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

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Reviews: 916
Hads: 2,969
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 56
Gots: 473 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel 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 Eric_Standard
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep brown with ruby highlights.

Smell: Not much, very clean with some mild herbal notes.

Taste: Caramely, malty sweetness right out of the gates, with just a hint of bitterness from the hops to keep things in check. The sweet malty flavours persist throughout, but near the end fade into some toasty herbal notes. Pretty tasty.

Feel: Medium bodied and very very smooth. The smoothness along with the tight carbonation gives the beer a pleasant velvety mouthfeel.

Overall: This was my first Mexican beer, and so far so good. I've heard that some of Grupo Modelo's other offerings have a less than savoury reputation, so I guess I picked a good place to start. A very solid drink.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint.
Appearance - brown and bubbly like soda; builds a creamy off-white head. Lacing is beautiful!
Smell - some stone fruit along with sweet candy malts.
Taste - expected more flavor based on the nose. A bit bland and light.
Feel - light body, very carbonated; comes off a bit watery.
Overall - revisiting this after discovering someone left three of these in my fridge. This is actually much better than I remember, but still only an average beer.

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Photo of guitmanlp
4.94/5  rDev +47%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having been away from beer for a long while I wanted to get back to drinking. I used to be a light beer drinker before so I wanted to try something new and by chance, and curiosity I ordered a negra modelo.! what a joy it was drinking that first bottle. When ever I can't find it I try other darks only to be left disappointed. Thanks to the Brewers of this fine beer I now have found my afternoon companion.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: On tap into a Negra Modelo glass at Casa Bonita Mexican restaurant, Libertyville IL
Served: 15 June 2014

Appearance: A clear amber brown beer with lots of carbonation streams rising from the bottom of the footed pilsner glass. Dirty white, foamy head with good retention and great lacing.

Smell: Not much in the nose. Slight caramel/molasses malt notes along with a standard beer sweetness. Easily the most unimpressive part of this beer.

Taste: An easy drinking, medium bodied Mexican Vienna lager. A huge step up from Corona or Pacifico (the only two other Mexican beers I've had). As the beer warmed up, stronger caramel malt notes came through. Served without citrus, so that's a huge plus.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation and a medium body make this beer a refreshing, yet filling complement to a good Mexican meal, especially ones with pork or beans.

Overall: This is probably the best Mexican beer I've had to date, and is easily one I would get again to serve with tacos, enchiladas, or other authentic Mexican food. Not half bad for an easy drinking Mexican lager, and something I would definitely buy at a Mexican restaurant again. Much better than Corona.

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Photo of Lemke10
2.19/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

On-tap at Jose’s Blue Sombrero in Waukesha , WI. This pours a brownish amber color with a light beige head. Since it was served with a lime wedge, that’s all I can smell. Texture is light and thin, a very mild taste of grain. Like most Mexican beers, thin and watery.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown color in a 16oz pub glass with a 1/4 inch head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of malts as you would expect from such a dark beer.

Taste is malty, sweet with the crispness you would expect from a lager.

Mouthfeel is nice from a good carbonation that really cleanses the mouth.

Overall this is a solid beer that I always choose when I visit the local Mexican restaurant. I dont mind drinking it at home either, especially as I sit in the yard late in the day during the summertime.

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Photo of shacawgo24
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Cola/Root beer brown body. Off-white/manila head is one finger thick. Deep red like garnet when held to light. Spotty sticky lacing decorates surprisingly. But the body just looks too diluted, like watered down soda.

S-Hints of: toasted grains, cider, candied pears. Some caramel malt. Slightly sweet smelling, needs more power on the nose though.

T-A tad juicy like apple juice. Tiny toasted notes, (cereal grains, rice). Dark breads. Medicinal and clean on the middle. Traces of bitter nuts, like the skins on peanuts & almonds on the finish. Peanut shells even. The tastes get too watery too quickly. Soon brew tastes like rusty pennies. Not a foul taste, but hardly pleasing.

M-Medium-low body. Not creamy nor watery. Medium carbonation numbs tongue a bit with peppery effervescence. The sip contains faint airs of grains and alkaline sours. The dull, lackluster bitters aren't hoppy, but dirty-metallic like. Carbonation is the only stand-out trait in feel. It lasts to the last sip.

O-Epitome of a brew you love at the beginning of your beer drinking journey, then realize later down the road is not as good as you thought. I wouldn't buy this beer again. Modelo Especial is more pleasing in taste and more refreshing. The dark lager flavors of caramel-dark bread are present for a few minutes, then just dilute and turn metallic, sour and bitter. Best paired with Mexican food if you had to drink.

