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

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Negra ModeloNegra Modelo

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of scottfrie
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a woody brown with a thick white film of a head that left some soapy lacing.
S: Sweet malt with a metallic twinge to it.
T: Sweet malts, slight caramel notes and a touch of hops in the finish. There's a weird funky sour aftertaste.
M: Bubbly carbonation, light body and a dry mouthfeel.
D: Not much flavor but it goes down easy, especially with food. However, there are many other alternatives I would reach for first.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L- Clear brown-red body and a white bubbly head.
S- Fresh simple malt aroma.
T- Fresh malt, nothing else.
F- Sharp, smooth.
O- Nice beer, a tad simple but solid.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good mexican beer, I prefer Bohemia, but Negra Modelo is quite good when you can´t find bohemia. Aroma and taste in this beer is very mild, in the low ranges of the style.

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Photo of Florida9
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep Brown, yet still translucent and clear. A very minimal surface coating of off-white head.

S: Aromas are quite muted, but what is detectible are malts and some sort of tinny, metallic aroma. Not overly pleasant, so I'm thankful the aromas are muted.

T: A light caramel maltiness, though it's more like a light maltiness with caramel added. There are some faint lemon notes then a mild amount of hop-induced bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Mild carbonation. Finishes clean and dry, but not too dry. Shall I say "off-dry?"

D: Easy to drink. Pairs well with Mexican food (with which I was drinking it with). Couldn't see drinking this by itself, but it's far better than Corona

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Photo of inebrius
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
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 tectactoe
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at BTB in Ann Arbor, MI. Modest brown color, through and through. Moderate transparency with a small, wispy head that vanishes pretty abruptly. This beer has a clean, crisp, faint citrus smell with a very small malty undertone. It tastes like roasted malts and toasted bread with not much of a citrus taste like the smell might give off. There is, however, an element of sweetness to this beer, just a bit. The body is very thin, crisp, clean, and refreshing, providing a moderately dry finish.

Negra Modelo is a very simple beer that isn't great but isn't bad either. Many of the Mexican chain restaurants around my house serve this beer, and it compliments a burrito much better than a Corona or Dos Equis.

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Photo of CU570M
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice caramel brown color. Light tan head that is gone quickly. Smell was nothing i get grab with my nose. Nice light malty flavor, but feels a little thin in my mouth. There is also a little more carbonation than i would like. Another fairly good one from Modelo, good with lime.

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Photo of C_Solodkin
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a nice nutty brown shade. Average head retention and lace. The aroma is mostly lager, yeasty with hints of caramel. Flavors pretty much the same here, nutty, caramel, and bready lager. My favorite Mexican beer, and extra kudos that its a Vienna Lager, but then again... i don't prefer Mexican beer unless i'm devouring a Taco, Burrito, or any other vessel for those classic ingredients paired south of the border.

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Photo of Floydster
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle at Leo's Mexican Restaraunt in Inglewood

Very good beer when eating Mexican food, especially chips and salsa

Nice brown pour into a chilled mug with a small white head

Taste was above average for a lager and lasted a fair amount of time

Could drink a lot of these as long as I was eating along with it

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a classic, cannot pass this one up at the local mexican restaurant, among the classic titles that are offered this one stands out, the classic gold wrapping and great shrunken bottle.

must have a lime and generous salt pour but the taste is still good, can easily have as part of a session, maybe 4 or 5 at least.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It pours lighter than I remember. It can't really even be described as amber. A dark fall orange; not as dark as Sam Adam's Oktoberfest. There isn't really any head but it has active carbonation. Too active. No lacing. Well, to be fair my first one left one vertical streak.

The aroma is of very, very slightly caramelized malts. No hops and still light.

To be frank, I do like the taste of this beer and it was the first brew I ever had with my dad. Now I'm getting some roasted, burnt malts and my first few sips some molasses. A tiny bitterness from the dark malts and I don't detect any hops. Slight corny, light malt sweetness.

I would buy this during the summer when it is on sale. It makes a nice michelada (of course a better beer would be wasted). With less carbonation the mouthfeel might make this more pleasant. It would be smoother, as it is your tongue is bitten.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orangish amber, white head that didnt really stick around for long.

Smells. just slightly hoppy but not too much. like a tea-like maltyness.

Taste. its pretty good. nothing too much to it though, just a mild maltiness to it. does have a resembling taste to a macro lager though.

Mouthfeel is ok. average for its style. good carbonation. decent balance.

Overall, i'd say this one of a few mexican beers i would choose to drink. nothing special about it at all though.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark copper colour with no real head and no lacing.

S - Very mild on the nose, touch of bready malts with a hint of earthy hops.

T - A dark ale that drinks like a lager, the flavours are rather mild, but the earthy hops are detectable. Some bready caramel malts linger on the finish. Nothing spectacular, but easily drinkable nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes surprisingly wet.

