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

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Ratings: 1,776
Reviews: 520
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 18
Gots: 242 | 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 MurphyMacManus
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. can into pint glass

A: Yellow with a very short-lived and anemic white head.

S: I have to stick my nose into the glass to smell anything, but there's a little sweetness, faint citrus, and that's all I can get. Maybe if the head had lasted longer...

T/M: light, "soda water" mouthfeel -- to be expected with this style. Taste is grainy with a light balancing bitterness. If I let it get too warm, the corn starts to really dominate the flavor profile and it gets kinda nasty. Best to drink this one cold. As long as it's kept at the proper temperature, though, it's actually really good for an adjunct lager because it is fairly balanced and there are no real off-flavors.

D: Great hot weather session beer when kept at the proper temperature.

Photo of rootbeerman
2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from 24oz can into duvel tulip

A: pours golden straw, with a almost non-exsitant head, very visible carbonation.
S: my sinuses are clear but it doesnt seem to have a smell, a little light corn.
T: grainy, very lightly sweet, like creamed corn, a very light hop bitterness.
M: almost like champagne, watery
D: for what it is yes i can drink it, will i buy it myself again probably not.

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

A: Pours an unusually dark golden color with some visible carbonation bubbles. The foamy white head is only medium sized with middling retention, but a few rings of lace stick to the glass.

S: Standard macro grainy/corny aromas. A touch of sweetness. A slightly more robust hop aroma for a macro lager, with notable herbal/spicy character.

T: Lightly sweet initially, but rather dry throughout. Somewhat bready, but mostly grainy malt flavor, with hints of corn. A firm but somewhat unfocused herbal hop flavor provides a steady, above average bitterness for the style.

M: Medium bodied, with moderate crispness. A touch watery, with medium carbonation and a somewhat dry finish.

D: A touch above average across the board. Sort of a slightly robust, somewhat hoppy Mexican macro lager here. Nothing fantastic - there are better beers out there - but there's nothing way off about it either.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Modelo Especial 4.4% alcohol AA Lager. Served from bottle to pint glass.

A- Pours a crisp golden yellow, slightly darker than most mass produced AA Lagers. Light to minimal head and lacing.

S- Slightly sweet malts and skunky lemon hops dominate the nose.

T-M- Taste is decent for a Mexican import and probably my favorite other than its darker brother Modelo Negro. Sharp and crisp malts and corn upfront followed by a zesty hop presence. Mouthfeel is light carbonation with drinkable smoothness.

D- Nice Mexican Import beer and a all round good brew.

Photo of aval89
2.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly dark golden color. A little darker than your standard lagers... Left a 1.5 finger head.. White with tiny bubbles.. Went down to a 1/8-1/4 inch head..

Initial smell was sweet..slight metallic with grain, cooked corn and slight malt aroma... Nothing foul.. Just kinda bland.. I think I picked up just a slight slight booze aroma with little to no hop presence..

Taste was similar to smell.. Sweetness up front...a little malty at first, grainy... A bit of cooked corn..a tiny bit metallic... Watery.. Semi dry finish... Nothing too special...although better than your bmc...

Drinkability is decent.. Easy to drink and easily can be a session brew...

Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

had this earlier tonight at friends cookout..its an adjunct lager it is what it is..i wont slam it...s it well made for its style..its not one ill buy..but to drink it with ribs and burgers it was good,,i drank 2..so 4 the style modelo is good..BTW i bought some mirror pond,robert the bruce,lift bridge crosscut..it was fun watching my non craft friends drink these

Photo of udubdawg
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a darker gold color, spritzy head fading quickly.

aroma is skunked, to the point that I can't get anything else, sorry.

the flavor is a step up, albeit full of corn adjuncts and with just a wisp of grainy malt flavor. Still, this is (sadly) at least average for the style. No DMS or "off" flavors. No hop flavor, and in fact I don't detect even a hint of bitterness. If there was much malt I'd call it sweet - there isn't.

carbonation is a bit low, body thin. I guess if I was dying of thirst I'd drink it by the quart...otherwise, no, I'll pass.

Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle served at my hotel bar in San Antonio.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin white foam head that quickly fades into a thin ring. Very minimal spots of lacing. Not as pale or watery looking as other beers in this style which is nice.

Earthy soily aroma with lots of grain and corn as well as some faint hops and pale malt.

The flavor of this beer was better than expected. Although there were typical grainy corn notes found in adjunct lagers, there was some subtle earthy hops, pale malt and very faint light fruit. Not anything special but betterthan average for the style. Crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Probably my favorite of the Mexican adjunct lagers(if Negro Modelo doesn't count).

Photo of armock
2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured a clear straw color with a white head that fades quickly

S - Is of grainy malt with a good bit of corn scents

T - Just like it smells grainy malt with a bit of corn adjunct flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well its a Mexican macro beer so its not very drinkable to begin with but this one is really bad had to force this one down to finish my pint not worth getting even just to try it

Photo of eschbach
3.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I went down to CVS and they were selling 24 oz cans of modelo, so I bought one. The can has a cool design. It has a very oldschool look.

I filled the pilsner glass. It has a regular golden color. And a marginal head. I cannot smell the hops. It smells like corn sort of. The taste is good. It's more sharp and bitter than most Mexican lagers. It feels very light in the mouth. This beer is very easy to drink.

Considering how popular Mexican beers are in the US, I'm amazed more people don't drink this beer. It has more flavor than corona and dos equis and it's about the same price.

Photo of kaseydad
3.28/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pilsner glass pour and I am met with a bright clear yellow colored ale with a bright white foamy head which quickly disappears to a ring around the glass. Aroma consists of lemon peel and light malt. Taste is very refreshing. Crisp and clean with a nice crisp spicy bite on the swallow. Lingering sour bitterness on the aftertaste. Dry and somewhat watery mouthfeel. Drinkability is high as this can definitely be a session brew if one so chooses. Great with spicy food and one Mexican beer I will never turn away.

Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day four in Mexico! YEAH !!!

A: Pours a nice golden color with nice lacing.

S: Hints of hops and light malts, notes of lemon. (I never put lime or other fruits in beer as they disrupt the natural flavors, and if you have to disguise the taste why not drink something else)

T: Nice even taste of hops and maltsalways as good as I hope it will be.

M: medium to heavy bodied lightly carbed with a touch of floral in the end of swallow.

D: Always a good choice to make.

Photo of merryjoulton
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer was served to me at an amazing Mexican restaurant in Southern Arizona in a pint glass. It appeared to be nothing more than pale yellow fizzy water. There was no head to speak of. Smell was a little bit rotten and a little bit of cat piss. Taste was congruent with the smell (not pleasant). Mouthfeel wasn't horrible, although thin. Drinkability was fine, but maybe I've just built up a tolerance fore bad Mexican beer.

Photo of keithmurray
3.34/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz Can poured into a pint glass in honor of Cinco De Mayo

appearance - straw colored with an inch of white head

aroma - smells like beer flavored beer for a lack of a better description, typical smell you get form Bud, PBR or Molson

taste - smooth, corn and wheat I guess, this doesn't have much complexity, but then again, its not meant for that

mouthfeel - refreshing, light body medium carbonation

Drinkability - this goes down smooth, could throw this back until at least Seis De Mayo.

One of the better Mexican beers I've had, this is good for BBQ's and for when I don't feel like drinking the 10%ABV heavyweights.

Photo of YogiBear
3.6/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tin foil on the bottles are classy.

I got this for the first time the other night, and it was what I expected. I enjoyed it, was like Corona but just a little heavier. Good, but not great, and had that skunk taste. I poured it into a cup and it was a slightly darker gold color, with a head that was thin and went away quickly.

Decent, and like Corona, it gives you a good buzz after just a couple of beers.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

has a very pale color to it, looks pretty boring. my mexican buddy brought this over and i traded him a hades belgian pale ale, i got gypted.. it smells of corn and some slight SLIGHT hops. taste is pretty boring, it isn't a bad beer, its just a generic lager. mouthfeel is watery and light, but its drinkability is good, if its the summer and i'm outside, i could drink 11ty of these with no problem

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.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,776 ratings.