How Much Alcohol is in Modelo Mexican Beer? (2023)

Last Updated on June 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Mexico isn’t about tequila; they also have excellent beer brands, like Modelo.

If you haven’t tried Modelo before, you might be curious about its alcohol percentage. Is it the same as other beer brands? 

Let’s explore the different variations of this Mexican beer brand and how much alcohol is in Modelo. Let’s start.  

How Much Alcohol Does Modelo Mexican Beer Contain? 

Modelo has an alcohol content of 3.2% to 5.4% ABV, depending on the variation.

It’s actually the same as other regular beer brands like Corona, Bud Light, Dos Equis, and more.

Different Modelo Beer Styles & Their Alcohol Content

Modelo Especial Pilsner-Style Lager 

Man Holding Modelo Especial Pilsner-Style Lager 

This Modelo Especial lager is a refreshing drink made with water, corn, and malt barley. We like its full-flavored profile, ideal for drinking with food. 

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Besides, using two-row barley in its ingredients adds to its appeal. So, the balance of sweetness and hops adds to the overall enjoyment of this beer. 

Modelo Especial Pilsner-Style Lager contains 4% ABV (12oz). 

Modelo Negra Munich Dunkel-Style Lager

Bottle of Modelo Negra

This Munich Dunkel-style lager [1] is made with slow-cooked caramel malt. The rich flavor is noticeable, making it a perfect medium-bodied drink. 

It’s a Mexican dark beer, by the way. It’s strong but smooth and is not bitter like Samuel Adams, 

Modelo Negra Munich Dunkel-Style Lager contains 5.4% ABV (12oz).   

Chelada Michelada-Style Beers  

Modelo Michelada style-beers have a very tasty profile. We like the flavor for its lime notes and a bit of saltiness.

Actually, this Modelo product is refreshing beer—perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a party or just for sharing a Michelada.

Modelo Chelada Michelada-Style Beers contains 3.5% ABV (12oz). 

Modelo Chelada Especial 

can of Modelo Especial Chelada

This variation is made with authentic Mexican beer with artificial and natural flavors. This is a twist on the classic Michelada of Modelo. 

There are flavors of tomato, lime, and salt. Its refreshing taste, complemented by high quality, makes this drink delicious and enjoyable. 

Modelo Chelada Espacial contains an ABV of 3.5% (12oz). 

Modelo Chelada Limón y Sal

Cand and a Glass of Modelo Chelada Limón y Sal

This Mexican beer is made with traditionally brewed Modelo beer and is a classic drink perfect for kicking off your evening. 

We love the combination of salt and lime flavors, and we find it a great alternative to Bud Light Lime, honestly. 

Modelo Chelada Limón y Sal has 3.5% ABV (12oz). 

Modelo Chelada Mango y Chile

Can of Modelo Chelada Mango y Chile

This michelada-style beer brings out a bit of Mexico’s vibrant spirit to life. Made with authentic ingredients, it has the flavors of chili peppers and mango, which we find unique. 

Besides, it’s a refreshing and flavorful beer ideal for a fun and invigorating evening or weekend.

Modelo Chelada Mango Y Chile contains 3.5% ABV (12oz). 

Modelo Chelada Piña Picante

Hand Holding Can of Modelo Chelada Piña Picante

This beer is made with a combination of natural ingredients such as pineapple and chili peppers to create a unique and vibrant Mexican flavor.

It’s a refreshing drink with the natural flavors of pineapple with a dash of spice. 

Modelo Chelada Piña Picante contains 3.5% ABV (12oz). 

Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante

This unique take on the classic michelada beer combines sweet and spicy notes from tamarind and chipotle peppers.

It’s made with natural ingredients such as tomatoes, salt, lime, and chipotle peppers. 

Modelo Chelada Tamarindo Picante contains 3.2% ABV (12oz).


Is Modelo a strong beer?

Modelo is a strong beer, depending on the variation. Its alcohol content is around 3.5% ABV. But, the Modelo Negra is on the stronger side with 5.4% ABV. 

Is Modelo or Corona stronger?

Modelo and Corona beers are in the same range. The usual ABV range of Corona is 3.4% to 4.8%, while Modelo is around 3.2 to 5.4% ABV. 

Can Modelo beer get you drunk?

Modelo beer can get you drunk if you consume too much or drink on an empty stomach. For Modelo beers with around 3.5% ABV, you can’t get drunk quickly. But with the Modelo Negra, with 5.4% ABV, you might want to slow down. 

In Summary

Modelo from Mexico is one of the well-known beer brands in the US [2].

Some of its beer products are light, with around 3.2% to 3.5% ABV, while there are stronger ones, like the Modelo Negra and Modelo Especial Pilsner-Style Lager, with 5.4% and 4% ABV, respectively.  

Different variations may have varying alcohol content. But no matter how light or strong a drink is, drinking moderately (with caution) is still advisable. 



Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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