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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1242   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mansquito (5041) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Hmm... I actually liked this beer. It did not have all that much taste, but I think that it is far superior to Corona in almost every single way. Definately a very light beer, but a light beer can be a good beer if made right and I think that this one was. People should stop being biased against Mexican beers so much, even though most are pretty poor.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
altonbrownd (5288) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottle at Dan’s house. Pretty flat lager. Tastes of corn. Sweet with bitter fade out.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2006
An average lager, but I preferred this to Corona, Dos Equis and Sol when in Mexico. Not sure why, but preferred withoot lime. The dark version is better.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2006
I’ve consumed enough beer at Mexican restaurants to have had this beer before, but I’d never really thought about what it tasted like and actually thought to compare to...other beers. Appearance is slightly darker than most mainstream American lagers. There is little to no head and no lacing of any kind. Nothing about this particular example of this beer indicates that anything special went into the manufacture (I hesitate to use the word brewing) of this beer (this is from a can). Smell is practically non-existent. Taste is very much of corn, and is rather sweet, like Coors Light, which I find slightly unpleasant. The next time I have Mexican food, I suspect I’ll save myself a few $$’s and drink something domestic instead...it won’t be missed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
demitriustown (1181) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2006
12 oz can: Pours a golden color with a huge white foamy head. Aroma is somewhat malty, corn, wet cardboard, and some spiceiness. Taste is lightly malty, corn, and a metallic note. Palate is watery and everso slightly bitter. Overall, It’s a not so good pale lager that is best served ice cold. It’s rather blah...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LyndaNova (532) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Cold 12oz bottle: Pours a clear dark golden color with a very thin layer of alabaster bubbles. Aroma and taste are of sweet malt, grass, hay, spice and lemon, with subtle hops bitterness well blended. Well carbonated, with a nice mouthfeel. Ending is of citrus and sweet malt. This is a nice lightly aromatic pale lager.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbomb (222) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Aroma is bready with some sweet corn. Flavor is about the same plus lingering breadiness like other mexican lagers, which isnt too bad. More of a pervasive corn bread aftertaste than some regional competitors. Nothing great and not an exceptional value, but decent for what it is.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
JayBaxter (407) - Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2006
First off my bottle was 4.5% not the 6% as listed? so could that explain its utterly taste-less flavour and palate. Had some bad beers but this is one worthy of its minimal piss-poor score.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Very quick-to-die coarse head. Sort of a dark straw color - a surprising amount of color given what I expected from this. Aroma is nearly non-existent - just a vague cereal-esque hint consisting predominantly of barley. Slight hint of vanilla. No hops character in aroma. Flavor is similarly thin, with only a slight tint of hops bitterness, and a lightly sweet, honey-like finish. I get more vanilla and a huge amount of fizz, making for a sort of cream-soda like experience. Despite all the fizz, it manages to finish quite flat.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Poured a tan yellow, mith more tint than i expected. Carbonated fizzy head. Dies quickly. Crisp taste. The alcohol makes up for the lack of flavor in the beer. It ends up tasting like harsh hops. Overall not as bad as i expected, but way too pricey at $16 for a 12 pack

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