unclemattie (4135) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
27 oct 07, on tap @ Old Harbor Brewery in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Described to me as being like Medalla Light. Not a good way to start! Why do these people like this beer so much? Deep golden color, White head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor is very malty. Slowly followed by a sharp bitterness. Light bodied and still chewy. Overall: A "better" light beer!
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap at brewpub. So-so aroma. lite grass. Sourdough. Clean golden yellow color. Small head minor lace. Bitter flavor, like aroma. Tinny, grassy, grainy. Lite body, lite creamy mouthfeel, dry sweet flavor. Technically hits all the marks of a pale lager, easy to drink. crisp clean.
GarrettB (998) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2007 Puerto Rico has a certain charm to me, but I think it’s all old world and no new world. That is, I find the heat oppressive, the fauna overwhelming and the people too concerned with their own hydration to show faux kindness to tourists. On the other hand, the old architecture that decorates the old part of San Juan still drips with a history nascent enough to resonate with our own sense of boundary and distance. Puerto Rico may be a two or three hour plane ride away, but looking out on the Atlantic from a slit in a old colonial fort makes the trip seem like an eternity. It’s also a lonesome feeling; an echo that bounces off Europe with only an eerie whisper. The combination of European heritage and sweltering heat makes the Old harbor Coqui a fine choice for a drink. Though I doubt there’s a way to smuggle a few liters from the bar to the beach, it still makes for a nice drink at the end of the day when your clothes are drenched with sweat and your brain swollen from history. It’s a beer that sits between the feral satisfaction of a Corona on a hot day, and the sophisticated pilsners that sparkle on bar tops around the globe. In other words, it is a middle class lager, something fit for the thirsty fisherman and his landlord at once. It’s hard to understand the obscure details of a beer when you’re craving anything that will coat you’re esophagus, but I remember it being like any other lager. It was gold, it was clear, it was sparkling with carbonation and had all the smell of a refined lager, sans excessive alcohol, corn aromas, or any odd industrial tastes. I recall through the mists of time and dysfunctional memory a surfeit of malts that seemed odd at the time, but was probably my own n00bness. I really had no idea what malts tasted like. But it is enough to say that this is a pretty reasonable lager, especially on the kind of days that bear down on Puerto Rico.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear pale golden color with a medium white head. The aroma is malty and very grainy. Mlaty flavor with a light bitter finish. Light to medium bodied.
calfaro (21) - Trujillo Alto, PUERTO RICO - JUL 28, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a big fan of this style of beer, but for a "light" beer it is very good. Recommended for light beer fans.