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

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2002

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 667
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

(12 oz can, left out 30 min before opening... poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: slightly-pale amber-hued liquid, crystal clear... foam is generated on the pour, however, it sizzles out rather quickly, with a champagne-like effervescence... paper-thin collar, no lace

S: typical (adjunct) lager aromas overall... main scent is a rather German-beer smelling honeyed, golden-brown bread-crusty malt - that's relatively pleasant... a touch of a blend of green and dry grasses and perhaps the fainted woody/earthy hops... really only getting all this once the liquid has warmed considerably

T: quite-dry, lightly-toasted grain with an underlying, soft, vaguely citrusy hop flavor and bitterness... not much sweetness to counterbalance the mild bitterness that exists... aftertaste has a sort of seltzer (or tonic?) water note... compared to a more authentic, continental version of a Vienna lager, the malt flavor here is arguably utterly flaccid... mildly watery quality present in the finish through the aftertaste

F: a little bit of desiccated meat on its bones... kinda flows like a dry ginger ale with a dash of syrup added to enhance the body ever so slightly

O: really, the style designation here renders this DOA... middle-to-lower tier of the pack of mass-produced lagers... more darker, toastier grain flavors than a BMC, but still quite one-dimensional in overall taste... not sure this canned-version has anything over the bottled swill... fine sticking with PBR, Schlitz, or Piels over this

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Photo of drdiesel9483
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a golden color but not much head. I really can't smell anything. Mellow but taste like dirty water. Smooth with slight carbonation. Not a fan of the beer.

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Photo of dikebrewery
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this Vienna. Nice longneck, great pour and a smooth clean taste. A good cheap beer. I don't know how in depth one can go on a review for a beer like this but ya I enjoyed it. Nice toasty malt, clean crisp finish and perfect amount of bitterness.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Real nice color and body to this brew. Pale chestnut amber, with hints of lighter bronze and some dark gold around the edges. Absolutely crystal clear with the occasional slow rising fine bubble. Head is minimal but with a good off tan color, and settles to a small collar and ring that looks creamy. Very nice Vienna.

Real nice amounts of light toast and caramel on the nose. Considerably lighter in quality than your typical bock, but with a nice very subtle caramel action. No discernible notes of hop presence, but with a clean quality on the nose. Solid as it gets.

Palate is interesting. Light toasty and expected caramel notes but with a much easier and crisper quality. Muted almost honey like body but with a good amount of crisp finish and aftertaste. There's a very small but not jarring metallic twinge on the finish, and it does sort of slowly linger as well. A bit of carbon dioxide and soda water flavors come in too, almost with a mineral like aftertaste, also contributing to a very popping mouthfeel as well.

Can't say I have had many Vienna's this light, but almost comes off like a session Vienna if there is such a thing. Decent and drinkable at least.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. "Victoria"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but not freshness dated

Given the producer I was expecting something like Corona but this is definitely different. It's more of a Vienna lager, and most likely uses actual Vienna malts in its production.

It's clear, fairly dark amber in color, and appears almost copper in a full glass. It's topped by a short head of creamy off-white that drops rather quickly, and both the head retention and lacing are limited.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body and gently crisp.

There's not much to the nose beyond some generic maltiness but the flavor is fuller. It's gently caramelish and there are some pleasant and balancing spicy and grassy hops in the background. There's a subtle fruitiness that's probably coming from the Vienna malts rather than the yeast, and it's really nicely rounded and polished, yet it remains lacking overall without enough malt to really bring it to life.

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Photo of stevoj
2.24/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Campos. Typical Mexican lager, although not as watery as some. The little bit of taste just falls flat, weak aroma as well. Thirst quenching ability a plus, but kind of a weak lager overall

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Photo of Russ_Macklem
4.84/5  rDev +63%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why do so many people hate lagers? This is an EXCELLENT Vienna Lager. So what it doesn't pummel your face with hops??? It's not supposed to it's A DAMN LAGER

Served in a lager glass from brown unfortunately undated bottle.

