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

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2,765 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,765
Reviews: 907
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 318 | 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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
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
3.83/5  rDev +15%
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 -22.5%
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 jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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 rab53
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo has more colour than all the other Mexican beers combined. Its deep brown shade is accented by, not only a glint of auburn, but a very sharp, glassy complexion. Its clarity, despite the dark tone, is completely unhindered. But it must have at least some head - this has none at all - before we can describe it as looking any better than just 'good'.

For all its extra colour, however, there is no equally jazzy aroma to match. In fact, there's virtually no aroma. While it seems to have shed most of the corn-y smelling adjuncts, there is very little malt - toasted or otherwise - to supplement them. Where all this colour came from then seems to be a bit of a mystery. Maybe tasting it will reveal more...

No, the flavour also vouches that, for the most part, there was only enough toasted malt used to impart colour and that stopping short of a rich, full-bodied character was intentional on the brewer's behalf. The colour, understandably, led me to hope for flavours of caramel and toasty bread crumbs, but alas, I am disappointed. Is this brewed from extracts?

Since the beer doesn't claim anything more specific about its style other than that it's 'dark', we won't nitpick too much about guideline expectations. It is fair, however, to have anticipated some flavour (which even with warmth never comes) and some mouthfeel (be it bitterness or toastiness or savor). Unfortunately, the beer is entirely void of essence.

Despite what its striking appearance suggests, Negra Modelo offers no more character than the other mass-produced beers of Grupo Modelo (Corona) or Mexican brewers at large. I understand it gets hot down there but is the concept of brewing a thirst-quenching beer that *also* has flavour and personality still that foreign to them? 111 million people in that country and you're telling me this idea has yet to occur to anyone? Really?

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was drinking margaritas at Tampicos in Santa Cruz, when I noticed they had NM on tap. I'd never seen this beer on draft before, and so of course I had to grab a glass.

The beer pours a reddish mahogany color, with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is not bad at all in this beer (at least for a Mexican lager), as I picked up some cherry, sweet malt, light vanilla and even a hint of smoke. The flavor profile replicated the nose, with some light spritzy, bitterness in the finish. The beer is a bit watery (naturally), and so the dominating, sweet malt flavor wasn't too overpowering. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, with a clean, lightly sweet, spritzy finish. The beer was very drinkable and easy to appreciate, and would make a great accompaniment for most of the food items on the menu at Tampicos.

Not too bad at all... this beer reminded me very much of AB's American Ale, though it was bit less sweet and a bit more interesting to drink.

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brownish color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Medium body. Slightly drinkable, would not buy again.

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Buoy Bar, Point Lookout, New York.

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger whispy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured some roasted malts, caramel and a bit of adjunct sweetness.

The taste was upfront grainy and moderately sweet. No doubt there is some amount of corn in the grist. Bready toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was relatively full.

Overall a good and decent brew. Likely the best effort from this brewer.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red with a huge frothy off white, light tan head.

S: Some sweet Vienna malt makes a presence on the nose, along with some brown sugar notes as well.

T: The malting is very warm and dark roasted with some dried apples, pears and cider juice flavors coming through. There is some burnt woodiness, warm bread and smoky notes for flavor along with some dried fruit (raisin grist) and some dark licorice. There is also some nice dark roasted coffee notes, caramel and a very rich dark roasted nuttiness along with a nice earthy hop bitterness and a grainy dry malt bitterness for a finish and fade with a touch of smokiness to round it out.

M: A very nice grainy feel on the tongue.

D: Overall a very drinkable beer, very rich and big per style drinking like a octoberfest bock.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the airport Margaritaville in Cancun, Mexico. The beer was served in a mug. It presented a semi-hazed amber-brown color with no head. Caramel-malty nose. There was a very steady flow of carbonation present. The beer is slight dark caramel and molasses flavors riding a light, crisp body. There is a slightly dark and sweet aftertaste, with some sour notes and a hint of hops to balance. The finish is very quick and clean. Goes great with nachos, that's for damn sure.

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Shorty's
Comes to the table a fairly clear medium brown color with a smallish off white head that had all but dissipated before the glass got to my table. Smells of caramel and a hint of butterscotch with a faint grainy almost bready malt in the background. Very light floral hop aroma. The flavor is mostly caramel, but it tastes fake. Moderate sweet maltiness is offset with a burnt butterscotch and faint spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Vienna lager is quite a stretch here, dark adjunct lager fits better in my mind. Nothing horrible here, but the artificial taste and lack of complexity kills this one for me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cinco de Mayo tour thanks to the COOP. Pours with a decent off white head... the brew is clear darker amber.

Clean toasty maltiness... a bit bready.

Very drinkable... No real flaws.

I should buy this more than once per year.

3.5's across the board.

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then strong yeast cleanliness, and some very slight roasted malt in the finish. Overall, a rather decent Munich Style Dunkel - I could drink quite a few of these as session beers.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brownish copper with an off white cap that fell fast and left a thin collar and skim of bubbles on the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lacing clung to the glass for a few minutes too. Malty aroma, brown sugar and caramel, a bit bready, slightly fruity. Mild bitterness, a bit spicy and herbal, with caramel and toasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness that was more of an indistinct dried fruit rather than fresh and juicy. Quick finish, leaving only a mineral aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation, some malty dryness and fairly crisp. Not bad at all and much more enjoyable than most other Mexican lagers I've tried.

Photo of Derek
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber-brown; a little fizzy off-white head, poor retention, but initially leaves a hint of lace.

S: Tart, grainy aroma; a little caramel and cheap, domestic hops (foral & earthy).

T: Grainy astrigency (over sparged to cut cost?); some caramel that seems to come from crystal malt rather than Vienna-roasted grain. It has the malt colour, but the taste just isn't right. The hops have a nice, subtle spicyness (the hop flavour is certainly better than the aroma). Crisp bitterness (perhaps a little much for the style).

M: Light to moderate body seems thin, but a little syrupy, like it's not all-together. Carbonation is moderately high & prickly.

D: A Vienna should be more drinkable than this.

I prefer the Dos Equis, but a Sam Adam's is even more of a step up from this.

Photo of Viggo
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my fancy Negra Modelo glass, came in a gift pack.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, few lace spots, kind of decent looking. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, bread, bit of floral, light grains and brown sugar. Taste is very light, some corn and caramel, light grains, sugar, very bready almost biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, definitely better than other macro lagers.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,765 ratings.