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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

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

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Reviews: 958 | Ratings: 3,217
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 beersarang
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a brown with a white head that recedes into a thin collar. Minimal lace.

Smells a touch bready, light floral hops.

Enters the mouth with a very noticable carbonation on the fairly light body. Crisp floral hop bitterness comes and goes quickly, finishes slightly bready sweet and yeasty.

Not the best in the world, but a pretty good offering from Mexico. Easy drinking, but still relatively flavorful. Don't put a lime in it.

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Photo of bashiba
2.25/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer looked very much like a glass of coca cola when poured into my mug, almost no head at all and tons of carbonation bubbles running through it.

Smell was a very minimal sweet corn scent.

Taste was a very subdued bit of sweet corn maltiness with basically no hop prescence at all.

Mouthfeel was slick and watery with lots of carbonation.

I will defenitly skip this one the next time, not the most drinkable beer.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is probably the best beer that Grupo Modelo has to offer.
Comes in a dark short bottle with golden foil over the cap.

Dark brown beer, with a white head and some lacing that remains in the glass.

Its smell is nice, some fruitiness, corn malt.

Quite good with a hearty meal, especially a spicy Mexican mole.

Creamy mouthfeel, a clean lightly hoppy finish.

Easy to have 3 to 5 with dinner and after it instead of a tequila. Best if icy cold.

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Photo of Chadbrew
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I decided this would go better with my chimichangas then the Corona or BMC offerings I had to choose from.
Not a bad beer to look at, slightly reddish-brown and it smelled alright.
I could taste some roasted/toasted malts in there but also some corn and very little hops. I did get a lingering sweetness in the finish that went well with my meal.
The mouthfeel was alright, maybe a little light.
Overall this went down pretty smooth and drinking a few with dinner was very easy.

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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 HardTarget
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unique shaped squat brown 12 oz bottle with gold foil. Cryptic date code, no date or abv.
Aroma: Slight corn smell, some light malt, slight grape aroma.
Appearance: Dark amber glass with good clarity. The small coat of tan left some lace.
Flavor: Odd mix of grape and corn. Balance is slightly to the malt, no hop tastes noted. Some toasted malt.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, a touch over carbonated and a fairly clean finish
Overall Impression: A pretty mild taste. I have fond memories of this beer, but sitting to review it I’m just not being blown away. The taste is very neutral and somewhat bland, but clean. Drinkability would be enhanced with a good plate of enchiladas, but overall, not bad, not great.

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Photo of alexgash
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber-brown with a creamy, tight-bubbled, light sandy head. Smells of clean, toasted grain, with light malty sweetness and a whiff of hops. Tastes of light toasted malts, some nuttiness, soda-ish sweetness. Finish is slightly bitter, but mostly sweetish and caramelly. Light-medium bodied with a nice, creamy feel. What I usually order at a Mexican restaurant that doesn't have a great beer menu.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown stubby bottle with no dates.

Poured a clear brown color with a small white head that went down to a thin layer quickly.

Light on the nose, faintest hints of malts and floral hops.

Mellow and smooth on the palate. Carbonation has a sting, but never out of control. Malts are matched nicely with bitter hops, finish is surprisingly dry. Caramel notes subtle in the end.

My usual choice for Mexican restaurants. While not exemplary in any way, it sure as hell doesn't suck, either.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out a handsome mahogany brown with very little carbonation. There was practically no head and absolutely no lacing left down the sides of the glass.

The smell was quite inviting - plenty of malty notes, primarily a warm, bready nose with a mild roasted smell. The taste was quite interesting - lots of thick malt, heavy on the bread notes but also a very sweet (but not cloying) taste as well. The was a very strong nutty taste, which combined with the sweetness was quite a bit like pecan (compared to the bitter of walnut) If you looked for it there was a bit of lager-style hops hiding in the background but it was only (barely) enough to give the beer a finish that wasn't overly sweet.

Mouthfeel wasn't spectacular - there was insufficient carbonation to properly clear the tongue leaving a somewhat oily feel. The beer was medium bodied but didn't seem overly heavy.

It's certainly a drinkable beer and compared to the alternative Mexican brews offered at my local taqueria I'm certain to ask for a Negra Modelo again. The sweetness and medium body works very well as a compliment to spicy food - much better than some of the other bitter or watered down lagers from that region.

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Photo of KoG
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly suprised by this beer. Dark brown color with oodles of head that didn't want to go away and let me finish pouring it into the glass. Didn't leave much lacing.

Smell was different. No bad aromas, but it seemed like it had a hint of lime mixed in with the malt.

Didn't taste like lime, just nicely malty and enough to balance with the hops. Very refreshing aftertaste leaves the palate clean.

Not too bad, and definately something that goes well with chicken and steak fajitas.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent coppery brown with a big-bubbled head that does not last long. There is a faint malty smell, but nothing overpowering, like most American lagers. Taste is sugary, without being cloying, a little hop presence tries in vain to balance things out. The mouthfeel is medium; more than likely due to the big bubbles. This beer is meant for mass consumption with enchiladas and carne asada. Load up a tortilla with your favorite Mexican or Tex-Mex foods and try one of these sans lime. They are a nice match, as intended.

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Photo of ski271
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amberish brown with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminished to a thin film that stuck around for a long time. Not much lacing.

Smell: Mild. Moderately malty, whole-grain bread, and a molasses sweetness. But then I had to run off and do something and the beer sat in the glass for 15 minutes and warmed up a bit. The aroma was much stronger and far more interesting. Actually smelled kind of like an oatmeal cookie.

