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 foogerd
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark clear caramel body with a white head and some lacing.

S- Vanilla and light chocolate sugary malty smell, can hardly smell any hops.

T- Sweet vanilla and light banana taste, some toastiness, a bit of some bitter hops.

M- Light nice refreshing carbonation.

D- Great to pair with my bean stew i was having, really a delicious standby to rely on.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep, dull brown pours nearly no head.

S: A touch of sweet malt and grassy hop. Caramel, chocolate malt? Nice roastiness.

T: Big up front with woody bock-ish flavor. Ends up with a little cinnamon. Small floral hop note.

M: High carbonation, low anything else.

D: Very drinkable like most Mexican beer. Probably not the greatest example of the style but altogether a good, drinkable choice.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours clear dark copper/amber with a large foamy off-white head, leaves a lot of lacing and holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Sweet-smelling aroma of caramel malt, some brown sugar, bread, even some dark fruit, grapes, raisins, prunes, a little metallic, some grassy hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is also sweet and malty, mostly caramel, touch of fruit, somewhat nutty, mild floral/grassy hop presence, manages to finish relatively dry but the metallic note crops up again.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty decent Vienna, and one of the better "grocery store craft/import" beers. My only gripe is the cost, as I can get Brooklyn Lager for the same price and it blows Modelo away...

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Photo of LifeByTheDrop
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark as others, but hard to find a better beer at most Tex-Mex restaurants. Smooth, minimal head, above average flavor and above all, save the lime for your food. A great accent to the Bob Armstrong Dip and the Chicken Chile Relleno at Matt's Rancho Martinez in Big D.

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Photo of StrangerTides
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goopy
3.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo has a thin, off-white head and a very dark, clear amber appearance. The aroma is nil to faint, with maybe some maltiness coming across. Taste, while good, is rather bland, with malt being the overriding flavor; there is enough hop bitterness to keep this from being a total wash-out. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with Negra Modelo finishing wet and refreshing, much as water is refreshing. Overall, this is an okay, but unexciting dark beer. I would have it again but would not seek it out.


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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of STEG
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, certainly the best mexico has to offer, in my opinion. Pairs wonderfully with mexican food and it's easy drinking but mediocre at best by itself. Extremely drinkable and well balanced, a sure fire choice for me at any mexican restaurant (that has it) and a could make for a great session beer with some homemade tortilla chips.

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Photo of SDWNDR
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I would just like to say I thoroughly enjoy this beer. It has a slightly overwhelming smell once you pour it into the glass. However the taste is great. Perfect mix of malt and hops. When I poured it into a glass the carbonation was like a was pouring a glass of soda.

Overall, a good beer that is very, very drinkable.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is clear, brown, medium amount of carbonation and a very thing soapy head. The beer has a simple light malty aroma with a hint of sweetness. The beer is well balanced, light in malt flavors and not too sweet, there is a light bitterness and slight dryness to it. Medium bodied beer, nice carbonation feel to it. Very smooth.

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Photo of StratmanRick
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good tasting brew. Not overpowering but has some guts to it. As others have said, goes well with Mexican food.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night, my wife's turn to pick places to go, so sushi with follow up drinks at a mexican joint. This was the best beer of the bunch

Poured caramel with a 1" white head. Head retention & lacing were average

Slight malty scents

Taste: Maltiness follwed by caramel & a slight nutiness. Finished slightly dry & malty

MF: Medium with great balance & pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy & easily the best beer er cerveza I've had from Mexico. A pretty good vienna that lacks a few asthetics. Reccommended

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. Bottle is perhaps a bit pretentious with all of its gold and foil...

Pours a clear, copper-brown hue. A tawny off-white head forms, but lingers only briefly and, upon its dissolution, leaves no real remnants on the sides of the mug.

Nose is rather basic, with just a tiny bit of toasted bread mixing with some snappy, zesty hop aromas.

Light-to-medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Moves easily over the tongue, fueled by a light front of burnt sugar and biscuit, with a dominating, though hardly overwhelming, citrus-herbal hop presence that carries through into the rather dry finish and lingers for quite some time afterward.

Pretty drinkable and a mildly decent representation of a Dunkel, though falling short a bit (though perhaps not falling short of the aims of the brewers). The royal treatment on the bottle is indicative of the superiority of this brew over the vast majority of its homeland's bretheren, though compared to its overseas counterparts, it's far from royal.

