Negra Modelo - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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3/5 rDev -10.2%
Tonight we are going south of the border. We are headed to Mexico for a Negra Modelo. I have had this beer time and time again, and I think it’s the gold wrapper that keeps me coming back. That, or its unique taste. It’s incredible, and I love a good dark beer that is drinkable like this Mexican brew. The beer is easy to find, and can be found in any grocery store. This beer is also very popular among the Mexican population.
The beer does have a nice presentation in the bottle. It’s got a gold and black label, and that foil over the cap is nice. It just looks nice, and makes me want to pop the top and pour this beer out. Bottoms up people!
In the Glass: In the glass, it’s dark, but doesn’t appear too thick. It’s got a nice amber color, almost black. It also has a small head, and fizzles in the glass like a flat cola. But that’s okay as I didn’t expect or want a thick beer. Mexico is hot… you can’t have a thick beer that far south.
Nose: The nose is smooth, and has an almost nutty note. I like that… nutty note. Anyway, it sticks around too and as I pull my nose from the glass I can still smell it. As I take a second whiff, it smells almost smokey, and somewhat dry. I don’t remember this beer being dry, but the nose begs to differ.
Flavor: This beer drinks extremely smooth, and goes down without any problems at all. For a beer this dark, you don’t expect it to be. There is subtle carbonation here, but not enough to cause concern. It doesn’t hang around that long, but we will get there with the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty boring. There is hardly any carbonation in this brew, and it sits there and just begs to be swallowed. That’s what she said! Sorry, I had to. Anyway, the beer is weak on the tongue and slides down smooth. But the flavor picks up toward the back of the palate.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is pretty weak. It doesn’t stick around for very long, yet leaves a subtle dryness on the top of your throat. That dryness sits there until I take another sip. I will take another sip, as this is a good beer… a good summer beer.
I am giving it a 3 because it’s so common. It’s good though. I will give it that.
11-08-2011 03:28:36 | More by rickyleepotts
2.9/5 rDev -13.2%
Poured into 12oz Tumbler Glass
Appearance - Dark Brown/Crimson with a very transparent appearance. Has a half finger head that quickly disappears. There's also no lacing left behind
Smell - Sweet Caramel with a slight hint of burnt malts and yeasts. Smell becomes slightly skunky later on
Taste - Caramel taste with surprisingly sweet notes. The malts are also fairly obvious here, along with a slightly grassy palette to top it off. It leaves a bittersweet aftertaste in your mouth as well
Mouthfeel - Overall body is moderate and it's fairly easy to drink, but there are smoother beers out there in terms of body. The carbonation is also fairly moderate so it's not too fizzy.
Overall - In short, it's an okay beer but one that makes me glad that I bought it as part of a custom six pack. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again. It's a fairly average beer that's familiar to most of us, but at the same time there's really not alot going for it
11-07-2011 02:57:08 | More by NuclearDolphin
3.63/5 rDev +8.7%
Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a classic beer glass at Mi Casita in Crofton, MD.
A: Pours a clear brown hue with a thin ½-finger white head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace.
S: Slight nutty aroma with a general sweet backbone.
T: Similar to the aroma the flavor is sweet with a nutty taste with hints of vanilla and caramel.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Decent lager – very smooth and easily drinkable.
11-06-2011 20:16:49 | More by ckollias
2.95/5 rDev -11.7%
supposedly one of the higher end mexican brews. pours a see through thin budlight color with a small head. nose is lousy, old malts, dead beer, no hops at all to speak of. taste beats the aroma, with a refreshing lighter malt flavor and a quick crisp finish. mouthfeel is alright, with some pretty high carbonation and a light body. if i was in mexico city on a 100degree day eating spicy food, it would be a good session, but on a cold fall night in the midwest with pizza, its extremely unremarkable.
11-06-2011 18:41:07 | More by StonedTrippin
3.43/5 rDev +2.7%
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
11-06-2011 03:38:21 | More by wordemupg
2.68/5 rDev -19.8%
Poured out of a bottle into a chilled mug.
