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

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2,510 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,510
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 31
Gots: 177 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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

a: very clean and clear brown with at first a lot of white bubbly head that fades to just a white layer on top but leaves a bit of lace sticking to the sides

s: some sweet caramel malts, hints of hops, spices

t: caramel malts are the strongest flavors with some spices and hints of alcohol

m: pretty smooth; light carbonation; a little on the watery side

d: an ok beer; certainly what i would order in mexico.

hoegaardenhero, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of patsalvaggio
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 12 ounce brown bottle into a 16 ounce pilsner glass. this one is dark amber in color with not very much head. the smell of sweet caramel malts dominates the aroma. tastes very nice, sweet, a bit of spice maybe cloves, perfect enchilada beer. has a very smooth mouthfeel and is incredibly drinkable.

patsalvaggio, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red with a huge frothy off white, light tan head.

S: Some sweet Vienna malt makes a presence on the nose, along with some brown sugar notes as well.

T: The malting is very warm and dark roasted with some dried apples, pears and cider juice flavors coming through. There is some burnt woodiness, warm bread and smoky notes for flavor along with some dried fruit (raisin grist) and some dark licorice. There is also some nice dark roasted coffee notes, caramel and a very rich dark roasted nuttiness along with a nice earthy hop bitterness and a grainy dry malt bitterness for a finish and fade with a touch of smokiness to round it out.

M: A very nice grainy feel on the tongue.

D: Overall a very drinkable beer, very rich and big per style drinking like a octoberfest bock.

beerthulhu, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this recently when I ate at a very good local Mexican restaurant, and it didn't taste nearly as well as it did when I first tried it about 15 years ago. Just time and more mature taste buds, I believe. The color is nice--a medium brown--but the head is negligible. Don't even think about lacing on this. The smell is more of a letdown--whiffs of caramel, malt and hops seem absent. The taste is a decent re-introduction to malt and hops, and hints of caramel emerge. The flat texture adversely affects the mouthfeel and, were it not for modest smoothness, would be scored worse.

In all, one I will avoid in the future. Beer should be a better accompaniment to any meal, especially a good spicy Mexican dish, than mere post-meal cascade. Negra Modelo is a letdown.

Gehrig, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into thin lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, with a hint of floral hops. The taste has a little more malt than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. However, if I were in the mood for a Vienna Lager, I would go with a Samuel Adams, because it had a lot more flavor, and costs a lot less.

KarlHungus, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of CrescentLake
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CONSISTENCY... this brew is an exceptionally consistent. It's basically Newcastle south of the border. It's a good brown ale with hues of ruby, brown, tan. The taste is refreshing and simple, but is slightly complimented by honey and caramel. Pretty drinkable for a "Dark Beer." This is my favorite mexican restaurant beer. Next time you're asked "Que quieres tomar" make it a Negra Modelo.

CrescentLake, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of stcules
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant ruby, very clena, with very few bubbles. Light foam, dirty white in color.
In the smell dark malts, lightly toasted, and caramel. Maybe a bit of red fruit.
Toasty in the taste, with again notes of dark malts, raisins, red fruit. More fruity than in the smell.
Drinkable, but nothing more.
Almost no body. In the aftertaste the red fruits, the maltiness and caramel.

stcules, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of chiapete
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A darker beer for a cerveza. Poured a redish-brown color with a creamy head that lasted a fair time.

The aroma was malty with slight carmel and nut tone.

Flavor was slighty sweet with a carmal, roasted malt taste. Ended with a bitter-sweet finish.
One of my favorites from this group. I would give this above average marks for taste, color , flavor and aroma.

chiapete, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an dark amber with ruby highlights. I poured down the side of the glass and did not get a head. I really like the way this looks.

S - a very light caramel aroma, but no hops detected.

T - Very subtle malt flavor accented by hops at the back end.

M - Lager like mouthfeel, not thick, not too thin.

D - Very smooth and clean tasting beer that despite it's stronger alcohol content than American beer is extremely drinkable.

hiikeeba, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No clear freshness info.

a: Clear light brown body, off-white head, big head with terrific retention.

s: Very light, vaguely malty aroma.

t: Light caramel flavored malt, some sweetness, modest bite of hop bitterness.

m: Light body, pretty smooth and clean, dry finish.

d: Perfect compliment to Mexican cuisine, but a very average beer. A light tasting beer with a darker color and light hop presence.

