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

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: Munich Dunkel 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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Ratings: 3,480 |  Reviews: 1,034
Photo of granger10
2.68/5  rDev -20%
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 +2.4%
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 -9.6%
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%
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 -14.6%
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 -14.9%
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 +12.8%
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 +11.9%
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 +12.8%
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 -6.6%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.4%
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 +5.4%
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 -0.6%
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 +0.9%
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 -0.6%
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 -14%
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 +0.9%
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 +0.9%
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 +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite Mexican beer...usually this wouldn't be saying 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 -10.4%
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 +13.4%
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 +11.9%
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 -11%
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 -22.7%
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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 3,480 ratings