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

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2,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 248 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Vienna 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 shacawgo24
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Fitzy01
3.07/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of tectactoe
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BTB in Ann Arbor, MI. Modest brown color, through and through. Moderate transparency with a small, wispy head that vanishes pretty abruptly. This beer has a clean, crisp, faint citrus smell with a very small malty undertone. It tastes like roasted malts and toasted bread with not much of a citrus taste like the smell might give off. There is, however, an element of sweetness to this beer, just a bit. The body is very thin, crisp, clean, and refreshing, providing a moderately dry finish.

Negra Modelo is a very simple beer that isn't great but isn't bad either. Many of the Mexican chain restaurants around my house serve this beer, and it compliments a burrito much better than a Corona or Dos Equis.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours lighter than I remember. It can't really even be described as amber. A dark fall orange; not as dark as Sam Adam's Oktoberfest. There isn't really any head but it has active carbonation. Too active. No lacing. Well, to be fair my first one left one vertical streak.

The aroma is of very, very slightly caramelized malts. No hops and still light.

To be frank, I do like the taste of this beer and it was the first brew I ever had with my dad. Now I'm getting some roasted, burnt malts and my first few sips some molasses. A tiny bitterness from the dark malts and I don't detect any hops. Slight corny, light malt sweetness.

I would buy this during the summer when it is on sale. It makes a nice michelada (of course a better beer would be wasted). With less carbonation the mouthfeel might make this more pleasant. It would be smoother, as it is your tongue is bitten.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves small bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some sweetness.

Tastes of sweet malts mostly. Malts lead off with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of toasted bread. I can sense a touch of floral hops on the backend. Overall, very light on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is slightly better than I expected for it to be a mass produced beer, but it is still nothing special.

Photo of Ed2
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of ahuey333
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Misfit138
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at a nice Mexican restaurant. Poured from bottle into a very frosty mug, with lime wedge.

A - Medium brown in color, light shines though. The head nearly overflowed the mug, and would have if I poured the whole thing in. Lime floating in the beer.

S- I didn't notice much for the smell.

T- The beer has more flavor then the smell thankfully. Mostly malts with some mild bitterness at the end. The lime added a nice smooth taste as well.

M- Very light for a dark beer and fairly carbonated.

D- Easy to drink and goes well with Mexican food. Its usually my first choice at a Mexican restaurant since it actually has some flavor.

Photo of scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a woody brown with a thick white film of a head that left some soapy lacing.
S: Sweet malt with a metallic twinge to it.
T: Sweet malts, slight caramel notes and a touch of hops in the finish. There's a weird funky sour aftertaste.
M: Bubbly carbonation, light body and a dry mouthfeel.
D: Not much flavor but it goes down easy, especially with food. However, there are many other alternatives I would reach for first.

Photo of flyingpig
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caramel brown, thin off-white head that goes fast.

Nutty, light burnt malts, some caramel.

Nutty with some caramel & sweet burnt malts. More nuts at end & a strange, hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied and with a creamy sort of tang to it and good carbonation that leaves a linger fizzing sensation.

This one turned out to be a bit of a disappointment in my book. Not anywhere near as good as I'd been expected. By all means give it a try but I'll not be looking out for it again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first got into this beer when I'd go into New York and this one lounge would have it along with some chips and a D.J. spinning some smooth grooves. Yeah, I know it sounds odd, but the bite of the brew would work well with the grease of the food, and I started the ball rolling in my appreciation of less popular brews. That was over 5 years ago and this is the first time in ages that I've had this. It's not as good as it was then, but it wasn't bad for a light night of drinking such as this one. This being a vienna lager and not seeming dark in it's taste are throwing me off a bit, but there's just not much here to taste or work with. The aftertaste lingers as well, but not in a smooth way. There's just enough tart to keep me wanting more, but not worth savoring.

The pour was nothing spectacular - it's dark like the bottle says, with a hint of burnt red in the hue. No lacing, not much of an aroma, and very little head could be seen as well. The taste was sharp with very little bitterness in the back. I can pick up a small amount of a metallic-piney undertone, with some roasting and caramel tossed in as well.

This would be good for a light summer day or when there aren't any session beers available, as the 5.40% ABV can hardly be discerned here. I don't look back on this now with the same affection that I felt years ago, but for Mexican beer, it's about as good as it gets. Maybe I need those chips back...

