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

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2,685 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,685
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 248 | 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 ajr24
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Mexico (Cancún) and quite a few bottles because it beats the hell out of corona.

A- When delivered to the table I was impressed, nice head... which disappeared into a little sheet across the glass.

S- Very malty and smooth- no hop presence that I noticed.

T- Smooth and malty. Maybe some caramel undertones.

M- More smoothness, the best adjective I have for this beer personally.

D- Sessionable, the beer I drank the most while in Mexico... availability and price wise- total bargain!

Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying and liking this beer about 10 years ago, I thought I'd try it again and review it this time. 12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like sweet, caramel malt and a bit of spice. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but has a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent too. It's a good beer that's not offensive, has a decent taste to it and is easy to drink. Not a bad choice at all.

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

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark copper color with a medium thick head.

Smells of caramel malt.

Tastes malty and a very faint hint of hops. A bit metallic. With a dry finish.

This beer is the best Mexican beer that I have had. I guess that may not be saying much, but it's better than your typical north american lager.

Photo of scottyshades
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice and dark, decent head and lace retention
S: Not impressed, but wait
T: After I smelled this beer, I was so glad to taste it and discover that this beer is incredible
MF: Nice, light-ish body, clean finish, slightly bitter
D: Highly drinkable

For being cheap and readily available all over the US, I guarantee you will run into this beer, and when you do, buy it, you wont be disappointed

This is the best Mexican beer out there

Photo of bradford
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six pack purchased at the local market for $9. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass
Looked okay. Sort of a reddish brown hue. Small, thin brown head fades quickly
Smell wasn't too great. No discernable hops for me. Minor amount of malt
Taste was not bad. Very smooth and easy to drink. Not offensive, not great
Mouthfeel was very smooth and slick like many lagers out there. This feels better than most attempts by Mexican breweries that I have tried.
Drinkabilty was very good. Easy to drink, not a bad taste, goes very well drinking out of a pint glass or straight from the bottle during a bbq. Nothing bad to say about this beer

Photo of 13aphomet
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer came in fat brown bottle. The smell wasn't anything to die for, but the taste made up for it. It went down smooth for the three I drank after purchasing from a local six pack shop.

I was disappointed to learn that the same company that makes this beer makes Corona. But a Vienna Lager from Mexico had me intrigued, so I had to buy it. The head was okay but dissipated quickly. The mouth feel of was pretty good with a half decent aftertaste. I would definitely drink this beer or at least recommend it to a friend so I could drink a few of his.. :)

Go get yourself one a try it out.

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

finally found a store localy that had this for under $12.00/six pack. $11.99 to be exact, but....

very clear, almost tea-like brown with a very fizzy head to disappeared as only a fizzy head could. The lacing must still be in Mexico because it was absent in my sample.

Faint aroma, some floral smell, but not much else. Bonus points for being from Mexico and not being skunky.

Muted roasted malt up front, some hop bitterness, followed by a metallic tinge before the sweet roasted malt settles things down.

Watery, light to medium body with fairly aggressive carbonation( as if the fizzy head comments weren't a dead give-away)

as far a Mexican beer goes, this is where you want to spend that $12.00. Having said that, I'd rather spend $10.00 and get 4 Lubo Baron's

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

Pretty run-of the mill really. Poured 12oz bottle into my pint glass to produce a perfect one inch head. The loose foamy bubbles dissappeared rather quickly leaving only a partial cap behind. The bier was clear and dark brown with ruby highlights.

Smell: Roasted malt and slight caramel.

Taste: less than spectacular... run of the mill, fizzy lager with slightly sweet malty taste and a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Too fizzy for my preference. Thin, watered down taste.

Drinkability: Nothing to look for... nothing to actively seek out.

Photo of esv
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Champagne foil on neck and head. No identifiable date.

Dark, Deep ruby or amber. White to off-white head. The head was substantial and stood nearly 1" tall off of a stiff pour.

Hint of malt and corn in the nose. A spicy note or two as it warmed.

A hint of sweetness from the malt balanced with a hint of bitterness. No hop flavor.

