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

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 506
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 204 | 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 lionking
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.31/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
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
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
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
3.03/5  rDev +9%
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
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
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
3.31/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.86/5  rDev +38.8%
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.

Photo of imanidiot777
3.82/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear light gold color, not too much head and didn't stay very long. Not that much lacing on the glass either.

S: I'm horrible with the smells but I'd have to say there is something fruity in there.

T: Very smooth but there was nothing special about the taste, just kind of plain, not overly sweet or bitter.

M: Feels fine, could use slightly more carbonation but is really smooth.

D: Goes down really smooth and isn't too heavy so I could definitely drink a lot.

Photo of jonziefle
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a pale light amber, crystal clear. Minimal white bubbly head diminishes to nothing immediately. Some carbonation present.

Smell: Bitter and sour grain nose. A sweet apple juice like smell as well.

Taste: Bitter bite to start. A sour grain and malt taste. Some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and filling.

Drinkability: A decent adjunct lager. Looks half decent, and the smell and taste are not bad.=

Photo of srrn
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a bit like pee in the bottle. Very slight skunk to the taste and smell but basically a fairly drinkable brew. Mine was free at a party, I believe this is a pretty pricey brew. It's about even with PBR I think. I would drink again, but never buy it.

Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an average lager, but only ever get it in the can. I've had the bottle (clear glass) and it was N-A-S-T-Y. The can is fine. Light yellow and completely clear, moderate carbonation with a thin and diffuse head. No smell to speak of except for that faint, beer-ish smell of dilute grain water. No aftertaste to speak of, no lacing on the glass, drinks easy. Not offensive, no diacyl taste. Its not terrible, just mild and uninteresting.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.88/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and clear with a fair one finger head.

Smell: Slightly funky smell but not bad or offensive.

Taste: While it was very smooth, I found this beer to be somewhat bland. Nothing particularly sweet or bitter, just okay throughout.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, but more of a body than most beers of its kind.

Drinkability: This beer is not bad, but it's not particularly good. It's something I could drink, but not something I would buy.

Photo of HansBlix
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I basically tried this just to try it.

Appearance - Poured into a pint glass. There was barely a head with zero retention as well as lacing. Moderately carbonated and gold in color.

Smell - More grain than malt, slight citrus smell. Hard to pick anything else out.

Taste - Being an Adjunct brew, I wasn't expecting much going into this. Grain, some malt and little hops.

Mouthfeel - Acceptable amount of carbonation. Light and Crisp. Surprisingly kind of refreshing.

Drinkability - This goes down easy, definatly could be drank with food or on a hot day. I have to say this is one the the better "Mexican Style" beers I have had.

Taking the style of this beer into consideration, it was mediocre but acceptable. I doubt I would buy it, but I would drink if offered.

Photo of champ103
3.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color. A small white cap forms and recedes in an instant. No lace.
S: Sweet malt. Some grain and cereal. Light cooked veggie aroma. A nice citrus hop aroma as the nose lingers.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet malt, cereal, cooked corn, and some citrus hops.
M/D: A light and watery body that is over carbonated. An easy beer to session though.

Not the worst Mexican lager I have tried. It goes well with some Tex-Mex. Though that is about the only time I will drink this.

Photo of generallee
3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a clear bottle into a Pilsener glass.

Appearance: The body has very good clarity, some visible carbonation and a bright golden color. It forms only a small bright white head that fades fast. The fast fading head is reduced to just a small ring of foam that makes some slick lacing.

Smell: The aroma is full of adjunct filled malt with some dry hay and grassy hops.

Taste/Mouth: There are some mild corny and grainy flavors with some other cooked vegetable notes and grassy hay like notes. The finish is very clean with some mild bitterness quickly fading off the tongue. The palate is crisp and easy drinking with a light to medium body and nice active carbonation.

Notes: Not bad at all and when served ice cold it works well to clean the palate of hot spicy Tex/Mex food.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A semi light golden colored beer sparkles in my pint glass. No lime seen, nor needed here. The 3cm head quickly fades to nothing. It looks inviting and refreshing.

Smell - Hard to pick out anything other than fresh grain and rice. Nothing offensive, but nothing much to talk about.

Taste - Grain, hops, rice, corn, etc. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing offensive.

Mouthfeel - Crisp carbonation tickles your tongue and palate. Light body is expected and desired for it's style.

Drinkability - A highly drinkable, very refreshing, and superbly crisp brew. It doesn't pack much of a punch flavor wise, but i don't think thats what you are going for, nor expecting from a mexi-lager. This is my favorite mexi-lager tasted to date. I eat a lot of hispanic food (my wife is el salvdorian) so this is a go-to beer for me.

