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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 | website

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
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951
Ratings:
3,177
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
28.57%
 
 
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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown/black with some red hues. Brown head. Smells caramelly. It actually has a bit of a smell next to lots of beers i've had which are just 'eh' there. Taste is chocolately and caramelly. It's not terribly bitter or hostile. Mouthfeel is between a porter and a stout to me. There's not much of a bite like porters. Drinkability - II found this to be very easy to throw back but it's still worth savoring. It's great on a cool night I've found.

I think this would make a great beer for fussy people to like. Course I hate starting someone on something like this especially if they're going to be philistines about it or that's the only beer they'll like which would be odd.

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

Poured from a bottle at a local mexican restaurant.

A - bottle states "dark beer," cap is covered by gold foil. The waitress makes a huge error by bringing me a 'frosted' mug and there is a lime wedge jammed into the bottle . . . ugh. I discard the lime, let the mug warm up, and pour. Dark brown, perfectly clear. A small, off-white head forms quickly, then dissipates, retracting into a white ring. No lacing.

S - malt, mostly. Very little hop aroma, if any. What is there is earthy. Maybe a little corny smell?

T - malty sweetness dominates, followed by some hop bitterness but no hop flavor. Maybe a bit of hop flavor in the end, some spicy noble hop flavor? Hard to place. Smoky malt, sweet, toasty, caramel flavors are up front. Tastes sort of like there are some adjuncts in this beer, that is not all malt. Maybe some corn?

M - thin, appropriate for the style. Seems a little overcarbonated. Tickles the tongue a bit.

D - well, if you're at a Mexican place and the only choices available are your standard Mexican brews -- Corona, Pacifica, Carta Blanca, etc. -- and you see Negra Modelo on the list, get it. Its a decent representation of the Vienna style, one of the few commercial examples I know of, really.

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Photo of rodrot
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear, amber brown color into my way overchilled mug. I had to wait several minutes for the beer to warm up before my first taste. The smell is malty and a little nutty also. Taste is quite good for a mega brewery, with notes of chocolate, caramel and malty sweetness. There is just a hint of hop bitterness, but not much. At many Mexican restaurants, this is the only decent beer on the menu. Worth a try.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glass of Negra Modelo at La Casa de Pedro in Watertown Sq. Great restuarant!

A: Pours a dark amber color with a small head that doesn't leave much lace.

S: Aromas of caramel and smokery malts hit the nose first.

T: Malts are the main taste for this one. Not many hop notes in there, though I wasn't expecting any since this is a dark lager.

M & D: Mouthfeel is ok for this dark lager. Not very heavy malts, but they are the only flavor you get. Great session beer, especially if you are at a Mexican restuarant or in Mexico on the beach. Goes perfect with a burrito.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown with thin creamy head that fades away to a thin lace. The aroma is a little malty and a little yeasty, but very faint. Slightly estery. The taste is very sweet/malty. Some roast coffee flavor. Not much in the way of hops or bitterness, just enough to balance out the sweetness and finish clean. The mouthfeel is very creamy with a little carbonation scraping of the tongue. All in all, it's very drinkable. Good finish, good flavor, but not too strong. Easily a session beer.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.27/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle is very cool looking, like something from the 60s.

The beer pours a deep bronze with red glints. The aroma is roundly malty with complex roast and caramel notions. Hops are there but in the background. The taste is malty and roasty. Theres caramel sweetness thats balanced by bitterness from hops and the dark malts. A slight astringency emerges in the finish and migles with the malt sugars. This beer gets sweeter as it warms.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a lager, very creamy.

By far the best beer I had on my trip to Mexico (which sadly isnt saying much). I cant believe the same people that make Corona make something this good. I highly recommend it.

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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 fido
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark color, Smell is malty and herbal, maybe some hop aroma, Taste is almost similar to the smell, roasted malt flavor and some spices, Light carbonation and little bit creamy, easy to drink.

ABV is 5.3 %

It's a good dark lager and one of the best Mexican beers.

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Photo of hylton44
3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle of this over dinner at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Poured nice & smooth, with a thick, frothy head. A beautifu dark amber color, though not as dark as I was expecting.

Smelling a bit sweet, this is a really smooth beer to drink, also. Smooth & creamy. Sweet carmel taste when it first goes in, and the warm rising of vapors from the back of my tongue a moment after and lasting a bit. Just a little bitterness, but this is mostly a smooth & sweet beer that I look forward to enjoying again.

