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

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

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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3,249
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3.37
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
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Photo of wl0307
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

BB 14/10/2006, served lightly chilled in a 330ml broad-rimmed weizen glass.

A: lightly-infused black-tea to tawny colour with russet hints; the moderately frothy off-white beer head slowly settles down, forming a rimmed foam on top of a gently-carbonated body.
S: caramely sweetness plays a considerable part at the front, but not as OTT as I anticipated--not bad; a flow of lemony hops and apple-ish fruity hints quietly join the main theme at the back, leaving a malt-grist like chewy and rough malty note going deep in the background. Not quite aromatic overall.
T: a slightly metallic taste accompanies a rather neutral flavour of caramel maltiness that has but a malty gloss without a necessary body to be a firm platform; the palate picks up at the back a mild tinge of bitter roast tea-leaves and burned sugar, with a slightly dryish grassy touch. But by no means can there be said of a considerable aftertaste, which is weird for this style I reckon?
M&D: light and loose in body and overly mild (next to bland) in flavour, only the clean and softly-fizzy mouthfeel (normal for a lager) prevents it from being a total failure. Easty-drinking for a 5.3%abv. beer? Yes. An impressive example of Vienna Lager? Negative! For this beer style, this is easily the least impressive to me so far, for its lack of body AND flavour... It really needs more, and/or better, ingredients to juice it up. "Semi-disappointing", given my high expectation~~

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good brown appearance, small 1/2" off white, light tan head. One of the few Mexican beers that doesn't look all yellow. Aroma is a nice blend of corn and nuts, brown malt.

Taste is nice, schwarzbier like carbonation and hopping. highly carbonated mouthfeel. I think its pretty reliable and almost always enjoyable with mexican food, especially chips and salsa.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown with about 1/4 inch of just off-white head that instantly dissipated leaving no lacing.

The aroma had a nice grain base and a bit of malt sweetness. The flavors started out nicely malty, a bit sweet and had a nice little hop tang on the finish.

The body was crisp and clean and ended up just shy of full, for the style. Drinkability was very good, the bottle went down easily and quickly. Overall, a nice little example of the style. Worth trying when you see it. This is probably my favorite of the mainstream Mexican brews, it's a decent beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown body that is transparent with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin wisp of foam in the middle.

S- There is an aroma of pale malt with a hint of pot caramel and a faint noble hop finish. The smell is very light overall.

T- The taste of light crisp pale malt has a note of pot caramel or slightly toasted malt with a neutral taste. The finish has a light bitterness and a soft carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that was a touch watery in the finish.

D- This beer was very light and flavorless with a dark body. Not to interesting.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL glass at a pizzeria in Puerto Vallarta.

A: The lagerbier is an amber color that floats ephemerally between a copper penny and chocolate brown. The lager is rendered opaque as a result of the hues. A small head, surprisingly nonexistent, didn't do much through the glass.

S: The nose lacks some of the chocolate strength that the bottled version has. What remains is a mild grainy aroma that has a noticeable, but not overpowering, roasted aroma.

T: Roasted grains, chocolate and burnt toast define the flavor. The malty base is firm, mildly carbonated, with a strong bready finish. Par for the course, hops really don't add much of a zing, allowing the dark malts to carry the day. By far the most diverse Mexican lager around.

M: The lower carbonation in the draught version allows the roasted flavors to come through with a little more oomph.

D: Very drinkable, possibly my favorite of the trip.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml little stubby bottle poured into pint glass 5/11/11

A reddish amber with loads of tiny bubbles being pumped out from all over the glass, thumbs width of light tan film has a short life but leaves a couple rings of lace

S soapy molasses and a little cola

T a little nutty raisin and the soap I smell is gone, not that bad actually, I thought this would be complete swill but it's decent

M a little thin but enough carbonation to give it some life, flavors linger but faint

O a surprise considering I though it was another Corona in a brown bottle, unlike Corona I could drink this without problems

nothing worth looking for but it would make a great substitute for Mexican tap water, perhaps the best thing I've had from the country

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
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 RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light tawny brown color with a nice beige head and very nice carbonation. Moderate non-descript dark malt aromas. Nice grainy dark flavors a la a light dunkel... Light-medium bodied and a very nice Mexican choice.

Much better than the typical Mexican pale lagers... The only Mexican beer besides Dos Equies that I'd get at a Mexican restaraunt.

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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light brown with a modest cream head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

Caramel, nutty malt reigns the aroma. Hints of diacetyl are evident. Hip character is minimal.

Toffee and butterscotch rule the flavor, very sweet, with toasted, nutty malt notes finishing slightly fruity.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Diacetyl bomb, but flavorful malt character. It's on the sweet side, and the nutty notes make it appealing.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel aromas, brilliantly clear amber, not a lot of esters, a little malt, astringency, a touch malt, no roast malt flavors, dry finish, medium light body, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying and liking this beer about 10 years ago, I thought I'd try it again and review it this time. 12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like sweet, caramel malt and a bit of spice. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but has a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent too. It's a good beer that's not offensive, has a decent taste to it and is easy to drink. Not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slight dark brown in color, maybe some light ruby hues. Head is hefty with a half inch of slightly opaque head.

S - Lacking a bit but I mostly get sweet caramel and bread next to a regular corn lager smell.

