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

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Ratings: 2,886
Reviews: 939
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 46
Gots: 415 | 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 EnojysAnyBeer
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I enjoy this more than the other Modelo brews I have tried (Corona, Modelo Especial)

A- Looks like clear cola with a dark caramel color, but not much carbonation

S- Smells clean and crisp. Very good for such a cheap beer.

T- Tastes like generic hops and malts but in generous proportions. Light flavored

M- Light bodied with some bubbly carbonation

D- drinkability is exceptional with a light body like most Cerveceria Modelo brands

Photo of kjyost
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 010610 poured into a beer mug at ~7C, let rise to 11C during session.

A: A clear copper red brew with a small head that isn't lacing, but leaves a nice ring about the edge.
S: Biscuit, Earthy hop, sweet caramel malt
T/M: Thick sweet malt body finishes long and lingering sweetness. Could be considered cloying at times. Touches of bread and malt also play into the beer. Lighter carb then expected, but it suits the sweetness.
D: Enjoyable, a beer to reach for when you want something that has a nice body, but not a beer to drink quickly when parched...

Photo of SSJPhatMatt
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo pours with an off-white, medium head. The body is clear with a rich amber/copper color. The aroma is sweet with hints of apple. The impression at the first sip is sweet. This gives way only a bit to some hops bitterness which gives some balance but leaves the beer firmly in the sweet category. It has no real lager snap at the end, just lingering hops. This actually makes the second sip more balanced than the first.

There is some complexity and depth here but the flavors are very delicate. They are obliterated by the aggressive flavors of the Mexican food that Modelo is often served with making it a sweet balance to the savory and sometimes hot cuisine.

Photo of ernie
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted it twice before I catched the real thing. The first two bottles were probably out-of-date and contained dark liquid with zero carbonation and very few signs of taste/smell. Then I learned to enjoy Negra Modelo.

Nice bottle, first of all. Nice color, too - dark red with a brownish streak. Carbonation is low and the head is coffeish, long-lasting, leaving a sophisticated lacework.

Smell is malty-fruity, just proper for a Vienna Lager. Start malty, with that good old roasty note. Fruity tones give way to the hops in the finish. aftertaste malty again.

Very healthy beer! Recommended

Photo of JISurfer
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I don't know if it was the atmosphere that I was in or the beer, but I first had this in a strip club down in Charleston. Oh well, but the beer was primo! It was dark, as the name implies, and had a nice little head to it. Good deep rich taste to it, kinda like stout light. Good finish with no bitterness and goes down smooth.

Photo of dpend
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this to be one of the better Mexican beers out there.It's also highly available due to the distribution by Budweiser.

Appearance is clear dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was of weak malts and barely a hops presence.Tastes of sweet malts and a tinge of dryness at the end. Thin beer with a slightly butteriness. High drinkability leads to a very good dinner beer and can also pass as a session beer.

Photo of cervezango
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i really like this.

bittersweet a little burnt bread, well rounded.
really nice color, mine didnt have a great head but i didnt have a good glass , but really nice dark rusty color.
delightful beer.

not too demanding of the palate but,not too simple either.
very drinkable
best Mexican beer Ive had so far.

Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +18%
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 at first wet and then warming. As refreshing as a pilsner, as comforting as an ale.

Photo of eweneek83
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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....

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of UberWasser
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of fido
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

Photo of YumaLaowai
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good relaxing beer.
I need to add salt for my preference. Many will nog

Photo of Strix
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of palma
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of barleysandwich
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of imanidiot777
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of JHubner73
3.99/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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).

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
76 out of 100 based on 2,886 ratings.