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:
967
Ratings:
3,238
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
15.73%
 
 
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Photo of longarm
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +6.8%
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 -7.1%
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 +15.7%
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 -12.5%
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 -6.5%
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 -11.6%
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 -6.5%
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 +12.2%
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 -2.7%
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 +22.6%
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 -19%
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 -1.8%
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 -8%
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 +1.8%
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 +20.2%
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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Photo of DogFood11
4.22/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hell Yes this is worth a try and then some. I've passed this up for years as I've had nothing but bad experience with mexican breweries but this one jacks up the standard.

Poured into a pounder glass it forms a nice one finger head that is inspired and held true for a minute or two. Deep copper to brown in color. No lacing to speak of.

I got a nutty/earthy taste up front and a hopped twinge in the middle that whacks it back into place. Sweet but light malts cover the mass of this brew. Light mouthfeel for a dark beer which adds to its drinkability and it doesn't lack in taste. I wish they would publish the Abv as its important to some folks. It tastes like its a standard 5% or thereabouts.

notes: Easily sessionable, nice flavor, this could be a nice transition beer for the girls or pussies.

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Photo of whynot44
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light/medium bodied, clear reddish brown color with a decent off-white head and even leaves a bit of lacing..

There is a very slight aroma of sweet malt and a trace of hops.

Taste is mainly sweet malt, corn and a little caramel. Smooth, mellow, very easy to drink, with just a touch of hops at the end.

Crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of nekronos
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark colour, but a little clear. Although it has a good name in MExico, the truth it is sometimes mistaken between a Vienna and a Dark lager. I think it is both, but it is considered a strong beer here. That means that the efforts won't be further, not because of the brewery, but because of the consumers.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice lager.
It's like a dark lookin pilsner almost... just a bit more hops would make this really special; the use of hops here is still very good as it is.
A slightly sweet smell going on... much drier than you think it would be judging by appearance and smell.
Easy drinkin, pretty tasty, a hint of depth.
A slight bit of oak dryness.
Way better than Corona, that's for sure.
Not as complex as Sam Adams lager but more approachable and more drinkable in my book.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably my favorite of the major Mexican beers. Pours a dark brown with a little red and a nice head on top. Slight molasses smell but not much else.

The taste is molasses and slightly malty with a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

It is a simple, smooth beer. Easy to drink and great at a ballgame with the chips and salsa. More character than your normal, watered down cerveza.

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Photo of BeerBeing
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 120z brown glass, semicustom stubby bottle, black and yellow on gold label, gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear brown color, large off-white head, minimal lace

Smell: some herbs and toasty malt

Taste: medium body, smooth medium mouthfeel, malt and hops, minimal sweetness

Notes: very good by itself or with any mexican food

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite readily available Mexican beer. It's a dark lager, brewed in the Munich style.

It's really not particularly dark either in color or flavor but Negra Modelo is undeniably a dark beer.

It's smooth and goes down easily. Folks who have been brought up on garbage American macros might find this to be a good transition beer into better realms. I did when I was a teenager.

It definitely goes well with spicy food and has itself a subtle spicy nose with hints of caramel.

I might also say that it is slightly nut-brownish.

Beer snobs may not care for this beer but I think that it bridges an important gap between popular Mexican imports like Corona, Pacifico, and Tecate and better, more complicated beers.

I take mine without a lime and in the bottle. I prefer it this way and as odd as it may sound, I feel that pouring this beer into a glass detracts greatly from its flavor and esthetic appeal.

Highly drinkable.

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

I've had this a few times at the Baja Grill back in the states and I can definitely recommend it as a solid choice with spicy burritos and wraps. Now, if I could only find some decent Mexican food here in SK..

The color is a dark amber with a rich foamy head that most Mexican beers could learn a bit from. Although my bottle was only 325ml, the head and presence almost filled my pint glass, which is always a plus.

The aroma is crisp and clean with underlying hops. Even without tasting it I can tell they use good water..so much for Montezuma..

The taste is very nice, with roasted malt, almost burnt but not quite overdone. It's pleasantly smooth and I don't know exactly how to say this in beer lingo but it hits my mouth the right way in the right spots.

Holding the swallow in my mouth is pleasant,the words that come to mind are round and velvety.

I found this beer very drinkable, especially with food but not bad alone either. It goes down easy, quenches spicy spots in the mouth, and stays good to the last sip, to rip off Maxwell House.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear ruby color when held up to the light. It is topped by a frothy, though quickly disappearing tan colored head. The aroma is slightly malty with a hint of caramel in the finish as well as a light herbal character & fruitiness (strawberries) that seem to be mostly hop derived. As expected the aroma is fairly muted & subtle. The beer is lightly sweet with apparent notes of sweet cherry candy, and light caramel. The beer has a light herbal character and a certain light astringent bitterness in the finish. This beer is fairly simple and subtle, but that is pretty characteristic of this style of beer. This beer really has a soft spot for me, and I quite enjoy being able to order this beer at Mexican restaurants, where it is usually the only beer with flavor.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.37 out of 5 based on 3,238 ratings.
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