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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Photo of bighoppymonster
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly clear straw colour. Darker than I expected, and I must say that I was pleasently surprised by the colour. Decent carbonation forms a thin lacey white head. Absolutely nothing as far as aroma is concerned -- extremely clean. Tastes rather grainy. Very clean and smooth. A little more flavour and body than your average macro. But, being a macro, is rather bland. However, it is my choice beer at any Mexican eatery, and I am always pleased when this brew is available at one.

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Photo of tesguino
4.82/5  rDev +70.9%
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 DogFood11
2.67/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker in color than most macro lagers, fizzy fast fading head with no retention.

Corn/Grain is the main smell and taste but it does provide a slight twinge of bitter hops and some acidity. Refreshing, crisp mouthfeel but its just to watery to earn a passing grade. Easily sessionable as I found nothing offensive about this brew just nothing to get excited about either. Below average for the style.

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Photo of nekronos
4.15/5  rDev +47.2%
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 steinlifter
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a somewhat deeper golden, than the average beer of this type, small head that did not retain well.
smell was faint, and grainy.
taste was of a very light hop smack, and grain, slight tang.
mouth, was like highly carbonated soda water.
drinkability: Decent for a light lager, nothing outstanding, but better than a lot in this vein, better than Corona, IMO...

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Photo of Higravity
2.84/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well I usually only drink the Negra when at my usual Mexican joint, but tonight I felt like trying the Especial and I wasn't dissapointment. A light airy yellow with a white head in my frizen glass, pained grin. There is no real smell here just a hint of cereal grain and alcohol. The taste was pretty good and it reminded me almost of a Vienna lager and it had a good body for a adjunct lager. Little if any perceptable hops and I actually think I liked the second one better with the lime. Easy drinking with or without food and not snubbed easily.

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Photo of Dubblebock
2.85/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really had high hopes for the Modelo Especial, in large part because I enjoy this beer's darker brother, Negra Modelo. In truth, though, Modelo Especial is strictly an average Mexi-lager, not quite up to the standard of a Dos Equis or a Tecate, both of which I like better. Still, it's not bad on a hot day, and it does pair well with Tex-Mex.

The appearance is low-average at best. Not much head, not much depth of color beyond a pale straw-yellow.

The nose is slightly sweet, but mostly non-existent. Slight hint of something sour going on.

The taste is light and fairly weak. Not much of a hop bite and the malts are muted and sweetened with corn adjunct. The flavor just never takes off, instead being content to provide the minimal interest for the buck. I'm not too impressed.

Average mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation level.

Reasonably drinkable, but I'm not going out of my way to catch this one again. There are plenty of other Mexi-lagers on the market that are better.

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Photo of JMendyka
3.38/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on Cinco de Mayo with nachos. Poured from a bottle into pils. Was very light with very little head. Smell was mild, almost non-existent. The taste, again, very mild. Nice lil balance, and a lil on the hoppy side. Not something that I would drink everyday. Maybe not a great Mexican beer. Nevertheless, given the opportunity, I'd drink it with Mexican food ANYTIME. My score may be on a bit of the high side, but this is because it paired excellently with the food I was eating. It's probably not a good beer for beer's sake, but it must have been brewed with chimichangas in mind.

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Photo of cypressbob
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

325ml bottle

Pours with a light yellow body, fluffy white head with good retention

Smell, some hint of corn and theres a little sweetness. Slight touvh of freshly cut grass

Taste, crisp and slightly bready. Some slight hop bitterness, some corn on the finish

I thought i'd give this a go, a hot day and all that. Served really cold it really quenches your thirst, just not much flavour. Def. better than corona though

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Photo of whynot44
3.52/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light bodied, clear golden color.

Aroma is sweet malt, corn and hay.

Taste is thin but not offensive, mostly a bit of malt sweetness, slightly fruity with a touch of hops at the finish. Aftertaste is a bit metallic.

