Presidente - Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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66
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221 Reviews
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Reviews: 221
Hads: 632
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 23.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 88 | 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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Photo of jlindros
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (234 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.93/5  rDev +42.4%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of Kg4bfr
2.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of drtth
2.96/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of Fargrow
4.44/5  rDev +60.9%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
2.99/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.41/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of ASirahSyrah
4.75/5  rDev +72.1%

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. (831 characters)

Photo of Forgottensaints
1/5  rDev -63.8%

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! (206 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

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. (498 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
2.67/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-very clear golden color that has a small white head that faded fast and leaves some lace
S-malt and sweet corn aroma
T-very smooth malt taste with a low hop aftertaste and a good malt flavor
M- light body and medium carbonation
O-this was a Okay, was smooth and refreshing (274 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle.

A: Pale colour, small head, retained a layer of foam on top, had
surprising amount of lacing.

S: Minimal euro lager like aroma, some hay.

T: Fairly sweet, slight grain and diacetyl.

M: Slightly heavy body for style, minimal carbonation.

O: OK for a hot day in the Dominican Republic, nothing offensive about
it. (335 characters)

Photo of ThePaintedGrey
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A: Pours a transparent straw yellow with a fizzy white head that dissipates rather quickly. There is a bubbly cap that retains for a good while, with a few strands of lace left behind. An astronomical amount of bubbles rising to the surface hints that this brew might be a bit overly carbonated... However, this looks substantially more pleasant than most BMC products here.

S: This is where I'm getting worried. Lots of corn and cooked grains. Light hint of malts and a weird hop aroma that I'm not sure if I'm happy to detect or worried about how off it smells.

T: Flavor is a bit on the clean side, inoffensive side, which certainly puts it a notch ahead of BMC. Lots of lightly toasted cereal grain flavors with just a tad hint of malt sweetness in the finish. A dab of hop bitterness lingers on the tongue after the swallow. As the beer approaches room temperature, a bit of a metallic boozy flavor can be detected above the malts in the finish. Not overly offensive, but definitely worth noting that this beer should be consumed fairly chilled.

M: Lots of crispness and a quite effervescent carbonation, but isn't overly carbonated like I feared. A solid body that dwells just below the medium range, but substantially heavier than light lagers. Goes down surprisingly easy.

O: I'm not a fan of pilseners nor lagers/adjunct lagers, but I have to say that I'm honestly impressed by this. I hold Dominican cuisine near and dear to my heart, so when I saw a Dominican brewed beer in the cooler, I had to pick it up to see what it was all about. While it's very much along the lines of a BMC offering, Presidente offers more flavor, a lot more character in the mouth, and serves as a refreshing beverage alongside some summer food. Will definitely be keeping this in mind for my next family BBQ. (1,843 characters)

Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA
1.96/5  rDev -29%
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 (453 characters)

Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a dimpled mug.

A: Crisp and golden with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Appears to be heavily carbonated, with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom and stuck to the sides of the glass. Looks exactly how I'd expect a tropical lager to look, if not a bit darker.

S: Sort of weak grain with slightly fruity notes. Very small hint of skunking, nothing too offensive.

T: Much like the smell, watery and grainy with slight fruit and even slighter skunk. It's not bad, but it's not really impressive. Not too different from other tropical lagers.

M: Thin with lots of carbonation, true to the style.

O: This is a beer that's very much like other tropical lagers I've had. It's not my favorite, but it's not repulsive, either. It's just kind of there. I've rated it relatively highly because it is, in my opinion and experience, exactly what I expected from a lager exported from a tropical country. It gets lots of points for being true to the style, but loses points subjectively, because as true to style as it is, it's not a style that I'm in love with by any means. Beats the hell out of Corona, though. (1,140 characters)

Photo of SanWrencho
3.63/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well balanced and refreshing, a good example of the adjunct style. The hops are non aromatic but provide the expected refreshing bitterness that lets you quench your thirst. Pleasant yeasty nose combined with a light mouthfeel and a very clean finish make this an excellent choice for warm weather chillin. At $12 for a 12 pack it's really worth checking out, if we ever get through the winter :) (396 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
2.74/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear and golden color which is topped with a very generous whitea foamy head with quite good retention.
The pleasant hoppy aroma is very gentle and I could also point out some grainy smell.
The taste starts a bit too sweet with just a minimal amount of bitterness in the body. The finish is bland, nothing to it. Also, it has a slightly watery feel.
Great beer to have on a sunny beach, but not so great if you want a lot of taste out of it. (454 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.82/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Bottle brought back from DR by my buddy Tyler

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 2-3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Skunk, bread, corn, apples

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, corn and apples. There is also some bread and a some grassy notes. It ends with a bready/grainy aftertaste.

Overall - Nice and refreshing.. can see how this would be great on a hot beach. Not bad for an adjunct. (598 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, this isn't a very interesting beer, but under the circumstances, it was nice to have. We were on a cruise ship excursion tour of Aruba and stopped by those crazy rocks you can climb up and get a great view of the island from. Across the street was a nice little bar and they didn't have a lot to drink, and I wanted to try anything oddball, so Presidente Cerveza from the Dominican Republic it was. It was considerably cheaper than cruise ship beer - about $2, and refreshing on a typical hot day in Aruba.

The beer has little character and cannot be recommended, but it may the lesser of evils if you find yourself in this part of the world. It was better than the local Aruba beer. The presentation and bottling were first rate. Cheers, Aruba. Cheers, Dominican Republic. (780 characters)

Photo of Bill_Murray
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: overly foamy. standard pour yielded half a glass of head. second try was a much slower pour but still, a third of the glass. Color was darker than other pilsners I've had

Smell: Nothing really standout, standard fair

Taste: Again, nothing special. Not much of the spicy hop note I expected from a pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Again, overly foamy, nothing standout

Overall: meh..., go with Port Royal (446 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
2.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

OK: if you happen to find yourself in the Dominican Republic, this is the best you're gonna do. (Hey, it's ALL you're gonna do because I don't think there are any other choices.) Basically Budweiser on steroids. A little maltier, not much boozier, and not much much better. If you're NOT in the DR, avoid this beer unless it's free (and even then, approach with caution). (375 characters)

Photo of HETZER
5/5  rDev +81.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 ! (451 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (650 characters)

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