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

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2,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,770
Reviews: 909
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 321 | 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 Domingo
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much my Mexican restaurant stand-by.
Pours a medium brownish copper color with a good amount of foam (laces the glass, too) and a nice clarity. Darker than an amber, but not quite as dark as Munich dunkel.
Smells nutty and clean, but there's a citrus zing and no, I don't have a lime handy either. Sometimes I pick up a strong whiff of vanilla, too.
Taste is mild cocoa, vanilla, and hazelnut with a hint of lime zest. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish keeps it from being really sweet.
Goes down easy, but it could be seen as a little bit watery.
Supposedly this is a take on a Munich Dunkel these days, and it's not half bad. It has some unique characteristics (zest), but it works.

This beer along with Bohemia are the only really good (common) Mexican imports. You can't go wrong with either - with or without Mexican food.

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

My friend and I discovered this beer during a spring vacation in a little town about 120 miles down the coast of Baja California, Mexico. This was the only beer we could find down there that wasn't like Tecate of Corona. Very smooth and tasty. The color is a dark amber and the beer poured great into a glass from both bottles and from the tap. Of course once we got back to the states I realized that most of the grocery stores around here carry this beer, perhaps I never noticed it before. Anyway this is truly my favorite mexican beer, one that I have fond memories from.

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

From notes last year before I got more into brewing and rating beers...

A: Dark amber color, with sparse head and decent effervescence. Not great head retention.

S: Not much smell. Some slight dry biscuity malt and the usual "foreign" smell that can come from lighter imports.

T: Not too bad. Some maltiness with a slight tang from the bit of hops in there. There's still an adjunct macro taste, but I believe that's part of the game here. The bit of tasteful roastiness is what sets this up a notch for me and lets me know I'm drinking a real beer.

M: Though there isn't much to it, this is a drinkable beer that still has some substance.

D: Could happily quaff several of these session beers - and without the citrus now!

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

Pours a dark amber with some nice red highlights and a soft bone head that leaves some spotty lace as it vanishes.The nose smells like an old wood trunk,some caramel notes are in there as well.This has more flavor than others I've had from across the border,not a lot of flavor,just more than I am used to.Some lightly toasted breads,and nice subtle nuttiness,maybe some almond and vinnila(nice).The moutfeel is very light and smoothe even velvety.My first time having the Negra was enjoyable,now I need Fajitas!

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

A - Dark golden color with a slight head.
S - Some malty vienna notes present.
T - Toasty rich malt notes, with a clean lager character, and subtle bitterness.
M - Good body with a appropriate level of carbonation leaves a gentle finish.

This is a pretty good beer, and a great example of Vienna lager. It's malty, clean, and crisp, great for a hot summer day.

Photo of ectomorph
2.85/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant.

A - Dark chocolate in color with little head/lacing.

S - Some malty aromas but overall faint smell

T - Much lighter and crisp than expected. Maltier as well.

M - Watery Mexican beer.

D - Of the choices available there, it worked out pretty good, but I won't be adding it to the fridge anytime soon...

Photo of Shaggy9356
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good summer session beers. Refreshing and crisp. It has more flavor than Corona or Dos Equis. Good with or without a lime. Tastes (and pours) a bit like cola soda. Dark malts with light hop presence. Not all beers need to be complex or extreme. Sometimes, its nice to just have something to just kick back with that is still much better than most macro swill like bud or coors. This is probably my favorite mexican beer.

Photo of tab021
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - red/brown color with a quickly dissipating head

S - a slight sweetness and a bit of citrus as well

T - not what I expected from a "dark" beer at all. More of a slightly toasted taste with little bitterness.

M - medium carbonation with a light body. does not have the feel of a dark beer...

D - easy to drink. it won't blow you away with its new and fantastic taste, but I can see taking 3 or 4 away in a night and being happy with that.

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
An aggressive pour resulted in a tawny, ruby-red, dark amber hue with a minimal head and very little lacing...
A fresh, caramel, malty aroma replete with figs, prunes, and a hint of vanilla cream...
Taste was rendolent of dark, candied sugars, with a strong malt backbone and a hint of honey mollasses...
Medium to light bodied mouthfeel, extremely easy level of drinkability with a sweet finish...
Great stuff...

Photo of Teke0611
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Riu Palace in Playacar. At many of the bars in the resort, it was served too cold, but that's okay considering the hot weather. Looked great, be it in a normal glass or a (gasp) hard plastic 10oz glass at the swim-up bar. Hard to tell the smell really, I think they don't quite know what beer-clean means. Taste was okay if it wasn't freezing, and it was very drinkable, many after the other.. Glad the resort was all inclusive, or I might have spent a fortune!

