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Presidente | Cervecería Nacional Dominicana

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Brewed by:
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 Cylinsier
2.74/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz

Pours clear gold with white suds.

Light coppery malt and sugar adjunct aromas.

Coppery malt flavor with sugar adjuncts and a minimal hop presence.

Light to medium body with a crisp carbonation.

Perfectly average. Also forgettable. But by no means terrible. Good beach beer.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.1/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz green bottle served in a pint glass

A - Mostly clear pale straw color. A big bubbled white head vanishes rather quickly.

S - Sweet corn, grain husk, lager yeast, honey.

T - Follows the nose with sweet but light malt, lager yeast, chalky bitterness toward the lackluster finish.

M - Low carbonation, syrupy body.

This beer is just bleh. I actually shuddered after a few drinks. Glad I only bought a single. If I'm ever in the Dominican Republic I'll stick to wine.

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Photo of Dusty6467
1.12/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I spent 2 weeks in the Dominican Republic and this was the only beer I could get. Unless I can travel with a backup of good beer, I would have a hard time going back, though the beaches made up for it...

The appearance is golden clear that resembles a typical American light lager. The smell is almost unbearable with big time corn and no hoppiness. The taste is as bad as it smells, lots of corn and light malts, nothing else. The mouth fell is pretty dole. Overall, itself a terrible beer. Even then, I drank a lot of it since I do love beer (even bad beer) but despite the stated 5% ABV, never felt it.

Stay away unless its your only choice...

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Photo of Pegasus
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Clear dark-golden body with a massive, moderately coarse white head. Broken lacing adorns the glass walls, while columns of fine, fast-rising carbonation surge to the surface.

Aroma: Bread and cracker malt contrasts nicely with pleasant grassy hops, and a slight mineral note. Despite the green bottle, skunk aromas are largely absent.

Taste: Opens with a modest grain and cereal note, with grassy hops, and a slight soured hay note. AS the taste progresses, there is a moderate tanginess, which contrasts well with the malt. Finishes with a mild, steely hop flavor.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slightly stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, really, it is probably very refreshing in an island clime, but in all, neither outstanding, nor offensive.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce green glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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

I had this on-tap, in bottles, and cans all while in the Dominican Republic. It tastes pretty close to Bud Light or Miller Light, which is to say, not bad for a day at the beach/pool, but not something you drink for its flavor. Its light on the alcohol so you can definitely enjoy a good amount of em and it doesn't really do you in. I enjoyed it because I was out in the sun and it didn't dehydrate me quite as much as heavier stuff. You know what youre getting into with a beer like this.

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Photo of EdgeT
1.83/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I had this beer when I was visiting the Dominican Republic during 2012. So there I was sitting on the beach and I'm looking at the beer menu and I see this beer 'Presidente' and I am always open to trying the local beer of the country so I gave it a try.

This is what i thought about it:
This beer had a very cheap and a little outdated in my opinion.
The taste of the beer could be compared to the taste of sea water. I don't know if it was because i was sitting on the beach but sea water is what i would describe the taste as. Now, I thought this beer maybe have been skunked but i ordered 2 more and they were all like this.

This beer is alright to try once if you are in the Dominican but I wouldn't recommend it as a good beer.

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Photo of magine
2.61/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear straw yellow. Lots of bubbles, finger width of head. Lace clings to the side of my Victory Prima Pils glass. Decent head retention and lace. Pretty surprising looks.

Brew smells of corn and rice. Standard nose for a no frills pils. Sub par nose.

Brew tastes of corn, pale malts and rice. Carbonation leads to drinkability, but provided lacking tastes. A sub par pils. Almost like a "lite" brew. Sub par.

Brew was in a brews from around the world gift pack I received. I dont plan on visiting the Dominican Republic, but if I do I will be drinking mixed drinks.

A below average macro tasting pilsner with good looks.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing spectacular here - yellowish color, light head that dissipates quickly. Overly carbonated (which I'm learning I just don't like.) It has the taste of a lite beer (and no, I had the regular type, not lite.) I even had two this evening just to make sure of my impression. I sure do like trying beers from other countries, but the Dominican Republic won't be one country I'll be looking at any time soon.

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Photo of WinoSapien
3.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from green bottle into a Rainier Beer pint glass. I have to note the full bottle is suprisingly heavy, could double as a weapon.

A - Pale yellow color with a 1 finger head that stayed for a sec, I am suprised.
S - Corny smell
T - Maybe I am just really thirsty but this Presidente tastes above average for an adjunct to me. It's not anything complex, but it does have some body and best of all, it doesn't have a bad or skunky aftertaste. Not as sweet as Heineken but similar.
M - Highly carbonated and refreshing like a good pilsener.
O - Overall my two cents would be that this beer is one of the better American Adjunct Lagers (oxymoron). It was a bit more than the fizzy carbonated water I expected.

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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 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 MadTown1000
2.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light straw color and high carbonation - looks a lot like yu'd expect from an American Macro. Next to zero opacity. Foamy head has a lot more staying power than most, though.

S - Slightly hoppy, grainy, similar to a Corona or other Mexican AAL.

T - Next to nothing there. It's fizzy water with a little tiny bit of grain in the aftertaste. Nothing offensive about it. Just... not... anything.

M - Slightly more substantial than seltzer water, but not by much. Highly drinkable. Would be fine on a hot summer day.

Overall - It's always taking a chance to try a beer from a new country. Not much of a risk here, though. Presidente, thy name is Coors Light.

