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

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1,663 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,663
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 14
Gots: 160 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a reasonably good lager, better than most macros and with a lot more character, and closer to a real pilsner, than most US or Mexican macro lagers.

Slightly dark gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring, leaving a hint of weak lace.

Aroma is soft grain with hints of lemon, pine, honey, and herbs, and a very faint hint of soap. It has a light but definite German element but otherwise is a standard pale lager.

The taste up front is more German with a clear German herbal-pine hop dominance with honey and a faint hint of grain. Light bitterness just dominates the faint grain sweetness. However, the overall character degrades soon, with the hops thinning quickly, becoming more bland with a faint minerally-soapy quality that is just barely noticeable. This does not take over, though or truly ruin it, and it retains a basically good character, just not as good as the beginning. Slightly watery but not terribly. It's drinkable, and retains a stronger character and hop presence and flavour than most such macro lagers.

Offa, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Blake
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

lovely at first, starts to get less drinkable as it goes on. We call it the light skinned modelo as opposed to the dark skin brother modelo negro. Its a yellow beer in a clear glass but don't let it fool you, definitely a beer to enjoy food with, made me hungry drinking it.

Blake, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had half of a 24oz can over at the in-laws.

A - Clear, golden hue with a fizzy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Not much lacing at all.

S - Better smell than I first expected, still it was primarily corns and grains.

T - Corn prevalent with the slightest bit of maltiness. A bit bland at the end.

M - Decent carbonation.

D - Best consumed cold. The end of this beer was not as good likely because it had warmed a bit.

LuthersMug, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours lager clearish, just slightly hazy with a half finger head and a bit of lacing..

smell is almost non-existent...a little grain, corn, some sweet neutral tones some skunk but not as much as you would expect.

taste is just very ok - not offensive, not interesting, just dull with a bit of nutty character in there - finishes smooth and almost slightly creamy.

this is not an awful beer, it is an ok lager that is relavitvely unoffensive without the addition of a lime ;)

benclimbs, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of VietPong
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't really prefer the chub bottle style. It kind of taste like a watery corona, less carbonation and less style. For the same price, I was not happy to get a crappy corona. There is just nothing distinguishable about the taste of this beer, and it seems a little too light for my taste

VietPong, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and corn. Pretty bland but not skunky like I expected since it came in a clear bottle. The flavor is grain, wheat and grassy hops with a tad bit of lemon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not great, but compared to a lot of Mexican lagers, this beer is pretty good.

Mora2000, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pooured from a can. Serving it around 45 degrees.

A clear plae golden yellow body. White fizzy head that dissapates.

Has a smell of grain and a little honey-like sweetness.

Has a medium carbonation. Some sweetness as well. Pretty good body for a adjunct lager. the aftertaste start to get to me after a few sips. I suppose this is a pretty decent rendition of the style. A cheap beach brew perhaps.

spoons, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of david18
2.83/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My friend, who's not a big fan of craft beer, brought a sixpack of this over and ended up leaving a couple. I poured one into a Sam Adams glass and, surprise surprise, I was not impressed.

Light golden color with heavy carbonation, very little flavor and not much aroma. I won't be buying this again soon.

david18, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of DrJay
1.93/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Crystal clear gold with a white cap that disappeared quickly, leaving behind a thin collar. Mild aroma, cereal grains, veggies, a bit sulfury and skunky. Light bitterness and malt sweetness, grains, sulfury hops. The finish had a sharp, acrid flavour, a metallic bitterness that did not taste good. Decent texture, moderate carbonation with a light body, crisp and somewhat dry. I'm not a fan of this at all.

DrJay, Jul 19, 2010
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can to pint glass.

A: pale golden, yellow body. No head retention.
S: Corn, and slight malt presence.
T/M: A smooth and unbalanced beer The front is sort of an empty taste, picks up with a bit of malt and lager presence on the finish.
D: I would say this is a semi-drinkable beer, due to the fact that the first half of the taste, tastes like nothing. But the beer will not have me coming back for another taste.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours with a lot of carbonation. Color is light-gold and clear. Head was there for the blink of an eye and then gone. No lacing going on here.

Smell is that of vegetables, corn...can detect some maltiness. A hint of grass/hay as well. Taste...well, initially there is not much there. I guess I detect some malt but the taste is mainly comprised of adjunct ingredients, i.e., corn/rice, et. all. Overall assessment is bland. Sure it has some refreshing qualities to it. Probably does a fine job at washing down some tex-mex or quenching your thirst on a hot summer day. Other than that, I'll look elsewhere.

Mouthfeel is OK. Generous amount of carbonation. Drinkability also OK. Fine under the right circumstances. Otherwise, as I said, adjust your fire.

JohnnyP3, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight from the bottle, with a lime. It's a mexican beer, so I don't feel all that bad.

Clear bottle... ugh, bad start. I can see the beer is yellow and transparent.

The smell is dominated by the lime. Past that it's a little bready, but it's technically an Adjunt Lager so I wasn't expecting much here.

Not much too the taste, watery and really lacking any substance.

I know a lot of people that love this stuff, but I really don't get it. It's a cheap american-style lager with a Mexican name.

theboozecruise, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into pint glass

A: Yellow with a very short-lived and anemic white head.

S: I have to stick my nose into the glass to smell anything, but there's a little sweetness, faint citrus, and that's all I can get. Maybe if the head had lasted longer...

T/M: light, "soda water" mouthfeel -- to be expected with this style. Taste is grainy with a light balancing bitterness. If I let it get too warm, the corn starts to really dominate the flavor profile and it gets kinda nasty. Best to drink this one cold. As long as it's kept at the proper temperature, though, it's actually really good for an adjunct lager because it is fairly balanced and there are no real off-flavors.

