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Negra Modelo - Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.

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926 Reviews

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Reviews: 926
Hads: 3,008
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 28.27%
Wants: 57
Gots: 495 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2000

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the airport Margaritaville in Cancun, Mexico. The beer was served in a mug. It presented a semi-hazed amber-brown color with no head. Caramel-malty nose. There was a very steady flow of carbonation present. The beer is slight dark caramel and molasses flavors riding a light, crisp body. There is a slightly dark and sweet aftertaste, with some sour notes and a hint of hops to balance. The finish is very quick and clean. Goes great with nachos, that's for damn sure.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown brew with lots of carbonation.

Smell is lots of malt and a nice fruit smell.

Tastes like a respectable Dunkel. Mildly sweet and fruity with just the right hops. Mild apple and banana flavors present. Bitterness becomes more noticeable the more you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Very drinkable, try it next time you eat enchiladas.

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Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent dark russet color with a light tan head that quickly fades out into a thin collar. Tiny spots of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of mild caramel, dusty confectioners sugar, and a slight cocoa aroma.
Taste is of the same aromas with a faint caramel, and cocoa taste mixed in with a touch of toffee.
Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly with a medium body that slips along the plate.

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Photo of biegaman
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Negra Modelo has more colour than all the other Mexican beers combined. Its deep brown shade is accented by, not only a glint of auburn, but a very sharp, glassy complexion. Its clarity, despite the dark tone, is completely unhindered. But it must have at least some head - this has none at all - before we can describe it as looking any better than just 'good'.

For all its extra colour, however, there is no equally jazzy aroma to match. In fact, there's virtually no aroma. While it seems to have shed most of the corn-y smelling adjuncts, there is very little malt - toasted or otherwise - to supplement them. Where all this colour came from then seems to be a bit of a mystery. Maybe tasting it will reveal more...

No, the flavour also vouches that, for the most part, there was only enough toasted malt used to impart colour and that stopping short of a rich, full-bodied character was intentional on the brewer's behalf. The colour, understandably, led me to hope for flavours of caramel and toasty bread crumbs, but alas, I am disappointed. Is this brewed from extracts?

Since the beer doesn't claim anything more specific about its style other than that it's 'dark', we won't nitpick too much about guideline expectations. It is fair, however, to have anticipated some flavour (which even with warmth never comes) and some mouthfeel (be it bitterness or toastiness or savor). Unfortunately, the beer is entirely void of essence.

Despite what its striking appearance suggests, Negra Modelo offers no more character than the other mass-produced beers of Grupo Modelo (Corona) or Mexican brewers at large. I understand it gets hot down there but is the concept of brewing a thirst-quenching beer that *also* has flavour and personality still that foreign to them? 111 million people in that country and you're telling me this idea has yet to occur to anyone? Really?

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Photo of Wasatch
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brownish color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Medium body. Slightly drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear burnished to dark copper colour, with a filmy head of white bubbles. The bubbles look surprisingly light, and they don't cling. The body, overall looks pretty weak, but the colour is nice, at least.

Very odd nose, a light coppery sourness, metallic twang and a whack of bubblegum, a bit dusty and grainy. Not all that appealing to be honest. It's not terribly offensive, but there are just enough jarring notes to put me off.

Very thin in the mouth, with only a light bubblegum/banana phenolic note through the centre of the palate. Some carbonic bitterness on the finish, but it's not much. The lack of body is the biggest downer to this one, it feels very thin, and with the mildly sweet palate it starts to haunt you with images of sugar water. Not a fan.

Overall, it's not offensive, but it's very very bland indeed, and I really dislike the feel. It's undoubtably drinkable, but it's certainly not something of which I'd choose to partake regularly.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was drinking margaritas at Tampicos in Santa Cruz, when I noticed they had NM on tap. I'd never seen this beer on draft before, and so of course I had to grab a glass.

The beer pours a reddish mahogany color, with fair head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is not bad at all in this beer (at least for a Mexican lager), as I picked up some cherry, sweet malt, light vanilla and even a hint of smoke. The flavor profile replicated the nose, with some light spritzy, bitterness in the finish. The beer is a bit watery (naturally), and so the dominating, sweet malt flavor wasn't too overpowering. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, with a clean, lightly sweet, spritzy finish. The beer was very drinkable and easy to appreciate, and would make a great accompaniment for most of the food items on the menu at Tampicos.

Not too bad at all... this beer reminded me very much of AB's American Ale, though it was bit less sweet and a bit more interesting to drink.

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Photo of plaid75
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Buoy Bar, Point Lookout, New York.

