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

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2,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,771
Reviews: 910
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 322 | 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 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.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear brown with a thin finger of off white head which thins to a light layer.
S: light caramel and burnt sugar, maybe a touch of molasses. hop a lightly pine
T: an almost carbon copy of the smell only with a bit more of and earthy than pine hop.
M: light and watery, but not bad watery. medium carbonation
D: this would be great with some spicy mexican food, but is drinkable on its own.

Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Buoy Bar, Point Lookout, New York.

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger whispy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured some roasted malts, caramel and a bit of adjunct sweetness.

The taste was upfront grainy and moderately sweet. No doubt there is some amount of corn in the grist. Bready toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was relatively full.

Overall a good and decent brew. Likely the best effort from this brewer.

Photo of biegaman
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo has more colour than all the other Mexican beers combined. Its deep brown shade is accented by, not only a glint of auburn, but a very sharp, glassy complexion. Its clarity, despite the dark tone, is completely unhindered. But it must have at least some head - this has none at all - before we can describe it as looking any better than just 'good'.

For all its extra colour, however, there is no equally jazzy aroma to match. In fact, there's virtually no aroma. While it seems to have shed most of the corn-y smelling adjuncts, there is very little malt - toasted or otherwise - to supplement them. Where all this colour came from then seems to be a bit of a mystery. Maybe tasting it will reveal more...

No, the flavour also vouches that, for the most part, there was only enough toasted malt used to impart colour and that stopping short of a rich, full-bodied character was intentional on the brewer's behalf. The colour, understandably, led me to hope for flavours of caramel and toasty bread crumbs, but alas, I am disappointed. Is this brewed from extracts?

Since the beer doesn't claim anything more specific about its style other than that it's 'dark', we won't nitpick too much about guideline expectations. It is fair, however, to have anticipated some flavour (which even with warmth never comes) and some mouthfeel (be it bitterness or toastiness or savor). Unfortunately, the beer is entirely void of essence.

Despite what its striking appearance suggests, Negra Modelo offers no more character than the other mass-produced beers of Grupo Modelo (Corona) or Mexican brewers at large. I understand it gets hot down there but is the concept of brewing a thirst-quenching beer that *also* has flavour and personality still that foreign to them? 111 million people in that country and you're telling me this idea has yet to occur to anyone? Really?

Photo of wcintula
3.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, the beer has a nice tannish colored one-finger head that reduces to a thin film that covers the top. Has a very weak aroma but it's sweet. The taste is good, nice caramelization going on. A very light hop profile. It's a nice malty beer. The body is very light with subtle carbonation, a beer I'd classify as refreshing. I can go one after another of these, they're nice.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber/caramel color with a big white head that diminishes rather quickly. Smell does not have much going on, but it is by far the best scent I've gotten from any Mexican beer. There is a bit of sweet malt character and possibly some very subtle dark fruits. The taste is very refreshing (especially when it's almost 2am and the temperature outside is fucking 90 degrees!). I don't get much hop character, but I do definitely get some dark fruits...maybe some prunes and raisins. Quite tasty. The mouthfeel is nothing impressive. Highly carbonated and kinda leaves a weird, not so pleasant aftertaste. Drinkability is very high. From all the beers from Mexico I've tried, this is probably my favorite.

Photo of Bizz88
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber in color with an initial two finger light tan head that dissapaed quickly to some light lacing. Light aromas of toasted malt. Sweet malt on the tongue with a slight hoppy finish. Light medium body with good carbonation. Great brew with pork green chili and tortillas.

Photo of ryanonline
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer a nice deep brown color with very little head no lacing.

Smell is a very light piney hop and toffee like malt scent.

Taste is more or less the same with a greater malt presence thou it is still fairly watery.

Mouthfeel is thin yet clean. Light bodied with creamy, soft carbonation.

Very drinkable.

A good cheap beer. Nothing to write hwowme about but I enjoy it with some Tex-mex cuisine.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark caramel, very clear, with little head, but very sizable carbonation bubbles. I detect very little, but sweet, aroma. The taste is not bad for the kind of dark lager it is (ordinarily not my kind of beer). The light caramel taste is not pervasive. The mouthfeel is what one might expect--thin but with a very nice kick from the carbonation. It is very drinkable.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Big foamy, fluffy head, beer is a light brownish color, would have liked it darker for the style

S: Pretty mild, but some toasted malt aroma, slightly sweet

T: About like aroma, a little toasted malt, but much sweeter than the smell, not overly so, but a little more than I would have liked

M: Pleasant level of carbonation, enough to clean palate but doesn't sting, just a little fizzy

D: Very good, mouthfeel helps

Notes: Not an overly impressive beer, but I think that is a good thing. It doesn't have anything that stands out as bad, while at the same time possessing qualities that make it easy to drink when you just want a sessionable slightly darker beer.

Photo of TommyW
3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, brown/gold with a fizzy off-white heads that fades.

S- Not a lot really there; a faint grain and grass aroma, maybe a little toasty.

T- Kinda follows the nose with a little toasted grain and grass; hops aren't very pronounced but give a quick shot of bitterness.

M- Medium to thin feel with a nice carbonation.

D- Definitely not a go to beer for this style, but a few do hit the spot with Mexican or Latin cuisine.

Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,771 ratings.