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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2002

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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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Very clear amber color, a cream colored head disappears quickly leaving nothing, no lacing remains on the glass.

Aroma: Little in the way of the nose, only faint traces of some malt sweetness.

Taste: Like the aroma, there's little here to offer, but also little to be offended by. There's some faint caramel sweetness and some tangy aftermath in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body. Carbonated.

Overall: I rate on style and this was pretty decent based on that. I imagine it tastes a whole lot better out of the bottle on a nice Mexican beach.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
Soapy off white head. It sticks around for awhile then dissipates without much lacing. Clear, light copper colored beer with active carbonation.

Smell
Mild. Maybe hops. Maybe malt.

Taste
It starts out malty and mildly sweet. It transitions to a dry finish. Not bad for an adjunct lager. It tastes like a higher quality version of Modelo.

Mouthfeel
Dry bitterness remains. Somewhere between light and medium bodied.

Overall
Nothing to write home about. Not bad. Adjunct lager. Cool looking bottle label. Has some character. Not offensive. Good with food.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Another brew from South of the Border that didn't quite cut it for me. Out of the bottle the beer had a great dark amber color with a perfectly white head to accent the beer. Unfortunately, the head had no staying power - dissipates ting very fast and leaving no lacing to speak or write about. I was very disappointed with the coppery scent of the beer and was wary to actually drink it, but was surprised at the decent flavor and mouthfeel. Overall, if you can get past the weird odor, Victoria is pretty decent.

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Photo of metter98
2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Weston19
2.29/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Pours a caramel color with decent amount of lacing. No carbonation can be seen.

S: Malts, herbs and some caramel. The malt smell is definitely there but there isn't anything else really there.

T: There is a tiny hint of a grassy/hop taste when the beer hits mid palate but it vanishes rather quickly. Has a very faint malty aftertaste but it's hardly there. Based on the smell of the beer I expected more malt flavor than what I got. This is just a really bland and flavorless beer.

M: Very light and super watery. It really feels like you're drinking carbonated water with a little bit of grass and a spoon of sugar. I guess the only good thing is that it makes you burp a lot.

O: The beer looks OK and it smells like there is malts in the beer, but when you taste it it's really bland and there's not much there to look at. For a Vienna Lager there are definitely better beers that you can find from Mexico. If you're looking for something similar I would suggest maybe Indio, Negra Modelo or Bohemia. Those have more flavor than this. Plus, I've seen these sell for about $26.99 for a 24 pack; an insane price for the quality that you get.

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Photo of Billolick
2.87/5  rDev -3.4%
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 TAMU99
3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear amber beer with med head. Scent and flavor are similar with caramel and syrup notes. Weighty mouthfeel because it is heavier on the malt than the hops, but not cloyingly so. Overal a tasty beer. Kind of like a Mexican Shiner. Ask for this if you were thinking about Modelo Negro, it's a good alternative and one that isn't found many places.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I always associate this beer with one of my favorite trips to Mexico. As I review, I don't lose sight of the style.

The appearance is a nice amber and a small bubbly head that dissipates very quickly but a small ring retains throughout. Deep pulls of the aroma reveal malty sweetness, honey perhaps. The flavor is not complex, as with other Vienna style lagers I've tried. It's low hoppiness is balanced by the lightly toasted malts. Very crisp mouthfeel but the medium body leaves behind some bittersweetness on the very back of the tongue. There is a hint of metal in the aftertaste, but it doesn't linger for long.

As with many Mexican lagers, this beer works just fine with a big spicy meal. I have been happy to see this in the states, if nothing else for its nostalgic value. Salúd!

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Photo of Hulk_Beer
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz single from a store. BA seems to dislike lagers in general, so I'm thinking this really isn't all that bad. But who knows. Dark brown bottle on a Mexican import? Hm.

app- Darker than I expected. Tried to get head on a proper pour but nothing doing. What head did appear is white and dissipates quickly. It's a light amber color. Definitely not the yellow of a Corona. This is probably closer to a Negro Modelo. I really like the color on this. Crystal clear with lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom.

sm- Not too much smell at all. I'm getting some sort of gentle malt. Alcohol. Just the slightest hop that gets lost in the yeasty grain smell. This isn't an adjunct, is it? Sometimes as a new drinker I come from a complex beer and try too hard to get multiple notes from what is a very basic one. I hope I'm not reading smells into this brew. It seems to be extremely simple. Pleasantly so.

tst- No, it's not. I get malt and hops. Like the blueprint of a beer in my pilsner glass. Neither of which make a strong presence here. The prevailing taste is the grainy water.

Mf- It's a mexican lager, therefore it's watery. As I don't like non-light beers that are watery, I don't think it's a great feel. But it's heavier than a corona. Good thing.

You can down a lot of these beers. And it's low alcohol, so you wouldn't even be in trouble. This is probably the idea. I haven't had a Corona or Dos Equis in a long time, so I wouldn't know if this is below or above the standard for this style. It's obviously what they're competing against, and I think they have taken steps to stand out from the crowd. Simplicity, a unique color, and quality ingredients make this something a large crowd can all enjoy. Not so for most other beers. Bravo, Mexico.

HULK

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Photo of importedfromdet
3.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got a 6 pack of bottles of this on a trip to Texas. Drank straight from bottle.

What is to be said? I love Mexican beer - you can never go wrong, as I think they are a step above the macro-brews of the United States. The only downside to that is that they all seem to taste similar.

Not much of an aroma to this one, but nothing that is offending.

Taste has flavor, light hops, light malt, somewhat watery. A light corn aftertaste, not too bad.

This beer is nothing to run home about, but not that bad, something I could drink many of.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

29 Jan 2013 and we sail into Huatulco, a purpose built beach resort on Mexico's pacific coast. The beach bar that gets our custom has four beers to choose from, this being the only one I'd never had before.

