Negra Modelo
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Style:
Lager - Munich Dunkel
Ranked #203
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,494
Avg:
3.37 | pDev: 15.73%
Reviews:
1,085
Ratings:
3,694
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
 
Mexico
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Year-round
Wants
  87
Gots
  850
SCORE
77
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Notes: Negra Modelo, better known as "the cream of the beer", is a Munich-type beer with 5.3º of alcohol that offers a balanced flavor and a delicate aroma of dark malt, caramel and hops.

Today it occupies the first place in sales among dark beers in Mexico. This beer is accompanied by a bright deep amber color, which is adorned with abundant, white and compact foam.

Negra Modelo was introduced in Mexico in 1925 as the dark beer called Modelo, to begin its great tradition. In 2014 it changed its image to a more sophisticated bottle but with the same content.

Ingredients - Water, barley malt, non-malted cereals, hops
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

May 20, 2017
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Irishman_Scott from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now, this is my first review so bear with me until I get the hang of this. I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. We have an awesome Mexican restaurant in our town, and of course being a beer lover, I wanted a beer with my meal. I asked the server if they had any darker beers, and he suggested this one. It had a decent look to it, not the best I've ever seen but pretty respectable. It had a nice medium brown color, I guess kind of amber. It was a bit fizzy but not too much. I don't like a lot of fizz, but to each their own for those who do. The taste was great! Not too hoppy, which is good for me, and it had a good caramel taste that I thought was present. Taste-wise, I am sure there are much bolder flavored beers out there, but this one doesn't lack flavor and is all in all very good. Not what you'd call a heavier beer, but it has some substance to it. It is worth a try and I personally found I really enjoy it.

Jun 07, 2016
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schwansmantr from Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown almost see through appearance with a slightly spiced bread smell. The flavor is light and watery,sweet bread like with a hint of hops at the end. This is an extremely drinkable beer that goes down very smooth. I hit the jackpot today with the past 2 I've tried. Next time your at a Mexican restaurant you've got to hope they have it to gulp down with your food or just start pounding them and wait for the mariochy band. The only thing I didn't like was the foil on the cap if you can look past that you might give it an A+ but I can't so a rock solid A it is.

Oct 12, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

Don't even think about it, get that damn lime away from this beer and pour it into a glass. Just because this beer comes from Mexico does not mean it needs a wedge of citrus to make it taste better.

A wholesome-looking two fingers of head stand at attention for the duration. Deep tawny color is clear and shows off the darkness it possesses. Hints of lemon, toasted bread crust and brown bread in the aroma. Extreme smoothness gently rolls the medium body over the palate. Sweetness from the malt is predominate to start, but slowly drops off as a toasted graininess takes over. Mild hop bitterness has a slight sharpness to it with very little flavor, just bitterness, which is fine as it lets the malt prevail. Semisweet finish with a lingering cloaked caramel maltiness.

Delicious in a simple way. Remember, just say no to limes! Hands down one of the best Mexican beers that has ever crossed the border, legally.

Sep 10, 2010
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Kubishark from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle at a Mexican restaurant. Came with a slice of lime but I wanted nothing to do with that and squeezed it in my glass of water instead. Has a brownish, woody, caramel color. Smells sweet, caramelly and lagery. Tastes sweet and malty, with a bit of bitterness to even it out. Feels fairly light and refreshing, perfect to compliment spicy Mexican cuisine. Overall this is my favorite Mexican beer I've had so far. If I'm at a Mexican restaurant and any friends plan on ordering a Corona or something, I'll recommend they give this a try instead.

EDIT: Three years later and I still like it a lot, but I am lowering my score a bit to better reflect how it stands compared to other beers I've reviewed since my original review.

Nov 29, 2015
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite readily available Mexican beer. It's a dark lager, brewed in the Munich style.

It's really not particularly dark either in color or flavor but Negra Modelo is undeniably a dark beer.

It's smooth and goes down easily. Folks who have been brought up on garbage American macros might find this to be a good transition beer into better realms. I did when I was a teenager.

