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

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Ratings: 1,704
Reviews: 496
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.94%
Wants: 17
Gots: 174 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001)
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Photo of CMW
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A little darker than your typical BMC. A small white head was visible for a second and then it was gone. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Malt, corn, and just a touch of hops.

T - Processed corn and malt dominate the taste. Man this is boring. Slight touch of bitterness in the finish. Very dry.

M - Thin and weak, no body.

D - If I hadn't discovered craft beer I would probably like this becauseI wouldn't know any better.

Photo of miket163
3.88/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times...

Pour/Appearance: Golden straw colour with a 2 inch foamy white head which lasted about 5 minutes ( American Pint Glass).

Smell: Modelo smelled like your typical lager...grassy and grainy, not to much going on but a pleasant clean smell, think hayfield after a fall cut.

Taste: Modelo tastes like a lager! A bit more bite (i'm guessing hops) than a BMCs and taste how it smells, very much like grass. Very clean flavour with very little after taste. Not much malt going on.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but washes nachos down very well!

Drinkability: Excellent, very good spicy food beer!

Photo of CampusCrew
1.48/5  rDev -47%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was in a all inclusive hotel in Mexico and they had this in the hotel room. Opened up just to try. 3 sips and drain pour. Tasted like Busch to me. No better than our macro crap offerings in the the states.

appearance: light yellow, to basically clear, even more clear than others

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation

drinkability: nope

Photo of LyonsHead
3.2/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light gold, white head, gone in seconds

S: more than I expected, I smell some malty sweetness but there isn't a great hop aroma.

T: There is some malty sweetness and some earthy graininess. The beer on a whole has some hop bittering but no true hop flavor to pinpoint.

M: Not my style on the mouthfeel. This is pretty light

D: really not that bad. I didn't get the ultra-violet ray imparted skunk I was expecting from the clear bottle. I like it better than corona. Im not gonna buy 12 but ill have one if its handed to me (this one was)

Photo of stumac
1.68/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I just wanna start off by saying this beer sucks. Melani has been squeezing limes into my glass with each beer and its better than just straight beer. Pitiful...

this brew pours up a pale honey gold color with a small quickly fading head. the nose is very faint aroma, corn oil, faint malts and faint hops, nothing out of the box. the taste is water, tiny malt backdrop, faint hop bittering, a syrupy taste is left in my mouth, light bodied (leaning towards medium because of the syrup), non-natural CO2 carbo. Not a pretty beer.

Did you know that there are pro beer drinkers that drink their beer only out of the bottle. A beer like this might be like heaven to them and beer like Anchor Porter might be like hell. Nutso...

Photo of diamondc
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a can poured into a pilsener glass. Pale, amber gold color. Head dissipates quickly with zero lacing.

Smell is of wet grain and stale bread. Reminds me also of the vegetable aisle at the local supermarket.

Taste is decent for a macro lager. I get red apples, grape bubblegum, and close to zero hop aftertaste.

It's yellow, it's fizzy, it's light on the body. It is what it is. Drinkable, yet totally forgettable.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Straw gold color, little head, not great retention. Looks like a slightly darker Corona.

S- A little alcohol actually, with corn and some grains. Not too strong, not too much to it, but not bad.

T- Corn, grain, slight malt sweetness. Some alcohol at the end (spicy?). Nothing special, nothing terrible.

M- Crisp and light. Carbonated. Like a Corona.

D- Definitely could have a bunch. Nothing too complex or heavy here.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little 1 finger head that dissipates quickly with a light amber color.

Smell is of faint pale malts with a slight vegetable flavor.

Taste is of pale malts with a little spiciness throughout. Hop bitterness is barely balancing. No hop flavor to comment on.

Mouthfeel is decently crisp, but could be lighter and crisper.

This is a no frill beer. No real flaws here. It's just an easy to drink basic lager.

Photo of hoplover82
3.48/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a thin fluffy white head that quickly dissapates into barely a coller. with no lace.

S-Some vegies and a little spice I guess.Not mcuh more to me, maybe a little malt sweetness.

T-very vegi like and corn and refeeshing. Very simple.

M-Very lightand crisp and refreshing.

D-Very drinkable, I think I could have twenty of these and still be cool.

Photo of Tone
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of adjunct upfront and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, adjunct, and some slight pale malt in the finish. Overall, just another Adjunct Lager - nothing special.

Photo of PintOHops
3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz can into a beer mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears clear gold with high carbonation and a quarter inch of soapy head. Nice head retention surprisingly, and sticky, soapy lacing. A ring of foam retains well throughout entire consumption, very inviting! Smells of, loads of grain, corn husk, mixed vegetables, some tart grape and sweet malt. A dominant grainy aroma overall, clean and not much to detect.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of, lots of grains, semi sweet malt, lots of corn and mixed vegetables, and some citrus flavors on top of tart grape. Finishes with malts and a dry lingering snap of bitterness, more than average flavor profile for this type of beer. Mouthfeel is a little thin with lots of active, lively carbonation on the palate. Somewhat smooth going down, lite-medium bodied and bitey overall.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Okay, another easy drinking American Adjunct, one could drink all night long with no problem. It reminded me of Corona, or Negro Modelo, with some of the same flavors like grains, and that snap of bitterness that can almost taste rubbery sometimes. Nothing special about it to me, slightly more flavor than your average for the style, nothing offensive.

