Brewed by Old Harbor Brewery
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Serve in Lager glass


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 2.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Our lightest offering is brewed in the German Helles (Pale) Lager style. This light and drinkable beer is brewed from imported German 2-row barley malt. The Coqui has a straw yellow color and a clean, crisp flavour. A rare all-malt light brew, Coqui pairs well with seafood, tapas and light dishes.Brewed iac with the German Reinheitsgebot. Only Barley Malt, Hops, Water, and yeast. Naturally carbonated. Not pasteurized. Not filtered.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Had this at the brewery in Old San Juan on my recent trip. Light, similar to medalla light. Poured a clear golden color with some head and lacing. Light carbonation, with a watery feel. Taste is of wet grass and light malt. Finish is weak and really watery, hardly any feel to this brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Tap at brewpub. Pours a light very pale yellow with a small white head. Aroma is corn, malt, water. Typical pale light beer no apparent flaws and enjoyed by the masses but just not my thing. Put together pretty well for the style though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Grovlam (4205) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2009
Draught @ the brewpub in San Juan. They served a five sample. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished. Spare display of lacework. Clear light yellow color. Aroma was light grassy, with notes of caramel, mild toasted malt. Light bodied with an average carbonation and light dry texture. Light bitter and sweet flavor in balance. Light grassy dry finish. Ok but not spectacular in any ways.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
abcfan (902) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2008
Ehh, probably my least favorite in the sampler. Poured clear yellow with thin head. Very bland, grassy taste. Skunky finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pumpmaster (1353) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2008
Tap 4.5 oz sample at the O.H. Brewery in Old San Juan, PR A good light beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (5229) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2008
Sampled at the brewpub in Old San Juan. Ubiquitous color and appearance. Sweetish aroma. Some hay and grass in the flavors. Mild and friendly. Easy to enjoy with its gentle like behavior and manners. Some very mild bitter bite on the finish, but very acceptable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
On tap at the San Juan location. Pours light, got a metallic off taste to it. But much more body than i was expecting from a pale lager. You can still tell its from microbrewery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2007
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!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (3178) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2006
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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GarrettB (1413) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2006
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.

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