Negra Modelo | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Negra ModeloNegra Modelo

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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drunk with a durango burrito at Abuelos restaurant in Middleton.

Pours a dark amber with a scant khaki head fading to a soapy coating. Nose is light, with hints of caramel malt and musty barley. Taste starts with a peppery bite, falling into a roasted, caramel malt sweetness and a bit of metallic bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Simple, light, and damned refreshing with a spicy Mexican meal. Better than I remembered. Interesting that it says Dark Ale on the label, yet it's classified as a Vienna Lager. Mistake in the database or the label?

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle, poured into pilsner glass.

A- Dark brown, with large white head.

S- Smells of coffee.

T- Full bodied. Dextrin malts which produce residual sweetness, slight hops to balance the deep tones, leaving the beer crisp and suprisingly smooth.

M - Refreshing and rich.

D- Incredibly good, and a perfect compliment to mexican food.

I could drink these all day long. They really suprised me, as when I picked them up I wasn't expecting much. Overall, the best beer Mexico has to offer.

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

Negra Modelo gets an R for ridiculous presentation. The slots in the six-pack holder are slightly too big for the bottles, which are strange stubby bottles that have gold foil covering the neck and cap. The pour is brown-amber with a frothy head that fades to a thin layer. The nose has caramel malts, slightly herbal hops, and a hint of strawberry and/or cherry. The taste is along those lines but the flavors are more difficult to pull out by themselves and there is a mild Corona-like saltiness. This is definitely the best Mexican beer that I've ever tasted and it's the next best thing to a good margarita at a Mexican restaurant. ¡Salud!

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from the bottle and poured into a pint glass

A- dark brown same color as the bottle no head whatsoever which i belive to be standard for this style.

S- some malt light not overpowering in the nose, I like it

T- very clean and crisp. light bodied and very smooth without being watery ( a high achivement) finish was so so clean

M balanced on the light side but just what I was looking for in this beer

D- perfect. this beer goes down easy which is exactly what I was looking for as I was eating fryed Jalapenos and spicy enchladas. Perfect with a Mexican meal

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.97/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one that I reach for quite frequently when out at one of Salem's countless Mexican cousine restaurants. For Cinco De Mayo, I took two people from my staff across the parking lot to La Guadlajara. I made sure I told the bartender that I didn't want any lime and to bring an unfrosted glass.

The beer poured the color of the bottle with a thin and fizzy head. The beer's smelled of a clear and clean, not overly sweet maltiness. The flavors were the ones I've come accustomed to over time, after our simple, but secret love affair began and started to blossom: the carbonation plays across the tongue as a jab of hops and then a smooth malt finish.

This one might never really receive the credit its due, nor might the Munich Dunkel style, but I'll continue to reach for this one time and time again in the right situations. This is also one of my regular beers when the lady and I visit Siesta Key in Florida.

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Photo of plaztikjezuz
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49 12 oz)
pours a deep mohogany with a good head the drops into nothing.
the aroma is malt with a nice hint of hops.
the flavor is malty, hopsack, carmelized malt, bitterness, smooth.
negra modelo is great, nice way to celebrate cinco de mayo, great beer from mexico. this brewery also makes a great bohemian pilsner.

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

Highs: Mild yet full flavor
Lows: Head retention

From the bottle pours almost opaque brown beneath a very thick brown-tan head that fades fast to thin lacing. Nose is pretty much straight malt. Taste is pretty decent: sweet, lightly malty with a touch of sorghum. Mouth is pretty durn bubbly and wet without being overly thin. Finish is super-clean, with just a little bitterness and then nothing. This is very drinkable beer: it’s well-balanced and pleasing to drink, mild and easy going but not boring.

Overall: A pretty darned good dark lager. Recommended.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great dark beer. I recommend with any mexican cuisine. Please PLEASE PLEASE do not put a lime in this beer, it is fine without it. This beer says dark ale, but it doesn't have tha ale lingering aftertaste to it. I highly recommend this beer when dining out at a mexican restaurant.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When poured, the color was of a medium light brown, clear with very little foam. The smell of roasted malts, caramel and a hint of hops was evident in the aroma. The taste was of roasted malts and mild hops and the finish was very dry. Being a dry finish, it would be a great thrist quincher on hot summer days.

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Photo of dgallina
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle without freshness date or ABV.

Pours a somewhat transparent brown with a thin head that quickly diminishes and leave no trace. Smells slightly of caramel and toasted malts with a touch of hop liveliness. Very clean flavor. Caramel and lightly toasted malts flash across the tongue briefly before being replaced with a slightly hoppy dryness. A bit thin and over-carbonated in the mouth.

Easy to drink and cooling on a hot day. Not a subtle beer, but has some pleasantly clean flavors and is a nice alternative to the usual watery mexican pilsner imitations.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed with the look of this beer. The color's a pleasing caramel-amber, but despite trying I got no head, the bubbles were clinging to the sides of the glass like a soda, and lace was non-existent.

