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

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Reviews: 515
Hads: 1,904
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 374 | 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 dacrza1
1.66/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

DATE TASTED: January 25, 2015... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner... OCCASION: celebrating a rather easy Cavs win over the Thunder... APPEARANCE: clear copper body; pours a rashly fizzing head that comes to nothing quickly; a solitary bubble ascends; no lacing... AROMA: sweet, syrupy malts are front and center; biscuit and bread suggest a standard premium pilsener... PALATE: soft, apologetic and thin--drinkable but fizzy...TASTE: candied caramel malts and oats combine with some flowery hints to create a below-average, pitchy flavor...OVERALL: the can suggests it is the Mexican Miller, and not much in the can suggests the contrary; a good beer to finish the night with, when other quality beers have already been quaffed; as a sessional, meh...as a study, a fast, unrewarding one... (782 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Clear, and yellow amber with white head.

S: Very light, with slight bread and grass notes.. a touch sweet. Pretty subdued, which is somewhat appropriate for the style.

T: Lightly bready, and crisp. The finish has a touch of bitterness, but there is no discernible hop flavor.

F: Light, incredibly bubbly, with a clean, albeit watery finish.

O: Overall it is a pretty simple brew.. easy drinking, crisp, and fairly unoffensive. Decent for beer you don't want to think about. Add some fresh lime juice and sea salt, and boom! (539 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Can poured into a standard pint glass somewhere in Mexico (actually in Cabo San Lucas but whatever). A dark than expected orange-yellow with a light dappling of white bubbles rimming the glass. Aroma is slightly astringent and grainy, with an overarching corn sweetness. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the taste, perhaps because the expectancy bar was set appropriately low. There is a subtle buttery raisin note in there, along with a watermelon rind-like element (noble hops? ... Whoa...). Almost like a drastically watered-down Oktoberfest and distinct from other Mexican mainstream adjunct lagers in this regard. The expected corn sweetness is of course still present. Obviously its thin and watery, but there are at least some other low key flavors to note here. Perhaps I am guilty of overstating the case. At least this is almost as available as Corona and Pacifico in these parts. (898 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold in color with a fingernail of white head around the rim and a bit in the middle. Some light lacing in the glass. I smell corn and perhaps some German bittering hops. The taste is corn and well water like lager yeast. The bittering hops also do show in the fade. The body is thin and nearly flat. (305 characters)

Photo of Retroman40
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Pours a nice golden color but that's about all it has going for it. Smell and flavor are typical for an AAL with adjuncts dominating. The carbonation is weak and it flattens quickly. Only got it at a Tex-Mex restaurant because it was a "Happy Hour" Special. There are far better choices in Mexican beers. (307 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
3/5  rDev +3.8%

This really isn't bad. I've liked negra modelo since I started drinking beer, but never had modelo especial until recently. Very big on the malt flavor and very "mexican" in taste, in that it tastes like many other mexican brews. A friend handed me one of these, and while I probably wouldn't pay for a six pack myself, I'd definitely have this one again. (355 characters)

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Modelo Especial has a smooth flavour of beer with medium hops. No bitterness within Modelo Especial. Medium foam is a characteristic of Modelo Especial. Carbonation disappears quickly within Modelo Especial. I am the person who posted the photo of Modelo Especial. (268 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.12/5  rDev +8%

Hiding the overall review score so I can rate this without bias. It's always better that way.

Fancy, fancy, fancy mexican beer for luchadors and bull gorers. It's got that awesome dollar store gold foil wrapping on the top like you're about to pop some heavenly wine. On the label is imprinted "Cerveza...MODELO...Especial". With two lions on the side. Let's get to it, shall we?

Appearance (3.25) : A fluffy yellowish off-white head that is initially 2 fingers but takes almost no time to disappear completely. The body is a golden amber hue with lots of bubbles lining the glass.

Aroma (3) : As it sits on my desk, I can smell the beer from here, and it smells very vegetal. I'll put my nose to the glass and see what I can come up with...

