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

I used to think this was my favorite Mexican beer. I don't anymore. It'sjust averge. Dos Equis is clean and crisp and stays flavorful throughout the meal. This beer tastes good at first, and then becomes flat. Not a bad choice if you want something different, but not great.

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Photo of pbrian
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a good dark lager and best Mexican choice but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. If you want a really good dark lager, look for Saranec Black Forest.

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

Not a bad dark lager. One of the best Mexican beers IMHO. Washes down spicey Mex fare and offsets it nicely with its slighty sweet malty flavor.

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Photo of grdahl
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is actually quite good for Mexican beer. I was pleasantly surprised. Very smaooth and satisfying. Most previous beers I tried from south of the border were crap.

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

A very pleasant dark/amber. Good alone or to take the sizzle out of a spicy Mexican meal. Smooth and easy to drink. (Hard to believe this is the same brewery that makes Corona).

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Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz custom brown short bottle with a gold foil neck. No freshness date.

Appearance: Clear brown with a semi-creamy, semi-sticky, off-white lace. Tiny carbonation.

Smell: Clean smelling. Faint herbal aroma. Not much else.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, smooth. Malt flavours a light, watery. Immediate upfront hop snap, mixed with a tight carbonation. Bitterness is quick and sharp. A tad lemony. Brew gets dry at the same point. The combonation of all of this makes it puckering for a moment. A dextrin sweetness pulls through with some grain steely flavours. Secondary hop flavours are herbal/tea-like, as the beer warms. Finishes rather clean.

Notes: An average example of the Dark American Lager style. No more, no less. An excellent complement to any Mexican meal.

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