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

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67
poor
2,247 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Modelo EspecialModelo Especial
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.mx

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,247
Reviews:
586
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
21.95%
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
602
For Trade:
0
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Photo of HyphenatedAmerican
3.82/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
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 +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MoistBoyhole
4.14/5  rDev +44.3%
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 +74.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Ancora_Imparo
4.65/5  rDev +62%
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
2.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stout_Scout
4.08/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of puck1225
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had it on tap where the options were limited. A nice pour with a decent head and lacing. Nice clear golden yellow with a slightly ready smell. Clean taste that was refreshing but a bit watery. Ok overall.

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Photo of OKbrew89
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I know beers like this suffer when you actually think about what you're drinking, but this isn't meant to be fancy beer. This is an outdoor patio beer for the summer that people mindless drink.
Transparent light yellow color with enough carbonation to create a head when you push the lime wedge into the bottle. Smells like sweet grain. Tastes like the grain with a touch of citrus from the previously mentioned lime. Light carbonation and light body.
It's light, straw colored beer with no additives or creativity, but it hits the spot on a warm day. Goes down easy while chilling with friends.

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Photo of c014572
2.67/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of IBUBrew
2.73/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of HardyA
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of stebbi7833
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
1.78/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There is not much of a nose here. At the front, the beer is bitter. However, the carbonation sweeps that away almost instantaneously. With the bitterness gone, the beer is fairly nondescript.

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsbirnba
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fthegiants
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hreardonjr
2/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing. Especially if on tap.

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Photo of ZachT
3.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MickeyHops
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of saperez59
4.28/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevin3046
2.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold with thin head that quickly dissipates. There is a little lacing here. Strong grainy smell. Typical look, smell and taste of American Adjunct Lager. There is nothing offensive about this beer. Nothing great though. It is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of WojoVT
4.4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So many people in this forum critiquing beers like Modelo like it's a craft beer when they are meant to be drank either as a thirst quencher or in quantity.
Look: looks like a beer
Smell: yeasty
Taste: not the best beer ever, but after three margaritas, not bad, tastes like a Mexican pilsner (which it is)
Feel: oh boy I'm gonna feel those three margaritas tomorrow when my daughter wakes me up at 6:30 am. It feels like drinking a Mexican beer
Overall: I'm from VT - home of Hill Farmstead, Heady Topper, Fiddlehead, and countless other great craft beers which I enjoy to the fullest extent. Stop critiquing beers like Modelo (which I'm drinking right now) like they should earn the respect of other craft beers and have a feel, nose, head etc... don't waste your time... oh.... oops..

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Modelo Especial from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.87 out of 5 based on 2,247 ratings.
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