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Medalla Light - Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
67
poor

141 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
1.55/5  rDev -44.6%
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.

Fatehunter, May 24, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

cam477, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Neenie13
3.76/5  rDev +34.3%

Neenie13, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a light lager beer that doesn't taste like a light lager,doesn't look a light lager but is a light lager ...this beer is sold everwhere in Puerto Rico(macro) and you can get for a buck...it have a nice smell and a very good taste for a island where it can be at 90 degrees in winter,i have taste it in cans,bottles and on-tap, i prefer it on tap but is hard to find....

BeerDreadz, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of IvanAgosto
5/5  rDev +78.6%

IvanAgosto, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of jiffymon
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jiffymon, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of Franziskaner
2.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Bight straw colored with lots of carbonation bubbles inside. The white head quickly dissipates almost entirely and only covers about half of the top of the beer. Aroma is of corn and sweaty gym socks. The flavor is primarily corn with a hint of Saaz bittering hops with a somewhat salty aftertaste. Mouth is thin and quaffable. A hot weather beverage.

Franziskaner, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of doremite
2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

doremite, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

acurtis, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Brenden
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Puerto Rico, huh? Thanks for the sample, Kevin.

Exceptionally bright and clear as well as being exceptionally pale, the white head struggles to hold up and manages not much but some as it extends its greatest effort. What head there is ends up capable of some spotting, too.
Malts are mostly grainy, little substance but some husky must, though it's fairly clean. It's very light, in the end, though the faintest hint of grass comes out. That a note of wet cardboard is restrained is saying something when even a little could completely dominate; with any more character, it would likely be completely unnoticeable.
This is a fairly standard light lager, no adjuncts to speak of but lacking much of anything. There's a little leaf to it, and a slightly astringent, almost medicinal quality builds on the tongue with time. Pale malts do contribute, but little.
Light? Absolutely. It shouldn't, however, feel like soda with nothing to the body whatsoever.

Brenden, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of joeseppy
3.5/5  rDev +25%

joeseppy, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

mdaschaf, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
1.15/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Brought back from Puerto Rico by my lovely lady. Despite the fact she likes Rolling Rock and dislikes stouts, I trust her beer tastes otherwise. She said this was "drinkable" but didn't think I'd like it. Let's see...

Pour is rather "loud"...it hisses and sizzles, the rush of carbonation forming an extremely short-lived head. 10 seconds after the pour I'm sitting here looking at one very sad beer. Incredibly well-filtered with lots of bubbles rushing to the top to meet absolutely no head. Color is the kind of light gold I hate to see in any beer, as it usually equals "drainpour". 'One urine sample with gas please...'

Aroma is wet hay, faint honey and, I am not kidding, urine. That weird salty sweetness of the stuff. Maybe I'm letting appearance influence my perceptions of the aroma, but I don't think so.

One taste and I'm out But in the interest of responsible reviewing, I keep trying. It's a trial; I don't think I can be that constructive. It's watery and weirdly foul, like drinking chilled water that was used to over-boil vegetables two years ago. Carbonation is soda-like but extremely thin, and the finish is like sickly sweet light corn syrup.

Drinkable? Hell no. I don't care how hot it is, how excited you are to be on vacation, that it's the only beer available, it's cheap, it's low-cal, or whatever other excuse people might make to drink this swill. It just isn't worth it.

I asked for this. She knows wherever she travels, I want a beer from that country, and she delivered. I still love her of course, but I absolutely hate this beer.

Metalmonk, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Sammy, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of RKKP2232
3.5/5  rDev +25%

RKKP2232, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Superbar
1/5  rDev -64.3%

Superbar, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of sjones5045
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

sjones5045, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of HalfFull
2.63/5  rDev -6.1%
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..

HalfFull, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Gmann
2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Gmann, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of pjkelley82
3/5  rDev +7.1%

pjkelley82, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
2/5  rDev -28.6%

MAUEX_MFA, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Beejay
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw Yellow, crystal clear with a white head. Nice carbonation throughout.

S: Sweet and pleasant. Perhaps a bit of corn and a little bite from the hops. Slightly metallic as well.

T: Sweet macro taste at first. Light and fresh, but in the back there is a spicy kick. A bit hoppier, maltier, and just plain bolder flavors in comparison to it's American cousins.

M: Light, crisp and refreshing. Bubbly. Everything this style should be.

D: This beer is everywhere in PR. It almost seems to be a constant in a sometimes disorderly world. It's simple, refreshing, and seems to always be the perfect beer for this time and place.

Beejay, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of ThinkAgain
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

ThinkAgain, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.98/5  rDev +42.1%
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 23, 2012
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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
67 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.