Ursus Premium - Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania

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68
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82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania visit their website
Romania

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 10-04-2002

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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 43
Photo of nelsonsaigon
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

Experienced in : Bucharest, Bran
Appealing to me : taste, inviting appearance
Less appealing to me : - - -

I like this beer and will look forward to my next drink.

Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

1 litre plastic bottle served cold into an unbranded bierkrug in me friend's gaff in Bucharest. Best before: 21.10.14. Expectations are low.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: White head. Fizzles out within 10 seconds.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Standard appearance for the style overall. Unremarkable.

AROMA: Light aroma of generic helles malt sweetness and barley. That's it.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Helles malts, generic sweetness, low quality barley, and some syrupy malt character. Quite simple, but it has a loose cohesion.

Overly thick and hefty on the palate. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I like it in a general sense, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

OVERALL: It's a boring macrolager with nothing to offer the discerning drinker. About what you'd expect from a SAB Miller macrolager. Meh.

D+

Photo of Brenden
2.74/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow-gold, clear, fizzy white head with light to moderate retention and lacing. Standard stuff.
The aroma is grainy and sweet with a slight mineral quality as well as some phenols. There's also something odd, maybe the combination of grains and...whatever? Like that corn mush some places sell. Cornmeal?
The taste has more leaf, which is good, and the very light bitterness helps to offset the sweetness. A medicinal quality does build on the palate, though. There's a spiciness as though what little hopping there is was probably Noble, and grassiness to boot. A touch of brine sneaks in at the end.
The feel goes on the wrong end of even this style, as it starts slick and never drops that even as it gets sticky on the tongue. Carbonation can't cut all of that, but it can try.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.05/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ursus Premium has a medium, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and some light lacing left behind. The aroma is pungent- sweet biscuit and cracker, and the flavor is the same, with a light-to-medium, grassy hop bitterness closing out the sip. Mouthfeel is almost medium, and Ursus Premium finishes crisp, refreshing, and delicious. One of the best mass-produced lagers I’ve ever tasted.

RJT

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.54/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has lots of carbonation and a big head that sticks around well in a tall pilsner glass. The aroma is fairly mild and non descript but smells pleasantly of beer with the accent on malt.
Ursus tastes malty and a little bitter. It's very well balanced and flavoursome and has many of the herbal characteristics and buttery notes that make the better Czech and German beers so delicious. There is, a hint of lemon and a nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
A wonderful beer. This would be a much better choice than mass market, big name euro pale lagers.

Final note: At the end of the drink foam lacing clings to the sides and a head is still present. That's always a good sign! And the can says it's "all malt" which is usually a good thing too and bourne out by the enjoyable drinking experience.

Note: I've tried this a second time, bumped up the score and edited this review. It's really very good and I would say better than Pilsner Urquell or Budvar. Seems in the Czech, rather than German, pils tradition to me.

My mark out of one hundred would be 83.

Photo of djura
3.21/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it in can,i guess less better then in glass.

A - Nice big white head,pale orange color,few bubbles. Foam lasting more then few minutes.
S - Light citrus notes,pale malt. Nothing special in it.
T/M - Taste is more then decent,high bitter aftertaste,very close to Czech pilsner. Maybe a bit adjunct aftertaste,not so pleasant after you drink more then 2 cans. Also not so malty taste, but there is some decent amount of barley.
O - I know this is classic industrial EPL,but must admit that they made it more then fine.

Photo of endovelico
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From time to time i like to sip on a different macro-lager / pale lager so i can keep my quality referential rigorous and all encompassing. Also, i was curious to taste what i thought at the time was probably the most drank beer in Romania.

I had, of course, already heard mentions of this beer, on an online forum, by the ubiquitous user that insists in sharing his vast knowledge in beer by listing all the (macro) beers he's had in all the different countries he has been to.

This light yellow brew, emanates a very weak and bland aroma of noble hops and honey, the redeeming factor being that the aroma isn't all that unpleasant.

