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

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76
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2,696 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,696
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 254 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

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 Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at Acapulco in Long Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Caramel malt, average intensity.

T: Full taste of caramel and light molasses. I've had bottles were the taste is so-so, but this one was really good, full-flavoured.

M: Average for a Vienna Lager, light, kind of watery at times, but overall solid.

D: Probably the best beer you will find in your average Mexican restaurant, I'd choose it over Sam Adams if the flavour is as good as I had it tonight.

Photo of Gavage
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with orange highlights. 1" head falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell: some very mild caramel tones are present.

Taste: caramel, toasted corn tones, and a very mild bitterness. Thin and watery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short caramel and toasted tone aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: dull and boring is all that can describe this beer. Not worth trying.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People are starting to wonder about my wandering so far afield from The CANQuest (TM), bottle be off of this kick before long, I promise you. In fact, I am to take a delivery of CANs later today!

I got a disappointingly-less than a finger of light-tan head with such poor retention that I began to wonder if I had done something to make it go away so quickly. Bye! Color was an orangish-amber, but definitely NOT ruby, and with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant malty bitterness, but nothing earth-shattering. I am having a difficult time buying into this being one of the top rated beers of the style. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creaminess with a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. Finish was likewise pleasantly sweet, but not enough to really wow me.

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent dark russet color with a light tan head that quickly fades out into a thin collar. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mild caramel, dusty confectioners sugar, and a slight cocoa aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a faint caramel, and cocoa taste mixed in with a touch of toffee.
Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly with a medium body that slips along the plate.

Photo of Billolick
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice almond color, little head, no lacing.
No nose to speak of. Minimal malt, very minimal hops. Very subtle in the flavor dept. A bit chalky in the finish. Not very pleasing. I would not waste too much time on this stuff, unless there was only macros around. Might do decently with food, but thats probably a stretch.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnished to dark copper colour, with a filmy head of white bubbles. The bubbles look surprisingly light, and they don't cling. The body, overall looks pretty weak, but the colour is nice, at least.

Very odd nose, a light coppery sourness, metallic twang and a whack of bubblegum, a bit dusty and grainy. Not all that appealing to be honest. It's not terribly offensive, but there are just enough jarring notes to put me off.

Very thin in the mouth, with only a light bubblegum/banana phenolic note through the centre of the palate. Some carbonic bitterness on the finish, but it's not much. The lack of body is the biggest downer to this one, it feels very thin, and with the mildly sweet palate it starts to haunt you with images of sugar water. Not a fan.

Overall, it's not offensive, but it's very very bland indeed, and I really dislike the feel. It's undoubtably drinkable, but it's certainly not something of which I'd choose to partake regularly.

Photo of LXIXME
4.21/5  rDev +26%
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 Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, although is isn't really much of anything special about it besides that its one of the only Mexican beers around here that's decent. Tastes darker than most vienna lagers, almost bock-like with smooth chocolate malt flavor. No detectable hops, just a smooth drinking mexican beer that goes nicely with a big burrito.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this one a bunch of times before, one of my go to beers when in Mexico for work.

A: Negra modelo is light brown in color, with a small egg-white colored head on top. Retention was not very good, minimal lacing left behind.

S: Toasted bread, some nuts, light floral notes, a bit of caramel, and some lager yeast.

T: On the malty side, similar to the aroma with some caramelized malt, a little bit of nuts/toffee, and some light floral hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a nice crisp mouthfeel.

O: One of the better beers I have had in Mexico. It actually has flavor and doesn't drink very heavy, but is far better than most macro-lagers down here. Pretty easy to find in Mexico as well.

Photo of wl0307
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

BB 14/10/2006, served lightly chilled in a 330ml broad-rimmed weizen glass.

A: lightly-infused black-tea to tawny colour with russet hints; the moderately frothy off-white beer head slowly settles down, forming a rimmed foam on top of a gently-carbonated body.
S: caramely sweetness plays a considerable part at the front, but not as OTT as I anticipated--not bad; a flow of lemony hops and apple-ish fruity hints quietly join the main theme at the back, leaving a malt-grist like chewy and rough malty note going deep in the background. Not quite aromatic overall.
T: a slightly metallic taste accompanies a rather neutral flavour of caramel maltiness that has but a malty gloss without a necessary body to be a firm platform; the palate picks up at the back a mild tinge of bitter roast tea-leaves and burned sugar, with a slightly dryish grassy touch. But by no means can there be said of a considerable aftertaste, which is weird for this style I reckon?
M&D: light and loose in body and overly mild (next to bland) in flavour, only the clean and softly-fizzy mouthfeel (normal for a lager) prevents it from being a total failure. Easty-drinking for a 5.3%abv. beer? Yes. An impressive example of Vienna Lager? Negative! For this beer style, this is easily the least impressive to me so far, for its lack of body AND flavour... It really needs more, and/or better, ingredients to juice it up. "Semi-disappointing", given my high expectation~~

Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Mexican food brought to me last night for dinner, and I had two beers of Mexican origin in my fridge. Which one do I consume with the food: the canned Corona, or a bottle of Negra Modelo? For most of us, that's an easy choice when trying to compliment a meal. Guess which one I took? On to the beer:

It's a copper-reddish brown beer with a fairly sweet aroma, balanced by a light hop flavor. The feel of the beer is average, not heavy, but not light. Perfectly suitable for the warm Mexican climate, as it holds some taste and goes down without trouble. Kind of a Mexican Sam Adams if you want a fair approximation, and that's not bad. Went well with my steak taquitos.

Photo of BARFLYB
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at tequila joe's in Oreland PA.

A- Not sure on this one as I drank it out of the bottle but it did not look to dark looking at the bottle.

S- Pretty much more malts than hops and somewhat of a spicy character and on the sweet side.

T- Got a toasted malt base backed by what im guessing is hops, some grains in there as well. Some spiciness in the finish as well as some mild fruit(apple).

M- A lot of carbonation and a bit higher than light bodied. This has a good body unlike other beers from mexico. This is not just flavored water, although it is not complex.

D- Sessionable and decent enough for a few on a hot day. If I ever find myself in mexico at least I have something to seek out.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL glass at a pizzeria in Puerto Vallarta.

A: The lagerbier is an amber color that floats ephemerally between a copper penny and chocolate brown. The lager is rendered opaque as a result of the hues. A small head, surprisingly nonexistent, didn't do much through the glass.

S: The nose lacks some of the chocolate strength that the bottled version has. What remains is a mild grainy aroma that has a noticeable, but not overpowering, roasted aroma.

T: Roasted grains, chocolate and burnt toast define the flavor. The malty base is firm, mildly carbonated, with a strong bready finish. Par for the course, hops really don't add much of a zing, allowing the dark malts to carry the day. By far the most diverse Mexican lager around.

M: The lower carbonation in the draught version allows the roasted flavors to come through with a little more oomph.

D: Very drinkable, possibly my favorite of the trip.

Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown brew with lots of carbonation.

Smell is lots of malt and a nice fruit smell.

Tastes like a respectable Dunkel. Mildly sweet and fruity with just the right hops. Mild apple and banana flavors present. Bitterness becomes more noticeable the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, try it next time you eat enchiladas.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown body that is transparent with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin wisp of foam in the middle.

S- There is an aroma of pale malt with a hint of pot caramel and a faint noble hop finish. The smell is very light overall.

T- The taste of light crisp pale malt has a note of pot caramel or slightly toasted malt with a neutral taste. The finish has a light bitterness and a soft carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that was a touch watery in the finish.

D- This beer was very light and flavorless with a dark body. Not to interesting.

Photo of afsdan
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that leaves very little lace. Clear amber color. Light - medium bodied but slightly watery finish and light carbonation. Multi-sweet nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow. The ABV is 5.3%. $7.99 for a 6-pack of 12oz. bottles, available everywhere in NH.

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A simple foamy head off tan light caramel sits on a nice dark brown and red clear chestnut body.

Mild malt toffee bouquet, with a little grass and licorice. Fairly closed though.

Taste is, a basic light malt, simple almost wet texture, and lightly crisp with a small hint of toffee.

Overall this beer never fails me. Nothing fancy, just simple and pleasing.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this to style cuts down on some of the ratings. This isn't a bad beer, and probably one of the best "macros" I've had. Still, to compare it with the style, it misses

nice dark amber, buckeye brown. Clean. Small head, soapy.

Aroma has the hints of MDL, but just hints. Toffee, sweet malt and some caramel. Kind of rusty.

Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee. Leather a bit to throw in some tannins. It's a bit chaotic. Nothing holding it together. While the flavors are not bad, they are random and light. The finish is a bit dirty.

Got worse at it warmed

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,696 ratings.