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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 Socramahis
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Socramahis, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of darylvelez
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

darylvelez, Dec 03, 2011
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 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 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 cervezango
4.2/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

cervezango, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of cambabeer
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

cambabeer, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Hopfenpeter, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Herrbrokt
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
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

Herrbrokt, Oct 04, 2010
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 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 janubio
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

janubio, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of mcbiydw2
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

mcbiydw2, Jun 17, 2010
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
Photo of HalfFull
3.1/5  rDev 0%
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.

HalfFull, Feb 13, 2010
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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
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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
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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 ATLbeerDog
1.68/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

ATLbeerDog, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
2.45/5  rDev -21%
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.

AlexLMS, Jun 29, 2008
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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 brendan13
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

brendan13, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

mmmbeer, Jun 14, 2007
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 jarmby1711
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light gold with an active bead that fed ahead that didnt want to hang around.
The smell was a lot of nothing and a little bit of boring metal.
The malty but crisp finished was preceeded by a pleasant biscuity /nutty flavourwhich gave the beer some depth and complexity.
A not overly exciting drinkingbut has a touch of individuality about it.
An ideal accompianment to deep fried guinea pig or spit roasted alpaca.

jarmby1711, Oct 22, 2005
Pacena from Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
73 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.