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

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2,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,763
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 318 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blackcompg
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered draft pint at Salsa 17 with an excelent mexican meal - I had the Roasted Chicken with Mole Poblano...

Appearance - Came in a pint glass, color was cola and completely transparent, with a tan colored head - less than a finger of head with minimal lacing, but glasses likely washed in a dishwasher.

Smell - Slight molasses and toffee with dry bread, a little sweetness in the nose.

Taste - Crusty bread, slight malt sweetness, and some dry grassy (actually more like dry hay) hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, but pretty high carb. Was fairly smooth, but I feel that any sweetness in the nose may have been lost in the taste mostly by the crispness of the higher carb in this draft.

Overall - This was the "best beer" available at this restaurant, and the low sweetness and dryer characteristics of this pint made for a great pairing of the heavily flavored mole I enjoyed that evening. Not the greatest beer, but a Great pairing with my meal, and probly any full flavored mexican dish imho.

Photo of pleasewearpants
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite Mexican beers. The best for beer battered fish.

Color is light brown/dark copper, retention is minimal and body appears thin. Aroma isn't overwhelming, light malt and caramel with slight ethanol. Caramel dominates the flavor profile. Very slight dryness in finish. Not a lot of hop flavor anywhere. I've found that this beer is much better without a glass.

Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A simple foamy head off tan light caramel sits on a nice dark brown and red clear chestnut body.

Mild malt toffee bouquet, with a little grass and licorice. Fairly closed though.

Taste is, a basic light malt, simple almost wet texture, and lightly crisp with a small hint of toffee.

Overall this beer never fails me. Nothing fancy, just simple and pleasing.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served clear brown with orange highlighting, the head is soapy and thin. Mexican dunkel lager should almost be it's own category because they simply don't look the part of a brawny German dark lager.

Faint, modestly toasted aromas. Toffee with nuts, ripe fruit, and a touch of blonde tobacco.

Nutty toffee flavor with a prominent herbaceous tone. Bruised mini banana in the middle and finishes clean. High carbonation, though toasted malt hangs tougher than expected.

Close to good, and not a bad session option but far from a go-to bar beer (except in MX...)

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown with about 1/4 inch of just off-white head that instantly dissipated leaving no lacing.

The aroma had a nice grain base and a bit of malt sweetness. The flavors started out nicely malty, a bit sweet and had a nice little hop tang on the finish.

The body was crisp and clean and ended up just shy of full, for the style. Drinkability was very good, the bottle went down easily and quickly. Overall, a nice little example of the style. Worth trying when you see it. This is probably my favorite of the mainstream Mexican brews, it's a decent beer.

Photo of rdub
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this many times. Just getting around to reviewing. Poured from the bottle at Chipotle into a plastic cup. That's all I had. Skipped the lime, thank you. Poured a medium amber with a thin layer of bubbles. Classic lager taste with a nice balance. The food wrecked my palate but overall a clean simple taste great for washing down spicy food. Funny how BMC drinkers think this is so dark...

Photo of Jerone
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown that is slightly see through with bubbles and an off white head that stays around for a bit, decent lacing too.

Smell is of roasted malts and toffee.

Taste is of roasted malts, molasses, toffee and the ending is slightly bitter from the malts. Decent flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation.

A pretty good beer, would be very enjoyable with a tamale or something slightly sweet.

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle straight out of the bottle...have seen the color and head many times in a glass too though...probably the best Mexican mass-produced beer, but you can find better German examples of this style easily and in the same price range. Drink it if it's in a friend's fridge with a bunch of Coronas and Modelo Especials, but otherwise it's not really amazing and not a great value either. Drinkable.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.14/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is really interesting getting a lager from Mexico and tasting German malts in the preparation. This is the first time I have had a Negra Modelo, and I thought, "Why not?"

Overall this beer is very thin. There isn't any body, and even less foam. The color is a very light brown.

