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

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1,760 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,760
Reviews: 514
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 17
Gots: 227 | 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 foogerd
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden clear yellow body, white head some lacing. Decent looking Lager.

S- Light hops and malt.

T- Sweety grainy taste, some light bitterness, light refreshing beer.

M- Light bodied airy and fizzy.

D- Very drinkable lager, great to wash down a meal or to cool off on a hot summer day.

Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of the fridge into a pint glass. Loose network of bubbles, pretty fizzy. Foam rapidly fades away to nothing, leaving a yellow gold liquid with a thin ring on the surface.

Smells nondescript, light husky grain, straw.

Taste is similarly nondescript, dry and crackery, seltzery fizz. Vague bitterness in the aftertaste, yet no hop flavor to report. Pretty clean, though there was a faint metallic hint. Factory fresh and utilitarian. Use it to wash down some fiery hot Mexican cuisine, or to cool down after mowing the yard.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.32/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pale yellow straw golden body with a wispy thin white head. Fine speckled lacing lines the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has cooked veggies/pale malt/corn sweetness. Flavor is sweet with a harsh finish not very crisp alot of DME. Cooked corn/somewhat metallic finish. This is a bad beer but not as bad from the clear bottles with a lime. Straight up from a can this beer is pretty much one of the worst of I've come across. Mouthfeel is fizzy carbonated water texture with nothing redeeming about it. Drinkability sucks, cover it up with lime or just go with Negra Modelo.

Photo of jhtipton
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single just to try it out, usually I take the Negro version when dining out. Pours a light golden with very little foam/head. No lacing, Smell is usual macro lager malts. Taste is a tad sweet but nothing that jumps out. Mouthfeel is somewhat carbonated and light to medium bodied. Drinkability is fine, nothing wrong with it and certainly great for a beach outing.

Photo of dfclav
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok time to review this just to get it out of my fridge.

Poured into a pint glass.

A - pours a straw yellow with a fizzy white head. No lacing of course but it's an ok look for a lager.

S - grains, alcohol, bready yeast. Nothing impressive.

T - pretty clean taste believe it or not, I mean, the harshness is there but it is drinkable for a lager especially comparing it to BMC. It will go down easy with food, so it isn't a bad bar choice in my opinion.

M - a bit creamy, decently carbed. The hoppyness (if any) has a metallic taste on the finish which isn't pleasant.

D - it is a good choice if it's on a  bar menu and nothing else stands out. I won't go recommending it to anyone in the beer world, but they will find their way out of my fridge in due time.

Photo of Kolsch
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of the bottle sans glass as waitress did not bring me glass as I asked for....oh well ding her on service points.

Appearance: Typical yellow lager but more inviting than many other macro lagers.

Smell: could not get any smells from the bottle since my waitress dumped a un-asked for lime in it.

Taste: Sweetish taste that finishes bitter but I get a aftertaste that is not pleasing. Slightly better than many macros out there, especially Corona. It was palatable since it was ice cold but after it warmed up a bit I struggled to finish.

Photo of JMad
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a glass mug...

Look: Pours a pale golden yellow color with a thin white head.
Smell: Smells like lime, skunk, and hints of bread.
Taste: Taste has a slight lemon bite, hints of lime, more skunkiness, watery...
Feel: Light, sharp bubbles on the tongue, smoothe finish.
Drinks: good. easy to drink, better than corona in my personal opinion.

Photo of BretSikkink
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drink ice cold and i doubt that you will notice how poor it really is. Yellow color with a white head, this is a macro beer through and through. The nose has a decent power to it though, and as skunky hoppiness that proves that traditional beer ingredients were used in the production of this otherwise charmless carbonated water. More power in the flavor than other of the sort, but avoid unless absolutely necessary.

Photo of tbern007
1.8/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24oz can.
Clear, bubbly, pale yellow/gold. Very thick head that is gone quickly. No lacing at all.
S- typical grainy pale ale with mild hop and mild citrus.
T - quick mild grain taste. Tastes like a Miller product. Little overall taste.
M & D - might work if very cold. The warmer it gets, it's pretty lousy. Like a macrobrew from one of the big guys. Nothing especial at all.
I bought a 25oz Foster Premium Ale at the same time and for the same price. World of difference and the Modelo wasn't the better by far.

Photo of weizenbob
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce clear bottle with gold foil over the cap. Skip the lime. An aggressive pour into a pint glass yields a solid finger and a half head that quickly goes m.i.a. leaving no lacing in its wake. Tiny bubbles continue to surface. The beer is golden tinted and for a brief moment before the head disappears it looks kind of nice. You know what they say; "Drink Modelo, pee Corona." Okay, maybe I just say that.

The scent is the standard issue pale lager smell. It carries the aroma of wet grass and not much else. With the proper qualifiers Modelo doesn't taste bad at all. You really have to drink this cold and fast because it gets downright rank as it warms. However, at the proper temperature, it wields a perfectly enjoyable light lager taste. Straw is noticeable but not overbearing. It's a simple brew, but it was going down nicely with a plate of fajitas. However, after it got warm, it was game over.

The mouthfeel was akin to drinking grainy water. It's neither offensive, nor special. It just feels like average beer in your mouth. The alcohol is pretty much undetectable. Light carbonation works well at ice cold temperature but only magnifies the foul graininess at warmer temps. It's easy to drink, but truth be told, drinkability points are heavily docked for the fact that I cannot think of a circumstance where I would desire another round. It's a perfectly average pale lager that works well under a very narrow set of circumstances.

