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Modelo Especial Chelada - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Modelo Especial CheladaModelo Especial Chelada

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 2.43
pDev: 39.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Zorro on 09-28-2013

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 20
Reviews by TMoney2591:
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2.34/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Served in a tumbler.

While I was buying the Raz-Ber-Ita, I decided to give this one a go as well, memories of the Bud Chelada debacle still terribly fresh despite the passing years. Whatever. Hashtag yo-lo. This stuff pours a cloudy pale radish-soda topped by a wisp of transitory bubble foam. The nose comprises tomato juice, salted celery, lemon zest, club soda, and Tabasco sauce. Unfortunately, it all smells fake-ish, if that makes sense. The taste brings in more of the same, artificiality included. The body is a light medium, with a mildly fizzy carbonation and a crisp-ish finish. Overall, this just ain't my bag. It's slightly better than the Bud versions, but the overarching artificial character (not to mention the tomato heft for me) just doesn't do it for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
1.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of Rt666Ale
1.25/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Modelo Especial Chelada 24oz can

States on the can Refreshing flavors of tomato,salt and lime.

Well it did not remind me of any of these.

Made it through it but knew it would be my last.

If i had read the can a little closer i may of never bought it.

Artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners that came out immediately pale red with a salty diet soda taste. just plain bad.

The Bud version is much better with a little hot sauce and lime plus it is all natural flavors.

Photo of IDYVM
2.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +64.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
1.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of MichaelPiazza
2.4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of awesomo
3.56/5  rDev +46.5%

Photo of tone77
1.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 24 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head and lots of carbonation. Smell is heavily of tomato. Taste is also lots of tomato, a good bit of salt, not pleasant at all. Feels medium bodied and yuck in the mouth and overall, I did not like this beer at all.If it were a 12 oz. serving, I may have been able to finish it, but this was a drain pour.

Photo of ZenBiscuits
2.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Modelo Especial Chelada has no head, but it does have an opaque, tomato-red, extremely bubbly appearance, and a film left behind on the side of the glass. The aroma is essentially of tomatoes or tomato paste, a faint lime smell, and a bit of light beer coming through. Taste is of tomato juice, a touch of lime, sweetness, and a bit of beer flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and very spritzy. Modelo Especial Chelada finishes semi-dry, easy drinking, and enjoyable. Overall, this is very good, for what it is.


Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.75/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of spazx
1/5  rDev -58.8%

Photo of Zorro
2.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Modelo Especial has done a Chelada now.

Orange and white tall boy can "With the Refreshing Flavors of Tomato, Salt and Lime."

Cracked open the can and put it in a glass.

Cloudy reddish brown colored beer with NO head whatsoever.

Smell is lime and tomato mostly. Some cumin and chile scent.

Starts out tart with the tomato and lime and salt all there. Slight sweetness and some cumin and chile flavor but there is no heat. Doesn't taste like beer, tastes like spiced tomato juice. While it doesn't taste like beer the flavor isn't bad at all.

Mouthfeel is tomato juice.

Overall it is OK. Not something that I would recommend as beer but as a beverage it is OK and superior to the Budweiser version

Photo of mooseisloose
2.89/5  rDev +18.9%

Saw this at the nearby siete-once picked it up for a nice cool day beverage. Enjoy a red beer from time to time so expect similar. Giving it a whirl, popping the top I get a waft of tomato and worcestershire sauce. Pours to a reddish brown not nearly as red as my own red brew or a bud light chelada. On the taste this brew is heavily steeped in a worcestershire sauce flavor and not so much tomato, but I like that. Goes down smooth with good mouthfeel and a sweet and tangy aftertaste. Refreshing and crisp, something different than a high ABV hop shocker, a bloody mary of sorts. Not as good as bud light chelada, but for what it is, good.

Photo of Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

handsome 24 oz can from a local Mom and Pop satore. $3.00 Pinkish red body with a small off white head. Aroma of Chile and Italian canned tomatoes..not horrible but not good./ Salty tomato and seafood taste..not as bad as Buds version.
This actually has grown on me and I have had 2 cans more..usually as a palate zapper before bigger beers.
Not that bad really.

Photo of tvghost
2/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev -7.4%

A: Pours a clear pale copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint golden yellow + amber highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that quickly reduces to absolutely no head. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of tomato juice (almost more like V-8), citrus lime juice, and just the slightest hint of corn adjunct malts.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor sweet corn adjunct malts and just a hint of grainy malts. That is quickly overtaken by moderate to strong flavors of tomato juice/V-8 and a light to moderate flavor of salt + lime. No perceptible bitterness or hop flavors.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slight acidic prickliness.

O: Definitely better than the versions from Bud which I could not even finish a single glass, this is one that I could actually drink an entire glass (though certainly not a 24 oz. can). Went well with homemade Mexican food tonight and I could actually see myself having another at some point in the future.

Photo of TejasMtnBiker
3/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.55/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

He keeps crediting me in his reviews as the creator of The CANQuest (TM), but my local, in-person trader, tone77, keeps bringing me all kinds of new and different CANs for review, so he deserves as much credit as I do.

From the CAN: "With the refreshing flavors of tomato, salt and lime"; "An authentic blend of Modelo Especial iwth the refreshing flavors of tomato, salt and lime. Just open and enjoy."

I will cop to a certain amount of trepidation, following the mess that Bud Light produced with their Chelada line, but this is a MexiCAN tradition and this beer is MexiCAN, so if they CAN't get it right, who CAN?

The Crack! from this 24-fl. oz. monster sounded like Godzilla's roar and so the Glug was gentle so as not to awaken the sleeping giant. It did not matter. I had beer for days! Man, it was actually viscous with the presence of the tomato juice really filling it out nicely. The pinkish foam that passed for head was extremely short-lived and I have had pop that produced more and longer-lasting head. Color was a cloudy deep-pink (SRM = N/A). Nose smelled strongly of tomato juice, but really not in any off-putting way. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, again, partially thanks to the tomato juice. I really liked the commingling of the flavors. The tomato juice and the salt gave it a tasty bite and the lime reinforced the flavor. I found myself wishing for some pepper and maybe some hot sauce to make it just a little more lively. It really was quite refreshing on this humid, rainy evening and so I did not adulterate it so that I could CANduct this review, but I would want to doctor it if I was going to have it again. People are going to laugh, but the gag marathon that I went through with the Bud Light iterations really made this an enjoyable experience by CANparison. Finish was dry and the taste of the tomato juice really lingered, so if that is not your taste, I understand. This certainly has its place and summer is probably it.

Photo of Chiefmanynames
1.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of carrionricardo
1.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of 57md
1.42/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This offering was a “bonus” can in a beer club case.

I poured this 24 ounce oil can ice cold into a big, clear plastic cup because that is the glassware this baby deserves. The color is reminiscent of apple juice. This offering is fizzy but there is no real head on top of the liquid. There are sour and fruity notes in the nose. The body is quite light. The taste of tomatoes and salt overwhelm everything else in the flavor profile.

Honestly, I am not clear that this is even beer – it’s more of a cocktail with beer as an ingredient.

My first drain pour since I started reviewing!

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Modelo Especial Chelada from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
62 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.