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

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2,686 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,686
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 248 | 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 OKCNittany
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Brown body w/ good clarity. Thin bubbly cream head that didn't last long. Left some lacing - not much.

S: Some caramel malt. Not much to it. Almost the stink of the macro.

T: Much like the smell - some caramel malt. Simple, innoffensive, but nothing to write home about.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

D: Goes down easy, but it's not good enough to make me want another anytime soon.

Photo of jayfarley3
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz bottle poured a clear dark brown amber color with a offwhite head that dissapates down to nothing pretty quick.

smell is very faint, slightly sweet, i really dont smell anything.

taste is clean, mild hops and mild maltiness.

mouthfeel is thin and light, goes down easy and smooth.

drinkability is very good, much better than any of the other mexican beers i have tried, i would definitley take this over a corona any day.

Photo of zeff80
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a burgandy color with a fomay, tan, two-finger head. It left a touch of lacing.

S - It smelled of toasty malt.

T - It tasted quite sweet. A nice smooth malty flavor.

M - It was smooth and soft. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - One of the better Mexcan beers. I think Vienna Lagers are the best kind of Mexican brews, anyway.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modelo pours with a deep amber color. The head has a light tan color, reasonable size, persistent retention and is deliciously creamy. Very clear.
The aroma presents caramel notes and the taste confirms it.
It is a mouthcoating with fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a rich body.
The finish is smooth and quite lingering.

Overall: great beer. The only Mexican beer I can enjoy.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy and it starts out with flavors of caramel and grain. A good hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, it’s one of the better beers that I’ve had from south of the border, but that really isn’t much of a compliment. It’s a beer worth drinking if your choices are limited.

Photo of ZAP
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best tasting of the mexican lot....

A-Pours a nice looking medium brown...relatively clear..

S-Mildly sweet...a touch of caramel...also some light toasted malt characteristics

T-Nice mild maltiness highlighted...even milder caramel on the taste....a little earthiness...has some brown ale qualities...

M-Finishes with a little bit of a zippiness most likely from the carbonation...Carbonation is pretty high....body is relatively light which you'd expect with a mexican beer.

D-Pretty decent for what it is...a good drinker in the sun despite its darker color...works as a quencher but also has more flavor than most mexican beers...as a vienna it is not in the league with some of the german versions but I've always considered the mexican vienna's a different beer anyhow...I'll drink this again...

Photo of maddogruss
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This seemed to be the beer of choice for the locals at teh resort I was staying at. It poured a dark amber color, but with real no head or lacing to account for. The smell was fairly malty. The taste was fairly malty with a little hint of hops, but nothing really noticeable. The taste kidn of reminded me of Corona a little bit, but maltier and more full-bodied. The mouthfeel was okay: full-bodied. Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. Smooth and refreshing, it was nice drinking these by the pool.

Photo of DESTRO
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a decent amber without to much head. smells malty more than anything. in the mouth its def. the malt factor. not over powering with hints of raisins and an acidic bite. not super hyped on this beer but its decent drinking. a dark somewhat malty lager with its own little character.

Photo of EStreet20
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had dinner at a Mexican resturant with damn good food, and the average fun of mass produced Mexican brews.

12 ounce bottle poured into a meg.

A - A nice deep brown color. Head was about a finger but had no staying power whatsoever.

S - A nice sweet smell. Fairly subdued but a bit of caramel malt.

T - Not bad at all. Missing a bit of the mark for a Vienna Lager but had a nice caramelly flavor that I'd associate with a good Schwarzbier. Nice and smooth.

M - Fairly thin medium body.

D - Pretty nice. Goes good with Mexican, especially if you're looking for a bit of sweetness to smooth out and complement a spicy dish.

Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty full amber that seems a little too translucent for anything considered to be dark. Lots of carbonation is present with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. I'm slightly dissapointed with the averageness of the appearance of this one

Smell- Caramel is dominant. The malts give of a pretty sweet scent for a lager, but they don't seem thoroughly roasted like one would expect with a dark lager.

