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 AlexJ
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear mahogany with reddish highlights, smallish light beige head, and a few spots of lace that are gone by the time the beer is half finished.

Aromas is dark toasty malts, dry wood, leather, and lightly spicy hops.

Flavor is roasty malts, leather or wood, floral hops, and a touch of caramel.

Lighter side of medium bodied with a somewhat grainy mouthfeel. Not as bad as I anticipated.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slight caramel flavor greets the tongue. Quite spritzy and makes a nice fizzy mouthful. Brownish amber in the glass. Decent head and the carbonation lasts pretty well. It tastes much like adjunct-type lagers though it does have a touch of bitterness. I wouldn't call it a hoppy taste, as there is no hint of floral flavors. Smell is not particularly pleasant, more like beer soaked into a beer mat. Aftertaste is kind of dirty and a little sour, like it has a touch of burnt malt. I used to think this was one of the better Mexican beers, but there's not much to it.

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Photo of SteveTheDog
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This isn't a fantastic beer but its probably the best Mexican beer I've had. It's almost bereft of aroma and has a very mild taste without much character to speak of. It's fairly smooth but overall there just ain't much to remark on. It's ok for drinking with your buddies at the bar but I wouldn't order it as my first. As an aside, if you mix in a shot of vodka, it tastes like a Baltika 9.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.81/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is unimpressive. It is dark, but not compared to a schwarzbier (also a dark lager) or a porter/stout. The light refracts brown thru a Scotch ale. Little head that sticks around for awhile. Flavor is all malt and no hop, but appears balanced. Not bad, but square in the camp of average.

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Photo of BierStein711
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into shaker pint glass

No expiration date

A:Two finger fast fading head, that completely disappears. No lacing. Beer is amber colored, and thin in appearance.

Smell: Malt, hops, apple cider, and bread

Taste: Apple Cider, biscuity, metal, This beer did not feel like something to really enjoy or celebrate.

M: Thin and watery

Overall: This is a beer that was endorsed by several friends. I disagree with their endorsement at this point. Truly, I don't think this beer is worth trying.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.82/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted like a dark Budwiser. Drinkable, but not worth trying. What is worth trying is the populr Mexican cocktail that it can make. It's called a "La Michelada," and contains worcestershire sauce, tabasco, salt, pepper, and lime. I had one of these first with Tecate, and then with Negra Modelo, and did a taste test comparison. I would say it's much better with the latter, and again, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of vanrassel
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What good can I say about this beer? Well, it's not terrible — and it's a far sight better than pale Mexican swill like Corona, Sol and Pacifico.

It poured an amber colour into my pilsner glass. So far, so good: it looks like a Vienna lager should. Alas, the smell doesn't live up to the promising beginning. The grassy hops and caramel aroma from the malt are present, but seem out of proportion and overshadowed by some citric smell that seems totally out of place.

The taste is bland, though again, there's a hint of incongruous citrus flavour — like this is a dark Corona with the lime put right into the beer! Add the thin, watery body and I have little reason to seek this one out in future.

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Photo of Brunite
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured clear light amber in color with an off white head.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of malt. Pretty one dimensional.

T: The taste is fairly similar to the dimensional. Some sweetness but not much depth of character.

M: Very light-bodied....watery. Carbonation is OK.

D: The beer is very easy to drink, but not very memorable. Better than a Bud but not something to be searched out unless nothing much else is available.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of Negra Modelo for Cinco de Mayo. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a walnut brown color, and is clear. A fizzy off white head disappears quickly. Few bubbles in the beer, looks like mild carbonation.

The smell is faint, some grain aromas, not much else.

The taste is OK, but not great. It's a fairly simple bland combination of roasted grain, and mild bitter hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp but a bit thin and watery. Not much body to this one.

Still it i a very drinkable beer. Sessionable, not filling, tastes Ok. I'd buy it again to pair with Mexican food, but that's about it.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: brown with a ruby red hue, 1 finger off-white head

Smell: malts and grains, and not much else

Taste: toasty malts and sweetness

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin

Drinkability: pairs nicely with Mexican cuisine


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Photo of shadow1961
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Negra Modelo, after a hard pour, yields a fast-collapsing beige head
over an attractive coffee colored brew. Carbonation is high, and the
nose is barley malt and lager yeast. The flavor is a slightly toasty malt
with a note of something I can't pin down- chicory maybe, with a bit of
an herbal hop finish. There's a bit of grain in the aftertaste and a bit of
grass. This is one of the better Mexican lagers I've had, but unfortunately
that's really not saying much. It's pretty one-dimensional, and there's
something that's just wrong about it.

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Photo of jsh420
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

pours a light amber brown with a 1 finger head that leaves no lacing

smell of carmel malts and grassy hops

tastes of sweet carmel malts and grassy hops - might be a tad thin - reminds me a lot of Boston Lager

mouthfeel is nice and light little watery - nice carbonation and smooth

drinkability is good a nice full flavored light lager

update: later that night a got a killer headache and the only time beer does to me is when i drink the cheap stuff so drinkability goes from 4 to 1 - never again

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Photo of Douberd
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

ABV 5.3%, bottle of 355 ml.

Pours an amber colour, a tone or two darker than an iced tea.Head disappeared straight away.Light caramel smell.
Taste follows the smell, tastes of bitter chocolate, nothing too special though.
Quite thick on the body and medium carbonation.
It has to go a long way to reach Bohemia Obscura.