Appearance is a medium brown with a fizzy head that doesn't stick around for long.
Smell is a light nutty roastiness and perhaps a little sweet.
Taste is a light nuttiness with a little bit of roast. Really no hops to speak of and the taste drops off fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is thin.
I do enjoy this beer with mexican food but that is about it. I seriously doubt I would ever drink it on a regular basis. However it is probably my favorite mexican lager.
11-05-2011 22:53:56 | More by rangerred
3/5 rDev -10.2%
A: Amber color. Almost no head which disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing.
S: I caught there a light maltiness, but overall the smell is very poor.
T: Malts are predominating, light at first but finishes with a pleasant roasted yet sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is also present despite the relatively low ABV.
M: Good carbonation for this refreshing beer.
O: This is not a great brew. But it could have been worse for just a thirst-quenching beer.
10-23-2011 13:34:38 | More by Fux
2.05/5 rDev -38.6%
Poured into a pint.
Excellent clarity, a bright reddened amber color. Through a terribly rough pour - rougher than I poured my Nitro Milk Stout (in which the bottle tells you to pour roughly, straight down) - I get barely any head, which recedes immediately. Miniscule flecks of lace dot the glass.
Smells skunky. There's certainly some caramel/amber malt thrown in there, but it's likely more for color than flavor.
Tastes skunked too, despite the brown bottle. Minor sweetness, stale bread crusts, apparent alcohol flavor.
Crisp, with high carbonation. Sticky with a lingering bitter/skunky aftertaste.
Overall this is one of the better Mexican lagers, but still nothing to write home about. This is unfortunately much better with a lime.
10-21-2011 06:08:12 | More by Spider889
3.6/5 rDev +7.8%
From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on July 19, 2011
A: Nice color. Very caramel throughout. Light cream colored head that quickly dissipated to nothing.
S: Got some malt with a very light roastiness
T: Very light roasted chocolate flavor. Mostly malts take over this beer but there is a hint of bitterness to finish. It actually ended very smoothly.
M: Pretty good mouthfeel. This beer is refreshing and has carbonation with a good bite to it.
O: Seen this around forever without putting much thought to it. And you know what? It really isn't terrible. I'd put this beer ahead of many.
10-18-2011 06:39:58 | More by tony223366
3.65/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured from bottles into 1/2 liter stien,given the season, nice garnet tawny hue with minamal head and off white lite lacing.
Sweet malty grain with a caramel and toast quality to the aroma.
Flavors seem of lightly toasted bread and graininess with a kiss of hop bitterness and spice.
Lightly carbonated and medium mouthfeel make this an easy drinker & the wife is grooving on this one currently.
Hey, it is what it is & I like it. Local grocer is running a deal too, $12 a 12pk.
09-28-2011 20:40:09 | More by welldigger888
3.15/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured into a regular pint glass.
A - Poured clear brown color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.
S - Malts with bready yeast and caramel hints.
T - Sweet malts to start with caramel, fruits and a slightly hoppy flavor following and a slightly dry finish.
M - Light bodied with above average carbonation.
O - Not bad overall, just about average. Good choice of beer from mexican line up. I would recommend it over other mexican beers.
09-28-2011 19:15:33 | More by taigor
2.8/5 rDev -16.2%
Slight caramel flavor greets the tongue. Quite spritzy and makes a nice fizzy mouthful. Brownish amber in the glass. Decent head and the carbonation lasts pretty well. It tastes much like adjunct-type lagers though it does have a touch of bitterness. I wouldn't call it a hoppy taste, as there is no hint of floral flavors. Smell is not particularly pleasant, more like beer soaked into a beer mat. Aftertaste is kind of dirty and a little sour, like it has a touch of burnt malt. I used to think this was one of the better Mexican beers, but there's not much to it.
09-28-2011 05:04:25 | More by mactrail
3.33/5 rDev -0.3%
For me this is the king of Mexican Beers. Pours a golden brown with a tan heads that thins out. Light carmelly aroma with fresh floral and earth hops. A mild carmel taste. Carbonation bubbles widely spaced throughout. Super with my red chile ground beef stuffed sopapilla.
