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

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2,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,504
Reviews: 873
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 31
Gots: 176 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 jayb
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%

poured out brownish in color, not too dark really. off white head that left minimal amounts of lacing. fizzy carbonation. taste wasnt bad, but it wasnt a very flavorful brew. sweet in the beginning but finished dry and a little bitter. end hada slight alcohol taste as well. went down alot smoother that any other offering i have had from Modelo. what kept my interest in this beer was its drinkability. very smooth and easy to put down. not a bad beer, not a fantastic beer. worth a try i believe

jayb, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of bark
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%

The colour is dark amber, the liquid is clear. The quite large white
foam dissolves quite quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is gentle and fruity with a hint of malt and some fresh
hops. There is a small amount of diacetyl.

The carbonation is mild and pleasant.

The taste is quite mild, with a dry and somewhat burned flavour. There is a hint of diacetyl and a small but noticeable bitterness. The
aftertaste is a little bitterer, with a small touch of sweet

This is very mild beer, almost watery, but with a nice "dark" touch.

bark, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that leaves very little lace. Clear amber color. Light - medium bodied but slightly watery finish and light carbonation. Multi-sweet nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow. The ABV is 5.3%. $7.99 for a 6-pack of 12oz. bottles, available everywhere in NH.

jdhilt, Jul 08, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%

Yet another mediocre beer that gets praise from macro drinkers for the simple fact its from Mexico. Not really sure how I feel about it. Its not a good beer, but its not at al offensive. A bit watery and flavorless, there is a touch of carmel flavor. Hops are non existant. May be a good choice for my next trip to Mexicantown for dinner.

Sixpack595, Jul 05, 2004
Photo of Suds
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown with a very thin, off-white head. Not much lacing. The aroma is light, but there’s a bit of caramel maltiness in there. Not much else going on in the smell. Taste is characterized by a roasted, semi-sweet malt flavor. Bit of chocolate in the taste as well. It’s not heavy hopped, is light in body, and had a fair amount of carbonation. I’d say that this is a middle-of-the-road dark lager beer. It’s nothing special, but it’s agreeable and nicely drinkable.

Suds, Jul 02, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%

Clear dark copper, a color that resembles strong iced tea. Light is easily visible all the way through, so it isn't that dark. The light tan head is small, soft and cheap looking. In fact, it looks a little like styrofoam. It doesn't last long at all and leaves next to no lace.

The aroma is underwhelming. Nothing more than a whiff of caramel malt. Not bad, not good, just okay. The flavor is inoffensive as well. Again, very lightly toasted carmel malt with a grainy quality about it. The finish is dry, slightly sour and faintly metallic. The body/mouthfeel is insubstantial and fizzy and is easily the worst of the beer's barely average attributes.

My memory of Negra Modelo, since it hasn't entered my mouth in many years, is that it went pretty well with Mexican food. I doubt that I'd feel the same now that I'm more well-versed in the ways of beer. Ordinary at best.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%

Negra Modelo proves that there are good mass-market mexican beers. I have really enjoyed this beer since my mother showed me it a few years back.

Appearance- Nice dark amber color. Moderate head. Looks pretty sweet.

Smell- Not much of an aroma, nothing bad, but nothing special.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste. Fairly complex, with a mildly sweet finish. Tastes great to me.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night long and often.

Parting thoughts- In Texas this beer is easily availiable, but seems a tad bit too expensive considering how close we are to Mexico. Still, Negra Modelo is well worth the price and should be tried by those who want a good Mexican beer.

Gagnonsux, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of marcellaproust
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%

Dark but translucent brown color, with nearly no head. Smells like roasted barley and a hint of toffee. Very light in body, lots of carbonation, but strangely, no real flavor. Almost an insipid lager: there is a gesture of smoothness underlying the strong overlay of bitterness. Not an offensive beer, but not a satisfying one either.

marcellaproust, May 13, 2004
Photo of rkhaze
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

Pours an amber/tea color with a small foamy off white head.
Mellow smells of sweet, lightly roasted malt and perhaps some caramel.
Nice sweet malt flavor. Toasty and a little bready. Caramelly with a hint of fruit and chocolate. Mild tangy hop presence.
Light bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy, albeit thin mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.
My favorite Mexican beer. Actually has some decent flavors and goes well with Mexican food.

rkhaze, May 06, 2004
Photo of Mark
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Brown ale like in appearance, head shrank away but left a few wisps of lace. Sweetish tinged malty aroma. Nice malty sweet taste that hides the additives well. Does not taste as corn riddled as do the lighter Mexican beers. Is a decent drinkable beer when considering it's relatives. A hands down choice when in a Mexican restaurant and there are no micro's to choose from.

