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 diablo14
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i rather like this beer, especially with a round of beef burritos. its definately the best mexican offering ive come across. its not really a dark beer, but compared to corona or sol, its almost pitch black!

more a golden amber color, with a foamy cream colored head, it has a gentle sweetness about it, slightly caramel, slightly spicy, with a nice restrained malt tinge. certainly not full bodied for a dark beer (unless you want to call it a dark lager), this is reflected in the flavor, which is quiet but not tasteless. subtle maltiness with has some sweetness to it, mild toffee like hint with some orange traces there also. well balanced bitter finish that is a little tangy but doesnt get carried away and starts to kick in just when you fear it might just be getting a bit too sweet. perfect for downing with any rich mexican dish.

i really like that the beer, while not bursting with flavor, has a nice taste that doesnt give you too much to deal with while youre eating a meal. a nice palate cleanser. like hens teeth in australia now, but if i know im off to the cantina, im always hoping negra modelo is on the beer list.

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Photo of clvand0
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an amber color with a small tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves almost no lacing on the glass. The aroma was a little hoppy with some small hints of malt, but nothing very strong. The body is pretty thin. This one was surprisingly easy to drink for a Mexican beer and I liked it better than a lot of the other Mexi beers I've had. Nothing too wonderful to point out in the taste, but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of 44ouncer
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this out last night at the Tia Juana Restaurant in Fremont, California. Terrific food there. Check it out the next time you're in the SF Bay Area.

Beer had a nice dark amber hue to it. Nothing like an oatmeal stout -- almost like a bock. Head didn't stay around too long. Nice smell -- a little corn. A little hops. Nothing over powering. Good taste. Bolder than the typical Mexican lager. Nothing amazing about the mouthfeel. Average. A good beer. OK to try one or maybe two with dinner, but that's about it. Worth a try if you haven't had it before.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a very clear dark brown color, like pepsi, with a light tan head that dissolved quickly to a thin ring around the surface. The aroma was faint, but mainly molasses and malt. Each sip is thin to medium bodied with a mild tingle on the sides of the tongue. The flavor is a sweet combination of caramel malt and coffee. There's a slightly sour finish that leaves behind a mild malt taste.

This beer isn't half bad but I thought it was a bit sweet for my tastes. It could you a few hops to balance out the flavor.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a Mexican beer... trumps most of their lighter offerings. However I just did not find it that interesting. Toffee and malt flavors are readily present but thats about as far as the complexity goes. Beer is smooth the drink. If I were in Mexico, this would probably be my session beer as I prefer it over all the other lager type beers I've had from there, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Negra? Light brown! There's no blackness here! Right up front, the beer has offended me. Smells quite a bit better though. A nice rich, thick malty smell. Of course, the most important part of any beer is the taste, and this one isn't half bad. Like the smell, very sweet. Perhaps not quite as heavy and flavorful as othe dark lagers out there, but it more than makes up for that in ease of drinkability. Matter of fact, something about the taste reminds me of Dr. Pepper. Weird.

Not so much a dark beer as a strong Mr. Pibb, but I'm glad to have finally found a dark beer that I could drink on a bright sunny day. Refreshing, if lacking in style.

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Photo of freed
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle was left in the fridge by friends. Cool. Wonder what they took that they felt the need to leave a beer...

Poured nicely into my pint, a starting cap of foam was thick, but dissolved quickly into a light rim around the glass. The beer is dark amber, and looks similar to an iced tea. Aroma is somewhat sour malty with a roundness that can only be explained by hops, though they aren't that apparent. Taste is somewhat plain, slight amber flavor, sweet draw, and flat lagery finish. Drinks like an avarage lager, despite the difference in color.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium dark brown color, small white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and sweet. A medium bodied dark ale. Malts are slightly sweet. Hops are light and mild. Mild taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly malty

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Photo of grynder33
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark Amberish pour, quickly disappearing head, soft aroma with just a touch of fruit and hops,nice soft smooth flavor, very lightly carbonated, flavor just a little timid, but probaly the best thing available in a Mexican Resturant. Would complement a spicey salsa nicely

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Photo of granger10
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is nothing to write home about. It IS better than Corona but that's not saying much. Not really that dark for a dark lager. Roasted taste with a light caramel roastiness to boot. Very lightly carbonated, but goes down smooth enough. All in all not a great beer but decent enough.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – A clear, brown body with a decent head that dropped rather quickly but laced the glass.

Smell – Light hints of malt underneath chewy caramel.

Taste – This is really good for a Mexican ale. The caramel isn’t as strong on the tongue that it is at the nose, but the malt flavor steps up a bit and holds its own. This is not exceptional quality by any means, but the flavors are professional and right along lines with the style.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation, again in keeping with the style.

Drinkability – It was a little clumsy going down for me, but this is hands above other Mexican ales that I’ve had and quite a respectable offering by Modelo.

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Photo of Boto
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beer from Mexico that can be considered a 'good' beer. It is a bit of a brown color. Fair amount of head. The aroma is malty. There is almost a complete absence of hops. A decent body and malty flavor, although both could be a bit more. No bitterness at all. Darkness is deceiving!

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Photo of ngandhi
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Suprisingly pale amber, not my definition of a dunkel.

