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

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Ratings: 2,697
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 257 | 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 udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright caramel-brown color, brilliantly clear. Head is lighter than tan and creamy but not very persistent.

Aroma has some of the hints at rich maltiness I am looking for but could use a bit more. Toast, vague suggestion of alcohol. Pretty clean, no fruitiness or DMS.

I see this is classified as a Munich Dunkel in which case it falls well short of the richness I expect. However I've always thought of this as closer to a Vienna, and shall rate its toasty goodness as such. It's mildly sweet but there is no caramel to my palate, just as I would hope. It could use a bit more of a balancing bitterness, as this is pretty malt-dominated. I wonder briefly about adjuncts and what could have been with this beer, but it's still pretty good.
Nearly a requirement for Mexican food night!

Body is medium-light and carb slightly less than I would expect. Drinkability isn't through the roof, but it's easy to down a couple with a meal.

Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet malty nose

T - Follows the nose with a sweet malty flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is one of the better Mexican beers out there but thats not saying all that much as far as the style and my liking its just average

Photo of BravoTwo
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - nice medium brown hue, nor unlike a whiskey color in the glass. Thin white head

S - slightly toasty with a sweetness in the nose. Slightly biscuity

T - crisp and toasty with nice grain note. Sweetness comes through with brown sugar hints near the end

M - clean and well carbonated

D - great drinkability in this beer, and a great compliment to a Mexican dinner out

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

Pouring a deep bourbon-brown, and tasting sweetly malty (like a brown ale), Negra Modelo is my go-to choice when frequenting Mexican restaurants. It's uncharacteristically dark, when compared to most Mexican brews (which tend to be light lagers), but nicely satisfying, especially when consumed alongside a good burrito or fish taco. A classic and favorite of mine.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint....

A: Pours copper with a fizzy off-white head that disappears pretty quick.

S: sweet aroma of brown sugar goes well with spicy hops and wheat toast, just very faint

T: earthy, grainy flavors and toasty hops up front, then the brown sugar comes in and follows to the finish with more spicy hops and more
good grainy flavor

M: slick and oily medium-full body becoming very crisp and dry in the finish.

Overall, a great dark lager for availability and price. Much better than most Mexican imports, and a good representation of a German style. A very approachable and drinkable beer that could also be enjoyed by those with a less developed palate for stronger brews.

Photo of BieresDesMoines
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful just slightly lighter than ruby red color with a big fairly tight head that is not particularly well retained but leaves just a slightly better than spotty lace. I've got to give this a 4 for appearance on color alone though, the color of this beer is sheer perfection. The aroma however falls a little short of the great heights I suppose I would have liked from such a wonderful looking beer. I can't help but think that this smells precisely like the worst kind of cheap pale lager, with the cooked corn, the light bread yeast, and the mild sweetness. There is some floral character but really not enough to redeem this one. The flavor bounces my confidence in this beer back a up a bit. The beer is sweet, it's too sweet and for that matter it's too corny. But that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of nice things going on in the flavor of this beer there is a good fruitiness with a nice interplay of just the mildest toasty malt. This is all before I mention that this has a really pleasant hop zing, I'm really not sure what the hops are but they strike me as west coast fruity and citrusy hops, however there is no denying the presence of some noble herbal hoppiness as well. The thing about Negra Modelo is that it does, basically, exactly what it came to do. It is slightly sweeter than most pale mexican lagers, at the same time it's got a more bold flavor than those as well, but at the end of the day it's refreshing. I am positive that this is what the brewers of this beer were going for, like it or not, they hit the mark.

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

Served in a weizen glass with barbecued ribs, mmmm.

An earthy, reddish-brown color - looking very German a la Oktoberfest or dopplebock. Predominantly malty aroma - not much discernible hop smell, if any.

Tiny head dissipated quickly and just about nil on the carbonation, making this just a little to flat for my taste. The medium-heavy malt character hit hard in the front of the mouth while a cool, refreshing chill covers the back. The maltiness made a beeline for my gut and I felt a brief bloat after each sip (don't think that had much to do with the ribs - it happened before I started chowing on them). Tasted much like an Oktoberfest without the bolder definitions of an authentic German one.

All in all, definitely one of the better Mexican beers I've had. A little too filling after it goes down (we'll see what happens next time...), but still a nice (cheap) drinkable beer.