I'll have another...

Photo of Cylinsier
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a Negra Modelo and they brought me this instead. Thought, "well, I haven't had one yet so I'll give it a try."

Pours a light wheaty clear gold with basically no head, although I was pouring down the side of the glass. Descent effervescence.

Smelled light and lagery. Nothing that set it apart from most lagers like this except possibly a hint of citrus, although that may have been a result of the lime they jammed in the neck of the bottle.

The taste was acceptable. Barley and lager malts, again with a hint of citrus. No hops or any bitterness.

Feels pretty fizzy which is nice. Otherwise not to full and not too thin.

Overall, a descent Mexican lager. I still prefer Negra or even Dos Equis, but as long as you aren't expecting something spectacular, this beer will quench your thirst.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bought twelve packed poured this in guinness pint glass
A: golden pale dehydrated piss color with a white fizzy head that dissipates fast
S: wow little bit of sazz hop comes through and a corny malt smell
T: malty grainy corn taste then a little spicy hoppyness that drys leaving a malt lingering taste mmm
M: fizzy and watery really not to much body to it but better than other adjunct lagers
D: i dont mind this beer doesn't have any offensive flavor gets you drunk

Photo of bigdeuce
3.22/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a soapy head that goes down very fast. No lacing on glass, a bit over carbonated. Crystal clear color of yellow. Smells of a decent low grade microbrew and tastes good. Is great with enchiladas and refried beans. Nothing overly offensive, but nothing impressive either. I will leave it for mexican dinners.

Photo of MadTown1000
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The familiar smell of Mexican lager - somewhat hoppy, with a good helping of adjunct grains. For whatever reason I've always liked the smell, so it gets solid points in that category. Pours golden into a pint glass with about an inch of almost yellowish white head, medium bubbles, that fizzes all the way down leaving no lace in about 30 seconds. Dark enough that it looks like real beer, but the fizz leaves no question that it's going to be on the lighter crisper side.

Taste as expected is light and crisp, with a malty aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Actually a little bit of hoppiness that comes out after a while as well. It's not a work of art, but it absolutely gets the job done as a refreshing summer beer. You could swig it down in quantity if you wanted to as well. This one gets solid marks across the board.

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with about a 1 inch head. Has a unusual but interesting aroma, corn is present. Taste is of corn and malts, a bit of sweetness. Feels fairly light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of IceTrey9785
3.83/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Added a slice of lime at the recommendation of a friend.

A: Nice golden bronze color -- very little head retention. Actually the white lacing disappeared after a few seconds, giving way to medium to large bubbles (might have been a pouring error on my part...).

S: The lime obviously covers up most of the smell. Before adding it, the beer gave off a rather dusty, dirty grass aroma. It wasn't negative, but clearly covers up any hops or malt that are present. Not really sure if the lime is necessary...

T&M: Great taste -- excellent balance between being overly sweet and bitter. The lime is present, but I almost tasted warm corn husks or tortillas in the beer. Light and crisp, with layers of complexity, this is very user friendly with nice carbonation and a finish that lasts for half a minute or so.

D: Excellent lager. Much better for the money that Corona or Pacifico. I'd recommend someone to try it without the lime, and if they feel compelled to add fruit -- just a little will do. This beer can stand upright on its own, and makes a wonderful addition to traditional Mexican cuisine. I prefer it with lightly salted avocado halves. Definitely a go-to-beer for Cinco de Mayo.

Photo of jsh420
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

split a $1 tallboy

pours clear bright gold with a 1 finger head that leaves spotted lacing

smell is very weak grains and weak grassy hops no off metalic smells most ajunct lager have

taste this one fooled me it is much like czech pils cereal grains and grassy hops

mouthfeel - has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation

drinkability is also good - 24oz can for a buck and it tastes better then some czech pils i have had - i will buy another some time down the road

update: later that night a got a killer headache and the only time beer does to me is when i drink the cheap stuff so drinkability goes from 4 to 1 - never again

Photo of Gmann
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crazy clear lightly toasted straw color with a tight fizzy white head that quickly dissapates into a sparse cap. The aroma is grainy sweet with grassy noble hops, smells like a Euro lager to me. The taste is very similar to the aroma; sweet from the grains, some corn flavor, a very grassy hop. Geez, get rid of the grainy malt and substitute with a dry cracker like malt, and have yourself a nice pilsner. The feel is light but not watery, quite fizzy, finishes grainy sweet and a bit astringent. A Mexican Euro lager which fits the brewers style I guess. I wish they went with more a pilsner style. Still better than most "blonde" Mexican lagers. Ranks right up there with Heineken but falls way short of their Modelo Negro...though a different style.

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