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

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Negra ModeloNegra Modelo

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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 matcris
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very clear, mahogany-amber, up to the light. A half finger of off white foam that disappears quickly. Good carbonation when rocking the glass, and a nice streaming effect up the glass. Very mild lacing left down the glass. As far as the aroma goes, when I cracked the bottle, I immediately got a blast of skunk. I poured the beer and waited a few, and that smell subsided quite a bit. What's left reminds me of a cross between SA BL and red wine. In the flavor, has the nice caramel and toasted bread that you find in a BL, and a more fruity, and again, red wine note. The feel is dry, medium thin body, and medium full carbonation. Overall, not bad. I'd try this again with dinner, sometime. The bit of skunk was not great, and side by side I'd go with a Boston Lager.

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Photo of m_hall
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a stubby 12 oz bottle into a pilsner. Clear, tea-colored lager, topped with a two-finger tall cream colored head that falls slowly to a thick film. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is a bit citric and and a touch herbal, but rather muted overall.

Flavors come forward with husky grains, bread crust, and a bit of dark toast. Slight citrus rind follows, leading to a drying finish with grassy, herbal hops tones.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, fairly robust for a lager, wth prickly carbonation.

A simple, uncomplicated Vienna lager, and a stalwart in Mexican restaurants everywhere, Negra Modelo is a solid anytime beer, and a great choice with that cuisine.

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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 GrumpyGas
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Slight off-putting white head that dissipates quickly.
Clear cola colored body that leaves no lacing.
Aroma is weak, but clearly malt and almost smoky.
The flavors match.
Clean and clear mouthfeel leaving a smoky memory behind.
Great to escape the obvious in a limited option restaurant.

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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 jamesroses
2.84/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

appearance: red/orange, one finger head that dissappears fast leaving a white film on top.

smell: caramel and a bit of roasted malts.

taste: slightly bitter, caramel and some coffee character.

mouthfeel: thin and watery, the carbonation feels weird and a bit aggressive.

overall: not the worst beer on earth but it's not one I'd choose to drink everyday.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a dressed (lime/salt) nonic. Weak, foamy head and bubbly lace. Medium brown color.

Light roast nose (prob stunted by lime dressing).

Taste is lightly roasted, pretty watery bitter, but some sweetness from brewer's caramel and even a little light nut character. Dressing provides augmentation.

Dryish finish, but not unrefreshing.

None of the major Mexican imports are groundbreaking, but Negra Modelo holds up, and pairs better with food than any other. As you can guess, I'm an advocate of getting this (and pretty much any cerveza) "Mexican style," dressed in lime and salt.

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Photo of Act25
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

How to drink mexican.
1) Order Modela Negra.
2) Do not add a lime.
3) Let it warm up as much as possible because the appetizing aroma is a "4".

A) 12oz custom brown short bottle with a gold foil neck. Clear cola brown with loose bubbled, flattish, tan head, not enough lace. Flattens quickly.

S): Clean smelling. Big malt sweet char, Wood smoke. Faint herbal aroma. A shaman fire on the plateau.

T):Malt flavors, more sweet at first, then charred, a tiny grassy hop, and then dry clean finish, making it the best mexican food beer. Steel, flint, stone in there too.

F) Medium mouthfeel, smooth.

O: Dark American Lager style. Best of a bad lot at mexican eateries.

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Photo of Krog5
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A good alternative to a common corona mexican beer, has an almost guiness taste, and has a strong caramel smell. I found it a very easy drinking, lightly carbonated beer, great with food especially mexican food!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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 BloodSoakedAleMug
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a transparent lightly toasted brown color with a one and a half finger, khaki head.

Aroma: Raisins, apples and notes of caramel.

Taste: Light and clean. The beer has a very gentle flavor. Vague notes of toasted bread, toffee and apple tarts. Sweetness is balanced out by a moderate bitter hop and dark chocolate flavor on the finish.

Feel: Smooth. Watery. Low carbonation. Light-medium body.

Overall Comments: Not a fussy beer, and that's what I like about it. The flavor is light, toasty, chocolaty, fruity and a little watery but I think those qualities add to the beer's drinkability. Almost dopplebock like. Nothing superb, just a crisp dark beer that sacrifices some of it's flavor and body for sessionability. Would pair nicely with takeout or fast/comfort food in general.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle bought at Trader Joe's, pours a clear deep copper (or light brown) with a beige head that quickly dissipated. Modest aroma. Malty with a toasted caramel sweetness. Fairly light with decent carbonation. Very drinkable.