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a classic, cannot pass this one up at the local mexican restaurant, among the classic titles that are offered this one stands out, the classic gold wrapping and great shrunken bottle.

must have a lime and generous salt pour but the taste is still good, can easily have as part of a session, maybe 4 or 5 at least.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brown body with a thin head. Yeast, some caramel malts and very mild spiciness but mild for the style make up the aroma. Flavor is hard to break down but milk chocolate toffee and caramel are prevalent however not spicy enough for the style.. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth. Not terrible but it is what it is.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut in colored with a thin, off-white head - even after a fairly aggressive pour. Aroma is soft and fairly generic, with the slightest (and I mean very slight) whiff of roastedness. Taste is fairly plain, too, with a slightly above average macrobrew flavor and a smooth, easy-drinking palate.

I have a soft spot for Negra, since I used to drink it at my favorite burrito place in Chapel Hill, and it was an after-morning exam go-to beer. Still, it's fairly plain and generic.

Photo of dhannes
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a iced pint glass at a restaurant, poured from a bottle.

A=Nice, rich brown color with tannish head.

S=Notes of malt present.

T=A very mild dark beer...you can detect hints of caramel, but not much else. I paired with baked chicken with cheese and chorizo, and it did the job of cooling down the hot peppers in teh food, but not much else.

M=Very drinkable...except the more you drink, the more you notice the lack of flavor.

O=Probably still my "go to" Mexican beer, but I want to revisit Tecate and a few others...still, no reason to buy this unless their is nothing better on the menu.

Photo of endincolorado
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear brown-amber with off-white head. Okay retention. Light lace.

Smell- Moderate malty aroma. Clean corniness and a little hops.

Taste- Light fruitiness, like a faint apple or banana. Some malt and dry grain. Decent hop-bitterness. Fairly refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Fairly light, and watery body. Good carbonation.

Drinkability- Refreshing, and fairly well-balanced. Not bad for an inexpensive, widely available brew. Great with chips and salsa.

Photo of logansboat15
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber with a decent head, faint lacing. Smells of caramel and malt. Sweet malty taste in an average to slighty above average lager. Light mouthfeel in a decently drinkable beer. Goes great with nearly anything on the menu in a Mexican restaurant. As Vienna-style Lagers go, it's average at best.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not really a bad beer but not that good either. Light brown in color with poor fizzy carbonation. I had to do a rough pour to get any kind of head retention, in order to get a good smell. The smell is like wet toasty malts with some very slight citric sourness. At first the taste has a citris water quality like corona but the toasted malts try to sneak in at the finish but just can't get thier act together. The aftertaste has a little bit of toasty chocolate to it but it's very weak. Best described as Corona blended with some Bockbier. In the mouth it's kind of fizzy and watery, a little bit like soda. I don't think this is really true to the style but a style of it's own, Mexican Dark Lager perhaps, really quite refreshing and light, with a tropical feel to it. This isn't a bad thing just not typical of the assigned style.

Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy color with a fomay, tan, two-finger head. It left a touch of lacing.

S - It smelled of toasty malt.

T - It tasted quite sweet. A nice smooth malty flavor.

M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the better Mexcan beers. I think Vienna Lagers are the best kind of Mexican brews, anyway.

Photo of booga73
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of cervezale
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark lagger brewed by mexican macro giant Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma.

Color: Brown marron color with very low head retention and low lace formation lace. Pours good.

Aroma: Faded aromas of dry malts and hops.

Taste: Semi-dry malts and some hops. Nothing much interesting. Average mexican macro lagger

Finish: Dry finish with bitter aftertaste.

Photo of BillyBrew
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mexico's Dark secret. Amber colour with creamy, thin lace. Lightly floral scent. Slightly malted taste with mildy bittering and hop flavor. Nearly watery, medium body that is fairly smooth.

Everything is adequate here, not bad, but nothing special.Give it a shot. Cheers.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber/caramel color with a big white head that diminishes rather quickly. Smell does not have much going on, but it is by far the best scent I've gotten from any Mexican beer. There is a bit of sweet malt character and possibly some very subtle dark fruits. The taste is very refreshing (especially when it's almost 2am and the temperature outside is fucking 90 degrees!). I don't get much hop character, but I do definitely get some dark fruits...maybe some prunes and raisins. Quite tasty. The mouthfeel is nothing impressive. Highly carbonated and kinda leaves a weird, not so pleasant aftertaste. Drinkability is very high. From all the beers from Mexico I've tried, this is probably my favorite.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Brown body w/ good clarity. Thin bubbly cream head that didn't last long. Left some lacing - not much.

S: Some caramel malt. Not much to it. Almost the stink of the macro.

T: Much like the smell - some caramel malt. Simple, innoffensive, but nothing to write home about.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, but it's not good enough to make me want another anytime soon.

Photo of Luigi
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There not much to say about this beer. Pours a dark amber color. The head settles to a off-white lace. The taste and smell is very sweet and malty. Nothing is over powering. A great beer to pair with spicy food. All around this is an average dark lager.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.