UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012
A lot of Americans tend to associate Mexican beer with Corona and other
pale lagers. I didn’t know there were other Mexican beers of a remotely
different style until I tried Nega Modelo – a Munich-style dunkel lager
which could easily be mistaken for an authentic German brew. Busting
stereotypes is always a good thing in my book.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
being packaged in a very stubby bottle, this beer pour surprisingly
smooth to form a body of extremely dark amber or maybe brown proper.
It’s clear with a little carbonation apparent, but also a very small
off-white soapy head which dissolves quickly and left no lacing on the
glass. The aroma is sweet with a distinct malty presence. TASTE
didn’t know what to expect out of this beer, but was pleasantly
surprised when the first flavors I noticed were caramel and honey. Negra
Modelo has a sweet, but rather mild palate full of malts. There isn’t
much hop volume here, although the beer does seem to have just the
slightest amount of bitterness in the back of the mouth.
not drink this with a lime and would be curious to see how a piece of
citrus fruit would complement such a malty palate rather than a crisp
hoppy one (my guess is not well). This is a tasty beer in and of itself
with a pleasing flavor that doesn’t need lime to "enhance" it.
a mouthfeel as soft as water and a mild palate to match, Negra Modelo’s
drinkability is extremely high. It finishes very smooth which I think
would make it appealing to anyone. There’s nothing intimidating about
this beer at all.
I wasn’t able to find the
official statistics for this beer, but the sources I did check listed
the ABV at around 5.4% and I would certainly agree with that. While
Negra Modelo is darker than your average lager, it still maintains all
the basic characteristics of an average lager. It doesn’t overwhelm and
would work well paired with food.
Negra Modelo is definitely not a world class beer, it’s obviously much
better than the typical Mexican beers Americans like me are familiar
with. Not only does it have genuine flavor, it’s also very easy to
drink, which makes it a win-win in my book.