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

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927 Reviews

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Reviews: 927
Hads: 3,012
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 58
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 The_Murph
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

It is a dark, rich (yet soft and sweet), dunkel style beer that provides a good amount of flavor, but is not overwhelming. It has a nice dry finish. There are flavors of caramel, a muted nutty note, and no bitterness. What I am saying is it is easy to polish off a 6-pack on your own. Negra Modelo is often consumed with a slice of lime inserted into the bottle (although not necessary). The lime makes the beer more refreshing (unique for dunkel style beers), which is great for the summer.

For more on this beer and others check out http://joyofconsumption.com/

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

A- Very dark amber colored. Once you had a lime wedge inside the beer, it starts to cloud up from its torn pieces. Head was thick and creamy at first, but ultimately died to nothing.

S- Scent was of dark roasted barley malt and same type of spiciness. I also detected some kind of grainy, wet corn husk type scent. There is some type of undistinguishable bitterness going on here. It's not overpowering. There was a light kind of fruitiness even before I added a lime wedge. When the lime wedge is added, that is the only noticeable scent. The lime really masks the natural scent of the beer. So far it smells nice, but do not add lime I'd say. I doesn't smell like any Vienna lager I've ever had.

T- It was all those things in the scent before I added the lime wedge. I don't dislike the beer with the lime wedge, but you are almost drinking lime juice at this point. But the beer in general has a medium roasted barley malty flavor to it. A slight hop spice and grainy bitterness shows up as well. Also, there is a light biscuity note here. Finish is slightly sweet and of the roasted malts before it becomes semi-dry. It's not Bud Light dry for sure!

M- Nega Modelo is very crisp, clean, and extremely refreshing. Mouthfeel is light to medium, on the light side. It finishes on the watery side.

Overall this is a fine Mexican/Latin beer. I have not tried the Modelo Amber Ale yet, but I'd say the darker side of Modelo is the way to go. The flavors are easy to pull out and are not too over the top. Fine beer. It's simple. But that more my problem with the beer rather than that making the beer bad.

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Photo of aval89
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

a: pours a dark amber with 1.5 finger head. head quickly settles to a thin cap. some carbonation streaming up.

s: malty caramel sweetness with nuttiness. slight metallic with dark fruit undertones on the finish of the aroma.

t: you're immediately hit with the caramel malt sweetness upfront. middle is somewhat plain. finish is a slight earthy bitterness with some toffee like sweetness to round it out.

mf: light medium carbonation, thin feel it it. finish is somewhat dry.

o: its not bad. i usually go for bohemia or this if thats all thats available at mexican joint.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Sweet honey aroma along with a nutty toastiness. Pours very deep amber with a white head. It's very easy drinking with high carbonation and a somewhat sticky mouthfeel. To the taste there is caramel, some toffee, toast and sweet malts. Does some different things to differentiate itself as a lager and I liked that. Decent stuff.

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Photo of endallchaos
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

One of the better Mexican beers. If you want to start drinking some Mexican beers, this one would be one of the first ones I would try. There is obviously better Mexican beers out there, but they are harder to get your hands on.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%

From the Hy-Vee Mix-A-Six cooler in Watertown, SD.

Appearance (3.25) : A little lacking. Cute little off-white cap no larger than 1 finger tall on top of a rusted copper colored body. Body has about 60% opacity, shadows can be seen but not images or words. Lacing in the form of one solid ring is left as the head recedes to about 1/4".

Aroma (3.75) : A sweet apple cider aroma with cinnamon, ginger, and musty grain. Very strong on the apple cider/cinnamon stick notes. Musty grain just hints at the tip of the nose and also at the end. Ginger is in the middle. A very sweet smelling Vienna.

Taste (4) : A good amount of yeast in this one. I'm getting some apple bread, pecan, a sour note I can only describe as sour wheat (but this may be a hop note I'm tasting), and ends dryly with very dominant whole wheat bread crust. I like these Mexican amber/Vienna beers. The yeast is absolutely loud and I love that.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Zaps the tip of the tongue, and then turns watery with carbonation underneath. Slightly dry in the body, which is light. Ends dry with the bread crust flavor/feel.

Overall (3.84) : I would certainly have this again. I'm not going to rush out and buy a pallet of it, but if someone offered it to me I'd gladly drink it. It has a great yeasty body with nice fruity notes and heavy bread crust at the end. I like the bread and the yeast. A yeast/wheat flavor remains on the palate long after the swallow. A decent beer, worthy of a taste.

