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

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Ratings: 2,696
Reviews: 888
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 36
Gots: 253 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000)
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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 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". 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%

Photo of Nctide
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Dsimenson
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a 12 oz plastic cup at the airport. It has a lovely clear medium-brown color with no lacing or head at all. Aroma is hops, caramel, and a bit of malt. Flavor is hops, malt, caramel, mild but balanced, and tipping a bit more to the hops side, which I enjoy. Mouthfeel is a bit foamy. Overall this is a good brown lager, but I really prefer ales--porters, stouts and IPAs.

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Negra Modelo poured a reddish copper with an off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin layer and had some lacing. The aroma is of slightly roasted malt with hints of caramel and chocolate and a little citrus. It had a pretty mild flavor with a medium body. The taste is nutty, caramel malts up front with a slight bitter / acidic finish. Overall, it's much better than the other Mexican beers I've had, but still a little "off" compared to a quality microbrew. It kind of reminds me of a Fat Tire.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Stubby bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown with slight ruby hints. Served with a slice of lime, so no head. Nose is lime, pitty it was served this way, I do get some maltiness though.

Taste is surprisingly good, it's crisp and sharp, very clean and refreshing for a dark beer. Mouthfeel is again surprising, it's a lager so it's very smooth. One of the best Mexican beers I've had.

Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Vienna lager with some chocolate malts, a bit creamy from generous malting. Mildly sourish notes. Medium mouthfeel. Intially fizzy white head on dark colour, and malty aroma. Better than your average Mexican beer.A tad sweet bit not overally sweet.

Photo of Beertroop
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a nice reddish-black with a small head. Good looking dark ale.

Not an overwhelming smell but a overall good scent of roasted malts and caramel.

Good tasting beer, great balance of malt with a hint of chocolate and a great taste of caramels. This beer does have a good bitter sweet taste and pulls it off very well. I believe that this is one of the best offering that I have had so far from Mexico. If they could only make Corona taste more like this.

Very smooth beer for the dark beer lover. Light feeling beer with the good overall taste. Very drinkable beer, especially with a good side Mexican dish. I will sure have this brew again.

Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from my trip to Cancun a few months back.

Light fizzy head fades med pace, clear auburn molasses brown color.

Nose pretty much macro lager, cheap macro lager malts, a little bit of darker malts and crystal malts but not much, light skunk.

Taste light caramel, hit of mocha and cocoa, crystal malts, light lager, just a hint skunk and cheap lager, hint of earthy hops, light fruity lager, juicy creamy malt. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, bit more darker malts and lager fruits.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, better than most beers you can get in Mexico, although still cheap tasting and slightly skunked, with unhappy yeast lager flavors.

Photo of burnerfinger
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Tuesday jan 19, 2010

got the 12 oz bottle, just becuase it was on sale.

a: poured into my new belgium goblet: deep red brew
1.5 finger head but thin - dissipates quickle

s a bit metallic not much to the nose...

t: not to much going on here either:
carbonation is a bit much, I can taste a hoppy backgrtound this has just a hint of a bad wine undertone.

m: carbonation mostly dominated, no alcohol bite

d: very drinkable, but no draw here. probably woudlnt bother to reach for another , but if I have a six pack I would finish it. not likely that will ever happen!
LOL not all that bad, just not really good either.

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,696 ratings.