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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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Reviews: 568 | Ratings: 2,191
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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 StonedTrippin
2.13/5  rDev -25.8%
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 Knapp85
1.77/5  rDev -38.3%
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 metter98
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
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 BEERchitect
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
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 biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -15%
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 largadeer
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body with a fleeting white head. Pretty standard Mexican lager aroma: mildly sulfuric lager yeast, pale malt sweetness, slight DMS. Not much else to it. It's reasonably clean and doesn't offend. Tastes more or less the same. Pretty clean fermentation aside from a bit of DMS. Slightly metallic, with a pale malt sweetness and a touch of sweet corn. Not much bitterness to the finish. Not an offensive beer by any means, and it's good for washing down spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.8/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.


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Photo of emerge077
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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 zeff80
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Thorpe429
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very light yellow color with a lot of visible carbonation. Both the nose and the flavor are seemingly one in the same. Luckily this strays away from a lot of the skunky flavors that plague this style, especially when placed into a clear glass bottle. There is just a touch of light grain husks and not much else. Decent enough brew and definitely better than others from this brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, surprisingly dark golden body beneath a frothy head of white that holds well and leaves some nice lace about the glass.

The nose is clean (unless you've got a bottle that's been skunked) and expresses grainy malt with a background waft of hop.

It's mildly crisp in the mouth with a medium body.

The flavor is exactly as the nose indicates with grainy, bready malt dominating but balanced by a smear of non-descript hops and a firm bitterness. The balance could be better, but it's OK.

It finishes clean and dry with some short-lived hops and then some residual maltiness left on the palate.

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can.
Weak head soon reduces to a ring.
Excellent clarity.
Light feel, aroma and taste.
O: well, it’s at least as good as Corona and better than some light beers.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts and adjuncts, maybe a little bit of apple which seemed a bit odd for the style. It seemed to be sweet & sour.

T: The taste is maltier than most macros but doesn’t taste as sweet as it smells, with flavors of corn and other adjuncts along with a little bit of hops. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: A little smooth and not very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Although it’s better than Corona, it’s not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all. It’s a decent macro, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle for $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, delightfully golden body with a foamy, white head.

Smell: Lightly skunked nose with notes of grain husks and cooked corn.

Taste: Husky grains and maize with a light cereal sweetness. Tiny, tiny bit of sourness. Light hop bitterness is sufficient enough to give this beer a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but thankfully lacks the wateriness of its brethren. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: No outright hideous, but, if you find yourself in a Mexican restaurant and need a beer, I'd sooner reach for a Negra Modelo.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium slightly golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of adjunct malts, especially corn along with some very light notes of grassy hops.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with a light to moderate body of light malt flavors and lots of corn (including a steamed corn husk flavor like in tamales). There is a light bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This is much better than a lot of the other mass market Mexican beers being sold in the US. I find this beer to be pretty refreshing and matches very well with salty/spicy foods. Very easy to drink, especially on a hot summer day.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amarillo dorado with a few dozen fat bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass before breaking free to rush up to the cream colored cap. And a nice looking cap it is too. Unlike most American macro lagers, the foam has some character and doesn't deflate within the first few minutes. It doesn't look as if much lace will stick, but the clarity of the beer and the stick-to-it-iveness of the head make up for it.

I always worry about clear glass bottles. Sure enough, the unmistakable aroma of skunk greeted me on cap popping. Like usual, the nastiness pretty much disappeared by the time I got around to assessing the aroma in earnest. Corny grain, musky hops... you know the drill.

Modelo Especial tastes like a macro lager; albeit a more sweet, less bitter, not really all that offensive one. I'll say one thing for corn, at least it provides more flavor and sweetness than rice. It may not be my favorite adjunct, but it's the lesser of two evils when it comes to cheap, tossbackable brews.

Like most versions, there's no spark on the palate, nothing that causes me to look forward to the next sip or the next bottle. Having said that, given the fact that there's no trace of overt offensiveness, it's clearly superior to just about anything coming out of the tanks at A-B. I've never had ME before today, but I imagine that it would be a Mexican food washer-downer por excelencia.

The body is light on a good day and doesn't have a whole lot to recommend it. Still though, it never descends into wateriness and never loses the moderate degree of carbonation that it starts out with. It may be average in terms of mouthfeel, but at least it's committed, dammit!

