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

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Reviews: 910
Hads: 2,919
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 7.4%
Wants: 52
Gots: 433 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
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 wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml little stubby bottle poured into pint glass 5/11/11

A reddish amber with loads of tiny bubbles being pumped out from all over the glass, thumbs width of light tan film has a short life but leaves a couple rings of lace

S soapy molasses and a little cola

T a little nutty raisin and the soap I smell is gone, not that bad actually, I thought this would be complete swill but it's decent

M a little thin but enough carbonation to give it some life, flavors linger but faint

O a surprise considering I though it was another Corona in a brown bottle, unlike Corona I could drink this without problems

nothing worth looking for but it would make a great substitute for Mexican tap water, perhaps the best thing I've had from the country (748 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, darkish amber colour. The head is small and shortlived, light tan. No lacing. Slightly effervescent.

The aroma is of darker malts, some light toast and a hint of noble hops. Generally clean with no fruity character. No diacetyl.

Soft malts are dominant. I don't get much bitterness at all though the finish does seems relatively balanced. Fairly dry and clean finish with a light, well balanced aftertaste. I get a hint of skunk which indicates the bottle may have been poorly handled but it isn't highly noticeable. A good, classic Vienna lager.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Not as smooth as it could be. Crisp finish. Slight alcoholic warming.

A decent Vienna lager which is easy to drink and does what it is supposed to. The sweetness is possibly a little bit high, and the carbonation definitely is, but overall a decent beer. (874 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with golden foil covering the bottle cap. Stamped: B263A128-01:30. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is an attractive looking medium to dark brown with ruby red hues glistening along the edge of the glass. Small to medium head that fades a bit but never disappears.

The aroma is of fine caramel malts, toffee, and sweetness. The hops balance out the aroma in a crisp, clean way.

The body is around medium and mildly acidic.

The taste is malty sweet with a a slight hop bite introducing itself at the end of each sip. Mild bitterness. An enjoyable beer. Probably one of the better Mexican brewed beers I have had. (644 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.86/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo proves that there are good mass-market mexican beers. I have really enjoyed this beer since my mother showed me it a few years back.

Appearance- Nice dark amber color. Moderate head. Looks pretty sweet.

Smell- Not much of an aroma, nothing bad, but nothing special.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste. Fairly complex, with a mildly sweet finish. Tastes great to me.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night long and often.

Parting thoughts- In Texas this beer is easily availiable, but seems a tad bit too expensive considering how close we are to Mexico. Still, Negra Modelo is well worth the price and should be tried by those who want a good Mexican beer. (682 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems normal.

Aroma is a bit sweet and roasty. Actually, more sweet than anything.

Taste is sweet with caramel and malt showing through the most. Seemingly pretty ordinary but passable.

Mouthfeel is full of sweet malt and caramel that linger. Nothing special but it does go down easily.

Not a bad beer. It may not even be fresh but at least it's still drinkable the way it is. Gotta be good for something after all. (488 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light brown color. Poured a 1 finger cloud-white head with poor retention. Decanted continually. Random spots of lace.

S: Toasted bread. A little nutty and some caramel. Green apple and some floral character.

T: Very malty on the palate. Caramel, nuts and some floral hop character transition quickly to a mild finish that lingers.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth middle transitions to crisp finish.

O: Flavorful and malty. Moderately balanced. (480 characters)

Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark amber, the liquid is clear. The quite large white
foam dissolves quite quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is gentle and fruity with a hint of malt and some fresh
hops. There is a small amount of diacetyl.

The carbonation is mild and pleasant.

The taste is quite mild, with a dry and somewhat burned flavour. There is a hint of diacetyl and a small but noticeable bitterness. The
aftertaste is a little bitterer, with a small touch of sweet
liquorice.

This is very mild beer, almost watery, but with a nice "dark" touch. (554 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying and liking this beer about 10 years ago, I thought I'd try it again and review it this time. 12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like sweet, caramel malt and a bit of spice. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but has a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent too. It's a good beer that's not offensive, has a decent taste to it and is easy to drink. Not a bad choice at all. (622 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

325ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - light brown, small head that disappears quickly. Faint lacing. Can't see much carbonation.

Smell - Malts, toasted oats, caramel

Taste & Mouth - good carbonation on the tongue, little bubbles, malts and toasted oats come through, slight hops.

Drink - a refreshing dark beer, I would drink again. Dark beer flavor, but seems to go down lighter (396 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had "Negra Modelo", was my first trip to Warez, which was my first weekend at "Fort Bliss", in El Paso Texas. I liked it then, and I still like it, while my taste has changed more often than "Venom will change diapers the next few years", it still is a semi-regular in my "DBF". Deep garnet in color, the head is light chocolate, but dissipates a bit quickly, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt, light hints of caramel. The front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is moderately carbonated, dry, lightly hopped, but a very drinkable beer, and it does go good with the spicy food in the country of origin, and I don't mean that "Olde Gringo" stuff. Ranks #907 on my current 1000 beer master list. (716 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slight dark brown in color, maybe some light ruby hues. Head is hefty with a half inch of slightly opaque head.

S - Lacking a bit but I mostly get sweet caramel and bread next to a regular corn lager smell.

T - Better than expected but not much, sweet toffee, bread, and a touch of lager yeast delivering both a skunk corn flavor and watered hops.

M - Thin to medium it drinks rather well.

Overall an average brew in terms of multiple purchases. If at a Mexican restaurant I would not pass it up. (505 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is not what I could consider dark enough to call black so the negra is offputitng. Its more a dark amber with a hint of mud. There was no head and little lacing.

