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”.
The gold foiled cap on top of the Negro Modelo is so appropriate – almost like a little gold medal for this fabulous lager. It’s so delicious with Mexican food – not to heavy, but still flavorful (unlike a certain “Mexican” beer that starts with a C and ends with “rona”). It’s a nice, slightly darker lager that stands up to bolder foods and is also good on its own on a hot summer’s day! Our local grocery store had the twelve packs on sale for $11 recently and I felt like we’d won the lottery! And, did I mention it’s so much better than that “C” beer? 😉
Once I decided to use this as tonight’s cap, I suddenly started craving salsa (so was born my tomato and garlic picture)! I think it’s Pavlovian, as I normally order Negro on tap at our local Mexican place. Yum… Negro and salsa!