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

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Modelo EspecialModelo Especial

Brewed by:
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 brutus99
3.69/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

its a light beer with a little bit of flavor, i'd prefer this to bud light. although at least where i live this is priced pretty premium. light bodied, light straw color. my specimens were from a 24oz can. very little head retention. overall its a good light beer ice cold on a hot day. as it warms up in the cup its a little less appealing. but its not as bad as everyone says. its a crisp light lager. i buy it here and there to replace budlight when i can afford it as it has a bit more flavor!

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Photo of TrojanRB
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Riff
2.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a lithe wjite head. Smells of cracker and lemon. Taste is predominately lemon with some light cracker. Clean, light, and crisp. Not bad for a summer beer.

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Photo of teambeer
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerisgood69
3.59/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BRuhman
3.8/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nobledust
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small pint glass. Pours a light golden amber with a one finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, leaving very little lacing. Aroma of light biscuit malt and mild grassy hops, typical of the style, with maybe alittle more malt character. Flavor is light bready and biscuit malt with continental tasting grassy hops, more robust than I expected, with a light semi-sweet malt and grassy hop finish. Light to medium bodied with a bit more robust mouth feel than usual for adjunct lagers. This was the first beer I had on this trip and was a good choice because it is one of the better tasting and bodied light lagers I've had, domestic or from other countries. It gave me a little hope for my stay in Mexico. This would probably be my choice for accompanying a meal over many of the lighter, blander mass market lagers. Not too exciting, but kept my interest.

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Photo of Pseuderity
3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dw0216
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I didnt really like it.
Without lime, I wo uldnt finish drinking a pint cup.

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Photo of CC93
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 24oz can into a 20oz glass mug.

Smell: Light grain smell, slight sweetness with some presence of hops. May have a little stink.

Body: Amber colour with light carbonation. Head goes for an inch thick or less, but quickly dissipates after about 20 seconds. Lacing is nonexistent.

Taste: Smooth, mild flavours involving some sweetness, though very little hops and alcohol are recognised. Aftertaste becomes dry via the alcohol, but is very clean. A very sippable experience.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, mild, dry. Not bad.

Overall: Very sippable. Good for being lawn beer, but made itself as more of an alcoholic soft drink. Lack of persistent head and lacing brings it down a couple points. Somewhat balanced, but lack thereof with the hops, barley and its prevalent flavours if compared to some of Germany's best lagers, though that is rather unfair to do so.

It is not as bad as Foster's, which the sweet corn flavour is highly prevalent, overpowering everything else it could have had, and may contend with Budweiser, completely.

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Photo of Peaches13
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.16/5  rDev +48%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Pours a golden color with a short ring of fizzy white bubbles, no lacing.
Aroma - Mild but pleasant, fresh biscuit, sweet corn, very faint honey.
Taste - Like the aroma, biscuity up front, a subtle corn note, sweet towards the middle with a grainy and slightly nutty aftertaste.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, smooth all around.

Overall - Excellent lager, perfect for the warmer weather.

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Photo of BigMike
3.45/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rsuarez1982
2.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dcotom
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12-ounce can into a goblet. Appearance far surpasses many of the AAL's I've seen. Nice dark amber color, virtually no head. Corny, grassy aroma. Light on the palate, with a little bitterness on the finish. Crisp and clean. Not much substance, but more than many. OK overall.

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Photo of muirn
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear straw gold with a thin white foam of a head. Totally middle of the road, no complaints.

Smell is a bit weak and biscuity, surprisingly not too skunked, so I may have gotten lucky. Not much to be said, but nothing too wrong here.

Taste is crisp with malt up front. Very clean and crisp. Finish is clean and clears out of the way nicely with a bit of bitterness.

Feel is smooth, crisp, and mildly carbonated. Very refreshing, and solidly more enjoyable to drink than most of the macro pack.

Overall, this is an above average adjunct lager. Nothing much to think about, but enjoyable, drinkable, and refreshing, especially in hotter weather.

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Photo of apartin
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HyphenatedAmerican
3.82/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours with a bit of yellowish color on a good gold body. very clear with a fast falling head that dissipates to nothing over about 10 minutes. It does try to hang on though and I would say 3.5.

The nose is at first eclipsed by skunk and it's persistence accents the modest amount of sulfur that should be in the beer and is. If not for the skunk you would smell a bit of malt with a roasted corn aspect. Not as light as cracker which is what you get with all pils malt. Low hop presence not moderate and again ok for the style. Slight herbal and if you stick with the nose you can find the hop floral which is also modest.That floral tells me that the beer is still relatively fresh. Sulfur a bit of dms. ruined by the skunk. 3.00

The taste does not show you that skunk. In fact the hop is quite pleasant. That is the spirit of it. Pleasant not strong. The malts are crisp and dry. Not as elegant as pils malt. Let's say it's like the difference between speaking proper Italian or a dialect. In English there is no equivalent to this idea at least not yet . Finishes malty with a bit of a fruity ester and a modest unattenuated sweetness. The hop bitter is perfect for the style on this one and they have the hops in the right place at the right time , in the right proportion. 3.25. the dms becomes more unpleasant as it warms.

Mouthfeel crisp with a moderate bubble and mostly and I mean almost all the way dry. so very good. 3.5

Overall impression. Not bad. It is not smooth nor elegant like the pilsner but it's not supposed to be a pils. It also is not watery or tasting like colored water like some AALs. The corn does not leave the sour taste of boiled rice water like the rice lagers do and I prefer it. If it was not for that skunk this would still be a 3.25. overall but not something I would be afraid to have in my glass.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MoistBoyhole
4.14/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's that delo.

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Photo of jam1833
5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ancora_Imparo
4.65/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the price, and considering the style, this is by far the best one can get west of the Mississippi. Again FOR THE STYLE. This is not a craft beer; but it blows Budweiser, Miller, Coors, Hamm's and Pabst et al. away by a long shot. East of the Mississippi I'd say no; but here in the desert one cannot go wrong with Modelo Especial when looking for this style of beer.

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Photo of BubbleBobble
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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