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 endallchaos
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

One of the better Mexican beers. If you want to start drinking some Mexican beers, this one would be one of the first ones I would try. There is obviously better Mexican beers out there, but they are harder to get your hands on.

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Photo of hylton44
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this over dinner at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Poured nice & smooth, with a thick, frothy head. A beautifu dark amber color, though not as dark as I was expecting.

Smelling a bit sweet, this is a really smooth beer to drink, also. Smooth & creamy. Sweet carmel taste when it first goes in, and the warm rising of vapors from the back of my tongue a moment after and lasting a bit. Just a little bitterness, but this is mostly a smooth & sweet beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of an acorn in a candlelit room.
The head competently displays a creamy, pearlescent, undulating sheen before it dissolves into a peninsula of conjoined cells atop the liquid.
This is the smell of corn cobs roasted over a wood fire. Cherry-pop cherry fruit characterises the mid-palate which is medium-bodied. A pleasing bitterness arrives on the finish to clear a path for the next sip.
The smell is really a treat though, conjuring illusions of mirthful drinking sessions around a campfire in the high sierra. Pozole and beans bubble in the middle of the light. This is a beer to drink with an appetite, as it's relatively dilute character will serve well as a wash for sticky tastebuds.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is light brown with some reddish tones around the bottom and edges of the glass, it gained a good sized head but fizzed away like a soda pop with a mist about it. Smells of a more favorably roasted malt then most Mexican beers, but still has some grainy musk and a small hop note. Taste is roasted malt, slightly earthy and musky, but not dull or bad, just there. Its bolder in the malt, not sweet, but around the darker brown style of some nut browns or dark lagers. Has a medium body, smooth and rounded, with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. This was the best of the batch from the others I was givin.
Thanks to Janice who spent all summer traveling in Mexico and brought back quite a load of beers to drink. Nearly a suitcase full. What a great gal, I asked if she could get me a few? Well she just happened to like most of them and really wanting to bring some back.

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Photo of rowew
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Comes in an instantly recongnizable short bottle with the gold foil around the neck. Described simply as "Dark Beer." There is a data code of some sort stamped on the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: I think this may be the first time I've ever bothered to pour a Negra Modelo from the bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin head.

Smell: Malty and just a bit of caramel.

Taste: Just a bit of malt sweetness, and that same caramel. Solid well balanced beer - but not a lot of easily distinguishable flavors.

Overall impression: One of my favorites when I'm out for Mexican food, or in Mexico. I don't care what the hard-core beer snobs say about this one - I'll drink it straight from the bottle, and if there happens to be a lime in there, down it goes.

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Photo of leantom
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like Dos Equis and Yuengling. Therefore, I thought I might as well give this beer a shot since it's another mass-produced amber lager. Here goes:

A: Good. Nice and clear brown color. Plenty of carbonation, too. Head and lacing are mediocre, but this is expected.

S: Lots of caramel and darkly-kilned malts. Very toasty, just like Yuengling, and slightly better than Dos Equis. German hops are muted.

T: Good. Slightly better than Yuengling, but similar flavor profile. Better than Dos Equis. Toasty caramel malt, some hops, etc.

M: Good for its style. Lots of carbonation and thick enough. Very enjoyable to have on tap.

O: A good better. Probably the best of the mass-produced amber lagers.

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Photo of CrescentLake
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CONSISTENCY... this brew is an exceptionally consistent. It's basically Newcastle south of the border. It's a good brown ale with hues of ruby, brown, tan. The taste is refreshing and simple, but is slightly complimented by honey and caramel. Pretty drinkable for a "Dark Beer." This is my favorite mexican restaurant beer. Next time you're asked "Que quieres tomar" make it a Negra Modelo.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper,not really very dark, not much of a head, no retention.
smell: malty, and a bit like tea
taste: is the same, a bit like iced tea, hints of citrus, and a bit of malt, rather interesting.
mouthfeel: is light and bubbly, slight creaminess
drinkability: very good, good session brew, especially in the warm weather, which I assume is what they had in mind, given that it's Mexican beer. not bad at all! abv, is 5.3%

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Photo of Pantalones
3.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, here goes my first actual beer review on this site. Ordered a bottle of this as my second beer of the night toward the end of my meal at the local Mexican place. Quickly took the lime wedge out of the bottle and poured the beer into the mug that my first beer of the night (a Dos Equis Amber which they had on tap) had been served in.

Looks-wise, this was very dark but clearly red-brown in color, though seemed a bit lighter when pouring. Not a lot of head, though the individual bubbles seemed a bit bigger than those of most beers I've had and there was still enough that I couldn't quite fit the contents of the bottle into the 12-ounce mug (about one long sip's worth was left in the bottle, until I drank it a couple seconds afterward.) I like the design of the bottle, too--that short squat round shape with the blinged-out gold everywhere is just really interesting compared to a lot of beer bottles out there.

Smell was a bit hard to distinguish at first, being overpowered by all the Mexican food smells drifting about. Later on when my meal was gone and most of the other people in the restaurant had cleared out, though, I was able to pick up on some smells that more closely resembled the taste (a bit raisiny.)

At first seemed to just have a kind of general "beer-y" flavor; more flavorful than the Dos Equis but not something that really stood out among the beers I've had before. Once I finished my food and the beer had warmed up slightly, however... things changed fast. The generic "beer-y" flavor was replaced by a combination of an almost raisin-like flavor and something more along the lines of a dark bread.

Overall... I'm really glad I gave this beer another try! I liked it well enough the first time I had it, but found it was definitely better on its own (and without any lime) than it was along with food. I will definitely be having this as "dessert" at Mexican places in the future, and might just consider picking up a six-pack when my fridge is a little less crowded (and my wallet is a little less empty.)

EDIT: Having one in the privacy of my own home right now. I notice now that the smell has a bit of an almost coffee-like roastiness to it, which occasionally shows up in the taste just a bit (blending in with the "dark bread" sort of flavor, mostly.) I'm finding that I really like the mouthfeel on this one when drinking some when it still has a bit of the foam on top, but it becomes a bit less smooth afterward. Also finding that the color of this beer and how clear it is makes it look *really* nice when you've got decent lighting. Fiddled with reviews just a bit to reflect my thoughts... guessing the score probably went up just a tad.

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

A: Pours a very dark amber. Small foamy head, almost no retention or lacing.
S: Smells of malts and caramels.
T: Tastes like caramels and malts with a hint of sweetness.
M: Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and very smooth.
D: All in all, the best beer to come out of Mexico. A must have when eating Mexican foods.

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

The beer pours an amber color with a lacey head. The smell is of pale and crystal malts. There is something about these Mexican beers that smells funny. They all have it. The taste is much the same. The flavor is sweet with crystal malts, but there is that zing that stays with you after you drink it. It's not a bad quality, it's just distinctive. The mouthfeel is average. There is a medium body. All qualities aside. This is an enjoyable import from south of the border. A good drinking beer.

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

decent looking brew. notes are grainy, light caramel malt, touch of hops come through. light in body but is appropriate for the style. overall definitely an enjoyable easy drinker.

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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 singletary
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a rich amber color with a carmel, malty aroma that is very nice to smell. The taste is a sweet with a malt backbone and a caramel flavor. Mouthful is a little watery but very drinkable. This is a good Mexican beer.

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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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,250 ratings.
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