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

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 606
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 20.72%
Wants: 11
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

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 UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +1%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is a little sweet and has aromas of adjunct malts—corn seems to stand out in particular—along with notes of candi sugar.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except the corn seems to stand out stronger in front of the sweet notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste much like a Vienna Lager and seems to be more like a sweetened version of an adjunct lager. (714 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A fairly standard Mexican lager although this site has it classified as a Vienna. The color throws things off a bit with the light caramel color (similar to Yuengling Traditional).

The beer pours with a mild fizzy head that quickly falls because of the lack of true malt character and use of adjuncts.

Mild aromas of part malt/ part grain set the tone with mild catty aroma that disipates quickly and some corn-like vegital notes. Hop character is soft and floral.

Flavors also show the malt-grain blend with the corn taste still present. Balanced hop bitterness with little flavor. Somewhat bready and cracker-like to taste.

Light body favors grain character over malt and with some light grain astringency. Mildly dry because of adjuncts and minty alcohol.

Certainly thirst quenching for those hot Mexican days but really doesn't belong in the conversation with Yuengling or Negra Modelo. (895 characters)

Photo of emerge077
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Lillie's Q in Chicago.
Didn't want to shell out for a case, and this was one of the few places selling it at the bar.

Deep gold, fizzy head that didn't retain at all. No lace or fancy stuff, visible carb trails floated upwards.

Vaguely sweet grain aroma, didn't really pick up on any hop or yeast character.

Crisp clean taste, carbonic bite, a bit fizzy. Mild hint of apple and crackery malt. In a brown bottle, no detectable skunk. Fairly dry aftertaste. Easy enough to drink without thinking about it, but not really flavorful or memorable at all. The kind of beer that would improve with a lime in it, unfortunately. (636 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This one pours a clear golden color with a white colored head and very little, it any, retention.

S: Very bland on the nose. There is a definite corn aroma to it, and some hints of cooked grain, and corn. Almost no hops or bread character to it at all.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. The flavor is bland and fairly unoffensive. A bit more corn to the flavor than the nose. Faint grassy hops and maybe just a bit of bread, though certainly some cooked grain.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: While this isn't terribly offensive, it wasn't very flavorful either. (606 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light copper body with steady effervescence feeding a slender white head.

Smell: 4/5 grainy, 1/5 grassy.

Taste: Slightly tangy pils malts with cracked grains and lightly sweet caramel. Mostly grainy, though. Hops are mildly grassy with enough bitterness to balance things out. Very faint, nearly imperceptible fruitiness. Light, quite crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: It's easy drinking and one of the better lagers out of Mexico. A good substitute to drinking the water when on vacation south of the border. Refers to itself as being "pilsener-vienna". I guess I can see that, as it's falling in between a lackluster pilsener and a hohum Vienna. (781 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

What would a Cinco de Mayo tasting be without some brews from beneath the border? This one pours a clear very pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises rice, wheat, light flowers, and a very light tinge of caramel. The taste holds notes of light wheat, hard water, flowers, and a tinny twinge in the back. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this stuff is nice for a watery lager, but as a Vienna it falls pretty damn short of anything really good. Compared to similar bottles, though, this stuff ain't exactly horrid. (629 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light bronze color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy up front with sweet & bready flavors of caramel & grain. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with substance that is worth drinking for a while. (703 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like any number of Mexican lagers. Slightly amber in the glass with modest head on it. Rather malty so I guess they could call it a Vienna Lager. A hint of sweetness like malt liquor. Smooth and easy to drink but quite bland. No trace of hops. Faintly tangy. Unfortunately, it gets worse as you drink. Ends up with a plain cardboard taste.

From notes at a Mexican restaurant in Old Town where it was on tap. Not much to choose from and I hadn't heard of this stuff before. I would stick to Bohemia or Negra Modelo. (522 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this 12oz from the brown bottle in a mug.

The color is deep amber with good clarity and thin white head with fine bead and spots of lace.The smell is yeasty with slight buttery odor and light malt sweetness in the nose with gentle floral ester. The feel is mildly sweet with medium carbonation and light caramel sweetness with smooth body and light heft with mostly dry finish.

