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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 PBRstreetgang
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish copper, with very good clarity. Two fingers of off-white head are dense, and retain well. Small patches of weak lacing will remain. Toasted vienna and amber malt nose. Hint of noble hop aroma. The taste is sweet with dextrine and crisp with pilsener and a vienna malt flavor rounds it all out. Medium body, with tiny bubbles of carbonation and ample dextrins giving it a smooth mouthfeel. Mild hallertau or perle hop aftertaste cleanses the palate, although it its a bit too obvious. However, a residual sweet finish makes for an otherwise decent balance with above average drinkability.

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Photo of moonman00
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best beer from Grupo Modelo.

It pours a nice dark satin color with withe head.

The smell is very malty, good, strong.

It tastes good, a little hoppy and creamy, I think that's why they call it " La crema de la cerveza" - "The cream of the beer".

For some people it is so robust that they often combine it with another light beer, but not me.

For Christmas '06 it was offered In a Special Edition package, that came with different illustrations on the bottle.

Best if served very cold.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, when I sampled this one, I was trying to decide what style it was – dark lager? And the label says dark ale – NOPE, a Vienna lager, eh?

Well, this is one of the better Mexican brews, always get this one with your Mex/Tex meal and ya can’t go wrong. Sweet malts in the aroma and taste, medium bodied and carbonated. It’s somewhat plain, yeah, but it’s taste is pleasant – and MUCH better choice than the Corona/Sol crap that may be offered.

Nice bottle presentation too – gold wrapper and a quality look.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pilsener glass

A - Pours a very translucent deep amber-to-brown with streams of carbonation rising to a 1 finger brownish head. No brilliant ruby hues here as with the German style. The head is gone about 2/3rds down the glass and leaves behind dabbles of lacing here and there.

S - First impression upon pouring into the glass is bittery-grainy (sort of like a micro) with a tint of sweetness. Actually rather disappointing.

T - Very sweet and malty upfront. The body is very smooth and malt driven, but are just balanced enough by hops to create a pleasant sensation. The finish starts off where the body leaves and then transitions to become more hop dominated to leave a slightly bitter taste in the mouth. The transition is particularly intriguing and brings to mind some pleasant, rich taste that I can't place my finger on...

M - heavily carbonated which seems to suit this beer well, giving it a creamy mouthfeel. The beer starts of feeling sort of thin bodied, but then expands to fill the whole mouth with goodness.

This beer is readily available and fairly cheap here in New Mexico ($13 at 12 pack). Although somewhat simple, I feel that it represents the Munich Dunkel lager well. It's a pretty tasty and versatile beer that has earned a place in my fridge, replacing the PBR and Highlife I had as an undergraduate in Ohio. I feel the gold foil around the top adds some extra class as well....

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Photo of Pepeton
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the best beer that Grupo Modelo has to offer.
Comes in a dark short bottle with golden foil over the cap.

Dark brown beer, with a white head and some lacing that remains in the glass.

Its smell is nice, some fruitiness, corn malt.

Quite good with a hearty meal, especially a spicy Mexican mole.

Creamy mouthfeel, a clean lightly hoppy finish.

Easy to have 3 to 5 with dinner and after it instead of a tequila. Best if icy cold.

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Photo of beerman599
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally, a Mexican brew that's not afraid of a little grain. This dark ruby brew gives off a rich malt aroma, eventhough the head quickly disapears as with most lagers. The taste is of light hops and spice. This beer has a solid feel in my mouth with a malt finish. Will look forward to this the next time i'm eating mexican

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hurray I found a beer in Mexico that isn't terrible, and actually enjoy! There is some dark malt flavors, caramel notes. This add a little sweetness and is enjoyable.

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Photo of MrHolland
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a Pilsner glass from the bottle, the pour gives me about a 3" off white head to start off with and then settles down to a good 1". The beer is dark brown, but around the edges where some light seeps through, there are beautifull ruby hues.

S - The smell is pretty faint and I could only pick up hints of caramel and a sort of malty tone.

