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

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926 Reviews

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 3,007
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 57
Gots: 496 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of KLHBB
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darkest brown, caramel, brown bready-ness, a hop bitterness to balance any sweetness. I've enjoyed this in the past with Mexican food, and it pairs well at dessert with flan.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much better than the normal pale lagers from Mexico . Dark , similar to a schwarzbier. I should have ditched the lime sooner. It did add a little bit of flavor , but may have obstructed some of this beers character .

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one - it is a great dark beer to partner with some good Mexican or Tex-Mex food. It's dark and full but has some sweet finishes as well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Enjoyed with some decent Mexican food. Aroma was soft and mostly sweet with a mild lager scent to it as well. Flavor was slightly bread with caramel. Very soft lager yeast flavor and a brown graininess. Very light. Easy to drink but probably would prefer a paler lager to crush some Mexican food with next time.

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Photo of bwood06
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Hard pour produces 2 finger foamy off white head. Head dissipates moderately quickly. Head is retained at about 1/4 finger. Beer is clear and brown/mahogany in color. Carbonation appears to be light based on minimal bubbles but those bubbles do rise somewhat quickly. 3.5/5

S - Pronounced caramel sweetness up front backed by a dark toasted bready malt. Reminds me of fresh baked pumpernickel bread. Ever so slight note of grassy hops on the back of the aroma. 3.5/5

T - Rich caramel maltiness up front followed by buttered pumpernickel bread. Very malt forward with somewhat of a graham cracker note to the middle. A hint of citrus peel right before the hops kick in. Grassy hop finish with a light bitterness from the hops. 3.5/5

M - Somewhat unexpected carbonation burn based on appearance of light carbonation. Beer is medium bodied but retains lightness due to carbonation. Finishes light on the palate but does linger a bit. No drying astringency. 3.5/5

O - Very straightforward beer here that is very easy to drink. This medium bodied beer maintains a lightness that allows it to be paired with many different foods or to simply be enjoyed on it's own. Nothing earth shattering of palate tantalizing, just simple and straightforward maltiness. 3.5/5

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark has some sort of amber color to it. Head disappeared very quickly. Smells like bread and malts. Taste very sweet. Hops and some chocolate malts are present. Finishes like modelo taste a bit watered down compared to it. Better than modelo in my opinion.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Used to be one of my favorites -- a sort of dividing line between shitty Mexican beer and something approaching respectability. Honestly, though, this most recent bottle was kinda forgettable. Sure, it's got some hint of darker malt, kinda/sorta/if-you-think-really-hard-about-it touch of cocoa, a la a Munich dark lager. But, really, it's not terribly well done, and if you're looking for something in this style, I'm not sure why wouldn't just buy an HB or Ayinger and call it a day. And, should you be looking for Mexican beer, just buy Pacifico and bask in its grainy goodness. Sorry, Negra, but I just don't think this is working out anymore.

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Photo of dcotom
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a pokal. Not too impressed with this at first, but allowing it to warm up made a marked improvement in both aroma and taste. Dark caramel color with a thin head that dissipated after only a few seconds. Watery mouthfeel due in part to the low carbonation. Sweet roasted malts up front, a little bitterness at the end, with a lingering, unpleasant sweet aftertaste. This is a one-and-done for me.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.53/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown almost see through appearance with a slightly spiced bread smell. The flavor is light and watery,sweet bread like with a hint of hops at the end. This is an extremely drinkable beer that goes down very smooth. I hit the jackpot today with the past 2 I've tried. Next time your at a Mexican restaurant you've got to hope they have it to gulp down with your food or just start pounding them and wait for the mariochy band. The only thing I didn't like was the foil on the cap if you can look past that you might give it an A+ but I can't so a rock solid A it is.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark brown brew with thin ring of a head in the brown bottle. Slightly sour grain note on the nose, but a big malty flavor. Closes with mild bitterness. Bright and drinkable. Tasty.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My memory must be failing me; I thought I liked this beer. Brown sugar, dark chocolate and tin foil on the nose (I changed hands in case the actual tin foil was lingering—nope, still there). Color is watered-down cola. Taste is watered-down cola with dark chocolate and hops on the finish. Maybe I recall having liked this after I've drunk several.

