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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:
952
Ratings:
3,198
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
28.87%
 
 
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Photo of Bizz88
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber in color with an initial two finger light tan head that dissapaed quickly to some light lacing. Light aromas of toasted malt. Sweet malt on the tongue with a slight hoppy finish. Light medium body with good carbonation. Great brew with pork green chili and tortillas.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had 3 pints of the stuff last week at a Mexican restaurant in Austin and 1 12 ounce bottle as I write this. Don't understand the reviews that talk about a "good head" or "white bubbly head" because neither the drafts at the restaurant or my bottle tonight (poured into a Spigelau stemmed Pilsner glass, in case you're wondering) had any head on them at all. If you want a bland, flat, dark beer, this is for you. I will go elsewhere.

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Photo of thatruth
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours an unsweetened tea color into a dark peach in the glass with root beer tint. 1/4" head that dissipates quickly with lacing that shares the same characteristic.

smells ricey with a little bit of wheat. not much going on. hints of corn.

nice, semi-stout on-bringing with a wet slow finish. tastes slightly bready with a bit of a pear-like bite.

simple mexican brew that's a nice alternative to its lighter little brother or the other array of lighter mexican brews. just sipping one is where it's at, not much to the "advocate" factors other than taste.

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Photo of beerman21
3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass was not impressed with the appearance, head was nonexistent color dark amber, carbonation was slow growing. Smell was of brown sugar, mix of dark malts and slight hopped background. Taste was descent nothing impressive, flavor similar to the smell more pronounced though. Overall decent beer I would say very drinkable. Pretty good microbrew rather have this with a Mexican meal then a Corona.

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Photo of cpone
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Always my beer of choice when at a Mexican restaurant and faced with the usual uninspired line-up.

A: Poured straight into a tulip - maybe two finger soapy, bubbly head that did not stick around. Small traces of lacing. Body shows lots of carbonation and has a ruby brown color, like root beer.

S: Very light toasted malt, raw corn with a little nuttiness to it.

T: Very little in the way of flavor. Slight, barely toasted malt, grains with a hint of bitterness. In all honesty, it tastes much like most macro lagers - with just a bit more flavor.

M: Decent for the style i suppose. Good carbonation, crisp and fairly light.

Negra will still be my go to at the taqueria, but after reviewing and really trying to taste the beer my affinity for it has waned. It's ok, but not as good as I used to say it was.

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

12 oz. bottle into glass at restaurant

A: Nice long lasting head. Dark but clear look - darkish copper.

S: Light hints of chocolate and caramel.

T: Toasted malts at the beginning with chocolate and caramel at the end. Not sweet really. A light to medium bitterness.

M: For a 'darker' beer I found this beer to ber very drinkable. Ate it with Mexican food and I had to fight the urge to drink a lot more....

O: Not too bad. It is still a lager but I found the use or chocolate and caramel to be very light and not make the beer darker or sweeter than need be.

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Photo of MrHolland
3.79/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a Pilsner glass from the bottle, the pour gives me about a 3" off white head to start off with and then settles down to a good 1". The beer is dark brown, but around the edges where some light seeps through, there are beautifull ruby hues.

S - The smell is pretty faint and I could only pick up hints of caramel and a sort of malty tone.

T - Has a very moderate malty taste with crisp hops to follow. Very subtle on the carbonation as well, with a pretty sweet aftertaste. One of the best brews that I have has that is brewed in Mexico.

D - Has a pretty low average amount of alcohol in it, so it makes a very drinkable beer and the good taste adds to that as well. Recommended!

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

Appears dark-brown and clear. Tan, creamy head with little persistence.
Smell is subdued caramel and faint toasted malt.
Taste is mild and nutty. Pretty uninteresting.
Mouthfeel is very clean, but kind of watery and thin.
Drinkability is good if you're eating Mexican food.

This is a decent Mexican lager. Way better than Corona, but not really my thing.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fl oz Bottle from 6 pack - $8.95

This is one of the best Mexican origin beer's I have in my local area - victoria's isn't too far behind.

Upfront this beer pours a dark rich amber with 1 inch head and retainable lacing throughout the drink. Smells mainly of its complex malt and has a bit of sweet notes. First taste there is a bit of alcohol, rich malt, slightly crisp hops on the back end, followed by a retainable sweetness and hop aftertaste. Light carbonation, but could be 'heavy' to the non craft drinker - a great transitional beer if you're starting to try craft styles.

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Photo of Serge
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper color with a tight inch and half of head. Looks nice. Smells malty but there is a hint of corn... which does not help. It would be great without that bit of corn. Watery taste at first, then malty (every so slightly roasted malt), finishes with a mild hop presence. Nothing too impressive. Light and crisp in the mouth. Low carbonation. Easy to drink. Overall for a dunkel lager it lacks the malt body, however for an easy drinking lager it is nice.

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Photo of lampkins
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad Mexican beer, head and shoulders above Corona or Corona light. Decent beer that does not require the addition of a lemon or lime. In addition, this beer is not bad as it warms a bit. Carbonation is good, but not overdone. To be honest, could not really detect an attributable scent with this beer. Would I go out of my way to buy this beer? No, but I would order the next time I am having Mexican food.