The taste doesn't really follow on the nose with strong vegetable and straw notes and a flat, slightly acidic, slightly bitter and watery palate.

Compared with other macro lagers / pale lagers i've tasted, it would probably rank in the bottom half overall and in the very last few when compared to only European counterparts.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
1.54/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

500ml can.Pokal glass.Enjoyed on mar´12.Pale straw.Cristal clear.White close pretty good lasting crown. Intense floral aroma,citric notes.Metallic odor. Soft bitterness followed by subtle malty.Bland mouthfeel.Metallic flavor.Flat & fat body.A forgetable beer.

Photo of crossovert
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml green bottle. Consume before: 16/11/11.

It pours a pale gold with a foamy white head. Typical and bland.

Smell is luckily not skunky. It isn't much though. Some honey notes and an actually decent hop aroma, there just needs to be more of it.

The taste is slightly tart with an okay hop bite. It is mostly malt, just a very bland malt. The hops are mostly just bitter with a hint of herbal character.

Run of the mill EPL, though not a bad one.

Photo of ThaCreep
3.32/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold transparent. Grassy hop nose with a friendly enough - some say even hop season - but unfortunately out of steam quickly in the mouth. Grassy side a little poorly managed, through a little sweetness. Is lost in traditional Czech side that we win as hops. The body is weak rapidly, as the finish, which is a little sad. However the beer is quite nice and much nicer than many lagers.

Photo of JohnW
2.16/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had in bottle and on tap in two different bars while touring Romania in 2011 - the second sample only confirming my dislike! Thin, tasteless, gassy and acid - rather like UK brewed Fosters. Very pale colour, lively gassy head, no aroma to speak of, sure to give you heartburn! Just awful. Avoid.

JohnW
B'ham UK 2011

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.2/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Green half-litre bottle, reviewed just before it became out of date.

Mid gold, pilsner yellow, no head to talk about, or collar actually.

Another Romanian beer that should have stayed at home. I picked this up near my sons new place in London, i wish I hadn't.

No aroma, no taste and nothing going for it, a nothing beer. I suppose it could be called refreshing if you'd done manual labour for 20 hours and needed something wet to stop your mouth from drying out and your human organs dieing: otherwise give it a miss.

One of the most boring beers/lagers I've ever encounted.

The scores of 3 for looks and smell are my default numbers for a standard looking pils/lager and for the typical odourless ones too: otherwise I could have been a whole lot more cutting in my scoring.

Photo of jerryjeff
2.28/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma
Not overly present, I think there's some light hop scent, grassy possibly some lemon I think. Get a bit of skunkiness also, but not too present.

Mouthfeel
Higher end of carbonation, same weight as water essentially but with carbonation.

Appearance
Pale straw, essentially clear to look through in a goblet. Poured to minimal head and quickly dissipated.

Taste
Light hit of hops, but no real bitterness. This is more american macro than european pilsener lager taste. Makes me think it has adjuncts in it.

Drinkability
With light mouthfeel on the palette and no real aftertaste it seems as drinkable as any regular american macro is, according to your preference.

Overall
Nothing exciting here. First imported beer I've had that was almost an exact copy of american macro brews I guess the business model could have been expected to work elsewhere

Photo of slitherySOB
2.07/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One of those slightly below standard euro lagers that doesn't have much wrong with it, but doesn't have much right for it as well. Pours from the can a pale straw colour, with about a thumb's worth of foam on top. After a couple minutes, the head disipates into a thin layer of bubbles, giving it the appearance of toilet water after someone urinated. Smell is what was expected. Slight malt sweetness, bit of lemon, bit of dry grass and a touch of floral aromas. Not too bad, but nothing stands out. Bland taste. Grains, grass, lemon, pepper, but all light. It doesn't taste watered down, just light. Their is very little flavour to be had in this beer. Mouthfeel is very thin, but overcarbonated. This is the only major downfall of the beer. The carbonation feels as though you are eating pop rocks while drinking this beer. I know that, sometimes, alot of carbonation is good, but for this beer it isn't. Drinkable? Well, it's drinkable in the same way water, pepsi, or sprite is drinkable. And I'd prefer water, pepsi or sprite. It wouldn't even make a good lawn mower beer. It's too dull and nonrefreshing. I wasn't expecting much from this beer, but I was expecting, something. The best thing I can say about this is, it isn't a horrible beer. Just boring.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale blond color with a spotty, shortlived ivory head. A couple patches of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is light with grainy malt and some mint hops. The taste is sweet and uncomplicated. A decent amount of hops (keeping the style in mind) balance out the sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated. A slight bitterness makes up the short finish.

