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

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 286 | 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 baseballrock
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

viva la mexico. my favorite mexican beer. appearance is a dark reddish brown. it taste of sweet malts with a little nuttyness. very drinkable beer on a hot day or with a dinner plate. i prefer no lime, i dont understand the lime thing. Maybe because i accually like beer, but i dunno.

Photo of woemad
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.29.

Poured hazy, dark brown color that took on a more ruby-ish hue when held up to light. There was an inch or so of light tan foam. Spotty lace.

Malty, restrained nose. Slight brown sugary scent.

Mild, brown sugary sweetness. No hop flavor at all.

Light bodied and a litle watery in the mouthfeel department.

An okay beer, I usually opt for this when in a beer mood at a Mexican restaurant. It's nothing great, but it's the best Mexican beer I've ever had, which isn't saying a great deal. Pleasantly undemanding, I guess I could call it.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Reddish brown, clear, with small head. Short retention, settles to white collar and minimal lacing.

S - Sweet malt, with a touch of earthy hops. Citric character appears as well.

T - Some dark/toasted malts with a little sweetness shine through early on but soon give way to spicy hops before sweetness takes hold. Hops then take a very mineral-like turn, and the beer finishes with a grainy bitterness. Good, but a little bit of a mess.

M - Moderate to high carbonation and light to medium bodied. Very balanced.

D - I could probably drink quite a few of these at a time, though I'm seeing it as more of a meal beer. It's flavors are all over the place, and the mineral taste is a bit rough.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I enjoy this more than the other Modelo brews I have tried (Corona, Modelo Especial)

A- Looks like clear cola with a dark caramel color, but not much carbonation

S- Smells clean and crisp. Very good for such a cheap beer.

T- Tastes like generic hops and malts but in generous proportions. Light flavored

M- Light bodied with some bubbly carbonation

D- drinkability is exceptional with a light body like most Cerveceria Modelo brands

Photo of kmo1030
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a caramel amber with a decent tan head that fades pretty quickly.
the aroma contains nutty caramel backed up by a hint of cereal grain. i don't detect much in the way of hops, maybe just a touch on the noble spectrum of things.
the taste is very similar to the aroma, with a nice round nutty caramel/toffee flavor. again, faint cereal grains clean up the sweeter parts of the flavor, along withsome light bitterness at the back. shares some of the same flavor qualities as a red ale.
medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
good drinkability. it's malty yet refreshing, and quite good for what it is. great with mexican food.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce stubby brown bottle into Berkshire Brewing pint glass:

A: Pours a dark brown with a degree of clarity, like cola with with some club soda, and a thin veil of off-white foam.

S: Smells a little nutty and graint, with some faint herbal hop aromas.

T: Taste is smooth and well balanced, with a mild nutty malted taste and a smooth, gentle hop bittersweetness. Pretty decent.

M: Mouthfeel is more light than medium, and a great compliment with my chorizo sausage burger.

D: A little bit higher ABV than other Mexi-brews, but it's of superior quality, taste and drinkability as well.

Great with Mexican food or on it's own; just keep the limes out of it, and you'll be good. Great for chillin' on a mid-spring night with a fire going.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cool-looking bottle into a short becker.

A - Dark leather brown to black with a two-finger white head. The head starts off fluffy with big bubbles and discipates into a 1/4-inch foam with small bubbles, then is gone. Not bad. Needs a hard pour.

S - Hard to smell this beer, had to put my nose it in, but smells nice. Dark roasted malt, semi-sweet.

T - Sweet dark malt with some lightly caramelized brown sugar and also some caramel on the end. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Light/medium carbonation that allows a smooth drink.

A very drinkable dark beer and much better than most Hispanic beers. I take this every time over any other Mexican/South American beer... unless I really am in the mood for a Corona with lime (I know, it's lame).

