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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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Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of PintOHops
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears dark brown/copper in color, has a thin soapy head that dissipates very quickly. However it does retain an inviting ring around the top of the beer throughout entire consumption! Has medium carbonation & leaves no lacing. Smells of very sweet malts with some grainy aromas and a typical corny/vegetable aroma. Although malts & vegetables dominate, there are hints of citrus and a weird fruity strawberry aroma, kind of reminds me of a stale pack of gummy bears.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes corny with vegetables and sweet undertones of malt. There's a snap of dry bitterness on the finish that definitely reminds me of Corona! Bitterness quickly fades, and as it warms that same bitterness becomes more of a rubbery bitter flavor, just like Corona but not as bad. Sweet, malty and grainy overall. Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat thin, not allot of active carbonation of the palate either. Lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Anybody could drink this beer all night long, it definitely has allot more flavor than allot of other lagers out there. I loved how lively this beer looked from beginning to end, it does seem to develop a somewhat strange, or in my case unpleasant rubbery taste as it warms. Similar to Corona! Maybe it's just my taste, I did enjoy this beer but I can't get over that rubbery flavor. Ill have to try this one again sometime, if my taste is any different, ill be sure to update my review.

For now though, I definitely recommend you try this beer. Because chances are that you wont taste what I taste, full of flavor and pretty smooth. Go for it! Cheers!

PintOHops, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of janubio
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, you'll have to excuse me, but I can't understand why people like that much this beer. To me is just a dark version of Coronas, with some more body and aroma and some more tasty, but nothing that I haven't tasted in many beers before. Clear brown colour, a little head that doesn't hold and leaves no leace. It smells a bit of cocoa powder, faint caramel and toasted notes and some metallic notes. Watery metallic taste with hints of cocoa and caramel and there's a little more that you can tell, if anything. I've tried several times to try to convince myself, but not.

janubio, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is clear amber-brown in color with a tannish head with a respectable head that lasts for a minute or two.

The smell is malty with caramel notes.

The taste is quite malty with some caramel and brown sugar undertones. Slightly buttery and a little light.

The body is medium and this mouthfeel is rather clean and fairly smooth with some crispness. The finish is pretty clean.

This is a surprisingly respectable session beer and worth giving a shot.

Brenden, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear burgundy with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Dark roasted malt, spicy raisins, diacetyl, slightly sweet and pleasant.

T- A buttery, dark toasty maltiness dominates the flavor. Finishes with a grassy tea like hoppiness. Overall well balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, carbonation is just right. Medium bodied.

D- Excellent. I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Me gusta Negra Modelo! ( sorry, that's about all I remember from high school.)

JayNH, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of Greggy
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a 1 finger head, one shade above white. The head lakes great retention but does stay around for a minute or two. The body is crystal clear amber brown.

S- Quite a bit of caramel, nuttiness, honey graham crackers, maple nut. Not bad at all.

T- Starts out with a bit of raisin, some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate while transitioning, I get a note of maplenut before the dominantly going to a dry light hop note. Again, not bad at all.

M- Medium carbonation is a perhaps a bit cloying but the finish is relatively clean.

D- Quite a drinkable mexican beer. This is definitely going to be my mexican restaurant go-to.

Greggy, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As far as Mexican beers go, this is my go-to. A much better alternative than Corona, which needs to be boiled to be drinkable.

Color is dark brown with medium foam. Smell is not distinctive, some malty aroma whihc omes through and controls the taste. There is a very minor hoppy finish, but it is hidden below the surface.

I find this very drinkable - at a happy hour with chips and salsa, I could easily have a bunch of these.

KTCamm, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of K7M
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an old favorite of mine. A good dark Beer that you can drink all day at the beach if you so desire, a good session Beer.

This beer is available in many places, I was able to find it throughout Colombia while there fortunately as all of the Colombian Beers were pretty weak.

I really enjoy this Beer and the fact that is is readily available causes it to magically appear in the refridgerator frequently. This is a good Beer for cookouts and Kayaking.

K7M, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, bubbly, light brown/amber color with a thin watery head.

Smells grassy, a bit like caramel, brown sugar and sour malt.

Tastes sweet, a lot of caramel notes, light in body with some decent malty notes. Not a whole lot of flavor which does lead to a high drinkability factor when its hot out and you're on a Mexican beach.

