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

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2,796 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,796
Reviews: 916
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 344 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with a thin off white head that slowly fades into lacy patterns. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose, which has some hints of sweetness.
T: The taste is fairly similar to the smell with flavors of caramel malts, but is stronger. The finish has a very mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a bit watery on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink; I could easily drink many of these in one night.

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

Pours a reddish mahogany color, clear with minimal head. Scent is pale, light caramel malt and some notes of roasted nuts and earthy hops. Taste comes of of nowhere to be a smooth and quite flavorful blend of light caramel, roasted nuts and touches of earthy hops. Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Surprisingly good beer,

Photo of drtth
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear mahogany color with a ¼" white head that soon recedes to a ring and a patch foam that mostly covers the liquid. There is some modest patch lacing with a reasonable number of speckles and occasional legs. For most of the beer sipping leaves lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: The faint aroma has some touches of dark caramel and some molasses from the malt but no hops are detectable.

Taste: The flavors include traces of roasted malt, some gentle caramel and molasses sweetness that is light but definite. There are traces of bitterness but they are well hidden behind the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with gentle persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, begins in the roasted malt sweetenss and then trails off into some bitterness but it never becomes completely dry.

Drinkability: While I was able to finish this one I found that I was ready for it to be gone about 2/3rds of the way through the beer. While initially it was tasty, eventually the sweetness became too much of the flavor of the beer without some break being provided by some dryness in the finish. I suppose I could drink another but honestly have no desire to and I certainly will not be adding this to my shopping list.

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Good dark color with a small head of one finger. Ops where did the head go, vanished in a flash, leaving a thin ring of lace. Color is a dark dark amber rating a 21 on the SRM chart. Smells like burn toast with lime jam. The taste is predominantly citrus over toasted wheat, with malt and yeast undertones. A little watery in my mouth, but it grows on you. I am glad I do not have to travel to Mexico to enjoy this lager.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - A clear, dark amber/light brown. Very little head that dissipates quickly. Good Carbonation.

Smell - Earthy hoppiness with a twist of sweetness. Not an overpowering aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Definite hoppiness there, but not very bitter...balanced out by some prevelent yet moderate sweetness. Maybe from brown sugar. To be honest it tastes a bit like a dark apple juice. Texture leans more toward the watery side, but not thin either.

Drinkability - not a bad brew, but not terribly forthcoming in its complexity, which makes it only seem like a simple beer, which I don't believe it to be. More samplings warranted. :-)

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best brew hands down from the grupo modelo. Sadly since I live in PR all that we get from them is the coronas.

Poured in a pint and has a rich dark amber color that pretty much resembles the color of the bottle with a medium white crown. Little carbonation. Medium body. Fairly good on the nose with roasted dark malts, faint touches of hopps. Nice maltiness at the beggining finishing in a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very solid brew. I did like this one.
Pours a light brown color, minimal head, good lacing.
Smells like must and roasted grain.
Tastes like roasted grain with some malty goodness.
Medium mouthfeel that makes you want more.
Drinkability is very decent, could have a few.

Photo of srandycarter
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Deep clear amber, not much head...Some cling lace.

S - Musty, maybe a little skunky, roasty malt.

T - Lightly Sweet toasty malty middle, lightly bittered.

M - Light, good carbonation, fair balance. Not much work to do.

D - I like this beer. As a cocktail, whatever. As a pair with Mexican, killer!

Photo of KentuckyBeerCat
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a very solid beer. It had a really good initial taste. Easy to drink until the lower third of the bottle. It seemed to get a little too bitter towards the end I probably wouldn't drink it often but I would certainly recommend it for anyone to try.

Photo of bondjedi
4.07/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get a good look at the appearance - sorry, I drank it straight from the bottle.

Hearty smell, no hint of formaldehyde.

Tastes good. A little thinner than you hope. Mouthfeel enhanced by effervescent carbonation.

I could drink these 'til I drop.

Photo of JMad
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Fuzzy's tacos...
Poured into a goblet, had a dark brown color with not much of a head.
Smells of roasted grain and it's a bit metallic.
Tastes roasty with lots of sweet malt, and a bit more metal flavor.
This beer is light bubbly and crisp.
It drinks very smooth, very nice beer.

Photo of Kemmerlin
3.39/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light brown filtered color with a quickly diminishing 1 finger width head.
S: a rich vanilla and mollasses smell mixed with a light hop and lagering yeast.
D: unfortunately doesn't taste much like the smell. It does have a good dunkel taste at first but quickly gives way to a macrolager type of aftertaste. The dunkel portion is a good mixture of bitter choclate, spice, and molassess.
M/D: light bodied and smooth finish for a darker beer. Decent drinkability if it wasn't for that darn aftertaste.

Photo of dbtoe
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
I really like this beer a lot. I will always get this when I see it at a restaurant. One of my favorite beers.
Look is light to dark brown. Not much of a head at all.
Smell is mostly mild sweet malt.
Taste is all malts. Sweet and very mild roasted flavors.
Feel pretty creamy and thick for a lager.
Drink I could drink these anytime.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- So I was expecting a thick creamy head as per the Negra Modelo website, but I didn't even get a layer of foam! The color is a perfectly clear dark amber that has hues of red. There is some mild lacing that brings the score up somewhat but it's pretty "eh" as far as looks go.

S- Overall fairly mild aromas but what I do smell is primarily toffee like malts and possibly some melted brown sugar. It is slightly toasty and slightly of dark ripe fruit...plum like. Hops are very subdued and don't really make any impact.

T- Reasonably similar to the aroma, but with some yeasty qualities added. The malts are really strong at first, but then gets slightly citrus like on the finish. The hops are non-existent but the beer tastes really good in general.

