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

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926 Reviews

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 3,008
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 57
Gots: 494 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ilafan
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than I expected and better than regular Modelo, this beer pours dark (duh ... given the name). It's a black-ish red with a tiny head and minimal latticework. The smell is virtually non-existent with the alcohol ringing through. The taste, happily, is better than the smell. It has the taste of a richer, more flavorful lager, and it is also more rich and textured. I liked this beer, but I probably won't buy it.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish mahogany with some hints of amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, toast, caramel, and toffee. Lots of cereal grains and some big hints of biscuit and crackers. Also some hints of brown sugar and some light earthy, spicy hops. Pretty decent aroma.

Taste: The taste has the dark roasted elements, but starts to lean towards the grainy side. Some sweet roasted malts with notes of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Lots of cereal grains, biscuit, crackers, and a little corn like flavor. Light taste of sugar. Hop presence is subtle but does add a little spice and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and crisp. Goes down pretty easy.

Overall: A decent take on the style, but could of had a stronger roast flavor. I would always take this over the other Mexican macros if at such a restaurant.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle: fat little squat 355mL brown bottle, chincy gold label. Not inspiring.

Appearance: dark mahogany-brown in colour, a limited head with no retention or lacing.

Aroma: smells fairly cheaply - rice, corn, a hint of sweet malts.

Taste: moderate sweetness, but overpowered by a sour dough flavour. Not brilliant, to be honest.

Aftertaste: much the same, lingers only for a brief period.

Mouthfeel: light-to-medium body, medium carbonation. Just about right for a German dark lager.

Overall: not a brilliant version of a German dark ale. It is reasonably priced though, so I suppose it just depends if you prefer cheapness or good quality.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a little flat,not much bubbly and the hickory odor made it come across "old",and not fresh. Unfortunately it didnt really surprise,the aged taste was hardy,but not refreshing. I will try another ,but would want with food,not by itself.

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2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. (7503-1589 bar code) ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Dark amber color. Chill hazy appearance. Beige, small bubbled, froth. Retention is ok but not much lacing. Sweet toasted malts, hints of brown sugar & toasted bread to the nose. Flavor profile shows toasted malts, subtle chocolate & bitterness in the middle. Grainy sensation & fizzy to the palate. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Dried nut astringency. Dry finish. Easy drinkability.

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Photo of Ian1980
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I usually am pretty skeptical of mass produced beer like this but I thought this was exceptional and is now one of my favorite beers. It was smooth from start to finish no bitter finish or aftertaste. I has a beautiful dark caramel color that was very appealing. It was a very surprising and enjoyable experience.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle poured into a nonic pint glass with a Jegrbomb on the side at Cojones Cantina in beautiful downtown Olean:

A-deep, dark, decent head

S-roast and malt

T-pretty good, lots of backbone and character

M-well balanced and everything on point

O-a fine example of the style, a little bit too BMC, but ok

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Ice tea orange with a white one finger head that went south of the border quickly, quickly.

S: A bit of malts, but not much else.

T: sweet, malty, smoky, smooth. A dry, semi-sweet chocolatey finish.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

O: A very smooth and easy drinker.

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Photo of brandonpaulweaver
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolatey smell with a hint of something like bread pudding. A hint of light spice maybe.

Taste is a little flat with a distinct cola flavor. Rootbeer as well. Moderate sweetness and malty. Amanda who is with me said it had a merlot like winey-ness to it on the back end. Agreed.

Again, a little flat on the mouthfeel. I want something with a little more body here.

Overall, a solid beer with as many good characteristics as grievances.

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Photo of StoutishDan
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a Shell Gas Station - had a gift card. Bump gas, I'm getting beer!

A - The appearance is a dark mahogany brown color. Dark for a lager - well, I guess this is a Dunkel (although I've read elsewhere that it is a Vienna Lager), so the darkness makes sense. The head is hanging around. Don't see many bubbles coming up so I'm not sure what to expect as far as carbonation. Looks pretty tasty.

S - If I was to close my eyes and take a sniff I would think I'm niffing a tasty biscuit. Along with the bicuity smell there's a slight funk going on there. Can't really put my finger on it. Maybe it's the earthiness of the smell.

T - It's doughy. It's sweet...like a sweet scone that hasn't baked all the way through and its gooey texture is ever-present in on the palate. This is a malty beer. The hops aren't too noticeable, although the finish has that tartness of a beer that used a small amount of hops in the boil. Wow, I'm getting an almost coconut flavor near the finish. Very refreshing. This is good, but a little weird.

O - I've had this beer before and I liked it, but I like it even more right now. This isn't my first rodeo with this beer and it won't be my last. On a scale from 0 to 100, I give it a solid 90.

Gracias Mexico para un otro cerveza sabroso. Not even sure the Spanish is correct, but the point is made. Thank you Mexico for another great tasting beer. (Another?)



