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

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76
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2,555 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,555
Reviews: 876
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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Photo of tesguino
4.05/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i try this beer in the party of my birthday, is very good when is frozen in ice bar, only not have the same properties of the presentation on bottle, but its fight to gain my admiration, like a beer on tap, its brewery put much attention in its delivery, carefully installed its system of tap.

tesguino, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hell Yes this is worth a try and then some. I've passed this up for years as I've had nothing but bad experience with mexican breweries but this one jacks up the standard.

Poured into a pounder glass it forms a nice one finger head that is inspired and held true for a minute or two. Deep copper to brown in color. No lacing to speak of.

I got a nutty/earthy taste up front and a hopped twinge in the middle that whacks it back into place. Sweet but light malts cover the mass of this brew. Light mouthfeel for a dark beer which adds to its drinkability and it doesn't lack in taste. I wish they would publish the Abv as its important to some folks. It tastes like its a standard 5% or thereabouts.

notes: Easily sessionable, nice flavor, this could be a nice transition beer for the girls or pussies.

DogFood11, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, clear reddish brown color with a decent off-white head and even leaves a bit of lacing..

There is a very slight aroma of sweet malt and a trace of hops.

Taste is mainly sweet malt, corn and a little caramel. Smooth, mellow, very easy to drink, with just a touch of hops at the end.

Crisp and refreshing.

whynot44, Sep 22, 2005
Photo of nekronos
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark colour, but a little clear. Although it has a good name in MExico, the truth it is sometimes mistaken between a Vienna and a Dark lager. I think it is both, but it is considered a strong beer here. That means that the efforts won't be further, not because of the brewery, but because of the consumers.

nekronos, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice lager.
It's like a dark lookin pilsner almost... just a bit more hops would make this really special; the use of hops here is still very good as it is.
A slightly sweet smell going on... much drier than you think it would be judging by appearance and smell.
Easy drinkin, pretty tasty, a hint of depth.
A slight bit of oak dryness.
Way better than Corona, that's for sure.
Not as complex as Sam Adams lager but more approachable and more drinkable in my book.

ommegangpbr, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of misterscooter
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the major Mexican beers. Pours a dark brown with a little red and a nice head on top. Slight molasses smell but not much else.

The taste is molasses and slightly malty with a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

It is a simple, smooth beer. Easy to drink and great at a ballgame with the chips and salsa. More character than your normal, watered down cerveza.

misterscooter, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 120z brown glass, semicustom stubby bottle, black and yellow on gold label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear brown color, large off-white head, minimal lace

Smell: some herbs and toasty malt

Taste: medium body, smooth medium mouthfeel, malt and hops, minimal sweetness

Notes: very good by itself or with any mexican food

BeerBeing, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite readily available Mexican beer. It's a dark lager, brewed in the Munich style.

It's really not particularly dark either in color or flavor but Negra Modelo is undeniably a dark beer.

It's smooth and goes down easily. Folks who have been brought up on garbage American macros might find this to be a good transition beer into better realms. I did when I was a teenager.

It definitely goes well with spicy food and has itself a subtle spicy nose with hints of caramel.

I might also say that it is slightly nut-brownish.

Beer snobs may not care for this beer but I think that it bridges an important gap between popular Mexican imports like Corona, Pacifico, and Tecate and better, more complicated beers.

I take mine without a lime and in the bottle. I prefer it this way and as odd as it may sound, I feel that pouring this beer into a glass detracts greatly from its flavor and esthetic appeal.

Highly drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times at the Baja Grill back in the states and I can definitely recommend it as a solid choice with spicy burritos and wraps. Now, if I could only find some decent Mexican food here in SK..

The color is a dark amber with a rich foamy head that most Mexican beers could learn a bit from. Although my bottle was only 325ml, the head and presence almost filled my pint glass, which is always a plus.

The aroma is crisp and clean with underlying hops. Even without tasting it I can tell they use good water..so much for Montezuma..

The taste is very nice, with roasted malt, almost burnt but not quite overdone. It's pleasantly smooth and I don't know exactly how to say this in beer lingo but it hits my mouth the right way in the right spots.

