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

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2,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 2135
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 FrozenJoe


3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber colored beer. Good carbonation. Decent head.

Faint, tangy sweet, dark beer smell.

Tangy sweet and bitter. Overall it is pleasant. Not fantastic. Tastes better cold.

Tart. Bitter. Carbonation is a little sharp. Finish is good, long, and bitter.

A decent, affordable beer. Not for special occasions. Something a little different to session with. Or a good beer to go with fast food.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 23:43:50 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of Natainos

New York

3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden clear, dark amber with a light tan inch & half head. Weak retention, leading to a thin layer of microbubbles across the surface.

Smell - Sub par aroma. Caramel notes with slight café.

Taste - Caramel flavor present. Some earthy presence and grassy hop. Light café.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy yet light to medium body with active carbonation. Tingles the tongue yet it goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - A nice brown Mexican beer, beter than the blondes. If your at a Mexican restaurant and like dark lagers, this is a fine choices to be had. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle to goblet.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 02:19:37 | More by Natainos
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.73/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, dark ruby brown with a light khaki finger width head. Sub-par retention, leading to a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Weak aroma. Subtle caramel notes. Not much else.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light but predominant caramel flavor. Ghostly presence of earth and grassy hop. That about covers it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Tingles the tongue. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - My go to beer when out at a Mexican restaurant, though due to lack of choice more than anything. Outside that, it's a beer I tend to steer clear from, as there are significantly better dark lager choices to be had.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 01:40:05 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Copper; small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Malty; sweet; banana taffy smell

Taste: Malty; sweet; a little bitter on finish; not bad overall, but not as good as I remembered.

Remarks: Gave one to my German neighbor. His response, "It's not German."

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 21:46:55 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of LifeByTheDrop


3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark as others, but hard to find a better beer at most Tex-Mex restaurants. Smooth, minimal head, above average flavor and above all, save the lime for your food. A great accent to the Bob Armstrong Dip and the Chicken Chile Relleno at Matt's Rancho Martinez in Big D.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 03:49:12 | More by LifeByTheDrop
Photo of SteveTheDog


2.83/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This isn't a fantastic beer but its probably the best Mexican beer I've had. It's almost bereft of aroma and has a very mild taste without much character to speak of. It's fairly smooth but overall there just ain't much to remark on. It's ok for drinking with your buddies at the bar but I wouldn't order it as my first. As an aside, if you mix in a shot of vodka, it tastes like a Baltika 9.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 02:58:48 | More by SteveTheDog
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with golden foil covering the bottle cap. Stamped: B263A128-01:30. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is an attractive looking medium to dark brown with ruby red hues glistening along the edge of the glass. Small to medium head that fades a bit but never disappears.

The aroma is of fine caramel malts, toffee, and sweetness. The hops balance out the aroma in a crisp, clean way.

The body is around medium and mildly acidic.

The taste is malty sweet with a a slight hop bite introducing itself at the end of each sip. Mild bitterness. An enjoyable beer. Probably one of the better Mexican brewed beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:27:12 | More by puboflyons
Photo of TheEarl


3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft into a standard pint glass on 5/27/2013.

Appearance: Clear, medium/dark brown, very little foam.

Aroma: The smell is dominated by roasted malt. It is pretty simple.

Taste: Sweet malts, very little bitterness, and less roasted flavor than the aroma suggests.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very light with good carbonation.

Overall: Negra Modelo is pretty good for what it is--typically the best beer on draft at the Mexican restaurants near my house.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2013 22:18:17 | More by TheEarl
Photo of BeerYoss


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle to a goblet

A: Dark brown and beautiful red in more intense light. bubbly head dissipates quickly to a thin splotchy film on the surface and around the edge of the glass.

S: smells like it looks. dark and heavy smell of roastiness and chocolate

T: sweet chocolate from first sip through to the finish. roasty and warming

M: strange combination. almost watery but there's a chewiness and lasting, resinous mouthfeel as well.

