Presidente | Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
Dominican Republic

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lanzada al marcado en 1935, durante más de siete décadas Presidente ha estado unida a la forma particular de sentir y de ser de los dominicanos, asociando las ocasiones de consumo a grandes celebraciones entre amigos y desarrollando una verdadera cultura cervecera en nuestro país.

La exitosa presencia de Presidente en mercados internacionales, unida a su gran aceptación por parte de los turistas que nos visitan, contribuye a la proyección internacional de la calidad de los productos de la República Dominicana y de los recursos y atractivos del país y de su gente.

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Photo of Sammy
2.69/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheezy smell, not skunked just poor quality. Pale lager, with big bubbles. Malt story, with a bit of an acidic bite. Vegetable, corn, sugar, watery. Lacey. Aggressive carbonation. Minimalist drinkability.Stephan's bottle from his recent trip. Probably better than tap water there.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thin head and no lacing on a clear straw yellow body. Aroma is mostly pale malt and sweet corn. Flavor is more of the same with sweet corn, little malt and no bitterness. Light body and high carbonation. I stand by my belief that most of these adjunct lagers are just regular Budweiser in a different bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The ratings here are way low, in its class, it's infinitely better than its peers. I borderline loved this next to a host of crappy cheap beers from Puerto Rico and it's neighbors, it's head and shoulders better. Maybe it's fresher than samples I had, but it crushes. No metal, no mineral, no stale, no corny sweetness, no amateurishness, it's drinkable and good for what it is, and sets the bar high for other dominican beers that have to follow it. Slight haze from the bottom of the bottle, but it's not overly refined, and although the head is short lived, it rises high on the initial pour and looks more like beer than yellow water, so I support it fully. Malt and hops are both perceptible to nose and tongue, which alone puts it ahead of its mates. Mild toasted notes and grassy florals, summery, with real body and brisk carbonation. Th only thing better than its relative position on he island lager hierarchy is its price. 2 bucks a bomber is tough to beat. I have the light version in the fridge ready to rock, but I wish I had got two of these instead. Underrated, especially in context...

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Photo of Knapp85
2.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Since there was nothing else left to try on the menu I picked up one of these. It's a drinkable lager but it's just nothing special. If you've had one Adjunct Lager then you've probably had this one too. The beer is yellow without much of any head. The smell is bitter and the flavor is grassy and bitter. Not much else to really say about it.

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Photo of metter98
2.64/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that has good retention properties and hardly died down, leaving some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are very faint aromas of corn and grain in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but the flavors are a bit stronger, but still rather weak. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and could be refreshing on a hot summer day but it doesn’t really offer much in the terms of taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Though not a good beer, the balance is correct and with a few flaws, but none that kill the beer. Would be easily mistaken for a Coors if not for the light striken quality that eminates from the bottle. Pours a medium straw color with a white fizzy head that disipated quickly. Too highly carbonated. Smells lightly malty after the skunk aroma. A noticable grain scent, but no corn or vegetable aromas. Flavor is light of pilsner grains and perhaps cereal grains. Malt flavor gives way for a light bittering and alcohol flavor the prevails into the finish. Lightly dry and fizzy to the mouth. Though not distinguished, its a fair beer per style.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.11/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

"Pilsener." Green glass bottle purchased at a crappy Brooklyn bodega.

Stale, dry, off, cardboardy, skunked. Too sweet. A bit of pilsner malt is the highlight here, but it's in rough shape overall.

Pretty dreadful stuff.

D (2.11) / AVOID

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.38/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Draft: Poured a pale yellow color ale with a light pure white foamy head with limited retention and light lacing. Aroma is completely dominated by adjunct notes with residual sugar notes. Taste is a gross mess of adjunct and residual sugar notes. Body is light with OK carbonation. Not only bland but mostly dominated by gross adjunct notes.

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Photo of emerge077
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Random corner bodega score, and boy is this thing heavy. The bottle weighs as much as a champagne magnum for some reason.
Swigged from the bottle, but it looked to be a clear gold color, with occasional crests of white foam.

Corn, saltine crackers, adjunct laden. Thankfully clean and not too weird. Fairly crisp and not sweet at all. Dry and bland, vague noble hop character, seltzer water mouthfeel. However simple, it manages to be pretty quenching. Not something i'd grab again but it gets the job done while passing the time.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Saba Rock in the British Virgin Islands. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured out a clear golden yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small, short-lived white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of corn, grains and some subtle floral notes.

