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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 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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Photo of lampkins
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad Mexican beer, head and shoulders above Corona or Corona light. Decent beer that does not require the addition of a lemon or lime. In addition, this beer is not bad as it warms a bit. Carbonation is good, but not overdone. To be honest, could not really detect an attributable scent with this beer. Would I go out of my way to buy this beer? No, but I would order the next time I am having Mexican food.

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

Pours an amber brown hue with a moccha tan toned head, and this beer has a nice full two fingered head forming. As the lace forms it is evenly trickled around the rim, very nice appearance. The aroma is slightly floral maybe some hop aroma there, with very sweet malty sharp tones and some grainy cereal notes are also present. The taste is slightly caramel with a tingling malty sweetness that's balanced by some mild bittering hops. Some fruit tones were also present, but nothing that completely stood out to me. Medium body with a nice smooth creamy texture and a good amount of carbonation that tickles the back of the throat. Very well conrstucted Mexican delight, that I am sure pairs very well with some spicy Mexican food.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh... Negra Modelo. This is certainly the crown jewel in a brewery's lineup that includes Corona, Corona Light, and Modelo Especial. Whereas those beers are at the very best plain and watery (and if not downright offensive), Negra Modelo is definitely a harkening back to Mexico's Austrian influenced brewing roots and is by far the best Mexican beer I've had so far.

Negra Modelo pours a nice clear dark amber/brownish color with a somewhat thin tan head (about one finger worth). Hints of ruby are visible in this beer spectrum. Decent malt smell which reminds me of apple juice in a way. Fruity nose with hints of caramel and honey. The mouthfeel was thinner than expected and was actually quite fizzy. The fruity flavor was what I picked up on first. Apple/pear juice flavor with hints of caramel. A good roasted malt flavor follows and is slightly bitter. The finish has a decent bitterness to it that is more of a contribution from the roasted malts than the hops I would say. The aftertaste is a little too clean. Just some continuing slight bitterness with a few roasted hints. The beer finishes with a little bit of alcoholic warmth, but not much.

Much better than your average Mexican fizzy yellow beer. This beer is not complex in anyway and was surprisingly lighter in flavor than what I was expecting. However, this makes it the perfect beverage to order at any Mexican restaurant, as long as it's not tainted with lime.

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Photo of kindestcut
3.47/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite Mexican beer...usually this wouldn't be saying much...at all. However, Negra Modelo is a good beer, Mexican or not.

Negra Modelo is a rarity, a dark Mexican Beer...which makes me wonder, with all the light, piss-poor Mexican beer out there (which makes me believe this is what people actually expect Mexican beer to be), how on Earth is there a market for this dark beer? It's a mystery to me but one I like.

Negra Modelo pours a dark brown with a medium head. The beer looks very good, especially with the lessened anticipation one would have for a Mexican brew. The aroma is strong roasted malt.

The beer tastes of malt with a slight hoppy finish. There is no complex variety of flavors here. The beer is far less sweet as it is toasty with a slight bitterness. Negra is not heavy, which gives it a slight watery feel, but its carbonation makes up for this. There is not a strong aftertaste.

I really like this beer and I am so glad it's around because I have something to drink at Mexican restaurants. For God's sake, what would I drink if it wasn't available...Corona? Carta Blanca? Tecate? Aghhh!!!

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

A dark lager that tasted fine faired with my mexican food as it kept the stinging spiciness of the meal down. Unfortuantely it had little spice of its own. Extremely smooth and light for a dark beer. This one was the opitome of average in my book and therefore, I have rated it as such.

Good with Mexican food, but not on its own.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's dark brown with just a hint of red. Unlike most Mexican beers, hops are actually detectable in the smell. Also a slight sweetness is present in the smell. The flavor supplies a nice twang that also sets it apart from its Mexican compatriots. The tangy sweetness becomes more noticeable as it warms a bit. If you find yourself in Mexico, it makes a nice change from the others. It's also worth picking up at home, especially if you're entertaining friends who are predisposed to Mexican brews.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Color is light brown with some reddish tones around the bottom and edges of the glass, it gained a good sized head but fizzed away like a soda pop with a mist about it. Smells of a more favorably roasted malt then most Mexican beers, but still has some grainy musk and a small hop note. Taste is roasted malt, slightly earthy and musky, but not dull or bad, just there. Its bolder in the malt, not sweet, but around the darker brown style of some nut browns or dark lagers. Has a medium body, smooth and rounded, with a slight hop bitterness in the finish. This was the best of the batch from the others I was givin.
Thanks to Janice who spent all summer traveling in Mexico and brought back quite a load of beers to drink. Nearly a suitcase full. What a great gal, I asked if she could get me a few? Well she just happened to like most of them and really wanting to bring some back.

