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

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BA SCORE
66
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1,624 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,624
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 138 | 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 bmwats
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint.

A: Golden color. Pretty heavy carbonation pours into a slight bubbly head. This quickly dissipates into a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Substantial carbonation continues to rise throughout. Just a touch of lacing which quickly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Light malt and wheat, not much else.

T: A shallow malty flavor, with just a touch of hops, and a bit of citrus and honey.

M: Feels a little diluted, and carbonated. The malt leads into a subtle hoppy aftertaste, with a citrussy finish.

D: Good drinkability, according to your definition. It is light, and has a certain refreshment. Easy on the tastebuds.

Not a whole lot in terms of atmosphere. Basic, but serviceable flavor. Decent feel, again nothing special, but not bad either. Overall, worthwhile quaff.

bmwats, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of danimal22
1.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle to a standard pint glass.

A - Pours a transparent golden yellow. Very little head.

S - Corn/Grain/Skunk smell, not too pleasant.

T - Tastes better than it smells, but still no treat.

M - Mouthfeel is ok.

D - This beer is drinkable, but I would rather drink something else....

danimal22, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Given a 24 oz can as a gift. Poured into a glass just for the sake of reviewing.

Pours a clear, deep yellow with little head to speak of. Smells are mainly a weak cornlike sweetness. The taste is again mostly corn, bringing a weak sweetness. The tiniest tinge of hops bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin and watery with just a little bit of spritz to it. Perfectly drinkable, but nothing to savor.

It is what it is.

eberkman, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of Overlord
1.33/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"Especial" my fucking ass.

Pours a watery golden corn yellow. Aggressive yielded a few bubbles. Smells like ... skunked corn malt. Ugh.

Taste is veggie waste mixed with skunk corn. Just completely unpalatable, and with the consistency of club soda. So. Bad.

Overlord, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
1.35/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this in a can on a plane to Cabo. The appearance of the stewardess that gave me the beer was incredible, the beer was not. Pours a fake clear gold with a sad bubbly head. Couldn't detect an aroma over my cigarette, yes it was AeroMexico! Brutal ass-in-mouth veggie and metal taste. Just a south-of-the-border version of Meister Brau. Of course, this did not stop me from having about 8, accompanied by the requisite tequila. Upon landing, I immediately regretted my decision as I deposited this fine pale lager all over the tarmac. Avoid.

magictrokini, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a short clear 12 ounce bottle into a tumbler glass.

Despite an aggressive pour into a tall glass it only gave me about an inch of head. Has a slightly darker body than most beers of the style. This isn't that bad for being an adjunct lager. It probably reminds me most of Singha from Boon Rawd Brewery in Thailand.

BierFan, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of colts9016
2.75/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A light copper color with no head.
Smell: corn, malt, and yeast.
Taste: cooked corn,and yeast
Mouthfeel: The body of the beer is water and loose.
Drinkability: A very easy beer to slam, not to enjoy. No finish it is a so so beer. Red stripe is better

colts9016, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Standard lager coloring, very little head. Nice amount of lacing. Solid.

S: Mild skunk, with grassy malty tones.

T & M: Very crisp, mouthfeel quite nice. Slight sweet maltiness apparent but not cloying.

D: As far as Mexican lagers go this is a solid albeit somewhat pricy option.

elniko, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received a golden brew with a small white head and no lacing.

Corn grain scents and a bitter whiff of hop leaf.

Boiled corn sweetness dominates, but finishes with slight bitterness and fairly clean.

Mouth coating and moderately carbonated. Not great with the flavors of this brew. A bit cloying.

Cuts through the hot mexican food for sure, and subtlety of flavors makes this a very easy downer with food. Alone, I don't know how much I could drink.

OtherShoe2, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/30/2008 (Tap @ Gingerman, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear yellow-light brown color body. Smallish white head, somewhat lasting. Sweet wheaty aroma, maybe some malts, but no hops. Fizzy taste, fruity, maybe banana. Some malts, fruity aftertaste. Surprisingly tasty for this light style.

jujubeast6000, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a fridge remnant from a football night. Poured from stubby little Mexican bottle to a pint glass a clear yellow straw color with a white foamy head that quickly reduced to spotty sheen and sketchy lace. Smells mild and sweet. Tastes bland and quite average with a bit of soapiness. One good thing is you don't NEED lime to cover the essence of urine that is prominent in most Mexican beers. Has a watery thin feel and would probably go down a lot better after 4 or 5 Margaritas.

Pleepleus, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of beachbum1975
3.9/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12 oz. bottle of this at my favorite local Mexican restaurant last night. No freshness date seen.

A: Poured crystal clear gold with little carbonation and a very thin fizzy head that disappeared within seconds. No lacing was left.

S: The smell was really pretty thin - some hints and mild hops and sweet malt - clean an easy.

T/M: It was light bodied and fairly well-balanced. Some sweet malt and mild hops and plenty of water - though the water was not too prominent for the style. A touch of salt picked up as well. Not too bad of a taste from a macro lager from Mexico.

I think this is a great beer to enjoy Mexican food with. Whenever I eat ethnic foods, I try and drink the beer from their country. This was a good example for it's style - simple, clean and refreshing.

beachbum1975, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby clear bottle into a pint glass.

