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

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2,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,732
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 292 | 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 samie85
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed earlier tonight at the Independence Tap.

A-Pours a deep ruddy amber color with a one finger head.

S-Caramelly and dark fruit munich malt notes. A pretty faint nose, but not bad one.

T-Dry and biscuity with some mild bitter herbal hop notes on the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with medium to heavy amount of carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer per se, but not one I'm likely to revisit anytime soon unless I'm at a Mexican restaurant.

Photo of LaeliaPumila
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours with a thin head, even when poured hard, leaves some spotting on the glass. A tawny amber brown in the glass, very attractive color.

Smell: faint even after the glass has warmed, but pleasantly toasty and malty. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste: the malts are definitely there, but there is a hint of something more acidic with them and it's not carbonation - more like a trace of artificial lemon behind the caramel notes. Not much hops here either. A faint bitterness from the dark malts lingers at the back of the tongue but then fades pretty quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin, not annoyingly so but also not anything that improves the brew.

Drinkability: I was going to rate it average, but then I realized that I finished the whole bottle while I was writing.

Overall, an interesting dark beer to taste but not one I'd buy again. (Looking at the other reviews, I think I may have gotten an older bottle, so take that into account.)

Photo of chucktrivette
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on sale at the local store. It was always a beer that I passed up for some reason. The bottles have a very unique design. The beer pours nicely with not too much head. Im not getting too much on the smell. The first thing I taste is a slight toffee taste which goes down real smooth. I was pleased with this beer. It was a average beer and may be one of your better choices at the Mexican restaurant. I could only drink a few of these at a time.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours clear dark copper/amber with a large foamy off-white head, leaves a lot of lacing and holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Sweet-smelling aroma of caramel malt, some brown sugar, bread, even some dark fruit, grapes, raisins, prunes, a little metallic, some grassy hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is also sweet and malty, mostly caramel, touch of fruit, somewhat nutty, mild floral/grassy hop presence, manages to finish relatively dry but the metallic note crops up again.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty decent Vienna, and one of the better "grocery store craft/import" beers. My only gripe is the cost, as I can get Brooklyn Lager for the same price and it blows Modelo away...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo has a thin, off-white head and a very dark, clear amber appearance. The aroma is nil to faint, with maybe some maltiness coming across. Taste, while good, is rather bland, with malt being the overriding flavor; there is enough hop bitterness to keep this from being a total wash-out. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with Negra Modelo finishing wet and refreshing, much as water is refreshing. Overall, this is an okay, but unexciting dark beer. I would have it again but would not seek it out.


Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Don't even think about it, get that damn lime away from this beer and pour it into a glass. Just because this beer comes from Mexico does not mean it needs a wedge of citrus to make it taste better.

A wholesome-looking two fingers of head stand at attention for the duration. Deep tawny color is clear and shows off the darkness it possesses. Hints of lemon, toasted bread crust and brown bread in the aroma. Extreme smoothness gently rolls the medium body over the palate. Sweetness from the malt is predominate to start, but slowly drops off as a toasted graininess takes over. Mild hop bitterness has a slight sharpness to it with very little flavor, just bitterness, which is fine as it lets the malt prevail. Semisweet finish with a lingering cloaked caramel maltiness.

Delicious in a simple way. Remember, just say no to limes! Hands down one of the best Mexican beers that has ever crossed the border, legally.

Photo of dcook11
1.18/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this beer yesterday out of the bottle and got a chance to try it on tap at a local mexican restruant. I dont know if they got a bad keg or something, but the differance between on-tap and out of the bottle is huge. God awful beer, smelled like burnt rubber, had a huge lack of carbonation...completly flat. No head to speak of, and the beer even tasted slightly warm. Ill be checking back to see if anyone else had the same expierance.

Good beer out of the bottle though.

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

Appearance: Brown/amber with a finger of light tan head.

Smell: Toasted grain, caramel, hay/grass.

Taste: There is surprising depth here, toasted grain, slight hint of chocolate, caramel and grassy. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light-medium body with carbonation that doesn't get in the way.

Drinkability: Smooth with some depth of flavors yet it's light enough with low ABV to make repeatedly drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a slightly chilled mug.

