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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

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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3.36
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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at El Rodeo, a mexican chain recently. Served cold in a frosty glass that I warmed w/ my hands prior to pouring.

A - Dark amber w/ caramel brown shades w/ a bone white head that leaves light lacing on the glass

S - A malty and metallic aroma w/ fruity notes and a gentle woody hop odor. The malt is slightly sweet smelling and has a nutty nose

M - A malty creamy caramel sweet and fruity feel w/ mild carbonation and subtle spice

T- Slight flavors of malt creaminess emerge as it warms w/ subtle stone fruit and hints of nuts. Very mild lager yeast tang w/ a hint of alcohol when closer to room temp

D - Very drinkable lager w/ nice dark malt and mild sweetness overall. The woody hops and toffee like malt w/ milky tinges is very easy to quaff. A very good Mexican beer compared to most I drink this with quesadillas often

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a slightly chilled mug.

Y'know, I love going to Mexican restaurants, as I can't seem to get enough of the food, but the beer selections don't usually come close to exciting. This night, dining with the brother and father, I went with my Mexican standby. It pours a clear dark garnet-brown topped by about a finger of off-white foam. The nose is weak, comprising light caramel, light biscuits, and very light florals. The taste is very similar, with the light caramel, biscuits, and florals returning, though with a bit o' hard water thrown in there, mixing things up in a slightly negative way. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a decent brew, nothing close to special, but pretty nice when the enchiladas hit the table.

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First off get that god damn lime shit away from my beer. Just leave the beer alone, it is just fine the way it is. Put me in any East Boston Mexican-Latin infused eatery or even a decent chain like Chevy's Fresh Tex Mex and I will in rare form with this beer at my side.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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 mdaschaf
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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 mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 07/18/11 notes. On tap at Los Tios in Alexandria, VA last night with dinner. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with some amber notes, one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head rentention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of toasted malts, bready malts, light toffee and caramel, roasted malts, and light fruit.

t - Tastes of toasted malts, bread, roasted malts, light caramel malts, light fruit, and some hops.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty average beer, but this was my go to in Mexico and still is at Mexican restaurants. Lots of malts but easy to drink, and a good alternative to the Corona's and Sol's usually offered. Woudl certainly order it again at a restaurant, though don't like it enough to pick up a 6 pack at the store with better options available.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown hue with a moccha tan toned head, and this beer has a nice full two fingered head forming. As the lace forms it is evenly trickled around the rim, very nice appearance. The aroma is slightly floral maybe some hop aroma there, with very sweet malty sharp tones and some grainy cereal notes are also present. The taste is slightly caramel with a tingling malty sweetness that's balanced by some mild bittering hops. Some fruit tones were also present, but nothing that completely stood out to me. Medium body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a good amount of carbonation that tickles the back of the throat. Very well conrstucted Mexican delight, that I am sure pairs very well with some spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

People are starting to wonder about my wandering so far afield from The CANQuest (TM), bottle be off of this kick before long, I promise you. In fact, I am to take a delivery of CANs later today!

I got a disappointingly-less than a finger of light-tan head with such poor retention that I began to wonder if I had done something to make it go away so quickly. Bye! Color was an orangish-amber, but definitely NOT ruby, and with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant malty bitterness, but nothing earth-shattering. I am having a difficult time buying into this being one of the top rated beers of the style. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creaminess with a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. Finish was likewise pleasantly sweet, but not enough to really wow me.

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Photo of jwc215
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium, murky brown with an off-white head that soon became a thin lacing.
The smell was fairly thin - some hints at caramel.
The taste was of caramel mixed with some various grains. It was a bit on the thin side, but not bad.
It left a bit of a surprising stickiness. Not much of an aftertaste.
Overall, it didn't wow! me... but, next time I'm in a Mexican restaurant (which is not often), I might have this if I want a beer instead of a margarita. It's certainly better than the other Mexican beers I've had (esp. Corona and Sol.)

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Shorty's
Comes to the table a fairly clear medium brown color with a smallish off white head that had all but dissipated before the glass got to my table. Smells of caramel and a hint of butterscotch with a faint grainy almost bready malt in the background. Very light floral hop aroma. The flavor is mostly caramel, but it tastes fake. Moderate sweet maltiness is offset with a burnt butterscotch and faint spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet mouthfeel. Vienna lager is quite a stretch here, dark adjunct lager fits better in my mind. Nothing horrible here, but the artificial taste and lack of complexity kills this one for me.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Torero's in Raleigh.

Arrived a deep, dark brown with a thin lacing of off white head. Caramel and chocolate malt notes in the nose. Taste is rich, malty, smooth; caramel, chocolate malt, slightly nutty with subtle hops for balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated, easily drinkable.