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Photo of marburg
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown with the same type of head you'd see on a Coke -- that is, it fizzes up and disappears. Very little aroma even at warmer temps. My dear olefactory senses detect a bit of a used tea bag smell to it. Pretty standard malty sweetness with just a bit of a palate cleansing bitterness at the end. A fairly crisp, easy finish. Definitely an easy drinking beer and something to look for and cling to when your bastard friends drag you out to bars where Molson is the premium beer and Absolut is "the good stuff."

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Photo of Darkale
2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a chain restaurant the other night during an after-business outing.

Pours sort of like a soft-drink, with a head that appears quickly and disappears almost as fast. Faint malt aroma. Thin taste, bit of malt, just a bit, didn't detect much of anything else. Honestly, it tasted like a soft drink.

It's a pleasant drink. You could have a few, and with the right food, it would be ok. But, it's more like an adjunct to the food than it is a beer in its own right.

Still, I would much prefer this beer to most of the macro-brews that are available in the US. It did not venture far into positive territory, but it also avoided negative territory completely, which is more than I can say for most of our mass-produced beers. I would not buy it, but if I ended up in a restaurant or party where this, and only this was available, I would not despair. I'd be OK.

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

I had this with Mexican in Dana Point California and found it to go well with the food. Our local friends said they stock it exclusively in their fridge. The appearance was very nice, a virtually clear very dark amber or light reddish brown filled the glass. There was an off-white head and just a bit of lacing. The beer was mostly malty in taste and smell, with some grain sense coming through against the spicey food. A bit thin and watery, but pleasant enough for the evening.

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Photo of nomad
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A Mexican “dark beer”, almost transparent, with an extremely deep red color, no head, and fairly carbonated but thin bubbles. Appears a little thick but drinks very thin. Has a faint sugar and nut nose, the bitterness is slightly softened. Has an earthy flavor that is slightly nutty, and a roasted malt without the typical sugar or coffee tones. Some slight hop taste. Easy to drink with not muc of a mouthfeel. Its probably low in alcohol and goes very well with spicy food, but thats about all with it. Try this instead of Corona when you're across the border.

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Photo of Scooter77
2.92/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presented in 12oz “stubbie” bottle with gold foil over top. I sampled this brew with some enchiladas and refried beans. Poured a dark amber/orange color with a medium rocky head, which faded down quickly leaving virtually no lace. Nose is malty with subtle pepper undertones. Taste is slightly sweet with touch of mild hops that fade away quickly. Even thought this is an slightly above average Mexican beer, it’s by far, much better than Corona.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the unusually shaped ( and attracive) brown bottle..with the gold foil round the neck.
This beer looks pretty good when piured into my glassdark amber colour large frothy head which lasts mere seconds and is replaced by a nice lace around the glass.
The smell however is pretty average..i detect some hops mostly malt..not great.
The taste is dissapointingly thin..though compared to Corona this is a Porter !!!! some malts..even a small amount of chocolate..not much hop bitterness.
Pretty good in the mouthy..its smooth enough.
Very drinkable with nice fresh made Mexican foods , which is were i drink this usually well its a bit better than tecate and a whole lot better than the "C" word

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Photo of aaronh
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo pours a transparent burnt amber color with a minimal head. The aroma is mostly of caramel and malts, with a touch of hops, but just a touch. The taste is very clean, with a surprisingly rich caramel profile. The roastiness of the malts is evident, and the hops finish the taste quite nicely. Not much is left on the finish, and the aftertatse is just a slight earthy grainiess. The mouthfeel is typical lager, not thin but not robust. The carbonation is a bit harsh on the palate as well. The drinkability is good, and I much prefered this to any other beer typically found in Mexican Restaurants. Have it with your next order of enchiladas and you won't be disappointed (as long as you're not looking for a world class brew!)

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Photo of beerluvr
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a quick white head, over brownish/amber liquid. Lightly molasses-sweet and malty nose. Taste is a brief wash of malt followed by some pinprickly carbonation and a bit of dryness and minute hoppiness..."nothing to see here, folks"! Very cool bottle though. A nice Mexican lawnmower beer!