Mild hops on the nose, not much else. The fruitiness of the hops come out on the palette wonderfully balanced by sweet malts. A little yeasty. No extreme flavors, but there's a sense of craft here. Some corn/rice adjunct on the finish.

The malt support makes this beer rather enjoyable to drink. It washes out a bit; in the end, the bitter grain stands alone, on the back of the tongue. I could have a couple -- pretty watery for a dunkel and easy to drink -- but the sharp finish would eventually catch up with me.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of chaduvel
2.86/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found one of these in the fridge, left over from a party. Pours a nice deep amber color, hardly any head to speak of despite a vigorous pour. There is an odd odor here, rotten fruit? Do I have a skunky bottle? Tastes malty and of metal. Metal flavor seems to have control. Head is already gone after two sips. Bottle says it's a dark beer, it looks like a dark beer, but doesn't have the complexity of a good dark lager beer.

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Photo of Realale
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light brown with a definite mahogany slant. Not much of a head, but what's there is creamy light brown and makes a hasty exit.

Bready malt on the nose, with a slight toffee sweetness. No real hop notes. A bit one dimensional.

Very malty in the mouth. Finishes with a definite sweet note, really too sweet for me to drink without food. Could use a bit more carbonation, or some hop bitterness to balance all of that malt, and give some more interest. Still, a nice food match with rich Mexican stews, etc., and my tipple of choice at most Mexican restaurants.

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Photo of beerman599
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally, a Mexican brew that's not afraid of a little grain. This dark ruby brew gives off a rich malt aroma, eventhough the head quickly disapears as with most lagers. The taste is of light hops and spice. This beer has a solid feel in my mouth with a malt finish. Will look forward to this the next time i'm eating mexican

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Photo of putnam
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of an acorn in a candlelit room.
The head competently displays a creamy, pearlescent, undulating sheen before it dissolves into a peninsula of conjoined cells atop the liquid.
This is the smell of corn cobs roasted over a wood fire. Cherry-pop cherry fruit characterises the mid-palate which is medium-bodied. A pleasing bitterness arrives on the finish to clear a path for the next sip.
The smell is really a treat though, conjuring illusions of mirthful drinking sessions around a campfire in the high sierra. Pozole and beans bubble in the middle of the light. This is a beer to drink with an appetite, as it's relatively dilute character will serve well as a wash for sticky tastebuds.

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Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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 euskera
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored. Medium head. Not all that much there, slight hop and malt character. A bit of a metallic feel to it, slightly smoky at the end. Still a good session beer, and infinitely better than that Corona swill. Good with spicy Mexican food.....

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Photo of hotstuff
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a small tan head with small-medium bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was clear and the hue was brown.The nose of this beer was fruity and there was good lacing on the sides of my glass.I found this beer to have a bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Redrover
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer is a darkish tan/brown. Huge initial head that quickly dissipates. No real lacing.

Smell is of malts and corn. Not bad, but not that interesting either.

Taste is similar to the smell. Malt predominates. Carbonation keeps things zipping along. I give this beer credit as unlike most Mexican beers, the taste holds-up as the beer warms.

Beer is easy to pair with food and may be my favorite south-of-the-border choice. Easy to drink, with a fair mouthfeel.

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Photo of Running4beer
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a brown/dark amber color when held to the light some red highlights can be seen. Thin lacey head that goes away rather quickly. A good amount of carbonation but not a bad thing, good mouthfeel this goes with a good mexican meal. Aroma was not very strong but some malt and citrus can be detected. Taste was malty with a slight hop bitterness in the after taste but nothing bad. This is a very good mexican beer would take this over Corona or Bud any day.


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Photo of DarthMalt
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is the ULTIMATE thunderstorm beer!

Think about it. After a day of fun in the sun, fruity drinks, and sporting a wicked tan...somewhere on the Yucatan (Ba-dum, Bump!), in roll the clouds--bright sunshine at first, but quickly, shadows turn the crystal-blue waters gray. You run for cover, preferably a palm-reed-thatched hut, with a well-stocked bar underneath it. You, and whoever else might be with you in this escape from the elements, pony up to the bar, grab a stool, and gloat--heartily--as you just skirt the onslaught golfball-sized raindrops, which slam with hurricane force into your (now personal) tiki bar. You sit, and watch, as the pounding rain massages your ears, soothes your mind, and refreshes your soul. Smiling from ear to ear, while savoring a perfect end to your perfect day, you take a sip.

THIS is Negra Modello!

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Photo of Andreji
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather reddish and very dark brown tone with a thick head that leaves some lacing behind as it fades, but is consistent; much carbonation is present. The smell is very acute and citrusy with malt present. The taste, with an appealing bitterness and some sweet presence is good and has a comfortable moutfeel and a consistent body. A good mexican beer.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite Mexican beer. The beer comes in a stubby 12 ounce brown bottle and pours about the same color as the bottle. It has a very fine white head that complement the dark liquid. The aroma is very light. Not much in either malt or hops. The taste leans toward maltiness. By comparison to other Mexican beers, this one's taste is almost strong. The mouthfeel is light but the carbonation does bite a little on the tongue. I recommend this beer with whatever your favorite Mexican restaurant is serving. Remember the Mexicans are keeping the Vienna Lager style alive and well.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,364 ratings
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