Drinkable as long as it's very cold.

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Photo of silver0rlead
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly more tasty mexican lager than corona. The appearance is a light, pale yellow color with no head. The smell is grains and pale malt, not much of significance. The taste is grain, malt and an extremely light hops bitterness present in the background to make the brew crisp enough to be refreshing. A little bit better than corona but nothing special. Overall a subpar mexican beer (at least compared to pacifico, dos equis, or bohemia).

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.28/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Oh good, a lager brewed by Grupo Modelo I can hardly wait. A clear gold color, with a large head at first, which fades to almost nothing. Smell is oh so skunky, really bad grassy malt. Taste is sweet, watery, metallic and pretty gross. Yuck, no hops overall pretty bad. Mouthfeel is very watery, drinkability utterly aweful.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.02/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer can be found in cans and bottles.
I tried cans for this review.

It pours a nice golden beer, with a decent head and little to no lacing.

It's smell is faint, woth some maltiness though.

Hoppy, corn malt taste and some stingy aftertaste.

A light and bland drink, good though in a hot afternoon.

This is a party beer, when you can indulge yourself with your buddies around a barnecue.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, grainy pale malt scent with a slight sweetness and a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a clean and crisp pale malt flavor that is light and easy drinking. It goes down easy and finishes dry and thin with a slight metallic taste. This has more malt flavor than most lagers from south of the border, although it's still simplistic in nature. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good macro lager. It has a decent malt flavor that is light and easily drinkable.

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Photo of dgthompson
3.61/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a great light-bodied summer beer. It has an above average taste for a light bodied beer, doesn't leave you feeling bloated. Doesn't have the sour aftertaste of a Carona, no lime needed. This is the type of beer to drink while on the beach, out in the sun at a BBQ, etc.. If I am looking for a nice full bodied beer, I won't touch it - but on a hot day, looking for something to party with without getting all bloated, Modelo Especial is for you!

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Photo of deejaydan
1.25/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Wow, that's some clear beer. Pretty big frothy head on this monster. Tiny bubbles streaming from below through it. The head is thin, not packed, but fluffy, would be the word I use to describe it.
The aroma. Bad. Like sweaty socks mixed with some skunkweed. Taste isn't much better. Mouthfeel is thin, even for an adjunct lager. I've had my share of adjunct lagers in my day, and usually there isn't much taste there, and what there taste is there is usually bland, or at least inoffensive. But this is a real stinker. I don't think you could pay me enough to drink this again.

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

It's amazing, even in Mexico the corner hamburguesa stand dishes out quality chow but you can only get one beer. Sure they change the label or add coloring or it might even be brewed by the competition but it is essentially the same beer. Gold under a paltry head. Nose of whatever you happened to eat previous clinging to your upper lip hairs. How can you describe the taste? Why describe the taste? Grease from a conveyor carrying mass produced aluminum apples. I'm left wondering why my mini bar is void of tequila.

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Photo of ghurux86
3.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear yellow, not a light yellow, but not very dark either. has a white head that actually stuck around for a while. no lacing.
smell is a little skunky with barley, and a slight smell of corn or something.
taste is nothing special, but is actually really good for mexican beer. MUCH better than corona. has a flavor that is hard to describe, not a very strong flavor. goes down smooth.
mouthfeel is average, carbonation seems right for the body, the body seems to be rather light and the carbonation fizzes quite a bit on the end of your tongue.
i could easily find myself drinking this again and having quite a few.
it is smooth enough and goes down quick enough to be a session beer.
one of the best mexican beers i've had.

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Photo of scubahood
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle was short and squat with gold foil. Not a great looking package but its nice to know its well sealed. Clear glass combined with a trip from sunny Mexico isn't a good mix.

The beer is golden or pale straw color. It has a big foamy head that doesn't retain well at all.

Smell: The beer reeked of sweet maltiness that was overpowering in a bad way. The smell was a tad musty as well but there was no freshness date to verify the age of the beer.

