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

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2,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 881
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 35
Gots: 223 | FT: 0
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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 Derek
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber-brown; a little fizzy off-white head, poor retention, but initially leaves a hint of lace.

S: Tart, grainy aroma; a little caramel and cheap, domestic hops (foral & earthy).

T: Grainy astrigency (over sparged to cut cost?); some caramel that seems to come from crystal malt rather than Vienna-roasted grain. It has the malt colour, but the taste just isn't right. The hops have a nice, subtle spicyness (the hop flavour is certainly better than the aroma). Crisp bitterness (perhaps a little much for the style).

M: Light to moderate body seems thin, but a little syrupy, like it's not all-together. Carbonation is moderately high & prickly.

D: A Vienna should be more drinkable than this.

I prefer the Dos Equis, but a Sam Adam's is even more of a step up from this.

Derek, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Vienna lager with some chocolate malts, a bit creamy from generous malting. Mildly sourish notes. Medium mouthfeel. Intially fizzy white head on dark colour, and malty aroma. Better than your average Mexican beer.A tad sweet bit not overally sweet.

Sammy, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours an attractively deep penny color with a fizzy head that dissipates a bit too quickly.

Smell is light but has a pleasent note of molasses with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste follows suit, with a light sweet sugar note on the front of the tongue that is followed by a subtle molasses and slight alcohol flavor on the middle of the tongue that finishes with a subtle medicinal and coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin until it reaches the back of your mouth, where it decides to hang around for a while.

A very nice lager from our Southern neighbours. As much of a thirst quencher as most other Mexican beers that make it north of the border but with more flavor than most.

UberWasser, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of CrazyMike
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance with a thick head, was very impressed considering when I think Mexican beer, Corona comes to mind. Malty, roasted nut aroma.

Very malty and crisp, good carbonation. Has a hint of fruit. The body is moderate and the beer goes down smooth. The aftertaste is very malty.

Would highly recommend, very refreshing and flavorfull. Wish I had a plate of nachos to go with it.

CrazyMike, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

325ml, 5.2% abv Canadian import from the LCBO

Poured a beautiful bight copper-red into the flute. 2 finger frothy cap reduces quickly. Modest small bubble carbonation.

Soft delicate nose, very subtle tones of toasty grains any adjuncts are not detectable in the nose

Well articulated malt spine, medium bodied, creamy mouth feel, soft malty-toasty character.

Soft, elegant, toasty malts to chew on up front, then mid way, the hops balance off the rich malting with a herbal-tea like bittering...this carries through to the finish which is both moderately crisp and drying....lingering after taste of both malt and hop... rich, smooth and crisp in the finish. If there are adjucts they are well hidden

I’m impressed...this is a decent pseudo Vienna...from Mexico...from the brewer of Corona of all things...go figger? As pleasant a surprise as this was, it's hard to justify the price of $2.10 for a tiny 1/2 pint bottle of commercial macro lager

pootz, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of MrHolland
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a Pilsner glass from the bottle, the pour gives me about a 3" off white head to start off with and then settles down to a good 1". The beer is dark brown, but around the edges where some light seeps through, there are beautifull ruby hues.

S - The smell is pretty faint and I could only pick up hints of caramel and a sort of malty tone.

T - Has a very moderate malty taste with crisp hops to follow. Very subtle on the carbonation as well, with a pretty sweet aftertaste. One of the best brews that I have has that is brewed in Mexico.

D - Has a pretty low average amount of alcohol in it, so it makes a very drinkable beer and the good taste adds to that as well. Recommended!

MrHolland, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night, my wife's turn to pick places to go, so sushi with follow up drinks at a mexican joint. This was the best beer of the bunch

Poured caramel with a 1" white head. Head retention & lacing were average

Slight malty scents

Taste: Maltiness follwed by caramel & a slight nutiness. Finished slightly dry & malty

MF: Medium with great balance & pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy & easily the best beer er cerveza I've had from Mexico. A pretty good vienna that lacks a few asthetics. Reccommended

russpowell, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of wl0307
2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

BB 14/10/2006, served lightly chilled in a 330ml broad-rimmed weizen glass.

A: lightly-infused black-tea to tawny colour with russet hints; the moderately frothy off-white beer head slowly settles down, forming a rimmed foam on top of a gently-carbonated body.
S: caramely sweetness plays a considerable part at the front, but not as OTT as I anticipated--not bad; a flow of lemony hops and apple-ish fruity hints quietly join the main theme at the back, leaving a malt-grist like chewy and rough malty note going deep in the background. Not quite aromatic overall.
T: a slightly metallic taste accompanies a rather neutral flavour of caramel maltiness that has but a malty gloss without a necessary body to be a firm platform; the palate picks up at the back a mild tinge of bitter roast tea-leaves and burned sugar, with a slightly dryish grassy touch. But by no means can there be said of a considerable aftertaste, which is weird for this style I reckon?
M&D: light and loose in body and overly mild (next to bland) in flavour, only the clean and softly-fizzy mouthfeel (normal for a lager) prevents it from being a total failure. Easty-drinking for a 5.3%abv. beer? Yes. An impressive example of Vienna Lager? Negative! For this beer style, this is easily the least impressive to me so far, for its lack of body AND flavour... It really needs more, and/or better, ingredients to juice it up. "Semi-disappointing", given my high expectation~~

wl0307, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of IronDjinn
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rarely will I expend the moolah to pick up an overpriced 6-er of imported Caribbean or Mexican lager, as it usually ends in tears. This wasn't the case either, it just so happened to be on special, and I thought what the heck...