The flavor is subtle... and that is the nice way of saying that you have to work hard to pick up the flavoring in this beer. It tastes good, but it is very watered down in the flavoring.

The smell is decent, but it gets bad after warming. I would suggest that you only smell it off the initial pour.

It is a decent beer, but I only recommend it for entry level lager drinkers.

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

A - Pours a dark copper with a thick slightly off-white head that gives way quickly to moderate lacing.

S - Caramel malts, a hint of bread and fruit.

T - Sweets malts set the stage. Caramel, the faintest hint of chocolate malts. There is a bread/toasted grain flavor that has allusions to a bit of spice and fruit (banana?) that gives way to a slight hops bitterness, although no real hops flavor of any kind.

M - Medium. Smooth.

O - A good (but not great) and affordable Munich Dark. Should compliment a Mexican meal quite nicely, as I hope to soon find out.

Photo of jkrich
2.99/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle ordered at a Mexican restaurant. Poured a clear, dark brown with an inch white head that slowly dissipated.
Very minimal aroma: faint malt aromas at best.
The lager is rather one dimensionally sweet with little of the nuances of other dunkels I have tried. There was no hop bitters for balance, but it was tasty and did complement the Mexican food I had.
Surprisingly fuller bodied than I expected with too much carbonation.
The choices at this restaurant were minimal, and I think this was the best choice. It was not bad for a dark lager but far from my first choice for the style.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a thin film. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and grains. Taste is of toasted malt, grains, and slight caramel. There is a very slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is and one of the best beers coming out of Mexico in my opinion.

Photo of farrago
3.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thin, less than half finger, head of loose larger bubbles, wastes little time all but totally evaporating, insufficient foam to leave much lacing behind, no stickiness. Deep brown hued liquid, however, crystal clear and transparent, mixes in light orange rust to yellow nearer the glass bottom. The nose is gentle and engaging, featuring caramel, toffee and corn syrup notes, honey and challah bread, brush of orange citrus and white pit fruit, low but noticeable toastiness, the hops kick it in a little late but stiffen the texture before it all dissolves. Medium-bodied, the carbonation a bit excessive for the level of body and flavor but does help on the refreshing scale. More of an orange to lime citrus presence as well as flowers and scrub grass, still there’s little debating that the caramel, malt, butterscotch and danish flakes remain in the driver’s seat. Any nuttiness weaves in and out, inconsistent. Apple, grape and apricot fruit flavors stay in the background. By the finish the carbonation weakens enough to create a smoother mouth feel. Earns its place as one of the more credible Mexican beers generally available.

Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/18/11 notes. On tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA last night with dinner. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with some amber notes, one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head rentention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of toasted malts, bready malts, light toffee and caramel, roasted malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, bread, roasted malts, light caramel malts, light fruit, and some hops.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer, but this was my go to in Mexico and still is at Mexican restaurants. Lots of malts but easy to drink, and a good alternative to the Corona's and Sol's usually offered. Woudl certainly order it again at a restaurant, though don't like it enough to pick up a 6 pack at the store with better options available.

Photo of DirtyPenny
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frosted pint glass with a lime wedge on top. Wedge came with the glass. Well, when in Mexico, Ole!

A: Dark amber with a bit of burnt umber where the light catches it. Head reaches critical mass and fizzes out within seconds.

S: Lime... no, wait, that's the lime. Removing the wedge and taking a deeper draw does nothing but send cold air up my nose.

T: Caramel malt through and through. This is a one note beer. It's not a bad note, and pretty refreshing for a dark lager.

M: Though part of why it's so refreshing is that it's rather watery.

O: A pretty basic option that you'll find at most Mexican restaurants, and a better option than Corona.

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my go-to beer at Mexican restaurants that have things like Corona, Pacifico, Tecate, Dos Equis, etc. I prefer Negra Modelo to all of those. It's not craft beer, but isn't bad beer, either. It's a smooth, crisp, slightly caramel-flavored lager. The color in the glass is nice amber brown with virtually no head and moderate carbonation. The smell is slight (and slightly bad).

