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

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926 Reviews

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 3,008
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 57
Gots: 494 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Medium grade maple syrup. Lightly off-white head settles quickly but leave a nice lace.

S – Green grapes jump to the forefront, backed by sweet brown sugar and raisin.

T – Great, medium roast, bready malt throughout the profile. Mild green grapes and yellow raisins make cameos from the nose. A light acidity ties the beer together nicely. Soft bitter note on the backend. On whole, the profile is edges sweet.

M – Medium / light body with a light cilantro-like bitterness that accompanies a semi-sweet finish.

O – More than just the best beer you can find at most Latin American restaurants, Negra Modelo is a solid beer in its own right. Pairs fantastic with chili, mole, and grilled meats.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one - it is a great dark beer to partner with some good Mexican or Tex-Mex food. It's dark and full but has some sweet finishes as well.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The closer to light, the redder, the further from light, the browner. Transparent for the color. Light gray-brown head which quickly turns to a film, lasts awhile longer before completely disappearing. Smell is nutty and sweet. Also it is just barely estery. Judging from this it is perhaps a little old, but still tastes the same as always to me; good; very much of caramel and malt, faintly woody, chocolatey, alcoholic and perhaps a hint of black cherry (I'm serious, took me a while to figure out what it was). Mildly bitter throughout. Well balanced, highly carbonated, medium to full bodied. Lightly coats the teeth. Finish is not very dry, but warming. As refreshing as a pilsner, as comforting as an ale.

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Photo of eweneek83
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown with minimal sized head. Doesn't appear very thick, not bad.

S: Actually a very good smell. Can smell dark malts. Very crisp smell, surprised me for a Mexican beer.

T: Very good taste as well. Can taste the dark chocolate malts. A pretty dry beer, with a nice little malty aftertaste. a bit like a stout... but not quite.

D: reasonably high drinkability. Not overwhelming or heavy and very enjoyable. would go good with grilled foods....

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring a deep bourbon-brown, and tasting sweetly malty (like a brown ale), Negra Modelo is my go-to choice when frequenting Mexican restaurants. It's uncharacteristically dark, when compared to most Mexican brews (which tend to be light lagers), but nicely satisfying, especially when consumed alongside a good burrito or fish taco. A classic and favorite of mine.

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Photo of UberWasser
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours an attractively deep penny color with a fizzy head that dissipates a bit too quickly.

Smell is light but has a pleasent note of molasses with a touch of brown sugar.

Taste follows suit, with a light sweet sugar note on the front of the tongue that is followed by a subtle molasses and slight alcohol flavor on the middle of the tongue that finishes with a subtle medicinal and coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin until it reaches the back of your mouth, where it decides to hang around for a while.

A very nice lager from our Southern neighbours. As much of a thirst quencher as most other Mexican beers that make it north of the border but with more flavor than most.

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Photo of fido
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color, Smell is malty and herbal, maybe some hop aroma, Taste is almost similar to the smell, roasted malt flavor and some spices, Light carbonation and little bit creamy, easy to drink.

ABV is 5.3 %

It's a good dark lager and one of the best Mexican beers.

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Photo of Strix
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of carmel and malt, nice and dark. Malt and carmel dominate the taste as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Overall, quite drinkable. Nothing too complex, but a very pleasant flavor. And widely distributed too, this beer has often saved me from drinking a macro.

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Photo of palma
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this brew at a well known mexican restaurant in Queens. Dark brown body with a thin head that didnt last very long. Smell was mildly hoppy with a light herbal aroma. I was surprised by the taste. I was expecting a lot less from a Mexican import. It was very malty and roasty. Light and easy drinking. I enjoyed this beer a lot and would have definately had another if I stayed at the restaurant a little longer.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one that I reach for quite frequently when out at one of Salem's countless Mexican cousine restaurants. For Cinco De Mayo, I took two people from my staff across the parking lot to La Guadlajara. I made sure I told the bartender that I didn't want any lime and to bring an unfrosted glass.

The beer poured the color of the bottle with a thin and fizzy head. The beer's smelled of a clear and clean, not overly sweet maltiness. The flavors were the ones I've come accustomed to over time, after our simple, but secret love affair began and started to blossom: the carbonation plays across the tongue as a jab of hops and then a smooth malt finish.

This one might never really receive the credit its due, nor might the Munich Dunkel style, but I'll continue to reach for this one time and time again in the right situations. This is also one of my regular beers when the lady and I visit Siesta Key in Florida.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of barleysandwich
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of imanidiot777
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of JHubner73
3.99/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +19%
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).

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of stoutman
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Greggy
4.02/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

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Photo of deaconoflove
4.03/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.