I'm sure everyone comments on the bottle, and I like 'em too. In fact they're not twist-offs, so whether this is good or bad stuff, I just picked me up some unique bottles for the homebrew. Pours out a decent looking dark lager, deep transparent chestnut, with a thin head of white-ish foam that doesn't retain very long.

The aroma, however, immediately reminds me of Miller Genuine Draft. It's not a fond memory either... Rough grains on the nose, a bit chemical and abrasive.

The flavour manages to pull up its socks a bit after that, yet it is still faint and thin. At least some sweet malt comes out to replace the rough grains on the nose, but I almost feel that it was sent out on purpose to do a soft-shoe routine to keep one occupied and unaware of what is really going on in the background. Or perhaps the lack of action in the background as well.

The flavour may be thin, but at least the mouthfeel has some backbone to it, average with a slight creamy texture.

Overall it's pretty bland, although with some decent merits as well. For what I paid for it I don't feel ripped off (for once!), but it was also a one time deal for me, there's nothing going on here to bring me back for more. And those empty bottles will be filled with something more tasty some time soon.

IronDjinn, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

clear medium brown with hints of maroon. touch of white head that falls quickly and leaves thin rings of lace.

caramel and toasted malts in the aroma. a touch of cherries and a strong metallic component as well.

metallic character comes through in the flavor as well. bready malt sweetness in the start and the finish with a slight balancing hoppiness. relatively thin mouthfeel and a medium body. above average but forgettable.

Prufrock, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of spaceranger
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This represents the best of the Mexican brews. Most of which are pretty lame. The color and aroma are the first indications that you are on to a superior product. I found that the head was a little lacking with almost no lacing. One feature that I rather enjoyed was the moderate carbonation. It seems most Mexican beers are too much so. Fruity, and with just the right hint of malt, making this a very drinkable beer. I usually abstain from south of the border offerings but the Negra is welcome anytime....

adios amoebas

spaceranger, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of ernie
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted it twice before I catched the real thing. The first two bottles were probably out-of-date and contained dark liquid with zero carbonation and very few signs of taste/smell. Then I learned to enjoy Negra Modelo.

Nice bottle, first of all. Nice color, too - dark red with a brownish streak. Carbonation is low and the head is coffeish, long-lasting, leaving a sophisticated lacework.

Smell is malty-fruity, just proper for a Vienna Lager. Start malty, with that good old roasty note. Fruity tones give way to the hops in the finish. aftertaste malty again.

Very healthy beer! Recommended

ernie, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of scottoale
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the funky shaped 12oz. brown bottle pours a coppery-orange dark ale with a tan bubbly head that fades quickly. Very little watery, bubble lace that slips back into the liquid.

Smells of lightly sweet doughy malt, with a note of hops wavering off the back.A very faint cinnamin aroma upon subsequent sniffs.

Spicy, crisp malt entrance that blends with the hops to carry through to a balanced, clean finish. Just a little sweetness that pans out nicely. Quite tasty and refreshing.

Medium in body with a brisk that turns cream like in the mouthfeel, moderately low ABV make this an easy to drink brew, that really complements a crispy quesadilla and some of mom's homemade salsa.

One of my few Mexican favorite brews...cheers!

scottoale, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium, murky brown with an off-white head that soon became a thin lacing.
The smell was fairly thin - some hints at caramel.
The taste was of caramel mixed with some various grains. It was a bit on the thin side, but not bad.
It left a bit of a surprising stickiness. Not much of an aftertaste.
Overall, it didn't wow! me... but, next time I'm in a Mexican restaurant (which is not often), I might have this if I want a beer instead of a margarita. It's certainly better than the other Mexican beers I've had (esp. Corona and Sol.)

jwc215, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer, although is isn't really much of anything special about it besides that its one of the only Mexican beers around here that's decent. Tastes darker than most vienna lagers, almost bock-like with smooth chocolate malt flavor. No detectable hops, just a smooth drinking mexican beer that goes nicely with a big burrito.

tempest, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of becktone
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice color in this beer, once decanted from the stubby little bottle. Crystal clear garnet. Not impressed with the head on this beer, poured to be small with very poor retention, dissipated in less than one minute. The lacing is also fairly poor, thin and doesn't cling to the edges of the glass very well. Was expecting more from this brew.

The nose is crisp and clean. I assume that this is the smell of munich malt (very strong caramel), it dominates the aroma. Perhaps also a lightly toasted aroma to this beer. No hint of hop aroma.

