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

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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 166 | Ratings: 678
Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is another example of a beer that is very good when it´s fresh, but when not (most of the time) it tastes like you stuck a penny in your mouth, metallic notes everywhere.

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Photo of Pete_Ale-man
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I think this beer is a little under rated. For the style beer, this is a refreshingly good beer especially in the summer months. Crisp taste, easy drinking and no bitter after taste makes a good beer for the novice drinker.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.89/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass in Cabo San Lucas. A light coppery brown color with a will o' the wisp of a white frothy head. Aroma is a muted caramel sweetness, corn bread, and white grape fruity notes. Inoffensive and thankfully lacking an obvious DMS element. Still has that inescapable macro-lager smell though. Body falls squarely in the moderate range, with excessive carbonation. Taste is a smooth light corn bread sweetness coupled with the subtle grape notes from the nose. Minimal hop aroma or flavor. I do get a sultana raisin sweet dried fruit note here and there. Finishes fairly dry, with a grainy astringency and a few metallic off-flavors. Rather pedestrian brew unfortunately, even if it does represent the vestiges of a rather cool Austrian/German brewing tradition. This one plays it overly safe and still manages to hit a few bum notes.

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Photo of DaveBar
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Purchased at a gas station in Flint MI. Served at 6deg C in a plastic cup

A- Opens well and pours a head that is gone as fast as it came. Clear and light gold.

S- Not much at all here.

T- Metallic and tinny. Like a horrible Corona experiment gone bad. Just bad overall

M- Terribly thin, light and carbonated.

O- Pure garbage. Wish I could have brought this back it was that bad. I poured over half down the sink.

Food Pairing

This one was so bad it made it to the sink so no food pairing on this one.


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Photo of Svingjo
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This Modelo produced lager was pretty good. It was a light tan beer with a thin head that disappears quickly. The aroma was only slightly hoppy but the taste was crisp and refreshing

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Photo of Taybeh
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%

from a bottle, into an imperial pint glass
A: bright clear burnished copper, with a decent head
S: corn, grain, sweet caramel malt...
T: like the nose with a few herbal hops. Not a great combination, and not really living up to the style.
M: fairly light, medium carbonation, lingering malt/corn finish that isn't too great, but an okay mouthful.
Overall: Not too good.

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Photo of robgutie
3/5  rDev +1%

I knew people who would bring Victoria back with them from Mexico back before it was commercially distributed in the US. I am not going to argue that it stacks up to craft beers but if you are looking for something on a hot day or something to stock for a party of non beer geeks this is a solid choice.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.79/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Dark gold to light brown in color with wonderful clarity. Just a trace of white head covers about a third of the top. Aroma is predominantly corn but there is also light malt. The taste is similar to Pacifico with corn being dominant. There's a coppery hop bitterness at the very back of the palate that is prevalent in the fade. The mouth is lightly carbonated. Another warm weather quaffer from Mexico.

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Photo of PorterStevens
4.75/5  rDev +59.9%

By far my favorite cerveza from Mexico. Not too watery, not to plain. Great flavor, easy drinking and smooth. Smells like a lager would but its not worth skipping. Viva La Mexico :)

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4.75/5  rDev +59.9%

This is possibly the best tasting Lager made in Mexico that's available, but hard to find, in the U.S. I do not expect ale drinkers to ever give a favorable rating to a lager or pilsner. In the same respect, I will not rate a heavy, dark beer unless I like(d) it. Those of you who like the clean, refreshing flavor of PACIFICO ( Mexico ) will likely find that you'll love VICTORIA. UNLIKE CORONA... you don't have to throw a salad into it to realize its beauty!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
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 puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled at a Mexican restaurant on September 18, 2014.

The waitress brought lime for the frosted mug which was slightly irritating but I dealt with it. Beyond that it pours medium amber with a lingering white head.

Aroma of light toasted bread, rice, grain, and clean hops.

Light body.

The flavor has some mild toasted malt and biscuit notes and a clean hop finish. It is a beer that is meant to be enjoyed as an adjunct lager and yes, it was. But craft? No way. Think of it for what it is and it will get better than a "Poor" rating. I didn't mind it considering the circumstances and I had two of them for dinner so that says something.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
4.5/5  rDev +51.5%

Mexican beers tend to be a little singular. But this one comes out of left field and is actually pretty good. Great flavor no corny/rice after taste found in most mexican beers. It isn't skunky, it's really decent. Good for a nice session and good at a BBQ a change of pace from coronas.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Got a sixxer and the counter lady said I was the first she ever saw buy it. Worth the gamble so I went ahead and got it. I'm actually impressed with it. A lot better than the other Mexican beers.

A nice amber color and smells citrus and sweet which shocked me because most Beaner beers have to be soaked in lime and salt.

Good stuff and really not that expensive

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Photo of mjurney
3.66/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber color, clear. Lots of carbonation. Small frothy head.

Sweet grains, some toasted malts, a little caramel, faint bananas.

