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

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 84
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.48/5  rDev -47.1%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of drpimento
1.5/5  rDev -46.4%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
1.54/5  rDev -45%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
1.58/5  rDev -43.6%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger pure white head that fades quickly to ring leaving a little lace. Crystal clear pale color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Grassy/skunky nose. Flavor grassy some bitterness from the hops, boring. Follows the rule - any beer labeled premium is not. $2.15 for a 330ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR. (335 characters)

Photo of kikobcn
2.07/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (717 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
2.07/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.09/5  rDev -25.4%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.11/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (919 characters)

Photo of JohnW
2.16/5  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 (317 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.2/5  rDev -21.4%
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. (782 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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 (862 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, light yellow body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Lackluster mealy aroma with some floral notes.

Taste: Sweetish grainy flavor with a hint of cornmeal. Faint floral hops. Metallic finish with a slight stickiness, as if the taste won't vacant the tongue without a fight.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I couldn't recommend this one, so don't even ask. (416 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -15%
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+ (956 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (2,252 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of horseblanket
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light hop aromas.

Appearance: Slightly hazy.
Good foamy white head.
Light golden yellow color.

Flavor: mostly light hop flavors initially.
Light hop bitterness balanced in the follow-through
with sweet malt. Somewhat grainy in the finish.
Hops and malt are basically equally balanced.

Mouthfeel & body: moderate light.
Average carbonation.

Overall: this is a drinkable basic lager,
similar to a German Helles. (438 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.71/5  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. (281 characters)

Photo of stcules
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color, with something green. Very very clear, with a good compact foam, soft.
The smell is malty, with notes of hay after it.
The taste is more bitter than you can expect. It's an herbal bitter.
Herbal bitter in the aftertaste too. Quite plain body.
Pleasant and drinkable beer. (295 characters)

Photo of endovelico
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (963 characters)

Photo of Brenden
2.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (788 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all, this was probably the nearest thing to a clear beer that I’ve ever had. Looked like water with a couple drops of yellow food color and a pale head that actually lingered for awhile and left some lacing on the glass.

Aroma was very faint, and what there was tended to be grainy. Surprisingly, the flavor and finish were actually pretty decent, especially compared to waht I expected from a Romanian beer.

The key....drink it cold. Toward the end, as it warmed, this tended more to resembled what I thought it would be all along. (545 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very pale almost like a witbier in appearance. Slight chill haze and tons of racing carbonation. Head is whispy and long lasting with little to no lace left behind.

Faint and everpresent grain bill is the theme. There is a moment where a drying type hop presence comes into play. This has alot of similarities to a pilsner. This is a nice fresh version as they have an easy to understand dating system and the taste reflected this. Crisp to the point of being overdone, loads and loads of soda like carbonation. Hops are the highlight as the grain and sweet malt backside is spineless.

Notes: Ho hum, average, run of the mill, mediocre...etc. No glaring flaws but nothing to get excited about. (699 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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." (1,175 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
3/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (492 characters)

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