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

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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 Kinnell
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Krog5
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good alternative to a common corona mexican beer, has an almost guiness taste, and has a strong caramel smell. I found it a very easy drinking, lightly carbonated beer, great with food especially mexican food!

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Photo of m_hall
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a pilsner. Clear, tea-colored lager, topped with a two-finger tall cream colored head that falls slowly to a thick film. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is a bit citric and and a touch herbal, but rather muted overall.

Flavors come forward with husky grains, bread crust, and a bit of dark toast. Slight citrus rind follows, leading to a drying finish with grassy, herbal hops tones.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, fairly robust for a lager, wth prickly carbonation.

A simple, uncomplicated Vienna lager, and a stalwart in Mexican restaurants everywhere, Negra Modelo is a solid anytime beer, and a great choice with that cuisine.

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Photo of patsalvaggio
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 12 ounce brown bottle into a 16 ounce pilsner glass. this one is dark amber in color with not very much head. the smell of sweet caramel malts dominates the aroma. tastes very nice, sweet, a bit of spice maybe cloves, perfect enchilada beer. has a very smooth mouthfeel and is incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of Tuzashot
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The bottle is so classic, that I actually saved about 70 for home brewing. But getting back to the beer itself, this has got to be one of the most drinkable and best "gut feels" of any beer . . anywhere. Simply a "go to" beer when you can't decide exactly what you want. You can't go wrong with this on . . and you should drink it right out of the bottle, because you never have to worry about that bottle tipping over. A beautiful thing.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a handsome mahogany brown with very little carbonation. There was practically no head and absolutely no lacing left down the sides of the glass.

The smell was quite inviting - plenty of malty notes, primarily a warm, bready nose with a mild roasted smell. The taste was quite interesting - lots of thick malt, heavy on the bread notes but also a very sweet (but not cloying) taste as well. The was a very strong nutty taste, which combined with the sweetness was quite a bit like pecan (compared to the bitter of walnut) If you looked for it there was a bit of lager-style hops hiding in the background but it was only (barely) enough to give the beer a finish that wasn't overly sweet.

Mouthfeel wasn't spectacular - there was insufficient carbonation to properly clear the tongue leaving a somewhat oily feel. The beer was medium bodied but didn't seem overly heavy.

It's certainly a drinkable beer and compared to the alternative Mexican brews offered at my local taqueria I'm certain to ask for a Negra Modelo again. The sweetness and medium body works very well as a compliment to spicy food - much better than some of the other bitter or watered down lagers from that region.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottles into 1/2 liter stien,given the season, nice garnet tawny hue with minamal head and off white lite lacing.

Sweet malty grain with a caramel and toast quality to the aroma.

Flavors seem of lightly toasted bread and graininess with a kiss of hop bitterness and spice.

Lightly carbonated and medium mouthfeel make this an easy drinker & the wife is grooving on this one currently.

Hey, it is what it is & I like it. Local grocer is running a deal too, $12 a 12pk.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear red-orange color with a 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top that seemed like it was going to be around for a while. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but there remains a wisp of foam across the top of the beer indicating that it has some residual body and goodness. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really sweet and toasty aromatics from Vienna malt is typical for the style, and a welcomed visitor after some of the other Vienna’s I have tried tonight. I can pick out a bit of caramel (or cara vienne) here as well as what smells like a hint of roast. No hops to speak of yet.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely to the aroma. It is relatively sweet with lots of buttered toast notes to the flavor. The beginning of the taste was a bit muddles with the aforementioned flavors. A dark grain flavor sets in after your initial dose of toast that gives you a bit of caramel. The carbonation is adequate to light which leaves the beer feeling a little wet after consuming. There is no alcohol or hops apparent, but if you drink a few nice slugs...there is a bit of a warming in the belly which would lead me to believe that this one was around 4.5-5.5%ABV.

