Medalla Light

Puerto Rico
United States
Medalla Light, Cervecera de Puerto Rico
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Medalla Light is brewed by the sea on the tropical island of Puerto Rico at one of the leading barley-based companies in Latin America and the Caribbean, the iconic Medalla Light Beer was added to Cervecera de Puerto Rico’s portfolio in 1980 as its first ever light beer. Its name, which means medal in Spanish, was inspired by the Pan-American Games held on the island when it was created. Medalla Light’s reputation for its premium quality and crisp, refreshing taste has quickly become the beer of choice for those seeking a chance to celebrate. Medalla Light has won multiple awards and has earned worldwide recognition at the Monde Selection in Brussels, the North American Beer Awards and the Australian International Beer Awards. For more information about Medalla Light, please visit www.medallalight.com.

Judges Review 
Sean Coughlin's picture
Judges Rating:
91
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Medalla Light brewed by Cervecera de Puerto Rico in Mayagüez is being evaluated as an American Light Lager (BJCP 2015 Guidelines Style 1A).

American-style Light Lagers may not be the most sought out style amongst Beer Connoisseur readers but they have their time and place and can be surprisingly interesting to drink. Light lagers are about as naked as beer gets so when they aren't well-made it is glaringly obvious. Medalla Light holds its own against the North American macro giants by mimicking their unpretentious nature. There is subtle aroma of freshly milled malted barley and nothing else of note. As expected for the style, the clarity of this bright blonde beer is immaculate and it pours with a dense white head that stays atop the beer for a lengthy amount of time.

This beer focuses on the malt alone as there is zero hop flavor and no perceptible bitterness. There is light corn-chip flavor that adds a bit of welcome character. The fermentation is flawless – this lager is clean as can be, allowing the light malt characteristics to shine. Carbonation seems lower than the usual suspects in this style but its incredibly light body and flavor make up for the lack of crispness that the drinker normally associates with CO2.

This is a well-engineered beer that checks most of the boxes of the style but offers nothing to help it stand out from a competitor in this category. If you find yourself in Puerto Rico, drink this local cerveza and enjoy!