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

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77
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950 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
950
Ratings:
3,176
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
28.57%
 
 
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Photo of MAB
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing special, except that it's nice to see a dark beer from the Caribbean.
There wasn't much in the way of aroma, the taste was slightly sweet & pleasant enough. On a hot day, you could serve buckets of this and get no complaints from anyone.
As a beer to appreciate and analyze, however, it's not worth that much effort.

Better than Corona, in my opinion. Equal to a Dos Equis.

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

Pretty run-of the mill really. Poured 12oz bottle into my pint glass to produce a perfect one inch head. The loose foamy bubbles dissappeared rather quickly leaving only a partial cap behind. The bier was clear and dark brown with ruby highlights.

Smell: Roasted malt and slight caramel.

Taste: less than spectacular... run of the mill, fizzy lager with slightly sweet malty taste and a sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Too fizzy for my preference. Thin, watered down taste.

Drinkability: Nothing to look for... nothing to actively seek out.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a red tinted dark iced tea color with some active carbonation in the body and a 1/2" head that sticks around and leaves some ringed lacing. I smell some caramel, malt sweetness, and some graininess, but this is pretty faint in the nose overall. The taste is mostly a vague cane syrup like sweetness with hints of dark malts and grain. Finishes with a bit of tea-like hops. Finish has a mild tannin-like astringency that I like. Carbonation isn't to prickly on the tongue and this has a bit more body than Modelo Especial. Can get a little too sweet for me. This is a pretty good beer considering it's from a Mexican macro, and definitely one of the best Mexican beers you can find in the States.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've walked by this beer a few dozen times and have never even considered it. Always to be found on a shelf in a run down astore in the not so nice part of town, the kinda place where the guy out the door is trying to sell bootleg movies and begfor change to try and supplement his Natty Daddy habit.

But damn this place has some good pizza. Anyway, on to the review..

Look - Pours a see through brownish copper with a half finger of white head and doesn't leave a spot of lacing.

Smell - Toasty pretty much as expected. No cheapies come through, but the smell isn't exactly tantalizing.

Taste - Toasted malts and a small shot of the grains. Easy going and inoffensive.

Feel - Sits lightly bodied with moderate carbonation and adds a touch of smoke.

Overall - The epitome of an average, easy drinking, though more flavorful than other cheapies beer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Re-Review :

Pours a dirty mexican color, with a fluffy tan head of 3 fingers.

Aroma is of stale grain, barnyard, and apple cores.

Taste is of musty grain and amber malt, with a slight hopped straw flavor towards the end.

Feel is starchy, plain, and musky. Moderate to heavy carbonation.

Overall it's not worth another try. I felt this beer was great a year or so ago, but trying it again has proved me wrong.



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Original review 10/19/14 :

From the Hy-Vee Mix-A-Six cooler in Watertown, SD.

Appearance (3.25) : A little lacking. Cute little off-white cap no larger than 1 finger tall on top of a rusted copper colored body. Body has about 60% opacity, shadows can be seen but not images or words. Lacing in the form of one solid ring is left as the head recedes to about 1/4".

Aroma (3.75) : A sweet apple cider aroma with cinnamon, ginger, and musty grain. Very strong on the apple cider/cinnamon stick notes. Musty grain just hints at the tip of the nose and also at the end. Ginger is in the middle. A very sweet smelling Vienna.

Taste (4) : A good amount of yeast in this one. I'm getting some apple bread, pecan, a sour note I can only describe as sour wheat (but this may be a hop note I'm tasting), and ends dryly with very dominant whole wheat bread crust. I like these Mexican amber/Vienna beers. The yeast is absolutely loud and I love that.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Zaps the tip of the tongue, and then turns watery with carbonation underneath. Slightly dry in the body, which is light. Ends dry with the bread crust flavor/feel.

