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

Modelo EspecialModelo Especial

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1,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 1295
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.14%

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 EdgeT

2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer is to be enjoyed at the pool or on the beach... or maybe just on a hot day. Other than that I dont advise this beer. It is something only to be enjoyed when its a perfect day out. Also i advise drinking it out of the bottle rather than the can, the can for this beer does not do it justice. Especially how the bottle's cap is wrapped in gold paper.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 03:45:55 | More by EdgeT
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. can marked K0720039-14:41. Sampled on February 19, 2013

I made some homemade salsa and I just had to crack open a can of Mexican beer. Today it happened to be Modelo Especial. The pour is a nice golden yellow with a fizzy white head the dissolves quickly.

I did use the lime wedge so most of my analysis is tainted. But ignoring the lime I get a corn, pale grainy malts, and a clean hop character.

The body is light and creamy.

The taste has this bready malt forward note with a clean hop finish. It does what it is supposed to do.

Serving type: can

02-18-2013 21:16:59 | More by puboflyons
Photo of dhannes


4.14/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought with lunch at a local Mexican restaurant...served chilled in a can along with a frosted glass. I started drinking out of the can, and then poured into the glass after the chill left.

A=Very nice, darker golden...very good for the style. Only a bit of a head.

S=I don't remember smelling much, other than a faint whiff of hops...no corn smell.

T=For the style, this is much better than Corona, Bud, and most other BMC's--sturdy maltiness with moderate hopping, and not too sweet. Still a bit less flavorful than, say, Batch 19.

M=Moderate body...perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but not overpowering.

O=For an AAL, it is hard to do much better...would like to see more body and flavor, but a good representation for a session beer...I would like to try on tap.

Serving type: can

02-03-2013 00:25:08 | More by dhannes
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured from bottle as a medium golden color with a one finger white head. The head fades rather fast leaving only a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of corn and some fruity smells. Mixed with these was a skunky smell with a light vegetal aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a bread and corn mixed with hints of a caramel sweetness. As the flavor advances further the caramel fades giving rise to more sweet corn flavors. Some citrus flavors and a grassy flavor come to the tongue more at the end, leaving a rather unpleasant mix of flavors on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is a little above average. The thinner body and higher carbonation are quite fitting for the style, making it a rather easy drinking brew.

Overall – I think I would leave this one alone on most occasions.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 06:38:19 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Sparkyinsurf


3.43/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: beautiful deep yellow carbonated lager in a clear glass.

S: skunky Mexican beer; beer in a clear bottle with too much light equels skunky. If they shipped it away from the light it might smell better. Or if you like the smell of skunk you'll be pleased.

T: fantastic taste for a Mexican lager, better than most others.

O: it is one of the best Mexican bears, hands down. This is what I prefer when I'm in Cabo.Corona is made at the same brewery but I think it is sub par to this.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:07:32 | More by Sparkyinsurf
Photo of largadeer


2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body with a fleeting white head. Pretty standard Mexican lager aroma: mildly sulfuric lager yeast, pale malt sweetness, slight DMS. Not much else to it. It's reasonably clean and doesn't offend. Tastes more or less the same. Pretty clean fermentation aside from a bit of DMS. Slightly metallic, with a pale malt sweetness and a touch of sweet corn. Not much bitterness to the finish. Not an offensive beer by any means, and it's good for washing down spicy Mexican food.

Serving type: can

01-09-2013 01:49:21 | More by largadeer
Photo of Powderhound92

4.35/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

If you like mexican beers, this is a fantastic, light mexican brew. Would strongly recommend to anyone. The second I open this beer it reminds me of the Cancun sun. If you dont like this beer, then you just dont appreciate the flavor a mexican beer. Viva Mexico, Viva Modelo

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 01:00:12 | More by Powderhound92
Photo of Dodt


3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thought i would go out of my normal habits(checking beer advocate before buying.) when i created this mix six. clear straw yellow with a head that goes away in a instant. aroma is a blend of corn and malt . taste and mouth feel would seem like a great summer beer due to it crisp flavor and clean finish. next time i am out at a local Mexican restaurant i will have to see it this is on the menu , would love to pair it with a well crafted mexican meal

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:12:16 | More by Dodt
Photo of Dusty6467


2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: clear, yellowish-copper, almost no head that dissipated by the time I set the can down

S: fruity, but not in a good way... almost like juicy fruit gum, bread, no hop smell

T: starts out with heavy breads malt and finishes with a small amount of bitter, not much else here

M: light, little carbonation, very sessionable

O: not bad for a typical light lager, but too exepensive in america, though it's much cheaper in mexico; it's a good canoe beer (when you flip the canoe over, it's not a huge loss!)

