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Prestige - Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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BA SCORE
64
poor

70 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 2.58
pDev: 26.74%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
Haiti

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2005)
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Reviews by Pamola:
Photo of Pamola
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

Pamola, Jan 04, 2013
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Photo of Jason
2.4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby with no freshness date. Boast on the label that this beer won a gold at the 2000 World Beer Cup in NYC ... the memories are coming back when Todd & I were there. I had a more fond memories of eating cheese burgers in Times Square @ AM than this beer.

Pale piss water color, sorry but there is really no other way to describe it. Filtered clarity with a thin white lace.

Adjuncts throughout the nose, creamed corn anyone? The flavor is as corny as the aroma with a mildly astringent bite in the middle. Weak malt and flavorless hops. Just as drinkable as water but water is not what I am in the mood for.

Just an other weak flavored adjunct lager taking up shelf space ...

Jason, Jun 14, 2005
Photo of Billolick
2.33/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce stubby, Red stripe type bottle, there is a boast on the label that this beer won a gold at the 2000 World Beer Cup in NYC in the American style lager category. I'm not impressed. This one pours super light, clear and topped with a mid sized bubble blanket of head. Zip lacing, no nose that I can pick up, except perhaps some sugary adjuncts. Very thin tasting, just a hint of light malt and a dash of dryness late. Consume this "Beer" ONLY on a very hot day.

Billolick, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Imbiber
1.48/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

From a bottle lurking in my local beer store. Why am I so damn curious? It will be my downfall.

Hmmm. "World Beer Cup gold medal", eh? So the Holy Grail is made of corn. Ok. That was just the aroma.

Appearance: Clear, very pale, low to medium carbonation.

Taste? Not so bad as the aroma made out. Just very bland and again somewhat corny. Nothing at all to write about, the initial adjunct taste dissipates to nothing.

The finish: Haha, what's that?

Epilogue: Avoid. My drain is going to complain about what I am just going to put down it...

Imbiber, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of puboflyons
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

puboflyons, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super pale light yellow color lager with a medium size bubbly white head with low retention and no lacing. Aroma of skunk and sweet adjunct is not very enticing. Taste is dominated by some sweet adjunct with not as much skunk notes as I had anticipated. Body is thin with average carbonation. Poor world lager if you ask my opinion.

Phyl21ca, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of MAUEX_MFA
2/5  rDev -22.5%

MAUEX_MFA, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

LJWalker, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
2.55/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

vandemonian, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of dji43466
3.75/5  rDev +45.3%

dji43466, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +37.6%
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

RonaldTheriot, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.3/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

metter98, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of jwhawkins81
2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma - Cheap corn lager, not disgusting just not too appealing. OK not a good aroma at all.

Appearance - Maybe the palest yellow I've ever seen a beer. Just a little carbonation.

Taste - Not much on the taste profile. Pretty much your run of the mill swill lager. Actually less taste than expected. Slightly off bitter aftertaste that stays around way too long.

Mouthfeel - Thin lacking enough carbonation. A surprisingly poor mouthfeel, can this beer do anything right? More carbonation would have been welcome.

Drinkability - Not drinkable. If this was dirty cheap, and I mean dirt cheap, it might be an option.

jwhawkins81, May 16, 2009
Photo of dstc
3.53/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with big white head. Head falls slowly leaving minimal lace.

Smells light and maybe grainy? Little sweet.

Thin taste. Light malts and hops and slightly metallic.

Thin and highly carbonated in mouth.

I don't care, I like it. Good hot weather brew for those steamy Florida summers.

dstc, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of BeerDocT
3.33/5  rDev +29.1%
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!

BeerDocT, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

spinrsx, May 27, 2011
Photo of Phatz
3.2/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, this beer starts for me with very warm feelings. First, I have a love for the country of Haiti. I was a missionary kid living there for the first years of my life. Second, this beer marks the second thoughtful beer gesture from my father, who is not always known for remembering things like that. First when he was on vacation in Alaska he brought me back a mixed 6-pack of Alaskan BC and now when he came back from his two week missions trip to Haiti he brought back two short stubby 12 once bottles of Haitian beer; and this from a man who doesn't drink. ... Warm fuzzies!!! Thanks Dad!

Notes: I am wondering if some of the reviews had this beer much older than the one I am tasting. Or maybe some a just not a fan of the style. Here is the truth, this is an adjunct macro lager. It is the Haitian version of what we in PA would rate Straub. Personally, can enjoy fresh Straub beer in Saint Mary's PA, but what you by in the store outside of Elk County... too old. My guess is that this beer skunks. I have no proof other than mine is not bad for a corn flavored pale thin macro.

Review: keeping in mind it one of my least favorite styles this is review to style.

Appearance: This beer looks like many other macro adjunct lagers. They all look like pale piss. This one is extra light and almost clear with a white head that fades and a few specs of lace here and there.

Smell: Very small aroma. you have to search for it but you will find corn and pale malt and some processed sugars in the nose.

Taste: This beer is exceptionally clean and boring with only hints of pale malt corn and a balancing bitterness though hop flavors are not detectable. The aftertaste has some corn sugars ands a little bit of bitterness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: It is almost as light as water with moderate / low carbonation. It is not too fizzy for rapid drinking.

Drinkability: This is a light easy drinking beer that is not impress vise by any of our standard but neither is it offensive. If I lived in Haiti I would be proud to drink *the* local brewery beer. There is only one in the whole country. In PA many of us stay loyal to Yuengling Traditional Lager though there are many better beers. This beer is not exceptional but it is probably safer than the water, and it is cheep and my dad said at the local store in the remote part of the country they were at it is the *only* beer sold. So like I said, if I lived there, I'd drink it; and I am thankful to have had an opportunity to try a bottle. I have one more now too =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of DreamDeath
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

DreamDeath, May 18, 2014
Photo of daliandragon
2.7/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

daliandragon, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little bready with flavors of grain and adjuncts, then there's a light malt sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better beers that's had out of a style that usually doesn't produce anything too good to begin with. Overall, it's not a beer that I'd want to drink again if I had much of a choice.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Whatup14
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

Whatup14, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
2.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Syraquse
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Syraquse, May 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev +16.3%

carteravebrew, Jul 23, 2013
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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
64 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.