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Gambrinus - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2002

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Ratings: 110 | Reviews: 48
Photo of jonathandh01
5/5  rDev +47.1%

Awesome beer

Photo of Brew_42
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Pours clear golden color with a thin white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smells slightly hoppy with some grassiness.

Tastes - Malty and hoppy. Starts pretty sweet but has a hoppy bite on the back end.The after tastes is unpleasant. Almost medicinal in its bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation.

Overall- Not a very good beer. Not a huge pilsner fan but I suspect this isn't a great one.

Photo of dcmchew
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear shiny golden, one finger white head that's full of bubbles, but doesn't just pop off quickly.
Not much in the smell, some malts (bit too sweet, bit grainy) and some traditional Czech hops, a bit spicy.
Sweet malts, but never too much, with a biscuity note, grains and a very low corn feel. Some cooked butter, faint caramel, a touch of golden fruit, and then the expected (bit spicy) hops follow till the mlidly bitter finish. Some sweetness keeps coating the mouth, but nicely balanced with the hops and grains.
Light bodied, a bit buttery, medium carbonation.
Doesn't impress in any way, but has a certain balance that makes you want more. A maltier option to Pilsner Urquell from the same brewery.

Photo of flyingpig
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from a Prague supermarket (39Czk):
Clear, dark golden with a 0.5cm, foamy white lacing on top that remains fairly constant.

Sweet & earthy malts with some light, grassy hops & citrus. There is some biscuit and faint caramel along with some spice & bitter hops.

Malty with a sweetness & an earthy flavour initially. There is some spice & bitterness from the hops & a little grain as well. The beer doesn't overpower & faint butter.

Smooth with a light medium body & good carbonation that gives the beer a lively feel. Crisp and clean taste with a wet, moderately bitter finish.

A decent Czech pilsener although certainly not the best the country has to offer. It was enjoyable without proving anything too special, coming through with a mellow and well-balanced taste that made it quite an easy beer to drink.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden, honey-colored; medium head; fairly long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Not a lot of aroma; slightly grassy, biscuity and light hops

Taste: Juicy malt on start; quickly turning to slight bitterness; slightly dry, slightly bitter finish; not bad at all; pretty well balanced; good for a Pils, which is not my favorite style

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Photo of hopsolutely
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can purchased in a Saigon supermarket and appears to have been brewed by SABMiller Viet Nam, so may not be fully indicative of the true Czech recipe.

Pours a very light golden colour with an impressive white head that disappears very quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma actually includes elements of a Czech pilsner, with a real Saaz or closely related hop, but unfortunately there are elements of adjuncts as well. Given my location I would assume rice, but may also be corn - but has that "sweetness" in aroma that doesn't imply 100% malted barley. The flavour is very clean and crisp, but lacking any depth or complexity. I can't get much beyond the non-barley sweetness, but there is a hint of hops in the finish.

By far not the worst beer I've had this past week, but not one I would ever choose if in Europe or North America.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brought a 330ml can home from recent trip to Europe. A big foamy head rose to the top of my class, the color was a clear copper. The smell was definate saaz hops. Clean, crisp taste. Slight sweetness gave way to a bitter after taste. Normal czech beer carbonation. As it tastes so natural you could drink a few of these. Nice czech pils, no suprises but thats not a bad thing.

Photo of lamergod
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Saturated yellow body with a decent amount of carbonation. Finger thick bone white carbonated head.

Smell: Strong smell of bitter hops hits the nose followed by mellow hints of malt breadiness that isn't really bread. Can't put my finger on that one.

Taste: Bitterness hits the tastebuds follow by slight hint of malts. The two aren't overpowering each other. In fact the taste is gone after half a pint.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Very sessionable.

Overall: Would drink this if I didn't have any much choice. But not drinking it again for the sake of drinking it any time soon.

Photo of stjaernstoft
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gambrinus, ABV: 5.0%.
500 ml bottle, 15.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

I had this beer once about a year ago. At the time I loved Czech Pilseners and I thought this was one of the best I've ever had. Let's see if it's as good as I remember!

A: It pours golden (with hints of copper), with a thick, white, foamy head. Lovely.

