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

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Ratings: 2,888
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 46
Gots: 417 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of Dmann
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a tasty beer. It poured a dark red color with a small head that did not last long. The smell was very malty and sweet, quite inviting. The flavor was quite good with a nice strong malt backbone and a pinch of hop bitterness. Reminded me of a watered down double bock in some respects. Anyways it went well with my fish tacos and I would drink this one again if it were available.

Photo of jlervine
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a ruddy brown, no haze at all. Off-white head formed and very slowly receded to lace. Smell is chocolate and caramel malts, hint of noble hops. Malty sweetness is very prevalent. The taste hits with chocolate malts at the beginning, then a bit of sweetness, and fades with a decent noble hop finish. Something isn't quite right with the hops, but I cannot put my finger on it. It isn't unpleasant, it's disconcerting; it's not right, but it isn't dead wrong, either. Just odd. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of dryness in the finish. Very drinkable. Will certainly wash down the dryest of chimichangas.

Photo of palma
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew at a well known mexican restaurant in Queens. Dark brown body with a thin head that didnt last very long. Smell was mildly hoppy with a light herbal aroma. I was surprised by the taste. I was expecting a lot less from a Mexican import. It was very malty and roasty. Light and easy drinking. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would have definately had another if I stayed at the restaurant a little longer.

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz, short, brown bottle. No date.

This beer poured a clear, light coffee brown color with white foam that settled to a thin coat. The smell was malty with some caramel sweetness. The taste was a not-too-sweet caramel maltiness with a hint of hops and a touch of yeast and breadiness. The mouthfeel was somewhat creamy with medium body and good carbonation kick. Overall it was nicely malty. This is a decent beer and is one of the better ones I have sampled from Mexico.

Photo of FormatKid
2.61/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this at my local mexican joint. I figured this would probably be the best of the evils to be offered there. Poured into a frosted mug, which I didn't care to refuse because the waiter didn't speak very much english.

It poured out a rather dense, yet transparent brown. Nice foamy head rolled up 2-3 fingers worth. Looks a lot like a bock, then I took a whiff. Well, it sort of smelled like a bock only it was infused with a corny-sweet smell. It didn't do too much for my nose.

Taste is sweet and corn-syrupy all the way through, hops are a barely noticable edge. It doesn't impress me too much on taste. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than a standard lager. Carbonation is consistent with many other lagers, although not persistant enough to be called "fizzy".

Compared to other "mexi-lagers" I've had, this one is probably the most solid. Still just not my cup of tea. If I was choking on my chimichanga, it would be passable to wash it down with this.

Photo of RootedFool
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at a local Mexican dive to go with my dinner.

Pours murky, deep amber with a sudsy head that falls quickly. A narrow band of lace clings to the glass; greasy swirls of foam linger on the surface of the beer.

Smell is a slightly musty (maybe more mineral than musty) sweetness, with a tinge of hay-edged hop bitterness in the background.

Taste begins with a slight nudge of bitterness. A flat malt sweetness follows -- like flat Pepsi. Aftertaste is a grassy bitterness (very understated) and the sweetness.

Lots of carbonation -- thin body.

Not too bad. It's working well with my spicy food.

Photo of donnebaby
3.17/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always want this beer to taste better simply by dint of its unique, gold foil wrapped bottle. The beer has the look of weak coffee, and has a light tan head that is gone almost immediately to a thin ring of froth. The smell is spiced molassas and malts. Pine trees? Very appealing.

The taste is lightly creamy, medium in body. Light to medium hops at the conclusion, with a slight syrupy alcohol aftertaste--which is kind of bad ;( Not a very complex dunkel. Good light carbonation and mouthfeel in the mouth and on the tongue.

Slightly heavy, I actually don't usually enjoy this beer with Mexican food, as it seems to injure the taste as well as fill the stomach a little too much.

Photo of ism
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at room temperature.

Highly carbonated head disappears like it was never there. A reddish amber, dark and pleasing to the eye, next to the slightly darker bottle. Aroma, what little there is, just hints at hops. The carbonation works along the tongue, with sweet malt running over it, shades of nuts and fruit. The hops don't seem to be there, which leads to it being on the sweet side just a bit too much. Slightly dry pull on the aftertaste, which is clean for the most part.

