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

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,592 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,592
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 127 | 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 beerthulhu
2.42/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear orange-bronze with a ½ finger creamy off white head that quickly scattered to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: Upon first opening of the bottle there emitted a touch of skunkiness, that was persistent as well on the nose as well some sour malt.

T: The flavor was sour corn with a stale hop bitterness. The beer started out with a noticeable malt sweetness in the very beginning which faded very quickly to dry corn kennels and light hints of onion grass. Overall was a taste I could of lived without.

M: fizzy, light bodied with some sour corn malting on the swallow.

D: Unimpressive drinkability. A struggle to drink, and even more so not to dump it down the drain. An avoid at all cost.

beerthulhu, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can I got out a fridge at a party. Like the Negra Modelo so much, figured I would give it a shot. Poured into a clear, plastic Solo cup.

A: Pours your typical golden yellow macro color. Has a fair amount of foamy, white head. Looks like a macro.

S: Smell is of skunkiness predominantly. There is also some pale malt and grains if you go looking. Smells like a macro.

T: Taste is of pale malt, corn, grains and has just a touch of bitterness to it (don't know where it is coming from). You can find all of this is the predominant flavor of water. Tastes like a macro.

M: This is a very light bodied, watery brew. Finish cool and clean. Does what it is supposed to do.

D: Depends on what you are looking for. This is macro style and that is what it amounts to. If you want something to cool you off or get drunk on, this will do the trick. For the style, it is pretty run of the mill but does have a touch more flavor than some BMC products.

everetends, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 24oz can, a light golden color with lots of fizzy bubbles and about a finger of white head. The head faded rather quickly and provided only minimal lacing.

Smells grainy, maybe a little sweetness.

Tastes fairly crisp, not much of a hop profile here, decent finish.

Mouth feel is a little light, not much body, maybe just a bit too much carbonation.

Very drinkable as there is not a lot of body or taste to this drink. If it's hot and you want to get hammered, this beer is good choice.

AgingWarrior, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Baja's in Hoboken...
For an American Macro Lager, I found this to be a step-above the usual sample... Very easy-to-drink, light beer, accentuated by a lime made for a good, relatively inexpensive social brew...
Light, sun-colored appearance with a nondescript, faint, corn-laden aroma...
Taste was crisp, clear, and refreshing for a warm Summer day...
Decent mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability to match...
As of now, my favorite Mexican beer...

dsa7783, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stumpy foil-wrapped bottle.

Clear and a rich golden, foamy macro head.

Skunky (chalk it up to the clear bottle) but otherwise crisp and clean aroma. Pale malt.

One of the better mexican lagers iv'e had. Nothing off or offensive, save for a bit of skunk that did end up airing out a bit. Grainy.

Mouthfeel is good enough, not watery or anything. Just okay.

Drinkability is definitly not here. Although I finished the bottle without any major gripes, it is not exactly asking me to take another sip, really just kind of plain and boring.

SurlyDuff, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear golden color. Lots of carbonation and bubbles that seem endless that create a nice white head.
Smell is faint of grains. There is not much else, maybe a slight corn smell as well.
First taste is a corn and biscuit taste. There is a strong, sharp bitterness that quickly follows.
Mouthfeel is very sharp and carbonated.
Drinkability is nice. On a hot day, I would have no reservations grabbing this beer. There are many better options, but the refreshing nature of the beer is nice.

BDIMike, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of tab021
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden color with tons of well, more fizz than head. it dissipates within seconds

S: It almost... ALMOST, smells like sweet fruit or apples or something but it is so faint that I might just be smelling something else

T: watery sweetness without much taste. I like it better than the other mexico brew but its not a landslide taste winner ...