Better than Corona or Sol, this was my go to beer in Mexico.

indiapaleale, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of spointon
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a short fat 12oz brown bottle into a beer mug at a local Mexican eatery.

A= Poured a nice clear dark cola-colored brown with a small 1/8" white head. The head dropped fast but there was some decent lace down my glass.

S= As it warmed, I found a sweet malty aroma that was muted but there. In line for the style.

T= Most of the flavor came from the sweet malt base with very little in the way of base bitterness. There was a bit of tea like hop spice near the end and some faint nutty flavors too. Clean finish.

MF= Medium bodied and crisp.

D= This is one of the few Mexican brews that I really like and this paired well with my shrimp fajitas. Easily sessionable.

spointon, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head poured thin, though it was not into an ideal beer glass, but more of a high ball glass. The beer held a very nice lace the whole way through.

S: A very nice caramelly/nutty sweet smell

T: Tasted very much like the smell would lead you to believe, almost no bitterness whatsoever.

M: A fizzy, tingly feeling, which surprised me based on the lack of head or visible carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but it is a pretty filling beer and not something to be drank extensively.

Note: I had this on tap several times when I was in Mexico and it went with the food very nicely.

mdwalsh, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of scoobybrew
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear amber color with a think head that settles into a fine lace color; some lacing as it drains

S - 'clean' lager scent with a touch of roasted grain

T - slightly subdued toasted malty flavor with a touch of hops on the finish; clean as far as yeast character

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - I suppose this is a 'highly drinkable' beer when you're consuming Mexican style food - or really any food that compliments the American-style dark lager. I think it fit the mentioned style better than a Munich Dunkel. Munich Dunkel would imply a richer malt character - which this certainly lacks. Nonetheless it's a decent beer, but is hardly worth seeking out (as if you had to).

scoobybrew, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of BigBry
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown, stubby bottle (as in picture).
Pours a clear brown color, with a mid size, off-white head. Average retention, actually some nice looking lace. Mild toasted malt sweetness, with light grassy hop aromas. Slightly fruity. Taste some grain and lightly toasted malt sweetness. Finishes with herbal hops, a bit of a metallic finish. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Easily drinkable, one of the better Mexican beers. Would go well with spicy foods.

BigBry, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper, with a finger tall soapy head, leaves stucco lacing on the glass. Aroma is subdued, you gotta get your nose right down there before you can detect some lightly toasted malts and earthy tones, a bit of honey. The medium bottle was very smooth, almost slick, and tasted of toasty and sweet malts that were sufficiently sweet to stand up to my enchilladas. One of the few popular Mexican beers I've had that actually goes well with spicy Mexican food.

droomyster, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a glass, clear brown in color, some carbonation, thick off white head with some carbonation, head stays around awhile with nice lacing on the glass

S - Nice smell, caramel malts, some hops, some sweetness

T - Malts hit at first with a hint of hops, toffee flavors or maybe coffee, light sweetness

M - Thin, light carbonation, no bitter finish, crisp

D - Goes down smooth and refreshing for a dark beer, not heavy. I liked the lacing in the glass. Good beer for grilling.

dpsychoholic69, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear brown color with a medium-sized, frothy off-white head with average retention and some fairly nice lacing. Just a few bubbles of carbonation visible.

S: Some mild toasted malt sweetness, with some accompanying graininess. Some light grassy and herbal hop aroma. A bit of fruitiness as well - apple? Clean and mild, overall.

T: Some grainy and lightly toasted malt sweetness at first. Grassy/herbal hops, perhaps a slight touch of citrus as well. A bit tealike into the aftertaste. Perhaps a bit metallic at times, although not in an offensive way.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation. Generally clean and on the crisp side. A bit of astringent grain and tartness in the finish.

D: Easily quaffable, and one of the best Mexican imports I've had to date (admittedly, a small list). Nothing outstanding, but a solid, interesting take on a German style.

Clydesdale, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color that supports a fine-bubbled dirty-white colored head. Fades at an average clip and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Nutty, toasty caramel malt nose with no hops being discernable. The smell is more pronounced than many Mexican imports, but I am not a huge fan so far.

