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

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2,643 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,643
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 231 | 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 KodyBrannon
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice beer that pours a dark amber color, but little to no head. The caramel scent out of the pour excites your senses into anticipation. the first taste comes off a little bit malty, but the more you drink, the more caramel flavors hit your palate. The mouthfeel is good with just enough carbonation. All in all, this is a very quality beer to come out of mexico. I would drink this agian. I would also recomend this beer to anyone who wants to try it.

KodyBrannon, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of nosbocaj
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark amber. Small foamy head, almost no retention or lacing.
S: Smells of malts and caramels.
T: Tastes like caramels and malts with a hint of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and very smooth.
D: All in all, the best beer to come out of Mexico. A must have when eating Mexican foods.

nosbocaj, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was better than I remembered it being from previous tastings. Not that it is exceptional by any means, but it is smoother and much less heinous than other Mexican beers. Tastes of caramel and light coffee. Aroma and mouthfeel are good. Drinkability of this is high.

biggmike, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of July2Nov
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Well as the name would suggest it is dark with the look of a coca-cola. No head or a hint of lace on this bad boy
S: Light malty smell with a bit of a buttery biscuit smell.
T&M: Didn't do the lime because apparently it's "man law" ...so the flavor was mellow to begin with a slight carbonated taste and ending with a stronger taste of buttery malts. Not a very overwhelming brew...but not a forgettable one either.
D: This is my choice when I'm in any Mexican eatery...hands down. It's a step above your typical corona and besides...I like the dark beers most of all!

July2Nov, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one and the head dissolved very qquickly. The color was dark. Just like the label says. The "dark" was a dark brown and had a nice caramel sweet scent to it. The taste also has a hint of this and is actually a good beer. This one is not like the other mexico beers so drink in moderation.

choyhosoi, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of WillieMoe
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was actually surprised at how much I liked this brew. Not to say it was great, but it was definitely drinkable. I am trying to get into some darker beers and this seems like a good one to start with. It pours a nice dark amber color. It's not as thick a black as I guessed it would be. The smell is not very strong but there's hints of nut and even the tiniest hint of fruit, which my palate could not quite place. The taste went right along with the smell, Bit nutty with a wee bit of fruit, a tiny bit watery,which is probably what made it so drinkable for me. I don't like watered down brews, don't get me wrong, but as I am just trying to get into some dark beers,this made for an easy 1st step. There was a smooth finish, with only very slight bitterness,that fades quickly. overall a pleasant surprise,

WillieMoe, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of cdkrenz
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 / Six Pack
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Medium brown body with an inch of frothy white head. An attractive and tasty looking pour.

Smell - Nothing to spectacular about the scent. The malt is evident but the beer doesn't have a very complex aroma. The smell is strong and inviting.

Taste - Malt upon first sip and then moves around the tongue ending with a subtle bitterness. Each taste beckons another. This beer has a tiny sweet flavor to it while maintaining the 'beer' taste that my grandpa's Kingsbury instilled in me as being good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and enjoyable to the mouth. This is a hard beer to put down because it seems to float down your throat.

~ I picked up this brew because a group of my friends had planned a Mexican theme for a round robin dinner party. A round robin is where a group of couples cook 1 dinner. We started out with appetizers at one couples' house. Then moved on to soup at another, salad at another, the entrée at another and so on. I thought it would good to give this brew a try and I will certainly indulge again.

cdkrenz, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Brown body w/ good clarity. Thin bubbly cream head that didn't last long. Left some lacing - not much.

S: Some caramel malt. Not much to it. Almost the stink of the macro.

T: Much like the smell - some caramel malt. Simple, innoffensive, but nothing to write home about.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, but it's not good enough to make me want another anytime soon.

OKCNittany, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of jayfarley3
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz bottle poured a clear dark brown amber color with a offwhite head that dissapates down to nothing pretty quick.

smell is very faint, slightly sweet, i really dont smell anything.

taste is clean, mild hops and mild maltiness.

mouthfeel is thin and light, goes down easy and smooth.

drinkability is very good, much better than any of the other mexican beers i have tried, i would definitley take this over a corona any day.

jayfarley3, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy color with a fomay, tan, two-finger head. It left a touch of lacing.

