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Presidente Light - Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Presidente LightPresidente Light

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BA SCORE
62
poor

67 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 28.51%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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1.5/5  rDev -38%

acurtis, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

kylehay2004, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
1.25/5  rDev -48.3%

ygtbsm94, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of biegaman
2.85/5  rDev +17.8%
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...

biegaman, May 13, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
2.63/5  rDev +8.7%
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...

GarthDanielson, May 22, 2011
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

rolltide8425, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
2.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with no haze and a very strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy white foam which quickly dissipates. 'Sok.

Smell: wet grain, adjuncts, and bad memories. Not actively disgusting, but still quite a turn-off.

Taste: a lot like the aroma. At first, there's little flavor at all; then, however, the wet grain and bad-beeriness just take over. Blech.

Mouthfeel: light body with enough carbonation to remain interesting. Not special, though.

Overall: this beer holds little interest for me. It reminds me of drinking bad beers in college or while tailgating. That said, it's not actively horrible -- just not a great beer.

flagmantho, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Griffith
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

Griffith, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.88/5  rDev +60.3%
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.

ccrida, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

cjgator3, Aug 18, 2009
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 07, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mhaugo, Feb 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -17.4%

petermethot, Jun 25, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -38%

WDJersey, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
2.28/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a party and some one left this landmine in my fridge. Who does that?

Light hay color, white head with fairly good retention for a lager. There's even a few drifts of lace! Still pretty pale and ugly. For what it's worth the bottle art is weak too.

Smells like grain and hay. Taste is sugary with a dry cardboard aftertaste. Not that crisp.

Not as bad as I had feared, but in all fairness, I was very afraid.

donkeyrunner, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a thin white head. Picture any of the BMC beers and this is it.

S- Light grains and corn are about all.

T- Not a whole lot here going on. A lot like all the BMC brews. Corn and grains and super light faint soapy hops.

M- Light in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- When I was in the Dominican Republic my beer choices were this or Miller High Life, so I went with this.

I have no idea if they're any real differences between the light and regular version. Drank them both and everything was pretty much the same.

nrbw23, Jun 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +75.6%
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jun 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev +24%

cfalovo97, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Drew966
2.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presidente Light pours a pale yellow with a white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is corn grits, which the neck label proudly pronounces as an ingredient. A very light body, corn grits being most dominant, but there was a brief metallic flavor (not too bad). Typical light adjunct lager. Not very satisfying.

Drew966, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of TheBrewo
3.8/5  rDev +57%
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.

TheBrewo, Aug 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev +24%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

MattXT, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Noelito76
2.65/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Noelito76, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of JoeMans
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

JoeMans, Oct 01, 2014
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Presidente Light from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
62 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.