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Prestige - Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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

New York

3.38/5  rDev +31%

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.

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

Rhode Island

2.28/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -41.9%

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.

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

Ohio

2/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

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

Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

Wisconsin

2.23/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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

Utah

2.38/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

11-12-2008 04:06:28 | More by Douglas88
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dstc

Florida

3.53/5  rDev +36.8%

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.

07-15-2008 19:52:39 | More by dstc
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Vancer

Illinois

2.33/5  rDev -9.7%

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).

03-13-2008 01:54:56 | More by Vancer
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.83/5  rDev -29.1%

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.

02-13-2008 22:13:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.38/5  rDev -46.5%

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.

09-27-2007 22:35:43 | More by jdhilt
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +24%

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!

03-04-2007 06:26:54 | More by Phatz
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Drew966

Florida

2/5  rDev -22.5%

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.

07-13-2006 00:03:01 | More by Drew966
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Imbiber

New York

1.48/5  rDev -42.6%

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...

12-31-2005 14:53:32 | More by Imbiber
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WesWes

New York

2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

11-08-2005 00:16:25 | More by WesWes
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Billolick

New York

2.33/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

09-01-2005 00:04:52 | More by Billolick
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -7%

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 ...

06-14-2005 02:10:29 | More by Jason
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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
64 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.