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

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2,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,768
Reviews: 908
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 320 | FT: 0
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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 JimmyK77
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer with tacos. Its a semi-transparent blackish-brown, almost the color of Coca-Cola. In fact, a guy with me at the restaurant though I had a mixed drink, not a beer. Malt is very dominant in the flavor profile with slight sweetness. Hop bitterness and flavor are really undetectable. It has a thin body with enough carbonation to keep it interesting. Probably best ice cold and in large quantity.

Photo of misterscooter
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the major Mexican beers. Pours a dark brown with a little red and a nice head on top. Slight molasses smell but not much else.

The taste is molasses and slightly malty with a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

It is a simple, smooth beer. Easy to drink and great at a ballgame with the chips and salsa. More character than your normal, watered down cerveza.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went to a Mexican Restaurant today for lunch. It was a "proper" one said my work colleague, because it had Mexican beer. He told me I would enjoy it. He proceeded to babble in Spanish before we even sat down and a glass of dark beer arrived right on que. It's looks so reminded me of an atoned version of the dark spicy beer on sale at the U Fleku in Prague, probably the handled Pint Glass, a good start then. But it did look very good, and had a deep brown head. It was a very, very dark brown beer, not quite black on examination. Not much aroma though, probably due to the low temperaure at which it was served (frosted glass - I hate that!!). But oh, so smooth, really smooth, with a better mouthfeel than most dark beers, but yet at the same time it tasted and drank light, weird. Malty start, Chocolate mid-taste and a short mild-bitterness in the finish. Some caramel as it warmed. It went exceptionally well with the spicy food, and I for one will try it again - albeit a bit warmer next though.

Photo of BeerYoss
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to a goblet

A: Dark brown and beautiful red in more intense light. bubbly head dissipates quickly to a thin splotchy film on the surface and around the edge of the glass.

S: smells like it looks. dark and heavy smell of roastiness and chocolate

T: sweet chocolate from first sip through to the finish. roasty and warming

M: strange combination. almost watery but there's a chewiness and lasting, resinous mouthfeel as well.

O: I've had this beer many times at Mexican restaurants. and really, it's perfect with that food, the chocolatey sweetness perfectly complements the spices. standing alone I feel it lacks complexity and body. but it is definitely drinkable and a good beer.

Photo of gbarron
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at a local mexican restaurant.

A - bottle states "dark beer," cap is covered by gold foil. The waitress makes a huge error by bringing me a 'frosted' mug and there is a lime wedge jammed into the bottle . . . ugh. I discard the lime, let the mug warm up, and pour. Dark brown, perfectly clear. A small, off-white head forms quickly, then dissipates, retracting into a white ring. No lacing.

S - malt, mostly. Very little hop aroma, if any. What is there is earthy. Maybe a little corny smell?

T - malty sweetness dominates, followed by some hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Maybe a bit of hop flavor in the end, some spicy noble hop flavor? Hard to place. Smoky malt, sweet, toasty, caramel flavors are up front. Tastes sort of like there are some adjuncts in this beer, that is not all malt. Maybe some corn?

M - thin, appropriate for the style. Seems a little overcarbonated. Tickles the tongue a bit.

D - well, if you're at a Mexican place and the only choices available are your standard Mexican brews -- Corona, Pacifica, Carta Blanca, etc. -- and you see Negra Modelo on the list, get it. Its a decent representation of the Vienna style, one of the few commercial examples I know of, really.

Photo of ericj551
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo pours a bright, reddish brown with a thing, offwhite head. The aroma is sweet, mildly dark malt, with some caramel and herbal hops. Crisp hops upfront in the flavor as well, with a nice rounded slightly raisiny maltiness. The finish is clean, with just a hint of fruitiness. Overall a very solid, drinkable beer.

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - About a one finger head with some decent retention. Not really enough lacing to mention. Color is a nice dark brown with reddish hues, looks like a lot of ambers I have tried.

S - Not really a whole lot of smell, but its ok. Somewhat of a biscuity malt smell. Slight hint of hops smell.

T - Dominated by malts. Very smooth and a slightly dry finish. Finishing aftertaste similar to corona.

M - Average, very smooth feel but not full at all.

D - Ok, probably won't reach for this again but nothing really to keep you from knocking back a few of these

Not bad, but kind of overpriced. Taste like what should be another cheap mexican beer. Finishing taste is similar to corona. Nothing great but not bad either. Probably worth a try, some may really like it, to me its just pretty average though.

Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of diablo14
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i rather like this beer, especially with a round of beef burritos. its definately the best mexican offering ive come across. its not really a dark beer, but compared to corona or sol, its almost pitch black!

more a golden amber color, with a foamy cream colored head, it has a gentle sweetness about it, slightly caramel, slightly spicy, with a nice restrained malt tinge. certainly not full bodied for a dark beer (unless you want to call it a dark lager), this is reflected in the flavor, which is quiet but not tasteless. subtle maltiness with has some sweetness to it, mild toffee like hint with some orange traces there also. well balanced bitter finish that is a little tangy but doesnt get carried away and starts to kick in just when you fear it might just be getting a bit too sweet. perfect for downing with any rich mexican dish.

i really like that the beer, while not bursting with flavor, has a nice taste that doesnt give you too much to deal with while youre eating a meal. a nice palate cleanser. like hens teeth in australia now, but if i know im off to the cantina, im always hoping negra modelo is on the beer list.

