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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Photo of hoppymonster
1.76/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a clear acrylic glassware to be found, but I don't think that will matter. Darker than I expected. Head almost absent, left a thin ring at the top of the brew that dropped with the level. No lacing whatsoever.

Aroma is there...just not good.

Taste is the same. Close to Corona, not a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, thin.

Overall, not a good beer for my tastes; almost a drain pour. Maybe a bad batch? Won't buy again.

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Photo of maleman
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Dark amber color with a one finger head that had good retention.

S - nice malt notes present up front, a little bit of grain was there, too.

T - the taste pretty much followed the nose, but not as strong. The taste is fairly bland with nothing stepping up and making a statement.

M - not much carbonation, not much aftertaste, not much there...period.

O - I picked this up when I was last in Dallas. I'm going back soon. I won't be bringing this beer back with me.

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Photo of Pipmeister
1.67/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an amber color with decent single finger head that's an egg shell color. I was surprised by the darkness in the cplot.
The smell... There isn't really a smell, it's some slight breadiness but that's about it.
The taste is even more muted then the smell, it's pretty much a very lightly flavored carbed water with some sweetness up front.
Overall I don't really enjoy this, it's mostly flavorless.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
2.61/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a darker color than expected. Almost looks like an amber. Very clear. Ring white head. No lacing.

Aroma is almost not there. Slight amber lager aroma but you really need to take a good wif.

Taste is the same. It really doesn't taste like anything. Bit of bitterness in the finish. Slight pils lager taste.

Mouthfeel is dry with higher carb

Overall a very plain beer. Probably won't buy again

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.55/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Free beer is a wonderful thing. I was rewarded a bottle gratis when an order at a restaurant took too long. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Pours lighter amber in color with a somewhat fizzy head that leaves a tiny lace around. Its nose is toasted. Yep, toasted. And a drop of malt sweetness. Fine.

Taste is passable, if not unspectacular. The flavor profile is light in intensity, giving whispers of toasted toffee. The carbonation is extremely strong and dominates. The bubbles pelt your tongue with its force, which makes the beer sommewhat of a chore to drink. Not that I was dying to take more and more sips.

It's certainly better than its stablemates Corona and Pacifico, but far less spectacular than its in-style mate Negra Modelo. At least I won't need to spend two bucks in the future for a single bottle just to cure my curiosity.

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Photo of CervezaMesa
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I heard all the hoopla about this beer last year when it first arrived from Mexico. All the Mexicans were telling me this is the best beer from Mexico, me being a huge fan of Mexican Cerveza's i was very excited to try it!

I wasn't pleased at all it was just a normal mexican beer no perks or nothing! Modelo and Sol easlily are a better beer, hell even Tecate might be better.

Mouthfeel nothing special! Needs a lime or lemon. way too expensive for this product. buy a 40 ounce before you waste your money on a six pack!

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Photo of Redfoot19
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer, not real special. I will pick this up for a party, but not just for myself. I can respect this beer, because it does provide an ok potency to it.
It smells ok. Looks decent, and the taste is pretty good. I will say it is a refreshing beer. Not the top Mexican beer, but you may want to try's pretty good.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victoria has a clear, deep golden or even amber appearance, with some bubbles streaming up and a medium, white head. The aroma is of toasted barley malt and clean water, and the taste is also of barley. A light hop presence is in play for balancing. Also, one detects a pleasant sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Victoria finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry, although not as much as American beers. This is a low-alcohol, yet enjoyable Mexican beer. I certainly think it’s worth giving a try. RJT

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Photo of flagmantho
3.77/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a very thin ivory head. Plenty of apparent effervescence but more head would help this beer immensely.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with hints of caramel. I rather like it.

Taste: sweet, caramelly, biscuity and nutty, but not overpowering in any of these areas. It's clean but complex; I really like it.

Mouthfeel: light body but a nice level of carbonation that adds to the refreshment capabilities of this brew.

Overall: I quite like this beer. A nice Mexican lager, for me it's right up there with Dos Equis Amber and Negra Modelo.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear and slightly coppery in color, head was sparse and lacing was so-so.

Smelled a bit grainy but was unimpressive otherwise.

Tasted ok enough, but wasn't great. There was some hops and grasses, grains, with just a touch of bitterness.

Felt decent enough, it was pretty easy to drink at least.

For a Mexican beer, it's about average.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

469th review

App- A little bit of a mix of red/brown with a little bit of head to it. Was pretty dark.

Smell- A bit sweet and malty at the same time with some breadiness

Taste- A bit creamy and sweet. A little better than I hoped but still not a lot to this one.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. Was a bit sweet on the remaining flavors.