To the tongue slight bittering hops are evident in the flavor to offset the sweetness of the malt. Finishes with an overall sweetness left behind on the tongue. For a few momments the taste somewhat reminded me of some dark belgian ales, perhaps this recipe uses a bit of candi sugar? I also get a dark fruit flavor. Flavor continues to become more complex as it warms, I actually think that this lager is a bit tastier on the warmer side as opposed to the cooler side that would be more appropriate for lagers.

Feels medium bodied on the palate. Lower carbonation levels seem appropriate for the style. This is a beer that I'll probably buy again, however I don't know how soon, I would like to try other's of this same style first. I'll probably almost definitely buy it again on next Cinco de Mayo. The beer is good, and easy to drink, but doesn't seem to have much replay value, except for Cinco de Mayo.

becktone, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent dark russet color with a light tan head that quickly fades out into a thin collar. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mild caramel, dusty confectioners sugar, and a slight cocoa aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a faint caramel, and cocoa taste mixed in with a touch of toffee.
Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly with a medium body that slips along the plate.

weeare138, May 29, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
2.7/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a nice dark amber color with a foamy white head. The head leaves a little film but no lace. The smell expresses a strong malty backbone along with a significant amount of corn adjuncts. The taste also hits you up front with its maltiness but also finishes strong with the adjuncts. The mouthfeel is about average for what you would expect from the style. Overall one of the best mexican beers out there certainly one to look for first at a restaurant.

MSchae1017, May 27, 2006
Photo of JohnW
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medium dark colour, little head retention when poured from the bottle. No great aroma (though maybe bottle was too cold to release it properly) More malty hints than anything. No great surprises here, a simple darkish beer with nothing special, no powerful flavours, though just a hint of burnt caramel or coffee in the aftertaste. Texture is fairly smooth, a little like Amber Bock, though maybe a shade sweeter and more malty in the first taste. Light texture, no strong flavours make it easy to drink, and the taste does not give any impression of its 5.4%. Worth a try if you like this style of beer.

John W
(Bham UK) tried while in Tampa FL May 2006

JohnW, May 22, 2006
Photo of bort11
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served with a meal at Abuela's mexican resturaunt in KC. Had to request a non-frosted glass. Poured into a pint glass. I discarded the lime wedged onto the rim. Dark clear amber color. Hardly any head, no lace. Slight musty malt smell. Taste is salty with a touch of citrus. Light watery mouthfeel. Overall, my impression is, eh. I think I prefer Dos Equis Dark when eating Mexican food.

bort11, May 21, 2006
Photo of A38Fitness
4.22/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lately I have been drinking a lot of different beers. For the last few years I've been eyeing this beer down. The other night I said, WTF, i'll try it. I grabbed just one out of a six pack. Dam, I wish I would have bought a 12 pack. What a great beer! Pours great with a decent head though, not as nice a Sam Adams Cherry Wheat Ale...;-) However, if you are looking to try a new beer definitely add this one to your list. You'll love it..:)

A38Fitness, May 21, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk with a durango burrito at Abuelos restaurant in Middleton.

Pours a dark amber with a scant khaki head fading to a soapy coating. Nose is light, with hints of caramel malt and musty barley. Taste starts with a peppery bite, falling into a roasted, caramel malt sweetness and a bit of metallic bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Simple, light, and damned refreshing with a spicy Mexican meal. Better than I remembered. Interesting that it says Dark Ale on the label, yet it's classified as a Vienna Lager. Mistake in the database or the label?

Golden2wenty1, May 19, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle, poured into pilsner glass.

A- Dark brown, with large white head.

S- Smells of coffee.

T- Full bodied. Dextrin malts which produce residual sweetness, slight hops to balance the deep tones, leaving the beer crisp and suprisingly smooth.

M - Refreshing and rich.

D- Incredibly good, and a perfect compliment to mexican food.

I could drink these all day long. They really suprised me, as when I picked them up I wasn't expecting much. Overall, the best beer Mexico has to offer.

HoustonTX, May 10, 2006
Photo of goschool
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo gets an R for ridiculous presentation. The slots in the six-pack holder are slightly too big for the bottles, which are strange stubby bottles that have gold foil covering the neck and cap. The pour is brown-amber with a frothy head that fades to a thin layer. The nose has caramel malts, slightly herbal hops, and a hint of strawberry and/or cherry. The taste is along those lines but the flavors are more difficult to pull out by themselves and there is a mild Corona-like saltiness. This is definitely the best Mexican beer that I've ever tasted and it's the next best thing to a good margarita at a Mexican restaurant. ¡Salud!

goschool, May 09, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle and poured into a pint glass

A- dark brown same color as the bottle no head whatsoever which i belive to be standard for this style.

S- some malt light not overpowering in the nose, I like it

T- very clean and crisp. light bodied and very smooth without being watery ( a high achivement) finish was so so clean

M balanced on the light side but just what I was looking for in this beer

D- perfect. this beer goes down easy which is exactly what I was looking for as I was eating fryed Jalapenos and spicy enchladas. Perfect with a Mexican meal

mcarroll10177, May 08, 2006
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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