Taste- Very malty as one would expect. Caramel and feint chocolate malts are what dominate my palate with this one. It's rather sweet for a lager of this style.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, but nothing too special. Pretty average.

drinkability- I could definetely drink anywhere between one and ten of these and have a good time. That's the logic i use to decide how drinkable a beer is

Photo of logansboat15
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a rich amber with a decent head, faint lacing. Smells of caramel and malt. Sweet malty taste in an average to slighty above average lager. Light mouthfeel in a decently drinkable beer. Goes great with nearly anything on the menu in a Mexican restaurant. As Vienna-style Lagers go, it's average at best.

Photo of bosco7
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a soda like head (larger bubbles).

Some caramel, spices, and roasted malt in the nose. Not much aroma.

Nice malt character. Fruity esters very apparent; apple skin and prunes comes to mind. Roasted malt, caramel, and pepper flavors also present. Low bitterness.

This is my favorite beer from Mexico; drinkable and it has flavor. Pairs well with any Mexican dish but I like with extremely spicy foods (it seems to calm the fire while still being able to appreciate the brew).

Photo of soupyman10
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at a Mexican restaurant in the hopes it might be a little better than the rest of the crap they had. Pours a nice brown color with a little light tan head on top. Even a little bit of lacing as the beer pours. Nose is fairly mild, with some hints of malt and some grain. Like the flavor. Malty throughout, with caramel and some roasted hints. Just a touch of hops at the end. Feel is average, standard body for a lager. Overall, I liked this one, much better than Dos Equis, Presidente or Corona (although I'm not sure if that counts as a Mexican beer). Will definitely get this one again the next time I'm at a Mexican restaurant.

Photo of cktison
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to pint glass.
A: Dark, dark amber, but not a black beer - you can see the whole way through the glass. Small foamy head, almost no retention or lacing.
S: Malts and caramels. Nice aroma, but quite light.
T: Actually nice taste. Caramels and some malts again, well balanced, nice and clean. Some sour lemon notes.
M: Nicely carbonated and smooth.
D: This is a fine beer for a cinco de mayo party or at mexican restaurants, where little else is available. Not bad at all.

Photo of goochpunch
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a red tinted dark iced tea color with some active carbonation in the body and a 1/2" head that sticks around and leaves some ringed lacing. I smell some caramel, malt sweetness, and some graininess, but this is pretty faint in the nose overall. The taste is mostly a vague cane syrup like sweetness with hints of dark malts and grain. Finishes with a bit of tea-like hops. Finish has a mild tannin-like astringency that I like. Carbonation isn't to prickly on the tongue and this has a bit more body than Modelo Especial. Can get a little too sweet for me. This is a pretty good beer considering it's from a Mexican macro, and definitely one of the best Mexican beers you can find in the States.

Photo of RJLarse
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of Negra Modelo for Cinco de Mayo. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color, and is clear. A fizzy off white head disappears quickly. Few bubbles in the beer, looks like mild carbonation.

The smell is faint, some grain aromas, not much else.

The taste is OK, but not great. It's a fairly simple bland combination of roasted grain, and mild bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit thin and watery. Not much body to this one.

Still it i a very drinkable beer. Sessionable, not filling, tastes Ok. I'd buy it again to pair with Mexican food, but that's about it.

Photo of tugdriver7
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Spritzy Corona with caramel coloring added. As Vienna Lagers go, this is a real disappointment, though I do admit it was highly drinkable. It looked like I poured a can of Coke in the glass, a lot of carbonation. Very mild smell of... beer. Nothing to write home about. Taste was mostly bubbles, very watery, with a mild roasted malt flavor. Sadly, this was disappointing; but not unexpected, given the "sister" brews from Modelo. Would I grab for one at a Mexican restaurant--especially outside on the deck in the sunshine? Yes. But I'd never buy this to drink at home. So many better Vienna Lager-style beers to try (one from Boston Beer Co. being a good start). It was Cinco de Mayo... and I was in "Rome" so I did as all the other "Romans" in the Mexican restaurant and enjoyed a real Mexican beer. Viva la Cerveza!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

gets avg points for appearance just because it is dark, and i don't even tend to favor beers this dark. fizzy head. very faint aromas for a dark beer, can detect some roasty and metallic notes. starts and finishes dry and crisp. no thick malt sweetness, very light in body like a guinness. not much going on to speak of. no noticeable hops. this probably looks scary to most people but there are not many actual beer flavors to worry about.