T - Has a very moderate malty taste with crisp hops to follow. Very subtle on the carbonation as well, with a pretty sweet aftertaste. One of the best brews that I have has that is brewed in Mexico.

D - Has a pretty low average amount of alcohol in it, so it makes a very drinkable beer and the good taste adds to that as well. Recommended!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice dark brown brew with thin ring of a head in the brown bottle. Slightly sour grain note on the nose, but a big malty flavor. Closes with mild bitterness. Bright and drinkable. Tasty.

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Photo of markbatonrouge
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finished a 5k race and then a 1-mile race, and the tradition is beer and mexican food afterwards. At the joint we ended up at, we weren't going to get a great, high-end beer, but I was happy to see Negra on the menu. It arrived, lime stuck in the opening, so in it went. This, of course, reduced my abitlity to discern subtelties in the beer itself, but it sure hit the spot.

I've had Negra several times before. It's a very nice, dark lager. Smooth, a bit malty, easy to drink. It doesn't hit many of the toasty, carmelly-grain notes that other very good dark beers hit, but it's a helluva lot better than your average American pale lager.

I'll keep running those races, and if Negra is the best beer available afterwards, I'll certainly be plenty happy.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium/dark brown, not much of a head that recedes quickly

Smell: Nutty sweet malt

Taste: Nutty sweet malt with a touch of molasses. Good hop/malt balance

Mouthfeel: Thick water with excellent stingy carbonation

This beer is easy to drink. It is the only good mexican beer I have had. The taste makes a unique but strong statement without being overly powerful.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, clear amber color with one finger of ivory head. There appears to be a nice lace as well.

Smell: relatively sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee. Quite nice.

Taste: a relatively sweet beer with, again, hints of caramel and toffee. Hops are not terribly present but have a nice floral character. I quite like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. It has a tiny bit of a syrupy character (that could just be the sweetness) which is nice.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I haven't had Negra Modelo in awhile and have forgotten quite how much I like it.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's dark brown with just a hint of red. Unlike most Mexican beers, hops are actually detectable in the smell. Also a slight sweetness is present in the smell. The flavor supplies a nice twang that also sets it apart from its Mexican compatriots. The tangy sweetness becomes more noticeable as it warms a bit. If you find yourself in Mexico, it makes a nice change from the others. It's also worth picking up at home, especially if you're entertaining friends who are predisposed to Mexican brews.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mexican beer has never really been my bag. Modelo's ability to maket something as tasteless as Corona continues to surprise me, to say the least. That said I wasn't expecting much out of the Negra. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It's short fat bottle is pretty cool, but the rich smooth taste is what I liked. This beer hits the tounge with a bit of creamy taste, then a mild hoppy bite rings through. It finishes a bit dry and very clean. Makes me want another.

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Photo of jamie2dope
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at a Mexican restaurant recently, and it complemented the food perfectly, so I decided it was time to revisit. Copp color comes from a rigorous pour. About a finger of white head results. By the looks of it, this brew will be very carbonated. Nose gives off some sweet grain smells, bit of milk chocolate as well. Definitely tastes very grainy, sweet like graham crackers. Chocolate comes through a bit, and there is a sort of metallic twang too. Not as carbonated as I was expecting, and fairly light in body. Very good drinkability, it compliments food extremely well. Next time, skip the Corona, and go for this instead.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a dark brown amber with little head and no lace. Smell and taste of sweet roasted malts, light caramel with a crisp mild bitterness that finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light in body with good carbonation. I had a bottle while waiting for my Mexican takeout and ended up buying a sixer for the evening.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a darker deep gold with little head building.Dissepates
very quick and leaves little lacing.
Not much smell as well, but for a little roasted malt.
Tasting the beer you got weak aromas, yet not unpleasant or boring. Some roasted malts with very little banana, and that checked by weak hops. Very drinkable especially with some mexican food. Not really the taste of a dark beer, but pretty basic good.Will buy it again in summer.

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Photo of JayNH
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear burgundy with a two finger foamy white head.

