Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #337
Ranked #47,918
2.73 | pDev: 23.81%
Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
Dominican Republic
Notes: Released to the market in 1935, for more than seven decades, Presidente has been connected to a particular way of feeling and being Dominican, associating occasions of consumption with great celebrations among friends and developing a true beer culture within our country.

The successful presence of Presidente in international markets, together with its great acceptance by tourists who visit us, contributes to the international display of the quality of products from the Dominican Republic and the resources and attractions of the country and its people.
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Photo of Harrison8
3.44/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale, translucent copper with a finger of dense, white foam. Aroma is straw, herbal, floral, spicy and dank hops with a little crackery, wafery malt on the back. Flavor profile is straw, herbal, floral, dank and citrusy hops develop a little sticky, dank start, that is washed away by crackery, wafery and bready malts. Mouth feel is light and semi-crisp. Overall, surprisingly depth to the hops with quintessential malts behind.

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Photo of OllieStalz
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I picked one up from the local beer shop. It was pretty unimpressive. The mouthfeel was quite watery. The flavor was inoffensive, but more in a bad way. Like there's nothing there. You get a hint of hops and a hint of adjuncts, and that's about it. I'd recommend this for those who are greatly opposed to any hop flavor. However, I am not too cruel to it because it is a Dominican beer, meaning, that it is brewed for hot weather where such flavors probably don't work. I'd suggest trying it when it's warm out. THat's when it makes the most sense to drink it. If you're in a cold-weather climate, don't drink this when it's cold outside because it will not hit the spot.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz green bottle, best by JUN 13 2020; purchased single off shelf... poured into simple mug)

L: polished-clear, pale amber liquid; highly carbonated - tall, attractive, tight sponge of foam, recedes rocky/dimpled... after foam settled a bit, poured in the rest - beautiful craggy crest of suds... laces chunky like a dream - very unusual for a brew of this ilk!

S: no skunk, despite the green bottle... the (all subtle) aromas have Euro pale written all over it - apple must, spice, hint of toasted grain... the apple gets a bit more cidery, almost acetic as it goes, hmm (flaw?)... mellow intensity overall

T: yeah, unusual fruity essence enveloping the soft, muted malt core... the malt does reveal some relatively robust caramelly edges about halfway through; aftertaste has a mild cereal grain essence with a hint of spicy phenol; the finish is rather fantastically dry though... unique, bold flavors, but begs for better definition, and a tone down of the cider (acetaldehyde) shading

F: silky-rich initial contact that does a vanishing act just before mid-flow; subtle sizzle lifting things... little left on palate, aside from a soft gummy smack at the front... seems like German engineering here - wonderful touch!

O: this recent glut of cheap lager reviews has been good for at least one thing - next time I go to the local warehouse liquor store, I now know which bulbous Latin American 40's are the mierd'... this was an interesting one, for sure - on the fuller-flavored side, for an adjunct-ed lager... gonna file this away under 'would do again' (1454)

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Photo of Nass
2.96/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The pour is well carbonated with thick white head of foam that lasts for days. There is a best by date on the bottle label. It's a decent tasting lager with no corn syrup in the taste just grains & malt with faint hops. It's an okay pilsner, but it's just not very flavorful. Moreover, I also get some skunk taste from the green bottle that surfaces after the finish. Oh well, at least now I can say that I was able to try a beer from Dominican Republic. Cheers! C

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Photo of Inmerlight2111
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Got this beer while vacationing in DR and got it fresh on tap. Look is appealing pale yellow clear, lots of carbonation and head gives a nice carbonic acid bite. Malty and smooth no decernable hop flavor, reminds me of a light lager. Good overall for lounging on the beach all day.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Minimal aroma of husky grains and light floral notes. Similar flavor, adding mild sweetness and minimal bitterness. Light body with ample carbonation and a fizzy, light watery finish.

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Photo of badgerbeer1
4.23/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I know this rating is high, but is there a better, smoother beer to drink on beach or in carribean than this? Maybe red stripe? It probably fails in all categories for experts but when it is hot, sunny and humid, this beer is just excellent. I cant get enough and rated more out of heart then anything

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Photo of VoxRationis
2.66/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) green bottle into a custom taster pint; best by September 6, 2019.
A: Pours a nearly clear, golden color with a less than one finger, brief, foamy white head, rim retention, and little or no lacing.
S: Aromas of apple, hard bread rind, and grains. Something off that I cannot put my finger on, a slight pungent.
T: Dry. More an apple flavor, very light malty and grainy. Solid bitterness more in line with a Euro Lager.
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks smoothly but slightly astringent at the end.
O: Clearly fairly fresh, so fortunately not at all skunked. Still a bit off, but I think that is just the way its made.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.24/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With an average BA rating of 2.73, Presidente is not getting the love it deserves. I do not know the average rating of Adjuncts, put I find this average compared to its peers. in fact only the slightly metallic finish needs work.