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Photo of misterid
3.6/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

have had these on several different occassions in different locales. each time i walk away thinking "that's actually much better than i expected".

can't say i found a better option in either Puerto Rico or Curacao during my time there. this isn't going to rock your face off but it's also not going to make you cringe when you drink it.

very smooth, crisp, a quality sweetness to it that far surpasses it's union american equivalent.

i'd drink these regularly if available where i live.

my beer of choice when vacationing in the caribbean without a doubt.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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. Nothing to write home about by any means.

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

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a very pale clear yellow color forming a medium white fluffy head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: Very "Adjunct" in the nose, I mean, you can feel the corn and the adjunct malts which is not a positive point, I would say. Corn, sweet malts and grassy hops

T: Follows the nose. Corn, sweet malts, adjunct malts. Mild on the hops. Metallic aftertaste

M: Extremely light body. Medium to high carbonation (artificial carbonation). Mild bitterness

O: Not recommended

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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 Maximusmaximus
3.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In my younger days I spent a lot of time on various Caribbean islands working on boats. Boat work is thirsty work and Presidente was always my beer of choice at the end of the long day on/in/around the water. My tastes have since moved on as I've become more of a beer geek since then. However, for a long time I have wanted to review this, my one time favorite beer. So here goes.

This beer pours gorgeous from a 22oz bomber into a stemmed glass with a head that lasts considerably. Crystal clear, bubbly,golden gold, it's got a real come-hither look to it.

Aroma is not Presidente's strongest area, smelling of weak, soapy citrus and sunscreen.

The taste of this beer, combined with it's mouthfeel is where this beer really shines. Smooth, velvety, refreshing, a bit spicey and verrry crisp.

Most of the bars in the places I was in left you with a choice between Heineken, Corona, Bud Light and Presidente. In this class, Presidente was and still is president! Overall a fine Adjunct Lager.

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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 KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from green bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden color with 1/4 inch of white foam. Inside looks fizzy - active bubbles. Pils-y smell, real german pils taste, more so than typical flat lager taste. Its crisp with lemon 1/2way through to close citrus. Forceful carbonation. Easy drinker but surprising amount of flavor.

Gets pretty bad ratings here, but compared to other AALs I've had, I was more bullish.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, faint, yellowish coloring that is very translucent. A chunky, frothy white head sits atop the surface and clings to the glass. Aromas are toasted grain and a hint of roasted corn, with a tangy floral highlight throughout. Flavors are very watered down, with a sharpness to them that makes this a tough drink. Toasted grains and a tangy, musty, bread-like character make up most of the palate. Part of this reaches a point where you don't want to know what else it is you are tasting. Bleh. The aftertaste is astringent and corn sweet, almost becoming syrupy. Rough finish, leaving the mouth battered and limp. Not good.

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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 liamt07
2.54/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddy brought back a bottle of this form the Dominican from a recent trip, 1L bottle into a stange.

Crystal clear gold with a voluminous white head. Heavily carbed evident in the body and the ridiculous head generation. Spotty lacing but rocky and almost 'whipped cream'-like retention. Pretty good looking for an AAL. A bit of corn in the nose, cooked veggies, grainy malts and a bit of metal. Taste has some sweet and vegetal notes, malty, a bit of cereal and again a bit metallic. Plain and mildly sweet in the finish. Blegh overall, not the advertised 'pilsner' but probably something conducive for getting blasted with on a beach in the Caribbean.

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Photo of biegaman
2.89/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In what will hopefully be the only such reference, the Dominican Republic's beer is as clear and light as the water along its beaches. While not quite as picturesque, it does nonetheless look rather idyllic: shimmering gold, frosted complexion, sea of bubbles - on a hot day this might appear more a godsend than a cooling breeze.

Like a cross-dresser that might pass if not for the bulging adam's apple, Presidente makes a convincing pilsner-type lager except for the sugary, cloying retch of its adjuncts. It's apparent that nature's been tinkered with. Nowhere is this more obvious than in its aroma, which smells like a heavily diluted concoction of rice vinegar and golden table syrup. (I wonder if there's a way I could pour this back in the can?)

Latin American nations share not only a common language, but also a similar manner of brewing lager. These 'cerveza tipo pilsener' are little like the ones you'd find in places such as Germany or the Czech Republic. They are much less malty, with no hop presence whatsoever, stinging carbonation and spotlight a chasing chemical/adjunct sweetness.

But while it's terribly easy to point out the beer's deficiencies, it's not hard to appreciate its strong points, which is to say, essentially, its general appeal and relatively quenching nature. (A beer that's features most resemble water is likely to drink the same - and appeal to just as many people!) Presidente will not turn many people off.

Presidente doesn't get my vote. Not for best beer nor for worst. In fact, I am utterly disinterested in it. This, unless one is in the mood for something fast and mindless, is in my opinion one of the worst things that can be said about any beer. Mind you, however, I am not most drinkers and, more likely than not, others will find that a very positive attribute.

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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 Vdubb86
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass onboard the cruise ship

I figured a cruise was the perfect time to try beers I'd not had before, so since this boat had a DR flag flying off the back of it I felt I should "rep" the pseudo-terrain that I was living in. It appears as a golden color that you would expect from the style. The aroma had that cooked corn smell typical of lower quality ingredients. The flavor had some flaked corn and cheaper barley taste, but it wasn't all that bad for a drink. The mouthfeel was surprisingly nice and a lot more hearty that I would have assumed. Overall I didn't mind this beer, but I didn't order it again on the boat. I went back to the hard stuff.

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Presidente from Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
2.73 out of 5 based on 726 ratings.
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