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

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Reviews: 24
Hads: 76
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 37.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Zorro on 09-28-2013

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Reviews by TMoney2591:
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2.34/5  rDev -12.4%
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. (775 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of petewheeler
1.5/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of Rt666Ale
1.25/5  rDev -53.2%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of IDYVM
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +49.8%

Photo of SirHopsHoppington
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ehh nothing special. Good with Mexican food. Or any other food that pairs well with tomatoes. (93 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
1.75/5  rDev -34.5%

Photo of MichaelPiazza
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of tdm168
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of awesomo
3.56/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of PhilHeinricke
2.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tomato Juice

My best bud is from Guatemala, and he likes to come over and drink what he calls "chelas". It's basically a slang term probably close to what we would call "cold ones". So I saw this in the fridge at 7-11 while I was on a trip to Chicago, and it reminded me of my bud so I got it. Big mistake.

This beer had an overwhelming taste of tomato juice. I mean the tomato juice taste was so strong that it just overpowered anything else that may have been in there if there was anything else. You might as well have a V-8. The taste is the same. At least with a V-8 it's healthier. (596 characters)

Photo of tone77
1.86/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (372 characters)

Photo of ZenBiscuits
2.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

RJT (509 characters)

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of spazx
1/5  rDev -62.5%

Photo of LeonardFournette
1/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

One of the worst beers I have had and I am usually fair..just no spicyness to it and way too much tomato..stick to the tecate or bud light version..they are all much bette (171 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.76/5  rDev +3.4%
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 (703 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.05/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really wasn't that horrible. Tasted even better on ice. Can't say I recommend but it's fun to try once. (105 characters)

Photo of mooseisloose
2.89/5  rDev +8.2%

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. (649 characters)

Photo of bundy462
1/5  rDev -62.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thin tomato paste. The tequilla is going down easier. (53 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.16/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tvghost
2/5  rDev -25.1%

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