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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 AlexLMS
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modelo pours with a deep amber color. The head has a light tan color, reasonable size, persistent retention and is deliciously creamy. Very clear.
The aroma presents caramel notes and the taste confirms it.
It is a mouthcoating with fair carbonation, low alcoholic strength and a rich body.
The finish is smooth and quite lingering.

Overall: great beer. The only Mexican beer I can enjoy.

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

12 oz. bottle at Acapulco in Long Beach, CA,

A: Pours a light amber, with a medium white head, good retention, light lacing.

S: Caramel malt, average intensity.

T: Full taste of caramel and light molasses. I've had bottles were the taste is so-so, but this one was really good, full-flavoured.

M: Average for a Vienna Lager, light, kind of watery at times, but overall solid.

D: Probably the best beer you will find in your average Mexican restaurant, I'd choose it over Sam Adams if the flavour is as good as I had it tonight.

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Photo of jerryc123
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance is a pleasantly-clear dark walnut color. Thin cream-colored head with fine bubbles. Little retention but a nice amount of lacing on sides of glass.

Smell/Aroma/Nose is restrainted with slight aroma malt or sweet cereal grain aroma.

Taste is also primarily of malt. Mild and slightly sweet. A bit of citrusy-like sharpness at the very tail-end of the long finish, gives you an enjoyable amount of bitterness to ready you for the next sip. No flavor from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, with low carbonation.

Drinkability: Ok to drink, but not a bargain in the world of darker beers. I would not seek it out if other craft beer alternatives were available, but would prefer this over Corona or Sol in a Mexican establishment.

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Photo of DaveCash
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rggggr
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jancona
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once served I grabbed the lime and tossed it - wiped the glass. Perfect copper color with off white foam and lacing. Subtle smell of lager goodness and sweet bread. Taste is sweet bread and molasses with a touch of hops to create a dry finish. A bit of fine carbonation and slickness. This is a very fine lager - give it a try!

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rather flat pour but has a lovely dark ruby brown appearance, very clear while the small somewhat fizzy head disappears entirely rather quickly.

The aroma is actually quite nice, clean and fresh, being sweetish toasted malts with a bit of grassiness.

Flavor follows the nose, clean fresh toasted malts, not too sweet, balanced by an unpresuming quantity of hops. Bitterness is low, taste is mild.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth, carbonation is not as prominent as I expected, just about right actually.

Of the Mexican beers I've tried Negra Modelo is my favorite. Light in taste and body, great hot weather beer and a great accompaniment to Mexican style food. Even better on tap when you can find it.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Its funny that i'm reviewing modelo, but my mexicano co-worker just brought a sixer to my office (after losing a bet that obama would win!) and i'm sitting here enjoying what i consider the best and only complex mexican beer. Great with a burrito, camarones a la diabla or any mexican food.
It still tastes like a mexican lager, but with body, a bit of caramel, and a nice malt finish, and a little bit of alcohol. super drinkable, almost reminds me of a weak bodied amber ale.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but still lets some light through. A good head and some lace.
Smell is roasted malt, hops and nuts.
Taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt, hops, nuts. Good balance and the flavor is not too strong for average (i.e., not heavily spiced) food, while still having a good, noticeable flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, good, but not overpowering, effervescence all over the mouth without being fizzy.
Drinkability is very high. I have had this many times before and will continue to quaff it. Better on tap (duh), but a very good example of the style. Honestly, one of the few "mainstream" lagers I buy without hesitation. Also a good brew to get those "I won't drink dark beer" people to try.

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Photo of Natainos
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden clear, dark amber with a light tan inch & half head. Weak retention, leading to a thin layer of microbubbles across the surface.

Smell - Sub par aroma. Caramel notes with slight café.

Taste - Caramel flavor present. Some earthy presence and grassy hop. Light café.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy yet light to medium body with active carbonation. Tingles the tongue yet it goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - A nice brown Mexican beer, beter than the blondes. If your at a Mexican restaurant and like dark lagers, this is a fine choices to be had. Enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle to goblet.

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Photo of Squire123
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful deep amber color, moderate cap and lacing.

Aroma of slightly roasted sweet malt with little hops apparent.

Taste is flavorful simplicity. A smooth, rounded amber brew with no rough edges and a pleasant malt richness without any bitterness. A food beer if ever there was one for South of the Border influenced cuisine.

Texture is enough to be called medium.

