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


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RATINGS: 1289   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.99/5   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.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfn63 (1) - USA - MAY 24, 2007 does not count
I tried the bottle first and found it very "skunky". I went to party recently and had the can with a small wedge of lime put right into the can and the flavor was so different from what I had in the bottle. The can is so smooth - not what I expected at all.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Yellow pour with an open, airy foam. Aromas of corn and a one-dimensional, stale malt flavor. Tons of carbonation. Still, fairly clean and much weightier than other of its Mexican brethren.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2007
bottle - I poured a glass of Modelo, It was quite fizzy and yellow. The taste made me mourn, it was such nasty corn. To the drain I think it must go. (seriously, this is nasty beer. Maybe it’s skunked, but if so, one can only blame the brewery for putting it in a clear bottle. The finish is particularly awful.)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
imdownthepub (14221) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2007
Bottled, pasteurised, 330ml. Orange gold, carbonated, white fizzed head. Poor lager with a tinny, sweetcorn, cardboard flavour. Overcarbonated and definitely not one to revisit, however; you do have to remind yourself how bad it can get.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2007
I think this is worse than Montesuma’s revenge. Quite honestly is flat all around and has a tin like taste. Not good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
greenmanalishi (545) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2007
33cl bottle. pours rich gold. tastes weak and watery. completely forgettable

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dillinja (24) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2007
Great for parties - it’s a decent value and gives you more to chew on than most cerveza mexicana. The finish is round and easy, like you want - I don’t need my cheap party beer to get wild on me, I’m already doing that myself. It is what it is, and I appreciate the hell out of it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
scanman (150) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
This is a pretty solid value beer. I don’t know where people get off complaining. For the price, it is comparable (if not better) than other Mexi-lagers. Far less sweet than the malty Tecate. Recommended for the $4.99 sixer price or the $1.49/ 24 oz can. 100%.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Cybercat (5562) - Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Appearance is typical lager yellow. Aroma is malty and rather weak. Taste is weak, malty, and rather bitter; its flavor is more like that of a "lite" beer than a regular lager. Smooth but watery, it is barely drinkable and quite forgettable. Maybe the can affected it some - I have found that beers taste best on-tap, while bottles come second and cans are the worst.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Can. I had tried this beer in the bottle and found it incredibly "skunky" and hardly drinkable. After learning about how UV light can damage beer packaged in clear or green glass, I decided to retry this one in the can... It pours a light yellow with a small, fizzy, white head that quickly diminished. It has a very mild yeasty or bread-like aroma. Flavor is typically neutral with very little hop or malt character at all, and the palate is watery and fizzy. This drinks just like an American macro offering only much cleaner and without any real aftertaste. This is a lager that could act as training wheels for weaning your Bud-drinking friends off of the "King" and towards something outside their box. Hey, most Americans are so bad at geography, that if you can get them to go to a Mexican beer, a Belgian isn’t too much of a leap. Tell them Belgium is in Central America, just south of Guatemala. If they think Bud is good stuff, they’ll buy anything. ;)

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