Prestige | Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti

BA SCORE
67
poor
101 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful
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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
Ratings:
101
Reviews:
49
Avg:
2.52
pDev:
28.57%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of nmann08
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
2.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear very light yellow in color and poured with a half-finger high bright white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong sweet aromas of adjunct malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light amount of initial sweetness along notes of corn and grain. There is some skunkiness in the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This might be a good beer for a hot day in the tropics but there’s nothing special about this beer to make me want to try another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a super pale light yellow color lager with a medium size bubbly white head with low retention and no lacing. Aroma of skunk and sweet adjunct is not very enticing. Taste is dominated by some sweet adjunct with not as much skunk notes as I had anticipated. Body is thin with average carbonation. Poor world lager if you ask my opinion.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mothman
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of chinchill
2.47/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of adjuncts, light malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little bready with flavors of grain and adjuncts, then there's a light malt sweetness that comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, not one of the better beers that's had out of a style that usually doesn't produce anything too good to begin with. Overall, it's not a beer that I'd want to drink again if I had much of a choice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow in color with extremely light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall foamy bright white head that reduces to a thick layer over the entire surface of the beer. Light lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of adjunct malts - especially with corn and grain presence - along with some sweetness and light hints of skunkiness.

T: The taste follows the smell though the sweetness is lighter than the smell would indicate. The taste is full of the adjunct malts with a more grainy presence. There is also some light amounts of skunkiness in the finish of this beer.

M: Light bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.

O: Pretty drinkable and refreshing though the skunkiness is surprising and not something I really wanted to discover.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.85/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a near clear body with only a light yellow tint and topped by a thin, wisp of a white head.

Smell: Faint aroma of watered-down malts and grassy hops. It's hard not to look crestfallen after sniffing this one.

Taste: Bland, weak flavor only a teeny tiny hint of malts and corn sugar. Hops are gone. Dash of mineral water for the finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A cheerless beer experience. I'm ashamed to say it, but I Haiti'd it.

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Photo of Jason
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz stubby with no freshness date. Boast on the label that this beer won a gold at the 2000 World Beer Cup in NYC ... the memories are coming back when Todd & I were there. I had a more fond memories of eating cheese burgers in Times Square @ AM than this beer.

Pale piss water color, sorry but there is really no other way to describe it. Filtered clarity with a thin white lace.

Adjuncts throughout the nose, creamed corn anyone? The flavor is as corny as the aroma with a mildly astringent bite in the middle. Weak malt and flavorless hops. Just as drinkable as water but water is not what I am in the mood for.

Just an other weak flavored adjunct lager taking up shelf space ...

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Photo of smithj4
2.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mdfb79
1.85/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

From 01/07/12 notes. Thanks to GT on RB for sharing this one. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a transparent pale yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, grains, vegetables, skunked, wheat, and bread. Lightly sour, and not very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, vegetables, grains, and sour, skunked notes. Worse than the nose, not good at all.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Watery feel to it.

o - Overall a pretty bad beer; worse than American made AAL's. Would not suggest seeking out until you're trying to tick Haiti.

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Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Billolick
2.3/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce stubby, Red stripe type bottle, there is a boast on the label that this beer won a gold at the 2000 World Beer Cup in NYC in the American style lager category. I'm not impressed. This one pours super light, clear and topped with a mid sized bubble blanket of head. Zip lacing, no nose that I can pick up, except perhaps some sugary adjuncts. Very thin tasting, just a hint of light malt and a dash of dryness late. Consume this "Beer" ONLY on a very hot day.

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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 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 Georgiabeer
2.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I gotta say, this beer pretty much looks exactly like piss. Thin, yellow, clear, and with the barest hint of a head. Some moderate bitterness in the nose that overlays some adjunct notes, but I don't get creamed corn or cooked vegetables at least. The taste is quite watery with a short, leafy bitterness to start, and then a corny flavor. Still, relatively clean, which is more than I can say of some beers. Thin and watery in the mouth, with a corn and cracker finish. Drink it while it's cold.

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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 biegaman
2.08/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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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 Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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Prestige from Brasserie Nationale d'Haiti
2.52 out of 5 based on 101 ratings.
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