Medalla Light | Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico

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Medalla LightMedalla Light

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Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brystmar
1.98/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared a can over dinner in Luquillo. Pours golden yellow, no head, really fizzy. Smell is full of skunky hops with a hint of sweet malt like most bad adjunct lagers. Taste is no better: skunky hops and other bitingly bad flavors. Mildly bitter and unpleasant like regular Bud or MGD.

If I want a light adjunct lager, I'm ordering Coors Light because it tastes the most like water. And honestly I'd much rather have water than any of the above.

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Photo of milwaukee512
3.97/5  rDev +40.8%
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 obrike
2.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer I choose when in Puerto Rico...of course, there's usually not much choice at the places I stay in/ shop in.

Light yellow pour, white head disappears almost instantly upon contact with glass...certainly not much to look at.

Not an offensive smell...which is already a good thing considering it's a light lager. Getting a bit of sweetness, some grainy malt.A little better than most light lager scents.

Tastes refreshing, smooth, no ill-aftertaste...much better than bud light or coors light. Sharp biting carbonation though.

Certainly an ok light that beats most of the big boys out there.

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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 GallowsThief
2.58/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a regular old glass at Perurican, Condado, Puerto Rico. I have had this beer many times on business trips to PR. It is the Puerto Rican staple.

A – Poured out a clear golden yellow. Aggressive pour produces a good amount of fizzy white head.

S – Not much of a scent. Grainy. Corn.

T – Not a great deal going on taste wise. Its grainy like the smell with some subtle sweetness. There is some hops present in the taste but its light.

M – Light bodied and decent carbonation. Thin taste.

O – This is slightly better then BMC’s. It is perhaps a great beer for Puerto Rico and its hot days. Serves cold this makes a nice brew for the island but don’t expect much. That being said I have enjoyed drinking it countless times in the island. You are not going to find any craft choices here so go for it.

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Photo of THECPJ
2.53/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Cresant
3.05/5  rDev +8.2%
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 jodiaz76
5/5  rDev +77.3%
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 beerprovedwright
3.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a mug with lime, which I tossed to keep the original flavor of the beer. Head was a little better than a finger of foam with lace that was broken, but average cling. Color was a dark yellow, about a 3 on the SRM beer color strip. Smell of burnt corn, boiled oats, and lemon peel. Taste was sharp, with flavors of oatmeal, wheat, malt, citrus, and pepper. Mouthfeel was mildly creamy, with good tingle. Had this beer while I was vacationing in Puerto Rico. Not looking for another in the states, but I will drink it locally.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Gmann
2.2/5  rDev -22%
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 MillRat
2.79/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An island-sized macro-lager. Evanescent white head atop crystal clear light yellow beer. Aroma is barely present, a hint of malt, a little graininess, perhaps. Typical macro-lager flavor with a bit more sweetness than BMC offerings, enough hop bitterness to balance, but no other hop presence noted. A light-bodied beer appropriate for the tropics, very quaffable as long as your focus is on something besides the beer, otherwise it gets boring.

The beer selection is pretty thin on the island, with the big 3 American labels and Heineken getting the most play. As long as you're visiting, why not drink something local and get a couple of respect points from the barkeep and waitstaff for supporting their hometown player?

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Photo of AgingWarrior
3.53/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try one of these since I saw it on an episode of the old "Three Sheets" television show on the now defunct Mojo HD network.

Poured into a standard pint glass, medium gold with a nice foamy white head.

Smells a little grassy and grainy but with a hint of hops and spice.

Tastes pretty smooth and has a nice clean finish

Medium carbonation, mouthfeel is a little thin.

Very drinkable brew. For a light beer, this is pretty darn good. I would drink it again if I could get it.

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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 DmanGTR
3.43/5  rDev +21.6%
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 adkirkish
3.7/5  rDev +31.2%
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 Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +40.1%
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 Atricapilla
2.05/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had ice cold from a can after spending the day working in El Yunque. I must say, the first few swigs were refreshing, being how hot and steamy it was. Basically is only decent if you're in the hot sun all day.

On a technical note: Appearance is a dull, hazy yellow. Fairly well carbonated with a small head. Aroma is essentially non-existant; taste is dull, no crispness, just carbonation.

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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 unclejimbay
3.66/5  rDev +29.8%
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 beerjerk
1.55/5  rDev -45%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Having lived in Puerto Rico for most of my life, I've had this beer more times than I would have liked to.

Swill with a weird, acidy taste. Slightly more aggressive than Coors Light, but on par or below.

Flavor is almost non-existent, except for a strange aftertaste which I can't quite describe, I used to joke around with friends how this one was mixed in with radiator coolant.

I thought I had grown immune to this one, but for some reason it always makes me ill upon having the first one whenever I visit Puerto Rico every year.

Not a good beer, but a huge part of my college days.

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a decent amount ouf white fizzy head.

Not much of a scent, mostly just grain.

Mostly a taste of grains and some yeast, also a little bit skunky.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing with adequate carbonation.

This is fairly easy to drink once you can get past the skunkiness, but otherwise it is below average.

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Photo of sgtpepper420
3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I just returned from Puerto Rico. I have to say, I love PR and I was having such a good time that I could've been drinking moose piss and would've considered it good. Medalla very similar to an american lager. Pours a brown color with a grainy malty taste. Great cold on a hot Puerto Rican day. If you visit PR this is a right of passage. An average beer for a great place. Pretty much 1$ at every bar. I had so many of these things in my pockets and hands from people buying em for me i didnt know what to do with all of em.

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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 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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Medalla Light from Compañía Cervecera de Puerto Rico
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