Presidente Light | Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Presidente LightPresidente Light

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Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
Dominican Republic

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Act25
3.14/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 twage04
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at a resort in the Dominican Republic. A light yellow with slightly higher than average carbonation. Malt and hop flavor or aroma is far harder to detect than in normal Presidente. Tastes more like the normal garden variety light macro adjunct lager. I had once and made sure to get normal Presidente from thereafter.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.56/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I just came home from my vacation in the Dominican Republic where I had several of these. It reminded me of Corona light. It had a light golden color, not much head, light smell, not much flavor and it was a bit watery, significant carbonation, but there were no skunky or metal flavors. It wasn't bad drinking in the heat, and sometimes it was quite refreshing. However, it is certainly not a tasty beer.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose mostly with a little skunk; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes much the same way it started. Typical simple pale lager but with a little skunk.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.08/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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

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

S: The aroma is very faint but contains grain, adjuncts, light caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and adjuncts up front. Then some malt sweetness quickly follows but the malt character is very thin as you would expect. The hops presence is almost non-existent and there isn’t much balance. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: A little smooth but not very crisp, very light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down easily since there isn’t much to it, not filling at all, very mild kick, decent representation of style, even amongst the mostly lackluster beers of the style, this is not a beer I would want to drink if I had other options.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle pours a clear yellow with a large cap of pillowy white head. Retention and lace, like Presidente heavy, are both fantastic for an adjunct lager.

Nose smells like a bag of Corn Nuts with some sulfurous lager yeast and some weird lemon-juice aroma.

Taste is extremely light on the malt, cereal grains at best. That odd, lemony sourness is still there. Certainly not a lot of flavor for any flaws to hide behind. Its not very good, stick with the standard Presidente while you are relaxing in Punta Cana.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Just got back from a week in Punta Cana in hte DR and drank a ton of these, both on tap at some 12 oz. bottles.

Pours a piss colored clear pale yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Corn, grains, bread, dough, wheat. Taste is not great. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

Overall not good. but a hair better than the heavy version, as the taste was lighter and thus slightly more manageable. Not good.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.18/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium-light golden hue with no haze and a very strong effervescence. Head pours a finger of frothy white foam which quickly dissipates. 'Sok.

Smell: wet grain, adjuncts, and bad memories. Not actively disgusting, but still quite a turn-off.

Taste: a lot like the aroma. At first, there's little flavor at all; then, however, the wet grain and bad-beeriness just take over. Blech.

Mouthfeel: light body with enough carbonation to remain interesting. Not special, though.

Overall: this beer holds little interest for me. It reminds me of drinking bad beers in college or while tailgating. That said, it's not actively horrible -- just not a great beer.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.76/5  rDev +45.2%
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 nrbw23
2.3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a thin white head. Picture any of the BMC beers and this is it.

S- Light grains and corn are about all.

T- Not a whole lot here going on. A lot like all the BMC brews. Corn and grains and super light faint soapy hops.

M- Light in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- When I was in the Dominican Republic my beer choices were this or Miller High Life, so I went with this.

I have no idea if they're any real differences between the light and regular version. Drank them both and everything was pretty much the same.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +62.9%
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.


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Photo of biegaman
2.87/5  rDev +10.8%
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 ccrida
3.83/5  rDev +47.9%
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 DaveHS
1.54/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A-Pours corn yellow with an inch of foamy brilliant white head. Coats the glass with rings of thin, pasty lacing.

S-Whoa. Not good. If you were to eat a large pepperoni pizza, wash it down with a gallon of orange juice and then puke it all up, this is what it would probably smell like. Harsh stomach acid stench, green apple, corn. Borderline offensive.

T/M-Just a whole lot of nothing. Watery macro piss. Fermented corn juice. Light bodied with very low carbonation and almost no discernable flavor profile.

