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Presidente | Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
Dominican Republic | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lanzada al marcado en 1935, durante más de siete décadas Presidente ha estado unida a la forma particular de sentir y de ser de los dominicanos, asociando las ocasiones de consumo a grandes celebraciones entre amigos y desarrollando una verdadera cultura cervecera en nuestro país.

La exitosa presencia de Presidente en mercados internacionales, unida a su gran aceptación por parte de los turistas que nos visitan, contribuye a la proyección internacional de la calidad de los productos de la República Dominicana y de los recursos y atractivos del país y de su gente.

Added by UncleJimbo on 05-24-2002

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Reviews: 234 | Ratings: 694
Photo of hdf561
3.64/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug, clear but dark gold, no skunk smell, maybe some grain and corn but surprisingly pleasing

Taste can't quite place it but it tastes delicious, very smooth, no bitterness perhaps some citrus, malt, bread notes still tastes great very smooth

One of the best Mexican beers I have ever had! Kills corona and is on par with dos Equis, closer to a dos Amber than lager but phenomenal beer will buy again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, straw yellow in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sweet corn and grass. Very light bodied and sweet. Not bad at all for the style. I often find that beer in green bottles has some skunkiness to it and this one really does not possess it all. Nothing I would rush out for, but decent.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I just came home from my vacation in the Dominican Republic where I had several of these. I thought it was a quite typical Adjunct American Lager, like Corona, yellow color, not much head, light smell, some grain in the taste and it had no odd, no skunky, and no metal flavors, but it was watery. It wasn't bad drinking in the heat, and sometimes it was quite refreshing. For its style it was not bad. However, it is certainly not a tasty beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The ratings here are way low, in its class, it's infinitely better than its peers. I borderline loved this next to a host of crappy cheap beers from Puerto Rico and it's neighbors, it's head and shoulders better. Maybe it's fresher than samples I had, but it crushes. No metal, no mineral, no stale, no corny sweetness, no amateurishness, it's drinkable and good for what it is, and sets the bar high for other dominican beers that have to follow it. Slight haze from the bottom of the bottle, but it's not overly refined, and although the head is short lived, it rises high on the initial pour and looks more like beer than yellow water, so I support it fully. Malt and hops are both perceptible to nose and tongue, which alone puts it ahead of its mates. Mild toasted notes and grassy florals, summery, with real body and brisk carbonation. Th only thing better than its relative position on he island lager hierarchy is its price. 2 bucks a bomber is tough to beat. I have the light version in the fridge ready to rock, but I wish I had got two of these instead. Underrated, especially in context...

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
2.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just your average lager swill. It tasted just like a Budweiser, so not very remarkable. It was one of the few beers offered at the resort I stayed at when I was in the Dominican Republic. Though, in the heat of the day by the pool, it wasn't so bad to drink.

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Photo of stevoj
1.97/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Weak and bland lager from the Caribbean. Best feature is the appearance is rich golden color with a nice airy head. Else, forget this one, unless you’re in the DR and there’s nothing else to drink.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.82/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours Golden amber a bit darker than the usual AAL. Clear and with active carbonation. Creamy head of white foam that lasted a very long time. Nose is very malty. An awkward weedy hop with a minty backing. Hop presence on the nose is low. The bottle says pilsner. No diacetyl no dms. Taste is breaddy but the malt had a sinking bit of heaviness to it. My beer was dated best by 07/2015. Maltier, wet not dry and missing some carbonation. A slight hop bitter to finish it and a grainy husky aftertaste. No real heavy corn taste. Not crisp.

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Photo of leantom
3.65/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didn't think this was that bad.

Also, before I review this beer, I have to thank the short-haired dude in line for Bourbon County at the BRL in Bloomington. Here goes:

A: Crystal-clear brown with a fairly large head. Good.

S: Not bad. Toasty malt, some caramel, corn and some wheat.

T: Good. Toasty caramel and corn. Can tell that this is an adjunct lager. However, the corn is not as pronounced as in other adjunct lagers.

F: Nice and crisp. Good.

O: A good adjunct lager. Better than the American varieties.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From Festival de las Naciones. In Ikea's pilsner glass. Playing Bit Evolution.Wasnt expecting much and ive been surprised. Much more tasty and with bigger body than typical industrial lagers from around here. Null aroma

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Photo of jhartley
2.33/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had this on draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food & Wine Festival from the Dominican Republic kiosk.
Golden brown color with a thin head.
Nothing great in the aroma, grains not much else.
Taste is just a dry macro style pilsner, excessive amounts of dry graininess.
Feel is thin, not much left in the aftertaste or that is memorable.
Overall, a pretty terrible beer, but had to try it since we were there and won't have it again since it is just another macro style beer to me that doesn't offer much in aroma or flavor.

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Photo of 011079
5/5  rDev +83.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer its really good as long as you buy the one that its made in dominican republic and its serve cold the one made in usa dont taste the same thats why its getting a poor review

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 2 finger white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; very nice lacing;

S: mostly DMS; a little bread;

T: pilsner malt; flavor really fades from mid-palate the the finish; the end is mildly bitter with almost no flavor;

M: medium bodied; highly carbonated; crisp;

O: no date - I don't care enough to try and decipher the code; fresh, this might have been pretty good; tough to drink without getting a noseful of DMS;

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Photo of FLima
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright Yellow golden color with a thin head with short retention, but with some laces.
Light adjunct Lager aroma with predominant notes of lemon and sweet cereals. Mild off-notes (mostly sulfur).
Flavor with notes of lemon, perceivable herbal hops and sweet cereals. Faint metallic. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light to watery body with some spicy carbonation.
This is a decent for an adjunct Lager. Refreshing, crisp with no bothering off-flavors.