This is okay beer. The lack of any truly horrifying characteristics, the light sweetness and the easygoing drinkability have grown on me over the course of the bottle. I'll have no trouble ordering up a Modelo Especial the next time I get a hankerin' for a chili relleno.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy head that is gone as fast as it forms. No lacing.

S: Some corn adjunct, grain, and a little bit of grassiness. There is also a slight apple aroma.

T: Quite grainy, the corn and apple return, and there is a slight sweetness to it. Very little hops present and no bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Lots of small bubbles released to the top.

O: Not terrible, but nothing really going on either. Have no problem drinking it on a hot day or when relaxing at a BBQ or a random Mexican night. For an american adjunct, its just fine.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Again the boy should be banned from bringing back mixed sixers from food lion, lol. By far the worst selection I have ever been presented with, consumed on 08/08/2010.

The pour was actually decent with a nice mellow and light amber color that had a small head of white that actually stayed around for a good long while.

Again with the super light aroma, light malted grain, corn, hints of lots of bready notes, nothing really coming at me that I really enjoyed, just seems a bit too bland. Clean taste, too clean as there was really nothing left of it after a few moments, other then the fading musky flavor from the start.

Overall it could have been worse, but damn, unless it was a smokin hot day and this was all I had I would pass.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.41/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this draft @ TGI Friday's in Harrisburg served chilled in a clear bottle, poured into a pint.

The beer is golden colored with great clarity and rocky think bone white cap with tiny bead. There is visible carbonation and the retention is good. The smell is mild, but nice with some toasted accents in the pilsner malt and a light hop aroma which is slightly spicy and there is mild fruitiness, but no skunkiness even for a clear bottle. The feel is as expected -medium bodied semi dry and moderately carbonated with slightly slick texture and only a hint of dms with light spice from the hops giving a refreshing overall quality.

The taste is decent, not the kind of beer that will make you shout EUREKA! and dance on the bar, but a solid flavor of lighter malt with a nice accent of light hops w/ a smoothness you expect from a lager, mostly crisp, but has a gentle corny accent which is familiar if you have had this style before. I consider this a pretty decent example of the style and not a bad choice when noshing on ribs or other grease laden fare. I found this to be refreshing and it satisfied my craving for a second beer without weighing me done or making me feel bloated like some overly gassy adjunct lagers have a tendency to do and I like the fact you can actually taste the malt, not just a seltzer lager flavor.

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Photo of Jason
3.4/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bit more flavour than your usual Mexi-Lager, this is a prefered lager I have when enjoying south-of-the-border cuisine. No lime is needed being that there is less offensive off flavours to try and mask. Best consumed ice cold.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a clear golden straw color with a white head that has almost zero retention.

S: Sweet corn and apple juice is what the nose is all about. A slight grassiness with a touch of sweet grain. Luckily the can has protected this one from any skunking.

T: Quite a bit of grain flavor along with the corn. There is a touch of rice and some of the apple juice sweetness that I get in many adjunct laden lagers. Almost no bitterness or hop character.

M: Light in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: As with so many of these beers, this really isn't that bad, but it's just not all that flavorful or interesting. It just doesn't make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.23/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Another light Mexican offering during this Cinco de Mayo tasting. It pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of short-lived white foam. The nose comprises rice, light sweetness (a very vague example of the phenomenon), bad wheat, and burnt puffed rice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a healthy dose of hard water. The body is rather light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a kinda pitiful brew, one I can't see ever drinking again voluntarily.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From 03/31/12 notes. Had on tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA alongside some awesome Mexican food. Served in a 12 oz. pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, corn, bread, and some light earthy notes. Not too bad, but pretty bland.

t - Tastes of grains, sweet corn, bread, biscuit, and light fruit. A slight step up from the nose.

m - Light body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall not a great beer but a much better alternative for Mexican beer than Corona and Corona light. I like the normal Negro Modelo better than this, though this is a lighter beer. Not bad but a bit bland. Not worth seeking out but worked with some Mexican food and would go to over the Corona's.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

My can kick rolls on ...

My pour resulted in a big, bone-white head that immediately began falling away. The color was a deep golden yellow with NE-quality clarity and loads of CO2 bubbles. The nose had a dry, musty scent along with a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel was on the thin side with a light sweetness on the tongue. The finish was slightly sweet. This was an innocuous beer, very drinkable/ sessionable, and would go well with food.

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