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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of priwen
3.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold. White head that quickly dissipates. Shows some good carbonation. Corn and malt aroma with a bit of funk. It has some sourness, corn is present in the taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Semi-dry finish. Overall, there is nothing offensive about this beer, but it's not one I would seek out to purchase again. When Cinco de Mayo rolls around and the local place is running a special, then I might give this one another go.

24 oz can
Code on Can: I084A028 (September 8, 2014)
Served in a Mug

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Photo of Vestlake
3.46/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour, quickly dissipating small head. Crystal clear golden color. Actually has a very nice flavor. There's noting offensive in the aroma or taste. Just tastes like pretty good beer. My usual go-to for a regular beer.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.51/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice mexican lager that avoids skunkiness being in a can, not bad. Pours pale, yellow with a nice white foam head with almost no retention. Smell is sweet, like malts and corn. Taste is mild but bitterness makes it sessionable.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I got this at my local Tex Mex joint as a change of pace, I guess. What I got, of course, was a fairly mediocre, slightly below average adjunct lager. It's not a horrible beer, but it's not good either. It ranks with Corona.

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Photo of iRaven99664
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I have to put this out there. This is in regard to style; this is an adjunct rating. An overall rating, this would not compare. That being said lets move forword.

Im drinking straight from can. I cannot see the color but I imagine its going to be a lighter color like bud compared to mgd. In taste i want to say it taste closer to coors but coors taste like a dry smoked hangover. This tastes like the piss of Ninkasi. Ninkasi brews sexy IPAs and Porters and then pisses Modelo, cans it in a sexy classic can, and fizzy barley pop drink it to feel "adventurous". Not the worst I've had, actually pretty happy drinking it. Would take over any miller standard brands.

I do enjoy that it has a nice coat on the tongue that lingers a little. To me it is suprising because it is very champagne like. Very bubbly very watery. After taste does hint sweet, almost no hop. Nice sweet and bread, but not sweet bread.

This is a true barley pop, true to adjunct lager.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.66/5  rDev -42%
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...

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Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.67/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

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Photo of cambabeer
3/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

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Photo of darter909
1.25/5  rDev -56.3%

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.

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Photo of kkleu357
1.92/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Grain and corn Appearance- pours a golden amber color with a large off-white head. Taste- Corn and grain Palate- Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation Overall- A typical macro Mexican import, it is better than Corona.

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

Location: some Mexican restaurant somewhere. Especial? Hardly. Run of the mill cereal lager ordered to wash down a plate of Mexican food. Should have gone with the water instead.

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Photo of SonicAddict
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of hopflyer
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev +21.7%
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

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modelo Especial brewed by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. with an ABV of 4.40% 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 , malts and some bitterness. There is also a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. This for the most part looks and smells like an American Lager. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The taste of Modelo Especial is bold but light. Modelo Especial has a small bite to it but nothing bad. You pick up on grains and malts, and some hops in the taste of this brew. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. 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. The mouthfeel of Modelo Especial is clean, smooth 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. Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
2.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Jackson2014
3.26/5  rDev +14%
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.

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