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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 tmimitw
4.77/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The name might get you some ain't racist, yo...and it gets very little marketing...but this drank es Padrisimo! Don't drink the corona extras and puta madre cervezas...this and dos equis ambar are what you need. One time, Anahi, Belinda, AND Maria Elisa Camargo were all over deez nutz when I drank this. Buy

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Photo of MusaJames
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Immediately this beer pours into the glass well without much head. It has a very dark color but not quite the Black as its name claims. A much more amber color. It doesn't have a whole heck of a lot in the fragrance department but I am noticing something. Tastes pretty good. Exactly like a Vienna style should. I want all to know that among the Mexican beers this is probably the best Mexico offers in m humble opinion.

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Photo of bbtkd
3.09/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo, 5.4% ABV, 24 IBU, style is Vienna Lager. Pours thin and brown, two fingers of white foam, moderate lacing. Nose is sweet and "fresh". Taste is - not much - a non-offensive lager, with no bitterness, but a bit of a burnt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, and an overall OK lager. I'd take this over most macro lagers. Better than Corona.

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Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Now, this is my first review so bear with me until I get the hang of this. I was very pleasantly surprised with this one. We have an awesome Mexican restaurant in our town, and of course being a beer lover, I wanted a beer with my meal. I asked the server if they had any darker beers, and he suggested this one. It had a decent look to it, not the best I've ever seen but pretty respectable. It had a nice medium brown color, I guess kind of amber. It was a bit fizzy but not too much. I don't like a lot of fizz, but to each their own for those who do. The taste was great! Not too hoppy, which is good for me, and it had a good caramel taste that I thought was present. Taste-wise, I am sure there are much bolder flavored beers out there, but this one doesn't lack flavor and is all in all very good. Not what you'd call a heavier beer, but it has some substance to it. It is worth a try and I personally found I really enjoy it.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hey look, it’s one of those beers I’ve had often but never reviewed: Negra Modelo. Generally because it’s not a Lager in the vein of Corona like almost every other Mexican beer, ever... Negra Modelo is one of my go-to Mexican restuarant beers (at least until craft beer takes off in Mexico, which we are starting to see with brews like Red Pig). Anyway, it is what it is, and I for one think Mexico benefits greatly by knowing how to brew and export a beer style other than Adjunct Lagers - here’s looking at you Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. (huh, same brewery as Corona, there you go).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: Deep clear caramel brown body with a thin half centimetre beige head that soon fizzles out like a damp squib. Not the most attractive beer ever nor does it look like a train wreck either, a middle ground here. 6/10.

S: Aroma has a real cola-esque fragrance to it - look you’re not fooling anyone Grupo Modelo: This is a glass of Corona with Coca-Cola syrup added to it isn’t it? Seriously though there isn’t much to this brew in way of aromas - a coke/sugar like sheen with some light caramel malt and naught else I’m afraid. 6/10.

T: Flavour is on the lighter side, with Negra Modelo just slightly unable to shake the feeling of being an alcoholic soda drink (again Coke comes to mind). Hints of caramel and a slight herbal note towards the back. Finishes crisp and dry with a mild bitterness. Aftertaste takes on a toasty caramel character. Refreshing beer? No doubts here. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, slight watery bodied, with an affably (for a Mexican brew) dense carbonation - it’s a bit fuller in texture than other common Mexican beers. 8/10.

D: Apart from being a little bit pedestrian this is one of the better, and let’s be honest the competition isn’t grand, Mexican beers on the market atm. However setting this aside how does it stack up against other Vienna Lagers out there? Considering my limited experience with the style [having reviewed only 3 others]: Better than Dos Equis but worse than Sam Adams. Other than that it is still my go to in the Mexican restaurant purely for being the lessor of shites, not a thing to be proud of: But a thing nonetheless. 6/10.

Food match: Considering I’ve only ever had this with Mexican food I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say: Indian. Ha, gotcha!

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My drink of choice at the Mexican restaurant, Drinks light and easy so I can have that extra enchilada, and has a slight roasted barley flavor that I just seem to like.

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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 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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,260 ratings.
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