It definitely goes well with spicy food and has itself a subtle spicy nose with hints of caramel.

I might also say that it is slightly nut-brownish.

Beer snobs may not care for this beer but I think that it bridges an important gap between popular Mexican imports like Corona, Pacifico, and Tecate and better, more complicated beers.

I take mine without a lime and in the bottle. I prefer it this way and as odd as it may sound, I feel that pouring this beer into a glass detracts greatly from its flavor and esthetic appeal.

Highly drinkable.

Aug 30, 2005
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guitmanlp

4.94/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Having been away from beer for a long while I wanted to get back to drinking. I used to be a light beer drinker before so I wanted to try something new and by chance, and curiosity I ordered a negra modelo. ..wow! what a joy it was drinking that first bottle. When ever I can't find it I try other darks only to be left disappointed. Thanks to the Brewers of this fine beer I now have found my afternoon companion.

Jul 13, 2014
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer pours a dark blonde color with white bubbles crowning the pour.

Smell - It smells like beer. It smells like the same generic stuff my father and grandfather drank when I was a kid.

Taste - sweet cereal grains come at the front. There is bitterness toward the back with grassy notes and perhaps a hint of hops. Believe it or not, the bitterness lingers slightly.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is a little overwhelming. It needs to come down a couple notches to allow something to linger besides the sweetness.

Mouthfeel -For a beer that is at most grocery stores, this is actually pretty good.

May 06, 2017
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – A clear, brown body with a decent head that dropped rather quickly but laced the glass.

Smell – Light hints of malt underneath chewy caramel.

Taste – This is really good for a Mexican ale. The caramel isn’t as strong on the tongue that it is at the nose, but the malt flavor steps up a bit and holds its own. This is not exceptional quality by any means, but the flavors are professional and right along lines with the style.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, again in keeping with the style.

Drinkability – It was a little clumsy going down for me, but this is hands above other Mexican ales that I’ve had and quite a respectable offering by Modelo.

Aug 30, 2003
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12-pack bottles from Foodland $12.69
Caramel smell
Amber-brown color
High arbonation
Medium mouthfeel
Caramel, roasted malt flavors
Overall one of the better Mexican beers I've had. I would buy this again.

Dec 10, 2017
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A Vienna lager with some chocolate malts, a bit creamy from generous malting. Mildly sourish notes. Medium mouthfeel. Intially fizzy white head on dark colour, and malty aroma. Better than your average Mexican beer.A tad sweet bit not overally sweet.

Aug 06, 2006
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Squire from Mississippi

3.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful deep amber color, moderate cap and lacing.

Aroma of slightly roasted sweet malt with little hops apparent.

Taste is flavorful simplicity. A smooth, rounded amber brew with no rough edges and a pleasant malt richness without any bitterness. A food beer if ever there was one for South of the Border influenced cuisine.

Texture is enough to be called medium.

Overall it's a beer I can recommend to anyone who would like a beer. Like I said, it's a food beer and not something to sit and sip and contemplate over, but it goes great with company, cookouts, and just about any time or place where a beer a bit above average hits the spot.

May 22, 2016
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice rich dark lager. I haven't tried any other dunkel at this beer's price range but I can say that modelo negra doesn't disappoint as compared with stout ales like guinness. This beer holds its own within beers made from roasted malt. Bty, I know its a lager. The smell is not smoky, not is it very complex. The aroma is simply very toasty with a hint of dried fruits. As far as taste, roasted tangy malt character with subtle hints of dried fig or plum. The hops are present and vert piney to round it out at the end. This beer does not remind me of chocolate or coffee. The feel of this beer is medium with some silkiness, very drinkable. This Dark lager seems to be decedent and luxuriously smooth. It quickly builds on the pallet and becomes ultra rich. I can't drink more than one. I think this beer is a great beer to have once in a while due to its richness. Please give it a try!

Aug 30, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

How to drink mexican.
1) Order Modela Negra.
2) Do not add a lime.
3) Let it warm up as much as possible because the appetizing aroma is a "4".

