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

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 286 | 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 BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No clear freshness info.

a: Clear light brown body, off-white head, big head with terrific retention.

s: Very light, vaguely malty aroma.

t: Light caramel flavored malt, some sweetness, modest bite of hop bitterness.

m: Light body, pretty smooth and clean, dry finish.

d: Perfect compliment to Mexican cuisine, but a very average beer. A light tasting beer with a darker color and light hop presence.

Photo of semihobo
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from a mix-and-match six, no date.

Pours a clear, dark brown chestnut. A finger of head fades to leave a meager puddle of lacing that fails to cover the entire head, like a woman caught leaving the shower with nothing but a hand towel to conceal herself. This dissipates fully after a sip.

The smell consists of roasted malts, brown sugar, and grassy hops, with a touch of caramel.

Negra Modelo tastes sweet in a very mellow, not over-the-top way. The German malts are gently roasted and hide a grainy sweetness that stays all the way through the finish, where it combines with a touch of minty and slightly bitter hops. Noticeable dextrins. Tastes like a euro lager run through the toaster... in a good way.

Feels fuller-bodied due to the dextrins, but is nowhere near "thick." Finish is pleasant with an unexpected tackiness on the tongue. Causes you to reach for that next sip as soon as you've put it down.

Simple but pleasant. If you are looking for a mild darker beer with a moderate balance of roasted malt and hops, this should hit the spot. Have knocked back quite a few of these and will continue to do so when out.

Photo of AgingWarrior
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The wife and I tried out a new Mexican joint last night as our usual place recently closed. They only offered bottled beer, domestics and Mexican brews, so I chose the Negra Modelo. This joint didn't offer a glass with my bottle, so no report on the appearance.

The smell was pretty good, a little on the sweet side, but the first whiff made me believe that I was going to enjoy my drink.

The initial taste was pretty good, nothing special, but pretty smooth and not bitter like a lot of other brews.

Mouthfeel was okay, a little thin, but not bad.

After taste was okay, definitely not bitter.

I was enjoying some pretty decent Mexican food along with this brew and the beer was a good fit. I'd definitely drink this again. Maybe next time I'll get to pour it into a glass.

Photo of baos
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pint glass

A: lookie goodie Nice dark dark amber with really good lacing.

S: malty with nice toasty roastyness

T: I really like this beer. Its about as refreshing as a beer gets.

M: Good for this type. light to medium.

D: A one! I had this one with some chile chelas... it was yum yum

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

A very surprising beer. It pours like a watered down stout. Mostly brown, but somewhat clear.

The taste was impressive. It seemed to capture the rich and bitter tastes of stouts (coffees, dark fruit, etc) along with slightly more acidic citrus flavors. The two play off each other pretty well.

It feels similar to a stout as well, maybe a little more oily. Carbonation seemed about right.

It wasn't very creamy and not at all heavy, and very little bitterness made it easy to drink.

Photo of Aquavit
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearane: Clear brown, off white to Slightly brownish white lace that roll off quickly.
Smell: malty and hop aromal, yeast like odor with very slightly herbal and floral aroma.
Taste: Light to medium body, Little sweetness and hop bitterness at tounge, proper carbonation with tiny acidic flavor behind bitterness, Feel clean at the palate. Aftertaste like a China tea

Note: An average Vienna Lager produce by mexican but you can still enjoy it with a spicy meal like Thai, Indian or Mexican as well.

Photo of mltobin
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon being poured from the bottle, a dark copper color with a small dark head.
It smells like a loaf of sourdough bread with traces of ginger and carmel.
It tastes smooth for a dark beer and not bitter, a very good choice at a Mexican restaurant.
MF is pretty nice and showcases the character of this lager.
This is a good beer and goes well with beef fajitas and tortilla chips.

Photo of rrob311
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I used to buy sixers of this about 5 years ago.

A- This beer is kind of dark.

S- The smell is not too bad very distinctive.

T- This is an excellent beer but MUST BE SERVED COLD. DOES NOT TASTE GOOD ONCE IT WARMS, almost undrinkable warm IMO. Yucky flavors come out when it warms up.

M- mouthfeel is average to me. Not as clean and crisp and Modelo but its a different beer.

