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

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2,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 2131
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 ToddL


4.38/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this beer considering it's price and that it is available almost anywhere. It has a nice brown coloring ,really malty smooth flavor with no bitter aftertaste. A little thicker consistency than average. My go to beer if no other darks on sale

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 17:26:27 | More by ToddL
Photo of smalenberg


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Woody brown in color with a predominately white head and somewhat low retention.

S - Yeasty with a slightly spicy hop note and also a touch phenolic. That slight adhesive obscures the malt to some degree.

T - Very sweet, seemingly a good deal of complex sugar that went unfermented. A bitterness from the hops comes through in the aftertaste and lingers along with a slightly metallic coppery quality.

M - Low carbonation with a slight tingle on the tongue.

O - The hops take over from the sweet flavor noted on the front of the tongue. Not a bad beer, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:50:55 | More by smalenberg
Photo of Serge

Alberta (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper color with a tight inch and half of head. Looks nice. Smells malty but there is a hint of corn... which does not help. It would be great without that bit of corn. Watery taste at first, then malty (every so slightly roasted malt), finishes with a mild hop presence. Nothing too impressive. Light and crisp in the mouth. Low carbonation. Easy to drink. Overall for a dunkel lager it lacks the malt body, however for an easy drinking lager it is nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 04:47:28 | More by Serge
Photo of Nathanharris1990

4.43/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome. It reminds me of somewhat of newcastle brown ale. This stuff is an instant favorite. A lot of dark beers have a bad after taste to me but this one does not at all. If you like dark beers this one is a must have. I also liked the shape of the bottle, shorter and wider than normal.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 01:46:49 | More by Nathanharris1990
Photo of tyleeis


5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had to come back and update this one then decided to review. I pored this from a bottle into a tall New Glarus glass. Looks beautiful in the light, decent head, and smells delicious. Tastes even better. A now must have for my fridge. For me this is an instant favorite! I can drink it warm, cold, bottled or in a glass. It's simple, easy to drink and really tasty. This ones for anyone, if you get a chance try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:58:32 | More by tyleeis
Photo of tectactoe


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BTB in Ann Arbor, MI. Modest brown color, through and through. Moderate transparency with a small, wispy head that vanishes pretty abruptly. This beer has a clean, crisp, faint citrus smell with a very small malty undertone. It tastes like roasted malts and toasted bread with not much of a citrus taste like the smell might give off. There is, however, an element of sweetness to this beer, just a bit. The body is very thin, crisp, clean, and refreshing, providing a moderately dry finish.

Negra Modelo is a very simple beer that isn't great but isn't bad either. Many of the Mexican chain restaurants around my house serve this beer, and it compliments a burrito much better than a Corona or Dos Equis.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 18:12:02 | More by tectactoe
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Dunkel Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced a tannish thick head, excellent retention and left ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma features toasted grain, and a slight citrus hop note. Light in body, this lager features toasted grain, carmel candy sweetness and some slight hop bitterness at the finish. This is probably my favorite Mexican brewed beer thus far. Not outstanding but it's worth a try. Post!

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:02:40 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of coreo881

New York

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

I don't think I could drink this beer alone for too long. It has a light feel but hints of a roasty taste reminiscent to darker beers.

Now this is just personal taste, but after awhile the light feel of the beer wears on me and I end up really wishing this was a deep, rich beer. However if you drink this while eating a burger or something, it's refreshing as hell; it begs to be paired up with some food.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 22:50:10 | More by coreo881
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Cubano in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and just a hint of nuttiness.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer has a light to moderate body of caramel malts that imparts some light amount of sweetness upfront. There are some hints of nuts and a light hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly thin.