Y'know, I love going to Mexican restaurants, as I can't seem to get enough of the food, but the beer selections don't usually come close to exciting. This night, dining with the brother and father, I went with my Mexican standby. It pours a clear dark garnet-brown topped by about a finger of off-white foam. The nose is weak, comprising light caramel, light biscuits, and very light florals. The taste is very similar, with the light caramel, biscuits, and florals returning, though with a bit o' hard water thrown in there, mixing things up in a slightly negative way. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, nothing close to special, but pretty nice when the enchiladas hit the table.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with slight ruby hints. Served with a slice of lime, so no head. Nose is lime, pitty it was served this way, I do get some maltiness though.

Taste is surprisingly good, it's crisp and sharp, very clean and refreshing for a dark beer. Mouthfeel is again surprising, it's a lager so it's very smooth. One of the best Mexican beers I've had.

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

This is pleasant, if simple and unexceptional.

Dark brown amber, it has a small off-white head.

Aroma is light caramelly toasty grain, hint of chocolate and grassiness and light leafiness.

Taste is light and mostly simple but with a little depth of character, toasty grain, hints of chocolate, leaves, and grass, caramel hint. It is fairly well balanced, smooth and drinkable, with the flavour lasting.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour amber brown with a tight creamy rocky off white head that clings. Sour apple and leafy hops nose. Toasted, caramel malts with some chocolate followed by lightly spicy noble hops. Light, fizzy and a bit of chew.

Not the most complex, but an easy drinker and good entry to the style. Often the best option in a Mexican restaurant.

2nd tasting: Pours ruby like cola, candy apple nose, cherry malts and leafy hops. Sweet and fizz together would pair well with Tex-Mex.

Photo of yesyouam
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is a crystal clear brown lager with a thin off-white head that has nice retention and lacing. It smells a touch sweet and fruity with notes of syrupy malt, some adjunct and a touch of roast. It's medium-light bodied and smooth with a clean, dry finish. It tastes melanoidal and slightly sweet. There's no real bitterness. It's a corny flavor with a slightly sweet aftertaste. It's perfect for a michelada.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Lizardo's Pub and Sub in CC TX.

I poured this into a regular pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

It poured a crystal clear brown. The head quickly faded to a very thin lace.

It had a dark sugar aroma.

When it comes to its flavor, it literally tasted like a lightly caramelized lager. It didn't have a very strong hops profile, but it was there. It's the only Mexican beer that I actually get a craving for.

This is a good session beer and one of my favorite Mexican beers from an otherwise limited selection.

Note: I drink most Mexican beers straight from the bottle or can. This one, however, I prefer in a glass, with no lime as it kills the flavor. For some reason I like drinking this out of a short rocks glass - maybe because a rocks glass is stubby like the bottle.

Photo of krazykhris
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was quite good compared to the other mexican beers available at my grocery store. It was poured into a regular 16oz glass cup. There was barely any head foam and not a lot of bubbles. There wasn't much of an aroma, other than a slight musty sweetness. The beer is dark, but doesn't taste like a dark beer. It isn't bitter at all, but actually on the sweeter side. It goes down very smooth. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another six pack at the store next time.

Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

325ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - light brown, small head that disappears quickly. Faint lacing. Can't see much carbonation.

Smell - Malts, toasted oats, caramel

Taste & Mouth - good carbonation on the tongue, little bubbles, malts and toasted oats come through, slight hops.

Drink - a refreshing dark beer, I would drink again. Dark beer flavor, but seems to go down lighter

Photo of deapokid
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a root beer brown with high carbonation, a thin head and transparent lacing. It's visually reminiscent of a brown ale (ala Newcastle) and looks sweet and light.

Caramel is the main scent on display, accompanied by faint licorice, peanuts, grain and a bit of alcohol. Aroma isn't bad, but it's nothing to write home about.

Roasted notes dominate the flavor profile. Coffee, nuts, caramel and malt are prominent, as is a mild astringency, which isn't powerful enough to muddle the flavors.

Mouthfeel is rather smooth and manages to avoid macro lager bitterness, which is no small feat. It can be a bit too sweet, but it packs in a lot of malt, which levels out the candied notes.

This is definitely one of Mexico's finest offerings and it goes great with tacos and a hot Summer day.

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

A beer haiku for you:

"When ice cold, I'm great;
Drink me cold and don't worry.
Mexican of note".

In the realm of the mass produced Mexican family this one actually is appealing, particularly when served icy as intended. Very palatable: don't expect depth of character, just a refreshing lager that will tickle your tummy.