Not at all a bad offering. Definitely one of the better beers coming out of Mexico.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tumbler glass.

A simple foamy head off tan light caramel sits on a nice dark brown and red clear chestnut body.

Mild malt toffee bouquet, with a little grass and licorice. Fairly closed though.

Taste is, a basic light malt, simple almost wet texture, and lightly crisp with a small hint of toffee.

Overall this beer never fails me. Nothing fancy, just simple and pleasing.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy this beer with a nice Mexican meal, I truly do.

Beer comes in a short stub of a brown bottle with an annoying gold foil over the pry off. If you were to drink this out of the bottle it would be quite the nuisance , beer poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer is brown and clear. The carbonation is nice and forms a thin off white head that slowly falls away, not much lacing on the glass at all.

The aroma of this beer is quite weak. There is no hop aroma, no real malt presence, after several attempts I can pick up on some faint roast, but other than that there really isn't anything.

Beer is medium bodied overall, there is a sourness to it, a mild bitterness, and a slight (very slight) roast at the back or perhaps a hallucination. Overall the beer is kind of boring but there is nothing offensive or obviously wrong with it.

Overall, there really isn't anything special about this beer, but it is pretty good. Its not skunky or flat or thin, its a good bodied decent dark lager. I wouldn't shy away from it at a party but I probably wouldn't keep it on had at the house.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the airport Margaritaville in Cancun, Mexico. The beer was served in a mug. It presented a semi-hazed amber-brown color with no head. Caramel-malty nose. There was a very steady flow of carbonation present. The beer is slight dark caramel and molasses flavors riding a light, crisp body. There is a slightly dark and sweet aftertaste, with some sour notes and a hint of hops to balance. The finish is very quick and clean. Goes great with nachos, that's for damn sure.

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Photo of Billolick
2.79/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice almond color, little head, no lacing.
No nose to speak of. Minimal malt, very minimal hops. Very subtle in the flavor dept. A bit chalky in the finish. Not very pleasing. I would not waste too much time on this stuff, unless there was only macros around. Might do decently with food, but thats probably a stretch.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev +17%
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 GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Ahhhh, a very nice beer! Pours an amber, dark brown color with a small head and not much lacing. Smells of deep dark malt, maybe some nutty scents and a few hops too. Tastes a bit nutty also. Definite hops, slightly spicy hops and a bit sweet at the same time. This would be the number one beer to get if having a nice dinner south of the border. Maybe a bit too much carbonation for me, but an overal pretty good beer. Ask for this one first and grab it if it's there.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
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 Mebuzzard
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewing this to style cuts down on some of the ratings. This isn't a bad beer, and probably one of the best "macros" I've had. Still, to compare it with the style, it misses

nice dark amber, buckeye brown. Clean. Small head, soapy.

Aroma has the hints of MDL, but just hints. Toffee, sweet malt and some caramel. Kind of rusty.

Sweet tastes of caramel and toffee. Leather a bit to throw in some tannins. It's a bit chaotic. Nothing holding it together. While the flavors are not bad, they are random and light. The finish is a bit dirty.

Got worse at it warmed

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

A nice beer, although is isn't really much of anything special about it besides that its one of the only Mexican beers around here that's decent. Tastes darker than most vienna lagers, almost bock-like with smooth chocolate malt flavor. No detectable hops, just a smooth drinking mexican beer that goes nicely with a big burrito.

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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 Tone
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then strong yeast cleanliness, and some very slight roasted malt in the finish. Overall, a rather decent Munich Style Dunkel - I could drink quite a few of these as session beers.

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Photo of Gavage
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with orange highlights. 1" head falls quickly. No lacing.

Smell: some very mild caramel tones are present.

Taste: caramel, toasted corn tones, and a very mild bitterness. Thin and watery maltiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Short caramel and toasted tone aftertaste. Light-medium in body.

Drinkability: dull and boring is all that can describe this beer. Not worth trying.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had Mexican food brought to me last night for dinner, and I had two beers of Mexican origin in my fridge. Which one do I consume with the food: the canned Corona, or a bottle of Negra Modelo? For most of us, that's an easy choice when trying to compliment a meal. Guess which one I took? On to the beer:

It's a copper-reddish brown beer with a fairly sweet aroma, balanced by a light hop flavor. The feel of the beer is average, not heavy, but not light. Perfectly suitable for the warm Mexican climate, as it holds some taste and goes down without trouble. Kind of a Mexican Sam Adams if you want a fair approximation, and that's not bad. Went well with my steak taquitos.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.
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