Presidente Light | Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
Dominican Republic
cnd.com.do

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Noelito76 on 09-06-2005

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Ratings:
112
Reviews:
27
Avg:
2.58
pDev:
23.64%
 
 
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +63.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presidente Light has a medium, fluffy, white head, some lacing, and a clear, somewhat bubbly, golden appearance. The aroma is faint, but one can detect, with deep inhalations, sweet barley malt and a touch of avocado. The flavor is light, of course, but sweet bread and a shade of hop bitterness shows up. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Presidente Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mostly dry, and imminently drinkable. If there is such a thing as a perfect light beer, this could be it.

RJT

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Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled poured into a wide flared tumbler, Presidente is super pale gold with a while head leaving scattered lace.

Smell is, sweet cereals, a little grassy, and a very faint hint of sulfur.

Taste is very simple and bland, there's just a little corn like sweetness. Nothing offensive, clean and simple, which is all I'd expect from the style. The sweetness is light and provides a little character.

Mouthfeel is bone dry, some crispness from the fine carbonation.

Drinkability is high. This beer is made to be drunk all day long in the Caribbean sun, for which I think it's well suited; although I wouldn't no, I'm in Santo Domingo for business, and grabbed the light from the grocery store by mistake. No harm no foul, if anything I'd guess the regular one has a higher likelihood of off-flavors. I'm sure the scores are more based on many BAs distaste for light beers in general rather then how well this one accomplished it objective.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the tab and pour a pale golden brew sporting a one and a half finger head of massive white bubbles. This shows great retention, leaving chunks of patterned lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes. Carbonation appears robust, and there is a chill haze to the beer, but no sediment. The nose is adjuncty and chalky, yet juicy with fresh grass and lemon sourness. There is an odd plastic phenol character, which deepens any bitterness from the flour and corn from the grain. Our first impression is that the flavoring is light as expected, but not overwhelming in one direction or the other. As we sip, water, the palest malts, and light caramel sweetness start things off. As adjuncty as the nose was we are really surprised to see such a genuinely malty, more refined flavoring. The middle peaks and we actually do get a glimpse of that floury, adjuncty grain, but it is hidden within water, mineral, and baker’s yeast. The finish is more of the same, with supreme dilution of flavoring. The aftertastes breathes of water, mineral, yeast, coin, and general citric bitterness. The body is lighter, and the carbonation is even. Each sip has decent slurp and pop, while the mouth is left astringently dried, with a slick dryness down the palate and tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was that while it was so light, it was able to maintain a nice flavoring for most of it. It is a surprisingly drinkable beer, given the track record of the brewery it comes from. For the style it was certainly above par in all departments, with the exception of aroma, which retained an overly adjuncty quality, and made the beer less inviting from the start.

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Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.75/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of Patatuchy
3.75/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of CesarG
3.5/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is grainy.Taste is light and fresh.Goes down very easy.It has no special hops or malts but when you get a light beer you already know that.Perfect for hot summer days or those autumn football games.I would recommend and purchase again.

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Photo of Brams
3.36/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Es lo que es. Y podria ser mucho peor. De hecho, disfrutandola.

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Photo of malfunxion
3.32/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of Zekenyce
3.25/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rillo23
3.24/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of Act25
3.14/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Presidente
A 3.25 as expected with more lace shards.
S 3 as expected. Watery
T 3.25 better than expected. Lemony. Cleansing scrubbing. No corn starchiness.
F. 3.25 clean good finish dry. Tingly.
O best of carribean

S- The aroma is pretty light and faint with some grainy malt along with a touch of hay and a hint of hops.

T- The taste is very light bodied with some pale malts and a clean finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Presidente Light is a decent light beer but nothing I have any interest in purchasing again.

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Photo of r3o
3.04/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear straw color, a very thin head that disappears quickly, no lacing
S: mostly alcohol and kind of the smell of rain when it moist the dirt
T: sour corn taste, again alcohol predominates, no secrets here, but it does not insult the senses either
M: watery, somewhat flat, refreshing
D: easy to drink, actually for the kind it's good, ideal for the hot weather in Santo Domingo.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ThurstonHowell3
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Tomedi01
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Stermax
3/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Coorsy
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ZachT
2.92/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of biegaman
2.87/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presidente Light is a near perfect looking lager: shimmering golden with a clear complexion, lively bubbles and a tall mound of cottony, white head (the lacing of which looks like broken down pieces of bone). Good looks, however, especially when it comes to lagers, means nothing. Let's see how the rest of it fares...

The nose surprisingly showcases a bit of the bready scent of actual malt. The sheer sweetness of it, however, is cause for alarm; if it's this sweet at less than 5 degrees Celsius, there's no telling what unpleasantries might come once this loses its chill. (Note: warming brings more mineral-y notes than adjuncts. This should be bearable.)

Usually when it comes to light lagers, especially Latin American ones, corn syrup and other unpleasant adjuncts are so implicitly part of the story that they barely require mention. In this case, however, surprisingly, they don't warrant much mention because, frankly, they aren't much noted. This is (relatively speaking) a clean drinking lager.

Presidente Light doesn't have a ton of flavor, but to be fair, the brewery can't be expected to offer up something this style just doesn't have. Again, I'm more concerned with what flavors it doesn't have (i.e., corn syrup, chemicals or rice patties). While the grain tasted most certainly resembles corn, it's moderate and agreeable.

Like most light lagers, I found this as deeply unsatisfying as waiting for a bus in the rain, but that's just me and my tastes. I will concede, however, that President Light is more acceptable than most and actually makes a decent workaday lager. I can't speak from experience, but I'd bet there are worse beers to stuck with on a beach in the Caribbean...

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Photo of RBorsato
2.86/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Lukass
2.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.79/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

While this is nowhere near as good as the non light version, it still represents a significantly better beer than a lot f the light island lagers down here. Aside from missing the body of its bigger sibling, it's also missing that fresh cereal grain flavor. This stops short of being an all out adjunct soup, but definitely tinny and corny at times, and without the crispness from the hops. Same lager yeast and process from what I can tell, still really refreshing but this one really does need to be ice cold to have any value. Great carbonation, both of these beers set the standard for that. It seems weird that both of these would be substantially better than other light lagers down here in Puerto Rico, but that really has been the case in my experience thus far. Also really tough to beat these price points. 2 bucks s bomber feels like a steal no matter what you are getting, and these have s quality well above their market price. I'd like to try the black version, not a lot of dark beer happening down here...

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Presidente Light from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
2.58 out of 5 based on 112 ratings.
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