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Modelo Especial | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Modelo EspecialModelo Especial

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 558 | Ratings: 2,146
Photo of LooksCouldKiilll
5/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love Modelo Especial! Hands down my favorite beer. Forget Corona. Leave it to the spring breakers in Cancun. When you are looking for a nice Mexican beer that is easy to drink, quenches your thirst, and reminds of you sunnier days then this is your beer!
MMMM... I wish I had one right now!

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Photo of echris310
4.84/5  rDev +69.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now this beer here is heaven this my most fav beer has a li

It has a very smooth taste for a import a little pricey but worth it if u have the funds

If offerd this do not turn this down! Will not disapoint

Its way better then corona, tecate just to name a few mexican brews

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Photo of tesguino
4.82/5  rDev +68.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the original "bull´s ball" huevo de toro, is very popular in my city over any brands of its rival brewery, but in general is exceptional for a party time, buddies reunion, smell fabulous, taste exceptional, like a real german lager beer, grupo model brewer of this beer had a lot of beer most are german or european styles, for many drinkers this is good, every brands have its drinkers.

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Photo of Kelby777
4.72/5  rDev +65%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured straight from the can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Very clear, pale amber color. Very carbonated, small bubbly, frothy head.

Smell - Smells of sweet corn and breadiness. Mouthwatering.

Taste - Way better than expected. I am actually very surprised at how this tastes. The taste is hard to explain... it has sort of a light orange peel hoppy flavor to it with a bitter finish. Don't worry, the hops are not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - VERY easy to drink! The beer is just right in terms of thickness.

Overall - Would recommend this for any occasion. I can't image how good this would taste with some Mexican food. This beer puts Corona to shame.

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Photo of Josephkeene
4.38/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

oy vey?! Why so many bad ratings - 24 fl oz Bottle condition

The pour is clean leaving zero lacing and hardly any head and comes with unique hoppy taste and smell - i've read before that marijuana and hops are very similar and damn if this beer doesn't smell as dank or tastes as dank as some bud.

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Photo of MissYa
4.3/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I mix all me beers with a splash of bloody mary mix. This one is quite delicious! Haven't really tried it alone, but from what I can taste it's similar to a light beer in flavor.

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Photo of Powderhound92
4.27/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

If you like mexican beers, this is a fantastic, light mexican brew. Would strongly recommend to anyone. The second I open this beer it reminds me of the Cancun sun. If you dont like this beer, then you just dont appreciate the flavor a mexican beer. Viva Mexico, Viva Modelo

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Photo of nekronos
4.15/5  rDev +45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CLear, with a considerably foam. BUt it is a lager after all, a little bitter sometimes, not for a party or a football match reunion, but it can give you a good time in a chat. PErhaps the best beer of this brewery even better than Corona, well, you know.

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Photo of CrescentLake
4.11/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite brew from south of the border. The neglected little brother of Negro Modelo, Modelo Especial, is an exceptional crisp clean summer beer. And forget man laws, a lime is a need addition. Often less expensive then the corporate mogul corona; this beer is a better substitute for august days and mowing lawns or should I say " para cortando el cesped"

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Photo of MusaJames
4.1/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

be advised that a lot of Mexicans think this beer is for women. Despite some of that nonsense this beer is enjoyable. Great full flavor with a little bit of bitterness. This beer is readily available in both cans and bottles I would highly recommend that you go with the cans. I've had more issues with the bottles though no always.

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Photo of dhannes
4.08/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought with lunch at a local Mexican restaurant...served chilled in a can along with a frosted glass. I started drinking out of the can, and then poured into the glass after the chill left.

A=Very nice, darker golden...very good for the style. Only a bit of a head.

S=I don't remember smelling much, other than a faint whiff of hops...no corn smell.

T=For the style, this is much better than Corona, Bud, and most other BMC's--sturdy maltiness with moderate hopping, and not too sweet. Still a bit less flavorful than, say, Batch 19.

M=Moderate body...perhaps a bit too much carbonation, but not overpowering.