Flat mouthfeel. Light body.

Inoffensive and drinkable.

Photo of sleazo
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with a small head. Dissipates quickly. A steady stream of bubbles go nowhere.

S-rather weak. The only thing I pick up is sweet malt

T-crisper and dryer than the smell. Toasted malts rule the roost but there is a good dose of noble hops to balance it out. Not particularly complex but a good foil for heavily spiced food.

M-very light. Slightly seltzer like

D-an easy drinking brew. Not one I would go out of my way for. A good choice at mexican places. Not good on the eyes or nose, it does play well with a good mole sauce.

Photo of Durge
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is actually the Mexican beer that I most often order, along with the Dos Equis Amber, when dining Mexicali. I've always found it to have a little more personality than most Corona type offerings. This one poured a brown amber color with a thin off white head that fizzed up quickly and died away equally fast. Just a bit of lace evident. The aroma is not too strong but I can pick up malt and chocolate along with some grassy bread characteristics. Most of these same qualities remain in the flavor with more of a leaning toward the grassy side. This one was not very well carbonated and overall a bit watery. The finish holds the bread taste along with some slight nutmeg spice. Generally not too exciting, but as I said, better than a lot of choices when eating at Pedro's Cantina. Goes down easy.

Photo of shadow1961
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Negra Modelo, after a hard pour, yields a fast-collapsing beige head
over an attractive coffee colored brew. Carbonation is high, and the
nose is barley malt and lager yeast. The flavor is a slightly toasty malt
with a note of something I can't pin down- chicory maybe, with a bit of
an herbal hop finish. There's a bit of grain in the aftertaste and a bit of
grass. This is one of the better Mexican lagers I've had, but unfortunately
that's really not saying much. It's pretty one-dimensional, and there's
something that's just wrong about it.

Photo of Floydster
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle at Leo's Mexican Restaraunt in Inglewood

Very good beer when eating Mexican food, especially chips and salsa

Nice brown pour into a chilled mug with a small white head

Taste was above average for a lager and lasted a fair amount of time

Could drink a lot of these as long as I was eating along with it

Photo of Strix
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of carmel and malt, nice and dark. Malt and carmel dominate the taste as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Overall, quite drinkable. Nothing too complex, but a very pleasant flavor. And widely distributed too, this beer has often saved me from drinking a macro.

Photo of xgabe
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: 12 oz. bottle served into my Duvel glass (overkill?) Pours with seemingly medium body, forming a small frothy head. Little lacing with little hold. Head dissipates quickly, leaving little islands of fine bubbles scattered throughout. I like the appearance; very dark honey amber color, clear, with medium carbonation evident from the laser etching on the bottom of the glass.

S: Malt dominates, with subtle hints of lower alpha acid hops, characteristic of beers of this style. Some caramel, with some associated sweetness.

T: Very light in taste for the look it gives you. Caramel malts make a subtle presence, but do not stand in a dominant way. Some residual hop bitterness gets you in the end and lingers... pleasing, though not necessarily complex. I dislike the idea of a session beer, but this might qualify as such.

M: Very light. Doesn't stick around the palate to let you explore the other characteristics... as close to a hit and run beer as I've reviewed.

D: Being a "session"-like beer, I guess it could be easy for drinkability, but it doesn't really make me want to really explore it more. One is plenty.

Photo of surlyseth
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears dark-brown and clear. Tan, creamy head with little persistence.
Smell is subdued caramel and faint toasted malt.
Taste is mild and nutty. Pretty uninteresting.
Mouthfeel is very clean, but kind of watery and thin.
Drinkability is good if you're eating Mexican food.

This is a decent Mexican lager. Way better than Corona, but not really my thing.

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

Colorful Copper color with small head that dissipates rather quickly
Smoky toasty aroma with a light and refreshing mouthfeel,kinda thin but enjoyable,nice creaminess, a tinge of caramel to it,not very strong but a highly enjoyable beer....i like this one very much and will have it again and again..a good beer to sit down and relax with

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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,

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.

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.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,685 ratings.