T - Better than expected but not much, sweet toffee, bread, and a touch of lager yeast delivering both a skunk corn flavor and watered hops.

M - Thin to medium it drinks rather well.

Overall an average brew in terms of multiple purchases. If at a Mexican restaurant I would not pass it up.

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Photo of mltobin
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon being poured from the bottle, a dark copper color with a small dark head.
It smells like a loaf of sourdough bread with traces of ginger and carmel.
It tastes smooth for a dark beer and not bitter, a very good choice at a Mexican restaurant.
MF is pretty nice and showcases the character of this lager.
This is a good beer and goes well with beef fajitas and tortilla chips.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish mahogany color, clear with minimal head. Scent is pale, light caramel malt and some notes of roasted nuts and earthy hops. Taste comes of of nowhere to be a smooth and quite flavorful blend of light caramel, roasted nuts and touches of earthy hops. Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Surprisingly good beer,

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Photo of bark
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is dark amber, the liquid is clear. The quite large white
foam dissolves quite quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is gentle and fruity with a hint of malt and some fresh
hops. There is a small amount of diacetyl.

The carbonation is mild and pleasant.

The taste is quite mild, with a dry and somewhat burned flavour. There is a hint of diacetyl and a small but noticeable bitterness. The
aftertaste is a little bitterer, with a small touch of sweet
liquorice.

This is very mild beer, almost watery, but with a nice "dark" touch.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on draft in a shaker pint glass

dark brown in color, off-white colored head. aroma is slightly sweet - caramel, mild roast. taste is not quite as sweet, fairly balanced. overall not a great beer but good for a Mexican meal.

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

Crystal clear brownish copper with an off white cap that fell fast and left a thin collar and skim of bubbles on the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lacing clung to the glass for a few minutes too. Malty aroma, brown sugar and caramel, a bit bready, slightly fruity. Mild bitterness, a bit spicy and herbal, with caramel and toasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness that was more of an indistinct dried fruit rather than fresh and juicy. Quick finish, leaving only a mineral aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation, some malty dryness and fairly crisp. Not bad at all and much more enjoyable than most other Mexican lagers I've tried.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems normal.

Aroma is a bit sweet and roasty. Actually, more sweet than anything.

Taste is sweet with caramel and malt showing through the most. Seemingly pretty ordinary but passable.

Mouthfeel is full of sweet malt and caramel that linger. Nothing special but it does go down easily.

Not a bad beer. It may not even be fresh but at least it's still drinkable the way it is. Gotta be good for something after all.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a partially hazy brown with deep ruby highlights when backlit. The one inch, loose, off-white head sizzled and receded into a soapy cap. Nose is very subdued - malt, perhaps some dark fruit undertones, light banana esters and a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - nice balance between malt and bitter keeps the flavor profile on an even keel. A little watery and finishes with a little bit of cereal grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even background carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew and a nice complement to a Mexican dish.

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Photo of Viggo
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into my fancy Negra Modelo glass, came in a gift pack.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, few lace spots, kind of decent looking. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, bread, bit of floral, light grains and brown sugar. Taste is very light, some corn and caramel, light grains, sugar, very bready almost biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, definitely better than other macro lagers.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour amber brown with a tight creamy rocky off white head that clings. Sour apple and leafy hops nose. Toasted, caramel malts with some chocolate followed by lightly spicy noble hops. Light, fizzy and a bit of chew.

Not the most complex, but an easy drinker and good entry to the style. Often the best option in a Mexican restaurant.

2nd tasting: Pours ruby like cola, candy apple nose, cherry malts and leafy hops. Sweet and fizz together would pair well with Tex-Mex.

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

one of my favorite Mexican beers, if not the favorite. Actual color other than yellow! It exists! Thin brown color. No head. Corpulent described it as an "aroma of some sweet Mexican nuts," and I have no reason to doubt his expertise.

Taste, shocker, goes excellent with good Mexican food. Skip the lime. Spice is good, as the small amount of hops will come out. Very carbonated throughout.

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Photo of Suds
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent reddish-brown with a very thin, off-white head. Not much lacing. The aroma is light, but there’s a bit of caramel maltiness in there. Not much else going on in the smell. Taste is characterized by a roasted, semi-sweet malt flavor. Bit of chocolate in the taste as well. It’s not heavy hopped, is light in body, and had a fair amount of carbonation. I’d say that this is a middle-of-the-road dark lager beer. It’s nothing special, but it’s agreeable and nicely drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is not what I could consider dark enough to call black so the negra is offputitng. Its more a dark amber with a hint of mud. There was no head and little lacing.

The aroma is ok, there are light malts throughout, reminded me of a bad version of a Boston lager. At the same time its refreshing to drink something different then the standard light mexican beer.

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Photo of champ103
2.21/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Pale malts. Cooked corn. Grain, cereal, and metal. There is almost nothing in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Grain, cereal, and metal. Some adjunct corn flavor. I really can't make much out.
M/D: Light as can be and way over carbonated. Very seltzer like. Easy enough to drink if it were not for the heavy prickly carbonation.

I had this at a good Mexican place. Usually I enjoy beers like this with Tex-Mex. Though this pretty much had no body for a "dark beer." Hardly any flavor or aromatic character either. I will avoid this from now on and drink Bohemia instead.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,249 ratings.
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