M- It's fairly light bodied but is extremely smooth on the palate, with rich and plentiful, however fine, carbonation. The warmth of the flavors give it a desert like feel that is not unwelcome.

D- With the cold weather coming on, this is an ideal beer to consume. The alcohol is well hidden and would be great to enjoy over an evening....with friends or while watching the tube at home. I recommend this one and think is one of the best Mexican beers out there!

Photo of samie85
3.24/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Consumed earlier tonight at the Independence Tap.

A-Pours a deep ruddy amber color with a one finger head.

S-Caramelly and dark fruit munich malt notes. A pretty faint nose, but not bad one.

T-Dry and biscuity with some mild bitter herbal hop notes on the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied with medium to heavy amount of carbonation.

D-Not a bad beer per se, but not one I'm likely to revisit anytime soon unless I'm at a Mexican restaurant.

Photo of LaeliaPumila
3.16/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours with a thin head, even when poured hard, leaves some spotting on the glass. A tawny amber brown in the glass, very attractive color.

Smell: faint even after the glass has warmed, but pleasantly toasty and malty. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste: the malts are definitely there, but there is a hint of something more acidic with them and it's not carbonation - more like a trace of artificial lemon behind the caramel notes. Not much hops here either. A faint bitterness from the dark malts lingers at the back of the tongue but then fades pretty quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin, not annoyingly so but also not anything that improves the brew.

Drinkability: I was going to rate it average, but then I realized that I finished the whole bottle while I was writing.

Overall, an interesting dark beer to taste but not one I'd buy again. (Looking at the other reviews, I think I may have gotten an older bottle, so take that into account.)

Photo of chucktrivette
3.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer on sale at the local store. It was always a beer that I passed up for some reason. The bottles have a very unique design. The beer pours nicely with not too much head. Im not getting too much on the smell. The first thing I taste is a slight toffee taste which goes down real smooth. I was pleased with this beer. It was a average beer and may be one of your better choices at the Mexican restaurant. I could only drink a few of these at a time.

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

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours clear dark copper/amber with a large foamy off-white head, leaves a lot of lacing and holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Sweet-smelling aroma of caramel malt, some brown sugar, bread, even some dark fruit, grapes, raisins, prunes, a little metallic, some grassy hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is also sweet and malty, mostly caramel, touch of fruit, somewhat nutty, mild floral/grassy hop presence, manages to finish relatively dry but the metallic note crops up again.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty decent Vienna, and one of the better "grocery store craft/import" beers. My only gripe is the cost, as I can get Brooklyn Lager for the same price and it blows Modelo away...

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo has a thin, off-white head and a very dark, clear amber appearance. The aroma is nil to faint, with maybe some maltiness coming across. Taste, while good, is rather bland, with malt being the overriding flavor; there is enough hop bitterness to keep this from being a total wash-out. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with Negra Modelo finishing wet and refreshing, much as water is refreshing. Overall, this is an okay, but unexciting dark beer. I would have it again but would not seek it out.


Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Don't even think about it, get that damn lime away from this beer and pour it into a glass. Just because this beer comes from Mexico does not mean it needs a wedge of citrus to make it taste better.

A wholesome-looking two fingers of head stand at attention for the duration. Deep tawny color is clear and shows off the darkness it possesses. Hints of lemon, toasted bread crust and brown bread in the aroma. Extreme smoothness gently rolls the medium body over the palate. Sweetness from the malt is predominate to start, but slowly drops off as a toasted graininess takes over. Mild hop bitterness has a slight sharpness to it with very little flavor, just bitterness, which is fine as it lets the malt prevail. Semisweet finish with a lingering cloaked caramel maltiness.

Delicious in a simple way. Remember, just say no to limes! Hands down one of the best Mexican beers that has ever crossed the border, legally.

Photo of dcook11
1.18/5  rDev -64.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had this beer yesterday out of the bottle and got a chance to try it on tap at a local mexican restruant. I dont know if they got a bad keg or something, but the differance between on-tap and out of the bottle is huge. God awful beer, smelled like burnt rubber, had a huge lack of carbonation...completly flat. No head to speak of, and the beer even tasted slightly warm. Ill be checking back to see if anyone else had the same expierance.

Good beer out of the bottle though.

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

Appearance: Brown/amber with a finger of light tan head.

Smell: Toasted grain, caramel, hay/grass.

Taste: There is surprising depth here, toasted grain, slight hint of chocolate, caramel and grassy. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light-medium body with carbonation that doesn't get in the way.

Drinkability: Smooth with some depth of flavors yet it's light enough with low ABV to make repeatedly drinkable.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a slightly chilled mug.

Y'know, I love going to Mexican restaurants, as I can't seem to get enough of the food, but the beer selections don't usually come close to exciting. This night, dining with the brother and father, I went with my Mexican standby. It pours a clear dark garnet-brown topped by about a finger of off-white foam. The nose is weak, comprising light caramel, light biscuits, and very light florals. The taste is very similar, with the light caramel, biscuits, and florals returning, though with a bit o' hard water thrown in there, mixing things up in a slightly negative way. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, nothing close to special, but pretty nice when the enchiladas hit the table.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with slight ruby hints. Served with a slice of lime, so no head. Nose is lime, pitty it was served this way, I do get some maltiness though.

Taste is surprisingly good, it's crisp and sharp, very clean and refreshing for a dark beer. Mouthfeel is again surprising, it's a lager so it's very smooth. One of the best Mexican beers I've had.

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

This is pleasant, if simple and unexceptional.

Dark brown amber, it has a small off-white head.

Aroma is light caramelly toasty grain, hint of chocolate and grassiness and light leafiness.

Taste is light and mostly simple but with a little depth of character, toasty grain, hints of chocolate, leaves, and grass, caramel hint. It is fairly well balanced, smooth and drinkable, with the flavour lasting.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,796 ratings.