Groupo Modelo Victoria, Cerveza Doméstica de Mexico

Victoria Bottle by william.neuheisel of flickr.com

Victoria Bottle by william.neuheisel of flickr.com

Groupo Modelo Victoria 4.04% ABV

Now here at the KT we typically don’t write about foreign domestics but there have been some foreign domestics. I wrote about a few here when I visited the jewel of Central America Honduras back in May. Well this foreign domestic comes from Mexico City (brewed by Groupo Modelo) and is called Victoria (4.04% ABV). Most Americans think of Corona, Modelo, Tecate, etc when thinking of Mexican brews. None of course micros. Well the reason why I wanted to drop a few lines about this beer is because, well … I liked it.

I was over at buddy’s house this weekend watching a college bowl game and breaking in his new man cave that he converted from his garage. Anyway another buddy brought a six-pack of Victoria. I didn’t think much of it other than it was a new beer to me. I continued sippin’ on my bold and tasty Oregon IPAs then decided to try a Victoria. My buddy told me it was a lager (of course being from Mexico) and that I might not like it because it’s a foreign domestic. I tried it anyway. I wasn’t expecting much but afterwards thought damn this ain’t bad.

First off there is no comparison to micros, Groupo Modelo Victoria is a typical German influenced Mexican lager. What I did like was the easy pour, light taste and amber color (reminiscent of some of my favorite IPAs). Now the downers, if you will since this is a foreign domestic mind you, the head disappears fast like a cake in front of a pack of fat kids. The finish is incomplete and although I talked about it being light tasting earlier it is not tasty at all. The smell is malty and further the price is spendy: about $10 for a six-pack. As Groupo Modelo Victoria gets more popular and makes it around the US thus causing its expense to drop I think it will be an excellent beer to sip on when one is not in the mood for a heavier beer. Cheers.

About Juan J

Greetings from Portland, Oregon. My name is J. and I love to drink beer (I have the belly to prove it too!). I am the only West Coast blogger on this wonderful site. I am also by no means a pundit in the art of tasting and writing about good beer but just a regular dude who has grown to love craft and micro beer especially Oregon and West Coast beers and now I have the opportunity to blog about my likes and dislikes to anyone who wants to read my rants and raves. Portland is filled with good breweries and so is the rest of Oregon and the left coast. As I’ve grown older my taste preferences have also grown from boring and inexpensive domestics to tasty, calorie filled and 'spendy' micro adult beverages. I prefer India Pale Ales (IPAs) along with Amber Ales but any beer that makes my palate happy I'll bottoms up the son of a gun. Here’s one of my favorite quotes: “A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it’s better to be thoroughly sure.” Cheers! 04/19/12

At the moment my favorite brews are/come from:

Hood River, Oregon's Full Sail Brewery (IPA)
Escondido, California's Stone Brewery (IPA)
Eugene, Oregon's Ninkasi Brewery (TG IPA)
Honorable mention:
Lahaina, Maui’s Maui Brewing Co. (Hi.P.Hay IPA)

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