Brewed by Cervecería Tijuana (Grupo Modelo)
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Tijuana, BC, Mexico


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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
This Dark beer is unique amongst all others. Its smooth body, light caramel flavor and mahogany color are a result of the special combination of several malts. Because of its sweet aftertaste it is believed to be a delicacy among beers. 4.5% Alc. Vol. Facts: It is a 100% Pure Beer! Brewed only with Barley Malt, Hops, Yeast and Water under the Strictest Guidelines of the International Purity law of 1516. It is a distinguished, elite, gourmet beer for the most demanding palates. It is the only Hand Crafted, Limited Production, Lager beer in Mexico!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 23, 2006
Pours with a dark brown body that shows brilliantly clear, deep ruby highlights when held up to the window. The head is initially three fingers thick and is a light brown tinged, tan color. As the head falls back into the beer it leaves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. Rich, sweet, concentrated malt notes great my scent receptors as I take my first draught of the aroma. Caramelized sugars and toffee notes yield to toasted malt notes that remind me of richly browned fresh from the oven bread crust. This beer has a nice hearty aroma, that makes me anticipate a rich chewy flavor while still being light and quaffable.

The taste is only lightly sweet up front, it becomes a touch more sweet towards the middle and this lingers on into the finish. The sweetness is rich and complex, quite focused on caramelized malt sugars and Mallard products. The beer finishes with a touch of toasted, almost roasted, character that helps to balance the rich sweeter malt notes. A light herbal hop spiciness rides throughout the flavor profile; it is light enough that it just provides a backdrop to the focused malt notes. It also finishes with a touch of hop bitterness, again just enough to let you know it is there. This beer remains light and quaffable on the palate, yet at the same time is chewy and richly malty.

I am really enjoying this beer right now, it really has nailed the quaffability & richness of a good Munich Dunkel. This is a beer I can see buying more of.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwyerpg (5683) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2006
Smells a little caramel/chocolate. This is a pretty tasty beer, with some chocolate malts and a little hops. I always seem to prefer viennas to the regular ambers. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SDalkoholic (2359) - Linda Vista, California, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Color is a light tint of brown with a nice fluffing of head created. Has a full serving of caramel in the aroma. Texture runs thin but still has a light malt sweetness backed with caramel that makes this a quaffable cerveza. A considerable beer thats good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pours clear brown w/ an amber hue and almost no froth. Aroma of coffee bean, cooked fruit, and malted leather. Light nectar w/ residual effers. Flavors are dry w/ coffee bean, charcoal, leather, brown sugar, and fruity malt. Finish has a slight bittering. I enjoyed it. Not so rich and easy to drink. Don’t worry about the water =)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
TheGreatKen (76) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Bottle. This is not only the worst Mexican beer I’ve ever had, but the worst ale. I thought it was going to be crisp like Negra Modelo and Dos Equis Amber, but I guess I was wrong. The caramel flavor (perhaps ’dulce de leche’) left a bad aftertaste in my mouth, like drinking diluted molasses. It’s like a half-assed version of Newcastle Brown Ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Very pleasantly surprised by this one. Kind of a Negra Modelo clone, which I like very much. Some dark roasted maltiness, nutty and molasses-like, very interesting and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - APR 28, 2006
From draft, in a sampler mug. Poured a coke color with a creamy light tan head. Aromas of caramel malts, barley and some very light coffe and chocolate flavors. The palate is plesant with good carbonation, but although the flavor is good, it is barelty noticeable. Although i like darker beers i prefered its lighter sister (Guera).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6134) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Poured an amber color with a large, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of nuts, dark grains, and caramel malts. Taste of sweet caramel malts, nuts, toffee malts, and toasted dough. Certainly one of the more solid Mexican beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lunkie (1827) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
Malt hop aroma. Clear brown/red ??? colour with poor head and lacing. Bitter malt flavour. Fizzy palate. Not what I was expecting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vanvenlo (1787) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 8, 2006
5 Mar 06 - Fruit malty aroma. Red-brown colour (not what I’d expect from a Cerveza), low head and lacing. Light fruity malt and roastiness. A sharp malty finish.

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