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

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2,763 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,763
Reviews: 906
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.92%
Wants: 40
Gots: 318 | 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 MAB
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, except that it's nice to see a dark beer from the Caribbean.
There wasn't much in the way of aroma, the taste was slightly sweet & pleasant enough. On a hot day, you could serve buckets of this and get no complaints from anyone.
As a beer to appreciate and analyze, however, it's not worth that much effort.

Better than Corona, in my opinion. Equal to a Dos Equis.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nut brown in color with a thin off-white head.

The scent is vague, hardly there at all, but from what I could decipher it smelled a bit hoppy.

The taste was primarilt dark malts and caramel with a light hoppiness hitting the mouth in the end.

Very watery in the mouth.

This goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. Definately a good beer to have when you're ready to pound a few down.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Not much head or lacing. I also was annoyed by the foil.

S - Slight Malt smell and thats about it. This beer probably has less aroma than a natural light.

T - Surprisingly it is okay. With the lack of smell and amazing noise it was giving off from the carbonation I was thinking that it was warning me away. Although there is absolutely nothing complex about this beer but it has a good taste. There is a slight caramel taste.

M - The carbonation is very strange, almost like pop/soda feeling. I read other reviews and did not see other comments like this. It is not an overpowering or unpleasant carbonation, just different, unexpected, and to be honest I do not know how I feel about it!

D - Fairly drinkable. Despite issues above it is an okay beer. I could not back a few with ease and would not be upset if I was to try it again.

So in conclusion this beer actually tastes pretty good, against all odds. Not sure about the carbonation but I got over it after a few sips.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, not quite black, with a tan head.

S: Some dark malts in the nose, not much else.

T: The malt flavors are on the dark side, although it's a bit watery. It's smooth and pairs well with Mexican food. Finished with a bite and bitterness.

M: Lots of carbonation, light bodied.

D: A decent option, especially when at a Mexican restaurant and the only options are this and Corona.

Photo of mkabull
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I also disliked the foil on the bottle spent to much time trying to peel the foil off the bottle . The overall taste was slightly above average I had no idea what to expect with this beer but it lagged a little in overall to light a mouthfeel to be an enjoyable dark beer to much dark malt flavor to be very drinkable I am sure many people enjoy this beer but it is not on my list of beers to try again

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
1.67/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz. brown bottle with an annoying gold foil that would not un-wrap for anything! > 16 oz. SA glass

Pours out a solid, clear amber color with what seems to be plenty of carbonation for the task of supporting this overly active white-foam head that has moderate retention and leaves plenty of foam left over.

The aroma is a thin, syruppy malt, earthy whea and corn scent and a tangy, herbal yeast.

The flavor is od butter-toffee malt, cream of corn and wild grains, tangy and bitter wheat....uh, oh...there's that very unpleasant metallic flavor! and it only gets worse. It's really not to bad at first then it just gets bad. The bitter-metallic flavor lingers on and on. 'nuff said.

Light bodied, crispy at first and then it just becomes life-less and thin feeling. The carbonation bite goes away really quick.

Sorry, but this was a drain pour.

Photo of JEdmund
1.96/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Toffee brown; hard to pour head that levels out quickly; good amount of carbonation; translucent

Bready/yeasty; a little sour; surprisingly not sweet for it's color; not much there at all

Taste & Mouthfeel
Body is overly carbonated and thin all the way through; there's just a hint of beer flavor at first, but then it's swept away by the carbonation, leaving the ultra thin back end to eliminate any flavorful aftertaste. There's just a hint of caramel sweetness in there, but it tastes like club soda with a dash of Coke and generic beer. I remember this having more character before, so this is pretty surprising how dull it is. The finish is crisp and clean, though I'd like some lingering flavor.

It's about the lightest tasting darker colored beer I've ever sampled. It's by no means a dark beer and definitely not worth the near $2 I paid for the bottle.

Photo of beerman21
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass was not impressed with the appearance, head was nonexistent color dark amber, carbonation was slow growing. Smell was of brown sugar, mix of dark malts and slight hopped background. Taste was descent nothing impressive, flavor similar to the smell more pronounced though. Overall decent beer I would say very drinkable. Pretty good microbrew rather have this with a Mexican meal then a Corona.

Photo of giblet
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this poured nice into the glass. one inch head that settles out. color is what it should be, a dark amber but not too dark. smell is of malted grain. good smooth taste. not bad for a macro beer. tastes pretty similar to their regular but just a bit richer.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.66/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a relatively thin off white head

Smell: Mild malt smell, very weak but good

Taste: Malty with a well balanced bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with little-to-no aftertaste

Drinkability: Amazing with tacos, spicy foods, and grilled food

Photo of MrWiggles
4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought this home because she tried it and loved it when it was available at a work related event. I have been buying it constantly now.

A: Dark redish brown without much head. Good clarity.

S: sweet caramel aroma also with a suttle citrusy smell.

T: Sweet at first with a slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste. It is very well balanced.

MF: light (to medium) bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation

D: Very yummy beer that goes down almost too easily. I had several in a row when eating some Spanish tapas.

I was never into Mexican beer but Negra Modelo and Bohemia have impressed me a lot and I have been a regular customer as of late.

Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had 5 of these at a friends house along with a bunch of appys. Turns out this a real food friendly vienna with enough complexity to make among Mexico's best beers(those commercially available everwhere in NA). The caramel notes opened up when the beer warmed up but alas this beer is better cold as some of the flaws in the finish show up when it warms. All in all a decent drinking beer.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with a small head. It has a touch of caramel scent and some grains but not much more than that. The taste is sweet,light hops and grains. The feel is light carbonation and a nice smooth finish with some good balance.

