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León - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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91 Ratings
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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website
Mexico

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2003)
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Photo of GClarkage
2.03/5  rDev -36.2%

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Pours a light amber-copper color, kinda like a weak iced tea color. Smells of bad cough syrup and tastes pretty much the same way. Maybe a bitter hop or two. Watery like the rest. Decent carbonation, maybe a tinge of sweetness, but really dry at the end. A bad name and a bad beer IMO.

GClarkage, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Purchased and consumed at a bar outside the Tulum ruins.
Appears a transparent light amber with a small, off white head that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Mild spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of American 2-row, Crystal, & a touch of Munich and a hint of Chocolate malt. Pretty clean with a faint hint of hops buried in the background.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet caramel flavor dominating the flavors.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, smooth, gently spiced with hops, and easy drinking.

weeare138, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of tempest
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.

tempest, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of biegaman
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.

biegaman, May 04, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Nice amber color, with a one finger head that quickly dissipates to a small ring of bubbles.

S: A nice malty aroma, no discernible hop presence.

T: The taste is also dominated by malt but there is also a slight kick from hops. Leaves a caramel finish.

M/D: Thin bodied with lots of carbonation. A better option than most of the more popular Mexican beers widely available.

mdaschaf, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

harpus, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%

I enjoyed this brew in a little cafe outside the Mayan Ruins of Tulum Mexico.
Pours a clear almost amber color with a smallish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Wow there is something in the aroma here other than corn and dms! Darker malts may actually be present here. Sweet malty aroma gives some hints of caramel, and lightly toasted bread. Taste is malty and a little sweet with hints of caramel and cocoa. Very little if any hops are found in this brew. Light body, heavy level of carbonation, syrupy/watery mouthfeel. I think I enjoyed this most out of all the light lagers I had on my trip. Or maybe it was the searing heat and the thirst I worked up climbing around the ruins for half the day. This is definitely not a Munich Dunkel, but I enjoyed several of these before sailing away.

johnnnniee, May 05, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.93/5  rDev +23.6%

Poured from 355mL can into a cool Mexican goblet.

Appearance: medium brown hue with a haze-free body and a thin finger of frothy tan foam which didn't stick around too long. The color is beautiful, though.

Smell: caramelly, nutty malt aroma which is nonetheless not too sweet. Hop aroma is quite light but noble in character. Not bad at all.

Taste: nice malty flavor with a character which is not necessarily chocolatey or roasty but is definitely that of a dark beer; perhaps it's the deep caramel character. Bitterness and hop flavor are both low but certainly within the style. Now, I am partial to Mexican dark lagers, but this beer just rubs me the right way.

Mouthfeel: light body with a pretty big carbonation. Creaminess is good, if a bit too evanescent.

Overall: granted that any Mexican beer is in its element when sipped in high heat with the surf pounding in the background, this beer is still objectively tasty and highly drinkable. I forsee myself having a lot more of this.

flagmantho, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Appearance - This was a nice, clear brown color with an off-white head that showed little retention.

Smell - The toasted grain is very light at the nose and there's nothing else here to offend.

Taste - The grain has a nice, rich malty character if a bit on the stale side.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with a smooth feel in the cheeks and some delicate carbonation.

Drinkability - This one won't knock your socks off but is good enough to session.

RoyalT, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 08, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +9.4%

January 30, 2013
Finally got to try a 355ml León bottle on our last full day in Zihuatanejo, a small corner bar at the corner of Avenidas Vicente Guerrero y Nicholas Bravo. 20 pesos - served from a fridge, I poured to a small glass and sat at a shady sidewalk counter facing the street.

4.5% - "Cerveza Negra"

A: Tawny/amber color, mostly clear. A 1/2 finger ivory head and plenty of rising carbonation. head fades somewhat quickly, but lace sticks around awhile, descending slowly while glistening in the backlit sunshine.

S: Sweet malty/cereal scent - grassy, doughy, some caramel.

T: Crisp 'apple' flavor and a pleasant 'baked bread' graininess. Starchy, nutty quality and good balanced sweetness.

M: Slightly effervescent, light-medium body.

O: Good flavors, clean and refreshing. Very easy to finish. Considerably more flavor than much of the standard 'light lagers' in Mexico, so it's an option for anyone looking to go beyond Corona, Dos Equis, Tecate and the like... pretty well done for the 'Dunkel Lager' style.

msubulldog25, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of tommy5
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of andrenaline
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%

The final unique brew I tried while in Mexico.

A - Pours a golden amber colour, finger of head which quickly receds and leaves no lacing.

S - Mild, yet again, hints of burnt sugar, caramel dominates over sweet corn notes.

T - Taste is mild, dominated by the burnt sugar and caramel notes, though still competing with the sweet corn notes. Hints of grassy hops, but again rather mild given the style.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Overall a bit of a disappointment, as I was expecting something a bit more flavourful given the strong recommendation by our server. Nonetheless, a drinkable ale and good for a hot summer day.

andrenaline, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of beerpadawan
1.75/5  rDev -45%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of BretSikkink
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.

BretSikkink, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -5.7%

cfalovo97, May 26, 2013
Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

2beerdogs, May 18, 2013
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

bonbini26, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
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.

HalfFull, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of richkrull
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

richkrull, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of CampusCrew
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

CampusCrew, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of papat444
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%

My sister brought this back for me from her trip to Mexico a couple of weeks ago.

Poured from a 325ml. bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-amber body that's a bit (too?) clear with a decent 2 finger head that recedes to a thin layer then to nothing rather quickly.

Smell: Best feature for me. Malt & mild bitterness (hops?) with a underlying coffee presence, not sure.

Taste: Wow, not much here. Some malt, maybe some caramel but extremely subdued. Taste is fleeting. A bit grainy but i'm grasping at straws here due to the lack of flavor. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Texture is, for lack of a better word, rubbery. Crisp & clean and finishes like water. Kind of flat also.

Drinkability: Not very interesting. Easy & inoffensive really but i feel like i'm drinking alcoholic water with a smidgen of taste.

Overall: Bland and unexciting. It doesn't taste skunked, maybe a bit stale but not sure as the smell was fairly good compared to the rest. Maybe best enjoyed under a tropical sun.

papat444, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Oakenator
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Oakenator, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Pours a medium yellowish amber color, clear, with about one finger of off-white head. Head fades fast, but leaves decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, lager yeast, and lightly spicy hops. Pretty nice, actually, though it has a hint of adjunct lagery smell that I don't really like.

Taste is better than I expected. Some nutty toasted malts, a bit of brown sugar. Quite smooth and mellow. Biggest downside is that the flavor is a little weak.

Medium-bodied, with less carbonation than I'd like. Has a slightly syrupy texture, coating the tongue. Pretty good.

Probably the best surprise among the Mexican beers I've tried. I like it, and given the choices available here (only beers from Mexico's big 2), I'd pick it over everything else.

zeledonia, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 10, 2006
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León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
74 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.