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

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Reviews: 918
Hads: 2,975
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 57
Gots: 478 | FT: 0
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

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 Luigi
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There not much to say about this beer. Pours a dark amber color. The head settles to a off-white lace. The taste and smell is very sweet and malty. Nothing is over powering. A great beer to pair with spicy food. All around this is an average dark lager.

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Photo of karst
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle with authentic mexican meal. A 'light beer with dark color' describes this 'Munich Dunkel Lager' pretty well. Nose negligable - (maybe better in glass) I tasted roasted malt and some hops in finish. Good carbonation. I will order another with my next chimichanga platter.

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Photo of jeshii
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Color is gorgeous, a nice beautiful caramel color. Looks delicious. The head was a little quick, so I missed it.

Smell - Average?

Taste - Very smooth. Not especially interesting, but wonderful sweet, soft aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Really carbonated, but not bad.

Drinkability - Very nice aftertaste makes you long for more.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but still lets some light through. A good head and some lace.
Smell is roasted malt, hops and nuts.
Taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt, hops, nuts. Good balance and the flavor is not too strong for average (i.e., not heavily spiced) food, while still having a good, noticeable flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, good, but not overpowering, effervescence all over the mouth without being fizzy.
Drinkability is very high. I have had this many times before and will continue to quaff it. Better on tap (duh), but a very good example of the style. Honestly, one of the few "mainstream" lagers I buy without hesitation. Also a good brew to get those "I won't drink dark beer" people to try.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is sold as "dark ale" in the People's Republic of Texas. It is sort of dark. More of a light brown, to be exact, with decent carbonation and head retention.

Smell - There was not much aroma to this beer at all, except for some hints of malt. I drank it out of a wine glass, so that might have affected my perception.

Taste - Overall, the taste is decent. Malty sweet, and tasty at that. I also think I detect some hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel - The feel of this beer was not particularly remarkable. It was not bad either.

Drinkability - This is a pretty easy drinking beer. The flavor is not too challenging, but it is not so weak that I want to avoid it.

Comments - Not bad, but not great. I think it is worth a try, but when it comes to buying a six pack, I will pick something else. When you are at a party, and everything else is swill, this beer is worth drinking. I wanted to dislike this beer, but it was better than expected.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a reddish-brown brew with almost no head. Crystal clear.

The aroma was slightly fruity, definitely nutty, and malty, with just a hint of coffee.

The taste was slightly bitter and nutty, well carbonated, a bit tart, and with some darker malt notes. Not too bad.

Overall better than average, much better than Corona, I could imagine putting away one or two of these with a chimichanga platter or burrito. And they would go quite well together.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says “Dark Ale,” but it looks and tastes more like a Munich dunkel. Not so sure how it’s fermented, but it definitely leans towards the latter classification.

Found the somewhat golden, amber-brown color to be nice when poured. No distinguishable bouquet to speak of - just smells like "beer." The taste is a smidge better than average, with more hints of spice, maybe a bit of fruitiness, and a very lightly hopped finish.

Carbonation is good - maybe a bit too bubbly for some. Good solo when thirsty for a better than average Mexican beer, but also goes well with spicy Mexican fare.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Ahhhh, a very nice beer! Pours an amber, dark brown color with a small head and not much lacing. Smells of deep dark malt, maybe some nutty scents and a few hops too. Tastes a bit nutty also. Definite hops, slightly spicy hops and a bit sweet at the same time. This would be the number one beer to get if having a nice dinner south of the border. Maybe a bit too much carbonation for me, but an overal pretty good beer. Ask for this one first and grab it if it's there.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I poured this horribly and the head lasted much longer than typical. Nice lacing and color. Glad to know there is a very drinakble beer to order at most Mexican restaurants. Mouthfeel was nice but the placed served it with a frosted mug. No smell to really to speak about. However, I could drink a number of these beers in a given evening.

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Photo of DFN
4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my "regular" beers; one that I buy more often than almost any other. It's not the best beer I've ever tasted, but it's the best one I can find on a regular basis that costs in the $7/sixpack range. I generally favor dark beers, not too bitter, and Negra Modelo fills the bill reliably. I would describe the taste as clean and slightly rich, and it goes down easily. If you like dark beers, you won't go wrong with this one!

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this for dinner down at a Mexican restaurant last Friday.

Nice dark beer that poured a decent lasting head. Smell had a hint of nut and roasted malt. Taste had a hint of toasted caramel malts and a smooth hop free finish. Mouthfeel was fairly full and lively. Overall drinkability is good. This has been my Mexican beer of choice for a number of years now.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 0z bottle at Iguana Cantina on Moody Street in Waltham, MA.

I wanted something different and there weren't an abundunce of choices so I thought I'd give this a try. A no frills beer, light lemony, malty flavor and a bit dry. I ordered it before the meal, not sure how it would have gone with dinner, but I'm not about to order another one to find out. Wasn't terrible, but one was enough for me.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The darkest of any cervesa one would be offered in just about any Mexican joint. I've been seeing this more and more in a few other bars recently. Tried in Fells Point last night for a malty change to the beers I was drinking. Presentation was as pictured, with the foil and no expiration dating.