09-27-2011 23:29:27 | More by atomicbeer
3.55/5 rDev +6.3%
On tap, into a strange looking negro modelo glass
A - dark brownish color, can't see through it, little head, little activity
S - Caramel and vanilla, a bit or corn
T - sweet biscuity malts, lightly floral hops, slightly watery and metallic
M - Could use a bit mroe carbonation. A little to thin as well
O - Not bad, but nothing I'd go running for
09-22-2011 15:08:19 | More by DrewSnyc667
3.58/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
09-16-2011 08:56:41 | More by tdm168
2.42/5 rDev -27.5%
Negra Modelo pours a medium brown color w/ a fairly thin cocoa head. Almost zero carbonation or lacing on this brew. Smell is that of weak malt, caramel, and metal. Very watered down nose on this one. Taste is the same. It's not offensive, it's just not very good. Metallic aftertaste for sure. Decent beer when you're choosing between Corona and Dos Equis, but not in real world situations. Used to be my go to beer w/ Mexican food, but now I usually stick to something w/ a little more taste. Not recommended.
09-11-2011 16:35:10 | More by jayhawk73
3.03/5 rDev -9.3%
Bottle poured into a goblet.
A: A nice dark creamy looking color with a white head that disappeared pretty quickly. There is no evident lacing.
S: There is hardly any aroma at all. Maybe a faint sweet candy like smell that seems pretty typical of most American/Mexican lagers. Very bland and very boring.
T: A mixture of coffee, burnt and toasty grains, tar, burning rubber, and some malty sweetness all hop onto your palate at random times and seem to have no rhyme or reason. The aftertaste is slightly caramel-like and stale cigarette/cigar-ish.
M: The mouthfeel is very light and watery on the palate. Generic.
O: This isn't a very good beer, it isn't a bad one, but it sure as hell isn't a good one. I have never had a Mexican beer that I thought was awesome, but this one is most likely my favorite. Beers like this are just way too bland and generic (and expensive for what they offer) compared to the numerous amounts of quality American craft brews flooding the market.
09-09-2011 15:01:44 | More by jifigz
3.63/5 rDev +8.7%
Serving: Bottle, 12oz - gold foil lid. Brown bottle, nice looking label. Poured into pint glass
Appearance: Deep brown, light carb bubbling on the sides, foamy head which broke down nicely
Smell: Light, sweet, just a tad too much of the alcohol present
Taste: Sweet and resonant on the tongue, flavors of caramel. Not much malt for a dunkel style.
Mouthfeel: very light carbonation which was surprising from the amount of head generated by my light pour.
Overall - Rated it a 3.5, definitely will have again. Sweet, but it was balanced well inside the beer so that putting down a few wouldn't be too heavy.
09-07-2011 01:47:59 | More by kevinbrew
2.93/5 rDev -12.3%
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
09-06-2011 19:10:25 | More by Mebuzzard
3.35/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. It had a production stamp but it wasn't obvious to me what the stamp meant in way of date.
Appearance: Clear dark coppery-orange beer with some brown color to it on the table with an off-white persistent 1/16" dense head. Little strands of persistent lacing noted.
Smell: Faint caramel malt, but with a swirl much sweeter. Really familiar but I can't place it what I'm smelling. Malty yes...but something else here too. Interesting whatever it is.
Taste: Caramel malt with a mild metallic finish. Really mild in flavor. Very mild bitter finish more notable when the beer was first poured and cold.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation goes away as it warms up. Mild carbonation and a bit watery, but not bad.
Overall / Drinkability: I've had this many times over the years, almost always with a Mexican or Southwest style meal and it has never failed to pair with it. I think I prefer it with food, but, it is very drinkable and could easily have another one right now. Not an amazing beer, and a bit weak in taste, but definitely one I know I'll have again and again when it's available.
09-03-2011 22:18:42 | More by damndirtyape
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,437 ratings.