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Pacena - Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.

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BA SCORE
73
okay

60 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 26.21%


Brewed by:
Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
Bolivia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-04-2002)
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Hunter0507

California

5/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that I love beer, and that I had all types of beers from different parts of the world and I truly love this Bolivian beer Pacena.

Wow it sums it up!!!!

Best beer ever. I wish I could find it here in California. They have it in Europe and it parts of the east coast. hard to find it here.

Love Pacena. One day I would like to visit Bolivia and get me some beer there.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 16:46:45 | More by Hunter0507
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FLima

Brazil

1.05/5  rDev -66%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Elegant bottle, let's see its interior beauty. Yellow golden color with a thin head with low retention.
It has a bad Adjunct Lager aroma even at cold temperature, notes of corn, booze and sweet bread.
Refreshing flavor of sweet corn and malt, a bit of spices, oxidized apple, diacetyl and light herbal hops.
Light body with good carbonation.
A mass adjunct lager below average given more noticeable defects. Not awful while near freezing temperatures and if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 00:36:24 | More by FLima
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Pours a glass full of gold content with a small (just about a finger) white head that quickly settles to only a small lacing.
The aroma is gentle. There is some malt and also some grains. Also some sour aroma is noticeable.
The taste is slightly sweet at first but the body is completely bland with no real finish. Lacks some bitterness and is slightly watery.
Drinkable, but not much to the taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 17:57:32 | More by MarkoNm
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Sunnanek

Sweden

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Straw-colored and loaded with small bubbles. The tall white head is very soapy and light. Almost no lacings.

S: Adjunct corny smell with vanilla and marzipan. Butter and some citric notes.

T: Rather fruity, actually - both citric fruits as well as apples. But there is also corn in the bready malt. Some faint bitter hops.

M: Light body, rich carbonation and no aftertaste.

O: Rather refreshing and summery.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 18:50:34 | More by Sunnanek
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RyanGoodman

Bolivia

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Paceña, what can I say. Well, after living in Bolivia for only two and a half months it was pretty good. So far, from all the beers actually made here, Paceña is one of the few that is actually drinkable.

That being said, it is an adjunct lager. The label indicates that it is a Pilsner, however I detect none of that outside of it's color/appearance. For me, a big part of the Pilsner would be the taste, and this falls flat in that category. It does however give a slight bit more satisfaction than the typical mass-produced American adjunct lagers. Or that could be my memory failing me, as I have been away from good craft beer for 2.5 months now. One thing is for sure, this beer is made in the same way as those "mass-produced American adjunct lagers."

Now, on to the real review. Yes, it is golden straw in color. The foamy head is half an inch in thickness, falling to a creamy coating that remains throughout the drinking experience.

Smell is vibrant, even youthful, suggesting fresh ingredients, and a fresh bottle.

Taste follows quite well with smell, delivering popping sensations across the tongue. All that being said, though, we're lacking some real depth during the tasting sensations. There are definite suggestions of corn additives. That makes me conjure up mental images of giant industry, churning out a drink that slightly resembles what beer should be.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. No more to be said.

Overall, this beer ranks above others I have tried here. Ahh yes, I remember my former life of having access to craft beer in all it's glory. It's a good thing I brought a little with me for those long, dark, depressing days inbeween....when I am forced to drink Paceña. Why? Because the 5 beers I brought from the States won't last the whole year before I return, and like a good beer advocate, I MUST DRINK BEER!!

Side note, Paceña recently won a gold medal at the World Beer Cup 2012 for their Pico de Oro in the International Style Lager. You can bet I'll be trying/reviewing that as soon as I can pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 17:52:33 | More by RyanGoodman
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brewolero

Bolivia

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely into any serving glass anywhere in Bolivia. Ubiquitous on the sidewalk cafes and pensions among men and women just hanging out. Maintains a half-finger head, golden and clear.

Aroma is malty, not terribly remarkable with just the slightest hint of hops.

Taste is dry, malt-dominated at first, but lacks a distinct hop flavor--but that's just my taste preferences.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, light, and goes down easily and in quantity, as intended.

I'm not a huge lager fan, so this isn't my favorite drink, but it's respectable and well-executed.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 14:14:04 | More by brewolero
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dated 6/2012.

Pours a light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild grassy flavor on the finish. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer but it's drinkable and not that bad compared to other beers of the same style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:48:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Schmidts

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a half inch head into a large mug. Nice Laceing all down the glass.
Smells of Alcohol and malts with a nice smooth hop bitternes.
Taste is of Alcohol and fermented grains with a nice light bitter hit of hops. This beer was given me by a friend and I find it to be amazing in flavor and smooth balence.

