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

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926 Reviews

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 3,007
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 57
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 Weston19
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, clear, amber color with a ton of carbonation. Has a very bubbly head and it looks like I just poured a Dr. Pepper on my mug.

S: I'm not getting much off the nose. The first initial sniff gave me sole caramel and a malty smell but it disappeared rather fast. There might be a hint of grass as well.

T: The beer gives a decent amount of hops and adjuncts and you can definitely taste them. The texture is very watery and there isn't as much malt flavor as I was expecting. Not a bad taste but not memorable in any way. It's just sort of...there.

M: Watery will a somewhat dry finish. Lots of burps.

O: A mildly bitter adjunct beer that has some OK flavors but is overall not very memorable. Not bold enough for my taste but definitely good with some tacos.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I would just like to say I thoroughly enjoy this beer. It has a slightly overwhelming smell once you pour it into the glass. However the taste is great. Perfect mix of malt and hops. When I poured it into a glass the carbonation was like a was pouring a glass of soda.

Overall, a good beer that is very, very drinkable.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, there is absolutely no good reason to put a lime wedge into a darker lager beer. For the purpose of this review enjoyed a bottle at a Mexican restaurant after said lime was extracted from the bottle neck. This is my favorite widely available beer down in Mexico and I will drink it here too should the occasion arise (Bavaria is another really good dark Mexican lager albeit harder to find at restaurants and bars). This brew is light brown, looking like iced tea or watery cola, with a decent amount of off-white to light tan head that will keep its shape for a bit provided you don't kill it off with lime juice. This beer is also served ice-cold pretty much anywhere you order it ... The initially weak aroma and flavors will develop if the beer is allowed to warm up a bit. Nose and palate jive quite nicely, amber and dark malts providing a mellow brown sugar backdrop with hints of raisin and roasted barley, along with vanilla-esque floral notes and some hops that recall sweet hay. The beer is highly carbonated and quite thin as one might expect, but well worth the attention that you probably wouldn't pay to a Corona or Sol. Malt forward but not aggressive and the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Less bold than other Munich Dunkels I've had and I think this is better classfied as a Graf-style Vienna lager. The aforementioned Bavaria is a Munich dunkel. But hey.

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Photo of mjurney
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color, clear. Good amount of small bubbles rising up. Thin frothy head.

Toasted malts, grainy, grassy, a little peppery.

Toasted, grainy, grassy, slight caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is mild, yet pretty sharp. Finish is dry, clean, crisp. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, nice carbonation.

It's a good beer.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz plastic cup at the airport. It has a lovely clear medium-brown color with no lacing or head at all. Aroma is hops, caramel, and a bit of malt. Flavor is hops, malt, caramel, mild but balanced, and tipping a bit more to the hops side, which I enjoy. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy. Overall this is a good brown lager, but I really prefer ales--porters, stouts and IPAs.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium to large off white to maybe light tan head settles to a nice lacing above a clear bright copper amber colored beer.

Light caramel to almost chocolate malts with some different things coming through, spices, nutmeg, not sure but they're there but very light.

Light maybe caramel maybe chocolate malts mix well to give this beer a definite flavor but not in any particular direction, and then I added a slice of lime and this beer seemed to explode with flavors but again in no particular direction, light malts, light hops, light citrus fruits and lime.

Easy drinking beer with a lighter taste that brings a variety of light tastes but really you should throw a slice of lime in the mix and it becomes, to me, the best mass market Mexican beer out there.

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Photo of Ctone33
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks very appetizing with a dark brown chestnut color and very thin head.

S - My nose is a little stuffy right now but it smells a little bit like chocolate and malty sweetness

T - Instantly refreshing like a glass of water but then it hits you with the sweetness of the malt and an alcoholic afterglow. Not dry and stays wet well after the initial taste

M - Watery and thin but not too much so. Also not very heavy... Very nice on a hot day or with spicy foods.

O - For Mexican beer this one is well made and balanced. Sweet and refreshing without too much bitterness. A slightly heavier mouthfeel would please me more but this beer is good as is.