Overall (3.84) : I would certainly have this again. I'm not going to rush out and buy a pallet of it, but if someone offered it to me I'd gladly drink it. It has a great yeasty body with nice fruity notes and heavy bread crust at the end. I like the bread and the yeast. A yeast/wheat flavor remains on the palate long after the swallow. A decent beer, worthy of a taste.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3/5  rDev -10.7%

Dark caramel brown in color with little discernable head. Faint aroma of dark malt and not much else. I get nice flavor of dark Vienna malt. The mouth is thin and light.

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Photo of DenzelShawnG
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo might be y favorite Mexican beer.

Negra Modelo is very easy to drink and reminds me a lot of malta. Negra Modelo has a light feel in your mouth. While I bought a six pack I drank each beer out of a snifter glass. It's a decent light lager that's dark in color. It as a malty smell and taste to it.

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Photo of TheShat
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: A dark, amber color. Not black. White head that sticks around at about 2 fingers.

Smell: Not much there. Very mild coco and malt notes.

Taste: Pleasant but simple. Mild bread and nuts up front with the alcohol slightly noticeable on the finish, despite the ABV. No complexity.

Mouthfeel: Thin with lots of carbonation. A pleasant fizz on the tongue on the finish.

Overall: An average drinker's beer. Can be enjoyed at anytime and takes no effort to appreciate.

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Photo of StevieW
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Misfit138
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ordered at a nice Mexican restaurant. Poured from bottle into a very frosty mug, with lime wedge.

A - Medium brown in color, light shines though. The head nearly overflowed the mug, and would have if I poured the whole thing in. Lime floating in the beer.

S- I didn't notice much for the smell.

T- The beer has more flavor then the smell thankfully. Mostly malts with some mild bitterness at the end. The lime added a nice smooth taste as well.

M- Very light for a dark beer and fairly carbonated.

D- Easy to drink and goes well with Mexican food. Its usually my first choice at a Mexican restaurant since it actually has some flavor.

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Photo of merryjoulton
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This tasted pretty much like a nondescript everybeer. Nothing too strong, nothing too watery, nothing too thick, nothing too pungent. Goes down smooth, but nothing special. Smells like malts and hops and bread, but nothing special. Tastes like a well balanced clean cut brew, but nothing special. Just an across the board average beer.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A reddish brown color with a thin off white head that goes away quite fast, almost no lacing. Aroma is slightly grainy with a faint note of alcohol.Flavor is lightly toasted malts and a hint of molasses, Mild spicy bitterness. Finishes fairly clean, with just a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Much better than expected.

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Photo of oldn00b
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one of these with Chipotle for lunch. Nothing at all wrong with it, just very bland overall. I almost always go with XX when doing anything Mexican and this isn't XX but still better than Corona.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
3/5  rDev -10.7%
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 rodney45
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark red, but not a deep ruby, more like fake mexican jewlery.

S: A lot of malt, not much of anything else.

T: Malt carries through to an astringent flavor of chlorine and metal. Nice, if you like pool water. Nothing in the way of hops.

S: Smooth, but doesnt taste right... maybe they were going for something else. A mix between becks and corona, plus a gross stout.

D: I could drink as many of these as I bought. But, luckily, I only bought one.

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Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark copper, with small off-white bubbly head that quickly settles.
Sweet malt and very light caramel aroma.
Light malt taste, not roasted at all (as I'd expect), also notes of tea.
Light feel as well.
Not much to say about this one, uncomplicated, but nicely done, a good bet for a session, or for breaking up 2 more complicated brews. Nothing special, but nothing bad, and it gets the job done. Great alternative if the only others are Corona/Tecate

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Photo of brentk56
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a fizzy head that quickly disappears to a ringlet and milky way; virtually no lacing

Smell: Vague odor of caramel malt and noble hops, but very vague

Taste: Starts out rather toasty and the sweet malt builds into the finish; the finish is dry and chalky with some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not offensive but nothing special

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Photo of mgeraci
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer especially for price. I think it is a great one for anyone who wants to begin to explore darker beers but not quite ready to take the plunge. This is a good sampler and prep beer for flavor and color to prepare for darker beers to come. I will gladly buy this beer again and share it with my friends as well. Good job on this one!

