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

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2002

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Photo of richdeneault
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

another mexican lager I had when in Gudalajara. This one is decent. Smooth, easy to drink. The tiniest hint of citrus. It feels good, especially on a hot mexican afternoon!

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.57/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

same old same old from a mexican lager. I can't say it's terrible but it is underwhelming and a beer i'll forget all about and never drink again most likely.

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Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear golden orange/amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with solid balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with poor strength, and a bit too yeasty. Taste of cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, toasted biscuit, light honey/nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Very clean on lager flavors, with minimal yeast notes present in the taste. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/creamy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4%. Overall this is a good Vienna lager. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and refreshing to drink. This improved as I finished the glass. There was quite a bit of corn/DMS in the aromas initially, but it went away as it sat in the glass; none were present in the flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Schlitz74
1.65/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

This is another Mexican beer that to me tastes like all the others. This is a below average lager. The taste is bland and unmemorable. Nothing Special here.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
2.06/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pours a transparent, lightly toasted orange color with a two finger head of fine, off white foam. Leaves no lacing, but maintains a head for a time.

Smell: Fairly weak nose. Apples and grass mostly. Some notes of metal and cooked corn.

Taste: Lots of dirty, metallic flavors upfront with a rusty water flavor. Slight notes of rice, cornbread and caramel. Bland.

Feel: The mouth feel isn't terrible, but it's very dry and sweet, not what I would want to session.

Overall: Maybe my bottle was skunked but I thought this was pretty bad. Shame because It looked pretty good in the glass.

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Photo of Spike
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drunk straight from the bottle. Consequently, impossible to rate the look. Smell was absent, but that may also have been due to the lack of a glass. For a supposed vienna lager this beer tastes exclusively of lemons. No hops or malt present. Light body with medium carbonation. Nothing to like here. Another bland, Mexican lager. Ok with the tacos I was eating but the watermelon agua fresca was better.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle with no decernable best by date; into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass.
Appearance - orange, swarming bubbles that form a medium thick head. Lacing is decent in spots.
Smell - sweet, sugary malts.
Taste - bland, but sessionable; certainly not terrible.
Feel - light, easy drinking; just too blah.
Overall - trying to keep an open mind here...if you can get it for around $24/case and you're having a bbq for nonbeer snobs who typically drink corona, this would be a good option.

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Photo of SamN
2.28/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Found in the back of fridge. A dull copper-hued brew, a bit of head, soapy white, but it doesn't last long. Aroma is mostly sharp, tinny hops. Very little malt aroma, maybe a whiff of faint trace of buscuit-y smell. Taste is not great; very flat and watery, with a bile-like taste up front. I feel like there's a bit of artificial lime flavor in here, too. Overall, the low quality ingredients really negatively affect the beer.

Maybe this was an old beer, but this one is a drain pour. Gross.

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Photo of Keg-Stand-Kenny
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Notes: Had this beer for the first time today.

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 ounce beer mug.

Look: Beers pours with very little head, and has minimal carbonation. It's a dark golden color, and its got a slight amount of fogginess to it. This beer has a decent look to it.

Smell: It smells of sweet caramel, grains, and hops. There is also a slight grassy undertone to the smell. The smell is pretty good overall.

Taste: It has a smooth, yet crisp taste to it. It tastes hoppy mostly, but it has a subtle malty taste to it aswell. There is a mineral-like after taste to it too. I think it has a nice mild taste overall.

Feel: The feel is nice and fizzy. I was not expecting a fizzy feel because the beer looks to have minimal carbonation.

Overall: It's not a bad beer at all. It's got a nice smell, a mild taste. It's a very drinkable beer with a bit more flavor than most Mexican beers. I would recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys a refreshing, mild tasting lager. This beer tastes great on a hot summer day, and it goes well with food.


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Photo of Suds
2.76/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew is a clear, pale yellow color with a scant head. The aroma is of corn, sulfur, and a bit of grass & grain. The taste has hint, and just a hint, of malt. It probably has a bit more flavor than a typical American macro or light beer, but not much. The body is light and the taste is dry. Not much to enjoy here.

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Photo of Squire123
3.44/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive deep amber color with white cap.

Aroma is less intense than the color. I get some caramel malt but little in the way of hops.

