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

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BA SCORE
68
poor

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania visit their website
Romania

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 10-04-2002)
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Reviews by kgrichards:
Photo of kgrichards
4.25/5  rDev +52.3%

kgrichards, Mar 30, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is bright yellow and clear in the body with a nice, big white foaming head that left little patches on top of the liquid.

Smell – The light grainy malt has the traditional lagered smooth aroma that I’ve come to appreciate in the style. The hops are almost pilsner-like but very laid back and definitely in the background.

Taste – The malts here are typical European grain with the lightest hint of sweetness at the end. I could have done without that, but otherwise this is not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium in the body. It has some light carbonation and is respectably smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – Well, it’s not the prettiest girl in school but I still wouldn’t mind taking her out.

RoyalT, Feb 05, 2005
Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Marius, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of JohnW
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
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

JohnW, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Brenden
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Brenden, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Sammy, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
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?).

NeroFiddled, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pale golden color, topped by a small, bright white head that doesn't have much staying power. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of hops, and a moderate amount of adjunct and skunkiness. Palate is characteristic of a nice and tasty Euro lager - a crispness from the tangy Euro hops and a nice, mellow pale malt backbone. Body is light enough not to interfere with the somewhat delicate flavors of a Euro lager, while also not being too thin. I could see myself drinking more than a few of these.

ElGordo, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Ciocanelu
1.75/5  rDev -37.3%

Ciocanelu, May 13, 2013
Photo of Trent
2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Trent, Saturday at 04:29 PM
Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with a very small white head. Not much of an aroma, all I could smell was grain and some grassy hops. It tastes the same way to me, no sweetness at all, just a sour/bitter grainy taste. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is crisp. Drinkability is OK, but not great. Just an average beer, IMO. It's drinkable, but there's plenty of better choices out there.

bluejacket74, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Padron4KM
1.58/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle Best before 17-04-08.

Pale yellow with a thin white head. Minimal lace.

Grainy, corn, slightly skunky aromas.

Flavor is grainy.

Finish is dry. Too dry. Drinking it made me thirstier. I needed a glass of water just to finish the bottle.

Padron4KM, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.04/5  rDev +44.8%
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

RonaldTheriot, May 22, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3/5  rDev +7.5%

Jerseyislandbeer, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours the prototypical golden yellow lager color, the head the quintessential bright white color, frothy in texture and the size modest, the lace a thin sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is the archetypal lager crisp and malt sweet, fresh, pleasing to both the eye and nose. Start is somewhat sweet, nice malt profile, top is thin but passable. Finish is stinging in its acidity and the hops apropos to the style, very dry aftertaste, but a decent drinking beer and a nice palate cleaner, a nice change of pace.

Gusler, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.15/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

BlackHaddock, May 19, 2011
Photo of ThaCreep
3.33/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

ThaCreep, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
1.53/5  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.

GONZALOYANNA, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cold hazed lemon yellow brew.

Smell is grain and herbal hops. Supporting scents of malt, grass, lemon and a bit of spiciness.

Taste is sweet herbal and sharply bitter for the style. Biscuit and herbal hop and its bitterness dominate this brew. Far stronger flavored than the likes of Heineken or Beck’s.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I give this a good drinkability score for being so strongly hopped and aggressive. A ballsy version of the European Pale Lager. This would be an excellent choice for a beer to pair with strongly flavored foods.

Zorro, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of patrickfromnj
3/5  rDev +7.5%

patrickfromnj, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of jerryjeff
2.28/5  rDev -18.3%
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

jerryjeff, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of mrmanning
2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO on King Edward Street in Ottawa, ON- Pours a pale gold with a huge billowing but short lived white froth, leaving lots of lace. The nose is grainy, has some apples and wet paper. The flavour profile is faint. Weak sweet grains and pale malts, sugars and some fruitiness with added water to the mix. Just the slightest hop adding bitterness right at the end. Simple and standard pale lager.

mrmanning, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of safaricook
3/5  rDev +7.5%

safaricook, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of wiseguy142
3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

wiseguy142, Nov 19, 2009
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Ursus Premium from Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania
68 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.