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

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 895
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 40
Gots: 286 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Vienna 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 Florida9
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep Brown, yet still translucent and clear. A very minimal surface coating of off-white head.

S: Aromas are quite muted, but what is detectible are malts and some sort of tinny, metallic aroma. Not overly pleasant, so I'm thankful the aromas are muted.

T: A light caramel maltiness, though it's more like a light maltiness with caramel added. There are some faint lemon notes then a mild amount of hop-induced bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Finishes clean and dry, but not too dry. Shall I say "off-dry?"

D: Easy to drink. Pairs well with Mexican food (with which I was drinking it with). Couldn't see drinking this by itself, but it's far better than Corona

Photo of Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation is a 12 oz brown stubby bottle with gold foil on the top of the bottle. Served in a glass and I also drank some of the beer from the bottle.

Tranparent brown color with a somewhat sticky lacing on the glass.

Neutral in aroma. Bubbly carbonation with a minmal head.

Slight roasted malt profile with a citrus zing and baby hop bitterness. Malty flavors that blends nuts and sweetness.

This is my Mexican beer of preference when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the typical Mexican beer selection. This beer will work with just about any Mexican dish.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had with my chicken enchilada at the Cantina Express. Dude tried to pour it for me, I said "I got it." Lay off my beer man.

Poured. Wow, its dark beer. Nice fluffy head, but gone in a flash.

I just cannot get a scent. Stupid yet wonderful enchilada.

Light taste of malts, caramel. I'm talking light. Maybe one other unidentifiable flavor. Not great but not bad. I would definitely get one in a Mexican restaurant (just did).

Easily drinkable. Great if you want to look like you're drinking a dark beer with out all the bothersome flavor.

Overall: marginal, average, run of the mill, so-so, OK, alright, fair to middling, ...

Photo of aaronh
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo pours a transparent burnt amber color with a minimal head. The aroma is mostly of caramel and malts, with a touch of hops, but just a touch. The taste is very clean, with a surprisingly rich caramel profile. The roastiness of the malts is evident, and the hops finish the taste quite nicely. Not much is left on the finish, and the aftertatse is just a slight earthy grainiess. The mouthfeel is typical lager, not thin but not robust. The carbonation is a bit harsh on the palate as well. The drinkability is good, and I much prefered this to any other beer typically found in Mexican Restaurants. Have it with your next order of enchiladas and you won't be disappointed (as long as you're not looking for a world class brew!)

Photo of sammy44
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I generally rotate between this and Dos Equis when I'm at a Mexican resturant.

First thing to do when served is to pull the lime out of the neck of the bottle. One of my buddies asked me why I don't put the lime in, I answered, "Because it doesn't need it." This beer is good enough to drink alone unlike Corona which needs to just have the beer poured out and replaced with lime juice. That would fix the taste.

Anyway, the beer pours a clear brown with a small slightly sticky head. It looks good in the glass and the smell is nice to. Very sweet tasteing beer (almost as sweet as a Michelob AmberBock which somebody on the web site referred to as "flat Coke"). Overall the taste is good to me but I don't think I could have many of them at one sitting. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and it seems to be a little underhopped for the style.

Speaking of style beeradvocate lists it as a Vienna Lager and many people have referred to it as a lager but on the bottle it refers to itself as a "dark ale" (it will be on the front of the label below and to the right of the name). Odd.

Photo of bradford
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Six pack purchased at the local market for $9. 12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass
Looked okay. Sort of a reddish brown hue. Small, thin brown head fades quickly
Smell wasn't too great. No discernable hops for me. Minor amount of malt
Taste was not bad. Very smooth and easy to drink. Not offensive, not great
Mouthfeel was very smooth and slick like many lagers out there. This feels better than most attempts by Mexican breweries that I have tried.
Drinkabilty was very good. Easy to drink, not a bad taste, goes very well drinking out of a pint glass or straight from the bottle during a bbq. Nothing bad to say about this beer

Photo of harpo111
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best Mexican Import I have tried. They call it dark...i call it amber. Pours a very clear brown in the glass. Nice aroma.
Taste is smooth, not hoppy with a hint of citris. Finishes smooth, bit of bitter. Not a very heavy beer, but has enough body to hold up against food very well. Went very well with thefood were eating. Got some more later and tried it again, great by itself too.
Very drinkable. Much better flavor than some of the other popular Mexican beers.

Photo of spinrsx
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

325ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - light brown, small head that disappears quickly. Faint lacing. Can't see much carbonation.

Smell - Malts, toasted oats, caramel

Taste & Mouth - good carbonation on the tongue, little bubbles, malts and toasted oats come through, slight hops.

Drink - a refreshing dark beer, I would drink again. Dark beer flavor, but seems to go down lighter

Photo of aracauna
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The only real complaint you can have about this beer is that the flavor is definitely thin. What flavor there is, is pleasant. Little to no hops in aroma or taste makes this a very easy drinking beer. There's also a little more to the palate than you'd expect from the light taste. If you ever get a beer craving in a Mexican restaurant, this and Dos Equis are your only two real choices.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

No clear freshness info.

a: Clear light brown body, off-white head, big head with terrific retention.

s: Very light, vaguely malty aroma.

t: Light caramel flavored malt, some sweetness, modest bite of hop bitterness.

m: Light body, pretty smooth and clean, dry finish.

d: Perfect compliment to Mexican cuisine, but a very average beer. A light tasting beer with a darker color and light hop presence.

