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 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 ordybill
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a toasted grain aroma.
Appearance- The beer is an amber color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a basic grainy flavor, just average.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation that has a dry finish.
Overall- An average beer that should be paired with food.

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Photo of RateDoc
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once again this is another one of those beers that quenches my thirst and keeps me coming back for more. Great tasting at a great price, 12 packs for $12!

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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 Gnomeitsnot
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It has a full taste - a bit malty - very bubbly. I would say it's my favorite Mexican beer that I've tried so far.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

(Editing note : This was reviewed as an AAL, not a Vienna Lager. As a Vienna it's a horrible representation.)

Spring cleaning day today. Time for a rest and an afternoon lager.

Appearance : Surprisingly darker than I thought it would be. It's got an amber-copper glow and about 10% opacity. The head is diminutive and almost non existent, but it does manage to leave a ring of lace around the glass.

Aroma : I'm starting to like this. The malts are toasted and rich, with an almost pecan-honey like sweetness to them. Some graham cracker, perhaps even a touch of marshmallow. There's no skunky corn or dirty grains, nothing like Corona or any of those other bottom shelf mexican swills. Extra points, this is practically decent.

Taste : The corn comes out a bit in the flavor, right at the tip of the tongue and towards the middle, with a harsh malty bite and a slap of skunk, but it dries beautifully with roasted malt and glazed pecan at the back of the throat. The more the beer is sampled, the more the corn and skunked barley show up.

Mouthfeel : Perhaps the most exciting part of this beer is the popping pop-rocks like carbonation. I don't want to use any negative connotations like prickly or stabbing, even though that's what it's like, but it fits perfectly for this beer.

Overall : A less-than-decent beer with a high grain bill and a low hop presence. The carbonation makes it drinkable but again, as a mexican beer the corny skunk does show up and rears its ugly horns. I'll pass next time, but this was a fun experience.

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Photo of priwen
3.54/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown with a slightly off-white head. Decent carbonation. It doesn't have much in the way of aroma. Slight hint of grain and grassy hops. Mild taste of lightly roasted malts and a touch of hops. Watery mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish. Overall, I enjoy the flavor, but it seems like it needs a little something else to kick it up a notch. However, for what it is I think it's a very nice beer. It would especially be refreshing on a hot day.

12 oz can
Code on can: A225A029 (January 22, 2015)
Served in a Mug

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%
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 +20.9%
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 -2.4%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 -20.6%

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 +1.4%

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 -5.7%
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 +60.5%

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 +60.5%

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 +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 puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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 +52%

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 +26.7%

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 +23.6%
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 +4.4%
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 +8.8%
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 BrewAskew
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.96 out of 5 based on 718 ratings.
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