D: Great hot weather session beer when kept at the proper temperature.

MurphyMacManus, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
2.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 24oz can into duvel tulip

A: pours golden straw, with a almost non-exsitant head, very visible carbonation.
S: my sinuses are clear but it doesnt seem to have a smell, a little light corn.
T: grainy, very lightly sweet, like creamed corn, a very light hop bitterness.
M: almost like champagne, watery
D: for what it is yes i can drink it, will i buy it myself again probably not.

rootbeerman, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an unusually dark golden color with some visible carbonation bubbles. The foamy white head is only medium sized with middling retention, but a few rings of lace stick to the glass.

S: Standard macro grainy/corny aromas. A touch of sweetness. A slightly more robust hop aroma for a macro lager, with notable herbal/spicy character.

T: Lightly sweet initially, but rather dry throughout. Somewhat bready, but mostly grainy malt flavor, with hints of corn. A firm but somewhat unfocused herbal hop flavor provides a steady, above average bitterness for the style.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate crispness. A touch watery, with medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D: A touch above average across the board. Sort of a slightly robust, somewhat hoppy Mexican macro lager here. Nothing fantastic - there are better beers out there - but there's nothing way off about it either.

Clydesdale, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.43/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modelo Especial 4.4% alcohol AA Lager. Served from bottle to pint glass.

A- Pours a crisp golden yellow, slightly darker than most mass produced AA Lagers. Light to minimal head and lacing.

S- Slightly sweet malts and skunky lemon hops dominate the nose.

T-M- Taste is decent for a Mexican import and probably my favorite other than its darker brother Modelo Negro. Sharp and crisp malts and corn upfront followed by a zesty hop presence. Mouthfeel is light carbonation with drinkable smoothness.

D- Nice Mexican Import beer and a all round good brew.

wesbrownyeah, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of aval89
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly dark golden color. A little darker than your standard lagers... Left a 1.5 finger head.. White with tiny bubbles.. Went down to a 1/8-1/4 inch head..

Initial smell was sweet..slight metallic with grain, cooked corn and slight malt aroma... Nothing foul.. Just kinda bland.. I think I picked up just a slight slight booze aroma with little to no hop presence..

Taste was similar to smell.. Sweetness up front...a little malty at first, grainy... A bit of cooked corn..a tiny bit metallic... Watery.. Semi dry finish... Nothing too special...although better than your bmc...

Drinkability is decent.. Easy to drink and easily can be a session brew...

aval89, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this earlier tonight at friends cookout..its an adjunct lager it is what it is..i wont slam it...s it well made for its style..its not one ill buy..but to drink it with ribs and burgers it was good,,i drank 2..so 4 the style modelo is good..BTW i bought some mirror pond,robert the bruce,lift bridge crosscut..it was fun watching my non craft friends drink these

gatornation, May 31, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
2.4/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a darker gold color, spritzy head fading quickly.

aroma is skunked, to the point that I can't get anything else, sorry.

the flavor is a step up, albeit full of corn adjuncts and with just a wisp of grainy malt flavor. Still, this is (sadly) at least average for the style. No DMS or "off" flavors. No hop flavor, and in fact I don't detect even a hint of bitterness. If there was much malt I'd call it sweet - there isn't.

carbonation is a bit low, body thin. I guess if I was dying of thirst I'd drink it by the quart...otherwise, no, I'll pass.

udubdawg, May 31, 2010
Photo of corby112
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at my hotel bar in San Antonio.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Very minimal spots of lacing. Not as pale or watery looking as other beers in this style which is nice.

Earthy soily aroma with lots of grain and corn as well as some faint hops and pale malt.

The flavor of this beer was better than expected. Although there were typical grainy corn notes found in adjunct lagers, there was some subtle earthy hops, pale malt and very faint light fruit. Not anything special but betterthan average for the style. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Probably my favorite of the Mexican adjunct lagers(if Negro Modelo doesn't count).

corby112, May 31, 2010
Photo of armock
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
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

armock, May 23, 2010
Photo of eschbach
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went down to CVS and they were selling 24 oz cans of modelo, so I bought one. The can has a cool design. It has a very oldschool look.

I filled the pilsner glass. It has a regular golden color. And a marginal head. I cannot smell the hops. It smells like corn sort of. The taste is good. It's more sharp and bitter than most Mexican lagers. It feels very light in the mouth. This beer is very easy to drink.

Considering how popular Mexican beers are in the US, I'm amazed more people don't drink this beer. It has more flavor than corona and dos equis and it's about the same price.

eschbach, May 16, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pilsner glass pour and I am met with a bright clear yellow colored ale with a bright white foamy head which quickly disappears to a ring around the glass. Aroma consists of lemon peel and light malt. Taste is very refreshing. Crisp and clean with a nice crisp spicy bite on the swallow. Lingering sour bitterness on the aftertaste. Dry and somewhat watery mouthfeel. Drinkability is high as this can definitely be a session brew if one so chooses. Great with spicy food and one Mexican beer I will never turn away.

kaseydad, May 15, 2010
Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day four in Mexico! YEAH !!!

A: Pours a nice golden color with nice lacing.

S: Hints of hops and light malts, notes of lemon. (I never put lime or other fruits in beer as they disrupt the natural flavors, and if you have to disguise the taste why not drink something else)

T: Nice even taste of hops and maltsalways as good as I hope it will be.

M: medium to heavy bodied lightly carbed with a touch of floral in the end of swallow.

D: Always a good choice to make.

nukem5, May 07, 2010
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.