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Prestige - Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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43 Reviews

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 87
Avg: 2.51
pDev: 39.44%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti visit their website

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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Reviews: 43 | Hads: 87
Photo of jdhilt
1.36/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a four-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear, pale amber color. Skunky nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is metallic and hoppy with a bitter finish a truly pitiful beer. Buy it only to add to your list of countries - #74 for me. 12oz bottle $1.70 from Kappy's Fresh Pond Jamaica Plain, MA.

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Photo of StaveHooks
1.37/5  rDev -45.4%
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.

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Photo of Imbiber
1.47/5  rDev -41.4%
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...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
1.85/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.85/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a near clear body with only a light yellow tint and topped by a thin, wisp of a white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of watered-down malts and grassy hops. It's hard not to look crestfallen after sniffing this one.

Taste: Bland, weak flavor only a teeny tiny hint of malts and corn sugar. Hops are gone. Dash of mineral water for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A cheerless beer experience. I'm ashamed to say it, but I Haiti'd it.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
2/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Found this one at a gas station in Fort Lauderdale, I've never had Haitian beer before. The bottle is cool, reminiscent of a Red Stripe in shape, with a screened on red and yellow label. Prestige pours a very pale yellow with a white head from a twelve ounce stubby. It smells like corn. Taste isn't exactly what I expected, nor is it terrilby good. Tastes like corn/adjunct macro lager of a poor degree. Not recommended.

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Photo of dbl_delta
2/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

OK: if you happen to find yourself in Haiti, this is the best you're gonna do. Otherwise, avoid this beer unless it's free (and even then, approach with caution).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.27/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
2.27/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
2.3/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
2.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
2.34/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, found this down in a market in West Palm Beach, "Food World" on 45th Street off 95th Highway. Crazy ass beer with the stubby 12 oz bottle.- it's pure cheap ass beer that cost a pretty penny. ($8 a sixer).

Ya know, it has no aroma and pretty much no taste (kinda matches the clear ultra light straw yellow). But it has a crisp malt lager taste, (even on the sweet side, no euro skunk at all ) - nothing worth writing home about, but nothing offensive.

NOT one to seek out, but don't turn it down if offered a freebie - just a plain Jane lager, close to water, but with 5% alcohol. I'd take it over AB crap stuff (not by much).

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Photo of Douglas88
2.35/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
2.41/5  rDev -4%
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 ...

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.41/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
2.47/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.47/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more skunky than anything else; a little corn;

T: sweet malt for a moment, then a flavor I can't really describe - like having a penny in your mouth or if you leave an aspirin in your mouth too long; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation;

O: pretty undrinkable;

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Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is poor. It has a very light pale malt scent along with loads of adjuncts and a dry lager yeast scent. It smells stale and musty. The taste is poor as well. It has a light pale malt flavor that is easy going down, but it finishes musty with some residual sweetness and a metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is below average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a below average macro lager. I can't think of anything good to say about it. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of indiapaleale
2.5/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
64 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.