The malt has a good amount of flavor with mild caramel in the taste and there is a slight buttery diacetyl element with mild yeast flavor and practically no hop flavor. This is a pretty standard vienna style lager with mild malt and ok drinkability...I could take it or leave it. (671 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - but it does have pretty decent retention qualities. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted grains and malts with very light notes of grassy hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted grains and cracker malts with just a slight hint of grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very easy to drink and low ABV Vienna lager that comes out of Mexico and probably one of the better Mexican brews that you can find in the US (and not one of the easiest to find).

Note: Since I recently added a beautiful daughter to my family and her name is Victoria, I felt compelled to purchase this beer when I saw it on the shelf. (1,057 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear, very light amber color. A small head formed but lasted only a few seconds.

S: Not much on the aroma, a little off putting skunkiness and slightly metallic.

T: Not much going on here, slight malt/caramel presence, but barely. There just isn't much to this beer at all.

M/D: Extremely thin, some carbonation.

Super high carbonation makes this really crisp, but the body is more watery than water itself. This is a really thin beer. One of the worst Mexican beers I have had. If you want something in this style in Mexico grab a Bohemia or a Negra Modelo. (578 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and grass with not too much else going on. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grain and grass, with some very sweet malt in there as well. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Extremely simple, but actually not too bad. Better than expected. (325 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
2.97/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Pours with a pretty nice head and a bit of lacing. Suprised me considering the rest all disappeared with a blink of the eye. Smells of malt. corn, maybe rice fill the air. A bit of a hop smell too. Definite hop tatse with the malt background. This would be a decent beer to choose while having dinner. Fairly easy to drink. One of the better ones down here, but still nothing even close to brag about. (459 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was in the new Weis Markets Bistro on Saturday and spied this as an excellent Cinco de Mayo beer.

My pour netted me a brief finger of fizzy, tawny head with lousy retention, acting more like pop and dissipating all too quickly. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty sweetness that made me think that it was other than an AAL. I will buy Vienna Lager, as indicated on this site, but it was not clean. I was also getting Minhas-like notes of bubble gum and dry cleaning plant. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was oddly unique or should I say uniquely odd? It had a slightly medicinal quality underlying the utterly sweet malt flavor. It was sugary with a tang of hospital sterilization, if that can be quantified by anyone else. Warming, I was getting a kind of peanut taste. WTF?!? The finish was semi-sweet with the melange of off flavors getting the better of the malt, but not in any kind of good way. I have had far worse, and thanks to it being available as a single, it was a one-and-done, but this was no bueno. (1,084 characters)

Photo of Billolick
2.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle

Pours light caramel, clear under a thin and vanishing off white head, that leaves no lacing.

Just a hint of malt on the nose.

Thin and on the watery side, with just some faint caramel, and sweet malt. Would be passable on a warm day or if I was actually in mexico eating some tacos with hot sauce. Besides that stay away. (340 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. true longneck,

A: Pours a light amber with a mild fizzy white head with surprisingly good retention for how it looks.

S: Nice caramelly, Vienna malt style notes, light hop character.

T: Very minor malt flavour. The finish is good, though the overall flavour is bland. Carbonic acid is in there which is never good. Not bad tasting, just very boring.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy biting carbonation. Not as thin as a light beer, but has the mouthfeel of an average macro lager.

O: I like a good Vienna Lager, and Mexico makes some solid examples, Negra Modelo for instance. This is not one of them. Tastes like it could be the light beer version of Dos Equis Amber, just nothing going on. I'll finish the bottle, but I'm not buying this again. (748 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

29 Jan 2013 and we sail into Huatulco, a purpose built beach resort on Mexico's pacific coast. The beach bar that gets our custom has four beers to choose from, this being the only one I'd never had before.

The weather was hot (92F/44C) and sunny, a light lager was what was needed even if it was only 09.50 in the morning!

This wasn't your usual pale golden colour: this had a deeper hue to it, leaning towards a copper hint to its clear and clean looks (the bright sun light helped to make it look even better), small white head on top.

