Paceña
Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #57
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
70
Ranked #49,003
Avg:
3.11 | pDev: 24.12%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
82
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Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
 
Bolivia
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  10
SCORE
70
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a gold foiled top, no freshness date. Brewed and bottle 12,000 feet above sea level, WOW! This is the highest brewed beer I think I have ever had.

Appearance: Tight thin bubbled lace has no problem sticking and leaving several rings within the glass, the very pale yellowish golden hue shows of a sparkling clarity.

Smell: Ghost like fusel alcohol, twang of fermented grain and light floral hop, and a mineraly / faded smokiness make up the aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The crispness shows some depth as the moderate body flexes, light grainy malt up front turns to a more complex face of mineral from the water and light smoke of fire kettle action. Vague warming alcohol shows a small flare of fusel character. Hops are there but more just to balance. Finishes semi-dry with more mineral flavour and a thick graininess.

Notes: A surprisingly awesome lager from Bolivia, lots of little nuances that take the taste buds down many paths. Paired this beer up with some pan-seared Ocean Perch and a side of lime and beer sautéed green onion, sweet potato and turnip.

Mar 22, 2003
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Wobbly from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best examples of this style I have had. Impressed with the Bros' ranking. I wonder how many of the folks that rated it poorly have actually had it.

Apr 01, 2015
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elnachooo from Spain

1.83/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Dorada con una pequeña cabeza blanca; de cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aromas herbáceos y un poco de malta pero poco intensos. En boca es planta; no destaca.

Jan 12, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, straw gold body is topped by a white head that holds OK, then drops to a decent collar and whispy surface foam. Surprisingly, it leaves some lace around the glass. The aroma is a combination of malt & hop that's oddly similar to the smell you first encounter when entering a bar. I've never had a beer with a nose quite like this, and I had to question the bottle's age - but everything else about it seems fresh! The aroma's actually better than the generic "beer" aroma that some macro brews have. At least the hops are somewhat discernable from the malt. The body is medium with a fine and moderate carbonation that leaves it creamy in the mouth. Nice. Far from watery. The flavor offers a much richer malt character than I'd expected from the appearance, although it does remain quite basic. A light hop flavor follows and the bitterness is well balanced leaving a dry finish. I was surprised at almost every turn with this beer. I'd underestimated it. It's a well-brewed and well-balanced lager, and although it's quite basic, would be perfectly acceptable while vacationing in Bolivia. Nothing special, but not bad.

Nov 04, 2002
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UnionMade from New York

3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow, with a fluffy white head. Lots of bubbles rapidly making their way to the top. Some lacework.
Smells sharp like a pilsner. Light maltiness. Hops are crisp and clean, well defined, with a good snap to them. Slight corny aroma.
Flavor is light and well balanced. Very clean and clearly defined. A little of that corn flavor, but it works. Inoffensive, light pils malt, moving into a clean, peppery saaz hopping. A bit of alcohol is apparent in the finish. Very light body, effervescent, with spicy carbonation. Refreshing and well done. I like it. I thought this stuff was pretty decent. Summer beach beer to the max, dood! Wicked pissah!

Aug 21, 2003
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in an extra heavy brown bottle.
Paceña is from La Paz, Bolivia. Not what one immediately thinks of when contemplating beer. This Centenario Lager is golden colored with a medium sized snow-white head. The aroma of cut hay, malt and hops is quite faint. The light/medium-bodied malt is a little grainy, biscuity and has a light sweetness. A surprising dose of hops offer a light citrus bitterness and mild metallic bite. A hint of herbs is released as it warms and improves. Brewed 12,000 ft above sea level!

Jan 05, 2004
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genaro from Massachusetts

2.98/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pacena was a light, clear straw color with a full sustaining head. The aroma was a little grainy and citrusy. The taste was slightly sweet with a little hoppiness with some smooth malt. There was also a bit of buttery taste that ran into the slightly dry finish. This beer was better than I anticipated. Maybe it was the pure Andean water from 12,000 ft. above sea level that made the difference. Another good hot weather beer that I should try with spicey food.

Feb 14, 2004
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schrist275 from Florida

3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

beer pours easily enough into a more yellow than gold body with a full white head, see about 6 lines of carbonation.. fairly large, head lasts a good while, an odd and hard to describe smell, almost a rotted hops with a touch of apple schnapps. first sip puts it light hoppy start and then changes into light flavors of lager... not bad. didnt know bolivia had beer either.