It is indeed a good session beer and when friends who know nothing of beer talk about Corona I kindly remind them that I had a friend from Mexico who told me that sophisticated Mexicans drink Negra Modelo and the uneducated barrio Mexicans drink the Corona. I have received confirmation on this statement a few times,but really one only need but taste the two and the choice is easy.
This is not intended to insult the many Mexicans who make the right choice, it is just a very generalized view that some upper class Mexicans have. I really could not prove them 100 percent right or wrong.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown color with almost no head and no lacing.

S - Almost no aroma at all. Some hints of a floral aroma.

T - Light hop bite at first before sweet and grainy takes over.

M/D - Decent carbonation and very crisp. Not a bad offering at all from the Mexican beers.

Photo of Pencible
3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark, translucent auburn with almost no head. It didn't have much of a fragrance, other than slightly malty. It tasted like malt and tap water, a dark lager with typical Mexican flavors. It was watery and a little carbonated with a very mild aftertaste. Overall this wasn't offensive to drink at all (better than Corona and Dos Equis), but it didn't do much for me either.

Photo of charlzm
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 03/24/08.

Clear honey amber pour with ample carbonation. Nice foamy, rocky head.

Slightly fruity, sweet aroma. Slight metallic tinge and an insinuation of floral hops.

Flavor is a little sweet and grainy (but not corn). Mellow and malty. No hop character I could detect. Not terribly flavorful, but not bad at all.

Since most of the Mexican restaurants around here (L.A.) have this, Dos Equis Amber or Bohemia, at least I can drink something that's not offensive (read: BMC) with my food.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer held true to my standing opinion of Mexican beers. I can't put it in technical terms; I can only describe it as "Mexican flavor." I don't know if it's the water, poor quality ingredients, or the heavy-handed use of rice or other adjuncts. This beer is ALMOST good, but not quite. More flavorful and satisfying than Corona, but still not something I'd return to. I'll stick with beers brewed North of the border.

Photo of cfriend2
2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer at a local Mexican restaurant. The color is light brown with some reddish tints. Appearance is somewhat dark, definitely darker than any other "Mexican" beers I've had. The head was impressive, about a finger think, but has no staying power. Smells grainy and a little hoppy, with notes of raisins as well. Taste is grainy as well, some roasted malt, and faint hints of toffee. Has a smooth body, and goes down with a pleasing bitter hop finish. It certainly goes without saying, but goes well with Mexican dishes. I was a lot happier with it when my food finally came to accompany it.

Photo of morebeergood
2.86/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle along with dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Comm Ave last Saturday night. Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Doesn't look like most Mexican beers, as it's a dark tan color. Vienna lager is an interesting take for a Latin brewery. No head at all, and lots of carbonation. A bit malty on the tongue, it tastes just like most easy drinking lagers. While this beer is nothing special, at least instead of filling up on fizzy yellow beers and enchilladas, you can fill up with fizzy brown beers. Something different to drink at a Mexican joint, so it's not all that bad.

Photo of bearrunner44
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber in color, similar to maple syrup. Minimal head, despite a fairly hard pour. It was gone in under a minute, leaving little residue on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Dry, malty nose. Light and very toasty, biscuit-like, with a slight touch of subtle hopping. Clean.

Taste: Very dry up front. The malt tastes a little like slightly overbaked bread. The sharp dryness of the malt gives way to a purposeful spike of bitter hop flavors, before finishing with a just-barely-noticeable touch of alcoholic warmth. It doesn't leave much behind on the tongue, other than a slight herbal aftertaste from the hops.

Verdict: No frills here; this is just a nice middle-of-the-road lager for people who like their beers to be a little on the dry side.

Photo of Rayek
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favored Mexican Beers.

A: Deep amber color with good clarity. Little head despite a vigorous pour. What head did form had compact bubbles, but they dissolved too quickly. Left a tiny amount of lace.

S: Fairly sweet with a grassy hop quality. I sensed toffee and caramel.

T: Somewhat sweet, but well balanced. Mildly sweet malt comes on strong at first. It has a distinct toffee quality to it with a touch of maple. Floral hops come through in the middle to balance the sweetness. The bitterness gives way to a slightly sweet finish.

M: Medium body. Carbonation level is right. Not much else to report.

D: Quite drinkable with the right food. Not my first choice for a session beer. A pretty good bet overall.

Photo of SargeC
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber brew with a thin white head.

Smell: Minor caramel, a touch of citrus.

Taste: Hints of toffee blend with malt flavors. Remains dry and crisp throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light body.

Drinkablity: Easy drinking brew. Good flavor balance and good consistency to pair with dense Mexican food.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Toasted grain nose with soft, light notes of caramel and molasses.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts and a hint of caramel and molasses all with a subdued sweetness. Mild spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, with just a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired remarkably well with Combo #14. A decent Mexican lager (as far as Mexican lagers are concerned).

Photo of SiphonKing
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A standard at most grocery stores this dark austrian lager pours with a tannish head. The body is amber colored with an aroma of malt. Slight spiciness to the pallette finishing with malt dominance, not much in the way of hops and very little mouthfeel. Ok in a pinch.

Photo of brendan13
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours quite a dark copper colour with a centimetre of beige head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Aroma is pretty much all caramel and roasty notes. Some very vauge floral hints.
T - The taste is fairly similar to the smell.
M - Quite light bodied with low to medium carbonation.
D - I remember drinking this when I was 19 years old and it was sold as an "ultra premium" beer at a nightclub in the city...I got it for old times sake and was actually very suprised. Certainly better than the other shit these guys make!

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,763 ratings.