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 01:32:01 | More by Dusty6467
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Usual adjunct yellow with a massive frothy white head. Leaves slight lacing.

S - Creamed corn, slight apple juice, rice adjunct

T - Creamed corn, rice adjunct, medium amounts of apple juice. Pretty easy drinking for an AAL

M - Heavy carbonation with a medium body. Standard of the type.

O - Not half bad for an Adjunct. I'd have it again for a party

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 21:21:05 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours water clear yellow color with a small 1 finger foamy white head that faded very quickly, leaving a layer on top and minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of malt, grains, biscuit, light citrus hops, corn husk and faint caramel. Typical nose for this style and not exciting at all.

Tastes like the nose, with malt, grains, biscuit, light citrus hops, corn husk, lemon zest, grass and faint caramel. The lemon adds some bitterness and makes this tastier than most other Mexican beers.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and almost watery, with light bubbly carbonation, a very light body body, and a dry finish that has some mild bitterness.

Overall not too exciting, but it’s better than most Mexican beers, and even most lagers for that matter; a very nice low ABV barbeque beer that is refreshing and easy to quaff.

Serving type: can

10-13-2012 04:26:51 | More by CHickman
Photo of BucannonXC5


3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Sept. 30, 2012 (someone left it over here after a party on Sept. 30, 2012). Less than a finger of head, that dissipated right away. Yellow golden pale with white head. Bad retention all-around.

Smelled pretty good for an American Adjunct Lager. Got bread, cereal, grass and a honey sweetness.

Tasted similar to the nose, but not as good. Got a more skunky version of the smell. Bread, cereal, grass, corn, grains, very very very slight lemon hops, finishing with a surprising bitterness.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-above average carbonation. Abrupt, watery finish with some slight bitterness.

Not too bad for the type of beer. This was the first I ever had of it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 05:01:23 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of BigDaddyJohn

South Carolina

2.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much here to speak of. A medium golden color with little to no carbonation. I poured into a pint glass to review the head. I looked away for 3-5 seconds and the head was gone! Aroma was a light malt. Taste was again a slight malt that left nothing on the palate. The finish was average. Overall, too watered down to give much consideration. Overpriced for the taste and quality. For a summer grilling, I'd get more from a PBR at half the cost.

Serving type: can

08-25-2012 11:27:59 | More by BigDaddyJohn
Photo of soulfly1492


3.03/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light struck, of course. Other than the skunk, I get some breadyness, thin malt profile. Sweet mildly bitter grains, corn.

Appearance: Pale yellow. High clarify. Lots of rising bubbles. OK retention. No lacing.

Taste: Better than the aroma. Mild malt sweetness, corn and maybe rice. Some bitter bite at the end.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Pleasantly mild carbonation. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall: I'd take this over Corona any day, but nothing too impressive here.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:34:15 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium slightly golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts, especially corn along with some very light notes of grassy hops.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a light to moderate body of light malt flavors and lots of corn (including a steamed corn husk flavor like in tamales). There is a light bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This is much better than a lot of the other mass market Mexican beers being sold in the US. I find this beer to be pretty refreshing and matches very well with salty/spicy foods. Very easy to drink, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 23:32:58 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of intensify


3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not your average "mexican style" beer. No this is not Corona, or Tecate. Modelo has a unique flavor which pairs well with seasoned, or salted foods.

S- Corn, burned hops and malts.

T- Clean presence of corn and cooked malts. Nothing offensive about the taste and is best enjoyed without a lime, if you ask me.

M- Medium bodied, high carbonation.

A good beer to enjoy while grilling some meat. You have to respect Modelo for dressing the neck on their bottles with the gold colored wrap. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:37:05 | More by intensify
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 355ml clear glass bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. ABV is stated as 4.5%. It looks just like a bottle of weewee! Acquired from Booths a little while ago.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of light malt with a stale note of overcooked veg/corn and a hint of stewed hops. Faintly sulphurous. Not great.