Photo of SamN
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Ruby red, hues of amber, earth and rust. Dusty tan head, not a great color, drab and boring and doesn't quite compliment the deep hued liquid below.

S- Crisp and clean hops plus cereal grains in balance. Lacking much of that metallic odor that dominates cheaper mass produced beers. Sweeter aroma, clean and more than a little sterile.

T- Watery, slightly tart, finishes on processed metallic hops. Pretty boring tasting beer. What flavors exist are faint and flat.

M- Good smoothness in mouthfeel. Great carbonation levels.

D- Meh. Better when paired with food, great heat reducer for spicy mexican food. On it's own? Weak and boring.

Photo of jgasparine
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle with a very frothy light-tan head, which slowly receded, leaving little bits of lacing behind over a garnet-tinged dark amber body. Some very coarse carbonation observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Mild nose overall. Comprised of crackerlike malt aromas, very faint (almost undetectable) low-alpha hop aromas, and some faint whiffs of DMS.

T- Malt-forward somewhat sweet overall (not cloying) with a touch of diacetyl. A touch of hop bitterness in the short-lived finish. Somewhat one-dimensional, but still enjoyable.

M- Thin to medium body. A little oily texture (from the diacetyl?). Coarse carbonation. No astringency.

D- Drinks quite easily... and pairs-well with Mexican food. Definitely one of those darker beers that work well in hot weather.

Photo of nickfl
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big, two finger head of off-white foam on a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - A brown, malty aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, and light roast. Some brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of spicy hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a little bit of brown sugar. The brown malt character continues through the middle and increases in its roasted quality towards the finish. Lingering cola and caramel sweetness with just a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer has a very nice malt character in the aroma, but the complexity does not carry over well into the flavor. It tastes a lot like a cola product with very little bitterness and a strong caramel sweetness, somewhat reminiscent of slightly flat Dr. Pepper. Certainly not a drain pour and not bad when paired with Mexican food, but it is a bit too sweet and would benefit from an increased hop profile.

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

Served from a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - It is a medium amber hue, with almost a "coke" - like clarity. Light white colored head that dissipated quickly.

S - Immediate mild hoppiness followed by lightly malted undertones.

T - Definetly a bittersweet caramel overtone followed by low level hoppy bitterness that removes from your mouth rather quickly.

M - A light bodied brew with almost a watery feel to it. Little carbonation and overall smooth going down.

D - Definetly one of the better beer staples found in mexican restaurants. Easy going down and an overall decent brew.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at Maraca's Mexican Restaurant on Greenwich Ave., NYC.

Poured from 12oz bottle into Dos Equis shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown color with a slight amber hue. Small off-white head dissipates slowly and leaves no lace.

Smell: Light aroma of grains and caramel malt.

Taste: Begins with a sweet caramel flavor, finishing with more robust caramel sweetness. Similar in flavor to a light bock.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A fairly one-dimensional beer, but still decent. Probably the best choice at most Mexican restaurants.

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

Crystal clear brownish copper with an off white cap that fell fast and left a thin collar and skim of bubbles on the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lacing clung to the glass for a few minutes too. Malty aroma, brown sugar and caramel, a bit bready, slightly fruity. Mild bitterness, a bit spicy and herbal, with caramel and toasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness that was more of an indistinct dried fruit rather than fresh and juicy. Quick finish, leaving only a mineral aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation, some malty dryness and fairly crisp. Not bad at all and much more enjoyable than most other Mexican lagers I've tried.

Photo of JohnnyP3
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear orange-brown with a head one finger wide. Head disappears after several seconds and is replaced by a thin white film covering the top of the beer. Leaves marginal lacing in little pockets.

This beer smells like grass, hay, vegetables...like an American adjunct lager, rather than a Munich dunkel lager. Oh well. If I really inhale, there is a faint hint of a bread-like malt smell.

The taste of this beer easily tops the smell. While not remarkable, it's not bad either. Has a toasty/bready malt character and a very mild sweet quality with a slightly bitter finish. Not a particularly complex offering, but it does the job if you are looking for something with more character than its brother Modelo Especial.

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but it still displays the fizziness of an adjunct lager. Regarding drinkability, as I said, not bad. There is enough going on to keep me mildly interested...I would order it on draft if available to go with some Mexican cuisine.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,732 ratings.