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

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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 filabrazilia
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown with a thin tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

There is a slight malt aroma in the nose. Mildly sweet and one-dimensional, but not bad.

A sweet malty taste in the mouth. This reminds me of a "light" bock. No discernable hop presence in the taste.

The mouthfeel is thin and crisp with a dry finish.

This is a very drinkable beer that would pair with spicy food. Not terribly complex but still pretty decent.

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Photo of Stingray5
3.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served to me with a frosty mug, lime attached. Lime discarded, beer poured into frosty mug. No head, brown in color. No noticible aroma. Decent mouthful, high carbonation. Taste was caramel malt, touch of hops.

Refreshing and inoffensive. A better choice than the typical Bud parade of offerings.

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Photo of RedBaron
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite Mexican beer--hands down.

The beer poured nicely, with the exact amount of carbonation I would expect from a well-crafted lager, broadly in the Vienna-style (though the label confusingly says "dark ale"). The rocky head faded somewhat a few minutes after the pour, but there was a persistent ring of an off-white trace during the sample.

The wonderful color to this beer is of a dark, transparent bronze. It is a well made lager, and our amigos down south know what they're doing with this product--it kicks the crap out of more mainstream Mexican swill, and gives the drinker something much more to enjoy.

The initial taste was of caramelized, perhaps burnt, malts with a nice and pleasant sweetness, with a good roasty (and faintly chocolate) overtone. The sweetness rotates into a tried-and-true blending of several malts and bittering hops (Saaz?) towards the back of the palette, though the malt sweetness predominates. The mouthfeel is of a medium to full-bodied beer, and it really is a beer crafted with character.

The drinkability factor is high here, and I would recommend this beer to drink paired with spicy chile rellenos over most other south-of-the-border brews.


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Photo of Dubblebock
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is a staple of the Mexican or Tex-Mex dining experience here in Texas. It's near impossible to find a Mexicali establishment that doesn't serve this beer. And for good reason, too. Negra Modelo is one of the better and more respected Mexican beers. It's a good example of the dark American lager, and it will wash down a plate of tacos and enchiladas better than just about anything. This is not a fancy beer at all, although the packaging attempts to say otherwise. The bottles have a unique shape, and the caps are foil covered. LOTS of Hispanic folks here in Central Texas drink Modelo, leaving the Corona to the frat boys.

The beer pours with a fair head and a dark, caramel coloring. Well carbonated.

The taste is malty up front, with a nice hop bite on the back end of the palate. Crisp and refreshing, especially in hotter weather. Slightly watery in mouthfeel, and it seems to get a little bitter after it warms a bit. This is a beer that is probably at it's best when quaffed cold, paired with salty or hot foods. Good drinkability. Maybe a good session beer if you want to try a South of the border taste. Take my advice, though. Go find a nice, out of the way taquieria and order you up a big plate of Tex-Mex. Lay down a couple of these while you're munching on your chips and salsa and you will feel like you're right in the heart of Mexico City.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was dark amber, with a foamy white head. The smell is a slight dark malt. The taste is a slightly sweet dark maltiness, and a slight hoppiness. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability, I could definitely have a few of these.

A much better Mexican beer than Corona, and goes so well with Mexican (compliments the salsa and chips I'm having right now). Not many better to compliment Mexican, and I'd probably have this one again.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.71/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very plain beer in my opinion. Was a dark color almost black. No head what so ever. Smell was the slightest amout of malt not much of a hop smell. Taste was malty almost roasted with very little hop taste. Very thin almost watery beer. Kinda bland I thought. It is easy to drink.

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

Pours a dark brown, with a small head, not too fizzy.

Sweet malt smell

Taste is mostly malt with just a little bit of hops for early balance. Helps to cut through greasy Mexican food. There is a nice roastiness that lasts just a bit longer after that. I think there's a bit of fruitiness too. But the best thing about this beer is that it's really really smooth. A little on the watery side, but definitely not Coors.

Roasty smooth dark ale that goes great with Mexican food.

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Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper, with small off-white bubbly head that quickly settles.
Sweet malt and very light caramel aroma.
Light malt taste, not roasted at all (as I'd expect), also notes of tea.
Light feel as well.
Not much to say about this one, uncomplicated, but nicely done, a good bet for a session, or for breaking up 2 more complicated brews. Nothing special, but nothing bad, and it gets the job done. Great alternative if the only others are Corona/Tecate

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Photo of dpend
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this to be one of the better Mexican beers out there.It's also highly available due to the distribution by Budweiser.

Appearance is clear dark reddish brown with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma was of weak malts and barely a hops presence.Tastes of sweet malts and a tinge of dryness at the end. Thin beer with a slightly butteriness. High drinkability leads to a very good dinner beer and can also pass as a session beer.

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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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,398 ratings