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Medalla Light | Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 219 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by MrCruz23:
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5/5  rDev +77.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5


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Photo of Forgottensaints
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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...

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Photo of BrewClint
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of jermar
3.26/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the standard local beer in Puerto Rico. It comes in 10 oz. cans but this review is for the 12 oz. bottles. Bottle says it's a little over 3 carbos per bottle, which makes it a pretty low-card brew. It must be drunk very cold to avoid off tastes, and is pretty tasty if done so. It is in the US Light Lager category--not a favorite of mine, but acceptable in hot weather. Also pretty cheap, around $1 each in bars outside of the pricy areas of PR.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While in PR, do what the locals do, drink Medalla Light. The color was the standard light straw yellow with very little foam when poured. The taste was just OK, nothing to write home about. A standard lager light. A possible quincher on hot days to cool yourself off. Can't find anything of interest to write about this beer, just that if your visiting Puerto Rico, try it!

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Photo of WanderingFool
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of yen157
2.08/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this during a layover in the San Juan airport.

Dark gold (not deep gold, strangely, dark gold) in color, big, creamy head that lasted only 20 seconds, but 17 seconds longer than anticipated. Not much going on in the nose. Little grassiness, some sweetness in the aroma. Body is very thin, and carbonation is very high.

This is a clean beer, with extremely low bitterness. A little corny, but not in a bad way. (relative here, please).Tastes just like Coors Light IMO.

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Photo of Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +11%
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 Sammy
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 woodychandler
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Hibernator
2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev +2.8%
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 morebeergood
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Noelito76
4.35/5  rDev +54.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -5%
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 Risser09
1.4/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - Fridge temp - 2009

Appearance: Pours a very pale and light yellow color indicative of urine. The head is 4" huge with a nice white color. Great retention and lots of sticky, foamy, lace.

Smell: Faint aromas; there isn't much to get a whiff of. Slight malt and a little bit of metallic aroma. Not much else.

Taste: Very tasteless. A little pinch of malt and hops, but there's not much flavor at all. A llittle skunky and a lot of disappointment.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery and mildly carbonated. No noticeable alcohol. This is, of course, a light beer.

Drinkability: Extremely drinkable if you like watery, tasteless beer. This one goes down with very little effort, but with little satisfaction. I'm glad I got to try it....once.

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Photo of pbr85
2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from the can and on tap, but thought it tasted better out of the can. Had it while on vacation in Rio Grande, PR. Pours a standard macro light lager yellow with a small white head. Taste was similar to a Miller Lite, with corn and rice malt flavors and absolutely no hop presence. For what it is, it tastes pretty good, and it is refreshing in the hot and humid weather. Definitely prefer this to a Coors Light and high above a Bud Light, about the same as a Miller Lite for me. Worth a try if you are in Puerto Rico, but certainly don't go searching for it. Drinkability is good because you can't get enough cold beverages when it is that hot out.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.39/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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

Ordered at Don Tello restaurant, Cataño, Puerto Rico. From a green 12 oz bottle with no date in evidence into a plastic mug (yay!). Vigorous pour yields a large white foamy head that fades quickly leaving a thin cap and some lace. Somewhat cloudy, fizzy yellow body. Nose is grassy and macro-lager-ish. Not much there. Taste is slightly dry with a bit of corn adjunct; quite as expected from a light macro lager. Mouth is crisp, wet, and quenching; decent balance of smoothness and crispness for a lager. Drinkability is pretty decent; it's unassuming and quenching though not really much to come back for. Basically it's good for sitting on a beach or recovering from a hot day of sightseeing.

Overall: Yet another example of what I call "Mexi-lager," or in this case, "Rico-lager." Definitely drinkable on a hot day; in Puerto Rico it was plentiful and cheap. I came to appreciate this beer over my week-long trip in PR, since the only other readily available choice was Heineken. In its context, not a terrible beer, but now that I'm back in the states with thousands of other options, I won't seek this one out again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
1.17/5  rDev -58.5%
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 doremite
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kkipple
2.65/5  rDev -6%
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?

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Photo of sholland119
3/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
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