Presidente - Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Ratings: 625
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 2.69
pDev: 24.16%
Wants: 14
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Cervecería Nacional Dominicana visit their website
Dominican Republic

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-24-2002

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.
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Reviews by Flounder57:
Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Sweet and bready pilsner malts followed by cereal grains and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above. Not really much going on here.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, light bodied to medium bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty straightforward and normal pilsner. It could be more crisp and refreshing, but just middle of the road.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.97/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Bright yellow in color with some good carbonation but a James Brown head.

Smell – Light, grainy aroma that was thankfully skunkless. I couldn’t pick up the nasty aroma of cheap sugar, either, which was a plus.

Taste – This wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The grain came across rather nicely, and the presence of what seemed like actual hops helped this one along.

Mouthfeel – The smallish hops at the taste was enough to make this one a little refreshing and even dry. The light carbonation was tight and satisfying.

Drinkability – This is right around the top of my SA beers. It went down easy, was refreshing in the middle of an 80+ degree Florida day, and didn’t have any funky smells or flavors.

Photo of kidrogers
2.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Was recently in the Dominican Republic on vacation...our resort had this beer on tap. ONLY this beer on tap. ONLY this beer in bottles. Needless to say for one week I became a lover of vodka. This was not a good beer. Tasted watered down, was always served slightly chilled and a flavor relative to any US mass produced beer. I can't say enough good things about the people and their island except that if this is their national beer a revolution might not be a bad thing!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.51/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presidente Cerveza Pilsener beer. Brewed in the Dominican Republic 6% alcohol?+

A- Pours a darker than average American Adjunct Lager yellow hue, that produces a quarter inch of pillowy white head that lingers around for the whole beer.

S- Sweet malted grains and corn come to mind with minimal skunky hops.

T-M- Taste is different than others of its kind in the aspect of the sweet grainy flavors melded into the Mexican type brew i know. Light hop come in barely but has a smooth finish with nothing special in the back end.

D- Very drinkable but a premiem price i'll have to pass.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.03/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 onz green bottle with no date on the back "not even label"

The appearance is straw color with a white head.

The Smell grains and malt ,some sweetness.

The taste corn and veggies ,very strong there(but also not that bad).

Mouth feels dry after while having this beer, not the most refreshing one, worth a try but not to drink it often

Photo of jisom123
1.92/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is basically a Budweiser clone. Maybe +5-10% maltier. One of two basic beers from the Dominican Republic that you can readily find at the "Majestic Resorts" in Punta Cana. The other beer, Brahma is brewed in Brazil.

Glad I brought my own beer.

Photo of Jason
2.35/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellowish straw colour, thin lace that has trouble staying right after the foam subsides.

Smell: Mild cooked veggies and corn grit aroma with an oddly mild herbal hop also.

Taste: Big crispness with a light body, medium to high carbonation. Thin malt flavour, somewhat coarse grassy grain flavour. Hops are minimal in bitterness and virtually nothing in flavour. Cereal grain bite with a clean alcohol that warms in the back. A touch astringent going almost bone dry in the finish.

Notes: Bland yet bothersome, not a very well put together brew. If it was a bit cleaner and had a touch more malt flavour it would not be half bad. I don’t recommend this beer.

Photo of merlin48
2.91/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Green bottle pours a crystal clear pale yellow body with a medium white head that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma has a hint of adjunct grain and vague hops. At least it's not skunky. Light body is actively carbonated. Tastes like your average American mass produced lager. Slightly sweet grainy malt with a touch of corn or rice, vague hop bitterness to balance. High carbonation is the dominant sensation. Inoffensive, but why bother...