O-Hell no.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on tap at a mexican restaraunt in Florida. The beer is an extremely bright yellow color that is crystal clear, with a moderate amount of carbonation bubbling. Thin layer of white, foamy film of head that actually retains and clings to the glass as you drink. Slight citrus effervescence to the aroma, with some toasty malt characteristics, as well. Flavor is extremely light cereal flavors and slight citrus tart on the end. Crisp and light in mouth, with a slight roundness most lagers don't have. Almost watery, with no discernable aftertaste, and your typical crisp finish for the style. Goes with anything for food, just like a glass of water...definitely better options out there friends...

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Photo of matty
3.5/5  rDev +35.1%
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 r3o
3.04/5  rDev +17.4%
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 TheHammer
1.68/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Nothing offensive, but then again nothing special. Poured with a finger of head that left slim lacing and didn't retain. Pale gold that you'd expect from a light lager, with a lot of carbonation going on.

Smell: Not as much skunk as I would expect given the green bottle and sunny climate. However it's still there, and behind it nothing but some light musty grain.

Taste: I was honestly hoping for watered down Presidente. Instead I got an awful wet cardboard taste that turned to a taste I can only describe as metallic clay. I wasn't able to finish it.

Mouthfeel: It tastes like drinking seltzer water, as the carbonation is out of control. In addition, that awful metallic aftertaste lingers. The only thing I will give it is that the shift between tastes is a brief refreshing reprieve.

Drinkability: It could quench your thirst I suppose, but the seltzer feeling making is hard to keep down and the carbonation leaves you belching and/or bloated. It's rare that a light beer fares so poorly here.

Final Thoughts: Light beers should be more subdued then their standard counterparts. This one manages to be more painfully aggressive then the standard Presidente. I think this is because whatever elements made Presidente decent (I would assume the amount of malt) seem absent here giving the seltzer taste that is hard to get down. If you go down to the Dominican, stick to the standard Presidente, as drinking this stuff is sure to leave you in a bad mood.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.56/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked a few of these up from the hotel fridge while in the dominican republic.

Pours from the bottle a clear golden yellow with decent white head that laced feintly on the glass, very effervescent.

Smell is light graininess with hint of metallic scents, not pleasant.

Taste is not as overpowered by carbonation as the presidente, but less impressive, same grainy flavors, but more understated corn and wheat.

Flavors hit the top of the tongue and then coat the rest of the mouth on the finish, but not as harsh as the presidente.

I found this a bit more drinkable then the presidente, at least comparing the bottled versions. Carbonation was not as biting as the presidente, and the grainy flavors were not as potent.

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Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
1.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear pale yellow hue with very light 1/2 finger white fizzy head.

S: Buttery aroma with slight hints of bitterness in the nose

T: Slightly sweet buttery flavor. Trying to search for more to this beer, but it is not complex at all.

M: Very thin beer. Carbonation dissipates very quickly and is barely detectable at the end.

D: Decent drinkability, if you like bland beer.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had a party and some one left this landmine in my fridge. Who does that?

Light hay color, white head with fairly good retention for a lager. There's even a few drifts of lace! Still pretty pale and ugly. For what it's worth the bottle art is weak too.

Smells like grain and hay. Taste is sugary with a dry cardboard aftertaste. Not that crisp.

Not as bad as I had feared, but in all fairness, I was very afraid.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Green 12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a pale golden yellow color with a thin fizzy white head.

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 nick76
2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is like corn and a touch of funk. The appearance is straw gold with a foamy head. The flavor is sweet and watery but like the aroma. The palate is watery. Overall it is inoffensive and more than I was expecting. It's not a very good beer but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
2.63/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess it is the weather down in the Dominican but this can actually be a very enjoyable beer after a hard day of work, even in their winter which is quite warm (hot in the sun). Anyway, it is a pretty typical light adjunct lager, served very cold from a 22 oz green bottle. Taste is watered down and a bit corny but not offensive, mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very drinkable in the right situation.

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