M: very light and watery

D: It was on special at the bar and we were sitting on the patio so it sounded alright. Very thirst quenching and insanely easy to drink. but as for getting a great BEER this is not really the fit. Easy and thirst quenching, but not really an ideal beer

tab021, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours yellow darker than a common macro though,it has a couple fingers of white head with no retention or lacing.The nose is sweet and smells like tortilla chips.The taste has similarity to the nose,yellow corn,maybe lightly buttered popcorn even,some notable hop presence as well.This one has a nice body and is semi creamy with good carbonation and a lingering sweet malt aftertaste.This really is'nt very special,but,I could drink a lot of it.

orangemoustache, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of johnnyirishman
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz CLEAR!! wtf... bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Apperance- Poured a clear golden yellow color with a decent head that dissapated quickly to no lacing.

Smell- Grainy smell, slight hop and malt smell.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Nothing complex here, grains, malt, quite watery goes down easy.

Drinkablility- An easy drinking beer but not much flavor here at all.

johnnyirishman, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of shroompod
3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Small head dissipates quickly.

I smell nothing from this beer, this could be allergies, but I suspect this beer has very little aroma.

This beer has the characteristic slightly sweet corny taste , and a nice mild hop bite.

Mouthfeel is thin , good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking beer , that doesn't have a lot of taste.

shroompod, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.85/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear pale golden-yellow body with huge bubbles of carbonation racing to the surface. There is a big bubbly white head that is gone almost as soon as I set the beer on the bar.

S- The soft green note has hints of raw grain and a faint apple note to the hops at the finish. The smell of field corn comes through when the beer warms a bit.

T- This beer has a soft field corn note with a slight sweetness to it and a soft watery finish with a hint of bitterness. The bitterness is not distinctly hops but does have a very faint sulfur dryness to it. There is a light corn note that lingers after the finish.

M- This beer has as light mouthfeel with a slight watery texture.

D- This beer is very much like a flavored water. All the flavors are light and non offensive, and I bet on a 100 degree day this would be very thirst quenching, but then again so would a glass if ice water.

rhoadsrage, May 14, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce stubby clear bottle into Berkshire Brewing pint glass:

A: Poured a pale golden straw ywllow with a small head of white foam and decent head retention for a Mexi-macro.

S: Smells is lightly hopped toasted grain malt and some estery veggies.

T: Taste is crisp grainy malt with a smooth hop balance and a clean finish. Very cleansing and well paired with my Mexican 7-layer dip.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp, cleansing and refreshing.

D: I would session this as a Mexi-lager over any other macros of its kind. Flavor isn't terrific, but it's doable.

Beware the clear bottle though; you don;t want 'em hanging around and they're better out of a cooler with ice than a fridge.

Gambrinus1184, May 08, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden/amber body topped by medium off-white head which was quick dying. Aroma is medium sweet, grain, some bread. Taste is medium sweet, grain, some bread, light caramel. As usual for Mexican beers, no bitterness. Light-medium body. All told, with the qualifier that Modelo is a mainstream Mexican beer, not bad.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of kguyty
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straight out of a 24oz. can...

Appearance: clear and golden

Smell: Corn and a small amount of malt and hops.

Taste: A decent beer, not overly sweet, light, a little better than your average Mexican lage.

M: Good carbonation, smooth and easy to drink

Drinkability: I would drink this over a Corona or a Tecate, but not a Sol.

kguyty, May 03, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Snagged at an office party. Crystal clear, bright gold color, with a smallish head. Nose is clean, with a very light touch of graininess. Very bland flavor, with almost no bitterness to speak of, just a plain grainy taste. No corniness, but even all-malts can disappoint.

allengarvin, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.78/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Looks like most mexican attempts at a Euro-Lager. Goes down much better than most.

A- Looks like a standard amber lager, but a bit more clear and yellow

S- Smells of skunk in the bottle, but after being poured smells more like sweet corn

T- Tastes slightly sweet and corny on the tongue with a glassy-metallic after-taste. Goes great with tortilla chips and mexican food

M- Feels great with perfect carbonation and smooth texture

D- Very drinkable. As easy to drink as water.

