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

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Negra ModeloNegra Modelo

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of ski271
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amberish brown with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin film that stuck around for a long time. Not much lacing.

Smell: Mild. Moderately malty, whole-grain bread, and a molasses sweetness. But then I had to run off and do something and the beer sat in the glass for 15 minutes and warmed up a bit. The aroma was much stronger and far more interesting. Actually smelled kind of like an oatmeal cookie.

Taste: Moderately sweet, light bitterness. Finish is slightly metallic and even a tiny bit salty. But the finish smoothes out as it fades

Mouthfeel: Light body, watery texture, soft carbonation (a little too soft for what it is). Good, with the exception of the metallic finish.

Drinkability: Probably one of the best things this beer has going for it. Something about it urges you to have another. If it wasn’t for the higher price, I’d drink this occasionally.

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Photo of brendan13
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours quite a dark copper colour with a centimetre of beige head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Aroma is pretty much all caramel and roasty notes. Some very vauge floral hints.
T - The taste is fairly similar to the smell.
M - Quite light bodied with low to medium carbonation.
D - I remember drinking this when I was 19 years old and it was sold as an "ultra premium" beer at a nightclub in the city...I got it for old times sake and was actually very suprised. Certainly better than the other shit these guys make!

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Photo of kindestcut
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite Mexican beer...usually this wouldn't be saying all. However, Negra Modelo is a good beer, Mexican or not.

Negra Modelo is a rarity, a dark Mexican Beer...which makes me wonder, with all the light, piss-poor Mexican beer out there (which makes me believe this is what people actually expect Mexican beer to be), how on Earth is there a market for this dark beer? It's a mystery to me but one I like.

Negra Modelo pours a dark brown with a medium head. The beer looks very good, especially with the lessened anticipation one would have for a Mexican brew. The aroma is strong roasted malt.

The beer tastes of malt with a slight hoppy finish. There is no complex variety of flavors here. The beer is far less sweet as it is toasty with a slight bitterness. Negra is not heavy, which gives it a slight watery feel, but its carbonation makes up for this. There is not a strong aftertaste.

I really like this beer and I am so glad it's around because I have something to drink at Mexican restaurants. For God's sake, what would I drink if it wasn't available...Corona? Carta Blanca? Tecate? Aghhh!!!

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Photo of scratch69
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off get that god damn lime shit away from my beer. Just leave the beer alone, it is just fine the way it is. Put me in any East Boston Mexican-Latin infused eatery or even a decent chain like Chevy's Fresh Tex Mex and I will in rare form with this beer at my side.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JTahoe
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer with a Mexican meal. Refreshing and light, but with enough character and body to be enjoyable. Very clean and easy to drink with the slightest hint of hop bite up front. Nothing spectacular, but the best of the typical Mexican beers.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one at a Mexican restaurant in the hopes it might be a little better than the rest of the crap they had. Pours a nice brown color with a little light tan head on top. Even a little bit of lacing as the beer pours. Nose is fairly mild, with some hints of malt and some grain. Like the flavor. Malty throughout, with caramel and some roasted hints. Just a touch of hops at the end. Feel is average, standard body for a lager. Overall, I liked this one, much better than Dos Equis, Presidente or Corona (although I'm not sure if that counts as a Mexican beer). Will definitely get this one again the next time I'm at a Mexican restaurant.

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Photo of Mark
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brown ale like in appearance, head shrank away but left a few wisps of lace. Sweetish tinged malty aroma. Nice malty sweet taste that hides the additives well. Does not taste as corn riddled as do the lighter Mexican beers. Is a decent drinkable beer when considering it's relatives. A hands down choice when in a Mexican restaurant and there are no micro's to choose from.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a stubby bottle with gold foil around the neck and no freshness date. Some sweet malts and faint cocoa flavor. A slight mocha flavor in the profile. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth. Very drinkable and tasty with some spicey wings or nachos with hot peppers.

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Photo of raycoll
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ascherr
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foxman
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It came to me a very clear lightish brown, alive with streams of carbonation, and a finger of soft tan head still lingering after the walk from the bar. Fine lacing adorned the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivered a light toasty sweetness along with a mild bready tang. A vague hops bouquet flitted along the periphery.

The flavor was more distinct, with an initial current of lightly roasted malt sweetness and distant notes fo corn. The grain character quickly subsided and was replaced by a crisp hops bitterness, not at all unpleasant. The finsh was dry and left a gentle lingering bitterness.

Light bodied, it feels bubbly and active on the palate, with a quick wave across, followed by a very mild hops glow at the close.

