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León - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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BA SCORE
75
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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
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2003)
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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.

RoyalT, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of JIMTRK16
3/5  rDev -5.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

PretzelCity, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of davidtarantino
3/5  rDev -5.7%

davidtarantino, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 richard_stanton
3/5  rDev -5.7%

richard_stanton, Aug 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

bobojuice, Aug 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

pavpav12, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

cfalovo97, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

closisinthehouse, Jul 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

CNAsbell, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Joaco, Jan 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

bpackertx, Feb 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

ZachRusk, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of Kirian
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Kirian, Jun 28, 2013
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.

mdaschaf, Oct 01, 2010
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.

MrMcGibblets, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 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.

biegaman, May 04, 2011
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.

BretSikkink, Aug 20, 2011
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

CampusCrew, Apr 22, 2009
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.

botham, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of nbpgt
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

nbpgt, Sep 04, 2008
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.

roddwolff, Jan 25, 2010
León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
75 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.