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

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Ratings: 1,701
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 16
Gots: 171 | 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 Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into a pilsner glass and was rewarded with a lot of fizzing from the head which dissipated after a few moments.

A. This beer doesn't look half bad, the color is clear and a deep yellow and reminds me of a good pilsner. Carbonation bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass.

S. Smell is not too bad considering the product. Very corny and sweet aroma.

T. Very suprised with this one. No overwhelming flavors or bad aftertastes.

M. Good carbonation leads to a refreshing mouthfeel and is followed by a light ending.

D. This is the best part as it seems as if you could pound these back all day and not get full.

Will definitely pick this up instead of corona as long as it's available on the way to the beach.

Photo of alysmith4
2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure why this beer gets a 'C' and Corona (Extra) gets an 'F'. To me, they taste EXACTY the same! I do like this style of beer though, for whatever reason, at least the ones that come from Mexico. They taste kind of like a Budwiser, but with some sort of Tequila flavoring or something. And for some reason, I never seem to get tired of it. I definitey enjoy one of these with a lime, extra cold on a hot summer day. !Bueno!

Photo of Farrell
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured fresh from a local Mexican restaurant, Modelo is a decent beer when compared to its other south of the border friends because it actually accomplishes what it was set out to do: it is a light bodied, fairly tasty lager that is highly drinkable and has minimal off flavors.

Photo of JunkYardJake
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can into pilsner glass.
Pours clear yellow with lots of bubbles and very little head. Pretty much par for the course. Doesn't smell great. Corn, and a faint sweet malt smell. Taste is all too familiar. Slightly sweet backbone without any help from the hops. Can taste the corn but its not as offensive as some other similiar lagers. Mouthfeel is predictably light and watery. More drinkable than some of it''s peers due to a better but not great taste. Basically, this is slightly better than the run of the mill american adjunct lager but fails to seperate itself enough.

Photo of muldersha
2.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this often and find it to be much better from a can than from a bottle (the bottle has a 'skunky' quality most of the time). Keeps a decent head, for an adjunct lager, and has a decent slightly deeper golden hue. Some unfocused bran and rice aromas. Some sharp notes, expired hops flavors. But it is soft in the mouth, slightly creamier than most adjunct lagers. But I could drink this all day.

Photo of kdawg105
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is ok. Not very impressed with it. The color looks appealing with a dark yellow. Doesn't have much aroma the only thing I smell is grain. The mouthfeel is good it is smooth and refreshing. The drinkability not bad becasue it does finish nicely!
I would not exactly go out and get one!

Photo of zoso493
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can that a friend left at my house into a Foothills straight-sided pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, pale straw color with a wafer thin head that disappears almost instantaneously. Lots of carbonation is visible, but otherwise this beer is a pretty off-putting yellow. This is probably what Stone's Arrogant Bastard meant by a "yellow, fizzy beer".

Smell: Not such a horrible scent with this one. It kind of reminds me of a European Pale Lager. There are some grassy adjuncts immediately discernible and some sweet malts.

Taste: This one tastes a little bit flat, so I'm not sure if I'm reviewing the best example, or if this is what Modelo Especial typically tastes like. In any case, it tastes like a pretty standard adjunct lager with a lot of sweet malts.

Mouthfeel: Very highly carbonated which makes this a pretty crisp beer. Not a whole lot of body on this one, but for an adjunct, it's nice and dry.

Drinkability: In keeping with the philosophy of adjunct lagers, this is a decently drinkable brew, especially considering how thin the body is. The only thing holding it back in this category are the sweetness of the malts.

Overall, this is a pretty average adjunct lager that you could easily drink a few of, if the occasion called for it. I'm not sure how fresh this can was, but I would try it again with a nice Mexican dish on a warm summer's day.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: straw yellow beer with a good finger and half head which dissipates quicly. No lacing persists.

S: Faint corn, some esters.

T: Very thin, not off putting but nothing there, sweet finish could almost taste some malt.

M: Light bodied, high carbonation.

D: Great on a summer day or with mexican food.

Photo of Clockwork420
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Can. I gave it the benefit of the doubt that it was yellowish and bubbly.