The weather was hot (92F/44C) and sunny, a light lager was what was needed even if it was only 09.50 in the morning!

This wasn't your usual pale golden colour: this had a deeper hue to it, leaning towards a copper hint to its clear and clean looks (the bright sun light helped to make it look even better), small white head on top.

Grainy nose, but not a lot of anything really.

Refreshing more than tasty: this doesn't have any depth of flavours, it does have traces of hops and malts within but it's supposed to replenish lost liquids in your body not give you a warm, cosy feeling.

OK for what it is.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this before from a bottle, but found it more enjoyable from a can. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dsark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, nutty. Taste is malts, light corn, a touch of sweetness, refreshing and smooth. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

325ml bottle, purchased last week in Zihuatanejo, Mexico; this is one of two twist-topped bottles we brought back from the visit.

A: A slightly copper-orange hue - good clarity, fairly steady carbonation. Whitish head fizzes and stalls after a few seconds, leaving just a thin ring of cream and a vague swirl of the paper-thin foam.

S: Dash of cinnamon sugar and bread crust. Minor 'metal', not 'off' - it is what it is.

T: Toasted nuttiness, light bread, mild sweetness. Touch of honey lends a cake-ier quality, pale malts, a touch wheaty. Dry, straw-like.

M: Crisp, clean, decent (but not overbearing) carbonation and exceedingly refreshing. A grainy/starchy finish.

O: Fine in cloudy/cool Oregon; terrific in toasty/sunny Mexico. I now 'get' the allure of simpler, low-alcohol cervezas in a tropical climate. An enjoyable, no-nonsense pour - I liked it both straight and mixed with lime and other fruits in a 'michelada'. A good base beer or a fine quaff on a hot day - i may now look for this at the local tiendas (we do have a few here in Portland) to enjoy on those hottest of summer days (we do have a few of those, too).

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.17/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Tulip glass, a finger of head on a clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is metallic and light grain. Not great.
The taste is metallic with a touch of honey. Not great.
The texture is crisp with a bit of softness. Moderate carbonation.
I'm trying to figure out in what situation I would enjoy this beer...

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Photo of Luigi
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours out a clear copper color with a two finger white foamy head. Head settles down quickly to a thin lace around the glass with some lacing sticking around.

The aroma is thin with hints of cooked grain and grassy hop.

The flavor is just as thin as the aroma. Crisp clean body with a hint of grassy hop, zero malt, Just a flat clean flavor.

Over all the beer is suppose to be a Veinna lager yet has no more flavor than your average mass produced lager.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- Pours a medium amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly, leaving only a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is a mix of some bready and grainy smells with a sweet caramel and light grassy aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and lightly caramel sweetened taste. As the flavors advance, the caramel fades giving way to some corny tastes. The end of the flavor profile brings a very light amount of grassy hop flavor to the tongue leaving a somewhat crisp flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin in creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the medium side. The thin body mixed with the moderate carbonation makes it a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – A pretty easy drinking session style brew. There is nothing great about it but nothing really all that bad. Just a so-so brew.

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Photo of beergoot
3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent clear, amber body but only a thin, wispy head. Light malt and corn notes in the smell. Basic malt sweetness in the taste with some residual bitterness showing up near the finish. Light, soft body; clean and dry finish.

A drinkable yet uninspired lager. Good to quench your thirst and probably on par with a classic Budweiser.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.91/5  rDev -2%
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 TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, beautiful pure golden amber with a white, finger width head. Retention is subpar, leaving behind a razor thin, somewhat sticky lace.

Smell - Lightly toasted grains, grassy and with hints of honey.

Taste - Follows the nose. Lightly toasted grain malt, followed up with a decent grassy hop and a hint of honey that develops about mid-taste and rides out to the finish. Light, crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with a nice, aggressive carbonation kick. Tingles the lips and nibbles at the tongue. Goes down smooth and quite drinkable.

Overall - One of the better beers to come out of Mexico. It's not a lager that'll blow anyone's socks off, but the flavors are fine and it's got a great mouthfeel. This one doesn't need the "lime" treatment.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Victory lager is a Vienna lager style beer that pours to a light tan color. The foam on this beer is very slight and it doesn’t last long at all, leaving behind a not so attractive beer. The nose on this beer is one of sweet grains and rather mild to the senses.

Tasting this beer yields a flavor that is rather, well, so- so. It features flavors of sweet grains, lightly toasted malt, a touch of caramel, and is very smooth. The issue is that the taste just isn’t very pronounced. The body of the beer is light and crisp and the taste is refreshing enough, but the product tastes like it was brewed with only a fraction of ingredients it was intended to be brewed with.

Victoria lager is a decent enough product and it likely won’t offend anyone, but it is quite unremarkable and it leaves little that is memorable. Try some if you like, just don’t expect to come away from the experience feeling very impressed.

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Photo of jktdet
4.04/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice amber lager. I have good luck with this beer. It has a nice aroma and a sweet and light hoppy taste. Great summer beer not heavy but has a bit of color and nice head. Being from Texas maybe we get fresher bottles. I am surprised about some of the weaker scores here. I have never found this beer to be flavorless or lacking carbonation. Maybe they should complain to their supplier.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma is crisp, malty and a bit fruity - nothing special, but at least palatable. It pours a nice dark amber with a fairly thick, though not persistent, eggshell head. Flavor is malty and crisp, a little fruity, again nothing special but better than what I expected. Texture has a good amount of fizz, if average body. Overall, a decent beer. Though it’s nothing spectacular, I’m glad to see this finally available north of the border.

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Victoria from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
2.97 out of 5 based on 688 ratings.
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