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Pacena - Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.

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BA SCORE
73
okay

62 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

t0rin0, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

metter98, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
1.58/5  rDev -49%
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.

GRG1313, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -67.7%

ygtbsm94, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.1/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.2/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

Jason, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

nickfl, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

jwc215, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

dbrauneis, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

DoubleJ, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
2.3/5  rDev -25.8%
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

wordemupg, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of bark
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

bark, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Boone757, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Evil_Pidde, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

RoyalT, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of Gobzilla
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Gobzilla, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

alexgash, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev +9%
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!

Reidrover, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of FLima
1.05/5  rDev -66.1%
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.

FLima, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -3.2%

cliff1066, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of ktrillionaire
4/5  rDev +29%
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.

ktrillionaire, Feb 24, 2010
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Pacena from Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
73 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.