D- I can easily knock back a COLD six pack of these. Too bad it goes for 14.99 for a six pack out here.

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

This one of the better mass produced beers coming out of Mexico in my opinion

Appearance- A dark copper like amber. Nice head and lace.

Smell- A very sweet scent. Malt and candy tones.

Taste- Minimal hops bitterness. It is mainly a sweet beer that has some bread like flavor.

Mouthfeel- Average body not really thin or full.

Drinkability- Not a bad but I like this with Mexican food but I can chill and drink a few of this any time.

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

This is my old standby in mexican restaraunts, I thouroughly enjoy this one along with Bohemia. The taste is smooth going down, and possibly my favorite dark beer. This is best served with spicy mexican food, or just on a day outside in the heat. not too bad by any means.

Photo of Viggo
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my fancy Negra Modelo glass, came in a gift pack.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, few lace spots, kind of decent looking. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, bread, bit of floral, light grains and brown sugar. Taste is very light, some corn and caramel, light grains, sugar, very bready almost biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, definitely better than other macro lagers.

Photo of atigerlife
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a small light brown head.

Aroma of sweet malts and light hops in the background.

Taste is sweet malts and caramel. Some light spiceyness in there.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a drinkable brew but nothing too exciting. I haven't had this for a long time and was expecting more.

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

Deep amber body with a finger of bubbly head.

Caramel malt, grain husk and a little corn syrup on the nose. Decent roasted notes creep in on the finish.

Really strong caramel flavor with a solid, light-roasted finishing bitterness.

Smooth, full body with the right amount of carbonation. By far the best of the Mexican beers and a damn fine example of a Vienna lager. An easy choice when amongst limited selection.

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

I recall first having this beer at Xiaolong's place when I was back in Cali; one of them in the house brought back a bottle from the company which orders that beer as a staple.. Back then I was not yet into beers and the only craft beer I have ever had then was Widmer's Hefe. When I tasted the Negra Modelo I was actually quite impressed. I was sure that was a mark above most macros and it sure was. I also recall that back then I felt that the bottle looks pretty different and was attractive with the gold foil and gold yellow label. Since my venture into beers, I have been trying to get this beer again but to no avail till I went on a trip to Hong Kong. I saw and instanteneously bought a bottle of the Negra Modelo from the shopping center in Times Square over at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. I placed it in my check in luggage and successfully brought it back to Singapore together with a Sierra Nevada Stout. Back to the Negra Modelo, I served it in my Sam Adams globe pint glass and it pours out red brown with a 1 inch thick head that quicky recedes to a thin and clinging layer of creamy head. The smell was mainly malts and some hops aroma. The malts exuded a slightly burnt smell. The taste was mainly malts as well and slightly hoppy at the back. A very slight burnt maltiness gives it a dark lager kind of taste though not exactly.. But not as exciting as I was hoping it would be. Some hops following the strong malts and a dry finish follows. The after taste was again a flood of rich dark malts with a light citrus backing. Mouthfeel on this one is medium bodied with a creaminess to it that sets it apart from the macros. Smoothness was definitely there on this one. The carbonation starts off overly strong but as it warms, carbonation drops considerably. This beer is better when it was colder; do not let it sit around too long like I did.

Photo of Beerzebub
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper, fairly poor head retention, nice lace.

Smells like malt with some light toast and honey notes.

Tastes mainly of sweetish malt, again some light toast and honey, with a bit of spicy hops. Not bad at all, and pretty well balanced.

Nice smooth texture, the carbonation is pretty fine. Certainly drinkable. A nice versatile food beer. Matched well with some broiled mackerel.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised at how solid this beer was overall. Cool stubby brown bottle with gold foil neck and no freshness date. Poured a beautiful amber brown into a pilsner glass with a generous helping of dense head that had excellent retention and left lots of lacing. Carbonation bubbles rising up from the bottom helped to support the glorious head that actually outlasted the beer.

Smell was mostly malt, caramel and toasted. Taste was was crisp, the malt is upfront with a hoppiness behind it. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel is light and enjoyable, Drinkability is good. Not overly strong in any one area, balanced and highly enjoyable. Actually went great with my (slightly burned) veggie burger and curly fries.

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.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.