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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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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bongobeer
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Natural510
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-brown color with head which fades quickly. Surprisingly enough a layer of lacing remains throughout and coats the glass with a beautiful mark.
Malts and more malts in the nose, with a slight biscuit touch and light sweetness.
Flavor is okay, nothing too memorable. Malty, fairly thin, easy-drinking.
Crisp in the mouth like all Mexican lagers, whether light or dark.

Not exactly what one would seek in a German-style beer, but for hot weather and spicy Mexican food, this provides an easy-drinking choice with enough character to balance the refreshment angle.

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3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo has become a tradition for my Dad and I at El Chapparal in Helotes,TX. We meet there every few weeks for a meal.
The beer pours out a nice brown with a little amber tint. There is a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates. No real lacing.
The aroma is of slight sweetness and just a touch of a roasted smell.
The flavor is slight roasted malt, a little chocolate, and sweetness in the end. There are no hops evident to me here. The flavor comes and goes quickly.
Although there is not a lot going on here for some reason this is my favorite out of all the Mexican beers. I could drink this all night and enjoy every one. It washes down the chips and salsa, the fajitas, the enchiladas and anything else you want to put in front of us. A definite session beer for these two Texans.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a glass. Purchased at the mini market at our resort in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

A-Light copper-brown beer, quite clear. Light tan head, reduces quickly to a bubble layer.

S-Toasty malts, slightly grainy with almost a hint of chocolate.

T-Toasty sweetness with a hint of toffee and a slight earthy/grassy spice. Grainy malt also comes through. Bitterness provides balance, but still allows the malt sweetness through. Finishes with a bit of residual sweetness.

M-Medium-light body, easy moving with a moderate-level carbonation. Overall, refreshing body and feel.

D-Very dinkable, both for ease of drinking and for the relative tastiness of this brew compared to other Mexican brews which I encountered during this vacation.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint....

A: Pours copper with a fizzy off-white head that disappears pretty quick.

S: sweet aroma of brown sugar goes well with spicy hops and wheat toast, just very faint

T: earthy, grainy flavors and toasty hops up front, then the brown sugar comes in and follows to the finish with more spicy hops and more
good grainy flavor

M: slick and oily medium-full body becoming very crisp and dry in the finish.

Overall, a great dark lager for availability and price. Much better than most Mexican imports, and a good representation of a German style. A very approachable and drinkable beer that could also be enjoyed by those with a less developed palate for stronger brews.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a bright caramel-brown color, brilliantly clear. Head is lighter than tan and creamy but not very persistent.

Aroma has some of the hints at rich maltiness I am looking for but could use a bit more. Toast, vague suggestion of alcohol. Pretty clean, no fruitiness or DMS.

I see this is classified as a Munich Dunkel in which case it falls well short of the richness I expect. However I've always thought of this as closer to a Vienna, and shall rate its toasty goodness as such. It's mildly sweet but there is no caramel to my palate, just as I would hope. It could use a bit more of a balancing bitterness, as this is pretty malt-dominated. I wonder briefly about adjuncts and what could have been with this beer, but it's still pretty good.
Nearly a requirement for Mexican food night!

Body is medium-light and carb slightly less than I would expect. Drinkability isn't through the roof, but it's easy to down a couple with a meal.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear deep amber into a pint glass. A half inch of off white head settles quickly to a surface film and yields some casual lacing.

Aromas of sweet toasted malts and a bit of hops. More so with some agitation and as the beer warms a bit and increases in complexity.

Lingering flavors of roasted malts on the tongue, bit of light smoke and some lager yeast in the background. Nicely balanced and not too sweet. Pleasant carbonation works with the beer to provide a decent mouthfeel. Drinkability is limited by a moderate sweetness and a lack of pizazz.

More refined than their Leon.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was actually a bit of a suprise with how good it was. Poured a deep dark brown with a huge billowing white head that settled down to reveal some subtle lacing that was quite nice. Smell was of caramel, grains, and breads, yeast primarily. Taste was typical brown lager. Some subtle spiceness, great all around flavor. Lots of earthy tones, with a ever so slight sweetness. Mostly malts on this one. This was a decent beer, extremely sessionable and a samn fine call.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite Mexican beers - nice dry taste but smooth

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Photo of foogerd
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark clear caramel body with a white head and some lacing.

S- Vanilla and light chocolate sugary malty smell, can hardly smell any hops.

T- Sweet vanilla and light banana taste, some toastiness, a bit of some bitter hops.

M- Light nice refreshing carbonation.

D- Great to pair with my bean stew i was having, really a delicious standby to rely on.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep, dull brown pours nearly no head.

S: A touch of sweet malt and grassy hop. Caramel, chocolate malt? Nice roastiness.

T: Big up front with woody bock-ish flavor. Ends up with a little cinnamon. Small floral hop note.

M: High carbonation, low anything else.

D: Very drinkable like most Mexican beer. Probably not the greatest example of the style but altogether a good, drinkable choice.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours clear dark copper/amber with a large foamy off-white head, leaves a lot of lacing and holds a small foamy cap and ring.

Sweet-smelling aroma of caramel malt, some brown sugar, bread, even some dark fruit, grapes, raisins, prunes, a little metallic, some grassy hops, moderate to good strength.

Flavor is also sweet and malty, mostly caramel, touch of fruit, somewhat nutty, mild floral/grassy hop presence, manages to finish relatively dry but the metallic note crops up again.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation.

Pretty decent Vienna, and one of the better "grocery store craft/import" beers. My only gripe is the cost, as I can get Brooklyn Lager for the same price and it blows Modelo away...

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Photo of LifeByTheDrop
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as dark as others, but hard to find a better beer at most Tex-Mex restaurants. Smooth, minimal head, above average flavor and above all, save the lime for your food. A great accent to the Bob Armstrong Dip and the Chicken Chile Relleno at Matt's Rancho Martinez in Big D.

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Photo of StrangerTides
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goopy
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of taters21
3.62/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo has a thin, off-white head and a very dark, clear amber appearance. The aroma is nil to faint, with maybe some maltiness coming across. Taste, while good, is rather bland, with malt being the overriding flavor; there is enough hop bitterness to keep this from being a total wash-out. Mouth-feel is light and watery, with Negra Modelo finishing wet and refreshing, much as water is refreshing. Overall, this is an okay, but unexciting dark beer. I would have it again but would not seek it out.


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Photo of DanielEgusquiza
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of STEG
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one, certainly the best mexico has to offer, in my opinion. Pairs wonderfully with mexican food and it's easy drinking but mediocre at best by itself. Extremely drinkable and well balanced, a sure fire choice for me at any mexican restaurant (that has it) and a could make for a great session beer with some homemade tortilla chips.

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Photo of SDWNDR
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I would just like to say I thoroughly enjoy this beer. It has a slightly overwhelming smell once you pour it into the glass. However the taste is great. Perfect mix of malt and hops. When I poured it into a glass the carbonation was like a was pouring a glass of soda.

Overall, a good beer that is very, very drinkable.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The beer is clear, brown, medium amount of carbonation and a very thing soapy head. The beer has a simple light malty aroma with a hint of sweetness. The beer is well balanced, light in malt flavors and not too sweet, there is a light bitterness and slight dryness to it. Medium bodied beer, nice carbonation feel to it. Very smooth.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 3,343 ratings
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