Tastes of light malt with a mild finish. Hints of stewed hops, corn and overdone veggies. Dry, with a faint bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is watery yet crisp, with tingly carbonation and some astringency. Weak aftertaste of light malt/corn.

Meh - a fairly typical mass-produced adjunct lager. Bland and insubstantial. Drinkable enough if cold refreshment is desired - aims low and hits the target. No need to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 20:53:33 | More by jazzyjeff13


3.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle (7500-1894 bar code) Lager glass. (From my notes). Golden color, clear appearance.White froth, brief crown. Grainy, slightly corny aromas with grassy touch & light apple notes to the nose. Flavors are as expected from aromas. Subtle sweet sensation & no bitterness. Light body. Medium to high & lively carbonation. Watery texture. Crisp & refreshing. Better served cold.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:28:02 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of MDDMD


2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-light golden amber color with a small white head which dissipates quickly with no lacing

S-light malt and yeast aromas

T-malt and light yeasty bread, slight sweetness

F-light body with moderate carbonation

O-not offensive yet nothing I would seek out

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 01:33:59 | More by MDDMD
Photo of BostonHops


2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden tone while yielding a a short-lived 3/4" fizzy white head. no real lacing to speak of. nose is subdued, with light notes of malt, grain/corn, and a vague hint of hops in the background, although that could just be wishful thinking.

more of the same in the flavor, which, while decidedly unexciting, is inoffensive and easy to drink. corn/graininess with some malt characters. light and lively on the palate.

overall, as far as adjunct lagers go you could do a lot worse. not doing a whole lot for me, but it's not bothering me either. it's even a bit refreshing. beats corona, albeit that's not saying much.

(originally reviewed: 07-07-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:59:42 | More by BostonHops
Photo of bondjedi


2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't know why anyone would pay twice as much for a twelver of this as you would for a twelver of PBR. The triumph of marketing over common sense.

If only Beer Advocate had a category for marketing. This one would meter out very highly, as would Corona, Foster's or Heineken.

Serving type: can

06-09-2012 01:29:43 | More by bondjedi
Photo of JuicesFlowing


2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a clear golden color. A fizzy white head dissipates quickly, leaving absolutely nothing, no lacing. The beer smells nutty, sour, and grainy. The taste is slightly chemical, metallic, and maybe eventually grainy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, even though I could give this beer all 1's for ratings, it's a good canned grilling beer. Not the best Mexican lager either, but sort of a sentimental class for me. Better than BMC, but not as good as Euro lagers. Meh.

Serving type: can

06-03-2012 04:01:48 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.13/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this is a terrible beer, stright up. pours watery pee color with a one inch white... wait, nope, the head is already gone. smells like the can, corn syrupy, metallic, watery malt. flavor isnt much better, has a strange almost chemically flavor that also sits weird in the gut. no flavors of normal beer ingredients at all. feel is semi-redeeming here, light and bubbly, but still too watered down to be of much use. if it was on the verge of frozen it might refresh to some extent, but this is a rotten can of beer. nothing like the other modelo products ive had, which arent bad mexican lagers.

Serving type: can

05-18-2012 18:59:16 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of MichaelLynBryant


3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My favorite German-Mexican beer.

Aroma - Crisp, light malt & yeast smell and hint of hops.

Taste - Same as aroma. Refreshing & light. Made for big gulps to accompany a cheap meal.

Overall - While this is not the beer I would chose if I was stuck on a deserted isle & only got one more beer to drink for the rest of my eternity (Schneiderweiss-Nelson), I will happily put a few back while munching on tongue tacos. Thank the land for German brewers migrating to Mexico!

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 00:48:11 | More by MichaelLynBryant
Photo of bubseymour


3.45/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = dark yellow and clear with 1 finger head that quickly disappeared. Moderate carbonation.

S - even though my beer is ice cold, its still smells like urine with slight maltiness

T = very ordinary and grainy for an adjunct. Decent plain flavoring and easy to drink. Nothing bad to note in flavor.

Mouthfeel - nice and water to quench the thirst

Overall - This is a take it or leave it beer. Fine if offered. Not worth going out of way to find. Take anything from a gas station and you'll be in just as good as this. I don't feel very mexican or tropical vibe drinking it either.

Serving type: can

05-17-2012 00:08:47 | More by bubseymour
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
66 out of 100 based on 1,295 ratings.