Now as for whether the owners (AB InBev) are the most progressive among the Big Boys, that loses Presidente a few points. But the masters did by a brand better and maybe Presidente can teach a think or two.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It grow on ya

I'm not a big fan of pilsner. But Precious wanted to go to a Dominican all-inclusive resort, and the only beer they serve is their local beer El Presidente. They call it "Agua Dominicana", Dominican water. I picked up a six-pack to try it, and I wasn't happy. It was drinkable, but I wasn't crazy about it.

But then came our trip. Five days at a tropical resort in Dominican Republic. The only beer was El Presidente and El Presidente Light. I grew to like it. Then I grew to love it. I was pounding these bad boys. The last day I had ten beers before lunch, and as the bus took as away, l almost had a tear in my eye; almost.

Ok so it's not the best beer in the world, but it is now one of my favs because it reminds me of a great week hanging out with some extremely awesome people.

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Photo of mothmanscott
2.84/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From notes 10/13/13: Pours a clear deep straw producing 2-4 fingers (depending on the bottle) of soap bubble, white, somewhat to moderately lasting head that leaves variable lacing from little strings and motes to bubbly webs, ring and sheets (depending on the bottle). Aroma is light, grainy malt, cereal, sweet and slightly bready with a faint hint of honey, citrus and grassy hops. Taste is sweet but thin, light white bread and corn a hint of honey, some very thin grassy and lemon hops. Finishes clean and sweet with mild spice that leads into a sweetish aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied, moderate carbonation, thin but smooth. Very drinkable and refreshing but light on character, aroma and taste. My guess is this is a fine example of a Dominican Republican lawn mower or lazy days on the beach type beer.

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Photo of TerryW
2.86/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Your typical beach beer, I guess. A little more muscular at 5% than you might expect. And it does try hard to look good -- moderate head to a full film, surprisingly lots of lace. Clear gold coloured brew, plenty of carbonation action. A proper bite from said carbonation. After that, just ordinary. No nose to speak of and pretty much the taste of water, a hint of hops and then sweet corn as it warms up. Inoffensive, but unremarkable.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
3.76/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I was introduced to this beer in Punta Cana, DR when on vacation in 2016, and the resort seemed to think this was the only available beer, since it was the only one available!

Picked up a 6-pack at the grocery store, and poured a cold one into a snifter. Look is golden clear, with a 1/4" white head that dissipates quickly. Smell is spicy, hops and skunk notes mostly. Taste is clean initially, light corn and a little malt come thru, but transitions mid-mouthful to a hoppy taste with a little spice. Beer feels very light, is carbonated well, and leaves a faint aftertaste. Beer is refreshing overall.

This is comparable to other light pilsener beers, and I do prefer this to the other macro brews. Recently this beer has been on the shelves in many places, and at $7.39 a 6 pack is a good value-- a little more than the American macro brews but this also tastes better than those beers. Recommended for a hot summer day for sure.

One more note about this beer-- I bought a 6-pack recently, and sat the beers in the fridge on their side for a few days to fit in the fridge--WOW what a big mistake! 3 out of the 6 beers violently erupted when popping the bottlecap, with a shitload of foam! Even in the bottle it has about 2" of foam. I have had Presidente beer a few times, but I will not do this again. So-- if you do partake in this beer, store them in the fridge upright please LOL-- I have had a few 6packs before
and none of them have done this.

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Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass. 2" white foamy head drops slowly with soap-like lacing. Color is clear straw with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma is mild but includes pleasant bread dough, cracker, and floral notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a mostly dry finish. Flavor is also mild, though not unpleasant. Grain notes, some sweetness akin with biscuit dough, with a hop bite in the finish of the taste. Overall an easygoing light lager.

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Photo of Maxms
3.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Lager, island style. A bit sweet like Japanese labels. Metal hints are not distinctive. It’s perfectly OK if you are in an all-inclusive Carribean resort. It is weird to drink IPAs in such environment. Otherwise skip it as any other lager.