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Photo of thatruth
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours an unsweetened tea color into a dark peach in the glass with root beer tint. 1/4" head that dissipates quickly with lacing that shares the same characteristic.

smells ricey with a little bit of wheat. not much going on. hints of corn.

nice, semi-stout on-bringing with a wet slow finish. tastes slightly bready with a bit of a pear-like bite.

simple mexican brew that's a nice alternative to its lighter little brother or the other array of lighter mexican brews. just sipping one is where it's at, not much to the "advocate" factors other than taste.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this right from the bottle at a recent mexican food dinner. Nice malty aromas, some spice character. Taste is a nice malty dark lager with some chocolatey roasted flavors and some slightly hidden dried fruit notes. It still maintains the macro lager drinkability...thin and easy. Overall, one of my favorite Mexican brews and macro style lagers widely available.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brown body with a thin head. Yeast, some caramel malts and very mild spiciness but mild for the style make up the aroma. Flavor is hard to break down but milk chocolate toffee and caramel are prevalent however not spicy enough for the style.. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth. Not terrible but it is what it is.

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My only complaint on this beer is that I wish it had a bigger nose. It's a little subtle but still a wonderful scent. This beer has great malt character and a smooth, easily approachable lager mouthfeel. Not too carbonated and very thirst-quenching. The robust dark malts are not as pronounced as a schwarzbier from Germany. The hops on this beer are not as Euro-bitter as other Munich Dunkels out there. Sweet carmel amber malts and clean finish make this beer delicious. Mexico's best in the U.S.

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Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually don't write reviews from beers that I try at a restaurant but this one I will because I don't think that I missed anything.

I tried this at Old Chicago as part of their Cinco de Mayo mini tour and this was the best of the four that I tried today

A-carmel brown with a very fluffy tan head that fades quickly with not much lacing

S-not much smell at all except for a faint carmel corn

T-much like the smell, not much there except maybe a hint of carmel malt and some grain with a little root beer flavor to it

M-thin and watery

O-fizzy, brown and wet not that good if you are looking for flavor. But compared to the others in this tour it is head and shoulders above them but they also didnt set the bar too high.

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Photo of stan66
3.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer gave me less than I was expecting. The only really nice thing is the color, smell is almost non existent. Taste is like a regular lager just with a touch of caramel here and there. Too pricey for what I get. It is not bad for a hot weather as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a transparent brown with a white head.

The smell was sweet,yeasty and malty.

The taste is pretty much the same as the smell. There's plenty of malts, it also has a lager taste to it.

The mouth feel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall not too bad often the best beer at a mexican resteraunt,much better than corona.

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Photo of Douberd
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

ABV 5.3%, bottle of 355 ml.

Pours an amber colour, a tone or two darker than an iced tea.Head disappeared straight away.Light caramel smell.
Taste follows the smell, tastes of bitter chocolate, nothing too special though.
Quite thick on the body and medium carbonation.
It has to go a long way to reach Bohemia Obscura.

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Photo of mpcrump
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass at restaurant

A: Nice long lasting head. Dark but clear look - darkish copper.

S: Light hints of chocolate and caramel.

T: Toasted malts at the beginning with chocolate and caramel at the end. Not sweet really. A light to medium bitterness.

M: For a 'darker' beer I found this beer to ber very drinkable. Ate it with Mexican food and I had to fight the urge to drink a lot more....

O: Not too bad. It is still a lager but I found the use or chocolate and caramel to be very light and not make the beer darker or sweeter than need be.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear garnet color with a tight, off-white head that leaves small bits of lacing.

Smells of toasted malts with some sweetness.

Tastes of sweet malts mostly. Malts lead off with caramel, brown sugar, molasses, and a bit of toasted bread. I can sense a touch of floral hops on the backend. Overall, very light on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is slightly better than I expected for it to be a mass produced beer, but it is still nothing special.

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Photo of dhannes
3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a iced pint glass at a restaurant, poured from a bottle.

A=Nice, rich brown color with tannish head.

S=Notes of malt present.

T=A very mild dark beer...you can detect hints of caramel, but not much else. I paired with baked chicken with cheese and chorizo, and it did the job of cooling down the hot peppers in teh food, but not much else.

M=Very drinkable...except the more you drink, the more you notice the lack of flavor.

O=Probably still my "go to" Mexican beer, but I want to revisit Tecate and a few others...still, no reason to buy this unless their is nothing better on the menu.

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Photo of hopwave
2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On-Tap @ Azteca Everett...

Came out a piss pour yellow/no head or lacing. huge lime wedge on the edge of the glass.

Not much smell to this. taste is much the same a splash of grain/malt. I squeezed in the lime halfway in... it didnt help things.

Overall a very generic tasting/boring beer.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.