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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

BEER STATS
Reviews:
951
Ratings:
3,177
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
28.57%
 
 
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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear deep amber brown with an inch of foam that quickly shrinks to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very light. Just a bit of grain mixed with sweet malt.

The taste has light notes of caramel malt and a light hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Very noncomplex beer but...it's a very smooth drinker and it is very easy to put a couple away in short order. It is quite good for what it is so I can't knock it much.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, light brown color. Poured a 1 finger cloud-white head with poor retention. Decanted continually. Random spots of lace.

S: Toasted bread. A little nutty and some caramel. Green apple and some floral character.

T: Very malty on the palate. Caramel, nuts and some floral hop character transition quickly to a mild finish that lingers.

M: Light-to-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth middle transitions to crisp finish.

O: Flavorful and malty. Moderately balanced.

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

355ml little stubby bottle poured into pint glass 5/11/11

A reddish amber with loads of tiny bubbles being pumped out from all over the glass, thumbs width of light tan film has a short life but leaves a couple rings of lace

S soapy molasses and a little cola

T a little nutty raisin and the soap I smell is gone, not that bad actually, I thought this would be complete swill but it's decent

M a little thin but enough carbonation to give it some life, flavors linger but faint

O a surprise considering I though it was another Corona in a brown bottle, unlike Corona I could drink this without problems

nothing worth looking for but it would make a great substitute for Mexican tap water, perhaps the best thing I've had from the country

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Photo of dar482
3.44/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a medium brown color.

It has a good caramel color and malty flavor, but it cuts off quickly and with a strange finish. However, for an easy to find beer that is cheap, I certainly recommend this malty beer that has a light/medium body.

I highly recommend this macro. Take that for what it means.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel aromas, brilliantly clear amber, not a lot of esters, a little malt, astringency, a touch malt, no roast malt flavors, dry finish, medium light body, moderate carbonation.

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

325ml bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - light brown, small head that disappears quickly. Faint lacing. Can't see much carbonation.

Smell - Malts, toasted oats, caramel

Taste & Mouth - good carbonation on the tongue, little bubbles, malts and toasted oats come through, slight hops.

Drink - a refreshing dark beer, I would drink again. Dark beer flavor, but seems to go down lighter

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Enjoyed with some decent Mexican food. Aroma was soft and mostly sweet with a mild lager scent to it as well. Flavor was slightly bread with caramel. Very soft lager yeast flavor and a brown graininess. Very light. Easy to drink but probably would prefer a paler lager to crush some Mexican food with next time.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I remember trying and liking this beer about 10 years ago, I thought I'd try it again and review it this time. 12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a dark copper color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like sweet, caramel malt and a bit of spice. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but has a little bit of hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium, and with a moderate amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent too. It's a good beer that's not offensive, has a decent taste to it and is easy to drink. Not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of barczar
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light brown with a modest cream head that dissipates quickly to nothing.

Caramel, nutty malt reigns the aroma. Hints of diacetyl are evident. Hip character is minimal.

Toffee and butterscotch rule the flavor, very sweet, with toasted, nutty malt notes finishing slightly fruity.

Body and carbonation are moderate.

Diacetyl bomb, but flavorful malt character. It's on the sweet side, and the nutty notes make it appealing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slight dark brown in color, maybe some light ruby hues. Head is hefty with a half inch of slightly opaque head.

S - Lacking a bit but I mostly get sweet caramel and bread next to a regular corn lager smell.

T - Better than expected but not much, sweet toffee, bread, and a touch of lager yeast delivering both a skunk corn flavor and watered hops.

M - Thin to medium it drinks rather well.

Overall an average brew in terms of multiple purchases. If at a Mexican restaurant I would not pass it up.

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

Crystal clear brownish copper with an off white cap that fell fast and left a thin collar and skim of bubbles on the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lacing clung to the glass for a few minutes too. Malty aroma, brown sugar and caramel, a bit bready, slightly fruity. Mild bitterness, a bit spicy and herbal, with caramel and toasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness that was more of an indistinct dried fruit rather than fresh and juicy. Quick finish, leaving only a mineral aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation, some malty dryness and fairly crisp. Not bad at all and much more enjoyable than most other Mexican lagers I've tried.

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

The colour is dark amber, the liquid is clear. The quite large white
foam dissolves quite quickly into a thin lid.

The smell is gentle and fruity with a hint of malt and some fresh
hops. There is a small amount of diacetyl.

The carbonation is mild and pleasant.

The taste is quite mild, with a dry and somewhat burned flavour. There is a hint of diacetyl and a small but noticeable bitterness. The
aftertaste is a little bitterer, with a small touch of sweet
liquorice.

This is very mild beer, almost watery, but with a nice "dark" touch.

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Photo of Brad007
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a mild brown color with a one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems normal.

Aroma is a bit sweet and roasty. Actually, more sweet than anything.

Taste is sweet with caramel and malt showing through the most. Seemingly pretty ordinary but passable.

Mouthfeel is full of sweet malt and caramel that linger. Nothing special but it does go down easily.

Not a bad beer. It may not even be fresh but at least it's still drinkable the way it is. Gotta be good for something after all.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into my fancy Negra Modelo glass, came in a gift pack.

Pours a clear orange/amber, thin off white head forms, settles to a thin layer and ring, few lace spots, kind of decent looking. Smell is sweet and malty, honey, bread, bit of floral, light grains and brown sugar. Taste is very light, some corn and caramel, light grains, sugar, very bready almost biscuity finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, definitely better than other macro lagers.

