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

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2,559 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,559
Reviews: 877
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 197 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 spitInTheOcean
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

nice reddish brown color, and crystal clarity. quickly dissipating head though.

smells like like a lager but not much malts in the aroma

soft, subtle malt flavor in the forefront, nice little hop bitterness in the finish and crisp lager character. there is a very subtle toasted malt flavor there for the discerning but no hop flavor.

a pretty, watery thin representation of the vienna lager. finishes sweet but dries out nicely.

overall, lacks complexity.

spitInTheOcean, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of FLima
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Used to drink this a lot while living in Mexico, as a regular session beer. Corona and alike really can be just drunk as michelada.
Brown rubi color with a 3 finger head with medium retention.
Aroma of toasted malts and earthy notes.
Flavor of slightly toasted malts, mild condiments and earthy hops. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with good carbonation.
Decent beer, flavorful with good drinkability. Nevertheless, all depends on purpose and to what you compare this to.

FLima, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of deuschbag
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. foiled cap bottle pored into a mug. it pours a pretty nice dark red with some orange hightlights. good white head with good retention. the smell is light roasted malts and a slight spicey tang to it. the taste is malty with a little hint of hop bitterness. a little too watery though. tastes a lot better room temp then cold. i'd say this is now my favorite mexican beer. it's nothing special, but still a nice beer to have with a steak quisadilla.

deuschbag, Feb 11, 2006
Photo of Prufrock
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

clear medium brown with hints of maroon. touch of white head that falls quickly and leaves thin rings of lace.

caramel and toasted malts in the aroma. a touch of cherries and a strong metallic component as well.

metallic character comes through in the flavor as well. bready malt sweetness in the start and the finish with a slight balancing hoppiness. relatively thin mouthfeel and a medium body. above average but forgettable.

Prufrock, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of Beernoisseur
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I really enjoy this beer. It was one of the first beers that I actually liked by the end of the bottle. It was complex enough so as to be interesting, but not so much that it drove me away.

For a dark beer, it's surprisingly mellow in terms of flavor. The first time I had it, I appreciated that a lot. now that I've had it again recently, I like that I don't have to commit to it in order to have a good experience. Great with street tacos!

Beernoisseur, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of merlin48
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Odd looking bottle earns this an extra half-point. Pours a clear, copper body, with an offwhite head that climbs about one centimeter before it quickly drops to a film. Patch lace is minimal.

Aroma is caramel malt, with a subdued note of Germanic hops.

Mouthfeel features lively carbonation, and reveals a medium bodied cerveza.

Taste is caramel malty sweet, with a balancing dry, hop presence that can be described as slightly bitter. Finishes with a caramel, malt sweetness that lingers too long on the palate.

This is my favorite Mexican, and perhaps my favorite beer from the Southern Americas. Hard to call this a dunkel lager, but it does have some complexity of tastes that place it far above Corona, Carib, and Red Stripe.

merlin48, Apr 21, 2004
Photo of Metalmonk
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed with the look of this beer. The color's a pleasing caramel-amber, but despite trying I got no head, the bubbles were clinging to the sides of the glass like a soda, and lace was non-existent.

Smell was faint whiffs of malt and caramel. Flavor was surprisingly solid, the malt running deep into the sip, with mild flavors of creamy caramel and raisins. There's a hop presence in both smell and taste too...not robust but there and doing it's job. My bottle and glass were served too cold, so letting both warm a bit made it easier to detect the flavors.

I found the mouthfeel to be too soda-like and too watery.

Of the typical Mexican beer choices at most Mexican restaurants (this, Dos Equis and Corona) I'd choose this over the others. Beyond that I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Metalmonk, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Fatehunter
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide flute glass. Dark copper color with a tight inch and half of head. Looks nice.

Smells malty but there is a hint of corn... which does not help. It would be great without that bit of corn.

Watery taste at first, then malty (every so slightly roasted malt), finishes with a mild hop presence. Nothing too impressive.

Light and crisp in the mouth. Low carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall for a dunkel lager it lacks the malt body, however for an easy drinking lager it is nice.

Fatehunter, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I usually don't write reviews from beers that I try at a restaurant but this one I will because I don't think that I missed anything.

I tried this at Old Chicago as part of their Cinco de Mayo mini tour and this was the best of the four that I tried today

A-carmel brown with a very fluffy tan head that fades quickly with not much lacing

S-not much smell at all except for a faint carmel corn

T-much like the smell, not much there except maybe a hint of carmel malt and some grain with a little root beer flavor to it

M-thin and watery

O-fizzy, brown and wet not that good if you are looking for flavor. But compared to the others in this tour it is head and shoulders above them but they also didnt set the bar too high.

tvv375ia, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber brown, white head that faded quickly. Smell is big malty sweetness with some stale notes that i cant figure out but arent terribly appealing. Taste is watery up front then malty sweetness, high carbonation helps the drinkability on this beer and the sweetness definitely helps balance out the spicy Mexican food I had this with. Decent beer, a bit sweet for my liking but not bad at all.

stingrayvr6, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Schmittymack
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another on the mini tour. First time I've had this one on tap; amber color with next to no head. No aroma that I could tell, taste was malt, a little sweetness, and no bitterness. I actually kinda like this one: I'd get it with a Mexican dinner if there were not other "worthy" choices.

