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

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Ratings: 2131
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%


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:
 http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style03.php 

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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Vienna lager with some chocolate malts, a bit creamy from generous malting. Mildly sourish notes. Medium mouthfeel. Intially fizzy white head on dark colour, and malty aroma. Better than your average Mexican beer.A tad sweet bit not overally sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 03:10:56 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a thin film. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and grains. Taste is of toasted malt, grains, and slight caramel. There is a very slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is and one of the best beers coming out of Mexico in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 05:25:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper, a color that resembles strong iced tea. Light is easily visible all the way through, so it isn't that dark. The light tan head is small, soft and cheap looking. In fact, it looks a little like styrofoam. It doesn't last long at all and leaves next to no lace.

The aroma is underwhelming. Nothing more than a whiff of caramel malt. Not bad, not good, just okay. The flavor is inoffensive as well. Again, very lightly toasted carmel malt with a grainy quality about it. The finish is dry, slightly sour and faintly metallic. The body/mouthfeel is insubstantial and fizzy and is easily the worst of the beer's barely average attributes.

My memory of Negra Modelo, since it hasn't entered my mouth in many years, is that it went pretty well with Mexican food. I doubt that I'd feel the same now that I'm more well-versed in the ways of beer. Ordinary at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 23:57:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was actually a bit of a suprise with how good it was. Poured a deep dark brown with a huge billowing white head that settled down to reveal some subtle lacing that was quite nice. Smell was of caramel, grains, and breads, yeast primarily. Taste was typical brown lager. Some subtle spiceness, great all around flavor. Lots of earthy tones, with a ever so slight sweetness. Mostly malts on this one. This was a decent beer, extremely sessionable and a samn fine call.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 02:52:54 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours light to dark brown in color with a finger of off-white head.

S: A rather strong aroma of nut shells comes through initially. There is some toffee and toasted bread, and definitely some lager yeast, too. Light earthy and floral hop notes.

T: The flavor is quite similar, but the bulk of the flavor comes in the form of toasted bread and toffee. A light nuttiness in the background with minimal hop bitterness and flavor.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium to high level of carbonation.

O: As bad as many Mexican lagers can be, this has always been one I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 18:35:02 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a fizzy head that quickly disappears to a ringlet and milky way; virtually no lacing

Smell: Vague odor of caramel malt and noble hops, but very vague

Taste: Starts out rather toasty and the sweet malt builds into the finish; the finish is dry and chalky with some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not offensive but nothing special

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 00:46:55 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color beer with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of weak malt is quite boring. Taste of light adjunct base malt with a watery finish. I guess this is better then Corona but still very boring overall. Maybe I would have enjoyed it better sitting on a beach under the sun.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 17:37:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this a few times, but it particularly stood out recently. Looks brown with mohogony and golded high lights. Pours a rich, loose head that is just off white. Smells toasty, malty, and a little like butter popcorn. Tastes malty clean, hopped only for balance in flavor and bittering. A little bready, buttery, toffee like. Creamy body that remains quite soft. Finishes sweet and clean.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 12:39:02 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown with a fairly thick head and not much lacing as it goes down. The smell involves a bit of roasted malt and breadiness, but nothing is overpowering. The proper flavors come out a bit more in the nose, but nothing too special. Medium-bodied and smooth, offering pretty good drinkability, and probably wouldn't be a bad beginner's dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 18:25:48 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin off white head that slowly fades into lacy patterns. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose, which has some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell with flavors of caramel malts, but is stronger. The finish has a very mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a bit watery on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; I could easily drink many of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:46:08 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Toasted grain nose with soft, light notes of caramel and molasses.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts and a hint of caramel and molasses all with a subdued sweetness. Mild spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, with just a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired remarkably well with Combo #14. A decent Mexican lager (as far as Mexican lagers are concerned).

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 19:47:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a slightly chilled mug.

Y'know, I love going to Mexican restaurants, as I can't seem to get enough of the food, but the beer selections don't usually come close to exciting. This night, dining with the brother and father, I went with my Mexican standby. It pours a clear dark garnet-brown topped by about a finger of off-white foam. The nose is weak, comprising light caramel, light biscuits, and very light florals. The taste is very similar, with the light caramel, biscuits, and florals returning, though with a bit o' hard water thrown in there, mixing things up in a slightly negative way. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, nothing close to special, but pretty nice when the enchiladas hit the table.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 05:17:18 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The "Black Model" isn't actually quite that dark. The clear, deep copper body borders on becoming brown and displays magnificent ruby highlights when held to the light. The short, foamy white head dissipates rather quickly, dropping to just a thin creamy collar, but it does leave some lace about the glass. The nose suggests a semi-sweet and mildly fruit-tinged, lightly toasted malt. Very clean. The body is light/medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor is reminiscent of a Vienna lager, but lighter and drier, and displays a well-balanced, lightly toasted malt with a hint of fruit and spice. It finishes dry with a light touch of caramel, a hint of spice, and an underlying hoppiness. Really well done, with alot of finesse. This, however, is a beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh. After only a few months in the bottle it's character dulls leaving a lack-luster version of it's former self.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2003 18:33:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle - another cute non-standardized foreign vessel, and yes, a mainstay at yer typical Mexican and points south-style restaurants.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and rapidly dissipating beige head, which leaves a few instances of streaky island lace around the glass in its haste.

It smells of dark, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, near-rancid butter, a bit of stale drupe fruitiness, and faint grassy, weedy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, a hint of hard toffee, a faint oily nuttiness, ethereal cheap brown sugar, and weak leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes off-dry, clean, a tad mineral-laden, and surprisingly warm for the purported ABV.