Not overly exciting enough to drink on its own, and not refreshing enough for a summer's day. Best as a companion to more interesting food. If this were the only beer on a Mexican restaurant menu along with other Modelo offerings and Dos Equis, I'd choose it. Would go great with chicken enchiladas in green sauce. Mmm... enchiladas. Cute squat bottle with a waist where the neck ends, the cutest one I've seen so far.

Photo of jimdkc
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Impressive, rich looking packaging in a unique squat bottle with gold foil over the neck and cap. Poured a reddish clear amber with a bubbly off-white head that receded very quickly to a scant ring. Smell is quite malty, as is the taste. Carmel malt taste with just a bit of hops in the background. Clean, dry finish. Goes very nicely with Mexican food and is a nice change from the Corona or Dos Equis I might usually have with such fare. Not a great beer, but nice and enjoyable.

Photo of Beaver13
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Negra Modelo poured a reddish copper with an off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer and had some lacing. The aroma is of slightly roasted malt with hints of caramel and chocolate and a little citrus. It had a pretty mild flavor with a medium body. The taste is nutty, caramel malts up front with a slight bitter / acidic finish. Overall, it's much better than the other Mexican beers I've had, but still a little "off" compared to a quality microbrew. It kind of reminds me of a Fat Tire.

Photo of CBFanWish
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was raining this morning, so my buddy came over with a sixer of Negra Modelo. It poured a dark amber/ copper colour with a minimal head. The scent was malty with slight hints of chocolate. The taste was also very malty lacking of hops. It wasn't a bad beer from the makers of Corona. I was atually impressed with it to an extent.

Photo of Reneejane
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually my dad and I don't like the same sort of beers, but he introduced me to this one, and I liked it. It poured a dark clear amber with a frothy white head that disipated. What I liked about this beer is that it had quite a bit of flavor. It had a great malt character: sweet, nutty, and caramelly. It didn't have a lot of hoppiness to it, just a subtle hoppy aroma to it. It seemed to have as much character as a Oktoberfest style beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I first tried this beer in Cancun and i was really impressed because i was used to taste modelo beers that were freezing and had limes (i.e. Corona) but this beer for my tastes was actually pretty good. Its apperance is very appealing a darkish brown with a frosty head that seesm to disipate fast. Good caramel taste and some prononuced hints of malt.

Photo of beertaster13
2.99/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They carry these at the local mexican restaurant and everytime we eat there I have to have it. Pours a dark brown with tan head, head doesn't last to long but leaves lacing on the glass. Smell is of malts and a hop blast, a hint of roasted caramel. The taste is sorta citrus flavor with malt characteristics. Feels full but a little dull in the mouth. A drinkable beer, great when eating mexican.

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown brew with lots of carbonation.

Smell is lots of malt and a nice fruit smell.

Tastes like a respectable Dunkel. Mildly sweet and fruity with just the right hops. Mild apple and banana flavors present. Bitterness becomes more noticeable the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, try it next time you eat enchiladas.

Photo of Billolick
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice almond color, little head, no lacing.
No nose to speak of. Minimal malt, very minimal hops. Very subtle in the flavor dept. A bit chalky in the finish. Not very pleasing. I would not waste too much time on this stuff, unless there was only macros around. Might do decently with food, but thats probably a stretch.

Photo of Ellbert
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer was mediocre or average at best. It was served with a lime in it which I took out, wiped the neck of the bottle to get any juices away and then poured. The lime was nice to eat after my beer was gone.

Appearance: A dark brown color not dark enough not to be able to see directly through it though. A small white head formed above it.

Smell: Smell was mostly of malt and nothing else. Sticky molasses type malt smell.

Taste: Malt through and through. Barely if any hop flavors.

This beer is decent and I would drink it if it was the only "better" beer around.

Photo of filabrazilia
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

There is a slight malt aroma in the nose. Mildly sweet and one-dimensional, but not bad.

A sweet malty taste in the mouth. This reminds me of a "light" bock. No discernable hop presence in the taste.

The mouthfeel is thin and crisp with a dry finish.