Nov 03, 2004
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I have ever seen let alone tasted a beer from Bolivia.
I got this in the 12 oz bottle( brown glass) with gold foil round the neckhas a nice gold label with a city snuggled under a snow topped mountain on it.
This beer poured very gold..with a huge head which lingers quite some time..nice to look at.
Nice malty smell..some lemon in their too ..but little..good srtong a roma for a lager.
Taste however is on the average side..though unlike American macros there is not so much additives noticable.
Feels nice in the mouth which is strange given its lively carbonation..but it feels good.
Very drinkablke beer..wouldn't say no if i were offered this.
A nice surprise from Bolivia!

Feb 28, 2003
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

2.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light yellow body ( lighter than lemonade ) with a big foamy white head that leaves a little hint of lace. Aroma was lightly grassy/grainy with a little skunkyness. Although the smell inferred a skunky taste there was none. There was a grassy sweetness at the begining followed by a light bitterness.

Apr 06, 2004
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow/straw with lotsa bubbles and a big, foamy, white head. Aromas of honey-sweetened malts, light corn, euro hops, with a hint of tinny spice. No skunk!
Taste is a little disappointing. Stale malts up front. Lightly sweet (nutrasweet). High carbonation, and light bodied. Minor hop bitterness comes in, but wish it was more. Finish is fading bitterness with rice Chex sweetness. Not too bad. Drinkable enough, for an adjunct lager. Maybe better fresh too. I'll just have to go to Bolivia, climb some snow-capped volcanoes, and find out.

Dec 03, 2004
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Boilermaker88 from California

3.87/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12oz brown bottle with a gold foil wrapped cap. This Bolivian beer had a chill hazed golden color and a bubbly, lumpy white head that dwindled down quickly to a modest little cap and left wispy threads of lace.
The smell was quite fruity, of apple and pale malt, with some faint grassiness and crisp floral hops. The taste had a lightly earthy straw-infused flavor up front, which helped impart a richer malt flavor. The hops added a nice balance to the package, leaving a terse, dry bitter finish that didn't conflict with the sweetness in the beginning. The feel was the only negative to this brew as it had a bit of a grittiness to it. Still, it had a richer, fuller feel than most pale lagers I've tried, with a crisp dryness.
I picked this up on a whim, simply because I hadn't seen a Bolivian beer before. I was expecting another boring, macro-esque pale lager and found Paceña exceeded my humble expectations. It was quite easy to quaff and nicely refreshing. I'd happily reach for one of these over most other south-of-the-U.S. brews of this style.

Jan 23, 2004
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear yellow in color with some active carbonation and a nice, full white head that left some good lacing.

Smell – This aroma is very delicate, consisting mostly of light grain and maybe even a promise of a hop or two. The big news here is that there’s nothing nasty in it.

Taste – Wow, this is interesting. This Pale Lager is actually spiced and smoked. Yes, you read it right. There’s a clear sign of pepper to this one and definitely some smokey notes. I am dumbfounded to have, uh, founded, an SA Pale Lager (or any Pale Lager for that matter) with some versitility and creativity. Right on!

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is light but fun. The body of course is light, but there’s a crispness to this beer that gives it a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability – This is a diamond in the rough for sure. I was fortunate to have happened upon it by accident. Great job!

Feb 17, 2004
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diablo14 from Illinois

3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

quite liked this beer as a general session lager. wasnt too adjuncty, and had just a hint of individualty which i liked. must be the high alititude or something.

very light in color, in the same league as becks, which would normally put me off, but had decent fizz and a sturdy head, backed by a hoppy nose with a savory backbone.

found this beer to be quite tasty, had some clean straw and malt flavors, backed up with a slightly salty hint and some delicious bitey hops happening. nothing too mind blowing. but for a general lager, was very clean and crisp, and didnt have the saccharine like aftertaste that so many run of the mill lagers do these days. all in all it came up trumps.

nothing spectacular here, but of every countries' standard lager tasted like this, thered be a lot less bitching about the quality of western world lagers. a nice benchmark for what an average drinking lager should taste like.

Mar 12, 2005
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bark from Sweden

2.28/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is very pale straw yellow; the finger thick white airy head slowly sinks down leaving no lacing.

The mild smell is malty with a sour note of dough. There is an odd bitter note of glue, too.

