Prestige | Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
Haiti | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
46
Ratings:
97
Avg:
2.52
pDev:
39.68%
 
 
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4
Gots:
9
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Reviews: 46 | Ratings: 97
Photo of aubsta
4.28/5  rDev +69.8%
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.

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Photo of MadLatvian
3.88/5  rDev +54%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +40.9%
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

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Photo of dstc
3.52/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with big white head. Head falls slowly leaving minimal lace.

Smells light and maybe grainy? Little sweet.

Thin taste. Light malts and hops and slightly metallic.

Thin and highly carbonated in mouth.

I don't care, I like it. Good hot weather brew for those steamy Florida summers.

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Photo of eod81
3.48/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.32/5  rDev +31.7%
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!

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Photo of riversider76
3.32/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a thin white head. Decent retention and pleanty of laceing. Aroma is very weak.Hardly noticable are some bready malts. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is buttery and bready up front with a bit of a fruity finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Phatz
3.2/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, this beer starts for me with very warm feelings. First, I have a love for the country of Haiti. I was a missionary kid living there for the first years of my life. Second, this beer marks the second thoughtful beer gesture from my father, who is not always known for remembering things like that. First when he was on vacation in Alaska he brought me back a mixed 6-pack of Alaskan BC and now when he came back from his two week missions trip to Haiti he brought back two short stubby 12 once bottles of Haitian beer; and this from a man who doesn't drink. ... Warm fuzzies!!! Thanks Dad!

Notes: I am wondering if some of the reviews had this beer much older than the one I am tasting. Or maybe some a just not a fan of the style. Here is the truth, this is an adjunct macro lager. It is the Haitian version of what we in PA would rate Straub. Personally, can enjoy fresh Straub beer in Saint Mary's PA, but what you by in the store outside of Elk County... too old. My guess is that this beer skunks. I have no proof other than mine is not bad for a corn flavored pale thin macro.

Review: keeping in mind it one of my least favorite styles this is review to style.

Appearance: This beer looks like many other macro adjunct lagers. They all look like pale piss. This one is extra light and almost clear with a white head that fades and a few specs of lace here and there.

Smell: Very small aroma. you have to search for it but you will find corn and pale malt and some processed sugars in the nose.

Taste: This beer is exceptionally clean and boring with only hints of pale malt corn and a balancing bitterness though hop flavors are not detectable. The aftertaste has some corn sugars ands a little bit of bitterness left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: It is almost as light as water with moderate / low carbonation. It is not too fizzy for rapid drinking.

Drinkability: This is a light easy drinking beer that is not impress vise by any of our standard but neither is it offensive. If I lived in Haiti I would be proud to drink *the* local brewery beer. There is only one in the whole country. In PA many of us stay loyal to Yuengling Traditional Lager though there are many better beers. This beer is not exceptional but it is probably safer than the water, and it is cheep and my dad said at the local store in the remote part of the country they were at it is the *only* beer sold. So like I said, if I lived there, I'd drink it; and I am thankful to have had an opportunity to try a bottle. I have one more now too =)

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.97/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Continuing tonight's adventure of international lagers with Haiti.

Appearance: pale golden color with a finger or two of rapidly dissipating light foam head. Not great. This style of beer really needs a head.

Smell: dry, grainy malt with a very light, vegetabley/earthy hop aroma. Surprisingly not too bad, though it's also a little skunked despite the brown bottle.

Taste: again, surprisingly not too bad. Still not a great beer, but there's a relatively nice (if adjunctey) malt flavor which walks the line between dry and sweet. Hops are nowhere to be found, but overall the taste isn't too bad.

Mouthfeel: light and watery but with a very good carbonation level that gives off a fair dose of creaminess. Definitely on the high end for this style of beer.