Grainy nose, but not a lot of anything really.

Refreshing more than tasty: this doesn't have any depth of flavours, it does have traces of hops and malts within but it's supposed to replenish lost liquids in your body not give you a warm, cosy feeling.

OK for what it is. (815 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Free beer is a wonderful thing. I was rewarded a bottle gratis when an order at a restaurant took too long. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Pours lighter amber in color with a somewhat fizzy head that leaves a tiny lace around. Its nose is toasted. Yep, toasted. And a drop of malt sweetness. Fine.

Taste is passable, if not unspectacular. The flavor profile is light in intensity, giving whispers of toasted toffee. The carbonation is extremely strong and dominates. The bubbles pelt your tongue with its force, which makes the beer sommewhat of a chore to drink. Not that I was dying to take more and more sips.

It's certainly better than its stablemates Corona and Pacifico, but far less spectacular than its in-style mate Negra Modelo. At least I won't need to spend two bucks in the future for a single bottle just to cure my curiosity. (853 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 940mL bottle for the beach for about 15 pesos. Not bad for beer that doesnt suck. Like most of the big mexican lagers, this is fairly mellow in flavor. Its got a decent aroma of caramel and barley. The flavor is pretty similar, but not as strong and a little sweeter and fruitier. Not a bad choice for a vacation. (325 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Minimalist brown bottle with a silk-screened yellow and white logo.

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head. This is much darker than I expected.

Smell is sweet and malty with a mild noble hop aroma. Not a lot more to say about the smell, on the malty side.

Starts out Malty and a little sweet dry up front with a malty finish. No real bitterness just grassy hop with a hint of hay.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability is good. Not going to be mistaken for a German Lager anytime soon though. A decent beer and a low alcohol one to remember if you want a beer at lunch while eating Mexican food. (614 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a Vienna Lager, this could use a little more time in the Mexican sun; this shimmering golden beer, despite the coppered overtone, is a lovely looking specimen no doubt, but, to be sure, is atypically pale for the style. As well as the tan, it could also use a head - the beer is flat as the sandy Cancun seabed. Nitpicking aside, however, it sure is purdy.

It takes more than this negligible an amount of caramel malts to disguise that the beer's been heavily diluted with adjuncts. Ironically enough, the nutty toast does suit it well: it lends the corn scent a bit of butter, which, although nominally offensive, conjures to mind a summer barbecue (which is likely the only time and place you'd be drinking this).

Would it kill Grupo Modelo to try their hands at making *one* (just one!) beer without the use of adjuncts? It isn't that the canned creamed corn taste in this offering is overtly perceptible - as it is in many of their other brands, i.e, Corona - but it tarnishes the beer all the same with a stale, cloying sweetness and thinned-out, watered-down quality.

...which is understandable (not to say excusable!) in a mass-marketed light lager, but for a notoriously rich and distinct style such as a Vienna Lager, it leaves a lot to be desired. I should taste rich, wholesome malts characterized by a cheeky (not cloying!) sweetness and tastes of lightly browned bread crusts. Instead, I taste flat corn water.

Having the same people that make Corona attempt a Vienna Lager is akin to casting Mel Gibson in a remake of Schindler's List. It's a joke - and a twisted one at that. It's interesting that many Germanic styles have been preserved in Mexican brewing culture, but it's unfortunate that that culture now lay in the hands of Grupo Modelo and like breweries. (1,788 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What's up girlfriend....happy 40th! Yeah baby. So my Son's hockey team manager turns the big 4-0!!! YIKES! they have the Soirée at a N'ville saloon. On tap is Victoria....I said Hey man come down here...he said what you want....I said I want to try the Victoria! And I am glad I did! This beer is the best Mexican beer I have ever tasted. It doesn't have that Mexican I need a lime bullsh&t! There wasn't much aroma, but the taste and color were very good. Did I session....F yeah I did! (488 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of rice, slight sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of rice. Overall, easy-drinking and well blended, but the rice aroma is off-putting and appearance is lacking. (431 characters)

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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
71 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.