A) 12oz custom brown short bottle with a gold foil neck. Clear cola brown with loose bubbled, flattish, tan head, not enough lace. Flattens quickly.

S): Clean smelling. Big malt sweet char, Wood smoke. Faint herbal aroma. A shaman fire on the plateau.

T):Malt flavors, more sweet at first, then charred, a tiny grassy hop, and then dry clean finish, making it the best mexican food beer. Steel, flint, stone in there too.

F) Medium mouthfeel, smooth.

O: Dark American Lager style. Best of a bad lot at mexican eateries.

Nov 21, 2016
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark beer that has a light aroma of malt. Taste is light malt, a touch of sweetness and very smooth. Super easy drinking. Overall I like this particular one as it often used in Mexican drink recipes that are awesome, like a Chelada, I learned from a local Mexican Restaurant. Visit Michelito's in Hurst, Tx. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Jan 06, 2019
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_drummer_ from China

3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one - it is a great dark beer to partner with some good Mexican or Tex-Mex food. It's dark and full but has some sweet finishes as well.

Nov 09, 2015
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Nass from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One of the finest vienna/amber lagers that I have tasted. Flavorful & bold. Much better than the Modelo Especial imo. Leaves a frothy head with a wonderful lacing & the bubbles are streaming up for days If you have not had this beer then you ought to go out and try it not to mention it goes great with Mexican food which happens to be one of my favorite cuisines. It sports classy looking label art as well. Now this is a beer that is worthy of having that fancy looking gold foil around its neck. Cheers! B

Mar 15, 2018
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear iced tea color with a 1 inch light beige head that fades to a thin film. Thick foamy rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and grains. Taste is of toasted malt, grains, and slight caramel. There is a very slight roasty bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth with a pretty good level of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good beer for what it is and one of the best beers coming out of Mexico in my opinion.

Jul 28, 2011
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darkest brown, caramel, brown bready-ness, a hop bitterness to balance any sweetness. I've enjoyed this in the past with Mexican food, and it pairs well at dessert with flan.

Nov 15, 2015
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xxxxxxxxxxxxx from California

3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I paid $3.25 USD for a can of Negra Modelo in Highland Park, CA/USA.
Look: I did not see any foam inside the can of Negra Modelo.
Smell: Negra Modelo had a vague aroma of cinnamon.
Taste: Negra Modelo has flavors of burnt barley and wheat. Negra Modelo has a vaguely bittersweet aftertaste.
Feel: Negra Modelo has good carbonation. Negra Modelo has a thick consistency almost to the point of being a kvass except without the sweetness.
Overall: Negra Modelo is a beer which has elements of being a kvass.

Jul 04, 2018
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waughbrew from Massachusetts

1.63/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Mass-produced dark beer? Sure, I'll try it......once. I have to say I love the strange-shaped bottle with foil. Very different. Too bad the stuff inside tastes like beer soda.

Appearance is light brown (only "dark" in comparison with most other commercial lagers) with a small, quickly receding head. The bubbles are way too big in size to be at all natural (as my understanding goes)

Smell is very sweet malt. Taste is annoying sweet malt that is only covered up a bit by the hops (I think I taste Saaz). The feel is a little sticky with rough carbonation. I think people give it higher marks just because it isn't a yellow pilsener, but I would easily prefer a budweiser.

Feb 09, 2003
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fido from Mexico

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color, Smell is malty and herbal, maybe some hop aroma, Taste is almost similar to the smell, roasted malt flavor and some spices, Light carbonation and little bit creamy, easy to drink.

ABV is 5.3 %

It's a good dark lager and one of the best Mexican beers.

Jan 06, 2006
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Brew33 from Ohio

3/5  rDev -11%

Jun 12, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a russet amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, spicy graininess. Flavor starts well, with sweet mild toasted malt, slight breadiness, hint of caramel, but ends rather abruptly with slight caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops. Light bodied. A step above other macros, but nothing exciting. Would do in a pinch if only macro beer was available.

Mar 11, 2013
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Jul 11, 2016
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