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

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but nothing really stands out about this one to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: The smell is a little sweet and has aromas of adjunct malts—corn seems to stand out in particular—along with notes of candi sugar.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except the corn seems to stand out stronger in front of the sweet notes of candi sugar.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste much like a Vienna Lager and seems to be more like a sweetened version of an adjunct lager.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A fairly standard Mexican lager although this site has it classified as a Vienna. The color throws things off a bit with the light caramel color (similar to Yuengling Traditional).

The beer pours with a mild fizzy head that quickly falls because of the lack of true malt character and use of adjuncts.

Mild aromas of part malt/ part grain set the tone with mild catty aroma that disipates quickly and some corn-like vegital notes. Hop character is soft and floral.

Flavors also show the malt-grain blend with the corn taste still present. Balanced hop bitterness with little flavor. Somewhat bready and cracker-like to taste.

Light body favors grain character over malt and with some light grain astringency. Mildly dry because of adjuncts and minty alcohol.

Certainly thirst quenching for those hot Mexican days but really doesn't belong in the conversation with Yuengling or Negra Modelo.

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Photo of emerge077
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle at Lillie's Q in Chicago.
Didn't want to shell out for a case, and this was one of the few places selling it at the bar.

Deep gold, fizzy head that didn't retain at all. No lace or fancy stuff, visible carb trails floated upwards.

Vaguely sweet grain aroma, didn't really pick up on any hop or yeast character.

Crisp clean taste, carbonic bite, a bit fizzy. Mild hint of apple and crackery malt. In a brown bottle, no detectable skunk. Fairly dry aftertaste. Easy enough to drink without thinking about it, but not really flavorful or memorable at all. The kind of beer that would improve with a lime in it, unfortunately.

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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 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 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 TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 7oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light bronze color with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy up front with sweet & bready flavors of caramel & grain. There's a mild but complimentary hops presence that brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer with substance that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear amber in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass - but it does have pretty decent retention qualities. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted grains and malts with very light notes of grassy hops.

T: Light to moderate flavors of toasted grains and cracker malts with just a slight hint of grassy hops. Light amounts of bitterness which fades quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is a very easy to drink and low ABV Vienna lager that comes out of Mexico and probably one of the better Mexican brews that you can find in the US (and not one of the easiest to find).

Note: Since I recently added a beautiful daughter to my family and her name is Victoria, I felt compelled to purchase this beer when I saw it on the shelf.

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Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tastes like any number of Mexican lagers. Slightly amber in the glass with modest head on it. Rather malty so I guess they could call it a Vienna Lager. A hint of sweetness like malt liquor. Smooth and easy to drink but quite bland. No trace of hops. Faintly tangy. Unfortunately, it gets worse as you drink. Ends up with a plain cardboard taste.

From notes at a Mexican restaurant in Old Town where it was on tap. Not much to choose from and I hadn't heard of this stuff before. I would stick to Bohemia or Negra Modelo.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.59/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light copper body with steady effervescence feeding a slender white head.

Smell: 4/5 grainy, 1/5 grassy.

Taste: Slightly tangy pils malts with cracked grains and lightly sweet caramel. Mostly grainy, though. Hops are mildly grassy with enough bitterness to balance things out. Very faint, nearly imperceptible fruitiness. Light, quite crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: It's easy drinking and one of the better lagers out of Mexico. A good substitute to drinking the water when on vacation south of the border. Refers to itself as being "pilsener-vienna". I guess I can see that, as it's falling in between a lackluster pilsener and a hohum Vienna.

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Photo of mdaschaf
1.88/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear, very light amber color. A small head formed but lasted only a few seconds.

S: Not much on the aroma, a little off putting skunkiness and slightly metallic.

T: Not much going on here, slight malt/caramel presence, but barely. There just isn't much to this beer at all.

M/D: Extremely thin, some carbonation.

Super high carbonation makes this really crisp, but the body is more watery than water itself. This is a really thin beer. One of the worst Mexican beers I have had. If you want something in this style in Mexico grab a Bohemia or a Negra Modelo.

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

I enjoyed this 12oz from the brown bottle in a mug.

The color is deep amber with good clarity and thin white head with fine bead and spots of lace.The smell is yeasty with slight buttery odor and light malt sweetness in the nose with gentle floral ester. The feel is mildly sweet with medium carbonation and light caramel sweetness with smooth body and light heft with mostly dry finish.