S - Sweet grainy corn. And alcohol.

T - Carbonation was just right. It was a sweet, and non-malty alcohol taste. The smell was actually good so the taste was dead on. Smooth and easy to drink. No harsh aftertaste.

M - Easy it goes. Light and refreshing.

D - Would be a 5 but I hold that back. Simply put you can just drink this all day without problem or hating yourself.

No lime or citrus flavor needed. No salt either. Good as it is.
A little expensive for a six pack, $6.50 or so without tax.

Photo of akorsak
3.58/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A can served in a glass at dinner at La Palma in La Cruz de Huanacaxtle, MX.

A: The lager beer is a golden straw color, crystal clear with a sizeable foamy head that didn't lace (thanks to the lime that came with the glass).

S: The nose is mild, malty sweet with an adjunct strength.

T: It's funny how certain beers fit into certain situations. At home, I'd poo-poo this beer. But in Mexico? Liquid gold as I overlook sunset on the Pacific. Malt and adjuncts are dominant, sweet and creamy in the body. A low dose of hops add balance.

M: Creamy, lightened by the adjuncts, I had two cans. A refreshing yet light drink.

D: A good start to the week in Mexico. The right beer for the right circumstances.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in bottle with lime slice.
Modelo is much better than Corona. If you're looking for a Mexican beer, then any Modelo would be a wise decision. Looks very similar to Corona, but has far greater flavors. I first was introduced to Modelo at Old Chicago around Cinco de Mayo, but it isn't a hard beer to find. Negro Modelo is also a good brew.

Photo of jmbranum
3.93/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(This review is of the Oklahoma 3.2% ABW (4.0% ABV) version sold in grocery stores, tasting it from a bottle poured into a glass)

I had very low expectations (with the exception of Negro Modelo and Bohemia, most Mexican beers are lackluster) but was quite surprised by how good this beer was.

Aroma was slight but the flavor was surprisingly malty and dry. It reminds me a tiny bit of a lighter version of Fat Tire. Lots of carbonation. Lingering malty after taste.

Photo of Avagadro
2.6/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale yellow with moderate carbonation and little head retention.

S: Fusel alcohols mix with creamed corn to create a rather unpleasant bouquet. It's a good thing that the aroma is rather repressed from the cold serving temperature, because it is the worst aspect of this brew.

T: Off-dry with notes of bread and corn, not much else to it. I will say that it has fewer off-flavors than most other macro-lagers.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation. I would have liked a bit more carbonation to clear away some of the corny flavor.

D: What can I say, Modelo is on par with the American macro lagers, but offered at a premium-import price. If money's not an issue to you, give it a try. It does have a character of its own, as all macro-lagers do, but it is not anything that should elevate its price to what it currently is.

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a crystal clear golden yellow with a thin white head that immediately disappears. Leaves no lace whatsoever. Could easily be confused with cheap apple juice or other yellow liquid.

Very typical macro lager. Slightly malty with a bit of musk and hops.

Malty sweet, extremely light hops and a twinge of bitterness to finish it off. Nothing but average here.

Moderate carbonation in a smooth, medium-light bodied brew. Leaves the mouth watery (anti-dry, not salivating...).

Definitely a summer brew which will quench a thirst but leave you dissatisfied if you're looking for a real beer experience. Nothing worth buying if you can get a domestic brew as a replacement.

Not much to say, neither disappointed nor impressed, it is what it is...

Photo of Onenote81
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Grabbed a can of this from a local grocery. Poured into my pilsner glass. Pour a crystal clear light gold with a wispy white head on top. Retention is decent enough. Little lace sticks. Scents of corn, butter, and mild grass. The body is thin and slick. Drinkability is high because of this. This is one easy beer to drink, if you care to. Flavors of mild buttered corn, white bread, and a light aluminum twang on the finish. This is a basic adjunct lager. Didn't expect much so it didn't disappoint.

Photo of Naugled
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in a pilsner glass

clear dark yellow color, highly carbonated, but very little head retention.

corn sweetness in the nose

low malt flavor with some hop bite, but adjuncts take over

medium light mouth feel with a crisp finish

drinkable, but very average.