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

This one is a standby in Mexican restaurants, when Corona is often the only other choice. I was given a bottle with a lime stuck in the neck-ugh. Once I removed the lime, asked for a glass and had it "straight up," this beer was much more tolerable. It's ok, I can detect some dark fruits throughout. Appearance is nothing special, no head, no lacing.

Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a partially hazy brown with deep ruby highlights when backlit. The one inch, loose, off-white head sizzled and receded into a soapy cap. Nose is very subdued - malt, perhaps some dark fruit undertones, light banana esters and a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - nice balance between malt and bitter keeps the flavor profile on an even keel. A little watery and finishes with a little bit of cereal grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even background carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew and a nice complement to a Mexican dish.

Photo of nukem5
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Day 3 of Mexico, Whooo, "today is cinco de mayo"

A: Nice rich brown color like , very litte carbonation:-(

S: Very malty and slight hops flavors make this and excelent choice with any Mexican dish.

T: Sweet malty goodness almost like some homebrew wort.

M: Medium bodied and sweet

D: Would alsao be great with grilled ...?

Photo of BobJustBob
4.18/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz dimpled mug.
After sampling IPA's through most of the day, I decided to throw back one of these.
A Decent, but short-lived off beige head is the first noticeable thing about Negra Modelo. Color of the brew is an agreeable dark reddish amber. Not unlike Newcastle Brown.
The aroma is near non existent for me, but I can smell some of the Beer's inherent sweetness.
The taste is mildly sweet and a little nutty. I detect the faintest hint of Hops, but this one is all about the Malt and from that standpoint it's dandy. A bit of yeastiness lingers between sips, but isn't unpleasant.
Mouthfeel is super creamy and coats the inside of my mouth the same way a cup of steaming hot chocolate does.
This one benefits from serving at 40 F, the same way that many darker Beers do. It brings out the deeper flavor of the roasted malt.
One thing worth noting, that has nothing to do with the Beer itself, but in some weird way adds to the enjoyment of it, is the unusual almost "Eames-ish" bottle design. I've always been a fan of interesting packaging and Modelo or whoever crafted this interesting shape should get a spot at a museum for modern art.
All in all, a very solid contender and one worth trying.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of my favorite Mexican beers, if not the favorite. Actual color other than yellow! It exists! Thin brown color. No head. Corpulent described it as an "aroma of some sweet Mexican nuts," and I have no reason to doubt his expertise.

Taste, shocker, goes excellent with good Mexican food. Skip the lime. Spice is good, as the small amount of hops will come out. Very carbonated throughout.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rather flat pour but has a lovely dark ruby brown appearance, very clear while the small somewhat fizzy head disappears entirely rather quickly.

The aroma is actually quite nice, clean and fresh, being sweetish toasted malts with a bit of grassiness.

Flavor follows the nose, clean fresh toasted malts, not too sweet, balanced by an unpresuming quantity of hops. Bitterness is low, taste is mild.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, carbonation is not as prominent as I expected, just about right actually.

Of the Mexican beers I've tried Negra Modelo is my favorite. Light in taste and body, great hot weather beer and a great accompaniment to Mexican style food. Even better on tap when you can find it.

Photo of ruckus232
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Clear and dark brown in color with not a lot of head and very little carbonation.

Smell: Nice fruity sweetness with a little bit of a grain smell hidden in there.

Taste: Very sweet but not really the fruit as I was expecting. It has more of a nutty caramel type sweetness with very little bitterness.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Average brown with little foam. It's not impressive, but not unimpressive. Definitely average.

Smell: Good caramel malt, almost like brown sugar or molasses. Nice, but not much else is there.

Taste: Basically mirrors the smell in all aspects, although it's even a bit better. Good carbonation, but kind of watery at the end. Tastes a bit metallic, which is bad.

Drinkability: Not as much as Especial, but decent.

Overall: Not the most complex beer in the world, but what it does it does right.

Photo of Metallix6403
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, no freshness date, poured in to a pilsener.

Appearance - Brown body with an orange hue. Almost two fingers of white head. Fades quickly and leaves decent lace.

Smell - Fairly clean. A little malt and a little sweetness.

Taste - A nice touch of carmel and some sour finish. Hops come through on the finish.

Feel - Thin and clean. A bit of carbonation through out.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Best with food (snacks or meals).