T - Taste is mostly grains, corn and some light caramel malt. Also, a very subtle hop bitterness. Otherwise, it is pretty sweet tasting.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good brew for the style. One of the better options at some locales in the BVI.

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Photo of jlindros
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another one from St martin.

This one was everywhere, but that didn't help. Quite macro like, some built in skunk, watery but a decent pilsner malt wasn't too bad. A little old grassy hop thing, bitter minerals and almost sulfry note.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear. Golden in color with a bright white head that thins but holds surprisingly well. Even fresh from a case just delivered to the distributor, it's lightly skunked. Damned green bottles! The remainder of the aroma is lightly malty. The body is light with a very fine and effervescent carbonation giving it a zesty mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced, starting with a clean, sweet malt and finishing with some very light hop flavor and drying bitterness. Surprisingly well made. With the exception of the skunkiness in the aroma, this beer could stand side by side with some of the best made American macro-lagers. Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.09/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pungent light malts, grain and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts with the typical adjunct sweetness, but it isn't as strong as most in the style. There are also bready flavors of grain and barley. The hops presence is very mild. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Not very tasty, goes down easily enough, not too filling, decent kick for the style and a good representation of style, I've certainly had much worse but this still isn't a beer that I would want to drink again if I had other choices.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.2/5  rDev -56%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle at some Cuban restaurant in Manhattan

It was the only alternative to Corona, and ended up being a slightly better selection. Slightly.

Poured a clear straw color...uhoh, I see where this is going...carbonation, and a thin fizzy head that fizzled out to nothing. Mostly grains and staleness in the aroma. Weak taste of grains, corn, metallic hops. Bitter and very unflavorful, very light, and not very drinkable at all, unless bland and unimaginative and adjunct is your thing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.09/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear light golden yellow in color with significant amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces and condenses to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: There are light to moderate aromas of pale malts, grain, corn, and grassy hops. The smell is slightly on the sweet side.

T: The beer had a pleasant flavor of pale malts, bready malts, and just a hint of grassy hops giving the beer a subtle amount of bitterness. As you got further into the beer, the sweetness of the adjunct malts started to show up (not overpowering or cloying in the sweetness but rather a light sweetness) from the grain and corn.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: This is a very easy to drink and quite sessionable beer that matched very well with the spicy Latin American food that I had. I could easily have a couple of these beers and they were quite refreshing on a warm late spring evening.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sun-bleached maize with a few fat bubbles clinging to the glass and a few fine ones racing up to a bone white cap that is airy, yet sticky, and resembles the upper half of a lemon meringue pie. If the beer was brighter yellow the effect would be complete. Despite the apparent tackiness of the foam, very little lace can be seen.

I wondered about the green glass bottle and previous handling (my world traveling friend brought Presidente back from the Virgin Islands a few months ago). Sure enough, cap cracking released define eau de skunk, although it's now all but gone. In its place is a relatively inoffensive graininess that doesn't make me anxious to take a sip.

Don't believe the label (Pilsener Type Beer), believe the style noted above. This is a classic adjunct lager that tastes more Euro pale than American macro. Why that is, I'm not exactly sure. The neck label informs those interested parties that the beer contains 'malting barley, hops and corn grits'.

There isn't much to describe when it comes to the flavor profile. Like most such offerings, it tastes like modestly sweet grain and musty, musky hops. A mild flavor and a short finish are blessings. Icing the bottle down to about 34 degrees would probably eliminated all vestiges of flavor. Not a bad idea.

The mouthfeel is typical for the style, but will be granted a below average score since it feels especially lackluster in the mouth. There seems to be enough bubbles, so that can't be it. No one who drinks this stuff on a regular basis is likely to care about such things as mouthfeel anyway. The drinkability score is meant to reflect an ice cold beer on a scorching hot day; neither of which apply to this beer on this day.

Presidente is another in a long line of forgettable pale lagers that every nation on earth seems to brew by the oceanful. It's a damn shame that the large majority of the world's people believe that this is what beer is supposed to taste like. I say we call for Presidente to be impeached. Actually, given that it's brewed in the Dominican Republic, let's make it a coup d'etat.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.58/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

gift from mom on her cruise a while back, she tries i always give her credit for that, but this was one that was just nearly impossible to put down. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

a crystal clear pale yellow comes out of the glass straight away, nothing to see here as it barely made any type of head what so ever an in fact, really just left hardly anything at all to look at.

aroma again was non existent with light corn, a hint of pale grains an a wet cardboard flavor that really just would not let anything come past it at all. no after taste other then a skunky mixed malty mess.

overall it was not that the flavor was that terrible, but there was just something about this that i just could not do.

