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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-22-2001

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2.86
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Photo of 57md
1.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

About the only thing that I can do is to compare this to Corona, so here goes:

It smells better (which is NOT hard) and it has a better body than Corona. On the down side, it is more corny than Corona (yep, that's a negative).

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Photo of josanguapo
2.44/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From carrefour. Playing KB Dark Side, in Legado de Yuste glass. Neutral beer. It doesnt taste nor smell to anything, nor good nor bad. However, my wife likes it and thinks its one of the best beers she has ever tasted (she doesnt like beer much)

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Photo of dandiprat2015
3.64/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lagers get low scores for there lack of complexity. But this has body and flavor and maintains the lagers drinkability. It's refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of dabone
2.96/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. Golden yellow and transparent with a decent white head. Plain aroma, nose didn't pick up much. Taste is a mix of bitterness and sugar. A little sweeter than expected. Average mouthfeel. Aftertaste left little more to be desired.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.6/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Beer Surprised Me

First of all, I was surprised when the waiter brought it to me. I had ordered a Negra Modelo. He brought me Modelo Especial. I don't like to make a big fuss especially with the man who is going to be delivering my food so I went with the flow.

Second, I was surprised that I liked this beer. It's a beautiful clear golden color with a little bit of a head on top. It has a nice summertime taste and a smooth feel. This is the type of beer that you want when you're sitting at a Mexican beach resort or on your deck in the summertime. It's not heavy; it was a good taste; and it doesn't have a high level of alcohol so you can have a few without getting buzzed (although some people consider this a bad thing, but when the surf's up, you want to be ready to go).

Overall, it's a decent but not spectacular warm weather thirst quencher.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.1/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a clear plastic glass.

Appearance: Burnished brass bright golden color. Thin white foam upon pouring dies back to nothing, no lacing.

Smell: Skunky - not much else .

Taste: Mildly bitter, a bit of a corn & rice adjunct taste, crisp, but something slightly off about the beer.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly not massively fizzy, but highly carbonated. Not as watery as I would have expected given the lower ABV.

Overall / Drinkability: Went okay with a pizza slice, but nothing special and compared to Negra Modelo, not that great. No interest in having another one, nor any interest in having again. Okay for washing down a pizza slice for a late night working dinner, but given how much better I've had in beer, I do have some regret buying this one, but there wasn't much else available. Oh well.

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can.
Weak head soon reduces to a ring.
Excellent clarity.
Light feel, aroma and taste.
O: well, it’s at least as good as Corona and better than some light beers.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.44/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml bottle, the same type that we've seen the Negra Modelo in around here forever.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one fat finger of puffy, weakly foamy, and somewhat bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few specks of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds away.

It smells of skunky cat piss straight off (thankyouverymuch, clear packaging), grainy, gritty corn bread, a hint of real pale malt, some minor gasoline astringency, and wet musty cardboard. The taste is grainy, bready corn and pale malt, a still heady and grassy skunkiness, flinty hard water notes, a weird sour fruit rind character, and very tame earthy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly sprightly, with a tingling frothiness, the body a surprising medium weight, and sort of smooth, inversely proportional to the degree of skunk yet to blow off. It finishes off-dry, the corn sweetness kept at moderate levels, while the nasty grassiness can't sink away fast enough.

Blah - not overtly offensive (I can see certain climate and cuisine situations where this would, um, 'work'), but not really enjoyable in the least when held up on its own. Cheap, plain, and boring, beyond the cutesy squat bottle, but we all knew that coming in.

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Photo of ElJacobian
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is my favorite beer to drink while floating the river in 95+ degree heat. Tastes great with lime/beer salt and isn't much more expensive than the traditional American macro lagers in Texas. Great session beer if you're sweating.

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Photo of priwen
3.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellow-gold. White head that quickly dissipates. Shows some good carbonation. Corn and malt aroma with a bit of funk. It has some sourness, corn is present in the taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Semi-dry finish. Overall, there is nothing offensive about this beer, but it's not one I would seek out to purchase again. When Cinco de Mayo rolls around and the local place is running a special, then I might give this one another go.

