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

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BA SCORE
77
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2,640 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,640
Reviews: 882
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 228 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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Photo of Beertroop
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice reddish-black with a small head. Good looking dark ale.

Not an overwhelming smell but a overall good scent of roasted malts and caramel.

Good tasting beer, great balance of malt with a hint of chocolate and a great taste of caramels. This beer does have a good bitter sweet taste and pulls it off very well. I believe that this is one of the best offering that I have had so far from Mexico. If they could only make Corona taste more like this.

Very smooth beer for the dark beer lover. Light feeling beer with the good overall taste. Very drinkable beer, especially with a good side Mexican dish. I will sure have this brew again.

Beertroop, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of styxnpicks
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear rich dark amber color, with an average sized off-white head that dissapates quickly.. no lacing

S: this is the only downfall with this beer... almost no smell, what little smell is there is light malty breadwith a touch of pine hops... it actually kinda smells a little moldy

T: YEAH!!! Geat taste here, sweet all the way down to a long finish, toasted nuts and roasted coffee is the only way to describe the flavor

M: medium body, soft carbonation that least to a creamy finish

D: very drinkable by itself, altho it takes a while to finish due to its heavy dark beer style

conclusion:
great little beer to try, not worth a whole 6 pack but if you have the chance to try it out to eat or as a single its worth it

styxnpicks, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Mexican food brought to me last night for dinner, and I had two beers of Mexican origin in my fridge. Which one do I consume with the food: the canned Corona, or a bottle of Negra Modelo? For most of us, that's an easy choice when trying to compliment a meal. Guess which one I took? On to the beer:

It's a copper-reddish brown beer with a fairly sweet aroma, balanced by a light hop flavor. The feel of the beer is average, not heavy, but not light. Perfectly suitable for the warm Mexican climate, as it holds some taste and goes down without trouble. Kind of a Mexican Sam Adams if you want a fair approximation, and that's not bad. Went well with my steak taquitos.

DoubleJ, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber/not-quite-brown in color, some head but with little retention. Some lacing.

Smell: Clean and lagery, surprisingly light on aroma considering the color alone. Mild malt?

Taste: Sweet caramel and enough hops bitterness to balance and fit the style. Not objectionable in the least. Who would put a lime into this?

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all, and given the choices on the menu, this was probably the best choice - and fit the theme of the restaurant, too, but not something I'd choose to buy in another context.

hunteraw, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6 of these with the glass. Didn't know what to expect.

This poured a nice dark amber with almost no head, smell is clean, somewhat grassy with a touch of hops. Something totally unheard of in their other more popular beer. Taste is surprisingly refreshing, a malt and hop aroma dominate here. Interestingly enough this is quite a smooth and easy drinking beer.

Not bad at all. I'd visit this one again.

funkengruven, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of beerphan
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz botttle->pilsener
no date. Screen printed code

Pours a clear dark rusted red amber with a small white head that doesn't last. A few patches of soggy lace. Carbonation is constant and robust.

Nose: Sweet malts, sugar, some burnt grains

Clean taste with some caramel and a tad of spice in a lightly hopped bittered finish.

Crisp and smooth.

Easy to drink but not much going on. If had to choose between this or a corona, i'd choose Negra Modelo everytime

beerphan, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I first got into this beer when I'd go into New York and this one lounge would have it along with some chips and a D.J. spinning some smooth grooves. Yeah, I know it sounds odd, but the bite of the brew would work well with the grease of the food, and I started the ball rolling in my appreciation of less popular brews. That was over 5 years ago and this is the first time in ages that I've had this. It's not as good as it was then, but it wasn't bad for a light night of drinking such as this one. This being a vienna lager and not seeming dark in it's taste are throwing me off a bit, but there's just not much here to taste or work with. The aftertaste lingers as well, but not in a smooth way. There's just enough tart to keep me wanting more, but not worth savoring.

The pour was nothing spectacular - it's dark like the bottle says, with a hint of burnt red in the hue. No lacing, not much of an aroma, and very little head could be seen as well. The taste was sharp with very little bitterness in the back. I can pick up a small amount of a metallic-piney undertone, with some roasting and caramel tossed in as well.

This would be good for a light summer day or when there aren't any session beers available, as the 5.40% ABV can hardly be discerned here. I don't look back on this now with the same affection that I felt years ago, but for Mexican beer, it's about as good as it gets. Maybe I need those chips back...