Smell was faint whiffs of malt and caramel. Flavor was surprisingly solid, the malt running deep into the sip, with mild flavors of creamy caramel and raisins. There's a hop presence in both smell and taste too...not robust but there and doing it's job. My bottle and glass were served too cold, so letting both warm a bit made it easier to detect the flavors.

I found the mouthfeel to be too soda-like and too watery.

Of the typical Mexican beer choices at most Mexican restaurants (this, Dos Equis and Corona) I'd choose this over the others. Beyond that I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.04/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an orangish amber, white head that didnt really stick around for long.

Smells. just slightly hoppy but not too much. like a tea-like maltyness.

Taste. its pretty good. nothing too much to it though, just a mild maltiness to it. does have a resembling taste to a macro lager though.

Mouthfeel is ok. average for its style. good carbonation. decent balance.

Overall, i'd say this one of a few mexican beers i would choose to drink. nothing special about it at all though.

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Photo of DirtyGoat
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. The only beer I will drink in Mexico. It tastes sweet and leaves your mouth with no unpleasent after-taste. It has a mellow amount of carbonation. This beer is always my first pick over the other dark beers that you would find at your local supermarket.

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Photo of sammy44
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I generally rotate between this and Dos Equis when I'm at a Mexican resturant.

First thing to do when served is to pull the lime out of the neck of the bottle. One of my buddies asked me why I don't put the lime in, I answered, "Because it doesn't need it." This beer is good enough to drink alone unlike Corona which needs to just have the beer poured out and replaced with lime juice. That would fix the taste.

Anyway, the beer pours a clear brown with a small slightly sticky head. It looks good in the glass and the smell is nice to. Very sweet tasteing beer (almost as sweet as a Michelob AmberBock which somebody on the web site referred to as "flat Coke"). Overall the taste is good to me but I don't think I could have many of them at one sitting. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and it seems to be a little underhopped for the style.

Speaking of style beeradvocate lists it as a Vienna Lager and many people have referred to it as a lager but on the bottle it refers to itself as a "dark ale" (it will be on the front of the label below and to the right of the name). Odd.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear copper small head minimal lace

S - a little bit of quickly dissipating skunk,some floral hops and sweetness and grain

T - a little bit of roasted malt, some hop bitterness, and soapiness and grain

M -Carbonation is a bit strong for my taste, but body has some good heft. mouthfeel is substantial.

D - Not bad. Starts off a bit weak, but it picks up halfway through glass.

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Photo of harpo111
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Probably the best Mexican Import I have tried. They call it dark...i call it amber. Pours a very clear brown in the glass. Nice aroma.
Taste is smooth, not hoppy with a hint of citris. Finishes smooth, bit of bitter. Not a very heavy beer, but has enough body to hold up against food very well. Went very well with thefood were eating. Got some more later and tried it again, great by itself too.
Very drinkable. Much better flavor than some of the other popular Mexican beers.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear red-orange color with a 1/4" head of off white bubbles on top that seemed like it was going to be around for a while. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but there remains a wisp of foam across the top of the beer indicating that it has some residual body and goodness. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: Really sweet and toasty aromatics from Vienna malt is typical for the style, and a welcomed visitor after some of the other Vienna’s I have tried tonight. I can pick out a bit of caramel (or cara vienne) here as well as what smells like a hint of roast. No hops to speak of yet.

Taste: The flavor follows pretty closely to the aroma. It is relatively sweet with lots of buttered toast notes to the flavor. The beginning of the taste was a bit muddles with the aforementioned flavors. A dark grain flavor sets in after your initial dose of toast that gives you a bit of caramel. The carbonation is adequate to light which leaves the beer feeling a little wet after consuming. There is no alcohol or hops apparent, but if you drink a few nice slugs...there is a bit of a warming in the belly which would lead me to believe that this one was around 4.5-5.5%ABV.

Opinion: Well, I have been on a mission tonight to try all of the commercial Vienna lagers available to me, and this one has been the best so far. It has a noticeable toasty malt presence that was lacking in other examples. A Vienna beer isn't huge, but I would have liked to have had a bit more of the malt presence that there was here without the dark caramel flavors. If I were to make a suggestion to the brewer, it would be to use lighter colored crystal malts, no roast, and maybe substitute a bit of Munich for some of the Vienna malt. Still, this is a pretty approachable beer.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours half-inch head in the glass which dissipates pretty quickly. Color is dark amber (almost the same color as Shiner Bock) but I wouldn't call it dark really. Very clear in the glass.

Faint slightly sweet malty aroma.

