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

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914 Reviews
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Reviews: 914
Hads: 2,940
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 55
Gots: 454 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

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 ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ten times the beer that corona ever will be. i have a new respect for mexican beer after this one. a fine dark that went down great and was just what i wanted. not too heavy at all as it had a fine little hint of roastiness in the backround. (241 characters)

Photo of barleysandwich
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great beer and was a big surprise for me. My only experience with Mexican beers had been Corona, which I like with a wedge of lime, but this beer surprised me.

The color is dark, like an amber ale or maybe even darker.

The smell was nice with no nasty notes.

Poured nicely with little head that disipated quickly.

Flavour was really nice and smooth with the nutty malty flavour usually associated with dark beers.

It is a bit heavy and I found it quite filling, so its not the kind of beer I would have several of at one time, but was excellent none-the-less. (578 characters)

Photo of imanidiot777
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium copper-brown color, clear, easy to see through but still looks good. Average head, maybe an inch, stayed for a decent amount of time but not much lacing.

S: Malty and grainy to me but I am not that good with the nose.

T: A little malty and pretty sweet. Slightly bitter aftertaste but it is very well done. Maybe a hint of chocolate? Not sure.

M: Medium level of carbonation. Not very heavy even though it is dark. Refined well.

D: Goes down smooth but somehow is filling even though it does not feel that heavy. (535 characters)

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice lager.
It's like a dark lookin pilsner almost... just a bit more hops would make this really special; the use of hops here is still very good as it is.
A slightly sweet smell going on... much drier than you think it would be judging by appearance and smell.
Easy drinkin, pretty tasty, a hint of depth.
A slight bit of oak dryness.
Way better than Corona, that's for sure.
Not as complex as Sam Adams lager but more approachable and more drinkable in my book. (477 characters)

Photo of JHubner73
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First time drinking this beer. It's Cinco de Mayo so it felt right. Overall a nice, refreshing beer. Not heavy at all. Smooth and light, with a hint of a hoppy aftertaste. There is an aftertaste that hangs around afterwards. Nothing that won't stop me from getting this again. (276 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Don't even think about it, get that damn lime away from this beer and pour it into a glass. Just because this beer comes from Mexico does not mean it needs a wedge of citrus to make it taste better.

A wholesome-looking two fingers of head stand at attention for the duration. Deep tawny color is clear and shows off the darkness it possesses. Hints of lemon, toasted bread crust and brown bread in the aroma. Extreme smoothness gently rolls the medium body over the palate. Sweetness from the malt is predominate to start, but slowly drops off as a toasted graininess takes over. Mild hop bitterness has a slight sharpness to it with very little flavor, just bitterness, which is fine as it lets the malt prevail. Semisweet finish with a lingering cloaked caramel maltiness.

Delicious in a simple way. Remember, just say no to limes! Hands down one of the best Mexican beers that has ever crossed the border, legally. (968 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel aromas, brilliantly clear amber, not a lot of esters, a little malt, astringency, a touch malt, no roast malt flavors, dry finish, medium light body, moderate carbonation. (179 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pleasant dark/amber. Good alone or to take the sizzle out of a spicy Mexican meal. Smooth and easy to drink. (Hard to believe this is the same brewery that makes Corona). (180 characters)

Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 12 oz)
pours a deep mohogany with a good head the drops into nothing.
the aroma is malt with a nice hint of hops.
the flavor is malty, hopsack, carmelized malt, bitterness, smooth.
negra modelo is great, nice way to celebrate cinco de mayo, great beer from mexico. this brewery also makes a great bohemian pilsner. (379 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this a few times, but it particularly stood out recently. Looks brown with mohogony and golded high lights. Pours a rich, loose head that is just off white. Smells toasty, malty, and a little like butter popcorn. Tastes malty clean, hopped only for balance in flavor and bittering. A little bready, buttery, toffee like. Creamy body that remains quite soft. Finishes sweet and clean. (394 characters)

Photo of stoutman
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great Mexican-made Vienna lager. This particular beer has a medium brown color, a good deal darker than most Vienna lagers. It has a good malt aroma with a dry malt flavor and aftertaste. A good effort by grupo modelo. (220 characters)

Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: I'm drinking this in Mexico so maybe that makes a difference? Roasty character with a good body. Goes well with most foods. A great alternative to all the "clear beers." For the price, not sure how you can ask more from a beer out of Mexico but beer snobs will be beer snobs and people on this site still don't rate to style, comparing everything to the best "big beers" they've had. (395 characters)

Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up an dark amber with ruby highlights. I poured down the side of the glass and did not get a head. I really like the way this looks.

S - a very light caramel aroma, but no hops detected.

T - Very subtle malt flavor accented by hops at the back end.

M - Lager like mouthfeel, not thick, not too thin.

D - Very smooth and clean tasting beer that despite it's stronger alcohol content than American beer is extremely drinkable. (438 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a 1 finger head, one shade above white. The head lakes great retention but does stay around for a minute or two. The body is crystal clear amber brown.

S- Quite a bit of caramel, nuttiness, honey graham crackers, maple nut. Not bad at all.

T- Starts out with a bit of raisin, some brown sugar, a hint of chocolate while transitioning, I get a note of maplenut before the dominantly going to a dry light hop note. Again, not bad at all.

M- Medium carbonation is a perhaps a bit cloying but the finish is relatively clean.

