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

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68
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515 Reviews
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Reviews: 515
Hads: 1,904
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 23
Gots: 374 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of FrozenJoe
2.52/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has an odd chemical flavor. I don't like it. It has a lot of potential. But the odd flavor and artificial feeling dryness ruin it. It is a good looking darker pale lager. There is decent malt character to this beer. But overall its just an okay beer at best. (268 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A decent beer if you're looking to get more quantity for what you normally would pay for. Overall, with a few friends around to pass the time, I'd down these to share some good times. Not the best of Mexican beers i have had, but it would do fine in a pinch. I will say this, however, I would be interested to try it out of a bottle. I think this idea of cans being a way to deliver beers to consumer is bogus (personal opinion, of course.) (440 characters)

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

The body for this lager was extremely weak with a pale yellow coloring and a relatively in active head.

The scent is a bit flat with cereal grains and a sour or wet mash aroma.

The taste had some cereal malt flavors with a tinge of corn. Tepid flavoring along with a tepid body or feel leaves me relatively flat on this Mexican lager. (336 characters)

Photo of GMB
2.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A modest pour produces a body slightly darker than most macro lagers. The head appears and disappears in the blink of an eye. Carbonation is modest, to say the least.

The nose is bolder than some macro lagers, but that's not necessarily a good thing. Sweet corn aromas are stronger than in most American macros. I don't pick up much by way of hops.

Modelo Especial's taste is typical of the style. Sweet malt up front, musky hops in back. Somewhere in the middle there's a faintly sour taste. This either makes the flavor profile more sophisticated or renders the beer slightly bland by cutting the sweetness of the malt. When sampled repeatedly in rapid succession against the other macro I'm reviewing, Tecate, Modelo Especial does taste more complicated. I had favored Tecate at first, but as the beers warm, and as I continue sipping, Modelo Especial manages to keep my attention longer.

The body of this beer is fuller than I expect from macro lagers. Not bad. Nothing to write home about.

Overall, I doubt that I would reach for a Modelo Especial unless forced to choose between it and its north-of-the-border cousins. (1,130 characters)

Photo of Auraan
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a clear golden color with no head. Standard, but not horrible. Scents of maize, lager yeast and malt. Standard for an American Adjunct Lager. Flavor is mild, beginning with malt, maize and lager yeast, these flavors stay throughout, with a mild hop bitterness showing up in the middle and lingering on the aftertaste, with a bit of a metallic twinge, but not a lot. It's pretty good, mild but refreshing, with a higher hop character than some AALs I've had, and a decent malt and adjunct flavor. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Yet again standard for the style. Overall, when rated to it's style, this is a good beer. It has more flavor than many domestic options and has little of the offensive flavors other Mexican lagers can sometimes have. If it's one's only option for a lager, for instance at a Mexican restaurant, or you want a decent, inexpensive lawnmower lager, this is a good choice. (919 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark straw hue drank from the bottle.

The smell featured sweet adjunct and a smattering of grassy hop.

The taste was likewise grainy and sweet with a touch of boiled corn and green apple.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a pretty decent macro lager. (284 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Logged from notes. This brew was consumed during my Mexico in October of 2011. Pours a pale fizzy yellow with a quickly dissipating head. The nose has musty corn notes along with bread and zero hops. Not very pleasant. The taste is nearly flavorless aside from some faint corn paired with metallic flavors. A mild sweetness is present at the finish, but mainly just watery. Mouthfeel is light, fizzy, and a bit sharp. Overall, this is below average even for an AAL. (465 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
2.74/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance 2.25
Aroma 2.25
Taste 3.00
Mouthfeel 2.75
Overall 2.75

Pours a clear yellow, golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are very minimal. Yeasty, sour fruit type aroma. Nothing much to the taste. Slight caramel up front with a slight bitter finish. The sour fruit notes come out in the aftertaste. Not a bad beer. There is a decent bitter finish. Would drink if no craft beers available. (438 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a liter mug. The beer pours clear golden with a frothy white head. There are lots of visible tiny bubbles in the glass. The beer smells like grain husks with some sweetness. It has the classic American lager aroma. What you get in the flavor is a very straightforward pale lager. You get the flavor of the barley malt, but there aren't a lot of hop notes here. They weren't strong in the aroma, but there is some minor back end bitterness. The body is light with strong carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. This beer is highly drinkable. This is a good beer. (595 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.12/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed July 9th, 2013 at a Mexican restaurant.

Beer is a very clear, very pale yellow. A thin white head disappears fairly quickly, but it does provide some sheeting on the glass sides. Correct to style as I understand it.

Aroma is sweet and, unless I'm imagining things, I smell husky grains (corn and rice).

Flavor is exactly like the aroma: slightly sweet, husky grains. Almost no bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slight carbonation liveliness.

No nasty flavors and easy drinkability don't make this a great beer, but it seems to be hitting the hallmarks of the style pretty well. For the record, my g/f ordered this for me while I was in the restroom. Otherwise, this never would have happened! (723 characters)

Photo of McStagger
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Vigorous carbonation. One and a half finger rappidly dissipating bleached head. Lacing is pretty minimal. Beer itself is a pale, transparent straw yellow.

S: Husked grain, little bit of corn and a strangely metallic skunk. Not off putting, but not pleasent.

T: Straight shot of thinly masked adjunct. Lacks the overbearing cornflake flavor. Clean, metallic, and then...nothing. No aftertaste, nada.

