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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Reviews: 966 | Ratings: 3,235
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish copper, with very good clarity. Two fingers of off-white head are dense, and retain well. Small patches of weak lacing will remain. Toasted vienna and amber malt nose. Hint of noble hop aroma. The taste is sweet with dextrine and crisp with pilsener and a vienna malt flavor rounds it all out. Medium body, with tiny bubbles of carbonation and ample dextrins giving it a smooth mouthfeel. Mild hallertau or perle hop aftertaste cleanses the palate, although it its a bit too obvious. However, a residual sweet finish makes for an otherwise decent balance with above average drinkability.

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Photo of Higravity
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fora Mexican beer I have yet to find one better. A nice dark lager with and plush white head and some lacing. Make sure you are not served with a lime as this will interupt the enjoyment of this beer. Smells clean like a good lager but I pick up a little maltyness and grain. The taste is a clean lager with a bit of chocolaty caramel notes tossed in with a background bitterness. It is smooth drinking and your best bet at a Mexican joint.

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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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this a few times, but it particularly stood out recently. Looks brown with mohogony and golded high lights. Pours a rich, loose head that is just off white. Smells toasty, malty, and a little like butter popcorn. Tastes malty clean, hopped only for balance in flavor and bittering. A little bready, buttery, toffee like. Creamy body that remains quite soft. Finishes sweet and clean.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a small white head that dissapates almost instantly. Smell is lightly sweet malt, slightly fruity esters, and a diacetyl background. Taste is a clean graniness with a hint of buttery diacetyl, pretty standard mexican dark lager, better than corona (or corona clones) for sure, i would pick this if they didnt has dos equis. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty high also.

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Photo of Foxman
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It came to me a very clear lightish brown, alive with streams of carbonation, and a finger of soft tan head still lingering after the walk from the bar. Fine lacing adorned the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivered a light toasty sweetness along with a mild bready tang. A vague hops bouquet flitted along the periphery.

The flavor was more distinct, with an initial current of lightly roasted malt sweetness and distant notes fo corn. The grain character quickly subsided and was replaced by a crisp hops bitterness, not at all unpleasant. The finsh was dry and left a gentle lingering bitterness.

Light bodied, it feels bubbly and active on the palate, with a quick wave across, followed by a very mild hops glow at the close.

First I told her no lime and no frosted mug. She brings me both. I send it back. Then the mug wasn't frosted, but still a lime. Finally, third attempt, it was right.
And it wasn't bad, either. Looked pretty, and the olfactory elements came together to make it a very crisp, refreshing beer. With just the meresty touch of adjunct, it had enough quality going on to make it worthwhile. And man, they go down smooth, and they go down plentiful. And best of all, now I know what I have waiting for me when I go to Playa del Carmen later this month. it may not be great, but it certainly does its job, which means it brings something decent to the taste table, and it quenches nicely.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great dark Mexican beer. It is a dark chocolately brown color, very smooth texture with a full body flavor, and has a little bit of a sweet taste to it. It is definitely one of the most robust beers to ever come out of Mexico.I guess its not known as the "Cream of Beer" for nothing.

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3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Negra Modelo has become a tradition for my Dad and I at El Chapparal in Helotes,TX. We meet there every few weeks for a meal.
The beer pours out a nice brown with a little amber tint. There is a 1/2" head that quickly dissipates. No real lacing.
The aroma is of slight sweetness and just a touch of a roasted smell.
The flavor is slight roasted malt, a little chocolate, and sweetness in the end. There are no hops evident to me here. The flavor comes and goes quickly.
Although there is not a lot going on here for some reason this is my favorite out of all the Mexican beers. I could drink this all night and enjoy every one. It washes down the chips and salsa, the fajitas, the enchiladas and anything else you want to put in front of us. A definite session beer for these two Texans.

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Photo of redmosquito
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +0.9%
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 -33.2%
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 +12.2%
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 -3.3%
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 -21.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +4.2%
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 -7.1%
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 +8.3%
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 -0.3%
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 +1.8%
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%
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%
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 +3.9%
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 -8%
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 +3.3%
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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,235 ratings.
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