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

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Negra ModeloNegra Modelo

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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 dgallina
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle without freshness date or ABV.

Pours a somewhat transparent brown with a thin head that quickly diminishes and leave no trace. Smells slightly of caramel and toasted malts with a touch of hop liveliness. Very clean flavor. Caramel and lightly toasted malts flash across the tongue briefly before being replaced with a slightly hoppy dryness. A bit thin and over-carbonated in the mouth.

Easy to drink and cooling on a hot day. Not a subtle beer, but has some pleasantly clean flavors and is a nice alternative to the usual watery mexican pilsner imitations.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.19/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed with the look of this beer. The color's a pleasing caramel-amber, but despite trying I got no head, the bubbles were clinging to the sides of the glass like a soda, and lace was non-existent.

Smell was faint whiffs of malt and caramel. Flavor was surprisingly solid, the malt running deep into the sip, with mild flavors of creamy caramel and raisins. There's a hop presence in both smell and taste too...not robust but there and doing it's job. My bottle and glass were served too cold, so letting both warm a bit made it easier to detect the flavors.

I found the mouthfeel to be too soda-like and too watery.

Of the typical Mexican beer choices at most Mexican restaurants (this, Dos Equis and Corona) I'd choose this over the others. Beyond that I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
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 DirtyGoat
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. The only beer I will drink in Mexico. It tastes sweet and leaves your mouth with no unpleasent after-taste. It has a mellow amount of carbonation. This beer is always my first pick over the other dark beers that you would find at your local supermarket.

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Photo of sammy44
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I generally rotate between this and Dos Equis when I'm at a Mexican resturant.

First thing to do when served is to pull the lime out of the neck of the bottle. One of my buddies asked me why I don't put the lime in, I answered, "Because it doesn't need it." This beer is good enough to drink alone unlike Corona which needs to just have the beer poured out and replaced with lime juice. That would fix the taste.

Anyway, the beer pours a clear brown with a small slightly sticky head. It looks good in the glass and the smell is nice to. Very sweet tasteing beer (almost as sweet as a Michelob AmberBock which somebody on the web site referred to as "flat Coke"). Overall the taste is good to me but I don't think I could have many of them at one sitting. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and it seems to be a little underhopped for the style.

Speaking of style beeradvocate lists it as a Vienna Lager and many people have referred to it as a lager but on the bottle it refers to itself as a "dark ale" (it will be on the front of the label below and to the right of the name). Odd.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear copper small head minimal lace

S - a little bit of quickly dissipating skunk,some floral hops and sweetness and grain

T - a little bit of roasted malt, some hop bitterness, and soapiness and grain

M -Carbonation is a bit strong for my taste, but body has some good heft. mouthfeel is substantial.

D - Not bad. Starts off a bit weak, but it picks up halfway through glass.

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Photo of harpo111
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best Mexican Import I have tried. They call it dark...i call it amber. Pours a very clear brown in the glass. Nice aroma.
Taste is smooth, not hoppy with a hint of citris. Finishes smooth, bit of bitter. Not a very heavy beer, but has enough body to hold up against food very well. Went very well with thefood were eating. Got some more later and tried it again, great by itself too.
Very drinkable. Much better flavor than some of the other popular Mexican beers.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear red-orange color with a 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top that seemed like it was going to be around for a while. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but there remains a wisp of foam across the top of the beer indicating that it has some residual body and goodness. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really sweet and toasty aromatics from Vienna malt is typical for the style, and a welcomed visitor after some of the other Vienna’s I have tried tonight. I can pick out a bit of caramel (or cara vienne) here as well as what smells like a hint of roast. No hops to speak of yet.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely to the aroma. It is relatively sweet with lots of buttered toast notes to the flavor. The beginning of the taste was a bit muddles with the aforementioned flavors. A dark grain flavor sets in after your initial dose of toast that gives you a bit of caramel. The carbonation is adequate to light which leaves the beer feeling a little wet after consuming. There is no alcohol or hops apparent, but if you drink a few nice slugs...there is a bit of a warming in the belly which would lead me to believe that this one was around 4.5-5.5%ABV.

Opinion: Well, I have been on a mission tonight to try all of the commercial Vienna lagers available to me, and this one has been the best so far. It has a noticeable toasty malt presence that was lacking in other examples. A Vienna beer isn't huge, but I would have liked to have had a bit more of the malt presence that there was here without the dark caramel flavors. If I were to make a suggestion to the brewer, it would be to use lighter colored crystal malts, no roast, and maybe substitute a bit of Munich for some of the Vienna malt. Still, this is a pretty approachable beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours half-inch head in the glass which dissipates pretty quickly. Color is dark amber (almost the same color as Shiner Bock) but I wouldn't call it dark really. Very clear in the glass.

Faint slightly sweet malty aroma.

Smooth mouthfeel (one of my favorite attributes of this beer)

Sweet malt flavor, mostly barley with a bit of corn flavor

I feel like it needs a bit more of something, either more of a hop bite or a richer maltiness.

Not a bad session beer, but nothing extraordinary. I think it is better though on tap. (I'm drinking it in a bottle right now).