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Photo of jlindros
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another one from St martin.

This one was everywhere, but that didn't help. Quite macro like, some built in skunk, watery but a decent pilsner malt wasn't too bad. A little old grassy hop thing, bitter minerals and almost sulfry note.

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Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a pint glass. Not a lot of BA love for this brew. I find it to be a great session beer for the hot summer months. It is not a craft brew nor is it packing an overwhelming flavor. But, i do find it very enjoyable.

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Photo of Kg4bfr
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is really good in the Tropics...down here in Miami the weather is Hot or Very Hot ...very refreshing on a hot day...at the Beach pull it out of a ice cooler it's the perfect beer...Carbonation is good.

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Photo of drtth
2.96/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright golden color with a 1/2” white head that recedes fairly quickly but persists as a thin layer on the surface with a reasonably nice ring around the glass. Sipping leaves small patches and a few legs. of lacing.

The aroma is lightly malty and faintly hoppy with some grainy character.

The flavors are light, mostly from the malt and grain but with a touch of hop floating around back there. There seems to be a hint of corn.

The mouthfeel is light bodied with a refreshingly crisp feel from the lightly prickly carbonation. The finish is medium long and ends in some dry light bitterness.

Overall this is a respectable beer for the style with well balanced flavor that would be refreshing on a hot summer’s day. Its not one I expect to be drinking again, but I can understand why some might enjoy it and I might not choose it over something else, I certainly would not turn it down on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.44/5  rDev +62.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My sister brought a CAN of this back from her honeymoon for me. I was extremely surprised at how good this was! I suspect this beer would have much better ratings if everyone had tried it from a can instead of a green bottle.

Really a fantastic pilsener. Not too sweet and not too dry. I would honestly drink this often if I could. I bet it would taste perfect on the beach in Punta Cana.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.99/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can. I just drank a ton of these while on vacation in Punta Cana, RD, but every pour wasn't worth the hassle of thinking about a review so I brought a couple of cans home
A - pale golden and clear with a fluffy white head
S - not a whole lot of aroma: pale grain, faint spicy grassy hops, corn and/or another adjunct grain perhaps
T - light and refreshing, cereal grain, pale malt, spicy and grassy hops; very typical flavors for a pale adjunct lager
M - very thin body, a bit tangy with a mildly spicy but clean finish. It goes down smooth and is easy to drink a few in a short time under the hot sun
O - nothing special here, but this beer will hold a special place with me considering my wife and I had such a fabulous time in the Dominican Republic.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Just got back from a week in Punta Cana in hte DR and drank a ton of these, both on tap at some 12 oz. bottles.

Pours a piss colored clear pale yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Corn, grains, bread, dough, wheat. Taste is not great. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall not good...some were skunked, some were fine but all very bleh and not very good. Could choke a few down a day but didn't drink a lot beer since it was not very good.

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Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.75/5  rDev +74%

Admittedly, I'm not all the surprised at the litany of fellow advocates that tore into this beer given the culture of the community; however, I did figure I'd see at least one positive review, especially since it's almost always out of stock at all the local Spec's, Gabriel's, etc., but not so. Anyway... screw it, i'm stickin' with it and you're about to see a fantastic one!

I love Presidente! I'd choose it over Dos Equis, Corona and just about any other mass produced Mexican or Dominican beer. I had it first at port on the island of Saint Maarten during a cruise vacation, so I thought maybe my intoxication affected my perceptions so I tried it again when I got home - still great! Very refreshing, crisp, clean and easy to drink: perfect for hot days and bbq's if you're looking to grab something cheap and in mass.

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Photo of Forgottensaints
1/5  rDev -63.4%

Best when served near freezing right out of bottle. This beer is shit. If no better option then this will suffice. But if you have a choice pick anything else. Go corona. DR has corona. Hell go coors light!

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle brought back from the DR by Dave, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a clear light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that leaves quite a bit of lace on the sides. Aromas of sweet bready pilsner malt with an hint of sulfur and some faint floral essence. Flavor is a bit on the sweet side with a hint of spice. Light body with a huge amount of carbonation and just shy of watery in the mouth. I've had much worse, but I could see a few of these going down easily on a beach somewhere.

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Photo of Brenden
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Completely clear, and a very pale yellow color, this seems to be more along the lines of what I've come to expect from the mass-produced international beers of what is arguably the worst style out there, as the fizz that would be a head never actually forms more than a thin layer (which is something) and it ends up looking like tainted seltzer, though a tiny spot or three remains in places.
Vegetal and husky, this goes one direction of two terrible options these sometimes take; at least it's not sickeningly sweet, though it's got that awful "cooked" sort of smell that translates to the taste, though less aggressively. Grains come out more strongly then, building up a sort of astringent nature into the finish. Malts and the vaguest hint of herbal hops flavor try to save it and give it just the slightest boost from the aroma.
Much more on the dry side than many, this one builds up to a sort of chalky finish. That said, it's crispness is consistently strong, and it's not horribly unclean. It avoids stickiness, which is something.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a moderate effervescence and no haze. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam. Par for the style.

Smell: adjunct-y malt aroma, but too light to be truly offensive.

Taste: a bit of plasticy flavor and a little bit of corn pops on this otherwise lightly flavored brew. Not the best adjunct lager out there, and not the worst.

Mouthfeel: light body with a decent carbonation which is refreshingly fizzy.

Overall: eh. I wouldn't seek this beer out again, unless I found myself in the DR and wanted a local quaff on the beach.

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Presidente from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
65 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.