A very simple but easy to drink euro lager. No off flavors to me, so I'd suggest it as a lawnmower beer.

Photo of kikobcn
2.07/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is THE king of beer in Romania

Appearance: On tap, it pours a not-too-bad-looking pale straw color with a foamy one and a 2 finger head. Honestly, it's not too bad looking, and the head doesn't look so bad seems like Fosters , it doesn't taste as good as it looks.

Smell: Really not a lot in the way of smell, just some faint some sweet malts that seem almost artificial.

Taste: Tastes like some watered down grassy hops up front and finishes little bitter.

Mouthfeel: Not too bad. It's an adjunct lager, so what can you expect?

Drinkability: very refreshing and light is quite drinkable

Overall, this is a pretty standard light lager. It's nothing really special and I probably will never have it again.

Photo of biboergosum
2.11/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear medium straw colour, with two fingers of thin chunky white head, which leaves a soapy rinse of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of white grain, corn syrup, almost medicinal, and a bit of grassy hops. The taste has an astringent chemical edge, so much that the underlying grain, whatever it may be, is pretty much obscured, only evident via the sweetness still present. I sure would like to know what "choicest" translates from, as I can't see how it could be applied in the case of any of the faint skunky hops detectable in this brew. The carbonation is a bit high, the body medium weight, oily, and a bit slick. It finishes quite dry, that clammy, earthy, metallic, medicinal essence coming to bear again.

While it's not explicitly listed on the can, this screams out adjunct-laden swill, and premium at that. Perhaps a new category of "Euro Adjunct Lager" should be considered.

Photo of TerryW
2.09/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours clear golden yellow with a great big white head that settles to a quarter inch. A little lace, steady stream of big bubbles. Not bad looking, but after that pretty much weak-kneed.

Faint aroma of grain and alcohol. Taste corny with a slightly metallic finish. Not a particularly big flavour profile. Some slight lingering bitterness. Not offensive in any way, but dull, dull, dull. Suitable for washing down a sandwich or something.

Photo of wiseguy142
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my sister for bringing this back from Romania with her...

For some reason when Winter hits I like Czech Pilsners so this is a little early but a good start on the season.

Aroma is skunked, but in the way a Czech pils should be. Taste follows up on this but has a perceptible corn or musty flavor to it that takes away from the crisp pils it would be otherwise.

Very average, but enjoyable. But from what I hear from my sister about Romania, you shouldn't complain about average.

Photo of biegaman
2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pouring the can revealed no big surprises. I could have told you before hand the beer would be yellow, loudly fizzy (yet curiously unable to keep its head propped up) and that it would have a dulled but antiseptically clean complexion. Isn't it astounding that for all the differences between countries in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa that all their national beers should look exactly the same?

If Ursus really is brewed "from the best natural ingredients: finest malted barley, choicest hops, and pure mountain water" then why the hell does it smell like this? No barley, hop or water I've come across has smelt like this; it's obviously adulterated with something. Just combining those things in a glass - never mind boiling or fermenting the malts, just throw the grains in a glass with water and a handful of hops - would smell better than this.

As if the excessively far-reaching 'best before' date didn't make it obvious enough already, there are certainly a few other ingredients this brewery chose not to list on the can. I don't have a great palate for chemicals but I can sure pick up cheap, industrial corn syrup when I taste it. This flavour is void of anything resembling the sweet, biscuity, toasty sensation of malted barley but is rich in the canned, gritty, microwave-ready gusto of creamed corn.

