Medalla Light - Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 26.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003

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Reviews by Franziskaner:
Photo of Franziskaner
2.39/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Forgottensaints
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

It's water with corn and a touch of alcohol. Nothing to it. One can easily tear through 18 of these and binge on delicious fried foods next to the beach..not saying I did...but one could...

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.63/5  rDev +29.6%
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 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....

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.

Photo of Brenden
2.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
1.17/5  rDev -58.2%
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" 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.

Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Kale99
2.67/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

not bad for a light beer

Photo of Fatehunter
1.58/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Photo of HalfFull
2.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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..

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.

Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the first time I had this beer since my trip to Puerto Rico about a decade ago. I remember drinking little 10 oz. cans on the beach. Anyway, poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of grains. Taste is light and really bland. Some corn, not much else. Feels light in the mouth and overall, nothing offensive, and fine on a hot day, but greatly lacking in flavor.

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +41.1%
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.

Photo of cvallance
2.6/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Great on a hot day or at the beach not much else.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
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.


Photo of Noelito76
4.35/5  rDev +55.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I find it to be richer and much tastier in comparison to other light beers. It will taste really bitter if you don't drink it cold but cans are only 10 oz so you'll often finish it before it gets warm.

In Puerto Rico's climate, you can't do better than a tasty light beer that you can drink all day without getting too plastered.

Photo of oline73
2/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery yellow fizzy beer, not great

Photo of drinkalot123
4.05/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is the only beer to drink on the island. It is found at every dive bar and high end establishment on the rock. It is the best beer to have on the beach.

The appearence is nothing to write home about. It has a pale amber color with little head.

The smell is a little skunky

It tastes great considering it is a light beer and has a so so appearence and smell.

The drinkabilly is equel to water. It is the only beer to share with the locals. I wish they had it were I live.

Boque 4 life!

Photo of milwaukee512
3.97/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So....not exactly a craft beer lover's dream. But should you find yourself on a beach in San Juan with a cooler full of these (for cheap!), you could do a lot worse. Can't really rate it on looks, since I've never had it in anything but a can. Tastes better than the usual big-name light lager crap in the US; think of it as a Yuengling crossed with a Tecate, but lighter. Nothing wrong with that.

Photo of MTNboy
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’ll bee honest this beer is not what you think it is going to be. True it is another mass producer pilsner like lager but I think it is very surprising. It is pretty bold for a light beer and you will find it everywhere in Puerto Rico. Despite common belief there are other beers made in Puerto Rico. They are just very elusive.

Appearance- An average yellow lager with virtually no head.

Smell- You better smell it as soon as you open it. The odor disappears fast. A little hay and grass like but in a good way.

Taste- It tastes like a mass produced American beer but I have to give it some due it doesn’t taste like a light beer. It is full of flavor and some hops are definitely present. The hops aren't there in force but they are there. A little of a malt liquor like finish though.

Mouthfeel- That was different with every bottle I tried sometimes it seemed as if it was a little watery and other seemed to have little more body.

Drinkability- Good, it was pretty versatile. It went well with the local food and when served cold it was very refreshing and did not lose any of it good traits like some beers do.

Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of joezak5
3.62/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Had a bottle at a company dinner in PR. Medium crystal clear gold with an instantly dissapearing head. No retention nor lacing.

Smell: Light almondy earty grain... I'm debating whether to say light or subtle... I'll go with the latter since I'm still in PR.

Mouthfeel: Light with high but light carbonation.

Taste: The subtle nutty grain was nice on the first sip. Sweet grain on the finish. It lost a little flavor after that... just slight sweet grain.

Drinkability: Hey you're in PR... this is the beer... you can get it fresh... mine was on 7/15 with a best by date of 10/18. It's cold and crisp and great when you need something smooth and not complex. Viva Puerto Rico!

Photo of MillRat
2.79/5  rDev -0.4%
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?

Photo of beerprovedwright
3.28/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
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