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

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Modelo Chelada Tamarindo PicanteModelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by brother_rebus on 04-09-2017

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HabaJohn
4.41/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smithj4
1.3/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of 94rocker1
4.47/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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 DavidST
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopliteMpls612
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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 jooler
2.24/5  rDev -31.9%
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

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Photo of Yeldarb92
2.79/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pkalix
2.58/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3


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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +14%
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 -3.6%
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 +22.2%
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 Bear1964
4.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.1/5: Really interesting mix of chipotle heat and tamarind, and the chelada itself isn't gross; kind of sweet at the end of the day

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Photo of digitalflood
3.66/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rjd722
2.54/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brother_rebus
2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
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: 3.29 out of 5 with 23 ratings