The aroma is ok, there are light malts throughout, reminded me of a bad version of a Boston lager. At the same time its refreshing to drink something different then the standard light mexican beer. (437 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: brown with a ruby red hue, 1 finger off-white head

Smell: malts and grains, and not much else

Taste: toasty malts and sweetness

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin

Drinkability: pairs nicely with Mexican cuisine

Cheers!
The CPJ (263 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Negra Modelo stem glass that is the same shape as the bottle, just upside-down. Markings on the bottle but no freshness date.

A - Highly carbonated clear dark amber color with an extremely fizzy effervescent tan head. No lacing, no retention.

S - Sweet roasted corn, rice, and some straw. Lightly toasted Vienna malt aroma is secondary to the adjunct aroma.

T - Amber malts in conjunction with sweet corn and dry straw with a touch of caramel. I can tell what it would like to be (and would be good) if it only loosened its grip on the adjuncts.

M - Highly effervescent and light bodied with a sharp carbonation crispness to the finish.

D - It's easily drinkable but not fantastic by at all. Very mediocre in my opinion but it goes down well and doesn't offend. (793 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent copper-brown with a decent pale tan head. Malty aroma has a fruity hint (but this might have come from the obligatory slice of lime). Flavor is better than I expected, malty and strong with a firm fruity undertone - quite tasty. Texture has good body and plenty of fizz. One of the best Mexican beers I have tried. (356 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with a quickly receeding one-finger head; smell is faint but decent - at least it isn't metallic or grainy like other cheap imports south of the border. Light to medium-bodied, this beer goes down smooth while delivering a little bit of a hop bite. Some semi-sweet malts in there, but they quickly fade for a somewhat dry backbite. A nice beer to enjoy on a hot day, nothing else. (400 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BTB in Ann Arbor, MI. Modest brown color, through and through. Moderate transparency with a small, wispy head that vanishes pretty abruptly. This beer has a clean, crisp, faint citrus smell with a very small malty undertone. It tastes like roasted malts and toasted bread with not much of a citrus taste like the smell might give off. There is, however, an element of sweetness to this beer, just a bit. The body is very thin, crisp, clean, and refreshing, providing a moderately dry finish.

Negra Modelo is a very simple beer that isn't great but isn't bad either. Many of the Mexican chain restaurants around my house serve this beer, and it compliments a burrito much better than a Corona or Dos Equis. (716 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is actually the Mexican beer that I most often order, along with the Dos Equis Amber, when dining Mexicali. I've always found it to have a little more personality than most Corona type offerings. This one poured a brown amber color with a thin off white head that fizzed up quickly and died away equally fast. Just a bit of lace evident. The aroma is not too strong but I can pick up malt and chocolate along with some grassy bread characteristics. Most of these same qualities remain in the flavor with more of a leaning toward the grassy side. This one was not very well carbonated and overall a bit watery. The finish holds the bread taste along with some slight nutmeg spice. Generally not too exciting, but as I said, better than a lot of choices when eating at Pedro's Cantina. Goes down easy. (804 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color that supports a fine-bubbled dirty-white colored head. Fades at an average clip and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Nutty, toasty caramel malt nose with no hops being discernable. The smell is more pronounced than many Mexican imports, but I am not a huge fan so far.

Nutty flavors really shine in this beer. There is still some toastiness here, but it is a bit more muted than the smell would indicate. Feels like a lager with it's thin body and smooth, crisp character. Highly drinkable and surprisingly refreshing. I can appreciate the craftsmanship of this beer. (616 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.21/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Pale malts. Cooked corn. Grain, cereal, and metal. There is almost nothing in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Grain, cereal, and metal. Some adjunct corn flavor. I really can't make much out.
M/D: Light as can be and way over carbonated. Very seltzer like. Easy enough to drink if it were not for the heavy prickly carbonation.

I had this at a good Mexican place. Usually I enjoy beers like this with Tex-Mex. Though this pretty much had no body for a "dark beer." Hardly any flavor or aromatic character either. I will avoid this from now on and drink Bohemia instead. (700 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a partially hazy brown with deep ruby highlights when backlit. The one inch, loose, off-white head sizzled and receded into a soapy cap. Nose is very subdued - malt, perhaps some dark fruit undertones, light banana esters and a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - nice balance between malt and bitter keeps the flavor profile on an even keel. A little watery and finishes with a little bit of cereal grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even background carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew and a nice complement to a Mexican dish. (623 characters)

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

Pours a reddish mahogany color, clear with minimal head. Scent is pale, light caramel malt and some notes of roasted nuts and earthy hops. Taste comes of of nowhere to be a smooth and quite flavorful blend of light caramel, roasted nuts and touches of earthy hops. Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Surprisingly good beer, (330 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant ruby, very clena, with very few bubbles. Light foam, dirty white in color.
In the smell dark malts, lightly toasted, and caramel. Maybe a bit of red fruit.
Toasty in the taste, with again notes of dark malts, raisins, red fruit. More fruity than in the smell.
Drinkable, but nothing more.
Almost no body. In the aftertaste the red fruits, the maltiness and caramel. (375 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best tasting of the mexican lot....

A-Pours a nice looking medium brown...relatively clear..

S-Mildly sweet...a touch of caramel...also some light toasted malt characteristics

T-Nice mild maltiness highlighted...even milder caramel on the taste....a little earthiness...has some brown ale qualities...

M-Finishes with a little bit of a zippiness most likely from the carbonation...Carbonation is pretty high....body is relatively light which you'd expect with a mexican beer.

D-Pretty decent for what it is...a good drinker in the sun despite its darker color...works as a quencher but also has more flavor than most mexican beers...as a vienna it is not in the league with some of the german versions but I've always considered the mexican vienna's a different beer anyhow...I'll drink this again... (828 characters)

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 910 ratings.