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

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2,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 248 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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Photo of milner
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer has a real nice looking bottle and gold label that looks like a quality beer. Unfortunately it does not taste like one.

The head is weak and goes away after the first few sips. The color is nice ,just a standard dark amber.

What I really notice here is the lack of body, just seems to wisp away just like the head does. Slightly bitter aftertaste, but drinkable.

This is a beer that's trying to be both a lighter Mexican beer like Corona as well as a dark crafted beer at the same time, but instead comes out as a wispy lack of confidence. Disappointed in this beer, and the price paid.

Photo of mdvatab
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
No bottled-on date to be found

Aroma: Toasted, nutty, and light brown sugar from malt. A bit of diacetyl. Very light herbal noble hop.

Appearance: Very light tan one-finger head disappears quickly to small patches of thin foam on the surface. Beautiful crystal-clear copper body.

Flavor: Toasted bread, light carmelized sugar, and tofee. Hops lend light bitterness, but almost no hop flavor. Crisp, dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to med-high bite from carbonation. Light sweetness & bitterness on the tongue.

Overall: Very drinkable and easy on the palate. Diacetyl is probably slightly outside style guideline, but not by far. This is my favorite Mexican beer by far, and is definitely recommended if you have the chance to try it.

Photo of SisuPride
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I am south of the border the "Black Model" is my beer of choice. It is the only dark beer I have ever had lime in and somehow it works - and that always makes me feel like I am on vacation. Solid taste, best dark Mexican beer I've ever had but the closest thing I can recall is Dos Equis Amber. Mouth feel is light and head of beer is pretty weak.

Photo of ferrari29
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into hour-figure Pint glass

A - Beer poured with a one finger white colored foam; held well; no lacing; appearance of thin body and very subtle appearance of carbonation was visible in the dark brown, almost black, colored body

S - Grains and corn; subtle notes of roasted malts; some yeasty or fruit sweetness

T - Some mild sweetness; more flavor packed than the rest of the Mexican beer; grain and corn; lager "airiness" to it

M - Thin and watery; needs more body, doesn't make the palate feel "alive" with activity; typical adjunct type lager

D - Good drink if you have limited options, especially if you're at a Mexican style restaurant, its either this or Dos Equis; good for the summer time

Photo of beerdown77
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo pours brown with minimal head. Like all Mexican beer, it’s refreshing and delicious when it’s super cold. There is a decent malt complexity and a little bit of bitterness to this. I like that it isn’t super sweet. This is a great beer for the style.

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer is a drab brown tint, like tannic streamwater. Visibly thin, with a soda wisp of bubbles.

S - Vaguely sweet malt is about all I get here, perhaps a suggestion of honey. Inoffensive.

T - The taste is watery and mineral-y and has a slight honey sweetness.

M - Feel is thin and watery, but works well for a Mexican Lager.

O - I would not be terribly interested in drinking more than one of these, but it is ok with Mexican food.

It is best used as a base for a Michelada, which I do quite often. To keep this review as useful as possible, here is a recipe for the Sangrita which comprises the non-beer half of Michelada:

1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup orange juice
2 cups tomato juice, Clamato or V8
1 tablespoon of minced onion
1 tablespoon of very finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of minced jalapeno
Stir all ingredients, chill for at least 20-30 minutes to let the flavors marry, then serve. Keeps overnight, may be better that way.

Photo of 1Adam12
1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a very light see through brown color. Didn't have much of a nose on it, maybe a bit of coffee. The taste reminded me of cold watered down coffee. Mouthfeel was light with not much body at all. I actually refused to finish this in the restaurant. This is the first beer I've ever sent back and I won't be trying this again.

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

This was actually a bit of a suprise with how good it was. Poured a deep dark brown with a huge billowing white head that settled down to reveal some subtle lacing that was quite nice. Smell was of caramel, grains, and breads, yeast primarily. Taste was typical brown lager. Some subtle spiceness, great all around flavor. Lots of earthy tones, with a ever so slight sweetness. Mostly malts on this one. This was a decent beer, extremely sessionable and a samn fine call.

Photo of Bockrules
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass

A - Pours a very translucent deep amber-to-brown with streams of carbonation rising to a 1 finger brownish head. No brilliant ruby hues here as with the German style. The head is gone about 2/3rds down the glass and leaves behind dabbles of lacing here and there.

S - First impression upon pouring into the glass is bittery-grainy (sort of like a micro) with a tint of sweetness. Actually rather disappointing.

T - Very sweet and malty upfront. The body is very smooth and malt driven, but are just balanced enough by hops to create a pleasant sensation. The finish starts off where the body leaves and then transitions to become more hop dominated to leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. The transition is particularly intriguing and brings to mind some pleasant, rich taste that I can't place my finger on...