The taste is mild. Some malty bread like malt, a dry bitter hint. And... Well, that’s it. The aftertaste might give some hints of bitterness and sweetness, but that might only be in my imagination.

The carbonation is milder than average. Large, somewhat sharp bubbles. The liquid is watery.

Probably the palest beer I ever had. But I guess it is not fair to judge it on a grim Scandinavian winter night, this beer is probably better on a hot south American dusty summer afternoon.

A boring beer, but i am still very thankful to my colleague Kjell who travelled around half the world to get me this can.

Jan 25, 2008
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.11/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a tired, thin ring of white bubbles.

Smell: Light pale maltiness with some faint floral hints and an odd accompanying note of bell peppers.

Taste: Pale malts, lightly sweet. Floral tones and again there's a slight vegetal quality running loose. No apparent bitterness. Unfortunately, that odd taste holds fast all the way through the finish. Bleh.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor, shameful example even for a South American lager.

Sep 20, 2008
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Noelito76 from New York

2/5  rDev -35.7%

Oct 02, 2013
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My girlfriend recently went to a wedding in La Paz, and, in helping to expand my BeerAdvocacy, lovingly brought back three bottles, along with a matching Paceña glass, just for me. One bottle couldn't survive the pressure during flight, but the other two arrived just fine. Brown bottle with red, blue, and silver label; "Cerveza pilsener cont. neto 300 cm3." It pours a fairly light gold, with medium carbonation and a full, two-finger, white head that sustains well - I can tease it above the rim of the glass - and leaves great lacing for such a light beer. The aroma is light and somewhat grainy, with a faint backing of corn. On the palate, there are soft grains and/or adjunts, with a light fruitiness that makes way for a mild bitterness. The hops are a bit earthy and contribute a dash of sea salt, which lead me to believe they may be noble. It has a medium body with almost tingly carbonation, and imparts an almost medium finish. Overall, a nicely-balanced light lager which I would session before BMC any day of the week.

Jun 14, 2007
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janubio from Spain

1.68/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure if I will be able to reach 250 characters, it's a very simple review: one of the inanest beers I've ever had. Not aroma, not taste, not body... nothing. In the best scenario, a good thick head. Bland and boring, I can't even find it refreshing or drinkable.

Jun 30, 2010
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jarmby1711 from Australia

3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear light gold with an active bead that fed ahead that didnt want to hang around.
The smell was a lot of nothing and a little bit of boring metal.
The malty but crisp finished was preceeded by a pleasant biscuity /nutty flavourwhich gave the beer some depth and complexity.
A not overly exciting drinkingbut has a touch of individuality about it.
An ideal accompianment to deep fried guinea pig or spit roasted alpaca.

Oct 22, 2005
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

1.7/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a somewhat clear pale/white with a small almost non existent head. Smells of tons of corn and some malt. First sip is corn and more corn with a not much hop presence with a bitter finish. Very light bodied and typical of beers from Latin America. Pretty bad stuff...hardly worth boiling hot dogs in.

Sep 13, 2008
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jwc215 from Arizona

4.07/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with a thick head that soon descends to a patch that hangs around for awhile.

The smell is of sweet grainy malt. A hint of huskiness and alcohol. Clean.

The taste is of sweet malt.. Some fruitiness. Rather bland hops balance out sweetness to a degree. Some huskiness, especially as it warms. Smooth.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Within style, this one is not bad at all. Fairly clean, crisp, refreshing. This is an easy-drinking session beer.. Rated within style, it's decent. Inoffensive, easy to drink, enough flavor hangs around to keep it worthwhile. Pretty good for what it is - much better than a BMC.

Feb 22, 2007
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

1/5  rDev -67.8%

Mar 31, 2012
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nickfl from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paceña (bolivia?) Bottle

A - pours with one finger of white foam that fades quickly and leaves light lace. The body is a clear, hidden color.

S - some grainy malt and a little bit of spicy hop character.

T - some honey malt up front that puts out bready notes in the middle. The finish is crisp, with a grassy hop flavor and light bitterness.

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - surprisingly good, not quite an authentic pilsner but kind of close.

Oct 14, 2011
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metter98 from New York

3.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down very quickly leaving lacing on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of adjunct and grainy malts and some skunk in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness. There is a little skunkiness, and this lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink, but the taste isn’t that interesting.

Aug 06, 2012
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