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

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76
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2,506 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,506
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 31
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

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 Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at Acapulco in Long Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Caramel malt, average intensity.

T: Full taste of caramel and light molasses. I've had bottles were the taste is so-so, but this one was really good, full-flavoured.

M: Average for a Vienna Lager, light, kind of watery at times, but overall solid.

D: Probably the best beer you will find in your average Mexican restaurant, I'd choose it over Sam Adams if the flavour is as good as I had it tonight.

Halcyondays, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Squelch
4.38/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber with hues of red. Beautiful thick off white head.

Smell: Malt aromas. no noticable hop aroma. very pleasant smelling beer

Taste: My first beer had little carbonation as I poured too much of a head so the bitterness due to dissolved carbon dioxide was too low. This balance was achieved in my later beers poured correctly. This is one of my favorite beers, as it is light enough to drink many off but also has enough flavor to not be a macro.

Mouthfeel: Not light, not medium. Medium light

Drinkability: one of my favorites. I could drink this over and over.

Squelch, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Negra pours a clear amber color with slight raspberry tinge to it, and a finger of fizzy light tan foam.

Smell is quite light but possesses some caramel and fruity sweetness along with lightly toasted grains and Vienna malts.

Body is light and watery with a smallish amount of fizzy carbonation. Taste is better though. Lightly sweet caramel / fruitiness with some toasted, Vienna's, and earthy spicy hops.

Not bad overall, there is definitely worse stuff out there. Pretty good for a macro offering.

Slynger, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought I would try something different than a Corona at the Mex. restaurant. Heard good things about this beer. Came with a frosty glass, which I allowed to get closer to room temp before I poured. Minimal head that dissipated very quickly. Slight lacing. Sweet smelling. Mid to high carbonated. I felt bloated after drinking, which left me very burpy. Finished a little bitter, but had light to medium body to it. Very drinkable beer (if you don't mind the bloated feeling). Not that impressed.

Onenote81, May 29, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at El Rodeo, a mexican chain recently. Served cold in a frosty glass that I warmed w/ my hands prior to pouring.

A - Dark amber w/ caramel brown shades w/ a bone white head that leaves light lacing on the glass

S - A malty and metallic aroma w/ fruity notes and a gentle woody hop odor. The malt is slightly sweet smelling and has a nutty nose

M - A malty creamy caramel sweet and fruity feel w/ mild carbonation and subtle spice

T- Slight flavors of malt creaminess emerge as it warms w/ subtle stone fruit and hints of nuts. Very mild lager yeast tang w/ a hint of alcohol when closer to room temp

D - Very drinkable lager w/ nice dark malt and mild sweetness overall. The woody hops and toffee like malt w/ milky tinges is very easy to quaff. A very good Mexican beer compared to most I drink this with quesadillas often

Slatetank, May 27, 2008
Photo of baseballrock
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

viva la mexico. my favorite mexican beer. appearance is a dark reddish brown. it taste of sweet malts with a little nuttyness. very drinkable beer on a hot day or with a dinner plate. i prefer no lime, i dont understand the lime thing. Maybe because i accually like beer, but i dunno.

baseballrock, May 25, 2008
Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

Poured hazy, dark brown color that took on a more ruby-ish hue when held up to light. There was an inch or so of light tan foam. Spotty lace.

Malty, restrained nose. Slight brown sugary scent.

Mild, brown sugary sweetness. No hop flavor at all.

Light bodied and a litle watery in the mouthfeel department.

An okay beer, I usually opt for this when in a beer mood at a Mexican restaurant. It's nothing great, but it's the best Mexican beer I've ever had, which isn't saying a great deal. Pleasantly undemanding, I guess I could call it.

woemad, May 22, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Reddish brown, clear, with small head. Short retention, settles to white collar and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malt, with a touch of earthy hops. Citric character appears as well.

T - Some dark/toasted malts with a little sweetness shine through early on but soon give way to spicy hops before sweetness takes hold. Hops then take a very mineral-like turn, and the beer finishes with a grainy bitterness. Good, but a little bit of a mess.

M - Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium bodied. Very balanced.

D - I could probably drink quite a few of these at a time, though I'm seeing it as more of a meal beer. It's flavors are all over the place, and the mineral taste is a bit rough.

PatrickJR, May 21, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I enjoy this more than the other Modelo brews I have tried (Corona, Modelo Especial)

A- Looks like clear cola with a dark caramel color, but not much carbonation

S- Smells clean and crisp. Very good for such a cheap beer.

