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

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2,352 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,352
Reviews: 867
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 24
Gots: 122 | 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:
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Photo of Sudsy89


3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a medium amber-brown, not much of a head. Medium level of carbonation, looks like a Brown Ale. Aroma is kinda underwhelming too, just a bit of grains. Actually to me has a noticeable "adjunct lager" smell, which I don't like. Taste is just OK, like a maltier lager, maybe an Irish Red similarity because of the caramel malts. Drinkability is pretty high, has a light-bodied feel to it. This isn't a great beer, especially compared to a better German-made Dunkel Lager, but Negra Modelo is still much better than the other crap Grupo Modelo makes, I'd take it over a Corona anyday.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 04:25:52 | More by Sudsy89
Photo of sommersb


3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. brown bottle, poured in a pint glass

A: Clear, reddish-brown beer, with less than finger's head. Small amount of carbonation/bubbles and little lacing.

S: Caramel, malt sweetness, no hops

T: Crisp, clean, nice malt character, little bitterness, sweet

M: Moderately carbonated, smooth with a light body

D: This is a simple but very refreshing beer; a good one when you want to drink several at a time. I enjoyed it

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 23:23:31 | More by sommersb
Photo of JayS2629


3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice looking dark ruby with an off white head. Descent retention but little lacing.

S- Roasted malts, toasted nuts, and sweet grains.

T- Roasted malts, nuts, caramel undertones. Hint of a bitter note followed by sweet aftertaste.

M- Thin, and crisp.

D- Good beer for a meal. Not overly filling. Refreshing with dark notes. Descent.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 01:25:50 | More by JayS2629
Photo of Shrews629


3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark reddish/ruby amber with a slightly off white very fizzy head. Head stuck around for a minute, but started to fade quickly. Only average lacing. Clear body with only the faintest bubbles moving from bottom to top.

Smell - Some roasted grain and roasted malt. Sort of the malt sweetness that typifies a Dunkel. Not bad. A small amount of toasted nuts make and appearance also.

Taste - The taste evoked the roasted malt and grain. Even and clean tasting. Dry bread flavorings come forth also. Average flavors. Nothing jumps out to make the taste spectacular.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin. Tad bit watery actually. Pretty crisp. Left a sampling on the palate, but nothing to write home about.

Drinkability - This beer is drinkable for sure, but mostly average across the board. Nothing outstanding nor nothing offensive. Easy drinking and glad I sampled it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 03:38:11 | More by Shrews629
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While calling this a Munich Dunkel Lager is an insult to the style, this is probably my favorite mexican beer.

Had many times, but my formal review comes from a mexican restaurant tonight after a 7 hour brew session.

Dark brown/ruby, yet quite clear.

Not a lot on the nose. Decent amount of malts, for what it is.

Taste, very crisp and clean, with that hint of dark malts that keeps you in check.

Light crisp mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, especially of the Mexican offerings. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 05:21:48 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Not really a bad beer but not that good either. Light brown in color with poor fizzy carbonation. I had to do a rough pour to get any kind of head retention, in order to get a good smell. The smell is like wet toasty malts with some very slight citric sourness. At first the taste has a citris water quality like corona but the toasted malts try to sneak in at the finish but just can't get thier act together. The aftertaste has a little bit of toasty chocolate to it but it's very weak. Best described as Corona blended with some Bockbier. In the mouth it's kind of fizzy and watery, a little bit like soda. I don't think this is really true to the style but a style of it's own, Mexican Dark Lager perhaps, really quite refreshing and light, with a tropical feel to it. This isn't a bad thing just not typical of the assigned style.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 18:12:51 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of metter98

New York

3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin off white head that slowly fades into lacy patterns. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose, which has some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell with flavors of caramel malts, but is stronger. The finish has a very mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a bit watery on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; I could easily drink many of these in one night.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 04:46:08 | More by metter98
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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,

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 17:41:12 | More by rfgetz
Photo of drtth


2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear mahogany color with a ¼" white head that soon recedes to a ring and a patch foam that mostly covers the liquid. There is some modest patch lacing with a reasonable number of speckles and occasional legs. For most of the beer sipping leaves lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: The faint aroma has some touches of dark caramel and some molasses from the malt but no hops are detectable.