Photo of jayrod20
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted like a dark Budweiser. Drinkable, but at least worth trying when eating at a popular mexican restaurant. It is easily drinkable though, especially paired with a couple margaritas and queso because it matches a spicy flavor well. Probably one of the better south of the border beers.

Photo of brushtachio
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the local Mexican bar for Cinco de Mayo and thought I would have a NM in keeping with the spirit of things. I remember liking this beer 5 years ago. Has it changed?

Poured from the bottle it looked like slightly frothy and dark apple juice. Almost no heAd even though I gave it a long distance pour. Little smell whatsoever. The taste was blandly malted with a dull slightly sour finish.

Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it actually felt pretty good in the mouth which did compensate a little for the flat taste. That

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle for Cinco de Mayo, served in a pint glass.

L - clear, amber color with not much of head that totally vanished in a few minutes.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - sweet malty flavor with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - light bodied with low carbonation.

D - if you want a Mexican beer, this one beats having a Corona.

Photo of tbone53
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tried this one in what else but a mexican resturant.no lime required for this one a little above average for a mexican beer.
apperance: dark not much of a head.
smell:better than most. but barely above average.
taste:not bad nothing spectacular but when in a mexican resturant get this one.
mouthfeel:again it is just typical.
drinkability:now heres something you can have several of these with your meal and be ok.
order this one and the resturant staff will look at you as one of them not a tourist.

Photo of Misfit138
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at a nice Mexican restaurant. Poured from bottle into a very frosty mug, with lime wedge.

A - Medium brown in color, light shines though. The head nearly overflowed the mug, and would have if I poured the whole thing in. Lime floating in the beer.

S- I didn't notice much for the smell.

T- The beer has more flavor then the smell thankfully. Mostly malts with some mild bitterness at the end. The lime added a nice smooth taste as well.

M- Very light for a dark beer and fairly carbonated.

D- Easy to drink and goes well with Mexican food. Its usually my first choice at a Mexican restaurant since it actually has some flavor.

Photo of everetends
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Get this at the local Mexican joint. Served in a bottle with a plain ole mug.

A: Pours a clear, brown with a little bit of off white head. Carbonation bubbles running up the mug.

S: Little bit of malt and hops. Not much else there.

T: Malt, grains and hops. Little bit of caramel. Nothing special but very tasty.

M: Got a good bit of carbonation but it matches the brew. Crisp and a little watery.

D: This is my default beer at a Mexican joint. I can drink these all day. Nothing special but tastes better than an American macro or Corona.

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

Nothing special, except that it's nice to see a dark beer from the Caribbean.
There wasn't much in the way of aroma, the taste was slightly sweet & pleasant enough. On a hot day, you could serve buckets of this and get no complaints from anyone.
As a beer to appreciate and analyze, however, it's not worth that much effort.

Better than Corona, in my opinion. Equal to a Dos Equis.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nut brown in color with a thin off-white head.

The scent is vague, hardly there at all, but from what I could decipher it smelled a bit hoppy.

The taste was primarilt dark malts and caramel with a light hoppiness hitting the mouth in the end.

Very watery in the mouth.

This goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. Definately a good beer to have when you're ready to pound a few down.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Not much head or lacing. I also was annoyed by the foil.

S - Slight Malt smell and thats about it. This beer probably has less aroma than a natural light.

T - Surprisingly it is okay. With the lack of smell and amazing noise it was giving off from the carbonation I was thinking that it was warning me away. Although there is absolutely nothing complex about this beer but it has a good taste. There is a slight caramel taste.

M - The carbonation is very strange, almost like pop/soda feeling. I read other reviews and did not see other comments like this. It is not an overpowering or unpleasant carbonation, just different, unexpected, and to be honest I do not know how I feel about it!

D - Fairly drinkable. Despite issues above it is an okay beer. I could not back a few with ease and would not be upset if I was to try it again.

So in conclusion this beer actually tastes pretty good, against all odds. Not sure about the carbonation but I got over it after a few sips.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a tan head.