I didn't really understand the citrus flavors of this beer, something almost artificial to me. The appearance was another story though, beautiful and very inviting! Not bad overall, I did enjoy this beer so Id say give it a try. Cheers!

Photo of Brad007
1.58/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a golden color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems typical for the style.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of corn in the nose. Otherwise, just sweet and not much else.

Sweet with a hint of corn and malt upfront. Not much else to detect for flavor. Simplistic. Boring.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet malt and corn. Not much there. Watery. Unimpressive.

Your average adjunct lager here. Definitely nothing to brag about.

Photo of LooksCouldKiilll
5/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Modelo Especial! Hands down my favorite beer. Forget Corona. Leave it to the spring breakers in Cancun. When you are looking for a nice Mexican beer that is easy to drink, quenches your thirst, and reminds of you sunnier days then this is your beer!
MMMM... I wish I had one right now!

Photo of Rayek
2.78/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at one of the better hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurants I've found. It came in the bottle with no glass to poor it into. I went ahead and asked for one. They gave me a well chilled plastic mug that had seen better days.

A: Pours a pale orange tinged yellow with very active carbonation. Modelo is a shade or two darker than most beers of this style. A small soapy head did its level best to form, but didn't have much luck. Still, quite a bit of lace was left behind.

S: To be honest, there really isn't that much to smell. A little musty, but not skunked like many beers in clear bottles. A heavy inhalation netted be some dry malt and maybe a hint of corn.

T: Keep this baby cold. Not as bad as the majority of the beers in this style, but not something to write home about. Things start out fine with a mild barley/corn grit mix that's more raw barley than corn. Bitterness kicks in with a strong metallic bite that's aided by the carbonation. As the beer warms, a bit of a not entirely offensive steamed cabbage flavor creeps in. The metal flavor lingers into the finish, but thankfully doesn't stick around very long. If my beer came out of a can, I'd be able to blame part of the metal taste on that. But it didn't, so who knows the true source of that flavor.

M: Light body actually has some heft to it. The carbonation level is on the high side.

D: Worked well with the Mexican food I ordered it with. As a standalone beer, I'd pass.

Photo of Beernoisseur
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not offensive, this is a solid entry from the breweries south of the rio grande.

A - I love that these beers come in purely clear bottles. They showcase the fact that they look completely like urine. Also, this bottle is vaguely similar to a butt plug. That may be one of my favorite things about it. Completely yellow. Completely clear. little head, little lacing.

S - pretty predictable, but slightly sweeter than I expected. Corn, adjuncts.

T - Mellow, grainy, corn with mild adjuncts. not too bad.

M - Average. Fairly aggressive carbonation, but not offensive.

D - This is a totally drinkable beer, as it should be.

Photo of unclejimbay
3.18/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Modelo, review as American Adjunct Lager, ABV = 4.5 or 6.0?
Reviewed 11/30/08 @ home - can>wheat glass
A 3.5, poured to a nice 2 finger head, reduced to a nice collar, noticeable carbonation, pale gold straw color
S 3.5, Malt base was noticeable as a surprise, some hops sneak in
T 3.0 Mediocre in taste, more malty than expected, it kinda grows on you, but the look and smell exceed the taste.
MF 2.5 High carbonation, crisp & thin body
D 3.5 - this one was a surprise, kinda grows on you through the beer, I would buy it as a single, but would not stock up on it or anything....

Photo of olmatty
3.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a sudsy bright-white two-finger head with poor retentiona and not much lacing, beer is a light golden

Smell- Very light malt aroma

Taste- Pale malts up front giving way to a citrus flavor, whether or not you add a lime, finally a tiny hint of hops and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel- Briskly carbonated, light bodied and refreshing.

Drinkability- Ligght and chuggable and lacking big adjunct flavors in American macrobrews. Great for hot day, more refreshing than ice water. Mexicans sure know how to brew good hot weather beers.

Photo of Getinthevan
3.8/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz can into my Indiana Jones pint glass.

The appearance is pretty golden yellow for this Mexican brew. For an adjunct lager, there's quite an impressive amount of character and head retention to it. Overall, it's a nice looking beer.

Smell was pretty average for a lager, but in general it didn't have a strong corn/barley smell. Nonetheless it wasn't eye opening, but it came off appealing for the beer itself.

Taste was refreshing. Very smooth palette consumed the entire brew from start to finish.

Mouthfeel as mentioned was very smooth. From the first sip to the last this stuff certainly went down a lot smoother than most regular lagers. It still retained the full flavor on the way down as well.

Drinkability is pretty top notch. A case of this will make anyone happy on any given night. This is also a great social beer or a good import to introduce to people who are not so familiar to foreign beers. Definitely a party favorite!

Photo of AltBock
2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24 oz. white can with the name of the beer in big blue letters and with the Modelo crest of two lions at the bottom. Along the sides in tiny blue letters is the name of the importer and the US Government warning.

