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

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2,798 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,798
Reviews: 917
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 344 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel 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 spointon
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a short fat 12oz brown bottle into a beer mug at a local Mexican eatery.

A= Poured a nice clear dark cola-colored brown with a small 1/8" white head. The head dropped fast but there was some decent lace down my glass.

S= As it warmed, I found a sweet malty aroma that was muted but there. In line for the style.

T= Most of the flavor came from the sweet malt base with very little in the way of base bitterness. There was a bit of tea like hop spice near the end and some faint nutty flavors too. Clean finish.

MF= Medium bodied and crisp.

D= This is one of the few Mexican brews that I really like and this paired well with my shrimp fajitas. Easily sessionable.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head poured thin, though it was not into an ideal beer glass, but more of a high ball glass. The beer held a very nice lace the whole way through.

S: A very nice caramelly/nutty sweet smell

T: Tasted very much like the smell would lead you to believe, almost no bitterness whatsoever.

M: A fizzy, tingly feeling, which surprised me based on the lack of head or visible carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but it is a pretty filling beer and not something to be drank extensively.

Note: I had this on tap several times when I was in Mexico and it went with the food very nicely.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - clear amber color with a think head that settles into a fine lace color; some lacing as it drains

S - 'clean' lager scent with a touch of roasted grain

T - slightly subdued toasted malty flavor with a touch of hops on the finish; clean as far as yeast character

M - light body, moderate carbonation

D - I suppose this is a 'highly drinkable' beer when you're consuming Mexican style food - or really any food that compliments the American-style dark lager. I think it fit the mentioned style better than a Munich Dunkel. Munich Dunkel would imply a richer malt character - which this certainly lacks. Nonetheless it's a decent beer, but is hardly worth seeking out (as if you had to).

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

Brown, stubby bottle (as in picture).
Pours a clear brown color, with a mid size, off-white head. Average retention, actually some nice looking lace. Mild toasted malt sweetness, with light grassy hop aromas. Slightly fruity. Taste some grain and lightly toasted malt sweetness. Finishes with herbal hops, a bit of a metallic finish. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Easily drinkable, one of the better Mexican beers. Would go well with spicy foods.

Photo of droomyster
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper, with a finger tall soapy head, leaves stucco lacing on the glass. Aroma is subdued, you gotta get your nose right down there before you can detect some lightly toasted malts and earthy tones, a bit of honey. The medium bottle was very smooth, almost slick, and tasted of toasty and sweet malts that were sufficiently sweet to stand up to my enchilladas. One of the few popular Mexican beers I've had that actually goes well with spicy Mexican food.

Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a glass, clear brown in color, some carbonation, thick off white head with some carbonation, head stays around awhile with nice lacing on the glass

S - Nice smell, caramel malts, some hops, some sweetness

T - Malts hit at first with a hint of hops, toffee flavors or maybe coffee, light sweetness

M - Thin, light carbonation, no bitter finish, crisp

D - Goes down smooth and refreshing for a dark beer, not heavy. I liked the lacing in the glass. Good beer for grilling.

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

A: Pours a clear brown color with a medium-sized, frothy off-white head with average retention and some fairly nice lacing. Just a few bubbles of carbonation visible.

S: Some mild toasted malt sweetness, with some accompanying graininess. Some light grassy and herbal hop aroma. A bit of fruitiness as well - apple? Clean and mild, overall.

T: Some grainy and lightly toasted malt sweetness at first. Grassy/herbal hops, perhaps a slight touch of citrus as well. A bit tealike into the aftertaste. Perhaps a bit metallic at times, although not in an offensive way.

M: Medium bodied, average carbonation. Generally clean and on the crisp side. A bit of astringent grain and tartness in the finish.

D: Easily quaffable, and one of the best Mexican imports I've had to date (admittedly, a small list). Nothing outstanding, but a solid, interesting take on a German style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear medium brown color that supports a fine-bubbled dirty-white colored head. Fades at an average clip and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass.

Nutty, toasty caramel malt nose with no hops being discernable. The smell is more pronounced than many Mexican imports, but I am not a huge fan so far.

Nutty flavors really shine in this beer. There is still some toastiness here, but it is a bit more muted than the smell would indicate. Feels like a lager with it's thin body and smooth, crisp character. Highly drinkable and surprisingly refreshing. I can appreciate the craftsmanship of this beer.

Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reddish brown color with a thin off white head that goes away quite fast, almost no lacing. Aroma is slightly grainy with a faint note of alcohol.Flavor is lightly toasted malts and a hint of molasses, Mild spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, with just a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Much better than expected.

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank with friends on January 23. Bottle - pours a clear dark amber. Very little head. Very smooth, light to medium bodied. Hints of malt, easy finish. Minimal lacing throughout. Almost "light" tasting. Very sessionable despite ABV. Probably would not purchase again, but would gladly partake of if offered. Just not my type.

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

You know, not really half bad. It's amazing that this is put out by the same company as Corona (not to say Corona is undrinkable, just sort of blah...) This one isn't blah at all. It pours dark amber, has a somewhat hoppy smell, and you can taste the hops in the aftertaste a little bit. Maybe just a hint of chocolate? I could drink these and my partner really likes them a lot.

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

Poured into a standard pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown/amber with white half finger head which disappeared quickly. Not a whole lot of lace.

Smell: Sweet, hint of tart, and a bit of hops.

Taste: Little bit of traditional cerveza style hops coming through, but pretty sweet overall and a tiny bit sour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Drinkability: Pretty decent, relatively smooth, goes down pretty easily with a nice crisp, clean flavor.

