Samson Budweiser Bier Premium - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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2.63/5 rDev -24.9%
The green bottle scares me, but I have an exploratory nature, so here goes. Not sure if I've already set this one up for failure, but a hint of skunk floats out of the bottle. Off a medium pour a slight dirty white head rises and sticks for a few before leaving a miniscule batch of webbed lace behind. A hazy yellow orange in color, and I see floaties; another bad omen, but I'm going to push ahead and see what lays in store.
Typically sweet and vegetal to the nose with a thin vein of fruitiness and some green grass. Tastes almost overly sweet and fruity fruity with overpowering vegetal notes, and say it ain't so! Corn! A little spice eventually seeps in. Has a bit of hops at the very end. Mouth-feel is medium and this beer is everything but sharp going down. It doesn't necessarily hurt a lager to have a little creaminess, but that crisp and dry edge is what I'm looking for. When all is said and done this one just doesn't coalesce. Everything just seems off, and I have a bit of a hard time finishing.
07-16-2011 19:45:11 | More by stephens101
2.85/5 rDev -18.6%
First off, this bottle is probably over a year old. Maybe longer, judging by the last time it was reviewed. It was a "lone ranger" sitting in Leo's cooler.
Poured into a pint glass with a thick head that quickly goes away. Some lacing. Light amber-yellow color, mediem carbonation.
Smells Kolsch-y, like many euro-lagers, with the expected mild skunkiness inherent in the greeen bottle genre.
Tastes Kolschy. Slightly skunky Heineken-esque. Citrus finish.
Drinks pretty well, but there's a distinct and unexpected heaviness to the mouthfeel.
I've never seen this one before, and may never see it again. Not worth seeking out, but not worth avoiding, either. Would probably be better fresh.
05-09-2006 23:21:42 | More by rabsten
2.9/5 rDev -17.1%
Large, newer bottle design. Pours a rather luminous pale gold with thin white head. Nose has a huge dose of Saaz, accompanied by two bitchslaps of skunkyness. Palate has a sweet malty component that is then overriden by the hops 'n skunk. Finish is sweet.
02-01-2010 02:41:31 | More by yemenmocha
3.33/5 rDev -4.9%
Interesting- I notice that they've changed their labels from the
beer pictured. Ahh well.
Samson Premium Czech Lager pours a couple fingers of dense
creamy head over a clear dark yellow brew. Carbonation is moderate,
and the nose is light barley malt and barley. The flavor is sweetish
barley malt with soft herbal hop finish. There's a tiny hint of grass in
the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Not a bad Czech lager and
they even put in a proper brown bottle. Worth a try.
09-03-2007 19:42:42 | More by shadow1961
3.43/5 rDev -2%
.5L emptied into a Pokal.
A: Pours a deep, clear gold or light copper with a 2-finger head which quickly receeds to nothingness. No lacing.
S: Faint malts and a whiff of floral hops and nuts.
M: Light-to-medium body with very little carbonation.
T: Slightly sweet malt balances well with the bitter Noble hops. Hints of grass and nuts. Astringent hops dominate the aftertaste.
D: The lack of carbonation and balanced flavor combine to make this an easy beer to consume in large quantities. Has all the right elements of a Czech lager, but struggles to bring them all together in large enough doses to make this a memorable beer.
02-12-2010 18:42:48 | More by sunrisesolara
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
500 ml bottle from Riga. It has 4.9% ABV.
Pours pale golden with large white and fast dissipating head, leaves some lacing and has a few small slowly rising carbonation bubbles. Aroma is faint citrusy herbal hops.
Taste is herbal bitterness, hints of honey in the background, medium dry finish with sweeter citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, around average or slightly above it carbonation.
Overall, clean and bittery Czech Pilsener, very drinkable and refreshing.
06-01-2009 10:16:09 | More by atis
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
500 ml bottle, picked up at a European specialty market in the Bay Area.
Poured into a pilsner glass. Medium white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just the barest trace of lace.
This isn't an aromatic beer, the aroma being just a barely detectable scent of hops and grass. But, really, not a strong aroma.
Taste is as it should be for the style: crisp, dry, with a slightly hoppy bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is also spot on for the style, being mildly carbonated and not too thick. Drinkability is high and quite refreshing.
10-31-2008 04:47:47 | More by watchnerd
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Half-liter green bottle from La Bodega, on to the beer:
Darker than gold in color, the head is 1/2 inch thick and holds good retention and lacing. The aroma is faint, some grass and floral notes. As for taste, it's clean and drinkable with soe crispness in the body. Light in flavor...slightly sweet with grassy notes and a spicy herbal pinch at the end.
No wonder the Czech's drink so much beer, it's easy down the hatch. Good at washing down an entree of macaroni and cheese.
12-28-2008 06:24:34 | More by DoubleJ
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a clear, golden color with suspended yeast throughout. One inch head of an white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of pale malt, yeast cleanliness, and slight hops. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, strong yeast cleanliness,and slight hop in the background. Overall, still clearly a Euro beer with that yeast flavor - but better than most I've had.
