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Magna Special Craft - Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Magna Special Craft
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BA SCORE
72
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 24.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chrisrhoppe on 09-18-2011)
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1/5  rDev -65.9%

cam12, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of chrisrhoppe
1.43/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours with pathetic fizzy head that dissipates within 30 seconds, absolutely no lacing. The beer is light golden straw colored and has only the occasional bubble or two creeping like a deflated balloon to the stale flaccid top

The smell is of hay, straw a faint touch of malt with an even fainter wiff of earthy musky hops. Smells not much unlike an old molding book.

The taste is not much unlike the smell, straw and musky sour hops. The mouth feel is completely off balance, starts sweet and malty then just ends up sticky and chewy in the back of my tongue, the only way this beer invites you back for another sip with to wash the shit of your tongue, I think I’ll stick to water though.

Not a big surprise here, for bias sake I tried this next to a Santo Viejo and a Prima Pils and the difference punches you in the face. Anyone who was ever enjoyed or brewed a craft beer should take offense to this shameless take on a “premium” beer. It’s time to fight back, the word craft or artisanal needs to stay with real brewers, not allowed to be used by heartless robotic corporate breweries.

chrisrhoppe, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of MattXT
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Created to compete with the likes of Heinekin, et al, this one certainly hit the mark. Problem is that Heinekin is terrible. I'd much rather go with Medalla Lights or some Presidente from the next island over, if I'm looking to pair with some empanadillas or just hanging on the beaches.

MattXT, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
2.1/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Half finger head with poor retention on a Straw yellow body. No lacing. Bitter aroma with corn and pale malts. Flavor is a little musty and tart with light malts. Moderate to high carbonation and heavier side of light body. Overall refreshing but very plain.

kylehay2004, May 01, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

rx-beer, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of MrSoto
2.48/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There's not much to be said about this beer. It is designed to compete with Peroni, Stella and Heineken in the premium beer category. It's not designed to compete with craft beers. The name can and is misleading to people who know nothing about craft beers but think they do. Some will surely feel that they are drinking a true craft beer because the name says so. But to be honest it's an ok beer. It's certainly better than other premiums. I had to choose between Magna and Heineken, I'd choose Magna or water.

It had a surprisingly long lasting head, though it still dissipated quickly. The color was bright golden and it had very little carbonation. It had some hint of hops in its aroma, a bit spicy, but really very little. The taste was malty sweet, like "export" soda crackers but sweeter. The aftertaste wasn't really there.

MrSoto, Sep 21, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

acurtis, Apr 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

emakings, Feb 10, 2014
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2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Previous review hit the nail on the head(no pun intended)
This was made to directly compete with Stella Artois, Peroni, & Heineken. All 3 have a very strong presence in Puerto Rico, but carry a pretty high price tag. I didn't spent too much time looking at prices, but a quick look says its about 50% cheaper at local bars and liquor stores because its a local brew. It was about $3 at local bars and $8/6pk at liquor stores.
Its not my style, that's for sure. If you're into the above mentioned 3 Imports, give this a try as a cheaper alternative. That's about as much credit as I can give it.

BrewClint, Mar 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

BeerDreadz, Jan 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Canada_Dan, Jun 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

JimmyMPR, Jul 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

tainohawk, May 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

JoeMans, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a crystal clear deep yellow body with a thin snow white film that fades to a ring and a gentle carbonation of big bubbles.

S- The clean aroma has only a dry grain hint when it is very warm.

T- The clean soft corn note has a hint of sweetness in the finish.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is the big brother to Medalla and it shows with the faintest of sweetness and almost a hint of grain in the nose. This beer is light and empty, but there are no off flavors either.

rhoadsrage, Jan 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

sjones5045, Apr 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Noelito76, Aug 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

msondel, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

JohnnyForeign, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

waiting4lunch, Mar 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

BeerEdPr, Dec 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

KerryCummins1977, Apr 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

p-wagz, Sep 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev +2.4%

hopley, Mar 14, 2014
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Magna Special Craft from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
72 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.