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Photo of KACK1533
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Decent Vienna lager. Consumed at Hacienda Mexican restaurant in St. Louis. You don't need a lime for this one as it is quite flavorful. Was somewhat sweet. Carbonation was perfect for this beer.

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Photo of SiphonKing
2.72/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A standard at most grocery stores this dark austrian lager pours with a tannish head. The body is amber colored with an aroma of malt. Slight spiciness to the pallette finishing with malt dominance, not much in the way of hops and very little mouthfeel. Ok in a pinch.

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Photo of metallistout
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a dark copper color with a medium thick head.

Smells of caramel malt.

Tastes malty and a very faint hint of hops. A bit metallic. With a dry finish.

This beer is the best Mexican beer that I have had. I guess that may not be saying much, but it's better than your typical north american lager.

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Photo of johnwarne
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer haiku for you:

"When ice cold, I'm great;
Drink me cold and don't worry.
Mexican of note".

In the realm of the mass produced Mexican family this one actually is appealing, particularly when served icy as intended. Very palatable: don't expect depth of character, just a refreshing lager that will tickle your tummy.

Cheers!

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Photo of marcellaproust
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark but translucent brown color, with nearly no head. Smells like roasted barley and a hint of toffee. Very light in body, lots of carbonation, but strangely, no real flavor. Almost an insipid lager: there is a gesture of smoothness underlying the strong overlay of bitterness. Not an offensive beer, but not a satisfying one either.

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Photo of CU570M
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice caramel brown color. Light tan head that is gone quickly. Smell was nothing i get grab with my nose. Nice light malty flavor, but feels a little thin in my mouth. There is also a little more carbonation than i would like. Another fairly good one from Modelo, good with lime.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted good, especially with lime garnish

Nice blend mostly malt and caramel with a mild hoppy touch. Clear brown color with a small head. Bubbles rose up like champagne. Nicely carbonated and foamy. This is a great beer.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark amber colored beer. Good carbonation. Decent head.

Faint, tangy sweet, dark beer smell.

Tangy sweet and bitter. Overall it is pleasant. Not fantastic. Tastes better cold.

Tart. Bitter. Carbonation is a little sharp. Finish is good, long, and bitter.

A decent, affordable beer. Not for special occasions. Something a little different to session with. Or a good beer to go with fast food.

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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 PhilHeinricke
4.08/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In 1997 I got on a plane bound for Mexico City. I had been trying to learn Spanish and had been corresponding with a young lady for a few months. She met me at the airport with her boyfriend. They drove me past the Zocalo and to my hotel. I checked in, and when I came down, they were in the restaurant drinking Negra Modelos. I had a great week. I had a personal tour guide showing me the museums and landmarks of a beautiful city and access to Negra Modelo wherever I went. I'm still friends with the girl. We communicate via Facebook these days. So this beer brings back fond memories to me.

As the name suggests, it's a dark beer. It's not heavy, and it doesn't have an overpowering taste, perfect for cooling down after climbing Teotihuacan or taking in the sights on a hot August Mexico City afternoon.

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

A dark lager that tasted fine faired with my mexican food as it kept the stinging spiciness of the meal down. Unfortuantely it had little spice of its own. Extremely smooth and light for a dark beer. This one was the opitome of average in my book and therefore, I have rated it as such.

Good with Mexican food, but not on its own.

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Photo of jayb
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured out brownish in color, not too dark really. off white head that left minimal amounts of lacing. fizzy carbonation. taste wasnt bad, but it wasnt a very flavorful brew. sweet in the beginning but finished dry and a little bitter. end hada slight alcohol taste as well. went down alot smoother that any other offering i have had from Modelo. what kept my interest in this beer was its drinkability. very smooth and easy to put down. not a bad beer, not a fantastic beer. worth a try i believe

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Photo of brushtachio
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

At the local Mexican bar for Cinco de Mayo and thought I would have a NM in keeping with the spirit of things. I remember liking this beer 5 years ago. Has it changed?

Poured from the bottle it looked like slightly frothy and dark apple juice. Almost no heAd even though I gave it a long distance pour. Little smell whatsoever. The taste was blandly malted with a dull slightly sour finish.

Despite the lack of visible carbonation, it actually felt pretty good in the mouth which did compensate a little for the flat taste. That

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Photo of Weston19
2.99/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark, clear, amber color with a ton of carbonation. Has a very bubbly head and it looks like I just poured a Dr. Pepper on my mug.

S: I'm not getting much off the nose. The first initial sniff gave me sole caramel and a malty smell but it disappeared rather fast. There might be a hint of grass as well.

T: The beer gives a decent amount of hops and adjuncts and you can definitely taste them. The texture is very watery and there isn't as much malt flavor as I was expecting. Not a bad taste but not memorable in any way. It's just sort of...there.

M: Watery will a somewhat dry finish. Lots of burps.

O: A mildly bitter adjunct beer that has some OK flavors but is overall not very memorable. Not bold enough for my taste but definitely good with some tacos.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
3.36 out of 5 based on 3,198 ratings.
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