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Photo of longarm
3.71/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer reflects a nice array of amber hues. Solid carbonation lasts leaves good, long-lasting lacing. A beautiful beer.

Carmel malt dominates the nose. Neglible hops. Light hints of fruit seem a bit out of place for a lager.

Flavor resembles the aroma. A light caramel malt balanced fairly well, if perhaps a bit sweet with some light hop bitterness. Excellent, crisp finish makes me want repeated sips. Strong hints of ethanol a bit of a detraction.

I've always thought this beer was a little underappreciated and maybe greater than the sum of its parts. Perhaps I just love the flavor of Vienna malt. Maybe Negra Modelo isn't the best in its style, but it's crisp and has a nice vienna malt character and flavor. Another thought has to do with freshness. I'm reviewing it now from southern arizona and wonder if the freshness diminishes as it travels further from it's home. It seems a bit better here than up north.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours from the squat bottle into a pint glass (hey, the stupid bottle calls itself a dark ale, I thought it was appropriate). The beer is clear, dark amber, not quite brown. Light brown head (about 1/4 inch) falls to aring around the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell: Mostly malty, a little sweet with hints of roasted malt. Faint chocolate aroma, some nuttiness to it as well. Hop aromas not noticed. For a "Mexican" beer, this one is good.

Taste: My, my not a sickening adjunct infused mess requiring a lime or something to mask the smell and taste. Malty, sweet, roasted malt. A little caramel, a little chocolate. Hop bitterness is kept to a minimum on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light in body, moderate carbonation. No aftertastes.

Drinkability: Lime not necessary nor wanted. Probably the best beer from Mexico that I have had. Worth a try, particularly when eating Mexican food.

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

When poured from the bottle, the deep garnet beer raises a short tan head of loose bubbles that disappears in the blink of an eye. There was no lacing and only a few excited carbonation lines. The smell is sweet and vaguely roasted, but mainly clean. The sweetness comes through up front and is followed by some nice, hops crispness, leaving the palate ready for the next drink. The carbonation is vibrant and the body is relatively light. Pairs well with the food at my local Mexican restaurant and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My favorite Mexican beer . . . and I'm not saying that to damn this beer with faint praise. This is a great beer.

Grupo Modelo alternately calls this a Munich-style lager or a Vienna-style lager — either way, it's a nice, balanced dark lager beer.

The beer is a copper-colored lager (although it's labelled "dark ale" in Texas due to our buffoonish laws regarding beer labelling) with a decent head. One of the best elements of Negra Modelo is the aroma -- it's vaguely nutty/toasy and melanoidin-rich without any oxidation-derived off aromas. It has a nice, malty flavor that doesn't quite live up to the smell, but is still that of one of the best dark lagers around. Just enough hop presence to keep the beer from being cloying, although there is a moderate caramel sweetness.

The carbonation is maybe a bit more prickly than it needs to be, but that's a minor criticism. The body is medium for a moderate strength lager.

I like well-crafted, balanced beers and Negra Modelo is one of my favorites when I'm in the mood for a moderate-strength, dark lager. I think this beer suffers, image-wise, from it's association with other Mexican beers (which are mostly, let's face it, swill). If it was called Modelobräu, and imported from Germany, it's score would jump much higher.

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Photo of KALIKGOLD
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this out of an oversized wine glass. it poured a translucent dark amber color. The head was small and had little lacing. It had a coffee smell with hints of toffee. Not too malty to my taste. Somewhat sweet, maybe brown sugar. Nice carbonation with a sort of thin mouthfeel. It is overall an ok mexican beer, better than most I have had

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Photo of Mitchel
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Negra Modelo is an average beer. Not bad, not great.
It is a dark, clear brown with a small head. The creamy colored head leaves a little lace, but nothing that impresses me.

Caramel and malt is about all that I taste in this one. Not much going on. Not very sweet, not very bitter. Not really sure what to say about this beer except that it is good with some spicy Mexican food. Just an run of the mill tasting and smelling beer.

One great thing is that the bottles are good for home brewers; they are an interesting shape and reseal well.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can I say - a totally average beer in every respect. Kind of tastes like Corona, but with at least some body and taste. Well, I guess that means it doesnt really taste like Corona at all.

