Presidente Light | Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Presidente LightPresidente Light

Brewed by:
Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
Dominican Republic

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: 113 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.79/5  rDev +14.3%
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 spycow
2.52/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.08/5  rDev -14.8%
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 ygtbsm94
1.25/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of paulish
3.25/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mdfb79
2.45/5  rDev +0.4%
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 BEER88
2.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of VeganUndead
2.32/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rolltide8425
2/5  rDev -18%

Photo of malfunxion
3.32/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.63/5  rDev +7.8%
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 flagmantho
2.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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 petermethot
2/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Latarnik
2.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of biegaman
2.87/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of WDJersey
1.5/5  rDev -38.5%

Photo of cjgator3
2.73/5  rDev +11.9%
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 TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -18%
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 Zekenyce
3.25/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ovaltine
2.25/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Gotti311
2.25/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev +57%
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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Presidente Light from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
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