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Presidente - Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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516 Ratings

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 214
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional Dominicana visit their website
Dominican Republic

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 05-24-2002)
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Photo of HETZER
5/5  rDev +86.6%

After a Holiday in the Dominican I went on a mad 5 year search for this beer. When served as the natives do at home, with a pinch of sugar in a stout glass, this beer has become my absolute favorite. Strong head. No after taste. No Heavy Beer Drag but with a nice 5% pop It is no wonder that thou the Dominican is one of the poorest countries in the world the people all seem to have a smile on their face. I always have one when drinking Presidente !

HETZER, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of Wuanp
4.96/5  rDev +85.1%

Wuanp, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of todd9w
4.8/5  rDev +79.1%

todd9w, Sunday at 02:39 AM
Photo of wallwallnuts
4.75/5  rDev +77.2%

wallwallnuts, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of KerryCummins1977
4.5/5  rDev +67.9%

KerryCummins1977, May 14, 2013
Photo of psugrad98
4.43/5  rDev +65.3%

I was pleasently suprised by this beer. I had several while at a cigar tasting in Bethlehem, PA. Smoking fine Dominican Cigars accompanies by this surprisingly good Dominican Beer on a hot summer day was sure fun.

Pours pale straw with moderate head and lace. Clean smell with slight adjunct nose. Smooth malt sweetness with a hint of corn/veggie adjuncts used. Though definatly there, the adjuncts don't overpower like they do in beers like Bud and Coors. Slightly dry start, crisp and refreshing with strong carbonation. Sweetens as the beer warms.

I'd definately drink this over the more popular Corona for my taste of tropical beer. This is a much better beer.

psugrad98, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of ckr1451
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

ckr1451, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of rlc
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

This is a light vienna style lager. Delicious maltiness despite being served very cold. The hop bitterness is a perfect balance for the malt, which is not overly sweet and finishes clean and dry, but not too dry.

I drank this beer two ways.
First, while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, I drank it all day long on tap. Served extremely fresh, this beer is excellent and appropriate for warm tropical weather. This is the beer they SHOULD be serving in the Corona commercials.
The second time I had this was several months later. I found 12-packs for sale at a large store in Boston (Allston?), across from the Sunset Bar & Grill. Upon trying a bottle it was evident that this beer must be served very young and fresh, and does not travel well. Unfortunately they only come in green bottles, and the result is as bad as any skunky import.

rlc, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of stevenlukpat
4.25/5  rDev +58.6%

stevenlukpat, May 14, 2012
Photo of Sephiroth
4.1/5  rDev +53%

Pours with an initially fluffy head, and the body is a light straw color. Smells of grainy, light malt, refreshing, and a little fruity.

The taste is mild, light colored malt, light hops, it is going very well with this pizza. Mouthfeel has a prickly, clean finish. This is the best beer of this style that I have ever had. Wish I could get it in Indy.

Sephiroth, May 03, 2006
Photo of MrIncognito
4.03/5  rDev +50.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Also had straight from the bottle.

Appearance is clear amber/yellow, smell of corn and wheat, not much head with some lacing, average carbonation. Crisp and clean taste of corn and wheat... can be a bit skunky.

This is a tough beer for me to evaluate. When compared to all the great beers of the world this obviously isn't even as good as I have rated in numbers. In order to fully appreciate this beer, though, you have to understand the country, the culture, and the people of the Dominican Republic.

The DR is HOT! Very hot! All the time. The country is so poor that most natives bathe in the rain water that runs off their roofs. This is a country of barefoot kids, meals of rice, beans and chicken, and of course... baseball. Constant baseball.

Presidente is served "bien frio" (very cold) everywhere in the DR. It is almost always drank out of the bottle and it is the national beer and for most people the only beer.

When taking all of this into account, and having lived amongst these people, this beer is daggone good. Nothing tastes better than an ice-cold Presidente on a hot, steamy Dominican afternoon or night (yes, it's still hot and steamy at night).

MrIncognito, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of Musineer
4/5  rDev +49.3%

Musineer, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of BrianSA
4/5  rDev +49.3%

BrianSA, May 25, 2012
Photo of Tomedi01
4/5  rDev +49.3%

Tomedi01, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of IvanJ126
4/5  rDev +49.3%

don't see why it has bad reviews Pairs very good with food and its very crisp

IvanJ126, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of VILJ
4/5  rDev +49.3%

VILJ, May 13, 2014
Photo of cools007
4/5  rDev +49.3%

cools007, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +44.8%

Presidente has a thick, white head and a very clear golden appearance, with frothy lacing down the glass. Carbonation is relatively high. Aroma is slightly skunky at first, but this is quickly replaced with a standard beer smell. Taste is a nice balance of grains and hops, with a corn back flavor. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Presidente finishes crisp, satisfying, and slightly dry. Overall, I liked this beer and would certainly have it again.


