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

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926 Reviews

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 3,007
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 27.98%
Wants: 57
Gots: 496 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of cudmud
2.56/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of the tap, this beer had a wodernful tan, thick head of two fingers and a clear amber color. Likewise, the lacing made the beer look inviting. Now things turned for the worse. The head and lace dissipated into nothing after a few minutes.

This sample had a powerful metallic smell. Behind the off smell was a slight aroma of malt and hops.

As with the aroma, the beer had a strong metallic taste. After fighting my way past the off flavor I discovered the sweet flavor of malt and medium hop aftertase. I also think the flavor is thin.

Due to the above, the mouthfeel and drinkability were lacking.

I tried this beer at a Mexican restaurant and I wish I had a marguerita. Perhaps the keg was old or the tap lines are dirty as other BA appear to like this beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown body that is transparent with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin wisp of foam in the middle.

S- There is an aroma of pale malt with a hint of pot caramel and a faint noble hop finish. The smell is very light overall.

T- The taste of light crisp pale malt has a note of pot caramel or slightly toasted malt with a neutral taste. The finish has a light bitterness and a soft carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that was a touch watery in the finish.

D- This beer was very light and flavorless with a dark body. Not to interesting.

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Photo of Kinsman
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Solid brown body with a little bit of room left for some lighter amber highlights. Capped by a light white head that faded all too quickly.

Aroma is lightly sweet with faint hints of caramel over a toasted grain presence and a light touch of hops. As a whole this aroma comes and goes and is rather underwhelming.

Munich Dunkel? Well certainly there are hints of dunkel in this beer with a light caramel sweetness but the overriding grainy flavor and faint metallic notes give this a cheap lager taste. Hops are faint without providing much in the way of bitterness or flavor.

Mouthfeel is thin, light and bubbly. Overall, rating this beer as a Munich Dunkel does not really do it any favors. While it is better than your average mass-produced lager and is plenty refreshing, it really doesn't come anywhere close to the best Munich Dunkels.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

gets avg points for appearance just because it is dark, and i don't even tend to favor beers this dark. fizzy head. very faint aromas for a dark beer, can detect some roasty and metallic notes. starts and finishes dry and crisp. no thick malt sweetness, very light in body like a guinness. not much going on to speak of. no noticeable hops. this probably looks scary to most people but there are not many actual beer flavors to worry about.

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Photo of OlieIPA
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a few sips of this beer at Chipotle with PatronWizard (one cool mo-fo I might add) the other day. And yes...I said Chipotle.

A: Brown to copper color. Drank straight from the bottle, so I can't tell you much more than that.

S: Slight caramel malts; couldn't tell what else was in it.

T: Not much taste at all, but not bad...kind of hard to explain. Taste like it smells is the best explaination.

M: Light-body with ample amount of carbonation.

D: Fairly easy

Overall: Even though this is a cheapy beer, its not too bad for a Mexican Ale. Probably won't order it again, but if your stuck between a Corona, Tecate or this...I would definitely choose this one.

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Photo of Darkale
2.59/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a chain restaurant the other night during an after-business outing.

Pours sort of like a soft-drink, with a head that appears quickly and disappears almost as fast. Faint malt aroma. Thin taste, bit of malt, just a bit, didn't detect much of anything else. Honestly, it tasted like a soft drink.

It's a pleasant drink. You could have a few, and with the right food, it would be ok. But, it's more like an adjunct to the food than it is a beer in its own right.

Still, I would much prefer this beer to most of the macro-brews that are available in the US. It did not venture far into positive territory, but it also avoided negative territory completely, which is more than I can say for most of our mass-produced beers. I would not buy it, but if I ended up in a restaurant or party where this, and only this was available, I would not despair. I'd be OK.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks to be a sort of watery dark brown color. Absolutely no head whatsoever when it came to me.

S: So you know when you're outside and it's raining/been raining and your pants get wet because some douche speeds through a puddle right next to you even though he easily could have gone around it and you leave your pants out on the balcony to dry and then come back three days later to check on them and you give them a sniff and they still smell dank and like puddle? Yeah, that's what this smells like.

