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León | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico | website

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2003

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53
Ratings:
117
Avg:
3.18
pDev:
27.36%
 
 
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Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 117
Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this brew in a little cafe outside the Mayan Ruins of Tulum Mexico.
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 dms! 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. I think I enjoyed this most out of all the light lagers I had on my trip. Or maybe it was the searing heat and the thirst I worked up climbing around the ruins for half the day. This is definitely not a Munich Dunkel, but I enjoyed several of these before sailing away.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

it was nice too see something a little different to drink in cozumel. amber color, clear, with a minimal off-white diminishing head. some light caramel in the nose and taste. doesn't look like an adjunct beer but you can tell by drinking it. not much hop character to speak of. light bodied. frothy mouthfeel.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Dark brown color, bare head of foam with white burrs; Smell: Grain, roasted malt and toffee; Taste: Roasted malt, toffee, balanced with resiny hops; Mouthfeel: Refreshing, medium bitterness, high carbonation and medium body; Drinkability: Acceptable in all respects, the junior version of Negra Modelo, but the presentation is very bad.

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Photo of botham
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bottle served at a bar off the Zocalo in Mexico City, Mexico. pours rich amber with a single finger of tan head. poor retention and no lacings.

aroma is of light caramel malts and a bit of lager yeast in the background. little else for the nose. resembles an amber lager in character.

taste is more of the same with a fresh quality and a curiously tasty profile, though it still is nothing of note.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a crisp finish and a pleasant drinkability.

drinkability is good. for an amber lager this is well done to an extent, but nothing to seek out. amber lagers are usually hit or miss, but this falls between the two. worth a shot.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a pint glass in the restaurant today.

It poured a coppery/orange color into the glass, which isn't quite so "dunkel". It looks more like an average Vienna lager. Foam is about an inch and lasts less than a quantum physics phenomenon.

Smell is boring, with some malts and adjuncts.

Taste is soft, with malt/adjunct sweetness and a hint of caramel quickly contrasted by some burnt flavors. The burnt flavors are smooth, but more intense than those you'd get in a bottle of guinness draught...extra points for that. No hop bitterness to speak of.

Feels is light, but not too light. It's just right for one of these soft-tasting beers, although carbonation is a bit high.

Overall, really good compared to its cousins, but still pretty boring.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not bad but I was also in Mexico and drinking it locally. One of th better Mex beer choices there.

appearance: amber, light brown, bubbly macro head

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation, thin

drinkability: smooth, very easy

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Photo of papat444
2.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My sister brought this back for me from her trip to Mexico a couple of weeks ago.

Poured from a 325ml. bottle.

Appearance: Reddish-amber body that's a bit (too?) clear with a decent 2 finger head that recedes to a thin layer then to nothing rather quickly.

Smell: Best feature for me. Malt & mild bitterness (hops?) with a underlying coffee presence, not sure.

Taste: Wow, not much here. Some malt, maybe some caramel but extremely subdued. Taste is fleeting. A bit grainy but i'm grasping at straws here due to the lack of flavor. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Texture is, for lack of a better word, rubbery. Crisp & clean and finishes like water. Kind of flat also.

Drinkability: Not very interesting. Easy & inoffensive really but i feel like i'm drinking alcoholic water with a smidgen of taste.

Overall: Bland and unexciting. It doesn't taste skunked, maybe a bit stale but not sure as the smell was fairly good compared to the rest. Maybe best enjoyed under a tropical sun.

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Photo of BierFan
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Unhazed and dark orange/brown. There was a small head on the beer but it was gone in a flash.

Smell: Skunky with some sweet darker malts.

Taste: Little bit of skunk. Bitter finish. Easily drinkable. Good alternative to Corona if you're ever in Mexico.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

León pours a dark and clear reddish brown in color, with a thin off-white head. A clear and viscous beer, it reminded me a bit of thin maple syrup, especially after the head headed for the hills.

Sweet caramely malts on the nose and on the tongue. Taste is a bit soda like, a light cream soda, with a thin carbonation letting off too quickly thus exposing the sweetness even more. Rather full in body as a result yielding a decent feel but not helping the drinkability too much.

Overly rich and underly complex compared to a Negra Modelo for example.

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Photo of weeare138
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Dubbercody
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can, found this while on vacation in Mexico at one of the major grocery outlets.

Amber, just darker than fat tire. Very effervescent in mouth, slightly malty with almost no bitterness. Finishes off with a non-lasting slightly sweet flavor.

Easy to drink, super light mouthfeel. For beer found in Mexico, it's not bad.

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Photo of nbpgt
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled across this a couple times while in Mexico during a cruise.

Drank straight from the bottle on the streets in Cozumel, so the formalities of appereance, color, smell, etc were somewhat lost in the surroundings.

But bottom line, I had to search out & reached for this quite a few more times than the easily available Coronas.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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 tempest
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
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 moonman00
3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a copper-to-brown-reddish color with no head.

Served very cold, it is a refreshing beer, often offered at places with food from Yucatan (mayan).

It has a good drinkability, fair carbonization, a little bitter, and at the end it feels dry.

Like Montejo, try it with some Cochinita and Frijoles con Puerco.

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Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev +15.7%
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 fido
3.46/5  rDev +8.8%
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 CAMRAhardliner
3.27/5  rDev +2.8%
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 tesguino
4.1/5  rDev +28.9%
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 +36.8%
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 beertastegood
2.16/5  rDev -32.1%
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 Pepeton
3.83/5  rDev +20.4%
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 beerluvr
3.88/5  rDev +22%
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 GClarkage
2.03/5  rDev -36.2%
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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León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
75 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.
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