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

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BA SCORE
77
okay

2,128 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 2128
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%


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

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
 http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/style03.php 

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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 04:42:40 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Kinsman

California

2.58/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 02:33:53 | More by Kinsman
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FormatKid

Tennessee

2.6/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 03:56:11 | More by FormatKid
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Darkale

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2003 10:34:20 | More by Darkale
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deejaydan

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 02:03:50 | More by deejaydan
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brushtachio

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -21.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 00:27:13 | More by brushtachio
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 07:45:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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SamN

Colorado

2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 19:51:58 | More by SamN
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notchucknorris

California

2.65/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2011 16:34:17 | More by notchucknorris
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granger10

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2003 22:51:40 | More by granger10
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JohnnyDuvel

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2004 03:05:16 | More by JohnnyDuvel
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stcules

Italy

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 19:41:04 | More by stcules
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Hoagie1973

New York

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 15:29:27 | More by Hoagie1973
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BieresDesMoines

Iowa

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 05:52:50 | More by BieresDesMoines
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engagechad

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 15:50:23 | More by engagechad
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.68/5  rDev -20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:53:56 | More by rangerred
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battlekow

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic water cup at Qdoba. How authentic. Negro Modelo smelled and tasted like a typical lager, all sweet maltiness, except for a hint of a medicinal/Band-Aid quality in the taste. The flaw wasn't enough to drag it down too much, but it wasn't going anywhere other than average anyway. On the plus side, the queso chicken burrito I had was excellent.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2005 05:04:43 | More by battlekow
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MSchae1017

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 17:35:27 | More by MSchae1017
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 14:09:38 | More by kimcgolf
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SiphonKing

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 01:43:11 | More by SiphonKing
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 23:30:06 | More by mtstatebeer
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zerk

California

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

Dark color, with quickly dissapating head. Very little detectable on the nose, slightly sweet smell.

Taste had malt sweetness, and slightly bitter. Not very much flavor. Nothing really distinguishes this beer, or makes you want more.

Good with a Mexican meal, and better than many Mexican imports, but nothing special about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2002 07:45:15 | More by zerk
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

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
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TheSixthRing

California

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
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HochFliegen

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 07:33:41 | More by HochFliegen
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