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

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BA SCORE
68
poor

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 22.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.28/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.1/5  rDev -25.3%
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 NeroFiddled
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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 kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -16%
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 GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/24/04- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Appearance- Nice golden colored pour with a huge white chunky head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Mostly malt. Maybe a bit of wheat scent. Nothing really jumps out besides that.

Taste- Tastes like a pils rather than a lager. Definite malt and some hops together make this a balanced beer. I do detect a metallic taste too it that detracts from the taste.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and a bit creamy make this go down relatively easily.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. If they got rid of that metal taste, it would be a pretty damn good session beer IMO. Better than I expected though.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow, but with a good head that sticks around for a bit. Grainy smell with notes of lager yeast, wintergreen, and lightly spicy hops. Taste is also a bit grainy, and the cereal grain flavor persists. Some residual sweetness and a trace of earthy hops as well as a touch of grainy sourness. There is a pleasant light bitterness on the finish. Somewhat grainy in the mouth, and medium bodied, although perhaps a bit thick for the style. Not bad at all, and if I were in Romania I would be pleasantly surprised by th drinkability of the local brew. Since I'm not, it's just another Euro lager- but better than some.

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
1.9/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of biegaman
2.42/5  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.

Photo of Viggo
2.9/5  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."

Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +28.1%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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 RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +31%
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.

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 TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A half Litre brown glass bottle. The obverse label has a very regal look. A wide gold oval label with white hints and metallic red writing. Labeled as ‘Bere Cluj URSUS Fondat 1878 Pemium’. I guess this is the 125th Anniversary beer as the obverse label has a small celebratory decal that raise the profile of this Romanian marvel. Gold foil and a crown cap complete the presentation. Labeled as 5% ABV, and the Best Before Date is printed as 17.02.04 / 1.17.33, I hope the latter is the time of bottling and not the Best Before Date!

Appearance: A light golden body with straw hints. One dimensional with a Euro Lager appearance, the head is white but thin.

Nose: Smells interesting but not special. Saaz like Pilsner nose that is spoiled with a sweet bread and yeast aroma that is sticky.

Taste: Clean to start with but thin hops and a mild malt feel entrance the beer. It finishes with a mild hoppy feel that is diluted. Not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Average, neither thin nor wholesome. But well, just Average.

Drinkability: Not bad, goes down relatively easily but it’s not a quaffer.

Overall: Romanian Beer. Hmmm, something different, like Morris Dancing or Sky-Diving, you may want to try it once, for the hell of it, but not again. Do it to say you have!

Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Ciocanelu
1.75/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.04/5  rDev +43.8%
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

Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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 OldTime
2.5/5  rDev -11%

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Ursus Premium from Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania
68 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.