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

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 286 | 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 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.

Photo of tbrown4
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle -> glass mug. At a mexican joint for happy hour. Oddly enough i had this last night at a different mexican place. Prior to last night it had been about a decade since I'd had this.

A - crystal clear reddish brown, foamy off white head, decent semi thick lacing

S - toasted bread, minimal hop pressence

T - mild roasted malt, nice breadyness, slight hop note in the finish. Lingering aftertaste is creamy and mildly savory

M - medium bodied, lots of carb fizz

O - this is a slightly above average easy drinking darkish and flavorful brew. Seems to be an ok representation of the style. Not sure how often id get it. Got it as research for an experimental homebrew I am thinking up.

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

A. Pours clear orange/ brown with a small creamy white head that sticks around as a nice cap.

S. Light caramel malt with mild hop bitterness.

T. Not a whole lot going on here. Sweet caramel malt with a touch of somewhat spicy hoppiness.

M. Crisp fairly high carbonation with a fairly thin body.

D. Not an incredible beer, but a good easy drinker.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the airport Margaritaville in Cancun, Mexico. The beer was served in a mug. It presented a semi-hazed amber-brown color with no head. Caramel-malty nose. There was a very steady flow of carbonation present. The beer is slight dark caramel and molasses flavors riding a light, crisp body. There is a slightly dark and sweet aftertaste, with some sour notes and a hint of hops to balance. The finish is very quick and clean. Goes great with nachos, that's for damn sure.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a frosted mug.

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber brown, with a red hue. About an inch of bubbly head rose about an inch, and dissipated quickly.

Smells of caramel, very mild hops, slightly metallic, and sweet malts.

Taste is mostly just clean, crisp, and cold. I let it warm a bit due to the frosted mug, even though I knew there would still not be much there. Some caramel, sweet malts, and light bitterness.

Mouth feel is light, with medium carbonated. Fairly watery.

Overall, an easy drinker, but not something to seek out. However, the fact this beer is served in a brown bottle, with gold foil at the top shows that they at least care to protect this beer from light & skunk, unlike say Corona or Sol for example. It is not a great beer by any means, but it is palatable. Probably your best choice to pair with spicy Mexican food while at a Mexican restaurant, which is how and why I had it.

Photo of andrenaline
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark copper colour with no real head and no lacing.

S - Very mild on the nose, touch of bready malts with a hint of earthy hops.

T - A dark ale that drinks like a lager, the flavours are rather mild, but the earthy hops are detectable. Some bready caramel malts linger on the finish. Nothing spectacular, but easily drinkable nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

D - Overall, a decent offering but nothing worth seeking out. I wouldn't turn one down, but if you're looking for something with bold flavours this is not it. A dark ale that is easily consumable in the dead of summer.

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

i really like this.

bittersweet a little burnt bread, well rounded.
really nice color, mine didnt have a great head but i didnt have a good glass , but really nice dark rusty color.
delightful beer.

not too demanding of the palate but,not too simple either.
very drinkable
best Mexican beer Ive had so far.

Photo of Naugros
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Clear and brown with ample carbonation. A 1/4" foamy head rises and drops immediately leaving the thinnest of rings and a little island of film.

Throws off a lot of sweet malt characteristics tempered by some flowery hops that appear to be noble. Not bad.

The flavor is dominated by the malts with only the slightest bitter to balance. The floral character is still there, but it doesn't act to balance as it did in the smell. but remains separate and aloof up on the palate. Overall not a bad flavor, but more incohesive than complex.

A little watery for my taste and well off the style, which is supposed to full-bodied.

Drinks smooth due to it being really thin for the style, but still delivers German beer flavors. But if you want German beers they're just as readily available as their knock-offs from Mexico. Go get yourself a true German dark beer.

Photo of THECPJ
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: brown with a ruby red hue, 1 finger off-white head

Smell: malts and grains, and not much else

Taste: toasty malts and sweetness

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin

Drinkability: pairs nicely with Mexican cuisine


Photo of AmericanGothic
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium ruby brown, little head, no lace. Not much carbonation.

S: Faint aromas of yeast and malt. A little bit of caramel.

T: Smooth malt flavors, a little bit of sweetness in the finish. Pleasant.

M: Nothing bad, but nothing special either. Just average.

D: Pretty drinkable. Goes down easy, nothing offensive.

Haven't had anything from Mexico for a while, in the mood for something dark tonight, this one jumped off the shelf and into my hand. Not bad, but not something I would seek out again soon.

Photo of bryehn
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely rusty ruby colour with a white head that forms a long-lasting collar and leaves a mild lace.

The aroma is of toasted malt, with a distinct corn tone and sweetness. I also get a rice-like graininess and notice a mild fruit accent coming through as it warms.

The taste has a definite sweetness and a hint of toastiness to it, but falls a bit flat. I get a banana-like fruitiness on the back end before a surprisingly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and has a low carbonation, but does leave a sort of syrupy, yeasty film on my tongue.

Was excited to see this turn up in my neck of the woods, but I think one six pack will be enough after trying it. Definitely not bad and I'd drink it over Corona, Tecate or Dos Equis any day, but it has nothing to make it stand out over even pedestrian domestics.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.