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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 UncleFrank
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Amber / Orange
Aroma: Mild
Mouthfeel: Medium
Taste: Earthy hops balance the crystal malt.
Aftertaste: ???
Style: Nice American version of a Vienna Lager, even if its imported.
Impression: I like this beer alot, though the numbers didnt really reflect it.
Comments: This is not what I think of when I think of Mexaican beer, and Im happy about it. This is a great session beer as it goes down like an amber ale but without ale charecteristics. Smooth, clean and balanced. I just wish the taste wiuld stay a little after. typical lager aftertaste is there then goes away leaving me wanting another sip of something. Caramel is the sweetness.

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Photo of fattyre
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite mexican beers. Pours an attractive copper color with a moderate tan head. Sort of a fresh bread smell. The taste is dry breadlike with a cedary peppery flavor. Not too strong but fairly enjoyable. A moderate mouthfeel. Available at most Mexican restaurants and usually the best one there.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice and dark, decent head and lace retention
S: Not impressed, but wait
T: After I smelled this beer, I was so glad to taste it and discover that this beer is incredible
MF: Nice, light-ish body, clean finish, slightly bitter
D: Highly drinkable

For being cheap and readily available all over the US, I guarantee you will run into this beer, and when you do, buy it, you wont be disappointed

This is the best Mexican beer out there

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown brew with lots of carbonation.

Smell is lots of malt and a nice fruit smell.

Tastes like a respectable Dunkel. Mildly sweet and fruity with just the right hops. Mild apple and banana flavors present. Bitterness becomes more noticeable the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, try it next time you eat enchiladas.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Usually my dad and I don't like the same sort of beers, but he introduced me to this one, and I liked it. It poured a dark clear amber with a frothy white head that disipated. What I liked about this beer is that it had quite a bit of flavor. It had a great malt character: sweet, nutty, and caramelly. It didn't have a lot of hoppiness to it, just a subtle hoppy aroma to it. It seemed to have as much character as a Oktoberfest style beer.

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Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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 psugrad98
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with moderate head and moderate carbonation. Roasted malt character reminiscent of caramel or nuts. Warms as it finishes and has a mouth coating mouthfeel.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : dark amber color, with abundant foamy head.
Smell : malted and roasted aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : malted, caramel with a growing bitterness towards the finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Vienna Lager.

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Photo of spaceranger
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This represents the best of the Mexican brews. Most of which are pretty lame. The color and aroma are the first indications that you are on to a superior product. I found that the head was a little lacking with almost no lacing. One feature that I rather enjoyed was the moderate carbonation. It seems most Mexican beers are too much so. Fruity, and with just the right hint of malt, making this a very drinkable beer. I usually abstain from south of the border offerings but the Negra is welcome anytime....

adios amoebas

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Photo of malcontent
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber body with a finger of bubbly head.

Caramel malt, grain husk and a little corn syrup on the nose. Decent roasted notes creep in on the finish.

Really strong caramel flavor with a solid, light-roasted finishing bitterness.

Smooth, full body with the right amount of carbonation. By far the best of the Mexican beers and a damn fine example of a Vienna lager. An easy choice when amongst limited selection.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a barely translucent copper-brown with a decent pale tan head. Malty aroma has a fruity hint (but this might have come from the obligatory slice of lime). Flavor is better than I expected, malty and strong with a firm fruity undertone - quite tasty. Texture has good body and plenty of fizz. One of the best Mexican beers I have tried.

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Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty full amber that seems a little too translucent for anything considered to be dark. Lots of carbonation is present with virtually no head. Minimal lacing. I'm slightly dissapointed with the averageness of the appearance of this one

Smell- Caramel is dominant. The malts give of a pretty sweet scent for a lager, but they don't seem thoroughly roasted like one would expect with a dark lager.

Taste- Very malty as one would expect. Caramel and feint chocolate malts are what dominate my palate with this one. It's rather sweet for a lager of this style.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, but nothing too special. Pretty average.

drinkability- I could definetely drink anywhere between one and ten of these and have a good time. That's the logic i use to decide how drinkable a beer is

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo is probably my go-to drink, when I want a beer while eating Mexican food. I actually prefer it over Corona. I think it has better flavor than Corona, but still light feeling on the palate. And obviously it pairs very well with spicy Mexican food. Though, I will say, it's best served with a wedge of lime.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer at any Mexican restaurant. I love how this beer is both dark and malty and yet also quite light. The carbonation balances out the dark malts perfectly. It is crisp and easy to drink, but with a pleasant toastiness. Also interesting how this beer is almost single-handedly keeping alive the "Vienna lager" style. All in all, a great beer.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours thin with small dissapating off white head. Big carbonatino through a brown-ruby body. Great color, bad head.

