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Presidente Light - Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Presidente LightPresidente Light

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 2.37
pDev: 29.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional Dominicana visit their website
Dominican Republic

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
“La suave con carácter”, Presidente Light es la primera cerveza light elaborada en República Dominicana. Esta propuesta, con un menor contenido de alcohol y un sabor suave que preserva la herencia de calidad de Presidente, está dirigida a un público con carácter y personalidad que disfruta de un producto suave pero que busca el verdadero sabor a cerveza. Prueba de ello es la aceptación que goza entre los consumidores dominicanos desde su salida al mercado en febrero de 2005.

(Beer added by: Noelito76 on 09-06-2005)
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Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.25/5  rDev +79.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presidente Light has a medium, fluffy, white head, some lacing, and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance. The aroma is faint, but one can detect, with deep inhalations, sweet barley malt and a touch of avocado. The flavor is light, of course, but sweet bread and a shade of hop bitterness shows up. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Presidente Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and imminently drinkable. If there is such a thing as a perfect light beer, this could be it.


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 15:54:40 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of ccrida


3.88/5  rDev +63.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured into a wide flared tumbler, Presidente is super pale gold with a while head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is, sweet cereals, a little grassy, and a very faint hint of sulfur.

Taste is very simple and bland, there's just a little corn like sweetness. Nothing offensive, clean and simple, which is all I'd expect from the style. The sweetness is light and provides a little character.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, some crispness from the fine carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This beer is made to be drunk all day long in the Caribbean sun, for which I think it's well suited; although I wouldn't no, I'm in Santo Domingo for business, and grabbed the light from the grocery store by mistake. No harm no foul, if anything I'd guess the regular one has a higher likelihood of off-flavors. I'm sure the scores are more based on many BAs distaste for light beers in general rather then how well this one accomplished it objective.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 21:59:32 | More by ccrida
Photo of TheBrewo


3.8/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the tab and pour a pale golden brew sporting a one and a half finger head of massive white bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving chunks of patterned lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes. Carbonation appears robust, and there is a chill haze to the beer, but no sediment. The nose is adjuncty and chalky, yet juicy with fresh grass and lemon sourness. There is an odd plastic phenol character, which deepens any bitterness from the flour and corn from the grain. Our first impression is that the flavoring is light as expected, but not overwhelming in one direction or the other. As we sip, water, the palest malts, and light caramel sweetness start things off. As adjuncty as the nose was we are really surprised to see such a genuinely malty, more refined flavoring. The middle peaks and we actually do get a glimpse of that floury, adjuncty grain, but it is hidden within water, mineral, and baker’s yeast. The finish is more of the same, with supreme dilution of flavoring. The aftertastes breathes of water, mineral, yeast, coin, and general citric bitterness. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is even. Each sip has decent slurp and pop, while the mouth is left astringently dried, with a slick dryness down the palate and tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was that while it was so light, it was able to maintain a nice flavoring for most of it. It is a surprisingly drinkable beer, given the track record of the brewery it comes from. For the style it was certainly above par in all departments, with the exception of aroma, which retained an overly adjuncty quality, and made the beer less inviting from the start.

Serving type: can

08-18-2012 19:25:50 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of TheSamKuehn


3.75/5  rDev +58.2%

06-19-2014 20:08:40 | More by TheSamKuehn
Photo of CesarG

Dominican Republic

3.5/5  rDev +47.7%

06-21-2012 14:23:36 | More by CesarG
Photo of matty


3.5/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is grainy.Taste is light and fresh.Goes down very easy.It has no special hops or malts but when you get a light beer you already know that.Perfect for hot summer days or those autumn football games.I would recommend and purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 05:05:27 | More by matty
Photo of r3o


3.05/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear straw color, a very thin head that disappears quickly, no lacing
S: mostly alcohol and kind of the smell of rain when it moist the dirt
T: sour corn taste, again alcohol predominates, no secrets here, but it does not insult the senses either
M: watery, somewhat flat, refreshing
D: easy to drink, actually for the kind it's good, ideal for the hot weather in Santo Domingo.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 02:11:42 | More by r3o
Photo of LJWalker


3/5  rDev +26.6%

02-01-2012 03:49:26 | More by LJWalker
Photo of cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +26.6%

11-15-2012 02:41:30 | More by cfalovo97
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3/5  rDev +26.6%

01-05-2014 03:00:19 | More by ThurstonHowell3
Photo of Tomedi01

Dominican Republic

3/5  rDev +26.6%

10-20-2013 15:58:57 | More by Tomedi01
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presidente Light is a near perfect looking lager: shimmering golden with a clear complexion, lively bubbles and a tall mound of cottony, white head (the lacing of which looks like broken down pieces of bone). Good looks, however, especially when it comes to lagers, means nothing. Let's see how the rest of it fares...

