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León | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Mexico
gmodelo.mx

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-02-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,853
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
125
pDev:
18.41%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
29
Trade:
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2.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of misternebbie
3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cryptichead
2.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Watery and flat. More of an ordinary American adjunct lager than anything else.

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2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of herman77
3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beerpadawan
1.75/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
2.75/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky brown color with little lacing. Aroma is faint with only a hint of phenols and toasted malts. Slightly skunky as well. The most prominent flavor is the carbonation as evything else is so weak. Moderate amounts of ripened banana and toasted barley. Metallic, with a touch of DMS. Body is thinned, fortunately the carbonation keeps any vegetal off-notes from lingering. Maybe the bottle I had was frayed than the can, but there was a skunkiness all the way through this one that was not too good.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellowish amber color, clear, with about one finger of off-white head. Head fades fast, but leaves decent lacing.

Smells of toasted malts, lager yeast, and lightly spicy hops. Pretty nice, actually, though it has a hint of adjunct lagery smell that I don't really like.

Taste is better than I expected. Some nutty toasted malts, a bit of brown sugar. Quite smooth and mellow. Biggest downside is that the flavor is a little weak.

Medium-bodied, with less carbonation than I'd like. Has a slightly syrupy texture, coating the tongue. Pretty good.

Probably the best surprise among the Mexican beers I've tried. I like it, and given the choices available here (only beers from Mexico's big 2), I'd pick it over everything else.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
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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3/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CampusCrew
3.1/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Bammer21
2.94/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of rdoggg
3.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopsolutely
2.71/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A "Munich Dunkel Lager" that ignores the most important points of the 1516 deutsche Rheinheitsgebot? Personally I'd call it a dark "adjunct lager", because the corn is omnipresent in both aroma and taste.

Beautiful dark amber colour, but hopes for roasted malts or caramelized tones dashed at first sip. No aroma to speak of and very limited flavour profile. Decent carbonation and mouthfeel, but lacking the "silkiness" of the best German dunkels.

Overall a decent adjunct lager - certainly not the worst in Mexico - but does not compare favourably to other beers of the "Munich Dunkel Lager" or Kellerbier style.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

León from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 3.15 out of 5 with 125 ratings
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