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Negra Modelo

July 8th, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | 3 Comments | Filed in Brewer: Grupo Modelo, Country: Mexico, Grade: B plus, Style: Lager

5.4% ABV

While most folks celebrated America’s birthday with cheap U.S. macro beer, I opted to indulge myself in Mexican brews and a Honduran cigar.

As far as I can tell, Negra Modelo is Mexico’s finest beer. That’s kind of sad I guess, but in a country whose most popular brew is the despicable Corona, we’re not exactly dealing with a standard bell curve that culminates with rare A pluses on the short tail to the far right. Surprisingly enough, the Grupo Modelo brewery that makes Corona also happens to make Negra. Quite a stark difference between the two.

Negra is what I order–save sometimes an occasional margarita–when dining Mexican. And, along with Tecate, it’s probably the only Mexican beer I will purchase for home usage. Inexplicably, this most recent time I drank Negra, I was served the foil-rimmed bottle with a lime corked into it. Why the fuck do Mexicans think every single drink needs a lime in it? This is a dark, rich Vienna-style lager. It’s almost stoutish with its toastiness and hints of coffee and caramel. Can you think of a less appropriate fruit to throw into that kind of beer than a goddamn lime?! Perhaps a cherry tomato or a pear or a peach? Just give the beer fruitless please.

Negra is a very, nice and flavorful (and incredibly drinkable) dark beer from a culture that typical doesn’t give us anything close to that. It would be a solid beer in any country and any culture though. Recommended.

Hey, and if any one can recommend a better Mexican beer–and, no, I don’t want to hear about Pacifica or Dos Equis–then I am all ears. Please comment below.

B+

Corona Extra

June 4th, 2008 by Aaron Goldfarb | No Comments | Filed in Brewer: Grupo Modelo, Country: Mexico, Grade: F-, Style: Macro!

4.6% ABV

“Extra” what? Extra shitty is what I’ll assume. Corona has to be the only beer you can literally watch TV through. It’s so goddamn thin. A pungent smell, yet borderline tasteless. Figure out that paradox. So gross. “What if you put a lime in it?” the ladyfriend asked. Christ. Like a little citrus fruit could improve this filth. The only thing I could put into this beer to make it taste even decent is maybe like 100 ounces of Orval. I can’t even believe this beer has an ABV of 4.6%. I’ve accidentally tasted near beers that were more potent. Avoid at all costs. Even if you’re an alcoholic and it is the only thing in your house. Please search the bathroom for Listerine or fingernail polish. The area under the sink for Chlorox. Heck, sniff some glue. I would say the only reason to drink this beer is if you are dating a Mexican lady and you go to her house for dinner and you don’t want to insult her father by turning down this swill. But I refuse to believe even bonafide Mexicans like this crap. Corona is the Foster’s of Mexico.

F-