Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Chile Beer
Ranked #34
Ranked #28,000
3.45 | pDev: 20.29%
Mar 31, 2022
Apr 09, 2017
Modelo Chelada Tamarindo PicanteModelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante
Notes: Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante is an authentic cerveza preparada made with beer, tomato, salt, and lime, along with tamarind and chipotle peppers for a sweet and spicy taste.
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Rated: 3.34 by SMH_NWI from Texas

Mar 31, 2022
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Rated by hybridentropy from Angola

3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Suprisingly good and unexpected. Would be refreshing on a warm summer day.
Jan 16, 2022
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Reviewed by BubbleBobble from New York

3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours like slightly watered down tomato juice, brief 1" head that quickly disappears, flecks of tomato juice left as "lacing." Nose is tomato juice, lemon, salt, tamarind; nothing from either the base beer or the chipotle. Taste is salty, sharp tomato juice, lemon, and a little bit of tamarind. On the finish, the spice does warm very slightly, though I could have done with a lot more. Feel is fuller than other canned versions of the style, which is a good thing, but not too rich to become heavy. Overall, a really enjoyable version of a caned chelada.
Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by Soneast from Wisconsin

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 2.83 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 06, 2021
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Reviewed by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
It’s red. You mostly smell the tomato and a hint of citrus. Very tasty. Love the salty flavor, the citrus and chipotle smokey flavor. It’s got a little heat but not hot. Finally tried it and glad I did. Overall I will definitely buy this again. BB APR 2022
Nov 26, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by TonyStarks2231 from New York

Jul 11, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This could be interesting. There aren't too many tomato beers. A crack open of the 24 fluid ounce can is all that's needed to know there's definitely tomato flavor involved. Now residing briefly inside a clear glass Imperial pint mug, much of the can's contents are now exposed. The color is a heavily red influenced opaque amber, probably more red than amber. There's no head nor glass lacing. The smell of tomato dominates. This gets points just for its uniqueness. It tastes like a red eye, you know, one of those hangover cures when you combine tomato juice and beer. But here, there's not much beer. There's tomato juice to taste and chipotle pepper to feel. This is like a spiced up V-8 with some carbonation and alcohol. Again, points for its uniqueness. It brings enough heat to be accepted by those that like pepper beers. But beware, if you don't like tomato juice, you will disdain this brew. The label says that salt and lime are also in the mix, but all the average taste buds will discern are tomatoes and peppers. This really is one of the most unusual beers you will taste and it's surprisingly likeable. With an ABV of only 3.3%, this is probably the most flavorful session beer you will ever have.
Jun 19, 2021
Rated: 2.53 by Walnut from Missouri

Mar 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Nanothaniel from Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Best chelada on the market by a longshot, and I've tried every one I've ever encountered. The tang of the tamarind and the heat of the chili is really just perfect.
Jun 26, 2020
Rated: 3.49 by Sayb from Arizona

May 16, 2020
Rated: 3.56 by markallmon from Tennessee

Feb 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
L: A Filtered Tomato juice cooler with a
Large bubble head which vanished in a flash. No lace.

S: Mega Tomato juice!! Also sea salt and tamarind.

T: More tamarind, salt!! and lime and chili

F: Thin and clean, chili heat instead of bitterness, touch of citrus sourness.

O: Not my thing, Jose Gose preferred by far, but this is still good.
The Powerful flavors are just so over the top. Too strong, but I can imagine this again with a lot of crushed ice.
Jan 24, 2020
Rated: 4 by AnotherDisease from California

Aug 09, 2019
Rated: 3.46 by Eychung from New York

Jul 29, 2019
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Taste: Tangy slight spice, orange, Chipotle peppers, Tamarindo, fruit notes, some tomato, salt bright lime bite. Same with the nose. Dull orange hue, slight unfiltered, not much head. Medium to Med/full body.
Jul 17, 2019
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
The pour is a nice dark red with a quasi white head that just goes away almost as you pour the beer. Lots of little bubbles around the edges of the glass.

Smell is tomato. Really just tomato. Okay, so tomato and nothing else.

Taste is puchy tomato juice. Punchy by way of salt, lime and chili pepper.

Mouth is medium with that thick tomato and lingers with a sticky pepper.

