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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,623 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 35
Gots: 223 | 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 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
Photo of billybob
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i like the presentation, stubby bottle and gold foil on top but thats where it ends. pours brown in color small head and no lacing at all. smell is fresh, taste is weak caramel or chocolate. mouthfeel is light, carbonation is good, no after taste. drinkability is ok but i can buy better for the price.

billybob, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of BeerBelcher
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is unimpressive. It is dark, but not compared to a schwarzbier (also a dark lager) or a porter/stout. The light refracts brown thru it...like a Scotch ale. Little head that sticks around for awhile. Flavor is all malt and no hop, but appears balanced. Not bad, but square in the camp of average.

BeerBelcher, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What good can I say about this beer? Well, it's not terrible — and it's a far sight better than pale Mexican swill like Corona, Sol and Pacifico.

It poured an amber colour into my pilsner glass. So far, so good: it looks like a Vienna lager should. Alas, the smell doesn't live up to the promising beginning. The grassy hops and caramel aroma from the malt are present, but seem out of proportion and overshadowed by some citric smell that seems totally out of place.

The taste is bland, though again, there's a hint of incongruous citrus flavour — like this is a dark Corona with the lime put right into the beer! Add the thin, watery body and I have little reason to seek this one out in future.

vanrassel, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear light brown color beer with a medium bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of weak malt is quite boring. Taste of light adjunct base malt with a watery finish. I guess this is better then Corona but still very boring overall. Maybe I would have enjoyed it better sitting on a beach under the sun.

Phyl21ca, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of tkarsies
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cold in a pint glass. Pours a clear brown with small tan head that quickly dissipates to a tiny amount of lacing. Visible bubbles stream upward until the glass is empty. Very mild malt aroma, not very noticeable.
Sweet malt immediately followed by hops that are mildly grassy and bitter, almost like a pilsener hop presence although not as predominant. Ends with more sweetness and graininess. Slight alcohol taste is present.
Light mouthfeel with some carbonation that is just the right amount. Finishes fairly smooth.Easy to drink. Went well with the Mexican food I had for dinner. Not an overly impressive brew but not bad either. I could drink this again if paired with the right foods. I've had much better Vienna Lager but it is a rather good Mexican beer.

tkarsies, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of Stimack
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a Brown color with clarity to it with a tan head that had size but broke down quite quickly leaving some lacing but not much. Definitely not a black color as the name might suggest. It is a pleasant smelling brew, fresh malt along with some brown sugar that seems to give it sweet aroma. Even though it is dark in color the taste is light with mild carbonation. The malt flavors are what I notice, slightly toasty. No real hop flavors present but the brew does seem to be in good balance. Normally when at home I do not drink Mexican brews but this is one of my favorites when going to a Mexican restaurant. While in Mexico sitting on our balcony on a sunny morning, watching the ocean and listening to the waves hitting the beach all seems good. Guess I am saying that this brew has its time and place. This brew was very drinkable for me while in the sun, sand and surf. As with any Mexican brew, while at home I would not run out and get it but it does have some character.

Stimack, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this stubby 33cl bottle on 11th Oct 2006 (Best by date 04/05/07 on the bottom). It says ABV 5.3%. This came to me by a circuitous route, purchased in Spain.

Poured a dark tan (no haze) brew with a thin head. Minimal carbonation.
Decent malty smell.
Taste was not very complex, but decent enough to be interesting; some fruits hinted in the overall maltiness.
Overall a solid brew, though not spectacular. I imagine I would tire of the taste after a couple.
This beer might benefit from being served warmer.

