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Presidente

Rating: 2.75

Just about the only imported beer that seemed to be available everywhere in Cuba, this one actually on of the better beers I found on the island over the course of my recent trip and it’s one that I had more than a few times since it worked out about the same price as a can of Cristal or Bucanero Fuerte in most places. Initially  launched in 1935, this one is the first beer from the Dominican Republic that I have tried and again it’s not one that appears to be exported to the UK, although it does appear to be available in a couple of countries in Europe. Originally launched as a dark beer and named after the country’s president/dictator Rafael Leónidas Trujillo, the beer was transformed into a pale lager sometime during the 1960’s and has enjoyed much more success since then; not to mention wider distribution too.

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Appearance (3/5): Bright amber in colour and pouring with a clear body that has a few fine bubbles rising to the surface as well. The beer looks quite lively in the glass and is topped with a better than expected, two and a half centimetre head that was foamy white and left a touch of lacing on the sides into the bargain.
Aroma (5/10): A fairly basic lager aroma to this one, the beer opens with some corn and earthy hops before a light malt sweetness starts to come through nearer the middle. There was a faint bit of citrus showing at times and I could detect hay alongside a few basic adjuncts but it was the fairly standard macro lager type nose that I expected.
Taste (5/10): Quite a clean lager taste with corn and earthy hops in the early going that matched the nose closely. There was some hints of citrus coming through as well and I got a light bitterness at times too. Around the middle a combination of basic adjuncts and hay like flavours features but again it was not an offensive tasting beer and it proved to be quite a standard one for the style.
Palate (3/5): Crisp and quite fresh, this one is a light beer that’s most appealing aspect was just how easy it proved to drink. The beer had quite a clean palate with a faint citrus tang coming through at times and a light bitterness nearer the end, this coupled with the fact that it wasn’t as skunky as I’d feared made it a decent beer for the style and one that went down well under the Cuban sun.

Overall (11/20): This one was an decent enough beer for what it was and since I was expecting a lot worse, this one proved to be fairly enjoyable and a pleasant first beer from the Dominican Republic for me. It was definitely a basic offering with fairly standard flavours coming through but it was also clean, quite crisp and refreshing in the heat, going down as easily as you can expect from a lager. There was some corn and basic adjuncts making up most of the taste but the hints of citrus and the earthy malts weren’t too bad meaning it’s probably not one I’d go for in the UK but it went down a treat in the Caribbean.

Brewed In: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Brewery: Cervecería Nacional Dominicana
First Brewed: 1935
Type: Pale Lager
Abv: 5.0%
Serving: Bottle (355ml)
Purchased: TRD Caribe, Santa Clara, Cuba
Price: 1 CUC (approx. £0.78)

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  1. December 16, 2016 at 08:21

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