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Photo of Bizz88
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber in color with an initial two finger light tan head that dissapaed quickly to some light lacing. Light aromas of toasted malt. Sweet malt on the tongue with a slight hoppy finish. Light medium body with good carbonation. Great brew with pork green chili and tortillas.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tonight we are going south of the border. We are headed to Mexico for a Negra Modelo. I have had this beer time and time again, and I think it’s the gold wrapper that keeps me coming back. That, or its unique taste. It’s incredible, and I love a good dark beer that is drinkable like this Mexican brew. The beer is easy to find, and can be found in any grocery store. This beer is also very popular among the Mexican population.

The beer does have a nice presentation in the bottle. It’s got a gold and black label, and that foil over the cap is nice. It just looks nice, and makes me want to pop the top and pour this beer out. Bottoms up people!

In the Glass: In the glass, it’s dark, but doesn’t appear too thick. It’s got a nice amber color, almost black. It also has a small head, and fizzles in the glass like a flat cola. But that’s okay as I didn’t expect or want a thick beer. Mexico is hot… you can’t have a thick beer that far south.

Nose: The nose is smooth, and has an almost nutty note. I like that… nutty note. Anyway, it sticks around too and as I pull my nose from the glass I can still smell it. As I take a second whiff, it smells almost smokey, and somewhat dry. I don’t remember this beer being dry, but the nose begs to differ.

Flavor: This beer drinks extremely smooth, and goes down without any problems at all. For a beer this dark, you don’t expect it to be. There is subtle carbonation here, but not enough to cause concern. It doesn’t hang around that long, but we will get there with the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is pretty boring. There is hardly any carbonation in this brew, and it sits there and just begs to be swallowed. That’s what she said! Sorry, I had to. Anyway, the beer is weak on the tongue and slides down smooth. But the flavor picks up toward the back of the palate.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is pretty weak. It doesn’t stick around for very long, yet leaves a subtle dryness on the top of your throat. That dryness sits there until I take another sip. I will take another sip, as this is a good beer… a good summer beer.

I am giving it a 3 because it’s so common. It’s good though. I will give it that.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a pretty decent brew. The beer is pretty much what I expected. It's got a transparent brown color witha head head. The smell of nuts and hops in the mix. It's not overly flavorful but just enough to get the idea that this is a dark lager and nothing much can change that. The best thing about this beer is probably it's color though.

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Photo of surlyseth
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears dark-brown and clear. Tan, creamy head with little persistence.
Smell is subdued caramel and faint toasted malt.
Taste is mild and nutty. Pretty uninteresting.
Mouthfeel is very clean, but kind of watery and thin.
Drinkability is good if you're eating Mexican food.

This is a decent Mexican lager. Way better than Corona, but not really my thing.

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Photo of Shrews629
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dark reddish/ruby amber with a slightly off white very fizzy head. Head stuck around for a minute, but started to fade quickly. Only average lacing. Clear body with only the faintest bubbles moving from bottom to top.

Smell - Some roasted grain and roasted malt. Sort of the malt sweetness that typifies a Dunkel. Not bad. A small amount of toasted nuts make and appearance also.

Taste - The taste evoked the roasted malt and grain. Even and clean tasting. Dry bread flavorings come forth also. Average flavors. Nothing jumps out to make the taste spectacular.

Mouthfeel - Medium/Thin. Tad bit watery actually. Pretty crisp. Left a sampling on the palate, but nothing to write home about.

Drinkability - This beer is drinkable for sure, but mostly average across the board. Nothing outstanding nor nothing offensive. Easy drinking and glad I sampled it.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is not what I could consider dark enough to call black so the negra is offputitng. Its more a dark amber with a hint of mud. There was no head and little lacing.

The aroma is ok, there are light malts throughout, reminded me of a bad version of a Boston lager. At the same time its refreshing to drink something different then the standard light mexican beer.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.
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