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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of StratmanRick
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good tasting brew. Not overpowering but has some guts to it. As others have said, goes well with Mexican food.

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Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this last night, my wife's turn to pick places to go, so sushi with follow up drinks at a mexican joint. This was the best beer of the bunch

Poured caramel with a 1" white head. Head retention & lacing were average

Slight malty scents

Taste: Maltiness follwed by caramel & a slight nutiness. Finished slightly dry & malty

MF: Medium with great balance & pretty good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy & easily the best beer er cerveza I've had from Mexico. A pretty good vienna that lacks a few asthetics. Reccommended

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 oz. brown bottle into a mug. Bottle is perhaps a bit pretentious with all of its gold and foil...

Pours a clear, copper-brown hue. A tawny off-white head forms, but lingers only briefly and, upon its dissolution, leaves no real remnants on the sides of the mug.

Nose is rather basic, with just a tiny bit of toasted bread mixing with some snappy, zesty hop aromas.

Light-to-medium-bodied, with a light carbonation. Moves easily over the tongue, fueled by a light front of burnt sugar and biscuit, with a dominating, though hardly overwhelming, citrus-herbal hop presence that carries through into the rather dry finish and lingers for quite some time afterward.

Pretty drinkable and a mildly decent representation of a Dunkel, though falling short a bit (though perhaps not falling short of the aims of the brewers). The royal treatment on the bottle is indicative of the superiority of this brew over the vast majority of its homeland's bretheren, though compared to its overseas counterparts, it's far from royal.

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Photo of medic25
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the first non-BMC beers I can remember trying in my youth, and still a standby at Mexican restaurants. When actually served in a glass (instead of the usual bottle), you can appreciate the dark brown color, with very little head. Not much aroma; a little sweet if anything. Flavor is a lttle malty, but no dominant ingredient. Fairly bubbly. Quite a drinkable beer; not one I'd set out to specifically buy, but a good choice over Corona.

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Photo of Dubblebock
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is a staple of the Mexican or Tex-Mex dining experience here in Texas. It's near impossible to find a Mexicali establishment that doesn't serve this beer. And for good reason, too. Negra Modelo is one of the better and more respected Mexican beers. It's a good example of the dark American lager, and it will wash down a plate of tacos and enchiladas better than just about anything. This is not a fancy beer at all, although the packaging attempts to say otherwise. The bottles have a unique shape, and the caps are foil covered. LOTS of Hispanic folks here in Central Texas drink Modelo, leaving the Corona to the frat boys.

The beer pours with a fair head and a dark, caramel coloring. Well carbonated.

The taste is malty up front, with a nice hop bite on the back end of the palate. Crisp and refreshing, especially in hotter weather. Slightly watery in mouthfeel, and it seems to get a little bitter after it warms a bit. This is a beer that is probably at it's best when quaffed cold, paired with salty or hot foods. Good drinkability. Maybe a good session beer if you want to try a South of the border taste. Take my advice, though. Go find a nice, out of the way taquieria and order you up a big plate of Tex-Mex. Lay down a couple of these while you're munching on your chips and salsa and you will feel like you're right in the heart of Mexico City.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Dunkel Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced a tannish thick head, excellent retention and left ample lacing on the pint glass. The aroma features toasted grain, and a slight citrus hop note. Light in body, this lager features toasted grain, carmel candy sweetness and some slight hop bitterness at the finish. This is probably my favorite Mexican brewed beer thus far. Not outstanding but it's worth a try. Post!

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Photo of JayNat
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of smalenberg
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Woody brown in color with a predominately white head and somewhat low retention.

S - Yeasty with a slightly spicy hop note and also a touch phenolic. That slight adhesive obscures the malt to some degree.

T - Very sweet, seemingly a good deal of complex sugar that went unfermented. A bitterness from the hops comes through in the aftertaste and lingers along with a slightly metallic coppery quality.

M - Low carbonation with a slight tingle on the tongue.

O - The hops take over from the sweet flavor noted on the front of the tongue. Not a bad beer, but not great.

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Photo of TomTC
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TenEighty
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: I was at Chipotle with my steak burrito, and I ordered this, not the first time I've had it, but it had been a while since the last time. I didn't have a glass to pour it into so, no color description.

S: It has the smell of malts and a hint of coffee and coca.

T: Distinct maltyness with a slight coffee aftertaste.

M: Very smooth for a darker beer makes this appealing to me.

D: I wouldn't have more than one of these, but it paired very well with my steak burrito.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours clear brown with a thin finger of off white head which thins to a light layer.
S: light caramel and burnt sugar, maybe a touch of molasses. hop a lightly pine
T: an almost carbon copy of the smell only with a bit more of and earthy than pine hop.
M: light and watery, but not bad watery. medium carbonation
D: this would be great with some spicy mexican food, but is drinkable on its own.

