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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,637 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2,637
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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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.

endincolorado, May 05, 2009
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.

logansboat15, May 16, 2007
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.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 10, 2010
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.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of booga73
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%

booga73, Oct 19, 2014
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.

cervezale, Aug 11, 2009
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.

BillyBrew, Jul 17, 2002
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.

DovaliHops, Jun 28, 2010
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.

OKCNittany, Aug 02, 2007
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.

Luigi, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of TheEarl
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft into a standard pint glass on 5/27/2013.

Appearance: Clear, medium/dark brown, very little foam.

Aroma: The smell is dominated by roasted malt. It is pretty simple.

Taste: Sweet malts, very little bitterness, and less roasted flavor than the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very light with good carbonation.

Overall: Negra Modelo is pretty good for what it is--typically the best beer on draft at the Mexican restaurants near my house.

TheEarl, May 28, 2013
Photo of Spence7103
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%

Spence7103, Sep 17, 2014
Photo of BaconManic
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%

BaconManic, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Kmace929
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%

Kmace929, Nov 02, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. Picked up cheap from my local off-licence.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear amber-brown colour with good carbonation. Forms a decent head of light-brown foam that dissipates rapidly. Aroma of sweet dark malt with hints of caramel, grain and alcohol.

Tastes of sweet caramel malt with a mild finish. Very faint hints of roasted malt and stewed hops. Mouthfeel is thin, though smooth and tingly. Slightly creamy. Weak malty aftertaste.

I like this beer - probably my favourite Mexican lager. Not world-class, but certainly a cut above Corona et al. The flavour is nothing to get excited about, but it's unchallenging and slides down nicely. Good to pair with Mexican food.

jazzyjeff13, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured from the bottle, the deep garnet beer raises a short tan head of loose bubbles that disappears in the blink of an eye. There was no lacing and only a few excited carbonation lines. The smell is sweet and vaguely roasted, but mainly clean. The sweetness comes through up front and is followed by some nice, hops crispness, leaving the palate ready for the next drink. The carbonation is vibrant and the body is relatively light. Pairs well with the food at my local Mexican restaurant and is quite drinkable.

hopsaplenty, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a light, caramel brown. A finger of head developed before dissipating to a bubbly lacing.

Smell: Very subtle aroma. Caramel and vanilla.

Taste: It's grainy for a darker brew. Caramel and nutty. There is just a slight hint of hops at the end.

Drinkability: It's not bad. Anyone for dessert after a couple Modelo Especial's?

TheQuietMan22, May 02, 2009
Photo of euskera
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored. Medium head. Not all that much there, slight hop and malt character. A bit of a metallic feel to it, slightly smoky at the end. Still a good session beer, and infinitely better than that Corona swill. Good with spicy Mexican food.....

euskera, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of Slynger
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Negra pours a clear amber color with slight raspberry tinge to it, and a finger of fizzy light tan foam.

Smell is quite light but possesses some caramel and fruity sweetness along with lightly toasted grains and Vienna malts.

Body is light and watery with a smallish amount of fizzy carbonation. Taste is better though. Lightly sweet caramel / fruitiness with some toasted, Vienna's, and earthy spicy hops.

Not bad overall, there is definitely worse stuff out there. Pretty good for a macro offering.

Slynger, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Metallix6403
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured in to a pilsener.

Appearance - Brown body with an orange hue. Almost two fingers of white head. Fades quickly and leaves decent lace.

Smell - Fairly clean. A little malt and a little sweetness.

Taste - A nice touch of carmel and some sour finish. Hops come through on the finish.

Feel - Thin and clean. A bit of carbonation through out.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Best with food (snacks or meals).

Final Thoughts - By far the best of the Mexican brews. A great choice at a Mexican joint. Usually have a few in the house.

Metallix6403, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown stubby bottle with no dates.

Poured a clear brown color with a small white head that went down to a thin layer quickly.

Light on the nose, faintest hints of malts and floral hops.

Mellow and smooth on the palate. Carbonation has a sting, but never out of control. Malts are matched nicely with bitter hops, finish is surprisingly dry. Caramel notes subtle in the end.

My usual choice for Mexican restaurants. While not exemplary in any way, it sure as hell doesn't suck, either.

Shultzerdugen, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of mltobin
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon being poured from the bottle, a dark copper color with a small dark head.
It smells like a loaf of sourdough bread with traces of ginger and carmel.
It tastes smooth for a dark beer and not bitter, a very good choice at a Mexican restaurant.
MF is pretty nice and showcases the character of this lager.
This is a good beer and goes well with beef fajitas and tortilla chips.

mltobin, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of freed
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was left in the fridge by friends. Cool. Wonder what they took that they felt the need to leave a beer...

Poured nicely into my pint, a starting cap of foam was thick, but dissolved quickly into a light rim around the glass. The beer is dark amber, and looks similar to an iced tea. Aroma is somewhat sour malty with a roundness that can only be explained by hops, though they aren't that apparent. Taste is somewhat plain, slight amber flavor, sweet draw, and flat lagery finish. Drinks like an avarage lager, despite the difference in color.

freed, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of scoobybrew
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear amber color with a think head that settles into a fine lace color; some lacing as it drains

S - 'clean' lager scent with a touch of roasted grain

T - slightly subdued toasted malty flavor with a touch of hops on the finish; clean as far as yeast character

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - I suppose this is a 'highly drinkable' beer when you're consuming Mexican style food - or really any food that compliments the American-style dark lager. I think it fit the mentioned style better than a Munich Dunkel. Munich Dunkel would imply a richer malt character - which this certainly lacks. Nonetheless it's a decent beer, but is hardly worth seeking out (as if you had to).

scoobybrew, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of BeerBeing
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 120z brown glass, semicustom stubby bottle, black and yellow on gold label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear brown color, large off-white head, minimal lace

Smell: some herbs and toasty malt

Taste: medium body, smooth medium mouthfeel, malt and hops, minimal sweetness

Notes: very good by itself or with any mexican food

BeerBeing, Sep 02, 2005
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,637 ratings.