Nutty flavors really shine in this beer. There is still some toastiness here, but it is a bit more muted than the smell would indicate. Feels like a lager with it's thin body and smooth, crisp character. Highly drinkable and surprisingly refreshing. I can appreciate the craftsmanship of this beer.

twiggamortis420, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reddish brown color with a thin off white head that goes away quite fast, almost no lacing. Aroma is slightly grainy with a faint note of alcohol.Flavor is lightly toasted malts and a hint of molasses, Mild spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, with just a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Much better than expected.

WakeandBake, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank with friends on January 23. Bottle - pours a clear dark amber. Very little head. Very smooth, light to medium bodied. Hints of malt, easy finish. Minimal lacing throughout. Almost "light" tasting. Very sessionable despite ABV. Probably would not purchase again, but would gladly partake of if offered. Just not my type.

OzarkElmo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of showell
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You know, not really half bad. It's amazing that this is put out by the same company as Corona (not to say Corona is undrinkable, just sort of blah...) This one isn't blah at all. It pours dark amber, has a somewhat hoppy smell, and you can taste the hops in the aftertaste a little bit. Maybe just a hint of chocolate? I could drink these and my partner really likes them a lot.

showell, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/amber with white half finger head which disappeared quickly. Not a whole lot of lace.

Smell: Sweet, hint of tart, and a bit of hops.

Taste: Little bit of traditional cerveza style hops coming through, but pretty sweet overall and a tiny bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Drinkability: Pretty decent, relatively smooth, goes down pretty easily with a nice crisp, clean flavor.

Notes: Overall, this is one of the more flagship Mexican beers. Never disappoints and please hold the lime.

BigIrishman, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. Bottle is perhaps a bit pretentious with all of its gold and foil...

Pours a clear, copper-brown hue. A tawny off-white head forms, but lingers only briefly and, upon its dissolution, leaves no real remnants on the sides of the mug.

Nose is rather basic, with just a tiny bit of toasted bread mixing with some snappy, zesty hop aromas.

Light-to-medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Moves easily over the tongue, fueled by a light front of burnt sugar and biscuit, with a dominating, though hardly overwhelming, citrus-herbal hop presence that carries through into the rather dry finish and lingers for quite some time afterward.

Pretty drinkable and a mildly decent representation of a Dunkel, though falling short a bit (though perhaps not falling short of the aims of the brewers). The royal treatment on the bottle is indicative of the superiority of this brew over the vast majority of its homeland's bretheren, though compared to its overseas counterparts, it's far from royal.

superdedooperboy, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of JamesS
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with a bit of initial head, but almost no lacing. Good malty scent, almost deep, but no real distinguishing characteristics. Nice taste, malty with a slight roastiness to it, and an almost-hop almost-bitterness to the aftertaste. Goes down well, it's my prefered beer at Mexican restaurants that don't serve microbrews.

JamesS, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with some slight red outlines, produced a small white head that didn't last or lace the glass

S - Some malts and sugar

T - Malts with brown sugar, some hoppy bitterness

M - Medium body with light t moderate carbonation

D - If I am enjoying some good mexican food, this is going to be the beer I will drink

cvfish, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Brown or copper with a reddish hue. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger, greyish white, foamy head. Quickly dissipates, however, leaving a scant smattering of foam on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise. Nice spider web lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, yeast, slight hint of citrus.

T: Roasted coffee malt, subtle hop, milk chocolate touch.

M: You can really feel the carbonation. Does have a hearty feel though. The malt is definitely the most prominent aspect of this brew, but a subtle hop follows and maintains. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Very good. Nice flavor and feel.

Nice atmosphere, good flavor, and a decent feel. Not complex, but tasty. Does feature really good drinkability. Good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of barleysandwich
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer and was a big surprise for me. My only experience with Mexican beers had been Corona, which I like with a wedge of lime, but this beer surprised me.

The color is dark, like an amber ale or maybe even darker.

The smell was nice with no nasty notes.

Poured nicely with little head that disipated quickly.

Flavour was really nice and smooth with the nutty malty flavour usually associated with dark beers.

It is a bit heavy and I found it quite filling, so its not the kind of beer I would have several of at one time, but was excellent none-the-less.

barleysandwich, Jan 14, 2009
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.