Aroma: Baked brown bread crust, mild traditional lager hops, yeast

Flavour: Toasted barley malt, brown bread, slightly bitter back taste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium for a lager, fizzy with a dry finish. VERY refreshing.


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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pours with a deep medium amber body and a moderate size head that displays very good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: primarily Pilsner style hops, but with some faint baked bread

Flavor: mainly Pilsner style hops with some faint baked bread and mild+ bitterness. I can't agree with Modelo that this has "strong flavor", but it is flavorful and bold in the realm of mass-produced Mexican lagers.

Mouthfeel: Light body with very crisp carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.22/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rating from a SUPER FRESH 12oz Bottle [less then 3 weeks old]~ Maybe a lot of the rather low ratings for this Brew is Because it was past it's Prime/out of Date/......? That is the only reason [other than personal Taste of course] I could come up with,for such a wonderful Beer getting such shitty ratings,..
Pours a Beautiful almost Copper Color,and Looks very Inviting Indeed,..[you just cannot wait to dive in ] smells nice and Malty,faint sweet smell..almost like honey,and wow! a wiff of Hops? very Nice! this Beer Really does follow the nose,though it taste even better then it looks,right away a very nice Malty flavor hits you,with just a touch of sweet notes,followed by a rather surprising Hop flavor I was not expecting ~Awesome! and a Nice bit of prickly Carbonation Really makes this Brew a Perfect Choice for Quaffing down on a Hot and Humid summer Day,very,VERY Refreshing and Absolutely one of my new Favorite Mexican Brews~love it!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the " Craft beer " of the truck stop restaurant I am currently sitting at enjoying some late breakfast.

Grupo Modelo huh? Well I don't expect much out of this in that case.

Look - the clearest copper I've ever seen with a fingers worth of slightly off-white head that dissipates and looks like soap bubbles. Doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell - Caramel and toasted malts in moderate amounts with a touch of graininess.

Taste - follows the nose exactly so I don't even really need to fill this one in.

Feel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall - Probably one of the better bears out of this company, though just another generic copy stylistically.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Lovely, clear toned copper, with a modest, somewhat coarse head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam, and a thick ring of lacing about the glass walls. Sparse, fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Cooked vegetables and a little toasted malt define the aroma. The toasted malt is less than I had hoped for, and the cooked vegetables seem heavy-handed.

Taste: Opens with a good amount of toasted malt,and a little caramel, which carries fairly well through the taste. Modest sweetness and a moderate flourish of herbal hops bring the taste to a close. The hops turn metallic, and linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Somewhat thin, with sharp carbonation..

Drinkability/notes: I wanted to like Victoria more than I did. I like the Vienna lager style, and there are several fine examples brewed in Mexico. This one seems underwhelming. Still, at 4% ABV, this might be a nice "lawnmower" beer on a hot summer day. Or, BAs could offer it to their American Macro Lager-drinking friends as a "walk on the wild side".

Presentation: Packaged in a standard, twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Foyle
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" white head that drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is clear light amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: a bit of caramel, sweet barley, some raisin and slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, slightly oily with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: caramel and bready malts, a bit of lemon.

Overall: a pleasant brew that pairs well with spicy cuisine.

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Photo of JamieWeisen
3.81/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip style glass. Little to no head retention. Look- a nice caramel to Amber in color, very nice looking as opposed to other Mexican beers. Smell- not too much aroma picked up from the beer but nothing off putting, so that's a plus. Taste- very mild and malty taste with a good amount of (pleasant) flavor despite it being a lighter alcohol and mass produced beer. Feel- very light with a slightly fizzy texture, a very smooth and refreshing beer. Overall- this beer despite being a massed produced beer is still very good for what it is, it's one of my favorite beers right now and would much rather drink this over many other massed produced beers. Reviewed without however recommended with a lime wedge.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The first beer of Mexico, Vienna Style Lager, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a bready yet adjunct waft. Pours to a light amber with a two finger head that recedes to a quarter inch and stands. The taste is along the lines of the smell, bready and zesty with a slight bitterness that appears mid taste then fades into a lightly bitter finish. Good mouthfeel. One of the better Mexican beers out there, a good thirst quencher. Well in line for the style, not at all offensive and would drink again if somebody handed me one.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.46/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Highly carbonated, which is probably to distract from any major flavor. A little bit of yeast, but that's really the only flavor it has. A bland and boring beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ordybill
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a toasted grain aroma.
Appearance- The beer is an amber color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a basic grainy flavor, just average.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation that has a dry finish.
Overall- An average beer that should be paired with food.

