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

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2,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,794
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 344 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel 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 Schmittymack
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another on the mini tour. First time I've had this one on tap; amber color with next to no head. No aroma that I could tell, taste was malt, a little sweetness, and no bitterness. I actually kinda like this one: I'd get it with a Mexican dinner if there were not other "worthy" choices.

Photo of forsakenpariah
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a watered-down light brown color. Very little head that dissipates almost immediately with no lacing.

Smell - Very faint smell; kinda like smelling a good Munich out of the bottle from a foot away.

Taste - A little bit of caramel, chocolate, roasted and biscuity malts, some faint hop bitterness, but mostly water. Not a whole lot of flavor going on overall, but actually pretty damn good for a mainstream macro beer. I'd take this over a Corona any day.

Mouthfeel - Again kind of watery, but much better than what you'd expect out of a mainstream macro brew.

Overall - This certainly isn't a beer I'd buy every day, but if I was eating at a Mexican restaurant and had to choose between this and the usual BMC suspects, I'd take this every time. It's very good for what it is.

Photo of notchucknorris
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks to be a sort of watery dark brown color. Absolutely no head whatsoever when it came to me.

S: So you know when you're outside and it's raining/been raining and your pants get wet because some douche speeds through a puddle right next to you even though he easily could have gone around it and you leave your pants out on the balcony to dry and then come back three days later to check on them and you give them a sniff and they still smell dank and like puddle? Yeah, that's what this smells like.

T: Better than the smell, but I don't know how much that's saying. Grain, a little syrupy sweetness, honey and more grain with a creamy mouthfeel. If you gave me this next to Bud Light in a blind taste test, I would have a hard time telling them apart.

Photo of Scribbles
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A staple of my friend Juan, this beer suprised me in its quality. A dark beer with a fairly light body. The primary flavor is toasted malt, fading into some mild hops. A very good dinner beer, enough in flavor to keep in interesting with a crisp carbonation to keep it refreshing.

Photo of ncbeermonger
2.53/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer isn't terrible if you find yourself in a pinch.

The beer pours thinly into my trusty Sam Adams glass

The smell is a little sour with no hint of chocolate or hops

the taste follows suit, being thin, a little sour and lite

The mouthfeel is ok, not horrible

If it's this or krap go with this!

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent brew. The beer is pretty much what I expected. It's got a transparent brown color witha head head. The smell of nuts and hops in the mix. It's not overly flavorful but just enough to get the idea that this is a dark lager and nothing much can change that. The best thing about this beer is probably it's color though.

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

Enjoyed from the bottle, poured into a shaker pint.

Chocolate cola-brown with amber highlights. A millimeter-thin top layer dissipates right away, leaving a tiny ring.

The nose is hard to pick up, but I get a bit of grain, lightly spicy hops, some toast and chocolate. It's light, but nice.

The flavor is better: lightly sweet and chocolatey, like a roasted corona. Light coffee, cocoa nibs, a bit of spicy hops and sweet grain before a crisp finish.

This bad boy is effervescent, with a high, assaulting carbonation that's attacking my tongue with peppery anger. The body is a smooth medium-light.

The best of the mass-produced Mexican lagers by far, Negro Modelo is a savior at bars sellings buckets of Corona.

Photo of cpone
2.88/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always my beer of choice when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the usual uninspired line-up.

A: Poured straight into a tulip - maybe two finger soapy, bubbly head that did not stick around. Small traces of lacing. Body shows lots of carbonation and has a ruby brown color, like root beer.

S: Very light toasted malt, raw corn with a little nuttiness to it.

T: Very little in the way of flavor. Slight, barely toasted malt, grains with a hint of bitterness. In all honesty, it tastes much like most macro lagers - with just a bit more flavor.

M: Decent for the style i suppose. Good carbonation, crisp and fairly light.

Negra will still be my go to at the taqueria, but after reviewing and really trying to taste the beer my affinity for it has waned. It's ok, but not as good as I used to say it was.

Photo of tbrown4
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle -> glass mug. At a mexican joint for happy hour. Oddly enough i had this last night at a different mexican place. Prior to last night it had been about a decade since I'd had this.

A - crystal clear reddish brown, foamy off white head, decent semi thick lacing

S - toasted bread, minimal hop pressence

T - mild roasted malt, nice breadyness, slight hop note in the finish. Lingering aftertaste is creamy and mildly savory

M - medium bodied, lots of carb fizz

O - this is a slightly above average easy drinking darkish and flavorful brew. Seems to be an ok representation of the style. Not sure how often id get it. Got it as research for an experimental homebrew I am thinking up.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours clear orange/ brown with a small creamy white head that sticks around as a nice cap.

S. Light caramel malt with mild hop bitterness.

T. Not a whole lot going on here. Sweet caramel malt with a touch of somewhat spicy hoppiness.

M. Crisp fairly high carbonation with a fairly thin body.

D. Not an incredible beer, but a good easy drinker.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the airport Margaritaville in Cancun, Mexico. The beer was served in a mug. It presented a semi-hazed amber-brown color with no head. Caramel-malty nose. There was a very steady flow of carbonation present. The beer is slight dark caramel and molasses flavors riding a light, crisp body. There is a slightly dark and sweet aftertaste, with some sour notes and a hint of hops to balance. The finish is very quick and clean. Goes great with nachos, that's for damn sure.

Photo of Retsinis
2.89/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a frosted mug.

