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.
Mexico | website

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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.42/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My choice last night in a restaurant in St Helier, Jersey. Clear yellow beer with a thin white head. The aroma is fresh with herbs and faintly of hops & some bitterness. Taste is sweet, grainy & light, with a mild bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

1/28/16 Chicago (355ml bottle poured into pint glass).Blonde clear pour,quickly disappearing white head, minimal carbonation. No aroma, minimal corn and watery taste, easy going down, minimal texture. Not especial.

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Photo of JRBaker84
3.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite light beer to drink with Mexican food. Looks like a good quality light beer. Not much aroma but the taste is good without even coming close to getting in the way of the flavors of whatever Mexican food I choose to eat. Mouth feel is light with a quick finish. Overall it is nothing special on its own but it's exactly what I want out of this type of beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the can, it pours a a moderate golden amber with a moderate head, quickly dissipating. Grain in the nose. Grain in the mouth, pleasant and not bitter. Good on a hot day, which this is not. Acceptable.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.02/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another decent Mexican lager. Color is straw. Smelled corn and other adjuncts. Taste was pretty good. Very carbonated with the carbonation stinging my tongue. Props for the gold foil on the bottle.

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Photo of mark5692
2.16/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I don't get it really. It's fairly pricey for a beer that isn't special. There really isn't anything special about it. Tastes like a cheap beer. Expected a little more but I guess if you're looking for the "Budweiser" of Mexico you got it. Wouldn't buy again but wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
3.71/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look at all the complainers on here weeping about the quality of Mexican water and how Mexican beers aren't worth the packaging they're put in. Why are beers like this still reviewed as if they are craft brews from an obscure micro-brewery that only uses ingredients pertaining to a 400 hundred year tradition? This is a mass produced corn beer and it's a respectable one, too. It's got some hints of citrus, a good, creamy feel to it, the color is relatively attractive and the carbonation isn't overdone.

If you wanted a good beer, this is a good choice. Ignore the beer snobs who say otherwise. If you can get this at a decent price, you won't be disappointed. That is, if you go into drinking it knowing what it is and what it isn't. Modelo is a great alternative to Corona and is a fantastic beer to relax in the sun with.

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Photo of Robo-puppy
1.5/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Most people who know me well, know that it is rare for me to but a Mexican beer. This is due to the fact that the water in Mexico is as clean as cat urine. Modelo is no exception. This beer fits well if one is trying to throw back a hot dog while bowling. Overall, the feel of the bottle is its best attribute. It fits well in your hand and makes a great projectile to throw onto the field if one's baseball team has just committed the unpardonable sin. Overall I can't even give Modelo a respectable belch.

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Photo of Redfoot19
2.56/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This seems to be a popular Mexican beer, but for some reason it doesn't sit well with me. There not much smell to it, and it is kind of dry/bland. It is ok if you want to make a Michelada, but alone, I am not a fan.

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Photo of Aegelis
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good summer evening brew that is refreshing yet flavourful. Packing a bit more colour and taste than Corona. Not a lot of froth or bubbles, but otherwise, a thumbs up for a dinner accompaniment.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.17/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

355 ml clear bottle served cold into a pint glass. Advertised as 4.5% ABV for the Canadian market. Cost was $2 CDN and purchased from LCBO.

Appearance - pale golden coloured beer with minimal carbonation. Tiny quarter finger of head, that is extinguished very quickly.

Smell - light grain aromas, a light vegetative aroma lies underneath, but there's nothing off putting here.

Taste - clean and finished flavor, light graininess that just kind of sticks around until it's run it's course. Not much malt and watery, but it just works.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is just right for the beer, light body and very easy to drink.

Overall - a surprisingly enjoyable AAL. Plain and simple with no frills attached, this is easy drinking lawnmower beer at its best. Absolutely no off flavours and comes highly recommended especially as far as this style goes.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.2/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1/2" high white head that was gone before the glass hit the table. Mighty disappointing. Medium to light gold colour.