JerzDevl2000, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of rallison
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Amber/brown color with a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S: Some bready malts, not much else.

T&M: Some decent caramel malt sort of flavor with a sharp carbonation kick at the end. Hops come in at the very beginning but then quickly fade away. Mouthfeel is thin, however the carbonation helps to keep it fulfilling. Overall, not bad - much better than the macros of the US.

D: Very drinkable. It's not a bad beer, and this one is easy to session.

For what is ultimately a macro, this is not a bad effort.

rallison, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a classic, cannot pass this one up at the local mexican restaurant, among the classic titles that are offered this one stands out, the classic gold wrapping and great shrunken bottle.

must have a lime and generous salt pour but the taste is still good, can easily have as part of a session, maybe 4 or 5 at least.

Hollenbeck2, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The bottle says Dark Ale, it's classified as a Vienna Lager, I don't know what the hell it is so I'm putting the 12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Crystal clear dark brown color with ruby highlights. A thin light tan head fizzes to a thin cap.

Not much of anything as far as aromas go. Maybe a little bit of caramel (from the long wort boil) and some alcohol.

Very light toasty malts and a little bit of molasses. Watery mouthfeel from a thin body and medium carbonation. The finish is dry, with a little bit of sugary caramel.

I don't know what is going on with this beer. It's unimpressive in ever category with very little flavor. Not recommended. I would rather drink an American Macro Lager, which any example of an AML actually seems to have more flavor than this.

BeerSox, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber, clear. Moderate head, mild carbonation.

Bread, grape/apple, light honey

Sweet grape, light bread, touch of honey/sugar. Mild roasted note. Slightly tart.

Mild-to-moderate carbonation, mild foamation.

Not bad. Decently tasty. Quite refreshing. I don’t think I’d seek out another, but if offered I would gleefully accept.

MrHungryMonkey, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Comes in an instantly recongnizable short bottle with the gold foil around the neck. Described simply as "Dark Beer." There is a data code of some sort stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: I think this may be the first time I've ever bothered to pour a Negra Modelo from the bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin head.

Smell: Malty and just a bit of caramel.

Taste: Just a bit of malt sweetness, and that same caramel. Solid well balanced beer - but not a lot of easily distinguishable flavors.

Overall impression: One of my favorites when I'm out for Mexican food, or in Mexico. I don't care what the hard-core beer snobs say about this one - I'll drink it straight from the bottle, and if there happens to be a lime in there, down it goes.

rowew, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of moonman00
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best beer from Grupo Modelo.

It pours a nice dark satin color with withe head.

The smell is very malty, good, strong.

It tastes good, a little hoppy and creamy, I think that's why they call it " La crema de la cerveza" - "The cream of the beer".

For some people it is so robust that they often combine it with another light beer, but not me.

For Christmas '06 it was offered In a Special Edition package, that came with different illustrations on the bottle.

Best if served very cold.

moonman00, Jan 15, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Brown translucent body with just a film of off-white head. Smells like fruit, alcohol, roasted and caramel malt. Tastes sweeter than expected, with apple or pear, roasted and caramel malt, and hints of chocolate even? No real bitterness to speak of, though there's some hop there, but just enough to offset the maltiness and sweetness of the brew. Taste is surprisingly pleasing and complex, with many different components ballancing the others. Lighter-bodied, making for a rather drinkable beer. Surprisingly good - helps redeem my opinion of Mexican beers.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of rarevos
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into mug. Lime was removed prior to that (I'm not sure why the lime was served with this -- it's not a "fruit me" kind of beer).

A: Pours a rich chocolatey brown with good light tan head. Head is fluffy, sticks around for a while, and eventually becomes very light lacing and a few random foam islands.

S: I'm not getting much here. There's a slight malty sweetness, a slight caramel aroma. There's a light graininess in there, but what aroma is there is lightly sweet. Low score is because I shouldn't have to practically dip my nose in the beer to detect any aroma, but here we are.

T/M: Malt. Bit of light crusty bread, some light cereal grain and some sweet caramel/chocolate malt. No bitterness at all. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

D: I tend to lump this in with Dos Equis, in that the only time I drink either is when I'm at a Mexican restaurant and I choose one or the other. Negra Modelo is darker than XX, not as sweet, a bit more herbal, and cleaner in the finish. XX, while not hoppy, is hoppier than this. Choose accordingly, I guess. I enjoy both when I'm out at a Mexican place, but never keep them around at home.

rarevos, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Gavage
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with orange highlights. 1" head falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell: some very mild caramel tones are present.