24 oz can
Code on Can: I084A028 (September 8, 2014)
Served in a Mug

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Photo of Vestlake
3.46/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour, quickly dissipating small head. Crystal clear golden color. Actually has a very nice flavor. There's noting offensive in the aroma or taste. Just tastes like pretty good beer. My usual go-to for a regular beer.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.51/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Nice mexican lager that avoids skunkiness being in a can, not bad. Pours pale, yellow with a nice white foam head with almost no retention. Smell is sweet, like malts and corn. Taste is mild but bitterness makes it sessionable.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I got this at my local Tex Mex joint as a change of pace, I guess. What I got, of course, was a fairly mediocre, slightly below average adjunct lager. It's not a horrible beer, but it's not good either. It ranks with Corona.

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Photo of iRaven99664
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I have to put this out there. This is in regard to style; this is an adjunct rating. An overall rating, this would not compare. That being said lets move forword.

Im drinking straight from can. I cannot see the color but I imagine its going to be a lighter color like bud compared to mgd. In taste i want to say it taste closer to coors but coors taste like a dry smoked hangover. This tastes like the piss of Ninkasi. Ninkasi brews sexy IPAs and Porters and then pisses Modelo, cans it in a sexy classic can, and fizzy barley pop drink it to feel "adventurous". Not the worst I've had, actually pretty happy drinking it. Would take over any miller standard brands.

I do enjoy that it has a nice coat on the tongue that lingers a little. To me it is suprising because it is very champagne like. Very bubbly very watery. After taste does hint sweet, almost no hop. Nice sweet and bread, but not sweet bread.

This is a true barley pop, true to adjunct lager.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.66/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

DATE TASTED: January 25, 2015... GLASSWARE: 22 oz. pilsner... OCCASION: celebrating a rather easy Cavs win over the Thunder... APPEARANCE: clear copper body; pours a rashly fizzing head that comes to nothing quickly; a solitary bubble ascends; no lacing... AROMA: sweet, syrupy malts are front and center; biscuit and bread suggest a standard premium pilsener... PALATE: soft, apologetic and thin--drinkable but fizzy...TASTE: candied caramel malts and oats combine with some flowery hints to create a below-average, pitchy flavor...OVERALL: the can suggests it is the Mexican Miller, and not much in the can suggests the contrary; a good beer to finish the night with, when other quality beers have already been quaffed; as a sessional, meh...as a study, a fast, unrewarding one...

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Photo of Beejay
3.11/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Clear, and yellow amber with white head.

S: Very light, with slight bread and grass notes.. a touch sweet. Pretty subdued, which is somewhat appropriate for the style.

T: Lightly bready, and crisp. The finish has a touch of bitterness, but there is no discernible hop flavor.

F: Light, incredibly bubbly, with a clean, albeit watery finish.

O: Overall it is a pretty simple brew.. easy drinking, crisp, and fairly unoffensive. Decent for beer you don't want to think about. Add some fresh lime juice and sea salt, and boom!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Can poured into a standard pint glass somewhere in Mexico (actually in Cabo San Lucas but whatever). A dark than expected orange-yellow with a light dappling of white bubbles rimming the glass. Aroma is slightly astringent and grainy, with an overarching corn sweetness. I was actually pleasantly surprised with the taste, perhaps because the expectancy bar was set appropriately low. There is a subtle buttery raisin note in there, along with a watermelon rind-like element (noble hops? ... Whoa...). Almost like a drastically watered-down Oktoberfest and distinct from other Mexican mainstream adjunct lagers in this regard. The expected corn sweetness is of course still present. Obviously its thin and watery, but there are at least some other low key flavors to note here. Perhaps I am guilty of overstating the case. At least this is almost as available as Corona and Pacifico in these parts.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold in color with a fingernail of white head around the rim and a bit in the middle. Some light lacing in the glass. I smell corn and perhaps some German bittering hops. The taste is corn and well water like lager yeast. The bittering hops also do show in the fade. The body is thin and nearly flat.

