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Pacena - Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.

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BA SCORE
73
okay

61 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A. visit their website
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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Reviews by cambabeer:
Photo of cambabeer
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%

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.

cambabeer, Dec 31, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%

Appearance – Clear yellow in color with some active carbonation and a nice, full white head that left some good lacing.

Smell – This aroma is very delicate, consisting mostly of light grain and maybe even a promise of a hop or two. The big news here is that there’s nothing nasty in it.

Taste – Wow, this is interesting. This Pale Lager is actually spiced and smoked. Yes, you read it right. There’s a clear sign of pepper to this one and definitely some smokey notes. I am dumbfounded to have, uh, founded, an SA Pale Lager (or any Pale Lager for that matter) with some versitility and creativity. Right on!

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is light but fun. The body of course is light, but there’s a crispness to this beer that gives it a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a diamond in the rough for sure. I was fortunate to have happened upon it by accident. Great job!

RoyalT, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +35.5%

12 oz brown bottle with a gold foiled top, no freshness date. Brewed and bottle 12,000 feet above sea level, WOW! This is the highest brewed beer I think I have ever had.

Appearance: Tight thin bubbled lace has no problem sticking and leaving several rings within the glass, the very pale yellowish golden hue shows of a sparkling clarity.

Smell: Ghost like fusel alcohol, twang of fermented grain and light floral hop, and a mineraly / faded smokiness make up the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The crispness shows some depth as the moderate body flexes, light grainy malt up front turns to a more complex face of mineral from the water and light smoke of fire kettle action. Vague warming alcohol shows a small flare of fusel character. Hops are there but more just to balance. Finishes semi-dry with more mineral flavour and a thick graininess.

Notes: A surprisingly awesome lager from Bolivia, lots of little nuances that take the taste buds down many paths. Paired this beer up with some pan-seared Ocean Perch and a side of lime and beer sautéed green onion, sweet potato and turnip.

Jason, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +9%

A clear, straw gold body is topped by a white head that holds OK, then drops to a decent collar and whispy surface foam. Surprisingly, it leaves some lace around the glass. The aroma is a combination of malt & hop that's oddly similar to the smell you first encounter when entering a bar. I've never had a beer with a nose quite like this, and I had to question the bottle's age - but everything else about it seems fresh! The aroma's actually better than the generic "beer" aroma that some macro brews have. At least the hops are somewhat discernable from the malt. The body is medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy in the mouth. Nice. Far from watery. The flavor offers a much richer malt character than I'd expected from the appearance, although it does remain quite basic. A light hop flavor follows and the bitterness is well balanced leaving a dry finish. I was surprised at almost every turn with this beer. I'd underestimated it. It's a well-brewed and well-balanced lager, and although it's quite basic, would be perfectly acceptable while vacationing in Bolivia. Nothing special, but not bad.

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of sfprint
2.03/5  rDev -34.5%

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.

sfprint, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -3.2%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.1/5  rDev 0%

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.

HalfFull, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of mcbiydw2
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

mcbiydw2, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
1.58/5  rDev -49%

Earlier tasting the beer showed much better than the new bottle that was just brought back from Bolivia for me - 10/25/10.

Pours a very light gold with a lovely firm and thick pure white head.

Nose is almost non-existent; very slight yeast character but one must really search.

Mouthfeel is thin but well balanced for what it is and with decent albeit light/quick carbonation.

Flavors are also virtually non-existent! No character - almost nothing describeable. Tastes like carbonated slightly bitter, slightly citric water.

A very light yeast bitter finish if you look for it.

11-07-09 Review: Light clear orange amber, nice white head.

Nose slight, hints of sweet pineapple with sour orange. Almost a light sour nose character.

Mouthfeel is thin and light with light carbonation.

Flavors are very light but not without some appeal. Light, almost smokey fresh peaches, light malt, hint of grilled grapefruit. Interesting flavors, wish they were more assertive and a bit bolder.

Light watered malt/grapefruit finish.

GRG1313, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%

Presented in a 12oz brown bottle with a gold foil wrapped cap. This Bolivian beer had a chill hazed golden color and a bubbly, lumpy white head that dwindled down quickly to a modest little cap and left wispy threads of lace.
The smell was quite fruity, of apple and pale malt, with some faint grassiness and crisp floral hops. The taste had a lightly earthy straw-infused flavor up front, which helped impart a richer malt flavor. The hops added a nice balance to the package, leaving a terse, dry bitter finish that didn't conflict with the sweetness in the beginning. The feel was the only negative to this brew as it had a bit of a grittiness to it. Still, it had a richer, fuller feel than most pale lagers I've tried, with a crisp dryness.
I picked this up on a whim, simply because I hadn't seen a Bolivian beer before. I was expecting another boring, macro-esque pale lager and found Paceña exceeded my humble expectations. It was quite easy to quaff and nicely refreshing. I'd happily reach for one of these over most other south-of-the-U.S. brews of this style.

Boilermaker88, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

metter98, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
2/5  rDev -35.5%

Noelito76, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of Socramahis
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Socramahis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +31.6%

Pours golden with a thick head that soon descends to a patch that hangs around for awhile.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt. A hint of huskiness and alcohol. Clean.

The taste is of sweet malt.. Some fruitiness. Rather bland hops balance out sweetness to a degree. Some huskiness, especially as it warms. Smooth.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Within style, this one is not bad at all. Fairly clean, crisp, refreshing. This is an easy-drinking session beer.. Rated within style, it's decent. Inoffensive, easy to drink, enough flavor hangs around to keep it worthwhile. Pretty good for what it is - much better than a BMC.

jwc215, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev +9%

First time I have ever seen let alone tasted a beer from Bolivia.
I got this in the 12 oz bottle( brown glass) with gold foil round the neckhas a nice gold label with a city snuggled under a snow topped mountain on it.
This beer poured very gold..with a huge head which lingers quite some time..nice to look at.
Nice malty smell..some lemon in their too ..but little..good srtong a roma for a lager.
Taste however is on the average side..though unlike American macros there is not so much additives noticable.
Feels nice in the mouth which is strange given its lively carbonation..but it feels good.
Very drinkablke beer..wouldn't say no if i were offered this.
A nice surprise from Bolivia!

Reidrover, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -67.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

dbrauneis, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of mfuentesh
4/5  rDev +29%

mfuentesh, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of sd123
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%

sd123, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +29%

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.

ktrillionaire, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of MarkoNm
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%

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.

MarkoNm, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Herrbrokt
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Herrbrokt, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Boone757, Feb 04, 2014
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Pacena from Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
73 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.