This is a very drinkable beer that would pair with spicy food. Not terribly complex but still pretty decent.

Photo of Stingray5
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served to me with a frosty mug, lime attached. Lime discarded, beer poured into frosty mug. No head, brown in color. No noticible aroma. Decent mouthful, high carbonation. Taste was caramel malt, touch of hops.

Refreshing and inoffensive. A better choice than the typical Bud parade of offerings.

Photo of RedBaron
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Mexican beer--hands down.

The beer poured nicely, with the exact amount of carbonation I would expect from a well-crafted lager, broadly in the Vienna-style (though the label confusingly says "dark ale"). The rocky head faded somewhat a few minutes after the pour, but there was a persistent ring of an off-white trace during the sample.

The wonderful color to this beer is of a dark, transparent bronze. It is a well made lager, and our amigos down south know what they're doing with this product--it kicks the crap out of more mainstream Mexican swill, and gives the drinker something much more to enjoy.

The initial taste was of caramelized, perhaps burnt, malts with a nice and pleasant sweetness, with a good roasty (and faintly chocolate) overtone. The sweetness rotates into a tried-and-true blending of several malts and bittering hops (Saaz?) towards the back of the palette, though the malt sweetness predominates. The mouthfeel is of a medium to full-bodied beer, and it really is a beer crafted with character.

The drinkability factor is high here, and I would recommend this beer to drink paired with spicy chile rellenos over most other south-of-the-border brews.

Gracias!

Photo of Dubblebock
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is a staple of the Mexican or Tex-Mex dining experience here in Texas. It's near impossible to find a Mexicali establishment that doesn't serve this beer. And for good reason, too. Negra Modelo is one of the better and more respected Mexican beers. It's a good example of the dark American lager, and it will wash down a plate of tacos and enchiladas better than just about anything. This is not a fancy beer at all, although the packaging attempts to say otherwise. The bottles have a unique shape, and the caps are foil covered. LOTS of Hispanic folks here in Central Texas drink Modelo, leaving the Corona to the frat boys.

The beer pours with a fair head and a dark, caramel coloring. Well carbonated.

The taste is malty up front, with a nice hop bite on the back end of the palate. Crisp and refreshing, especially in hotter weather. Slightly watery in mouthfeel, and it seems to get a little bitter after it warms a bit. This is a beer that is probably at it's best when quaffed cold, paired with salty or hot foods. Good drinkability. Maybe a good session beer if you want to try a South of the border taste. Take my advice, though. Go find a nice, out of the way taquieria and order you up a big plate of Tex-Mex. Lay down a couple of these while you're munching on your chips and salsa and you will feel like you're right in the heart of Mexico City.

Photo of beergeek279
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was dark amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a slight dark malt. The taste is a slightly sweet dark maltiness, and a slight hoppiness. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability, I could definitely have a few of these.

A much better Mexican beer than Corona, and goes so well with Mexican (compliments the salsa and chips I'm having right now). Not many better to compliment Mexican, and I'd probably have this one again.

Photo of HochFliegen
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very plain beer in my opinion. Was a dark color almost black. No head what so ever. Smell was the slightest amout of malt not much of a hop smell. Taste was malty almost roasted with very little hop taste. Very thin almost watery beer. Kinda bland I thought. It is easy to drink.

Photo of oggg
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, with a small head, not too fizzy.

Sweet malt smell

Taste is mostly malt with just a little bit of hops for early balance. Helps to cut through greasy Mexican food. There is a nice roastiness that lasts just a bit longer after that. I think there's a bit of fruitiness too. But the best thing about this beer is that it's really really smooth. A little on the watery side, but definitely not Coors.

Roasty smooth dark ale that goes great with Mexican food.

Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper, with small off-white bubbly head that quickly settles.
Sweet malt and very light caramel aroma.
Light malt taste, not roasted at all (as I'd expect), also notes of tea.
Light feel as well.
Not much to say about this one, uncomplicated, but nicely done, a good bet for a session, or for breaking up 2 more complicated brews. Nothing special, but nothing bad, and it gets the job done. Great alternative if the only others are Corona/Tecate

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,888 ratings.