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

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2,506 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 31
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Draft pint at Front Street Cantina in Plainfield, IL.

Poured a dark copper with a light tan head. The head didn't last long, but the bartendar also put a lime in it, which was promptly removed.

Aromas of lightly roasted malts, and caramel. No discernable hop aroma. Not as malty as european versions.

First sip is refreshing, dark malts, a light bitterness, some caramel and crisp carbonation, no carbonic bite. Doesn't have the malt profile of the european versions of the style.

Mouthfeel is light, not quite watery, crisp, with good carbonation

Overall a very drinkable beer. Nothing offensive or extreme. Goes great with spicy mexican food. Better on tap than from the bottle.

JamnesCameron, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of bboelens
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I must say I enjoyed unwrapping the top, made it feel more like a present

A-Dark copper color, khaki head with little retention and moderate lacing

S-Roast malts, warmed nuts, slight toffee and caramel

T-Dark malts, bitterness, caramel hints, slight bread taste

M-Clean, crisp, solid carbonation

D-Probably my favorite of the Mexican beer family and incredibly drinkable

bboelens, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of jerryc123
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance is a pleasantly-clear dark walnut color. Thin cream-colored head with fine bubbles. Little retention but a nice amount of lacing on sides of glass.

Smell/Aroma/Nose is restrainted with slight aroma malt or sweet cereal grain aroma.

Taste is also primarily of malt. Mild and slightly sweet. A bit of citrusy-like sharpness at the very tail-end of the long finish, gives you an enjoyable amount of bitterness to ready you for the next sip. No flavor from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Ok to drink, but not a bargain in the world of darker beers. I would not seek it out if other craft beer alternatives were available, but would prefer this over Corona or Sol in a Mexican establishment.

jerryc123, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle - another cute non-standardized foreign vessel, and yes, a mainstay at yer typical Mexican and points south-style restaurants.

This beer pours a clear, dark copper amber hue, with one skinny finger of weakly foamy, bubbly, and rapidly dissipating beige head, which leaves a few instances of streaky island lace around the glass in its haste.

It smells of dark, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, near-rancid butter, a bit of stale drupe fruitiness, and faint grassy, weedy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, a hint of hard toffee, a faint oily nuttiness, ethereal cheap brown sugar, and weak leafy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just a trilling frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth enough, I suppose. It finishes off-dry, clean, a tad mineral-laden, and surprisingly warm for the purported ABV.

While stellar for this particular kind of brewing operation, overall this dark lager is just slightly above average - everything's there, but it comes across as muted. Still, a worthy enough beer option in the Sol/Corona/Pacifico wasteland where you're more than liable to run into it.

biboergosum, Dec 08, 2010
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.

Sudsy89, Dec 06, 2010
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

sommersb, Nov 30, 2010
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.

JayS2629, Nov 29, 2010
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.

Shrews629, Nov 24, 2010
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.

AWolfAtTheDoor, Nov 20, 2010
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.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
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,

rfgetz, Nov 08, 2010
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.

drtth, Nov 08, 2010
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.

beerprovedwright, Oct 21, 2010
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. :-)

Nerudamann, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
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.

MeMyselfNAles7, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
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.

TheKingofWichita, Oct 10, 2010
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!

srandycarter, Oct 08, 2010
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.

KentuckyBeerCat, Oct 06, 2010
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.

bondjedi, Sep 30, 2010
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.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
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.

Kemmerlin, Sep 24, 2010
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.

dbtoe, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of ChrisCage
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!

ChrisCage, Sep 23, 2010
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.

samie85, Sep 18, 2010
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.