Paceña - Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.

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BA SCORE
73
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68 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 24.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A. visit their website
Bolivia

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-04-2002

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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 49
Photo of Hunter0507
5/5  rDev +60.8%
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.

Photo of Schmidts
4.2/5  rDev +35%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cervezango
4.15/5  rDev +33.4%
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.

Photo of Wobbly
4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best examples of this style I have had. Impressed with the Bros' ranking. I wonder how many of the folks that rated it poorly have actually had it.

Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.98/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.87/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cambabeer
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of brewolero
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend recently went to a wedding in La Paz, and, in helping to expand my BeerAdvocacy, lovingly brought back three bottles, along with a matching Paceña glass, just for me. One bottle couldn't survive the pressure during flight, but the other two arrived just fine. Brown bottle with red, blue, and silver label; "Cerveza pilsener cont. neto 300 cm3." It pours a fairly light gold, with medium carbonation and a full, two-finger, white head that sustains well - I can tease it above the rim of the glass - and leaves great lacing for such a light beer. The aroma is light and somewhat grainy, with a faint backing of corn. On the palate, there are soft grains and/or adjunts, with a light fruitiness that makes way for a mild bitterness. The hops are a bit earthy and contribute a dash of sea salt, which lead me to believe they may be noble. It has a medium body with almost tingly carbonation, and imparts an almost medium finish. Overall, a nicely-balanced light lager which I would session before BMC any day of the week.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in an extra heavy brown bottle.
Paceña is from La Paz, Bolivia. Not what one immediately thinks of when contemplating beer. This Centenario Lager is golden colored with a medium sized snow-white head. The aroma of cut hay, malt and hops is quite faint. The light/medium-bodied malt is a little grainy, biscuity and has a light sweetness. A surprising dose of hops offer a light citrus bitterness and mild metallic bite. A hint of herbs is released as it warms and improves. Brewed 12,000 ft above sea level!

Photo of Beric
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 12 Jan 2015

Brought direct from Bolivia.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with a weird, almost greenish tint. The beer pours with a foamy white head that quickly collapses into nothing. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells skunky and sweet; your average AAL.

Taste: A bit of a surprise considering where the rest of this beer was going. The taste is really incredibly smooth- it's sweet and 'beery' and paired excellent with my spicy dinner.

Mouthfeel: Watery with medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent AAL and one that drinks way easier than the overcarbonated US versions. I loved the toned-back carbonation that really allowed the sweet corniness to come through. Refreshing, but nothing special.

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale yellow like expected with a few centimetres of white head that quickly falls away.
S - Grainy and soft herbal, floral hop notes.
T - Along the same lines as the smell, a touch of sweetness.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation level.
D - I'll admit I bought it purely for the fact that I have never had a beer from Bolivia. I was quite suprised. Nothing brilliant about it, just a nice lager for a warm evening.

Photo of Reidrover
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.39/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.8 ounce bottle. Time to cross Bolivia off the list of countries I've had beer from. On to the beer:

Very pale yellow, with a sparkling appearance and a foamy head which sticks together and retains well. Grain booze and some grassy notes greet the nose. Flavor...lighter than I was expecting. It is a tad husky in the begining, but it becomes a rather clean beer. Floral notes emerge, and a bit of grain. It has a light feel in the mouth, but not watery.

I was expecting a little more body considering it's brewed at over 12,00 feet, but nontheless this is a simple, yet solid beer that is good to wash down some grilled chicken.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of UnionMade
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles rapidly making their way to the top. Some lacework.
Smells sharp like a pilsner. Light maltiness. Hops are crisp and clean, well defined, with a good snap to them. Slight corny aroma.
Flavor is light and well balanced. Very clean and clearly defined. A little of that corn flavor, but it works. Inoffensive, light pils malt, moving into a clean, peppery saaz hopping. A bit of alcohol is apparent in the finish. Very light body, effervescent, with spicy carbonation. Refreshing and well done. I like it. I thought this stuff was pretty decent. Summer beach beer to the max, dood! Wicked pissah!

Photo of diablo14
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite liked this beer as a general session lager. wasnt too adjuncty, and had just a hint of individualty which i liked. must be the high alititude or something.

very light in color, in the same league as becks, which would normally put me off, but had decent fizz and a sturdy head, backed by a hoppy nose with a savory backbone.

found this beer to be quite tasty, had some clean straw and malt flavors, backed up with a slightly salty hint and some delicious bitey hops happening. nothing too mind blowing. but for a general lager, was very clean and crisp, and didnt have the saccharine like aftertaste that so many run of the mill lagers do these days. all in all it came up trumps.

nothing spectacular here, but of every countries' standard lager tasted like this, thered be a lot less bitching about the quality of western world lagers. a nice benchmark for what an average drinking lager should taste like.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.3/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Herrbrokt
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of RyanGoodman
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.25/5  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.

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Paceña from Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
73 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.