Heavy corn aroma, with some mild plant hop behind it. The corn is interesting...perhaps roasted corn tortilla, or tortilla chips. Leafy plant definitely comes in 2nd though.

Taste (3.25) : The initial taste isn't bad, it's very smooth and flavorful. It has a good balance. But in a literal second, as the brew bounces back towards your throat, that harmony is thrown asunder by a rotten corn/musty hop flavor, ending with a dry, musty, roasted vegetal corn mash. Overall the flavor isn't terrible, in fact it's miles and smiles better than Corona Extra, but it's still remarkably bad.

Mouthfeel (3) : Watery, carbonated, ends dry. Light bodied to be expected.

Overall (3.12) : Again, this beer is leagues better than Corona Extra. I don't even want to look at a Corona again. Modelo Especial is still pretty terrible, but drinkable. If someone showed up to a party with Modelo, or if it was in a cooler full of macro light lagers, I'd take this in a second. If there were anything else that was in the running however, I would leave it chilling in the icebox. I hope that makes sense. I'll pass on this brew next time. (1,871 characters)

Photo of darter909
1.25/5  rDev -56.7%

Well, what can I say. Some drunk left behind a can of this so I put it my fridge until the moment when it was all I had. I really hadn't tasted beer like this for a long, long time. Back in the day you could buy a six pack of Red White and Blue for maybe two bucks. Or some dive might have pitcher night or something. If you were to overhear a party discussing this beer and one said "Taste like piss" his mate would probably just retort "How would you know?", but nobody would disagree. Where you might expect the taste of hops you are met witht he taste of what? is it vinegar? Smells like something in a photography darkroom - fixer, I guess. Also, has that 'left out all night' quality that I recall from days past. In the same way that old coffee is 'off', so is this, fresh from the can. I commend the brewers for their disdain of humanity and their apparent commercial success is converting Mexican wastewater (I guess that would explain it) into a viable commercial product. Packs a kick too - which would help with the prospect of downing a second one. I'll give this 1.25 (not 1.0) just so that I can reserve a place for a beer that might be even more repugnant. (1,177 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
1.92/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From notes on 4/5/14

Decided to drink this for Cinco de mayo. Poured into a glass. You instantly smell skunk. Eww. Almost no head. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Just a sweet corn blah taste. Will be adding some lime wedges to help make it through my 3 bottles. (267 characters)

Photo of SonicAddict
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

As far as imported Mexican beer goes, Modelo is the lowest I'll go.

i mostly agree with RoyalT on the appearance and smell.

Alot of us drink this with spicy food, and a slice of lemon either stuck in the top or dropped in the beer.

It's meant to be refreshing and I think it does its job. (298 characters)

Photo of hopflyer
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Offered from a friend at a camp ground pool

Poured into a solo cup
Smells of corn and grass
Taste is the typical adjunct lager. Better than your average light lager. Has some pilsner character.
Light bodied and dry. Not bad for a summer day

Would grab this over a light beer. Not too bad. (294 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(bottle code: D034A128 - poured into a pilsner glass)

A: rapidly sizzling-out head... crystal-clear, lion's mane gold colored liquid...

S: pancake batter?... dusty upholstery?...

T: typical N. American lager characteristics, overall... stale Ritz cracker, popcorn... mild dry grass, mist of proofing dough... hint of toasted husk in the aftertaste... pizza with green peppers(?!), very late

M: clean, soft... moderate tingle throughout... a bit medium-bodied for an adjunct lager, typical of the Mexican examples... dry, semi-flat finish

O: not terrible... about what I expected... not as nice as Bohemia, but still good enough to drink all night on its own or with spicy, greasy Mexican dishes (699 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw color with a nice head that dissipates quickly in a 16oz pub glass leaving some lacing.

Smell is almost absent. I get a slight hint of some malts and yeast but it is ever so slight and non existent at times.

Taste really isn't that bad. I get the malts and a slight skunkyness that is present in many of the Mexican style beers.

