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 semihobo
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from a mix-and-match six, no date.

Pours a clear, dark brown chestnut. A finger of head fades to leave a meager puddle of lacing that fails to cover the entire head, like a woman caught leaving the shower with nothing but a hand towel to conceal herself. This dissipates fully after a sip.

The smell consists of roasted malts, brown sugar, and grassy hops, with a touch of caramel.

Negra Modelo tastes sweet in a very mellow, not over-the-top way. The German malts are gently roasted and hide a grainy sweetness that stays all the way through the finish, where it combines with a touch of minty and slightly bitter hops. Noticeable dextrins. Tastes like a euro lager run through the toaster... in a good way.

Feels fuller-bodied due to the dextrins, but is nowhere near "thick." Finish is pleasant with an unexpected tackiness on the tongue. Causes you to reach for that next sip as soon as you've put it down.

Simple but pleasant. If you are looking for a mild darker beer with a moderate balance of roasted malt and hops, this should hit the spot. Have knocked back quite a few of these and will continue to do so when out.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My go to brew in puerto Vallarta.

Poured into a mug, nice frothy off white head that presents thick and then lingers, color is dark amber to brown with amber edges.

Scent s very mild, light caramel hints of chocolate.

Taste is very clean and consistent from bottle to bottle; flavor is clean mild malt, tastes of caramel and chocolate in there lightly, nice crisp clean finish.

Mouthfeel is very balanced good flavors sit on the tongue and linger slightly. Perfect beer to combat the warmth and quench thirst.

Overall, very solid dunkel lager, a great alternative to the pale lagers.

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Photo of Kevent
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of longarm
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer reflects a nice array of amber hues. Solid carbonation lasts leaves good, long-lasting lacing. A beautiful beer.

Carmel malt dominates the nose. Neglible hops. Light hints of fruit seem a bit out of place for a lager.

Flavor resembles the aroma. A light caramel malt balanced fairly well, if perhaps a bit sweet with some light hop bitterness. Excellent, crisp finish makes me want repeated sips. Strong hints of ethanol a bit of a detraction.

I've always thought this beer was a little underappreciated and maybe greater than the sum of its parts. Perhaps I just love the flavor of Vienna malt. Maybe Negra Modelo isn't the best in its style, but it's crisp and has a nice vienna malt character and flavor. Another thought has to do with freshness. I'm reviewing it now from southern arizona and wonder if the freshness diminishes as it travels further from it's home. It seems a bit better here than up north.

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Photo of NCStateAE
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsreeves
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite readily available Mexican beer. It's a dark lager, brewed in the Munich style.

It's really not particularly dark either in color or flavor but Negra Modelo is undeniably a dark beer.

It's smooth and goes down easily. Folks who have been brought up on garbage American macros might find this to be a good transition beer into better realms. I did when I was a teenager.

It definitely goes well with spicy food and has itself a subtle spicy nose with hints of caramel.

I might also say that it is slightly nut-brownish.

Beer snobs may not care for this beer but I think that it bridges an important gap between popular Mexican imports like Corona, Pacifico, and Tecate and better, more complicated beers.

I take mine without a lime and in the bottle. I prefer it this way and as odd as it may sound, I feel that pouring this beer into a glass detracts greatly from its flavor and esthetic appeal.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How beers like this turn up at cut-price supermarkets in deepest rural Shropshire never ceases to amaze me, but every so often I get a real suprise. Anyway 59 Pence got me this 33cl bottle (claims 5.3% not 5.4%). I poured it into a Westmalle chalice, not realising it was supposed to be a dark lager, should have guessed really. The glass showed the beer to be a clear, light ruby red colour, it looked clean and bright, no head even straight after the pour.

Sweet malts and toffee apple treacle smell, without the sickliness that might invoke in your mind.

Lager taste and feel, with a hint of a sweet maltiness in the aftertaste, not complexed, but different enough for me to have enjoyed. One of the best Mexican beers I've had so far.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cool-looking bottle into a short becker.