If you're in Mexico though it isn't bad choice. Bohemia is better but this is a good second choice.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers from Mexico and I'm glad that it's available in Maine. And fairly easy to find. Pours a clear brown caramel color. Smell is a bit sweet but not overwhelming. Taste is a sweet malt flavor, not overpowering but there, very little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a bit thin but not too watery. Overall it's very drinkable. I like this, this is the first time in a while I've had Negra Modelo, will have to buy this more often. It's a nice beer to enjoy as a session beer or refresher, or a nice night cap too.

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Photo of tattooedtolley
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unique brown 12oz bottle with gold foil covered cap

Appearance: Dark copper like color, clear. Decent head and some lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty smell, maybe some caramel in here too.

Taste: The malts are up front an much more obvious than anything else. Maybe a slight bit of hops in here.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more body than any other mexi-lager that I have had, but still quite crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Good session beer and of course a good compliment to tex-mex food.

I am a huge fan of mexican cuisine and this beer is my favorite to compliment it. Just don't let them put a lime in it, it completely kills the decent tastes that are in there.

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Photo of brentk56
3/5  rDev -11%
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 VoodooBrew
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As much as I like Mexican/Tex-Mex food, such restaurants are graveyards for beer selection. Most of the time the best thing available is Negra Medelo, a beer I used to enjoy a fair amount back when I was drinking far more industrial lager than craft beer (although usually by default-- you know, keg parties and the like).

When you're starting off with a pretty average beer, it's a real shame when the bartender ruins it by sticking that lime wedge in the bottle. I plucked it out and poured the beer into a mug, but the lime's evidence didn't go away for the entire 12 ounces. So for round two I made sure to provide instructions to the barkeep that a lime wedge would not be necessary. And by this time, my mug, previously chilled (but not frozen thank god), had warmed up to adequate temperature.

I will at this point admit that back in high school I drank plenty of lime-infused beers (in this case Corona) at all those Jimmy Buffett concerts. So you see, there is hope for the youth of America -- I am living proof!

In most states in America, Negra Modelo is labeled as "dark beer." Well in Texas, where the TABC has decreed that monikers such as "beer," "ale," and "lager" are descriptors of a brew's alcohol content and not its yeast type, Negra Modelo is accordingly tagged as "dark ale." In this case, and the many other like cases, we can forgive the brewers for what would otherwise appear to be a reckless move to perplex and misinform the casual beer drinker. Call it consumer protection, Texas style.

So not only is Negra Modelo (hereafter referred to as "NM") not only not "ale," but it is not really "dark," either. It's slightly browner and darker than Sam Adams Boston Lager, but just as crystal clear. As such, it's actually a pretty good-looking beer. There is just about nothing going on in the aroma, just a touch of cereal grain, enough to let you know it's beer and not water, or a margarita... or something. Similarly, the flavor is quite light and uncomplicated. Malt, maybe a slight bitterness, but no real hop flavor or roasted barley elements. A touch of cocoa perhaps? I will say this, NM is a crisp, refreshing brew, but its drinkability is hindered, for me anyway, by how boring it quickly becomes. Then again, if I'm drinking NM in the first place it's probably because there's nothing better on hand, so I'll continue to drink it. Oh Joseph Heller, where are you now?

I seem to recall a time when NM was in fact darker, more full-bodied and full-flavored. This could just be my revisionist memory or it could be because, relative to all that BMC, it actually does have those traits. I will let the public decide.

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Photo of deuschbag
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. foiled cap bottle pored into a mug. it pours a pretty nice dark red with some orange hightlights. good white head with good retention. the smell is light roasted malts and a slight spicey tang to it. the taste is malty with a little hint of hop bitterness. a little too watery though. tastes a lot better room temp then cold. i'd say this is now my favorite mexican beer. it's nothing special, but still a nice beer to have with a steak quisadilla.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brickish, earthy root beer-brown with a red-orange tint. Head is a dull, pale parchment color, audibly fizzy, with mediocre retention. There's nothing really "negra" about this beer, unless maybe you're having it in a very dark bar.

Smell: Corn, red wine, an earthy autumn-leaf edge. Hop character is fruity and citric. Malts are vaguely nutty and somewhat weak. Overall, the nose is crisp but underwhelming.

Taste: A vinous red grape taste, herbal-lime hops, and a solid, sweet malt base. Alcohol is surprisingly present. A very earthy yet refreshing beer. One of my favorites with Mexican food, and I recently discovered it goes great with Caramello bars!

Mouthfeel: Moderately chewy, frothy and full in the mouth, but kind of cloying.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer, and like I said, great with Mexican. Its delicious flavor and widespread availablilty makes it a mainstay at hip Los Angeles parties (i.e., the ones I go to).

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown/black with some red hues. Brown head. Smells caramelly. It actually has a bit of a smell next to lots of beers i've had which are just 'eh' there. Taste is chocolately and caramelly. It's not terribly bitter or hostile. Mouthfeel is between a porter and a stout to me. There's not much of a bite like porters. Drinkability - II found this to be very easy to throw back but it's still worth savoring. It's great on a cool night I've found.