O=For an AAL, it is hard to do much better...would like to see more body and flavor, but a good representation for a session beer...I would like to try on tap.

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Photo of CervezaMesa
4.08/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all this beer is better then that piss corona!

Pours golden, nice finish...

I prefer a lime, goes great with fried foods!

Definitely not the best mexican beer but not the worst.
I could go on and on about this beer but it looks like everbody is saying the same thing! Try it if you haven't had it though!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks a lot like Pacífico...darker than Corona. Some head retention and carbonation.

Smell: Smells pretty malty and that's about it. Refreshing, but wish it had more bite/crispness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Above average taste for this style. The malt surpasses any other tastes, but does not overwhelm. Nice crisp refreshness.

Drinkability: I could easily enjoy a few of these with a meal.

Overall: In my opinion, no beer goes better with Mexican food than Modelo Especial. Thumbs up.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modelo Especial brewed by Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a dark amber color with a white head. Modelo is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell is rich with grans , malts and some bitterness. There is also a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. This for the most part looks and smells like an American Lager. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The taste of Modelo Especial is bold but light. Modelo Especial has a small bite to it but nothing bad. You pick up on grains and malts, and some hops in the taste of this brew. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. Modelo Especial has a smooth clean finish to it. Almost like a light American style beer. There is not much else to say. this is a good drinkable beer. The mouthfeel of Modelo Especial is clean, smooth and refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out of 5. This beer is better in a can. I would get this brew again. Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of MadTown1000
4/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The familiar smell of Mexican lager - somewhat hoppy, with a good helping of adjunct grains. For whatever reason I've always liked the smell, so it gets solid points in that category. Pours golden into a pint glass with about an inch of almost yellowish white head, medium bubbles, that fizzes all the way down leaving no lace in about 30 seconds. Dark enough that it looks like real beer, but the fizz leaves no question that it's going to be on the lighter crisper side.

Taste as expected is light and crisp, with a malty aftertaste that sticks around for a while. Actually a little bit of hoppiness that comes out after a while as well. It's not a work of art, but it absolutely gets the job done as a refreshing summer beer. You could swig it down in quantity if you wanted to as well. This one gets solid marks across the board.

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Photo of giblet
3.95/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Mexican brews. More body and taste than some of the others that are mass marketed. Very good mouth appeal and good aftertaste. A lighter beer than the Negra making it easier to drink. This is the perfect beer for those who are having a cookout in the summer and want to have more than one or two.

It goes down smooth and is a very tastey thirst quencher.


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Photo of morimech
3.92/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

More than a typical adjunct lager. Pours a clear straw color with a large white head that had very good retention. The head slowly settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Stuck my nose in the glass and was treated with more than a grainy aroma. Hops, I smell hops. Hints of lemons and flowers. Also has a flavor that is impressive for the style. Enough hop flavor to mask the adjuncts. Slightly sweet malt flavor. Bitterness is low. Does not finish as clean and crisp as most BMC beers but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Nothing really stood out in the body except it did not seem as overly carbonated as other similar beers. The only reason I bought this beer was because it was available in cans and attractively priced. One of the better Mexican lagers.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.9/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(This review is of the Oklahoma 3.2% ABW (4.0% ABV) version sold in grocery stores, tasting it from a bottle poured into a glass)

I had very low expectations (with the exception of Negro Modelo and Bohemia, most Mexican beers are lackluster) but was quite surprised by how good this beer was.

Aroma was slight but the flavor was surprisingly malty and dry. It reminds me a tiny bit of a lighter version of Fat Tire. Lots of carbonation. Lingering malty after taste.