M - heavily carbonated which seems to suit this beer well, giving it a creamy mouthfeel. The beer starts of feeling sort of thin bodied, but then expands to fill the whole mouth with goodness.

This beer is readily available and fairly cheap here in New Mexico ($13 at 12 pack). Although somewhat simple, I feel that it represents the Munich Dunkel lager well. It's a pretty tasty and versatile beer that has earned a place in my fridge, replacing the PBR and Highlife I had as an undergraduate in Ohio. I feel the gold foil around the top adds some extra class as well....

Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Medium grade maple syrup. Lightly off-white head settles quickly but leave a nice lace.

S – Green grapes jump to the forefront, backed by sweet brown sugar and raisin.

T – Great, medium roast, bready malt throughout the profile. Mild green grapes and yellow raisins make cameos from the nose. A light acidity ties the beer together nicely. Soft bitter note on the backend. On whole, the profile is edges sweet.

M – Medium / light body with a light cilantro-like bitterness that accompanies a semi-sweet finish.

O – More than just the best beer you can find at most Latin American restaurants, Negra Modelo is a solid beer in its own right. Pairs fantastic with chili, mole, and grilled meats.

Photo of Kinsman
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Solid brown body with a little bit of room left for some lighter amber highlights. Capped by a light white head that faded all too quickly.

Aroma is lightly sweet with faint hints of caramel over a toasted grain presence and a light touch of hops. As a whole this aroma comes and goes and is rather underwhelming.

Munich Dunkel? Well certainly there are hints of dunkel in this beer with a light caramel sweetness but the overriding grainy flavor and faint metallic notes give this a cheap lager taste. Hops are faint without providing much in the way of bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, light and bubbly. Overall, rating this beer as a Munich Dunkel does not really do it any favors. While it is better than your average mass-produced lager and is plenty refreshing, it really doesn't come anywhere close to the best Munich Dunkels.

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

I noticed a Negra Modelo in the fridge. The stubby uniquely shaped bottle with golden labels was intriguing. I grab the bottle and sharply removed the cap, quickly inhaling the essence of the freshly opened bottle. After having drank IPA for two weeks, the smell of the Negra Modelo was simply mild and I immediately said to myself "Probably a B rating at BeerAdvocate.com". In any case I wasn't completely intrigued, but interested after hearing a person to person review one week ago. I then proceeded to drink the beer.

A- Dark brown colour with a light watery head.

S- Grainy, malty, sweet syrup, and very mild hops. Smells sort like an average beer that you would find anywhere, no real complexity. Reminded me of a "standard" beer aroma bumped up maybe 1%.

T- Not bad..., grains, malt, sweetness, with slight hop end note, slightly better than a typical beer in this class.

M- Smooth with dry finish, decent carbonation. Stands out as remarkably smooth for this class of beer.

O- This isn't a bad beer, that is better than what your average beer drinker drinks. I would choose this over most of the standard american brands like (bud,miller,coors, etc) which I think suck. It does remind me of these brands however in flavor, mouthfeel and smell, but is a few notches higher in quality. Choose this over standard shitty american brands if its available to you.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer many times. A 6pack of 12oz bottle is around $6-7 I believe. I've never thought it was bad but never great. I pour this one into a my Beck's Stange to review.

Very loosely packed off white head of about an inch. Transparent dark ruby brown in color. Nice layer of retention. Modest lacing.

Aroma is of raw adjuncts; barley and grainy. Sweet caramel malts, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste is quite sweet and malty with the brown sugar and molasses taking the forefront.

Light to medium body with a pleasant level of carbonation. Smooth finish with sweet malts leading to a medium finish.

This is one of my favorite Mexican beers, which I guess doesn't say much, but it isn't bad and I'll certainly be drinking it again as my wife enjoys it and it makes its way to my fridge frequently.

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tawny brown with a fizzle of soda pop like head. In fact, some cola makes an appearance in the flavor too, along with a bit of caramel and rye bread. Dry, but the lack of any hop bitterness gives a sweetish impression overall. Good for what it is and definitely my go to at poorly stocked Tex-Mex joints.

Photo of hosehead83
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a unique-looking "stubby" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark amber/tea color with a short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint dark malt
Taste-Lightly toasted malt, faintly sweet and nutty, caramel and faint citrus peel note. Light bodied and very refreshing. A nice match for just about anything in a Mexican restaurant. Very smooth and drinkable.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide flute glass. Dark copper color with a tight inch and half of head. Looks nice.

