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

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1,860 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 23
Gots: 333 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of DuffDaddy
4/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pints at El Norteno in Winter Haven with chicken fajitas.

Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of Nora3
2.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

felt like a mexican pbr

Photo of smb
2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not great, but a lot more accessible and drinkable than most AAL's.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.67/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
2.76/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Hopmeplease
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

would buy again. for qty, not savory.

Photo of rden4654
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of Paulieblaze
2.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great beer for a summer day, cheap, easy to drink. I actually stock it for my low class friends who don't like craft beers.

Photo of Retroman40
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Photo of bobbyhands
4/5  rDev +43.9%

for what it is - it's great

Photo of cambabeer
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Photo of Alissa2579
4/5  rDev +43.9%

This was my drink of choice while in Mexico. Had a nice flavor and not just water. Now and again I will pick up a 6 pack

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

Photo of darter909
1.25/5  rDev -55%

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.

Photo of Nevbo
3.54/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my go to summer beer. There's nothing off-putting about it. Crisp, refreshing, and easy to find. Grab a 12 pack, some limes and party : )

Photo of kkleu357
1.92/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of lanechaffin
5/5  rDev +79.9%

Good skunky clear bottle brew. Taste like beer should

Photo of mhsmall84
3/5  rDev +7.9%

I've had a couple of these down in Mexico, not too bad.

Photo of SonicAddict
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

Photo of Lobina
3/5  rDev +7.9%

Decent light lager

Photo of hopflyer
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
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

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.91/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.