RonaldTheriot, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of machostacos
3.85/5  rDev +43.7%

It's too bad this beer is getting a bad rap. I think nickeyx said it best; "It was understood that we weren't going for something to blow us away. It's a great cold beer when it's hot outside. It does taste better in the DR than it does here. Nothing hit the spot like an ice cold Presidente."

I also experienced this beer on a trip to the Dominican Republic, and while I've never had it in the States, I'd assume it's at least a little better here that it would be at home. When it's 95 degrees, laying under the sun, or with a delicious fresh moonlit dinner on the beach, or just exploring all the DR has to offer (it's a beautiful country - I highly recommend a visit, just brush up on your Spanish first), there's nothing better than a nice cold Presidente to cool you down. It's available everywhere here, it's cheap (70 pesos/bottle in our little hotel bar (about $2 USD) and even cheaper from various street vendors.

This beer is light golden in color with a decent head that sticks around for a while. Smells of crisp wheat, light hops and with a hint of fruityness about it. Taste is light and crisp - wheat, more wheat, sweet maltiness and a bit of apple juice on the finish. It has good carbonation. It's nothing super outstanding, but it is quite pleasant, and definitely a welcome refreshment in the heat of the Dominican spring. It's very drinkable, especially out under the sun - light enough so it won't fill you up, and no cloying astringency or over-powerful aftertaste to get annoying.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this beer.

machostacos, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of Nay
3.85/5  rDev +43.7%

First and foremost, it has to be judged among its peers: lame adjunct lagers. Presidente is better than them, while keeping the clean, very mild, easy drinking character. I drank a dozen types of light lagers while visiting a couple areas of the Carribbean, and Presidente is the best.

The aroma is fine, maybe a touch of DMS, but as good as any of its peers.

The best qualities of this beer is the flavor: a fine flavor with peppery bitterness. Not very hoppy, in fact I wouldn't be surprised to hear that they use seeds of paradise or some other bittering agent, because the tiny amount of bitterness lingers, without hop flavor, like a mild hot pepper.

Viva El Presidente.

Nay, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of rousee
3.85/5  rDev +43.7%

I know it is not fashionable to give a beer like Presidente a good review, but I think it is a pretty good beer and would prefer it over some other more highly rated beers under plenty of circumstances. On a hot day for example, I would much rather have this than some syruppy doppelbock or even many IPAs can be too sweet and sticky at times. This is the bud of the Dominican Republic and again another example of their bud being better than our bud.

Pours a clear straw color with a nice, quickly disappearing head.-not much lace but excellent continual carbonation which is seen in a lot of mass produced beers-so it doesnt mean much but it is appealing still.

Smell is herbal and skunky and slightly muddy--certainly a lot more pronounced than the pale ale I had earler whose aroma was really tough to get. Seems to be more of a bavarian or czech style rather than american.

Taste is malty and a nice clean dry hoppy finish. Tastes like it is lower than the 6% abv indicated in the description. Extremely drinkable.

rousee, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of KTCamm
3.78/5  rDev +41%

Poured from green bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden color with 1/4 inch of white foam. Inside looks fizzy - active bubbles. Pils-y smell, real german pils taste, more so than typical flat lager taste. Its crisp with lemon 1/2way through to close citrus. Forceful carbonation. Easy drinker but surprising amount of flavor.

Gets pretty bad ratings here, but compared to other AALs I've had, I was more bullish.

KTCamm, May 19, 2012
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.78/5  rDev +41%

I see a lot of people knock this beer because it's not sophisticated or it doesn't use a bunch of malts. That's not the point of Presidente. The purpose of this beer is to enjoy while laying on a beach in the Caribbean while working on your tan and watching topless women stroll by. If you are drinking this you are most likely not worried about work or household projects. It's a beer to enjoy while enjoying life. I drank plenty of it while on my honeymoon in the DR. On-tap tastes better than bottled.

It's a nice golden color producing a bunch of foamy white head. It smells a bit of wheat with a trace of corn. It goes down easily enough and leaves you wanting more. This was the only beer available at the all-inclusive resort I stayed at. I grew fond of it, not out of necessity, but because it's enjoyable. I'd take this over any American macro pilsner.

DesMoinesMike, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of Salud24
3.75/5  rDev +39.9%

Salud24, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
3.75/5  rDev +39.9%

mhaugo, May 01, 2012
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Presidente from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
64 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.