1795 Original Czech Lager - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: JohnfromDublin on 10-06-2006

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 500ml bottle with an best-before date of Oct 2011. The only unusual feature is the white foil seal over the cap.

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Pours a light golden with fine carbonation. Very little head; what there is disappears rapidly to leave a surface film. Light malty aroma but little else.

Clean and crisp malty taste with light bitterness. Slight grainy sweetness at the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is smooth, but leaves a vaguely unpleasant aftertaste towards the end of the glass.

A fairly refreshing lager, but doesn't distinguish itself. Drinkable; would be nicer in warm weather.

Photo of Spikester
3.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a good sized white head. Recedes rapidly. Lots of floaties. Good amount of lacings. Tastes mildly sweet with a light bitter hop character. Decent lager. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Another good Czech beer if you don't mind the floaties.
Very sessionable. Would love to try this fresh and on tap.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

green 33cl bottle with a different label and foil to the one in the picture, but the same beer for sure.

best before 29 Sept 2010, this beer was drank and reviewed on 03 Aug 2010, poured into a small (0.2 litre) tasting glass from Budweiser Budvar.

Looked fine, crisp, clear and bright. The regular pilsner/lager golden yellow colour, with the snow white head on top. The head soon died though, on both pours.

Grains in the smell, but not much else and not many grains either.

Dry and refreshing, a little more hoppy than malty, but not strong tasting in any form or style.

A Mr Average in most aspects and I'll not be putting it on my Christmas list.

Photo of AgentZero
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a dark Coke like color with a small fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

S - Smells like a lot of sugar and something somewhat herbal, almost like a dark tea. I'm not really feeling this.

T - Definately get a lot of sugar and sweetness on this, surprised to find this is only 4.7% as I would have guessed a little higher. A little bitter, and do get some of that tea taste in there.

M - Smooth beer, with some fizz.

D - Just don't like it enough to drink much of it. The sweetness becomes somewhat heavy and a bit much. Not a good beer, but not a completely horible one either.

Photo of GreenCard
3.04/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pale tarnished gold, large pillow of off-white foam that slowly compacts to a thin cap, lace

Aroma: not a whole lot; wisps of blossom honey, grain, and perfumey hops

Flavor: mellow pilsner malt with hints of honeydew hop fruitiness; finishes dryish with a lighting lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: light body, terse carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: I'm always a bit loathe to review pilsners and light lagers because even the great ones are so subtle and balanced that it's hard to pin down descriptive words. It's hard to latch onto the subtle aromas and flavors (at least it is for me).

Photo of atis
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from Riga

Pours pale golden with large and persistent head, patchy lacing, looks beautiful. Aroma is mostly herbal hops, some faint malt background.

Taste is a bit dissapointing, simple bittery hops, but there is some kind of weak, but unpleasant sourness to it that produces slight astringency, medium dry finish and light bittery aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium with average carbonation.

Overall, a good looking beer with not that good taste.

Photo of JohnfromDublin
2.96/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Half litre bottle. 4.7% ABV. Tasted 5th Oct 2006 (Best by 28.02.2007). Bottle was foil topped brown glass with red and white label with large numbers 1795 followed by "Original Czech Lager " and "Budejovicke pivo" underneath. Purchased in Molloy's off-licence, Dublin, Ireland.

Poured a clear amber brew with a nice white head that left some lacing on the glass.

Very little smell detected; maybe very light hops.

Tasted pretty bland to be honest, not very much going on, no hop hit and just a little malty sweetness. Fairly refreshing. Nice smooth mouthfeel but overall I would not be over excited by this beer.

Photo of DanLowery
3.75/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very good czech lager, no flaws, and nothing that is particularly outstanding

Photo of janubio
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. Clear golden colour, small head that vanishes too soon. Floral smell with some bitterness, can't find much more. Body is too light, in the mouth has some bitterness but also too much sweetness from malts Crispy, refreshing, but it pales when compares to a good czech beer, nothing to do with Urquell or Budweiser. Dissapointing, at least for what I was expecting.

Photo of Minkybut
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this dead beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was headless from the get go. The beer had a golden color that looked great except for the fact it had no head. The smell of this ber was skunky and moldy. The taste was slightly bitter at the end but overall impression was just plain flat tasting. I will not buy again.

Photo of FLima
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of pale malt, vanilla and grassy hops.
Taste follows nose, sweet malt with notes of grassy hops and a hint of minerals. Mildly dry aftertaste with medium bitterness.
Light body with low carbonation.
Average Czech Pilsner, very light and balanced with no off-flavors but also with no highlights. If this is a mass regular in Czech Republic, they are well served.

Photo of flyingpig
3.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear, light amber with foamy white, finger sized head. Good retention.

Bit of skunk to start but nothing major, there is an overall sweetness to the beer & a little bit of hops in there too. Isn't an overly strong smelling beer & ranks about average.

