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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%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1/5  rDev -67.6%

03-31-2012 22:25:14 | More by ygtbsm94
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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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GRG1313

California

1.58/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 23:22:01 | More by GRG1313
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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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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

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

Pours a somewhat clear pale/white with a small almost non existent head. Smells of tons of corn and some malt. First sip is corn and more corn with a not much hop presence with a bitter finish. Very light bodied and typical of beers from Latin America. Pretty bad stuff...hardly worth boiling hot dogs in.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 18:42:02 | More by ATLbeerDog
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Noelito76

New York

2/5  rDev -35.3%

10-02-2013 09:18:47 | More by Noelito76
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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.1/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a tired, thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with some faint floral hints and an odd accompanying note of bell peppers.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly sweet. Floral tones and again there's a slight vegetal quality running loose. No apparent bitterness. Unfortunately, that odd taste holds fast all the way through the finish. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor, shameful example even for a South American lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 23:31:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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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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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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bark

Sweden

2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is very pale straw yellow; the finger thick white airy head slowly sinks down leaving no lacing.

The mild smell is malty with a sour note of dough. There is an odd bitter note of glue, too.

The taste is mild. Some malty bread like malt, a dry bitter hint. And... Well, that’s it. The aftertaste might give some hints of bitterness and sweetness, but that might only be in my imagination.

The carbonation is milder than average. Large, somewhat sharp bubbles. The liquid is watery.

Probably the palest beer I ever had. But I guess it is not fair to judge it on a grim Scandinavian winter night, this beer is probably better on a hot south American dusty summer afternoon.

A boring beer, but i am still very thankful to my colleague Kjell who travelled around half the world to get me this can.

Serving type: can

01-25-2008 22:33:08 | More by bark
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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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AlexLMS

Portugal

2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very bright, light straw colour and a large white and frothy head that presents good retention value that leaves some nice lacing in the glass.
The nose is grainy with a floral kind of citrusy presence. The taste is also grainy and very bitter.
Dry mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall: crisp and very refreshing. Although Paceña is not much different from any other macro lager, it can be appreciated on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 11:11:44 | More by AlexLMS
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

09-10-2012 01:57:27 | More by t0rin0
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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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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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sd123

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -11%

07-24-2013 16:05:18 | More by sd123
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BeerOps

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -11%

11-08-2013 12:13:08 | More by BeerOps
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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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ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light yellow body ( lighter than lemonade ) with a big foamy white head that leaves a little hint of lace. Aroma was lightly grassy/grainy with a little skunkyness. Although the smell inferred a skunky taste there was none. There was a grassy sweetness at the begining followed by a light bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2004 21:58:52 | More by ybnorml
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Evil_Pidde

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 Evil_Pidde
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cliff1066

Virginia

3/5  rDev -2.9%

12-09-2012 18:36:50 | More by cliff1066
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schrist275

Florida

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

beer pours easily enough into a more yellow than gold body with a full white head, see about 6 lines of carbonation.. fairly large, head lasts a good while, an odd and hard to describe smell, almost a rotted hops with a touch of apple schnapps. first sip puts it light hoppy start and then changes into light flavors of lager... not bad. didnt know bolivia had beer either.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2004 06:13:25 | More by schrist275
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genaro

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pacena was a light, clear straw color with a full sustaining head. The aroma was a little grainy and citrusy. The taste was slightly sweet with a little hoppiness with some smooth malt. There was also a bit of buttery taste that ran into the slightly dry finish. This beer was better than I anticipated. Maybe it was the pure Andean water from 12,000 ft. above sea level that made the difference. Another good hot weather beer that I should try with spicey food.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 15:58:30 | More by genaro
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alexgash

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow/straw with lotsa bubbles and a big, foamy, white head. Aromas of honey-sweetened malts, light corn, euro hops, with a hint of tinny spice. No skunk!
Taste is a little disappointing. Stale malts up front. Lightly sweet (nutrasweet). High carbonation, and light bodied. Minor hop bitterness comes in, but wish it was more. Finish is fading bitterness with rice Chex sweetness. Not too bad. Drinkable enough, for an adjunct lager. Maybe better fresh too. I'll just have to go to Bolivia, climb some snow-capped volcanoes, and find out.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2004 19:07:23 | More by alexgash
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