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Photo of Jason
2.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green long neck bottle with no freshness date or info about the beer.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellowish straw colour, thin lace that has trouble staying right after the foam subsides.

Smell: Mild cooked veggies and corn grit aroma with an oddly mild herbal hop also.

Taste: Big crispness with a light body, medium to high carbonation. Thin malt flavour, somewhat coarse grassy grain flavour. Hops are minimal in bitterness and virtually nothing in flavour. Cereal grain bite with a clean alcohol that warms in the back. A touch astringent going almost bone dry in the finish.

Notes: Bland yet bothersome, not a very well put together brew. If it was a bit cleaner and had a touch more malt flavour it would not be half bad. I don’t recommend this beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally getting down to reviewing Presidente, a beer that many Caribbean travelers finally had the chance to purchase in these parts a few months ago. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, puffed rice, and a touch of mild skunk. The taste brings in more of the same, in true adjunct beer fashion, though there is now a bit more corn and a bit less skunk (thank God). The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad, boring beer. I assume those who have fond memories of this beer were really just remembering the good times they had on cruises and whatnot...

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Photo of mdfb79
2.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | 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...some were skunked, some were fine but all very bleh and not very good. Could choke a few down a day but didn't drink a lot beer since it was not very good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.16/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Right off the bat, score a point for The CANQuest (TM)! I had just popped the cap and I got a sharp whiff of what was either a strong presence of Saaz hops (less likely) or skunk (more likely). That debate/CANundrum has never come up in any of the CANs that I have reviewed. I see that this is CANned, so if anyone scores an extra, I would be willing to try it to see how it compares.

My aggro pour resulted in just over a finger's worth of foamy,bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. It was the one aspect of the style that I truly CANsistently enjoy - it looked like liquid sunshine in the glass, brightening otherwise dull winter days. I know Stone's stance - "Fizzy yellow beer is for wussies" and so "[I am] not worthy" of some (all?) of their flagship beers, but so be it. This looked like what I think of when I think of "beer". The nose was still heavy on Saaz, but not skunky, so it must have been a pent-up whiff that escaped when I prised it open. Opening a green bottle = Forrest Gump's box o'chocolates = Russian roulette. You just never know what you are going to get. The head had fallen, leaving a little bit of sticky lacing in its wake. Mouthfeel was watery and it still tasted more of Saaz hops than of adjuncts in the mouth. It was more like a watery Czech Pils than an AAL. Finish was slightly husky, towards (but not heavy on) silage. Frankly, it was not too bad for the style and I wonder if it might be any better from a CAN.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appears a light golden tone with a vibrant white head that leaves a nice evenly laced ring of foam. The aroma is a mild hop aroma with sweet lemongrass tones along with the corn and rice adjuncts to make this beer at a cheaper price. Well, I did pick up a sixer at around 2.50 at Chicken Charlie's in Little Washington, PA so it was a deal no matter what the beer is like. Sweet refreshingly crisp perfect for a Caribbean island. This beer was a staple during my trip to Key West, FL where it was a common ground to find in any local grrocery store. Corona doesn't even stand up to this beer so if you see it at a reasonable price pick it up. Light body with high carbonation that tickles the tongue. On a a hot day this would be perfect for chilling in the sun.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle brought back from the DR by Dave, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a clear light golden color with a huge fluffy white head that leaves quite a bit of lace on the sides. Aromas of sweet bready pilsner malt with an hint of sulfur and some faint floral essence. Flavor is a bit on the sweet side with a hint of spice. Light body with a huge amount of carbonation and just shy of watery in the mouth. I've had much worse, but I could see a few of these going down easily on a beach somewhere.

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Photo of tdm168
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from the bottle. I had this with dinner at Tacos and Tequila in Raleigh.

The nose is faint from the top of the bottle; some faint grains and mild grassy hops. The taste is smooth, grainy, mildly bitter, and lightly grassy. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and very drinkable.

This wasn't an awful beer. It was fine with dinner. It didn't offer much in terms of flavor or character. It's unoffensive, but ultimately it can be ignored.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.16/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lay over...Miami International...might as well try a beer from the Dominican. I will go against the grain and comment that this beer is better than a lot of Mexican/Brazilian/colombian beers that I have tried! Its lawnmower beer for sure, decent. Yellow in color, no smell, white head, some lacing. Could seriously put these down with no problem, which means taste/drinkability/mouthfeel are all solid! C'mon man...try it!

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