(Next day): revisiting thanks to an odd experience. Though the lot number is the same, the 5th that I've now opened of this 6er is markedly different. (Edit: so is the 6th, thankfully.) The nose on this one is toast, semi-sweet chocolate and, yes, tin foil. Markedly more amber in color. The taste is primarily reminiscent of Dr. Pepper with dark chocolate and a slight splash of citrus on the finish. This one's also not quite so watered-down. Still nothing to rave about, but far more serviceable. Original rating: 2; revised: 2.75.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not nearly as bad as expected, this pours brown with thin off-white head. Aroma of caramel and mild spice. Flavor is semisweet, with some malt and slight nastiness of commercial lager. I was pleasantly surprised and would have this again if needed.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had 3 pints of the stuff last week at a Mexican restaurant in Austin and 1 12 ounce bottle as I write this. Don't understand the reviews that talk about a "good head" or "white bubbly head" because neither the drafts at the restaurant or my bottle tonight (poured into a Spigelau stemmed Pilsner glass, in case you're wondering) had any head on them at all. If you want a bland, flat, dark beer, this is for you. I will go elsewhere.

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Photo of Savan
3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

poured a deep amber colour, good head on it. I noted little smell to it at all. the taste is sweet and malty. A good mouth feel was light slightly crisp and refreshing (the way a good summer brew aught to be). All and all a good everyday beer. kinda a good combination of no frills and entrigue.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L- Clear brown-red body and a white bubbly head.
S- Fresh simple malt aroma.
T- Fresh malt, nothing else.
F- Sharp, smooth.
O- Nice beer, a tad simple but solid.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Brown color, tan head. Caramel nose, sweet malty, hint of spice. Caramel malt taste, nuts, yeast, brown sugar. Medium body, average carbonation.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is probably my go-to drink, when I want a beer while eating Mexican food. I actually prefer it over Corona. I think it has better flavor than Corona, but still light feeling on the palate. And obviously it pairs very well with spicy Mexican food. Though, I will say, it's best served with a wedge of lime.

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Photo of benheredunthat
4.23/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my "go-to" commercial beer. I can't, scratch that, don't want to afford to drink $5/bottle beer every time so I find NM to be the best "commercial" (a.k.a. cheap) beer I like to drink. Sure, it's Mexican, but that's not a slam. I used to drink Dos XX Amber before they changed it and Bohemia back in the day while in Mexico or at an upscale Mexican restaurant. OK, I digress.

Dark in color without the expected smokiness/caramel of the ilk. This makes it a cleaner, more refreshing drink as an everyday. Would not call this out as a typical or standard Amber/Black but I like the balance in the flavor but miss a bit of aromatics.

At Walmart everyday for $12.47/12 pk. Rite Aid for $12.99 on sale and recently on sale at Albertson's for $5.99/6.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.64/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber (brown) with a garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice rich nose of malt, a bit of herbal hops and a nice caramel airiness.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Nicely carbonated with a whiff of effervescence in the middle and an almost prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good. It is a bit weak in intensity, not very complex but is well balanced. It begins with a grainy semisweet background that flows into a mild bitterness in the middle. This bitterness is tea like with a touch of lemon. Caramel never really comes to the forefront, it remains rather ghost like in the background. The finish is clean with a very subtle tea like bitterness lingering.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've walked by this beer a few dozen times and have never even considered it. Always to be found on a shelf in a run down astore in the not so nice part of town, the kinda place where the guy out the door is trying to sell bootleg movies and begfor change to try and supplement his Natty Daddy habit.

But damn this place has some good pizza. Anyway, on to the review..

Look - Pours a see through brownish copper with a half finger of white head and doesn't leave a spot of lacing.

Smell - Toasty pretty much as expected. No cheapies come through, but the smell isn't exactly tantalizing.

Taste - Toasted malts and a small shot of the grains. Easy going and inoffensive.

Feel - Sits lightly bodied with moderate carbonation and adds a touch of smoke.

Overall - The epitome of an average, easy drinking, though more flavorful than other cheapies beer.

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Photo of Gear54
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle into a pint glass

Pour is golden copper in color with medium foam and retention.

Nice brew with Plenty of citrus hops and yeasty malt flavors. Well balanced and refreshing. Great with spicy food

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel aromas, brilliantly clear amber, not a lot of esters, a little malt, astringency, a touch malt, no roast malt flavors, dry finish, medium light body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From carrefour. In Duvel glass. Playing KB Dark Side. Little body and aroma, not deep black. No trace of the coffee and-or dark chocolat typical of other black beers. Easy to drink, with little alcoholic effect.

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Photo of BrewUSA
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Negra Modelo

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 32/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

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Photo of tucson_brewson
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Target was selling six-packs for $4.99 which seemed odd but legit. A lot of the appeal comes from the flashy gold label. Inside, a fairly average Mexican lager. Probably needs a lime in it to bring out the citrus notes/smell of most Mexican beers. Low carbonation, okay mouthfeel, leaves a sour aftertaste. Will drink if it's available, but for a whopping 170 calories per bottle, I'd save up for something a little better.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.