Taste: The flavors include traces of roasted malt, some gentle caramel and molasses sweetness that is light but definite. There are traces of bitterness but they are well hidden behind the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with gentle persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, begins in the roasted malt sweetenss and then trails off into some bitterness but it never becomes completely dry.

Drinkability: While I was able to finish this one I found that I was ready for it to be gone about 2/3rds of the way through the beer. While initially it was tasty, eventually the sweetness became too much of the flavor of the beer without some break being provided by some dryness in the finish. I suppose I could drink another but honestly have no desire to and I certainly will not be adding this to my shopping list.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 02:32:27 | More by drtth
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good dark color with a small head of one finger. Ops where did the head go, vanished in a flash, leaving a thin ring of lace. Color is a dark dark amber rating a 21 on the SRM chart. Smells like burn toast with lime jam. The taste is predominantly citrus over toasted wheat, with malt and yeast undertones. A little watery in my mouth, but it grows on you. I am glad I do not have to travel to Mexico to enjoy this lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 22:07:56 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Nerudamann


3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - A clear, dark amber/light brown. Very little head that dissipates quickly. Good Carbonation.

Smell - Earthy hoppiness with a twist of sweetness. Not an overpowering aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Definite hoppiness there, but not very bitter...balanced out by some prevelent yet moderate sweetness. Maybe from brown sugar. To be honest it tastes a bit like a dark apple juice. Texture leans more toward the watery side, but not thin either.

Drinkability - not a bad brew, but not terribly forthcoming in its complexity, which makes it only seem like a simple beer, which I don't believe it to be. More samplings warranted. :-)

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 05:34:47 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of MeMyselfNAles7

Puerto Rico

4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best brew hands down from the grupo modelo. Sadly since I live in PR all that we get from them is the coronas.

Poured in a pint and has a rich dark amber color that pretty much resembles the color of the bottle with a medium white crown. Little carbonation. Medium body. Fairly good on the nose with roasted dark malts, faint touches of hopps. Nice maltiness at the beggining finishing in a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:13:46 | More by MeMyselfNAles7
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very solid brew. I did like this one.
Pours a light brown color, minimal head, good lacing.
Smells like must and roasted grain.
Tastes like roasted grain with some malty goodness.
Medium mouthfeel that makes you want more.
Drinkability is very decent, could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:48:00 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of srandycarter


3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep clear amber, not much head...Some cling lace.

S - Musty, maybe a little skunky, roasty malt.

T - Lightly Sweet toasty malty middle, lightly bittered.

M - Light, good carbonation, fair balance. Not much work to do.

D - I like this beer. As a cocktail, whatever. As a pair with Mexican, killer!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 04:05:26 | More by srandycarter
Photo of KentuckyBeerCat


3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a very solid beer. It had a really good initial taste. Easy to drink until the lower third of the bottle. It seemed to get a little too bitter towards the end I probably wouldn't drink it often but I would certainly recommend it for anyone to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:48:26 | More by KentuckyBeerCat
Photo of bondjedi


4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get a good look at the appearance - sorry, I drank it straight from the bottle.

Hearty smell, no hint of formaldehyde.

Tastes good. A little thinner than you hope. Mouthfeel enhanced by effervescent carbonation.

I could drink these 'til I drop.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 17:06:48 | More by bondjedi
Photo of JMad


3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Fuzzy's tacos...
Poured into a goblet, had a dark brown color with not much of a head.
Smells of roasted grain and it's a bit metallic.
Tastes roasty with lots of sweet malt, and a bit more metal flavor.
This beer is light bubbly and crisp.
It drinks very smooth, very nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 00:30:12 | More by JMad
Photo of Kemmerlin


3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light brown filtered color with a quickly diminishing 1 finger width head.
S: a rich vanilla and mollasses smell mixed with a light hop and lagering yeast.
D: unfortunately doesn't taste much like the smell. It does have a good dunkel taste at first but quickly gives way to a macrolager type of aftertaste. The dunkel portion is a good mixture of bitter choclate, spice, and molassess.
M/D: light bodied and smooth finish for a darker beer. Decent drinkability if it wasn't for that darn aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 20:49:29 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of dbtoe


