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

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BEER STATS
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3.36
pDev:
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of JWearda
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

S - Pint glass poured from the bottle.

A - Pours a relatively clear, dark ruby brown with a light finger width head. Short retention, leading to a broken layer of small bubbles across the surface.

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

T - Follows the nose. Light but predominant caramel flavor. Ghostly presence of nuttiness and hops.

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

O - My beer of choice when dining at a Mexican restaurant, only because of lack of selection. Not a bad beer, I simply want something more bold from a beer this dark.

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Photo of ptykozoon
2.94/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark auburn which glows like an ember in the light. A silky cap sticks around.

Not a typical mexican beer smell, fortunately. Bits of cocoa amongst floral & herby notes. Raisin and dark chocolate.

The taste is light fruit and chocolate. There is a watery taste reminiscent of macro breweries but it is negligible. There is no depth or finish to the beer, really just a simple sweet fruity taste.

Carbonation is light and refreshing.

This is one of those beers that you buy if you are in a grocery store with not exactly the most divine of selections. Passable, not outstanding.

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Photo of Fux
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber color. Almost no head which disappears almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

S: I caught there a light maltiness, but overall the smell is very poor.

T: Malts are predominating, light at first but finishes with a pleasant roasted yet sweet aftertaste. Alcohol is also present despite the relatively low ABV.

M: Good carbonation for this refreshing beer.

O: This is not a great brew. But it could have been worse for just a thirst-quenching beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

supposedly one of the higher end mexican brews. pours a see through thin budlight color with a small head. nose is lousy, old malts, dead beer, no hops at all to speak of. taste beats the aroma, with a refreshing lighter malt flavor and a quick crisp finish. mouthfeel is alright, with some pretty high carbonation and a light body. if i was in mexico city on a 100degree day eating spicy food, it would be a good session, but on a cold fall night in the midwest with pizza, its extremely unremarkable.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I saw this Amber beer from Mexico at the shelf I just HAD to try it!

I've been warned from beerfriends but I want to get my own opinion about this beer.

The beer is clear, deep brown, copper colored with a one finger high, beige, head that leaves no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Not much here... Some carmel malt, fudge, bread, brown sugar, syrup, butter and grass.
Taste: Lager-like... Some sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, a bit of chocolate and malt.
Mouth: Light mouthfeel and carbonation. Easy drinking. Some sweetness. Oily texture.

Not that bad really! Nothing to write home about but still...

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Photo of Scooter77
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presented in 12oz “stubbie” bottle with gold foil over top. I sampled this brew with some enchiladas and refried beans. Poured a dark amber/orange color with a medium rocky head, which faded down quickly leaving virtually no lace. Nose is malty with subtle pepper undertones. Taste is slightly sweet with touch of mild hops that fade away quickly. Even thought this is an slightly above average Mexican beer, it’s by far, much better than Corona.

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Photo of kaseydad
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass pour with a flat cola appearance and a small white foamy head, which disappears quickly. Roasted malt aroma with some slight apple whiffs. Malty taste with some hints of roasted malts and a wicked aftertaste. Bitter aftertaste which is not pleasant to the buds whatsoever. Thin mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation going on. Easy drink though I wouldn't be putting more than a couple away based on the overall taste.

Overall I had to drink this on the cold side (which helped) but it was refreshing if nothing else though I prefer the Especial to this.

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Photo of Gavage
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with orange highlights. 1" head falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell: some very mild caramel tones are present.

Taste: caramel, toasted corn tones, and a very mild bitterness. Thin and watery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short caramel and toasted tone aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: dull and boring is all that can describe this beer. Not worth trying.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this to style cuts down on some of the ratings. This isn't a bad beer, and probably one of the best "macros" I've had. Still, to compare it with the style, it misses

nice dark amber, buckeye brown. Clean. Small head, soapy.

Aroma has the hints of MDL, but just hints. Toffee, sweet malt and some caramel. Kind of rusty.

Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee. Leather a bit to throw in some tannins. It's a bit chaotic. Nothing holding it together. While the flavors are not bad, they are random and light. The finish is a bit dirty.

Got worse at it warmed

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says “Dark Ale,” but it looks and tastes more like a Munich dunkel. Not so sure how it’s fermented, but it definitely leans towards the latter classification.

Found the somewhat golden, amber-brown color to be nice when poured. No distinguishable bouquet to speak of - just smells like "beer." The taste is a smidge better than average, with more hints of spice, maybe a bit of fruitiness, and a very lightly hopped finish.

Carbonation is good - maybe a bit too bubbly for some. Good solo when thirsty for a better than average Mexican beer, but also goes well with spicy Mexican fare.

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Photo of Serge
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of ism
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at room temperature.

Highly carbonated head disappears like it was never there. A reddish amber, dark and pleasing to the eye, next to the slightly darker bottle. Aroma, what little there is, just hints at hops. The carbonation works along the tongue, with sweet malt running over it, shades of nuts and fruit. The hops don't seem to be there, which leads to it being on the sweet side just a bit too much. Slightly dry pull on the aftertaste, which is clean for the most part.

Not overly exciting enough to drink on its own, and not refreshing enough for a summer's day. Best as a companion to more interesting food. If this were the only beer on a Mexican restaurant menu along with other Modelo offerings and Dos Equis, I'd choose it. Would go great with chicken enchiladas in green sauce. Mmm... enchiladas. Cute squat bottle with a waist where the neck ends, the cutest one I've seen so far.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One of the few dark lagers I enjoy. Pours clear brown with a medium off-white head. Caramel and nut aroma, very sweet. Taste is bready and grainy, somewhat toasty, but not like you would find in a stout or porter. Barely-there hops. Happens to be one of the few Mexican beers I consume indoors and with my shirt on.

