Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #363
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2.74 | pDev: 24.09%
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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jkblr from Indiana

3.4/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz green bottle freshest before 12DEC21 poured into a vintage bowtie glass at fridge temp 5% ABV per label. The beer pours brilliantly bright pale gold with off white head. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and few bubbles. Slight lacing. The aroma is pale malt, corn and slight sweetness. The taste is semisweet pale malt with corn, vegetable oil, movie theater popcorn butter and faint bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, not great.

Sep 18, 2021
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Tacoma223 from New York

3.52/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden color, foamy head goes away very quickly. It’s on the sweeter end. Not a bad beer at all but nothing special going on here at all. Included unlimited in resorts in Dominican Republic .

Jun 11, 2021
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

2.92/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Product of the USA - though the original Island beer never makes it way to the states - this is brewed by AB-InBev with national distribution. All things considered this is apparently a 'island' style lager similar to Red Stripe, Carib, or Banks. The beer is made in the Pilsner style, but lacks the true pilsner colour found in a Czech or German copy of the original style. The one thing I did notice was the lack of definable 'island' taste you get in the aforementioned beers.

Large carbonated displacement alongside a pale SRM 2 colour, the large 3 finger head drops to a nice lacing on top of the beer as a semi-white crown. Notes of adjunct syrup and nearly hidden hop body are easily detectable in its scent, though there is a similar malt backbone found in euro lagers style.

The taste on the other hand is off balanced, a bit of a corn sweetness throughout its entire presentation and you really get no real hop character to call this a pilsener by definition of what a pilsner is. What hops are there taste mildly spicy with a similar taste of saaz but aren't, so they're likely tettnang for that european like flavour and are just there because of modern brewing traditions. There is a bit of oil residue that clings to the palate but really the corn syrup is mostly detectable throughout the entire presentation. Ibu's 8 - 12. Sweet but no more than 1 1/2 sugar cubes.

The water used is soft, a bit overly carbonated but you know you're consuming a beer not a soda type of feeling. The drinkability is higher than average and the finish is semi-dry throughout the entire presentation.

Jun 02, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.23/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden color with a small head of white foam. The head fades fast, leaving a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is strongest of a grain and caramel smell mixed with a touch of bread and hay.
Taste - The taste begins with a bready and caramel sweet taste with a bit of corn and grain. These tastes create a base, and are later joined by a touch of hay and grass.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. For the style the feel is good and makes for an easy drinker.
Overall - An OK and easy drinking brew.

Apr 14, 2021
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Beertsipper from New York

1.92/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Clear straw color. Frothy white head. Nose is very faint corn and maybe some grains. Taste is also faint. Mostly just corn. Mouthfeel is light and watery. It states on the can that it's a pilsner, but it's not. It's an adjunct lager and not a very good one.

Feb 04, 2021
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Gajo74 from New York

2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this once after a 20 mile hot summer bike ride into City Island, Bronx. Paired with Caribbean Latin food, and for its refreshing properties, it felt like a 5 on that particular situation. Nevertheless, I didn’t rate it that day.
However, I revisited it today under different circumstances, and it was dramatically different and doesn’t seem to hold up as one of those beers for any occasion. The aroma was skunky, while the malt flavor felt husky and rough. There was a light corn sweetness along with hops characteristics, however, the mouthfeel felt too coarse and the carbonation too fizzy.
Like I said, under the right circumstances, it’s refreshing on a summer day, however, overall it’s just not a very good beer.

Dec 31, 2020
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Cholla from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +82.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light and watery beer. Very easy drinking and refreshing. Has that light skunk to it that almost makes it taste kind of like Moosehead Lager. Overall a very enjoyable offering. Good on hot summer days. Cheers.

Aug 31, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

My brother in law wanted this beer...

Bottle poured into a Pilsener

Big bubbled two fingers white foam

Aroma is adjunct , Malty, grassy

Taste ya sweet , light , watery

Nice beer

Clear pale yellow liquid

Aug 02, 2020
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.17/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer of the Dominican Republic and the number one beer in the Caribbean deserved to be drank by the ocean. We couldn’t get to a tropical island, so the New Hampshire seacoast had to do. While it says its a pilsner, it drinks more like a Mexican lager with some of that Euro lager skunk. We shoved a lime in the top and that was a great touch. Like Big Papi at the plate, we hit homerun.

Jun 29, 2020
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

1.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Weak. Maybe it's me, but a few highly regarded lagers from Central and South America are not that different from a lot of mainstream US swill. This beer is pale, yellow, and does not smell very nice. I wish that I could be more generous.

May 11, 2020
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Buck89 from Tennessee

2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy pale yellow color with a medium and fuzzy white head. Not much aroma. A little cracker, cardboard and floral note. Taste followed. Not much. A bit metallic and oxidized. On the plus side I’m at the beach.

Feb 12, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

2.98/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A- pours clear golden color with a one finger foamy white head that has great retention

S- smells of toasted grains, corn, very faint herbal/grassy hops

T- light and clean with soft flavors of grains, just a hint of malt sweetness, faint grassy hops on the finish

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- clean and simple, made for hot weather drinking

Jan 31, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Had straight from the bottle and poured into a pint glass

L: Clear light golden/amber pour with 1.5 fingers of fizzy white head.

S: Light grains and a dash of the good'ole skunk.

T.F: One of those beers where 'cold' is its best flavor. Light crackery grains and adjunct... a little (barely there) hops for bittering. Fizzy and thin. Hard to drink as it gets warm.

O: Generic macro garbage. Ice cold on a Caribbean beach it'll do the trick, and no better/worse than your Carib/Corona etc.

Jan 30, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

2.79/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a 12oz bottle. Pale amber color with white head. Smells of straw with some floral notes. Light body. Tastes of grain with some malty sweetness and floral hops to finish. A tick for the Dominican Republic, but this is almost identical to other cheap lagers from hot climates.

Jan 18, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

1.75/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Cerveza dorada con poco mas de un dedo de espuma de buena retención. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aromas débiles herbáceos y a maíz. En boca es acuosa, sosa.

Jan 12, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.44/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Sep 11, 2019
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OllieStalz from New York

2.48/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Sep 02, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
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)

Aug 21, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.96/5  rDev +8%
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

Jul 11, 2019
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Inmerlight2111 from Dominican Republic

2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Jun 04, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Apr 07, 2019
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badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +54.4%
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

Mar 25, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

2.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Mar 19, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Jan 22, 2019
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PhilHeinricke from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Jan 10, 2019
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