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

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2,697 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 256 | 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 Avantyawn
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Ruby brown. Slight head, looks decent.

S: Not much going on here. Corn, slight malt , tangy gasoline scent.

T: Thin, delicate, some nice floral flavors, balanced malt and a little tangy ending note that is nice, with a hint of cherry. This is a good assembly line beer.

M: Pleasant tart and thin body. I really like the carbonation in this beer, note overbearing yet tickles the mouth. Overall, refreshing.

D: I could, and have, downed 2-3 of these in a row with Mexican food. Very easy drinking and tasty to boot. I am always happy if this is available at local Mexican places. A great foot companion beer.

Photo of cambabeer
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours thin with small dissapating off white head. Big carbonatino through a brown-ruby body. Great color, bad head.

S- Malt sweetness with some corn hints. Not that strong. some floral hops and toasted banana.

T- Big on the malt bitterness with distinct ethanol notes. Floral hops in the aftertaste. Slight vanilla and toasted bananna. Malty with perhaps a little popcorn. Toasted bread malt. Prevailing bitterness toward the end.

M- good, thin, carbonated, just not that unique.

D- very thin and downable, I'd have another.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice somber brown, mainly transparent but dark, small offwhite head that dissipates. Aromas are largely darker lager malts, touches of toasty grains and light creaminess. Taste is similar, smooth with some nice toasty malt that is light on the palate and very sessionable. Finishes snooth, clean, and a touch creamy. A very nice fark lager without any harsh notes, smooth, and highly sessionable. A beer I usually order when I go out for Mexican or am in Mexico.

Photo of engagechad
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased at Casa Grande in Richmond, VA and poured into a mug ish glass

This beer poured with moderate carb and the color was kind of thin. Smelled like a watery brown ale and tasted slightly of corny adjuncts. It wasn't terrible but I wouldn't order one again.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep, dull brown pours nearly no head.

S: A touch of sweet malt and grassy hop. Caramel, chocolate malt? Nice roastiness.

T: Big up front with woody bock-ish flavor. Ends up with a little cinnamon. Small floral hop note.

M: High carbonation, low anything else.

D: Very drinkable like most Mexican beer. Probably not the greatest example of the style but altogether a good, drinkable choice.

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

The color is a darker deep gold with little head building.Dissepates
very quick and leaves little lacing.
Not much smell as well, but for a little roasted malt.
Tasting the beer you got weak aromas, yet not unpleasant or boring. Some roasted malts with very little banana, and that checked by weak hops. Very drinkable especially with some mexican food. Not really the taste of a dark beer, but pretty basic good.Will buy it again in summer.

Photo of NODAK
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very smooth beer, if it isn't very exciting. It mentions on the label that it is "dark beer", which it indeed is, but the tastes are very restrained. Don't expect to be knocked in the mouth. The predominant taste on the body is of mild dark, roasted malts with a light chocolate character in there as well. Also had a very nice, mildly sweet malty finish.

Yes, it's a dark beer in color but about half in taste. Still, it's a definite improvement over most beers from Mexico. Probably a good entry beer into the world of dark beers for a newbie.

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

Had this at a restaurant with dinner tonight. Poured a nice, clear medium brown color, with about half a finger of medium tan head. After removing the lime from the glass, I got aromas of caramel, malt and nuts. Crisp, light bodied, flavors of malt and nuts. Solid, one of the better Mexican lagers.

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

always loved the bottle for this thing. distinctive look, and a nice little thumb notch to boot

A - beer is toasty red in color, I always seem to get a pretty decent head on it that sticks around a while

S - some mixed dark aromas from the toasted grains. not bad

T - great crisp flavor mixed with some toast and caramel tones, some ripe banana hiding in the background as well as it goes down. very slight hop twinge

M - a little bubbly, but also rich and smooth

D - no problem finishing this and a couple more. maybe with some BBQ or a nice fajita spread

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

Bottle dated 010610 poured into a beer mug at ~7C, let rise to 11C during session.

A: A clear copper red brew with a small head that isn't lacing, but leaves a nice ring about the edge.
S: Biscuit, Earthy hop, sweet caramel malt
T/M: Thick sweet malt body finishes long and lingering sweetness. Could be considered cloying at times. Touches of bread and malt also play into the beer. Lighter carb then expected, but it suits the sweetness.
D: Enjoyable, a beer to reach for when you want something that has a nice body, but not a beer to drink quickly when parched...

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a gold rimmed Negra Modelo pint glass a crisp dark brown with a thin khaki head. Aroma is slight dark malts and a hint of nuts. The taste is a small amount of dark malts, but not much else there. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is a somewhat respectable Mexican beer, but one I'm glad I didn't have to pay for.

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

served in pint glass.

pours a clear reddish brown with a off-white head. Head has moderate retention.

A - sweet roasted and caramel malt. Somewhat nutty. A little dank, but not skunky.

T - unimpressive. some undesirable burnt and perhaps stale components to the malty flavor

M - thin but smooth; carbonation a bit low for style.

O - less impressive than hoped for yet a little above average among Mexican beers I've had so far.

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

poured from its 85th anniversary edition bottle, which is a nice bottle. no foil on the top, which i like because i don't care for foil wrapping.
pours an brown amber color with an off-white head that was somewhat thick because i poured it aggressively, the head dissipated rather quickly.
a balanced smell of nuttiness, malt, caramel.
tastes match the aromas, just not quite as tasty as i prefer. its a solid beer tho, and certainly better than just about every mexican beer i've ever had.
mouthfeel is good, carbonation is a little high.
this is a very drinkable dark beer. great for out here in the cabo sun.

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

A very pleasant, easy drinking, dark ale.

A standard sweet, roasted and malty version of an older German style, with hops and bitterness really not elements. Beautiful colour, limited aroma and no extreme flavours across either taste or finish pallettes.

An extremely easy drinking drak beer. Anyone who favours roasted malts and caramel could happily spend some time here.

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

Appearance - Tawny Clear, with quick dissapating head.

Smell - Sweet, Malty, Caramel Aroma

Taste - Finishes clean with a little bitterness, backgrous sweet cherry taste

Mouthfeel - Fine carbonation

Drinkability - Okay Drinkability, but there is a time and a place

Summary - Good south of the border beer, better than many, but that doesn't make it a great beer. If you are on the beach, good beer to have to pass the time.

Photo of Gmann
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear darkish amber color with a sudsy khaki colored head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of brown bread and brown sugar. A bit doughy with a touch of grain.

The taste is of a doughy brown bread, lemony tea, some toasted sesame seeds which adds a slight bitterness, and a light viscous note. Some grainy characteristics in the end.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, quite crisp; finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Drinks very easy, similar to a macro. Some nice flavor to the brew.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,697 ratings.