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Medalla Light - Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

Medalla LightMedalla Light

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 25%

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Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003)
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Photo of BrewClint


2.05/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What can I say that hasn't been said or wasn't expected?
Its Puerto Ricos answer to Watery American brews like Bud Light and Miller Lite which from my experience has no presence in PR. It seems like competition for Coors Light which has a strong presence on the Island. Its watery, doesn't taste like much, and much be consumed ice cold or that nasty stale flavor shines.
It was a bit cheaper than Coors Light at local spots, so you can save a $1 here and there.
Generally around $1/can at liquor stores and $2.50 at bars. If you're curious about local brews, give Magna a try for some more flavor.
The kicker was seeing it priced at $5/pint at the PR Airport. A deal when Imports were in the $7-9 range.
It is what it is...Cheap and drinkable. Much like a Corona in Mexico.

Serving type: can

03-27-2014 14:31:34 | More by BrewClint
Photo of justintcoons


3.26/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale straw colored with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Crystal clear with low carbonation.

Lightly bready and caramelly with touches of apple cider.

Lightly bready sweet malts with dollops of caramel and a handful of raw grains. Hints of corny adjuncts and just a nip of some nondescript hop notes.

Light bodied, crisp and clean.

This Light Lager is A-Okay! This is much better than it's American counterparts.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 14:38:38 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Cylinsier


2.86/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

10 oz can, the standard size in PR.

Pours light clear straw gold, soda pop white head.

Smells of corn and light sweet barley malt.

Tastes exactly the same but with the slightest hop bite.

Light watery body with poppy carbonation.

Actually not terrible, better than bud or coors lite by miles. If ice cold, pairs great with local cuisine like mofongo.

Serving type: can

08-04-2013 12:40:15 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Had a can from Puerto Rico, thanks Josh. Light pale adjunct lager. Drinkable, but also very comparable to seltzer in taste. Pretty bland and also not as bad as I thought. I could drink this in 100 degree heat if I did not have filtered and bottled water.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 17:10:20 | More by Sammy
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a straw yellow body with a loose meringue of snow white head that boils away before the first sip leaving only a thin ring of big bubbles. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles popping of the base of the glass.

S- The aroma is very clean with only a hint of mineral water really noticed.

T- The soft dry corn note leads to a carbonic acid note in the finish. There is a slight chalk note that comes through when the beer opens and a hint of tartness in the finish aswell.

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

O- This beer is light with almost no flavor. No hops or malt at all but it is also perfectly clean. No sulfur or off-flavors. Just fizzy water.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 21:31:22 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of HalfFull


2.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

275 ml. golden can poured into a glass, showing a light straw with a bit of a haze. Thin cap doesn't linger.

Aroma is thin as per the style. Notable corn and cereal grains going on. Quite minimal.

Flavor is quite dry with a short almost cottony finish. Offers a hint of grain on the feel but is otherwise a bit astringent. Overall the 'dry' nature of this beer was a bit of a surprise, tasting a bit like a light version of an ice beer. But alas, the Cruise Ship awaits..

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 04:28:58 | More by HalfFull
Photo of freditoj


2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the signature puertorican beer. It is made in Mayaguez, and most of the Medalla fans are obviously in that area. College students love it because it is cheap. The color is golden yellow, almost no head when poured into a glass. It smells of grains, pretty unappealing if you ask me. The taste is too carbonated and leaves the hard palate with a dry/uncomfortable feeling. Overall it is a good beer if you like light beers, don't hesitate to give it a try.

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 19:50:52 | More by freditoj
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.98/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medalla Light has a thin, white head and a clear, fairly bubbly, straw appearance. The aroma is of sweet, bready barley malt and a shadow of a hop sting. Taste is of sweet bread, lemon, paper, a touch of syrup, and a kiss of hops. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Medalla Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, extremely drinkable, and delicious. What a wonderful surprise! This might be the best mass-produced light beer on the market. I rate this one excellent.


Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 16:34:23 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Fatehunter


1.55/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I’m sure this beer is traditionally drunk from the can. I classed it up a bit and poured it into a clear plastic cup so I could see what I was drinking. It’s a cloudy, but clear golden color with only a thinnest layer of head.
It smells like nothing, save a faint grain smell.
It also tastes like nothing. There’s a slight bitter (the slightest) at the finish. Prior to that it tastes like carbonated water.
Light bodied, crisp and moderate carbonation. A refreshing feeling.
To be fair the can does state “sabor con menos calarias y carbohidratos.” So if there’s no calories or carbs, what’s left? Drink one and find out.

Serving type: can

05-24-2012 20:12:46 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of kylehay2004


2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: half finger head on a Straw yellow clear body.