Holding the swallow in my mouth is pleasant,the words that come to mind are round and velvety.

I found this beer very drinkable, especially with food but not bad alone either. It goes down easy, quenches spicy spots in the mouth, and stays good to the last sip, to rip off Maxwell House.

daliandragon, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, though quickly disappearing tan colored head. The aroma is slightly malty with a hint of caramel in the finish as well as a light herbal character & fruitiness (strawberries) that seem to be mostly hop derived. As expected the aroma is fairly muted & subtle. The beer is lightly sweet with apparent notes of sweet cherry candy, and light caramel. The beer has a light herbal character and a certain light astringent bitterness in the finish. This beer is fairly simple and subtle, but that is pretty characteristic of this style of beer. This beer really has a soft spot for me, and I quite enjoy being able to order this beer at Mexican restaurants, where it is usually the only beer with flavor.

Gueuzedude, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of karengarys
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown like you would expect. Little head. Clear and transparent, not cloudy, no chunks or floaties.

The smell is faint, but what is there is a bit of malts.

This tastes like water and beer flavor and carbonation mixed. Some malt and a bit more hop. Not too interesting.

Mouthfeel is okay, a bit creamy but a bit watery too.

Finish is a bit creamy, but also kind of stale-beer like.

This is drinkable but boring beer. I wouldn't look for this, but if it were handed to me I could enjoy it anyway.

karengarys, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish copper, with very good clarity. Two fingers of off-white head are dense, and retain well. Small patches of weak lacing will remain. Toasted vienna and amber malt nose. Hint of noble hop aroma. The taste is sweet with dextrine and crisp with pilsener and a vienna malt flavor rounds it all out. Medium body, with tiny bubbles of carbonation and ample dextrins giving it a smooth mouthfeel. Mild hallertau or perle hop aftertaste cleanses the palate, although it its a bit too obvious. However, a residual sweet finish makes for an otherwise decent balance with above average drinkability.

PBRstreetgang, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fora Mexican beer I have yet to find one better. A nice dark lager with and plush white head and some lacing. Make sure you are not served with a lime as this will interupt the enjoyment of this beer. Smells clean like a good lager but I pick up a little maltyness and grain. The taste is a clean lager with a bit of chocolaty caramel notes tossed in with a background bitterness. It is smooth drinking and your best bet at a Mexican joint.

Higravity, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany with reddish highlights, smallish light beige head, and a few spots of lace that are gone by the time the beer is half finished.

Aromas is dark toasty malts, dry wood, leather, and lightly spicy hops.

Flavor is roasty malts, leather or wood, floral hops, and a touch of caramel.

Lighter side of medium bodied with a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. Not as bad as I anticipated.

AlexJ, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this a few times, but it particularly stood out recently. Looks brown with mohogony and golded high lights. Pours a rich, loose head that is just off white. Smells toasty, malty, and a little like butter popcorn. Tastes malty clean, hopped only for balance in flavor and bittering. A little bready, buttery, toffee like. Creamy body that remains quite soft. Finishes sweet and clean.

BEERchitect, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of silver0rlead
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small white head that dissapates almost instantly. Smell is lightly sweet malt, slightly fruity esters, and a diacetyl background. Taste is a clean graniness with a hint of buttery diacetyl, pretty standard mexican dark lager, better than corona (or corona clones) for sure, i would pick this if they didnt has dos equis. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty high also.

silver0rlead, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of Foxman
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It came to me a very clear lightish brown, alive with streams of carbonation, and a finger of soft tan head still lingering after the walk from the bar. Fine lacing adorned the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivered a light toasty sweetness along with a mild bready tang. A vague hops bouquet flitted along the periphery.

The flavor was more distinct, with an initial current of lightly roasted malt sweetness and distant notes fo corn. The grain character quickly subsided and was replaced by a crisp hops bitterness, not at all unpleasant. The finsh was dry and left a gentle lingering bitterness.

Light bodied, it feels bubbly and active on the palate, with a quick wave across, followed by a very mild hops glow at the close.