S: Some dark malts in the nose, not much else.

T: The malt flavors are on the dark side, although it's a bit watery. It's smooth and pairs well with Mexican food. Finished with a bite and bitterness.

M: Lots of carbonation, light bodied.

D: A decent option, especially when at a Mexican restaurant and the only options are this and Corona.

Photo of mkabull
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I also disliked the foil on the bottle spent to much time trying to peel the foil off the bottle . The overall taste was slightly above average I had no idea what to expect with this beer but it lagged a little in overall to light a mouthfeel to be an enjoyable dark beer to much dark malt flavor to be very drinkable I am sure many people enjoy this beer but it is not on my list of beers to try again

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.58/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. brown bottle with an annoying gold foil that would not un-wrap for anything! > 16 oz. SA glass

Pours out a solid, clear amber color with what seems to be plenty of carbonation for the task of supporting this overly active white-foam head that has moderate retention and leaves plenty of foam left over.

The aroma is a thin, syruppy malt, earthy whea and corn scent and a tangy, herbal yeast.

The flavor is od butter-toffee malt, cream of corn and wild grains, tangy and bitter wheat....uh, oh...there's that very unpleasant metallic flavor! and it only gets worse. It's really not to bad at first then it just gets bad. The bitter-metallic flavor lingers on and on. 'nuff said.

Light bodied, crispy at first and then it just becomes life-less and thin feeling. The carbonation bite goes away really quick.

Sorry, but this was a drain pour.

Photo of JEdmund
1.95/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Toffee brown; hard to pour head that levels out quickly; good amount of carbonation; translucent

Bready/yeasty; a little sour; surprisingly not sweet for it's color; not much there at all

Taste & Mouthfeel
Body is overly carbonated and thin all the way through; there's just a hint of beer flavor at first, but then it's swept away by the carbonation, leaving the ultra thin back end to eliminate any flavorful aftertaste. There's just a hint of caramel sweetness in there, but it tastes like club soda with a dash of Coke and generic beer. I remember this having more character before, so this is pretty surprising how dull it is. The finish is crisp and clean, though I'd like some lingering flavor.

It's about the lightest tasting darker colored beer I've ever sampled. It's by no means a dark beer and definitely not worth the near $2 I paid for the bottle.

Photo of beerman21
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass was not impressed with the appearance, head was nonexistent color dark amber, carbonation was slow growing. Smell was of brown sugar, mix of dark malts and slight hopped background. Taste was descent nothing impressive, flavor similar to the smell more pronounced though. Overall decent beer I would say very drinkable. Pretty good microbrew rather have this with a Mexican meal then a Corona.

Photo of giblet
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured nice into the glass. one inch head that settles out. color is what it should be, a dark amber but not too dark. smell is of malted grain. good smooth taste. not bad for a macro beer. tastes pretty similar to their regular but just a bit richer.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a relatively thin off white head

Smell: Mild malt smell, very weak but good

Taste: Malty with a well balanced bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with little-to-no aftertaste

Drinkability: Amazing with tacos, spicy foods, and grilled food

Photo of MrWiggles
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought this home because she tried it and loved it when it was available at a work related event. I have been buying it constantly now.

A: Dark redish brown without much head. Good clarity.

S: sweet caramel aroma also with a suttle citrusy smell.

T: Sweet at first with a slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste. It is very well balanced.

MF: light (to medium) bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation

D: Very yummy beer that goes down almost too easily. I had several in a row when eating some Spanish tapas.

I was never into Mexican beer but Negra Modelo and Bohemia have impressed me a lot and I have been a regular customer as of late.

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had 5 of these at a friends house along with a bunch of appys. Turns out this a real food friendly vienna with enough complexity to make among Mexico's best beers(those commercially available everwhere in NA). The caramel notes opened up when the beer warmed up but alas this beer is better cold as some of the flaws in the finish show up when it warms. All in all a decent drinking beer.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.