Smooth mouthfeel (one of my favorite attributes of this beer)

Sweet malt flavor, mostly barley with a bit of corn flavor

I feel like it needs a bit more of something, either more of a hop bite or a richer maltiness.

Not a bad session beer, but nothing extraordinary. I think it is better though on tap. (I'm drinking it in a bottle right now).

If you're in Mexico though it isn't bad choice. Bohemia is better but this is a good second choice.

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

Unique brown 12oz bottle with gold foil covered cap

Appearance: Dark copper like color, clear. Decent head and some lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty smell, maybe some caramel in here too.

Taste: The malts are up front an much more obvious than anything else. Maybe a slight bit of hops in here.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more body than any other mexi-lager that I have had, but still quite crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability: Good session beer and of course a good compliment to tex-mex food.

I am a huge fan of mexican cuisine and this beer is my favorite to compliment it. Just don't let them put a lime in it, it completely kills the decent tastes that are in there.

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Photo of brentk56
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a fizzy head that quickly disappears to a ringlet and milky way; virtually no lacing

Smell: Vague odor of caramel malt and noble hops, but very vague

Taste: Starts out rather toasty and the sweet malt builds into the finish; the finish is dry and chalky with some residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not offensive but nothing special

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As much as I like Mexican/Tex-Mex food, such restaurants are graveyards for beer selection. Most of the time the best thing available is Negra Medelo, a beer I used to enjoy a fair amount back when I was drinking far more industrial lager than craft beer (although usually by default-- you know, keg parties and the like).

When you're starting off with a pretty average beer, it's a real shame when the bartender ruins it by sticking that lime wedge in the bottle. I plucked it out and poured the beer into a mug, but the lime's evidence didn't go away for the entire 12 ounces. So for round two I made sure to provide instructions to the barkeep that a lime wedge would not be necessary. And by this time, my mug, previously chilled (but not frozen thank god), had warmed up to adequate temperature.

I will at this point admit that back in high school I drank plenty of lime-infused beers (in this case Corona) at all those Jimmy Buffett concerts. So you see, there is hope for the youth of America -- I am living proof!

In most states in America, Negra Modelo is labeled as "dark beer." Well in Texas, where the TABC has decreed that monikers such as "beer," "ale," and "lager" are descriptors of a brew's alcohol content and not its yeast type, Negra Modelo is accordingly tagged as "dark ale." In this case, and the many other like cases, we can forgive the brewers for what would otherwise appear to be a reckless move to perplex and misinform the casual beer drinker. Call it consumer protection, Texas style.

So not only is Negra Modelo (hereafter referred to as "NM") not only not "ale," but it is not really "dark," either. It's slightly browner and darker than Sam Adams Boston Lager, but just as crystal clear. As such, it's actually a pretty good-looking beer. There is just about nothing going on in the aroma, just a touch of cereal grain, enough to let you know it's beer and not water, or a margarita... or something. Similarly, the flavor is quite light and uncomplicated. Malt, maybe a slight bitterness, but no real hop flavor or roasted barley elements. A touch of cocoa perhaps? I will say this, NM is a crisp, refreshing brew, but its drinkability is hindered, for me anyway, by how boring it quickly becomes. Then again, if I'm drinking NM in the first place it's probably because there's nothing better on hand, so I'll continue to drink it. Oh Joseph Heller, where are you now?

I seem to recall a time when NM was in fact darker, more full-bodied and full-flavored. This could just be my revisionist memory or it could be because, relative to all that BMC, it actually does have those traits. I will let the public decide.

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Photo of deuschbag
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. foiled cap bottle pored into a mug. it pours a pretty nice dark red with some orange hightlights. good white head with good retention. the smell is light roasted malts and a slight spicey tang to it. the taste is malty with a little hint of hop bitterness. a little too watery though. tastes a lot better room temp then cold. i'd say this is now my favorite mexican beer. it's nothing special, but still a nice beer to have with a steak quisadilla.

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

Appearance: Pours a brickish, earthy root beer-brown with a red-orange tint. Head is a dull, pale parchment color, audibly fizzy, with mediocre retention. There's nothing really "negra" about this beer, unless maybe you're having it in a very dark bar.

Smell: Corn, red wine, an earthy autumn-leaf edge. Hop character is fruity and citric. Malts are vaguely nutty and somewhat weak. Overall, the nose is crisp but underwhelming.

Taste: A vinous red grape taste, herbal-lime hops, and a solid, sweet malt base. Alcohol is surprisingly present. A very earthy yet refreshing beer. One of my favorites with Mexican food, and I recently discovered it goes great with Caramello bars!

Mouthfeel: Moderately chewy, frothy and full in the mouth, but kind of cloying.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer, and like I said, great with Mexican. Its delicious flavor and widespread availablilty makes it a mainstay at hip Los Angeles parties (i.e., the ones I go to).

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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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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,260 ratings.
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