While stellar for this particular kind of brewing operation, overall this dark lager is just slightly above average - everything's there, but it comes across as muted. Still, a worthy enough beer option in the Sol/Corona/Pacifico wasteland where you're more than liable to run into it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 01:08:12 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy and it starts out with flavors of caramel and grain. A good hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, it’s one of the better beers that I’ve had from south of the border, but that really isn’t much of a compliment. It’s a beer worth drinking if your choices are limited.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 03:01:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night, my wife's turn to pick places to go, so sushi with follow up drinks at a mexican joint. This was the best beer of the bunch

Poured caramel with a 1" white head. Head retention & lacing were average

Slight malty scents

Taste: Maltiness follwed by caramel & a slight nutiness. Finished slightly dry & malty

MF: Medium with great balance & pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy & easily the best beer er cerveza I've had from Mexico. A pretty good vienna that lacks a few asthetics. Reccommended

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 12:53:09 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a lacey head. The smell is of pale and crystal malts. There is something about these Mexican beers that smells funny. They all have it. The taste is much the same. The flavor is sweet with crystal malts, but there is that zing that stays with you after you drink it. It's not a bad quality, it's just distinctive. The mouthfeel is average. There is a medium body. All qualities aside. This is an enjoyable import from south of the border. A good drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 02:24:20 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this beer with a nice Mexican meal, I truly do.

Beer comes in a short stub of a brown bottle with an annoying gold foil over the pry off. If you were to drink this out of the bottle it would be quite the nuisance , beer poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is brown and clear. The carbonation is nice and forms a thin off white head that slowly falls away, not much lacing on the glass at all.

The aroma of this beer is quite weak. There is no hop aroma, no real malt presence, after several attempts I can pick up on some faint roast, but other than that there really isn't anything.

Beer is medium bodied overall, there is a sourness to it, a mild bitterness, and a slight (very slight) roast at the back or perhaps a hallucination. Overall the beer is kind of boring but there is nothing offensive or obviously wrong with it.

Overall, there really isn't anything special about this beer, but it is pretty good. Its not skunky or flat or thin, its a good bodied decent dark lager. I wouldn't shy away from it at a party but I probably wouldn't keep it on had at the house.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 21:23:50 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 18:35:38 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from my trip to Cancun a few months back.

Light fizzy head fades med pace, clear auburn molasses brown color.

Nose pretty much macro lager, cheap macro lager malts, a little bit of darker malts and crystal malts but not much, light skunk.

Taste light caramel, hit of mocha and cocoa, crystal malts, light lager, just a hint skunk and cheap lager, hint of earthy hops, light fruity lager, juicy creamy malt. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, bit more darker malts and lager fruits.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, better than most beers you can get in Mexico, although still cheap tasting and slightly skunked, with unhappy yeast lager flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 16:41:13 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, though quickly disappearing tan colored head. The aroma is slightly malty with a hint of caramel in the finish as well as a light herbal character & fruitiness (strawberries) that seem to be mostly hop derived. As expected the aroma is fairly muted & subtle. The beer is lightly sweet with apparent notes of sweet cherry candy, and light caramel. The beer has a light herbal character and a certain light astringent bitterness in the finish. This beer is fairly simple and subtle, but that is pretty characteristic of this style of beer. This beer really has a soft spot for me, and I quite enjoy being able to order this beer at Mexican restaurants, where it is usually the only beer with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 04:08:13 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent brew. The beer is pretty much what I expected. It's got a transparent brown color witha head head. The smell of nuts and hops in the mix. It's not overly flavorful but just enough to get the idea that this is a dark lager and nothing much can change that. The best thing about this beer is probably it's color though.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:46:45 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium, murky brown with an off-white head that soon became a thin lacing.
The smell was fairly thin - some hints at caramel.
The taste was of caramel mixed with some various grains. It was a bit on the thin side, but not bad.
It left a bit of a surprising stickiness. Not much of an aftertaste.
Overall, it didn't wow! me... but, next time I'm in a Mexican restaurant (which is not often), I might have this if I want a beer instead of a margarita. It's certainly better than the other Mexican beers I've had (esp. Corona and Sol.)

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 23:10:32 | More by jwc215
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How beers like this turn up at cut-price supermarkets in deepest rural Shropshire never ceases to amaze me, but every so often I get a real suprise. Anyway 59 Pence got me this 33cl bottle (claims 5.3% not 5.4%). I poured it into a Westmalle chalice, not realising it was supposed to be a dark lager, should have guessed really. The glass showed the beer to be a clear, light ruby red colour, it looked clean and bright, no head even straight after the pour.

Sweet malts and toffee apple treacle smell, without the sickliness that might invoke in your mind.

Lager taste and feel, with a hint of a sweet maltiness in the aftertaste, not complexed, but different enough for me to have enjoyed. One of the best Mexican beers I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 17:17:29 | More by BlackHaddock
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown hue with a moccha tan toned head, and this beer has a nice full two fingered head forming. As the lace forms it is evenly trickled around the rim, very nice appearance. The aroma is slightly floral maybe some hop aroma there, with very sweet malty sharp tones and some grainy cereal notes are also present. The taste is slightly caramel with a tingling malty sweetness that's balanced by some mild bittering hops. Some fruit tones were also present, but nothing that completely stood out to me. Medium body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a good amount of carbonation that tickles the back of the throat. Very well conrstucted Mexican delight, that I am sure pairs very well with some spicy Mexican food.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2003 08:53:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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