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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.com.mx

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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3.36
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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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Photo of Shadman
2.97/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

finally found a store localy that had this for under $12.00/six pack. $11.99 to be exact, but....

very clear, almost tea-like brown with a very fizzy head to disappeared as only a fizzy head could. The lacing must still be in Mexico because it was absent in my sample.

Faint aroma, some floral smell, but not much else. Bonus points for being from Mexico and not being skunky.

Muted roasted malt up front, some hop bitterness, followed by a metallic tinge before the sweet roasted malt settles things down.

Watery, light to medium body with fairly aggressive carbonation( as if the fizzy head comments weren't a dead give-away)

as far a Mexican beer goes, this is where you want to spend that $12.00. Having said that, I'd rather spend $10.00 and get 4 Lubo Baron's

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

Had this a a local Mex restruant in town.

appearance: light borwn color

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation

drinkability: it was ok, better choices unsure about freshness though. which I doubt because I thought I would have liked this beer better. I will try again

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

I previously imposed a rule to never, ever buy beer from Mexico. Well, I was given a bottle at a Christmas party so I feel less guilty about tasting it. I can't say I was overly impressed.

It poured a transparent medium-brown, with a very thin head that lasted only a few seconds. Very little aroma. The body, thin. Very thin. And a taste to match. It's the same style as Sam Adams and I could tell ther is a small resemblance, but not enough of one to impress me. I thought the taste was decently hoppy but a bit wattered-down. I'm glad I didn't pay for it.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a short glass. No freshness date on bottle.

A: Unique bottle design plus a foil wrapped cap earns an extra half point for this beer. Dark copper clear body on a generous two fingers of yellow/white head that fairly quickly recedes to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S: Smells of caramel malts and other non-descriptive toasted malts. Very minimal hops in the nose, not much else to speak of. Relatively clean.

T: Sweet malts and a fair dose of non-descriptive hops make up the bulk of this moderately threadbare taste experience. Certainly not offensive, but highly generic and one-dimensional.

M: Body feels a little watery, but there is a bit of mouth-coating. Carbonation is soft and nice.

D: Drinkable because it is tame, not because it tastes especially inviting... choose for yourself if that is a plus or not.

Overall: A moderate beer, but not one with anything special about it. This style is German, which means that many masters of brewing have perfected it to a beautiful level that this Mexican macro beer does not come close to. A better choice than almost all Bud/Miller/Coors however...

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Photo of DirtyPenny
2.96/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a frosted pint glass with a lime wedge on top. Wedge came with the glass. Well, when in Mexico, Ole!

A: Dark amber with a bit of burnt umber where the light catches it. Head reaches critical mass and fizzes out within seconds.

S: Lime... no, wait, that's the lime. Removing the wedge and taking a deeper draw does nothing but send cold air up my nose.

T: Caramel malt through and through. This is a one note beer. It's not a bad note, and pretty refreshing for a dark lager.

M: Though part of why it's so refreshing is that it's rather watery.

O: A pretty basic option that you'll find at most Mexican restaurants, and a better option than Corona.

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Photo of CHL
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Relatively light beer for being labeled "dark," the smell is bread-like, nutty with some hops, and carbonation runs up my glass as if it's a watered-down Coca Cola.

The flavor is watery, with very slight malt flavors, and more noticeable hops bite when gulped. The beer seems to encourage gulping; it's thin in the mouth, and the slight sweetness makes it incredibly drinkable.

I suppose this would go well with some spicy Mexican food, but I would never drink this in its own right.

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Photo of mpyle
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Clean, very slightly fruity aroma. General lack of aroma appropriate for the style. Brilliant clarity in a pale (tea colored) brown beer, with a small but tight off-white head. Maltiness up front subdued, and immediately balanced by the hop bitterness. My sample may have been a bit oxidized, as had some cardboard notes. Very high carbonation in a fairly light bodied beer. A middle of the road, easy drinking beer. Nicely balanced, with a fairly clean finish, but would like more malt character and complexity.

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Photo of mkabull
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I also disliked the foil on the bottle spent to much time trying to peel the foil off the bottle . The overall taste was slightly above average I had no idea what to expect with this beer but it lagged a little in overall to light a mouthfeel to be an enjoyable dark beer to much dark malt flavor to be very drinkable I am sure many people enjoy this beer but it is not on my list of beers to try again

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