First I told her no lime and no frosted mug. She brings me both. I send it back. Then the mug wasn't frosted, but still a lime. Finally, third attempt, it was right.
And it wasn't bad, either. Looked pretty, and the olfactory elements came together to make it a very crisp, refreshing beer. With just the meresty touch of adjunct, it had enough quality going on to make it worthwhile. And man, they go down smooth, and they go down plentiful. And best of all, now I know what I have waiting for me when I go to Playa del Carmen later this month. it may not be great, but it certainly does its job, which means it brings something decent to the taste table, and it quenches nicely.

Foxman, Jun 03, 2005
Photo of Rootdog316
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great dark Mexican beer. It is a dark chocolately brown color, very smooth texture with a full body flavor, and has a little bit of a sweet taste to it. It is definitely one of the most robust beers to ever come out of Mexico.I guess its not known as the "Cream of Beer" for nothing.

Rootdog316, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo has become a tradition for my Dad and I at El Chapparal in Helotes,TX. We meet there every few weeks for a meal.
The beer pours out a nice brown with a little amber tint. There is a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates. No real lacing.
The aroma is of slight sweetness and just a touch of a roasted smell.
The flavor is slight roasted malt, a little chocolate, and sweetness in the end. There are no hops evident to me here. The flavor comes and goes quickly.
Although there is not a lot going on here for some reason this is my favorite out of all the Mexican beers. I could drink this all night and enjoy every one. It washes down the chips and salsa, the fajitas, the enchiladas and anything else you want to put in front of us. A definite session beer for these two Texans.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, May 29, 2005
Photo of redmosquito
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolatey brown with a half inch of tan head. Nice rich malty aroma, bready and nutty. The flavor is clean and malty, a nice toasted bread, with some bitterness and hints of hops. A clean finish with light body. This beer is very well made, and highly drinkable, a nice summer alternative to all those yellow beers.

redmosquito, May 23, 2005
Photo of beersarang
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with a white head that recedes into a thin collar. Minimal lace.

Smells a touch bready, light floral hops.

Enters the mouth with a very noticable carbonation on the fairly light body. Crisp floral hop bitterness comes and goes quickly, finishes slightly bready sweet and yeasty.

Not the best in the world, but a pretty good offering from Mexico. Easy drinking, but still relatively flavorful. Don't put a lime in it.

beersarang, May 22, 2005
Photo of bashiba
2.28/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer looked very much like a glass of coca cola when poured into my mug, almost no head at all and tons of carbonation bubbles running through it.

Smell was a very minimal sweet corn scent.

Taste was a very subdued bit of sweet corn maltiness with basically no hop prescence at all.

Mouthfeel was slick and watery with lots of carbonation.

I will defenitly skip this one the next time, not the most drinkable beer.

bashiba, May 05, 2005
Photo of Pepeton
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the best beer that Grupo Modelo has to offer.
Comes in a dark short bottle with golden foil over the cap.

Dark brown beer, with a white head and some lacing that remains in the glass.

Its smell is nice, some fruitiness, corn malt.

Quite good with a hearty meal, especially a spicy Mexican mole.

Creamy mouthfeel, a clean lightly hoppy finish.

Easy to have 3 to 5 with dinner and after it instead of a tequila. Best if icy cold.

Pepeton, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I decided this would go better with my chimichangas then the Corona or BMC offerings I had to choose from.
Not a bad beer to look at, slightly reddish-brown and it smelled alright.
I could taste some roasted/toasted malts in there but also some corn and very little hops. I did get a lingering sweetness in the finish that went well with my meal.
The mouthfeel was alright, maybe a little light.
Overall this went down pretty smooth and drinking a few with dinner was very easy.

Chadbrew, Apr 16, 2005
Photo of deejaydan
2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a wonderfully clear amber color with a fluffy squat head. Aroma is mostly DMS, cooked corn aroma, some stale grain going on. Flavor is slighty malty sweet, but the cooked corn rears its ugly head during the taste as well. There isn't a ton of flavor going on either. Mouthfeel is thin, and under carbonated. If I'm desperate, I'd go for this. It might match well with greasy mediocre mexican food, but not a standalone beer for me.

deejaydan, Mar 30, 2005
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,555 ratings.