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

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BA SCORE
66
poor

1,632 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,632
Reviews: 489
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 143 | 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 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
Photo of mattgert
3.65/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Ah, good old Modelo. I first tried this beer about 8 years ago on vacation and is hasn't been available in my area until about 2.5 years ago. Anyway on to the review....

Being that this is a Mexican macro lager, I will allow the other reviews to speak for the appearance and smell of this beer.

The mouthfeel is light and very carbonated however smooth. Obviously corn beer but not offensive. It certainly doesn't have the rank aftertaste and burp factor that Corona provides. This is magnitudes better than Corona for being the same style beer from the same brewer. The aftertaste leaves you wondering if there are hops are not. Certainly a citrus factor going on as well but it is hard to pinpoint. This beer doesn't need a lime to cut the skunk. Drinkability is very high because ice cold these are very refreshing and go down super easy; almost too easy. I would like to note that I have had this many times in cans as well and bottles are much better. If you get this fresh it is pretty decent.

Again, for the style, this is a good Mexican macro. Negro is excellent but I pour that beer; this is right out of the bottle beer. Another nice touch is when you crush a bunch working around the house you don't pay for it the next day.

mattgert, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of becktone
1.85/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I've one can left over from the superbowl feast of pizza and wings so I decided to takes some notes:

Eye: This beer doesn't look too bad. Sure its a fizzy yellow beer, but that is what it is supposed to be. And hey! It can hold a head. I am actually impressed. The beer is a clear golden yellow with a nice stable white, I mean pure, Godly white head. It doesn't appeal to me, however, this beer is one of the better macros I've laid eyes on. It actually looks like a beer instead of carbonated piss.

Nose: Corn. This beer smells like canned corn. If you don't like that aroma in your beer then you'd best drink this from the can. At least that way you don't have to smell corn. No malt aroma, no hops all corn. Last I checked beer, even macros were a mixture of barley malt and adjuncts, not adjuncts mixed with barley malt.

Tongue: Wow! This beer would pair perfectly with Taco Bell. Again, no barley malt sweetness, just canned corn. Sure it pairs well with Mexican type foods(as well as greasy American food), but I'd rather a real beer with flavor to compliment those flavors in the food.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light and fizzy in the mouth, what more can I say? Easy to quaff and it pairs well with greasy American food. If I want to go cheap on beer with some wings or pizza I might buy it again, though I'd prolly go with a domestic 12 as it is a bit cheaper and just about the same quality without the corn shit there.

becktone, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of stcules
2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep yellow, very clean, without bubbles. White head, not too much, and not too compact.
At the smell, beside malt and biscuit, it is strongly citric.
Fizzy. Again malt in the taste, and here again, very citric.
Well, fresh and thirst-quenching, but nothing of. Too lemony.
Useless.

stcules, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour from the can results in a nice fluffy white head, but still little retention or lacing. Nice clear gold color. Smell is grassy, grainy, light malts. Taste is medium-sweet malts with just enough grainy hops to balance. For the style, mouthfeel is pretty decent, light but not watery. Quite drinkable, better than most Mexican and domestic macro lagers.

babaracas, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
1.98/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz aluminum can, very classy, I know. Aroma is faint with light lemon, light dough, mild apple and pear (maybe to all of the above). Pours medium yellow with a small white head that goes away far to quickly. No lacing (big suprise I am sure). Initial flavor is sweet followed by bitter and then something bad at the end. Not too pleasent. I have a faint memory of the stuff tasting better out of the bottle, but that is not what I rated.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking from a 24oz. can. Appearance is golder (is that a word?) in color than I expected it to be having a nice crisp head. Smell is lightly malty and clean. Taste is clean and refreshing light sweet malt and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a light+ with good carbonation. Better than what I was expecting.

Bookseeb, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.73/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's a definite step up from most Mexican lagers, but left me somewhat dissapointed.

Clear golden yellow pour with a small white head.

The smell was nothing to write home about. Smelled like Nebraska. I've never been to Nebraska, but I'm guessing it smells like corn. And before all you huskers come attacking me, remember, I live near Detroit, which undoubtedly smells worse.

It tastes mostly grainy, with hints of sweet citrus while cold. When this beer warms up, however, it leaves me wanting something else. Maybe I had a bad batch, but there's almost a chemical flavor that comes out as it warms. I'll have to try it again sometime, I guess.

It finishes crisp, however, so even once it's warm, the bad flavors don't stick around.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of CrescentLake
4.2/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite brew from south of the border. The neglected little brother of Negro Modelo, Modelo Especial, is an exceptional crisp clean summer beer. And forget man laws, a lime is a need addition. Often less expensive then the corporate mogul corona; this beer is a better substitute for august days and mowing lawns or should I say " para cortando el cesped"

CrescentLake, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of ski271
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium gold with bit of amber in there. Head is small, white, fizzy and quickly diminishing.
S: Rather sweet. Grainy with cooked veggie and light grape.
T: Fairly light and surprisingly balanced. Cereal & grape with a husky bitter finish.
M: Light body, watery texture turning dry at the finish, soda-like carbonation.
D: Not all that terrible compared to the domestic cheapos… oh wait, this can was not that cheap. Not worth the price.

ski271, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of bboven
2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep honey gold color with the requisite ring of head; no lacing. This has a lot better/deeper color than most in the style. Very nice.

Lots of DMS in the aroma (corn/slightly rotten vegetation) It kind of overpowers everything.

The taste is weak corn malt. There is a bit of hop flair that bumps up the score a little, though.

Typical carbonation for the style if on the low end of that range. Very drying.

There are definitely others in the style I would pick over this. The aroma is pretty bad.

bboven, Jan 17, 2008
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,632 ratings.