BradLikesBrew, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of semihobo
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from a mix-and-match six, no date.

Pours a clear, dark brown chestnut. A finger of head fades to leave a meager puddle of lacing that fails to cover the entire head, like a woman caught leaving the shower with nothing but a hand towel to conceal herself. This dissipates fully after a sip.

The smell consists of roasted malts, brown sugar, and grassy hops, with a touch of caramel.

Negra Modelo tastes sweet in a very mellow, not over-the-top way. The German malts are gently roasted and hide a grainy sweetness that stays all the way through the finish, where it combines with a touch of minty and slightly bitter hops. Noticeable dextrins. Tastes like a euro lager run through the toaster... in a good way.

Feels fuller-bodied due to the dextrins, but is nowhere near "thick." Finish is pleasant with an unexpected tackiness on the tongue. Causes you to reach for that next sip as soon as you've put it down.

Simple but pleasant. If you are looking for a mild darker beer with a moderate balance of roasted malt and hops, this should hit the spot. Have knocked back quite a few of these and will continue to do so when out.

semihobo, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wife and I tried out a new Mexican joint last night as our usual place recently closed. They only offered bottled beer, domestics and Mexican brews, so I chose the Negra Modelo. This joint didn't offer a glass with my bottle, so no report on the appearance.

The smell was pretty good, a little on the sweet side, but the first whiff made me believe that I was going to enjoy my drink.

The initial taste was pretty good, nothing special, but pretty smooth and not bitter like a lot of other brews.

Mouthfeel was okay, a little thin, but not bad.

After taste was okay, definitely not bitter.

I was enjoying some pretty decent Mexican food along with this brew and the beer was a good fit. I'd definitely drink this again. Maybe next time I'll get to pour it into a glass.

AgingWarrior, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of baos
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pint glass

A: lookie goodie Nice dark dark amber with really good lacing.

S: malty with nice toasty roastyness

T: I really like this beer. Its about as refreshing as a beer gets.

M: Good for this type. light to medium.

D: A one! I had this one with some chile chelas... it was yum yum

baos, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very surprising beer. It pours like a watered down stout. Mostly brown, but somewhat clear.

The taste was impressive. It seemed to capture the rich and bitter tastes of stouts (coffees, dark fruit, etc) along with slightly more acidic citrus flavors. The two play off each other pretty well.

It feels similar to a stout as well, maybe a little more oily. Carbonation seemed about right.

It wasn't very creamy and not at all heavy, and very little bitterness made it easy to drink.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Aquavit
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearane: Clear brown, off white to Slightly brownish white lace that roll off quickly.
Smell: malty and hop aromal, yeast like odor with very slightly herbal and floral aroma.
Taste: Light to medium body, Little sweetness and hop bitterness at tounge, proper carbonation with tiny acidic flavor behind bitterness, Feel clean at the palate. Aftertaste like a China tea

Note: An average Vienna Lager produce by mexican but you can still enjoy it with a spicy meal like Thai, Indian or Mexican as well.

Aquavit, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of mltobin
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon being poured from the bottle, a dark copper color with a small dark head.
It smells like a loaf of sourdough bread with traces of ginger and carmel.
It tastes smooth for a dark beer and not bitter, a very good choice at a Mexican restaurant.
MF is pretty nice and showcases the character of this lager.
This is a good beer and goes well with beef fajitas and tortilla chips.

mltobin, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of rrob311
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I used to buy sixers of this about 5 years ago.

A- This beer is kind of dark.

S- The smell is not too bad very distinctive.

T- This is an excellent beer but MUST BE SERVED COLD. DOES NOT TASTE GOOD ONCE IT WARMS, almost undrinkable warm IMO. Yucky flavors come out when it warms up.

M- mouthfeel is average to me. Not as clean and crisp and Modelo but its a different beer.

