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

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of Aegelis
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good summer evening brew that is refreshing yet flavourful. Packing a bit more colour and taste than Corona. Not a lot of froth or bubbles, but otherwise, a thumbs up for a dinner accompaniment.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.17/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355 ml clear bottle served cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 4.5% ABV for the Canadian market. Cost was $2 CDN and purchased from LCBO.

Appearance - pale golden coloured beer with minimal carbonation. Tiny quarter finger of head, that is extinguished very quickly.

Smell - light grain aromas, a light vegetative aroma lies underneath, but there's nothing off putting here.

Taste - clean and finished flavor, light graininess that just kind of sticks around until it's run it's course. Not much malt and watery, but it just works.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is just right for the beer, light body and very easy to drink.

Overall - a surprisingly enjoyable AAL. Plain and simple with no frills attached, this is easy drinking lawnmower beer at its best. Absolutely no off flavours and comes highly recommended especially as far as this style goes.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.2/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that was gone before the glass hit the table. Mighty disappointing. Medium to light gold colour.

S- Not much here at all.

T- This is a corn beer plain and simple. Must say it's a pretty good corn brew though. Puts Corona to shame actually. At this one has some good body and malt backbone. Yes it corn, no it's not simple.

M- Dry and like a really heavy Corona.

O- Not that bad. It's a Corona with some serious body and flavor. Nice exception to the standard corn brew

Food Pairing

This pretty nice little corn brew went well with....... Baked beans. Nice baked beans with salt pork, molasses and maple syrup. Dice some onion, add some brown sugar and you got a winner!


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Photo of Suds
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's been a while since I reviewd a macro lager. This one is okay.....deep gold in color with a thin head. From a can, it has a grain and grass aroma. The taste is slightly sweet. No real malt or hop flavor. Crisp, and clean, but thin.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.26/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taking a look at the Canadian version, which ups the ABV to 4.5%.

What shocked me is that I actually, actively enjoyed this beer. Sipping it from the bottle, I commented to my girlfriend, "Damn--this is what Corona would taste like if Corona was actually any good."

And I stand by that assessment: it's got a decent malt backbone, crisp, not overly sweet, and a surprising amount of body and substance for such a low ABV. Decent hop aromatics, even if not a lot of bitterness or hop character comes through in the taste. It's not a great beer, but it's really an enjoyable one--especially straight from the bottle, and especially on a hot, sunny day. Only recently available in Canada, I am actually pretty happy it's made its way here.

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Photo of IronLover
3.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, dense, creamy, bright white foam with very good retention. Light grainy and green apple aromas. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with a creamy smooth feel and aggressive carbonation. Medium-light grainy malt flavor up front followed by light hop bitterness and green apple flavors to the end. No hop flavors. Finished with a lingering stale graininess and green apple flavor. Despite its recent popularity, this beer lacks the clean, crisp finish of an American lager. The lingering aftertaste puts a dent in the drinkability that is a hallmark of this style.

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Photo of bwood06
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - Clear straw in color with moderate carbonation. Head is very thin and disappears very quickly. Ever so slight lacing remains. 2.5/5

S - Aroma is very focused on corn and light malt. I also get a floral note from the hops. Somewhat sweet smelling. 3/5

T - Cooked corn sweetness with a bit of graininess from the light malt. Ever so slight white bread note. Hops seem to remain floral here as well. Much sweeter than most in this category of beer. 3/5

M - Light bodied but with only moderate carbonation tickle. Ever so slight creaminess. No drying astringency but does disappear from the palate quickly. 2.75/5

O - Good beer for a hot day, especially served ice cold. Surprisingly sweet for this category which is a nice change. Simple and straightforward beer. 3/5

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Photo of MissYa
4.3/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I mix all me beers with a splash of bloody mary mix. This one is quite delicious! Haven't really tried it alone, but from what I can taste it's similar to a light beer in flavor.

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Photo of Act25
3.19/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'd drink this again. It's got a crystal slightly citrus feel going on that's better than most mass mex.

