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Medalla Light - Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 184
Avg: 2.81
pDev: 25.62%
Wants: 9
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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

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Photo of nmann08
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

From a small bottle, pours crystal clear, very bright. It reminds of semi-hydrated urine.

The flavor is all canned corn. Lots of grains, but musty like a basement. The flavor isn't much better, thin, watery. Besides the corn, there isn't really much going on.

Always fun to try lagers from around the world...

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A standard light beer that rides the fence of malt and grain. A brilliantly clear beer fails to hold onto any head, retention, or carbonation because of light protiens and maltiness. Aroma and flavor show a part-grain, part-malt flavor and feel that ultimately falls on the wettened grain side of the fence. Light malt flavor and body makes the beer a bit astringent and begins to show vegital and sulfer notes as the beer warms, creating a harsh environment for light beers. Finishes clean and mostly crisp and with a soft herbal hop and grassy note. Par for the course when considering light beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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).

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.53/5  rDev -10%
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.


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Photo of Brenden
2.8/5  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.

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Photo of mltobin
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When visiting a friend who was born here, but raised in the NY Metro area, I was introduced to Medalla Light.

A - A light, clear yellow color with a thin head.

S - A typical "light beer", nothing speical.

T- Slightly better than Bud Light, Coors Light, and some of the other competitors.

MF- Nothing special, more of a beer to wash down and drink quickly than to swish around for taste.

D- Average, goes down well. Very popular on the island and easy to down some prior to moving on to some Don Q cocktails.

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Photo of Gmann
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A huge thanks to BJ for this one, straight from Puerto Rico and on his honeymoon no less! I like trying new beers and landing one from PR was on my to-do list.

Poured a golden straw color, perfectly clear, complete with a foamy white head of 2". It took a little bit to dissipate, but left some trails of lacing and retained as a thin ring. Even this is impressive for a light lager! Hints of corn sweetness and touch of metallic twang. Sweet and light, just as expected. It is not off-putting by any means. In fact, it has a pleasant sweet and lightly bitter taste, very clean finish, and drinks very much like water. Decently carbonated, although it could use just a touch more crispness. Otherwise, quite drinkable and great for this Florida weather, especially after a long run as I just did. Thanks again BJ!

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.47/5  rDev -12.1%
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.


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Photo of Fatehunter
1.58/5  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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +41.3%
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.


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Photo of Metalmonk
1.17/5  rDev -58.4%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just returned from a pleasant visit to Puerto Rico and let me tell you, this beer is everywhere. The bartenders were happy when folks ordered this. I saw it 10oz cans, on draught and in 12 oz bottles. Personally, I though the beer was best out of the bottle so that’s what I’ll review.

Poured into a pilsner glass, the beer is a typical bright gold with a surprisingly attractive but quickly diminishing bone white head. The head leaves just traces of lace.

The nose is as expected, a bit underwhelming. You get some grainy notes, grass and a bit of floral smell.

The taste is very solid for a light beer. There is some grain-based sweetness a trace of cracker and some noticeable, but subdued bitterness. That slight bitterness pushes up the taste ratings. It adds just enough balance and taste.

The mouth is well carbonated and a trifle slick. This is an easy enough drinker. It seems well matched to the locale. Its light enough to drink in the heat, but has much more substance than Bud or Miller Lite.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of morebeergood
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Just got back from San Juan, PR. The island is littered with ads for Medalla Light. At 95% of places, that's the house beer (Coors Light here and there). So, if you're there for a few days, you're bound to have one. They range from 85 cents in a drugstore, to $1.50 for happy hour, to $4 at some nice restaurants. It's yellow, it's fizzy, and it tastes pretty average. But, it goes down pretty smooth. By the pool on a hot afternoon, or at a bar on a warm evening, if you are in Puerto Rico, you're not drinking a stout. You are drinking the ubiquitous Medalla Light. You just learn to like it there.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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..

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This review is for the on-tap version:

A: Birght golden straw ina medium head that lasted a micro second

S: A nice balanced and rather suprising maltiness but very little hops

T: The difference between the keg and the bottle is like night and day the keg beer tatse so much better and has a much more smooth feel and less aggresive carbonation. Also teh beer from the keg doesnt have to be chugged since it doesnt taste so bad when it warms, unlike the bottled version

M: Much more pleasent than the over-carbonated bottle

D: Overall pretty good beer and especially if found on-tap

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +40.6%
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.

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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
68 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.