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

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2,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,641
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Purchased at the mini market at our resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

A-Light copper-brown beer, quite clear. Light tan head, reduces quickly to a bubble layer.

S-Toasty malts, slightly grainy with almost a hint of chocolate.

T-Toasty sweetness with a hint of toffee and a slight earthy/grassy spice. Grainy malt also comes through. Bitterness provides balance, but still allows the malt sweetness through. Finishes with a bit of residual sweetness.

M-Medium-light body, easy moving with a moderate-level carbonation. Overall, refreshing body and feel.

D-Very dinkable, both for ease of drinking and for the relative tastiness of this brew compared to other Mexican brews which I encountered during this vacation.

CHSLBrew, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of JTahoe
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer with a Mexican meal. Refreshing and light, but with enough character and body to be enjoyable. Very clean and easy to drink with the slightest hint of hop bite up front. Nothing spectacular, but the best of the typical Mexican beers.

JTahoe, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of JimmyK77
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fine beer with tacos. Its a semi-transparent blackish-brown, almost the color of Coca-Cola. In fact, a guy with me at the restaurant though I had a mixed drink, not a beer. Malt is very dominant in the flavor profile with slight sweetness. Hop bitterness and flavor are really undetectable. It has a thin body with enough carbonation to keep it interesting. Probably best ice cold and in large quantity.

JimmyK77, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this the same night i had the corona at peppitos on chicago ave this one was good it poured a nice brown color with a good head it had some coffee and toffee smells with roasted malts..the taste was the same it was sweet with roasted toffee and a light coffee taste with some sweet malts it has a medium mouth feel nothing overwhelming.. overall not a bad lager

gatornation, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of srrn
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light brown with a fizzy head. Smells of roasted malts and maybe a bit of coffee. Taste is the same, nice malty sweetness with a bit of coffee and cocoa. A slight bit of hops rounds things out. The beer is a bit too thin for my tastes but is a good sessionable beer.

srrn, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at Rosa Mexicana, DC -

Appearance : Dark brown pour from the bottle with a thin, fizzy head

Smell : Toasted with caramel, slightly like burnt sugar

Taste : Sweet toasted malts with a slight bitterish finish

Mouthfeel : Light bodied and medium carbonation

Drinkability : A decent Mexican beer

BeerSingh, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown with a fairly thick head and not much lacing as it goes down. The smell involves a bit of roasted malt and breadiness, but nothing is overpowering. The proper flavors come out a bit more in the nose, but nothing too special. Medium-bodied and smooth, offering pretty good drinkability, and probably wouldn't be a bad beginner's dark beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty brown like the color of tea. Looks a little watery. Has the smallest bubbles I've ever seen. Strange.

Smells pretty decent. Bread. Caramel malt.

Kind of falls apart on the first drink. Doesn't taste bad by any means. There's just not much there. Kind of a lager sourness I'm not really fond of. A mild chocolate flavor in the finish.

Very watery.

This beer is just okay. Good but not great.

PaleAlien2, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tasted pretty much like a nondescript everybeer. Nothing too strong, nothing too watery, nothing too thick, nothing too pungent. Goes down smooth, but nothing special. Smells like malts and hops and bread, but nothing special. Tastes like a well balanced clean cut brew, but nothing special. Just an across the board average beer.

merryjoulton, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of cudmud
2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of the tap, this beer had a wodernful tan, thick head of two fingers and a clear amber color. Likewise, the lacing made the beer look inviting. Now things turned for the worse. The head and lace dissipated into nothing after a few minutes.

This sample had a powerful metallic smell. Behind the off smell was a slight aroma of malt and hops.

As with the aroma, the beer had a strong metallic taste. After fighting my way past the off flavor I discovered the sweet flavor of malt and medium hop aftertase. I also think the flavor is thin.

Due to the above, the mouthfeel and drinkability were lacking.

I tried this beer at a Mexican restaurant and I wish I had a marguerita. Perhaps the keg was old or the tap lines are dirty as other BA appear to like this beer.

cudmud, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours lighter than I remember. It can't really even be described as amber. A dark fall orange; not as dark as Sam Adam's Oktoberfest. There isn't really any head but it has active carbonation. Too active. No lacing. Well, to be fair my first one left one vertical streak.