S: The aroma is malty with notes of butterscotch, bread and citrus. It doesn't smell like hay and brewery in the same way as an Urquell, but my feeling is definitely Czech.

T: Soft, very balanced, tastes of toffee and bread. Medium bitterness (and a body to match), nothing is extreme here, just pleasant. A very elegant, and robust lager.

M: Real smooth. Filling, yet it's very drinkable, and a somewhat dry finish.

O: I sure have widened my beer taste over the year, but a great Czech Pils is never wrong. This is still one of my favourites - it doesn't get much better for this kind of money. I'll drink this on its own, or with meats, sausages, or a sturdy sandwich.

Photo of jonb5
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Half litre bottle. Poured into HB flute. Big foamy head from half the bottle but it went fast. Bronze, copper colour. Nutty smell, definate saaz hops in there as well. Clean, crisp taste. Some mushroom and parmesan cheese. Slight sweetness gave way to a bitter after taste. Normal czech beer carbonation. As it tastes so natural you could drink a few of these. Nice czech pils, no suprises but thats not a bad thing.

Photo of stoutman
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark golden colour with thick foamy white head. Malty nose. Aroma is sweet soft malts with fruits. Flavor is soft malt and hops. Dry long-lasting hoppy finish. Medium carbonation. A typical easy to drink Czech Pilsener and a very good one at that, but a few notches below Pilsner Urquell.

Photo of pinkano
2.1/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - light gold and yellow
S - a little bit hops and some strange factor
T - very watery, little bit hoppy with sweet end.. nothing interesting
M - high carbonation, low body
D - pretty drinkable, however, with its watery taste, not interested in this one.. moreover it is HGB

Photo of Faune
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Darker yellow-gold, clear with visible carbonation and a small head of about one finger.

S- Hops, herbal, slightly medicinal and some sweet notes.

T- Grainy, yeasty and sweet finishes with slightly bitter hops.

M- A lot of carbonation light-medium light mouth-feel.

D- over all I like this beer and I feel that it is pretty drinkable, goes down nice and easy.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color; there is a finger high white head that slowly fades away leaving a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No carbonation is visible in the form of rising bubbles.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grassy hops on the nose along with some notes of caramel malts.
T: The taste is rather malty and initially has some hints of sweetness, although these quickly fade away and are replaced by a mild amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and is rather smooth with a slight amount of crispness. A light amount of carbonation is perceptible.
D: The beer goes down rather smoothly and is quite sessionable. I could easily drink several of these in one sitting.

Photo of rarbring
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is clear golden, a white head leaving some lacing.

The smell is mostly malty, grains, grass, rather weak.

The taste is upfront sweet, bread and biscuit, a slight fruity sourness, ripe apples, finishing of with some warm bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, rather smooth, a bit oily with a dry finish.

A rather neutral and clean lager. Does not intrude the palate or food. Decent.

Photo of mmahut
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Sky clear yellow colour with massive head.

S: Pils smell, full of hops, small tones of malts. You might find some apple and citruses.

T: The way a good pils should taste. Hoppy with alcohol bitterness on the tongue.

M: Light body with no carbonation.

D: Good beer with lower reputation than it deserves in Czech Republic. Definitely one of my favourites pilsners. Good for hot summer time.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer comes in a long-necked brown 50 cl bottle. The label is pretty boring looking; only text (with a small coat of arms as a watermark).

A: The colour is clear golden with a sparkling white head that dissipates rather quickly leaving some lacings.

S: Boiled vegetables at first, then sweet malt and faint floral noble hops with citric notes.

T: Nice hops at first which turns into bready malt. Bitter and floral at the same time, but not in great harmony. The boiled vegetables from the smell is a bit fainter in the smell, but still present. Some fruityness, citric notes.

M: Aftertaste is short and holds only faint bitterness. Carbonation is rich and a bit rough. The body is medium creamy. Body and carb. aren't in balance.

D: A Czech that you probably won't buy more than once - I will not buy it again. Nothing wrong with it, but there are so many others that are better.

