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

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Modelo EspecialModelo Especial
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.com.mx

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
563
Ratings:
2,164
Avg:
2.86
pDev:
43.01%
 
 
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Reviews: 563 | Ratings: 2,164
Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To me, this one doesn't taste as "good" as a Corona or a Sol. It lacks the typical "Mexican" flavour. More like a Bud or a Molson Canadian. Wouldn't buy again

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Photo of acmurphy696
2.64/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The head of this beer dissolved almost as soon as I poured it. Very disappointing. The taste was not too bad, but it wasn't that great either, which is typical of an adjunct. Hey, it beats a Bud.
Still, it kind of reminds me of why I did not drink beer in college during the 80s. Frightening times.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12-pack bottles Foodland $11.88
Clear golden color
Light mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Light malt taste
Overall just ok. Not worth buying again.

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Photo of TerryMills
4.79/5  rDev +67.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

My absolute favorite "regular" beer you can find anywhere ..

Very good clean taste without the watery finish of normal American lager, nice beer to have with food .

12 pack bottled in a box is my favorite since it is a clear bottle , there is no skunk flavor with this beer Like you get with corona.

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Photo of Cburnette23
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yea, delicious. About as good as any of your typical 'cervesas' are going to get. Of course, I also enjoy Corona, but this is comparable, perhaps a bit better. It's not like Corona - it's more of a subtle amber spice flavor, that tastes also like your standard 'beer' tastes. It's good! Nothing amazing, but not half-bad - and another bargain banger. I love this, Foster's and Mississippi Mud when I'm drinking on a low budget.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.59/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very bright pale color with storming pearly activity. Weak white 2 finger head, lasting around a minute, with poor legs. Flavors of sweet grains, corn, lemon, caramel, and herbal spices. Lots of malt and fruity sweetness with a dash of bitter leafy hops. Slick full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Light bitter finish of lingering floral hops, smoked skunk, with light syrupy grainy malts and soft lime citrus. Overly accessible, but at least it doesn't taste adjunct too much. The finish has a nice intensity, very flowery. The flavors are okay, while basic and a little off. The freshness is a bit lacking, but decent. Overall below average quality craft.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.39/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz can partially poured into a snifter for this review.

A: Pours a clear dark yellow/light golden color with a couple fingers of very active and fizzy off-white head that quickly disappeared into a very faint collar.
S: The nose is light with notes of corn, peppery hops, and a kind of metallic copper penny smell.
T: Tastes better than the nose let on with base flavors of corn and dry grains followed by lightly sweet and almost fruity hints of yeast esters. The finish is lightly spices with hints of peppery hops.
M: Light body but very smooth and soft carbonation that create are fuller and thicker mouthfeel that many others in this style. Very creamy and smooth. The finish is slight splashy and wet (not completely crisp and dry).
O: Fairly solid actually. I’m not getting any flavors in this that offend me, which is typically my biggest qualm with the style. I’d drink this over many other available examples of the style; however, this is not my favorite adjust lager.

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Photo of hdf561
2.59/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in tall Pilsner.

Looked pale gold can see right through it no head no lacing.

No real smell, corn perhaps plain.

Taste corn, and not much else. It's smooth and would probably benefit from a lime garnish. It's just another Mexican beer very drinkable, very light but have had better would drink again.

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Photo of LennyOvies
2.43/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

L- Clear golden body with lots of carbonation. Small fizzy white head with very poor retention.
S- Malt grains and a slight adjunt note. Weak nose.
T- Malt grains, dough and a slight grassy hop touch at the end. Slight adjunt taste.
F- Watery and a bit fizzy.
O- One of the better mexican BMCs.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can. Poured a darker gold than most mass produced adjunct lagers. Aroma and flavor is also a bit fuller and expressive. Sweet but also a light hop presence. More than you can say about most. I find this to be one of the more enjoyable adjunct lagers.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.55/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best Mexican lager of the bunch. It goes down easy, not filling and actually isn't that bad compared to the other choices here in cancun. This over corona any day.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 12 oz. can and got a clear golden color with streaming bubbles and a rocky white crackling head that quickly dissipated.

Smell is corn sweet with that smell that I pick up on all Mexican lagers. Maybe it is the water or something but they all seem to have this odor I cannot quite pin down.

Taste is typical adjunct lager with that bit of sweetness coming through. And as on the smell this one has a certain taste that Mexican lagers carry with them. And again I cannot pin that one down.

Mouth feel is very light and watery with a dry snap to the finish.

