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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent brew. The beer is pretty much what I expected. It's got a transparent brown color witha head head. The smell of nuts and hops in the mix. It's not overly flavorful but just enough to get the idea that this is a dark lager and nothing much can change that. The best thing about this beer is probably it's color though.

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Photo of surlyseth
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears dark-brown and clear. Tan, creamy head with little persistence.
Smell is subdued caramel and faint toasted malt.
Taste is mild and nutty. Pretty uninteresting.
Mouthfeel is very clean, but kind of watery and thin.
Drinkability is good if you're eating Mexican food.

This is a decent Mexican lager. Way better than Corona, but not really my thing.

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Photo of Shrews629
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark reddish/ruby amber with a slightly off white very fizzy head. Head stuck around for a minute, but started to fade quickly. Only average lacing. Clear body with only the faintest bubbles moving from bottom to top.

Smell - Some roasted grain and roasted malt. Sort of the malt sweetness that typifies a Dunkel. Not bad. A small amount of toasted nuts make and appearance also.

Taste - The taste evoked the roasted malt and grain. Even and clean tasting. Dry bread flavorings come forth also. Average flavors. Nothing jumps out to make the taste spectacular.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin. Tad bit watery actually. Pretty crisp. Left a sampling on the palate, but nothing to write home about.

Drinkability - This beer is drinkable for sure, but mostly average across the board. Nothing outstanding nor nothing offensive. Easy drinking and glad I sampled it.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is not what I could consider dark enough to call black so the negra is offputitng. Its more a dark amber with a hint of mud. There was no head and little lacing.

The aroma is ok, there are light malts throughout, reminded me of a bad version of a Boston lager. At the same time its refreshing to drink something different then the standard light mexican beer.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown color, with a little, semi-creamy, off-white lace. On the nose there isn’t much going on, slight herbal aroma. On the palate, there is a good hop bitterness, light malt flavors, a touch of lime/lemon, (perhaps the a couple of drops of the lime wedge had dropped in, before I removed it and pured it into a glass), tea like flavors, hints of caramel too. This brew really did not sit well, and it did not go well with my Mexican dish. I had this at the Mexican Post in old city. Average brew….

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: pours a thin white head that falls quickly. Very mild lacing. Color is a clear light brown with moderate streaming carbonation.

Aroma: lightly roasted barley and not much else. Very mild.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: a bit of caramel and nuttiness, toasted bread, maybe a hint of hops in the finish.

Overall: light and easy drinking, I'm sure this will pair well with carb-heavy, spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of mophie
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I decided to try the ubiquitous "dark beer" in celebration of the ubiquitous Mexican holiday. Pours a medium brown, translucent amber, with practically no head. Aromas are not offensive, nor are they memorable. Slightly malty, slightly herbal, whatever. The taste is very light, also not necessarily offensive. Barely bitter, slightly dry, absolutely no lingering finish. If you drink this with Mexican food, make sure it isn't spicy, otherwise this beer tastes like water. Average on all counts. If you feel the need to drink a Mexican beer, though, at least this isn't offensive.

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Photo of dcotom
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a pokal. Not too impressed with this at first, but allowing it to warm up made a marked improvement in both aroma and taste. Dark caramel color with a thin head that dissipated after only a few seconds. Watery mouthfeel due in part to the low carbonation. Sweet roasted malts up front, a little bitterness at the end, with a lingering, unpleasant sweet aftertaste. This is a one-and-done for me.

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Photo of beertaster13
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They carry these at the local mexican restaurant and everytime we eat there I have to have it. Pours a dark brown with tan head, head doesn't last to long but leaves lacing on the glass. Smell is of malts and a hop blast, a hint of roasted caramel. The taste is sorta citrus flavor with malt characteristics. Feels full but a little dull in the mouth. A drinkable beer, great when eating mexican.

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Photo of jkrich
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle ordered at a Mexican restaurant. Poured a clear, dark brown with an inch white head that slowly dissipated.
Very minimal aroma: faint malt aromas at best.
The lager is rather one dimensionally sweet with little of the nuances of other dunkels I have tried. There was no hop bitters for balance, but it was tasty and did complement the Mexican food I had.
Surprisingly fuller bodied than I expected with too much carbonation.
The choices at this restaurant were minimal, and I think this was the best choice. It was not bad for a dark lager but far from my first choice for the style.

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Photo of wahhmaster
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, translucent cola color with lots of carbonation bubbles. Has a large fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells strongly of roasted and sweet malts with very slight hints of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Starts off sweet with hints of fruit. Finishes with a mild hoppy bitterness and hints of bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Watery and over-carbonated.

Drinkability: A so-so beer. Certainly better than most Mexican beers I've had but not such a good representation of the Munich Dunkel Lager sytle, in my opinion. You could do better but you could also do much, much worse.

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Photo of Weston19
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, clear, amber color with a ton of carbonation. Has a very bubbly head and it looks like I just poured a Dr. Pepper on my mug.

S: I'm not getting much off the nose. The first initial sniff gave me sole caramel and a malty smell but it disappeared rather fast. There might be a hint of grass as well.

T: The beer gives a decent amount of hops and adjuncts and you can definitely taste them. The texture is very watery and there isn't as much malt flavor as I was expecting. Not a bad taste but not memorable in any way. It's just sort of...there.

M: Watery will a somewhat dry finish. Lots of burps.

O: A mildly bitter adjunct beer that has some OK flavors but is overall not very memorable. Not bold enough for my taste but definitely good with some tacos.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say - a totally average beer in every respect. Kind of tastes like Corona, but with at least some body and taste. Well, I guess that means it doesnt really taste like Corona at all.

