Negra Modelo

Total Score: 6.65/10 Caramel1Coriander1Malt1Stein1

Hey look, it’s one of those beers I’ve had often but never reviewed: Negra Modelo. Generally because it’s not a Lager in the vein of Corona like almost every other Mexican beer, ever… Negra Modelo is one of my go-to Mexican restuarant beers (at least until craft beer takes off in Mexico, which we are starting to see with brews like Red Pig). Anyway, it is what it is, and I for one think Mexico benefits greatly by knowing how to brew and export a beer style other than Adjunct Lagers – here’s looking at you Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V. (huh, same brewery as Corona, there you go).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a stein.

A: Deep clear caramel brown body with a thin half centimetre beige head that soon fizzles out like a damp squib. Not the most attractive beer ever nor does it look like a train wreck either, a middle ground here. 6/10.

S: Aroma has a real cola-esque fragrance to it – look you’re not fooling anyone Grupo Modelo: This is a glass of Corona with Coca-Cola syrup added to it isn’t it? Seriously though there isn’t much to this brew in way of aromas – a coke/sugar like sheen with some light caramel malt and naught else I’m afraid. 6/10.

T: Flavour is on the lighter side, with Negra Modelo just slightly unable to shake the feeling of being an alcoholic soda drink (again Coke comes to mind). Hints of caramel and a slight herbal note towards the back. Finishes crisp and dry with a mild bitterness. Aftertaste takes on a toasty caramel character. Refreshing beer? No doubts here. 7/10.

M: Mid to light, slight watery bodied, with an affably (for a Mexican brew) dense carbonation – it’s a bit fuller in texture than other common Mexican beers. 8/10.

D: Apart from being a little bit pedestrian this is one of the better, and let’s be honest the competition isn’t grand, Mexican beers on the market atm. However setting this aside how does it stack up against other Vienna Lagers out there? Considering my limited experience with the style [having reviewed only 3 others]: Better than Dos Equis but worse than Sam Adams. Other than that it is still my go to in the Mexican restaurant purely for being the lessor of shites, not a thing to be proud of: But a thing nonetheless. 6/10.

Food match: Considering I’ve only ever had this with Mexican food I’m going to take a stab in the dark and say: Indian. Ha, gotcha!

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