A pretty good chelada style from Modelo. Seems like this might turn up the acid levels for those that suffer from acid reflux. Myself, I am thinking of adding some ice cubes to my glass to cut this a bit. Really not a lot on this overall. Not much ABV and not much different from a lot of canned cheladas. This one just makes me think of those better ones I could have gotten at the restaurant or made at home.
May 15, 2019
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Let me start off by saying that i'm not too fond of this low 3.3% abv, there is also no date on the can just some code on the bottom. The small head dissipates rather quickly. There are some healthy ingredients in this brew, tomato, lime, salt, chipotle pepper & tamarind fruit, well this chelada does sound interesting that's why I decided to give it a go not to mention the regular Modelo Especial is a decent Mexican adjunct lager. The aroma is of sweet tomato & V8 vegetable juice. On the taste i'm picking up on some sweetness from a combo of the tomato & the chelada & on the finish the spicy kick from chipotle pepper is their & there is slight sour from the lime, the beer is also a little watery. Moreover, i'm sort of impressed by what Grupo Modelo has done with this style. Oh well, at least now I can say I have had a beer that had both tomato & tamarind fruit in it. If you like a beer with some sweetness & a spicy peppery finish then you ought to try this out on for size. Wow! that's one interesting drink. Cheers! B
Feb 22, 2019
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Reviewed by odannyob from Colorado

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Not at all a bad beer, if a chile brew is what one's hankering for which I was and happy I got tres of the 24 ouncers,'cause 1 would not have been enough. I added a dash of salt and a quick squish of lime to a 16 oz. mug and am pleasantly pleased. Initially, a sweet taste turns into a spiced hot taste but overall, a tasty, warm beer. ¡Salud!
Feb 13, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by joshpaints84 from Georgia

Jan 31, 2019
Rated: 3.43 by pstam87 from Illinois

Dec 09, 2018
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

2.22/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Pours a hazy, dull rusty red producing only a hint of dull reddish, short-lived, head that leaves a thin coat of grainy wash that I would not dignify by calling it lace. Aroma is tomato, V-8, chili powder, something vegetal which may be tamarind, lime & a faint hint of beer/adjunct grains deep in the background. Taste is stale tomato juice, V-8, vegetal, sweet (tamarind?), pepper spice/chili, smoke, brine, lime & a thin beer/adjunct grain hint. The salt is on the high side even for a Chelada. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, a little slick with spice & a peppery, prickly bite. It is not nearly so drinkable as Bud Light Chelada or Modelo Especial Chelada. Not nearly as spicy hot as many of the chili beers available.
Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 2.75 by JesseMidnitekrawlr from Texas

Nov 03, 2018
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Decanted from a 24 oz (710 ml) can into a weizen glass; production date 03/06/2017.
A: Pours a hazy, red color with soda-like, large bubble effervescence with no head retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of tomato, lime, and black pepper evident (overpoweringly so).
T: Sweet. The palate follows the nose, but chili/chipotle component very evident in the tingling it leaves. Vegetal.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Chili evident in burning throughout mouth and palate.
O: Clearly best served ice cold. Tastes a lot like a light bodied, spicy V8 juice with a little alcohol.
Oct 20, 2018
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Reviewed by ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.79/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
24oz can poured into Shock Top weizen glass. No discernable date, but there are some characters stamped on the bottom of the can. Normally bars serve cheladas in a chalice, tulip, oversized wine glass or large mug. But the only reason they tend to do that is for presentation purposes, so they can fit in a bunch of garnishes like celery or sometimes upside-down beer bottles. But if you're drinking it properly, pre-pepared without the garnishes, the proper glass to pour it in is very narrow like a weizenglass (my pick), a narrow stange, or even straight from the bottle or can itself. This is because it's a very effervescent style like a soda, and loses its carbonation easily, so you want to reduce that as much as possible so you don't drink it flat.