Poured a deep brown hue with a half finger whispy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured some roasted malts, caramel and a bit of adjunct sweetness.

The taste was upfront grainy and moderately sweet. No doubt there is some amount of corn in the grist. Bready toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was relatively full.

Overall a good and decent brew. Likely the best effort from this brewer.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cinco de Mayo tour thanks to the COOP. Pours with a decent off white head... the brew is clear darker amber.

Clean toasty maltiness... a bit bready.

Very drinkable... No real flaws.

I should buy this more than once per year.

3.5's across the board.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.93/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Medium grade maple syrup. Lightly off-white head settles quickly but leave a nice lace.

S – Green grapes jump to the forefront, backed by sweet brown sugar and raisin.

T – Great, medium roast, bready malt throughout the profile. Mild green grapes and yellow raisins make cameos from the nose. A light acidity ties the beer together nicely. Soft bitter note on the backend. On whole, the profile is edges sweet.

M – Medium / light body with a light cilantro-like bitterness that accompanies a semi-sweet finish.

O – More than just the best beer you can find at most Latin American restaurants, Negra Modelo is a solid beer in its own right. Pairs fantastic with chili, mole, and grilled meats.

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Photo of wl0307
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

BB 14/10/2006, served lightly chilled in a 330ml broad-rimmed weizen glass.

A: lightly-infused black-tea to tawny colour with russet hints; the moderately frothy off-white beer head slowly settles down, forming a rimmed foam on top of a gently-carbonated body.
S: caramely sweetness plays a considerable part at the front, but not as OTT as I anticipated--not bad; a flow of lemony hops and apple-ish fruity hints quietly join the main theme at the back, leaving a malt-grist like chewy and rough malty note going deep in the background. Not quite aromatic overall.
T: a slightly metallic taste accompanies a rather neutral flavour of caramel maltiness that has but a malty gloss without a necessary body to be a firm platform; the palate picks up at the back a mild tinge of bitter roast tea-leaves and burned sugar, with a slightly dryish grassy touch. But by no means can there be said of a considerable aftertaste, which is weird for this style I reckon?
M&D: light and loose in body and overly mild (next to bland) in flavour, only the clean and softly-fizzy mouthfeel (normal for a lager) prevents it from being a total failure. Easty-drinking for a 5.3%abv. beer? Yes. An impressive example of Vienna Lager? Negative! For this beer style, this is easily the least impressive to me so far, for its lack of body AND flavour... It really needs more, and/or better, ingredients to juice it up. "Semi-disappointing", given my high expectation~~

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Photo of jdhilt
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a two-finger off-white head that leaves very little lace. Clear amber color. Light - medium bodied but slightly watery finish and light carbonation. Multi-sweet nose. Starts sweet finishes mellow. The ABV is 5.3%. $7.99 for a 6-pack of 12oz. bottles, available everywhere in NH.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.58/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a brown body that is transparent with a big carbonation of large bubbles and a thin wisp of foam in the middle.

S- There is an aroma of pale malt with a hint of pot caramel and a faint noble hop finish. The smell is very light overall.

T- The taste of light crisp pale malt has a note of pot caramel or slightly toasted malt with a neutral taste. The finish has a light bitterness and a soft carbonic bite.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel that was a touch watery in the finish.

D- This beer was very light and flavorless with a dark body. Not to interesting.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a russet amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass leaving light lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, spicy graininess. Flavor starts well, with sweet mild toasted malt, slight breadiness, hint of caramel, but ends rather abruptly with slight caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops. Light bodied. A step above other macros, but nothing exciting. Would do in a pinch if only macro beer was available.

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Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 500 mL glass at a pizzeria in Puerto Vallarta.

A: The lagerbier is an amber color that floats ephemerally between a copper penny and chocolate brown. The lager is rendered opaque as a result of the hues. A small head, surprisingly nonexistent, didn't do much through the glass.

S: The nose lacks some of the chocolate strength that the bottled version has. What remains is a mild grainy aroma that has a noticeable, but not overpowering, roasted aroma.

T: Roasted grains, chocolate and burnt toast define the flavor. The malty base is firm, mildly carbonated, with a strong bready finish. Par for the course, hops really don't add much of a zing, allowing the dark malts to carry the day. By far the most diverse Mexican lager around.

M: The lower carbonation in the draught version allows the roasted flavors to come through with a little more oomph.

D: Very drinkable, possibly my favorite of the trip.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, and some yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt up front, then strong yeast cleanliness, and some very slight roasted malt in the finish. Overall, a rather decent Munich Style Dunkel - I could drink quite a few of these as session beers.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, clear amber color with one finger of ivory head. There appears to be a nice lace as well.