T- Tastes like generic hops and malts but in generous proportions. Light flavored

M- Light bodied with some bubbly carbonation

D- drinkability is exceptional with a light body like most Cerveceria Modelo brands

EnojysAnyBeer, May 20, 2008
Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a caramel amber with a decent tan head that fades pretty quickly.
the aroma contains nutty caramel backed up by a hint of cereal grain. i don't detect much in the way of hops, maybe just a touch on the noble spectrum of things.
the taste is very similar to the aroma, with a nice round nutty caramel/toffee flavor. again, faint cereal grains clean up the sweeter parts of the flavor, along withsome light bitterness at the back. shares some of the same flavor qualities as a red ale.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
good drinkability. it's malty yet refreshing, and quite good for what it is. great with mexican food.

kmo1030, May 12, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce stubby brown bottle into Berkshire Brewing pint glass:

A: Pours a dark brown with a degree of clarity, like cola with with some club soda, and a thin veil of off-white foam.

S: Smells a little nutty and graint, with some faint herbal hop aromas.

T: Taste is smooth and well balanced, with a mild nutty malted taste and a smooth, gentle hop bittersweetness. Pretty decent.

M: Mouthfeel is more light than medium, and a great compliment with my chorizo sausage burger.

D: A little bit higher ABV than other Mexi-brews, but it's of superior quality, taste and drinkability as well.

Great with Mexican food or on it's own; just keep the limes out of it, and you'll be good. Great for chillin' on a mid-spring night with a fire going.

Gambrinus1184, May 08, 2008
Photo of MrIncognito
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cool-looking bottle into a short becker.

A - Dark leather brown to black with a two-finger white head. The head starts off fluffy with big bubbles and discipates into a 1/4-inch foam with small bubbles, then is gone. Not bad. Needs a hard pour.

S - Hard to smell this beer, had to put my nose it in, but smells nice. Dark roasted malt, semi-sweet.

T - Sweet dark malt with some lightly caramelized brown sugar and also some caramel on the end. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Light/medium carbonation that allows a smooth drink.

A very drinkable dark beer and much better than most Hispanic beers. I take this every time over any other Mexican/South American beer... unless I really am in the mood for a Corona with lime (I know, it's lame).

MrIncognito, May 06, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted like a dark Budweiser. Drinkable, but at least worth trying when eating at a popular mexican restaurant. It is easily drinkable though, especially paired with a couple margaritas and queso because it matches a spicy flavor well. Probably one of the better south of the border beers.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of brushtachio
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the local Mexican bar for Cinco de Mayo and thought I would have a NM in keeping with the spirit of things. I remember liking this beer 5 years ago. Has it changed?

Poured from the bottle it looked like slightly frothy and dark apple juice. Almost no heAd even though I gave it a long distance pour. Little smell whatsoever. The taste was blandly malted with a dull slightly sour finish.

Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it actually felt pretty good in the mouth which did compensate a little for the flat taste. That

brushtachio, May 06, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle for Cinco de Mayo, served in a pint glass.

L - clear, amber color with not much of head that totally vanished in a few minutes.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - sweet malty flavor with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - light bodied with low carbonation.

D - if you want a Mexican beer, this one beats having a Corona.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 05, 2008
Photo of tbone53
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tried this one in what else but a mexican resturant.no lime required for this one a little above average for a mexican beer.
apperance: dark not much of a head.
smell:better than most. but barely above average.
taste:not bad nothing spectacular but when in a mexican resturant get this one.
mouthfeel:again it is just typical.
drinkability:now heres something you can have several of these with your meal and be ok.
order this one and the resturant staff will look at you as one of them not a tourist.

tbone53, May 03, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at a nice Mexican restaurant. Poured from bottle into a very frosty mug, with lime wedge.

A - Medium brown in color, light shines though. The head nearly overflowed the mug, and would have if I poured the whole thing in. Lime floating in the beer.

S- I didn't notice much for the smell.

T- The beer has more flavor then the smell thankfully. Mostly malts with some mild bitterness at the end. The lime added a nice smooth taste as well.

M- Very light for a dark beer and fairly carbonated.

D- Easy to drink and goes well with Mexican food. Its usually my first choice at a Mexican restaurant since it actually has some flavor.

Misfit138, May 03, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get this at the local Mexican joint. Served in a bottle with a plain ole mug.

