This dark beer from Cerveceria Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V. in Mexico City, Mexico pours a lovely rusty ruby colour with a white head that forms a long-lasting collar and leaves a mild lace. The aroma of Negra Modelo is of toasted malt, with a distinct corn tone and sweetness. I also get a rice-like graininess and notice a mild fruit accent comes through as it warms.
The taste of Negra Modelo has a definite sweetness and a hint of toasted malts to it, but falls a bit flat. I get a banana-like fruitiness on the back end before a surprisingly dry finish. The mouthfeel is fairly thin and has a low carbonation, but the beer does leave a sort of syrupy, yeasty film on my tongue.
The Packaging of Negra Modelo is a bit out of the ordinary. The bottles are shorter than average with a wide body and topped with foil. Gold labels contain an image of brewing ingredients and a yellow ribbon logo with black printing. A slogan reads “La Crema de la Cerveza”, which is bold statement for such an average-tasting beer.
I’m always excited to see new beers turn up in my neck of the woods, but one six pack of Negra Modelo was more than enough. It’s not a bad beer and I’d drink it over Corona or Tecate any day, but it has nothing to make it stand out over less-expensive, more widely-available domestic products.
Negra Modelo can be found at The Beer Store and LCBO locations throughout Ontario and is distributed worldwide.
Type: Munich Dunkel Lager
Region: Mexico City
Brewery: Cerveceria Modelo, S.A.B. de C.V.
Format Purchased: 6 x 355 mL
Alcohol Content: 5.3%