A= This lager poured a medium yellow-gold that was slightly darker than your average BMC lager. The snow white head poured about 1" but quickly dropped to nothing. Zero lacing down the glass.

S= I found very muted aromas of corn, grain, and a hint of sulfur. Very clean overall.

T= The taste was very clean (i.e. not flavorful) but did produce a grainy sweetness up front followed by a tiny bit of hops and then more grain in the finish.

MF= This was a very thin and fizzy beer, but did an excellent job of palate cleansing.

D= An all around drinkable beer. Not high on flavor, but better than the competition. Alongside Negra Modelo, and Dos Equis Amber, this is my go-to beer in a Mexican restaurant.

spointon, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of atigerlife
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

5/3/09 review update...drank in Mexico...

Given some on a hot day of tailgating. Seemed like a good time to try this one...

Pours clear golden. some carbonation rising, small white head.

Aroma is of Light hops. Light malts....just plain light.

Taste is sweet, grain, grassy, metallic. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light body and cleansing.

Overall, not as good as I was hoping. Was offered more, but didn't bother. Taste was just not very good.

atigerlife, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of dstc
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours your basic lager gold, maybe a shade darker than most. Big white head which falls fast to nothing. No lacing.

Clean aroma, grains, corn and maybe a hint of citrus.

Smooth, clean taste with the hints of citrus coming through. Slight hops too. Not too bad.

Thin and well carbonated in the mouth.

Easy drinking macro. Better than a lot of the south of the border macros.

dstc, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The situation being as it was, I drank from the bottle. The beer was a dull golden color with little foam. The aroma was a musty graininess. A light husky malt flavor on the palate with a twist of off-kilter corn flavor. A slight bitterness at the end rounded it out. I think it could be better, until then I will likely do without Modelo Especial.

BeardedBoffin, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a small white head, fair lacing. Aroma initially was skunk (thought I had a bad beer) but got better, smells like grain, with a bit a doughy yeast aroma. Light body with an initial sweet aroma, a bit salty, finished somewhat acidic/metallic.

mtstatebeer, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Rennpferd
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was served in a bottle. No glass offered. It had a little head in the bottle neck from being popped open. It was clear, pale to golden yellow in appearance with a lite amount of activity.

There really was no smell or taste that I could tell. However I find that to be what this style of beer is searching for. Neutrality in a bottle.

The mouthfeel was good. It was crisp, clean and refreshing. There was no after-taste, it was a very clean finish.

I could drink about a case of these. I might not even know that I drank a case of these. Typical of the style.

Rennpferd, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of illidurit
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold, clear, wet white head with poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Faint with corn, toast, and a surprising hint of hops.

Flavor: Not as corny as most macro lagers, but still nothing "especial." Toasty, mealy malt with some adjunct character.

Palate: Fizzy and burpy and thin. Par for the macro course.

illidurit, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apple juice color with dish soap head and ample carbonation.

Nondescript scent - maybe some Pilsener-ish hops and some corn-like silage.

Crisp and clean with a little too much boiled corn and not much else but stale Saaz-ish aftertaste. Despite all that, not unpleasant.

Clean mouthfeel with some tightness on the aftertaste.

This has its place - with Mexican food or the beach. It's definitely drinkable if not a masterpiece...

IBUnit63, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle. Had a couple of these while visiting a friend. It's not bad for what it is. Grainy, somewhat sweet and only a touch of skunk. For a Mexian beer it really isn't that bad. Refreshing enough in the hot sun and not bad paired with spicy foods. Just don't expect anything "especial" :-)

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.17/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe bottles are different, but from the can this poured a light gold body with almost no head and no lacings, despite decent carbonation. The metal smell of can not withstanding, a cornish adjunct smell mixed with some grain. Light to medium-bodied, this brew does go down smooth and does not dry out the tongue at all. No real discernible taste, as there are no malts to speak of that bear pointing out and the hops don't really lend themselves to a fruit/dry description. Kind of watery but not bad - and it is cheap.

clayrock81, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. I like my cerveza's. Doesn't compare to Tecate but I enjoyed it. It is a smooth lighter stlye beer, but I figured out its not good to try and drink a lot of this fast... it doesn't go down as easily as other light beer. Which actually made me respect this beer more. Its crisp, clean, no stale or metalic taste from the can. Refreshing on a humid night. I'll definitely drink it again.

nrpellegrini, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.75/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow, a bit less pale than it's brethren. Two fingers of head have some ok retention and falls to a thin collar. Some lacing is evident.

S - Standard cereal/adjunct aroma with some slightly interesting lemon/tea going on as well.

T - Wow, I'm quite suprised by this macro. Cereal grain is evident but somehow less grainy than others. The lemon/tea flavor from the hops kicks in mid to late palate. Finish is a little sour, slightly bitter, and very clean mineral note.

M - Carbonation is medium to high making it not nearly so prickly, and this brew actually has some body making it feel like something other than water.

D - Easy drinking, a little bland but not too boring. A good "I've already had a few" drink.

PatrickJR, Aug 01, 2008
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,624 ratings.