Brewed by Grupo Modelo (Corona)
Style: Pale Lager
México DF, Mexico


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RATINGS: 1097   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.97   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Modelo Especial, a pilsener type beer, was introduced to the market in 1966. Today it is sold in glass bottles as well as cans, which are having an increasing demand due to consumer preferences, making Modelo Especial the leader in the can segment in Mexico.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Preservative-laden, astringent, bubbley and acidic. The Mexican equivalent of Miller Lite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2007 2004 bottle. I actually bought this only half-jokingly. I was planning Mexican for dinner, and am sick/tired so didnt want a big, alcoholic beer. Just wanted something refreshing. Granted there are much better choices out there that fit that bill, but nonetheless, I still wanted to try this one, being not altogether disenfranchised from Grupo Modelo’s Modelo line. Ok, now that I’ve, perhaps, justified drinking a pale lager, here are my thoughts. Better than average color to the pour, most likely from the corn. Maize-golden and clear with a white head. Little aroma to speak of, though what is there, is not offensive or skunky. Light grains, touch of honey and perhaps a hint of bitterness. Flavor could be this beer’s strong point, with an even honey grain taste, and yes, hops. Light and very faint, but they do add a touch of bitterness and they are unmistakeably there. Finish has a bit of lager yeast flavor and a strong note of corn, which I actually found pleasant. Corn’s not all that bad. It didnt taste like corn syrup, but like actual corn. Texture is fizzy and overcarbonated, but the light lager crispness seems to help mitigate that. Light body. Would definitely drink/buy this again if I was in the mood.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 6, 2005
Pours a clear straw color with a thick, foamy white head. Malty aroma and sweet malty flavor devoid of any hop presence. Drinks well, though. Pretty smooth and fairly enjoyable. Better than Corona, for sure.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2005
Light golden mexican water... with white head.. Somewhat skunky aroma grassy flavour nothing special other then being a new beer for me to try....

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2005
Pours a medium golden color. Aroma is very skunky and grainy. Flavor is quite bland with a little bit of skunkiness. Finish is watery. I think there might be a slight malt flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OD40oz (773) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 23, 2005
This is way better than Yuppie Corona. We used to go to an annual party and all the jive asses would drink corona wit lime. They thought my indian roommate and I were low life’s for drinking Budweiser out cans. I wish we would have brought some of this for them they wouldn’t be able to handle the skunky corn taste. THE best Mexican beer I have ever tasted.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2005
Mine was Sku-unky! Everything improved with a lime though. Minus the skunk...was rice and corn sweetness with a mild hoppy taste. If you ever end up south of the border, better hope you have a lime on hand though.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2005
Golden color with little or no head. The taste is sweet light malty and light notes of corn. Light hoppy notes on the palate. Very boring and thin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTheRed (82) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2005
drank a couple cases of this over the last few weeks. much better than corona. We get this a lot during trips to Mexico, and it’s a fine everyday beer. clear, mild, not tinny, better without lime than with IMO,

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
nick76 (4234) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 The aroma is very weak with corn malt metal and grass hops. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall very inoffensive and almost nothing.

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