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Photo of medic25
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first non-BMC beers I can remember trying in my youth, and still a standby at Mexican restaurants. When actually served in a glass (instead of the usual bottle), you can appreciate the dark brown color, with very little head. Not much aroma; a little sweet if anything. Flavor is a lttle malty, but no dominant ingredient. Fairly bubbly. Quite a drinkable beer; not one I'd set out to specifically buy, but a good choice over Corona.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is a staple of the Mexican or Tex-Mex dining experience here in Texas. It's near impossible to find a Mexicali establishment that doesn't serve this beer. And for good reason, too. Negra Modelo is one of the better and more respected Mexican beers. It's a good example of the dark American lager, and it will wash down a plate of tacos and enchiladas better than just about anything. This is not a fancy beer at all, although the packaging attempts to say otherwise. The bottles have a unique shape, and the caps are foil covered. LOTS of Hispanic folks here in Central Texas drink Modelo, leaving the Corona to the frat boys.

The beer pours with a fair head and a dark, caramel coloring. Well carbonated.

The taste is malty up front, with a nice hop bite on the back end of the palate. Crisp and refreshing, especially in hotter weather. Slightly watery in mouthfeel, and it seems to get a little bitter after it warms a bit. This is a beer that is probably at it's best when quaffed cold, paired with salty or hot foods. Good drinkability. Maybe a good session beer if you want to try a South of the border taste. Take my advice, though. Go find a nice, out of the way taquieria and order you up a big plate of Tex-Mex. Lay down a couple of these while you're munching on your chips and salsa and you will feel like you're right in the heart of Mexico City.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Dunkel Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced a tannish thick head, excellent retention and left ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma features toasted grain, and a slight citrus hop note. Light in body, this lager features toasted grain, carmel candy sweetness and some slight hop bitterness at the finish. This is probably my favorite Mexican brewed beer thus far. Not outstanding but it's worth a try. Post!

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Photo of JayNat
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of smalenberg
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Woody brown in color with a predominately white head and somewhat low retention.

S - Yeasty with a slightly spicy hop note and also a touch phenolic. That slight adhesive obscures the malt to some degree.

T - Very sweet, seemingly a good deal of complex sugar that went unfermented. A bitterness from the hops comes through in the aftertaste and lingers along with a slightly metallic coppery quality.

M - Low carbonation with a slight tingle on the tongue.

O - The hops take over from the sweet flavor noted on the front of the tongue. Not a bad beer, but not great.

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Photo of TomTC
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TenEighty
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: I was at Chipotle with my steak burrito, and I ordered this, not the first time I've had it, but it had been a while since the last time. I didn't have a glass to pour it into so, no color description.

S: It has the smell of malts and a hint of coffee and coca.

T: Distinct maltyness with a slight coffee aftertaste.

M: Very smooth for a darker beer makes this appealing to me.

D: I wouldn't have more than one of these, but it paired very well with my steak burrito.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear brown with a thin finger of off white head which thins to a light layer.
S: light caramel and burnt sugar, maybe a touch of molasses. hop a lightly pine
T: an almost carbon copy of the smell only with a bit more of and earthy than pine hop.
M: light and watery, but not bad watery. medium carbonation
D: this would be great with some spicy mexican food, but is drinkable on its own.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet flavor with a dry finish. This bitterness is hidden unless you go looking for it. This goes down easy and is very refreshing exactly what a dunkel should be. The aroma is faint and of roasted malts. It could benefit from more flavor in general. A more flavorful version of this would be a world class beer. The low level of carbonation makes it extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Ctone33
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks very appetizing with a dark brown chestnut color and very thin head.

S - My nose is a little stuffy right now but it smells a little bit like chocolate and malty sweetness

T - Instantly refreshing like a glass of water but then it hits you with the sweetness of the malt and an alcoholic afterglow. Not dry and stays wet well after the initial taste

M - Watery and thin but not too much so. Also not very heavy... Very nice on a hot day or with spicy foods.

O - For Mexican beer this one is well made and balanced. Sweet and refreshing without too much bitterness. A slightly heavier mouthfeel would please me more but this beer is good as is.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,318 ratings.
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