I’ve always appreciated Mexican drinks. From my Tequila Sunrise-soaked clubbing years to the classic, timeless Margarita, the drinks of Mexico have always had a place in my liver. After all, the most interesting man in the world doesn’t always drink beer, but when he does, it’s a Mexican brew (Dos Equis).
(I have no idea what he just said there, but I’m sure it was interesting).
So, I was excited when I saw the Modelo Negra on sale at my local Walmart – it made me feel exciting, exotic, and ecstatic, and lit up a mundane day of suburban shopping.
In A Nutshell
Beer: Modelo Negra
Bottom Line: A pretty good beer with a somewhat light, generic beer taste that’s accentuated by hints of coffee and sweetness.
Price: About $8.99 for a six-pack of 12 ounce bottles.
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Origin: Nava, Mexico
Looks: A short, dark glass beer bottle with some fancy lettering and lions as bookends. It has this extremely annoying gold-colored tinfoil covering the entire upper quarter of the bottle. It’s a real hassle because you can’t take it off easily, and I always just wind up ripping off pieces. Then, I drink the beer paranoid about getting metal fragments down my throat.
The beer itself is a somewhat-translucent brown color.
Smell: Very light, generic beer smell with hints of sweetness.
Taste: The Modelo Negra has a light, generic beer taste that is accentuated by hints of molasses-type sweetness. Notably, this is one beer that actually tastes better if you let it linger for a full second or two in your mouth before swallowing. When you do, you can appreciate this coffee-sweet taste that’s quite pleasant.
Other than that, the Modelo Negra has a pretty high gas content that I think works against it, by somewhat overpowering the delicate flavors it’s got. It’s also slightly watery, though relatively refreshing and easy to drink.
It’s a pretty good beer overall, though not strong-tasting enough to break into my circle of favorites.
Hangover Factor: Nothing unusual, though I have been having some tummy aches lately. It probably wasn’t the Modelo, though.
Final Thoughts: This is one of those beers that’s pretty good, but not excellent. If you find it on sale or are offered a bottle, go ahead and drink it. You won’t be blown away, but won’t be disappointed, either.
In honor of the fact that Modelo has just become the official beer of UFC, I leave you with Conor McGregor:
Note: This is a series I call Caveman Beer Reviews, because I like to drink beer but am a caveman when it comes to beer knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the beers on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.