Medalla Light | Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-25-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
70
Avg:
2.83
pDev:
25.09%
 
 
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13
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76
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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev +4.9%
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 acurtis
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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 StonedTrippin
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 nmann08
2.25/5  rDev -20.5%

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 -5.3%
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 oline73
2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Watery yellow fizzy beer, not great

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
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 paulish
3.25/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +6%
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 22Blue
2.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of tone77
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of beernads
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of BARFLYB
3.32/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mltobin
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
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 rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
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 Canada_Dan
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of Gotti311
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jera1350
2.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of THECPJ
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of Brenden
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Treyliff
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
2.83 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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