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Prestige - Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Haiti

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2005

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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 42
Photo of schoolboy
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This isn't much worse than anything else from this style. I picked up a bottle from a street vendor in Sint Maarten for a buck or two.

I never poured it into a glass and just consumed it while walking back to our cruise ship. It was cold and wet but not very good. Your usual sweet, poor tasting mess. It did not taste fresh either.

In the Caribbean you aren't going to find great beer very often, so if you want a beer, you may have to settle for one of these. On the positive side, it is refreshing and not too hard to drink when you are already drunk.

Photo of tone77
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of grains. Taste is light, some malts, a bit of corn, refreshing but lacking in flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but also not a beer I would need to drink again.

Photo of MadLatvian
3.88/5  rDev +47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Look I know it's not the greatest beer on the planet. But after a blazing hot day of work and sweat in Haiti, it's the greatest tasting beer there is.

Photo of aubsta
4.28/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice lively beer. I was lucky to find a 12 pack in Long-Island a few weeks ago. Very refreshing with distinct notes of honey and chamomile. No wonder this brew places well in international competitions.

Photo of merock1402
1.92/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Drank one on vacation in Providencials, Turks & Caicos. Would not order another one.

Photo of chinchill
2.47/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at 5.6% ABV.

Pours pale golden-amber with a largish head that displays good retention.

A Carribean made Heineken pale lager, complete with mild bitterness and a faint skunkiness. Unappealing, skunky aftertast. Better than expected, but then the idea of a beer from Haiti is a bit scary.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Poured a very light yellow with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The smell was mostly rice, but had some toasty aroma as well. The taste was standard with rice and a little malt and hops coming through. Although a very pleasant crisp bite at the end was nice. The mouthfeel was thin but for a summer beer it isn't bad. Was expecting terrible but got something that's just a bit below the average for this kind of beer.

Photo of StaveHooks
1.37/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

12oz snubby nose bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours clear and very light straw color. Small white head is gone in an instant.

S - Corn husk, cooked vegetables, herbal notes.

T - Chalky aspirin bitterness right upfront, sweet husky corn flavor, herbal minty flavor, the chalkiness tramples over the light sweet malt.

M - Medium carbonation, light body

Geez!!! Stay away from this unless you just wanna tick it. This one was hard to finish. If I lived in Haiti I wouldn't drink beer.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.32/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sean Penn must half downed a liter or twenty of these bad boys while he was getting filled with Baron Samedi in the HAITI. Let's pop a cap before the tonton macoute arrive... .

-Appearance 3.0: Weird. Poured out a straw yellow color that slowly (and strangely) became a deep golden color. Small head dissolved into pleasing swirls all over the top.

-Smell 3.5: Very nice bouquet. I smell barley and hops and...lots of adjuncts. Still, this is miles away from your typical Macro beer.

-Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet with a nice corny hint. Middle is where the malt seeps in and is moderated by a wonderfully smooth adjunct that I am guessing is rice. Finish is all adjuncts, but I do (finally!) detect a hop note in it. Aftertaste is (again) all adjuncts, but is not harsh at all.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Typical CO2 carboed mouthfeel.

-Overall 3.0: Fell just short of hitting the "3.5" category, but nonetheless, this is NOT a bad beer. Very light and refreshing and in the hellishly hot climate of Haiti, I imagine these would be like finding a bar of gold. Recommended for hot temps or those attempting to remember the hot temps. A good beer from a county that is not known for its beer!

Photo of vandemonian
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Prestige by Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti is not very good. I don't know what to say. It's like Miller Lite but without the industrial attention to detail.

A: No head. Yellow colour. 2

S: Chlorine. Nothing much else. 2

T: Watery. Some light pils malt. Not bad, but not much there. 3

M: Flattish. 2

O: 2.5.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Prestige has a thin, white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, straw appearance. The aroma is of faint, yet sharp hops and sweet malt. Taste is bold- sweet barley malt, grains, sugar, alcohol, and a fairly strong hop bitterness across the middle and back of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Prestige finishes pretty crisp and refreshing. Overall, it's a good beer that improves as one drinks it down. Try it!

RJT

Photo of eod81
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle as part of a mystery 6-pack and did not know what to think - the beers included range from about $0.50 to $4.00 per bottle.

A- Prestige pours a crystal clear "cheap lager" yellow with some lacy head, maybe a half inch. Not very promising, but nothing to scoff at without tasting.

S- No real points won on the smell here, weak lager with malts hiding behind corn, a bit of a vanilla note as it warms.

T- Surprisingly, this beer tastes pretty good. It's somewhere between a very "basic" american lager like bud or coors and a "typical import" like heineken. The corn is still present, but it's sufficiently bitter and complex, not to mention extremely refreshing (more so than the bud-coors set). Lime on the finish, with even more astringent bitterness on the aftertaste, calming down to the corn again.

M- Really ideal for summer drinking or eating rich foods (I paired mine with meaty pizza). Extremely crisp and pleasant, delightful carbonation, and for its sweetness, it's absolutely not syrupy or sticky.

O- The "World Beer Cup 2000 Winner" on the label made me admittedly very nervous, as in 2000 I was in my middle school science-honor society because I maintained a 90% test average - no longer the first thing I tell potential employers. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would choose it every time over most of the domestic and "import" offering at local bars. Sufficiently complex to understand why they haven't changed their labeling: they have something to be proud of here!

