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

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2,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 2130
Reviews: 861
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 15.52%

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Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of tone77


3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Aroma is mild, a bit malty. Taste is of malts with some bitterness. Nothing special here. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocore offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 22:49:37 | More by tone77
Photo of bark


3.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2004 17:47:54 | More by bark
Photo of flagmantho


3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, clear amber color with one finger of ivory head. There appears to be a nice lace as well.

Smell: relatively sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee. Quite nice.

Taste: a relatively sweet beer with, again, hints of caramel and toffee. Hops are not terribly present but have a nice floral character. I quite like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. It has a tiny bit of a syrupy character (that could just be the sweetness) which is nice.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I haven't had Negra Modelo in awhile and have forgotten quite how much I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 04:25:22 | More by flagmantho
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a russet amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, spicy graininess. Flavor starts well, with sweet mild toasted malt, slight breadiness, hint of caramel, but ends rather abruptly with slight caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops. Light bodied. A step above other macros, but nothing exciting. Would do in a pinch if only macro beer was available.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:17:29 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of TheLongBeachBum


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

Went to a Mexican Restaurant today for lunch. It was a "proper" one said my work colleague, because it had Mexican beer. He told me I would enjoy it. He proceeded to babble in Spanish before we even sat down and a glass of dark beer arrived right on que. It's looks so reminded me of an atoned version of the dark spicy beer on sale at the U Fleku in Prague, probably the handled Pint Glass, a good start then. But it did look very good, and had a deep brown head. It was a very, very dark brown beer, not quite black on examination. Not much aroma though, probably due to the low temperaure at which it was served (frosted glass - I hate that!!). But oh, so smooth, really smooth, with a better mouthfeel than most dark beers, but yet at the same time it tasted and drank light, weird. Malty start, Chocolate mid-taste and a short mild-bitterness in the finish. Some caramel as it warmed. It went exceptionally well with the spicy food, and I for one will try it again - albeit a bit warmer next though.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 22:55:29 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of jrallen34


3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is not what I could consider dark enough to call black so the negra is offputitng. Its more a dark amber with a hint of mud. There was no head and little lacing.

The aroma is ok, there are light malts throughout, reminded me of a bad version of a Boston lager. At the same time its refreshing to drink something different then the standard light mexican beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 03:02:49 | More by jrallen34
Photo of dgilks


3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, darkish amber colour. The head is small and shortlived, light tan. No lacing. Slightly effervescent.

The aroma is of darker malts, some light toast and a hint of noble hops. Generally clean with no fruity character. No diacetyl.

Soft malts are dominant. I don't get much bitterness at all though the finish does seems relatively balanced. Fairly dry and clean finish with a light, well balanced aftertaste. I get a hint of skunk which indicates the bottle may have been poorly handled but it isn't highly noticeable. A good, classic Vienna lager.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Not as smooth as it could be. Crisp finish. Slight alcoholic warming.

A decent Vienna lager which is easy to drink and does what it is supposed to. The sweetness is possibly a little bit high, and the carbonation definitely is, but overall a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 03:40:57 | More by dgilks
Photo of nickfl


3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big, two finger head of off-white foam on a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - A brown, malty aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, and light roast. Some brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of spicy hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a little bit of brown sugar. The brown malt character continues through the middle and increases in its roasted quality towards the finish. Lingering cola and caramel sweetness with just a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer has a very nice malt character in the aroma, but the complexity does not carry over well into the flavor. It tastes a lot like a cola product with very little bitterness and a strong caramel sweetness, somewhat reminiscent of slightly flat Dr. Pepper. Certainly not a drain pour and not bad when paired with Mexican food, but it is a bit too sweet and would benefit from an increased hop profile.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 05:59:56 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Pale malts. Cooked corn. Grain, cereal, and metal. There is almost nothing in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Grain, cereal, and metal. Some adjunct corn flavor. I really can't make much out.
M/D: Light as can be and way over carbonated. Very seltzer like. Easy enough to drink if it were not for the heavy prickly carbonation.

I had this at a good Mexican place. Usually I enjoy beers like this with Tex-Mex. Though this pretty much had no body for a "dark beer." Hardly any flavor or aromatic character either. I will avoid this from now on and drink Bohemia instead.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 20:01:15 | More by champ103
Photo of woosterbill


3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a plastic cup at Moe's - yeah, I'm reviewing a beer at a Moe's. You got a problem with that?

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish amber; small head with average retention and decent lacing.

S: Roundly malty and sweet. Not bad, but unremarkable.

T: Follows the nose with sweet maltiness and not much else; faint metallic twinge on the finish. Meh.

M: Thin and nicely bubbly.

D: No complaints. Very smooth and reasonably flavorful.

Notes: Probably the best Mexican beer I've encountered, which isn't saying much. The dark sweetness does a nice job contrasting the piquancy of southwest fare, though, and it's nice to have a respectable beer so readily available at Mexican restaurants.


Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 00:46:30 | More by woosterbill
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Shorty's
Comes to the table a fairly clear medium brown color with a smallish off white head that had all but dissipated before the glass got to my table. Smells of caramel and a hint of butterscotch with a faint grainy almost bready malt in the background. Very light floral hop aroma. The flavor is mostly caramel, but it tastes fake. Moderate sweet maltiness is offset with a burnt butterscotch and faint spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Vienna lager is quite a stretch here, dark adjunct lager fits better in my mind. Nothing horrible here, but the artificial taste and lack of complexity kills this one for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 01:33:26 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass.

pours a clear reddish brown with a off-white head. Head has moderate retention.