O: This beer is refreshing, easy to drink, and enjoyable. I could definitely put down a few of these in an evening and it pairs very nicely with the flavors of Mexican, Cuban, and South American food.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2012 13:55:14 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Ilafan


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much better than I expected and better than regular Modelo, this beer pours dark (duh ... given the name). It's a black-ish red with a tiny head and minimal latticework. The smell is virtually non-existent with the alcohol ringing through. The taste, happily, is better than the smell. It has the taste of a richer, more flavorful lager, and it is also more rich and textured. I liked this beer, but I probably won't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:35:48 | More by Ilafan
Photo of MattyG85


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish mahogany with some hints of amber. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three fingers of off white head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, toast, caramel, and toffee. Lots of cereal grains and some big hints of biscuit and crackers. Also some hints of brown sugar and some light earthy, spicy hops. Pretty decent aroma.

Taste: The taste has the dark roasted elements, but starts to lean towards the grainy side. Some sweet roasted malts with notes of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. Lots of cereal grains, biscuit, crackers, and a little corn like flavor. Light taste of sugar. Hop presence is subtle but does add a little spice and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and crisp. Goes down pretty easy.

Overall: A decent take on the style, but could of had a stronger roast flavor. I would always take this over the other Mexican macros if at such a restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 04:58:30 | More by MattyG85
Photo of SmashPants


3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle: fat little squat 355mL brown bottle, chincy gold label. Not inspiring.

Appearance: dark mahogany-brown in colour, a limited head with no retention or lacing.

Aroma: smells fairly cheaply - rice, corn, a hint of sweet malts.

Taste: moderate sweetness, but overpowered by a sour dough flavour. Not brilliant, to be honest.

Aftertaste: much the same, lingers only for a brief period.

Mouthfeel: light-to-medium body, medium carbonation. Just about right for a German dark lager.

Overall: not a brilliant version of a German dark ale. It is reasonably priced though, so I suppose it just depends if you prefer cheapness or good quality.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 02:34:57 | More by SmashPants
Photo of K9AleingPiss


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

The appearance was a little flat,not much bubbly and the hickory odor made it come across "old",and not fresh. Unfortunately it didnt really surprise,the aged taste was hardy,but not refreshing. I will try another ,but would want with food,not by itself.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 00:23:06 | More by K9AleingPiss


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

355ml bottle. (7503-1589 bar code) ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Dark amber color. Chill hazy appearance. Beige, small bubbled, froth. Retention is ok but not much lacing. Sweet toasted malts, hints of brown sugar & toasted bread to the nose. Flavor profile shows toasted malts, subtle chocolate & bitterness in the middle. Grainy sensation & fizzy to the palate. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Dried nut astringency. Dry finish. Easy drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 22:36:31 | More by GONZALOYANNA
Photo of Ian1980

5/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I usually am pretty skeptical of mass produced beer like this but I thought this was exceptional and is now one of my favorite beers. It was smooth from start to finish no bitter finish or aftertaste. I has a beautiful dark caramel color that was very appealing. It was a very surprising and enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 17:11:33 | More by Ian1980
Photo of aranheaney

New York

3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had in a bottle poured into a nonic pint glass with a Jegrbomb on the side at Cojones Cantina in beautiful downtown Olean:

A-deep, dark, decent head

S-roast and malt

T-pretty good, lots of backbone and character

M-well balanced and everything on point

O-a fine example of the style, a little bit too BMC, but ok

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 04:59:00 | More by aranheaney
Photo of brewskifan55


3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A: Ice tea orange with a white one finger head that went south of the border quickly, quickly.

S: A bit of malts, but not much else.

T: sweet, malty, smoky, smooth. A dry, semi-sweet chocolatey finish.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

O: A very smooth and easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 16:22:11 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of brandonpaulweaver

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolatey smell with a hint of something like bread pudding. A hint of light spice maybe.

Taste is a little flat with a distinct cola flavor. Rootbeer as well. Moderate sweetness and malty. Amanda who is with me said it had a merlot like winey-ness to it on the back end. Agreed.

Again, a little flat on the mouthfeel. I want something with a little more body here.

Overall, a solid beer with as many good characteristics as grievances.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 06:27:54 | More by brandonpaulweaver
Photo of StoutishDan


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a Shell Gas Station - had a gift card. Bump gas, I'm getting beer!