A: The beer is clear amberish, darker yellow with plenty of initial head, carb, and dotty lace for a mass beer. Already it's better looking that others.
S: Unremarkable, but fresh aromas of corn and grainy malts, with a hint of citrus hop.
T: The taste follows the smell with a cleaner less cloying grain feel, than most mass and enough hop bitterness to satisfy. No need for a lime as A Brothers wrote.
M: Light but not thin w moderate carbonation. Refreshing finish.
O: Bring it on... the best of beers in the style?

Makes a great lemonade shanty, or gets better if blended with Dales Pale Ale, the result is a cheaper, lighter, summery Pale Ale.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.82/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; bottled Apr 9 2015 and served well-chilled. I usually attempt to pick interesting beers when a milestone review comes up - but for #1000, I instead opted to go in an alternate direction.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of loose, soapy, white-coloured head that proceeds to fizzle away over the course of the next few minutes. It leaves behind a thin, bubbly collar of foam, but not much else. The aroma is about what I expected... skunky, with some pale malt graininess, corn chip sweetness and a touch of grassiness. Not the worst-smelling Mexican lager I've ever sniffed, but it's down there.

My feelings concerning the flavour are similar - it's bland and mildly off-putting, but you're still a few scrapes away from the bottom of the barrel. Grainy pale malts, corn husks and syrupy sweetness contribute the bulk of the flavour. A skunky, weedy grassiness comes through toward the finish, but the aftertaste is nothing but adjunct sweetness. Light-bodied and watery, with assertive carbonation levels that give this lager a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Mostly inoffensive, so I could see why you might want to drink this outside in hot weather.

Final Grade: 2.82, a C. Modelo Especial is a passable adjunct lager - and that's probably the biggest compliment that I feel is appropriate to bestow upon it. I like it more than Corona, but that's setting the bar pretty low. Reminds me of beers like Sol or Tecate - in that they are all relatively cheap beers that I would not recommend (because they are swill), but they are also not so off-putting that I'd outright refuse to drink them again. I really doubt I'd spend money on this again, unless I were in Mexico and faced with few other redeeming options.

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Photo of Brondeau
3.39/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Quite refreshing. Beats Corona for me. Not as good as Longfin which I had this summer but better than Narragansett and PBR. Very gold and bubbly. Cute bottle. July 2015 12 oz bottle as part of a beers of the world gift box from Walt for my birthday.

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Photo of Edmond-Bird
3.52/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thin white head receded quickly. Golden color with visible fizzy carbonation. Smells like a Czech Pilsner. Aroma of grass, lemon zest, and black pepper. Smooth, easy drinking, and zesty. This beer is better than expected. More complex and flavorful than the average macro lager.

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Photo of ShiftyMagoo
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a middle of the road beer. Very drinkable in social occasions. This is my go to beer at the lake, ice cold on a warm day. I prefer this over the other big Mexican beers. Very clean, aftertaste is pretty much non-existent, not heavy at all.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Modelo Especial. Here in Canada it is 4,5% ABV

So the look of it: Very light, Yellow clear golden color. With lots of carbonation

The smell of it: Corny, grassy sweetness. Much more Aroma than the Corona. But from a clear bottle what can you expect...

The taste of it: Very light, feels the same than the Corona but have more Aroma, the finish is very clean. Corny, sweet, goes down very easy.

So overall would I recommend it? Sure, between a Corona and a Modelo I wold take the Modelo. It have more Aroma and the for me I find the bottle very Original. Yeah for this summer on the beach I will go for the Modelo

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly amber gold. Very clear with steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of pilsner glass. Low retention off white head. Bready, grainy nose with small lemon notes that quickly give way to sweeter esters. Very grainy up front. Adjunct sweetness and a bit skunky in the back. Bread and the lightest hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite sudsy, a little prickly, with decently crisp finish. Fuller end of light-bodied. Not bad for an adjunct lager, but nowhere even close in terms of quality or appeal to Negra Modelo.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: slight grainy, light sweetness, no hop, slight apple, not a lot of aroma. Appearance: Brilliant straw, white fluffy quickly dissipating head leaving traces of delicate lace, Flavor: grain, slight apple, light, a little light fruit, no hop, very low malt, a little apple in the after taste. Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated – more so than the Grain Belt and it makes a difference giving a carbonation bight that adds to the refreshing qualities, light body. Overall Impression: Very light – its most distinguishing feature is its lack of distinction.