Taste: The taste is sweet and malty at the begining straight through to the end. Very grainy taste prevents any enjoyment of the hops. Intense flavor fades quickly and makes way for a subtle aftertaste that is not bad. Mouthfeel is light.

This beer was purchased on discount and I wanted to give it a try. As a result this batch was most likely past its prime. I can't imagine it being a great beer even right off the bottling line but its worth a try if you are looking for a light summer beer that isn't as bad as corona but a very slight step up from American adjunct pilsners.

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Photo of kosmoraios
2.92/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Decent. Better than I expected. Pours a golden color, with a small head which quickly dissipates. The smell is of hops and baked corn. I wasn't expecting much, but I was somewhat impressed by the amount of hops in this beer - decently strong, for it's style. A good beer to have with peanuts or pizza. Not nearly as bad as it's brother, Corona. Goes down pretty smooth, and obviously is very drinkable because of it's low ABV.

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Photo of mynie
3.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours like a macro. Maybe a little bit darker, but almost no head.

What an unbalanced and varying beer. Smells like skunk with a bit of sweet malt thrown in. Tastes suprisingly good, and somewhat complicated. A bit of skunk, yes, followed up by a rich flavor that is somewhere between mocha and cigar smoke. Strange. I hope that nobody's ashed in this... There's a bit of dryness in the end and, like I said, this is horribly unbalanced.

A decent beer. Maybe if I could drink one that's a little more fresh I would like it more.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.3/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Modelo “especial” pours a bright dark amber from a 12oz white paint with blue letters and gold Lions aluminum can. Head went to less than one finger and dissipated rather quickly to a well defined ring with bits of foam. No lace or foam after the first few sips, the glass is absolutely devoid of any signs that the liquid that had been poured into it was in fact a beer

Nose is a damp stainless steel mixed with cooked vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower. Taste is a slight malt with good mouth feel followed by a weak backbone of bitter hops. The carbonation is continuously bubbling up from the glass but not generating any foam whatsoever, although the bite of this carbonation does help with the overall mouthfeel and taste.

If given to me, I will drink again, but this is one beer that I would not buy for myself again.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This used to be cheap ($3.99/6-pack of cans), but I see it's slowly been climbing up to the costs of other Mexican beers.
Aroma is a slightly sweet malt character with a mix of sour and skunkiness.
Smallish and quickly dissappearing head (esp. for style). Dark yellow.
Slightly grainy malt taste balanced with a mild to moderate bittereness that hits mid through the finish. Rather dry at the end. Increased in sourness as warms.
Rather intensely carbonated that decreases the smoothness and slow its drinkability.
Balance of light malt and bitterenss blends pretty well. But could use more malt character. This is alright. Worth is more when it was cheaper.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this out of a 12 oz stubby clear bottle and served some of it in a pilsner glass. I drank the rest of it out of the bottle. Something about Mexican beers and the bottle go hand and hand.

Appearance is a golden yellow. Couldn't get a head a head on top, even with an aggressive pour.

Aroma of a typical adjunt lager...corn, rice and sulpher.

Taste of sweet corn with an imported hop finish. Carbinated mouthfeel with a syrupy corn mash flavor.

Good drinkability on a hot day. This beer would work well with a spicy Mexican dish. Not a beer worth pursuing, unless you're at a Mexican restaurant and looking for an alternative to Corona.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
2.86/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How much can you say about a blind taste test they all would rate about the same. Especially when you add lime to all of 'em as eveyone does, they taste identical.

Modelo pours fairly carbonated with a decent head. My first sip from the can made me immediately think of PBR. After having a couple I decided it fared a little better then the average cerveza, but barely. If forced to pick Mexican, I'd take Negro Modelo, Bohemia, and Dos Equis Amber before this. But given what you pay for these, you might as well get really good beer.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 2,311 ratings
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