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

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2,433 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 869
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 29
Gots: 151 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 rallison


3.43/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Amber/brown color with a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Some bready malts, not much else.

T&M: Some decent caramel malt sort of flavor with a sharp carbonation kick at the end. Hops come in at the very beginning but then quickly fade away. Mouthfeel is thin, however the carbonation helps to keep it fulfilling. Overall, not bad - much better than the macros of the US.

D: Very drinkable. It's not a bad beer, and this one is easy to session.

For what is ultimately a macro, this is not a bad effort.

03-08-2007 03:50:49 | More by rallison
Photo of Hollenbeck2


3.08/5  rDev -7.8%

a classic, cannot pass this one up at the local mexican restaurant, among the classic titles that are offered this one stands out, the classic gold wrapping and great shrunken bottle.

must have a lime and generous salt pour but the taste is still good, can easily have as part of a session, maybe 4 or 5 at least.

02-22-2007 04:57:14 | More by Hollenbeck2
Photo of BeerSox


2.28/5  rDev -31.7%

The bottle says Dark Ale, it's classified as a Vienna Lager, I don't know what the hell it is so I'm putting the 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Crystal clear dark brown color with ruby highlights. A thin light tan head fizzes to a thin cap.

Not much of anything as far as aromas go. Maybe a little bit of caramel (from the long wort boil) and some alcohol.

Very light toasty malts and a little bit of molasses. Watery mouthfeel from a thin body and medium carbonation. The finish is dry, with a little bit of sugary caramel.

I don't know what is going on with this beer. It's unimpressive in ever category with very little flavor. Not recommended. I would rather drink an American Macro Lager, which any example of an AML actually seems to have more flavor than this.

02-18-2007 02:25:06 | More by BeerSox
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

Dark amber, clear. Moderate head, mild carbonation.

Bread, grape/apple, light honey

Sweet grape, light bread, touch of honey/sugar. Mild roasted note. Slightly tart.

Mild-to-moderate carbonation, mild foamation.

Not bad. Decently tasty. Quite refreshing. I don’t think I’d seek out another, but if offered I would gleefully accept.

02-11-2007 00:29:41 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of rowew


3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Presentation: Comes in an instantly recongnizable short bottle with the gold foil around the neck. Described simply as "Dark Beer." There is a data code of some sort stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: I think this may be the first time I've ever bothered to pour a Negra Modelo from the bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin head.

Smell: Malty and just a bit of caramel.

Taste: Just a bit of malt sweetness, and that same caramel. Solid well balanced beer - but not a lot of easily distinguishable flavors.

Overall impression: One of my favorites when I'm out for Mexican food, or in Mexico. I don't care what the hard-core beer snobs say about this one - I'll drink it straight from the bottle, and if there happens to be a lime in there, down it goes.

01-30-2007 21:33:47 | More by rowew
Photo of moonman00


3.8/5  rDev +13.8%

The best beer from Grupo Modelo.

It pours a nice dark satin color with withe head.

The smell is very malty, good, strong.

It tastes good, a little hoppy and creamy, I think that's why they call it " La crema de la cerveza" - "The cream of the beer".

For some people it is so robust that they often combine it with another light beer, but not me.

For Christmas '06 it was offered In a Special Edition package, that came with different illustrations on the bottle.

Best if served very cold.

01-15-2007 18:54:33 | More by moonman00
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


4.05/5  rDev +21.3%

12oz brown bottle. Brown translucent body with just a film of off-white head. Smells like fruit, alcohol, roasted and caramel malt. Tastes sweeter than expected, with apple or pear, roasted and caramel malt, and hints of chocolate even? No real bitterness to speak of, though there's some hop there, but just enough to offset the maltiness and sweetness of the brew. Taste is surprisingly pleasing and complex, with many different components ballancing the others. Lighter-bodied, making for a rather drinkable beer. Surprisingly good - helps redeem my opinion of Mexican beers.

01-14-2007 02:00:18 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of rarevos

New York

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured into mug. Lime was removed prior to that (I'm not sure why the lime was served with this -- it's not a "fruit me" kind of beer).

A: Pours a rich chocolatey brown with good light tan head. Head is fluffy, sticks around for a while, and eventually becomes very light lacing and a few random foam islands.

S: I'm not getting much here. There's a slight malty sweetness, a slight caramel aroma. There's a light graininess in there, but what aroma is there is lightly sweet. Low score is because I shouldn't have to practically dip my nose in the beer to detect any aroma, but here we are.

