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 jujubeast6000
2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/30/2008 (Tap @ Gingerman, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear yellow-light brown color body. Smallish white head, somewhat lasting. Sweet wheaty aroma, maybe some malts, but no hops. Fizzy taste, fruity, maybe banana. Some malts, fruity aftertaste. Surprisingly tasty for this light style.

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Photo of Pleepleus
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a fridge remnant from a football night. Poured from stubby little Mexican bottle to a pint glass a clear yellow straw color with a white foamy head that quickly reduced to spotty sheen and sketchy lace. Smells mild and sweet. Tastes bland and quite average with a bit of soapiness. One good thing is you don't NEED lime to cover the essence of urine that is prominent in most Mexican beers. Has a watery thin feel and would probably go down a lot better after 4 or 5 Margaritas.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.86/5  rDev +36.4%
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 spointon
3.28/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby clear bottle into a pint glass.

A= This lager poured a medium yellow-gold that was slightly darker than your average BMC lager. The snow white head poured about 1" but quickly dropped to nothing. Zero lacing down the glass.

S= I found very muted aromas of corn, grain, and a hint of sulfur. Very clean overall.

T= The taste was very clean (i.e. not flavorful) but did produce a grainy sweetness up front followed by a tiny bit of hops and then more grain in the finish.

MF= This was a very thin and fizzy beer, but did an excellent job of palate cleansing.

D= An all around drinkable beer. Not high on flavor, but better than the competition. Alongside Negra Modelo, and Dos Equis Amber, this is my go-to beer in a Mexican restaurant.

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Photo of atigerlife
2.17/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

5/3/09 review update...drank in Mexico...

Given some on a hot day of tailgating. Seemed like a good time to try this one...

Pours clear golden. some carbonation rising, small white head.

Aroma is of Light hops. Light malts....just plain light.

Taste is sweet, grain, grassy, metallic. Disappointing.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light body and cleansing.

Overall, not as good as I was hoping. Was offered more, but didn't bother. Taste was just not very good.

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Photo of dstc
3.6/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours your basic lager gold, maybe a shade darker than most. Big white head which falls fast to nothing. No lacing.

Clean aroma, grains, corn and maybe a hint of citrus.

Smooth, clean taste with the hints of citrus coming through. Slight hops too. Not too bad.

Thin and well carbonated in the mouth.

Easy drinking macro. Better than a lot of the south of the border macros.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The situation being as it was, I drank from the bottle. The beer was a dull golden color with little foam. The aroma was a musty graininess. A light husky malt flavor on the palate with a twist of off-kilter corn flavor. A slight bitterness at the end rounded it out. I think it could be better, until then I will likely do without Modelo Especial.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a golden yellow with a small white head, fair lacing. Aroma initially was skunk (thought I had a bad beer) but got better, smells like grain, with a bit a doughy yeast aroma. Light body with an initial sweet aroma, a bit salty, finished somewhat acidic/metallic.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.54/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was served in a bottle. No glass offered. It had a little head in the bottle neck from being popped open. It was clear, pale to golden yellow in appearance with a lite amount of activity.

There really was no smell or taste that I could tell. However I find that to be what this style of beer is searching for. Neutrality in a bottle.

The mouthfeel was good. It was crisp, clean and refreshing. There was no after-taste, it was a very clean finish.

I could drink about a case of these. I might not even know that I drank a case of these. Typical of the style.

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Photo of illidurit
2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale gold, clear, wet white head with poor retention and no lacing.

Aroma: Faint with corn, toast, and a surprising hint of hops.

Flavor: Not as corny as most macro lagers, but still nothing "especial." Toasty, mealy malt with some adjunct character.

Palate: Fizzy and burpy and thin. Par for the macro course.

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Apple juice color with dish soap head and ample carbonation.

Nondescript scent - maybe some Pilsener-ish hops and some corn-like silage.

Crisp and clean with a little too much boiled corn and not much else but stale Saaz-ish aftertaste. Despite all that, not unpleasant.

Clean mouthfeel with some tightness on the aftertaste.

This has its place - with Mexican food or the beach. It's definitely drinkable if not a masterpiece...

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Photo of changeup45
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle. Had a couple of these while visiting a friend. It's not bad for what it is. Grainy, somewhat sweet and only a touch of skunk. For a Mexian beer it really isn't that bad. Refreshing enough in the hot sun and not bad paired with spicy foods. Just don't expect anything "especial" :-)

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Photo of clayrock81
2.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe bottles are different, but from the can this poured a light gold body with almost no head and no lacings, despite decent carbonation. The metal smell of can not withstanding, a cornish adjunct smell mixed with some grain. Light to medium-bodied, this brew does go down smooth and does not dry out the tongue at all. No real discernible taste, as there are no malts to speak of that bear pointing out and the hops don't really lend themselves to a fruit/dry description. Kind of watery but not bad - and it is cheap.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. I like my cerveza's. Doesn't compare to Tecate but I enjoyed it. It is a smooth lighter stlye beer, but I figured out its not good to try and drink a lot of this fast... it doesn't go down as easily as other light beer. Which actually made me respect this beer more. Its crisp, clean, no stale or metalic taste from the can. Refreshing on a humid night. I'll definitely drink it again.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.73/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear yellow, a bit less pale than it's brethren. Two fingers of head have some ok retention and falls to a thin collar. Some lacing is evident.

S - Standard cereal/adjunct aroma with some slightly interesting lemon/tea going on as well.

T - Wow, I'm quite suprised by this macro. Cereal grain is evident but somehow less grainy than others. The lemon/tea flavor from the hops kicks in mid to late palate. Finish is a little sour, slightly bitter, and very clean mineral note.

M - Carbonation is medium to high making it not nearly so prickly, and this brew actually has some body making it feel like something other than water.