Drinkability: rather refreshing and not extremely boring. Flavor ain't bad and the overall experience was pleasing.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.92/5  rDev +15.9%
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

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Photo of JISurfer
2.87/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer had a strage malty taste to it, can't put my finger on it. It was kind of an "off" malty taste, but for some reason I liked it. With that said, it was a drinkable beer, especially in the summer heat. Smell was of the strange malt and slight alcohol, typical of adjuncts. The warmer it got though, the funkier it was, almost undrinkable. Don't know how this won a Gold Medal, must have been an off year.

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Photo of WETSU76
2.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an extremely clear pale yellow with a 1/2 finger white crown that displays little retention.

Smell: Corn sweetness, pale malt, a faint hint of herbal hops (minor grassy note)

Mouthfeel: Fairly standard crisp mouthfeel found with a light side of medium bodied and well carbonated beer of this style.

Overall: Easy to drink to the point of being flavorless, in the same category as bud/miller/coors, etc...

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Photo of schoolboy
2.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.69/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Saw for the first time at Superstar on Jericho in Huntington Saturday while picking up supplies for a barbecue. Imported from Port au Prince. Love the stubby brown "grenade" bottles. This apparently won the World Beer Cup 2000. What is the World beer Cup?

Nice golden color and a little more head than I expected. The nose is less than endearing with some stank sweet mash and an undeniable earthiness. The taste is much cleaner and refreshing although not very complex or flavorful. Probably a decent draft in hot weather like in Haiti but very much another mild yellow lager from the Caribbean.

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Photo of koopa
2.66/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle given to me as a gift from my Haitian friend.

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden with a 1/2 finger white crown that displays little retention or lace.

Smell: Corn sweetness, pale malt, a faint hint of herbal hops (minor grassy note), and a bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Fairly standard crisp mouthfeel found with a light side of medium bodied and well carbonated beer of this style.

Overall: It is what it is, and what it is would be an ok at best imported macro. I will not be purchasing one but drinking this gift didn't make me wince or vomit either.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.61/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, skunk, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light hops and some cooked corn. There is also a fair amount of metallic flavour and a bit of sweet apple taste. The beer finishes with a grainy slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Just another adjunct beer that I'll probably never have again. It wasn't offensive and was actually quite drinkable but there are so many other great beers out there to drink.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
2.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma is crisp and malty with a fruity undertone, nothing special but at least it smells like beer. It pours a clear, wan straw yellow with a thick white head that quickly dissipates. Flavor is - well, malty, slightly fruity, just a touch of hops. Texture, though, is nice - firm body and plenty of fizz. Nothing worth tweeting all of your friends, but worthy of a try. Besides, the folks in Haiti can always use a boost.

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Photo of vandemonian
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is poor. It has a very light pale malt scent along with loads of adjuncts and a dry lager yeast scent. It smells stale and musty. The taste is poor as well. It has a light pale malt flavor that is easy going down, but it finishes musty with some residual sweetness and a metallic aftertaste. The mouthfeel is below average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a below average macro lager. I can't think of anything good to say about it. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of indiapaleale
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour - Super light golden, yellow in color. Head is white, seltzery and thin. Nothing much to look at really.

Aroma - Slightly sweet, almost like corn syrup. Its got a bit of an artificial banana thing going on as well. Pretty unique as far as smell goes, not much to go on in this department.

Taste - Thin and watery with some of that artificial banana flavor coming out along with a light corn syrupy flavor. Its quite refreshing in the way a nice, cold bottle of water is refreshing. Very little taste or body and totally lacking in character.

Overall - This may be perfect for the heat and humidity of Haiti but its not something you'd want to go in search of here in the States. Worth buying as a single to say you've had a beer from Haiti but that is about it.

Would I buy more of it? - Nope.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 335091935T2. Sampled on August 6, 2010. It has a nice enough looking golden color with a headless pour. There are some malts in the initial whiff of aroma but otherwise I smell more sugar and corn. Te body tends to be about medium with a taste that remionds me of sweetened malts and a dash of hops. It goes down fast though.

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Photo of Dope
2.48/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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64 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.
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