León
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Style:
Munich Dunkel Lager
Ranked #195
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
74
Ranked #46,804
Avg:
3.16 | pDev: 18.35%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
127
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Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
 
Mexico
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
74
Okay
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Reviews by Rumrunner:
Photo of Rumrunner
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Drank in Mexico on vacation.

Pours a dark amber. It has a caramel hue when held to the light. A decent head that quickly disappears. Okay lacing. Sadly the scents are weak. Some malt and sweet molasses. No detectable hops at all. No balance.

Flavors are pretty good. They are straining to assert themselves but they are there. Sweet malt and a hint of chocolate. I mean a hint! A dry caramel for the finish. Not much for hops or balance but the flavors that are there are quite refreshing.

One to drink on a hot Mexican day on the Riviera Maya. The mouthfeel is somewhat weak. A bit thin. These drink too easily. Could be a bolder beer.

All in all not a bad drink. It just could be more assertive.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ivory head settling over clear medium amber liquid. Sweet malty nose with a hint of caramel. Malty sweetness carries thru on the palate, sort of in the Vienna or Marzen style...sweet, with a light toasted background. Finishes subtly bittersweet as it warms up. Not the worst Mex beer I've drank.

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Photo of stoutman
3.97/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear almost amber color with a smallish bubbly white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lace. Wow there is something in the aroma here other than corn and hops! Darker malts may actually be present here. Sweet malty aroma gives some hints of caramel, and lightly toasted bread. Taste is malty and a little sweet with hints of caramel and cocoa. Very little if any hops are found in this brew. Light body, heavy level of carbonation, syrupy/watery mouthfeel. One of the better Mexican beers.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This Mexican "Munich Style" Lager really is reminiscent of the Vienna Style. The rich amber color is a pleasant sight. The malty body is smooth and rounded. Could use more hops and the aroma is on the mild side. IMHO, this Leon the best Mexican beer available, including Negra Modela. A well crafted satisfying brew!

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the "dark" beer at the all inclusive at Playa Del Carmin. I drank plenty of them. Some were VERY good and rivaled Negra Modela. Others were VERY bad. The good ones were dark amber with a fairly good off white head. The aroma was very mild but I could detect some malt. The taste was of malt and the moutfeel was moderate. These were nice drinking at the cabana on the beach watching topless sunbathers. The bad ones had a off, sour smell and a taste to match. After a couple of these, I would give up beer for a few hours and was forced to drink taquilla and watch the topless sunbathers.

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Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased and consumed at a bar outside the Tulum ruins.
Appears a transparent light amber with a small, off white head that quickly fades out into a mild cap. Mild spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of American 2-row, Crystal, & a touch of Munich and a hint of Chocolate malt. Pretty clean with a faint hint of hops buried in the background.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a sweet caramel flavor dominating the flavors.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, smooth, gently spiced with hops, and easy drinking.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This was a nice, clear brown color with an off-white head that showed little retention.

Smell - The toasted grain is very light at the nose and there's nothing else here to offend.

Taste - The grain has a nice, rich malty character if a bit on the stale side.

Mouthfeel - This is light-bodied with a smooth feel in the cheeks and some delicate carbonation.

Drinkability - This one won't knock your socks off but is good enough to session.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I took a bottle of this home with me from my vacation in Mexico. Its in the typical slender 325 ml Mexican beer bottle with a silk screened label.

It pours a clear copper color with no head retention and zero lacing. The aroma is of rye bread, cotton candy and tobacco. The taste is quite sweet with a slight astringency. Caramel apples and hop bitterness become apparent in the finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy but light with rather light carbonation.

This is an OK dark lager, but a little on the sweet side for me. Negra Modelo is a far more balanced Mexican dark lager.

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Photo of Pepeton
3.83/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, things do change. That or my memories are not up to reality.
I used to drink this beer some 25 years ago, at least for a brief time.
I clearly remember a darker and unfiltered beer.

Now? Well...

Pours an amber-reddish liquid, with no head and a bit of lacing.

Smells of adjuncts go to your nose, and almost nothing else.

Taste has a little bitterness, some hops and, I have to admit, it's a refreshing concoction.

Mouthfeel is stingy due to some carbonation, and has a dry finish and aftertaste.

I can have some more, especially with some spicy and hot Yucatán food.

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Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Leon pours to a brown/rust color with some red highlights. Has a small to medium head that breaks down quite rapidly leaving some lacing down the side of the glass but not much, thin wisps. Has a nice aroma to it, probably the nicest smelling Mexican brew I have had to date, has a nice malt scent with no real hop aroma. Malt dominates the taste, with a very rich malt flavor that might be accentuated by the warm weather. Can notice a little hop taste along with the carbonation, which gives it a slight bite at most. Also notice a slight metallic taste, but it is hard to pick up. Overall this is my favorite Mexican brew that I have had, has some character which made it feel like you where not drinking carbonated water and was still light enough to drink while in the warm weather. I have not seen this back home but will have to see if I can track it down while at out local Mexican restaurants.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.03/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed in October 2004 in Cancun, Mexico from a bottle. Pours a light amber-copper color, kinda like a weak iced tea color. Smells of bad cough syrup and tastes pretty much the same way. Maybe a bitter hop or two. Watery like the rest. Decent carbonation, maybe a tinge of sweetness, but really dry at the end. A bad name and a bad beer IMO.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of beertastegood
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliantly clear amber/copper color with a smallish head that dissipates very quickly. Smells of musty, grassy hops (Saaz anyone?), very slight Munich malt aroma and that odd corn-like smell that adjunct beers tend to have.

Taste: The German malts are evident, but only in relation to other Mexican lagers. The hops are most definitely Saaz and dominate the beer with their distinctive flavor - which is not really that outstanding, IMO.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, as expected, and a thin body make this beer mediocre at best.

