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Gambrinus - Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.

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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 2 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2002)
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Photo of dmberger
3/5  rDev -11%

dmberger, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of BeerNutta
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gambrinus.

A = Poured a golden colour with a thin foam head.

S = There seemed to big malty smell roaming off this sucker. There was a slight hop characteristic but it was mainly malt seeping through.

T = Malt. Big malt flavour this beer has. All I could taste is Malt. There is a cookie flavour to this beer. Malt, Malt and Malt.

M = Little carbonation. Makes it easy to drink. Although I would have liked a little more carbonation.

D = Drinkable. But a little too malty for my liking.

BeerNutta, Apr 14, 2006
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Evil_Pidde, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Lion088
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%

Lion088, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

WoodBrew, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draft, St. Petersburg, Russia. A bit more substance after all the Russian lagers I’ve been swilling. Good fluffy head that leaves a little lace. Golden pilsener color. A bit of extra sweetness, but the European hop profile makes a valiant effort to balance it.Still, a great pilsner beer smell I could pick up from two feet away made a good first impression on me.

DrunkMcDermott, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of cooter
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful classic golden pilsner, marred by the patchy head that forms after the first minute or two. An enjoyable major brew here in Prague, but its taste tends to the annoying once tried--it seems empty, more drinkable than enjoyable. High carbonation and its smooth, light hops make for a distinguishable biting mouthfeel. The aftertaste is thick on the tongue but without bitter, leaving you wanting more but not exciting the palate. After a few moments, a certain sweetness to the aftertaste appears as well.

More complexity would add to it, but its drinkability and smooth bite let it be an excellent accompaniment to bread-based meals. Slightly above average, but unfortunately touted as spectacular.

cooter, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of rarbring
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

rarbring, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of hopsolutely
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

hopsolutely, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of ipogios
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. Tried this when i was in Prague. I'm not VERY enthusiastic with this beer and the reason perhaps is that i compare it with Pilsner Urquell and the U Fleku beer i had when i was in Prague. Definitely not the best Czech Republic has to offer

ipogios, Apr 15, 2003
Photo of biernack
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

biernack, Jun 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

warpedrevolution, Aug 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

GhostPants, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

clarknova, May 29, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Latarnik, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Tschnab
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Tschnab, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with huge head, crystal clear body. Great lacing. Clean mouthfeel, epitamy of easy drinking. Not much at all in terms of arom, oh well. Some light hop bitterness and sterm malt profile stays unobtrusive to the smooth, gentle mouthfeel. Would be very interesting on cask. I, personally, would prefer to big brother Pilsner Urquell. A good true Czech pilsner, far above anything you'd find domestically here in Ontario.

biegaman, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of bark
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The colour is deep yellow; the finger thick white foam forms a slowly sinking compact head.

The medium strong smell got notes of some bitter hops and white bread.

The taste is very refreshing with notes of white loaf, some mild salty malts, and bitter hops with some honey. The medium lasting aftertaste is clean and bitter.

The carbonation is very strong, it is almost sharp.

bark, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of Charthepirate
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The closest thing to a macro brew in the Czech republic, Gambrinus is served in nearly every restaurant where Pilsner Urquell is. It's generally cheaper than PU.

Is often served in some really interesting Gambrinus Glassware. Beer is served with a billowy head and a color similar to a pilsner, but with more orange. As others have put it, head dissolves into a splotchy mess soon after it goes down.

Smell is mostly malty. Not much hops to speak of.

The flavor to me is like a good american macro. Mostly malty with some adjuncts present. Hops are there merely to balance the beer and add little complexity. Aftertaste is negligable.

Feels watery in my mouth. Goes down fairly smooth though because of it. Some more carbonation could liven this beer substantially.

Exceptionally easy to drink. Great with a meal, and is the beer of choice at student parties where everyone is cheap.

Decent with a meal, But I wouldn't drink it if I had other beers around.

Charthepirate, Nov 19, 2003
Photo of RocketWidget
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this brew all the time in Prague, this major brew I prefer immensely to Pilsner Urquell. Came in a soccer ball themed can. Pours with good head, but dissolves quickly over time. Beer itself is a quite spectacular golden. Taste is a typical pilsner - smooth, but not much flavor except for slight hoppyness with the carbonation, and very little aftertaste. A good standard pilsner.

RocketWidget, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of wahhmaster
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

wahhmaster, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on-tap in a small canteen in central Prague a month ago. It was so cheap I couldn't believe my eyes when paying for this pint--just 12KC or 20 pence (Sterling Pounds)!!

It pours a rocky and foamy white beerhead, settling rather fast to a thin layer of medium bubbles... golden/light honeyish colour; medium-rich carbonation. The nose is very softly malty with light, lime-like fruity hops and soda-biscuit and dough's softly sour note. On the palate, again a lot of soft malts arrive in full force, with a light, delicate hop flavour at the back--no particular bitterness detected in the finish, while chewy, bready flavour is more noticeable towards the very end. It's basically a thin-bodied, mild-flavoured pilsner, with a bit of watery mouthfeel in the end. Straight-forward and much more boring than Pilsner Urquell, albeit very thirst quenching especially when served on tap.

wl0307, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of lamergod
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

lamergod, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Mar 26, 2009
Gambrinus from Plzensky Prazdroj, a. s.
78 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.