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Photo of chillwinston
3.9/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the best Mexican beer hands down. It's best from a bottle but then you risk it being spoiled and it has that foil around the top. Appearance and smell is very typical of a Mexican lager but the taste is much better. The mouthfeel is much more substantial. It's tastes like it has a bit of honey in it. This the perfect beer for drinking outside in the summer or on a beach in Mexico.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.88/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to rate this better than mainstream beers and most Mexican beers. This has pretty decent quality. It is a medium golden with a thick head and big bubbles. Aroma is a mellow maltiness and maybe, just maybe some mild hops. THis has a clean maltiness that's not too sweet and slightly curbed with some bittering hops. Refreshing but not too light. The mouthfeel and taste compliment each other. THis is easy drinking, pleasant and pretty good quality.

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Photo of vacax
3.86/5  rDev +35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

24 ounces of canned glory pours into my glass. Straw in color, quite fizzy, loads of percolation. Slightest amount of retention, but there is a touch, with light lace. Nose has a bit of apple, a bit of hop bitterness is present, only a bit of plastic. Pretty good smell for an adjunct lager, it does have a smell and it isn't even exactly offensive.

Flavor has some malt sweetness to it and some pretty well balanced hops too. A bit of plastic flavor on the midpalate and in the finish, but it is largely missable, making this a fairly well done adjunct lager. Honestly one of the better adjunct lagers out there, though on the more expensive side for a style that encompassing various types of swill. Feels pretty light, probably because of the high carbonation, though it stays prickly and not foamy. If you're going to drink swill, this is a pretty good choice.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.86/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a 12 oz. bottle of this at my favorite local Mexican restaurant last night. No freshness date seen.

A: Poured crystal clear gold with little carbonation and a very thin fizzy head that disappeared within seconds. No lacing was left.

S: The smell was really pretty thin - some hints and mild hops and sweet malt - clean an easy.

T/M: It was light bodied and fairly well-balanced. Some sweet malt and mild hops and plenty of water - though the water was not too prominent for the style. A touch of salt picked up as well. Not too bad of a taste from a macro lager from Mexico.

I think this is a great beer to enjoy Mexican food with. Whenever I eat ethnic foods, I try and drink the beer from their country. This was a good example for it's style - simple, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of miket163
3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I have had this many times...

Pour/Appearance: Golden straw colour with a 2 inch foamy white head which lasted about 5 minutes ( American Pint Glass).

Smell: Modelo smelled like your typical lager...grassy and grainy, not to much going on but a pleasant clean smell, think hayfield after a fall cut.

Taste: Modelo tastes like a lager! A bit more bite (i'm guessing hops) than a BMCs and taste how it smells, very much like grass. Very clean flavour with very little after taste. Not much malt going on.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated but washes nachos down very well!

Drinkability: Excellent, very good spicy food beer!

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Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Day four in Mexico! YEAH !!!

A: Pours a nice golden color with nice lacing.

S: Hints of hops and light malts, notes of lemon. (I never put lime or other fruits in beer as they disrupt the natural flavors, and if you have to disguise the taste why not drink something else)

T: Nice even taste of hops and maltsalways as good as I hope it will be.

M: medium to heavy bodied lightly carbed with a touch of floral in the end of swallow.

D: Always a good choice to make.

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Photo of IceTrey9785
3.83/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Added a slice of lime at the recommendation of a friend.

A: Nice golden bronze color -- very little head retention. Actually the white lacing disappeared after a few seconds, giving way to medium to large bubbles (might have been a pouring error on my part...).

S: The lime obviously covers up most of the smell. Before adding it, the beer gave off a rather dusty, dirty grass aroma. It wasn't negative, but clearly covers up any hops or malt that are present. Not really sure if the lime is necessary...

T&M: Great taste -- excellent balance between being overly sweet and bitter. The lime is present, but I almost tasted warm corn husks or tortillas in the beer. Light and crisp, with layers of complexity, this is very user friendly with nice carbonation and a finish that lasts for half a minute or so.

D: Excellent lager. Much better for the money that Corona or Pacifico. I'd recommend someone to try it without the lime, and if they feel compelled to add fruit -- just a little will do. This beer can stand upright on its own, and makes a wonderful addition to traditional Mexican cuisine. I prefer it with lightly salted avocado halves. Definitely a go-to-beer for Cinco de Mayo.

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