S- Not much here at all.

T- This is a corn beer plain and simple. Must say it's a pretty good corn brew though. Puts Corona to shame actually. At this one has some good body and malt backbone. Yes it corn, no it's not simple.

M- Dry and like a really heavy Corona.

O- Not that bad. It's a Corona with some serious body and flavor. Nice exception to the standard corn brew

Food Pairing

This pretty nice little corn brew went well with....... Baked beans. Nice baked beans with salt pork, molasses and maple syrup. Dice some onion, add some brown sugar and you got a winner!


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Photo of Suds
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's been a while since I reviewd a macro lager. This one is okay.....deep gold in color with a thin head. From a can, it has a grain and grass aroma. The taste is slightly sweet. No real malt or hop flavor. Crisp, and clean, but thin.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.26/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taking a look at the Canadian version, which ups the ABV to 4.5%.

What shocked me is that I actually, actively enjoyed this beer. Sipping it from the bottle, I commented to my girlfriend, "Damn--this is what Corona would taste like if Corona was actually any good."

And I stand by that assessment: it's got a decent malt backbone, crisp, not overly sweet, and a surprising amount of body and substance for such a low ABV. Decent hop aromatics, even if not a lot of bitterness or hop character comes through in the taste. It's not a great beer, but it's really an enjoyable one--especially straight from the bottle, and especially on a hot, sunny day. Only recently available in Canada, I am actually pretty happy it's made its way here.

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Photo of IronLover
3.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a short, dense, creamy, bright white foam with very good retention. Light grainy and green apple aromas. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with a creamy smooth feel and aggressive carbonation. Medium-light grainy malt flavor up front followed by light hop bitterness and green apple flavors to the end. No hop flavors. Finished with a lingering stale graininess and green apple flavor. Despite its recent popularity, this beer lacks the clean, crisp finish of an American lager. The lingering aftertaste puts a dent in the drinkability that is a hallmark of this style.

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Photo of bwood06
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. can into a pint glass

A - Clear straw in color with moderate carbonation. Head is very thin and disappears very quickly. Ever so slight lacing remains. 2.5/5

S - Aroma is very focused on corn and light malt. I also get a floral note from the hops. Somewhat sweet smelling. 3/5

T - Cooked corn sweetness with a bit of graininess from the light malt. Ever so slight white bread note. Hops seem to remain floral here as well. Much sweeter than most in this category of beer. 3/5

M - Light bodied but with only moderate carbonation tickle. Ever so slight creaminess. No drying astringency but does disappear from the palate quickly. 2.75/5

O - Good beer for a hot day, especially served ice cold. Surprisingly sweet for this category which is a nice change. Simple and straightforward beer. 3/5

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Photo of MissYa
4.3/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I mix all me beers with a splash of bloody mary mix. This one is quite delicious! Haven't really tried it alone, but from what I can taste it's similar to a light beer in flavor.

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Photo of Act25
3.19/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'd drink this again. It's got a crystal slightly citrus feel going on that's better than most mass mex.

A: The beer is clear amberish, darker yellow with plenty of initial head, carb, and dotty lace for a mass beer. Already it's better looking that others.
S: Unremarkable, but fresh aromas of corn and grainy malts, with a hint of citrus hop.
T: The taste follows the smell with a cleaner less cloying grain feel, than most mass and enough hop bitterness to satisfy. No need for a lime as A Brothers wrote.
M: Light but not thin w moderate carbonation. Refreshing finish.
O: Bring it on... the best of beers in the style?

Makes a great lemonade shanty, or gets better if blended with Dales Pale Ale, the result is a cheaper, lighter, summery Pale Ale.

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Photo of thehyperduck
2.82/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 mL bottle from a sixer picked up at the LCBO; bottled Apr 9 2015 and served well-chilled. I usually attempt to pick interesting beers when a milestone review comes up - but for #1000, I instead opted to go in an alternate direction.