T: Better than the smell, but I don't know how much that's saying. Grain, a little syrupy sweetness, honey and more grain with a creamy mouthfeel. If you gave me this next to Bud Light in a blind taste test, I would have a hard time telling them apart.

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Photo of FormatKid
2.61/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got a bottle of this at my local mexican joint. I figured this would probably be the best of the evils to be offered there. Poured into a frosted mug, which I didn't care to refuse because the waiter didn't speak very much english.

It poured out a rather dense, yet transparent brown. Nice foamy head rolled up 2-3 fingers worth. Looks a lot like a bock, then I took a whiff. Well, it sort of smelled like a bock only it was infused with a corny-sweet smell. It didn't do too much for my nose.

Taste is sweet and corn-syrupy all the way through, hops are a barely noticable edge. It doesn't impress me too much on taste. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than a standard lager. Carbonation is consistent with many other lagers, although not persistant enough to be called "fizzy".

Compared to other "mexi-lagers" I've had, this one is probably the most solid. Still just not my cup of tea. If I was choking on my chimichanga, it would be passable to wash it down with this.

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Photo of brushtachio
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the local Mexican bar for Cinco de Mayo and thought I would have a NM in keeping with the spirit of things. I remember liking this beer 5 years ago. Has it changed?

Poured from the bottle it looked like slightly frothy and dark apple juice. Almost no heAd even though I gave it a long distance pour. Little smell whatsoever. The taste was blandly malted with a dull slightly sour finish.

Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it actually felt pretty good in the mouth which did compensate a little for the flat taste. That

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Photo of rangerred
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a chilled mug.

Appearance is a medium brown with a fizzy head that doesn't stick around for long.

Smell is a light nutty roastiness and perhaps a little sweet.

Taste is a light nuttiness with a little bit of roast. Really no hops to speak of and the taste drops off fairly quickly. Mouthfeel is thin.

I do enjoy this beer with mexican food but that is about it. I seriously doubt I would ever drink it on a regular basis. However it is probably my favorite mexican lager.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.64/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve had this beer before with lime while eating hot Mexican food, and liked it more than I did this time, just taste testing. Appearance was light brown/red, with no head or lacing. Aroma and flavor were okay, but difficult to pick out any particular ingredient. Palate was okay, but again, nothing special. I think I’ll stick to drinking this with a good hot meal.

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Photo of deejaydan
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a wonderfully clear amber color with a fluffy squat head. Aroma is mostly DMS, cooked corn aroma, some stale grain going on. Flavor is slighty malty sweet, but the cooked corn rears its ugly head during the taste as well. There isn't a ton of flavor going on either. Mouthfeel is thin, and under carbonated. If I'm desperate, I'd go for this. It might match well with greasy mediocre mexican food, but not a standalone beer for me.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful just slightly lighter than ruby red color with a big fairly tight head that is not particularly well retained but leaves just a slightly better than spotty lace. I've got to give this a 4 for appearance on color alone though, the color of this beer is sheer perfection. The aroma however falls a little short of the great heights I suppose I would have liked from such a wonderful looking beer. I can't help but think that this smells precisely like the worst kind of cheap pale lager, with the cooked corn, the light bread yeast, and the mild sweetness. There is some floral character but really not enough to redeem this one. The flavor bounces my confidence in this beer back a up a bit. The beer is sweet, it's too sweet and for that matter it's too corny. But that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of nice things going on in the flavor of this beer there is a good fruitiness with a nice interplay of just the mildest toasty malt. This is all before I mention that this has a really pleasant hop zing, I'm really not sure what the hops are but they strike me as west coast fruity and citrusy hops, however there is no denying the presence of some noble herbal hoppiness as well. The thing about Negra Modelo is that it does, basically, exactly what it came to do. It is slightly sweeter than most pale mexican lagers, at the same time it's got a more bold flavor than those as well, but at the end of the day it's refreshing. I am positive that this is what the brewers of this beer were going for, like it or not, they hit the mark.