Drinkability: I could drink many of these, but I probably wouldn't want to.

Much better than the standard Mexican fare, but still a disappointing beer and a disgrace to the Octoberfest style.

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Photo of tempest
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad mexican beer, but I really have trouble distinguishing this from Modelo's Victoria, a supposed Vienna lager. Whatever, it's not bad and you can drink it on the beach. Overall a so-so lager. The flavor had its ups and downs with a licorice and light dry cocoa flavor. Worth seeking out if in Mexico, otherwise don't bother.

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Photo of HBresler
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A good, not great, Mexican beer. Fuller and more flavorful than you typical light lager. A refreshing change from Corona and similar. If we're judging based on style guidelines, this beer gets good marks, low- to mid-30s (out of 50).
Mild aroma of malt with slight corn/vegetables. Balanced flavor with a bit of caramel. No hop aroma or flavor, only enough neutral bitter to balance the sweet background. Moderately low body. Finishes clean. Good beer with chilled spiced shrimp or chips and salsa. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

January 30, 2013
Finally got to try a 355ml León bottle on our last full day in Zihuatanejo, a small corner bar at the corner of Avenidas Vicente Guerrero y Nicholas Bravo. 20 pesos - served from a fridge, I poured to a small glass and sat at a shady sidewalk counter facing the street.

4.5% - "Cerveza Negra"

A: Tawny/amber color, mostly clear. A 1/2 finger ivory head and plenty of rising carbonation. head fades somewhat quickly, but lace sticks around awhile, descending slowly while glistening in the backlit sunshine.

S: Sweet malty/cereal scent - grassy, doughy, some caramel.

T: Crisp 'apple' flavor and a pleasant 'baked bread' graininess. Starchy, nutty quality and good balanced sweetness.

M: Slightly effervescent, light-medium body.

O: Good flavors, clean and refreshing. Very easy to finish. Considerably more flavor than much of the standard 'light lagers' in Mexico, so it's an option for anyone looking to go beyond Corona, Dos Equis, Tecate and the like... pretty well done for the 'Dunkel Lager' style.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank in an Argentinian restaurant in Mexico City.

Pours bronze with a small light-brown head. Light carbonation rising.

Aroma of malts, light hops, light adjuncts.

Taste is of sweet malts and adjuncts. Not too much there.

Mouthfeel is light, cleansing and dry.

Overall, very drinkable, sessionable, refreshing. Not a great beer, but decent for the right setting/occasion.

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Photo of biegaman
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Calling León merely a 'cerveza negra' does little justice to the beer's strikingly glossy tone, its crystalline clarity, and its meticulously polished, chestnut-amber colour. Bright, flashy highlights abound as if it were the red carpet of a movie awards show; indeed, Leon sounds like the perfect one word name answer to the question 'who are you wearing?'

León has probably the least amount of detectable adjuncts of any Mexican beer I've smelled. It does have some though. But to my surprise, a perceptible amount of wholesome, toasty, biscuity Munich malt is noted, trumping at least a portion of the syrupy, cereal sweetness with whiffs of browned bread crusts. Far from ideal, but passable.

This beer has infinitely more flavour than the typical Mexican lager but it unfortunately has infinitely less than the typical German one too. Melanoidins (the rich, toasty, bread crust-like flavours) that come from using Munich malts - and, to be clear, a Munich dunkel should use almost exclusively Munich malt - are completely absent.

León may be inspired by "the taste of a Munich-style dark beer" (as Google Translate confirms), but it sure doesn't prescribe to the German Reinheitsgebot, the purity law that forbids diluting beer with inferior adjuncts. While not overtly tasted, the proof is in the mouthfeel: rather than possessing a rich, full body it is thin, watery and poorly attenuated.

León must be somewhat unusual for Mexican beer drinkers accustomed to yellow lagers (and a real treat for those who know there's more to beer than just that). That said, the Germans would likely deem it insipid and irreverent, and rightfully so considering the relative high quality, integrity and overall standard of their inveterate breweries.

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Photo of tesguino
4.1/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a full bodied beer , munich dunkel lager style, its beer style in this site is wrong, is not a marzen oktoberfest; special beer for a southeastern mexican food, like a cochinita pibil, motulenian eggs, papadzules, etc; its appearance in light dark made this beer one of my favorites from Grupo Modelo; drinkability is over the average, try with german cuisine; 95% recommended.

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Photo of nekronos
4.35/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably one of my best beers here. The lager is in, but with a different taste. Montejo and Leon are brewed in another state of Mexico, that makes them different, and without any doubt, the original owners were a little more interested in fine beers.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is supposed to be a Munich style beer. Maybe so, but I doubt it. Still, it was one of the more enjoyable beers I had on a recent trip to Mexico. It was amber in color with a small head. It had a malty, sweet aroma. A caramel taste with some warmth to it. I thought it had a little substance, and would drink it again.

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Photo of deereless
2.74/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of fido
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Leon pours a nice copper dark color; nice head and nice lacing throughout the drink; Smell of malts and hops, maybe fruity aroma; Taste is of roasted malts and caramel; Nice carbonation, Refreshing and very drinkable brew.

I recommend this mexican beer.

¡Salud!

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of GarrettB
1.57/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

November 1st, 2013 - The international tour continues, and all beers, regardless of origin or merit will receive a at least a token sip. This time it's the Leon Negra, an odorless and almost flavorless carbonated malt liquor. There's a slight touch of raucchbier smokiness, but very little, and nothing else there to bolster it. It is a palate cleaner, maybe, closer to mineral water than beer. And even given the weather, it's not enough to feel quenched or refreshed. It just is - existing, absent of feeling or character.

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León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 127 ratings