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Photo of RateDoc
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again this is another one of those beers that quenches my thirst and keeps me coming back for more. Great tasting at a great price, 12 packs for $12!

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Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber to copper with a thin head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell is of toasted grain with a subtle spicy touch.

The taste is of light toast. Overall - clean. The light malt body has a touch of hop spice in the dry, crisp finish.

While it does lean towards thin, the carbonation level fits the beer without being to fizzy. And there is a refreshing smoothness to it.

Not a bad brew at all. I like it. For what it is, it is an easy-drinking brew with enough character to keep drinking it.

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Photo of Gnomeitsnot
3.6/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a full taste - a bit malty - very bubbly. I would say it's my favorite Mexican beer that I've tried so far.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Editing note : This was reviewed as an AAL, not a Vienna Lager. As a Vienna it's a horrible representation.)

Spring cleaning day today. Time for a rest and an afternoon lager.

Appearance : Surprisingly darker than I thought it would be. It's got an amber-copper glow and about 10% opacity. The head is diminutive and almost non existent, but it does manage to leave a ring of lace around the glass.

Aroma : I'm starting to like this. The malts are toasted and rich, with an almost pecan-honey like sweetness to them. Some graham cracker, perhaps even a touch of marshmallow. There's no skunky corn or dirty grains, nothing like Corona or any of those other bottom shelf mexican swills. Extra points, this is practically decent.

Taste : The corn comes out a bit in the flavor, right at the tip of the tongue and towards the middle, with a harsh malty bite and a slap of skunk, but it dries beautifully with roasted malt and glazed pecan at the back of the throat. The more the beer is sampled, the more the corn and skunked barley show up.

Mouthfeel : Perhaps the most exciting part of this beer is the popping pop-rocks like carbonation. I don't want to use any negative connotations like prickly or stabbing, even though that's what it's like, but it fits perfectly for this beer.

Overall : A less-than-decent beer with a high grain bill and a low hop presence. The carbonation makes it drinkable but again, as a mexican beer the corny skunk does show up and rears its ugly horns. I'll pass next time, but this was a fun experience.

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Photo of priwen
3.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown with a slightly off-white head. Decent carbonation. It doesn't have much in the way of aroma. Slight hint of grain and grassy hops. Mild taste of lightly roasted malts and a touch of hops. Watery mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I enjoy the flavor, but it seems like it needs a little something else to kick it up a notch. However, for what it is I think it's a very nice beer. It would especially be refreshing on a hot day.

12 oz can
Code on can: A225A029 (January 22, 2015)
Served in a Mug

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is another example of a beer that is very good when it´s fresh, but when not (most of the time) it tastes like you stuck a penny in your mouth, metallic notes everywhere.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer is a little under rated. For the style beer, this is a refreshingly good beer especially in the summer months. Crisp taste, easy drinking and no bitter after taste makes a good beer for the novice drinker.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.89/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass in Cabo San Lucas. A light coppery brown color with a will o' the wisp of a white frothy head. Aroma is a muted caramel sweetness, corn bread, and white grape fruity notes. Inoffensive and thankfully lacking an obvious DMS element. Still has that inescapable macro-lager smell though. Body falls squarely in the moderate range, with excessive carbonation. Taste is a smooth light corn bread sweetness coupled with the subtle grape notes from the nose. Minimal hop aroma or flavor. I do get a sultana raisin sweet dried fruit note here and there. Finishes fairly dry, with a grainy astringency and a few metallic off-flavors. Rather pedestrian brew unfortunately, even if it does represent the vestiges of a rather cool Austrian/German brewing tradition. This one plays it overly safe and still manages to hit a few bum notes.

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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
70 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.