S: light pale malts which is stronger than expected considering the lightness of this beers flavor and mouthfeel.

T: may be the lightest beer ever. Water up front and some pale malt as light hops in the finish.

M: very light body, high carbonation and very refreshing.

Overall: this beer is very refreshing probably because it tastes like water. No real flavor but nothing bad tasting either

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 19:58:01 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


2.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can poured into a tulip

A: Pours a straw, transparent yellow with very large bubbles and an interim fizzy head.

S: Smell is just a touch bitter, a little metallic, maybe even sweet like honey, but it’s short lived. A little skunky.

T/M: A little more honey sweetness is mixed in with some fizzy carbonation up front and it’s pretty watery afterwards, like seltzer or tonic water.

Similar to most other American light lagers, except in Puerto Rican form.


Serving type: can

01-17-2012 01:46:03 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of Tschnab

New York

2.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- very fizzy pale yellow piss.

S- Corn and malty water, and nothing else at all.

T- a sweet corn and light sweet malt and then just a flavorless finish with no bite. It drinks very smooth so honestly it's pretty quenching.

O- it's almost water, so on this humid day in puerto Rico, I'll take it.

Serving type: can

12-26-2011 21:38:13 | More by Tschnab
Photo of brystmar


2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared a can over dinner in Luquillo. Pours golden yellow, no head, really fizzy. Smell is full of skunky hops with a hint of sweet malt like most bad adjunct lagers. Taste is no better: skunky hops and other bitingly bad flavors. Mildly bitter and unpleasant like regular Bud or MGD.

If I want a light adjunct lager, I'm ordering Coors Light because it tastes the most like water. And honestly I'd much rather have water than any of the above.

Serving type: can

11-19-2011 18:21:30 | More by brystmar
Photo of obrike


2.98/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer I choose when in Puerto Rico...of course, there's usually not much choice at the places I stay in/ shop in.

Light yellow pour, white head disappears almost instantly upon contact with glass...certainly not much to look at.

Not an offensive smell...which is already a good thing considering it's a light lager. Getting a bit of sweetness, some grainy malt.A little better than most light lager scents.

Tastes refreshing, smooth, no ill-aftertaste...much better than bud light or coors light. Sharp biting carbonation though.

Certainly an ok light lager...one that beats most of the big boys out there.

Serving type: can

11-05-2011 23:04:13 | More by obrike
Photo of woodychandler


3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big ups and major props to GallowsThief for thinking of me and sending me a CAN to add to The CANQuest (TM)! The package arrived coinciding with the beginning of the school year and I quickly lost track of who sent it to me. Madre de Dios! I am so ashamed. I was CANtacted by him and the scales fell from mine eyes as a result.

From the CAN (translated from the Spanish): "The finest expensive ingredients and a special process makes Medalla Light a unique flavor experience with fewer calories and carbohydrates."

The wee 10 fl. oz. CAN made me wonder what caused the delay, but the Crack & Glug went off without a hitch. I initially had two fingers of foamy, bone-white head but the retention was not there and it faded into memory pretty quickly. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. Nose smelled of cereal adjuncts and my "Ho Hum" meter energized itself. Nothing new here folks, just keep moving. Mouthfeel was medium with a light, lager flavor on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and definitely refreshing on a humid afternoon. I do not know what more I CAN say about this one. Whoops! I almost missed a bet by not noting that it was my first Puerto RiCAN beer on The CANQuest (TM).

Serving type: can

09-27-2011 21:27:29 | More by woodychandler
Photo of GallowsThief


2.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a regular old glass at Perurican, Condado, Puerto Rico. I have had this beer many times on business trips to PR. It is the Puerto Rican staple.

A – Poured out a clear golden yellow. Aggressive pour produces a good amount of fizzy white head.

S – Not much of a scent. Grainy. Corn.

T – Not a great deal going on taste wise. Its grainy like the smell with some subtle sweetness. There is some hops present in the taste but its light.

M – Light bodied and decent carbonation. Thin taste.

O – This is slightly better then BMC’s. It is perhaps a great beer for Puerto Rico and its hot days. Serves cold this makes a nice brew for the island but don’t expect much. That being said I have enjoyed drinking it countless times in the island. You are not going to find any craft choices here so go for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 12:46:30 | More by GallowsThief
Photo of THECPJ


2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes: had on draft at the airport waiting on connection flight.

appearance: golden pale yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: lager yeast, malts,

taste: the same as it smells. lager yeast dominates,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin body,

overall: rather boring beer but wasnt' expecting anything special. really easy to drink on warm days goes done easy and smooth. just doesn't have a whole lot to offer in flavor.


Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2011 18:33:38 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Cresant


3.05/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served this tiny 10 oz. can in a Guinness tulip. Date stamped on the bottom of the can was 13 OCT 11. The body was pale yellow and there was barely a head. The white foam faded quickly to a ring.

The smell was lightly malty. A bit herbal.

The taste was not too vegetal. There was a light bitterness. This one is rather crisp and very easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was light bodied with a zippy carbonation. I have used the word "light" several times here and it is a good description but not an insult. This is fine beer for hot weather and better than many mass market light lagers.

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 02:11:17 | More by Cresant
Photo of jodiaz76

Puerto Rico

5/5  rDev +81.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a Light Lager, it's got a crisp, light taste. It's inexpensive, good at a variety of temperatures and needs no garnish. And for a canned beer, it's probably one of the best ones I've ever tasted. It's a puertorrican staple, and probably one of the best beers in the caribbean region.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 12:44:02 | More by jodiaz76
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.3/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a mug with lime, which I tossed to keep the original flavor of the beer. Head was a little better than a finger of foam with lace that was broken, but average cling. Color was a dark yellow, about a 3 on the SRM beer color strip. Smell of burnt corn, boiled oats, and lemon peel. Taste was sharp, with flavors of oatmeal, wheat, malt, citrus, and pepper. Mouthfeel was mildly creamy, with good tingle. Had this beer while I was vacationing in Puerto Rico. Not looking for another in the states, but I will drink it locally.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 16:56:54 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of mdaschaf


3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a ton of this while down in Puerto Rico since it was cheap and pretty much the only thing besides BMC as every place we went to.

A: Very standard light lager appearance. Bright gold, lots of carbonation bubbles. Nice white head though, but no lacing.

S: Not a ton going on here, but there is a slight floral aroma, some grain, and a little grass. Not bad.

T: Lots of grain, a little bit of floral hops, a slight citrus note. There is also a little bit of a metallic taste.

M: Pretty crisp and refreshing, it wasn't that hot in Puerto Rico, but I can see it being a nice beer to have on a hot summer day or on the beaches there. Nice carbonation.

O: Pretty good for the style, I like it more than the light lagers from BMC. The slight sweetness helps out.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 23:41:19 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Gmann

New York

2.2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes taken on 1/15/11.

Pours a pale straw color, typical light beer look. The head was pure white and sudsy and short lived.

The aroma is grainy with a vegital/corn scent. Not too appealing.

The taste is much the same, quite grainy when a cooked veggie flavor. Some sulfer notes as well.

The feel is light, dry and crisp and well carbonated. Finishes clean when cold.

Typcial light lager. Refreshing when cold but has undesirable flavors when warming. Drank easy at the street festival.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 22:13:55 | More by Gmann
Photo of MillRat


2.8/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An island-sized macro-lager. Evanescent white head atop crystal clear light yellow beer. Aroma is barely present, a hint of malt, a little graininess, perhaps. Typical macro-lager flavor with a bit more sweetness than BMC offerings, enough hop bitterness to balance, but no other hop presence noted. A light-bodied beer appropriate for the tropics, very quaffable as long as your focus is on something besides the beer, otherwise it gets boring.

The beer selection is pretty thin on the island, with the big 3 American labels and Heineken getting the most play. As long as you're visiting, why not drink something local and get a couple of respect points from the barkeep and waitstaff for supporting their hometown player?

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 23:47:30 | More by MillRat
Photo of AgingWarrior


3.55/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try one of these since I saw it on an episode of the old "Three Sheets" television show on the now defunct Mojo HD network.

Poured into a standard pint glass, medium gold with a nice foamy white head.

Smells a little grassy and grainy but with a hint of hops and spice.

Tastes pretty smooth and has a nice clean finish

Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is a little thin.

Very drinkable brew. For a light beer, this is pretty darn good. I would drink it again if I could get it.

Serving type: can

11-11-2010 16:18:02 | More by AgingWarrior
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do believe this is my first beer from Puerto Rico. Big thanks to my buddy Juan for sharing, just the thing to ease back into drinking after a night of silliness! Right?

Basically... this is a beach beer. Looks thin (is thin), yellow with a fast dying fizzy white head and is quit watery. It's a light Light Lager. Aroma is barely-there faint grain with some unwelcome to this tasters DMS... just not a lot going on. Is that a hop I smell?

Taste: Hmm. Clean and inoffensive and in-anything. Then again, so is water. Mouthfeel is fizzy and seltzer like. While I would drink this lying fatly on a beach in Puerto Rico, I can't really think of another time or place I'd want one. Rather boring to be honest, but what were you expecting?

Serving type: can

11-06-2010 14:45:19 | More by kkipple
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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
66 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.