It's a highly drinkable beer and does seem to go pretty well with a quesadilla or mexican spice-infused steak. Pretty damn drinkable too. Goes down smooth and easy (wow, I sound like a bud commercial).

No real hop flavor, but a decent amount of malt.

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Photo of danielharper
3.15/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased from Target in Jones Valley, Huntsville, AL.

Not much to say here. I drink these on occasion at Mexican restaurants, but for the most part... eh.

Deep red, almost black coloration with thin wispy head. Clear body, little carbonation.

Sweet, syrupy aroma with a nice malt backbone. No real complexity, but decent as it goes, and perhaps a bit unexpected for a Vienna Lager.

Very sweet, almost coffee flavor. Strong maltiness present in flavor, a bit of yeast in the aftertaste, but the main ingredient here is that syrupy sweetness. No hops at all in flavor profile.

Reasonably thin mouthfeel -- enough to make itself felt, but not enough to make me really like it.

Overall, this is an "eh" beer. I like it all right, but don't buy it for home consumption. I'm glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of Vancer
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, when I sampled this one, I was trying to decide what style it was – dark lager? And the label says dark ale – NOPE, a Vienna lager, eh?

Well, this is one of the better Mexican brews, always get this one with your Mex/Tex meal and ya can’t go wrong. Sweet malts in the aroma and taste, medium bodied and carbonated. It’s somewhat plain, yeah, but it’s taste is pleasant – and MUCH better choice than the Corona/Sol crap that may be offered.

Nice bottle presentation too – gold wrapper and a quality look.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an odd shade in color. Highly transparent yet very dark brown. It has an off white fizzy-looking head. The smell is carmelly and malty. Initial taste is great, very malty and quite refreshing. The aftertaste is somewhat of a letdown as it moves towards a bready, yeast taste. The high levels of carbonation hide the thin mouthfeel. I'd give this beer an average drinkability.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.13/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light tawny brown color with a nice beige head and very nice carbonation. Moderate non-descript dark malt aromas. Nice grainy dark flavors a la a light dunkel... Light-medium bodied and a very nice Mexican choice.

Much better than the typical Mexican pale lagers... The only Mexican beer besides Dos Equies that I'd get at a Mexican restaraunt.

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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 andjusticeforale
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured nice and coppery with a decent head. Slick and clean on the glass.

The smell is minerally and mexican beer.

There was a strong carbonation on the top end of the taste here, followed by a smooth malt flavor with a touch, just a tease of brown caramel malts and then you are at the finish with not much sweetness and a dry clean palate. The mouthfeel is nicely rounded out by the substantial malts and balanced hops.

For the typical casual beer drinker this might be considered a dark beer. But for the micro fan, or BA Geek, or craft advocated, this is a great choice for pairing with some sweet and spicy mexican food, chinese food, or bar-b-que.

What this beer lacks in complexity, it graciously allows the food to accomplish, and that is more than can be said for a lot of beers. Drinkability high.

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

Chestnut in colored with a thin, off-white head - even after a fairly aggressive pour. Aroma is soft and fairly generic, with the slightest (and I mean very slight) whiff of roastedness. Taste is fairly plain, too, with a slightly above average macrobrew flavor and a smooth, easy-drinking palate.

I have a soft spot for Negra, since I used to drink it at my favorite burrito place in Chapel Hill, and it was an after-morning exam go-to beer. Still, it's fairly plain and generic.

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

Copper/brown clear with light to moderate carbonation and a decent head. Not a whole lot of aroma--some roasted malt and maybe some chocolate. Medium body and fairly clean tasting. Roasted malts are very apparent but not overwhelming. Hops and bitterness are rather subdued, and the balance is toward the malt. The drinkability is quite good.

This is a pretty good Vienna lager and possibly my favorite Mexican beer. It is supposedly not an all-malt brew, and while that hurts the character somewhat it also makes it highly quaffable. This comes in handy when it is paired with copious amounts of spicy Mexican food as it was meant to be.

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Photo of tesguino
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i try this beer in the party of my birthday, is very good when is frozen in ice bar, only not have the same properties of the presentation on bottle, but its fight to gain my admiration, like a beer on tap, its brewery put much attention in its delivery, carefully installed its system of tap.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 951 ratings.
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