A - The appearance is a dark mahogany brown color. Dark for a lager - well, I guess this is a Dunkel (although I've read elsewhere that it is a Vienna Lager), so the darkness makes sense. The head is hanging around. Don't see many bubbles coming up so I'm not sure what to expect as far as carbonation. Looks pretty tasty.

S - If I was to close my eyes and take a sniff I would think I'm niffing a tasty biscuit. Along with the bicuity smell there's a slight funk going on there. Can't really put my finger on it. Maybe it's the earthiness of the smell.

T - It's doughy. It's sweet...like a sweet scone that hasn't baked all the way through and its gooey texture is ever-present in on the palate. This is a malty beer. The hops aren't too noticeable, although the finish has that tartness of a beer that used a small amount of hops in the boil. Wow, I'm getting an almost coconut flavor near the finish. Very refreshing. This is good, but a little weird.

O - I've had this beer before and I liked it, but I like it even more right now. This isn't my first rodeo with this beer and it won't be my last. On a scale from 0 to 100, I give it a solid 90.

Gracias Mexico para un otro cerveza sabroso. Not even sure the Spanish is correct, but the point is made. Thank you Mexico for another great tasting beer. (Another?)



Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 16:09:09 | More by StoutishDan
Photo of thatruth


3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours an unsweetened tea color into a dark peach in the glass with root beer tint. 1/4" head that dissipates quickly with lacing that shares the same characteristic.

smells ricey with a little bit of wheat. not much going on. hints of corn.

nice, semi-stout on-bringing with a wet slow finish. tastes slightly bready with a bit of a pear-like bite.

simple mexican brew that's a nice alternative to its lighter little brother or the other array of lighter mexican brews. just sipping one is where it's at, not much to the "advocate" factors other than taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:05:51 | More by thatruth
Photo of DrinkSlurm


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

Had this right from the bottle at a recent mexican food dinner. Nice malty aromas, some spice character. Taste is a nice malty dark lager with some chocolatey roasted flavors and some slightly hidden dried fruit notes. It still maintains the macro lager drinkability...thin and easy. Overall, one of my favorite Mexican brews and macro style lagers widely available.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 12:17:48 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of kylehay2004


3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy brown body with a thin head. Yeast, some caramel malts and very mild spiciness but mild for the style make up the aroma. Flavor is hard to break down but milk chocolate toffee and caramel are prevalent however not spicy enough for the style.. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Nicely smooth. Not terrible but it is what it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:04:11 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of TSJ4000


4.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My only complaint on this beer is that I wish it had a bigger nose. It's a little subtle but still a wonderful scent. This beer has great malt character and a smooth, easily approachable lager mouthfeel. Not too carbonated and very thirst-quenching. The robust dark malts are not as pronounced as a schwarzbier from Germany. The hops on this beer are not as Euro-bitter as other Munich Dunkels out there. Sweet carmel amber malts and clean finish make this beer delicious. Mexico's best in the U.S.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 15:41:53 | More by TSJ4000
Photo of jlindros


3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from my trip to Cancun a few months back.

Light fizzy head fades med pace, clear auburn molasses brown color.

Nose pretty much macro lager, cheap macro lager malts, a little bit of darker malts and crystal malts but not much, light skunk.

Taste light caramel, hit of mocha and cocoa, crystal malts, light lager, just a hint skunk and cheap lager, hint of earthy hops, light fruity lager, juicy creamy malt. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, bit more darker malts and lager fruits.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, better than most beers you can get in Mexico, although still cheap tasting and slightly skunked, with unhappy yeast lager flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 16:41:13 | More by jlindros
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent copper-brown with a decent pale tan head. Malty aroma has a fruity hint (but this might have come from the obligatory slice of lime). Flavor is better than I expected, malty and strong with a firm fruity undertone - quite tasty. Texture has good body and plenty of fizz. One of the best Mexican beers I have tried.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2012 00:13:52 | More by Cyberkedi
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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