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Photo of leantom
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like Dos Equis and Yuengling. Therefore, I thought I might as well give this beer a shot since it's another mass-produced amber lager. Here goes:

A: Good. Nice and clear brown color. Plenty of carbonation, too. Head and lacing are mediocre, but this is expected.

S: Lots of caramel and darkly-kilned malts. Very toasty, just like Yuengling, and slightly better than Dos Equis. German hops are muted.

T: Good. Slightly better than Yuengling, but similar flavor profile. Better than Dos Equis. Toasty caramel malt, some hops, etc.

M: Good for its style. Lots of carbonation and thick enough. Very enjoyable to have on tap.

O: A good better. Probably the best of the mass-produced amber lagers.

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Photo of Roser
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

A- fairly decent foamy light tan head that lasted a good bit. Nice lacing. Clear mahogany brown. Very inviting.

S- clean, spicy, malt, ginger.

T- toasted malt. Slightly sugary. Hints of caramel and fig.

M- light, smooth, creamy. Very good balance.

O- very nice/pleasant. Enjoyable throughout. One of the better Vienna lagers available in wide release. Would go well with many meals (very food friendly), or all alone. Something I'd be glad to serve others who may not have the broadest of beer palates (i.e. parties, picnics, etc.) Not what I normally reach for, but would definitely have again.


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Photo of Franziskaner
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Dark caramel brown in color with little discernable head. Faint aroma of dark malt and not much else. I get nice flavor of dark Vienna malt. The mouth is thin and light.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.36/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours from a twelve ounce bottle an amber hue with a half-inch thick off-white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild sweetness, grainy, faint lemony citrus, yeasty.

T: Crisp, raisin crisp crackers, dark toasted malts, yeasty.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Thin and somewhat watery finish.

O: Eh, Mexico, whadaya want? This is better than many others by far.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottles at Mexican Restaurante in (UUGH!) frosted mug
Light aroma of malt
Head small (1 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor of lightly toasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, soft carbonation

This amounts to a guilty pleasure for me – my first choice with Mexican food. It has a decent appearance, a pleasant taste, and a pleasing palate. Overall, a decent cheap beer which pairs well with Mexican food.

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Photo of Eric_Standard
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep brown with ruby highlights.

Smell: Not much, very clean with some mild herbal notes.

Taste: Caramely, malty sweetness right out of the gates, with just a hint of bitterness from the hops to keep things in check. The sweet malty flavours persist throughout, but near the end fade into some toasty herbal notes. Pretty tasty.

Feel: Medium bodied and very very smooth. The smoothness along with the tight carbonation gives the beer a pleasant velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: This was my first Mexican beer, and so far so good. I've heard that some of Grupo Modelo's other offerings have a less than savoury reputation, so I guess I picked a good place to start. A very solid drink.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.
Appearance - brown and bubbly like soda; builds a creamy off-white head. Lacing is beautiful!
Smell - some stone fruit along with sweet candy malts.
Taste - expected more flavor based on the nose. A bit bland and light.
Feel - light body, very carbonated; comes off a bit watery.
Overall - revisiting this after discovering someone left three of these in my fridge. This is actually much better than I remember, but still only an average beer.

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Photo of guitmanlp
4.94/5  rDev +47%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having been away from beer for a long while I wanted to get back to drinking. I used to be a light beer drinker before so I wanted to try something new and by chance, and curiosity I ordered a negra modelo. ..wow! what a joy it was drinking that first bottle. When ever I can't find it I try other darks only to be left disappointed. Thanks to the Brewers of this fine beer I now have found my afternoon companion.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap into a Negra Modelo glass at Casa Bonita Mexican restaurant, Libertyville IL
Served: 15 June 2014

Appearance: A clear amber brown beer with lots of carbonation streams rising from the bottom of the footed pilsner glass. Dirty white, foamy head with good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Not much in the nose. Slight caramel/molasses malt notes along with a standard beer sweetness. Easily the most unimpressive part of this beer.

Taste: An easy drinking, medium bodied Mexican Vienna lager. A huge step up from Corona or Pacifico (the only two other Mexican beers I've had). As the beer warmed up, stronger caramel malt notes came through. Served without citrus, so that's a huge plus.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation and a medium body make this beer a refreshing, yet filling complement to a good Mexican meal, especially ones with pork or beans.