Pours a clear golden-yellow colour, generating one finger of loose, soapy, white-coloured head that proceeds to fizzle away over the course of the next few minutes. It leaves behind a thin, bubbly collar of foam, but not much else. The aroma is about what I expected... skunky, with some pale malt graininess, corn chip sweetness and a touch of grassiness. Not the worst-smelling Mexican lager I've ever sniffed, but it's down there.

My feelings concerning the flavour are similar - it's bland and mildly off-putting, but you're still a few scrapes away from the bottom of the barrel. Grainy pale malts, corn husks and syrupy sweetness contribute the bulk of the flavour. A skunky, weedy grassiness comes through toward the finish, but the aftertaste is nothing but adjunct sweetness. Light-bodied and watery, with assertive carbonation levels that give this lager a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Mostly inoffensive, so I could see why you might want to drink this outside in hot weather.

Final Grade: 2.82, a C. Modelo Especial is a passable adjunct lager - and that's probably the biggest compliment that I feel is appropriate to bestow upon it. I like it more than Corona, but that's setting the bar pretty low. Reminds me of beers like Sol or Tecate - in that they are all relatively cheap beers that I would not recommend (because they are swill), but they are also not so off-putting that I'd outright refuse to drink them again. I really doubt I'd spend money on this again, unless I were in Mexico and faced with few other redeeming options.

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Photo of Brondeau
3.39/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Quite refreshing. Beats Corona for me. Not as good as Longfin which I had this summer but better than Narragansett and PBR. Very gold and bubbly. Cute bottle. July 2015 12 oz bottle as part of a beers of the world gift box from Walt for my birthday.

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Photo of Edmond-Bird
3.52/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Thin white head receded quickly. Golden color with visible fizzy carbonation. Smells like a Czech Pilsner. Aroma of grass, lemon zest, and black pepper. Smooth, easy drinking, and zesty. This beer is better than expected. More complex and flavorful than the average macro lager.

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Photo of ShiftyMagoo
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is a middle of the road beer. Very drinkable in social occasions. This is my go to beer at the lake, ice cold on a warm day. I prefer this over the other big Mexican beers. Very clean, aftertaste is pretty much non-existent, not heavy at all.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.84/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Modelo Especial. Here in Canada it is 4,5% ABV

So the look of it: Very light, Yellow clear golden color. With lots of carbonation

The smell of it: Corny, grassy sweetness. Much more Aroma than the Corona. But from a clear bottle what can you expect...

The taste of it: Very light, feels the same than the Corona but have more Aroma, the finish is very clean. Corny, sweet, goes down very easy.

So overall would I recommend it? Sure, between a Corona and a Modelo I wold take the Modelo. It have more Aroma and the for me I find the bottle very Original. Yeah for this summer on the beach I will go for the Modelo

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Photo of Libeertarian
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Slightly amber gold. Very clear with steady stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of pilsner glass. Low retention off white head. Bready, grainy nose with small lemon notes that quickly give way to sweeter esters. Very grainy up front. Adjunct sweetness and a bit skunky in the back. Bread and the lightest hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Quite sudsy, a little prickly, with decently crisp finish. Fuller end of light-bodied. Not bad for an adjunct lager, but nowhere even close in terms of quality or appeal to Negra Modelo.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: slight grainy, light sweetness, no hop, slight apple, not a lot of aroma. Appearance: Brilliant straw, white fluffy quickly dissipating head leaving traces of delicate lace, Flavor: grain, slight apple, light, a little light fruit, no hop, very low malt, a little apple in the after taste. Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated – more so than the Grain Belt and it makes a difference giving a carbonation bight that adds to the refreshing qualities, light body. Overall Impression: Very light – its most distinguishing feature is its lack of distinction.

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.86 out of 5 based on 2,138 ratings.
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