Appearance - Medium-small, very loose orange head that dissipates quickly leaving no trace. Opaque red-orange body with lots of visible, dense particulate matter. Pretty par for the course. 4.5

Smell - Almost like straight V8 with a faint peppery undertone. 4.25

Taste - Delicous. And it's missing that clamato sweetness you find in other varieties. Which can be enjoyable, but having a non-sweet option is great. And it's more spicy and smokey. 5

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, effervescent. Bright. Perfect amount of spicy without being overbearing, but keep in mind I'm a spice lover so if typical store-bought hot sauces burn you, you might want to sick to the non-picante version of this. Bit of a burn in the finish. 5

Overall - I know fellow beer geeks hate the chelada style, they might see it as a bastardization of beer. But I wouldn't even call this a guilty pleasure. This is straight up an underappreciated style that I love unashamedly. Absolutely delicious and refreshing, and one of the best examples of its style. Perfect balance, and even better than you'd get it freshly made at a bar, where they often overdo the salt for the sake of presentation. 5
Oct 09, 2018
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Reddish brown and solid fruit juice like. Topped with a finger of reddish brown head.

Smells of tomatoes, tamarind and malt.

Tastes salty, sweet, spicy, and of tamarind, tomatoes and a bit of malt.

Thick, juicy body with little carbonation.

Got at Bevmo in Redding. Different kind of brew.
Oct 08, 2018
Rated: 2.25 by jbu0126 from Wisconsin

Sep 23, 2018
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Reviewed by blackhawk_801 from Utah

5/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Literally the best modelo made. Basically a Bloody Mary in a can. Not too spicy but has a great spice mixed with the tomato juice and beer. So refreshing when ice cold. 10/10. Also way better than the half red modelo.
Jul 25, 2018
Rated: 2.73 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Jul 22, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
24 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 9/11/2017. Pours moderately murky/cloudy reddish orange color with a minimal foamy off white head with poor retention, that reduces to nothing pretty quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Okay appearance. Aromas of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chipotle pepper, tamarind, brown sugar, peppercorn, Worcestershire sauce, light cracker/corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, peppers, tamarind, and light malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chipotle pepper, tamarind, brown sugar, peppercorn, Worcestershire sauce, light cracker/corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy bitterness, tamarind tartness, and pepper spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, chipotle pepper, tamarind, brown sugar, peppercorn, Worcestershire sauce, light cracker/corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness for a while. Nice robustness and balance of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, peppers, tamarind, and light malt flavors; with a with a solid malt/bitter/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Mildly increasing bitter/tart/spicy dryness. Medium-plus carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/slick, and lightly sticky/grainy mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.3%; mild increasing pepper heat after the finish through the glass. Overall this is a pretty good fruit/spice/vegetable beer. All around good robustness and balance of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, peppers, tamarind, and light malt flavors; Very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. I liked this a little bit more than the regular Modelo Chelada. A little more overall spice presence from the peppers. Well balanced between all flavors, with decent adjunct lager presence. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Jul 14, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jun 14, 2018
Rated: 4.41 by HabaJohn from Illinois

Apr 30, 2018
Rated: 1.3 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 4.47 by 94rocker1 from Michigan

Apr 07, 2018
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
A: The beer is very hazy red in color with some traces of yellow and almost resembles the color of the can. It poured with a half finger high off white head that rapidly dissipated, leaving no traces of bubbles on the surface or around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of tomato juice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some additional hints of saltiness with notes of chipotle peppers and a bit of spiciness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This chelada is surprisingly drinkable and has a very good balance between all of the favors. It kind of reminds me of a Bloody Mary that's mixed with some beer.

Serving type: can
Mar 30, 2018
Rated: 3.1 by DavidST from Texas

Mar 16, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by HopliteMpls612 from Minnesota

Oct 13, 2017
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Reviewed by mactrail from Washington

3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
You don't really want to look at this stuff in a glass, but it looks more like fizzy tomato juice than beer. However it's thoroughly carbonated and the mouthfeel is quite sharp, as well as building up to rather hot in the aftertaste. Very tomatoey and feels thickish as you sip. But definitely the best industrial Chelada I've tasted.

I don't really taste tamarind, but there's something like dates along with the acidity. What really makes this concoction drinkable, and even enjoyable, is the chipotle chile they've added. It adds a smokey salsa taste as well as a distinct peppery heat. From the 24 oz can purchased at a Mexican market in northern Washington.
Oct 04, 2017
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Rated by jooler from California

2.24/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
taste is too sweet, not really that good. tecate diablo is a lot better
Sep 28, 2017
Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 80 out of 100 with 54 ratings