This beer has really surprised me in its flavor and clean mouth feel it is very refreshing.

Overall I give it 4.0 and I think t is an exceptinal Beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 23:16:34 | More by Schmidts
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metter98

New York

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down very quickly leaving lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of adjunct and grainy malts and some skunk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness. There is a little skunkiness, and this lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink, but the taste isn’t that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 01:39:45 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a thin (1/8 finger) white head that quickly reduces to a mottled surface of extremely thin film with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The overall smell of this beer is rather mild but the primary aroma is that of grainy adjunct malts. There are very light hints of corn as well.

T: Similar to the smell, the primary flavor is that of grainy adjunct malts with some lighter hints of corn. There is a light amount of sweetness upfront which quickly becomes bitter (but that bitterness does not really linger).

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Very light and easy to drink but not really anything special. Very mild in the flavor and the smell. Probably would not grab this one again but worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 19:01:01 | More by dbrauneis
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sfprint

Germany

2.03/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

exp 10/25/2012

A: Very light, tons of violent carbonation rushing to the top, huge head
S: a hair sweet and grassy for an aal. a bit sour.
T: Not great, weird sourness, muddy flavor,
M: Leaves the mouth kind of grimey, filmy, almost slimy.
O: A pretty bad AAL.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 00:06:21 | More by sfprint
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darylvelez

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear, bud light like in color and taste, Pacena is Bolivia's national beer. I wasn't thrilled with my choice at a local Cuban resto. But I will say that though the mouthfeel is comparable to a bud light, taste is moderately better. I wouldn't go with Pacena as my choice for an adventurous night out, but it was worth a try anyway.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:31:06 | More by darylvelez
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paceña (bolivia?) Bottle

A - pours with one finger of white foam that fades quickly and leaves light lace. The body is a clear, hidden color.

S - some grainy malt and a little bit of spicy hop character.

T - some honey malt up front that puts out bready notes in the middle. The finish is crisp, with a grassy hop flavor and light bitterness.

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - surprisingly good, not quite an authentic pilsner but kind of close.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 22:20:29 | More by nickfl
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

big bottle 620ml? dumped into pint glass 16/8/11

A very pale straw yellow with loads of bubbles feeding a very long lasting bone white soapy head that leaves several partial rings of lace well down the glass, a rare 5

S and down hill we go, skunky corn and not much else

T not far from the smell but with a little wet hay

M light and waaayyy overcarbonated, thankfully the finish is clean

O a little skunky corn lager I assume nothing special

cheaper then bottled water here in Bolivia a country tick if anything

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 15:15:36 | More by wordemupg
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womencantsail

California

2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My first Bolivian tick. Thanks, Patrick.

A: The beer pours a clear golden straw color with a nice white head on it. Surprisingly good retention.

S: Skunk all the way on the nose. Plenty of corn to go with what is a pretty mild malt/bread aroma. There is a bit of yeast and lots of very sweet corn syrup and sugar. Perhaps a hint of apple juice.

T: The beer tastes much the same as it smells. Decently skunky with lots of corn, corn syrup, sugar, and apple juice. Light grass notes along with a very subtle bitterness.

M: Light in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I expect more from any future Bolivian beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 21:38:50 | More by womencantsail
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cervezango

Bolivia

4.2/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name of this beer is pico de oro, if your inbolivia and your buying beer, the stuff in the can (red and gold pacena can) is better than the stuff in the bottle (pacena pico de plata) this beer usually is sold in cans(its available in bottles but it not as common.)

by favorite Bolivian beer by far, and i have tried most of the varieties here.

It is clear and sparklingly golden with small bubbles, about a finger and a half of moderatly dissapating white head

wheaty fruit smelling

tastes very nice, fruit, good bitterness,not to bitter but enough, a little buttery

fairly light with moderate/strong carbonation ,

inexpensive which is pretty nice less than a dollar per can.you can drink a few with out getting full, easy to drink, but it doesn't sacrifice any of the great bitterness , very satisfying.
if your in Bolivia and you cant find the bottle in the picture beer advocate gives you, just buy the red and gold can that says "pacena" its the same stuff inside , and its great.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 12:11:15 | More by cervezango
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cambabeer

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two fingers of white persistant head. Very pale and extremely clear gold body.

S- Banana/grain hues with some alcohol in the background

T- Very sweet at first then a slight ethanol and bitter towards the end with a hops aftertaste. A little smoky in there. Beautiful combonation of bitter and sweet.

M- Creamy, though thin bodied, great carbonation leaving a clean palate

D- very very drinkable, I want another one already.