First I told her no lime and no frosted mug. She brings me both. I send it back. Then the mug wasn't frosted, but still a lime. Finally, third attempt, it was right.
And it wasn't bad, either. Looked pretty, and the olfactory elements came together to make it a very crisp, refreshing beer. With just the meresty touch of adjunct, it had enough quality going on to make it worthwhile. And man, they go down smooth, and they go down plentiful. And best of all, now I know what I have waiting for me when I go to Playa del Carmen later this month. it may not be great, but it certainly does its job, which means it brings something decent to the taste table, and it quenches nicely.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nut brown in color with a thin off-white head.

The scent is vague, hardly there at all, but from what I could decipher it smelled a bit hoppy.

The taste was primarilt dark malts and caramel with a light hoppiness hitting the mouth in the end.

Very watery in the mouth.

This goes down smooth and it's easy to drink. Definately a good beer to have when you're ready to pound a few down.

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Photo of bwbetts
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lingenbrau
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good rendition of a German alt based on roastiness and color, but then again more like a Vienna lager due to its sweetness and dryness. Overall, a pleasant Mexican lager that is quite different from the expected yellow bubbly status quo. Cheers!

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Photo of Dizzy
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with off white head which dissipates quickly. Smell is malty. Flavor is malts, with some slight roasted taste and slight hop bitterness in the finish. Medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer, probably the best choice to match tex-mex.

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Photo of Beejay
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like iced tea, with a foamy white head that dissipates into a ring.

S:Slightly Tart, with a slight bready smell, and a little bit of scent from the hops.

T: Little bit of a skunk taste at the begining, but then it breaks through into some carmel and burnt sugar tastes, backed with some malt... Not the best...

M: Crisp.. highly carbonated. Like Champaign.

D: A decent beer, and better than a lot of other choices... Good for a summer day, or a bbq.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this right from the bottle at a recent mexican food dinner. Nice malty aromas, some spice character. Taste is a nice malty dark lager with some chocolatey roasted flavors and some slightly hidden dried fruit notes. It still maintains the macro lager drinkability...thin and easy. Overall, one of my favorite Mexican brews and macro style lagers widely available.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The darkest of any cervesa one would be offered in just about any Mexican joint. I've been seeing this more and more in a few other bars recently. Tried in Fells Point last night for a malty change to the beers I was drinking. Presentation was as pictured, with the foil and no expiration dating.

Light caramel brown with a few flecks of ruby in there, depending on how well the light is. The head is light and white and dissapears so quickly, you wouldn't usually see if it is there. A malty sweet nose.

The beer is sort of sweet caramels and lightly roasted malts. Has just a bit of carbonation and finishes very clean. Not a hop to speak of. Sometimes tastes slightly spicy, which makes me think of a weaker saison. Worth a few and it stands head and shoulders above anything else you'll get in the TexMex joints.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a dark red / amber colour... Slightly off white head poured quite thick then faded fairly quickly to nice thin layer... light carbonation... no real lacing...

Aroma - Spicy dark fruits (raisins and prunes), quite strong vanilla custard notes, some light banana hints, winey notes, light toffee sweetness, some light toasted biscuity malts, no real hops...

Taste – Light biscuity malts with some toastiness, spicy fruits (definite raisins and prunes), some nuttiness, light sweetness although not as sweet as aroma would indicate, vanilla hints, some alcohol coming through, light peppery hops...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry.... Medium bodied... Pretty drinkable....

Overall - An OK beer... nothing mind blowing but certainly worth a try...

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Photo of DCon
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this from a friend's fridge on Washington Avenue in St. Louis, MO. Poured from the bottle w/ a golden label & a NEGRA MODELO banner like the Miss America Sign on the front into a 16oz Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date due to the brewery.

Aroma- Has a rich, malty aroma. Tons of toasted malt also and clean to the nose. Above average...

Appearance- Pours a 2 Finger, bubbly head that has decent retention. Has a dark copper/medium brown colored body that is clear. Leaves suds behind but not much.

Flavor- Has a good amount of toasted malt and vienna malt tastes from the beginning. Can be compared to a brown ale at times but much cleaner and easier to drink. A slight caramel flavor comes across at the finish. Light-Medium Bitterness. .

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, Crisp Finish, and has only clean malts that finish it up.

Overall Impression- Coming from this brewery, this is probably one of my favorites from them! If I'm ever @ a mexican/tex mex restaurant, this is my go to. Will be enjoying many more down the road.

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,281 ratings.
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