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Photo of Theheroguy
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sweet flavor with a dry finish. This bitterness is hidden unless you go looking for it. This goes down easy and is very refreshing exactly what a dunkel should be. The aroma is faint and of roasted malts. It could benefit from more flavor in general. A more flavorful version of this would be a world class beer. The low level of carbonation makes it extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of Ctone33
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer looks very appetizing with a dark brown chestnut color and very thin head.

S - My nose is a little stuffy right now but it smells a little bit like chocolate and malty sweetness

T - Instantly refreshing like a glass of water but then it hits you with the sweetness of the malt and an alcoholic afterglow. Not dry and stays wet well after the initial taste

M - Watery and thin but not too much so. Also not very heavy... Very nice on a hot day or with spicy foods.

O - For Mexican beer this one is well made and balanced. Sweet and refreshing without too much bitterness. A slightly heavier mouthfeel would please me more but this beer is good as is.

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Photo of dba103
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BigRedN
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the squat bottle into a pint glass (hey, the stupid bottle calls itself a dark ale, I thought it was appropriate). The beer is clear, dark amber, not quite brown. Light brown head (about 1/4 inch) falls to aring around the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Mostly malty, a little sweet with hints of roasted malt. Faint chocolate aroma, some nuttiness to it as well. Hop aromas not noticed. For a "Mexican" beer, this one is good.

Taste: My, my not a sickening adjunct infused mess requiring a lime or something to mask the smell and taste. Malty, sweet, roasted malt. A little caramel, a little chocolate. Hop bitterness is kept to a minimum on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, moderate carbonation. No aftertastes.

Drinkability: Lime not necessary nor wanted. Probably the best beer from Mexico that I have had. Worth a try, particularly when eating Mexican food.

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Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

325ml, 5.2% abv Canadian import from the LCBO

Poured a beautiful bight copper-red into the flute. 2 finger frothy cap reduces quickly. Modest small bubble carbonation.

Soft delicate nose, very subtle tones of toasty grains any adjuncts are not detectable in the nose

Well articulated malt spine, medium bodied, creamy mouth feel, soft malty-toasty character.

Soft, elegant, toasty malts to chew on up front, then mid way, the hops balance off the rich malting with a herbal-tea like bittering...this carries through to the finish which is both moderately crisp and drying....lingering after taste of both malt and hop... rich, smooth and crisp in the finish. If there are adjucts they are well hidden

I’m impressed...this is a decent pseudo Vienna...from Mexico...from the brewer of Corona of all things...go figger? As pleasant a surprise as this was, it's hard to justify the price of $2.10 for a tiny 1/2 pint bottle of commercial macro lager

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Photo of Jeysun23
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of guizhang
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tony223366
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Originally reviewed on July 19, 2011

A: Nice color. Very caramel throughout. Light cream colored head that quickly dissipated to nothing.

S: Got some malt with a very light roastiness

T: Very light roasted chocolate flavor. Mostly malts take over this beer but there is a hint of bitterness to finish. It actually ended very smoothly.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel. This beer is refreshing and has carbonation with a good bite to it.

O: Seen this around forever without putting much thought to it. And you know what? It really isn't terrible. I'd put this beer ahead of many.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had 5 of these at a friends house along with a bunch of appys. Turns out this a real food friendly vienna with enough complexity to make among Mexico's best beers(those commercially available everwhere in NA). The caramel notes opened up when the beer warmed up but alas this beer is better cold as some of the flaws in the finish show up when it warms. All in all a decent drinking beer.

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Photo of rrob311
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I used to buy sixers of this about 5 years ago.

A- This beer is kind of dark.

S- The smell is not too bad very distinctive.

T- This is an excellent beer but MUST BE SERVED COLD. DOES NOT TASTE GOOD ONCE IT WARMS, almost undrinkable warm IMO. Yucky flavors come out when it warms up.

M- mouthfeel is average to me. Not as clean and crisp and Modelo but its a different beer.

D- I can easily knock back a COLD six pack of these. Too bad it goes for 14.99 for a six pack out here.

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Photo of Hackattack
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Of all the Mexican beers I have tried, this one beats them all. I get this on tap at the local Mexican restaurant. The taste is smooth and sweet....the type I like the most. Very dark and lightly carbonated. Never been disappointed with this one...even in the bottle.

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Photo of Brandon632
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of scott451
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at fridge temperature. A transparent brown into a standard pilsner glass. A 1" cream coloured head that sticks around. foamy lacing. Lightly malt flavoured. Very drinkable. Could have a few of these. Superior to standard Mexican lagers by quite a wide margin.

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Photo of arizcards
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this for dinner down at a Mexican restaurant last Friday.

Nice dark beer that poured a decent lasting head. Smell had a hint of nut and roasted malt. Taste had a hint of toasted caramel malts and a smooth hop free finish. Mouthfeel was fairly full and lively. Overall drinkability is good. This has been my Mexican beer of choice for a number of years now.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,282 ratings.
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