Medalla Light
Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #182
ABV:
4%
Score:
67
Ranked #49,033
Avg:
2.81 | pDev: 25.27%
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
236
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SCORE
67
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico "Medalla Light"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Best Before 29AUG20 0926". Sampled on 28JUL20.

Notes via stream of consciousness: The label says it's got 98 calories per bottle so that puts it 1 calorie below both Amstel Light and Budweiser select, and 4 calories below Coors Light. It's a clear gold in color, and the quick to dwindle head that initially rises up is bright white. The aroma isn't strong but offers some grainy malt. The flavor is initially sweet from the malt, then bready, and finally it dries and disappears almost without a trace. Is there even a minimal amount of hop flavor present there in the aftertaste? I'm really not sure. I'm getting a bit of residual malt lingering now after 3 or 4 sips, and yet it remains dry. What's the alcohol content on this? Ahh, 4.4% Alc/Vol, that makes sense. In the mouth it's light-medium in body, and gently crisp. Overall it's not bad, there are no defects to it, but neither is it very inspiring. I guess as a light beer it works but to be honest, if I had my choice, I'd choose something else.
Review #7,036

Jul 28, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

10 oz cans... a pretty small amount of beer for a can condition adjunct lager. Listed ingredients include water, barley malt, choice grains (corn), hops, and yeast very basic in its description. The smell radiates esters of corn adjunct even sitting a foot away.

A closer inspection gets a heavier dose of the corn adjunct, and a faint bit of alcohol in the smell but this is overall everything smells like a decent mid-west American style adjunct lager. As does the color, with a very golden appearance with a small head even on an aggressive straight pour.

The mouthfeel is light, dry finish and you're basically tasting a beer that reminds me of Busch with a cleaner corn adjunct. A mild sweetness in the notes and really a very clean beer. Surisingly decent.

Jul 18, 2020
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Jaasoares from Virginia

2.02/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light color, mild aroma of a typical lager, no head with reasonable carbonation. Typical lite beer with minimal taste. I was intrigued by it coming from Puerto Rico...but my interest in the beer stops there.

Jul 04, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a minican into a pint glass. Pours straw yellow with very little head. Smells of adjunct grain, not much else, but not that bad. Tastes of plain beer, not much else. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly below average beer.

Apr 19, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.11/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer is poured from a 10 oz can, that's interesting & it has a big & bright white pillowy head. The carbonation is around medium I would say. The taste is clean, & the malted barley takes the stage front & center here in this presentation. The beer is a little better than I expected it to be as compared to previous scores that it has gotten on this beer review site. I'm not making out any corn syrup in the taste. I highly recommend this light lager if you've not already had it & their is a best by date on the bottom of the can, oh in 3 weeks my can will be expired. Oh well, at least now I can say that I was able to try a beer from Puerto Rico. Cheers! B-

Oct 02, 2019
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Quartreporter from Kentucky

2.59/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What is there to say about another light beer? Thing is, this beer is just fine while sitting on Playa Azul in Luquillo PR. Light on flavour and light on alcohol and even a small(10oz) can but great for the beach. Luckily the Econo grocery store stocked Cigar City Maduro, my go-to FL beer for back at the VRBO.

Mar 16, 2019
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Rating this for the style. This is not one of the best beers out there but for a light lager I think its one of the best I have had. Decent body, Good flavor with no after taste. Easy to drink a few of these.

May 03, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright yellow gold color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is AAL, corn and some hops. The taste matches the nose with some citrus added. Not a bad beer for session work.

Feb 25, 2017
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BMFR1811 from Connecticut

3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So my review is going to probably be way higher than everyone else...I don't see how you can knock the color or
Clarity with a 2 or below; it looks like a light lager should. Taste, smell, and feel are all what you would expect from a light lager. The only thing I would knock is very little head retention. This is a crushable easy drinking light lager that is cheap and available everywhere in Puerto Rico

Apr 29, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

10oz can consumed at the pool bar at the Caribe Hilton

Pours a pale yellow color with a fizzy white head. Smells of cereal grains and not much else, luckily no metallic aroma as with most of this style. Taste is cereal grains, corn & wet cardboard. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy with high drinkability. Overall, this one is tolerable, but one can was enough for me. It doesn't have that metallic flavor that you typically expect from this style, but everything else is your typical adjunct light lager.

Apr 16, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

If you drink beer in Puerto Rico, you will almost certainly end up drinking this one at some point. This one is everywhere, and we'll certainly not the only beer made here, it's hands down the most popular. Not much different from other large scale light lagers of the world, but it does have a few nice features that out it a little higher up the hierarchy for me. For one, it has no chemical or metallic flavors at all, it appears to actually be brewed, and its freshness and cleanness here are nice. It also has just the faintest citrus flavor in it, doubtful from hops, but it breaks up the monotony of the watery cereal malts just enough to keep it interesting, like a pinch of lime in other island brews. Carbonation is on point with this one, and with the low abv, it's easy to crush them down in the hot sun and intense humidity of Puerto Rico. It needs to be ice cold to even be worth having, but after a few days of being here, I have sort of grown used to this, and even find myself frothing for it at times...

Feb 14, 2016
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

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

A perfectly ok lager, at least avaerage by the standards of most island lagers you find in this part of the world. Crisp, clean, drinkable, if a little dull. I was happy to drink a couple by the pool.

Feb 08, 2016
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Hibernator from Massachusetts

2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Medalla Light
10 oz. can
15 July 15 Jet Ink label on the bottom of the can
Served hotel room style in a baby glass and mainly out of the can

Prior to my visit to Puerto Rico, I had never tasted or heard of Medalla, but that has since changed. This baby 10 oz. can with it's ubiquitous gold exterior has become a mainstay of my past few days.

Pours a light yellow with an abundance of small carbonation bubbles that race to the top of the glass. If you're lucky, you will get a fluffy white head on top.

This beer screams corn and grains with each sip. It's a pedestrian beer by all accounts that is very quaffable. One could easily finish this beer off with three big swigs. I wish I had a penny for every time I slammed one of these on the beach.

Is this a good quality beer? No, but it does quench your thirst in the hot 90 degree sun.

Cue up 'Ritual Fire Dance' - Tito Puente and His Orchestra

May 06, 2015
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

1/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of lemonade. Body is light and smooth. Taste is like slightly fermented water. Awful.

Apr 11, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 17, 2015
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I am fairly certain I could make this beer. All I need is water and some light syrup. There really is nothing there. But.....I love it. I am usually sitting on a beach in Puerto Rico or being dragged into the ocean to die by the undertow when I am drinking it (the ocean water is a little higher quality than the beer).....but it is perfect. This beer should never be exported from the island. Craving my next Medalla

Jan 08, 2015
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Forgottensaints from New York

2.5/5  rDev -11%

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...

Sep 19, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

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...

Aug 25, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

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.

Jul 08, 2014
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Franziskaner from Missouri

2.39/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Jun 07, 2014
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BrewClint from Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -27%
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.

Mar 27, 2014
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

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.

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

Nose
Lightly bready and caramelly with touches of apple cider.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Light bodied, crisp and clean.

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

Dec 11, 2013
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 04, 2013
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Sammy from Canada

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.

Mar 10, 2013
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

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.

Jan 03, 2013
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