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

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68
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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 kikobcn
2.08/5  rDev -26%
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
2.1/5  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 TerryW
2.08/5  rDev -26%
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
2.42/5  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 ThreeWiseMen
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
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
3.25/5  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 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
2.9/5  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 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 allergictomacros
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a solid head of white foam.
S - Floral hops and light grainy malt.
T - A bit coarsely bitter style for a pale lager, with some husky grain and lemon.
M - Light bodied and fizzy. Fairly dry.
D - Par for the coarse euro lager. Fairly drinkable, but not exciting.

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 mrmanning
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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 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 kimcgolf
2.8/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +37%
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.

Photo of Padron4KM
1.58/5  rDev -43.8%
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.

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 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 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 horseblanket
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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 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 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.

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