Drink- Eh, not something I was gonna have again for fiqured why not. Better than I thought though.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap down in Old Town

A: Slightly reddish in color with a thin white head.

S: Ugh. Smells like urinal. Not really much here.

T: The taste is eerily similar to Corona and there's not a whole lot to like. Grain and a slight bit of lemon but nothing worthwhile.

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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 Zorro
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Minimalist brown bottle with a silk-screened yellow and white logo.

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head. This is much darker than I expected.

Smell is sweet and malty with a mild noble hop aroma. Not a lot more to say about the smell, on the malty side.

Starts out Malty and a little sweet dry up front with a malty finish. No real bitterness just grassy hop with a hint of hay.

Mouthfeel is light.

Drinkability is good. Not going to be mistaken for a German Lager anytime soon though. A decent beer and a low alcohol one to remember if you want a beer at lunch while eating Mexican food.

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Photo of Retsinis
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this while watching a recent Pay Per View fight (Pacquiao vs Mosley to be precise) at a cousin in laws apartment. There was an abundance of it, so I figured I would try one.

A: Brown bottle, (at least some care for UV protection), poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear pale copper yellow, with a small fizzy head, that faded to nothing, no noticeable lacing.

S: Mild malt aroma, some wheat, corn, metal.

T: Some very light caramel, sprinkled wheat and corn, and very watery. Not much else in terms of flavor.

M: Light and crisp, medium carbonation, watery.

O: okay for what it is, a macro vienna lager, but not much there. Preferable to say Coronoa, Sol, or Dos Equious, but that's not saying much. It's 4.00%, so it is certainly a beer you could session, but in a world of so much choice, imho, choose a more flavorful beer.

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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 hopsolutely
3.21/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The best beer I have yet found widely available in Mexico. Although I can't comment on whether it is true to the Vienna Lager style, it reminds me of German lagers and the corn presence is not nearly as obvious as it is with the rest of the Modelo portfolio.

Clear amber with decent carbonation in mouthfeel, but negligible head or lacing. Aroma is very limited, which may actually be a positive given it's (strongly suspected) adjunct nature. Bready flavour with a hint of malt and followed by a sweet (but not opressively so) finish.

Definitely not my favourite beer style, but an easy drinking light beer - a decent choice for the upcoming lawnmower season.

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Photo of biegaman
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a Vienna Lager, this could use a little more time in the Mexican sun; this shimmering golden beer, despite the coppered overtone, is a lovely looking specimen no doubt, but, to be sure, is atypically pale for the style. As well as the tan, it could also use a head - the beer is flat as the sandy Cancun seabed. Nitpicking aside, however, it sure is purdy.

It takes more than this negligible an amount of caramel malts to disguise that the beer's been heavily diluted with adjuncts. Ironically enough, the nutty toast does suit it well: it lends the corn scent a bit of butter, which, although nominally offensive, conjures to mind a summer barbecue (which is likely the only time and place you'd be drinking this).

Would it kill Grupo Modelo to try their hands at making *one* (just one!) beer without the use of adjuncts? It isn't that the canned creamed corn taste in this offering is overtly perceptible - as it is in many of their other brands, i.e, Corona - but it tarnishes the beer all the same with a stale, cloying sweetness and thinned-out, watered-down quality.

...which is understandable (not to say excusable!) in a mass-marketed light lager, but for a notoriously rich and distinct style such as a Vienna Lager, it leaves a lot to be desired. I should taste rich, wholesome malts characterized by a cheeky (not cloying!) sweetness and tastes of lightly browned bread crusts. Instead, I taste flat corn water.

Having the same people that make Corona attempt a Vienna Lager is akin to casting Mel Gibson in a remake of Schindler's List. It's a joke - and a twisted one at that. It's interesting that many Germanic styles have been preserved in Mexican brewing culture, but it's unfortunate that that culture now lay in the hands of Grupo Modelo and like breweries.

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

Picked up from beercart on beer friday at work. Poured into a plastic cup. Amber colored, very clear, with no hint of a head upon the pour. Aroma is nearly non-existent... a faint hint of grainy malt. Flavor is very bland. There's some light caramel maltiness. Bitterness is very low. But, there are no off flavors either, no corniness. An extremely inoffensive beer. And I find that offensive.

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Photo of NickRivers
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A&S - Light amber with hardly any head, smells of some malt but thats about it, not picking up the sun tainted Corona aroma.

T&M - Crisp then flat, light body, again mostly malt, a little bitterness in the end, but definitely more malt flavor than other canned/bottled Mex brew.