Opinion: Well, I have been on a mission tonight to try all of the commercial Vienna lagers available to me, and this one has been the best so far. It has a noticeable toasty malt presence that was lacking in other examples. A Vienna beer isn't huge, but I would have liked to have had a bit more of the malt presence that there was here without the dark caramel flavors. If I were to make a suggestion to the brewer, it would be to use lighter colored crystal malts, no roast, and maybe substitute a bit of Munich for some of the Vienna malt. Still, this is a pretty approachable beer.

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Photo of ryanonline
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice looking beer a nice deep brown color with very little head no lacing.

Smell is a very light piney hop and toffee like malt scent.

Taste is more or less the same with a greater malt presence thou it is still fairly watery.

Mouthfeel is thin yet clean. Light bodied with creamy, soft carbonation.

Very drinkable.

A good cheap beer. Nothing to write hwowme about but I enjoy it with some Tex-mex cuisine.

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Photo of jettjon
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Mild yet full flavor
Lows: Head retention

From the bottle pours almost opaque brown beneath a very thick brown-tan head that fades fast to thin lacing. Nose is pretty much straight malt. Taste is pretty decent: sweet, lightly malty with a touch of sorghum. Mouth is pretty durn bubbly and wet without being overly thin. Finish is super-clean, with just a little bitterness and then nothing. This is very drinkable beer: it’s well-balanced and pleasing to drink, mild and easy going but not boring.

Overall: A pretty darned good dark lager. Recommended.

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Photo of HGildemeister
3.64/5  rDev +9%

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3.64/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tillmac62
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber (brown) with a garnet cast. Outstanding head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice rich nose of malt, a bit of herbal hops and a nice caramel airiness.

Heavy light body with a smooth texture. Nicely carbonated with a whiff of effervescence in the middle and an almost prickly burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is very good. It is a bit weak in intensity, not very complex but is well balanced. It begins with a grainy semisweet background that flows into a mild bitterness in the middle. This bitterness is tea like with a touch of lemon. Caramel never really comes to the forefront, it remains rather ghost like in the background. The finish is clean with a very subtle tea like bitterness lingering.

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Photo of 13aphomet
3.64/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer came in fat brown bottle. The smell wasn't anything to die for, but the taste made up for it. It went down smooth for the three I drank after purchasing from a local six pack shop.

I was disappointed to learn that the same company that makes this beer makes Corona. But a Vienna Lager from Mexico had me intrigued, so I had to buy it. The head was okay but dissipated quickly. The mouth feel of was pretty good with a half decent aftertaste. I would definitely drink this beer or at least recommend it to a friend so I could drink a few of his.. :)

Go get yourself one a try it out.

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Photo of ordybill
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a roasted malt smell with some caramel thrown in.
Appearance- A dark yellow to bronze color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a nice strong malt flavor, goes well with food.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with light carbonation. Has a nice finish no bitterness
Overall- An excellent beer for drinking with food.

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Photo of basica
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recall first having this beer at Xiaolong's place when I was back in Cali; one of them in the house brought back a bottle from the company which orders that beer as a staple.. Back then I was not yet into beers and the only craft beer I have ever had then was Widmer's Hefe. When I tasted the Negra Modelo I was actually quite impressed. I was sure that was a mark above most macros and it sure was. I also recall that back then I felt that the bottle looks pretty different and was attractive with the gold foil and gold yellow label. Since my venture into beers, I have been trying to get this beer again but to no avail till I went on a trip to Hong Kong. I saw and instanteneously bought a bottle of the Negra Modelo from the shopping center in Times Square over at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. I placed it in my check in luggage and successfully brought it back to Singapore together with a Sierra Nevada Stout. Back to the Negra Modelo, I served it in my Sam Adams globe pint glass and it pours out red brown with a 1 inch thick head that quicky recedes to a thin and clinging layer of creamy head. The smell was mainly malts and some hops aroma. The malts exuded a slightly burnt smell. The taste was mainly malts as well and slightly hoppy at the back. A very slight burnt maltiness gives it a dark lager kind of taste though not exactly.. But not as exciting as I was hoping it would be. Some hops following the strong malts and a dry finish follows. The after taste was again a flood of rich dark malts with a light citrus backing. Mouthfeel on this one is medium bodied with a creaminess to it that sets it apart from the macros. Smoothness was definitely there on this one. The carbonation starts off overly strong but as it warms, carbonation drops considerably. This beer is better when it was colder; do not let it sit around too long like I did.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with golden foil covering the bottle cap. Stamped: B263A128-01:30. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is an attractive looking medium to dark brown with ruby red hues glistening along the edge of the glass. Small to medium head that fades a bit but never disappears.