The nose surprisingly showcases a bit of the bready scent of actual malt. The sheer sweetness of it, however, is cause for alarm; if it's this sweet at less than 5 degrees Celsius, there's no telling what unpleasantries might come once this loses its chill. (Note: warming brings more mineral-y notes than adjuncts. This should be bearable.)

Usually when it comes to light lagers, especially Latin American ones, corn syrup and other unpleasant adjuncts are so implicitly part of the story that they barely require mention. In this case, however, surprisingly, they don't warrant much mention because, frankly, they aren't much noted. This is (relatively speaking) a clean drinking lager.

Presidente Light doesn't have a ton of flavor, but to be fair, the brewery can't be expected to offer up something this style just doesn't have. Again, I'm more concerned with what flavors it doesn't have (i.e., corn syrup, chemicals or rice patties). While the grain tasted most certainly resembles corn, it's moderate and agreeable.

Like most light lagers, I found this as deeply unsatisfying as waiting for a bus in the rain, but that's just me and my tastes. I will concede, however, that President Light is more acceptable than most and actually makes a decent workaday lager. I can't speak from experience, but I'd bet there are worse beers to stuck with on a beach in the Caribbean...

Serving type: can

05-13-2012 18:57:24 | More by biegaman
Photo of miguellunarusso


2.75/5  rDev +16%

06-16-2014 23:51:57 | More by miguellunarusso
Photo of SicemWT


2.75/5  rDev +16%

08-24-2013 01:33:44 | More by SicemWT
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

02-10-2013 00:06:46 | More by mhaugo
Photo of MattXT


2.75/5  rDev +16%

02-11-2014 22:38:43 | More by MattXT
Photo of Furley80


2.75/5  rDev +16%

03-01-2014 22:51:43 | More by Furley80
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2.75/5  rDev +16%

03-28-2013 13:18:53 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of cjgator3


2.73/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Green 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head.

S- The aroma is pretty light and faint with some grainy malt along with a touch of hay and a hint of hops.

T- The taste is very light bodied with some pale malts and a clean finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Presidente Light is a decent light beer but nothing I have any interest in purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 01:48:16 | More by cjgator3
Photo of nick76


2.68/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is like corn and a touch of funk. The appearance is straw gold with a foamy head. The flavor is sweet and watery but like the aroma. The palate is watery. Overall it is inoffensive and more than I was expecting. It's not a very good beer but it's very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 06:27:31 | More by nick76
Photo of Noelito76

New York

2.65/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A had a few of them from a bottle during my vacation in DR just to try it out, since I've never seen the light version in the states.

It's simply a watery version of Presidente. Light yellow in color. Not very much carbonation or aroma. Taste is typical for a light beer with no presence of hops and mouthfeel is, well, watery as I said. Drinkability is poor because you just don't feel like you've had a beer (even at adjunct standards) after you drink one of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 15:10:01 | More by Noelito76
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap at a mexican restaraunt in Florida. The beer is an extremely bright yellow color that is crystal clear, with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbling. Thin layer of white, foamy film of head that actually retains and clings to the glass as you drink. Slight citrus effervescence to the aroma, with some toasty malt characteristics, as well. Flavor is extremely light cereal flavors and slight citrus tart on the end. Crisp and light in mouth, with a slight roundness most lagers don't have. Almost watery, with no discernable aftertaste, and your typical crisp finish for the style. Goes with anything for food, just like a glass of water...definitely better options out there friends...

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 20:50:35 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of wheelinshirt


2.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess it is the weather down in the Dominican but this can actually be a very enjoyable beer after a hard day of work, even in their winter which is quite warm (hot in the sun). Anyway, it is a pretty typical light adjunct lager, served very cold from a 22 oz green bottle. Taste is watered down and a bit corny but not offensive, mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very drinkable in the right situation.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 08:32:25 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of mvanaskie13


2.58/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked a few of these up from the hotel fridge while in the dominican republic.

Pours from the bottle a clear golden yellow with decent white head that laced feintly on the glass, very effervescent.

Smell is light graininess with hint of metallic scents, not pleasant.

Taste is not as overpowered by carbonation as the presidente, but less impressive, same grainy flavors, but more understated corn and wheat.

Flavors hit the top of the tongue and then coat the rest of the mouth on the finish, but not as harsh as the presidente.

I found this a bit more drinkable then the presidente, at least comparing the bottled versions. Carbonation was not as biting as the presidente, and the grainy flavors were not as potent.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:57:27 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of Griffith


2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

02-19-2014 20:50:00 | More by Griffith
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Presidente Light from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
61 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.