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of semihobo
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a fatty-boom-batty 24 oz can into a pint glass. Frail head but hey, it hangs around for a little while. A light orange color, crystal clear to the point where an old person might want to pour a pint to use as a magnifying glass.

Smells of pizza crust and steamed vegetables. Very grainy in a perfectly inoffensive manner.

Taste is... not there? Even within the style this one has a limited taste profile until the finish, where a light grain note lingers. Tastes like mineral water more than anything. All that exists is a faint corn note... at least it's not nasty, but boy is this vapid. Would prefer more corn (and yes, I am serious).

Mouthfeel is peppy, goes down smooth and quickly.

You could pound this like no other, but the drinkability is dinged for the price of such a bland brew. If you are looking for a faint macro lager, it is cheaper to get it from within the US.

semihobo, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz can no date.

It is a very clear pee yellow with some large bubbles initially and a large white head at the top.

Smell is sharp and has a little spice to it.

Taste is clean, well carbonated and has a little bite to it but slightly watery.

Not a great lager but not an offensive one. The flavor in the can is clean and easy to drink and quite refreshing for a quick cold one. A great one to have at a authentic greasy spoon mexican joint, just make sure its cold. Its best frosty.

jbphoto88, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A friend brought this over for poker night. I used a can for beer-can chicken and poured the rest into a pilsner glass. The head disappeared pretty quickly. The aroma hints at malt sweetness found in true pilsners and little hops. Though this is an extremely light pils, I can at least detect a light malt character in tasting with only slight bitterness. I don't get much or any adjunct flavors or notes at all; this beer may in fact be made of real beer ingredients. Though it is rather innocuous in flavor, mouth feel, aroma, it isn't bad for a sessionable lager/pilsner to wash down some good Mexican grub. In fact, I wouldn't be offended if he showed up with this stuff again.

FacistCannonBall, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Squelch
2.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: Crystal clear golden with a small quickly disappearing head

Smell: Smells of malt. No hop aroma.

taste: Bland. low malt flavor and hop bitterness. No hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation. Would benefit from a higher level of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these witout even knowing what happened. A very smooth beer but lacking in substance

Squelch, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of choyhosoi
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Not too much of a head here just average but the color is a nice yellow

T-This is just to much like alot of the Mexico beers I've tried hardly any taste too it. I guess just a light taste with alot of fizz.

Overall- This beer is probably great with some fish tacos or something and one could drink these all night . Enjoy

choyhosoi, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a big ole 24oz can into a Smokestack Goblet but I shouldn't have burdened this glass with the load. Appearance is good, nice an golden with a big off white head. It all goes down after that. Aroma is nothing except corn. Oh wow, do I love corn as an adjunct...Tasty. Taste is well, corn. Once again...Tasty. Mouthfeel is exactly like a Bud Light, way to rip them off. Drinkability is a hot sunny day drinkability, when everything that is ice cold is great.

hwwty4, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

My can kick rolls on ...

My pour resulted in a big, bone-white head that immediately began falling away. The color was a deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles. The nose had a dry, musty scent along with a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a light sweetness on the tongue. The finish was slightly sweet. This was an innocuous beer, very drinkable/ sessionable, and would go well with food.

woodychandler, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale gold with a fizzy white head. Lazy carbonation flow and good clarity.

Smell: Sticky malt with a bit of hops.

Taste: Decent flavor. Balanced malt and hop character. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Slightly acidic.

Drinkablity: Easy brew to drink. Gets better as I consume the glass. Would be great with a couple of burritos.

SargeC, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.19/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Used a 24 oz. can. Pours a deep gold with a white head. A little more thin in mouthfeel than its deep color would suggest. Tight tiny bubbles clung to the side of the glass before rising throughout the consumption. Plentiful lacing in all 360 degrees of glass. Sharp with a noticeable malty sweetness. Faint hint of chocolate seems to be in there somewhere.

jadpsu, Feb 26, 2008
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,592 ratings.