Pilsener 100 (Pilsener Centenario) | Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd

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Pilsener 100 (Pilsener Centenario)Pilsener 100 (Pilsener Centenario)

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Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
El Salvador

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bitterbill on 04-22-2008

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pilsener 100 (Centenario) of El Salvador has a rather thin, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with little white specks floating about and minimal lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, sugary barley malt and clean water. Taste is of sweet barley malt, a touch of hops in the background, slight sourness, and biscuit. Mouthfeel is mostly light and a bit slick, and Pilsener 100 finishes crisp, clean, semi-dry, refreshing, and exceptionally drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer, and I recommend trying this rarity.


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Photo of mralphabet
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a straw yellow with a good fingers worth of head that dissipated very quickly, leaving no lacing. Had lots of visible carbonation from start to finish.

S: Lots of grain and a little corny.

T: I'm getting the corniness right up front with a very light spicy hops that disappears very quickly. The finish has a little lemon zing in it.

M: Light crisp with good carbonation. Fits the mex style.

D: If you like Mex Light beers it is right up you alley, just not my style.... Really not getting any Pilsener here at all.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yep, I bought it because it's from a far away place - El Salvador - from which I'd never had a drink. Poured a massive 3" white soap suds head which faded quickly and exhausted most of the effervescence from the body. Typical clear straw yellow lager color. Smells very mildly of corn. Very mild slightly sweet corn water taste. It's like a slightly weaker version of a mainstream BMC.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.89/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel snifter. No date.

Appearance - A vigorous pour delivers a one finger white head with good lacing and decent to low retention. Clear pale gold body with some visible floaters.

Smell - Wet dog. Cardboard. Hidden alcohol underneath it all. Stale sweetness.

Taste - Stale. Tobacco. Dry cardboard. One of the driest pilsners I've had (though BA describes it as a Light Lager).

Mouthfeel - Mild astringency. Light bodied, but the head offers some frothiness. Dry.

Overall Drinkability - Not bad but almost getting to be. This is definitely a beer that requires either an acquired or preferred taste. I don't imagine the average beer advocate would enjoy this one.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.54/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color is very light straw. Head came and went very quick. Smell is typical cereal grain lawn mowing beer. Taste is better than I thought based on the smell and my preconceptions, in that it is fresh and doesn't have that fake corn sweetness that most "premium" imports have. I want to say that this actually has some malt in it. For a Light Lager the finish is great. Also, I see no real flaws for the style. I'll probably get this again when the weather gets warmer to quench a summer thirst after some hard outdoor work.

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Photo of Jemonster
3.82/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light straw yellow with a cloudy white head when poured quickly.

S: Clean, with corn and fresh barley. Some fresh pine and grass.

T: Corn, minty herbs, and a kind of bell pepper note. Clean with mild sweetness. Light flavored as expected from a pils.

M: Refreshing and light. The minty flavor makes it cooling to the mouth.

O: A pretty good pilsner! Suprised me a little, so it gets a bonus here.

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Photo of DrJay
2.22/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Crystal clear and bright yellow in colour topped by a thin skim of fine, white bubbles. A thick collar left a bit of sticky lace on the glass. Sweet, malty aroma, cereal grains, slightly bready/yeasty, with perhaps a hint of hops. Thin flavour. Very low bitterness left musty malt sweetness unbalanced. It had a slightly spicy edge towards the end, but the flavour disappeared in the finish leaving it tasting watery. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, fairly dry. Inoffensive, but quite bland.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Beers of the World pack from Cost Plus World Market.

Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 inch fizzy head that fades to a film. Foamy rings of lace stick to the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty subdued but I do get some grain aromas but that is pretty much it. Taste is of grains and some corn flakes. A light fruity flavor is apparent too. An average level of carbonation makes for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager and my first beer from El Salvador. I am not too sure that this is a light beer as listed however.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.53/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a bit better than I expected from this south-of-the-border macro lager.
The sweetness is smooth and even though it is mellow, it makes up the bulk of the flavor.
Better than Corona, although I'd have to try it side-by-side to Modelo to decide which one is better.

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Photo of merlin48
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

El Salvador beer. Sounds Caribbean, so why not. Pours a clear and fizzy yellow body with an average white head. A few spots of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma of lager yeast, vague hops, and some toasted corn.