M: Thin, seltzer like. Effervescent. Bubbles aren't to the point where they are prickly, but they're obviously manufactured.

O: Eh. That being said, I will squeeze a lime in here on a hot summer day at the beach. It is what it is. (669 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber color. Thin white head with no lacing.

Smell: Very mild smells of corn, malts, and grassy.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste grassy with some malts, sugars, and corn.

Overall: Similar in taste to Budweiser, ok brew. (293 characters)

Photo of FLima
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Used to drink it with some frequency while lived in DF. Golden color with a fluffy head that disappeared completely right away.
Light aroma of malt with predominant lemon notes.
Taste follows nose, a zesty lemon flavor with malt and some adjuncts. Almost no bitterness and no aftertaste.
Watery body with medium carbonation.
Tasteless beer, on the positive side its lemon twist feeling can be great on the beach and a thirst or spicy quencher. (443 characters)

Photo of delta490
2.28/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. This review is for with and without lime added. Pours a nice medium gold color but with almost no head. No lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet, with a hint of bread. After adding lime, it smells much more citrusy. Go figure. Taste is almost non-existent, with very little by way of malt, hops, or anything else. With no lime, there is almost no flavor and I now understand why it comes with lime. Even lime doesn't really bring much to the party. But it IS better. Has a decent mouthfeel, smooth with a hint of carbonation. It does do well with spicy Mexican food when served with a lime, so it's got that going for it. (661 characters)

Photo of dogfishandi
1.71/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz can at fridge temp poured into a pint glass.

Purs out a bright golden yellow color, kinda what my pee looks like after I drink an energy drink. Big, fizzy white head quickly fades to a super thin, patchy, soapy layer. Super clear.

Smells like absolutely nothing. Maybe the slightest buttered corny grains.

Mineral water, hose water, slightest buttered sweet grain.

Thin, watery, but not really overcharged like most.

Worst than most macro lagers. AVOID! (464 characters)

Photo of Falcynn
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz can into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear pale gold with a finger wide head of foam that disappeared quickly and left very little lacing.

Smell: Smells like any other AAL. Some grain, corn, and that's really about it.

Taste: Zero bitterness, a lot of malt, corn, and a fair amount of sweetness compared to other beers in this style. Very little after taste, this beer goes down really easy.

Mouthfeel: Very light mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation. Leaves very little trace once swallowed down.

Overall: Probably my favorite maco Mexican beer, which might not be saying much, but it's still decent. (651 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of corn (and hints of sweetness) followed by notes of grainy malts and a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't really that bad when compared to other beers in the style. (695 characters)

Photo of echris310
4.84/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this beer here is heaven this my most fav beer has a li

It has a very smooth taste for a import a little pricey but worth it if u have the funds

If offerd this do not turn this down! Will not disapoint

Its way better then corona, tecate just to name a few mexican brews (276 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.72/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I bought this beer at the local market an decidied to try it out.

Appearnace: Pours a crystal clear medium slightly golden yellow and brwon. amll amounts of lacing are observed.

Smell: Light to moderate aromas of t malts, especially corn along with some hops.

Taste: The taste is very bland moderate body of light maltand lots of corn . There is a light bitterness.

Mouthul: moderate amounts of carbonation. It is over carbonated, lending it a touch of sharpness at end of swallow . It is too heavy and thick for the lack of flavours.

Overall. It is pretty bland beer. This beer is price at the high end price range Going for one looar a beeer. Icehouse, natural ice, pbr, coors are lots better options for a cheaper price. I would choose Corona or Lecate over this beer. (777 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours clear and golden with a white, half finger head. Leaves a mostly bare on the surface, with only a ring of bubbles on clinging to the side of the glass. Lacing is spotty

Smell - Definite notes of skunk, while touches of grain and sweetness make up the bulk of what's left.

Taste - Somewhat stale grain upfront, then edges on malt sweetness and a touch of grassy bitterness near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with a crisp, bone dry finish.

Overall - It's drinkable, but 98% of the beers out there fit that mold. Not something I'd care to purchase, but I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Inoffensive; the kind of beer you drink to catch a buzz. It's certainly not for the enjoyment of great taste. (735 characters)

Photo of SebD
2.41/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: It has a pale straw yellow color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down fast and leaves no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of skunk, corn, some bready notes and light grassy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy malts, corn, some breadiness, light grassy hops and some skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavors and aromas. I'd take a Dos Equis over this. (545 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz. can into a dimpled beer mug.

This is the 7th beer in my great American Adjunct lager hunt.

A-Deep gold, looks better than the typcial Adjunct piss yellow color. Poured a 1/2 finger soda water head that fizzled quickly and left a slight white ring around the edges of the beer. No lacing at all. Lower carbonation in the glass.

S-Grain, sweet corn, rice, and a slight skunky smell.

T-For a cheap Mexican-American Adjunct style lager, it actually had some sweet malt character. Of course the dominant tastes were corn and rice. The aftertaste was wet and didn't leave a strong aftertaste, which is what I like in a good brew.

M-Highly carbonated and it did quench my thirst. There was an element of crispness to this, but nothing too special. Quite watery, really.

Overall-I had no expectations when I bought this. It surprised me more than I thought it would. It wasn't spectacular, and in fact, it was quite average. It's just a good way to wash down spicy food. (995 characters)

Photo of EdgeT
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.09/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of dhannes
4.08/5  rDev +41.2%
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. (774 characters)

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