Photo of JeffreyG
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent Mexican beer. It doesn't blow you with complex and fascinating flavors, but it doesn't need a lime to be tolerable (like some other Mexican brews). It has a nice malty flavor with a little bit of hoppiness. Goes well the Mexican food it is probably almost always accompaning. An enjoyable brew, I probably wouldn't buy it to take home (maybe if my wife is making her enchiladas) but It's one of the two or three I'll have at Mexican restaurants. I also love the the marking on the label calling it an OK + Dark Ale. Except the ale part that is a perfect description.

Photo of donnebaby
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I always want this beer to taste better simply by dint of its unique, gold foil wrapped bottle. The beer has the look of weak coffee, and has a light tan head that is gone almost immediately to a thin ring of froth. The smell is spiced molassas and malts. Pine trees? Very appealing.

The taste is lightly creamy, medium in body. Light to medium hops at the conclusion, with a slight syrupy alcohol aftertaste--which is kind of bad ;( Not a very complex dunkel. Good light carbonation and mouthfeel in the mouth and on the tongue.

Slightly heavy, I actually don't usually enjoy this beer with Mexican food, as it seems to injure the taste as well as fill the stomach a little too much.

Photo of Zekezilla
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a standby in Mexican restaurants, when Corona is often the only other choice. I was given a bottle with a lime stuck in the neck-ugh. Once I removed the lime, asked for a glass and had it "straight up," this beer was much more tolerable. It's ok, I can detect some dark fruits throughout. Appearance is nothing special, no head, no lacing.

Photo of mdfb79
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/18/11 notes. On tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA last night with dinner. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with some amber notes, one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head rentention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of toasted malts, bready malts, light toffee and caramel, roasted malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, bread, roasted malts, light caramel malts, light fruit, and some hops.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer, but this was my go to in Mexico and still is at Mexican restaurants. Lots of malts but easy to drink, and a good alternative to the Corona's and Sol's usually offered. Woudl certainly order it again at a restaurant, though don't like it enough to pick up a 6 pack at the store with better options available.

Photo of Mitchel
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo is an average beer. Not bad, not great.
It is a dark, clear brown with a small head. The creamy colored head leaves a little lace, but nothing that impresses me.

Caramel and malt is about all that I taste in this one. Not much going on. Not very sweet, not very bitter. Not really sure what to say about this beer except that it is good with some spicy Mexican food. Just an run of the mill tasting and smelling beer.

One great thing is that the bottles are good for home brewers; they are an interesting shape and reseal well.

Photo of PrivateEquity
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Tawny Clear, with quick dissapating head.

Smell - Sweet, Malty, Caramel Aroma

Taste - Finishes clean with a little bitterness, backgrous sweet cherry taste

Mouthfeel - Fine carbonation

Drinkability - Okay Drinkability, but there is a time and a place

Summary - Good south of the border beer, better than many, but that doesn't make it a great beer. If you are on the beach, good beer to have to pass the time.

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thecheapies
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I noticed a Negra Modelo in the fridge. The stubby uniquely shaped bottle with golden labels was intriguing. I grab the bottle and sharply removed the cap, quickly inhaling the essence of the freshly opened bottle. After having drank IPA for two weeks, the smell of the Negra Modelo was simply mild and I immediately said to myself "Probably a B rating at BeerAdvocate.com". In any case I wasn't completely intrigued, but interested after hearing a person to person review one week ago. I then proceeded to drink the beer.

A- Dark brown colour with a light watery head.

S- Grainy, malty, sweet syrup, and very mild hops. Smells sort like an average beer that you would find anywhere, no real complexity. Reminded me of a "standard" beer aroma bumped up maybe 1%.

T- Not bad..., grains, malt, sweetness, with slight hop end note, slightly better than a typical beer in this class.

M- Smooth with dry finish, decent carbonation. Stands out as remarkably smooth for this class of beer.

O- This isn't a bad beer, that is better than what your average beer drinker drinks. I would choose this over most of the standard american brands like (bud,miller,coors, etc) which I think suck. It does remind me of these brands however in flavor, mouthfeel and smell, but is a few notches higher in quality. Choose this over standard shitty american brands if its available to you.

Photo of LaeliaPumila
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours with a thin head, even when poured hard, leaves some spotting on the glass. A tawny amber brown in the glass, very attractive color.

Smell: faint even after the glass has warmed, but pleasantly toasty and malty. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste: the malts are definitely there, but there is a hint of something more acidic with them and it's not carbonation - more like a trace of artificial lemon behind the caramel notes. Not much hops here either. A faint bitterness from the dark malts lingers at the back of the tongue but then fades pretty quickly in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fairly thin, not annoyingly so but also not anything that improves the brew.

Drinkability: I was going to rate it average, but then I realized that I finished the whole bottle while I was writing.

Overall, an interesting dark beer to taste but not one I'd buy again. (Looking at the other reviews, I think I may have gotten an older bottle, so take that into account.)

Photo of dherling
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with an off white head that dissapears real quick. You get some malt in the nose, but it's a strange sweetness in the malt. The taste is fairly straightforward, rather clean and crisp, but with more body than you would usually get from a Mexican beer. There a tiny bit of yeast, spice, and just the faintest hint of a chocolate like taste lurking way in the back. The carbonation has a bit of a bite to it, but otherwise this drinks super smooth and easy. Going out for MExican, this should be your beer of choice.

Photo of taigor
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear brown color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Malts with bready yeast and caramel hints.

T - Sweet malts to start with caramel, fruits and a slightly hoppy flavor following and a slightly dry finish.

M - Light bodied with above average carbonation.

O - Not bad overall, just about average. Good choice of beer from mexican line up. I would recommend it over other mexican beers.

Photo of Poolshark
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerforBrendan
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rillo23
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.