The aroma is of very, very slightly caramelized malts. No hops and still light.

To be frank, I do like the taste of this beer and it was the first brew I ever had with my dad. Now I'm getting some roasted, burnt malts and my first few sips some molasses. A tiny bitterness from the dark malts and I don't detect any hops. Slight corny, light malt sweetness.

I would buy this during the summer when it is on sale. It makes a nice michelada (of course a better beer would be wasted). With less carbonation the mouthfeel might make this more pleasant. It would be smoother, as it is your tongue is bitten.

brewerburgundy, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of r0nyn
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance is a reddish brown, pretty easy to see through. Not too much head at all, it dissipated almost as quickly as it appeared. There are some bubbles frothing around after the initial pour and it looked almost like a soda, if it can be believed. Smell is mild, with hints of hoppiness and a bit of fruit as well.

The first sip is has a tinge of bitterness that covers the whole palate before resolving into a bready, pleasant taste that finishes off smooth. Swirling it around a bit in my mouth, I could derive a slight inkling of caramel and fruit after the initial bitterness. Carbonation is very mild, not too much going on, but just enough to tickle the tongue and do the job of spreading the flavor around.

Overall, probably the best Mexican beer I've had to date. Clean and easy to drink, thanks to a smooth feeling and a taste that's not too overpowering, I'd definitely have this again.

r0nyn, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red-brown colour with reasonable off-white head that's slightly too fizzy, and sinks quickly to leave a film of light foam. Lacing when tilted is decent but nothing special. Otherwise flat. Pretty boring.

Nose is a fairly sour affair with large chunks of burnt character, very chemical - actually smells quite like lacquer - slight vinous edge, but ultimately fairly thin in fragrance, not much character and not very good.

Taste is fairly bad, a lot of sticky adjuncty character, sweet corn with a sickly syrupy mouthfeel, a big hit of methyl alcohol on the very front of the palate, not because it's heavy but because there's just no other flavour to hide behind. Bread yeast character on the finish, not much bitterness or hoppiness, not fresh, not nice.

Oh! I'm so disappointed with this, I thought maybe, just maybe, Mexicans could brew a dark beer with more character than their pale shit. But no, I'm not enjoying this. Not undrinkable, but not pleasant.

laituegonflable, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.65/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnished to dark copper colour, with a filmy head of white bubbles. The bubbles look surprisingly light, and they don't cling. The body, overall looks pretty weak, but the colour is nice, at least.

Very odd nose, a light coppery sourness, metallic twang and a whack of bubblegum, a bit dusty and grainy. Not all that appealing to be honest. It's not terribly offensive, but there are just enough jarring notes to put me off.

Very thin in the mouth, with only a light bubblegum/banana phenolic note through the centre of the palate. Some carbonic bitterness on the finish, but it's not much. The lack of body is the biggest downer to this one, it feels very thin, and with the mildly sweet palate it starts to haunt you with images of sugar water. Not a fan.

Overall, it's not offensive, but it's very very bland indeed, and I really dislike the feel. It's undoubtably drinkable, but it's certainly not something of which I'd choose to partake regularly.

lacqueredmouse, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Aroma is mild, a bit malty. Taste is of malts with some bitterness. Nothing special here. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocore offering.

tone77, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of STEG
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, certainly the best mexico has to offer, in my opinion. Pairs wonderfully with mexican food and it's easy drinking but mediocre at best by itself. Extremely drinkable and well balanced, a sure fire choice for me at any mexican restaurant (that has it) and a could make for a great session beer with some homemade tortilla chips.

STEG, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of chetripley
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from cool looking bottle into tulip glass.

A-Nice brown color, 1-inch thick head, dissipating quickly, no lacing.

S-None, interestingly. Its a dunkel and I can't smell it.

T- Good pleasant taste, a little hops, malty with a grainy flavor, but bold enough nevertheless. I think it is a little watered down, but I don't think this is so bad, for a difference.

M-Rolly and smooth, some unpleasant aftertaste, unfortunately.

D-I can drink a lot of this beer. Smooth and balanced and one of the lightest dark beers I have sampled.

chetripley, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of cervezale
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark lagger brewed by mexican macro giant Cerveceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma.

Color: Brown marron color with very low head retention and low lace formation lace. Pours good.

