Pros: Great balance of intriguing flavor and hops, great smelling, refreshing, and lip-smackingly smooth.
Cons: A little hard to find, but worth it.
The Bottom Line: Every sampling results in a sniff, a sip, a sigh, and an admiring glance at the nectar I'm holding. A definite favorite!
This is a surprisingly good tasting beer with some interesting and unique characteristics. I'm not a fan of the burnt barley taste of stouts or porters, and even though Negra Modelo is billed as a dark beer, it's really more like a translucent brown colored continental lager. If you like the crispness and balance of a Sam Adam's lager, you're likely to enjoy this premium Mexican offering. It's a bit sweeter than a Sam's, but has a similar hop tartness and carbonation to it. The sweet character is slightly reminiscent of a root beer. The head is fairly thick and rocky, and the aroma is extremely appealing. If you've ever enjoyed an Upper Canada Dark Ale, you're getting close to the taste balance that Negra Modelo offers, but Negra Modelo is slightly sweeter with more robust flavors. Even though I've mentioned two beers that it's sweeter than, it's definitely not approaching the sweetness of an amber, and it's hop balance is perfect for my tastes. I've yet to have one that's even slightly skunky, and is much easier on the palate than a Heineken or St. Pauli Girl, yet maintains a full taste not found in the run of the mill American beers.
This is an awesome brew that was introduced to me a couple of years ago by a friend who knows my beer tastes. I've sampled it many times now, and usually seek it out when the opportunity arises. It's an easy to drink, smooth tasting lip smacking beer that's always refreshing. I've yet to find another brew that I enjoy more. Every Negra Modelo I've had results in sniff, a sip, a sigh, and an admiring glance at the mug in my hand. It's not the easiest beer to find, but I'd no longer consider it overly obscure either. Highly recommend for just about any beer drinker who's got even slighly sophisticated taste in beer. Hard to believe it's a Mexican beer.