Sweet tasting with a mix of corn, bread and mild hops. Not the most complex beer but it works.

Smooth bodied and on the light side of medium, the beer is well carbonated.

Avg. pilsener but not in a bad way, it’s pretty simple but pleasant and very drinkable. Not the best value for what you get as there are plenty of other similar beers out there but it would be one I’d be happy to drink again.

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Photo of Acho
3.38/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 0.5L green bottle, not lightskunked.
A cool orangey yellow with a head that dissipates and leaves no head.
An average smell with its bitterness to it, a taste a bit monotone and a refreshing mouthfeel make this Czech lager a not bad neither outstanding brew, but more of your summer collection.
Very refreshing.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear golden with a thick medium-large white lovely head. Dissipation is slow and leaves decent lacings.

S: Floral hops in combination with bready semi-sweet malt. Grainy.

T: Bready, very bready. Only some sweetness to the malt. Grain. Both bitter hops and floral dito, but rather faint.

M: Aftertaste is rather long and holds a bready dry bitterness, reminds me of the aftertaste from Swedish crisp-bread. Body is meidum and smooth, oh so smooth. Carbonation is moderate.

O: Highly drinkable, but both taste and smell are too weak to get a higher grade.

Photo of nick76
1.97/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma has grassy and rubber like hops with some grainy malts. The appearance is pale gold with a small head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is really smooth. Overall I didn't have high expectations for this one so it's about what I expected.

Photo of wl0307
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This 330ml slim green bottle is part of a 6-pack purchased at the Tesco supermarket. The back label says this beer is produced "for Tesco Stores Ltd.", but since the alc. level and the name both coincide with the information reported here, I suspect the bottle is simply re-branded for a different market rather than a separate contract brew in itself. BB 26/03/2010, served lightly-chilled in a gift glass from Bulgaria, the Almus branded pilsner glass.

A: pours a clear dark-golden hue with lots of tiny fizz in action, topped with a thin but frothy white head that lasts pretty well.
S: besides the initial skunky-CO2 storming from the bottle neck, the aroma is dominated by lightly powdery-nutty, semi-sweet Moravian malts, grassy Saaz hops, and a light whiff of candy-ish fruitiness as of... mixed fruits. Rather simple.
T: the foretaste confirms the suggestion of the nose, that it's malty-sweet with "sidekicks" of a little banana-ish sweet fruits and wet nuts, then the second stage of flavour develops, consisting of dried-grassy hops, a metallic edge, and a moderate but lingering bitterness of hops in the end to go with the lightly tart edge of a lagered bier. The interesting, powdery-chewy palate of hop extract also stays behind.
M&D: the fizziness is much softer on the palate than meets the eye, supporting the medium body just well. While overall there's nothing I would pick out as unpleasant, for a Czech pilsner produced in the same town as Budvar this is simply not good enough. That said, a lot of Czech pilsner I've had in their bottled form all suffer from this "underperformance" problem likely due to pasteurisation, while on draught/tap I had them in Czech Republic were all much much better, incl. the famous Budvar Svetle - I'd love to try this beer on tap if and when available.

Photo of tmoneyba
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Source, KY on 10/14/2006.

Poured clear amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate grassy sweet hop aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Average sweet brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.61/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich gold with lots of swirling yeast that settle soon enough The off-white crown was two fingers to start and lasts for a while. No more than a few dribs and drabs of bubbly lace make their way to the glass.

Given the green glass bottle, it's a minor miracle that the nose is only mildly skunkilicious. The beer smells musty and musky, a less than enticing aroma that should be familiar to anyone who has smelled any of the thousand and one Euro pale lagers that make it to these shores.

Unfortunately, Original Czech Lager isn't even average beer. The label contains no mention of the word 'pilsener'. Euro pale lager would seem to be the obvious choice, except that there's more bitterness than one usually finds in beer of that style.

Saaz hop flavor is present, but *good* Saaz hop flavor isn't. A borderline mineral-like, bitter grassiness rides along on a pale and/or pils malt base that provides just enough countering sweetness to keep the rough edges off the alpha acids. Bottom line: this is forgettable beer.

The mouthfeel is just okay. It's light-medium and is properly carbonated, but it's certainly nothing to get excited about.

Samson Original Czech Lager is my fourth beer from this brewery and is probably my least favorite. That's no mean feat since the others have received flavor scores of 3.0, 3.0 and 2.5. Maybe it's time for this Samson to let his hair grow.

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.85/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle August 7, 2009. Pours a clear golden with moderate white head. Crisp, balanced beer with a slightly sweet taste through the finish. Good beer for a very warm summer evening at the lake house. Unlike many of these type I've had over the years, not skunky at all. Have to say thought I got this straight from the area distributor.

1795 Original Czech Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
73 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.