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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.com.mx

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
958
Ratings:
3,217
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
28.57%
 
 
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Reviews: 958 | Ratings: 3,217
Photo of dcscientist
2.65/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is better than most Mexican imported beers, but not by a whole lot. Want more flavor here, not just "hey look, it's a lager". Only would get it if there's no margarita around instead.

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Photo of deejaydan
2.66/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a wonderfully clear amber color with a fluffy squat head. Aroma is mostly DMS, cooked corn aroma, some stale grain going on. Flavor is slighty malty sweet, but the cooked corn rears its ugly head during the taste as well. There isn't a ton of flavor going on either. Mouthfeel is thin, and under carbonated. If I'm desperate, I'd go for this. It might match well with greasy mediocre mexican food, but not a standalone beer for me.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely beautiful just slightly lighter than ruby red color with a big fairly tight head that is not particularly well retained but leaves just a slightly better than spotty lace. I've got to give this a 4 for appearance on color alone though, the color of this beer is sheer perfection. The aroma however falls a little short of the great heights I suppose I would have liked from such a wonderful looking beer. I can't help but think that this smells precisely like the worst kind of cheap pale lager, with the cooked corn, the light bread yeast, and the mild sweetness. There is some floral character but really not enough to redeem this one. The flavor bounces my confidence in this beer back a up a bit. The beer is sweet, it's too sweet and for that matter it's too corny. But that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of nice things going on in the flavor of this beer there is a good fruitiness with a nice interplay of just the mildest toasty malt. This is all before I mention that this has a really pleasant hop zing, I'm really not sure what the hops are but they strike me as west coast fruity and citrusy hops, however there is no denying the presence of some noble herbal hoppiness as well. The thing about Negra Modelo is that it does, basically, exactly what it came to do. It is slightly sweeter than most pale mexican lagers, at the same time it's got a more bold flavor than those as well, but at the end of the day it's refreshing. I am positive that this is what the brewers of this beer were going for, like it or not, they hit the mark.

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Photo of granger10
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer is nothing to write home about. It IS better than Corona but that's not saying much. Not really that dark for a dark lager. Roasted taste with a light caramel roastiness to boot. Very lightly carbonated, but goes down smooth enough. All in all not a great beer but decent enough.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear brown color with a small off-white head that diminishes immediately. Decent aroma of roasted malt and a bit of bread. Tasted bland, a bit bitter with a watery feel on the palate. Somewhat watery and flat. Goes well with fajitas, chips, and salsa...that's about it.

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Photo of engagechad
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was purchased at Casa Grande in Richmond, VA and poured into a mug ish glass

This beer poured with moderate carb and the color was kind of thin. Smelled like a watery brown ale and tasted slightly of corny adjuncts. It wasn't terrible but I wouldn't order one again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnished to dark copper colour, with a filmy head of white bubbles. The bubbles look surprisingly light, and they don't cling. The body, overall looks pretty weak, but the colour is nice, at least.

Very odd nose, a light coppery sourness, metallic twang and a whack of bubblegum, a bit dusty and grainy. Not all that appealing to be honest. It's not terribly offensive, but there are just enough jarring notes to put me off.

Very thin in the mouth, with only a light bubblegum/banana phenolic note through the centre of the palate. Some carbonic bitterness on the finish, but it's not much. The lack of body is the biggest downer to this one, it feels very thin, and with the mildly sweet palate it starts to haunt you with images of sugar water. Not a fan.

Overall, it's not offensive, but it's very very bland indeed, and I really dislike the feel. It's undoubtably drinkable, but it's certainly not something of which I'd choose to partake regularly.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointing. Thin, macro taste and mouthfeel. Not much flavor, and a strange, overly carbonated body. I enjoyed this more when I was watching the Mosley-DeLaHoya fight in a bar full of Mexican-Americans. At home, below average (still better than Corona).

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer held true to my standing opinion of Mexican beers. I can't put it in technical terms; I can only describe it as "Mexican flavor." I don't know if it's the water, poor quality ingredients, or the heavy-handed use of rice or other adjuncts. This beer is ALMOST good, but not quite. More flavorful and satisfying than Corona, but still not something I'd return to. I'll stick with beers brewed North of the border.

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Photo of stcules
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brilliant ruby, very clena, with very few bubbles. Light foam, dirty white in color.
In the smell dark malts, lightly toasted, and caramel. Maybe a bit of red fruit.
Toasty in the taste, with again notes of dark malts, raisins, red fruit. More fruity than in the smell.
Drinkable, but nothing more.
Almost no body. In the aftertaste the red fruits, the maltiness and caramel.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.69/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a nice dark amber color with a foamy white head. The head leaves a little film but no lace. The smell expresses a strong malty backbone along with a significant amount of corn adjuncts. The taste also hits you up front with its maltiness but also finishes strong with the adjuncts. The mouthfeel is about average for what you would expect from the style. Overall one of the best mexican beers out there certainly one to look for first at a restaurant.

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Photo of SamN
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Ruby red, hues of amber, earth and rust. Dusty tan head, not a great color, drab and boring and doesn't quite compliment the deep hued liquid below.

S- Crisp and clean hops plus cereal grains in balance. Lacking much of that metallic odor that dominates cheaper mass produced beers. Sweeter aroma, clean and more than a little sterile.