I think this would make a great beer for fussy people to like. Course I hate starting someone on something like this especially if they're going to be philistines about it or that's the only beer they'll like which would be odd.

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Photo of gbarron
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at a local mexican restaurant.

A - bottle states "dark beer," cap is covered by gold foil. The waitress makes a huge error by bringing me a 'frosted' mug and there is a lime wedge jammed into the bottle . . . ugh. I discard the lime, let the mug warm up, and pour. Dark brown, perfectly clear. A small, off-white head forms quickly, then dissipates, retracting into a white ring. No lacing.

S - malt, mostly. Very little hop aroma, if any. What is there is earthy. Maybe a little corny smell?

T - malty sweetness dominates, followed by some hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Maybe a bit of hop flavor in the end, some spicy noble hop flavor? Hard to place. Smoky malt, sweet, toasty, caramel flavors are up front. Tastes sort of like there are some adjuncts in this beer, that is not all malt. Maybe some corn?

M - thin, appropriate for the style. Seems a little overcarbonated. Tickles the tongue a bit.

D - well, if you're at a Mexican place and the only choices available are your standard Mexican brews -- Corona, Pacifica, Carta Blanca, etc. -- and you see Negra Modelo on the list, get it. Its a decent representation of the Vienna style, one of the few commercial examples I know of, really.

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Photo of rodrot
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, amber brown color into my way overchilled mug. I had to wait several minutes for the beer to warm up before my first taste. The smell is malty and a little nutty also. Taste is quite good for a mega brewery, with notes of chocolate, caramel and malty sweetness. There is just a hint of hop bitterness, but not much. At many Mexican restaurants, this is the only decent beer on the menu. Worth a try.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass of Negra Modelo at La Casa de Pedro in Watertown Sq. Great restuarant!

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small head that doesn't leave much lace.

S: Aromas of caramel and smokery malts hit the nose first.

T: Malts are the main taste for this one. Not many hop notes in there, though I wasn't expecting any since this is a dark lager.

M & D: Mouthfeel is ok for this dark lager. Not very heavy malts, but they are the only flavor you get. Great session beer, especially if you are at a Mexican restuarant or in Mexico on the beach. Goes perfect with a burrito.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown with thin creamy head that fades away to a thin lace. The aroma is a little malty and a little yeasty, but very faint. Slightly estery. The taste is very sweet/malty. Some roast coffee flavor. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness, just enough to balance out the sweetness and finish clean. The mouthfeel is very creamy with a little carbonation scraping of the tongue. All in all, it's very drinkable. Good finish, good flavor, but not too strong. Easily a session beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is very cool looking, like something from the 60s.

The beer pours a deep bronze with red glints. The aroma is roundly malty with complex roast and caramel notions. Hops are there but in the background. The taste is malty and roasty. Theres caramel sweetness thats balanced by bitterness from hops and the dark malts. A slight astringency emerges in the finish and migles with the malt sugars. This beer gets sweeter as it warms.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a lager, very creamy.

By far the best beer I had on my trip to Mexico (which sadly isnt saying much). I cant believe the same people that make Corona make something this good. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is only example of a vienna lager I've had. It pours a dark brown with the usual lager head. The malt flavors are pretty simple and taste like caramel a little and it has a typical german lager understated/balanced hop flavor. Has a slight taste of yeast which I tend to appreciate so as to know that I'm drinkin' a beer. Decent beer. I don't know how much it is but assuming that it has to compete with other more popular mexican beers, it's dark, and it is a macro, the price is probably reasonable. I'll definitely pick some up the next time I have nachos.

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Photo of fido
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color, Smell is malty and herbal, maybe some hop aroma, Taste is almost similar to the smell, roasted malt flavor and some spices, Light carbonation and little bit creamy, easy to drink.

ABV is 5.3 %

It's a good dark lager and one of the best Mexican beers.

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Photo of hylton44
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this over dinner at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Poured nice & smooth, with a thick, frothy head. A beautifu dark amber color, though not as dark as I was expecting.

Smelling a bit sweet, this is a really smooth beer to drink, also. Smooth & creamy. Sweet carmel taste when it first goes in, and the warm rising of vapors from the back of my tongue a moment after and lasting a bit. Just a little bitterness, but this is mostly a smooth & sweet beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of longarm
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer reflects a nice array of amber hues. Solid carbonation lasts leaves good, long-lasting lacing. A beautiful beer.

Carmel malt dominates the nose. Neglible hops. Light hints of fruit seem a bit out of place for a lager.

Flavor resembles the aroma. A light caramel malt balanced fairly well, if perhaps a bit sweet with some light hop bitterness. Excellent, crisp finish makes me want repeated sips. Strong hints of ethanol a bit of a detraction.

I've always thought this beer was a little underappreciated and maybe greater than the sum of its parts. Perhaps I just love the flavor of Vienna malt. Maybe Negra Modelo isn't the best in its style, but it's crisp and has a nice vienna malt character and flavor. Another thought has to do with freshness. I'm reviewing it now from southern arizona and wonder if the freshness diminishes as it travels further from it's home. It seems a bit better here than up north.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,235 ratings.
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