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Photo of chitoryu12
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Very clear yellow with practically no head.

Smell: Spicy yeast and malt.

Taste: A little malt, but predominantly a sort of artificial metallic bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, but little carbonation. Feels flat.

Overall: Not a good beer. Avoid.

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Photo of monkist
3.62/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Why do we all need to label all Adjunct Lagers as "poor?" Of course it is not a craft beer or something high class but still it can be something to enjoy at the right place and the right time.
For example, tonight it went really well with chickpea crurry. What I like about adjuncts is that they don't really have any remarkable taste. This one has a slight fruity, apple-like tone with a slight bitterness to it, but still it is okay to drink it, especially with hot food or on a hot summer day.

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Photo of polloenfuego
1.87/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Look is clear light gold, not much head and zero retention 2.75

Smell is sweet malts, biscuit and caramel. Little to no hops. 2.00

Taste brings those sweet malts forward even more than on the nose.There is a definite maize taste to this one. 1.75

Feel is light with high carbonation. Not really much of finish, except to leave a corn aftertaste. 1.75

Overall,this is not a good beer, but sitting on the beach in the Caribbean makes it much more tolerable. One bottle of this is enough though. 1.75

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from green 12oz bottle into glass.
Clear golden color. Minimal cap and minimal lacing.
Aroma is off putting, skunk like, petrol fuel.
Taste is skunky lager.
Crisp and dry.
Drink it very cold in a resort setting.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This fair lager pours a pale golden with a very nice head of white foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin pool, and shows some very nice sudsy lacing. The
nose is of cereal grains and corn with a touch of sweetness in there. Flavors lightly
exceed the nose with cereal grains and honey malt notes mingling with the standard
lager yeast notes and finishing with a touch of grassy hops and a touch of salinity.
Decent mouth feel, light body, medium high carbonation, and a crisp lightly watery finish.

Overall a decent lager but not overwhelming. Sessionable to say the least. Fine for yard


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Photo of dgarciam
1.47/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

This beer is so bad that you need to drink it almost frozen so you can' t taste its real flavor. It's just glorified cat piss.
If you happens to be on the Dominican Republic, please avoid. I know it's a favorite among the locals, but you have to understand that the vast majority of them don't know better

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Photo of TheWolf
2.85/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Spent 7 days in Punta Cana. This was the only beer on the resort. When it's 90 with 85% humidity and you're floating in the pool it tastes wonderful. One afternoon, it was rainy and cool and I was able to evaluate in a less influenced setting. Not very good. But it's hard to complain when you're in the tropics.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.32/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: clear golden with a finger of white head.
S: off putting aroma
T: luckily the taste is toned down and lacks much flavor.
F: easy drinking, smooth.
O: drink it cold and in the sun for best results

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Photo of bwood06
3.37/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My wife and I visited a small, little Cuban eatery for dinner while in Orlando for a half marathon and this beer was on the menu. I decided to go with an import rather than going with the domestic lagers so I chose this one.

This beer pours a light, clear straw color that is lightly carbonation with a light frothy head that is white in color and dissipates to a ghostly lacing. 3.5/5 The aroma is typical of the adjunct lager style with corn, rice and light white bread coming through all at the same time and being backed up by a light butteriness as well as grass. This is a malt forward aroma but not enough to swallow up the hops. 3.25/5 The flavor profile has a nice maltiness to it and is finished off with grassy and herbal hops plus a hint of green apple. A bit of rice comes through as well as the beer warms. It is slightly sweet with a bitterness that is light (lingers very shortly), and just cuts into the sweetness a bit. 3.5/5 This is a very light bodied beer that has light carbonation and is somewhat prickly with a light drying that does not linger. 3.25/5 This is a decent adjunct lager that is easy drinking and sits well with food. This is probably one of the more flavorful adjuncts that I have had. 3.25/5

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.33/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly dark yellow color with a nice lace of head. You can smell the adjunct here but it's maltier and sweeter than most adjuncts. Just like the smell, it's adjunct is here, but it's malty and sweeter. There is also as a nice flavor here and a slight bitterness on the back of the tongue. I don't understand the low ratings for this beer, this is probably the best adjunct lager I've ever had. Drinking this while on vacation in South Carolina. Too bad I've never found this back in Michigan.

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