Light body is fizzy and well carbonated. Rather thin.

Taste is corn syrupy sweetness balanced by a vague hop bitterness. Adjunct sweetness becomes more apparent as it warms.

Not horrible, but one of those light lagers best enjoyed ice cold in the hot sun.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.39/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The first beer i taste from El Salvador, poured a in bayern-pilsner glass. Look: Pale yellow color, headless, fair amount of bubbles and poor lacing; Smell: Dry malt and corn, probably because of its high carbonation but conveys freshness; Taste: Sweet corn and strong character to pale malts, hops and floral background; Mouthfeel: Dry with medium bitterness, very light body and high carbonation and very light body; Drinkability: Good, very light but without becoming a light beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this today for the Super Bowl, not exactly sure why alhough it was pretty cheap. Pours exactly the way you'd expect it to: cleay, yellow, and headless. Nose is a light sweet malt and a touch of bitterness. Uncomplex but not offensive at all.

Light and pleasant with a bubbly texture and thin body, even for the style. Sweet but not overdone. What flavor exists is actually ok. This is a beer for people who don't like beer but it flows down like water.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Many thanks to my local trading partner, tone77, for bringing by a whole buncha bottles to help me keep my bottles aligned with my CANs.

El Salvadoran beer, eh? This may add another country to my stats. Here goes!

My aggro pour resulted in a finger of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deeper shade of yellow than I expected from this style, plus it evidenced NE-quality clarity. Nose had a corn-like adjunct quality, making me dubious about the style listing on this one. It was more of an AAL than a Light Lager. Mouthfeel was thin with a honey-like lager sweetness on the tongue. It actually tasted better than it smelled, but it still wasn't much. Finish was kind of bland and watery. It was not a bad beer, more simply ho-hum.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a crystal-clear body and tons of apparent effervescence. Head is one thick finger of pillow white foam. It's not what I'd call outstanding, but it's pretty decent for a light lager.

Smell: light, malty aroma without the sour grain smell I usually associate with this type of beer. There's not much to it, but it is entirely inoffensive.

Taste: once again, the flavor is not too bad, but it is rather weak and not entirely well-composed. There's a very light malt flavor without any real hop character, and, while the graininess isn't sour, there is a touch of that wet-grain flavor which isn't delicious. Not awful, but not really recommended either.

Mouthfeel: not too bad, actually. There's not a lot of body here, but it is carbonated enough to give a nice, tingly fizz. Halfway decent.

Drinkability: the more I drink of this, the less impressed I am with the flavor. This beer is okay overall, but the flavor is just bland. For all that, though, it is inoffensive and somewhat refreshing. I just wouldn't want to have a second bottle.

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of sweet malts. Taste is crisp, light, some malts, really not much in the way of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability, great for a hot day. Overall this makes for a mediocre brew.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.74/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright, crystal-clear pale gold color. The tall, foamy white head has decent retention. Some soapy lacing forms an irregular but persistent pattern on the glass.

S: Very clean. Lightly sweet and grainy, with definite corn syrupy qualities. A nondescript herbal hoppiness is also present. Perhaps a faint lemony character as well.

T: Faint grainy/husky maltiness up front. Slightly doughy. Thorough notes of corn, although thankfully not overly sweet. A mild flash of herbal/perfumy hops fades very quickly.

M: Light bodied, obviously. Watery, with medium carbonation. A standard clean, lagery finish.

D: Considering it's not actually a pilsner, this is a pretty decent light lager. It has a little bit of flavor, but overall is a very clean, seltzery beer.

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Photo of thekanna
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Typical light yellow color of normal macro lagers with a thin, dissipative white head.

S: Light malts, clean... not much here.

T: Taste is very subtle but unique if you capture it. There's some fruits.. berries, apples, and a bit of citrus that I can detect ... that crop up out of the malty flavor and provide a nice, refreshing zing. Otherwise, slightly sweet and no noticeable hops.