T/M: Malt. Bit of light crusty bread, some light cereal grain and some sweet caramel/chocolate malt. No bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

D: I tend to lump this in with Dos Equis, in that the only time I drink either is when I'm at a Mexican restaurant and I choose one or the other. Negra Modelo is darker than XX, not as sweet, a bit more herbal, and cleaner in the finish. XX, while not hoppy, is hoppier than this. Choose accordingly, I guess. I enjoy both when I'm out at a Mexican place, but never keep them around at home.

01-13-2007 01:26:28 | More by rarevos
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with orange highlights. 1" head falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell: some very mild caramel tones are present.

Taste: caramel, toasted corn tones, and a very mild bitterness. Thin and watery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short caramel and toasted tone aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: dull and boring is all that can describe this beer. Not worth trying.

12-26-2006 19:53:36 | More by Gavage
Photo of Drew966


3.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Negra Modelo pours a chestnut brown color with very little head from a brown twelve ounce bottle (truly classic packaging imho). There's a lightly fruity aroma. The flavor is on the sweet side, malt dominates. Not your typical Mexican beer. Not a bad substitute for a macro.

12-22-2006 02:19:05 | More by Drew966
Photo of zuggy9


3.53/5  rDev +5.7%

This cerveza pours a dark brown with decent white head. Little head retention, but it thins out nicely. Not too mention of a smell, but a bit light, tending toward bitter. It's flavor is as lighter than expected, with a subtle malty sweetness and crisp taste. This drinks well as is an excellent companion to a spice Mexican meal, in fact my number one choice for this cuisine. Very drinkable if the salsa is flowing and the chips are fresh.

12-21-2006 02:31:28 | More by zuggy9
Photo of mpyle


2.9/5  rDev -13.2%

Clean, very slightly fruity aroma. General lack of aroma appropriate for the style. Brilliant clarity in a pale (tea colored) brown beer, with a small but tight off-white head. Maltiness up front subdued, and immediately balanced by the hop bitterness. My sample may have been a bit oxidized, as had some cardboard notes. Very high carbonation in a fairly light bodied beer. A middle of the road, easy drinking beer. Nicely balanced, with a fairly clean finish, but would like more malt character and complexity.

12-16-2006 21:40:57 | More by mpyle
Photo of medic25


3.6/5  rDev +7.8%

One of the first non-BMC beers I can remember trying in my youth, and still a standby at Mexican restaurants. When actually served in a glass (instead of the usual bottle), you can appreciate the dark brown color, with very little head. Not much aroma; a little sweet if anything. Flavor is a lttle malty, but no dominant ingredient. Fairly bubbly. Quite a drinkable beer; not one I'd set out to specifically buy, but a good choice over Corona.

12-08-2006 04:07:53 | More by medic25
Photo of Phocion


3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

I have a few leftovers from a party I threw this weekend. Old favorite, and in my opinion the best Mexican beer I've tried, though that's not really saying a lot.

Pours a fairly dark amber/brown with a fizzy white head that quickly falls into a thin crown above the beer.

Clean aroma. Lightly toasted grains and caramel. Very light herbal bitterness.

Very crisp and refreshing. Light floral hops and toasted malts. Not much else to it.

Thin but carbonated mouthfeel. Very refreshing and with much more flavorful than your typical macro, especially your typical Mexican macro. One of the few that don't need a lime to add a bit of flavor. Definitely drinkable, either with a spicy Mexican dinner, in the backyard, or on its own.

12-07-2006 06:06:38 | More by Phocion
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

Tasted like a dark Budwiser. Drinkable, but not worth trying. What is worth trying is the populr Mexican cocktail that it can make. It's called a "La Michelada," and contains worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt, pepper, and lime. I had one of these first with Tecate, and then with Negra Modelo, and did a taste test comparison. I would say it's much better with the latter, and again, definitely worth a try.

12-06-2006 04:57:22 | More by alysmith4
Photo of witster18


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Chocolate and Burgundy wine nose.
light bodied but has a nice dark caramel color...lots of bubbles(carb)...taste is suprisingly good....Chocolate, a dark berry hint, then a lasting saltiness that takes away from the initial taste. Minimal lacing in a glass...little to no head.
this beer is hard to review because even though it has many questionable qualities it succeeds in that it tastes decent and it is very drinkable....better than any other ready avail. mex. beer. I found that ladies dig this brew...overall...decent

11-15-2006 22:24:32 | More by witster18
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -4.2%

served in a mug from a brown bottle 12oz at the mexician restraunt.