Smells malty but there is a hint of corn... which does not help. It would be great without that bit of corn.

Watery taste at first, then malty (every so slightly roasted malt), finishes with a mild hop presence. Nothing too impressive.

Light and crisp in the mouth. Low carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall for a dunkel lager it lacks the malt body, however for an easy drinking lager it is nice.

Photo of SSJPhatMatt
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo pours with an off-white, medium head. The body is clear with a rich amber/copper color. The aroma is sweet with hints of apple. The impression at the first sip is sweet. This gives way only a bit to some hops bitterness which gives some balance but leaves the beer firmly in the sweet category. It has no real lager snap at the end, just lingering hops. This actually makes the second sip more balanced than the first.

There is some complexity and depth here but the flavors are very delicate. They are obliterated by the aggressive flavors of the Mexican food that Modelo is often served with making it a sweet balance to the savory and sometimes hot cuisine.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another on the mini tour. First time I've had this one on tap; amber color with next to no head. No aroma that I could tell, taste was malt, a little sweetness, and no bitterness. I actually kinda like this one: I'd get it with a Mexican dinner if there were not other "worthy" choices.

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

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a watered-down light brown color. Very little head that dissipates almost immediately with no lacing.

Smell - Very faint smell; kinda like smelling a good Munich out of the bottle from a foot away.

Taste - A little bit of caramel, chocolate, roasted and biscuity malts, some faint hop bitterness, but mostly water. Not a whole lot of flavor going on overall, but actually pretty damn good for a mainstream macro beer. I'd take this over a Corona any day.

Mouthfeel - Again kind of watery, but much better than what you'd expect out of a mainstream macro brew.

Overall - This certainly isn't a beer I'd buy every day, but if I was eating at a Mexican restaurant and had to choose between this and the usual BMC suspects, I'd take this every time. It's very good for what it is.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks to be a sort of watery dark brown color. Absolutely no head whatsoever when it came to me.

S: So you know when you're outside and it's raining/been raining and your pants get wet because some douche speeds through a puddle right next to you even though he easily could have gone around it and you leave your pants out on the balcony to dry and then come back three days later to check on them and you give them a sniff and they still smell dank and like puddle? Yeah, that's what this smells like.

T: Better than the smell, but I don't know how much that's saying. Grain, a little syrupy sweetness, honey and more grain with a creamy mouthfeel. If you gave me this next to Bud Light in a blind taste test, I would have a hard time telling them apart.

Photo of Scribbles
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A staple of my friend Juan, this beer suprised me in its quality. A dark beer with a fairly light body. The primary flavor is toasted malt, fading into some mild hops. A very good dinner beer, enough in flavor to keep in interesting with a crisp carbonation to keep it refreshing.

Photo of ncbeermonger
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer isn't terrible if you find yourself in a pinch.

The beer pours thinly into my trusty Sam Adams glass

The smell is a little sour with no hint of chocolate or hops

the taste follows suit, being thin, a little sour and lite

The mouthfeel is ok, not horrible

If it's this or krap go with this!

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent brew. The beer is pretty much what I expected. It's got a transparent brown color witha head head. The smell of nuts and hops in the mix. It's not overly flavorful but just enough to get the idea that this is a dark lager and nothing much can change that. The best thing about this beer is probably it's color though.

Photo of Phelps
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Chocolate cola-brown with amber highlights. A millimeter-thin top layer dissipates right away, leaving a tiny ring.

The nose is hard to pick up, but I get a bit of grain, lightly spicy hops, some toast and chocolate. It's light, but nice.

The flavor is better: lightly sweet and chocolatey, like a roasted corona. Light coffee, cocoa nibs, a bit of spicy hops and sweet grain before a crisp finish.

This bad boy is effervescent, with a high, assaulting carbonation that's attacking my tongue with peppery anger. The body is a smooth medium-light.

The best of the mass-produced Mexican lagers by far, Negro Modelo is a savior at bars sellings buckets of Corona.

Photo of cpone
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always my beer of choice when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the usual uninspired line-up.

A: Poured straight into a tulip - maybe two finger soapy, bubbly head that did not stick around. Small traces of lacing. Body shows lots of carbonation and has a ruby brown color, like root beer.

S: Very light toasted malt, raw corn with a little nuttiness to it.

T: Very little in the way of flavor. Slight, barely toasted malt, grains with a hint of bitterness. In all honesty, it tastes much like most macro lagers - with just a bit more flavor.

M: Decent for the style i suppose. Good carbonation, crisp and fairly light.

Negra will still be my go to at the taqueria, but after reviewing and really trying to taste the beer my affinity for it has waned. It's ok, but not as good as I used to say it was.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.