Mark, May 02, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%

Odd looking bottle earns this an extra half-point. Pours a clear, copper body, with an offwhite head that climbs about one centimeter before it quickly drops to a film. Patch lace is minimal.

Aroma is caramel malt, with a subdued note of Germanic hops.

Mouthfeel features lively carbonation, and reveals a medium bodied cerveza.

Taste is caramel malty sweet, with a balancing dry, hop presence that can be described as slightly bitter. Finishes with a caramel, malt sweetness that lingers too long on the palate.

This is my favorite Mexican, and perhaps my favorite beer from the Southern Americas. Hard to call this a dunkel lager, but it does have some complexity of tastes that place it far above Corona, Carib, and Red Stripe.

merlin48, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Lupe
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%

Dark copper in color with a tight off-white head that quickly turns into a thin sheet, and leaves little lace. Clean aroma with hints of sweetness and light toasted grain. Flavor can best be described as a light Vienna lager. Some sweetness, toasted malt, and caramel are present, but muted. Light in body, crisp and dry. This beer seems like it is trying. It wants to be flavorful, but just can't get there. I'll take this over a Corona anyday.

Lupe, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%

Disappointing. Thin, macro taste and mouthfeel. Not much flavor, and a strange, overly carbonated body. I enjoyed this more when I was watching the Mosley-DeLaHoya fight in a bar full of Mexican-Americans. At home, below average (still better than Corona).

JohnnyDuvel, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of oelergud
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%

Dark ruby brew with good carbonation and an off-white small bubbled head. Very low retention and lace.
Smells like cherries, sweet cherries and a little syrup/molasses thing and some good malt character.
Taste mildly of cherries and has a very astringent flavor and effect on the tongue. Decent hop presence and some diacetyl.
Moderate fullness of body but not something I could have more than one of in a night.


oelergud, Apr 10, 2004
Photo of Dmann
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%

This was a tasty beer. It poured a dark red color with a small head that did not last long. The smell was very malty and sweet, quite inviting. The flavor was quite good with a nice strong malt backbone and a pinch of hop bitterness. Reminded me of a watered down double bock in some respects. Anyways it went well with my fish tacos and I would drink this one again if it were available.

Dmann, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of jlervine
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured a ruddy brown, no haze at all. Off-white head formed and very slowly receded to lace. Smell is chocolate and caramel malts, hint of noble hops. Malty sweetness is very prevalent. The taste hits with chocolate malts at the beginning, then a bit of sweetness, and fades with a decent noble hop finish. Something isn't quite right with the hops, but I cannot put my finger on it. It isn't unpleasant, it's disconcerting; it's not right, but it isn't dead wrong, either. Just odd. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of dryness in the finish. Very drinkable. Will certainly wash down the dryest of chimichangas.

jlervine, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of palma
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%

Had this brew at a well known mexican restaurant in Queens. Dark brown body with a thin head that didnt last very long. Smell was mildly hoppy with a light herbal aroma. I was surprised by the taste. I was expecting a lot less from a Mexican import. It was very malty and roasty. Light and easy drinking. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would have definately had another if I stayed at the restaurant a little longer.

palma, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz, short, brown bottle. No date.

This beer poured a clear, light coffee brown color with white foam that settled to a thin coat. The smell was malty with some caramel sweetness. The taste was a not-too-sweet caramel maltiness with a hint of hops and a touch of yeast and breadiness. The mouthfeel was somewhat creamy with medium body and good carbonation kick. Overall it was nicely malty. This is a decent beer and is one of the better ones I have sampled from Mexico.

UncleJimbo, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%

Got a bottle of this at my local mexican joint. I figured this would probably be the best of the evils to be offered there. Poured into a frosted mug, which I didn't care to refuse because the waiter didn't speak very much english.