This is not a bad Mexican/American adjunct lager at all. Just seems kind of run of the mill. And my biggest pinch on this one was the taste just was not that much. The beer seemed almost watery in the flavor department. On the flip side for a sessionable summer beer this one could work well as the price point is always low on these beers.

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Photo of taters21
2.82/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, straw yellow color with a one finger white head that quickly recedes.
Smells nice, some apple, corn, typical biscuit malt notes, cereal.
A bit of upfront bitterness quickly followed by bready malt, and then a dry finish.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery, like most adjunct lagers.
Overall, a solid adjunct lager, won't win any awards, and at its' price point, isn't worth it, but for an adjunct lager, beats a number of its' competitors.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clean with a signature yellow color. Head is decent but fades pretty fast. Smells decent, has a light smell to it, sort of crisp hops. Taste is decent, for a routine beer I really prefer this to other beers in the category. Feel is very light and smooth, goes down very easy and decent overall flavors. I think this is a great summer beer or out at the ball game beer. It is not heavy and very easy to drink.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.22/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Looks like beer, at least. A straw liquid with a decent white head. Little lacing, and head only a little durable. Smelled like corn, and maybe some cooked veggies. Taste was small and simple: a tingle, sweet corn, and a watery fade to nothingness. Mouthfeel was at least not offensive, but that could not make up for the general lack of flavor and the overwhelming smell and taste of corn. Poured from a 24-oz. can into a glass for drinking.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
2.91/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm drinking this beer from a 24oz tallboy, so I don't have much to say about the way it looks. Can evokes the image that this beer is fancy. The smell is interesting. There is barley malt, as well as some grainy smell that only Mexican beers seem to have (if you've ever smelled a Corona you know what I'm talking about), along with a corn and grassy (but not floral) note. The taste is surprisingly good. Very smooth, malt takes a forward role in this beer and the adjuncts add some of their own flavor and sweetness while remaining light on the pallette. A light bittering hops presence is detectable but non descript. As mentioned, the mouth feel of this beer is relatively thin but has a nice creaminess that makes the beer feel nice in your mouth. Carbonation is medium - low.
Overall this beer is not half bad, and it certainly beats out some of the megabrews it's in competition with. Nice presentation, nice balanced taste with a creamy mouth feel and a dry finish without lingering tastes. Would recommend to a friend.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.07/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, clean and easy drinking. Not too much flavor. What I do get is some grain, wet cardboard and sweetness. Crushed a bunch of these while playing golf. Not terrible.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.56/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!

This nice brew pours a clear golden color with a nice head of white foam that settles quickly to a thick ring and spotty lacing. Nose of sweet grains, corn, and subtle breaded malts. Flavors follow the nose with sweet grains on the front, light white bread flavors on the middle to back, and subtle hops on the aftertaste. Nice mouth feel, crisp and clean, highly carbonated for a very lively mouth feel, yet a touch on the watery side. A fine summer brew or with spicy Mexican or Indian food. Good for what it is.

Cheers

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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 AfricanPete14
2.32/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a nice amber color, with a high level of carbonation and a small head. Has a strong smell of grains. The taste isn't too bad, with a nice touch of hops and a full lager taste The drawback is that I had a strong taste of burnt corn. The finish is a rather bitter and it leaves a taste of extremely dry corn, But regardless this is an okay brew.

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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 alexrichman
2.94/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A nice looking beer that has a rather dull aroma but a nice flavor for the style with the malt and corn adjunct lending pleasant subtle flavors that are not always apparent in adjunct beers. The body is surprisingly full while remaining very drinkable and crisp. Overall an enjoyable adjunct style lager with no aspect of this beer being particularly outstanding or offensive.

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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 jasadewi
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is dark, clear orange. The head is frothy white and surprisingly leaves a beautiful lacing down the glass. I can't smell much, but perhaps a light graininess. This tastes refreshing, light, corny, grainy, and very very lightly bitter. The strongest flavors arising are the corniness, but it's not bad. A much better adjunct flavor than other macro adjunct lagers. The feel is light, fresh, crisp and refreshing. This is not that bad at all. I expected much less, but the flavor and feel have turned out to make for a great session beer or a great beer to be paired with some great Mexican food. Definitely a good Mexican adjunct lager, and I would recommend this to someone who wanted something of that sort.

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Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you have to drink the Mexican version of an American Adjunct Lager, this is about as good as it gets. If you can get it in the can, even better. Typically my go to beer at Mexican restaurants.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.86 out of 5 based on 2,164 ratings.
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