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

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Modelo EspecialModelo Especial

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as a model of what good beer should be, this rich, full-flavored Pilsner-style Lager delivers a crisp, refreshing taste.

Well-balanced taste and light hop character with a crisp, clean finish. Modelo Especial is characterized by an orange blossom honey aroma with a hint of herb.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.13/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this is a terrible beer, stright up. pours watery pee color with a one inch white... wait, nope, the head is already gone. smells like the can, corn syrupy, metallic, watery malt. flavor isnt much better, has a strange almost chemically flavor that also sits weird in the gut. no flavors of normal beer ingredients at all. feel is semi-redeeming here, light and bubbly, but still too watered down to be of much use. if it was on the verge of frozen it might refresh to some extent, but this is a rotten can of beer. nothing like the other modelo products ive had, which arent bad mexican lagers.

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Photo of acurtis
1/5  rDev -64.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.5/5  rDev -12%

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2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that fades to a thin film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain/corn and some fruity notes. Taste is of grains and corn with some pretty good fruity flavors. A mild bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a crisp and clean mouthfeel with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but not that bad all around compared to other stuff on the market.

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Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Knapp85
1.77/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing overly impressive here. The beer was a yellowish golden color with a little bit of head that lasted until you take your first sip then it disappears. There isn't much of anything to say. It smells of malts not much hop aroma. You can probably avoid this beer is you're looking for something more exotic.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -12%

Photo of metter98
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and grainy malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has initial flavors of corn (and hints of sweetness) followed by notes of grainy malts and a light amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not really watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't really that bad when compared to other beers in the style.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle, the same type that we've seen the Negra Modelo in around here forever.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of skunky cat piss straight off (thankyouverymuch, clear packaging), grainy, gritty corn bread, a hint of real pale malt, some minor gasoline astringency, and wet musty cardboard. The taste is grainy, bready corn and pale malt, a still heady and grassy skunkiness, flinty hard water notes, a weird sour fruit rind character, and very tame earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sprightly, with a tingling frothiness, the body a surprising medium weight, and sort of smooth, inversely proportional to the degree of skunk yet to blow off. It finishes off-dry, the corn sweetness kept at moderate levels, while the nasty grassiness can't sink away fast enough.

Blah - not overtly offensive (I can see certain climate and cuisine situations where this would, um, 'work'), but not really enjoyable in the least when held up on its own. Cheap, plain, and boring, beyond the cutesy squat bottle, but we all knew that coming in.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of superspak
3.29/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/26/2017. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining that cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Okay aromas with pale malt/corn and minimal earthy hop notes; with very poor strength. Bit of skunk that dissipates over a minute or two. A bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread, and light herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness of pale malt/corn and minimal earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and light body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Fairly thin, but not too watery feeling. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is an okay pale adjunct lager. All around solid robustness of pale malt/corn and minimal earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.05/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

24 fl oz metal can served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low given the style, brewery, and reputation.

Served refrigerator cold. Paired with popcorn.

A: Pours a pathetic four finger head that quickly dissipates (within twenty seconds). Extremely thin and without any cream. Colour is an overcarbonated transparent dark yellow. Not at all appealing.

Sm: Malt and water. A sadly awful aroma, but fortunately only mild in strength, sparing those around it it's terrible scent.

T: Dirty malt and water. Some barley. No alcohol or yeast comes through. A bit stale. A bit industrial, somewhat on account of the overcarbonation. Not at all balanced. Horribly built, though it could be argued it's to style. In no way enjoyable or pleasant. Far from refreshing.

Mf: Overcarbonated, lending it a touch of sharpness. Too thick for the lack of flavours. Smooth and wet, but boring and dull. Doesn't complement the "flavours" at all. Very much a product of industrial macrobrewing.

Dr: Drinkable, but garbage. The best thing about it is its cost. Really a crappy beer, but far from the worst I've had. I'd never get it again, except on-draught just to keep my review average in check. Don't try this unless you're masochistic. I'm embarassed for the brewer, but he's probably too busy rolling around in pesos to care. A perfect example of the sorry state of popular macrobrews. In its defense, it isn't watery - so I can't give it an F.


03/24/18 bottle courtesy of Todd - thanks!

Neutral with a corn adjunct finish. 6-row is the only real flavour here, and it has a stale unnatural mouthfeel.


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Photo of BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eeh, it's beer... I guess. Not a lot here to brag about, other than it is what is expected from South-of-the-boarder beers. Thirst quenching, carbonated, lightly flavored, and low on the quality. This beer contributes a pungent hop aroma that showm mostly earthiness, but also skunkiness. Tastes are a mix of pilsner malts and corn. The beer fades quickly, just before becomming oily and sweet-heavy late. Sub-par on many fronts.

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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Straight out of the fridge into a pint glass. Loose network of bubbles, pretty fizzy. Foam rapidly fades away to nothing, leaving a yellow gold liquid with a thin ring on the surface.

Smells nondescript, light husky grain, straw.

Taste is similarly nondescript, dry and crackery, seltzery fizz. Vague bitterness in the aftertaste, yet no hop flavor to report. Pretty clean, though there was a faint metallic hint. Factory fresh and utilitarian. Use it to wash down some fiery hot Mexican cuisine, or to cool down after mowing the yard.

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Photo of Boone757
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a crystal clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a fizzy, small, white head. It dissipated quickly and left little to no lace.

S - It smelled sweet and of corn. Not much else there.

T - It tasted sweet and pilsener-like. Light grassiness lead one to believe there are some hops in here. Overall, the taste is not offensive, but it's not great.

M - It was very crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied lager.

D - This is an okay lager. I've seen it listed as a Vienna Lager in a book, but the color and lack of maltiness makes me think this site has the correct style.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a fairly decent Mexican beer, but not better than average in the greater scheme of beer. Appearance is a nice golden color, head is short and weak. Smell has strong adjunct qualities, with notable sweetness. Taste is average, not bad for a hot afternoon, underlying malt sweetness is hard-to-find, but nice. Modelo Especial is okay, but not really worth your time when you can get better beers for the same price.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +5.6%

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