Prestige | Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

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BA SCORE
7.8%
Liked This Beer
2.64 w/ 103 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
Haiti
prestigebeer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-20-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,442
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
103
Liked:
8
Avg:
2.64/5
pDev:
26.52%
Alströms:
2.41
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
Trade:
0
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Photo of SavvyJack
5/5  rDev +89.4%
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!

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Photo of Punkyg0608
5/5  rDev +89.4%

Photo of aubsta
4.28/5  rDev +62.1%
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 beerguy23
4.25/5  rDev +61%

Photo of MadLatvian
3.88/5  rDev +47%
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 dji43466
3.75/5  rDev +42%

Photo of schaffer9252
3.75/5  rDev +42%

Photo of dansushi
3.75/5  rDev +42%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.55/5  rDev +34.5%
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 +33.3%
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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of eod81
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
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 +25.8%
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 +25.8%
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 VaporDome
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of Pug
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of BrooklynPanch
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Phatz
3.2/5  rDev +21.2%
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 jisraelt
3.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jdsissonii
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev +13.6%
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 socon67
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Syraquse
3/5  rDev +13.6%

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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
Beer rating: 7.8% out of 100 with 103 ratings
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