D- I can easily knock back a COLD six pack of these. Too bad it goes for 14.99 for a six pack out here.

rrob311, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one of the better mass produced beers coming out of Mexico in my opinion

Appearance- A dark copper like amber. Nice head and lace.

Smell- A very sweet scent. Malt and candy tones.

Taste- Minimal hops bitterness. It is mainly a sweet beer that has some bread like flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average body not really thin or full.

Drinkability- Not a bad but I like this with Mexican food but I can chill and drink a few of this any time.

MTNboy, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of skeetermoses
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my old standby in mexican restaraunts, I thouroughly enjoy this one along with Bohemia. The taste is smooth going down, and possibly my favorite dark beer. This is best served with spicy mexican food, or just on a day outside in the heat. not too bad by any means.

skeetermoses, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my fancy Negra Modelo glass, came in a gift pack.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, few lace spots, kind of decent looking. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, bread, bit of floral, light grains and brown sugar. Taste is very light, some corn and caramel, light grains, sugar, very bready almost biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, definitely better than other macro lagers.

Viggo, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a small light brown head.

Aroma of sweet malts and light hops in the background.

Taste is sweet malts and caramel. Some light spiceyness in there.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a drinkable brew but nothing too exciting. I haven't had this for a long time and was expecting more.

atigerlife, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber body with a finger of bubbly head.

Caramel malt, grain husk and a little corn syrup on the nose. Decent roasted notes creep in on the finish.

Really strong caramel flavor with a solid, light-roasted finishing bitterness.

Smooth, full body with the right amount of carbonation. By far the best of the Mexican beers and a damn fine example of a Vienna lager. An easy choice when amongst limited selection.

malcontent, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recall first having this beer at Xiaolong's place when I was back in Cali; one of them in the house brought back a bottle from the company which orders that beer as a staple.. Back then I was not yet into beers and the only craft beer I have ever had then was Widmer's Hefe. When I tasted the Negra Modelo I was actually quite impressed. I was sure that was a mark above most macros and it sure was. I also recall that back then I felt that the bottle looks pretty different and was attractive with the gold foil and gold yellow label. Since my venture into beers, I have been trying to get this beer again but to no avail till I went on a trip to Hong Kong. I saw and instanteneously bought a bottle of the Negra Modelo from the shopping center in Times Square over at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. I placed it in my check in luggage and successfully brought it back to Singapore together with a Sierra Nevada Stout. Back to the Negra Modelo, I served it in my Sam Adams globe pint glass and it pours out red brown with a 1 inch thick head that quicky recedes to a thin and clinging layer of creamy head. The smell was mainly malts and some hops aroma. The malts exuded a slightly burnt smell. The taste was mainly malts as well and slightly hoppy at the back. A very slight burnt maltiness gives it a dark lager kind of taste though not exactly.. But not as exciting as I was hoping it would be. Some hops following the strong malts and a dry finish follows. The after taste was again a flood of rich dark malts with a light citrus backing. Mouthfeel on this one is medium bodied with a creaminess to it that sets it apart from the macros. Smoothness was definitely there on this one. The carbonation starts off overly strong but as it warms, carbonation drops considerably. This beer is better when it was colder; do not let it sit around too long like I did.

basica, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Beerzebub
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, fairly poor head retention, nice lace.

Smells like malt with some light toast and honey notes.

Tastes mainly of sweetish malt, again some light toast and honey, with a bit of spicy hops. Not bad at all, and pretty well balanced.

Nice smooth texture, the carbonation is pretty fine. Certainly drinkable. A nice versatile food beer. Matched well with some broiled mackerel.

Beerzebub, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of wheelinshirt
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised at how solid this beer was overall. Cool stubby brown bottle with gold foil neck and no freshness date. Poured a beautiful amber brown into a pilsner glass with a generous helping of dense head that had excellent retention and left lots of lacing. Carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom helped to support the glorious head that actually outlasted the beer.

Smell was mostly malt, caramel and toasted. Taste was was crisp, the malt is upfront with a hoppiness behind it. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light and enjoyable, Drinkability is good. Not overly strong in any one area, balanced and highly enjoyable. Actually went great with my (slightly burned) veggie burger and curly fries.

wheelinshirt, Dec 01, 2007
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,510 ratings.