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

Poured from a bottle at the Border Cafe in Delaware. Golden yellow color with a one finger head at best.

Smelled of cooked grains and cereal. The taste was similar but somewhat smoother than the Pacifico I also had that day. Definitely a light lager. As for drinkability not bad I could drink a few of these, but Corona might be a little better.

Photo of jrallen34
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is very clear and light straw color. The head is white with decent retention nothing special.

Aroma is light hardly anything there.

The taste has a little more bite to it than a corona and I actually like this more because it more feeling to it and wasn't as light to drink as most mexi beers. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink this in US, but in Mexico I'll search a little more for it.

Photo of rfgetz
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a (suprisingly) brownish yellow color with decent white head. Smell is actually a semi-robust dried malted grains - note: no off scents. Taste is a suprisingly flavorful toasted grains with a noticeable, yet moderate hop presence. Body is on the upper reaches of light, but the carbonation is at a very nice level for a adjunct lager. Wow, i may have never been more plesently suprised by a beer i had no hope for. Wish i hadnt avoided it as long as i had while drinking around it with some BMC products.

Photo of CHSLBrew
2.95/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a glass. Purchased at the Mega supermarket in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

A-Crystal-clear light golden brew. Bright white head, 2-finger off the pour, reduced quickly to sparse bubbles.

S-Grainy malts, slight bitter spice.

T-Bitter spice with a grainy, dry maltiness. Not much residual sweetness in this brew, making it very refreshing and thirst-quenching. Bitterness prevails through this flavor, which finishes dry with virtually no aftertaste.

M-Light body, complimenting its flavor, with medium-high carbonation.

D-Very drinkable, while sitting by the pool in Mexico. Refreshing, either by itself or with its typical lime garnish, which can help subdue this beer's bitterness.

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

Poured from 24 oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: light straw color with a one-finger white foamy head. Not much retention or lacing. Pretty average for what it is.

Smell: grainy nose, not very exciting or appealing. While I suppose it is average for the style, it's not particularly enticing.

Taste: bland and grainy. There is a little bit of sweetness to the malt, but it is mostly pretty dry. In this style, for me, dryness is a good thing.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a nice level of carbonation. This might be the beer's high point for me.

Drinkability: gonna go with average here as well. It's not entirely flavorless, but its aroma is just off-putting enough to make me not terribly interested in this otherwise mediocre beer. That said, it is still a pretty airy lager, and could be drunk easily in the sun or while tailgating.

All too often my beer runs to the store are for high quality, high alcohol, maximum flavor type brews. It's nice to go back to the blue collar well once in awhile.

Photo of kpoole25
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle to glass. Looks like the photo above(it's a clear bottle after all), clear dark yellow, fizzy, weak head. Smell has a little bit of malt/cereal aroma, nothing too exciting. Taste is not too bad, reminds me of dos equis amber. This would be good on a hot, humid day down in the baja.

Photo of BeerSingh
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had it at the Bkini Beach Bar in Atlantic City, there wasn't anything more worthy to order anyway. Wasn't terribly disappointed though. Poured bright golden with a thin head that almost immediately disappeared. Smelt of grain and vinegar. Tasted quite bland (unmalty) and bitterish towards the end with a thin, almost waterlike mouthfeel, except carbonation was reminding me that its beer you were drinking. I would rate it big on drinkability for its smoothness.

Photo of vacax
3.88/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 ounces of canned glory pours into my glass. Straw in color, quite fizzy, loads of percolation. Slightest amount of retention, but there is a touch, with light lace. Nose has a bit of apple, a bit of hop bitterness is present, only a bit of plastic. Pretty good smell for an adjunct lager, it does have a smell and it isn't even exactly offensive.

Flavor has some malt sweetness to it and some pretty well balanced hops too. A bit of plastic flavor on the midpalate and in the finish, but it is largely missable, making this a fairly well done adjunct lager. Honestly one of the better adjunct lagers out there, though on the more expensive side for a style that encompassing various types of swill. Feels pretty light, probably because of the high carbonation, though it stays prickly and not foamy. If you're going to drink swill, this is a pretty good choice.

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,701 ratings.