O: I've had this beer many times at Mexican restaurants. and really, it's perfect with that food, the chocolatey sweetness perfectly complements the spices. standing alone I feel it lacks complexity and body. but it is definitely drinkable and a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 01:04:19 | More by BeerYoss
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Shorty's
Comes to the table a fairly clear medium brown color with a smallish off white head that had all but dissipated before the glass got to my table. Smells of caramel and a hint of butterscotch with a faint grainy almost bready malt in the background. Very light floral hop aroma. The flavor is mostly caramel, but it tastes fake. Moderate sweet maltiness is offset with a burnt butterscotch and faint spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Vienna lager is quite a stretch here, dark adjunct lager fits better in my mind. Nothing horrible here, but the artificial taste and lack of complexity kills this one for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 01:33:26 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of DavidS88


2.9/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hit up my favorite Mexican restaurant in Madrid (La Mordita, in between Sol and Opera) last night and decided to switch from the usual margarita to a Negra Modelo. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, Negra Modelo was a nice dark amber, almost like what you would expect a Newcastle to look like when poured. It had about a finger of white bubbly head on top with plenty of bubbles streaming up through the glass. Though the actual head died pretty quickly, there was a decent amount of lacing on the glass and the omnipresent bubbles kinda kept the head going as I drank it. The smell was slightly hopped, kinda grassy, and had a hint of skunkiness that actually blended together pretty nicely despite the skunk. The taste was largely the same for me. I couldn't really detect any sort of malt, but I did get a decent hop taste to it; it was again grassy and somewhat earthy. The feel was alright too. Maybe a bit too overcarbonated, but the beer was smooth and crisp nonetheless. This was an ok beer overall. I had no expectations going in because I had never really read up on Negra Modelo so I was pleasantly surprised. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 11:05:19 | More by DavidS88
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cinco de Mayo tour thanks to the COOP. Pours with a decent off white head... the brew is clear darker amber.

Clean toasty maltiness... a bit bready.

Very drinkable... No real flaws.

I should buy this more than once per year.

3.5's across the board.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:34:11 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of FLima


3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Used to drink this a lot while living in Mexico, as a regular session beer. Corona and alike really can be just drunk as michelada.
Brown rubi color with a 3 finger head with medium retention.
Aroma of toasted malts and earthy notes.
Flavor of slightly toasted malts, mild condiments and earthy hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Decent beer, flavorful with good drinkability. Nevertheless, all depends on purpose and to what you compare this to.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 20:10:04 | More by FLima
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice clear deep copper/amber color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasty/toasty malts, caramel and a slight nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasty malts with some sweet caramel and some nuttiness. Not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a light overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 19:38:11 | More by SebD
Photo of totamus


1.5/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I bought a 12 pack when I couldn't find any other dark beers at a local super market. I've had Negra Modelo before and thought it was OK. Not great, but better than the many no taste beers out there. Worth buying in a pinch (or when in a supermarket...).

As I was drinking one of the beers, I felt something go into my mouth that shouldn't be there, I immediately spit the beer back into the bottle and pored it out on my plate. I felt that I had swallowed some of whatever it was and wanted to see if I got any of it back in the bottle.

It was fly larvae. Almost fully formed. I put the larvae in a baggie and kept the bottle. the next morning the baggie was buzzing with a newly hatched fly. Disgusting.

I will never, ever drink this filthy beer again and can only imaging how filthy the bottling plant must be to allow live fly larvae in a bottle. I was then, and still am, grossed out every time I take a drink from a bottle.

If I could give this disgusting beer a negative rating, I would.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 18:19:46 | More by totamus
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a russet amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, spicy graininess. Flavor starts well, with sweet mild toasted malt, slight breadiness, hint of caramel, but ends rather abruptly with slight caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops. Light bodied. A step above other macros, but nothing exciting. Would do in a pinch if only macro beer was available.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:17:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of obrike


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ah...here's one I have not had in a while. I think this is one of the better choices at a lot of Tex-Mex restaurants around town if you don't see any craft beer selections around.

Nice color...a little lighter than an iced tea...decent mix of brown, red and caramel. Cream colored head that disappates rather quickly...very little lacing to speak of.

Getting some sweet malt with just a hint of light roastiness. Smells clean.

Just a slight light roasted chocolate flavor. Malts take over this beer but there is a very small hint of bitterness to finish.This beer is refreshing and has a medium carbonation. Certainly not offensive to folks looking to try something different than the typical Corona type lager at a restaurant. A smidge more booze in this one makes it more fun to drink.