Mouthfeel is okay. Little bit of carbonation but not much going on.

Overall, it is an okay beer to drink on the beach. If the taste is what saves the beer in my opinion. Without it this beer is a flop. (558 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modelo Especial brewed by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. with an ABV of 4.4% This brew pours out a dark amber color with a white head. Modelo is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell is rich with grans and some bitterness. This for the most part looks and smells like an American Lager. The taste is bold but light. I'm not picking up on the bitterness of this brew. You pick up on some grains but not much. Modelo Especial has a smooth clean finish to it. Almost like a light american style beer. There is not much else to say. this is a good drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is clean and refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. This beer is better in a can. I would get this brew again. (708 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden orange filtered, lots of large bubbled carbonation, one finger of off white head.

S: Malts, clean linen, apples, apple cider like quality.

T: Clean linen, light malt, light apple like quality, light bitterness. Some metallic quality as well.

M: Light body, lots of carbonation.

O: Not bad if its what you are looking for. I got this in the event of no other options for singles this evening. Really its ok. Drank in Williamsburg VA, June 11, 2014. (461 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
2.69/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - arrived in a pint glass without head, with bubbles clinging to the side of the glass, and with rapidly rising visible carbonation. It was a very pale golden. It barely looked like beer.

S - Faint syrupy sweetness.

T - Follows the nose. Mild corn syrupy sweetness followed by a brush of bitterness. Barely enough to notice, and I would have preferred a bit more.

M - Watery, but smooth. Nothing off-putting here.

O - Fairly standard for the style, but I seriously questioned whether or not I was looking at a beer and not some kind of colored soda water when it first arrived at my table. I don't plan to order this again. (629 characters)

Photo of Jackson2014
3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I like this beer. It does what I want it to do.

Pours light golden with very little on the nose, maybe corn.

Taste is simple lager but I believe that it gets it correct. Light hops.

Overall there is not much to rave about, but there is even less to complain about. I think this beer is better quite cold. If you think you might like it, you probably will. (358 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.02/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled tonight on 5/10/14, Had this one before but has been a while. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a vintage 'Falstaff" thumb-print glass goblet.

Pours a golden color with a very small white head but leaves some light spotty lacing when sipped. The aroma is nothing special, just some grains but a little on the 'skunky side'. The taste is better than the smell with no bitterness actually like I would expect. Taste of some grains and malt but nothing that stands out. Overall it was OK and I like their dark beer much better. (569 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: sudsy white head of less than an inch, recedes rapidly leaving light lacing. Golden straw color. Heavy amount of carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: corn, a little toasted grain, no detectable hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: watery, crisp, slightly wet finish.

Flavor: nice balance of malt sweetness with a hint of hop bitterness for some balance.

Overall: I found this beer pleasant on a hot summer day. It is nothing outstanding, but neither is it offensive. Very drinkable with no off flavors. (494 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
2.57/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a faint golden color with not much going on in terms of head formation or retention. Stillwater beer doesn't boast any carbonation. A look that doesn't impress me or most others.

Some rice adjunct notes with okay dryness. Lacking crispness or any kind of depth. Malts stand strong for a half-ass lager. Not a whole lot going on right or wrong with this one. Sweetens a bit as it warms.

Has the flavor of a semi-sweet adjunct lager with a minor-league hop note. Traces of mintiness mixed with musty grains and a basic crisp nature; it all offers relief. A little corny, but forgiving. Fizzy, but diffuse. Really, a more refined approach to Mexican swill lager. (667 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It looks the part: crystal-clear pale to medium yellow-gold, maybe a little depth to it. It actually develops a reasonably-sized, fluffy pure white head. It doesn't drop a whole lot of lace, but there's some spotting around the glass.
There's some earth on the nose, and some grassy and herbal hops make a show. It's got more hops than most AALs, but it has an unfortunate skunkiness to it as well.
The skunk doesn't really translate to the flavor, which is nice. It's still got light notes of grass and herb with a bit of pale, dry malts.
The feel is better than what most of this style have to offer, light-bodied without being terribly watery, a bit thin but not as much as most. It's got plenty of crispness and it actually gets pretty smooth. That it's pretty clean is also a plus. (787 characters)

Photo of archyquaffer
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served from a tallboy into a sampler. It's tough to get any kind of head out of it... You get a tiny, short-lived wisp of big bubbled, carbonated head that disappears as soon as you take your eyes off it. The beer is a pale straw color with moderate carbonation.