Taste: Moderately sweet, light bitterness. Finish is slightly metallic and even a tiny bit salty. But the finish smoothes out as it fades

Mouthfeel: Light body, watery texture, soft carbonation (a little too soft for what it is). Good, with the exception of the metallic finish.

Drinkability: Probably one of the best things this beer has going for it. Something about it urges you to have another. If it wasn’t for the higher price, I’d drink this occasionally.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

IMO, this is the best mass-produced brew to come out of Mexico. It pours a nice medium amber with a brilliant white head that disappears quickly. It has a nice light caramel, malty aroma with some grain and tea-like hops. A bit of adjunct sweetness comes through but there's enough malt to compete with it. Slightly bitter taste with caramel and adjunct sweetness that is more prevalent in the taste. The finish is clean with just a hint of maltiness. A great session dark brew that pairs well with spicy fare.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - very odd shape with gold foil top and a code printed on the glass. Pours into the pint glass a chestnut color with a 1 finger off-white head that leaves a nice looking thin blanket of foam but little lace. Smell is metallic with sweet malt, adjuncts, and a little bit of hops. Tastes are subtle hops, malts, and a bit of caramel. Much more flavor than I was expecting from a Mexican beer. Pretty refreshing - I could see it pairing well with Mexican food or being a decent session beer.

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Photo of Luigi
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There not much to say about this beer. Pours a dark amber color. The head settles to a off-white lace. The taste and smell is very sweet and malty. Nothing is over powering. A great beer to pair with spicy food. All around this is an average dark lager.

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Photo of karst
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from bottle with authentic mexican meal. A 'light beer with dark color' describes this 'Munich Dunkel Lager' pretty well. Nose negligable - (maybe better in glass) I tasted roasted malt and some hops in finish. Good carbonation. I will order another with my next chimichanga platter.

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Photo of jeshii
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Color is gorgeous, a nice beautiful caramel color. Looks delicious. The head was a little quick, so I missed it.

Smell - Average?

Taste - Very smooth. Not especially interesting, but wonderful sweet, soft aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Really carbonated, but not bad.

Drinkability - Very nice aftertaste makes you long for more.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.67/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown but still lets some light through. A good head and some lace.
Smell is roasted malt, hops and nuts.
Taste is the same as the smell, roasted malt, hops, nuts. Good balance and the flavor is not too strong for average (i.e., not heavily spiced) food, while still having a good, noticeable flavor.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, good, but not overpowering, effervescence all over the mouth without being fizzy.
Drinkability is very high. I have had this many times before and will continue to quaff it. Better on tap (duh), but a very good example of the style. Honestly, one of the few "mainstream" lagers I buy without hesitation. Also a good brew to get those "I won't drink dark beer" people to try.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is sold as "dark ale" in the People's Republic of Texas. It is sort of dark. More of a light brown, to be exact, with decent carbonation and head retention.

Smell - There was not much aroma to this beer at all, except for some hints of malt. I drank it out of a wine glass, so that might have affected my perception.

Taste - Overall, the taste is decent. Malty sweet, and tasty at that. I also think I detect some hop bitterness in the background.

Mouthfeel - The feel of this beer was not particularly remarkable. It was not bad either.

Drinkability - This is a pretty easy drinking beer. The flavor is not too challenging, but it is not so weak that I want to avoid it.

Comments - Not bad, but not great. I think it is worth a try, but when it comes to buying a six pack, I will pick something else. When you are at a party, and everything else is swill, this beer is worth drinking. I wanted to dislike this beer, but it was better than expected.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a reddish-brown brew with almost no head. Crystal clear.

The aroma was slightly fruity, definitely nutty, and malty, with just a hint of coffee.

The taste was slightly bitter and nutty, well carbonated, a bit tart, and with some darker malt notes. Not too bad.

Overall better than average, much better than Corona, I could imagine putting away one or two of these with a chimichanga platter or burrito. And they would go quite well together.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation is a 12 oz brown stubby bottle with gold foil on the top of the bottle. Served in a glass and I also drank some of the beer from the bottle.

Tranparent brown color with a somewhat sticky lacing on the glass.

Neutral in aroma. Bubbly carbonation with a minmal head.

Slight roasted malt profile with a citrus zing and baby hop bitterness. Malty flavors that blends nuts and sweetness.

This is my Mexican beer of preference when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the typical Mexican beer selection. This beer will work with just about any Mexican dish.

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Photo of TheLiterati
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle says “Dark Ale,” but it looks and tastes more like a Munich dunkel. Not so sure how it’s fermented, but it definitely leans towards the latter classification.

Found the somewhat golden, amber-brown color to be nice when poured. No distinguishable bouquet to speak of - just smells like "beer." The taste is a smidge better than average, with more hints of spice, maybe a bit of fruitiness, and a very lightly hopped finish.

Carbonation is good - maybe a bit too bubbly for some. Good solo when thirsty for a better than average Mexican beer, but also goes well with spicy Mexican fare.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Ahhhh, a very nice beer! Pours an amber, dark brown color with a small head and not much lacing. Smells of deep dark malt, maybe some nutty scents and a few hops too. Tastes a bit nutty also. Definite hops, slightly spicy hops and a bit sweet at the same time. This would be the number one beer to get if having a nice dinner south of the border. Maybe a bit too much carbonation for me, but an overal pretty good beer. Ask for this one first and grab it if it's there.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, I poured this horribly and the head lasted much longer than typical. Nice lacing and color. Glad to know there is a very drinakble beer to order at most Mexican restaurants. Mouthfeel was nice but the placed served it with a frosted mug. No smell to really to speak about. However, I could drink a number of these beers in a given evening.

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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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