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Photo of 57md
1.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

About the only thing that I can do is to compare this to Corona, so here goes:

It smells better (which is NOT hard) and it has a better body than Corona. On the down side, it is more corny than Corona (yep, that's a negative).

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Photo of josanguapo
2.44/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From carrefour. Playing KB Dark Side, in Legado de Yuste glass. Neutral beer. It doesnt taste nor smell to anything, nor good nor bad. However, my wife likes it and thinks its one of the best beers she has ever tasted (she doesnt like beer much)

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Photo of dandiprat2015
3.64/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lagers get low scores for there lack of complexity. But this has body and flavor and maintains the lagers drinkability. It's refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of dabone
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. Golden yellow and transparent with a decent white head. Plain aroma, nose didn't pick up much. Taste is a mix of bitterness and sugar. A little sweeter than expected. Average mouthfeel. Aftertaste left little more to be desired.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.6/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Beer Surprised Me

First of all, I was surprised when the waiter brought it to me. I had ordered a Negra Modelo. He brought me Modelo Especial. I don't like to make a big fuss especially with the man who is going to be delivering my food so I went with the flow.

Second, I was surprised that I liked this beer. It's a beautiful clear golden color with a little bit of a head on top. It has a nice summertime taste and a smooth feel. This is the type of beer that you want when you're sitting at a Mexican beach resort or on your deck in the summertime. It's not heavy; it was a good taste; and it doesn't have a high level of alcohol so you can have a few without getting buzzed (although some people consider this a bad thing, but when the surf's up, you want to be ready to go).

Overall, it's a decent but not spectacular warm weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a clear plastic glass.

Appearance: Burnished brass bright golden color. Thin white foam upon pouring dies back to nothing, no lacing.

Smell: Skunky - not much else .

Taste: Mildly bitter, a bit of a corn & rice adjunct taste, crisp, but something slightly off about the beer.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly not massively fizzy, but highly carbonated. Not as watery as I would have expected given the lower ABV.

Overall / Drinkability: Went okay with a pizza slice, but nothing special and compared to Negra Modelo, not that great. No interest in having another one, nor any interest in having again. Okay for washing down a pizza slice for a late night working dinner, but given how much better I've had in beer, I do have some regret buying this one, but there wasn't much else available. Oh well.

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can.
Weak head soon reduces to a ring.
Excellent clarity.
Light feel, aroma and taste.
O: well, it’s at least as good as Corona and better than some light beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle, the same type that we've seen the Negra Modelo in around here forever.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of skunky cat piss straight off (thankyouverymuch, clear packaging), grainy, gritty corn bread, a hint of real pale malt, some minor gasoline astringency, and wet musty cardboard. The taste is grainy, bready corn and pale malt, a still heady and grassy skunkiness, flinty hard water notes, a weird sour fruit rind character, and very tame earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sprightly, with a tingling frothiness, the body a surprising medium weight, and sort of smooth, inversely proportional to the degree of skunk yet to blow off. It finishes off-dry, the corn sweetness kept at moderate levels, while the nasty grassiness can't sink away fast enough.

Blah - not overtly offensive (I can see certain climate and cuisine situations where this would, um, 'work'), but not really enjoyable in the least when held up on its own. Cheap, plain, and boring, beyond the cutesy squat bottle, but we all knew that coming in.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my favorite beer to drink while floating the river in 95+ degree heat. Tastes great with lime/beer salt and isn't much more expensive than the traditional American macro lagers in Texas. Great session beer if you're sweating.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
67 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.