A - sweet roasted and caramel malt. Somewhat nutty. A little dank, but not skunky.

T - unimpressive. some undesirable burnt and perhaps stale components to the malty flavor

M - thin but smooth; carbonation a bit low for style.

O - less impressive than hoped for yet a little above average among Mexican beers I've had so far.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 20:03:11 | More by chinchill
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -6%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 21:48:58 | More by spinrsx
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a partially hazy brown with deep ruby highlights when backlit. The one inch, loose, off-white head sizzled and receded into a soapy cap. Nose is very subdued - malt, perhaps some dark fruit undertones, light banana esters and a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - nice balance between malt and bitter keeps the flavor profile on an even keel. A little watery and finishes with a little bit of cereal grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even background carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew and a nice complement to a Mexican dish.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 19:19:43 | More by Jwale73
Photo of alexgash


3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber-brown with a creamy, tight-bubbled, light sandy head. Smells of clean, toasted grain, with light malty sweetness and a whiff of hops. Tastes of light toasted malts, some nuttiness, soda-ish sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter, but mostly sweetish and caramelly. Light-medium bodied with a nice, creamy feel. What I usually order at a Mexican restaurant that doesn't have a great beer menu.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 23:22:33 | More by alexgash
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +19.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2001 12:10:18 | More by Brent
Photo of GClarkage


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 16:44:51 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.93/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this to style cuts down on some of the ratings. This isn't a bad beer, and probably one of the best "macros" I've had. Still, to compare it with the style, it misses

nice dark amber, buckeye brown. Clean. Small head, soapy.

Aroma has the hints of MDL, but just hints. Toffee, sweet malt and some caramel. Kind of rusty.

Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee. Leather a bit to throw in some tannins. It's a bit chaotic. Nothing holding it together. While the flavors are not bad, they are random and light. The finish is a bit dirty.

Got worse at it warmed

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 19:10:25 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Torero's in Raleigh.

Arrived a deep, dark brown with a thin lacing of off white head. Caramel and chocolate malt notes in the nose. Taste is rich, malty, smooth; caramel, chocolate malt, slightly nutty with subtle hops for balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated, easily drinkable.

Not at all a bad offering. Definitely one of the better beers coming out of Mexico.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 08:56:41 | More by tdm168
Photo of Brenden


3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is clear amber-brown in color with a tannish head with a respectable head that lasts for a minute or two.

The smell is malty with caramel notes.

The taste is quite malty with some caramel and brown sugar undertones. Slightly buttery and a little light.

The body is medium and this mouthfeel is rather clean and fairly smooth with some crispness. The finish is pretty clean.

This is a surprisingly respectable session beer and worth giving a shot.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 23:25:50 | More by Brenden
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear darkish amber color with a sudsy khaki colored head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of brown bread and brown sugar. A bit doughy with a touch of grain.

The taste is of a doughy brown bread, lemony tea, some toasted sesame seeds which adds a slight bitterness, and a light viscous note. Some grainy characteristics in the end.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation, quite crisp; finishes slightly bitter and dry.

Drinks very easy, similar to a macro. Some nice flavor to the brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:41:46 | More by Gmann
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle for Cinco de Mayo, served in a pint glass.

L - clear, amber color with not much of head that totally vanished in a few minutes.

S - sweet malty aroma.

T - sweet malty flavor with a little bitterness on the finish.

F - light bodied with low carbonation.

D - if you want a Mexican beer, this one beats having a Corona.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:30:56 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with golden foil covering the bottle cap. Stamped: B263A128-01:30. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is an attractive looking medium to dark brown with ruby red hues glistening along the edge of the glass. Small to medium head that fades a bit but never disappears.

The aroma is of fine caramel malts, toffee, and sweetness. The hops balance out the aroma in a crisp, clean way.

The body is around medium and mildly acidic.

The taste is malty sweet with a a slight hop bite introducing itself at the end of each sip. Mild bitterness. An enjoyable beer. Probably one of the better Mexican brewed beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 00:27:12 | More by puboflyons
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant surprise. I remember having this a few years ago, and don't recall any strong feelings either way. At a restaurant with a short beer list, this seemed like the best bet. A very dark brown with a decent head. Average aroma, some sweet grain. Caramel taste with a little bit of chocolate. I thought it went well with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 23:25:10 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of laituegonflable


2.17/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red-brown colour with reasonable off-white head that's slightly too fizzy, and sinks quickly to leave a film of light foam. Lacing when tilted is decent but nothing special. Otherwise flat. Pretty boring.

Nose is a fairly sour affair with large chunks of burnt character, very chemical - actually smells quite like lacquer - slight vinous edge, but ultimately fairly thin in fragrance, not much character and not very good.

Taste is fairly bad, a lot of sticky adjuncty character, sweet corn with a sickly syrupy mouthfeel, a big hit of methyl alcohol on the very front of the palate, not because it's heavy but because there's just no other flavour to hide behind. Bread yeast character on the finish, not much bitterness or hoppiness, not fresh, not nice.

Oh! I'm so disappointed with this, I thought maybe, just maybe, Mexicans could brew a dark beer with more character than their pale shit. But no, I'm not enjoying this. Not undrinkable, but not pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:41:15 | More by laituegonflable
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