León - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.16
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2003

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Photo of stoutman
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 hops! 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. One of the better Mexican beers.

Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
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 Douberd
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ABV 4.5%
can, 355 ml.
It poured a light amber colour with head that disappeared straight away.
Nothing special on the aroma, almost non existent.
Taste, the same. Nothing traceable, nothing distinguishable.
Medium on the body and light carbonation.
This one is like your usual mexican beer with some drops of a colour agent, just to change its colour,nothing else. Really disappointed with this one, I was expecting much more taste.

Photo of LarryKemp
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the "dark" beer at the all inclusive at Playa Del Carmin. I drank plenty of them. Some were VERY good and rivaled Negra Modela. Others were VERY bad. The good ones were dark amber with a fairly good off white head. The aroma was very mild but I could detect some malt. The taste was of malt and the moutfeel was moderate. These were nice drinking at the cabana on the beach watching topless sunbathers. The bad ones had a off, sour smell and a taste to match. After a couple of these, I would give up beer for a few hours and was forced to drink taquilla and watch the topless sunbathers.

Photo of cryptichead
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Watery and flat. More of an ordinary American adjunct lager than anything else.

Photo of Rumrunner
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Dubbercody
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can, found this while on vacation in Mexico at one of the major grocery outlets.

Amber, just darker than fat tire. Very effervescent in mouth, slightly malty with almost no bitterness. Finishes off with a non-lasting slightly sweet flavor.

Easy to drink, super light mouthfeel. For beer found in Mexico, it's not bad.

Photo of roddwolff
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
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 treque
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
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 tesguino
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a full bodied beer , munich dunkel lager style, its beer style in this site is wrong, is not a marzen oktoberfest; special beer for a southeastern mexican food, like a cochinita pibil, motulenian eggs, papadzules, etc; its appearance in light dark made this beer one of my favorites from Grupo Modelo; drinkability is over the average, try with german cuisine; 95% recommended.

Photo of klmcmachen
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was OK. It was very drinkable but not great. Something called Negra I was expecting a fuller taste. Other than my expectations, it was very smooth, and would be good for a casual drinker. It was very similar to Corona, but a little more malty.

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the good ones from Mexico, not the best but not bad at all.

Photo of Pepeton
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, things do change. That or my memories are not up to reality.
I used to drink this beer some 25 years ago, at least for a brief time.
I clearly remember a darker and unfiltered beer.

Now? Well...

Pours an amber-reddish liquid, with no head and a bit of lacing.

Smells of adjuncts go to your nose, and almost nothing else.

Taste has a little bitterness, some hops and, I have to admit, it's a refreshing concoction.

Mouthfeel is stingy due to some carbonation, and has a dry finish and aftertaste.

I can have some more, especially with some spicy and hot Yucatán food.

Photo of nekronos
4.35/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of my best beers here. The lager is in, but with a different taste. Montejo and Leon are brewed in another state of Mexico, that makes them different, and without any doubt, the original owners were a little more interested in fine beers.

Photo of beertastegood
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly clear amber/copper color with a smallish head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of musty, grassy hops (Saaz anyone?), very slight Munich malt aroma and that odd corn-like smell that adjunct beers tend to have.

Taste: The German malts are evident, but only in relation to other Mexican lagers. The hops are most definitely Saaz and dominate the beer with their distinctive flavor - which is not really that outstanding, IMO.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, as expected, and a thin body make this beer mediocre at best.

Drinkability: I could drink many of these, but I probably wouldn't want to.

Much better than the standard Mexican fare, but still a disappointing beer and a disgrace to the Octoberfest style.

Photo of fido
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leon pours a nice copper dark color; nice head and nice lacing throughout the drink; Smell of malts and hops, maybe fruity aroma; Taste is of roasted malts and caramel; Nice carbonation, Refreshing and very drinkable brew.

I recommend this mexican beer.

¡Salud!

Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
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 BigDRS
2.68/5  rDev -15.2%
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 schmidtn
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
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 krazyboi
2.94/5  rDev -7%
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 moonman00
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a copper-to-brown-reddish color with no head.

Served very cold, it is a refreshing beer, often offered at places with food from Yucatan (mayan).

It has a good drinkability, fair carbonization, a little bitter, and at the end it feels dry.

Like Montejo, try it with some Cochinita and Frijoles con Puerco.

Photo of WilliamAlbrecht
4.2/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I discovered Leon a few years back, and I must say that it is one of the top quality beers that is brewed by the Modelo company. I've had it in can form, on tap, and in bottle form. I had it at my wedding, and I truly think it's a blessing of a beer. I can't think of a lot of mexican beers that have a real good taste and feel to them like this one.

Appearance: The look of this beer varies from time to time I've found. On tap I've had up to a two inch head and a lot of beautiful lacing on a precious quality chalice. On can, you get the usual canned taste of beer--but a quality taste emanating from the type of brew you are drinking as well. On bottle I have had the most variant appearances of this beer. At times it's looked downright gorgeous, with a nice sized head and a delicious taste--and yet at times it's downright fizzled in the case of its head. Nevertheless--more often than not, this beer looks nice. Dark amber and beautiful to behold.

Smell: A rather sweet(not very bitter) aroma of maltiness immediately greets the nose! I can truly say I am pleased!

Taste: Delicious. A dark beer, but not too dark and not overpowering at all. On a beach somewhere, this is the beer you should see people drinking, instead of that GOD awful Corona!

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is certainly present, with a light taste to this beer, though not on the level of a LIGHT beer. Impressive taste and nice aftertaste.

Overall, I'd say that this is a beer I wish they'd import to the US. It's certainly better than Negra Modelo, much more superior to Corona, and a whole host of Mexican beers--which are usually not too impressive to begin with.

Photo of HBresler
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of nbpgt
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
74 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.