León - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
This is supposed to be a Munich style beer. Maybe so, but I doubt it. Still, it was one of the more enjoyable beers I had on a recent trip to Mexico. It was amber in color with a small head. It had a malty, sweet aroma. A caramel taste with some warmth to it. I thought it had a little substance, and would drink it again.
04-08-2007 23:13:31 | More by lordofthewiens
3.4/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: Unhazed and dark orange/brown. There was a small head on the beer but it was gone in a flash.
Smell: Skunky with some sweet darker malts.
Taste: Little bit of skunk. Bitter finish. Easily drinkable. Good alternative to Corona if you're ever in Mexico.
03-01-2009 21:40:51 | More by BierFan
3.33/5 rDev +4.7%
A good, not great, Mexican beer. Fuller and more flavorful than you typical light lager. A refreshing change from Corona and similar. If we're judging based on style guidelines, this beer gets good marks, low- to mid-30s (out of 50).
Mild aroma of malt with slight corn/vegetables. Balanced flavor with a bit of caramel. No hop aroma or flavor, only enough neutral bitter to balance the sweet background. Moderately low body. Finishes clean. Good beer with chilled spiced shrimp or chips and salsa. I'd buy it again.
02-01-2014 23:31:20 | More by HBresler
3.3/5 rDev +3.8%
I took a bottle of this home with me from my vacation in Mexico. Its in the typical slender 325 ml Mexican beer bottle with a silk screened label.
It pours a clear copper color with no head retention and zero lacing. The aroma is of rye bread, cotton candy and tobacco. The taste is quite sweet with a slight astringency. Caramel apples and hop bitterness become apparent in the finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy but light with rather light carbonation.
This is an OK dark lager, but a little on the sweet side for me. Negra Modelo is a far more balanced Mexican dark lager.
01-10-2006 02:04:18 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Drank in an Argentinian restaurant in Mexico City.
Pours bronze with a small light-brown head. Light carbonation rising.
Aroma of malts, light hops, light adjuncts.
Taste is of sweet malts and adjuncts. Not too much there.
Mouthfeel is light, cleansing and dry.
Overall, very drinkable, sessionable, refreshing. Not a great beer, but decent for the right setting/occasion.
05-03-2009 18:26:43 | More by atigerlife
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
From notes. Drank in Mexico on vacation.
Pours a dark amber. It has a caramel hue when held to the light. A decent head that quickly disappears. Okay lacing. Sadly the scents are weak. Some malt and sweet molasses. No detectable hops at all. No balance.
Flavors are pretty good. They are straining to assert themselves but they are there. Sweet malt and a hint of chocolate. I mean a hint! A dry caramel for the finish. Not much for hops or balance but the flavors that are there are quite refreshing.
One to drink on a hot Mexican day on the Riviera Maya. The mouthfeel is somewhat weak. A bit thin. These drink too easily. Could be a bolder beer.
All in all not a bad drink. It just could be more assertive.
11-04-2003 07:51:07 | More by Rumrunner
3.23/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured this one into a pint glass in the restaurant today.
It poured a coppery/orange color into the glass, which isn't quite so "dunkel". It looks more like an average Vienna lager. Foam is about an inch and lasts less than a quantum physics phenomenon.
Smell is boring, with some malts and adjuncts.
Taste is soft, with malt/adjunct sweetness and a hint of caramel quickly contrasted by some burnt flavors. The burnt flavors are smooth, but more intense than those you'd get in a bottle of guinness draught...extra points for that. No hop bitterness to speak of.
Feels is light, but not too light. It's just right for one of these soft-tasting beers, although carbonation is a bit high.
Overall, really good compared to its cousins, but still pretty boring.
07-11-2009 02:46:30 | More by WildMaverick1200
3.2/5 rDev +0.6%
Not a bad mexican beer, but I really have trouble distinguishing this from Modelo's Victoria, a supposed Vienna lager. Whatever, it's not bad and you can drink it on the beach. Overall a so-so lager. The flavor had its ups and downs with a licorice and light dry cocoa flavor. Worth seeking out if in Mexico, otherwise don't bother.
03-21-2007 02:33:44 | More by tempest
3.18/5 rDev 0%
Look: Dark brown color, bare head of foam with white burrs; Smell: Grain, roasted malt and toffee; Taste: Roasted malt, toffee, balanced with resiny hops; Mouthfeel: Refreshing, medium bitterness, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability: Acceptable in all respects, the junior version of Negra Modelo, but the presentation is very bad.