Dark amber,coppery,reddish hue,clear.slighty off-white head,dissapated quickly.
The aroma was fruity,clean,hints of choclate,carmell,slightly winey,overall a faintness in the aroma.
The taste was fruity,winey,bisquity,slight chocolate.no real hop presence.nothing to really get excited about.
A light to medium mouthfeel,smooth and refreshing.
Very drinkable,not bad just a bit dull.Would not buy this beer but would not turn down a free one either.

11-11-2006 01:44:05 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of CU570M


3.05/5  rDev -8.7%

Nice caramel brown color. Light tan head that is gone quickly. Smell was nothing i get grab with my nose. Nice light malty flavor, but feels a little thin in my mouth. There is also a little more carbonation than i would like. Another fairly good one from Modelo, good with lime.

11-02-2006 20:55:19 | More by CU570M
Photo of billybob


3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

i like the presentation, stubby bottle and gold foil on top but thats where it ends. pours brown in color small head and no lacing at all. smell is fresh, taste is weak caramel or chocolate. mouthfeel is light, carbonation is good, no after taste. drinkability is ok but i can buy better for the price.

10-30-2006 17:03:01 | More by billybob
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

Appearance is unimpressive. It is dark, but not compared to a schwarzbier (also a dark lager) or a porter/stout. The light refracts brown thru it...like a Scotch ale. Little head that sticks around for awhile. Flavor is all malt and no hop, but appears balanced. Not bad, but square in the camp of average.

10-27-2006 02:33:53 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

What good can I say about this beer? Well, it's not terrible — and it's a far sight better than pale Mexican swill like Corona, Sol and Pacifico.

It poured an amber colour into my pilsner glass. So far, so good: it looks like a Vienna lager should. Alas, the smell doesn't live up to the promising beginning. The grassy hops and caramel aroma from the malt are present, but seem out of proportion and overshadowed by some citric smell that seems totally out of place.

The taste is bland, though again, there's a hint of incongruous citrus flavour — like this is a dark Corona with the lime put right into the beer! Add the thin, watery body and I have little reason to seek this one out in future.

10-24-2006 04:00:48 | More by vanrassel
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2/5  rDev -40.1%

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color beer with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of weak malt is quite boring. Taste of light adjunct base malt with a watery finish. I guess this is better then Corona but still very boring overall. Maybe I would have enjoyed it better sitting on a beach under the sun.

10-23-2006 17:37:47 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Served cold in a pint glass. Pours a clear brown with small tan head that quickly dissipates to a tiny amount of lacing. Visible bubbles stream upward until the glass is empty. Very mild malt aroma, not very noticeable.
Sweet malt immediately followed by hops that are mildly grassy and bitter, almost like a pilsener hop presence although not as predominant. Ends with more sweetness and graininess. Slight alcohol taste is present.
Light mouthfeel with some carbonation that is just the right amount. Finishes fairly smooth.Easy to drink. Went well with the Mexican food I had for dinner. Not an overly impressive brew but not bad either. I could drink this again if paired with the right foods. I've had much better Vienna Lager but it is a rather good Mexican beer.

10-20-2006 22:47:21 | More by tkarsies
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%

Brew pours to a Brown color with clarity to it with a tan head that had size but broke down quite quickly leaving some lacing but not much. Definitely not a black color as the name might suggest. It is a pleasant smelling brew, fresh malt along with some brown sugar that seems to give it sweet aroma. Even though it is dark in color the taste is light with mild carbonation. The malt flavors are what I notice, slightly toasty. No real hop flavors present but the brew does seem to be in good balance. Normally when at home I do not drink Mexican brews but this is one of my favorites when going to a Mexican restaurant. While in Mexico sitting on our balcony on a sunny morning, watching the ocean and listening to the waves hitting the beach all seems good. Guess I am saying that this brew has its time and place. This brew was very drinkable for me while in the sun, sand and surf. As with any Mexican brew, while at home I would not run out and get it but it does have some character.

10-15-2006 13:01:53 | More by Stimack
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Tasted this stubby 33cl bottle on 11th Oct 2006 (Best by date 04/05/07 on the bottom). It says ABV 5.3%. This came to me by a circuitous route, purchased in Spain.

Poured a dark tan (no haze) brew with a thin head. Minimal carbonation.
Decent malty smell.
Taste was not very complex, but decent enough to be interesting; some fruits hinted in the overall maltiness.
Overall a solid brew, though not spectacular. I imagine I would tire of the taste after a couple.
This beer might benefit from being served warmer.

10-12-2006 08:26:56 | More by JohnfromDublin
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