Photo of Billolick
2.65/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was headed to the Blind Tiger for Saison, ended up in the Bronx with the wife in a crap beer joint, Beer heavan to beer hell...oh well...., I could have worse problems...this stuff, was yellow clear and fizzy. no nose, min. head and min lacing. Adjuncts, water and very minor notes/hints of the existence of hops. Lawn mower brew, Domenican macro swill. Saison dreams tonight for me

2.5/5  rDev -7.1%

It was the only beer we had to drink in the d.r. Last year. It remained mediocre under all circumstances. Even in the Caribbean sun.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Quaffed quite a few of these, mostly on tap, at our all-inclusive resort in Puerto Plata.

A: Golden, pale straw in color, with lots of bubbles and thin head retention.

S: Crisp hints of corn and adjuncts. Light malt.

T: Cool and refreshing. Sort of bland, really. Coldness of it on a hot beach made you forget about the blandness. No real hop presence, but a tinge of light maltiness. Champagne-like bubbles throughout.

M: None, really. Light, effervescence quickly dissipates across the tongue.

D: Smooth and easy going down. Great on a hot day. Probably just a tad better than BMCs. I've got great vacation memories associated with this beer, therefore, I'm afraid to try it out of the bottle stateside.

Photo of misterid
3.6/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

have had these on several different occassions in different locales. each time i walk away thinking "that's actually much better than i expected".

can't say i found a better option in either Puerto Rico or Curacao during my time there. this isn't going to rock your face off but it's also not going to make you cringe when you drink it.

very smooth, crisp, a quality sweetness to it that far surpasses it's union american equivalent.

i'd drink these regularly if available where i live.

my beer of choice when vacationing in the caribbean without a doubt.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.48/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a light golden tone with a vibrant white head that leaves a nice evenly laced ring of foam. The aroma is a mild hop aroma with sweet lemongrass tones along with the corn and rice adjuncts to make this beer at a cheaper price. Well, I did pick up a sixer at around 2.50 at Chicken Charlie's in Little Washington, PA so it was a deal no matter what the beer is like. Sweet refreshingly crisp perfect for a Caribbean island. This beer was a staple during my trip to Key West, FL where it was a common ground to find in any local grrocery store. Corona doesn't even stand up to this beer so if you see it at a reasonable price pick it up. Light body with high carbonation that tickles the tongue. On a a hot day this would be perfect for chilling in the sun.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had the pleasure of working on South Beach for the past week and Presidente is everywhere. Most places only charge $3 for it too, a rare find in Miami. The beer is presented in a green bottle with a simply designed label, nothing flashy. It pours a golden crisp yellow, the color of almost ripe wheat. There is no head except a light cock tease of foam that fades as fast as its poured.

The smell like the head is almost nonexistent. There is some light malts and nothing else but I've got to thank the beer gods because at least its not skunked.

Taste is mild and malty with a nice lemony finish. Surprisingly better then I expected given the cheapness of the beer and the green bottles. A sharp carbonation adds some nice bite to the beer and makes it feel good in the mouth.

A good sub par beer that tastes better when your on vacation. I can drink this with some good Cuban food and it doesn't seem so bad. In fact it goes great with the half roasted chicken, black beans and rice I just ordered from Puerto Sagua here on south beach.

Photo of Brenden
2.25/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


The only beer available at the All- inclusive resort I stayed at in Punta Cana.

A- Golden yellow/ orange, clear, bubbly, thick bubbly white head.
S- Very grainy and with slight sweet corn and wet grass.
T- Crisp dry grainy malt with a corn, grass, vegetable body.
M- Light and sweet with a nice crispness. Watery.

Overall- Unimpressive lager that is easily drinkable in the hot humid DR weather. Sitting in a pool all week this was easy to drink but I won't intentially look for this.

Photo of asabreed
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was on my honeymoon last week in Punta Cana, and since we were at an all-inclusive resort, if you wanted to drink beer, it was either Presidente or nothing.

Appearance: Light fizzy yellow. Stone would hate to look at this. Fizzy white head dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Herbal grains and corn sweetness. On the lighter side of things. Smells like beer, but there's not much going on.

Taste: Adjunct grains all the way, but it quenches the thirst. Again, I didn't have a choice. And one thing I'd say is that it's mild, so it's easy to have a few with dinner or at the bar and it's not too obtrusive. Not a lot of flavor, but not altogether horrendous either.