Notes: Overall, this is one of the more flagship Mexican beers. Never disappoints and please hold the lime.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. Bottle is perhaps a bit pretentious with all of its gold and foil...

Pours a clear, copper-brown hue. A tawny off-white head forms, but lingers only briefly and, upon its dissolution, leaves no real remnants on the sides of the mug.

Nose is rather basic, with just a tiny bit of toasted bread mixing with some snappy, zesty hop aromas.

Light-to-medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Moves easily over the tongue, fueled by a light front of burnt sugar and biscuit, with a dominating, though hardly overwhelming, citrus-herbal hop presence that carries through into the rather dry finish and lingers for quite some time afterward.

Pretty drinkable and a mildly decent representation of a Dunkel, though falling short a bit (though perhaps not falling short of the aims of the brewers). The royal treatment on the bottle is indicative of the superiority of this brew over the vast majority of its homeland's bretheren, though compared to its overseas counterparts, it's far from royal.

Photo of JamesS
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown color with a bit of initial head, but almost no lacing. Good malty scent, almost deep, but no real distinguishing characteristics. Nice taste, malty with a slight roastiness to it, and an almost-hop almost-bitterness to the aftertaste. Goes down well, it's my prefered beer at Mexican restaurants that don't serve microbrews.

Photo of cvfish
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with some slight red outlines, produced a small white head that didn't last or lace the glass

S - Some malts and sugar

T - Malts with brown sugar, some hoppy bitterness

M - Medium body with light t moderate carbonation

D - If I am enjoying some good mexican food, this is going to be the beer I will drink

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

Poured into a pilsner.

A: Brown or copper with a reddish hue. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger, greyish white, foamy head. Quickly dissipates, however, leaving a scant smattering of foam on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise. Nice spider web lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, yeast, slight hint of citrus.

T: Roasted coffee malt, subtle hop, milk chocolate touch.

M: You can really feel the carbonation. Does have a hearty feel though. The malt is definitely the most prominent aspect of this brew, but a subtle hop follows and maintains. Finishes a bit dry.

D: Very good. Nice flavor and feel.

Nice atmosphere, good flavor, and a decent feel. Not complex, but tasty. Does feature really good drinkability. Good quaff.

Photo of barleysandwich
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer and was a big surprise for me. My only experience with Mexican beers had been Corona, which I like with a wedge of lime, but this beer surprised me.

The color is dark, like an amber ale or maybe even darker.

The smell was nice with no nasty notes.

Poured nicely with little head that disipated quickly.

Flavour was really nice and smooth with the nutty malty flavour usually associated with dark beers.

It is a bit heavy and I found it quite filling, so its not the kind of beer I would have several of at one time, but was excellent none-the-less.

Photo of cagocubs
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is much better than the other crap imported from Mexico. It is a whiskey brown color with little to no head. The smell is somewhat sweet with a scent of molasses and I smelled roasted malt. The taste is very "safe". It is not completely watered down but at the same time it doesnt leave an impression on you. It is comfortable in the mouth and is highly drinkable (if debating between Mexican imports).

Photo of DukeofAle
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A cut above the other widely available beers from Mexico. Clear, crisp, clean, and mild are descriptors that come to mind. When I first began to explore beer the Mexican imports were where I started; they were relatively inexpensive and easily available. Negra Modelo is the only one I still drink on occasion.

Photo of noknife83
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice refreshing change of pace from most Mexican beers. It has nutty caramel taste to it, i'm not really picking much up on it smell. This beer reminds a lot of Newcastle, it looks like it will be a lot more aggressive than it actually is. It a decent beer, nothing to get to excited over, but worth giving a try once in a while.

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

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a decent molasses color with little to no tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. The aroma is of mild malt, some roasted coffee, sweet caramel, and some alcohol as well. The taste is decent, not overwhelming in any category. Some stronger malt taste with a mild hop balance. There is a higher amount of carbonation in the mouth (especially with the limited head). This is a decent brew, especially compared to some of the other Mexican imports you can get.

Photo of Traquairlover
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pokal.

A = No real head, but good color and clarity.

S = Good light, maple notes in the nose, overall fresh and clean smells.

T = Fresh taste with some sharp cheddar notes at front of tongue, maple syrupy in the middle and some lemon towards the back of the mouth.

M = Mouthfeel is too carbonated and stinging on the tongue.

D = Good drinkability. Can easily drink this and feel like another would be in order.

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

Pours a dark brown with a very small head which has little to no retention. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is very sweet and malty. Roasted grains, and sugary caramel, toffee, and fudge.

Taste begins with a sweet toffee malt that isn't overly sugary. The hops are spicy and subdued. The finish is pretty sweet with a little alcohol. Pretty thin body with a medium carbonation level.

A pretty drinkable beer, and one of the better mexican beers I've had the pleasure of enjoying. Recommended.

Photo of jujubeast6000
1.96/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/25/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a dark red-brown colored body, with a good sized head, that's slightly off-white, and lasting. Has a Malty aroma. A very malty taste, and has a slightly fizzy palate, but is slightly watery. Has a malty aftertaste.

Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of the few dark lagers I enjoy. Pours clear brown with a medium off-white head. Caramel and nut aroma, very sweet. Taste is bready and grainy, somewhat toasty, but not like you would find in a stout or porter. Barely-there hops. Happens to be one of the few Mexican beers I consume indoors and with my shirt on.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,798 ratings.