Whatever adjuncts were used they're proving detrimental to the mouthfeel as well. The beer is drying, in a salty kind of way, that strongly works against it in the refreshment column. Each sip makes me want to take another - of a different beverage. The aftertaste has a slightly metallic, heavily astringent feel that has me starting to worry about what exactly I'm putting in my body. Half of this can will be more than enough for me.

The fact that this is hailed as "the king of beer in Romania" didn't exactly get me excited about drinking it and now, having tried it, I can say that it doesn't reflect too well on the Romanian people either. Every country has its national swill but in an ideal world every country should also have an alternative to it. If this is all that passes for beer in that country then it's safe to say they have yet to actually be introduced to real beer.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.48/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Sampled this at Agape Restaurant in Cluj-Napoca, Romania about two weeks ago. Review is written from notes.

Poured into a small goblet.

Appearance: Clear, pale yellow with quickly-dissipating, fizzy, white head. After two minutes, the head is totaly non-existant. Won't even return following a vicious swirl. Very faint carbonation can be seen within. No lacing.

Smell: Sourness and light alcohol. Bleh.

Taste: Citrus, doughy malt, some more sourness, and alcohol. Offensive.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with light carbonation. "Nothingless", says the notes.

Drinkability: Not drain-pou worthy, but lame and bland. Only ordered this one once, and that was definitely enough. The worst beer I tried in Romania.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ursus Premium is a basic straw gold lager. It's clear, and standard-sized bubbles can be seen rising steadily towards the surface. The creamy bright white head holds fairly well, and it leaves some nice lacing behind at the outset.

The aroma offers a well-balanced combination of sweetish malt and spicy and gently floral hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is as might be expected, medium light and gently zesty with a standard carbonation.

The flavor echoes the aroma, almost to a T. (No one really knows where that saying came from, or what it refers to, but surprisingly everyone knows what it means). The malt may or may not contain some adjunct, as it is kind of sweetish, but perhaps that's just the firm bitterness keeping up with its duties. Regardless of why, it finishes with a touch of sticky residual malty sweetness. Fortunately that's slightly balanced by some minor residual spiciness from the hops, but it's not quite enough.

Final analysis: pretty average. It beats light beer, and it beats some cheap American macro swill, but beyond that it just doesn't cut the muster(d?).

Photo of drpimento
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is from a can I brought back from Romania a couple of months ago and kept chilled. Very commonly found there in the 7 cities I visited. Poured with some head and lace. Standard pale yellow color. Almost no aroma, only a faint beery nose. Very carbonated. Thin and watery. Forgettable finish. "nough said.

Photo of Viggo
2.89/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahhh, review # 1400 on BA! And what better way to celebrate it than with a fine, fine Romanian macro lager! The King of Beer in Romania the can proudly proclaims, and sir, you certainly are.

Pours a clear straw yellow, thin bubbly white head forms, settles to nothing in about 5 seconds, looking almost exactly like Romania's second favourite beverage (or so I've heard, they're pretty wild folks and you can find just about everything on the internets). I wonder if the pH is the same? Smell is sweet and corny, a bit of honey, like bit of citrus and floral, pretty standard for the style, no real off aromas. Taste is a little wrong, skunky almost, sweet malt, honey, citrus/lemony tartness in the finish, leaves a bit of a strange aftertaste, slightly metallic, but with surprisingly solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high spritzy soda-like carbonation. Euro macro lagers always seem to have an edge to them that domestics don't, maybe the extra special time on a boat? I wouldn't ask for this one at a party but as far as Euro macro's go its standard enough. Perfect way to cap 1400, as they say "...keep your friends close, but your enemies even closer."

Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow with abundant head, lace dots. Grainy oily mouthfeel. Wierd foreign fishy smell. Sourish aftertaste, with sweetish secondary, which is not too bad. Very slightly metallic.Fizzy carbonation. Mouthfeel bit below average. Can drink a few ounces though not too refreshing.

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Ursus Premium from Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania
68 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.