Taste: caramel, toasted corn tones, and a very mild bitterness. Thin and watery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short caramel and toasted tone aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: dull and boring is all that can describe this beer. Not worth trying.

Gavage, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo pours a chestnut brown color with very little head from a brown twelve ounce bottle (truly classic packaging imho). There's a lightly fruity aroma. The flavor is on the sweet side, malt dominates. Not your typical Mexican beer. Not a bad substitute for a macro.

Drew966, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of zuggy9
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This cerveza pours a dark brown with decent white head. Little head retention, but it thins out nicely. Not too mention of a smell, but a bit light, tending toward bitter. It's flavor is as lighter than expected, with a subtle malty sweetness and crisp taste. This drinks well as is an excellent companion to a spice Mexican meal, in fact my number one choice for this cuisine. Very drinkable if the salsa is flowing and the chips are fresh.

zuggy9, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of mpyle
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clean, very slightly fruity aroma. General lack of aroma appropriate for the style. Brilliant clarity in a pale (tea colored) brown beer, with a small but tight off-white head. Maltiness up front subdued, and immediately balanced by the hop bitterness. My sample may have been a bit oxidized, as had some cardboard notes. Very high carbonation in a fairly light bodied beer. A middle of the road, easy drinking beer. Nicely balanced, with a fairly clean finish, but would like more malt character and complexity.

mpyle, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of medic25
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first non-BMC beers I can remember trying in my youth, and still a standby at Mexican restaurants. When actually served in a glass (instead of the usual bottle), you can appreciate the dark brown color, with very little head. Not much aroma; a little sweet if anything. Flavor is a lttle malty, but no dominant ingredient. Fairly bubbly. Quite a drinkable beer; not one I'd set out to specifically buy, but a good choice over Corona.

medic25, Dec 08, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have a few leftovers from a party I threw this weekend. Old favorite, and in my opinion the best Mexican beer I've tried, though that's not really saying a lot.

Pours a fairly dark amber/brown with a fizzy white head that quickly falls into a thin crown above the beer.

Clean aroma. Lightly toasted grains and caramel. Very light herbal bitterness.

Very crisp and refreshing. Light floral hops and toasted malts. Not much else to it.

Thin but carbonated mouthfeel. Very refreshing and with much more flavorful than your typical macro, especially your typical Mexican macro. One of the few that don't need a lime to add a bit of flavor. Definitely drinkable, either with a spicy Mexican dinner, in the backyard, or on its own.

Phocion, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted like a dark Budwiser. Drinkable, but not worth trying. What is worth trying is the populr Mexican cocktail that it can make. It's called a "La Michelada," and contains worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt, pepper, and lime. I had one of these first with Tecate, and then with Negra Modelo, and did a taste test comparison. I would say it's much better with the latter, and again, definitely worth a try.

alysmith4, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of witster18
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate and Burgundy wine nose.
light bodied but has a nice dark caramel color...lots of bubbles(carb)...taste is suprisingly good....Chocolate, a dark berry hint, then a lasting saltiness that takes away from the initial taste. Minimal lacing in a glass...little to no head.
this beer is hard to review because even though it has many questionable qualities it succeeds in that it tastes decent and it is very drinkable....better than any other ready avail. mex. beer. I found that ladies dig this brew...overall...decent

witster18, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served in a mug from a brown bottle 12oz at the mexician restraunt.

Dark amber,coppery,reddish hue,clear.slighty off-white head,dissapated quickly.
The aroma was fruity,clean,hints of choclate,carmell,slightly winey,overall a faintness in the aroma.
The taste was fruity,winey,bisquity,slight chocolate.no real hop presence.nothing to really get excited about.
A light to medium mouthfeel,smooth and refreshing.
Very drinkable,not bad just a bit dull.Would not buy this beer but would not turn down a free one either.

jcdiflorio, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of CU570M
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice caramel brown color. Light tan head that is gone quickly. Smell was nothing i get grab with my nose. Nice light malty flavor, but feels a little thin in my mouth. There is also a little more carbonation than i would like. Another fairly good one from Modelo, good with lime.

CU570M, Nov 02, 2006
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,640 ratings.