Prestige
Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #330
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
65
Ranked #48,895
Avg:
2.67 | pDev: 27.34%
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
116
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Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
 
Haiti
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Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  16
SCORE
65
Poor
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Notes: After experiencing the rhythms of our drums and witnessing the intensity of our resilience, our Dutch colleagues have been inspired to share our irrepressible spirit and award-winning lager with the world. This bottle of Prestige® Lager was brewed in Holland while we upgrade our brewery in Haiti, with the promise that production will return to our beloved country to continue the promotion of our unique culture and artisanal excellence on the global stage.
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Beginner2 from Illinois

2.79/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Again, I come to the aid of under-rated beers. (Although with Prestige, the average almost is correct.
Designed to be served so cold that it will quench a thirst on a hot day,
Being less than a barley purist and a saison fan, I don't mind adjuncts. But the good ones doing something with what they use. Prestige does not do it enough.

While it Looks something of a bleached blond, it is bubbly. Smells are mostly malt and rice and maybe some corn and wheat thrown in; but doesn't get very rich for 5.6%. Tastes are largely the same bland; but again slake thirst in a tropical clime. Feel and finish are thin, yet slightly cloying. Could this use more hops to improve its ratings? ... . Sure could.

While their website is only in French, here is what I gather. Their Haiti brewery was wrecked by a hurricane and they are now contracting out in Holland (I'm guessing with Heineken, since that is one of the two beers they distribute in Haiti. If my guess is correct, maybe Heineken can hop-up the recipe.) At any rate, Haiti (damaged terribly by hurricane and corruption) carries on. Hoping that their beer distribution is less corrupt than Illinois, I give Haiti National Brewery some OA Hugs.

Jan 25, 2020
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear, golden straw color, 1/2 inch off white head, no lacing
S: Bread, floral hops, yeast
T: Clean, sweet bready malts, a nice hoppy bitterness then a litte of the skunkiness that is common with these beers.
M: Light
O: Really nice easy drinker. Just the kind of beer I would want to enjoy if I was in the Carribean.

Jul 26, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; best by May 2019.
A: Pours a crystal clear, dark golden color with a three finger, foamy white head, solid retention, and fairly good lacing.
S: Peppery and corny aromas.
T: Semidry. Corny with a pretty good bite from peppery almost cumin bitterness throughout.
M: Light bodied with low carbonation. Drinks smoothly, crisply, and cleanly.
O: This is a solidly constructed lager. Found it quite refreshing and enjoyable.

Mar 26, 2019
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.24/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A clear yellow fizzy adjunct lager . Smell was corn grain and malts. Taste was the same a bit of floral hops. A crisp mouthfeel with bready malt finish.

Jan 07, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked-up a single bottle as part of a mixed six-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for $11.99. Have never heard of or seen this brew before. No bottled-on date to be found. Was very nervous taking the first sip. Not good, but not awful. I managed to finish it. Taste kind of reminds me of Moosehead, but not carbonated enough.

Oct 25, 2018
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AfricanPete14 from South Africa

4.3/5  rDev +61%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My friend Alejandro brought a case of these over, and this was a pleasantly surprising beer. It was delicious. Poured a nice full yellow color with a light head. Tasted great, very refreshing with a light malt flavor. Probably Haiti's version of a Red Stripe, but not quite as good. Went down very smooth.

Apr 10, 2018
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Alexc11 from Canada

2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Non-descript tasting beer. Just plain okay. Pours bright yellow with decent lace. Hint of apple scent. Moderate bitterness and smooth. Goes down nicely with little complex punch. Not awful but just alright.

Jan 04, 2017
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SavvyJack from New York

5/5  rDev +87.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An imported 12-oz bottle of Prestige resembles the shape of a Red Stripe; easy to grip, store and stand in shelves of fridges, which is a space-saver; always a plus for OCD and highly organized individuals like myself. Bottle's updated label incorporates the colours of Haiti's flag (red and blue) in metallics, encircled in gold that captions two winning medals at the World Cup of Beer in 2000 and 2012 under the category of American style lagers. 5.6 ABV and 168 calories, nearly equivalent to a Blue Moon minus the carbs (0g).

Appearance: Thin white head (about 1/2 inch; faint after 2-3 minutes), pale golden yellow (through and through), tiny rising CO2 bubbles at moderate speed, somewhat sparse but consistent.

Smell: Barley hops, hints of vanilla and perhaps honey.

Taste: Light malts, bitter but sweet grainy; simple but fairly bold; clean palate.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, highly carbon, minimal aftertaste and pleasant.

Drinkability: Refreshing and crisp; easy to go down. Best served very cold; typical for Caribbean beers to deal those high temperatures all year round.