Las dos Schlitz Escala: (ver mi perfil para una explicación)
Yo no doy un Schlitz sobre esta cerveza.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
1.8/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very weak head. The color is almost honey. It's dark for a lager.

Smell: Skunky even though it was from a can. Not impressive.

Taste: Very sweet. Strong hops. Bitter and astringent, metallic overpowers the malt. Lingers long and doesn't finish well. Ending flavor is situated in the back of the mouth

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and watery.

Drinkability: A refreshing drink for a hot day. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of philmorepunk87
3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light gold pretty much what is expected for the style

S - smell is like corn or whatever corn adjunct they use to make this beer

T - taste is also corn, pretty good though for american adjunct lager

M - Nice and light goes down easy

D- I could probably drink a whole six pack of this stuff

Photo of wallaceandvomit
2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a- typical bubbly urine adjunct look, maybe a tad darker than usual, same fizzy head that forms fast and dies out fast
s- typical faint corn smell
t- typical adjunct, a little corny, a little bit of apple, just barely hopped
m- typical adjunct mouthfeel, a tad bit thicker than most but still apple juice thin
d- fit for a beer bong

Photo of Shrews629
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Very clear, straw color. Bright, very fizzy white head that quickly disappeared. Just a few bubbles coming up from the bottom. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Clean smelling corn aroma mixed with some light notes of grain. Hints of butter, but not real strong. None of the aromas really stand out. Kind of tame.

Taste - In the taste, I am getting a sweet corn flavor with the grain backing it up. The taste is not bad really. I was surprised.

Mouthfeel - Light mouthfeel with out any coating on the throat or tongue. Well, maybe a little, but not much. It is somewhat dry, refreshing and crisp.

Drinkability - This is really pretty drinkable. It got better as it went along. It would be fine on a real hot day after some outdoor work. I would choose this over any American "macro". I'm glad I tried this. Not too filling and easy going.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very light yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation. Both the nose and the flavor are seemingly one in the same. Luckily this strays away from a lot of the skunky flavors that plague this style, especially when placed into a clear glass bottle. There is just a touch of light grain husks and not much else. Decent enough brew and definitely better than others from this brewery.

Photo of KTCamm
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served draft at a local Mexican joint, with a lime wedged into the top of the shaker glass.

Very light golden yellow, completely see through. No foam, no lacing.

Semlls grainy. Taste is very mild, typical adjucnt, just a hair better than some of the typical American macros.

Just so-so, but went down easy with my chimichanga.

Photo of larryi86
1.72/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle that was given to me by friend, figured I would give it a try

A- Clear yellow with gold tint and a head that disappears very quickly so don't blink.

S- Light, malts and grains with a hint of lime.

T- I would say it is a watered down version of the smell, but I feel that is giving it too much flavor. No taste lingers. I probably could reproduce the flavor by by squeezing and lime into ice water and straining it through malts.

M- Light, water.

D- I would never buy this beer. If and only if I had to get something like this I would grab a PBR or a High Life. Better than standard BMC but not by much; I was able to finish it, which is more than I can say about the last Miller Lite I had. The only good things about this beer are, it reminds me why I drink quality craft beer, and it really clears your palate.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.09/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this because I'd gone for Bohemia but they didn't have it. Well, the one good thing about his beer is it had a nice golden color. Otherwise the smell and taste were virtually nil. There's a little corn, that's about it. And the clear glass allows it to get a very subtle skunking about it.

Photo of taigor
2.36/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz can into regular glass.

A - Poured clear yellow, straw color with minimal head that dissipated very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Nothing but grains and slight hint of alcohol.

T - Corn, wheat and slight bitterness.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very light beer for summer thirst quenching but not too enjoyable and not to be consumed in big quantities.

Photo of FreshHawk
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Medium shade of gold with a pretty large, foamy, pillowy, white head. Decent retention but not much more than a thin ring of lace.

S - Grainy, corn aroma. A touch of grassy hops and a bit of a skunky aroma, but not bad (especially for a clear bottle). A touc of sweet bready and husky aromas. Pretty faint overall.

T - Similar to the nose and nothing really surprising in the beer. Plenty of grainy, corny, husky taste with just a touch of sweet bread flavor. Touch of musty hops and some skunky and sulfur flavors. Also pretty faint.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation. Thin, crisp feel. Typical for the style.

D - Normal for the style. Pretty easy to drink, crisp beer that is best enjoyed on a hot day. Doesn't really make you reach for another unless it is cool, you are hot, and there's not much elsewhere.

Notes: Typical for the style and what you would expect from a Mexican beer. Refreshing on a hot day, especially if you are eating at a Mexican restaurant or food. Nothing amazing or worth trying, but fairly refreshing.

Photo of vandemonian
2.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the bottle I smelled the odour of a barnyard (did I get a bad bottle?). It was very light in colour and there was no head. The taste was better than the smell. It was very weak but drinkable and it felt decent in the mouth. I would drink this stuff if there were no other choices.

Photo of Offa
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

Photo of Blake
3.57/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of LuthersMug
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

Photo of benclimbs
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ;)

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,760 ratings.