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Photo of Realale
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear light brown with a definite mahogany slant. Not much of a head, but what's there is creamy light brown and makes a hasty exit.

Bready malt on the nose, with a slight toffee sweetness. No real hop notes. A bit one dimensional.

Very malty in the mouth. Finishes with a definite sweet note, really too sweet for me to drink without food. Could use a bit more carbonation, or some hop bitterness to balance all of that malt, and give some more interest. Still, a nice food match with rich Mexican stews, etc., and my tipple of choice at most Mexican restaurants.

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Photo of ectomorph
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass at Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant.

A - Dark chocolate in color with little head/lacing.

S - Some malty aromas but overall faint smell

T - Much lighter and crisp than expected. Maltier as well.

M - Watery Mexican beer.

D - Of the choices available there, it worked out pretty good, but I won't be adding it to the fridge anytime soon...

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Photo of oelergud
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby brew with good carbonation and an off-white small bubbled head. Very low retention and lace.
Smells like cherries, sweet cherries and a little syrup/molasses thing and some good malt character.
Taste mildly of cherries and has a very astringent flavor and effect on the tongue. Decent hop presence and some diacetyl.
Moderate fullness of body but not something I could have more than one of in a night.


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Photo of Onenote81
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thought I would try something different than a Corona at the Mex. restaurant. Heard good things about this beer. Came with a frosty glass, which I allowed to get closer to room temp before I poured. Minimal head that dissipated very quickly. Slight lacing. Sweet smelling. Mid to high carbonated. I felt bloated after drinking, which left me very burpy. Finished a little bitter, but had light to medium body to it. Very drinkable beer (if you don't mind the bloated feeling). Not that impressed.

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Photo of chaduvel
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found one of these in the fridge, left over from a party. Pours a nice deep amber color, hardly any head to speak of despite a vigorous pour. There is an odd odor here, rotten fruit? Do I have a skunky bottle? Tastes malty and of metal. Metal flavor seems to have control. Head is already gone after two sips. Bottle says it's a dark beer, it looks like a dark beer, but doesn't have the complexity of a good dark lager beer.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle along with dinner at a Mexican restaurant on Comm Ave last Saturday night. Poured into a tall pilsner glass. Doesn't look like most Mexican beers, as it's a dark tan color. Vienna lager is an interesting take for a Latin brewery. No head at all, and lots of carbonation. A bit malty on the tongue, it tastes just like most easy drinking lagers. While this beer is nothing special, at least instead of filling up on fizzy yellow beers and enchilladas, you can fill up with fizzy brown beers. Something different to drink at a Mexican joint, so it's not all that bad.

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Photo of thagr81us
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at a local Mexican restaurant while caSSino was down from Charlotte visiting. Served from bottle into an Anarctic frozen mug. Poured amber with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly (after the head thawed out of course). The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, cream, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, dark chocolate, wheat, and roasted malt. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an average brew. Really nothing on this one stood out to me at all. I did like how this one had a bit of dark chocolate in it to add some character, but the wheat flavor I got here just didn't impress me at all. Got this as it was ranked as one of the best Mexican brews on the menu according to BA, but I guess I should have gone with a strawberry Margarita like caSSino chose to do...

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Photo of atigerlife
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with a small light brown head.

Aroma of sweet malts and light hops in the background.

Taste is sweet malts and caramel. Some light spiceyness in there.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly cleansing.

Overall, a drinkable brew but nothing too exciting. I haven't had this for a long time and was expecting more.

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Photo of vdread
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo

had on tap at pappa's cantina in austin tx. they had a cheap selection and this was the only semi-flavorful beer besides shiner bock.

it's a deep amber/brown color with a thick foamy head that sticks around for a long time and leaves some lace. the nose is simple. corn, somewhat buttery. a little malty. taste is unassuming. tastes like a typical adjunct lager with some buttery caramel malts. well carbonated, easy on the palate. sippable for sure.

not bad for a bar beer when there's not much else available, but i wouln't run out to buy a 6. probably one of the better cerveza.

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Photo of karengarys
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown like you would expect. Little head. Clear and transparent, not cloudy, no chunks or floaties.

The smell is faint, but what is there is a bit of malts.

This tastes like water and beer flavor and carbonation mixed. Some malt and a bit more hop. Not too interesting.

Mouthfeel is okay, a bit creamy but a bit watery too.

Finish is a bit creamy, but also kind of stale-beer like.

This is drinkable but boring beer. I wouldn't look for this, but if it were handed to me I could enjoy it anyway.

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Photo of cpone
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always my beer of choice when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the usual uninspired line-up.

A: Poured straight into a tulip - maybe two finger soapy, bubbly head that did not stick around. Small traces of lacing. Body shows lots of carbonation and has a ruby brown color, like root beer.

S: Very light toasted malt, raw corn with a little nuttiness to it.

T: Very little in the way of flavor. Slight, barely toasted malt, grains with a hint of bitterness. In all honesty, it tastes much like most macro lagers - with just a bit more flavor.

M: Decent for the style i suppose. Good carbonation, crisp and fairly light.

Negra will still be my go to at the taqueria, but after reviewing and really trying to taste the beer my affinity for it has waned. It's ok, but not as good as I used to say it was.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was coca-cola colored. The beeer poured a nice head but it did not last long at all. It left decent lacing, but really, who cares about that? The beer smelled sour to me. Taste was a little sweet and a little flat tasting. No good to me I will not buy agaiun as I have tried this beer repeadedly and always get the same bad beer.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,249 ratings.
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