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Photo of luis_dibiase
1.9/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

its not the best beer it has a sour taste and i always notice people spit after they drink it at the clubs. I would prefere a pabts blue ribbion or a micky instead of this. it taste ok when lime is added but other then that it has a bull flavor. If anything i would consider this as a last minute beer.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Negra modelo is without a doubt my favorite Mexican Beer. Similar to Kilt lifter in look and feel its one of the few Mexican beers I've tried that i dont have to have a taco in my hand to enjoy. I thoroughly enjoy it and recommend it to all my friends when we go out for Mexican food.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mahogany color and crystal clear. Deep, dark and brilliant copper. Has a beige or off white head of creamy foam that fell pretty fast and left wet lace. It refreshes itself to a ring around the glass. The nose was malty and sweet with caramel and lots of bread. Touch of citrus over the top and faint lager yeast character to make it pretty attractive to the nose. It tastes pretty good. It's sweet and has some floral hops in the drink. But the lions share is a very smooth and flowing malt. It's not cloying and the sweetness is never out of hand. The lager character takes over in the after taste with that yeast and spice and the citrus keeps it lively and juicy.

This beer was a surprise. I have heard so much about how bad the mexican beers and I was prepared for awful. I even bought a lime . . . just in case. This drank deliciously. Exceptional color, exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is just what you want alongside a spicy dish of mexican or southwestern food. In fact the body of this beer was very well done. It wasn't watery, it wasn't thick . It was neutral if that makes any sense. Where I could criticize is that the sweetness flattens it a little. The citrus could have been a little more too. It had the faintest hop bitter to accentuate the finish but that was weak as well.

Pretty good overall.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark auburn which glows like an ember in the light. A silky cap sticks around.

Not a typical mexican beer smell, fortunately. Bits of cocoa amongst floral & herby notes. Raisin and dark chocolate.

The taste is light fruit and chocolate. There is a watery taste reminiscent of macro breweries but it is negligible. There is no depth or finish to the beer, really just a simple sweet fruity taste.

Carbonation is light and refreshing.

This is one of those beers that you buy if you are in a grocery store with not exactly the most divine of selections. Passable, not outstanding.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown liquid with excellent clarity with 1/4" creamy head.

S: Clean yeast, sweet rich malt, citrusy hops.

T: Rich malty backbone with toffee, sweet bread, honey, and citrus.

M: Medium to thick. Crisp and clean finish.

O: This beer is one of my first loves due to the decoction mashing and the corresponding rich malty backbone. Its a shame that too often it comes stale.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Light golden brown with a thin white head that dissipates quickly.

S- BMC aroma with a slight sweetness.

T- Very sweet with hints of caramel and toffee. The finish is smooth.

M- Light-bodied with a smooth mouth-feel. The carbonation is on the low side.

D- Not bad, but not great, very easy drinking. There are no bad or off flavors present, but nothing about the beer stands out.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the 1001 Beers you must taste before you die -- #31 of the ones I've reviewed here.

I confess I rather like this beer -- I think it's sort of underrated. Not great, not by any means, but certainly underrated.

It has an absolute perfect appearance, a very nice reddish brown that leans maybe a hair more red than other mahogany brews, I'm not sure I've ever seen any other beer with quite this color. The nose and taste is nothing overwhelming special, a little sweet malt, although I like it at least as much as Sam Adams Boston Lager, say. I think the mouthfeel on this is particularly nice, it's very light and effervescent, which sort of works against the color and style but does add a level of refreshment to this which I think is quite nice.

I don't want to oversell this, it's no classic. But I do think it's better than the general run of Mexican beers, at least the ones you can easily get in the states, and I do recommend it.

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Photo of JWearda
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S - Pint glass poured from the bottle.

A - Pours a relatively clear, dark ruby brown with a light finger width head. Short retention, leading to a broken layer of small bubbles across the surface.

S - Weak aroma. Subtle caramel notes. Not much else.

T - Follows the nose. Light but predominant caramel flavor. Ghostly presence of nuttiness and hops.

M - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Tingles the tongue. Goes down smooth and easy.

O - My beer of choice when dining at a Mexican restaurant, only because of lack of selection. Not a bad beer, I simply want something more bold from a beer this dark.