4.13/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
I really like this beer a lot. I will always get this when I see it at a restaurant. One of my favorite beers.
Look is light to dark brown. Not much of a head at all.
Smell is mostly mild sweet malt.
Taste is all malts. Sweet and very mild roasted flavors.
Feel pretty creamy and thick for a lager.
Drink I could drink these anytime.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 14:12:06 | More by dbtoe
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- So I was expecting a thick creamy head as per the Negra Modelo website, but I didn't even get a layer of foam! The color is a perfectly clear dark amber that has hues of red. There is some mild lacing that brings the score up somewhat but it's pretty "eh" as far as looks go.

S- Overall fairly mild aromas but what I do smell is primarily toffee like malts and possibly some melted brown sugar. It is slightly toasty and slightly of dark ripe fruit...plum like. Hops are very subdued and don't really make any impact.

T- Reasonably similar to the aroma, but with some yeasty qualities added. The malts are really strong at first, but then gets slightly citrus like on the finish. The hops are non-existent but the beer tastes really good in general.

M- It's fairly light bodied but is extremely smooth on the palate, with rich and plentiful, however fine, carbonation. The warmth of the flavors give it a desert like feel that is not unwelcome.

D- With the cold weather coming on, this is an ideal beer to consume. The alcohol is well hidden and would be great to enjoy over an evening....with friends or while watching the tube at home. I recommend this one and think is one of the best Mexican beers out there!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:07:05 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of samie85


3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed earlier tonight at the Independence Tap.

A-Pours a deep ruddy amber color with a one finger head.

S-Caramelly and dark fruit munich malt notes. A pretty faint nose, but not bad one.

T-Dry and biscuity with some mild bitter herbal hop notes on the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with medium to heavy amount of carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer per se, but not one I'm likely to revisit anytime soon unless I'm at a Mexican restaurant.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 06:30:18 | More by samie85
Photo of LaeliaPumila


3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours with a thin head, even when poured hard, leaves some spotting on the glass. A tawny amber brown in the glass, very attractive color.

Smell: faint even after the glass has warmed, but pleasantly toasty and malty. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste: the malts are definitely there, but there is a hint of something more acidic with them and it's not carbonation - more like a trace of artificial lemon behind the caramel notes. Not much hops here either. A faint bitterness from the dark malts lingers at the back of the tongue but then fades pretty quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin, not annoyingly so but also not anything that improves the brew.

Drinkability: I was going to rate it average, but then I realized that I finished the whole bottle while I was writing.

Overall, an interesting dark beer to taste but not one I'd buy again. (Looking at the other reviews, I think I may have gotten an older bottle, so take that into account.)

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 22:59:59 | More by LaeliaPumila
Photo of chucktrivette


3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on sale at the local store. It was always a beer that I passed up for some reason. The bottles have a very unique design. The beer pours nicely with not too much head. Im not getting too much on the smell. The first thing I taste is a slight toffee taste which goes down real smooth. I was pleased with this beer. It was a average beer and may be one of your better choices at the Mexican restaurant. I could only drink a few of these at a time.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 21:03:01 | More by chucktrivette
Photo of elgiacomo


3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours clear dark copper/amber with a large foamy off-white head, leaves a lot of lacing and holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Sweet-smelling aroma of caramel malt, some brown sugar, bread, even some dark fruit, grapes, raisins, prunes, a little metallic, some grassy hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is also sweet and malty, mostly caramel, touch of fruit, somewhat nutty, mild floral/grassy hop presence, manages to finish relatively dry but the metallic note crops up again.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty decent Vienna, and one of the better "grocery store craft/import" beers. My only gripe is the cost, as I can get Brooklyn Lager for the same price and it blows Modelo away...

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 03:03:10 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo has a thin, off-white head and a very dark, clear amber appearance. The aroma is nil to faint, with maybe some maltiness coming across. Taste, while good, is rather bland, with malt being the overriding flavor; there is enough hop bitterness to keep this from being a total wash-out. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with Negra Modelo finishing wet and refreshing, much as water is refreshing. Overall, this is an okay, but unexciting dark beer. I would have it again but would not seek it out.


Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 20:07:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,352 ratings.