01-25-2010 20:00:33 | More by roddwolff
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
bottle served at a bar off the Zocalo in Mexico City, Mexico. pours rich amber with a single finger of tan head. poor retention and no lacings.
aroma is of light caramel malts and a bit of lager yeast in the background. little else for the nose. resembles an amber lager in character.
taste is more of the same with a fresh quality and a curiously tasty profile, though it still is nothing of note.
mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp finish and a pleasant drinkability.
drinkability is good. for an amber lager this is well done to an extent, but nothing to seek out. amber lagers are usually hit or miss, but this falls between the two. worth a shot.
11-30-2009 02:19:34 | More by botham
3.13/5 rDev -1.6%
Stumbled across this a couple times while in Mexico during a cruise.
Drank straight from the bottle on the streets in Cozumel, so the formalities of appereance, color, smell, etc were somewhat lost in the surroundings.
But bottom line, I had to search out & reached for this quite a few more times than the easily available Coronas.
09-04-2008 21:06:41 | More by nbpgt
3.1/5 rDev -2.5%
Not bad but I was also in Mexico and drinking it locally. One of th better Mex beer choices there.
appearance: amber, light brown, bubbly macro head
smell: slight hops to almost zero smell
taste: Little to none, clear refresher
mouthfeel: very high carbonation, thin
drinkability: smooth, very easy
04-22-2009 13:59:23 | More by CampusCrew
3.08/5 rDev -3.1%
Murky brown color with little lacing. Aroma is faint with only a hint of phenols and toasted malts. Slightly skunky as well. The most prominent flavor is the carbonation as evything else is so weak. Moderate amounts of ripened banana and toasted barley. Metallic, with a touch of DMS. Body is thinned, fortunately the carbonation keeps any vegetal off-notes from lingering. Maybe the bottle I had was frayed than the can, but there was a skunkiness all the way through this one that was not too good.
08-20-2011 02:01:35 | More by BretSikkink
3.05/5 rDev -4.1%
León pours a dark and clear reddish brown in color, with a thin off-white head. A clear and viscous beer, it reminded me a bit of thin maple syrup, especially after the head headed for the hills.
Sweet caramely malts on the nose and on the tongue. Taste is a bit soda like, a light cream soda, with a thin carbonation letting off too quickly thus exposing the sweetness even more. Rather full in body as a result yielding a decent feel but not helping the drinkability too much.
Overly rich and underly complex compared to a Negra Modelo for example.
02-13-2009 22:50:35 | More by HalfFull
3.05/5 rDev -4.1%
Calling León merely a 'cerveza negra' does little justice to the beer's strikingly glossy tone, its crystalline clarity, and its meticulously polished, chestnut-amber colour. Bright, flashy highlights abound as if it were the red carpet of a movie awards show; indeed, Leon sounds like the perfect one word name answer to the question 'who are you wearing?'
León has probably the least amount of detectable adjuncts of any Mexican beer I've smelled. It does have some though. But to my surprise, a perceptible amount of wholesome, toasty, biscuity Munich malt is noted, trumping at least a portion of the syrupy, cereal sweetness with whiffs of browned bread crusts. Far from ideal, but passable.
This beer has infinitely more flavour than the typical Mexican lager but it unfortunately has infinitely less than the typical German one too. Melanoidins (the rich, toasty, bread crust-like flavours) that come from using Munich malts - and, to be clear, a Munich dunkel should use almost exclusively Munich malt - are completely absent.
León may be inspired by "the taste of a Munich-style dark beer" (as Google Translate confirms), but it sure doesn't prescribe to the German Reinheitsgebot, the purity law that forbids diluting beer with inferior adjuncts. While not overtly tasted, the proof is in the mouthfeel: rather than possessing a rich, full body it is thin, watery and poorly attenuated.
León must be somewhat unusual for Mexican beer drinkers accustomed to yellow lagers (and a real treat for those who know there's more to beer than just that). That said, the Germans would likely deem it insipid and irreverent, and rightfully so considering the relative high quality, integrity and overall standard of their inveterate breweries.
05-04-2011 19:21:23 | More by biegaman
León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.