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

Modelo EspecialModelo Especial

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1,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 1300
Reviews: 470
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.14%

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:
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Photo of BeerKangaroo


2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing like being brave. Here goes:

Into a pint glass (also tested in a pilsener, no changes):

A: clear golden colored body with a small white one finger head that died within twenty seconds. Minimal amount of lacing appeared sporadically trailing down the sides of the glass.

S: some sweet graininess going on mixed with the typical corns of an adjunct.

T: pretty much the same thing.

M: light and slick, not much else to say, very sessionable

O: well, its an American adjunct lager, what does one expect. Without sounding harsh, its good for what it is. Though this might be nice next to my grill this summer - get in line Modelo behind the others.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 16:43:30 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of JackieTH


2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived in a 10-oz sample sized glass. Light golden liquid with a finger of white foam that disappeared leaving no lace. Plenty of effervescence.

Smell was faint cooked corn, grains, biscuit. Taste quite similar with adjunct qualities apparent, corn, cereal grain. Medium light body with strong carbonation. Finishes clean. Nothing here to get excited about, nothing off-putting, a middle of the road adjunct lager.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2012 15:33:38 | More by JackieTH
Photo of buschbeer


2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

24oz can
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a clear golden color. It is topped with two inches of white head the settles to a skim.

S - It has a sweet, grainy malt aroma.

T - There is not much going on here. I get some of that sweet grainy flavor reflected from the aroma.

M - Thin

O - You could tell me this is a Budweiser, and I wouldn't know the difference.

Serving type: can

04-23-2012 20:33:55 | More by buschbeer
Photo of CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellow appearance with thin bubbly head that quickly settles down leaving no lacing. Smell consists of corn, grain, grass and some sweetness. Fairly light overall.

Taste is similar to the smell, consists of corn, grain and bread 2
with some sweetness, adjuncts and grass. Light overall, but good blend of favors. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. After taste is a lingering sweet corn taste.

This is an alright adjunct lager, not very complex but still tasty and refreshing. I recommend if your in Mexico or its over 30C.

Serving type: can

04-16-2012 02:36:22 | More by CrazyMike
Photo of elNopalero


2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I cracked this open—and ended up using it to cook with.

This pours real easily with a crayon golden-yellow color and a lot of fizzy foam that disappears in an instant. The aroma even when fresh is musty, like your typical corn adjunct lager. Flavor? What flavor? Any flavor to speak of is a light, light sweet corn malt lager that rapidly fades. A bit smoother than I expected. Still, no reason to drink unless its free—and even at that…

Serving type: can

04-09-2012 20:10:26 | More by elNopalero
Photo of mdfb79

New York

2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 03/31/12 notes. Had on tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA alongside some awesome Mexican food. Served in a 12 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, corn, bread, and some light earthy notes. Not too bad, but pretty bland.

t - Tastes of grains, sweet corn, bread, biscuit, and light fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall not a great beer but a much better alternative for Mexican beer than Corona and Corona light. I like the normal Negro Modelo better than this, though this is a lighter beer. Not bad but a bit bland. Not worth seeking out but worked with some Mexican food and would go to over the Corona's.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 14:46:01 | More by mdfb79
Photo of mjurney


3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising. Very nice foamy head that stick around for a while.

Sweet corn and cereal grain.

Sweetness up front. Sweet corn (Corn pop like), cereal, just a dash of grass. Slight crisp dryness towards the finish.

Clean, dry and crisp body. A little heavier than most adjunct lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:36:47 | More by mjurney
Photo of Douberd


2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can 355 ml. Different than the one on the photo, it was the usual coke/beer can. ABV was 4.5%. Reviewed by notes.
Poured into one wide medium height glass, provided in the hotel's room.
Deep golden yellow colour with one finger headthat quickly dissolved. Minimal amount of bubbles rising to the surface.Nothing distinguishable on the aroma. Slighty bitter taste with some traces of lime (?).Thin body and slighty carbonated.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 14:27:44 | More by Douberd
Photo of jimmah120


2.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

24oz can with no date

Golden yellow with almost no head or lacing. Smell is very faint corn and grain. Taste is light crisp corn and grain with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is unoffensive but lacking.

Below average even in the adjunct lager category.


