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 vitesse
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 +4.8%
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 +17.3%
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%
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 -10.4%
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 +4.5%
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 +15.8%
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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Photo of Winter
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with bronze foil covering the cap and part of the neck. Poured a clear dark brown with and off-white foamy head. Aroma consisted of roasted chocolate malt. Front has a crisp smooth mouthfeel. Malt finish with a feint alcohol taste and a slight smokiness to it in the end. I would definitely prefer this dark Mexican lager to other lighter Mexican bland lagers such as Corona or Tecate.

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Photo of Scoats
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have had bottles of this beer that have really jazzed me and bottles that have left me underwhelmed. At it's best, it's a great and surprisingly faithful take on a Munich Dunkel (many say Vienna Lager, but to me its more dunkel-like). At it's worst, it's just bland.

Sitting with a buddy in an off the main tourist streets cantina in Tijuanna, two bottles of this along an amazing great steak sandwich was a wonderful afternoon. That afternoon the dunkel tastes were quite evident.

Last Saturday evening at a very, very good Mexican/Cuban restaurant in Philadelphia, it was just OK.

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Photo of UncleFrank
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber / Orange
Aroma: Mild
Mouthfeel: Medium
Taste: Earthy hops balance the crystal malt.
Aftertaste: ???
Style: Nice American version of a Vienna Lager, even if its imported.
Impression: I like this beer alot, though the numbers didnt really reflect it.
Comments: This is not what I think of when I think of Mexaican beer, and Im happy about it. This is a great session beer as it goes down like an amber ale but without ale charecteristics. Smooth, clean and balanced. I just wish the taste wiuld stay a little after. typical lager aftertaste is there then goes away leaving me wanting another sip of something. Caramel is the sweetness.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went to a Mexican Restaurant today for lunch. It was a "proper" one said my work colleague, because it had Mexican beer. He told me I would enjoy it. He proceeded to babble in Spanish before we even sat down and a glass of dark beer arrived right on que. It's looks so reminded me of an atoned version of the dark spicy beer on sale at the U Fleku in Prague, probably the handled Pint Glass, a good start then. But it did look very good, and had a deep brown head. It was a very, very dark brown beer, not quite black on examination. Not much aroma though, probably due to the low temperaure at which it was served (frosted glass - I hate that!!). But oh, so smooth, really smooth, with a better mouthfeel than most dark beers, but yet at the same time it tasted and drank light, weird. Malty start, Chocolate mid-taste and a short mild-bitterness in the finish. Some caramel as it warmed. It went exceptionally well with the spicy food, and I for one will try it again - albeit a bit warmer next though.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had "Negra Modelo", was my first trip to Warez, which was my first weekend at "Fort Bliss", in El Paso Texas. I liked it then, and I still like it, while my taste has changed more often than "Venom will change diapers the next few years", it still is a semi-regular in my "DBF". Deep garnet in color, the head is light chocolate, but dissipates a bit quickly, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt, light hints of caramel. The front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is moderately carbonated, dry, lightly hopped, but a very drinkable beer, and it does go good with the spicy food in the country of origin, and I don't mean that "Olde Gringo" stuff. Ranks #907 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.97/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ten times the beer that corona ever will be. i have a new respect for mexican beer after this one. a fine dark that went down great and was just what i wanted. not too heavy at all as it had a fine little hint of roastiness in the backround.

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Photo of fattyre
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite mexican beers. Pours an attractive copper color with a moderate tan head. Sort of a fresh bread smell. The taste is dry breadlike with a cedary peppery flavor. Not too strong but fairly enjoyable. A moderate mouthfeel. Available at most Mexican restaurants and usually the best one there.

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Photo of Reverand
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown in appearance with very little head. Not an overly complex beer but the balance of malts and hops is good. For a dark beer I was disappointed that there wasn't more flavors.

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Photo of JeffreyG
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent Mexican beer. It doesn't blow you with complex and fascinating flavors, but it doesn't need a lime to be tolerable (like some other Mexican brews). It has a nice malty flavor with a little bit of hoppiness. Goes well the Mexican food it is probably almost always accompaning. An enjoyable brew, I probably wouldn't buy it to take home (maybe if my wife is making her enchiladas) but It's one of the two or three I'll have at Mexican restaurants. I also love the the marking on the label calling it an OK + Dark Ale. Except the ale part that is a perfect description.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -7.5%
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 -9.6%
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 -8.7%
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 -18.5%
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%
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 +4.5%
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 -9.6%
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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.35 out of 5 with 3,447 ratings