D - Easy drinking, a little bland but not too boring. A good "I've already had a few" drink.

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Photo of boralyl
1.98/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pouring from the bottle you get about a 1/2 finger of fizzy head that disappears within seconds of finishing the pour. It leaves no lacing whatsoever. The beer is golden and clear with lots of carbonation bubbles going towards the top. Doesn't look promising.

S - Can't get much from the aroma at all, maybe some corn and grain.

M - The mouthfeel is interesting, it almost has a syrupy feel to it with moderate carbonation.

T - Very bland taste, very similar to every light beer you've ever tried. Somewhere in the middle there is a subtle sweet malt but it is overwhelmed by the watery taste.

I don't recall what the price is for a case of this, but I am sure you can get something better for the money you would spend on this. It goes down easy but with no flavor, so if that's what you are looking for this is your beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- standard clear light straw yellow with rising bubbles and a soapy white head. settles fast, no lace, etc.

S- smells a bit sweeter and beerier than others of the same style, corn and cereal grains, some herbal citric hops.

T- sweet corn taste, pale barley, and an alright amount of artificial tasting hoppy bitterness.

MF & D- nothing unusual here, pretty much baseline for the style, with a slightly heavier body than it's american cousins. good summer party beer.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored beer with a thick foamy head that slowly fades away.Not much really going on with the aroma.Taste is fresh and it is perfectly carbonated.Goes down smooth without any bitter aftertaste that some beers south of the border have.Another delicious macro that I would recommend and buy again!!

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Photo of erosier
3.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a golden yellow color with a short and light white head that fades very fast. It had no lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of light malt and light hops. Not much in the nose.
T: Tastes of decent malts and decent hops. I was a little surprised as it was a little more flavorful than I expected and the flavors blended pretty well.
M: Light and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable. More flavor would be nice but it wasn't bad.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, all in all, this is a finer product then Cerveceria Modelo's so-called "flagship" beer Corona.

You don't even need to bother pouring this one, the bottle is freakin' clear, which skunks worse than a green bottle even; but in terms of today's world of synchronized on-time commerce,Mexico is damn close, so it was fresh. YELLOW STRAW!!

Smelled of corn husk,and light hops. A little corny adjunct smell as expected.

Taste was refreshing, grainy, with slight hints of corn adjunct, and/or faint syrupy sweetness. Goes down easy, and has a tinge more hop than Corona. This is your best bet at a Mexican restaurant. And, you don't even need to shove a lime in it to enjoy it, as one of the BRO's says. It is less offensive all the way!

P.S. I find this is the best beer to make a "Michelada" with. I am usually a pure beer guy, but I like spice and a little out of the ordinary experimentation. To be honest the only purpose for buying this in the first place was to mix in Clamato juice, squeezed lime, and hot sauce into, and damn was it good. The beer itself, however, is just OK.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.43/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured a clear orange-bronze with a ½ finger creamy off white head that quickly scattered to a sparse layering. Visible carbonation was light.

S: Upon first opening of the bottle there emitted a touch of skunkiness, that was persistent as well on the nose as well some sour malt.

T: The flavor was sour corn with a stale hop bitterness. The beer started out with a noticeable malt sweetness in the very beginning which faded very quickly to dry corn kennels and light hints of onion grass. Overall was a taste I could of lived without.

M: fizzy, light bodied with some sour corn malting on the swallow.

D: Unimpressive drinkability. A struggle to drink, and even more so not to dump it down the drain. An avoid at all cost.

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Photo of everetends
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can I got out a fridge at a party. Like the Negra Modelo so much, figured I would give it a shot. Poured into a clear, plastic Solo cup.

A: Pours your typical golden yellow macro color. Has a fair amount of foamy, white head. Looks like a macro.

S: Smell is of skunkiness predominantly. There is also some pale malt and grains if you go looking. Smells like a macro.

T: Taste is of pale malt, corn, grains and has just a touch of bitterness to it (don't know where it is coming from). You can find all of this is the predominant flavor of water. Tastes like a macro.

M: This is a very light bodied, watery brew. Finish cool and clean. Does what it is supposed to do.

D: Depends on what you are looking for. This is macro style and that is what it amounts to. If you want something to cool you off or get drunk on, this will do the trick. For the style, it is pretty run of the mill but does have a touch more flavor than some BMC products.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.17/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 24oz can, a light golden color with lots of fizzy bubbles and about a finger of white head. The head faded rather quickly and provided only minimal lacing.

Smells grainy, maybe a little sweetness.

Tastes fairly crisp, not much of a hop profile here, decent finish.

Mouth feel is a little light, not much body, maybe just a bit too much carbonation.

Very drinkable as there is not a lot of body or taste to this drink. If it's hot and you want to get hammered, this beer is good choice.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Baja's in Hoboken...
For an American Macro Lager, I found this to be a step-above the usual sample... Very easy-to-drink, light beer, accentuated by a lime made for a good, relatively inexpensive social brew...
Light, sun-colored appearance with a nondescript, faint, corn-laden aroma...
Taste was crisp, clear, and refreshing for a warm Summer day...
Decent mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability to match...
As of now, my favorite Mexican beer...

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stumpy foil-wrapped bottle.

Clear and a rich golden, foamy macro head.

Skunky (chalk it up to the clear bottle) but otherwise crisp and clean aroma. Pale malt.

One of the better mexican lagers iv'e had. Nothing off or offensive, save for a bit of skunk that did end up airing out a bit. Grainy.

Mouthfeel is good enough, not watery or anything. Just okay.

Drinkability is definitly not here. Although I finished the bottle without any major gripes, it is not exactly asking me to take another sip, really just kind of plain and boring.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 2,438 ratings