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 rowew
3.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz classic Modelo bottle - short bottle with foil on the neck and cap. Date code on the bottle, with code being the key word.

Appearance: Pale yellow and clear, thin head that fades quickly. Nothing visually to distinguish this from any other macro lager.

Smell: Got a whiff of skunked aroma as soon as I poured. Less noticable in the glass. A bit of malt, a hint of skunk - very subdued.

Taste: Slightly sweet malty flavor, just a tiny hint of a hoppy finish.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable - not overly exciting. I would probably take this over a Corona given the choice, and wouldn't be above dropping a lime in it.

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Photo of lehows
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a transparent yellow color with a small head, no lacing to speak of. Faint aromas of corn, some skunk, light alcohol. Taste is much the same. This is usually what I order at Mexican restaurants, thirst quenching, simple, and better than most of the Mexi macros. It's good with or without a lime.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.26/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A very light beer with little flavor or aroma. I had this with a slice of lime, while eating spicy Mexican food. It was thirst-quenching, and helped put out the fire, but not much beyond that. A typical Mexican enjoyed very cold with lime or lemon.

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Photo of Drew966
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Modelo Especial pours a typical lager yellow with very little head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is sweet and corn like. On the plus side, I would have to say that even though this was in a clear bottle I don't think it's skunked. On the other hand its just kind of decent Mexican beer, better than most, but not aiming real high in the first place. Corn is the predominant taste. Drinkable, no lime required. Colder the better.

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Photo of jp32
3.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden, almost bronze color, not much surprise with the clear glass bottle it comes in. The nose is simple and plain, a bit of skunkiness, but not bad or overwhelming at all. The taste is great when compared to other macro lagers. This is much better than a budweiser. Creamy mouthfeel, not heavy but definitly not a light beer either. Not a bad choice when the selection is limited.

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Photo of TechMyst
1.85/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

FRESH: probably
PURCHASED @: Dos Reales Restaurant
HEAD: none
LACE: none
COLOR: pale yellow
AROMA: lager
PALATE: none
TASTE: lager w/ corn adjunct
COMMENTS: slight tequila aftertaste

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.72/5  rDev -39%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I've consumed enough beer at Mexican restaurants to have had this beer before, but I'd never really thought about what it tasted like and actually thought to compare to...other beers.

Appearance is slightly darker than most mainstream American lagers. There is little to no head and no lacing of any kind. Nothing about this particular example of this beer indicates that anything special went into this beer (this is from a can). Smell is practically non-existent. Taste is very much of corn, and is rather sweet, like Coors Light. The next time I have Mexican food, I suspect I'll save myself a few $$'s and drink something domestic won't be missed.

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Photo of CU570M
2.65/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin head that is gone in about 2 seconds and had no lacing at all. The beer was pale yellow or golden. Reminded me a little of Corona, but i would say overall tasted better. Smell had hints of corn in it. Going on with the smell there was a taste of corn, but i also felt a little after taste of vanilla. Mouthfeel was thin, but i liked it because the carbonation was minimal and slid down my throat without my throat wanting to gag. I think like Corona this is good on a hot summer day, but was a little light for my taste.

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Photo of Stimack
3.18/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew poured yellow with a gold tint to it. Had a white head that breaks down quickly leaving a faint layer of foam at the top of the glass, with no lacing. The aroma of this brew was of grain along with a slight skunk smell. Probably due to the clear bottle that Modelo uses for this one? It is not a bad tasting brew, but not overly that great either. The skunky aroma gets muted a bit once you take a sip. Taste is of corn and a very faint hop taste at the end, but this might be a wish that actual. Brew did have quite a bit of carbonation, and was quite light feel. This brew was not great but not horrible (could that be the 90+ degrees out) either, I probably would not go looking for this brew here in the states but was a OK offering while in Mexico.

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Photo of rodrot
2.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a brilliant gold color with a large head that faded rather quickly. Aroma was fruity with a slight hint of cereal grains and malt in the nose. Taste was kind of boring really. Some malty sweetness along with a good bit of corn and adjunts mixed in the taste. Hop bitterness was almost nil, which I guess is expected for this style of beer. Mouthfeel was very light in the palate and made this beer seem just a step above water in my opinion. I enjoyed the Negra Modelo that I had after this much more.

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Photo of afinepilsner
2.83/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz clear bottle

Modelo Especial was golden in color and clear with a white head. The head did not last long, but did leave a litttle lacing. The aroma was light malt with a hint of skunk. The taste was crisp with a little malt and slightly grainy with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was thin with plenty of carbonation. The drinkabilty was average. It's not all that special, but is one of the better mexican macro lagers.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a twelver of these at Food Lion yesterday and drank half of them before dinner to help me forget about a long week at work. Figured since Modelo helped me out I could at least honor it with a formal review although the outcome is already pretty much predetermined. Close to golden color, snow white head that pulls an instant disappearing act, and much carbonation. Nose is sweet and loaded with adjuncts. Par for the course really.

Taste is grainy with corn flavors but goes down pretty smooth. Nothing complicated here, but decent in a pinch, especially in warm weather. Goes well wiith Andy Capp's Hot Fries and yelling at the tv (Hardball was on).

