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Prestige - Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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BA SCORE
64
poor

62 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 2.55
pDev: 27.45%


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.

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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

1.36/5  rDev -46.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 23:41:50 | More by StaveHooks
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev +30.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 05:37:12 | More by BeerDocT
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vandemonian

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 00:06:04 | More by vandemonian
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev +39.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:50:01 | More by RonaldTheriot
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eod81

New York

3.55/5  rDev +39.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 23:49:25 | More by eod81
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WETSU76

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev +11.8%
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...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 22:12:43 | More by WETSU76
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metter98

New York

2.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:16:56 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

2.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:14:32 | More by dbrauneis
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 18:08:07 | More by Cyberkedi
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mdfb79

New York

1.83/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 20:49:58 | More by mdfb79
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koopa

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 22:49:26 | More by koopa
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.25/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 02:10:06 | More by Georgiabeer
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JISurfer

South Carolina

2.9/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 03:01:29 | More by JISurfer
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 18:06:35 | More by spinrsx
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flagmantho

Washington

3/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:22:42 | More by flagmantho
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 23:27:04 | More by puboflyons
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 00:52:35 | More by daliandragon
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riversider76

New York

3.38/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 02:02:33 | More by riversider76
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:42:44 | More by TheManiacalOne
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Pour - Super light golden, yellow in color. Head is white, seltzery and thin. Nothing much to look at really.

Aroma - Slightly sweet, almost like corn syrup. Its got a bit of an artificial banana thing going on as well. Pretty unique as far as smell goes, not much to go on in this department.

Taste - Thin and watery with some of that artificial banana flavor coming out along with a light corn syrupy flavor. Its quite refreshing in the way a nice, cold bottle of water is refreshing. Very little taste or body and totally lacking in character.

Overall - This may be perfect for the heat and humidity of Haiti but its not something you'd want to go in search of here in the States. Worth buying as a single to say you've had a beer from Haiti but that is about it.

Would I buy more of it? - Nope.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 04:13:32 | More by indiapaleale
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:12:03 | More by Phyl21ca
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

2/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 21:40:38 | More by jwhawkins81
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rodenbach99

Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I work with a lot of haitian and one went to new-york a brought me 3 bottles of prestige lager. 12 oz old fashioned brwon bottle.

A: clear pale straw colour
S: grainy, some freshness
T: easy drinking grainy, some malt, no hops
M: watery
D: for hot summer days, easy drinking pale lager, better than I would imagine.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 15:28:36 | More by rodenbach99
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thought that I'd seen a better review for this than it is. Anyway, it poured with a nice, big, foamy white head with no lace. Color is a pale gold. Aroma was bready, biscuity, doughy, citrusy, a bit fruity, a hint of hop - and way better than the taste. Which was a bit beery, sweet, with a slight bitter finish. Quite watery. Bubblegum in the background. Not looking forward to another ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 00:19:51 | More by drpimento
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Douglas88

Utah

2.38/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that goes down pretty quick. The aroma is mostly corn and sweet malts. The flavor is OK, lots of sweet malt and grassy flavors, some dry yeast perhaps and a lot of water in the taste. An odd sweetness in the finish, maybe it is sugarcane.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 04:06:28 | More by Douglas88
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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
64 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.