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

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Ratings: 2,887
Reviews: 940
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 46
Gots: 417 | FT: 0
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Mexico

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 BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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 wethorseblanket
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Pours from a twelve ounce bottle an amber hue with a half-inch thick off-white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild sweetness, grainy, faint lemony citrus, yeasty.

T: Crisp, raisin crisp crackers, dark toasted malts, yeasty.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Thin and somewhat watery finish.

O: Eh, Mexico, whadaya want? This is better than many others by far.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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).

Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big, two finger head of off-white foam on a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - A brown, malty aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, and light roast. Some brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of spicy hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a little bit of brown sugar. The brown malt character continues through the middle and increases in its roasted quality towards the finish. Lingering cola and caramel sweetness with just a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer has a very nice malt character in the aroma, but the complexity does not carry over well into the flavor. It tastes a lot like a cola product with very little bitterness and a strong caramel sweetness, somewhat reminiscent of slightly flat Dr. Pepper. Certainly not a drain pour and not bad when paired with Mexican food, but it is a bit too sweet and would benefit from an increased hop profile.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Wow, what a great find here.

This is a great Mexican beer.. don't like things like Corona or Landshark fool you. Pours a nice dark brown with a faint aroma, which is basically the only knock on it. Other than that, the rest is gravy. Has such a smooth mouthfeel with a nice malty/hoppy taste that finishes so smooth. It doesn't have as much flavor as other darker beers out there but it makes up for it drinkability.

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at El Rodeo, a mexican chain recently. Served cold in a frosty glass that I warmed w/ my hands prior to pouring.

A - Dark amber w/ caramel brown shades w/ a bone white head that leaves light lacing on the glass

S - A malty and metallic aroma w/ fruity notes and a gentle woody hop odor. The malt is slightly sweet smelling and has a nutty nose

M - A malty creamy caramel sweet and fruity feel w/ mild carbonation and subtle spice

T- Slight flavors of malt creaminess emerge as it warms w/ subtle stone fruit and hints of nuts. Very mild lager yeast tang w/ a hint of alcohol when closer to room temp

D - Very drinkable lager w/ nice dark malt and mild sweetness overall. The woody hops and toffee like malt w/ milky tinges is very easy to quaff. A very good Mexican beer compared to most I drink this with quesadillas often

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slight caramel flavor greets the tongue. Quite spritzy and makes a nice fizzy mouthful. Brownish amber in the glass. Decent head and the carbonation lasts pretty well. It tastes much like adjunct-type lagers though it does have a touch of bitterness. I wouldn't call it a hoppy taste, as there is no hint of floral flavors. Smell is not particularly pleasant, more like beer soaked into a beer mat. Aftertaste is kind of dirty and a little sour, like it has a touch of burnt malt. I used to think this was one of the better Mexican beers, but there's not much to it.

Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off get that god damn lime shit away from my beer. Just leave the beer alone, it is just fine the way it is. Put me in any East Boston Mexican-Latin infused eatery or even a decent chain like Chevy's Fresh Tex Mex and I will in rare form with this beer at my side.

Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/18/11 notes. On tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA last night with dinner. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with some amber notes, one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head rentention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of toasted malts, bready malts, light toffee and caramel, roasted malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, bread, roasted malts, light caramel malts, light fruit, and some hops.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer, but this was my go to in Mexico and still is at Mexican restaurants. Lots of malts but easy to drink, and a good alternative to the Corona's and Sol's usually offered. Woudl certainly order it again at a restaurant, though don't like it enough to pick up a 6 pack at the store with better options available.

Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.)

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass.

pours a clear reddish brown with a off-white head. Head has moderate retention.

A - sweet roasted and caramel malt. Somewhat nutty. A little dank, but not skunky.

T - unimpressive. some undesirable burnt and perhaps stale components to the malty flavor

M - thin but smooth; carbonation a bit low for style.

O - less impressive than hoped for yet a little above average among Mexican beers I've had so far.

Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Cubano in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and just a hint of nuttiness.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer has a light to moderate body of caramel malts that imparts some light amount of sweetness upfront. There are some hints of nuts and a light hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly thin.

O: This beer is refreshing, easy to drink, and enjoyable. I could definitely put down a few of these in an evening and it pairs very nicely with the flavors of Mexican, Cuban, and South American food.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,887 ratings.