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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: 52
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 41.84%
Wants: 1
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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 -2.1%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 08, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

petewheeler, Sep 30, 2014
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1.23/5  rDev -48.5%
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.

Rt666Ale, Jun 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

IDYVM, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +67.4%

tyleeis, Jun 14, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

mdaschaf, Jun 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

tdm168, May 01, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +49%

awesomo, Sep 11, 2014
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev +36%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Nov 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev +15.1%

Xzfgiimtsath, Apr 16, 2014
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1/5  rDev -58.2%

spazx, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of Zorro
2.8/5  rDev +17.2%
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

Zorro, Sep 28, 2013
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3.16/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Reidrover, Jun 13, 2014
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2/5  rDev -16.3%

tvghost, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

dbrauneis, Sep 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev +25.5%

TejasMtnBiker, Jul 11, 2014
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3.56/5  rDev +49%
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.

woodychandler, May 28, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

Chiefmanynames, Apr 02, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

carrionricardo, Aug 15, 2014
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1.38/5  rDev -42.3%
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!

57md, Aug 07, 2014
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1.72/5  rDev -28%

Okay, here we go.

Appearance - coppery orange with lots of fizz

Smell (1.5) - tomato soup, adjunct corn

Taste (1.25) - fizzy tomato soup. An orange-y undertone. A little salt. Tomato juice finish.

Mouthfeel (2) - smooth. perhaps the best part of this whole drink. slightly carbonated. and again, tomato juice.

Overall (1.92) - Basically soup. A tomato juice with a little beer flavor. Should've had a V8.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Aug 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev +25.5%

NonicPanic, Monday at 04:48 AM
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2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

curmudgeon236, May 26, 2014
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2.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Ah, yes. Another Chelada beer. When I saw this in the coolers of my local crappy corner mart, I had to nab it. Call me masochistic. Expectations are as low as can possibly be - the worst beer I've ever had was Budweiser Chelada. 1 pint 8 fl oz aluminum can served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live.

Served cold. Side-poured gently as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger head which dissipates within 5 seconds. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent weak copper of poor vibrance. No floating yeast particles or sediment is visible.

Doesn't look very good. I'm dreading the first sip.

Sm: Ugh. Tomato sauce and lime. Tomato dominates. It doesn't smell bad generally - I mean it's tomato sauce - but as a beer it's disgusting. It's a troubling aroma of fairly high strength. I'm not looking forward to trying it.

No yeast character, malts, hops, or alcohol is detectable. Basically, anything that resembles beer isn't coming through.

T: Miles above Budweiser Chelada, but still pretty crappy.

Tomato sauce dominates, with complementary notes of lime and pizza crust.

Yeah, there's no noticeable malt, hop, or yeast character. This is about as one-note and bland as they come. Very boring, with a dull focus. But hey, they delivered on what they advertised. The promise of the premise is satisfied.

I do detect some alcohol. I pick up on hints of seafood.

Shallow depth of flavour. Below average depth and intensity of flavour. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and complexity, but it does balance what little flavour is there.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A biteen overcarbonated. Light body. Okay thickness. Slimy feel. Bad presence on the palate.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Dr: A poor brew with nothing to offer the discerning drinker. The low quality makes it hard to down - and my God, this must be high in calories. I wouldn't get it again by any means, and I'd caution others against buying it. Unless you're doing a beer reduction for pasta, I'd steer clear of this beer. Certainly crappy, but nowhere near as atrocious as Budweiser Clamato. A more legitimate beer in the "style" for true fans of it. So construction workers and SoCal transplants, enjoy.


kojevergas, Mar 02, 2014
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Modelo Especial Chelada from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
62 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.