Prestige - Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.63
pDev: 26.24%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Haiti

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2005

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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 43
Photo of metter98
2.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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 Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -43%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of Jason
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
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 ...

Photo of mdfb79
1.85/5  rDev -29.7%
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 chinchill
2.47/5  rDev -6.1%
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 WesWes
2.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.41/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
2.3/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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 jdhilt
1.36/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

Photo of flagmantho
2.97/5  rDev +12.9%
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 tone77
2.75/5  rDev +4.6%
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 puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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 spinrsx
2.52/5  rDev -4.2%
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 Cyberkedi
2.52/5  rDev -4.2%
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 drpimento
2.27/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Vancer
2.34/5  rDev -11%
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).

Photo of koopa
2.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +35%
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 Drew966
2/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of JISurfer
2.87/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Phatz
3.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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!

Photo of schoolboy
2.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
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