Would absolutely buy again for a session beer, but not sufficiently interesting for a serious beer aficionado to jive on all night.

Photo of WETSU76
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear pale yellow with a 1/2 finger white crown that displays little retention.

Smell: Corn sweetness, pale malt, a faint hint of herbal hops (minor grassy note)

Mouthfeel: Fairly standard crisp mouthfeel found with a light side of medium bodied and well carbonated beer of this style.

Overall: Easy to drink to the point of being flavorless, in the same category as bud/miller/coors, etc...

Photo of metter98
2.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear very light yellow in color and poured with a half-finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong sweet aromas of adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of initial sweetness along notes of corn and grain. There is some skunkiness in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This might be a good beer for a hot day in the tropics but there’s nothing special about this beer to make me want to try another.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.41/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with extremely light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick layer over the entire surface of the beer. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of adjunct malts - especially with corn and grain presence - along with some sweetness and light hints of skunkiness.

T: The taste follows the smell though the sweetness is lighter than the smell would indicate. The taste is full of the adjunct malts with a more grainy presence. There is also some light amounts of skunkiness in the finish of this beer.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Pretty drinkable and refreshing though the skunkiness is surprising and not something I really wanted to discover.

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is crisp and malty with a fruity undertone, nothing special but at least it smells like beer. It pours a clear, wan straw yellow with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Flavor is - well, malty, slightly fruity, just a touch of hops. Texture, though, is nice - firm body and plenty of fizz. Nothing worth tweeting all of your friends, but worthy of a try. Besides, the folks in Haiti can always use a boost.

Photo of mdfb79
1.85/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to GT on RB for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a transparent pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, grains, vegetables, skunked, wheat, and bread. Lightly sour, and not very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, vegetables, grains, and sour, skunked notes. Worse than the nose, not good at all.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Watery feel to it.

o - Overall a pretty bad beer; worse than American made AAL's. Would not suggest seeking out until you're trying to tick Haiti.

Photo of koopa
2.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle given to me as a gift from my Haitian friend.

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden with a 1/2 finger white crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Corn sweetness, pale malt, a faint hint of herbal hops (minor grassy note), and a bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Fairly standard crisp mouthfeel found with a light side of medium bodied and well carbonated beer of this style.

Overall: It is what it is, and what it is would be an ok at best imported macro. I will not be purchasing one but drinking this gift didn't make me wince or vomit either.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.27/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I gotta say, this beer pretty much looks exactly like piss. Thin, yellow, clear, and with the barest hint of a head. Some moderate bitterness in the nose that overlays some adjunct notes, but I don't get creamed corn or cooked vegetables at least. The taste is quite watery with a short, leafy bitterness to start, and then a corny flavor. Still, relatively clean, which is more than I can say of some beers. Thin and watery in the mouth, with a corn and cracker finish. Drink it while it's cold.

Photo of JISurfer
2.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a strage malty taste to it, can't put my finger on it. It was kind of an "off" malty taste, but for some reason I liked it. With that said, it was a drinkable beer, especially in the summer heat. Smell was of the strange malt and slight alcohol, typical of adjuncts. The warmer it got though, the funkier it was, almost undrinkable. Don't know how this won a Gold Medal, must have been an off year.

Photo of spinrsx
2.52/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, skunk, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a fair amount of metallic flavour and a bit of sweet apple taste. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Just another adjunct beer that I'll probably never have again. It wasn't offensive and was actually quite drinkable but there are so many other great beers out there to drink.

Photo of flagmantho
2.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Continuing tonight's adventure of international lagers with Haiti.

Appearance: pale golden color with a finger or two of rapidly dissipating light foam head. Not great. This style of beer really needs a head.

Smell: dry, grainy malt with a very light, vegetabley/earthy hop aroma. Surprisingly not too bad, though it's also a little skunked despite the brown bottle.

Taste: again, surprisingly not too bad. Still not a great beer, but there's a relatively nice (if adjunctey) malt flavor which walks the line between dry and sweet. Hops are nowhere to be found, but overall the taste isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel: light and watery but with a very good carbonation level that gives off a fair dose of creaminess. Definitely on the high end for this style of beer.

Drinkability: rather refreshing and not extremely boring. Flavor ain't bad and the overall experience was pleasing.

Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 335091935T2. Sampled on August 6, 2010. It has a nice enough looking golden color with a headless pour. There are some malts in the initial whiff of aroma but otherwise I smell more sugar and corn. Te body tends to be about medium with a taste that remionds me of sweetened malts and a dash of hops. It goes down fast though.

Photo of daliandragon
2.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw for the first time at Superstar on Jericho in Huntington Saturday while picking up supplies for a barbecue. Imported from Port au Prince. Love the stubby brown "grenade" bottles. This apparently won the World Beer Cup 2000. What is the World beer Cup?

Nice golden color and a little more head than I expected. The nose is less than endearing with some stank sweet mash and an undeniable earthiness. The taste is much cleaner and refreshing although not very complex or flavorful. Probably a decent draft in hot weather like in Haiti but very much another mild yellow lager from the Caribbean.

Photo of riversider76
3.32/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a thin white head. Decent retention and pleanty of laceing. Aroma is very weak.Hardly noticable are some bready malts. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is buttery and bready up front with a bit of a fruity finish. Not bad.

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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
65 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.