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Photo of indiapaleale
2.9/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean, bubbly, light brown/amber color with a thin watery head.

Smells grassy, a bit like caramel, brown sugar and sour malt.

Tastes sweet, a lot of caramel notes, light in body with some decent malty notes. Not a whole lot of flavor which does lead to a high drinkability factor when its hot out and you're on a Mexican beach.

Better than Corona or Sol, this was my go to beer in Mexico.

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Photo of SebD
2.89/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer is a drab brown tint, like tannic streamwater. Visibly thin, with a soda wisp of bubbles.

S - Vaguely sweet malt is about all I get here, perhaps a suggestion of honey. Inoffensive.

T - The taste is watery and mineral-y and has a slight honey sweetness.

M - Feel is thin and watery, but works well for a Mexican Lager.

O - I would not be terribly interested in drinking more than one of these, but it is ok with Mexican food.

It is best used as a base for a Michelada, which I do quite often. To keep this review as useful as possible, here is a recipe for the Sangrita which comprises the non-beer half of Michelada:

1/4 cup lime juice
1 cup orange juice
2 cups tomato juice, Clamato or V8
1 tablespoon of minced onion
1 tablespoon of very finely chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon of minced jalapeno
Stir all ingredients, chill for at least 20-30 minutes to let the flavors marry, then serve. Keeps overnight, may be better that way.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a frosted mug.

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber brown, with a red hue. About an inch of bubbly head rose about an inch, and dissipated quickly.

Smells of caramel, very mild hops, slightly metallic, and sweet malts.

Taste is mostly just clean, crisp, and cold. I let it warm a bit due to the frosted mug, even though I knew there would still not be much there. Some caramel, sweet malts, and light bitterness.

Mouth feel is light, with medium carbonated. Fairly watery.

Overall, an easy drinker, but not something to seek out. However, the fact this beer is served in a brown bottle, with gold foil at the top shows that they at least care to protect this beer from light & skunk, unlike say Corona or Sol for example. It is not a great beer by any means, but it is palatable. Probably your best choice to pair with spicy Mexican food while at a Mexican restaurant, which is how and why I had it.

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Photo of coalcracker
2.89/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darker gold in color with fizzy carbonation that does not last for long. Little lacing.
Smell: Not much in the way of aroma- some light maltiness for the most part.
Taste: A bit robust upon first taste, then thins a little towards the end of the taste with a little hop bitterness and a grainy overall flavor quality. Clean finish, though I notice a slight metallic aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Overall a bit thin.
Drinkability: Drank this without food- I hear it goes well with Mexican. Nonetheless, a decent lager that can be a nice change-up from some of the macro offerings.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at a local Mexican restaurant while caSSino was down from Charlotte visiting. Served from bottle into an Anarctic frozen mug. Poured amber with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly (after the head thawed out of course). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, dark chocolate, wheat, and roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Really nothing on this one stood out to me at all. I did like how this one had a bit of dark chocolate in it to add some character, but the wheat flavor I got here just didn't impress me at all. Got this as it was ranked as one of the best Mexican brews on the menu according to BA, but I guess I should have gone with a strawberry Margarita like caSSino chose to do...

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Photo of atigerlife
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a small light brown head.

Aroma of sweet malts and light hops in the background.

Taste is sweet malts and caramel. Some light spiceyness in there.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a drinkable brew but nothing too exciting. I haven't had this for a long time and was expecting more.

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Photo of vdread
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo

had on tap at pappa's cantina in austin tx. they had a cheap selection and this was the only semi-flavorful beer besides shiner bock.

it's a deep amber/brown color with a thick foamy head that sticks around for a long time and leaves some lace. the nose is simple. corn, somewhat buttery. a little malty. taste is unassuming. tastes like a typical adjunct lager with some buttery caramel malts. well carbonated, easy on the palate. sippable for sure.

not bad for a bar beer when there's not much else available, but i wouln't run out to buy a 6. probably one of the better cerveza.

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Photo of karengarys
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown like you would expect. Little head. Clear and transparent, not cloudy, no chunks or floaties.

The smell is faint, but what is there is a bit of malts.

This tastes like water and beer flavor and carbonation mixed. Some malt and a bit more hop. Not too interesting.

Mouthfeel is okay, a bit creamy but a bit watery too.

Finish is a bit creamy, but also kind of stale-beer like.

This is drinkable but boring beer. I wouldn't look for this, but if it were handed to me I could enjoy it anyway.

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Photo of cpone
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always my beer of choice when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the usual uninspired line-up.

A: Poured straight into a tulip - maybe two finger soapy, bubbly head that did not stick around. Small traces of lacing. Body shows lots of carbonation and has a ruby brown color, like root beer.

S: Very light toasted malt, raw corn with a little nuttiness to it.

T: Very little in the way of flavor. Slight, barely toasted malt, grains with a hint of bitterness. In all honesty, it tastes much like most macro lagers - with just a bit more flavor.

M: Decent for the style i suppose. Good carbonation, crisp and fairly light.

Negra will still be my go to at the taqueria, but after reviewing and really trying to taste the beer my affinity for it has waned. It's ok, but not as good as I used to say it was.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was coca-cola colored. The beeer poured a nice head but it did not last long at all. It left decent lacing, but really, who cares about that? The beer smelled sour to me. Taste was a little sweet and a little flat tasting. No good to me I will not buy agaiun as I have tried this beer repeadedly and always get the same bad beer.

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Photo of lampkins
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad Mexican beer, head and shoulders above Corona or Corona light. Decent beer that does not require the addition of a lemon or lime. In addition, this beer is not bad as it warms a bit. Carbonation is good, but not overdone. To be honest, could not really detect an attributable scent with this beer. Would I go out of my way to buy this beer? No, but I would order the next time I am having Mexican food.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.