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

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BA SCORE
76
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2,562 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,562
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 199 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

John_M, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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?

biegaman, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +19.8%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Torero's in Raleigh.

Arrived a deep, dark brown with a thin lacing of off white head. Caramel and chocolate malt notes in the nose. Taste is rich, malty, smooth; caramel, chocolate malt, slightly nutty with subtle hops for balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated, easily drinkable.

Not at all a bad offering. Definitely one of the better beers coming out of Mexico.

tdm168, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

plaid75, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

chinchill, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Kelp, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

beerthulhu, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

dmorgan310, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

sendbeer, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Viggo, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Zaphog, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

JohnGalt1, May 06, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of my favorite Mexican beers, if not the favorite. Actual color other than yellow! It exists! Thin brown color. No head. Corpulent described it as an "aroma of some sweet Mexican nuts," and I have no reason to doubt his expertise.

Taste, shocker, goes excellent with good Mexican food. Skip the lime. Spice is good, as the small amount of hops will come out. Very carbonated throughout.

Beerandraiderfan, May 05, 2010
Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

DrJay, Jul 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

harpus, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Derek
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Derek, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Tone, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

GarthDanielson, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown with about 1/4 inch of just off-white head that instantly dissipated leaving no lacing.

The aroma had a nice grain base and a bit of malt sweetness. The flavors started out nicely malty, a bit sweet and had a nice little hop tang on the finish.

The body was crisp and clean and ended up just shy of full, for the style. Drinkability was very good, the bottle went down easily and quickly. Overall, a nice little example of the style. Worth trying when you see it. This is probably my favorite of the mainstream Mexican brews, it's a decent beer.

beertunes, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this while at a Mexican restuarant in downtown Atlanta.

Pours a decent brown color, completely clear, with a white head that almost immediately dissipates into a very thin ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing.

Smells like almost every other Mexican beer. It's got just the tiniest bit more of malt aroma.

Tastes the same as it smells. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Dry ending.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thicker than others of the same style. Carbonation is decent, and it goes down smoothly enough.

Drinkability is alright. Better than average for what it is.

I've had this a lot before, but usually when I get Mexican beer I'll go for the lighter ones. After revisiting it however, I might start getting this instead.

glid02, Aug 12, 2008
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2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

johnnnniee, May 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

tobelerone, Nov 05, 2013
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,562 ratings.