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Photo of DenzelShawnG
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo might be y favorite Mexican beer.

Negra Modelo is very easy to drink and reminds me a lot of malta. Negra Modelo has a light feel in your mouth. While I bought a six pack I drank each beer out of a snifter glass. It's a decent light lager that's dark in color. It as a malty smell and taste to it.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer at any Mexican restaurant. I love how this beer is both dark and malty and yet also quite light. The carbonation balances out the dark malts perfectly. It is crisp and easy to drink, but with a pleasant toastiness. Also interesting how this beer is almost single-handedly keeping alive the "Vienna lager" style. All in all, a great beer.

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Photo of vkv822
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : pint glass

Clear amber brown with a fizzy, off white head.

Toasty, caramel malts. Very faint, if any, grassy/grainy hops.

Medium body, fizzy carbonation.

I went into this not knowing what to expect, as most Mexican beers are fairly forgettable, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. It is a well done, easy drinking lager with a pleasant flavor profile.

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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light brown with a modest cream head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

Caramel, nutty malt reigns the aroma. Hints of diacetyl are evident. Hip character is minimal.

Toffee and butterscotch rule the flavor, very sweet, with toasted, nutty malt notes finishing slightly fruity.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Diacetyl bomb, but flavorful malt character. It's on the sweet side, and the nutty notes make it appealing.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.14/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cola color with a modest layer of foam. Spotty bubbles that don't really lace.

Smells of sweet grains, a gentle toast, adjunct malts, and a bottom layer of soggy brown bread.

Dries up a little bit. Semi-sweet grains with a cereal note, barley malt, some corn, faint earthy bitterness, traces of hops, and some dark breadiness. Not a bad Euro Lager.

Drinks okay. Easy to work down. Carbonation is mild to medium. The body is pretty boring.

I'm 1,300 reviews in, and this is my first Mexican beer. Beers like this substantiate why.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours semi transparent reddish amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Smells of smells of some decent grain, a little fruitiness. Tastes of some fruitiness with caramelized grain, very nice. Beer is light bodied a tad heavily carbonated but it is very drinkable. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A clear gingery copper colour with a mushroom coloured head.

S: Smells like slightly metallic lager.

T: Pfft. Grainy, mellow and not bitter. Not perfectly dry. A hint of caramel and walnut but more so in the finish, which is otherwise pretty clean. Now it has warmed up there's a smidgen of citrus in the aftertaste and also some corn snacks.

M: Soft effervescence and almost creamy.

O: Cleaner and tastier than your average macro lager.

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Photo of Bernoulli
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nondescript brown. 1/4" head fades fairly quickly with no lacing.

Faint odor hard to place (our pourer said "caramely").

Starting cold it had a very subdued flavor (almost flavorless?) up front with a strong malty finish. As it warmed up the flavor started to show more and it "stings" the tongue a little instead of just rolling down.

Surprisingly not bad and a _lot_ better as it warms. We wouldn't buy it but we'd certainly drink it over a lot of other things we've tasted.

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Photo of Weston19
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, clear, amber color with a ton of carbonation. Has a very bubbly head and it looks like I just poured a Dr. Pepper on my mug.

S: I'm not getting much off the nose. The first initial sniff gave me sole caramel and a malty smell but it disappeared rather fast. There might be a hint of grass as well.

T: The beer gives a decent amount of hops and adjuncts and you can definitely taste them. The texture is very watery and there isn't as much malt flavor as I was expecting. Not a bad taste but not memorable in any way. It's just sort of...there.

M: Watery will a somewhat dry finish. Lots of burps.

O: A mildly bitter adjunct beer that has some OK flavors but is overall not very memorable. Not bold enough for my taste but definitely good with some tacos.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I would just like to say I thoroughly enjoy this beer. It has a slightly overwhelming smell once you pour it into the glass. However the taste is great. Perfect mix of malt and hops. When I poured it into a glass the carbonation was like a was pouring a glass of soda.

