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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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Reviews: 68 | Ratings: 206
Photo of Risser09
1.4/5  rDev -50.2%
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 lhaqq
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
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 craytonic
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Everywhere in Puerto Rico, and the only and cheapest thing to drink there. It tastes excellent there, but I am sure being on vacation in the sun helps. Similar to Corona, etc. Comes in a 10oz can, like all beers on the island.

Yellow-gold straw with no head to speak of.

Underwhelming smell, some citrus, corn, and grains.

Pleasantly surprising taste for what it is, light, a touch of bitterness, some citrus.

Perfect for the heat on the beach on the island, not sure how it would be anywhere else. Very drinkable as long as it is served cold.

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Photo of engisch
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

When I went to Puerto Rico on a business trip, this was the only beer that I could find that I had never had. If it is seen outside of Puerto Rico, it is not worth trying. It is slightly better than most light beers that I have had, but still it is practically the same as the light American swills.

It initially did not look too bad (like it may have had a chance), but that could have been due to the high temperature of the island and the excitement of trying a new beer. Soon after trying it, I decided Rum was the way to go. From what I saw of Puerto Rico, it is not a beer friendly place.

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Photo of joezak5
3.62/5  rDev +28.8%
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 Metalmonk
1.17/5  rDev -58.4%
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 mltobin
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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 sleazo
2.79/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is everywhere in PR and I ended up drinking my fair share of it on a trip down there this weekend.

A- vigourous pour produces no head. Straw coloured with large bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

S-Mild scent, some corn and some grainminess.

TBetter than expected. Slight corn graininess but relatively crisp.. Some Saazlike bitterness in the followthrough. Very dry with a faint vegetable quality.

M-light as can be expected with a tight carbonation.

D-As far as light beers go, at least this one had some taste and it wasnt that bad either. It is hot sticky and humid in PR so a 10oz can or bottle of this hits the spot.

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Photo of MTNboy
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I’ll bee honest this beer is not what you think it is going to be. True it is another mass producer pilsner like lager but I think it is very surprising. It is pretty bold for a light beer and you will find it everywhere in Puerto Rico. Despite common belief there are other beers made in Puerto Rico. They are just very elusive.

Appearance- An average yellow lager with virtually no head.

Smell- You better smell it as soon as you open it. The odor disappears fast. A little hay and grass like but in a good way.

Taste- It tastes like a mass produced American beer but I have to give it some due it doesn’t taste like a light beer. It is full of flavor and some hops are definitely present. The hops aren't there in force but they are there. A little of a malt liquor like finish though.

Mouthfeel- That was different with every bottle I tried sometimes it seemed as if it was a little watery and other seemed to have little more body.

Drinkability- Good, it was pretty versatile. It went well with the local food and when served cold it was very refreshing and did not lose any of it good traits like some beers do.

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Photo of drinkalot123
4.05/5  rDev +44.1%
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 BeerDreadz
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
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 buck...it 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 JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Redrover
3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
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 pbr85
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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 yen157
2.08/5  rDev -26%
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 Noelito76
4.35/5  rDev +54.8%
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 BeerManDan
3/5  rDev +6.8%
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 jermar
3.26/5  rDev +16%
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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