JohnfromDublin, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Negra Modelo was a clear amber color with an off-white head. The head was average in size to start with, but after a few minutes only a thin flim remained, leaving a little lacing. The aroma was lightly toasted malt and a little sweet. The taste was crystal malt and a little toasty with a semi-dry finish. The mouthfeel was fairly light with decent carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's on of the better mexican lagers that I have sampled.

afinepilsner, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of akajimmyd
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool bottle.The aroma was the first thing I noticed. It was a defined sweet malt on the pour. The color was a nice dark brown. Head and lacing were minimal. The brew was sticky sweet from the start, caramel and some malts. Decent body to stand up to a meal yet light enough to still be refreshing. I know its been said but its better than corona, no brainer if you get the choice at a mexican place.

akajimmyd, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this when out to dinner with my girlfriend at Xochomillo in Springfield. The waiter brought it out in the bottle with a lime stuck in the neck, and I asked for a glass and got a frosty mug.

This one poured with basically no head and was light brown in color. I really couldn't smell much due to the frozen mug and pungent mexican food smells comming from all around us. What little I could smell was lagery and lightly caramely.

This tasted pretty much caramely and malty and that's about it. This one is not complex, but way better than Corona or pretty much anything else you would find on a typical Mexican joint's menu.

This was sweet, highly carabonated, and thirst quenching. A really great beer to kill the spice of a Mexican dinner.

pmcadamis, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber, color of maple syrup. Clean with simple bubble activity. Head is wispy with a weak antique white rim.

S: Brown sugar, toasted barley and almonds.

T: Begins with some caramely brown sugar then moves towards malty grains. Finishes with a slight astringent yellow corn sweetness and toasted almonds.

M: Thin body, a bit harder.

D: One of Mexico's better offerings. All things considered, really not that bad of a beer.

Westsidethreat, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark red / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded fairly quickly to nice thin layer... light carbonation... no real lacing...

Aroma - Spicy dark fruits (raisins and prunes), quite strong vanilla custard notes, some light banana hints, winey notes, light toffee sweetness, some light toasted biscuity malts, no real hops...

Taste – Light biscuity malts with some toastiness, spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes), some nuttiness, light sweetness although not as sweet as aroma would indicate, vanilla hints, some alcohol coming through, light peppery hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.... Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable....

Overall - An OK beer... nothing mind blowing but certainly worth a try...

mdagnew, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with an off white head that dissapears real quick. You get some malt in the nose, but it's a strange sweetness in the malt. The taste is fairly straightforward, rather clean and crisp, but with more body than you would usually get from a Mexican beer. There a tiny bit of yeast, spice, and just the faintest hint of a chocolate like taste lurking way in the back. The carbonation has a bit of a bite to it, but otherwise this drinks super smooth and easy. Going out for MExican, this should be your beer of choice.

dherling, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve had this beer before with lime while eating hot Mexican food, and liked it more than I did this time, just taste testing. Appearance was light brown/red, with no head or lacing. Aroma and flavor were okay, but difficult to pick out any particular ingredient. Palate was okay, but again, nothing special. I think I’ll stick to drinking this with a good hot meal.

kimcgolf, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with off white head which dissipates quickly. Smell is malty. Flavor is malts, with some slight roasted taste and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, probably the best choice to match tex-mex.

Dizzy, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown body that is transparent with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin wisp of foam in the middle.

S- There is an aroma of pale malt with a hint of pot caramel and a faint noble hop finish. The smell is very light overall.

T- The taste of light crisp pale malt has a note of pot caramel or slightly toasted malt with a neutral taste. The finish has a light bitterness and a soft carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that was a touch watery in the finish.

D- This beer was very light and flavorless with a dark body. Not to interesting.

rhoadsrage, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of horndecker
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Color of tobacco, clear, with a decent tan head, though short lived. A floral hop aroma, bit of sour malt, caramel. The taste starts with a mineral fizz and a mild herbal hop hit. Slightly sweet malt beneath and a sense of root beer. Odd, a late sour numbing effect, not quite the same as one would get from a high alcohol brew. It's an herbal thing, a bit funky, not altogether pleasant. Can't put my finger on where this might come from. I decide it's a characteristic of the malt flavors, dark and musty. It has a short finsh, rather dry and a decent mouthfeel. Drinkable, but that one odd aspect of the taste lingers and builds, and by the end of the glass that's all I'm hearing anymore.

horndecker, Aug 14, 2006
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,623 ratings.