Overall it's a beer I can recommend to anyone who would like a beer. Like I said, it's a food beer and not something to sit and sip and contemplate over, but it goes great with company, cookouts, and just about any time or place where a beer a bit above average hits the spot.

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Photo of rbrandt22
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SetarconeX
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Negra? Light brown! There's no blackness here! Right up front, the beer has offended me. Smells quite a bit better though. A nice rich, thick malty smell. Of course, the most important part of any beer is the taste, and this one isn't half bad. Like the smell, very sweet. Perhaps not quite as heavy and flavorful as othe dark lagers out there, but it more than makes up for that in ease of drinkability. Matter of fact, something about the taste reminds me of Dr. Pepper. Weird.

Not so much a dark beer as a strong Mr. Pibb, but I'm glad to have finally found a dark beer that I could drink on a bright sunny day. Refreshing, if lacking in style.

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Photo of pbrian
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's a good dark lager and best Mexican choice but I wouldn't go out of my way for it. If you want a really good dark lager, look for Saranec Black Forest.

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Photo of grdahl
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is actually quite good for Mexican beer. I was pleasantly surprised. Very smaooth and satisfying. Most previous beers I tried from south of the border were crap.

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Photo of chetripley
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from cool looking bottle into tulip glass.

A-Nice brown color, 1-inch thick head, dissipating quickly, no lacing.

S-None, interestingly. Its a dunkel and I can't smell it.

T- Good pleasant taste, a little hops, malty with a grainy flavor, but bold enough nevertheless. I think it is a little watered down, but I don't think this is so bad, for a difference.

M-Rolly and smooth, some unpleasant aftertaste, unfortunately.

D-I can drink a lot of this beer. Smooth and balanced and one of the lightest dark beers I have sampled.

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Photo of BWMKappaSig
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a relatively thin off white head

Smell: Mild malt smell, very weak but good

Taste: Malty with a well balanced bitterness. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with little-to-no aftertaste

Drinkability: Amazing with tacos, spicy foods, and grilled food

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Photo of Teke0611
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Riu Palace in Playacar. At many of the bars in the resort, it was served too cold, but that's okay considering the hot weather. Looked great, be it in a normal glass or a (gasp) hard plastic 10oz glass at the swim-up bar. Hard to tell the smell really, I think they don't quite know what beer-clean means. Taste was okay if it wasn't freezing, and it was very drinkable, many after the other.. Glad the resort was all inclusive, or I might have spent a fortune!

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Photo of jamesmk48
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of auxiliary
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Brown color with lots of carbination. Head went to a ring.

smell - Smells of malt and caramel here.

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 - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Very easy drinking, not bad for a lager. I was surprised. I didn't think I was going to like this and I did.

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Photo of mooseo
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevinbrew
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle, 12oz - gold foil lid. Brown bottle, nice looking label. Poured into pint glass

Appearance: Deep brown, light carb bubbling on the sides, foamy head which broke down nicely

Smell: Light, sweet, just a tad too much of the alcohol present

Taste: Sweet and resonant on the tongue, flavors of caramel. Not much malt for a dunkel style.

Mouthfeel: very light carbonation which was surprising from the amount of head generated by my light pour.

Overall - Rated it a 3.5, definitely will have again. Sweet, but it was balanced well inside the beer so that putting down a few wouldn't be too heavy.

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Photo of ckollias
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a classic beer glass at Mi Casita in Crofton, MD.

A: Pours a clear brown hue with a thin ½-finger white head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace.

S: Slight nutty aroma with a general sweet backbone.

T: Similar to the aroma the flavor is sweet with a nutty taste with hints of vanilla and caramel.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent lager – very smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of JAStheAce
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving - Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance - Dark mahogany brown and if you didn't know better you'd think it was a glass of coca cola . However, very light and transparent when held up to the light. Very little head and it was a light chocolate/brown color which went away very quickly after I poured.

Smell - Very, very faint hints of caramel and malt

Taste - Smooth balanced taste and the caramel malt comes through as does some grain. I noticed just little nutty flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Just a little too much fizz but not in a bad way. Oily and lingers on the palate which I like and a slight bitter aftertaste in contrast to the smooth taste when you first sip on it

Drinkability - Overall, I thought it was a very pleasant tasting dark beer that went down very smoothly. Best Mexican beer I have tasted and would go well with a nice steak or Mexican dishes.

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Photo of Kinnell
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%

Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,356 ratings
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