Schmittymack, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a Mexican beer... trumps most of their lighter offerings. However I just did not find it that interesting. Toffee and malt flavors are readily present but thats about as far as the complexity goes. Beer is smooth the drink. If I were in Mexico, this would probably be my session beer as I prefer it over all the other lager type beers I've had from there, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

ChrisBowers, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of jayfarley3
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

from a 12oz bottle poured a clear dark brown amber color with a offwhite head that dissapates down to nothing pretty quick.

smell is very faint, slightly sweet, i really dont smell anything.

taste is clean, mild hops and mild maltiness.

mouthfeel is thin and light, goes down easy and smooth.

drinkability is very good, much better than any of the other mexican beers i have tried, i would definitley take this over a corona any day.

jayfarley3, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo has more colour than all the other Mexican beers combined. Its deep brown shade is accented by, not only a glint of auburn, but a very sharp, glassy complexion. Its clarity, despite the dark tone, is completely unhindered. But it must have at least some head - this has none at all - before we can describe it as looking any better than just 'good'.

For all its extra colour, however, there is no equally jazzy aroma to match. In fact, there's virtually no aroma. While it seems to have shed most of the corn-y smelling adjuncts, there is very little malt - toasted or otherwise - to supplement them. Where all this colour came from then seems to be a bit of a mystery. Maybe tasting it will reveal more...

No, the flavour also vouches that, for the most part, there was only enough toasted malt used to impart colour and that stopping short of a rich, full-bodied character was intentional on the brewer's behalf. The colour, understandably, led me to hope for flavours of caramel and toasty bread crumbs, but alas, I am disappointed. Is this brewed from extracts?

Since the beer doesn't claim anything more specific about its style other than that it's 'dark', we won't nitpick too much about guideline expectations. It is fair, however, to have anticipated some flavour (which even with warmth never comes) and some mouthfeel (be it bitterness or toastiness or savor). Unfortunately, the beer is entirely void of essence.

Despite what its striking appearance suggests, Negra Modelo offers no more character than the other mass-produced beers of Grupo Modelo (Corona) or Mexican brewers at large. I understand it gets hot down there but is the concept of brewing a thirst-quenching beer that *also* has flavour and personality still that foreign to them? 111 million people in that country and you're telling me this idea has yet to occur to anyone? Really?

biegaman, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Aquavit
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearane: Clear brown, off white to Slightly brownish white lace that roll off quickly.
Smell: malty and hop aromal, yeast like odor with very slightly herbal and floral aroma.
Taste: Light to medium body, Little sweetness and hop bitterness at tounge, proper carbonation with tiny acidic flavor behind bitterness, Feel clean at the palate. Aftertaste like a China tea

Note: An average Vienna Lager produce by mexican but you can still enjoy it with a spicy meal like Thai, Indian or Mexican as well.

Aquavit, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of WillieMoe
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was actually surprised at how much I liked this brew. Not to say it was great, but it was definitely drinkable. I am trying to get into some darker beers and this seems like a good one to start with. It pours a nice dark amber color. It's not as thick a black as I guessed it would be. The smell is not very strong but there's hints of nut and even the tiniest hint of fruit, which my palate could not quite place. The taste went right along with the smell, Bit nutty with a wee bit of fruit, a tiny bit watery,which is probably what made it so drinkable for me. I don't like watered down brews, don't get me wrong, but as I am just trying to get into some dark beers,this made for an easy 1st step. There was a smooth finish, with only very slight bitterness,that fades quickly. overall a pleasant surprise,

WillieMoe, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of JerseyPaul
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear, dark copper color with good carbonation; small off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lacing

Smell: Sweet, roasted malts with hints of chocolate & toffee

Taste: Sweet malt taste with some toffee & caramel notes up front; also get some metallic notes common with Mexican beers; finishes crisp with slight hops

Mouthfeel: Crisp & light, with over the top carbonation

Drinkability: Average; has no great characteristics or flaws; will finish the six pack, but unlikely to have this again

Overall, Negra Modelo is an average beer. There are many more suitable options for the style, but at the same time, I'm not dumping this down the drain. It's drinkable, but I'd prefer something with more taste.

JerseyPaul, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of dmamiano
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured medium brown, almost reminding me of root beer. good head, carbonation and not much left in lacing.
smell was mild, breif hints of chocolate, burnt wood and a hint of charcoal.
Taste was thin on the mouth, but not bad flavorwise. A bit reminiscient of a mild porter with slight twinges of chocolate and roastiness.
Not bad, but not good either

dmamiano, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank with friends on January 23. Bottle - pours a clear dark amber. Very little head. Very smooth, light to medium bodied. Hints of malt, easy finish. Minimal lacing throughout. Almost "light" tasting. Very sessionable despite ABV. Probably would not purchase again, but would gladly partake of if offered. Just not my type.

OzarkElmo, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Doomcifer
3.24/5  rDev -3%

Doomcifer, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Colin32
3.24/5  rDev -3%

Colin32, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of Beerswag
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Beerswag, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of asuburbanman
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

asuburbanman, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of SudsSurfer
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of chossboss
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

chossboss, Jun 21, 2014
Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,559 ratings.