Light caramel brown with a few flecks of ruby in there, depending on how well the light is. The head is light and white and dissapears so quickly, you wouldn't usually see if it is there. A malty sweet nose.

The beer is sort of sweet caramels and lightly roasted malts. Has just a bit of carbonation and finishes very clean. Not a hop to speak of. Sometimes tastes slightly spicy, which makes me think of a weaker saison. Worth a few and it stands head and shoulders above anything else you'll get in the TexMex joints.

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Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours deep clear brown with a low white head and slow rising C02 bubbles.

Aroma is deep brown and nutty with a low fruitiness and a light hops character.

Taste is caramel and a light roast that throws down with a lightly spicy hop flavor.

In all not a complex brew (and less hoppy than historically) but from the mainstream Mexican breweries this would be one of the best and my sentimental favorite. (And what can I say, but it goes well with some spicy chile verde)

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Photo of steinlifter
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper,not really very dark, not much of a head, no retention.
smell: malty, and a bit like tea
taste: is the same, a bit like iced tea, hints of citrus, and a bit of malt, rather interesting.
mouthfeel: is light and bubbly, slight creaminess
drinkability: very good, good session brew, especially in the warm weather, which I assume is what they had in mind, given that it's Mexican beer. not bad at all! abv, is 5.3%

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Photo of jayb
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured out brownish in color, not too dark really. off white head that left minimal amounts of lacing. fizzy carbonation. taste wasnt bad, but it wasnt a very flavorful brew. sweet in the beginning but finished dry and a little bitter. end hada slight alcohol taste as well. went down alot smoother that any other offering i have had from Modelo. what kept my interest in this beer was its drinkability. very smooth and easy to put down. not a bad beer, not a fantastic beer. worth a try i believe

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark amber, the liquid is clear. The quite large white
foam dissolves quite quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is gentle and fruity with a hint of malt and some fresh
hops. There is a small amount of diacetyl.

The carbonation is mild and pleasant.

The taste is quite mild, with a dry and somewhat burned flavour. There is a hint of diacetyl and a small but noticeable bitterness. The
aftertaste is a little bitterer, with a small touch of sweet

This is very mild beer, almost watery, but with a nice "dark" touch.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that leaves very little lace. Clear amber color. Light - medium bodied but slightly watery finish and light carbonation. Multi-sweet nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow. The ABV is 5.3%. $7.99 for a 6-pack of 12oz. bottles, available everywhere in NH.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yet another mediocre beer that gets praise from macro drinkers for the simple fact its from Mexico. Not really sure how I feel about it. Its not a good beer, but its not at al offensive. A bit watery and flavorless, there is a touch of carmel flavor. Hops are non existant. May be a good choice for my next trip to Mexicantown for dinner.

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Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown with a very thin, off-white head. Not much lacing. The aroma is light, but there’s a bit of caramel maltiness in there. Not much else going on in the smell. Taste is characterized by a roasted, semi-sweet malt flavor. Bit of chocolate in the taste as well. It’s not heavy hopped, is light in body, and had a fair amount of carbonation. I’d say that this is a middle-of-the-road dark lager beer. It’s nothing special, but it’s agreeable and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper, a color that resembles strong iced tea. Light is easily visible all the way through, so it isn't that dark. The light tan head is small, soft and cheap looking. In fact, it looks a little like styrofoam. It doesn't last long at all and leaves next to no lace.

The aroma is underwhelming. Nothing more than a whiff of caramel malt. Not bad, not good, just okay. The flavor is inoffensive as well. Again, very lightly toasted carmel malt with a grainy quality about it. The finish is dry, slightly sour and faintly metallic. The body/mouthfeel is insubstantial and fizzy and is easily the worst of the beer's barely average attributes.

My memory of Negra Modelo, since it hasn't entered my mouth in many years, is that it went pretty well with Mexican food. I doubt that I'd feel the same now that I'm more well-versed in the ways of beer. Ordinary at best.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo proves that there are good mass-market mexican beers. I have really enjoyed this beer since my mother showed me it a few years back.

Appearance- Nice dark amber color. Moderate head. Looks pretty sweet.

Smell- Not much of an aroma, nothing bad, but nothing special.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste. Fairly complex, with a mildly sweet finish. Tastes great to me.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night long and often.

Parting thoughts- In Texas this beer is easily availiable, but seems a tad bit too expensive considering how close we are to Mexico. Still, Negra Modelo is well worth the price and should be tried by those who want a good Mexican beer.

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Photo of marcellaproust
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark but translucent brown color, with nearly no head. Smells like roasted barley and a hint of toffee. Very light in body, lots of carbonation, but strangely, no real flavor. Almost an insipid lager: there is a gesture of smoothness underlying the strong overlay of bitterness. Not an offensive beer, but not a satisfying one either.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber/tea color with a small foamy off white head.
Mellow smells of sweet, lightly roasted malt and perhaps some caramel.
Nice sweet malt flavor. Toasty and a little bready. Caramelly with a hint of fruit and chocolate. Mild tangy hop presence.
Light bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy, albeit thin mouthfeel. Good amount of carbonation.
My favorite Mexican beer. Actually has some decent flavors and goes well with Mexican food.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 918 ratings.