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Beer #59 – March 2, 2010: Negra Modelo

March 6, 2010

The one beer I had in Mexico that wasn’t Dos Equis I had at a restaurant in the airport before my flight home.  A “dark” beer from Mexico is a rarity, though it shouldn’t be…

Beer: Negra Modelo

Brewery: Grupo Modelo, Mexico City, Mexico

Style: Dunkel Lager

Serving Type: 16 oz draft

Price: Approx. $10 US in the Cancun airport

Availability: Year-round

Glassware: Plastic Cup

Strength: 5.4% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: Easy to drink, on the malty side, though a little bland.

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Pours a clear medium chestnut hue with a thin creamy head.

Aroma: Mild aroma, sweet and malty, with a hint of cola

Mouthfeel: Lots of tiny bubbles of carbonation give a relatively full and slightly fizzy mouthfeel.

Taste: Maybe because the beer was served quite cold that I was trying hard to find much flavor in this beer.  There is a mild sweetness with a nutty hint of pecan in the middle, followed by a touch of roasted flavor, finishing with a mild bitterness reminiscent of peanut skins.

Pairing: Can’t go wrong with freshly made guacamole and tortilla chips.

Trivia: Negra Modelo has been brewed since 1926.  This dark style of lager was introduced to Mexico by Austrian immigrants.

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