Photo of deapokid
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a root beer brown with high carbonation, a thin head and transparent lacing. It's visually reminiscent of a brown ale (ala Newcastle) and looks sweet and light.

Caramel is the main scent on display, accompanied by faint licorice, peanuts, grain and a bit of alcohol. Aroma isn't bad, but it's nothing to write home about.

Roasted notes dominate the flavor profile. Coffee, nuts, caramel and malt are prominent, as is a mild astringency, which isn't powerful enough to muddle the flavors.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth and manages to avoid macro lager bitterness, which is no small feat. It can be a bit too sweet, but it packs in a lot of malt, which levels out the candied notes.

This is definitely one of Mexico's finest offerings and it goes great with tacos and a hot Summer day.

Photo of Beefeater57
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber color, thin film of white foam on top.

S: For some reason, I get the smell of buttered corn. I know my nose isn't off and there isn't corn near me, so I'm not losing it. But, I get corn.

T: Starts very astringent and dry right off the bat, but has a mellow malt flavor that slides in. Finishes smooth, and the malt sweetness is very nice. Aftertaste is dry, slighty oily on the tongue. Get some citrus notes, but nothing that pops. Hops are faint, little earthy but not too noticeable.

M: Little fizzy, and again, has a dry astringency to it. The body is interesting..it's thin, but it has some weight to the tongue.

D: Easy to drink lager, and out of the mexican brews, I prefer this one over most. It isn't complicated, and definitely a summer beer.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big foamy, fluffy head, beer is a light brownish color, would have liked it darker for the style

S: Pretty mild, but some toasted malt aroma, slightly sweet

T: About like aroma, a little toasted malt, but much sweeter than the smell, not overly so, but a little more than I would have liked

M: Pleasant level of carbonation, enough to clean palate but doesn't sting, just a little fizzy

D: Very good, mouthfeel helps

Notes: Not an overly impressive beer, but I think that is a good thing. It doesn't have anything that stands out as bad, while at the same time possessing qualities that make it easy to drink when you just want a sessionable slightly darker beer.

Photo of tommyjohn
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is listed as a commercial example on the Beer Judge Cert. Program for vienna lager.
Aroma:Wonderfull, malty, toasty and chewy. Smells like it came out of the brewery tap.
Appearance:Dark amber, creamy head.
Flavor:Malty sweet but kinda thin. Very thin.
Impression:Must have gotten a very fresh six pack. Oh the aroma! Still, wish the flavor would have held up it end.

Photo of George
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is a crystal clear brown lager with a thin off-white head that has nice retention and lacing. It smells a touch sweet and fruity with notes of syrupy malt, some adjunct and a touch of roast. It's medium-light bodied and smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes melanoidal and slightly sweet. There's no real bitterness. It's a corny flavor with a slightly sweet aftertaste. It's perfect for a michelada.

Photo of biggmike
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was better than I remembered it being from previous tastings. Not that it is exceptional by any means, but it is smoother and much less heinous than other Mexican beers. Tastes of caramel and light coffee. Aroma and mouthfeel are good. Drinkability of this is high.

Photo of stan66
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer gave me less than I was expecting. The only really nice thing is the color, smell is almost non existent. Taste is like a regular lager just with a touch of caramel here and there. Too pricey for what I get. It is not bad for a hot weather as a thirst quencher.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the more flavorful Mexican beers. It is like Dos Equis Amber but with a smoother mouthfeel and a bit of malty sweetness. Goes well with beef enchiladas. It has nothing on well-made English and German beers, but it is not bad beer at all. I recommend it within the context of the Mexican restaurant only, otherwise there are better beers to have.

Photo of becktone
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice color in this beer, once decanted from the stubby little bottle. Crystal clear garnet. Not impressed with the head on this beer, poured to be small with very poor retention, dissipated in less than one minute. The lacing is also fairly poor, thin and doesn't cling to the edges of the glass very well. Was expecting more from this brew.

The nose is crisp and clean. I assume that this is the smell of munich malt (very strong caramel), it dominates the aroma. Perhaps also a lightly toasted aroma to this beer. No hint of hop aroma.

To the tongue slight bittering hops are evident in the flavor to offset the sweetness of the malt. Finishes with an overall sweetness left behind on the tongue. For a few momments the taste somewhat reminded me of some dark belgian ales, perhaps this recipe uses a bit of candi sugar? I also get a dark fruit flavor. Flavor continues to become more complex as it warms, I actually think that this lager is a bit tastier on the warmer side as opposed to the cooler side that would be more appropriate for lagers.

Feels medium bodied on the palate. Lower carbonation levels seem appropriate for the style. This is a beer that I'll probably buy again, however I don't know how soon, I would like to try other's of this same style first. I'll probably almost definitely buy it again on next Cinco de Mayo. The beer is good, and easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have much replay value, except for Cinco de Mayo.

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,768 ratings.