Instead of drinking it straight out of the can, I decided to pour this beer into my Imperial Sly Fox pint glass. You know what? Don't pour this beer into a glass because it looks better in a can rather than in a beer glass. The color of the beer was a clear and pale urine yellow. It should be noted that it was a healthy urine yellow color. On top of this pale yellow liquid was a 1/4 of an inch fizzy head of white foam. Despite it being fizzy and tiny, it actually had really good retention. That tiny head of foam left behind a skim of white foam and a spatter of white rings of lace around the glass. in the end, the head of foam was better than the color of the beer. I didn't see that coming.

After the decent appearance, "Modelo" went back onto its Adjunct track. The aroma of this beer was very faint. All I got in the aroma was some cheap malted grains like corn and rice. That's it for the aroma folks! Let's just say that "Modelo" smelled!

After the cheap malted grain aroma, you have to guess that the taste is pretty much the same. Right? With "Modelo," it is. A majority of the taste was the cheap malted grains like rice and corn. When my taste buds got passed that, I noticed that there was also a flutter of floral hops, a gentle touch of yeast, and a subtle hint of alcohol. Sometimes I was able to taste a little rust in here as well. Cheap Cheap!

This was clearly a light bodied beer with a faint and not too watery aftertaste of cheap malted grains and a subtle hint of alcohol. Since the aftertaste was faint and lightly watery, that makes this beer go down smooth. It goes down like water.

As you can tell, it's not much of a beer. It tastes cheap and it goes down like water. The only thing going for this beer is the price. It won't burn a hole in your pocket book. Would I ever buy this beer again? I fully doubt it unless I wanted to bring some cheap imported beer to a party.

Photo of joerodiii
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this beer at a food cart where the sellers at Market 28 in Cancun eat. I asked the cook at the cart if he had any beer, and he called a guy over who ran to a local farmacia to get the beer. Awesome!

Not bad at all for what it American Lager.
The aroma is surprising. There is a nice, malty aroma that does not come through in the taste. While I would not describe this beer as flavorful, you can definitely taste it, and it does not taste bad. Imagine cramming the flavor of 2-3 Buds into one and adding a little more bitterness.

Photo of Foxman
2.98/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a crystal clear, surprisingly flashy golden yellow. A finger of bright white, pithy head sinks to mere traces. Lacing is thin but plentiful.

The aroma is especially sparse, giving up only intimations of pale malt, hop spice, and a lash of yeastiness. Luckily the sulfur and adjunct notes are mere hints as well.

Upon tasting, the malt is slightly sweet and pale as expected, and the slightest biscuit note presages a peppery hop element. Corn and yeast divvy up the middle, and the finish turns very crisp, dry, and moderately bitter, but very briefly. All in all, just as expected of the style, if a tick above average.

Light bodied, it flows by in a flash, but the carbonation does kick things into at least a low gear.

On its own, its really nothing more than any other Mexican cerveza, with all that implies. to be fair, though, it was only a little overmatched as a buddy to a Fat Alex burrito (roughly the size of the average NFL lineman's head), steak taco, and steak tostada. So it has that going for it, but honestly, the house margarita was more enjoyable. So it's drinkable, because it's so light across the board. But rest assured, any future Modelo indulgences will be of the Negro, not this one.

Photo of weeare138
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up by my bus driver on the way to the resort from Cancun...
Appears a transparent gold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades out. Tiny streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of some sweet, fermented malt, gentle hops, and a touch of toasted maize.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with an ok flavor that has a lemon and honeydew flavor in the backdrop.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp, clean, and goes down easy.

Photo of RAdragna
3.55/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a liquor store down the road from where I live. This is an underrated beer compared to the Coronas of the world. Although nothing special overall, this is one beer I would take either just to relax with or for enjoying some tacos and nachos.

Photo of ruckus232
3.38/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce clear bottle

Appearance: Clear light yellow coloring with not much head retention and lacing. The carbonation does not seem to strong.

Smell: Not much of a smell but a slight cider and sour smell

Taste: Again not a very strong taste. Starts out with a yeasty taste and leaves a slight bitter after-taste. Without a real strong flavor this has a very refreshing crisp taste, especially when still cold.

Mouthfeel: Despite the appearance the carbonation is really good

Comments: Tried without a lime (for purity reasons) and with a lime and found the lime added a good flavor that was lacking in the plain. It wasn't needed to cover up any bad taste but was a nice addition.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear light golden color with a fluffy, large-bubbled white head that has some decent staying power and good lacing. A pretty appealing looking brew.

Sulfurous, corn-adjunct and lightly malty nose. A small amount of earthy hop and crystal malt presence is detectable, but it is pretty faint. Overall, not a great smelling beer.

Very typical non-light lager taste here. I would be willing to bet there are some adjuncts in play here, and I'm guessing corn. The good aspects of this beer are that it has no skunky characteristics and it is crisp and tastes fresh. Just enough hop bitterness to scrub the palate and leave a slightly dry finish.

A not too bad Mexican lager that probably ranks a bit higher than the Coronas and Tecates of the world.

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,704 ratings.