Sweet grains, grassy, toasted, a little caramel. Some hop bitterness toward the end. Finish is mostly dry, yet very crisp. Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, dry, fizzy.

It's a good beer.

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Photo of Modernrickk
3.09/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber, from above I can see the bottom of the glass with no distortion- clear- like putting on ladies sunglasses (usually a brown shade)

Aroma: faint hops on the distance - other than that some malts kinda like an amber beer

Taste: a lackluster grain taste that they and they - not really much hops here. Simple syrup with brown sugar

Mouthfeel: crisp and dry with no after taste when it's beer freezing - as this beer warms up it leaves an after taste all over the pallet and even some of that after taste on your lips . Thin and a bit watery

Overall: this beer is listed as a Vienna lager, it's gotta be better than your typical AAL. I'm glad some of my family grabs this instead of coronas at family gatherings - I'll go for one of these if offered. Paired with Mexican food I might have more than one

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Photo of KaaosMachine
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great from the tap with some fresh Mexican chow. Pretty good in a bottle on a hot summer day... hanging by the pool. Okay on an average day, though nothing special. It's not a strong beer; it won't do much for your buzz. Not worth the price in my opinion.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours to a thin white head and light amber color. Aroma is mildly grainy and malty with a whiff of hops. Flavor is mild and grainy and reminiscent of corona and negra modelo. Mouthfeel is decent. Overall, a good Mexican Vienna that makes for a good summer session.

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Photo of silverking
2.84/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- light amber, thin pale head. Poor head retention, moderate lacing while the head lasts. Lots of active, visible carbonation.

S- wet hay, honey, toasted malt.

T- watery... Some grain there, and it is a little sweet.

M- very light, watery, uninspiring. Moderate Amount of carbonation.

O- it's drinkable and it would be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Paincane
2.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Golden amber brew topped by a white head. Short-lived head with decent head retention.
S: Slight caramel, fruity and sweet aromas are present.
T: Light malt, caramel and sweet flavors with a hint of citrus.
M: Slightly sweet but more flavorful than most Mexibeers. Smooth body.
O: A halfway decent Mexican brew.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victoria by Grupo Modelo

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chilled copper mule. Served cold...

A) Golden amber, a bit darker than what I'm used to from a Modelo brew. Small soapy head. Side note: The extra long neck on the bottle itself is interesting.

S) Sweet malty aroma, cereal grains, corn, a little herbal hops. I don't plan on letting this warm up at all.

T) This one follows the nose... Grainy, caramel malt, light grass, a little herbal on the backend. Okay flavor, but not exactly what I expect from a Vienna lager.

M) Lighter body with lively carbonation. Finishes up fairly clean. Easy drinking when nice and cold.

O) Not bad... Not great... I'd pound down a few of these ice cold out on the patio during the summer.

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Photo of mnrider
2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Yellow Label.

A: Pours a clear light amber. A medium fizzy head dies within seconds. Very little lacing
or head retention.

S: Malts. grains. corn. cereal. A faint floral hop aroma is present.

T/M: Sweet malts and grain heavy. Hop bitterness is lacking in muscle. Cereal and corn
grains. Light bodied. Fizzy. The finish is a little dry with a malty taste that lingers.

O: This lager is pretty poor. Very little taste. I've had much better lagers form Mexico.
Does have an okay mouthfeel. Best to drink this beer on a hot day.


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Photo of BeerWithMike
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last night on 5/11/14 during the tornado sirens going off while downstairs here in the Omaha area. LOL! :) A nice looking bottle with a painted-on label (not a decal). Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 10 ounce glass 'boot'.

Pours a clear amber in color and much darker than a Corona. A small white fizzy head was seen but didn't last long and settles to just around the sides of the 'boot'. Some very light lacing was seen but not much. The aroma is like more other Mexican beers, just some grains and malts but that's about it. The taste is pretty much like the aroma with a hint of some caramel malts sweetness. Lots of carbonation. Overall, just another average Mexican brew.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Brenden
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This looks like an Amber (red ale, if you prefer), a clear dark beer the color of which lies right on the border between orange and red. The head is a somewhat wispy foam that holds up a thin layer on top and drops down a modicum of splotchy lace.
Grainy all the way through, the aroma begins with a startling smack of something sharp. It's extremely unpleasant, and it's fortunate that it doesn't last long. Otherwise, it's got the vegetal and corn husk notes typical of an AAL, certainly not a Vienna.
The taste is better, and it manages to resemble something like beer. Some pale malts and a little grass come through with the husk and the malts even add some breads.
The light body is expected, but the grainy astringency mars it. It finishes a little warmer than expected with a bit of a bit, though crispness isn't especially sharp.
It may be a BA misclassification, but if this is out there in the same market as Negro Modelo, and they're going to claim the same style, this one might as well not even be out there at all. Negro isn't great beer, but it's respectable, as opposed to this beer.

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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
70 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.
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