The malt has a good amount of flavor with mild caramel in the taste and there is a slight buttery diacetyl element with mild yeast flavor and practically no hop flavor. This is a pretty standard vienna style lager with mild malt and ok drinkability...I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.76/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This one pours a clear golden color with a white colored head and very little, it any, retention.

S: Very bland on the nose. There is a definite corn aroma to it, and some hints of cooked grain, and corn. Almost no hops or bread character to it at all.

T: The flavor is very similar to the aroma. The flavor is bland and fairly unoffensive. A bit more corn to the flavor than the nose. Faint grassy hops and maybe just a bit of bread, though certainly some cooked grain.

M: Light to medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

O: While this isn't terribly offensive, it wasn't very flavorful either.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

What would a Cinco de Mayo tasting be without some brews from beneath the border? This one pours a clear very pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises rice, wheat, light flowers, and a very light tinge of caramel. The taste holds notes of light wheat, hard water, flowers, and a tinny twinge in the back. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, this stuff is nice for a watery lager, but as a Vienna it falls pretty damn short of anything really good. Compared to similar bottles, though, this stuff ain't exactly horrid.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I was in the new Weis Markets Bistro on Saturday and spied this as an excellent Cinco de Mayo beer.

My pour netted me a brief finger of fizzy, tawny head with lousy retention, acting more like pop and dissipating all too quickly. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a malty sweetness that made me think that it was other than an AAL. I will buy Vienna Lager, as indicated on this site, but it was not clean. I was also getting Minhas-like notes of bubble gum and dry cleaning plant. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the taste was oddly unique or should I say uniquely odd? It had a slightly medicinal quality underlying the utterly sweet malt flavor. It was sugary with a tang of hospital sterilization, if that can be quantified by anyone else. Warming, I was getting a kind of peanut taste. WTF?!? The finish was semi-sweet with the melange of off flavors getting the better of the malt, but not in any kind of good way. I have had far worse, and thanks to it being available as a single, it was a one-and-done, but this was no bueno.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.89/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What's up girlfriend....happy 40th! Yeah baby. So my Son's hockey team manager turns the big 4-0!!! YIKES! they have the Soirée at a N'ville saloon. On tap is Victoria....I said Hey man come down here...he said what you want....I said I want to try the Victoria! And I am glad I did! This beer is the best Mexican beer I have ever tasted. It doesn't have that Mexican I need a lime bullsh&t! There wasn't much aroma, but the taste and color were very good. Did I session....F yeah I did!

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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 Billolick
2.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle

Pours light caramel, clear under a thin and vanishing off white head, that leaves no lacing.

Just a hint of malt on the nose.

Thin and on the watery side, with just some faint caramel, and sweet malt. Would be passable on a warm day or if I was actually in mexico eating some tacos with hot sauce. Besides that stay away.

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Photo of jwc215
3.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber to copper with a thin head that leaves dotted lacing.

The smell is of toasted grain with a subtle spicy touch.

The taste is of light toast. Overall - clean. The light malt body has a touch of hop spice in the dry, crisp finish.

While it does lean towards thin, the carbonation level fits the beer without being to fizzy. And there is a refreshing smoothness to it.

Not a bad brew at all. I like it. For what it is, it is an easy-drinking brew with enough character to keep drinking it.

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Photo of Tone
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of rice, slight sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, and a hint of rice. Overall, easy-drinking and well blended, but the rice aroma is off-putting and appearance is lacking.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Pours with a pretty nice head and a bit of lacing. Suprised me considering the rest all disappeared with a blink of the eye. Smells of malt. corn, maybe rice fill the air. A bit of a hop smell too. Definite hop tatse with the malt background. This would be a decent beer to choose while having dinner. Fairly easy to drink. One of the better ones down here, but still nothing even close to brag about.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.6/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber. Thin white head, dissipates quickly, but stays effervescent. Light malt and grain aroma. A standard light sweet malt with light hopping average beer taste. Pleasant, but unremarkable. OK for drinking with Mexican food.

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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 tempest
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 940mL bottle for the beach for about 15 pesos. Not bad for beer that doesnt suck. Like most of the big mexican lagers, this is fairly mellow in flavor. Its got a decent aroma of caramel and barley. The flavor is pretty similar, but not as strong and a little sweeter and fruitier. Not a bad choice for a vacation.

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