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

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Ratings: 2,731
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 41
Gots: 291 | 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 kaseydad
2.92/5  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
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
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
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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 +8.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +27%
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
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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%
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.

Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brownish color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Medium body. Slightly drinkable, would not buy again.

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

This beer is pretty widely available at all mexican restaurants in the area which is where I had this one last night.

S. There is a very light aroma and wasn't very distinguishable with many people eating in the area.

T. This one tastes pretty good with a light malt base and well balanced nuttiness and sweetness.

M. Light and refreshing with relatively no overpowering aftertaste.

D. This is definitely a decent session beer that could be drank all night and is a safe choice when the other option is margaritas.

This was a pretty good beer but I feel that it is usually a little overpriced in the store (usually one of the highest) but if I found a little more affordable I wouldn't hesitate to pick this up.

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

12 oz bottle with camarones a la diabla at local mexican restaurant 3.13.10.

One and a half fingers white head, slow dissipation with above average lacing. Dark brown body, visible carbonation rising from bottom of glass. Malt forward in the nose, munich bready caramel sweet malts, not much roastiness, may have flowery hops but very well hidden. Taste is a bit sweet but fairly balanced, not much hop presence, with a fairly dry finish. Not much carbonation on the mouthfeel, pretty watery. Pretty drinkable. I wouldn't normally drink this style, but given the choices (all Mexican beers) this was actually pretty good. Not to do Sean Paxton quality beer and food pairings, but this cut through the spice of the dish nicely. Worth a try.

Photo of markbatonrouge
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a 5k race and then a 1-mile race, and the tradition is beer and mexican food afterwards. At the joint we ended up at, we weren't going to get a great, high-end beer, but I was happy to see Negra on the menu. It arrived, lime stuck in the opening, so in it went. This, of course, reduced my abitlity to discern subtelties in the beer itself, but it sure hit the spot.

I've had Negra several times before. It's a very nice, dark lager. Smooth, a bit malty, easy to drink. It doesn't hit many of the toasty, carmelly-grain notes that other very good dark beers hit, but it's a helluva lot better than your average American pale lager.

I'll keep running those races, and if Negra is the best beer available afterwards, I'll certainly be plenty happy.

Photo of GreyMorel
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer contains few overt smells other than simple hops and grains. Taste is great in that it is a good balance of hops and heavy grains. Great flavor; the finish is pretty clean for a dark beer, and that something that I would expect from a dark lager. Mouthfeel is typical lager, thin and smooth. Drinkability is good, but due to the heavy grain flavors I don't personally see it as a session beer; One or two at a time is great.

The thing I like best about this beer is that it sticks to its typology very well. There is great play between the different malt and hop flavors, but its not going to knock you out with any of them. Its not heavy or heady. This is one of the few beers I keep on hand.

Photo of BigBen61
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was highly impressed by this beer the first time I tried it, the second time wasn't so amazing but still a nice brew. If any one here has had Dos Perros from Yazoo in Nashville, this is like it's mass produced little brother.

A- good clean white head that faded to caramel colored towards the bottom.
S- When served too cold there is very little aroma, let it warm and some caramel, spice, and roasted malt show through.
T- Coffee, caramel, cinnamon, roasted malt.
M- Good carbonation, maybe a little high straight from the bottle.
D- Could drink a few...but not more than that. With mexican food this is a winner all the way.

Photo of kalkavekkian
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grabbed a six of this the other day as i had some over Christmas at my cousins and decided to check into it a little further. 12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Dark carmel color about like strong iced tea with a 1/2 finger watery head that was gone in a squinit. Lacing was short lived and light. Smelled strongly of alchohol and malt much like md 20-20 back in the day. Taste was winey and somewhat watery and was gone quickly with a dry finish. Mouthfeel was decent and on the thin side with a moderate bite and not unpleasant mouth to nose aroma. Drinkability was ok but not what i was expecting. All in all not a bad beer but nothing i would sell the farm over. Drink some for yourself and you be the judge, but not worth $9.00 a six in my humble opinion.