Taste is simple but fairly rich. Mostly malt of the caramel sort with a bit, just a bit of roasted malt in the aftertaste. Hop level is low but sufficient to offset the malt. I've heard (read?) this is a Vienna style beer and it certainly looks like one but I don't think the flavor reaches the level of richness one expects in that style. Perhaps it's the amount of adjuncts used but this just seems a lighter version of a Vienna.

Medium texture, fairly solid in that respect.

Overall it's a decent food beer which is what usually brings it to my hand. Local Tex-Mex restaurants for the most part. I can see serving it to a crowd but frankly think Yuengling Traditional lager has more flavor.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

(12 oz can, left out 30 min before opening... poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: slightly-pale amber-hued liquid, crystal clear... foam is generated on the pour, however, it sizzles out rather quickly, with a champagne-like effervescence... paper-thin collar, no lace

S: typical (adjunct) lager aromas overall... main scent is a rather German-beer smelling honeyed, golden-brown bread-crusty malt - that's relatively pleasant... a touch of a blend of green and dry grasses and perhaps the fainted woody/earthy hops... really only getting all this once the liquid has warmed considerably

T: quite-dry, lightly-toasted grain with an underlying, soft, vaguely citrusy hop flavor and bitterness... not much sweetness to counterbalance the mild bitterness that exists... aftertaste has a sort of seltzer (or tonic?) water note... compared to a more authentic, continental version of a Vienna lager, the malt flavor here is arguably utterly flaccid... mildly watery quality present in the finish through the aftertaste

F: a little bit of desiccated meat on its bones... kinda flows like a dry ginger ale with a dash of syrup added to enhance the body ever so slightly

O: really, the style designation here renders this DOA... middle-to-lower tier of the pack of mass-produced lagers... more darker, toastier grain flavors than a BMC, but still quite one-dimensional in overall taste... not sure this canned-version has anything over the bottled swill... fine sticking with PBR, Schlitz, or Piels over this

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Photo of drdiesel9483
2.25/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a golden color but not much head. I really can't smell anything. Mellow but taste like dirty water. Smooth with slight carbonation. Not a fan of the beer.

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Photo of MFMB
3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this Vienna. Nice longneck, great pour and a smooth clean taste. A good cheap beer. I don't know how in depth one can go on a review for a beer like this but ya I enjoyed it. Nice toasty malt, clean crisp finish and perfect amount of bitterness.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.72/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Real nice color and body to this brew. Pale chestnut amber, with hints of lighter bronze and some dark gold around the edges. Absolutely crystal clear with the occasional slow rising fine bubble. Head is minimal but with a good off tan color, and settles to a small collar and ring that looks creamy. Very nice Vienna.

Real nice amounts of light toast and caramel on the nose. Considerably lighter in quality than your typical bock, but with a nice very subtle caramel action. No discernible notes of hop presence, but with a clean quality on the nose. Solid as it gets.

Palate is interesting. Light toasty and expected caramel notes but with a much easier and crisper quality. Muted almost honey like body but with a good amount of crisp finish and aftertaste. There's a very small but not jarring metallic twinge on the finish, and it does sort of slowly linger as well. A bit of carbon dioxide and soda water flavors come in too, almost with a mineral like aftertaste, also contributing to a very popping mouthfeel as well.

Can't say I have had many Vienna's this light, but almost comes off like a session Vienna if there is such a thing. Decent and drinkable at least.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. "Victoria"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, production coded but not freshness dated

Given the producer I was expecting something like Corona but this is definitely different. It's more of a Vienna lager, and most likely uses actual Vienna malts in its production.

It's clear, fairly dark amber in color, and appears almost copper in a full glass. It's topped by a short head of creamy off-white that drops rather quickly, and both the head retention and lacing are limited.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body and gently crisp.

There's not much to the nose beyond some generic maltiness but the flavor is fuller. It's gently caramelish and there are some pleasant and balancing spicy and grassy hops in the background. There's a subtle fruitiness that's probably coming from the Vienna malts rather than the yeast, and it's really nicely rounded and polished, yet it remains lacking overall without enough malt to really bring it to life.