The aroma is of fine caramel malts, toffee, and sweetness. The hops balance out the aroma in a crisp, clean way.

The body is around medium and mildly acidic.

The taste is malty sweet with a a slight hop bite introducing itself at the end of each sip. Mild bitterness. An enjoyable beer. Probably one of the better Mexican brewed beers I have had.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Negra Modelo

Look 8/10
Smell 16/20
Taste 32/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 81/100

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle, poured into pilsner glass.

A- Dark brown, with large white head.

S- Smells of coffee.

T- Full bodied. Dextrin malts which produce residual sweetness, slight hops to balance the deep tones, leaving the beer crisp and suprisingly smooth.

M - Refreshing and rich.

D- Incredibly good, and a perfect compliment to mexican food.

I could drink these all day long. They really suprised me, as when I picked them up I wasn't expecting much. Overall, the best beer Mexico has to offer.

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Photo of baseballrock
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

viva la mexico. my favorite mexican beer. appearance is a dark reddish brown. it taste of sweet malts with a little nuttyness. very drinkable beer on a hot day or with a dinner plate. i prefer no lime, i dont understand the lime thing. Maybe because i accually like beer, but i dunno.

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Photo of matcris
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very clear, mahogany-amber, up to the light. A half finger of off white foam that disappears quickly. Good carbonation when rocking the glass, and a nice streaming effect up the glass. Very mild lacing left down the glass. As far as the aroma goes, when I cracked the bottle, I immediately got a blast of skunk. I poured the beer and waited a few, and that smell subsided quite a bit. What's left reminds me of a cross between SA BL and red wine. In the flavor, has the nice caramel and toasted bread that you find in a BL, and a more fruity, and again, red wine note. The feel is dry, medium thin body, and medium full carbonation. Overall, not bad. I'd try this again with dinner, sometime. The bit of skunk was not great, and side by side I'd go with a Boston Lager.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a restaurant with dinner tonight. Poured a nice, clear medium brown color, with about half a finger of medium tan head. After removing the lime from the glass, I got aromas of caramel, malt and nuts. Crisp, light bodied, flavors of malt and nuts. Solid, one of the better Mexican lagers.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tend to order this one when I go to a Mexian restaurant I frequent called Talita's. I have had always been careful about these type of beers, but I found this to be quite drinkable.

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Photo of bboelens
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, I must say I enjoyed unwrapping the top, made it feel more like a present

A-Dark copper color, khaki head with little retention and moderate lacing

S-Roast malts, warmed nuts, slight toffee and caramel

T-Dark malts, bitterness, caramel hints, slight bread taste

M-Clean, crisp, solid carbonation

D-Probably my favorite of the Mexican beer family and incredibly drinkable

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Photo of esv
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Champagne foil on neck and head. No identifiable date.

Dark, Deep ruby or amber. White to off-white head. The head was substantial and stood nearly 1" tall off of a stiff pour.

Hint of malt and corn in the nose. A spicy note or two as it warmed.

A hint of sweetness from the malt balanced with a hint of bitterness. No hop flavor.

Flat mouthfeel. Light body.

Inoffensive and drinkable.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,364 ratings
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