Overall: Nothing really bad to say about this beer. While it may not have the next unique-feel to seasoned beer drinkers myself alike, it definitely captures the consistency and refreshing taste needed to survive the Caribbean sun in which this beer was intended. It is worth mentioning that it also goes great with food, for gastronomists who want the best of both worlds, to taste their brew and taste their food without any hinderance of the two at all. For a country more known for its rum and coffee, it surprisingly beats out many brews in the American lager category and believe it is quite deserving of its achievements. Cheers!

Sep 13, 2016
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biegaman from Canada

2.08/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This brilliantly clear, brightly polished golden nectar looks exactly right for something named "Prestige". If only some of the head would stick around we even could have said it's appropriately crowned. But alas, the lack of foam despite the noticeable presence of bubbles points to the fact this may have less esteem than its title suggests...

There's certainly nothing reputable about this aroma! It's hard to imagine a bouquet more affected (infected?) by the use of additives. Out: fresh bread or cereal grain notes; In: corn syrup and white icing sugar. It's as cloying as no-name brand liquid honey but also has a foul stench to it, like driving by the waste treatment facility on a hot summer day.

If that sounds like hyperbole to you, just wait until it warms up. The difference between fridge and room temperature is like night and day; all kinds of the beer's shameful secrets are revealed once it loses its chill. I'm not sure what are the actual contents of this bottle but I'd bet a pot of 'bouillon' there's more than just four ingredients.

Somewhere there's a little voodoo doll version of me, pins stabbed into the taste buds and liver. OK, so drinking Prestige isn't literally painful, but it really isn't pleasant. The flat, starchy texture and sweet corn flavours of the adjuncts completely overrule any legitimate malt presence and the aftertaste is like wet cardboard. Even a small stubby bottle is un-finishable.

What's the opposite of Prestige? Answer: high quality beer. This Haitian offering drinks like someone put a hex on it. As if the good folks on that island haven't had to go through enough. Maybe in such dire conditions people are simply happy to have any kind of cold, bubbly respite from the world... that's the only excuse for this I can think of.

Sep 01, 2016
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Dope from Massachusetts

2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a clear gold with a small fizzy white head. Head disappears immediately with no lacing.

S: Whoa. Sickly sweet graininess. Like overripe corn. Hmph.

T: Pretty much the same as the aroma but not as pronounced. Super sticky sweet corn and hard candy flavors.

M: Light bodied, very sweet.

O: Damn, this has to be the sweetest AAL I've ever had. It literally made me cringe the first time I took a sip. It's like corn sugar water basically. Rough to drink, makes me want to gag. I'd rather have budweiser.

Aug 24, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear, straw yellow in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey and straw. Very light bodied. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would go out of my way for. Drinks like a typical adjunct lager.

Mar 23, 2016
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

2.92/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Colonial Spirits, thanks for the Tick!
Brilliantly clear deep yellow color with a decent sized bubbly white head that shows moderate retention. Light floral hops, light bready pilsner malt with a bit of sugary sweetness and little else. No flaws nothing horrible here, just a bland watery light lager

Oct 26, 2015
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CTHomer from Connecticut

2.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly to a thin collar; no lacing;

S: more skunky than anything else; a little corn;

T: sweet malt for a moment, then a flavor I can't really describe - like having a penny in your mouth or if you leave an aspirin in your mouth too long; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; high carbonation;

O: pretty undrinkable;

Oct 04, 2015
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schoolboy from Ohio

2.83/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This isn't much worse than anything else from this style. I picked up a bottle from a street vendor in Sint Maarten for a buck or two.

I never poured it into a glass and just consumed it while walking back to our cruise ship. It was cold and wet but not very good. Your usual sweet, poor tasting mess. It did not taste fresh either.

In the Caribbean you aren't going to find great beer very often, so if you want a beer, you may have to settle for one of these. On the positive side, it is refreshing and not too hard to drink when you are already drunk.

Mar 28, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of grains. Taste is light, some malts, a bit of corn, refreshing but lacking in flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not terrible, but also not a beer I would need to drink again.

Mar 07, 2015
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MadLatvian from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

Look I know it's not the greatest beer on the planet. But after a blazing hot day of work and sweat in Haiti, it's the greatest tasting beer there is.

Feb 26, 2015
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aubsta from Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice lively beer. I was lucky to find a 12 pack in Long-Island a few weeks ago. Very refreshing with distinct notes of honey and chamomile. No wonder this brew places well in international competitions.

Dec 30, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle at 5.6% ABV.

Pours pale golden-amber with a largish head that displays good retention.

A Carribean made Heineken pale lager, complete with mild bitterness and a faint skunkiness. Unappealing, skunky aftertast. Better than expected, but then the idea of a beer from Haiti is a bit scary.