S- Malt sweetness with some corn hints. Not that strong. some floral hops and toasted banana.

T- Big on the malt bitterness with distinct ethanol notes. Floral hops in the aftertaste. Slight vanilla and toasted bananna. Malty with perhaps a little popcorn. Toasted bread malt. Prevailing bitterness toward the end.

M- good, thin, carbonated, just not that unique.

D- very thin and downable, I'd have another.

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Photo of funkengruven
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 6 of these with the glass. Didn't know what to expect.

This poured a nice dark amber with almost no head, smell is clean, somewhat grassy with a touch of hops. Something totally unheard of in their other more popular beer. Taste is surprisingly refreshing, a malt and hop aroma dominate here. Interestingly enough this is quite a smooth and easy drinking beer.

Not bad at all. I'd visit this one again.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. An undecipherable (to me) code on the side.

Pours a smooth, dark tea color. A small, tan head sticks the glass. Smell is a pleasant, crisp hop and some roasted, brown sugary maltness. Taste starts out low with that sweet malt, then drifts into a woody, bitter hop. Good body. Feel is cool and lasting. I'd drink a few of these with some good barbocoa..

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$7.99 / Six Pack
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Medium brown body with an inch of frothy white head. An attractive and tasty looking pour.

Smell - Nothing to spectacular about the scent. The malt is evident but the beer doesn't have a very complex aroma. The smell is strong and inviting.

Taste - Malt upon first sip and then moves around the tongue ending with a subtle bitterness. Each taste beckons another. This beer has a tiny sweet flavor to it while maintaining the 'beer' taste that my grandpa's Kingsbury instilled in me as being good.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and enjoyable to the mouth. This is a hard beer to put down because it seems to float down your throat.

~ I picked up this brew because a group of my friends had planned a Mexican theme for a round robin dinner party. A round robin is where a group of couples cook 1 dinner. We started out with appetizers at one couples' house. Then moved on to soup at another, salad at another, the entrée at another and so on. I thought it would good to give this brew a try and I will certainly indulge again.

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Photo of IPAlmighty
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

OK, not a winner. But I try to represent in every style. As far as Mexican macros (is there a Mexican anything else? Sincerely, let me know!) it's better than Pacifico, Corona, etc. Be at the beach or you'll be disappointed

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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 redmosquito
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep chocolatey brown with a half inch of tan head. Nice rich malty aroma, bready and nutty. The flavor is clean and malty, a nice toasted bread, with some bitterness and hints of hops. A clean finish with light body. This beer is very well made, and highly drinkable, a nice summer alternative to all those yellow beers.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo proves that there are good mass-market mexican beers. I have really enjoyed this beer since my mother showed me it a few years back.

Appearance- Nice dark amber color. Moderate head. Looks pretty sweet.

Smell- Not much of an aroma, nothing bad, but nothing special.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste. Fairly complex, with a mildly sweet finish. Tastes great to me.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night long and often.

Parting thoughts- In Texas this beer is easily availiable, but seems a tad bit too expensive considering how close we are to Mexico. Still, Negra Modelo is well worth the price and should be tried by those who want a good Mexican beer.

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Photo of skomahon
3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo is my Mexican beer of choice, and I think is actually one of the most drinkable dark beers around. Sure, its taste isn't particularly complex, but it is flavorful and interesting, and I've enjoyed this beer frequently as a partner to Mexican and other meals.

Definitely something to choose if you are looking for a very drinkable dark beer, a place to start for folks who are more used to light beer and excellent pairing with meals.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colorful Copper color with small head that dissipates rather quickly
Smoky toasty aroma with a light and refreshing mouthfeel,kinda thin but enjoyable,nice creaminess, a tinge of caramel to it,not very strong but a highly enjoyable beer....i like this one very much and will have it again and again..a good beer to sit down and relax with

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL glass at a pizzeria in Puerto Vallarta.

A: The lagerbier is an amber color that floats ephemerally between a copper penny and chocolate brown. The lager is rendered opaque as a result of the hues. A small head, surprisingly nonexistent, didn't do much through the glass.

S: The nose lacks some of the chocolate strength that the bottled version has. What remains is a mild grainy aroma that has a noticeable, but not overpowering, roasted aroma.

T: Roasted grains, chocolate and burnt toast define the flavor. The malty base is firm, mildly carbonated, with a strong bready finish. Par for the course, hops really don't add much of a zing, allowing the dark malts to carry the day. By far the most diverse Mexican lager around.

M: The lower carbonation in the draught version allows the roasted flavors to come through with a little more oomph.

D: Very drinkable, possibly my favorite of the trip.

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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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