Medalla Light | Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Medalla LightMedalla Light

Brewed by:
Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of IvanAgosto
5/5  rDev +76.7%

Photo of tainohawk
5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

medalla light beer is cool.

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Photo of jodiaz76
5/5  rDev +76.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a Light Lager, it's got a crisp, light taste. It's inexpensive, good at a variety of temperatures and needs no garnish. And for a canned beer, it's probably one of the best ones I've ever tasted. It's a puertorrican staple, and probably one of the best beers in the caribbean region.

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Photo of wilannys
4.84/5  rDev +71%

Photo of Cadiazmk78
4.59/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noelito76
4.35/5  rDev +53.7%
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 drinkalot123
4.05/5  rDev +43.1%
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!

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Photo of KerryCummins1977
4/5  rDev +41.3%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.97/5  rDev +40.3%
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 milwaukee512
3.97/5  rDev +40.3%
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.

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Photo of Hoosierdaddy
3.97/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a great crisp clean light beer that is perfect for the island weather
this has just a hint of the European flavor also

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Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +39.6%
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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Photo of Neenie13
3.76/5  rDev +32.9%

Photo of CheSoto
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

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Photo of R11415
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of paulinabarquero
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%

Photo of MishRodz
3.75/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of adkirkish
3.7/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear golden, thick foamy white head, persistent

A: corn based aroma, no hop aroma, no diacetyl, no dms.

F: watery across the board, but middle is def corny, no hops but nothing bad either.

M: med body, high carb, med high mouthfeel

O: one of the better light beers ive had.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.66/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Medalla Light
ABV: Listed on label as 4 - 6%

I visited PR for a week in Jan 2010. I had plenty of this beer in every format available. Apparently the draft offering is "new" according to the locals. It's similiar to most adjunct light lagers, but is enjoyable in the right context on it's home turf in PR. I particularly enjoyed it most from the can while sailing off the east coast of Fajardo. I was able to try it from a bottle & glass at a friends beach villa in the Palmas. I also had it several time on draft in San Juan and enjoyed it most this way.

This brew's appearance had a respectable head, retention and lace as compared to most other macros (who usually have none. I was impressed with the noticeable fluffy lace collar and cap.

The aroma was nominal if any at all, subtley malty, maybe a whiff of corn if you are a true bloodhound.

The taste is light and crisp as expected. A bit sweet than most other macro light lagers. Seems to taste best and be most enjoyable draft in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is high carbonation with light body.

Drinkability is high on the island as its one of the only limited brews offered (other than Coors/Bud/etc). Dive in one and drink local...

Better yet try Old Harbor brewpub in San Juan if you can as they have some local variety.

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Photo of rubene_diaz
3.64/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.63/5  rDev +28.3%
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....

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Photo of lhaqq
3.63/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these on tap at different places in Puerto Rico.
A: Golden body with a frothy white head that dissipates quickly.
S: Not too much smell, some citrus and some corn.
T: Fairly watery, some corn, not too bad.
M: Pretty carbonated, wouldn't be good warm but is good cold.
D: Easy to drink. A great beer to have on a hot day on the beach in Puerto Rico.
On the the spectrum of light lagers, I'd rank it fairly close to the top.

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Photo of joezak5
3.62/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

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Photo of MillanGarcia
3.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
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