06-19-2009 05:07:54 | More by Tone
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a clear golden straw color with a thin white head that immediately fades into a very faint trace of lace. Nose is fresh malts and grains blended with a nice bouquet of floral hops. The sweet malts and grains come through up front in the taste followed by a bit of a spicy and bitter hop bite. The alcohol is surprisingly noticeable for such a light brew. Very crisp and refreshing with a clean finish that is a bit acidic. A pretty enjoyable lager that would be nice on warm day outside while grilling.
01-13-2003 15:34:24 | More by Morris729
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
This beer poured a nice clear deep golden topped by a fluffy white head. The head was not too long lasting and left little lace on the glass.
The saaz aroma was very nice. It gave the beer a earthy nose and a fairly complex malty spicyness.
The best part of the beer was its aroma and it overpowered the taste. The malt sweetness was so subtle that it came through long after the beer was off the tongue and had been swallowed.
The mouthfeel was medium light at best and had little carbonation.
I would not consider this beer complex in any aspect. It is a nice beer but not spectacular. I guess I was disappointed because I was hoping for more from a Czech beer.
05-25-2004 03:21:36 | More by LarryKemp
United Kingdom (England)
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
Half litre bottle, poured into pint glass. Golden colour, clear, no head, apple juice. Very nice Saaz aroma, hints of red cabbage and vanila. Tasted slightly off apples, slightly bitter finish but had less hop bitterness than some more well known Czech beers. Smooth mouthfull, body slightly heavy and sticky, not enough carbonation. Overall not bad but needed more carbonation and was too sticky. Almost a very good beer.
08-20-2012 14:07:08 | More by jonb5
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Johnnie's Lounge, in memoriam
In tribute to the passing of the finest bartender in Chicago, and the end of and era at Johnnie's Lounge, i'm toasting John this evening with a bottle of Samson. Walk into the place, order the house beer "the Czech beer", and Samson is what you drank. This was his beer, even though a sun-faded Hamm's sign swung outside the bar. The man was resolute and independent, tending his bar 7 days a week for the last 40 of his 87 years. Buzz into the bar with me, and you step back decades in time. A dim time-ravaged cave extends in a typically narrow Chicago tavern style. Warm brown wood paneling rises to meet the nicotine stained drop ceiling. A glowing Hamms clock hangs above the bar, long stopped. It's quiet here except for the late show on the old tv propped up in the corner, the jukebox played it's last song over a year ago. A small elderly gentleman stands behind the long wood bar, decked out in a coat and tie. The air is heavy with a quiet contemplation. It is here you can truly relax and escape the troubles of the day, talk things over, or shoot a game of pool. Johnnie's was a true Chicago classic, inexplicably the most unique and comfortable bar i've ever visited. John was the good man behind it, living his dream until the very end. Cheers John!
Pours a clear golden color, into a small 6 oz. glass at Johnnie's Lounge. Under the dim bar lights, there is trace carbonation that is visible. Very brief head of foam that dwindles to a thin ring. Smells like skunky hops at first, but this aroma soon dissipates into mildly sweet grain and more floral hops.
Pale malt, noble hops, sweet corn, and mineral water form the bulk of this Czech Pils. A fairly dry, herbal, and crackery sweet aftertaste. Light honey also. Fairly average, but balanced enough, with no disagreeable qualities. More interesting than Urquell, but not as crisp as Czechvar or BB Burgerbrau.
Above average mouthfeel, soft but not too watery. Good malt presence, somewhat buttery. Highly drinkable, and worthy of the authentic Bohemian Pilsner designation.
Imported by Stawski Imports, Chicago.
Current "house beer" at my favorite dive, Johnnie's Lounge in Chicago. A lost oasis of 1970's rec-room nostalgia, with Hank and Patsy on the juke. Just ask for the Czech beer...it's the only import Johnnie buys nowadays.
10-23-09 RIP John, you'll be missed.
11-03-2009 02:53:26 | More by emerge077
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
Comes in a brown 33cl bottle with white lettering on a black label. Above the lettering is a rather dissheveled looking Bacchus bust. Ingredients conform to the purity law. Best before 7/7/04, I opened it on 2/3/4.
Clear deep slightly reddish gold hue under a one finger white head that quickly disappears completely. The nose is pleasant, with good fresh flowery hops and a touch of malt. The mouth is light and very prickly. The taste opens with a good balanced malt flavor, chased by that signature Czech hoppy bitterness that starts sweet and flowery, then gets progressively stronger as the liquid drains out of the mouth and the aftertaste kicks in. This is not an overly imaginative or innovative brew, but it is definitely quaffable in large quantities.
02-03-2004 19:45:23 | More by Globetrotter
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
500ml brown bottle, no date, foiled cap.
It pours with a noticeable amount of yeast leaving me to believe it is old, but I will never really know I guess. It is a deep gold with a foamy white head that sticks for a bit then recedes with some lacing.
