Negra Modelo is a dark lager that I gusta mucho! Having such high regard for Negra, I guess I expected more from it’s little sister, Modelo Especial. The Especial is a very clean, crisp and light lager – but it’s so thin, it’s barely worth drinking in my opinion. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by the sharp Pilsners and dark, rich Brown Ales so much that I really don’t have a taste for the average lager anymore. I can say that it doesn’t have the horrible corn aftertaste of Miller and Budweiser – so that gives it an advantage, and it’s nice that they do offer this lager in a can for versatility.
When craving a beer, I’d prefer the Negra Modelo over the not so “Especial”.