It's a highly drinkable beer and does seem to go pretty well with a quesadilla or mexican spice-infused steak. Pretty damn drinkable too. Goes down smooth and easy (wow, I sound like a bud commercial).

No real hop flavor, but a decent amount of malt.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Shorty's
Comes to the table a fairly clear medium brown color with a smallish off white head that had all but dissipated before the glass got to my table. Smells of caramel and a hint of butterscotch with a faint grainy almost bready malt in the background. Very light floral hop aroma. The flavor is mostly caramel, but it tastes fake. Moderate sweet maltiness is offset with a burnt butterscotch and faint spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Vienna lager is quite a stretch here, dark adjunct lager fits better in my mind. Nothing horrible here, but the artificial taste and lack of complexity kills this one for me.

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Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown with a very thin, off-white head. Not much lacing. The aroma is light, but there’s a bit of caramel maltiness in there. Not much else going on in the smell. Taste is characterized by a roasted, semi-sweet malt flavor. Bit of chocolate in the taste as well. It’s not heavy hopped, is light in body, and had a fair amount of carbonation. I’d say that this is a middle-of-the-road dark lager beer. It’s nothing special, but it’s agreeable and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at tequila joe's in Oreland PA.

A- Not sure on this one as I drank it out of the bottle but it did not look to dark looking at the bottle.

S- Pretty much more malts than hops and somewhat of a spicy character and on the sweet side.

T- Got a toasted malt base backed by what im guessing is hops, some grains in there as well. Some spiciness in the finish as well as some mild fruit(apple).

M- A lot of carbonation and a bit higher than light bodied. This has a good body unlike other beers from mexico. This is not just flavored water, although it is not complex.

D- Sessionable and decent enough for a few on a hot day. If I ever find myself in mexico at least I have something to seek out.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium dark brown color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A medium bodied dark ale. Malts are slightly sweet. Hops are light and mild. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty

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Photo of marburg
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with the same type of head you'd see on a Coke -- that is, it fizzes up and disappears. Very little aroma even at warmer temps. My dear olefactory senses detect a bit of a used tea bag smell to it. Pretty standard malty sweetness with just a bit of a palate cleansing bitterness at the end. A fairly crisp, easy finish. Definitely an easy drinking beer and something to look for and cling to when your bastard friends drag you out to bars where Molson is the premium beer and Absolut is "the good stuff."

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Photo of Overlord
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another beer I'm stunned that I haven't reviewed before, as a friend of mine seems to always serve this at gatherings.

Not much to say about it, really. Pours a dark amber, little to no head. Smells like sweet caramelt malt, taste is basically malt. It has some balance to it; definitely not hoppy, but it's not undrinkably corn-syrup sweet.

A decent brew.

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Photo of SmashPants
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle: fat little squat 355mL brown bottle, chincy gold label. Not inspiring.

Appearance: dark mahogany-brown in colour, a limited head with no retention or lacing.

Aroma: smells fairly cheaply - rice, corn, a hint of sweet malts.

Taste: moderate sweetness, but overpowered by a sour dough flavour. Not brilliant, to be honest.

Aftertaste: much the same, lingers only for a brief period.

Mouthfeel: light-to-medium body, medium carbonation. Just about right for a German dark lager.

Overall: not a brilliant version of a German dark ale. It is reasonably priced though, so I suppose it just depends if you prefer cheapness or good quality.

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Photo of DIM
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

a: This was a clear, very dark brown. It poured with a medium sized head that was gone fairly quickly.

s: Very little to speak of, some corny grains maybe?

t: Again, not much going on. Mostly a generic, corny, macro taste, but not as offensive.

m: Thin and fizzy.

d: Every now and then in a Mexican restaurant.

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Photo of RootedFool
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at a local Mexican dive to go with my dinner.

Pours murky, deep amber with a sudsy head that falls quickly. A narrow band of lace clings to the glass; greasy swirls of foam linger on the surface of the beer.

Smell is a slightly musty (maybe more mineral than musty) sweetness, with a tinge of hay-edged hop bitterness in the background.

Taste begins with a slight nudge of bitterness. A flat malt sweetness follows -- like flat Pepsi. Aftertaste is a grassy bitterness (very understated) and the sweetness.

Lots of carbonation -- thin body.

Not too bad. It's working well with my spicy food.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a sort of reddish brown color, almost like maple syrup. Very thin head that dissipated quite quickly. Bit of fruitiness on the nose along with dark grain and caramel, not overly expressive. Bit of nuts and caramel flavor that borders on brown sugar. Medium carbonation, but still a bit creamier than most mexican lagers. Overall an ok beer for its style, but definitely one of my preferred mexican beers.

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Photo of changeup45
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Certainly a little different than the other Mexican beers I've had. Poured a deep amber color, a small white head and hardly any lacing at all. Richer flavors than many other Mexican beers: malty, caramel flavors, some grain. The finish is rather bland. I wouldn't put a lime in this one (was served with one). Not a bad beer, went pretty well with the Mexican dish I had.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very surprising beer. It pours like a watered down stout. Mostly brown, but somewhat clear.

The taste was impressive. It seemed to capture the rich and bitter tastes of stouts (coffees, dark fruit, etc) along with slightly more acidic citrus flavors. The two play off each other pretty well.

It feels similar to a stout as well, maybe a little more oily. Carbonation seemed about right.

It wasn't very creamy and not at all heavy, and very little bitterness made it easy to drink.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,203 ratings.
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