The smell is grainy with a heightened yeast and alcohol character. The hops seem to be faded.
Despite being bast its prime the taste is rather interesting. It has a nice bitterness still though it has lost a bit of pop. The grains lend a grahamy, honeyish flavor to the beer.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but I think it is due to it being past prime.
This beer is good even past it's prime, I wish I could have it fresh.
07-13-2010 22:44:48 | More by crossovert
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
Clear medium golden color with a rather small snow white head that utterly vanishes in a minute or so, moderate carbonation, and slight traces of lace. As is typical for the style, there is some skunk in the aroma although mild, as well as malt, and some hops. Also present, however, is a pronounced and unexpected honey aroma. Tasting yields smooth and mellow malts, and a slight sting of carbonation, followed by distinct honey flavors, and the required noble hops towards the end of the taste; finish is quite clean. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant. An example of a familiar style that, nonetheless, manages to distinguish itself.
Package reviewed is a twelve ounce green glass longneck with the gold foil neck wrap, no freshness information. Imported by Belukus Marketing, Bryan, TX.
01-04-2003 18:24:46 | More by Pegasus
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
Well I drank have this bottle and used the other half for my Texas style chili Iam makeing.Poured into a pilsner a light to medium golden with good clarity a fluffy-sprtitzy white head atop,clean but pleasant aromas toasty with some green apple and iron.Lighter clean mouthfeel with lighter flavors but again pleasant,toasty and grainy with that green apple note with a bit of honey-like sweetness as well with a smattering of floral hop.A great summer lager its light but with real flavor,I liked it.
06-04-2008 20:37:57 | More by oberon
3.85/5 rDev +10%
Pours a clear golden body that's capped by a thin but creamy white head which drops almost immediately. It retains a very thin collar but leaves no lace. The nose, however, picks thinks up a bit with a rich, grainy and mildly honeyish malt that's tempered by some light alcohol and subtle background hops. The body is medium; and combines with a moderate carbonation to leave it gently crisp and smooth across the palate. Unfortunately, as it warms it tends to loose it's gentle zest and becomes dull. The flavor displays sweetish and grainy malt that's even a touch nutty, alongside some alcohol. Bitterness plays a supporting role. It finishes clean and dry with just a touch of residual malt and some earthy/herbal hops. With the exceptions of it's poor head retention and noticeable alcohol, it's a very nice and interesting beer that has a great maltiness to it.
03-09-2003 17:55:14 | More by NeroFiddled
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Pale golden body, thin white head,active carbonation.
Subtle aromas, very light grassy hops and thin malt.
Floral and grassy hop flavors carry a light, barely sweet malt with a slightly bitter finish.
Soft and smooth on the palate, finishes with a quick bite at the tip of the tounge.
Thirst quenching, easy drinking, session beer, label lists 4.7abv.
10-15-2007 22:18:30 | More by cbn
4.03/5 rDev +15.1%
Simple, straightforward euro-pale lager. Not really like a lot of the other Czech pilsners out there, in terms of complexity or hop character. But extremely drinkable and has an unusually heavy mouthfeel that makes it taste (?) a little more "premium" than its counterparts. Pale yellow/bronze in the glass, with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. A bit of a "skunk" smell (green bottle--duh!) but the taste is decent, slightly spicy hops followed by a somewhat sweet (though not too sweet) malty finish. It's a great beer to carry around at a party because the bottle looks so great. I understand AB is suing (or being sued by?) Budějovický Měťanský Pivovar over the use of the name "Budweiser." The American company could take a lesson from the Czechs (who used the name first, by the way) in how beer should taste.
01-12-2007 15:48:23 | More by tugdriver7
4.25/5 rDev +21.4%
Yet another gift from a Czech-teaching friend, this serving of Samson was presented in a 500 ml bottle, with a Harley-Davidson promotion on the label. Apparently, the 10th anniversary of HD in Prague is being celebrated this year.
The appearance of this beer was a light golden color, with a half-finger head that disappeared pretty quickly. Only a little bit of lacing clung to the side, but gradually slid away. A grainy malt character, some fruity aspects, and somewhat of a pepper-like scent were detected. Unfortunately, a faint scent of metal was also present. The taste started off somewhat bitter, but some grainy and mildly sweet elements took over. I can't quite discern what spice(s) may be active here, but a nice complexity is added to the brew. It finished somewhat dry, but the same spiciness hung around for just enough to give a rather clean, crisp aftertaste. The mouthfeel was excellent on this one. Lots of activity on the tongue, and the medium body held the flavor more than adequately. Samson turned out to be quite the tasty, refreshing brew, despite its long voyage in my buddy's suitcase. An excellent pilsener. Congratulations to Prague, too, on excellent beer and 10 years of Harley-Davidson.
08-26-2003 01:34:09 | More by SchmichaelJ
Samson Budweiser Bier Premium from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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