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

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Negra ModeloNegra Modelo

Brewed by:
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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper red color with a modest off-white head, fades to a thin layer, thick lace coats the glass. Good carbonation, lots of fine bubbles rise slowly to the surface. Aroma is rich and malty with understated hops. Mouthfeel is good, with only a modest sting from the carbonation. Taste begins with mild roasted malts, bitter, though not overpowering, hops soon come into play, finish is a bit dry. A decent, competent brew.

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

If you are at a Mexican restaurant, please get this instead of Corona. Coppery colored and not very hearty for a darker beer but I can't complain too much, as it went great with my enchiladas.

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Photo of BillyBrew
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mexico's Dark secret. Amber colour with creamy, thin lace. Lightly floral scent. Slightly malted taste with mildy bittering and hop flavor. Nearly watery, medium body that is fairly smooth.

Everything is adequate here, not bad, but nothing special.Give it a shot. Cheers.

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

Dark amber body, with a big bubbly head. Decent head retention. Not much aroma, slightly malty with a bit of hop spiciness. Caramel malt flavor is very mild, but increases as the beer warms. Good offset to Mexican food heavily laced with Cholula, but that's about it. Too heavily carbonated, but tolerable.

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Photo of inebrius
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo is a moderately above-average lager disguised as a good beer. Sure, its got a little malt sweetness and a discernible hop finish, even an aroma one might describe as toasty if they had never smelled roasted sweet corn. Nevertheless, a beer of this mahogany shade is expected to deliver more to the buds. Clearing the way for your next bite of chile rellenos is it's crowning achievement.

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Photo of zerk
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark color, with quickly dissapating head. Very little detectable on the nose, slightly sweet smell.

Taste had malt sweetness, and slightly bitter. Not very much flavor. Nothing really distinguishes this beer, or makes you want more.

Good with a Mexican meal, and better than many Mexican imports, but nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.31/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark caramel color and has a 1 1/2 finger head that fades rather quickly. The smell is a that of a sweet malty beer. Has a distinct but not harsh bite that fades quickly with each swallow. The hops are noticeable but quickly disappear. I searched the flavor with each swallow but it's gone so quickly the only thing I get out of it is a mild musty sweetness that lingers. I can't tell much else about it. It goes down nicely although it doesn't leave you desiring more, you just don't care. Not bad, but definetely not great. Perhaps a decent Mexican import, but lacks alot in comparison to most imports.

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

Interesting. While I only had one of these imports, it smmes like a pretty solid brew. The beer pours a nice dark color with a slightly light head. The tast is a bit harsh at the first sip, but gets better as you go. Perhaps not the best brew from south of the border, but definately worth a try.

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

Though not a fan of mexican beers this one isn't so bad. Sort of funny to see a mexican dark lager. But from what I understand its actually a german recipe that they didn't screw up in Mexico. Most mexican restaurants in my area have this brew, so it beats the alternatives of Corona or our mass produced crap...................CHEERS

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Photo of psugrad98
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with moderate head and moderate carbonation. Roasted malt character reminiscent of caramel or nuts. Warms as it finishes and has a mouth coating mouthfeel.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mexican beer has never really been my bag. Modelo's ability to maket something as tasteless as Corona continues to surprise me, to say the least. That said I wasn't expecting much out of the Negra. I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It's short fat bottle is pretty cool, but the rich smooth taste is what I liked. This beer hits the tounge with a bit of creamy taste, then a mild hoppy bite rings through. It finishes a bit dry and very clean. Makes me want another.

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

Negra Modelo: This is the only beer I’ll order in a Mexican restaurant. It is a brown lager that is very drinkable, and goes very well with hot foods. Nice sweetness, with a hop bite. Very good.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tend to order this one when I go to a Mexian restaurant I frequent called Talita's. I have had always been careful about these type of beers, but I found this to be quite drinkable.