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Photo of stevoj
2.24/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Campos. Typical Mexican lager, although not as watery as some. The little bit of taste just falls flat, weak aroma as well. Thirst quenching ability a plus, but kind of a weak lager overall

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Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pours with a deep medium amber body and a moderate size head that displays very good retention and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Aroma: primarily Pilsner style hops, but with some faint baked bread

Flavor: mainly Pilsner style hops with some faint baked bread and mild+ bitterness. I can't agree with Modelo that this has "strong flavor", but it is flavorful and bold in the realm of mass-produced Mexican lagers.

Mouthfeel: Light body with very crisp carbonation and a dry finish.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
4.22/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rating from a SUPER FRESH 12oz Bottle [less then 3 weeks old]~ Maybe a lot of the rather low ratings for this Brew is Because it was past it's Prime/out of Date/......? That is the only reason [other than personal Taste of course] I could come up with,for such a wonderful Beer getting such shitty ratings,..
Pours a Beautiful almost Copper Color,and Looks very Inviting Indeed,..[you just cannot wait to dive in ] smells nice and Malty,faint sweet smell..almost like honey,and wow! a wiff of Hops? very Nice! this Beer Really does follow the nose,though it taste even better then it looks,right away a very nice Malty flavor hits you,with just a touch of sweet notes,followed by a rather surprising Hop flavor I was not expecting ~Awesome! and a Nice bit of prickly Carbonation Really makes this Brew a Perfect Choice for Quaffing down on a Hot and Humid summer Day,very,VERY Refreshing and Absolutely one of my new Favorite Mexican Brews~love it!

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Photo of Raime
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the " Craft beer " of the truck stop restaurant I am currently sitting at enjoying some late breakfast.

Grupo Modelo huh? Well I don't expect much out of this in that case.

Look - the clearest copper I've ever seen with a fingers worth of slightly off-white head that dissipates and looks like soap bubbles. Doesn't leave any lacing.

Smell - Caramel and toasted malts in moderate amounts with a touch of graininess.

Taste - follows the nose exactly so I don't even really need to fill this one in.

Feel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall - Probably one of the better bears out of this company, though just another generic copy stylistically.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Lovely, clear toned copper, with a modest, somewhat coarse head, which soon fades to a scattering of foam, and a thick ring of lacing about the glass walls. Sparse, fat bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Cooked vegetables and a little toasted malt define the aroma. The toasted malt is less than I had hoped for, and the cooked vegetables seem heavy-handed.

Taste: Opens with a good amount of toasted malt,and a little caramel, which carries fairly well through the taste. Modest sweetness and a moderate flourish of herbal hops bring the taste to a close. The hops turn metallic, and linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Somewhat thin, with sharp carbonation..

Drinkability/notes: I wanted to like Victoria more than I did. I like the Vienna lager style, and there are several fine examples brewed in Mexico. This one seems underwhelming. Still, at 4% ABV, this might be a nice "lawnmower" beer on a hot summer day. Or, BAs could offer it to their American Macro Lager-drinking friends as a "walk on the wild side".

Presentation: Packaged in a standard, twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Foyle
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Appearance: pours a 2" white head that drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is clear light amber with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: a bit of caramel, sweet barley, some raisin and slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, slightly oily with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: caramel and bready malts, a bit of lemon.

Overall: a pleasant brew that pairs well with spicy cuisine.

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Photo of JamieWeisen
3.81/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip style glass. Little to no head retention. Look- a nice caramel to Amber in color, very nice looking as opposed to other Mexican beers. Smell- not too much aroma picked up from the beer but nothing off putting, so that's a plus. Taste- very mild and malty taste with a good amount of (pleasant) flavor despite it being a lighter alcohol and mass produced beer. Feel- very light with a slightly fizzy texture, a very smooth and refreshing beer. Overall- this beer despite being a massed produced beer is still very good for what it is, it's one of my favorite beers right now and would much rather drink this over many other massed produced beers. Reviewed without however recommended with a lime wedge.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The first beer of Mexico, Vienna Style Lager, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a bready yet adjunct waft. Pours to a light amber with a two finger head that recedes to a quarter inch and stands. The taste is along the lines of the smell, bready and zesty with a slight bitterness that appears mid taste then fades into a lightly bitter finish. Good mouthfeel. One of the better Mexican beers out there, a good thirst quencher. Well in line for the style, not at all offensive and would drink again if somebody handed me one.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Highly carbonated, which is probably to distract from any major flavor. A little bit of yeast, but that's really the only flavor it has. A bland and boring beer.

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