Paceña | Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.

PaceñaPaceña
BA SCORE
3.11/5
78 Ratings
PaceñaPaceña
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
Bolivia
cbn.bo

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by NeroFiddled on 11-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,910
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
78
pDev:
24.44%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of Hunter0507
5/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have to say that I love beer, and that I had all types of beers from different parts of the world and I truly love this Bolivian beer Pacena.

Wow it sums it up!!!!

Best beer ever. I wish I could find it here in California. They have it in Europe and it parts of the east coast. hard to find it here.

Love Pacena. One day I would like to visit Bolivia and get me some beer there.

 385 characters

Photo of Laggarto
4.5/5  rDev +44.7%

Photo of Schmidts
4.2/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a half inch head into a large mug. Nice Laceing all down the glass.
Smells of Alcohol and malts with a nice smooth hop bitternes.
Taste is of Alcohol and fermented grains with a nice light bitter hit of hops. This beer was given me by a friend and I find it to be amazing in flavor and smooth balence.

This beer has really surprised me in its flavor and clean mouth feel it is very refreshing.

Overall I give it 4.0 and I think t is an exceptinal Beer.

 479 characters

Photo of Jason
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.

 1,098 characters

Photo of cervezango
4.15/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The name of this beer is pico de oro, if your inbolivia and your buying beer, the stuff in the can (red and gold pacena can) is better than the stuff in the bottle (pacena pico de plata) this beer usually is sold in cans(its available in bottles but it not as common.)

by favorite Bolivian beer by far, and i have tried most of the varieties here.

It is clear and sparklingly golden with small bubbles, about a finger and a half of moderatly dissapating white head

wheaty fruit smelling

tastes very nice, fruit, good bitterness,not to bitter but enough, a little buttery

fairly light with moderate/strong carbonation ,

inexpensive which is pretty nice less than a dollar per can.you can drink a few with out getting full, easy to drink, but it doesn't sacrifice any of the great bitterness , very satisfying.
if your in Bolivia and you cant find the bottle in the picture beer advocate gives you, just buy the red and gold can that says "pacena" its the same stuff inside , and its great.

 996 characters

Photo of Wobbly
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.

 158 characters

Photo of jwc215
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.

 647 characters

Photo of swampsuds
4.04/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of imbibehour
4.02/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Supper bright, crystal clear and dark bodied bright shiny brass gold color, with light amounts of pinhead bubbles. Head creation is a nice frothy and sudsy three fingers, managing a bit of soapy cling and lacing. Very nice looking lager.

Very clean nose. Stays away from corny sweetness, or excessive sugars and off flavors and gets into faint hits of white bread.

Nicely easy drinking palate. Mild sweetness with faint touches of bread in the mid palate, and more of a honey like flavor. Clean but with less crispness, almost a bit of German like density of malt nearly as well. Peppery feeling carbonation also adds a nice texture and fun to the palate, and stays away from obnoxious gas as well.

Quite a surprising AAL, that's got a mix of mild sweetness, and just simple clean flavor.

 856 characters

Photo of mfuentesh
4/5  rDev +28.6%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.98/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On the heels of my recent sojourn in the world of Belgian beer, I have decided to make a jaunt through the Latin(o) world, although it is mostly Central & South America: beers of Spain, Bolivia, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Argentina, Venezuela, El Salvador and Chile. I must ask, at this juncture, WTF is up with the damn Surinamese, Para- and Uru-guayans, and the Guianans French and otherwise?! Send us some damn beer.

The Bolivian entrant in this derby came strong.

G – Pilsener glass

A – Golden, exceptionally clear, and fizzy with a small head that clings to the side

S – The slightest buttery-caramel smell, a faint floral hop and an aroma of mineral, as well.

T – Light honey and mineral taste, very pristine character. Similar to a Dortmunder. Sweet floral finish. Long lingering spicy alcohol aftertaste.

M – Well-carbonated, fairly light without being limp-wristed, if you catch my drift…

D – Very good lager. Doesn't taste much like an adjunct.

 1,022 characters

Photo of Boilermaker88
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.

 1,074 characters

Photo of cambabeer
3.85/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two fingers of white persistant head. Very pale and extremely clear gold body.

S- Banana/grain hues with some alcohol in the background

T- Very sweet at first then a slight ethanol and bitter towards the end with a hops aftertaste. A little smoky in there. Beautiful combonation of bitter and sweet.

M- Creamy, though thin bodied, great carbonation leaving a clean palate

D- very very drinkable, I want another one already.

I live in bolivia and this is by far the best bolivian made beer. I'd recomend it to anyone anyday.

 534 characters

Photo of Schweitzer21
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Marc_Nation
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BJasny
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RoyalT
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!

 902 characters

Photo of adolfotcar
3.66/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was really surprised by this beer.
I did a Blind Taste Test, and at the end it was better then Heineken (ok, I know that Heineken isn't anything great, but that was the test).
For a cheap beer it pays the money!

 213 characters

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.61/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewolero
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nicely into any serving glass anywhere in Bolivia. Ubiquitous on the sidewalk cafes and pensions among men and women just hanging out. Maintains a half-finger head, golden and clear.

Aroma is malty, not terribly remarkable with just the slightest hint of hops.

Taste is dry, malt-dominated at first, but lacks a distinct hop flavor--but that's just my taste preferences.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, light, and goes down easily and in quantity, as intended.

I'm not a huge lager fan, so this isn't my favorite drink, but it's respectable and well-executed.

 567 characters

Photo of mmmbeer
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.

 1,034 characters

Photo of BeerResearcher
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!

 515 characters

Photo of Socramahis
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of rallyr32
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of Beric
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 12 Jan 2015

Brought direct from Bolivia.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with a weird, almost greenish tint. The beer pours with a foamy white head that quickly collapses into nothing. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells skunky and sweet; your average AAL.

Taste: A bit of a surprise considering where the rest of this beer was going. The taste is really incredibly smooth- it's sweet and 'beery' and paired excellent with my spicy dinner.

Mouthfeel: Watery with medium carbonation.

Overall: A decent AAL and one that drinks way easier than the overcarbonated US versions. I loved the toned-back carbonation that really allowed the sweet corniness to come through. Refreshing, but nothing special.

 736 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Paceña from Cerveceria Boliviana Nacional S.A.
Beer rating: 3.11 out of 5 with 78 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.