Photo of benmiliron
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid 12.99 for a 12 pack. Vienna Lager - huh. Who'da thunk it?

Pours a perfectly clear smoky hazelnut color. No head to speak of. Smell is so faint, maybe because it's so cold - straight from the cooler at Kroger's. There is a hint of very light beer in there. Taste is very crisp, quaffable. Excellent beer on a hot day I bet. Slight hops, but mainly a sweetness sticking around. Overall fairly light though. Good mouthfeel - not sticky and good carbonation.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise. I remember having this a few years ago, and don't recall any strong feelings either way. At a restaurant with a short beer list, this seemed like the best bet. A very dark brown with a decent head. Average aroma, some sweet grain. Caramel taste with a little bit of chocolate. I thought it went well with spicy food.

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

Had a couple of bottles of this while at a really nice upscale Mexican restaurant in Manhattan last week. Was pretty much the only beer choice on the menu, so I was prepared for the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I really enjoyed this lager.

Poured very dark red/brown (almost red/black?) into a small beer glass (maybe 8oz). Good sized beige head sticks around with a proper pour. Hard to get an aroma with all the food smells around, but toasted malts and a little bit of bready yeast seemed to dominate. Not much upfront hop presence in the aroma or the flavour, which was more of the same. Crisp, light mouthfeel but some nice roasted flavours and a touch of sweetness that made it pair excellently with my Mexican-inspired dishes (everything with lots of cilantro and spice).

Definitely a good choice among the other BMC options at this restaurant.

Photo of Beertroop
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice reddish-black with a small head. Good looking dark ale.

Not an overwhelming smell but a overall good scent of roasted malts and caramel.

Good tasting beer, great balance of malt with a hint of chocolate and a great taste of caramels. This beer does have a good bitter sweet taste and pulls it off very well. I believe that this is one of the best offering that I have had so far from Mexico. If they could only make Corona taste more like this.

Very smooth beer for the dark beer lover. Light feeling beer with the good overall taste. Very drinkable beer, especially with a good side Mexican dish. I will sure have this brew again.

Photo of styxnpicks
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear rich dark amber color, with an average sized off-white head that dissapates quickly.. no lacing

S: this is the only downfall with this beer... almost no smell, what little smell is there is light malty breadwith a touch of pine hops... it actually kinda smells a little moldy

T: YEAH!!! Geat taste here, sweet all the way down to a long finish, toasted nuts and roasted coffee is the only way to describe the flavor

M: medium body, soft carbonation that least to a creamy finish

D: very drinkable by itself, altho it takes a while to finish due to its heavy dark beer style

great little beer to try, not worth a whole 6 pack but if you have the chance to try it out to eat or as a single its worth it

Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Mexican food brought to me last night for dinner, and I had two beers of Mexican origin in my fridge. Which one do I consume with the food: the canned Corona, or a bottle of Negra Modelo? For most of us, that's an easy choice when trying to compliment a meal. Guess which one I took? On to the beer:

It's a copper-reddish brown beer with a fairly sweet aroma, balanced by a light hop flavor. The feel of the beer is average, not heavy, but not light. Perfectly suitable for the warm Mexican climate, as it holds some taste and goes down without trouble. Kind of a Mexican Sam Adams if you want a fair approximation, and that's not bad. Went well with my steak taquitos.

Photo of hunteraw
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber/not-quite-brown in color, some head but with little retention. Some lacing.

Smell: Clean and lagery, surprisingly light on aroma considering the color alone. Mild malt?

Taste: Sweet caramel and enough hops bitterness to balance and fit the style. Not objectionable in the least. Who would put a lime into this?

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad at all, and given the choices on the menu, this was probably the best choice - and fit the theme of the restaurant, too, but not something I'd choose to buy in another context.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 2,686 ratings.