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Photo of stoutman
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great Mexican-made Vienna lager. This particular beer has a medium brown color, a good deal darker than most Vienna lagers. It has a good malt aroma with a dry malt flavor and aftertaste. A good effort by grupo modelo.

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

Pours clear copper brown, with a very thin head that vanishes is a flash of an eye. Smelled a little acidic with no real appealing aromas. The tast was nothing really to note, very thin on flavors. Maybe some sweetness from malt or baley. No hops that I noticed. Very thin, watery going down. It was drinkable, after a 12 hour workday, and free. It looked better than it tasted, the bottle is nice enough, unique shape and gold lettering, but that's about it. I know not to buy it.

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Photo of marc77
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper hue. The thick head quickly settles into a persistent head that leaves a sparse lace. There's more character in aroma than typical for the insipid style. Notes of toffee, biscuit malt, and rich Munich malt are discernable, but not assertive. Rather than the addition of caramel coloring only, (real) malt flavors are contributed by crystal and Munich malt. Hop bitterness is low, and residual sweetness thus asserts itself. Finishes sweet and clean. If considered an American Dark Lager Negra Modelo has more flavor and malt character than average for style, though as a beer in itself it isn't outstanding. Like other European - derived Mexican lagers, it does need to be paired with food.

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Photo of aracauna
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The only real complaint you can have about this beer is that the flavor is definitely thin. What flavor there is, is pleasant. Little to no hops in aroma or taste makes this a very easy drinking beer. There's also a little more to the palate than you'd expect from the light taste. If you ever get a beer craving in a Mexican restaurant, this and Dos Equis are your only two real choices.

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Photo of ADR
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very clear dark brown, big initial head that calms quickly -- like an American macro. Muted aroma at best, mostly of malt. One/two flavor profile -- malt, then hop flavor. Neither is extraordinary, almost deliberately practiced to be non-offensive. Fairly good mouthfeel, helped by a lack of over-carbonation. The malt sweetness seems to dominate but is lacking as far as interesting tastes. An OK beer, in my opinion, but one lacking in the complexity and memorability categories.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the more flavorful Mexican beers. It is like Dos Equis Amber but with a smoother mouthfeel and a bit of malty sweetness. Goes well with beef enchiladas. It has nothing on well-made English and German beers, but it is not bad beer at all. I recommend it within the context of the Mexican restaurant only, otherwise there are better beers to have.

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

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! I decided to try the ubiquitous "dark beer" in celebration of the ubiquitous Mexican holiday. Pours a medium brown, translucent amber, with practically no head. Aromas are not offensive, nor are they memorable. Slightly malty, slightly herbal, whatever. The taste is very light, also not necessarily offensive. Barely bitter, slightly dry, absolutely no lingering finish. If you drink this with Mexican food, make sure it isn't spicy, otherwise this beer tastes like water. Average on all counts. If you feel the need to drink a Mexican beer, though, at least this isn't offensive.

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

Light overall aroma that's mostly malt with a bit of roastedness to it. Full head. Reddish brown almost copper, very clear. Fairly heavy carbonation is what I noted first. Light overall malt taste with some roastedness and caramel qualities. Finishes with just a hint of bitterness. There is a creaminess to the feel that I like. Seems refreshing. Probably good with spicey food.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It has a very bubbly head which quickly leveled to a thin lace. The dark color is very appealing. It doesn't smell all that great, and doesn't taste much like a dark beer. It lacks the thick flavor most darker beers have. Nevertheless, its a tasty, easy to drink beer.

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Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

just mexican beer with a hint of roastiness and caramel or something, pretty boring beer, but it goes down easy.

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Photo of Jason
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
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 tommyjohn
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is listed as a commercial example on the Beer Judge Cert. Program for vienna lager.
Aroma:Wonderfull, malty, toasty and chewy. Smells like it came out of the brewery tap.
Appearance:Dark amber, creamy head.
Flavor:Malty sweet but kinda thin. Very thin.
Impression:Must have gotten a very fresh six pack. Oh the aroma! Still, wish the flavor would have held up it end.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,306 ratings.
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