D- Quite a drinkable mexican beer. This is definitely going to be my mexican restaurant go-to. (631 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap. Pours a nice caramel color, but no head or lacing at all.
Sm. Not a strong smell, sweetness and caramel.
Ta. Some chocolate, caramel. A nice sweetness with a smooth finish.
Mf. Light carbonation, pleasant.
Dr. Yes indeedy. It goes down very easy and tastes great on the way. I first encountered Negra Modelo in Berrego Springs, CA and fell in love with it. (360 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red with a huge frothy off white, light tan head.

S: Some sweet Vienna malt makes a presence on the nose, along with some brown sugar notes as well.

T: The malting is very warm and dark roasted with some dried apples, pears and cider juice flavors coming through. There is some burnt woodiness, warm bread and smoky notes for flavor along with some dried fruit (raisin grist) and some dark licorice. There is also some nice dark roasted coffee notes, caramel and a very rich dark roasted nuttiness along with a nice earthy hop bitterness and a grainy dry malt bitterness for a finish and fade with a touch of smokiness to round it out.

M: A very nice grainy feel on the tongue.

D: Overall a very drinkable beer, very rich and big per style drinking like a octoberfest bock. (806 characters)

Photo of MrWiggles
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife brought this home because she tried it and loved it when it was available at a work related event. I have been buying it constantly now.

A: Dark redish brown without much head. Good clarity.

S: sweet caramel aroma also with a suttle citrusy smell.

T: Sweet at first with a slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste. It is very well balanced.

MF: light (to medium) bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation

D: Very yummy beer that goes down almost too easily. I had several in a row when eating some Spanish tapas.

I was never into Mexican beer but Negra Modelo and Bohemia have impressed me a lot and I have been a regular customer as of late. (654 characters)

Photo of tesguino
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i try this beer in the party of my birthday, is very good when is frozen in ice bar, only not have the same properties of the presentation on bottle, but its fight to gain my admiration, like a beer on tap, its brewery put much attention in its delivery, carefully installed its system of tap. (293 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Brown translucent body with just a film of off-white head. Smells like fruit, alcohol, roasted and caramel malt. Tastes sweeter than expected, with apple or pear, roasted and caramel malt, and hints of chocolate even? No real bitterness to speak of, though there's some hop there, but just enough to offset the maltiness and sweetness of the brew. Taste is surprisingly pleasing and complex, with many different components ballancing the others. Lighter-bodied, making for a rather drinkable beer. Surprisingly good - helps redeem my opinion of Mexican beers. (578 characters)

Photo of bondjedi
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get a good look at the appearance - sorry, I drank it straight from the bottle.

Hearty smell, no hint of formaldehyde.

Tastes good. A little thinner than you hope. Mouthfeel enhanced by effervescent carbonation.

I could drink these 'til I drop. (255 characters)

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle and poured into a pint glass

A- dark brown same color as the bottle no head whatsoever which i belive to be standard for this style.

S- some malt light not overpowering in the nose, I like it

T- very clean and crisp. light bodied and very smooth without being watery ( a high achivement) finish was so so clean

M balanced on the light side but just what I was looking for in this beer

D- perfect. this beer goes down easy which is exactly what I was looking for as I was eating fryed Jalapenos and spicy enchladas. Perfect with a Mexican meal (580 characters)

Photo of PhilHeinricke
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In 1997 I got on a plane bound for Mexico City. I had been trying to learn Spanish and had been corresponding with a young lady for a few months. She met me at the airport with her boyfriend. They drove me past the Zocalo and to my hotel. I checked in, and when I came down, they were in the restaurant drinking Negra Modelos. I had a great week. I had a personal tour guide showing me the museums and landmarks of a beautiful city and access to Negra Modelo wherever I went. I'm still friends with the girl. We communicate via Facebook these days. So this beer brings back fond memories to me.

As the name suggests, it's a dark beer. It's not heavy, and it doesn't have an overpowering taste, perfect for cooling down after climbing Teotihuacan or taking in the sights on a hot August Mexico City afternoon. (819 characters)

Photo of hellomcfly
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Surprised I had not already reviewed this beer.
I always order it when I'm at a Mexican restaurant. It is truly one of my favorite non micro/craft beers.

Pours a dark amber color with a small tan head. Very little lacing.

I love the smell, it's not complex but it is a fantastic chocolate malt smell.

Nice balanced taste with its complexity in hits malts. Nice caramel, chocolate, and toasty flavors with a faint, clean hop presence to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Drinkability is high. Great session beer that is widely available and pairs well with the food it is commonly served with. (609 characters)

Photo of chiapete
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A darker beer for a cerveza. Poured a redish-brown color with a creamy head that lasted a fair time.

The aroma was malty with slight carmel and nut tone.

Flavor was slighty sweet with a carmal, roasted malt taste. Ended with a bitter-sweet finish.
One of my favorites from this group. I would give this above average marks for taste, color , flavor and aroma. (363 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
An aggressive pour resulted in a tawny, ruby-red, dark amber hue with a minimal head and very little lacing...
A fresh, caramel, malty aroma replete with figs, prunes, and a hint of vanilla cream...
Taste was rendolent of dark, candied sugars, with a strong malt backbone and a hint of honey mollasses...
Medium to light bodied mouthfeel, extremely easy level of drinkability with a sweet finish...
Great stuff...
Recommended... (507 characters)

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 914 ratings.