Smell: relatively sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee. Quite nice.

Taste: a relatively sweet beer with, again, hints of caramel and toffee. Hops are not terribly present but have a nice floral character. I quite like this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with plenty of carbonation. It has a tiny bit of a syrupy character (that could just be the sweetness) which is nice.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. I haven't had Negra Modelo in awhile and have forgotten quite how much I like it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark cranberry red with a huge frothy off white, light tan head.

S: Some sweet Vienna malt makes a presence on the nose, along with some brown sugar notes as well.

T: The malting is very warm and dark roasted with some dried apples, pears and cider juice flavors coming through. There is some burnt woodiness, warm bread and smoky notes for flavor along with some dried fruit (raisin grist) and some dark licorice. There is also some nice dark roasted coffee notes, caramel and a very rich dark roasted nuttiness along with a nice earthy hop bitterness and a grainy dry malt bitterness for a finish and fade with a touch of smokiness to round it out.

M: A very nice grainy feel on the tongue.

D: Overall a very drinkable beer, very rich and big per style drinking like a octoberfest bock.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Aroma is mild, a bit malty. Taste is of malts with some bitterness. Nothing special here. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocore offering.

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Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz pilsner glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown with about 1/4 inch of just off-white head that instantly dissipated leaving no lacing.

The aroma had a nice grain base and a bit of malt sweetness. The flavors started out nicely malty, a bit sweet and had a nice little hop tang on the finish.

The body was crisp and clean and ended up just shy of full, for the style. Drinkability was very good, the bottle went down easily and quickly. Overall, a nice little example of the style. Worth trying when you see it. This is probably my favorite of the mainstream Mexican brews, it's a decent beer.

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Photo of Derek
2.53/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear amber-brown; a little fizzy off-white head, poor retention, but initially leaves a hint of lace.

S: Tart, grainy aroma; a little caramel and cheap, domestic hops (foral & earthy).

T: Grainy astrigency (over sparged to cut cost?); some caramel that seems to come from crystal malt rather than Vienna-roasted grain. It has the malt colour, but the taste just isn't right. The hops have a nice, subtle spicyness (the hop flavour is certainly better than the aroma). Crisp bitterness (perhaps a little much for the style).

M: Light to moderate body seems thin, but a little syrupy, like it's not all-together. Carbonation is moderately high & prickly.

D: A Vienna should be more drinkable than this.

I prefer the Dos Equis, but a Sam Adam's is even more of a step up from this.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Negra Modelo proves that there are good mass-market mexican beers. I have really enjoyed this beer since my mother showed me it a few years back.

Appearance- Nice dark amber color. Moderate head. Looks pretty sweet.

Smell- Not much of an aroma, nothing bad, but nothing special.

Taste- Nice dark lager taste. Fairly complex, with a mildly sweet finish. Tastes great to me.

Drinkability- I could drink this all night long and often.

Parting thoughts- In Texas this beer is easily availiable, but seems a tad bit too expensive considering how close we are to Mexico. Still, Negra Modelo is well worth the price and should be tried by those who want a good Mexican beer.

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Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear brownish copper with an off white cap that fell fast and left a thin collar and skim of bubbles on the surface of the beer. A bit of spotty lacing clung to the glass for a few minutes too. Malty aroma, brown sugar and caramel, a bit bready, slightly fruity. Mild bitterness, a bit spicy and herbal, with caramel and toasted malt flavours. Faint fruitiness that was more of an indistinct dried fruit rather than fresh and juicy. Quick finish, leaving only a mineral aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation, some malty dryness and fairly crisp. Not bad at all and much more enjoyable than most other Mexican lagers I've tried.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with golden foil covering the bottle cap. Stamped: B263A128-01:30. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The color is an attractive looking medium to dark brown with ruby red hues glistening along the edge of the glass. Small to medium head that fades a bit but never disappears.

The aroma is of fine caramel malts, toffee, and sweetness. The hops balance out the aroma in a crisp, clean way.

The body is around medium and mildly acidic.

The taste is malty sweet with a a slight hop bite introducing itself at the end of each sip. Mild bitterness. An enjoyable beer. Probably one of the better Mexican brewed beers I have had.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.51/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a clear deep amber brown with an inch of foam that quickly shrinks to a fine broken layer with some lacing.

The smell is very light. Just a bit of grain mixed with sweet malt.

The taste has light notes of caramel malt and a light hop bitterness, especially in the finish. Very noncomplex beer but...it's a very smooth drinker and it is very easy to put a couple away in short order. It is quite good for what it is so I can't knock it much.

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Negra Modelo from Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V.
77 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.