or Bud over this any day.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Modelo Especial has a thin, white, quickly-dissipating head, and a very clear, deep golden color. Carbonation is medium to high, and the lacing is ragged. The aroma is skunky and rancid, but I noticed once the initial whiff died off, the spoiled smell did not show up too much. It was just a typical American-style lager smell after that, meaning, not much of any smell. The taste is pretty rich and enjoyable, with enough hop presence to avoid a bland situation. Mouth-feel is light, watery, and slimy or soapy. Modelo Especial finishes light, semi-wet, and smooth. Overall, I was a whole lot more impressed than what I thought I'd be faced with upon getting the original skunk smell. Later, I tried the canned version, and it was quite good and not skunked.


Photo of RickS95
1.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

About as bad as a beer can look. It's extremely clear, straw-colored with no head. Just awful looking.

Smells like weeds.

Tastes like watered down, sour pilsner with a little bit of sour apple. Lacks any sort of character and basically tastes like a crappy lite beer.

It's got a watered down sour feel to it.

Essentially, has no redeeming values. Right up there with the worst beers ever.

Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that is gone as fast as it forms. No lacing.

S: Some corn adjunct, grain, and a little bit of grassiness. There is also a slight apple aroma.

T: Quite grainy, the corn and apple return, and there is a slight sweetness to it. Very little hops present and no bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Lots of small bubbles released to the top.

O: Not terrible, but nothing really going on either. Have no problem drinking it on a hot day or when relaxing at a BBQ or a random Mexican night. For an american adjunct, its just fine.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'll skip all the usual adjunct lager talk and go straight to the point; Modelo is a great beer for certain occasions. It is the smoothest of all the Mexican brews that go with lime and is very quenching after a long hot day. It's not a brewing masterpiece, but hits the spot when the occasional craving arrives.

Photo of BigDRS
2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

A - Color is an almost urine like pale yellow. Zero head on this bad boy ... and zero lace. Not very impressive thus far ...

S - Crappy macro lager scent. There's a bunch of sweet corn, a bit of bland hops, but nothing else.

T - The taste is very, very clean. There's a smack of sweetness at the end of each sip that is pleasant, but not amazing by any stretch of the imagination.

M - Very thin. Mouthfeel on this is very light and more than likely meant that way. If I were eating a bunch of spicy tacos I wouldn't mind this beer by my side.

O - I was inclined to purchase this beer because my fiancee said she had tried it and liked it ... first time she'd said that about any beer. Perhaps I'll be able to swing her to enjoy something better than this.

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a can that was stocked in our rooms while we visited the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. I was forced to drink out of the on the rocks glasses that they provide in hotel rooms. Pours a pale, hazy, piss-gold color with a thin film of bubbly head. Lots of carbonation. Lots. The smell is a little watery, but roast and toasty cereal, mostly. The flavors are limited, at best. Roasted malt with a musty, almost stale aftertaste. The finish is crisp and dry, but again, still stale, and the mustiness continues to overpower. Bleh...but they fill the fridge with 6 "fresh" ones every day, so I will continue to drink. Not the worst thing to have handy when it's still 94 degrees out at 10pm!

Photo of depechemode1983
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 24oz can into a Duvel tulip. Looks to be a dark golden straw color. Its white head is fizzy and unremarkable. Its gone right quick and in a hurry. Very light corn smell even in the tulip. A little sweet, mild corn, light grains. Bland. Mouth feel seems to be what it should be for this sort of thing. a little under par. Pretty light in flavor and aromatics even for an AAL.

Photo of TheDeuce
1.9/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Modelo Especial……..in a can at the Haaj in Sunnyside, NY

Appearance-pale pale yellow with a thin straw head. It leaves quickly with just a trace of bubbles.

Smell-aroma is full of adjuncts, grain and rice, cooked together in a mash.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light and weak, grainy mix, muddled, mouthfeel is syrupy and leaves quickly.

Overall-bland and normal for the genre, nothing that should ever be sough out. Not the worst mass-adjunct lager but that is certainly not high praise.

Photo of drinkofczars
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Typical Mexican lager look. Very similar to bud light appearance.

S- It smells especially good with a fresh lime in the beer. Before it smelled like a typical Mexican beer. Small amount of bitter aroma

T- Delicious. Like Corona without the skunky bite because of the can.

M- Crisp, refreshing, light. Exactly what I was looking for in this beer.

O- I might start drinking this out of cans when I'm feeling like a corona. About the same price with a little better quality.

Tasty crisp Mexican beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear and golden with immediate carbonation, no lasting body. The aroma is pure adjunct lager - but not displeasing - just the epitomy of its style.

The flavour I find less pleasing. No malts or hops that I can discern, pure corn and an odd corn syrupy sweetness with a bitter finish. Not well balanced, and not the "premium" Modelo brand I'd expected.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,728 ratings.