S - It smelled of toasty malt.

T - It tasted quite sweet. A nice smooth malty flavor.

M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the better Mexcan beers. I think Vienna Lagers are the best kind of Mexican brews, anyway.

zeff80, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modelo pours with a deep amber color. The head has a light tan color, reasonable size, persistent retention and is deliciously creamy. Very clear.
The aroma presents caramel notes and the taste confirms it.
It is a mouthcoating with fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a rich body.
The finish is smooth and quite lingering.

Overall: great beer. The only Mexican beer I can enjoy.

AlexLMS, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy and it starts out with flavors of caramel and grain. A good hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, it’s one of the better beers that I’ve had from south of the border, but that really isn’t much of a compliment. It’s a beer worth drinking if your choices are limited.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best tasting of the mexican lot....

A-Pours a nice looking medium brown...relatively clear..

S-Mildly sweet...a touch of caramel...also some light toasted malt characteristics

T-Nice mild maltiness highlighted...even milder caramel on the taste....a little earthiness...has some brown ale qualities...

M-Finishes with a little bit of a zippiness most likely from the carbonation...Carbonation is pretty high....body is relatively light which you'd expect with a mexican beer.

D-Pretty decent for what it is...a good drinker in the sun despite its darker color...works as a quencher but also has more flavor than most mexican beers...as a vienna it is not in the league with some of the german versions but I've always considered the mexican vienna's a different beer anyhow...I'll drink this again...

ZAP, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seemed to be the beer of choice for the locals at teh resort I was staying at. It poured a dark amber color, but with real no head or lacing to account for. The smell was fairly malty. The taste was fairly malty with a little hint of hops, but nothing really noticeable. The taste kidn of reminded me of Corona a little bit, but maltier and more full-bodied. The mouthfeel was okay: full-bodied. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Smooth and refreshing, it was nice drinking these by the pool.

maddogruss, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of DESTRO
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a decent amber without to much head. smells malty more than anything. in the mouth its def. the malt factor. not over powering with hints of raisins and an acidic bite. not super hyped on this beer but its decent drinking. a dark somewhat malty lager with its own little character.

DESTRO, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of EStreet20
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had dinner at a Mexican resturant with damn good food, and the average fun of mass produced Mexican brews.

12 ounce bottle poured into a meg.

A - A nice deep brown color. Head was about a finger but had no staying power whatsoever.

S - A nice sweet smell. Fairly subdued but a bit of caramel malt.

T - Not bad at all. Missing a bit of the mark for a Vienna Lager but had a nice caramelly flavor that I'd associate with a good Schwarzbier. Nice and smooth.

M - Fairly thin medium body.

D - Pretty nice. Goes good with Mexican, especially if you're looking for a bit of sweetness to smooth out and complement a spicy dish.

EStreet20, May 26, 2007
Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty full amber that seems a little too translucent for anything considered to be dark. Lots of carbonation is present with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. I'm slightly dissapointed with the averageness of the appearance of this one

Smell- Caramel is dominant. The malts give of a pretty sweet scent for a lager, but they don't seem thoroughly roasted like one would expect with a dark lager.

Taste- Very malty as one would expect. Caramel and feint chocolate malts are what dominate my palate with this one. It's rather sweet for a lager of this style.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, but nothing too special. Pretty average.

drinkability- I could definetely drink anywhere between one and ten of these and have a good time. That's the logic i use to decide how drinkable a beer is

CreamyStoutMan, May 19, 2007
Photo of logansboat15
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber with a decent head, faint lacing. Smells of caramel and malt. Sweet malty taste in an average to slighty above average lager. Light mouthfeel in a decently drinkable beer. Goes great with nearly anything on the menu in a Mexican restaurant. As Vienna-style Lagers go, it's average at best.

logansboat15, May 16, 2007
Photo of bosco7
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a soda like head (larger bubbles).