It poured out a rather dense, yet transparent brown. Nice foamy head rolled up 2-3 fingers worth. Looks a lot like a bock, then I took a whiff. Well, it sort of smelled like a bock only it was infused with a corny-sweet smell. It didn't do too much for my nose.

Taste is sweet and corn-syrupy all the way through, hops are a barely noticable edge. It doesn't impress me too much on taste. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than a standard lager. Carbonation is consistent with many other lagers, although not persistant enough to be called "fizzy".

Compared to other "mexi-lagers" I've had, this one is probably the most solid. Still just not my cup of tea. If I was choking on my chimichanga, it would be passable to wash it down with this.

FormatKid, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of RootedFool
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Bottle purchased at a local Mexican dive to go with my dinner.

Pours murky, deep amber with a sudsy head that falls quickly. A narrow band of lace clings to the glass; greasy swirls of foam linger on the surface of the beer.

Smell is a slightly musty (maybe more mineral than musty) sweetness, with a tinge of hay-edged hop bitterness in the background.

Taste begins with a slight nudge of bitterness. A flat malt sweetness follows -- like flat Pepsi. Aftertaste is a grassy bitterness (very understated) and the sweetness.

Lots of carbonation -- thin body.

Not too bad. It's working well with my spicy food.

RootedFool, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%

I always want this beer to taste better simply by dint of its unique, gold foil wrapped bottle. The beer has the look of weak coffee, and has a light tan head that is gone almost immediately to a thin ring of froth. The smell is spiced molassas and malts. Pine trees? Very appealing.

The taste is lightly creamy, medium in body. Light to medium hops at the conclusion, with a slight syrupy alcohol aftertaste--which is kind of bad ;( Not a very complex dunkel. Good light carbonation and mouthfeel in the mouth and on the tongue.

Slightly heavy, I actually don't usually enjoy this beer with Mexican food, as it seems to injure the taste as well as fill the stomach a little too much.

donnebaby, Mar 26, 2004
Photo of ism
2.93/5  rDev -12.3%

12oz bottle at room temperature.

Highly carbonated head disappears like it was never there. A reddish amber, dark and pleasing to the eye, next to the slightly darker bottle. Aroma, what little there is, just hints at hops. The carbonation works along the tongue, with sweet malt running over it, shades of nuts and fruit. The hops don't seem to be there, which leads to it being on the sweet side just a bit too much. Slightly dry pull on the aftertaste, which is clean for the most part.

Not overly exciting enough to drink on its own, and not refreshing enough for a summer's day. Best as a companion to more interesting food. If this were the only beer on a Mexican restaurant menu along with other Modelo offerings and Dos Equis, I'd choose it. Would go great with chicken enchiladas in green sauce. Mmm... enchiladas. Cute squat bottle with a waist where the neck ends, the cutest one I've seen so far.

ism, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of jimdkc
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%

Impressive, rich looking packaging in a unique squat bottle with gold foil over the neck and cap. Poured a reddish clear amber with a bubbly off-white head that receded very quickly to a scant ring. Smell is quite malty, as is the taste. Carmel malt taste with just a bit of hops in the background. Clean, dry finish. Goes very nicely with Mexican food and is a nice change from the Corona or Dos Equis I might usually have with such fare. Not a great beer, but nice and enjoyable.

jimdkc, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

The Negra Modelo poured a reddish copper with an off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer and had some lacing. The aroma is of slightly roasted malt with hints of caramel and chocolate and a little citrus. It had a pretty mild flavor with a medium body. The taste is nutty, caramel malts up front with a slight bitter / acidic finish. Overall, it's much better than the other Mexican beers I've had, but still a little "off" compared to a quality microbrew. It kind of reminds me of a Fat Tire.

Beaver13, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%

It was raining this morning, so my buddy came over with a sixer of Negra Modelo. It poured a dark amber/ copper colour with a minimal head. The scent was malty with slight hints of chocolate. The taste was also very malty lacking of hops. It wasn't a bad beer from the makers of Corona. I was atually impressed with it to an extent.

CBFanWish, Mar 02, 2004
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,504 ratings.