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Modelo Especial Chelada | Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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Modelo Especial CheladaModelo Especial Chelada

Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 119 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of joshpaints84
3.35/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pstam87
1.84/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Imagine getting really drunk off cheap beer and then eating a ton of pizza, puking it up and drinking it. Seriously though this is my first time drinking a beer of this style so I can't compare it to anything else. It smells like tomato and has a watered down bloody Mary taste. The first taste is really off putting but it does get more drinkable.

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Photo of robebo44
2.68/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mothmanscott
2.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

As with Buld Light Chelada I will review this for what it is: a vegetable beer with salt, lime & tomato juice. You can't compare a Lager to a Porter just like you can't compare this to a Stout, Pilsner, Belgian, IPA or any other beer style. You have to compare it to other fruit beers. I'm not really a fan of fruit beers but I like tomato juice, V-8 and it goes without saying I like beer so here goes:

Pours a hazy, watery, stale blood brown red producing only a hint of rusty, short-lived, head that leaves a thin coat of grainy wash that I would not dignify by calling it lace. Aroma is tomato & lime with a faint hint of beer/adjunct grains drowning in the background. Taste is stale tomato juice flavored mineral water: tomato, vegetal, brine, lime & a thin beer/adjunct grain hint. Does not list having chilis in it but it has a smoky chili/thin Tabasco hint in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with high carbonation, slick with spice & a peppery, prickly bite. It is not nearly so drinkable as Bud Light Chelada. Puts you in mind of a stale, watery, virgin Bloody Mary.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3.59/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngEo
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.63/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

24oz can poured into Shock Top weizen glass. No discernable date, but there are some characters stamped on the bottom of the can. Normally bars serve cheladas in a chalice, tulip, oversized wine glass or large mug. But the only reason they tend to do that is for presentation purposes, so they can fit in a bunch of garnishes like celery or sometimes upside-down beer bottles. But if you're drinking it properly, pre-pepared without the garnishes, the proper glass to pour it in is very narrow like a weizenglass (my pick), a narrow stange, or even straight from the bottle or can itself. This is because it's a very effervescent style like a soda, and loses its carbonation easily, so you want to reduce that as much as possible so you don't drink it flat.

Appearance - Virtually non existent, whitish head that dissipates almost instantly leaving no trace. Opaque orange-red body with lots of visible, dense particulate matter. Pretty par for the course. 3

Smell - Almost like straight V8. 3

Taste - Not as good as the tamarindo picante version. While it also doesn't have the same clamato you'd find in other cheladas, there is a more noticeable sweetness than the picante version. I find the spice lacking and there's a faint but distracting off character in there, a perhaps metallic or stale corn aftertaste. 2.5

Mouthfeel - Noticably less refreshing than the tamarindo picante version. Feels a little more syrupy, and while it has some effervescence, it seems so volatile that it will dissipate before you can drink it. 2.75

Overall - I know fellow beer geeks hate the chelada style, they might see it as a bastardization of beer. But I wouldn't even call this a guilty pleasure. This is straight up an underappreciated style that I love unashamedly. However, this specific example is sub par, and doesn't even match the quality of the tamarindo picante version made by the same brewery. 2.25

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
2.49/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
3.32/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 2/18/2018. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber/light red color with a foamy off white head with very poor retention, that reduces to a nothing very quickly. No lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Okay appearance. Aromas of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, light cracker/corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, and light malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, light cracker/corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very mild herbal/peppery spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, and light malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of tomato juice, lime, salt, garlic, onion, celery, peppers, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, light cracker/corn, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Nice robustness and balance of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, and light malt flavors; with a solid malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal lingering spicy dryness. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a smooth, creamy/slick, and lightly sticky/grainy mouthfeel that is okay. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.5%; mild increasing spice heat after the finish through the glass. Overall this is a pretty solid fruit/spice/vegetable beer. All around good robustness and balance of tomato juice, lime, salt, spices, and light malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Not a huge fan of bloody Mary's as it is, but this was not that bad. Nice balance of tomato, lime, spices, and salt; with decent adjunct lager presence. Not really that refreshing, but enjoyable as it was. Grew on me through the glass.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Damilton5
3.57/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
1.82/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Goosehunter75
2.84/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Damian3477
4.25/5  rDev +64.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yes it has artificial flavor and sweetener. But I don't know what a modelo mixed with a v8 would taste like.
This is the only thing I drink now. At 3 dollars a 24 oz can it's taste is great.

Why spend more than16 dollars a 4 pack for pints.
After spending hundreds a month in newton ma on premium beer and drinking some really good stuff but being disappointed 90% of the time.
This beer is no scam.

They make a crazier version but haven't tried it

And right on there website it has all the info including date code front and center.

12 16 17

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Photo of bigred89
1.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.52/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of pkalix
3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlexeiRoquentin
4.02/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Josh49er
4.52/5  rDev +75.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is the best its either you like tomato taste or not.and I do by far the best ever created inventions on earth

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Photo of Johnct
1.2/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of vette2006c5r
1.25/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Modelo Especial Chelada pours a reddish yellow color with no head and lots of bubbles. Aroma is filled with vomit notes. Taste is rotten onion and lots and lots of artificial tomato juice. Flat body. Overall its like reverse vomiting.

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Photo of BeerBobber
4.03/5  rDev +56.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look poured from a large 24 oz. can is a red, amberish (is that even a word) look with no head. There was some head as I was pouring but it was gone when I was done with the pour.

The smell was something like a piece of tomato with some salt sprinkled on it. And that my friends is a fine snack by itself.

The taste really pops out on this guy. You are going to either love it or hate it. If you like tomato juice in your beer this may be for you, if not watch out because this is beer with tomato juice. I really liked the taste as it has a beer with tomato juice, salt and limes. The flavor to me is pure Mexico!

The feel is pretty light with a bit of a sticky tomato finish to it.

I really wish I could grab a case of 24 of these monster cans, at least while it is our blazing hot summer here in Las Vegas. I like to stir up my own chile, tomato beers but I find it so cool to find one already done up for me. With such a low ABV I could totally (what is up with that old term totally) see myself crushing a lot of these monster cans while I am sweating balls out here in the desert. By the way, I am currently freezing balls here in the desert because, yes folks it does get cold in Las Vegas during the winter. Later folks and cheers to your next beer discovery.

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Photo of calamato
3.01/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of JanosWildman
4.54/5  rDev +76%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly refreshing. After 2 Budweiser 16oz this hit the spot & its only 10AM. Cheers!

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Modelo Especial Chelada from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
Beer rating: 2.58 out of 5 with 119 ratings