Mouthfeel: Expected lighter to medium bodied with spotty carbonation. A bit watery too.

Drinkability: Does it get the job done when you're at the beach and the pool as far as quenching thirst? Sure does. I'd never buy it otherwise, though, and yes, clearly it's not a great brew. At 6% though, you'll feel good after a day in the sun after two or three of them.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to steve (akbeerfiend) for schlepping this diamond in the spitoon back from la republica dominicana.

The appearance is ideal for an american adjunct lager. brilliantly clear blonde color with ample carbonation.

Nose smells exactly like it should for the style. Just like a fraternity carpet. ample corn and adjuncts, with little else aside from futuristic super processed yeast strains.

taste....yep. straight up high school hooker lager. corn. rice. tropical STDs. its all there.

mouthfeel is pretty much what the style calls for. A specific gravity of 0.005 with ample carbonation.

overall, its a classic dook lager. Typical drunk ass slammable lager brew. No worse than the american eqiuvalents, but probably significantly cheaper, and produced in better conditions than the third world ghettos of st. louis.

Photo of Sammy
2.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheezy smell, not skunked just poor quality. Pale lager, with big bubbles. Malt story, with a bit of an acidic bite. Vegetable, corn, sugar, watery. Lacey. Aggressive carbonation. Minimalist drinkability.Stephan's bottle from his recent trip. Probably better than tap water there.

Photo of tweeder263
3.3/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold brew with a one finger head.Highly carbonated.Smells like a skunk.Tastes a bit sweet,but actually is really smooth.I expected something like a bud or coors but actually this is a lot better. I was impressed for a macro type lager..

Photo of tdm168
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from the bottle. I had this with dinner at Tacos and Tequila in Raleigh.

The nose is faint from the top of the bottle; some faint grains and mild grassy hops. The taste is smooth, grainy, mildly bitter, and lightly grassy. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very drinkable.

This wasn't an awful beer. It was fine with dinner. It didn't offer much in terms of flavor or character. It's unoffensive, but ultimately it can be ignored.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear. Golden in color with a bright white head that thins but holds surprisingly well. Even fresh from a case just delivered to the distributor, it's lightly skunked. Damned green bottles! The remainder of the aroma is lightly malty. The body is light with a very fine and effervescent carbonation giving it a zesty mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced, starting with a clean, sweet malt and finishing with some very light hop flavor and drying bitterness. Surprisingly well made. With the exception of the skunkiness in the aroma, this beer could stand side by side with some of the best made American macro-lagers. Refreshing and enjoyable.

Photo of ElGordo
2.12/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presented in a green 12oz bottle that I brought back from my trip to the Virgin Islands. Pours a clear golden straw color with a large, foamy head that subsides rather quickly. Rather still afterwards. Slight skunkiness when the bottle is opened, with further aroma of adjunct malt. Taste is not completely unpleasant, but not so good, either. Adjunct malt with a corny sweetness is about it - no hop presence to speak of. Very thin body. Glad I only bothered to bring one back with me.

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.96/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this Dominican Republic beer while visiting Zurich, Switzerland and Florence, Italy, which have large Dominican populations. It pours light yellow, over-carbonated, and the head dissipates rapidly with no trace. It has a light malt taste, with traces rice, citric, dish water, and grasses. It has a sweet aftertaste, with very little edge going down. It is not filling and you can easily through a six pack back.

Switzerland & Italy May-June 2013

Photo of WoodBrew
3.16/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lay over...Miami International...might as well try a beer from the Dominican. I will go against the grain and comment that this beer is better than a lot of Mexican/Brazilian/colombian beers that I have tried! Its lawnmower beer for sure, decent. Yellow in color, no smell, white head, some lacing. Could seriously put these down with no problem, which means taste/drinkability/mouthfeel are all solid! C'mon man...try it!

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Presidente from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
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