M/D: Smooth and light with medium carbonation. It's a delicate balance like the taste. Finally a South American beer I've had that's able to hold a little bit of its own, without just being a refreshing backdrop for more flavorful latino foods.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a clear, very light and pale straw, a watered down champaigne with a hell of a lot less carbonation. The head starts off all white and fluffy, a cozy cloud, but quickly fades into obscurity, lacing fairly well. The smell is quite funky, and not in a Bootsy Collins way. Rice, wheat, and a vague smell of burning (can't really explain that one...) finish off the pretty weak nose. The taste is an improvement, but not much of one, as rice and bleached wheat dominate (not unlike a bowl of stale, slightly toasted Rice Chex), with little else happening. The body is--get this one--very light, very much on the watery side, with only a slight amount of carbonation. Based on this, the drinkability is fairly high, but the desire to drink it does not live equal the ability to do so.

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Photo of jerlleutz
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had one of these in a mug at Atlacatl, an excellent Salvadoran restaurant LA. I recommend the eatery, by the way. Anyway, so the beer is generally your standard Salvadoran lager, and I wouldn't be able to pick it out from a crowd, really.

The beer looked standard, good ol' straw color. Nothing particularly eventful there. In fact, it was barely notable. "Hm, OK, cool, a beer!"

Smelled like a standard Latin American lager, brewed in some sort of metal, obviously.

Taste was acceptable, and one of the better ones from this part of the world, I suppose. Nothing came out and gagged me. Clean and acceptable, nothing interesting. Pretty much the same story with mouthfeel. I couldnt distinguish this from a Bud or a Modelo or any of that.

In light of all that, the drinkability is high, probably because there isn't much going on. Not heavy, not offensive, clean and crisp, and would definitely be good in a hot shower.

Great bang for the buck, I'll give it that much!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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

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

S: The aroma is of light malts, adjuncts, some lager yeast and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste mostly consists of a watery adjunct and malt sweetness. There's almost no hops presence and not much balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Watery, not very crisp and not very smooth, very light body, medium carbonation, at least the finish is clean.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much of anything to this beer, very mild kick, not a good representation of style, even considering some of the bad beers that are in this style, this beer does not rank too highly.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found out a bit too late that liquor stores in Worcester MA close at 10:00 PM. We wanted to pick up some beer, and the only store that we could find open was a shady Latino package store in a not-so-nice section of downtown. Anyway, we stopped in and needless to say Budweiser was high end here. I picked up a six pack of Centenario for $7 as a joke. Poured into a pint glass. Bright yellow color, very large white head, mucho carbonation. Smelled a bit skunky, or like most macro lagers from Central America. Taste was no pleasure either, kinda flat and metallic. Served super cold, it was easy enough to drink fast, but I wasn't really enjoying it. Eh, it was more of a novelty to drink this than anything else. Probably should have bought Bud. Not.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.97/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a pale gold, with a fizzy white head, surprisingly good retention for the style.

S: Not bad for a light lager, noticable noble hop aroma, flowers, very light malt.

T: Husky grain predominately with some carbonic acid (seltzer water flavour). The beer has a bitter, 1-dimensional hop finish, with a light intensity of flavour, no off-flavours though which is nice.

M: Crisp, clean for an industrial lager, very light-bodied.

D: This is a beer that could go down fast on a hot day, but in the end you'll be bored after a couple, a very simple drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a brilliant, yellow body with a tall, white head.

Smell: Vaguely sweetish nose of standard cereal grains with the merest hint of floral hop notes.

Taste: Very light pale malts teamed up with some hearty corn and a dash of sweet corn syrup. In comes a big sip of water. Very mild floral hops with only a faint bitterness. Continually thins out as you race towards to clean, albeit empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Dull but refreshing, tolerable but entirely forgettable. Probably far better suited to drinking along the beaches of La Libertad.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow beer with a incredibly quick fading head.Aroma is light malt.Taste is the same with a tiny pinch of fruit flavor.Overall light and refreshing a perfect match for the style.This is something that I would definetly purchase again especially in the warmer summer months!

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought as part of a mixed six pack.

It pours a clear and bright yellow with a 2 finger head of foam. It looks like a lot of mass produced brews that I've had.

The smell is of grain and malt with some light hoppy notes.

The taste has a big corn huskish flavour up front follwed by light notes of malt and hops and a slightly bitterish finish. Not much going on here that I can point out other than its best feature is the longevity of the foam and some decent lacing and...I can see it being an easy drinker for the "warm" climate it comes from.

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Pilsener 100 (Pilsener Centenario) from Cerveceria La Constancia S.A. / BevCo Ltd
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