T- Watery, slightly tart, finishes on processed metallic hops. Pretty boring tasting beer. What flavors exist are faint and flat.

M- Good smoothness in mouthfeel. Great carbonation levels.

D- Meh. Better when paired with food, great heat reducer for spicy mexican food. On it's own? Weak and boring.

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Photo of Davidstan
2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Tasted like a beer sprite. It was very sweet but have to say refreshing on a warm day at a friends home. It was free and will drink again if it is free but probably will never buy.

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Photo of HochFliegen
2.71/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very plain beer in my opinion. Was a dark color almost black. No head what so ever. Smell was the slightest amout of malt not much of a hop smell. Taste was malty almost roasted with very little hop taste. Very thin almost watery beer. Kinda bland I thought. It is easy to drink.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A standard at most grocery stores this dark austrian lager pours with a tannish head. The body is amber colored with an aroma of malt. Slight spiciness to the pallette finishing with malt dominance, not much in the way of hops and very little mouthfeel. Ok in a pinch.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear, dark ruby brown with a light khaki finger width head. Sub-par retention, leading to a broken layer of microbubbles across the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Weak aroma. Subtle caramel notes. Not much else.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light but predominant caramel flavor. Ghostly presence of earth and grassy hop. That about covers it.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Tingles the tongue. Goes down smooth and easy.

Overall - My go to beer when out at a Mexican restaurant, though due to lack of choice more than anything. Outside that, it's a beer I tend to steer clear from, as there are significantly better dark lager choices to be had.

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Photo of battlekow
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic water cup at Qdoba. How authentic. Negro Modelo smelled and tasted like a typical lager, all sweet maltiness, except for a hint of a medicinal/Band-Aid quality in the taste. The flaw wasn't enough to drag it down too much, but it wasn't going anywhere other than average anyway. On the plus side, the queso chicken burrito I had was excellent.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My drink of choice at the Mexican restaurant, Drinks light and easy so I can have that extra enchilada, and has a slight roasted barley flavor that I just seem to like.

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Photo of zerk
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark color, with quickly dissapating head. Very little detectable on the nose, slightly sweet smell.

Taste had malt sweetness, and slightly bitter. Not very much flavor. Nothing really distinguishes this beer, or makes you want more.

Good with a Mexican meal, and better than many Mexican imports, but nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of stevoj
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Much better than the normal pale lagers from Mexico . Dark , similar to a schwarzbier. I should have ditched the lime sooner. It did add a little bit of flavor , but may have obstructed some of this beers character .

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Photo of Gehrig
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this recently when I ate at a very good local Mexican restaurant, and it didn't taste nearly as well as it did when I first tried it about 15 years ago. Just time and more mature taste buds, I believe. The color is nice--a medium brown--but the head is negligible. Don't even think about lacing on this. The smell is more of a letdown--whiffs of caramel, malt and hops seem absent. The taste is a decent re-introduction to malt and hops, and hints of caramel emerge. The flat texture adversely affects the mouthfeel and, were it not for modest smoothness, would be scored worse.

In all, one I will avoid in the future. Beer should be a better accompaniment to any meal, especially a good spicy Mexican dish, than mere post-meal cascade. Negra Modelo is a letdown.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
2.75/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My memory must be failing me; I thought I liked this beer. Brown sugar, dark chocolate and tin foil on the nose (I changed hands in case the actual tin foil was lingering—nope, still there). Color is watered-down cola. Taste is watered-down cola with dark chocolate and hops on the finish. Maybe I recall having liked this after I've drunk several.

(Next day): revisiting thanks to an odd experience. Though the lot number is the same, the 5th that I've now opened of this 6er is markedly different. (Edit: so is the 6th, thankfully.) The nose on this one is toast, semi-sweet chocolate and, yes, tin foil. Markedly more amber in color. The taste is primarily reminiscent of Dr. Pepper with dark chocolate and a slight splash of citrus on the finish. This one's also not quite so watered-down. Still nothing to rave about, but far more serviceable. Original rating: 2; revised: 2.75.

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Photo of jayrod20
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted like a dark Budweiser. Drinkable, but at least worth trying when eating at a popular mexican restaurant. It is easily drinkable though, especially paired with a couple margaritas and queso because it matches a spicy flavor well. Probably one of the better south of the border beers.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle. (7503-1589 bar code) ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Dark amber color. Chill hazy appearance. Beige, small bubbled, froth. Retention is ok but not much lacing. Sweet toasted malts, hints of brown sugar & toasted bread to the nose. Flavor profile shows toasted malts, subtle chocolate & bitterness in the middle. Grainy sensation & fizzy to the palate. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Dried nut astringency. Dry finish. Easy drinkability.

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Photo of janubio
2.77/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, you'll have to excuse me, but I can't understand why people like that much this beer. To me is just a dark version of Coronas, with some more body and aroma and some more tasty, but nothing that I haven't tasted in many beers before. Clear brown colour, a little head that doesn't hold and leaves no leace. It smells a bit of cocoa powder, faint caramel and toasted notes and some metallic notes. Watery metallic taste with hints of cocoa and caramel and there's a little more that you can tell, if anything. I've tried several times to try to convince myself, but not.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,217 ratings.
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