Overall: This is probably the best Mexican beer I've had to date, and is easily one I would get again to serve with tacos, enchiladas, or other authentic Mexican food. Not half bad for an easy drinking Mexican lager, and something I would definitely buy at a Mexican restaurant again. Much better than Corona.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.19/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at Jose’s Blue Sombrero in Waukesha , WI. This pours a brownish amber color with a light beige head. Since it was served with a lime wedge, that’s all I can smell. Texture is light and thin, a very mild taste of grain. Like most Mexican beers, thin and watery.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color in a 16oz pub glass with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of malts as you would expect from such a dark beer.

Taste is malty, sweet with the crispness you would expect from a lager.

Mouthfeel is nice from a good carbonation that really cleanses the mouth.

Overall this is a solid beer that I always choose when I visit the local Mexican restaurant. I dont mind drinking it at home either, especially as I sit in the yard late in the day during the summertime.

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Photo of shacawgo24
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cola/Root beer brown body. Off-white/manila head is one finger thick. Deep red like garnet when held to light. Spotty sticky lacing decorates surprisingly. But the body just looks too diluted, like watered down soda.

S-Hints of: toasted grains, cider, candied pears. Some caramel malt. Slightly sweet smelling, needs more power on the nose though.

T-A tad juicy like apple juice. Tiny toasted notes, (cereal grains, rice). Dark breads. Medicinal and clean on the middle. Traces of bitter nuts, like the skins on peanuts & almonds on the finish. Peanut shells even. The tastes get too watery too quickly. Soon brew tastes like rusty pennies. Not a foul taste, but hardly pleasing.

M-Medium-low body. Not creamy nor watery. Medium carbonation numbs tongue a bit with peppery effervescence. The sip contains faint airs of grains and alkaline sours. The dull, lackluster bitters aren't hoppy, but dirty-metallic like. Carbonation is the only stand-out trait in feel. It lasts to the last sip.

O-Epitome of a brew you love at the beginning of your beer drinking journey, then realize later down the road is not as good as you thought. I wouldn't buy this beer again. Modelo Especial is more pleasing in taste and more refreshing. The dark lager flavors of caramel-dark bread are present for a few minutes, then just dilute and turn metallic, sour and bitter. Best paired with Mexican food if you had to drink.

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Photo of DenzelShawnG
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo might be y favorite Mexican beer.

Negra Modelo is very easy to drink and reminds me a lot of malta. Negra Modelo has a light feel in your mouth. While I bought a six pack I drank each beer out of a snifter glass. It's a decent light lager that's dark in color. It as a malty smell and taste to it.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer at any Mexican restaurant. I love how this beer is both dark and malty and yet also quite light. The carbonation balances out the dark malts perfectly. It is crisp and easy to drink, but with a pleasant toastiness. Also interesting how this beer is almost single-handedly keeping alive the "Vienna lager" style. All in all, a great beer.

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Photo of vkv822
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Clear amber brown with a fizzy, off white head.

Toasty, caramel malts. Very faint, if any, grassy/grainy hops.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

I went into this not knowing what to expect, as most Mexican beers are fairly forgettable, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is a well done, easy drinking lager with a pleasant flavor profile.

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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light brown with a modest cream head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

Caramel, nutty malt reigns the aroma. Hints of diacetyl are evident. Hip character is minimal.

Toffee and butterscotch rule the flavor, very sweet, with toasted, nutty malt notes finishing slightly fruity.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Diacetyl bomb, but flavorful malt character. It's on the sweet side, and the nutty notes make it appealing.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cola color with a modest layer of foam. Spotty bubbles that don't really lace.

Smells of sweet grains, a gentle toast, adjunct malts, and a bottom layer of soggy brown bread.

Dries up a little bit. Semi-sweet grains with a cereal note, barley malt, some corn, faint earthy bitterness, traces of hops, and some dark breadiness. Not a bad Euro Lager.

Drinks okay. Easy to work down. Carbonation is mild to medium. The body is pretty boring.

I'm 1,300 reviews in, and this is my first Mexican beer. Beers like this substantiate why.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours semi transparent reddish amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smells of smells of some decent grain, a little fruitiness. Tastes of some fruitiness with caramelized grain, very nice. Beer is light bodied a tad heavily carbonated but it is very drinkable. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A clear gingery copper colour with a mushroom coloured head.

S: Smells like slightly metallic lager.

T: Pfft. Grainy, mellow and not bitter. Not perfectly dry. A hint of caramel and walnut but more so in the finish, which is otherwise pretty clean. Now it has warmed up there's a smidgen of citrus in the aftertaste and also some corn snacks.

M: Soft effervescence and almost creamy.

O: Cleaner and tastier than your average macro lager.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 927 ratings.