Presidente

Today’s beer is Presidente.

http://www.presidente.com.do

Hillary Clinton holding a Presidente bottle. Courtesy of WordPress.

Bottle Size: 12 fl ounces/ 355 mL

Cost: $1.25 (Single bottle at grocery story)

Alcohol (ABV): 6.0%

Brief History (via http://www.dr.1.com): Among the most distinctive cultural symbols in the Dominican Republic, Presidente Beer has become an iconic brand that represents Dominicans both in the country and abroad. The Presidente brand of beer has become a symbol of national pride, and in its 71-year history has become the beer of choice for Dominicans.

‘Una fria,” or a cold one, has become a patriotic symbol, something intrinsically Dominican.

Like the Brugal rum company, the largest rum producer in the DR, Presidente beer has transcended from a simple alcoholic beverage to a way that Dominicans identify themselves. Especially outside the United States, Presidente beer has become one of those icons that manages to keep Dominicans living abroad feeling like they are still connected to their roots.

Now let’s get to the beer!

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Appearance: Yellowish color comes to a 3 on the SRM measurement scale. Fluffy head which is retained quite well.

Scent/Smell: Faint smell consisting of  light hops, malt, and some grains. Nothing special in this department.

Taste: Not much of a taste. Very light body, this is quite similar to the popular Budweiser and Miller brands in the United States.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated similar to that of a soda. Very light body. So quite easy to drink if you’re comfortable drinking a soda.

Drink with (food): Barbecue and Latin American

Grade: D+

Reminds me of a Bud Light. Not exactly what you’d call high quality beer. However, it’s cheap and if you want to throw something back with alcohol in it and not appreciate a beer like taste, here you go.

Next: Brooklyn Summer Ale

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