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León - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 18.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2003)
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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of zeledonia
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of davidtarantino
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of pavpav12
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of treque
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a good copper in color, reddish tints, a light tan head, lots of carb, completely traslucent, very clear

S: corn and butter, some sweetnes and caramel

T: some sweet notes, crispy on tongue, a very tiny toast flavour, there is no end at all, is a very simple beer on the style

Photo of BigDRS
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes - had this beer while on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Poured from a 12 oz can into a glass.

Appearance - Light brown - the first (and only) beer that I found in Puerto Vallarta that wasn't yellow! There's a very small head that dissipates into nothing shortly after the beer is poured.

Smell - There's a bit of malt and maybe a faint smell of toasted grains but that's about it.

Taste - While this beer has more oomph than the other beers I had in Mexico, it's quite tame. There's a slight malt character that comes across throughout each sip, but not much else.

Mouthfeel - Just like water.

Overall - This might be one of the best beers available if you're in Mexico. Visit for the cheap tequila, not the brew.

Photo of hopsolutely
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A "Munich Dunkel Lager" that ignores the most important points of the 1516 deutsche Rheinheitsgebot? Personally I'd call it a dark "adjunct lager", because the corn is omnipresent in both aroma and taste.

Beautiful dark amber colour, but hopes for roasted malts or caramelized tones dashed at first sip. No aroma to speak of and very limited flavour profile. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel, but lacking the "silkiness" of the best German dunkels.

Overall a decent adjunct lager - certainly not the worst in Mexico - but does not compare favourably to other beers of the "Munich Dunkel Lager" or Kellerbier style.

Photo of biegaman
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of krazyboi
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1.2 liter bottle into a 30 oz. glass mug.

A: Dark caramel color, with a bubbly head that dissipates very quickly, leaving no lacing.
S: Smells like a stereotypical adjunct lager. I instantly think of Budweiser when smelling this beer.
T: A very slightly roasted flavor with a certain metallic and bitter aftertaste.
M: Light bodied, low to medium carbonation, fairly smooth.
D: This beer is an interesting one for me. The color and the aroma don't match up too well. I was expecting more of a roasty aroma. This beer is very drinkable, especially at 4.5% ABV. Luckily, this beer was a gift from a buddy of mine who visited Cancun. Overall, a decent beer that will push me to try more dunkel lagers...

Photo of schmidtn
2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper color, white head, with mediums sized bubbles. Lots of carbonation in the pint glass

I can't place the aroma, seems earthy. Not the most pleasant smell. I don't note much for aroma hops

Taste is malty, fairly light in taste, small bittering finish.

Fizzy. Not a great version of a Munich style beer.

My second beer I drank from the bottle, rather than a glass, and the experience was more pleasant.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day 6 Mexico!

A: Nice dark carmel color with the best head retention Ive seen yet here, 1/4" Thich foamy nice clinging to glass.

S: Rich malts blast the nose some other sweet carmelish notes.

T: The best one yet, wish they had this is the US. Malty rich tiny bubbles washing the palate.

M: Light and refreshing, much better than a Corona.

D: Very much so if you are in Mexico get some Leon.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it was nice too see something a little different to drink in cozumel. amber color, clear, with a minimal off-white diminishing head. some light caramel in the nose and taste. doesn't look like an adjunct beer but you can tell by drinking it. not much hop character to speak of. light bodied. frothy mouthfeel.

Photo of roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of botham
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.23/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of papat444
2.53/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BierFan
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
75 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.