A - Dark leather brown to black with a two-finger white head. The head starts off fluffy with big bubbles and discipates into a 1/4-inch foam with small bubbles, then is gone. Not bad. Needs a hard pour.

S - Hard to smell this beer, had to put my nose it in, but smells nice. Dark roasted malt, semi-sweet.

T - Sweet dark malt with some lightly caramelized brown sugar and also some caramel on the end. Crisp and refreshing.

M - Light/medium carbonation that allows a smooth drink.

A very drinkable dark beer and much better than most Hispanic beers. I take this every time over any other Mexican/South American beer... unless I really am in the mood for a Corona with lime (I know, it's lame).

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Photo of CRichardsMN
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear complexion dark brown body with a thin off-white head that quickly falls to a film and ring. A small amount of spotty lace is left behind.

Slightly roasted malt, a little sweet and hardly a trace of hops.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised to find a complex roasted malt backbone with hints of sweetness and citrus and a lightly bitter finish.

Medium bodied with only a little carbonation. Finish is clean and slightly dry.

Surprised to say that this one turned out pretty good and I'd enjoy this regularly.

WAY better than the Modelo Especial.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the color was of a medium light brown, clear with very little foam. The smell of roasted malts, caramel and a hint of hops was evident in the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts and mild hops and the finish was very dry. Being a dry finish, it would be a great thrist quincher on hot summer days.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; mahogany in color; 1 finger tan head that receded quickly to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: brown sugar, caramel, nutty, a hint of spice;

T: brown sugar, caramel, biscuit, nutty, a bit of spice; a hint of sweetness early; lightly roasted bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: very drinkable;

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Photo of Grupatre
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drdiesel9483
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - good looking auburn color with no real head
Smell - sweet malty caramel scent
Taste - toasted biscuits with some caramel on it
Feel - medium light body with a crisp carbonation
Overall - prettt delicious amber lager

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Photo of ikapaMK
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjurney
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber-brown color, clear. Good amount of small bubbles rising up. Thin frothy head.

Toasted malts, grainy, grassy, a little peppery.

Toasted, grainy, grassy, slight caramel sweetness. Hop bitterness is mild, yet pretty sharp. Finish is dry, clean, crisp. Body is light, crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, nice carbonation.

It's a good beer.

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Photo of rsuarez1982
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerbarian
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Scribbles
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A staple of my friend Juan, this beer suprised me in its quality. A dark beer with a fairly light body. The primary flavor is toasted malt, fading into some mild hops. A very good dinner beer, enough in flavor to keep in interesting with a crisp carbonation to keep it refreshing.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMad
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Fuzzy's tacos...
Poured into a goblet, had a dark brown color with not much of a head.
Smells of roasted grain and it's a bit metallic.
Tastes roasty with lots of sweet malt, and a bit more metal flavor.
This beer is light bubbly and crisp.
It drinks very smooth, very nice beer.

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Photo of Eziel
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at El Rodeo, a mexican chain recently. Served cold in a frosty glass that I warmed w/ my hands prior to pouring.

A - Dark amber w/ caramel brown shades w/ a bone white head that leaves light lacing on the glass

S - A malty and metallic aroma w/ fruity notes and a gentle woody hop odor. The malt is slightly sweet smelling and has a nutty nose

M - A malty creamy caramel sweet and fruity feel w/ mild carbonation and subtle spice

T- Slight flavors of malt creaminess emerge as it warms w/ subtle stone fruit and hints of nuts. Very mild lager yeast tang w/ a hint of alcohol when closer to room temp

D - Very drinkable lager w/ nice dark malt and mild sweetness overall. The woody hops and toffee like malt w/ milky tinges is very easy to quaff. A very good Mexican beer compared to most I drink this with quesadillas often

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Photo of Deggar
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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