Serving type: can

03-22-2012 04:38:42 | More by jimmah120
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sexy can. Nice rich golden appearance. Vanishing head. It smells like an adjunct lager; maybe grain and tin bubbles is the way to say it. Modelo Especial tastes like all the rest. I've only had one adjunct that tastes different, Landshark, and that's just because of the added sugar (which doesn't improve that particular brew all too much). Modelo is just a good standard example of the style, with little discernible hop flavor, not very malty, plenty of rice, or corn, neither of which has anything remarkably distinctive to add. Still, I like this beer plenty enough for what it is. Goes pretty good with a burrito.

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 03:54:51 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of donmonkey1


2.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden with little head that recedes immediately, very little lacing, lack of carbonation. I can tell this is review is not going to go well, but at least the beer's not murky with swimming critters.

Smell: Sweet corn

Taste: Sweet malt, corn, grainy, metallic, possibly the slightest hint of hops but I could be mistaken.

Easy to drink beer that isn't bad or good. I was dissapointed because I expected much more taste. I was a marketing hype victim. Call the police.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 21:10:02 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The second brew I enjoyed on my Mexico trip...

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Mild corn, faint grassy hop notes and cereal grains.

T - Much like the scent though a tad more flavourful than Tecate, with sweet corn, grassy notes and cereal grains.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Yet another easy drinking, but flavourless ale that serves well to satisfy your thirst but will certainly not satisfy a craving for flavour.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2012 03:35:43 | More by andrenaline
Photo of kojevergas


1.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

24 fl oz metal can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low given the style, brewery, and reputation.

Served refrigerator cold. Paired with popcorn.

A: Pours a pathetic four finger head that quickly dissipates (within twenty seconds). Extremely thin and without any cream. Colour is an overcarbonated transparent dark yellow. Not at all appealing.

Sm: Malt and water. A sadly awful aroma, but fortunately only mild in strength, sparing those around it it's terrible scent.

T: Dirty malt and water. Some barley. No alcohol or yeast comes through. A bit stale. A bit industrial, somewhat on account of the overcarbonation. Not at all balanced. Horribly built, though it could be argued it's to style. In no way enjoyable or pleasant. Far from refreshing.

Mf: Overcarbonated, lending it a touch of sharpness. Too thick for the lack of flavours. Smooth and wet, but boring and dull. Doesn't complement the "flavours" at all. Very much a product of industrial macrobrewing.

Dr: Drinkable, but garbage. The best thing about it is its cost. Really a crappy beer, but far from the worst I've had. I'd never get it again, except on-draught just to keep my review average in check. Don't try this unless you're masochistic. I'm embarassed for the brewer, but he's probably too busy rolling around in pesos to care. A perfect example of the sorry state of popular macrobrews. In its defense, it isn't watery - so I can't give it an F.


Serving type: can

02-26-2012 09:52:59 | More by kojevergas
Photo of morebeergood


2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We ate dinner last night at the new Lone Star Taco Bar last night, and I noticed they had Modelo on draft. I don't think I've ever had a Mexican beer of this kind on tap, so I ordered one. Served in a Modelo branded glass. Darker color that I could recall, but no head whatsoever. Smell was like all other adjunct lagers - all rice. Taste actually wasn't that bad, maybe because it was on draft. Regardless, it was a pretty smooth tasting lager. Mouthfeel was on the watery side, but it went down easy. Not a bad pint for $4 with a plate of gourmet tacos. Way better than other south-of-the-border beers in a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2012 20:13:24 | More by morebeergood
Photo of mgeraci


1.73/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is nothing horrible by any means. A step up from the everyday maybe, but nothing more than another Corona. I call this an alternative to Corona when someone wants a variety. The smell is almost identical and the taste is quite similar along with the color and consistency. One that is worth trying for the money but nothing special by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:16:45 | More by mgeraci
Photo of ckollias


3.3/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a thin 1-finger white head that quickly dissolves into a thin wispy lace.

S: Slightly skunked smell with aromas of corn and grains.

T: Equal mix of grains and breads with mild flavors off hops and malts.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Mexican beer but nothing I would go out of the way to grab again.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:05:47 | More by ckollias
Photo of lilnardey


2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear gold color, minimal head that lasted about a minute.

Grainy smell, maybe some wheat or could be corn.

Taste is crispy, light malt and hop flavors. Not bad considering the style of beer it is.

Not a bad bad beer. Nothing offensive about it, but not my favorite. I'd consider this an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:21:26 | More by lilnardey
Photo of WrathsU


2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Golden colored body with moderate eggshell white head. Very bubbly, head is moderate in retention, lacing is good.

S - Faint trace of malty sweetness. Not too much going on here.

T - Fairly well balanced in malt and bitterness. No real complexity but decently good for an adjunct lager.

