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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of Allenjoseph5
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

L - rich Amber brown with an inch off of white head that dissipates quickly.

S- toasted bread and caramel maltiness

T- not great. Not horrible. Pretty well balanced BU to GU ratio, possibly leaning towards the sweet side.

F- medium bodied. Slick

O- this is usually my go to at Mexican restaurants. its an enjoyable beer that you won't tire of, but not one that you would seek out. The nose outshines the taste, IMO, but definitely not a bad beer.

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Photo of Squire123
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful deep amber color, moderate cap and lacing.

Aroma of slightly roasted sweet malt with little hops apparent.

Taste is flavorful simplicity. A smooth, rounded amber brew with no rough edges and a pleasant malt richness without any bitterness. A food beer if ever there was one for South of the Border influenced cuisine.

Texture is enough to be called medium.

Overall it's a beer I can recommend to anyone who would like a beer. Like I said, it's a food beer and not something to sit and sip and contemplate over, but it goes great with company, cookouts, and just about any time or place where a beer a bit above average hits the spot.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl oz Bottle from 6 pack - $8.95

This is one of the best Mexican origin beer's I have in my local area - victoria's isn't too far behind.

Upfront this beer pours a dark rich amber with 1 inch head and retainable lacing throughout the drink. Smells mainly of its complex malt and has a bit of sweet notes. First taste there is a bit of alcohol, rich malt, slightly crisp hops on the back end, followed by a retainable sweetness and hop aftertaste. Light carbonation, but could be 'heavy' to the non craft drinker - a great transitional beer if you're starting to try craft styles.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very good rendition of a German alt based on roastiness and color, but then again more like a Vienna lager due to its sweetness and dryness. Overall, a pleasant Mexican lager that is quite different from the expected yellow bubbly status quo. Cheers!

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo Brewed by Creveceria Modelo Nava Mexico, Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. Now Negra Modelo is an Vienna Lager with an ABV of 5.70% This brew pours out a nice brown color with a nice small off white head. This brew has the look of root beer. Now I’m not saying that is a bad thing. The smell of Negra Modelo rich with roasted grains, malts , and hops. There is also a nice sweetness to the smell of this brew. The smell of this brew is really inviting. Now for the taste, it is bold with flavors. You pick up on a smooth sweetness of roasted grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Negra Modelo. Negra Modelo has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. You really can’t pick up on the 5.70% Abv in this brew it is just that smooth. The mouthfeel of Negra Modelo is rich, bold, clean, smooth and refreshing . Overall I’m giving Negra Modelo a 4.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Creveceria Modelo Nava Mexico, did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Negra Modelo | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. Poured from the bottle into pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off white, with lateral lacing, and a clear dark oak brown body.

Smells like full bodied,earthy grains with a hint of caramelized malts.

I taste a clean, easy-going blend of the same elements, with the pleasing inclusion of a mid-palate bitterness to fully balance this well-made brew.

The mouthfeel here is medium-light with mild carbonation. Smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll rate Negra Modelo | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. with a 4.25. Definitely one of the more complex non-craft(but definitely not an AAL) Mexican beers widely avalible.

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Photo of mlockman
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought this beer was pretty good! Definitely one of the better options regularly available at Mexican restaurants. With a lime wedge squeezed and dropped into it, the tastesl of lime and malt commingle brilliantly.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Being a European, Mexican beers were "corona' or ''dos equis'' what a surprise to try this delight. It's a stereotype that warmer climate have bad or poor beer, I loved it and if ever in Cancun or Cabo will happily order or buy this one, cheers!

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Photo of Tuzashot
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
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 BeerWithMike
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SLast sampled back on 3/3/16 but had this several times in the past, both on tap and in a bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a "CORONA" pint glass.

Aroma is of caramel malts and hint of brown sugar. Taste follows the nose. Goes down very easy. Always very pleased with this brew and probably my most favorite of the Mexican beers.

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Photo of oldn00b
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one of these with Chipotle for lunch. Nothing at all wrong with it, just very bland overall. I almost always go with XX when doing anything Mexican and this isn't XX but still better than Corona.

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Photo of C_Solodkin
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice nutty brown shade. Average head retention and lace. The aroma is mostly lager, yeasty with hints of caramel. Flavors pretty much the same here, nutty, caramel, and bready lager. My favorite Mexican beer, and extra kudos that its a Vienna Lager, but then again... i don't prefer Mexican beer unless i'm devouring a Taco, Burrito, or any other vessel for those classic ingredients paired south of the border.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Great, easy drinking Vienna lager. Smell and taste is roasted sweet malts, sweet brown bread, caramel, maybe a bit of chocolate nuttiness. Finishes off with with just a hint of hoppy bitterness and pepper

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Photo of KACK1533
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Decent Vienna lager. Consumed at Hacienda Mexican restaurant in St. Louis. You don't need a lime for this one as it is quite flavorful. Was somewhat sweet. Carbonation was perfect for this beer.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
2.92/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I saw this Amber beer from Mexico at the shelf I just HAD to try it!