I'd certainly order this one with a fajita platter anytime!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 00:15:26 | More by obrike
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't know what to expect with this beer and frankly kept my expectations low - boy was I surprised.

The brew pours out a very nice dark-caramel color, not black like the name of the beer would lead you to believe. The head was thin, but strangely, the lacing was noticeable all the way down the bottle - I've never seen anything like it. The smell was the normal hops and barley, but the odor was just slight - just the right amount in my opinion. Mouthfeel was surprising, the dark liquid was thick and felt velvety. The taste is what I walked away with impressed - full and rich - certainly not what I was expecting, but glad I did. Overall, a solid beer (in too small a bottle) I will be glad to partake of again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 05:19:34 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of dar482

New York

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a medium brown color.

It has a good caramel color and malty flavor, but it cuts off quickly and with a strange finish. However, for an easy to find beer that is cheap, I certainly recommend this malty beer that has a light/medium body.

I highly recommend this macro. Take that for what it means.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2013 02:26:41 | More by dar482
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured a medium brown color with hints of ruby. Upon pouring a smaller tan colored head is formed on the brew which faded relatively fast to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was a mix of caramel and wheat. Mixed with these aromas was a light nutty and herbal smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel malt with hints of roasted malt mixed within. Flavors of wheat bread mingle with these and as the taste advances more toward the middle flavors of a nutty flavor come to the tongue. The flavors to this point are all relatively light and at the end are joined by a lighter herbal hop taste, overall leaving a somewhat roasted yet oddly thin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thinner side with a carbonation level that was very average. A thicker creamier body would have likely suited the nutty and roasted flavors, helping to enhance them more.

Overall –Not really a brew I would recommend. It isn’t off in any way, but isn’t on in any way either.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 16:35:49 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours out a clear deep reddish brown color with a decent off white to light tan colored head that eventually fades to a ring. Some decent lacing.

Not much to the aroma. Mineral like lager yeast and a bit of sweet toasted malt.

The taste reflects the aroma. Mineral heavy water from the lager yeast and some sweet toasted malt. Finishes very light. Light bodied with ample carbonation.

Not much to get excited about, but fairly true to style.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:21:02 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of harrymel


1.96/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

Best by: dunno

Pours dark ruby brown with some weak etched light cream foam. Smells like cheap beer - wheat and grain, some soily yeast and a little bit of sweet malt. Tastes like a brown ale that wherein the yeast was over-taxed and has a real bad ester profile with sweet vanilla and butter flavors. Some nutty character. LIght bodied with hi carb and a semi dry finish. Not something I plan to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:57:38 | More by harrymel
Photo of johnnipe

4.23/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asked for an Ale in a Mexican Restaurant and received a bottle of Negra Modelo. Had tried Dos Equis and Corona - ugh, so was expecting another also-ran. Quite a surprise! Currently, I keep some on hand, since I drink in such moderation that a 6 pack lasts a month sometimes, but when I want an Ale, I always have one on hand.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 19:11:13 | More by johnnipe
Photo of Alextricity


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo ... I got the Mystery Beer at Green Dot Stables in Detroit expecting to get a Snow Day by New Belgium, but I got this instead. I had never heard of it beforehand.

It's hard for me to say anything about the smell, considering it was in a bottle, and a lime wedge was shoved in the top. Aside from that lime, I got a faint malt aroma.

The taste of this one sort of surprised me ... this is my first beer from Mexico, and I wasn't expecting it to be very good. I thought it would taste like a macro or something. Instead, I got a respectable Mexican beer. There's really nothing about Negra Modelo that stands out, but it's inoffensive. This is worlds better than Corona (Apparently.. and unsurprisingly. As said, haven't had), and a very fair beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 16:55:07 | More by Alextricity
Photo of jadpsu


3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12oz custom brown short bottle with a gold foil at bottle neck

Appearance: Clear brown with a semi-creamy, light brown lace and tiny tight carbonation.
Smell: Clean smelling. Faint herbal aroma. Not much else.

Taste: Malty flavours lead the way. I get some faint coffee, and or molasses. Malts start out with some sweetness but then finish with some sharp dry bitterness .
Finishes rather clean with a touch of lemon hops.
Surprised that this beer from south of the border was this good.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 03:40:10 | More by jadpsu
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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