Photo of rdarr40
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Czech beer that I have tried while in Czech Republic. There are actually several versions available in the stores such as Regular, Premium and Excellent. I am not sure what kind is typically on tap but it has the Czech Pilsner taste without the skunkyness like Pilner Urquell.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 0.5 litre bottle, best before 18th Aug 2009, drank on my first ever night in Prague (18th Mar 2009).

Just flown in and found the hotel, wife is ill with a snotty nose and a cough to die for, I'm obviously 'up for it' and wanting to hit the bars and night-life. Compromise required, one bar and a night shop was the best I could negotiate.

Great bar, but snotty nose wasn't having any of it, we had to leave after my third beer or the whole trip would have been put in jeopardy.

The 'Night-Shop' had a crap selection of beers, catering for low-life and tourists with no beer knowledge or taste.

I choose this beer (and a couple more) to ease my pain of an early night.

Sat on my hotel bed, with a wheezing wife ruining the nights silence, I poured the beer into a small tumbler which should have held my toothbrush (five times).

The beer looked good, each little dribble into the tumbler produced a deep golden yellow coloured beer, with a well formed white head. As with almost all lager/pilsners the body was clean, clear and bright. My night was getting better,

The aroma must have been lost in the pouring because I found nothing to write about. The beer gets my standard 3 for odourless pils/lagers.

I found the taste and flavours to be grainy for a pilsner, crisp and tangy. Better than most in this style of beer anyway.

It also had a body and depth unlike so many lager/pilsner beers, nothing huge or really interesting, just heavier than most.

I would obviously prefered to have stayed out, but at least I've reviewed a beer while in Prague, even if it is from notes made while in a hotel room listening to the wife snore and wheeeze.

Photo of jjanega08
4.67/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Given to me from a friend after her brother came back form The Czech Republic.
A= Opened without much hiss but still looks like its got great carbonation. A smaller head but it's very very thick and bubbles rise are rising from the bottom to constantly replenish it. It's a golden yellow color. Looks great
S= Interesting enough it does have an odor. Not expected from the style. Lots of adjunct smell comes through and seems to be the perfect balance of bitter and sweet in the odor.
T= Interesting. It actually does have quite the flavor. It's all adjunct flavor but its flavor. There's a quite noticeable butteriness to it and a small hop bite at the end. Tastes very grainy to me but I definitely love it.
M= High carbonation. Somewhat light.
D= Very High. I like this beer a lot. Maybe because I'm czech by heritage but I actually really enjoyed the taste. Very nice.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 0.5l bottle into a branded Staropramen mug.

Appearance: Golden and translucent with almost no head. Typical Czech pilsner.

Smell: Sweet and grassy with citrus smells.

Taste: Kind of flat. Faint grassy, hoppy, and citrusy notes.

Mouthfeel: Flat and carbonated. Nothing special.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Nothing too special. Something I would try again but nothing I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved in Czech for 6 months and I would have to say this was one of my favorites. Great example of a fine Pilsner. It's mush lighter than the other Czech beers and Aerican seem to shose this over others. I can not find it anywhere in the US. I'm sure if it was here it would sell very well. Althogh I do like it, there are better czech selections there.

Photo of Absumaster
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark golden beer with a thin head.

Smell is malty with typical bottom fermented character. Some mild hoppiness.

Taste is malty with decoction caramel and Maillard products in the taste. The yeast adds a light fruity taste. Strangely enough I pick up hints of custard pudding. Bitterness is medium and drinkability is good.

Photo of velkyal
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah the halcyon days of Gambrinus are long gone. Gone is the refreshingly crisp taste, gone is the buzz whenever passing a Gambrinus bar, gone is the soul of this once excellent beer. I have been living in the Czech Republic for nigh on ten years and once upon a time a Gambac would come with a great frothy head that clung to your nose, and further beers would be on the way before the first was finished. The last Gambrinus I had though was weak, watery and hardly worth the effort. Such are sad stories written.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2000.

Appearance: golden yellow color, well saturated, with white foam head.
Smell: hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel: malt flavour well balanced, good bitterness.
Drinkability: a refreshing beer in the Czech pilsener style.

Review translated from french 4-15-2008.

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Gambrinus from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
78 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.