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

Pours a reddish mahogany color, clear with minimal head. Scent is pale, light caramel malt and some notes of roasted nuts and earthy hops. Taste comes of of nowhere to be a smooth and quite flavorful blend of light caramel, roasted nuts and touches of earthy hops. Medium bodied, smooth, light carbonation. Surprisingly good beer,

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

one of my favorite Mexican beers, if not the favorite. Actual color other than yellow! It exists! Thin brown color. No head. Corpulent described it as an "aroma of some sweet Mexican nuts," and I have no reason to doubt his expertise.

Taste, shocker, goes excellent with good Mexican food. Skip the lime. Spice is good, as the small amount of hops will come out. Very carbonated throughout.

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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 dgilks
3.59/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, darkish amber colour. The head is small and shortlived, light tan. No lacing. Slightly effervescent.

The aroma is of darker malts, some light toast and a hint of noble hops. Generally clean with no fruity character. No diacetyl.

Soft malts are dominant. I don't get much bitterness at all though the finish does seems relatively balanced. Fairly dry and clean finish with a light, well balanced aftertaste. I get a hint of skunk which indicates the bottle may have been poorly handled but it isn't highly noticeable. A good, classic Vienna lager.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Not as smooth as it could be. Crisp finish. Slight alcoholic warming.

A decent Vienna lager which is easy to drink and does what it is supposed to. The sweetness is possibly a little bit high, and the carbonation definitely is, but overall a decent beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass in Puerto Vallarta.

The beer is not what I could consider dark enough to call black so the negra is offputitng. Its more a dark amber with a hint of mud. There was no head and little lacing.

The aroma is ok, there are light malts throughout, reminded me of a bad version of a Boston lager. At the same time its refreshing to drink something different then the standard light mexican beer.

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

Upon being poured from the bottle, a dark copper color with a small dark head.
It smells like a loaf of sourdough bread with traces of ginger and carmel.
It tastes smooth for a dark beer and not bitter, a very good choice at a Mexican restaurant.
MF is pretty nice and showcases the character of this lager.
This is a good beer and goes well with beef fajitas and tortilla chips.

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Photo of glid02
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this while at a Mexican restuarant in downtown Atlanta.

Pours a decent brown color, completely clear, with a white head that almost immediately dissipates into a very thin ring of bubbles around the glass. No lacing.

Smells like almost every other Mexican beer. It's got just the tiniest bit more of malt aroma.

Tastes the same as it smells. A little bit of hop bitterness at the end. Dry ending.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thicker than others of the same style. Carbonation is decent, and it goes down smoothly enough.

Drinkability is alright. Better than average for what it is.

I've had this a lot before, but usually when I get Mexican beer I'll go for the lighter ones. After revisiting it however, I might start getting this instead.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Poured a partially hazy brown with deep ruby highlights when backlit. The one inch, loose, off-white head sizzled and receded into a soapy cap. Nose is very subdued - malt, perhaps some dark fruit undertones, light banana esters and a hint of noble hops. Taste follows nose - nice balance between malt and bitter keeps the flavor profile on an even keel. A little watery and finishes with a little bit of cereal grain sweetness. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even background carbonation and a semi-dry finish. All and all, not a bad brew and a nice complement to a Mexican dish.

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

The first time I had "Negra Modelo", was my first trip to Warez, which was my first weekend at "Fort Bliss", in El Paso Texas. I liked it then, and I still like it, while my taste has changed more often than "Venom will change diapers the next few years", it still is a semi-regular in my "DBF". Deep garnet in color, the head is light chocolate, but dissipates a bit quickly, the lace is adequate. Nose is malt, light hints of caramel. The front is sweet, the top is light, the finish is moderately carbonated, dry, lightly hopped, but a very drinkable beer, and it does go good with the spicy food in the country of origin, and I don't mean that "Olde Gringo" stuff. Ranks #907 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of champ103
2.21/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear dark reddish brown color. A two finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Not much lace to speak of.
S: Pale malts. Cooked corn. Grain, cereal, and metal. There is almost nothing in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Grain, cereal, and metal. Some adjunct corn flavor. I really can't make much out.
M/D: Light as can be and way over carbonated. Very seltzer like. Easy enough to drink if it were not for the heavy prickly carbonation.

I had this at a good Mexican place. Usually I enjoy beers like this with Tex-Mex. Though this pretty much had no body for a "dark beer." Hardly any flavor or aromatic character either. I will avoid this from now on and drink Bohemia instead.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.07/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer poured a medium brown color with hints of ruby. Upon pouring a smaller tan colored head is formed on the brew which faded relatively fast to leave only a light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was a mix of caramel and wheat. Mixed with these aromas was a light nutty and herbal smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel malt with hints of roasted malt mixed within. Flavors of wheat bread mingle with these and as the taste advances more toward the middle flavors of a nutty flavor come to the tongue. The flavors to this point are all relatively light and at the end are joined by a lighter herbal hop taste, overall leaving a somewhat roasted yet oddly thin flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the thinner side with a carbonation level that was very average. A thicker creamier body would have likely suited the nutty and roasted flavors, helping to enhance them more.

Overall –Not really a brew I would recommend. It isn’t off in any way, but isn’t on in any way either.

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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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