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Photo of tito42
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint.

A: Sienna, crystal clear, ruby hues, very thin and wispy head even after an aggressive pour.

S: Almond, grassy hops, corn syrup, buttered toast.

T: Wheat toast, grass, lemon oil, bitter hops finish.

M: Medium bodied and smooth with a bit of a hops bite at the end, especially for a macro.

O: Not bad, but not great. Would definitely be a fine selection at any Mexican restaurant.

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Photo of TheShat
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark, amber color. Not black. White head that sticks around at about 2 fingers.

Smell: Not much there. Very mild coco and malt notes.

Taste: Pleasant but simple. Mild bread and nuts up front with the alcohol slightly noticeable on the finish, despite the ABV. No complexity.

Mouthfeel: Thin with lots of carbonation. A pleasant fizz on the tongue on the finish.

Overall: An average drinker's beer. Can be enjoyed at anytime and takes no effort to appreciate.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe Negara means black but instead the color is a Dark brown. The head was light, wispy and fleeting.

The scent is very grainy and sweet with malt and light roasted aromas.

The taste has a chocolate malt flavor with a backbone of grainy malts. Light roasted nut and toasted bread flavor are also apparent. There's a lot of carbonation feel on the tongue which makes it crisp but watery. A truer taste, one without so much carbonation would be stellar but may not serve the purpose of a refreshing dark lager.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber colored beer. Good carbonation. Decent head.

Faint, tangy sweet, dark beer smell.

Tangy sweet and bitter. Overall it is pleasant. Not fantastic. Tastes better cold.

Tart. Bitter. Carbonation is a little sharp. Finish is good, long, and bitter.

A decent, affordable beer. Not for special occasions. Something a little different to session with. Or a good beer to go with fast food.

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Photo of Natainos
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden clear, dark amber with a light tan inch & half head. Weak retention, leading to a thin layer of microbubbles across the surface.

Smell - Sub par aroma. Caramel notes with slight café.

Taste - Caramel flavor present. Some earthy presence and grassy hop. Light café.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy yet light to medium body with active carbonation. Tingles the tongue yet it goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - A nice brown Mexican beer, beter than the blondes. If your at a Mexican restaurant and like dark lagers, this is a fine choices to be had. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle to goblet.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, dark ruby brown with a light khaki finger width head. Sub-par retention, leading to a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Weak aroma. Subtle caramel notes. Not much else.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light but predominant caramel flavor. Ghostly presence of earth and grassy hop. That about covers it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Tingles the tongue. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - My go to beer when out at a Mexican restaurant, though due to lack of choice more than anything. Outside that, it's a beer I tend to steer clear from, as there are significantly better dark lager choices to be had.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Copper; small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Malty; sweet; banana taffy smell

Taste: Malty; sweet; a little bitter on finish; not bad overall, but not as good as I remembered.

Remarks: Gave one to my German neighbor. His response, "It's not German."

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of LifeByTheDrop
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark as others, but hard to find a better beer at most Tex-Mex restaurants. Smooth, minimal head, above average flavor and above all, save the lime for your food. A great accent to the Bob Armstrong Dip and the Chicken Chile Relleno at Matt's Rancho Martinez in Big D.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This isn't a fantastic beer but its probably the best Mexican beer I've had. It's almost bereft of aroma and has a very mild taste without much character to speak of. It's fairly smooth but overall there just ain't much to remark on. It's ok for drinking with your buddies at the bar but I wouldn't order it as my first. As an aside, if you mix in a shot of vodka, it tastes like a Baltika 9.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with golden foil covering the bottle cap. Stamped: B263A128-01:30. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is an attractive looking medium to dark brown with ruby red hues glistening along the edge of the glass. Small to medium head that fades a bit but never disappears.

The aroma is of fine caramel malts, toffee, and sweetness. The hops balance out the aroma in a crisp, clean way.

The body is around medium and mildly acidic.

The taste is malty sweet with a a slight hop bite introducing itself at the end of each sip. Mild bitterness. An enjoyable beer. Probably one of the better Mexican brewed beers I have had.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.