Aroma: Faded aromas of dry malts and hops.

Taste: Semi-dry malts and some hops. Nothing much interesting. Average mexican macro lagger

Finish: Dry finish with bitter aftertaste.

cervezale, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz squat, uniquely-shaped brown pop top with nice foiled top...there might be a freshness date stamped here, but it's kind of hard to decipher

Appearance: Pretty walnut beer with an ivory cap which soon fades to a thin film, lots of streaming carbonation

Smell: Medium caramel graininess, just a touch of fruitiness, overall fairly clean

Taste: Not as malt-forward as I might have though from the aromas...some vague fruity notes up front with just a touch of grain...finishes clean

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This is one of those big imports that you can find at a lot of restaurants/bars out, especially Mexican or Tex-Mex places. It's definitely better than your average American macro-lager and most of the big imports (Heineken, Beck's, Corona, etc) and goes wonderfully with Mexican or spicy food. Other than that, it's nothing real special.

BedetheVenerable, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like iced tea, with a foamy white head that dissipates into a ring.

S:Slightly Tart, with a slight bready smell, and a little bit of scent from the hops.

T: Little bit of a skunk taste at the begining, but then it breaks through into some carmel and burnt sugar tastes, backed with some malt... Not the best...

M: Crisp.. highly carbonated. Like Champaign.

D: A decent beer, and better than a lot of other choices... Good for a summer day, or a bbq.

Beejay, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of champ103
2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Pale malts. Cooked corn. Grain, cereal, and metal. There is almost nothing in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Grain, cereal, and metal. Some adjunct corn flavor. I really can't make much out.
M/D: Light as can be and way over carbonated. Very seltzer like. Easy enough to drink if it were not for the heavy prickly carbonation.

I had this at a good Mexican place. Usually I enjoy beers like this with Tex-Mex. Though this pretty much had no body for a "dark beer." Hardly any flavor or aromatic character either. I will avoid this from now on and drink Bohemia instead.

champ103, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How beers like this turn up at cut-price supermarkets in deepest rural Shropshire never ceases to amaze me, but every so often I get a real suprise. Anyway 59 Pence got me this 33cl bottle (claims 5.3% not 5.4%). I poured it into a Westmalle chalice, not realising it was supposed to be a dark lager, should have guessed really. The glass showed the beer to be a clear, light ruby red colour, it looked clean and bright, no head even straight after the pour.

Sweet malts and toffee apple treacle smell, without the sickliness that might invoke in your mind.

Lager taste and feel, with a hint of a sweet maltiness in the aftertaste, not complexed, but different enough for me to have enjoyed. One of the best Mexican beers I've had so far.

BlackHaddock, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Wheelinb
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer to choose when you go to a Mexican restaurant. Amber color with a fair amount of head. A lot of malt flavors almost to the point of being bread like. It's nicely carbonated so I find it easy to drink several. I usually order this when we go to our favorite Mexican place in our neighborhood.

Wheelinb, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Negra Modelo stem glass that is the same shape as the bottle, just upside-down. Markings on the bottle but no freshness date.

A - Highly carbonated clear dark amber color with an extremely fizzy effervescent tan head. No lacing, no retention.

S - Sweet roasted corn, rice, and some straw. Lightly toasted Vienna malt aroma is secondary to the adjunct aroma.

T - Amber malts in conjunction with sweet corn and dry straw with a touch of caramel. I can tell what it would like to be (and would be good) if it only loosened its grip on the adjuncts.

M - Highly effervescent and light bodied with a sharp carbonation crispness to the finish.

D - It's easily drinkable but not fantastic by at all. Very mediocre in my opinion but it goes down well and doesn't offend.

BeerFMAndy, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-brown color with head which fades quickly. Surprisingly enough a layer of lacing remains throughout and coats the glass with a beautiful mark.
Malts and more malts in the nose, with a slight biscuit touch and light sweetness.
Flavor is okay, nothing too memorable. Malty, fairly thin, easy-drinking.
Crisp in the mouth like all Mexican lagers, whether light or dark.

Not exactly what one would seek in a German-style beer, but for hot weather and spicy Mexican food, this provides an easy-drinking choice with enough character to balance the refreshment angle.

Natural510, Jun 18, 2009
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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