D - Overall, a decent offering but nothing worth seeking out. I wouldn't turn one down, but if you're looking for something with bold flavours this is not it. A dark ale that is easily consumable in the dead of summer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a dark caramel, very clear, with little head, but very sizable carbonation bubbles. I detect very little, but sweet, aroma. The taste is not bad for the kind of dark lager it is (ordinarily not my kind of beer). The light caramel taste is not pervasive. The mouthfeel is what one might expect--thin but with a very nice kick from the carbonation. It is very drinkable.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a decent amber without to much head. smells malty more than anything. in the mouth its def. the malt factor. not over powering with hints of raisins and an acidic bite. not super hyped on this beer but its decent drinking. a dark somewhat malty lager with its own little character.

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Photo of drtth
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an imperial pint glass glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear mahogany color with a ¼" white head that soon recedes to a ring and a patch foam that mostly covers the liquid. There is some modest patch lacing with a reasonable number of speckles and occasional legs. For most of the beer sipping leaves lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: The faint aroma has some touches of dark caramel and some molasses from the malt but no hops are detectable.

Taste: The flavors include traces of roasted malt, some gentle caramel and molasses sweetness that is light but definite. There are traces of bitterness but they are well hidden behind the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to light bodied with gentle persistent carbonation. The finish is medium in length, begins in the roasted malt sweetenss and then trails off into some bitterness but it never becomes completely dry.

Drinkability: While I was able to finish this one I found that I was ready for it to be gone about 2/3rds of the way through the beer. While initially it was tasty, eventually the sweetness became too much of the flavor of the beer without some break being provided by some dryness in the finish. I suppose I could drink another but honestly have no desire to and I certainly will not be adding this to my shopping list.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle straight out of the bottle...have seen the color and head many times in a glass too though...probably the best Mexican mass-produced beer, but you can find better German examples of this style easily and in the same price range. Drink it if it's in a friend's fridge with a bunch of Coronas and Modelo Especials, but otherwise it's not really amazing and not a great value either. Drinkable.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a: very clean and clear brown with at first a lot of white bubbly head that fades to just a white layer on top but leaves a bit of lace sticking to the sides

s: some sweet caramel malts, hints of hops, spices

t: caramel malts are the strongest flavors with some spices and hints of alcohol

m: pretty smooth; light carbonation; a little on the watery side

d: an ok beer; certainly what i would order in mexico.

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Photo of jifigz
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: A nice dark creamy looking color with a white head that disappeared pretty quickly. There is no evident lacing.

S: There is hardly any aroma at all. Maybe a faint sweet candy like smell that seems pretty typical of most American/Mexican lagers. Very bland and very boring.

T: A mixture of coffee, burnt and toasty grains, tar, burning rubber, and some malty sweetness all hop onto your palate at random times and seem to have no rhyme or reason. The aftertaste is slightly caramel-like and stale cigarette/cigar-ish.

M: The mouthfeel is very light and watery on the palate. Generic.

O: This isn't a very good beer, it isn't a bad one, but it sure as hell isn't a good one. I have never had a Mexican beer that I thought was awesome, but this one is most likely my favorite. Beers like this are just way too bland and generic (and expensive for what they offer) compared to the numerous amounts of quality American craft brews flooding the market.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ordered draft pint at Salsa 17 with an excelent mexican meal - I had the Roasted Chicken with Mole Poblano...

Appearance - Came in a pint glass, color was cola and completely transparent, with a tan colored head - less than a finger of head with minimal lacing, but glasses likely washed in a dishwasher.

Smell - Slight molasses and toffee with dry bread, a little sweetness in the nose.

Taste - Crusty bread, slight malt sweetness, and some dry grassy (actually more like dry hay) hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Lite to medium mouthfeel, but pretty high carb. Was fairly smooth, but I feel that any sweetness in the nose may have been lost in the taste mostly by the crispness of the higher carb in this draft.

Overall - This was the "best beer" available at this restaurant, and the low sweetness and dryer characteristics of this pint made for a great pairing of the heavily flavored mole I enjoyed that evening. Not the greatest beer, but a Great pairing with my meal, and probly any full flavored mexican dish imho.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems normal.

Aroma is a bit sweet and roasty. Actually, more sweet than anything.

Taste is sweet with caramel and malt showing through the most. Seemingly pretty ordinary but passable.

Mouthfeel is full of sweet malt and caramel that linger. Nothing special but it does go down easily.

Not a bad beer. It may not even be fresh but at least it's still drinkable the way it is. Gotta be good for something after all.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yet another mediocre beer that gets praise from macro drinkers for the simple fact its from Mexico. Not really sure how I feel about it. Its not a good beer, but its not at al offensive. A bit watery and flavorless, there is a touch of carmel flavor. Hops are non existant. May be a good choice for my next trip to Mexicantown for dinner.

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Photo of jayb
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured out brownish in color, not too dark really. off white head that left minimal amounts of lacing. fizzy carbonation. taste wasnt bad, but it wasnt a very flavorful brew. sweet in the beginning but finished dry and a little bitter. end hada slight alcohol taste as well. went down alot smoother that any other offering i have had from Modelo. what kept my interest in this beer was its drinkability. very smooth and easy to put down. not a bad beer, not a fantastic beer. worth a try i believe

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a brown color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a sweet malty nose

T - Follows the nose with a sweet malty flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is one of the better Mexican beers out there but thats not saying all that much as far as the style and my liking its just average

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Photo of Viking
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,203 ratings.
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