Overall, a good beer that is very, very drinkable.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, there is absolutely no good reason to put a lime wedge into a darker lager beer. For the purpose of this review enjoyed a bottle at a Mexican restaurant after said lime was extracted from the bottle neck. This is my favorite widely available beer down in Mexico and I will drink it here too should the occasion arise (Bavaria is another really good dark Mexican lager albeit harder to find at restaurants and bars). This brew is light brown, looking like iced tea or watery cola, with a decent amount of off-white to light tan head that will keep its shape for a bit provided you don't kill it off with lime juice. This beer is also served ice-cold pretty much anywhere you order it ... The initially weak aroma and flavors will develop if the beer is allowed to warm up a bit. Nose and palate jive quite nicely, amber and dark malts providing a mellow brown sugar backdrop with hints of raisin and roasted barley, along with vanilla-esque floral notes and some hops that recall sweet hay. The beer is highly carbonated and quite thin as one might expect, but well worth the attention that you probably wouldn't pay to a Corona or Sol. Malt forward but not aggressive and the mouthfeel is somewhat creamy. Less bold than other Munich Dunkels I've had and I think this is better classfied as a Graf-style Vienna lager. The aforementioned Bavaria is a Munich dunkel. But hey.

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Photo of mjurney
3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color, clear. Good amount of small bubbles rising up. Thin frothy head.

Toasted malts, grainy, grassy, a little peppery.

Toasted, grainy, grassy, slight caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is mild, yet pretty sharp. Finish is dry, clean, crisp. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, nice carbonation.

It's a good beer.

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Photo of Dsimenson
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz plastic cup at the airport. It has a lovely clear medium-brown color with no lacing or head at all. Aroma is hops, caramel, and a bit of malt. Flavor is hops, malt, caramel, mild but balanced, and tipping a bit more to the hops side, which I enjoy. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy. Overall this is a good brown lager, but I really prefer ales--porters, stouts and IPAs.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.17/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Medium to large off white to maybe light tan head settles to a nice lacing above a clear bright copper amber colored beer.

Light caramel to almost chocolate malts with some different things coming through, spices, nutmeg, not sure but they're there but very light.

Light maybe caramel maybe chocolate malts mix well to give this beer a definite flavor but not in any particular direction, and then I added a slice of lime and this beer seemed to explode with flavors but again in no particular direction, light malts, light hops, light citrus fruits and lime.

Easy drinking beer with a lighter taste that brings a variety of light tastes but really you should throw a slice of lime in the mix and it becomes, to me, the best mass market Mexican beer out there.

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Photo of Ctone33
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks very appetizing with a dark brown chestnut color and very thin head.

S - My nose is a little stuffy right now but it smells a little bit like chocolate and malty sweetness

T - Instantly refreshing like a glass of water but then it hits you with the sweetness of the malt and an alcoholic afterglow. Not dry and stays wet well after the initial taste

M - Watery and thin but not too much so. Also not very heavy... Very nice on a hot day or with spicy foods.

O - For Mexican beer this one is well made and balanced. Sweet and refreshing without too much bitterness. A slightly heavier mouthfeel would please me more but this beer is good as is.

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Photo of luis_dibiase
1.9/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

its not the best beer it has a sour taste and i always notice people spit after they drink it at the clubs. I would prefere a pabts blue ribbion or a micky instead of this. it taste ok when lime is added but other then that it has a bull flavor. If anything i would consider this as a last minute beer.

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Photo of kerry4porters
4.19/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Negra modelo is without a doubt my favorite Mexican Beer. Similar to Kilt lifter in look and feel its one of the few Mexican beers I've tried that i dont have to have a taco in my hand to enjoy. I thoroughly enjoy it and recommend it to all my friends when we go out for Mexican food.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mahogany color and crystal clear. Deep, dark and brilliant copper. Has a beige or off white head of creamy foam that fell pretty fast and left wet lace. It refreshes itself to a ring around the glass. The nose was malty and sweet with caramel and lots of bread. Touch of citrus over the top and faint lager yeast character to make it pretty attractive to the nose. It tastes pretty good. It's sweet and has some floral hops in the drink. But the lions share is a very smooth and flowing malt. It's not cloying and the sweetness is never out of hand. The lager character takes over in the after taste with that yeast and spice and the citrus keeps it lively and juicy.

This beer was a surprise. I have heard so much about how bad the mexican beers and I was prepared for awful. I even bought a lime . . . just in case. This drank deliciously. Exceptional color, exceptionally smooth and the sweetness is just what you want alongside a spicy dish of mexican or southwestern food. In fact the body of this beer was very well done. It wasn't watery, it wasn't thick . It was neutral if that makes any sense. Where I could criticize is that the sweetness flattens it a little. The citrus could have been a little more too. It had the faintest hop bitter to accentuate the finish but that was weak as well.

Pretty good overall.

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