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Photo of granger10
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is nothing to write home about. It IS better than Corona but that's not saying much. Not really that dark for a dark lager. Roasted taste with a light caramel roastiness to boot. Very lightly carbonated, but goes down smooth enough. All in all not a great beer but decent enough.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear brown color with a small off-white head that diminishes immediately. Decent aroma of roasted malt and a bit of bread. Tasted bland, a bit bitter with a watery feel on the palate. Somewhat watery and flat. Goes well with fajitas, chips, and salsa...that's about it.

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Photo of engagechad
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased at Casa Grande in Richmond, VA and poured into a mug ish glass

This beer poured with moderate carb and the color was kind of thin. Smelled like a watery brown ale and tasted slightly of corny adjuncts. It wasn't terrible but I wouldn't order one again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnished to dark copper colour, with a filmy head of white bubbles. The bubbles look surprisingly light, and they don't cling. The body, overall looks pretty weak, but the colour is nice, at least.

Very odd nose, a light coppery sourness, metallic twang and a whack of bubblegum, a bit dusty and grainy. Not all that appealing to be honest. It's not terribly offensive, but there are just enough jarring notes to put me off.

Very thin in the mouth, with only a light bubblegum/banana phenolic note through the centre of the palate. Some carbonic bitterness on the finish, but it's not much. The lack of body is the biggest downer to this one, it feels very thin, and with the mildly sweet palate it starts to haunt you with images of sugar water. Not a fan.

Overall, it's not offensive, but it's very very bland indeed, and I really dislike the feel. It's undoubtably drinkable, but it's certainly not something of which I'd choose to partake regularly.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing. Thin, macro taste and mouthfeel. Not much flavor, and a strange, overly carbonated body. I enjoyed this more when I was watching the Mosley-DeLaHoya fight in a bar full of Mexican-Americans. At home, below average (still better than Corona).

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer held true to my standing opinion of Mexican beers. I can't put it in technical terms; I can only describe it as "Mexican flavor." I don't know if it's the water, poor quality ingredients, or the heavy-handed use of rice or other adjuncts. This beer is ALMOST good, but not quite. More flavorful and satisfying than Corona, but still not something I'd return to. I'll stick with beers brewed North of the border.

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Photo of stcules
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant ruby, very clena, with very few bubbles. Light foam, dirty white in color.
In the smell dark malts, lightly toasted, and caramel. Maybe a bit of red fruit.
Toasty in the taste, with again notes of dark malts, raisins, red fruit. More fruity than in the smell.
Drinkable, but nothing more.
Almost no body. In the aftertaste the red fruits, the maltiness and caramel.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of SamN
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Ruby red, hues of amber, earth and rust. Dusty tan head, not a great color, drab and boring and doesn't quite compliment the deep hued liquid below.

S- Crisp and clean hops plus cereal grains in balance. Lacking much of that metallic odor that dominates cheaper mass produced beers. Sweeter aroma, clean and more than a little sterile.

T- Watery, slightly tart, finishes on processed metallic hops. Pretty boring tasting beer. What flavors exist are faint and flat.

M- Good smoothness in mouthfeel. Great carbonation levels.

D- Meh. Better when paired with food, great heat reducer for spicy mexican food. On it's own? Weak and boring.

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Photo of Davidstan
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted like a beer sprite. It was very sweet but have to say refreshing on a warm day at a friends home. It was free and will drink again if it is free but probably will never buy.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very plain beer in my opinion. Was a dark color almost black. No head what so ever. Smell was the slightest amout of malt not much of a hop smell. Taste was malty almost roasted with very little hop taste. Very thin almost watery beer. Kinda bland I thought. It is easy to drink.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A standard at most grocery stores this dark austrian lager pours with a tannish head. The body is amber colored with an aroma of malt. Slight spiciness to the pallette finishing with malt dominance, not much in the way of hops and very little mouthfeel. Ok in a pinch.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.