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.5/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know this is a macro lager and easy to bash; But I do think that there is a use to this beer. Sometimes you just don't want a dark heavy beer; and this can fill a gap; especially at a chinese or mexican restaurant.

The smell and appearance of this beer make you think macro lager. But; the mexican water, perhaps a bit more mineral or hard than we are used to, it creates a different mouthfeel. There is malt in this beer; and the water makes it syrupy and terrific at times,never sweet, with hop balance, at least compared to the American Macro Lager beers, budweiser busch coors etc.

This is not complex, its not outstanding for its depth; but it ain't as watery as some; and ain't that worth anything?

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

I thought this being an imported beer would be good, well I was mistaken. The beer was a amberish color, had a skunky smell and aftertaste, and I felt full after only a few. For the price it's not worth it. I don't recommend this beer and i didn't much like it, it was free for me and well it was drinkable and I had no complaints.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
2.8/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty average all around for a Mexican lager.

A - Deeper gold/yellow than the norm, but not much of a head. Had to really slosh the glass to get up much.

S - Slight grainy malt with a faint hint of hops.

T - Taste is same as smell. Nothing to write home about.

M - Light.

D - I gave it a higher than average rating in drinkability, cuz it's pretty light and easy to drink, but then again why would you want to.

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Photo of kdmorse
2.2/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Although a two word review (Mexican lager) would probably suffice, I'll go into a bit more detail...

Pale, straw yellow with white head that disappears immediately. Clear with a good amount of bubbles rising to the surface. Smell is grainy and sweet. Taste is more of the same. Grainy at first with a sweet corn finish. Slightly skunky characteristics but not as much as its buddy Corona. Light and bubbly. A bit heavy on the carbonation. Nice and light so it is easy to drink, but too sweet and tasteless to have a lot. Would rather save money and buy something really cheap American brews or spend a bit more and get something craft. Mexican beer is the most overpriced that I've found.

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Photo of fido
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another average lager.

Pours a very clear golden color, Little head and little lace; Smells some corn; Flavor is of wheat and grainy; Mouthfeel is watery and thin with little carbonation; Drinkability is good.

No doubt, Modelo is better than Corona.

¡Salud !

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Photo of jwc215
3.29/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can - no freshness date, but recently purchased.
Poured gold with little carbonation and a very thin fizzly head that disappeared within seconds. No lacing was left.
The smell was thin - some hints and mild hops and sweet malt. Nothing offensive - relatively clean for style.
It was fairly well-balanced. Some sweet malt intermingled with some mild hops and plenty of water - though the water was not too prominent for the style. A touch of salt emerged as the drink progressed. Not too bad of a taste from a macro lager from Mexico.
The feel was fairly clean - left a touch of sweetness. It went down relatively easy. Not too bad as a complement to a spicy meal or to cool off on a hot day - Above average for lagers from Mexico (have had quite a few, and have been mostly unimpressed, but this isn't bad.) In the end, nothing great though, and I don't know if it's worth the extra money unless, possibly, for some sort of Mexican party or meal.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.15/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this for the first time over the holiday weekend. Pours a light colored body w/not much head. Pretty much looks like a macro. That said, it has more flavor, and when it's hot outside and you want something that goes well w/chips and salsa, this is actually a good beer. However, anything warmer than ice cold or drinking the brew by itself would not be recommended. A good beer for when you are just in the mood for something refreshing w/little complexity.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Sosh
2.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a dangerous me. I think I could drink like waaay to many of these in one night. Not because they taste good, but just because they are easy to drink, and aren't terribly bad in the taste department. I drank this out of the bottle, and I could still taste the aluminum from the cover that was on it. I would only get this again for drinking games or a party if it was really cheap. Otherwise there is no good reason to buy this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.01/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Frozensoul327
2.06/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the bottle. Pours out to a medium blonde color with a fair head of foam that towers about an inch and a half over the beer. Aroma is stinky; veggies and sour malts. Taste along the same lines. Some malt and grain with a touch of sweet hops. Mouthfeel was like water, very light and bland. Drinkability? If I had to, i'd drink it. Luckily, I live in America. Not recommended.

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Photo of jettjon
3.62/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highs: Balanced, easygoing flavor
Lows: Head retention

Pours orange-golden with few bubbles, forming a thin head that fades rapidly to practically nothing. Nose is citrus and subtly fruity, some malt, and a touch of hops. Flavor is malty, balanced and pretty full without going overboard. Not bad tasting at all, but not remarkable, either. Mouthfeel is bubbly and sort of liquid-creamy: not watery, but not cream-thick, either. Pretty satisfying. Finish is light malt and clean. Drinkability is good; this is an easy-going and well-balanced lager.

Overall: A pretty decent cerveza. Worth a try.

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Photo of BrSpiritus
3.12/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I never was much for Mexican beers but this one I like. It has a distinct sweet taste giving way to a slightly bitter finish. The smell is reminicent of Budweiser or michelob to me, not a bad thing but not great either. Definately a beer for the summer time while sitting on the porch with friends. Don't forget the lime.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 2,348 ratings