M - Light bodied and well carbonated. Nothing extraordinary but nothing wrong here.

O - In terms of American adjunct lagers this one is towards the top I think. It is superior to all light beers on the market in terms of flavor. Don't get super excited to drink this beer, but when you are going out fishing or watching football all day, this is a good go to beer.

Serving type: can

01-08-2012 22:55:00 | More by WrathsU
Photo of Jra1985


3.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A- Pale Straw color with a decent head. Doesn't look much different that any other of its kind.

S-Hints of corn and other grains, not much to say other than that.

T- I did enjoy its taste, especially when compared to a corona or other adjunct lagers. Fizzy and hints of corn.

M-Light bodied and fizzy, not overly carbonated. Fairly smooth.

O-Not a bad beer but not the best either. It is one of the better adjunct lagers out there and priced reasonably and is plentiful. If you like mexican beers then Modelos are the best there is in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 00:22:51 | More by Jra1985
Photo of Aiptasia


1.78/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in the bottle at Cabo Taco restaurant, consumed with spicey fish tacos.

A: Hay colored with a lot of fizz, not much lacing.

S: Smells like generic beer horse blanket, not much on aromatics.

T: It's half a step above a corona, or beer of similar ilk. The best thing I can say about the taste is that it's non-offensive. Completely neutral fizzy flavor with a one note hit of dirt from whatever hops they water it down with.

M: Fizz, watered down. Best served damn near frozen on a hot day.

O: It's alcoholic carbonated water! :)

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 21:47:41 | More by Aiptasia
Photo of witster18


2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hey, it's better than Bud or Miller!

Overcarbed macro with some slight grainy sweetness. The bonus is that it doesn't get really nasty like the american macro's when it slightly warms..

I don't generalyl fruit my beer, but I also don't generally drink adjunct lagers... but, I'll throw a little sliver of lime in one of these cans and be happy on a hot day or at a party... it's worht the extra couple of bux over the american versions...

let's call it slightly behind Red Stripe and very similar in that it has at least some alternate qualities that aren't negative...

touch of hops present and a pleasant sweetness backbone... not as off-putting as many others in the style...

a touch of lemongrass/sweettgrass and hops and water.. nothing else..

tastes just like I thought it would... a negro modelo light...

If it were 8.99 a 12 like the american macro's - i'd stock it during the summer... but it's not...

still a decent freezing cold summer beer that can be piounded in mass quantites without toom uch damage being done... other than to your wasteline...

Serving type: can

11-20-2011 20:27:25 | More by witster18
Photo of wcpmohr88


2.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Bought a 12-pack 5 days prior; drank most of it at a frat party while at my alma mater for homecoming.

A: I like the golden/straw color most adjuncts have, but that's usually my favorite part. No real head or lacing though.

S: The grain and metal come through far too much here. This smell automatically makes me think of watching SEC football in a fraternity basement (and being unable to feel my face), and that's not as fun as it used to be.

T: About what you'd expect for an adjunct- barely hoppy, grain flavors, kind of bland. I don't mind it very much, but there's a whole lot better. I think it tastes "like beer," but that's because my first 4 or 5 years of drinking beer were nothing but macro lagers.

M: Not really anything to report. Not offensive, though.

O: It works. Not much else to it.

Serving type: can

11-10-2011 02:09:33 | More by wcpmohr88
Photo of Vashtar


2.1/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice appearance, but it lack saturation.
The smell is skunky like Modelo Negro
Taste is not impressive. It's a typical Mexican beer taste.
The mouthfeel has a cheep, light feel to it
Overall, it's about what I expected

Just buy Keystone if you want something light and cheap

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 01:44:29 | More by Vashtar
Photo of Stpeterowdy10


2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First review so here goes....

Bottle served at my local Chipotle.

Appearance is crystal clear, golden, and with some light bubbles.
Smell, lots of corn and a little bit of a skunk.
Taste, is again corn but not much else. Some light grain. Almost toast flavor. Light hint of alcohol in the after taste. Simple but still much better than other Mexican Lagers I have had. After tasting it went well with the spice of the burrito I was also enjoying.
Mouthfeel was very water with a little of that carbonation sparkle.
Overall pretty good but nothing crazy exciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 20:23:49 | More by Stpeterowdy10
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain/corn and some fruity notes. Taste is of grains and corn with some pretty good fruity flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but not that bad all around compared to other stuff on the market.

Serving type: can

10-30-2011 10:19:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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