Negra Modelo | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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BEER INFO

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

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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3,315
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991
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/17/2016. Pours crystal clear reddish copper/brown color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, grassy, spicy hop; and slight roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/chocolate, herbal, light pepper, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes presence. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/creamy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a great Vienna lager. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Great rich Vienna/Munich malt flavors, with balancing noble hops. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The "Black Model" isn't actually quite that dark. The clear, deep copper body borders on becoming brown and displays magnificent ruby highlights when held to the light. The short, foamy white head dissipates rather quickly, dropping to just a thin creamy collar, but it does leave some lace about the glass. The nose suggests a semi-sweet and mildly fruit-tinged, lightly toasted malt. Very clean. The body is light/medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor is reminiscent of a Vienna lager, but lighter and drier, and displays a well-balanced, lightly toasted malt with a hint of fruit and spice. It finishes dry with a light touch of caramel, a hint of spice, and an underlying hoppiness. Really well done, with alot of finesse. This, however, is a beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh. After only a few months in the bottle it's character dulls leaving a lack-luster version of it's former self.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass.

pours a clear reddish brown with a off-white head. Head has moderate retention.

A - sweet roasted and caramel malt. Somewhat nutty. A little dank, but not skunky.

T - unimpressive. some undesirable burnt and perhaps stale components to the malty flavor

M - thin but smooth; carbonation a bit low for style.

O - less impressive than hoped for yet a little above average among Mexican beers I've had so far.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice medium brown with a fairly thick head and not much lacing as it goes down. The smell involves a bit of roasted malt and breadiness, but nothing is overpowering. The proper flavors come out a bit more in the nose, but nothing too special. Medium-bodied and smooth, offering pretty good drinkability, and probably wouldn't be a bad beginner's dark beer.

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Photo of jlindros
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from my trip to Cancun a few months back.

Light fizzy head fades med pace, clear auburn molasses brown color.

Nose pretty much macro lager, cheap macro lager malts, a little bit of darker malts and crystal malts but not much, light skunk.

Taste light caramel, hit of mocha and cocoa, crystal malts, light lager, just a hint skunk and cheap lager, hint of earthy hops, light fruity lager, juicy creamy malt. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, bit more darker malts and lager fruits.

Mouth is med to a but lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, better than most beers you can get in Mexico, although still cheap tasting and slightly skunked, with unhappy yeast lager flavors.

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Photo of nickfl
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a big, two finger head of off-white foam on a clear, amber-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace in its wake.

S - A brown, malty aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, and light roast. Some brown sugar sweetness and just a hint of spicy hops.

T - Sweet caramel malt up front with a little bit of brown sugar. The brown malt character continues through the middle and increases in its roasted quality towards the finish. Lingering cola and caramel sweetness with just a touch of bitterness to balance.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This beer has a very nice malt character in the aroma, but the complexity does not carry over well into the flavor. It tastes a lot like a cola product with very little bitterness and a strong caramel sweetness, somewhat reminiscent of slightly flat Dr. Pepper. Certainly not a drain pour and not bad when paired with Mexican food, but it is a bit too sweet and would benefit from an increased hop profile.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy and it starts out with flavors of caramel and grain. A good hops presence comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not too filling, good representation of style, it’s one of the better beers that I’ve had from south of the border, but that really isn’t much of a compliment. It’s a beer worth drinking if your choices are limited.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Cubano in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear dark amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate amounts of caramel malts with a light amount of sweetness and just a hint of nuttiness.

T: Similar to the smell, the flavor of this beer has a light to moderate body of caramel malts that imparts some light amount of sweetness upfront. There are some hints of nuts and a light hop bitterness that lingers in the finish.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth but slightly thin.

O: This beer is refreshing, easy to drink, and enjoyable. I could definitely put down a few of these in an evening and it pairs very nicely with the flavors of Mexican, Cuban, and South American food.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slight caramel flavor greets the tongue. Quite spritzy and makes a nice fizzy mouthful. Brownish amber in the glass. Decent head and the carbonation lasts pretty well. It tastes much like adjunct-type lagers though it does have a touch of bitterness. I wouldn't call it a hoppy taste, as there is no hint of floral flavors. Smell is not particularly pleasant, more like beer soaked into a beer mat. Aftertaste is kind of dirty and a little sour, like it has a touch of burnt malt. I used to think this was one of the better Mexican beers, but there's not much to it.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Pours from a twelve ounce bottle an amber hue with a half-inch thick off-white head which fades to the rim leaving spotty lace.

N: Caramel malts, mild sweetness, grainy, faint lemony citrus, yeasty.

T: Crisp, raisin crisp crackers, dark toasted malts, yeasty.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Thin and somewhat watery finish.

O: Eh, Mexico, whadaya want? This is better than many others by far.

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Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo proves that there are good mass-market mexican beers. I have really enjoyed this beer since my mother showed me it a few years back.

Appearance- Nice dark amber color. Moderate head. Looks pretty sweet.

Smell- Not much of an aroma, nothing bad, but nothing special.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste. Fairly complex, with a mildly sweet finish. Tastes great to me.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night long and often.

Parting thoughts- In Texas this beer is easily availiable, but seems a tad bit too expensive considering how close we are to Mexico. Still, Negra Modelo is well worth the price and should be tried by those who want a good Mexican beer.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of smithj4
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Medium grade maple syrup. Lightly off-white head settles quickly but leave a nice lace.

S – Green grapes jump to the forefront, backed by sweet brown sugar and raisin.

T – Great, medium roast, bready malt throughout the profile. Mild green grapes and yellow raisins make cameos from the nose. A light acidity ties the beer together nicely. Soft bitter note on the backend. On whole, the profile is edges sweet.

M – Medium / light body with a light cilantro-like bitterness that accompanies a semi-sweet finish.

O – More than just the best beer you can find at most Latin American restaurants, Negra Modelo is a solid beer in its own right. Pairs fantastic with chili, mole, and grilled meats.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, mahogany-hued body with a small, fizzy white head.

Smell: Toasted grain nose with soft, light notes of caramel and molasses.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts and a hint of caramel and molasses all with a subdued sweetness. Mild spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, with just a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Paired remarkably well with Combo #14. A decent Mexican lager (as far as Mexican lagers are concerned).

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this one a bunch of times before, one of my go to beers when in Mexico for work.

A: Negra modelo is light brown in color, with a small egg-white colored head on top. Retention was not very good, minimal lacing left behind.

S: Toasted bread, some nuts, light floral notes, a bit of caramel, and some lager yeast.

T: On the malty side, similar to the aroma with some caramelized malt, a little bit of nuts/toffee, and some light floral hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks smooth with a nice crisp mouthfeel.

O: One of the better beers I have had in Mexico. It actually has flavor and doesn't drink very heavy, but is far better than most macro-lagers down here. Pretty easy to find in Mexico as well.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.95/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper, a color that resembles strong iced tea. Light is easily visible all the way through, so it isn't that dark. The light tan head is small, soft and cheap looking. In fact, it looks a little like styrofoam. It doesn't last long at all and leaves next to no lace.

The aroma is underwhelming. Nothing more than a whiff of caramel malt. Not bad, not good, just okay. The flavor is inoffensive as well. Again, very lightly toasted carmel malt with a grainy quality about it. The finish is dry, slightly sour and faintly metallic. The body/mouthfeel is insubstantial and fizzy and is easily the worst of the beer's barely average attributes.

My memory of Negra Modelo, since it hasn't entered my mouth in many years, is that it went pretty well with Mexican food. I doubt that I'd feel the same now that I'm more well-versed in the ways of beer. Ordinary at best.

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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -11%

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,315 ratings.
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