I've been drinking Negra Modelo (occasionally) for years, but had never bothered to write a review. I took a trip to Costa Rica recently and had Bavaria Dark which is the same style lager as Negra Modelo; I wanted to compare the two. Maybe the pleasantness of the vacation and lack of alternatives biased me in favor of Bavaria Dark, but I think it was better than Negra Modelo.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.97/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of reddish brown color, almost like maple syrup. Very thin head that dissipated quite quickly. Bit of fruitiness on the nose along with dark grain and caramel, not overly expressive. Bit of nuts and caramel flavor that borders on brown sugar. Medium carbonation, but still a bit creamier than most mexican lagers. Overall an ok beer for its style, but definitely one of my preferred mexican beers.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light brown color. Poured a 1 finger cloud-white head with poor retention. Decanted continually. Random spots of lace.

S: Toasted bread. A little nutty and some caramel. Green apple and some floral character.

T: Very malty on the palate. Caramel, nuts and some floral hop character transition quickly to a mild finish that lingers.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth middle transitions to crisp finish.

O: Flavorful and malty. Moderately balanced.

Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People are starting to wonder about my wandering so far afield from The CANQuest (TM), bottle be off of this kick before long, I promise you. In fact, I am to take a delivery of CANs later today!

I got a disappointingly-less than a finger of light-tan head with such poor retention that I began to wonder if I had done something to make it go away so quickly. Bye! Color was an orangish-amber, but definitely NOT ruby, and with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant malty bitterness, but nothing earth-shattering. I am having a difficult time buying into this being one of the top rated beers of the style. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creaminess with a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. Finish was likewise pleasantly sweet, but not enough to really wow me.

Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

nice reddish brown color, and crystal clarity. quickly dissipating head though.

smells like like a lager but not much malts in the aroma

soft, subtle malt flavor in the forefront, nice little hop bitterness in the finish and crisp lager character. there is a very subtle toasted malt flavor there for the discerning but no hop flavor.

a pretty, watery thin representation of the vienna lager. finishes sweet but dries out nicely.

overall, lacks complexity.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple of these with dinner tonight at a local Mexican restaurant. Poured into a chilled mug. Dark tea-like colored body that lets a little light through. About a two-finger off white head when first poured, but it quickly dissipates and leaves very little lacing.

Light aroma that is very malt forward and sweet smelling. Just and minor hint of hops, a little nutty aroma. Not much else.

Decent lager flavor that follows the aroma. Some caramel malt and a slightly nutty taste. Overall, fairly sweet finish.

This is the only Mexican beer I like much at all and is my go-to in Mexican restaurants.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. An undecipherable (to me) code on the side.

Pours a smooth, dark tea color. A small, tan head sticks the glass. Smell is a pleasant, crisp hop and some roasted, brown sugary maltness. Taste starts out low with that sweet malt, then drifts into a woody, bitter hop. Good body. Feel is cool and lasting. I'd drink a few of these with some good barbocoa..

Photo of Redfoot19
4.32/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very impressed the first time I tried Negra Modelo. It is hard to find a beer in the Supermarket that I can always rely on. Goes awesome with a nice meal, watching sports (for me Futbol), or any leisure activity. Smells good, mouthfeel is on point. The taste is great...not real strong, but has a nice potency to it. Overall a beer I can turn to if I need to find a quick dark beer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this one a bunch of times before, one of my go to beers when in Mexico for work.

A: Negra modelo is light brown in color, with a small egg-white colored head on top. Retention was not very good, minimal lacing left behind.

S: Toasted bread, some nuts, light floral notes, a bit of caramel, and some lager yeast.

T: On the malty side, similar to the aroma with some caramelized malt, a little bit of nuts/toffee, and some light floral hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a nice crisp mouthfeel.

O: One of the better beers I have had in Mexico. It actually has flavor and doesn't drink very heavy, but is far better than most macro-lagers down here. Pretty easy to find in Mexico as well.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.