Final Thoughts - By far the best of the Mexican brews. A great choice at a Mexican joint. Usually have a few in the house.

Photo of kaseydad
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour with a flat cola appearance and a small white foamy head, which disappears quickly. Roasted malt aroma with some slight apple whiffs. Malty taste with some hints of roasted malts and a wicked aftertaste. Bitter aftertaste which is not pleasant to the buds whatsoever. Thin mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation going on. Easy drink though I wouldn't be putting more than a couple away based on the overall taste.

Overall I had to drink this on the cold side (which helped) but it was refreshing if nothing else though I prefer the Especial to this.

Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a short glass. No freshness date on bottle.

A: Unique bottle design plus a foil wrapped cap earns an extra half point for this beer. Dark copper clear body on a generous two fingers of yellow/white head that fairly quickly recedes to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S: Smells of caramel malts and other non-descriptive toasted malts. Very minimal hops in the nose, not much else to speak of. Relatively clean.

T: Sweet malts and a fair dose of non-descriptive hops make up the bulk of this moderately threadbare taste experience. Certainly not offensive, but highly generic and one-dimensional.

M: Body feels a little watery, but there is a bit of mouth-coating. Carbonation is soft and nice.

D: Drinkable because it is tame, not because it tastes especially inviting... choose for yourself if that is a plus or not.

Overall: A moderate beer, but not one with anything special about it. This style is German, which means that many masters of brewing have perfected it to a beautiful level that this Mexican macro beer does not come close to. A better choice than almost all Bud/Miller/Coors however...

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

Poured into a tumbler. Leaves a thin white head that survives as a thin ring. Medium amber-brown, almost caramel in colour.

Nose is mild: nutty, with notes of roasted malts, caramel and a touch of sourness.

Not a bad little dunkel. Roasted malts, caramel and that same lemony sourness persists. Ends with a bitter hop kick.

Medium-thin body, decent biting carbonation.

It's not going to win any awards, but this is head and shoulders above the other Mexican macro lagers. A bit too expensive to have around on a regular basis, but will do the trick in a Mexican restaurant.

Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer has a nice brown color with a thick creamy head. The smell was that of malt & caramel. It has a light taste and is a bit sweet. The finish was smooth & easy with a bit of carbonation. The beer goes best with food, especial Mexican dishes. I would not recommend this as a session beer.

Photo of scott451
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at fridge temperature. A transparent brown into a standard pilsner glass. A 1" cream coloured head that sticks around. foamy lacing. Lightly malt flavoured. Very drinkable. Could have a few of these. Superior to standard Mexican lagers by quite a wide margin.

Photo of rlyinsrd
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mexican beer should only be compared to mexican beer. When a country's water has the reputation that Mexico's has, one shouldn't expect the beer that's produced there to be on the same level as other beers from around the world. That being said, this is my Mexican food beer. Have one while waiting for the food to be ready and have one with the meal. It is best this way. Not a sitting around drinking beer. The tongue needs a break way to often. Have a few in the frig. for dinner or get it at the restraunt.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small bottle poured in a its own (pilsener) glass.

My favorite Mexican beer so far.

A: Nice amber to brown color with thick-creamy head
S: Sweet roasted malts and caramel are very evident
T: Like the nose, sweet roasted malts and caramel, however, it doesn't have a sweet taste. As a matter of fact, it has a nice soft-dry taste with a nice light hoppy-bitter end
M: Light body and medium carbonation. Dry mouthfeel. Kind of soft molasses sensation
D: Good drinkability. Quite refreshing beer...

Photo of scottfrie
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a woody brown with a thick white film of a head that left some soapy lacing.
S: Sweet malt with a metallic twinge to it.
T: Sweet malts, slight caramel notes and a touch of hops in the finish. There's a weird funky sour aftertaste.
M: Bubbly carbonation, light body and a dry mouthfeel.
D: Not much flavor but it goes down easy, especially with food. However, there are many other alternatives I would reach for first.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber brown, white head that faded quickly. Smell is big malty sweetness with some stale notes that i cant figure out but arent terribly appealing. Taste is watery up front then malty sweetness, high carbonation helps the drinkability on this beer and the sweetness definitely helps balance out the spicy Mexican food I had this with. Decent beer, a bit sweet for my liking but not bad at all.

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