I live in bolivia and this is by far the best bolivian made beer. I'd recomend it to anyone anyday.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 18:42:08 | More by cambabeer
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am using a crystal mug. the beer is a light golden blonde with a white head, which dissolves immediately, with almost no lacing.
the smell promises grain, malt and citrus taste.
This is confirmed when tasting this beer. A pretty average mass production lager which is well suited for the demand in this country, which I just recently visited. Very refreshing when cold , yet very light in taste, it is a great, saver alternative to water in the tropical parts of Bolivia.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2010 05:11:29 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Herrbrokt

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can
Appearance- gold yellow

smell- corn, grass, hay

taste- sweet corn, hay, crisp finish that taste both of hay and spice

Mouthfeel- clean and crisp

Drinkability- Easy to drink. certainly a beer one could have several of

I'm happy to have been able to get hold of something from Bolivia. Not the greatest lager ever but not bad

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 01:29:05 | More by Herrbrokt
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Gobzilla

California

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a translucent golden yellow with a half finger of head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass..

S: pretty basic aroma consisting of grains, malts, slight citrus notes and barely catching some spice in the background.

T: the flavor was pretty basic as well with the malts leading the way but it also had citrus, various grain notes, and a touch of spice on the end.

M: the brew was light in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a slight citric, grainy, malty, and crisp finish.

D: it drank really good due to the thiness of the beer and how light in flavor it was. A super session beer that I could probably drink a case of and not even catch a buzz.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 07:26:16 | More by Gobzilla
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

So many AALs out there...no wonder people think beer's weak. This one, a Bolivian entry, pours a clear pale straw topped by a shirt-lived finger of white fizzy foam. The nose comprises watery wheat, corn syrup, and aluminum foil. Sniff it some time, you'll see what I mean. The taste is sweeter, some extra corn syrup thrown in there "for taste", but the watery wheat is there in the same quantity, joined by what I can only assume is rice, and a relatively small metallic twinge sneaks its way into the end. The body is light, with a fizzy carbonation and a crisp finish. Dammit, we need to get some better beer into the hands of the hitherto suffering Bolivians. Boo this.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 16:52:53 | More by TMoney2591
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janubio

Spain

1.68/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure if I will be able to reach 250 characters, it's a very simple review: one of the inanest beers I've ever had. Not aroma, not taste, not body... nothing. In the best scenario, a good thick head. Bland and boring, I can't even find it refreshing or drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 20:29:30 | More by janubio
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mcbiydw2

United Kingdom (England)

3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a bar in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

A good example of a mass produced lager. Suprisingly good considering the standard of other Bolivian beer. Brewed at altitude in La Paz.

Good deep golden colour with appealing carbonation. Looks similar to a golden Belgian fruit beer.

No overwhelming aroma, slight hint of citrus but faint.

Thin body lets the beer down slightly and flavours are very short in the mouth.

Taste is fruity but lacks any real punch. A little too ordinary but very easy drinking and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:57:18 | More by mcbiydw2
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ktrillionaire

Florida

4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the heels of my recent sojourn in the world of Belgian beer, I have decided to make a jaunt through the Latin(o) world, although it is mostly Central & South America: beers of Spain, Bolivia, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, El Salvador and Chile. I must ask, at this juncture, WTF is up with the damn Surinamese, Para- and Uru-guayans, and the Guianans French and otherwise?! Send us some damn beer.

The Bolivian entrant in this derby came strong.

G – Pilsener glass

A – Golden, exceptionally clear, and fizzy with a small head that clings to the side

S – The slightest buttery-caramel smell, a faint floral hop and an aroma of mineral, as well.

T – Light honey and mineral taste, very pristine character. Similar to a Dortmunder. Sweet floral finish. Long lingering spicy alcohol aftertaste.

M – Well-carbonated, fairly light without being limp-wristed, if you catch my drift…

D – Very good lager. Doesn't taste much like an adjunct.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 14:35:55 | More by ktrillionaire
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HalfFull

California

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an almost 12 oz. brown bottle(350 ml./11.8 oz.) into a standard pint glass. Pour results in a clear straw colored beverage with a quickly receding half inch of white foam. Apparent carbonation is light yet keeps some froth on the pour.

Slightly metallic on the nose but not so much as to detract as this diminishes quickly with some exposure, yielding a light Saaz profile. Otherwise a pleasant light sweetness of lemon/honey and light malt. Adjuncts are not major players here.

Citrus character is noted in the flavor as well. Nice moderate texture matches the nose profile. Offers a bit of lingering light char on the finish along with an appropriate feel from the carbonation. Feel and finish are pretty standard and brief.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:29:45 | More by HalfFull
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