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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: 228 | 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 morimech
3.92/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More than a typical adjunct lager. Pours a clear straw color with a large white head that had very good retention. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Stuck my nose in the glass and was treated with more than a grainy aroma. Hops, I smell hops. Hints of lemons and flowers. Also has a flavor that is impressive for the style. Enough hop flavor to mask the adjuncts. Slightly sweet malt flavor. Bitterness is low. Does not finish as clean and crisp as most BMC beers but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing really stood out in the body except it did not seem as overly carbonated as other similar beers. The only reason I bought this beer was because it was available in cans and attractively priced. One of the better Mexican lagers.

Photo of Nicbeirland
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into a Pilsener glass

L: Poured a light golden which formed a half inch white head. Very airy and fizzy; this dissipated quickly leaving a thin lace to cling to the glass.

S: A very weak grainy smell. Not much going for it.

T: Light, smooth front followed by a small crisp bite on the back end. A bit more hops than the corona most are used to and the alcohol stand out a bit more.

F: A little bit dry like a carbonated drink, its pulls on your tongue a bit. It's a little on the thin side but not badly so.

D: Soft and light, easy to drink. This is a session beer to quench the thirst rather than to enjoy.

Photo of dpodratsky3
2.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz clear bottle poured into pint glass

A: Head is fizzy, but gains body as it fizzes out, so not that completely soda like head, bone white and very airy, beer is slightly darker than pure gold, and definitely not bright yellow which hints at more malt than some other clear bottle beers

S: Has that clear bottle skunk, but it fades a little, although after it does fade all thats left is some light grainyness

T: Almost a cross between heineken and corona, has that light grainyness you'd expect, but a little more hop character like a heineken, doesn't get overly sweet like some do, still not much there though, better than most clear bottles

M: Pretty dry, not super thin though which is nice, a little shy of medium

D: Ok, not great because of the flavors, but there isn't anything that makes you not want to drink it

Notes: Flat out this is definitely way better than corona. I think this is the best clear bottled adjunct, but that isn't saying too much. Not a bad beer for a hot day outside. I could drink this again.

Photo of CervezaMesa
4.08/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all this beer is better then that piss corona!

Pours golden, nice finish...

I prefer a lime, goes great with fried foods!

Definitely not the best mexican beer but not the worst.
I could go on and on about this beer but it looks like everbody is saying the same thing! Try it if you haven't had it though!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks a lot like Pacífico...darker than Corona. Some head retention and carbonation.

Smell: Smells pretty malty and that's about it. Refreshing, but wish it had more bite/crispness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Above average taste for this style. The malt surpasses any other tastes, but does not overwhelm. Nice crisp refreshness.

Drinkability: I could easily enjoy a few of these with a meal.

Overall: In my opinion, no beer goes better with Mexican food than Modelo Especial. Thumbs up.

Photo of JHackney87
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light gold color with white top. Bottle had golden foil over the cap.

S-To me it had the typical "Mexican" beer smell. Grassy,slight hint of hops.

T-To me if they had a full flavored Corona then it would be Modelo Especial. Had a very odd finish on the end. Can not put a word on it. Maybe sweet/hoppy.

M-Very carbonated, light finish.

D-Not for my taste. A decent beer

Photo of rednrag
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

24 oz. can poured into 1970's Coors 10 oz. tavern glass.
The color surprises me. Thought it would be pale yellow and see-thru clear, but it actually kind of resembles a deeper golden Euro pils.
Smells a little more adjuncty than it's American counterparts.
Taste is alright. Not bad at all, maybe nothing great, but I can see myself drinking this again.

Photo of Prostman81
3.65/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very decent beer for this genre. I'm always surprised to see this beer matched in price with its Corona kin, but I guess Groupo Modelo knows where it can score some easy cash. There's no choice between the two though, this beer has only a slight, but pleasant skunk, and is really easy to drink down with either a meal of barbeque, mexican, or just sitting on the deck having a few. No limes needed for this either. I really only consider this a summer novelty beer...but I do appreciate it for that quality.

3.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden color with precious little head.

Grassy and husky smell present here actually works quite well for the style.

Taste has a innocently goodish amount of grassy bitterness. Tastes akin to the kid brother of Pilsner, looking up to him and hoping to one day assert himself in the same image. One thing about mild hop and husk flavors here is that once you swallow, it's gone, that's it.

This is exceedingly thin in the mouth, with nothing at all to stick to your teeth. However thin, there is adequate CO2 present to make this one drink pretty nicely. I give it good marks on drinkability for the style. Great session/lawnmower beer, and I'll revisit it in just such an occasion.

Photo of Wasatch
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
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
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
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
2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
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 -10.1%
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 -23.4%
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
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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
2.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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
3.18/5  rDev +14.4%
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
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
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 +28.8%
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 +11.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
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
2.54/5  rDev -8.6%
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
2.74/5  rDev -1.4%
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
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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