I've been warned from beerfriends but I want to get my own opinion about this beer.

The beer is clear, deep brown, copper colored with a one finger high, beige, head that leaves no lacing on the glass.

Nose: Not much here... Some carmel malt, fudge, bread, brown sugar, syrup, butter and grass.
Taste: Lager-like... Some sweetness, caramel, brown sugar, dried fruit, a bit of chocolate and malt.
Mouth: Light mouthfeel and carbonation. Easy drinking. Some sweetness. Oily texture.

Not that bad really! Nothing to write home about but still...

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Photo of rapayn01
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It was the best draft option at a local Mexican food restaurant. It was served with a lime twist, which is a bit strange if you view this as a dunkel. Tastes OK, somewhat bland.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.92/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a rich, deep brown with a modest tan head that faded fairly fast and left a bit of spotty lacing.
Aroma is mostly caramel with a hint of bread and roastiness.
Taste is initially sweet with caramel and bread notes but there is a satisfying bitter bite backing it up.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with a fair amount of carbonation.
Overall, tasty and refreshing and a great combo with Amer/Mex food.

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Photo of Kubishark
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at a Mexican restaurant. Came with a slice of lime but I wanted nothing to do with that and squeezed it in my glass of water instead. Has a brownish, woody, caramel color. Smells sweet, caramelly and lagery. Tastes sweet and malty, with a bit of bitterness to even it out. Feels fairly light and refreshing, perfect to compliment spicy Mexican cuisine. Overall this is my favorite Mexican beer I've had so far. If I'm at a Mexican restaurant and any friends plan on ordering a Corona or something, I'll recommend they give this a try instead.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Darkest brown, caramel, brown bready-ness, a hop bitterness to balance any sweetness. I've enjoyed this in the past with Mexican food, and it pairs well at dessert with flan.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much better than the normal pale lagers from Mexico . Dark , similar to a schwarzbier. I should have ditched the lime sooner. It did add a little bit of flavor , but may have obstructed some of this beers character .

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.94/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this one - it is a great dark beer to partner with some good Mexican or Tex-Mex food. It's dark and full but has some sweet finishes as well.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Enjoyed with some decent Mexican food. Aroma was soft and mostly sweet with a mild lager scent to it as well. Flavor was slightly bread with caramel. Very soft lager yeast flavor and a brown graininess. Very light. Easy to drink but probably would prefer a paler lager to crush some Mexican food with next time.

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Photo of bwood06
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Hard pour produces 2 finger foamy off white head. Head dissipates moderately quickly. Head is retained at about 1/4 finger. Beer is clear and brown/mahogany in color. Carbonation appears to be light based on minimal bubbles but those bubbles do rise somewhat quickly. 3.5/5

S - Pronounced caramel sweetness up front backed by a dark toasted bready malt. Reminds me of fresh baked pumpernickel bread. Ever so slight note of grassy hops on the back of the aroma. 3.5/5

T - Rich caramel maltiness up front followed by buttered pumpernickel bread. Very malt forward with somewhat of a graham cracker note to the middle. A hint of citrus peel right before the hops kick in. Grassy hop finish with a light bitterness from the hops. 3.5/5

M - Somewhat unexpected carbonation burn based on appearance of light carbonation. Beer is medium bodied but retains lightness due to carbonation. Finishes light on the palate but does linger a bit. No drying astringency. 3.5/5

O - Very straightforward beer here that is very easy to drink. This medium bodied beer maintains a lightness that allows it to be paired with many different foods or to simply be enjoyed on it's own. Nothing earth shattering of palate tantalizing, just simple and straightforward maltiness. 3.5/5

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Photo of J_Chavez15
4.24/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark has some sort of amber color to it. Head disappeared very quickly. Smells like bread and malts. Taste very sweet. Hops and some chocolate malts are present. Finishes like modelo taste a bit watered down compared to it. Better than modelo in my opinion.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Used to be one of my favorites -- a sort of dividing line between shitty Mexican beer and something approaching respectability. Honestly, though, this most recent bottle was kinda forgettable. Sure, it's got some hint of darker malt, kinda/sorta/if-you-think-really-hard-about-it touch of cocoa, a la a Munich dark lager. But, really, it's not terribly well done, and if you're looking for something in this style, I'm not sure why wouldn't just buy an HB or Ayinger and call it a day. And, should you be looking for Mexican beer, just buy Pacifico and bask in its grainy goodness. Sorry, Negra, but I just don't think this is working out anymore.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,206 ratings.
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