O - Great beer, great with limon y sal, can't wait to try a michelada with this stuff.

Growing up i've always heard the stories of things here being better in Mexico, not the water of course, but mostly edibles like Coke, Shrimp Cocktails, and of course, Corona. We've all heard the stories of the clear Corona bottles, however in Mexico Corona is distributed in brown bottles, making the overall taste a little better. Sure its not PtY, but then again this is America, a place where all things merge together to form pieces of art, like Fusion Cuisine or Megan Fox, making our land a canvas for craft brewers. So when I saw the ads for this beer I was extremely happy. Sure I didn't see an amazing craft brew, but I saw a new standard of Cerveza in the states. Go try one for yourself and be sure to have a good time with a little Jugo de Sanchez mix, or some lemon and salt. No need to be a snob about Mejicos beer scene, they're not telling you to pour this in your snifter you know. However if its Mexican Craft Brew you seek, please look up Groupo Cucapa. Stay thirsty my friends.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12'r of bottles for $15.99 at Carneceria #3 in Cathedral City, Ca. and drank em straight from the bottle.

A: As mentioned above - we drank the entire 12 pack from the bottle - chilled on ice in our cooler. For grading purposes, I just averaged the appearance score based on the other graded aspects of this beer.

S: Sweet and bready, with a pleasant malt smell, slightly metallic (probably from the bottle cap) and a nice hop presence at the very end - pretty well balanced for a "Mexi schwag beer".

T: Pretty damn tasty for the style - plenty of grain and sweet malt up front, and as was noticeable in the smell, the hop makes its presence in the flavor as well - not a ton of hop, but definitely in the mix (which is greatly appreciated for this style of brew).

M/D: Very light and refreshing, well carbonated but appropriate for the style, finishing dry and clean with no funk aftertaste that a lot of other Mexi beers have. Without a doubt - an all night drinker, and especially with a low ABV of 4%.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not a lot of foam or lacing and it gets kinda flat. However I do really like the color. It's a solid golden with a brownish rosy tint.

Smell: Pretty average smell. Lots of malt and hint of hops. A bit metallic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This tastes a lot like malt liquor, but definitely feels thinner. I'm not really sure what to make of the taste. Sometimes it tastes biscuity and a bit peppery, other times it's more sour and stale. I'm gonna give this an average rating. Mouthfeel is also hit or miss: sometimes nice and creamy, other times thin and watery.

Drinkability: Nothing gross and it goes well with food.

Overall: Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear deep gold color; looks rich. Poured a 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly to a broken skim. Decanted continually. No lacing.

S: Sweet, bready Vienna malts that are minimized with a hint of wet grain and corn. Subtle hay and grass hop character.

T: Consistent with the smell. Doubtful there was any decoction to modify the malt starches. Smooth with a mild finish. Lingering sweetness (true to style) in a mild grassy hop finish.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Not quite the malt character expected, but still smooth. Low mild bitter.

O: Misses some style points, but nothing terribly wrong. Very drinkable overall (just nothing special).

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Photo of farrago
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour only gets you about half a finger of mixed bubble size head, pure white, lacks meaningful retention as well as lacing. The liquid is a blend of browns and yellows based in orange, has a metallic sheen which brightens it some, clear on the whole, a few lazy bubbles meandering here and there. Basic nose of grains, wheat, straw and then banana and corn, mild presence of flowers and peach, apple fruit, nothing really stands out from the pack, while uninteresting equally inoffensive. Medium-bodied, for its overall weight comes across as dense and unyielding, were it not for the charge put into it by the carbonation you might not feel it move. The initial sweetness provided by the banana, yeast, clove, flowers and corn fades in the face of wheat germ, rye and dried brown straw. Lowgrade mixed white citrus and stone fruits. More dirt than earthiness, increasingly metallic through the finish. Not much more to say, lacks the native complexity to elicit further prose.

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Photo of devilben02
3.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was featured at a local upscale Mexican restaurant, and since I had never heard of it before, I had to give it a try. Presented in a chilled tumbler (I honestly don't know whether this was from a bottle or a tap), this beer has a great clear orange-amber color topped by a wispy thin cream-colored head. The aroma is a let down, though, as there is barely anything perceptible (although that also means there is nothing unpleasant in the aroma either).

The flavor is quite nice, however, with characteristics of sweet corn and light caramel that are expected from a Mexican-style lager, but there is very little of the metallic graininess that most of the adjunct-laden Mexi-lagers suffer from. As a result, this beer is an improvement over many of the other options available at most Mexican eateries, but it still did a fine job cutting through the savory spice of the food.

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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.96 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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