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

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 613
Avg: 2.97
pDev: 41.75%
Wants: 11
Gots: 115 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2002

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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Bottle [less then 3 weeks old]~ Maybe a lot of the rather low ratings for this Brew is Because it was past it's Prime/out of Date/......?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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Photo of DaveBar
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Purchased at a gas station in Flint MI. Served at 6deg C in a plastic cup

A- Opens well and pours a head that is gone as fast as it came. Clear and light gold.

S- Not much at all here.

T- Metallic and tinny. Like a horrible Corona experiment gone bad. Just bad overall

M- Terribly thin, light and carbonated.

O- Pure garbage. Wish I could have brought this back it was that bad. I poured over half down the sink.

Food Pairing

This one was so bad it made it to the sink so no food pairing on this one.


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Photo of Svingjo
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Modelo produced lager was pretty good. It was a light tan beer with a thin head that disappears quickly. The aroma was only slightly hoppy but the taste was crisp and refreshing

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Photo of Taybeh
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%

from a bottle, into an imperial pint glass
A: bright clear burnished copper, with a decent head
S: corn, grain, sweet caramel malt...
T: like the nose with a few herbal hops. Not a great combination, and not really living up to the style.
M: fairly light, medium carbonation, lingering malt/corn finish that isn't too great, but an okay mouthful.
Overall: Not too good.

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Photo of robgutie
3/5  rDev +1%

I knew people who would bring Victoria back with them from Mexico back before it was commercially distributed in the US. I am not going to argue that it stacks up to craft beers but if you are looking for something on a hot day or something to stock for a party of non beer geeks this is a solid choice.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.79/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark gold to light brown in color with wonderful clarity. Just a trace of white head covers about a third of the top. Aroma is predominantly corn but there is also light malt. The taste is similar to Pacifico with corn being dominant. There's a coppery hop bitterness at the very back of the palate that is prevalent in the fade. The mouth is lightly carbonated. Another warm weather quaffer from Mexico.

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Photo of PorterStevens
4.75/5  rDev +59.9%

By far my favorite cerveza from Mexico. Not too watery, not to plain. Great flavor, easy drinking and smooth. Smells like a lager would but its not worth skipping. Viva La Mexico :)

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4.75/5  rDev +59.9%

This is possibly the best tasting Lager made in Mexico that's available, but hard to find, in the U.S. I do not expect ale drinkers to ever give a favorable rating to a lager or pilsner. In the same respect, I will not rate a heavy, dark beer unless I like(d) it. Those of you who like the clean, refreshing flavor of PACIFICO ( Mexico ) will likely find that you'll love VICTORIA. UNLIKE CORONA... you don't have to throw a salad into it to realize its beauty!

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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
70 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.