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Photo of Retroman40
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours a nice golden color but that's about all it has going for it. Smell and flavor are typical for an AAL with adjuncts dominating. The carbonation is weak and it flattens quickly. Only got it at a Tex-Mex restaurant because it was a "Happy Hour" Special. There are far better choices in Mexican beers.

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Photo of cambabeer
3/5  rDev +4.9%

This really isn't bad. I've liked negra modelo since I started drinking beer, but never had modelo especial until recently. Very big on the malt flavor and very "mexican" in taste, in that it tastes like many other mexican brews. A friend handed me one of these, and while I probably wouldn't pay for a six pack myself, I'd definitely have this one again.

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Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +4.9%

Modelo Especial has a smooth flavour of beer with medium hops. No bitterness within Modelo Especial. Medium foam is a characteristic of Modelo Especial. Carbonation disappears quickly within Modelo Especial. I am the person who posted the photo of Modelo Especial.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%

Hiding the overall review score so I can rate this without bias. It's always better that way.

Fancy, fancy, fancy mexican beer for luchadors and bull gorers. It's got that awesome dollar store gold foil wrapping on the top like you're about to pop some heavenly wine. On the label is imprinted "Cerveza...MODELO...Especial". With two lions on the side. Let's get to it, shall we?

Appearance (3.25) : A fluffy yellowish off-white head that is initially 2 fingers but takes almost no time to disappear completely. The body is a golden amber hue with lots of bubbles lining the glass.

Aroma (3) : As it sits on my desk, I can smell the beer from here, and it smells very vegetal. I'll put my nose to the glass and see what I can come up with...

Heavy corn aroma, with some mild plant hop behind it. The corn is interesting...perhaps roasted corn tortilla, or tortilla chips. Leafy plant definitely comes in 2nd though.

Taste (3.25) : The initial taste isn't bad, it's very smooth and flavorful. It has a good balance. But in a literal second, as the brew bounces back towards your throat, that harmony is thrown asunder by a rotten corn/musty hop flavor, ending with a dry, musty, roasted vegetal corn mash. Overall the flavor isn't terrible, in fact it's miles and smiles better than Corona Extra, but it's still remarkably bad.

Mouthfeel (3) : Watery, carbonated, ends dry. Light bodied to be expected.

Overall (3.12) : Again, this beer is leagues better than Corona Extra. I don't even want to look at a Corona again. Modelo Especial is still pretty terrible, but drinkable. If someone showed up to a party with Modelo, or if it was in a cooler full of macro light lagers, I'd take this in a second. If there were anything else that was in the running however, I would leave it chilling in the icebox. I hope that makes sense. I'll pass on this brew next time.

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Photo of darter909
1.25/5  rDev -56.3%

Well, what can I say. Some drunk left behind a can of this so I put it my fridge until the moment when it was all I had. I really hadn't tasted beer like this for a long, long time. Back in the day you could buy a six pack of Red White and Blue for maybe two bucks. Or some dive might have pitcher night or something. If you were to overhear a party discussing this beer and one said "Taste like piss" his mate would probably just retort "How would you know?", but nobody would disagree. Where you might expect the taste of hops you are met witht he taste of what? is it vinegar? Smells like something in a photography darkroom - fixer, I guess. Also, has that 'left out all night' quality that I recall from days past. In the same way that old coffee is 'off', so is this, fresh from the can. I commend the brewers for their disdain of humanity and their apparent commercial success is converting Mexican wastewater (I guess that would explain it) into a viable commercial product. Packs a kick too - which would help with the prospect of downing a second one. I'll give this 1.25 (not 1.0) just so that I can reserve a place for a beer that might be even more repugnant.

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Photo of kkleu357
1.92/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From notes on 4/5/14

Decided to drink this for Cinco de mayo. Poured into a glass. You instantly smell skunk. Eww. Almost no head. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Just a sweet corn blah taste. Will be adding some lime wedges to help make it through my 3 bottles.

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

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Grain and corn Appearance- pours a golden amber color with a large off-white head. Taste- Corn and grain Palate- Light bodied beer with moderate carbonation Overall- A typical macro Mexican import, it is better than Corona.

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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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