It's hard to detect much aroma unless you whiff from the can. Then you get some very light, subtle sweet malt with some metal. Hops are very subdued, with a very mildly bitter aftertaste, and a slight floral quality that combines with the malt to create a light honey character. A bit of skunk becomes more noticeable as it warms. Thin, watery mouthfeel.

This beer is quite drinkable but suffers a bit from a lack of head and mouthfeel. There is a bit of noticeable skunk, which may seem somewhat surprising from canned beer- perhaps it's intentional. (I've heard Caribbean countries do this on purpose). I paid roughly $2.59 for the tallboy at a local convenience store.

Edit: 5-22-14- I tried another tallboy of this while doing some yard work and getting up a good sweat. I got a little more head from the beer this time and the skunk is hardly noticeable. Not a bad lager at all, and I've amended my score to the high side of "OK". (1,202 characters)

Photo of Warmonster
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm into darker beers now.. But I remember when I liked this beer a lot... But only in bottles (I don't drink cans). There isn't a lot of flavor or even anything really special about this beer, but some people don't like a strong tasting beer, this is good for them. I noticed it has lower ratings here which I can understand if you don't like this type of beer, but for a lot of people this is a perfectly good beer, with plenty of flavor and is better than corona or a lot of the other Mexican beers... But like I said... Drink the bottles, not the cans. If you drink from cans you probably shouldn't be reviewing beers lol... (628 characters)

Photo of shacawgo24
3.22/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A--Golden brown, like apple juice. Held to light, amber. See-thru. Bright hue. But simple. This body needs depth and edging. A total makeover honestly. White one finger head if any at all. Disappears as soon as the pour is done. Streaky grey/clear lacing, surprised to see that.

S-Malt. Skunky. Cereal grains. Apple juice sweetness. Slightly sour. Not a bad smell, just very, very watery and too simple. If a beer is to have few attributes in a certain category, then at least make them super-powered and strong. But that doesn't happen here.

T-An initial bitter not hop, but, malt, I don't know. Then that bitterness just dies. The sip is as follows: Faint bitter skunked millisecond start that dies off fast into a cereal grain middle with very lightly toasted corns, rice and barley which ends slightly sour like apple juice. Diluted bitters are there if you care to find in the aftertaste as well.

M-Watery. Weak bitter start. Slight sour finish. A faint tingling bitter aftertaste like, lavender, clove, cinnamon or something in the feel. The carbonation is good, standard actually. This carbonation is the highlight of the beer. The appeal of adjuncts and light lagers might be that they are well carbonated. Thin bodied but not flat. Like soda and energy drinks. Light watery fizzy beers are welcome refreshing mouth-feels.

O-This beer needs a complete overhaul. The color is see-thru and a tad pissy. The head is awful. The smell is hardly there. This is one of the better tasting adjuncts though, with enough sweet and bitter notes for even vet craft drinkers. But anemic and weak albeit. Golden water. If there are no tastes to speak of, they might be in the aftertastes, which are sadly stronger than the brew. The epitome of beer breath: grainy, malty and skunky. The carbonation is well attenuated and present, (above average). But when it's all said and done, this is a beer that you have to BURP to get a stronger taste. I have to keep the brew in my mouth and swish to even pick out any flavors. Not the wateriest beer but still watery. Drink Modelo Especial in the bottle to retain and compact the smells and flavors, (the little there are). (2,164 characters)

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
68 out of 100 based on 515 ratings.