A: Pours a clear, brown with a little bit of off white head. Carbonation bubbles running up the mug.

S: Little bit of malt and hops. Not much else there.

T: Malt, grains and hops. Little bit of caramel. Nothing special but very tasty.

M: Got a good bit of carbonation but it matches the brew. Crisp and a little watery.

D: This is my default beer at a Mexican joint. I can drink these all day. Nothing special but tastes better than an American macro or Corona.

everetends, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of MAB
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, except that it's nice to see a dark beer from the Caribbean.
There wasn't much in the way of aroma, the taste was slightly sweet & pleasant enough. On a hot day, you could serve buckets of this and get no complaints from anyone.
As a beer to appreciate and analyze, however, it's not worth that much effort.

Better than Corona, in my opinion. Equal to a Dos Equis.

MAB, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nut brown in color with a thin off-white head.

The scent is vague, hardly there at all, but from what I could decipher it smelled a bit hoppy.

The taste was primarilt dark malts and caramel with a light hoppiness hitting the mouth in the end.

Very watery in the mouth.

This goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. Definately a good beer to have when you're ready to pound a few down.

donteatpoop, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Not much head or lacing. I also was annoyed by the foil.

S - Slight Malt smell and thats about it. This beer probably has less aroma than a natural light.

T - Surprisingly it is okay. With the lack of smell and amazing noise it was giving off from the carbonation I was thinking that it was warning me away. Although there is absolutely nothing complex about this beer but it has a good taste. There is a slight caramel taste.

M - The carbonation is very strange, almost like pop/soda feeling. I read other reviews and did not see other comments like this. It is not an overpowering or unpleasant carbonation, just different, unexpected, and to be honest I do not know how I feel about it!

D - Fairly drinkable. Despite issues above it is an okay beer. I could not back a few with ease and would not be upset if I was to try it again.


So in conclusion this beer actually tastes pretty good, against all odds. Not sure about the carbonation but I got over it after a few sips.

Baileyuk, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of willjschmidt
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a tan head.

S: Some dark malts in the nose, not much else.

T: The malt flavors are on the dark side, although it's a bit watery. It's smooth and pairs well with Mexican food. Finished with a bite and bitterness.

M: Lots of carbonation, light bodied.

D: A decent option, especially when at a Mexican restaurant and the only options are this and Corona.

willjschmidt, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of mkabull
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I also disliked the foil on the bottle spent to much time trying to peel the foil off the bottle . The overall taste was slightly above average I had no idea what to expect with this beer but it lagged a little in overall to light a mouthfeel to be an enjoyable dark beer to much dark malt flavor to be very drinkable I am sure many people enjoy this beer but it is not on my list of beers to try again

mkabull, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.58/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. brown bottle with an annoying gold foil that would not un-wrap for anything! > 16 oz. SA glass

Pours out a solid, clear amber color with what seems to be plenty of carbonation for the task of supporting this overly active white-foam head that has moderate retention and leaves plenty of foam left over.

The aroma is a thin, syruppy malt, earthy whea and corn scent and a tangy, herbal yeast.

The flavor is od butter-toffee malt, cream of corn and wild grains, tangy and bitter wheat....uh, oh...there's that very unpleasant metallic flavor! and it only gets worse. It's really not to bad at first then it just gets bad. The bitter-metallic flavor lingers on and on. 'nuff said.

Light bodied, crispy at first and then it just becomes life-less and thin feeling. The carbonation bite goes away really quick.

Sorry, but this was a drain pour.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
1.95/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance
Toffee brown; hard to pour head that levels out quickly; good amount of carbonation; translucent

Smell
Bready/yeasty; a little sour; surprisingly not sweet for it's color; not much there at all

Taste & Mouthfeel
Body is overly carbonated and thin all the way through; there's just a hint of beer flavor at first, but then it's swept away by the carbonation, leaving the ultra thin back end to eliminate any flavorful aftertaste. There's just a hint of caramel sweetness in there, but it tastes like club soda with a dash of Coke and generic beer. I remember this having more character before, so this is pretty surprising how dull it is. The finish is crisp and clean, though I'd like some lingering flavor.

Overall
It's about the lightest tasting darker colored beer I've ever sampled. It's by no means a dark beer and definitely not worth the near $2 I paid for the bottle.

JEdmund, Apr 16, 2008
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,506 ratings.