S- Dark roasted malt, spicy raisins, diacetyl, slightly sweet and pleasant.

T- A buttery, dark toasty maltiness dominates the flavor. Finishes with a grassy tea like hoppiness. Overall well balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy, carbonation is just right. Medium bodied.

D- Excellent. I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Me gusta Negra Modelo! ( sorry, that's about all I remember from high school.)

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Photo of BigBen61
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was highly impressed by this beer the first time I tried it, the second time wasn't so amazing but still a nice brew. If any one here has had Dos Perros from Yazoo in Nashville, this is like it's mass produced little brother.

A- good clean white head that faded to caramel colored towards the bottom.
S- When served too cold there is very little aroma, let it warm and some caramel, spice, and roasted malt show through.
T- Coffee, caramel, cinnamon, roasted malt.
M- Good carbonation, maybe a little high straight from the bottle.
D- Could drink a few...but not more than that. With mexican food this is a winner all the way.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Average brown with little foam. It's not impressive, but not unimpressive. Definitely average.

Smell: Good caramel malt, almost like brown sugar or molasses. Nice, but not much else is there.

Taste: Basically mirrors the smell in all aspects, although it's even a bit better. Good carbonation, but kind of watery at the end. Tastes a bit metallic, which is bad.

Drinkability: Not as much as Especial, but decent.

Overall: Not the most complex beer in the world, but what it does it does right.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Head poured thin, though it was not into an ideal beer glass, but more of a high ball glass. The beer held a very nice lace the whole way through.

S: A very nice caramelly/nutty sweet smell

T: Tasted very much like the smell would lead you to believe, almost no bitterness whatsoever.

M: A fizzy, tingly feeling, which surprised me based on the lack of head or visible carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, but it is a pretty filling beer and not something to be drank extensively.

Note: I had this on tap several times when I was in Mexico and it went with the food very nicely.

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Photo of BrewmasterNPB
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am usually over-critical when it comes to imports, But I really liked this one. Perhaps the trip from Mexico doesn't wreck the beer like the trip from Europe does. It's a nice, easy to drink German Style dark lager that isn't too heavy and finishes very clean. No off flavors to speak of. The malt character is dominant, but not obtuse. It's a good buy.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Negra Modelo bottle with a lime wedged in the neck. I got this at my local Tex Mex joint, craving a change from the Dos Equis I usually drink while I'm there. I wasn't expecting too much from this, especially given the reviews here, but I was pleasantly surprised. It has a nice, sultry bronze color with a small, fleeting head. The aroma is muted, but I definitely detect a rich maltiness. The taste was actually more complex than I figured it to be, and there's a definite bite of alcohol that hits you with the carbonation on the tongue. When compared to other Mexican beers, this is definitely at the front of the line. Overall, not bad! I'd certainly get it again.

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Photo of cnally
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale brown with amber hints and the off white head fizzles down pretty quickly.

A sweeter, maltier aroma full of nutty notes and slightly floral.

A good malty flavor that has some caramel, vanilla and sweet nutty flavors like almonds and filberts. Very slight bitterness on the back end of the taste.

Creamy, filling feel that does not have too much carbonation.

All-around very good beer that is very light despite its billing as a dark beer. Literally.

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Photo of Domingo
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much my Mexican restaurant stand-by.
Pours a medium brownish copper color with a good amount of foam (laces the glass, too) and a nice clarity. Darker than an amber, but not quite as dark as Munich dunkel.
Smells nutty and clean, but there's a citrus zing and no, I don't have a lime handy either. Sometimes I pick up a strong whiff of vanilla, too.
Taste is mild cocoa, vanilla, and hazelnut with a hint of lime zest. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish keeps it from being really sweet.
Goes down easy, but it could be seen as a little bit watery.
Supposedly this is a take on a Munich Dunkel these days, and it's not half bad. It has some unique characteristics (zest), but it works.

This beer along with Bohemia are the only really good (common) Mexican imports. You can't go wrong with either - with or without Mexican food.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,218 ratings.
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