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


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366 Ratings
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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 20.89%

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2002)
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Photo of womencantsail


2.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 21:26:57 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 15:24:32 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of metter98

New York

2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:24:01 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 18:30:53 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


2.73/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 21:40:37 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:52:55 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 19:11:46 | More by emerge077
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 02:01:42 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.19/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 09:39:06 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Halcyondays


2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:01:29 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of mactrail


2.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 04:21:50 | More by mactrail
Photo of tempest


3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 16:58:30 | More by tempest
Photo of Billolick

New York

2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:06:33 | More by Billolick
Photo of Zorro


2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 01:36:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of DoubleJ


2.53/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:56:11 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 01:04:06 | More by biegaman
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 20:06:22 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Tone


3.13/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:09:19 | More by Tone
Photo of beertunes


3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this expecting it to be a fizzy yellow beer ala Corona, I was pleasantly surprised to find a Vienna Lager. Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very nice light amber color that was clean and clear. However the beer poured very still, just a thin cap of tan head that immediately dissipated to a light ring and left no lacing.

The scent had some light grain aromas and was a bit sweet, but was mostly neutral. The flavors had the same light grain taste, but there was just a bit of skunk at the finish, but that faded as I worked through the glass.

The body was nicely typical, good, smooth and even, perhaps a bit fuller than average and was just a wee bit sticky on the finish. Drinkability was good, I'd have a couple of these on a hat day at the park or beach. Overall, a nicely typical example of the style. You can find both better and worse versions out there. this one is worth a shot if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 18:49:20 | More by beertunes
Photo of Dogbrick


3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the few decent Mexican beers I have been able to find. Maybe not quite as good as Negra Modelo (which isn't really saying too much) but along the same lines and a decent alternative. On the scale of Mexican beers this is in the upper echelon, but it really does not stand up against other more readily available Viennas. I would go with an Elliot Ness here in the states, but this one is worth a shot if you are in Mexico with only Corona and Sol as your other options.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2002 07:57:18 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp, malty and a bit fruity - nothing special, but at least palatable. It pours a nice dark amber with a fairly thick, though not persistent, eggshell head. Flavor is malty and crisp, a little fruity, again nothing special but better than what I expected. Texture has a good amount of fizz, if average body. Overall, a decent beer. Though it’s nothing spectacular, I’m glad to see this finally available north of the border.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 23:26:12 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of tone77


3.15/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a amberish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, bready. Taste is very mild, crisp, some grains, not exactly bursting with flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall is nothing offensive, but rather boring.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 11:29:36 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


3.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a very thin ivory head. Plenty of apparent effervescence but more head would help this beer immensely.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel. I rather like it.

Taste: sweet, caramelly, biscuity and nutty, but not overpowering in any of these areas. It's clean but complex; I really like it.

Mouthfeel: light body but a nice level of carbonation that adds to the refreshment capabilities of this brew.

Overall: I quite like this beer. A nice Mexican lager, for me it's right up there with Dos Equis Amber and Negra Modelo.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 19:28:33 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


2.6/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber. Thin white head, dissipates quickly, but stays effervescent. Light malt and grain aroma. A standard light sweet malt with light hopping average beer taste. Pleasant, but unremarkable. OK for drinking with Mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:40:52 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of FosterJM


2.9/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

469th review

App- A little bit of a mix of red/brown with a little bit of head to it. Was pretty dark.

Smell- A bit sweet and malty at the same time with some breadiness

Taste- A bit creamy and sweet. A little better than I hoped but still not a lot to this one.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. Was a bit sweet on the remaining flavors.

Drink- Eh, not something I was gonna have again for fiqured why not. Better than I thought though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2011 04:47:48 | More by FosterJM
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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
68 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.