Photo of nem2006
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Poured an amber-brown. clear with not much carbonation visible. Had a nice quarter inch head which ended up as just some suds on the top of the beer after a little while.

A sweet smelling malty beer with a hint of caramel in my opinion. It is a light to medium bodied beer without much depth to the taste. But still a good beer to drink with mexican food.

Overall an average beer. Would not drink it much outside of a mexican restaurant.

Photo of BDIMike
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a white head that lasts fairly well throughout the beer.
Smell is a nutty malt smell at first. There is also some very small traces of a sweet fruit smell as well.
Taste has a nice maltiness to it. Very nutty taste with a bit of sweetness to it as well.
The mouthfeel is nice. There is a good thickness, along with the a smoothness to it as well.
Very drinkable dark beer for the warm weather. This beer doesn't have a ton of taste, which makes it go down nicely in the warm weather, but there is also enough flavor to it that it does not get boring.

Photo of skomahon
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo is my Mexican beer of choice, and I think is actually one of the most drinkable dark beers around. Sure, its taste isn't particularly complex, but it is flavorful and interesting, and I've enjoyed this beer frequently as a partner to Mexican and other meals.

Definitely something to choose if you are looking for a very drinkable dark beer, a place to start for folks who are more used to light beer and excellent pairing with meals.

Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I'm stunned that I haven't reviewed before, as a friend of mine seems to always serve this at gatherings.

Not much to say about it, really. Pours a dark amber, little to no head. Smells like sweet caramelt malt, taste is basically malt. It has some balance to it; definitely not hoppy, but it's not undrinkably corn-syrup sweet.

A decent brew.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at Acapulco in Long Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Caramel malt, average intensity.

T: Full taste of caramel and light molasses. I've had bottles were the taste is so-so, but this one was really good, full-flavoured.

M: Average for a Vienna Lager, light, kind of watery at times, but overall solid.

D: Probably the best beer you will find in your average Mexican restaurant, I'd choose it over Sam Adams if the flavour is as good as I had it tonight.

Photo of Squelch
4.4/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark amber with hues of red. Beautiful thick off white head.

Smell: Malt aromas. no noticable hop aroma. very pleasant smelling beer

Taste: My first beer had little carbonation as I poured too much of a head so the bitterness due to dissolved carbon dioxide was too low. This balance was achieved in my later beers poured correctly. This is one of my favorite beers, as it is light enough to drink many off but also has enough flavor to not be a macro.

Mouthfeel: Not light, not medium. Medium light

Drinkability: one of my favorites. I could drink this over and over.

Photo of Slynger
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Negra pours a clear amber color with slight raspberry tinge to it, and a finger of fizzy light tan foam.

Smell is quite light but possesses some caramel and fruity sweetness along with lightly toasted grains and Vienna malts.

Body is light and watery with a smallish amount of fizzy carbonation. Taste is better though. Lightly sweet caramel / fruitiness with some toasted, Vienna's, and earthy spicy hops.

Not bad overall, there is definitely worse stuff out there. Pretty good for a macro offering.

Photo of Onenote81
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought I would try something different than a Corona at the Mex. restaurant. Heard good things about this beer. Came with a frosty glass, which I allowed to get closer to room temp before I poured. Minimal head that dissipated very quickly. Slight lacing. Sweet smelling. Mid to high carbonated. I felt bloated after drinking, which left me very burpy. Finished a little bitter, but had light to medium body to it. Very drinkable beer (if you don't mind the bloated feeling). Not that impressed.

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at El Rodeo, a mexican chain recently. Served cold in a frosty glass that I warmed w/ my hands prior to pouring.

A - Dark amber w/ caramel brown shades w/ a bone white head that leaves light lacing on the glass

S - A malty and metallic aroma w/ fruity notes and a gentle woody hop odor. The malt is slightly sweet smelling and has a nutty nose

M - A malty creamy caramel sweet and fruity feel w/ mild carbonation and subtle spice

T- Slight flavors of malt creaminess emerge as it warms w/ subtle stone fruit and hints of nuts. Very mild lager yeast tang w/ a hint of alcohol when closer to room temp

D - Very drinkable lager w/ nice dark malt and mild sweetness overall. The woody hops and toffee like malt w/ milky tinges is very easy to quaff. A very good Mexican beer compared to most I drink this with quesadillas often

Photo of baseballrock
3.63/5  rDev +9%
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 +3.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
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 +5.1%
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
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,770 ratings.