Some caramel, spices, and roasted malt in the nose. Not much aroma.

Nice malt character. Fruity esters very apparent; apple skin and prunes comes to mind. Roasted malt, caramel, and pepper flavors also present. Low bitterness.

This is my favorite beer from Mexico; drinkable and it has flavor. Pairs well with any Mexican dish but I like with extremely spicy foods (it seems to calm the fire while still being able to appreciate the brew).

bosco7, May 15, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at a Mexican restaurant in the hopes it might be a little better than the rest of the crap they had. Pours a nice brown color with a little light tan head on top. Even a little bit of lacing as the beer pours. Nose is fairly mild, with some hints of malt and some grain. Like the flavor. Malty throughout, with caramel and some roasted hints. Just a touch of hops at the end. Feel is average, standard body for a lager. Overall, I liked this one, much better than Dos Equis, Presidente or Corona (although I'm not sure if that counts as a Mexican beer). Will definitely get this one again the next time I'm at a Mexican restaurant.

soupyman10, May 13, 2007
Photo of cktison
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
A: Dark, dark amber, but not a black beer - you can see the whole way through the glass. Small foamy head, almost no retention or lacing.
S: Malts and caramels. Nice aroma, but quite light.
T: Actually nice taste. Caramels and some malts again, well balanced, nice and clean. Some sour lemon notes.
M: Nicely carbonated and smooth.
D: This is a fine beer for a cinco de mayo party or at mexican restaurants, where little else is available. Not bad at all.

cktison, May 07, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a red tinted dark iced tea color with some active carbonation in the body and a 1/2" head that sticks around and leaves some ringed lacing. I smell some caramel, malt sweetness, and some graininess, but this is pretty faint in the nose overall. The taste is mostly a vague cane syrup like sweetness with hints of dark malts and grain. Finishes with a bit of tea-like hops. Finish has a mild tannin-like astringency that I like. Carbonation isn't to prickly on the tongue and this has a bit more body than Modelo Especial. Can get a little too sweet for me. This is a pretty good beer considering it's from a Mexican macro, and definitely one of the best Mexican beers you can find in the States.

goochpunch, May 06, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of Negra Modelo for Cinco de Mayo. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color, and is clear. A fizzy off white head disappears quickly. Few bubbles in the beer, looks like mild carbonation.

The smell is faint, some grain aromas, not much else.

The taste is OK, but not great. It's a fairly simple bland combination of roasted grain, and mild bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit thin and watery. Not much body to this one.

Still it i a very drinkable beer. Sessionable, not filling, tastes Ok. I'd buy it again to pair with Mexican food, but that's about it.

RJLarse, May 06, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Spritzy Corona with caramel coloring added. As Vienna Lagers go, this is a real disappointment, though I do admit it was highly drinkable. It looked like I poured a can of Coke in the glass, a lot of carbonation. Very mild smell of... beer. Nothing to write home about. Taste was mostly bubbles, very watery, with a mild roasted malt flavor. Sadly, this was disappointing; but not unexpected, given the "sister" brews from Modelo. Would I grab for one at a Mexican restaurant--especially outside on the deck in the sunshine? Yes. But I'd never buy this to drink at home. So many better Vienna Lager-style beers to try (one from Boston Beer Co. being a good start). It was Cinco de Mayo... and I was in "Rome" so I did as all the other "Romans" in the Mexican restaurant and enjoyed a real Mexican beer. Viva la Cerveza!

tugdriver7, May 05, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

gets avg points for appearance just because it is dark, and i don't even tend to favor beers this dark. fizzy head. very faint aromas for a dark beer, can detect some roasty and metallic notes. starts and finishes dry and crisp. no thick malt sweetness, very light in body like a guinness. not much going on to speak of. no noticeable hops. this probably looks scary to most people but there are not many actual beer flavors to worry about.

MrMcGibblets, Apr 24, 2007
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,643 ratings.