Photo of HopHead29
3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner.

pours dark reddish brown with a white head, little retention, and little carbonation visible.

smell is of sweet dark malts

taste is a bit watery with dark malts dominating the flavor. I get some dark fruits and a little bit of chocolate. Mostly sweet tasting, leaving a little bit of dryness.

feel is smooth and watery

Photo of JerseyPaul
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, dark copper color with good carbonation; small off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

Smell: Sweet, roasted malts with hints of chocolate & toffee

Taste: Sweet malt taste with some toffee & caramel notes up front; also get some metallic notes common with Mexican beers; finishes crisp with slight hops

Mouthfeel: Crisp & light, with over the top carbonation

Drinkability: Average; has no great characteristics or flaws; will finish the six pack, but unlikely to have this again

Overall, Negra Modelo is an average beer. There are many more suitable options for the style, but at the same time, I'm not dumping this down the drain. It's drinkable, but I'd prefer something with more taste.

Photo of sitarist
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Comes in a short, stout, brown bottle with gold foil. I prefer this one from the bottle. From past experience I remember it having the color of a penny with no head.

S- Light coffee, grassy, sweet, whoppers.

T- Not bad just not a lot going on, sweet with just enough hops to keep from being too sweet. Kind of taste like dipping toast into coffee, or maybe a Goya Malta.

M- Like a half flat soda.

D- Good with food, especially spicy Mexican.

F.T.- This is a great no frills beer. Best beer from Mexico. Would be ideal for cookouts, tailgating, chili night, or with any spicy foods.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a stubby bottle with gold foil around the neck and no freshness date. Some sweet malts and faint cocoa flavor. A slight mocha flavor in the profile. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Very drinkable and tasty with some spicey wings or nachos with hot peppers.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL glass at a pizzeria in Puerto Vallarta.

A: The lagerbier is an amber color that floats ephemerally between a copper penny and chocolate brown. The lager is rendered opaque as a result of the hues. A small head, surprisingly nonexistent, didn't do much through the glass.

S: The nose lacks some of the chocolate strength that the bottled version has. What remains is a mild grainy aroma that has a noticeable, but not overpowering, roasted aroma.

T: Roasted grains, chocolate and burnt toast define the flavor. The malty base is firm, mildly carbonated, with a strong bready finish. Par for the course, hops really don't add much of a zing, allowing the dark malts to carry the day. By far the most diverse Mexican lager around.

M: The lower carbonation in the draught version allows the roasted flavors to come through with a little more oomph.

D: Very drinkable, possibly my favorite of the trip.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tuesday jan 19, 2010

got the 12 oz bottle, just becuase it was on sale.

a: poured into my new belgium goblet: deep red brew
1.5 finger head but thin - dissipates quickle

s a bit metallic not much to the nose...

t: not to much going on here either:
carbonation is a bit much, I can taste a hoppy backgrtound this has just a hint of a bad wine undertone.

m: carbonation mostly dominated, no alcohol bite

d: very drinkable, but no draw here. probably woudlnt bother to reach for another , but if I have a six pack I would finish it. not likely that will ever happen!
LOL not all that bad, just not really good either.

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

Dark amber. A hard pour produced a pointless head that went away really quickly.

Aroma is husky and malty with an all too faint roastiness.

Flavor is not bad at all, in fact above average. Somewhat corny, husky and metallic, but you've got to expect that with Mexican beer. At least this one's got some hop tang and bitterness. However, the lingering flavor is a little too sweet and tangy. Mouthfeel is typical macro: pretty thin, with soda-like carbonation.

On the whole not that bad, and, when cold, a good compliment to cheap and simple Mexican chow. Next time I'll just drink this from the bottle.

Photo of dgilks
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, darkish amber colour. The head is small and shortlived, light tan. No lacing. Slightly effervescent.

The aroma is of darker malts, some light toast and a hint of noble hops. Generally clean with no fruity character. No diacetyl.

Soft malts are dominant. I don't get much bitterness at all though the finish does seems relatively balanced. Fairly dry and clean finish with a light, well balanced aftertaste. I get a hint of skunk which indicates the bottle may have been poorly handled but it isn't highly noticeable. A good, classic Vienna lager.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Not as smooth as it could be. Crisp finish. Slight alcoholic warming.

A decent Vienna lager which is easy to drink and does what it is supposed to. The sweetness is possibly a little bit high, and the carbonation definitely is, but overall a decent beer.

Photo of alkemy
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color looks pretty similar to an Irish Red. Zero head even after a pretty aggressive pour. There's not much to smell. Some cane sugar sweetness and very faint coffee. Has a bit of a metallic taste that really lingers. Nice roasted malt notes. Years ago, I thought this was a pretty nice beer...my how the palate has changed. That's not to say this is bad, I'm just a little blasé about it now. Certainly nothing offensive about this brew and it's still my favorite Mexican. Despite looking like a flat Coke, it has a really nice feel.

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