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

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Chile Beer
Ranked #65
Ranked #43,319
3.39 | pDev: 21.53%
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
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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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 40
Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Nass
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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

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Photo of odannyob
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.22/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.79/5  rDev +41.3%
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

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Photo of patre_tim
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of blackhawk_801
5/5  rDev +47.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev -1.5%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had been working for a carryout bottle shop for a while around the beginning of the year, ostensibly as the manager in training, but I was hampered by ownership & a bar manager in whom ownership placed a misguided trust. I finally walked away, but not before I had scored some things that had arrived which I had not previously seen. I was doubly excited by the prospect of adding this one to The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "With the refreshing flavors of tomato, salt, lime, tamarind and chipotle peppers".

Another tallboy 25-fl. oz. CAN! Wow! They are, at least, impressive & they will fight me on the Crack!, causing it to be extra-loud when it happens. I was careful on the Glug since this much liquid CAN be difficult to handle if not done properly. I got a brief finger of foamy, soapy, pinkish head that quickly fell away to wisps. Color was a murky reddish-pinkish Amber (SRM = N/A). Nose was redolent with tomato, but I also got the salt & lime as well as a spiciness that I could not immediately place. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was definitely of tomato, but the spicy heat of the peppers was also quite evident, as was the salt & lime combination. I know that the tamarind was supposed to be adding a sweetish flavor, but I was not getting it. Instead, the heat of the peppers was acting as a perfect CANterbalance/CANterpart to that extremely sweet Mixxtail from earlier. I was getting a sheen of sweat on my forehead & on the bald spot on the crown of my head. Phew! My nose was even starting to run a little bit. I know that I do not have the tolerance for such things as The FGBS' Drinking Team's Burn Brothers, but I CANnot help but think that they might enjoy this. This really worked well with the various ingredients meshing into something that was eminently drinkable. I have had Cheladas before which tasted like the underside of the pier & which were a chore to even choke down. This was the polar opposite, with the peppery spiciness adding a new dimension to the tomato flavor. The lime & salt did not hurt, but it was the chipotle peppers that really made this one sing. Finish was dry, as you might expect from the addition of peppers. I had no problem drinking this one straight down! It was utterly refreshing & delicious. Also, given some previous reviewers' mention of a chunkiness, I agitated it in the CAN & let it settle before beginning my Glug. I think that by doing so, it got any sediment/settling back into suspension. It didn't hurt anything.

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Photo of Zorro
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy red brew with no head, Cheladas don't really lend themselves to the standard beer review. It looks like a Bloody Mary which Cheladas kind of are.

Smells of tomato. Scent of salt and some citrus but not really strongly.

Starts out tasting like smoky tomato juice with some tartness. Tamarind is in there with salt. Mild lingering spicy aftertaste. More tart than most Cheladas.

Mouthfeel is tomato juice.

Overall a refreshing beverage, but not beer as Beer Geeks know it.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

24 oz can. Aroma is tomato juice, generic beer, spices, wet stone, pepper. Pours hazy burnt orange with a medium pinkish off-white head with decent retention. Taste is tart, salty and spicy with a fair amount of pepper heat; flavors of tomato, lime juice, pepper, other spices that I assume include the tamarind. Lots of lime here. It’s seriously puckering. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but that’s to be expected given the base beer. Awesome stuff! Far and away the best chelada I’ve ever had.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Modelo Chelada Tamarindo has a thick, frothy, peach-colored head, which actually sticks around a bit, and a murky, orange-red, chunk-filled appearance, with salty, sediment residue, left behind. The aroma is of tomato, beer, and low-level spices, and the taste is of salt, tomato, spices, and a paper note, which I often encounter in meso-American lagers. Mouthfeel is medium, and Modelo Chelada Tamarindo finishes salty and salad-y.


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Photo of brother_rebus
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

decent carb. Some nice lime flavor. Not as salty and savory as I would expect. Kind of a weird sweetness flavor from the tamarind(?). Not a typical adjunct chelada. A strange mistake of a variation. Not willing to try again.

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Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 40 ratings