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber brown, with a red hue. About an inch of bubbly head rose about an inch, and dissipated quickly.

Smells of caramel, very mild hops, slightly metallic, and sweet malts.

Taste is mostly just clean, crisp, and cold. I let it warm a bit due to the frosted mug, even though I knew there would still not be much there. Some caramel, sweet malts, and light bitterness.

Mouth feel is light, with medium carbonated. Fairly watery.

Overall, an easy drinker, but not something to seek out. However, the fact this beer is served in a brown bottle, with gold foil at the top shows that they at least care to protect this beer from light & skunk, unlike say Corona or Sol for example. It is not a great beer by any means, but it is palatable. Probably your best choice to pair with spicy Mexican food while at a Mexican restaurant, which is how and why I had it.

Photo of andrenaline
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark copper colour with no real head and no lacing.

S - Very mild on the nose, touch of bready malts with a hint of earthy hops.

T - A dark ale that drinks like a lager, the flavours are rather mild, but the earthy hops are detectable. Some bready caramel malts linger on the finish. Nothing spectacular, but easily drinkable nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

D - Overall, a decent offering but nothing worth seeking out. I wouldn't turn one down, but if you're looking for something with bold flavours this is not it. A dark ale that is easily consumable in the dead of summer.

Photo of cervezango
3.93/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i really like this.

bittersweet a little burnt bread, well rounded.
really nice color, mine didnt have a great head but i didnt have a good glass , but really nice dark rusty color.
delightful beer.

not too demanding of the palate but,not too simple either.
very drinkable
best Mexican beer Ive had so far.

Photo of Naugros
3.54/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Clear and brown with ample carbonation. A 1/4" foamy head rises and drops immediately leaving the thinnest of rings and a little island of film.

Throws off a lot of sweet malt characteristics tempered by some flowery hops that appear to be noble. Not bad.

The flavor is dominated by the malts with only the slightest bitter to balance. The floral character is still there, but it doesn't act to balance as it did in the smell. but remains separate and aloof up on the palate. Overall not a bad flavor, but more incohesive than complex.

A little watery for my taste and well off the style, which is supposed to full-bodied.

Drinks smooth due to it being really thin for the style, but still delivers German beer flavors. But if you want German beers they're just as readily available as their knock-offs from Mexico. Go get yourself a true German dark beer.

Photo of THECPJ
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: brown with a ruby red hue, 1 finger off-white head

Smell: malts and grains, and not much else

Taste: toasty malts and sweetness

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin

Drinkability: pairs nicely with Mexican cuisine


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium ruby brown, little head, no lace. Not much carbonation.

S: Faint aromas of yeast and malt. A little bit of caramel.

T: Smooth malt flavors, a little bit of sweetness in the finish. Pleasant.

M: Nothing bad, but nothing special either. Just average.

D: Pretty drinkable. Goes down easy, nothing offensive.

Haven't had anything from Mexico for a while, in the mood for something dark tonight, this one jumped off the shelf and into my hand. Not bad, but not something I would seek out again soon.

Photo of bryehn
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely rusty ruby colour with a white head that forms a long-lasting collar and leaves a mild lace.

The aroma is of toasted malt, with a distinct corn tone and sweetness. I also get a rice-like graininess and notice a mild fruit accent coming through as it warms.

The taste has a definite sweetness and a hint of toastiness to it, but falls a bit flat. I get a banana-like fruitiness on the back end before a surprisingly dry finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin and has a low carbonation, but does leave a sort of syrupy, yeasty film on my tongue.

Was excited to see this turn up in my neck of the woods, but I think one six pack will be enough after trying it. Definitely not bad and I'd drink it over Corona, Tecate or Dos Equis any day, but it has nothing to make it stand out over even pedestrian domestics.

Photo of GweedoeBRew
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well. I survived the week in Cabo drinking Negra Modelo. I would order a bucket everyday when I got to the pool. at $4 a bottle it is the best bargan for beer while in Mexico. It is a great beer no, but it definately is one of the best choices from the major brands that you are forced to drink while there.

A Nice dark lager, this is one of the few mexican beers that has taste. A nice malt character that comes through from the first sip. It has some mouthfeel (compared to the average mexican pils). It is hard to compare this beer when you have been drining corona for a week, but Negra Modelo stands above the rest while you are actually in mexico

Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours brown, clear with little carbonation.

S - Smells sweet & malty

T - Nothing exceptional, but it is a nice tasting Dunkel Lager. Goes great with food, and the sweet taste makes this a staple beer with mexican food.

M - Would like it to be more robust; comes off too light and watered down.

D - Quite drinkable, and a good choice at a restaurant. Can easily have two.

I used to like this much more than I do now. But if you want a beer at a mexican restaurant this is probably about your best option.

Photo of Brunite
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with an off white head.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of malt. Pretty one dimensional.

T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell...one dimensional. Some sweetness but not much depth of character.

M: Very light-bodied....watery. Carbonation is OK.

D: The beer is very easy to drink, but not very memorable. Better than a Bud but not something to be searched out unless nothing much else is available.

Photo of foogerd
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark clear caramel body with a white head and some lacing.

S- Vanilla and light chocolate sugary malty smell, can hardly smell any hops.

T- Sweet vanilla and light banana taste, some toastiness, a bit of some bitter hops.

M- Light nice refreshing carbonation.

D- Great to pair with my bean stew i was having, really a delicious standby to rely on.

Photo of Avantyawn
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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
3.33/5  rDev 0%
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.

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