Nov 11, 2014
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WhiteHillsStore from Connecticut

2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not as bad as I thought it was going to be. Poured a very light yellow with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The smell was mostly rice, but had some toasty aroma as well. The taste was standard with rice and a little malt and hops coming through. Although a very pleasant crisp bite at the end was nice. The mouthfeel was thin but for a summer beer it isn't bad. Was expecting terrible but got something that's just a bit below the average for this kind of beer.

Jul 23, 2014
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

OK: if you happen to find yourself in Haiti, this is the best you're gonna do. Otherwise, avoid this beer unless it's free (and even then, approach with caution).

Aug 25, 2013
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StaveHooks from Oklahoma

1.37/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

12oz snubby nose bottle served in a pint glass

A - Pours clear and very light straw color. Small white head is gone in an instant.

S - Corn husk, cooked vegetables, herbal notes.

T - Chalky aspirin bitterness right upfront, sweet husky corn flavor, herbal minty flavor, the chalkiness tramples over the light sweet malt.

M - Medium carbonation, light body

Geez!!! Stay away from this unless you just wanna tick it. This one was hard to finish. If I lived in Haiti I wouldn't drink beer.

Jul 23, 2013
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BeerDocT from Georgia

3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sean Penn must half downed a liter or twenty of these bad boys while he was getting filled with Baron Samedi in the HAITI. Let's pop a cap before the tonton macoute arrive... .

-Appearance 3.0: Weird. Poured out a straw yellow color that slowly (and strangely) became a deep golden color. Small head dissolved into pleasing swirls all over the top.

-Smell 3.5: Very nice bouquet. I smell barley and hops and...lots of adjuncts. Still, this is miles away from your typical Macro beer.

-Taste 3.5: Front is slightly sweet with a nice corny hint. Middle is where the malt seeps in and is moderated by a wonderfully smooth adjunct that I am guessing is rice. Finish is all adjuncts, but I do (finally!) detect a hop note in it. Aftertaste is (again) all adjuncts, but is not harsh at all.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Typical CO2 carboed mouthfeel.

-Overall 3.0: Fell just short of hitting the "3.5" category, but nonetheless, this is NOT a bad beer. Very light and refreshing and in the hellishly hot climate of Haiti, I imagine these would be like finding a bar of gold. Recommended for hot temps or those attempting to remember the hot temps. A good beer from a county that is not known for its beer!

Dec 09, 2012
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vandemonian from Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Prestige by Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti is not very good. I don't know what to say. It's like Miller Lite but without the industrial attention to detail.

A: No head. Yellow colour. 2

S: Chlorine. Nothing much else. 2

T: Watery. Some light pils malt. Not bad, but not much there. 3

M: Flattish. 2

O: 2.5.

Sep 13, 2012
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Prestige has a thin, white head and a clear, somewhat bubbly, straw appearance. The aroma is of faint, yet sharp hops and sweet malt. Taste is bold- sweet barley malt, grains, sugar, alcohol, and a fairly strong hop bitterness across the middle and back of the sip. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Prestige finishes pretty crisp and refreshing. Overall, it's a good beer that improves as one drinks it down. Try it!

RJT

Jul 24, 2012
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eod81 from New York

3.48/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle as part of a mystery 6-pack and did not know what to think - the beers included range from about $0.50 to $4.00 per bottle.

A- Prestige pours a crystal clear "cheap lager" yellow with some lacy head, maybe a half inch. Not very promising, but nothing to scoff at without tasting.

S- No real points won on the smell here, weak lager with malts hiding behind corn, a bit of a vanilla note as it warms.

T- Surprisingly, this beer tastes pretty good. It's somewhere between a very "basic" american lager like bud or coors and a "typical import" like heineken. The corn is still present, but it's sufficiently bitter and complex, not to mention extremely refreshing (more so than the bud-coors set). Lime on the finish, with even more astringent bitterness on the aftertaste, calming down to the corn again.

M- Really ideal for summer drinking or eating rich foods (I paired mine with meaty pizza). Extremely crisp and pleasant, delightful carbonation, and for its sweetness, it's absolutely not syrupy or sticky.

O- The "World Beer Cup 2000 Winner" on the label made me admittedly very nervous, as in 2000 I was in my middle school science-honor society because I maintained a 90% test average - no longer the first thing I tell potential employers. However, I thoroughly enjoyed this beer and would choose it every time over most of the domestic and "import" offering at local bars. Sufficiently complex to understand why they haven't changed their labeling: they have something to be proud of here!

Would absolutely buy again for a session beer, but not sufficiently interesting for a serious beer aficionado to jive on all night.

Jun 14, 2012
Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 116 ratings