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Photo of Morris729
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brownish amber color with a very large foamy off-white colored head that slowly fades into a thick and sticky lace. Nose is quite clean with aromas of slightly sweet malts and light fruit. Medium in body and quite smooth. Taste is sweet lightly toasted malts and caramel up front followed by a bit of a tea-like flavor. Nice amount of spicy hops in the end leave a dry and crisp finish. One of the better Mexican beers on the market, and it goes very well with chicken enchiladas.

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Photo of waughbrew
1.63/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Mass-produced dark beer? Sure, I'll try it......once. I have to say I love the strange-shaped bottle with foil. Very different. Too bad the stuff inside tastes like beer soda.

Appearance is light brown (only "dark" in comparison with most other commercial lagers) with a small, quickly receding head. The bubbles are way too big in size to be at all natural (as my understanding goes)

Smell is very sweet malt. Taste is annoying sweet malt that is only covered up a bit by the hops (I think I taste Saaz). The feel is a little sticky with rough carbonation. I think people give it higher marks just because it isn't a yellow pilsener, but I would easily prefer a budweiser.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, the head dissipates quickly. some lace around the glass and a ring of foam remained.
I thought the appearance was one strong suit. The beer is a nice rich even brownish/reddish color.
There isn't much hoppiness to this brew at all because malt flavors seem to dominate. The taste is very clean, with slight citus notes. The flavor isn't robust at all, but it's way better than any other mexican brews I've tasted.
All in all, a pretty good dark lager.

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

This is the one I enjoy the most in the Mexican line. I like the dark brown color over the other Corona mainstreams. The appearance is good from the short stubby foil wrapping of the bottle to the creamy offwhite head and sticky lace. The taste starts out with a up-front hop but smooths to a lightly malt clean finish. overall good mouthfeel. We don't do mexican all that much, but when we do, this little special ( to me Bock-like ) brew is my choice.

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

Well, I don't know if it was the atmosphere that I was in or the beer, but I first had this in a strip club down in Charleston. Oh well, but the beer was primo! It was dark, as the name implies, and had a nice little head to it. Good deep rich taste to it, kinda like stout light. Good finish with no bitterness and goes down smooth.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The "Black Model" isn't actually quite that dark. The clear, deep copper body borders on becoming brown and displays magnificent ruby highlights when held to the light. The short, foamy white head dissipates rather quickly, dropping to just a thin creamy collar, but it does leave some lace about the glass. The nose suggests a semi-sweet and mildly fruit-tinged, lightly toasted malt. Very clean. The body is light/medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that's lightly zesty on the tongue. The flavor is reminiscent of a Vienna lager, but lighter and drier, and displays a well-balanced, lightly toasted malt with a hint of fruit and spice. It finishes dry with a light touch of caramel, a hint of spice, and an underlying hoppiness. Really well done, with alot of finesse. This, however, is a beer that needs to be enjoyed fresh. After only a few months in the bottle it's character dulls leaving a lack-luster version of it's former self.

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

Pours a clear brown color, with a little, semi-creamy, off-white lace. On the nose there isn’t much going on, slight herbal aroma. On the palate, there is a good hop bitterness, light malt flavors, a touch of lime/lemon, (perhaps the a couple of drops of the lime wedge had dropped in, before I removed it and pured it into a glass), tea like flavors, hints of caramel too. This brew really did not sit well, and it did not go well with my Mexican dish. I had this at the Mexican Post in old city. Average brew….

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Photo of shirfan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe the sixer of this I got has been around for a long time; it had a visible layer of dust on it.

A ruby-purple, almost wine-colored brew. Head was nothing to write home about.

Aroma can only be described as amaretto.

Taste: I disagree with the previous reviews, ain't no chocolate here, senors. Of course, I'm comparing to Brooklyn Chocolate Stout =). However, this would go extremely well with HOT mexican food, a la Buffalo's own Mighty Taco (a legend in the region...if you ever accidentally find yourself in Buffalo, do yourself a favor and eat there). This has a bit of body to it, and is slightly malty... but the overall feel is just "antidote to firey peppers without being too thin and miserable like Corona".

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

Negra Modelo pours a nice deep mahogany from a 12oz stubby brown glass bottle. Light tan head goes to over two fingers then settles to a nice cap of small firm bubbles which leave bits of lace along the glass wall.

Nose is a pleasant malt with a slight note of alcohol. Palate is a dry toasted malt, a bit of bitter coffee and a smidgen of dark bitter chocolate.

No thin watery beer here, Negra Modelo “Dark Ale” has plenty of good roasted and toasted malt flavor to slake ones craving for a good dark brew.

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Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,365 ratings
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