Praga Premium Pils - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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BA SCORE
76
okay

43 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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: TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012

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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 22
Photo of DanielCole
1.92/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Watery pils, Mediocre at best

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
1.95/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. Pilsner glass. Gold color, clear appearance. White froth, brief crown. Slight floral & yeasty aromas, sulphur hues & metallic odors. Sparkling upfront. Grainy flavor swept out by earthy bitterness. Light body. Bothering carbonation. Spicy notes. Dry & dried finish. Flat & unbalanced.

Photo of Heeenrik
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tastes is way to sweet

Photo of Sweffin
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Completely skunky from the bottle

Photo of DoubleJ
2.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice to see another beer from the Czech Republic into the United States. Praga comes from a green 330 ml bottle, so caveat emptor. On to the beer:

This is one of the dullest beer's I've seen around. Its pale gold color is on track per style, but there's little head on the pour, and even that goes away quick. Its body looks dead, as there are no bubbles running through. The aroma at least is okay. It does have some stink, and also some vague grassy notes. Thankfully, there are no wet cardboard notes, which I was afraid of running into after its embarrassing appearance.

Praga actually has a decent taste. It has a spring of spicy hops. A tinge of honey adds sweetness. Honeysuckle as well. If it weren't for the beer's low carbonation, this beer may actually be pretty good. But as it stands, it may as well be a Pilsner Urquell ripoff.

Photo of MarkoNm
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a completely clear, golden color and is topped with an average white frothy head that soon disappears almost completely.
The aroma is gentle, although its malty and slightly grainy aroma is still easy to point out.
The taste is exactly what you expect. Sweet start, balanced body and slightly bittery finish. Also slight metal kick in the aftertaste.
A very nice beer that's easy to drink, but you would expect a bit more form the Czech. Maybe.

Photo of crossovert
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml foiled green bottle. BB 01.03.13.

The cap is already rusted lol. golden effevescent pour, no lacing.

It has a slight skunk but not bad. Under that is rich carmally czech style pils.

The flavor is nice. Flower noble hops with a low lingering bitterness. Pretzel flavor, light water notes. Nothing out of place, nothing extravagant. Just a pretty standard pils here. The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

Photo of janubio
2.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle, pours a clear golden colour with no head and no lace. Smell of grass, grains and citrics. Medium body, creamy, flat carbonation. Taste is the same: grass, grains and citrics, with some sweet malt notes and a dry finish. Just a correct beer, except for the head.

Photo of FLima
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, it did not poured much head, but always leaving a thin lace.
Aroma of malt and Saaz hops, very grassy.
Similarly, taste of grassy hops and malt. Aftertaste is dry, with a low bitterness and notes of biscuit.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Typical Czech Pilsner, no thrills.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, grass, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, corn flake, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's a bit too sweet for the style to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of ToriBug13
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured crystal clear, lovely carb bubbles floating to the top, no head.
Smell: light biscuity honey
Taste: actually really nice. Light, crisp, refreshing. Wonderful example of the style. Slightly bitter, not overwhelming in any sense. The biscuit malt is cut, in a dusty lightly hopped balance. Loving the higher carbonation level too.

Overall, I think this would be a great bridge brew for someone either just starting into craft, or who wants to try the Czech style. I've had a few better, but this is a solid offering.

Photo of gatornation
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with a BB 030113

A-pours a golden yellow color with a fast receding head with very little lacing

S- noble hops, biscuits,grassy hops and malt

T- floral noble hops are present with light lemon grass and hay with caramel biscuit finish

M--low carbonation a tad wate

O- average czech pils one and done had some good flavors for me but i will buy a radeberger when in the mood instead

Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam with somewhat OK retention. Not too bad.

Smell: overly sweet malt aroma with a little graininess and a very light hoppy character. Could be better.

Taste: sweet malt with a reasonable dose of noble hops. Not enough to balance out the sweetness, but the flavor is there.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a drinkable and decent enough example of the style, if a little sweet for my taste.

Photo of DSnow85
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great crisp pilsner. Light, and taste phenomenal. A great alternative for our bud light drinkers. In fact it is the Czech Bud.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Crisp, Clean, Grassy, Spicy

Stunning clarity is topped with a sticky white lace. Fresh-cut grass clippings in the nose with hints of spicy hop. Great balance, with a long trail of clean graininess and a more subtle hoppiness than anticipated. Just enough bitterness from the hops to get by, hint of honey maltiness in the back. While this is quite the drinkable Pils, and it does stand a notch above the more dumbed-down Czech Pilsners we have today, we were hoping for a bit more here.

STYLE: Czech Pils | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, a touch of hops. Taste is crisp, refreshing, malts, some sweetness, a bit of hops, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a fine session beer.

Photo of steveh
3.61/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw this at a local international grocer and had to give it a try -- despite the green bottle.

Best by 08.29.13 on the label.

A -- Clear, deep golden with a firm, long-lasting white head.

S -- Green bottle skunk with spicy Saaz fighting off the bad aromas.

T -- Malty breadiness in a good balance with spicy hops. The hops linger in a light citrus character into the aftertaste, mingling with the hop spiciness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light to light medium body.

O -- Not a bad Pilsner at all, a serious cousin of Pilsner Urquell. Would be better without the green bottle.

Photo of Dentist666
3.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden with 2-finger white head, medium retention, classic czech aroma of pale malt and some saaz hops. Solid and even taste, well-balanced malts and hops. Ample bitterness, medium-body, good drinkability. Classic bohemian pilsener.

Photo of oceanman907
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Minimal head, bright golden crystal clear pilsner.
S- Very light clear, clean sweet bread smell, like Hawaiian sweet rolls
T- Tasty sweet rolls, slight sesame toast quality, very light and refreshing
M- not enough carbonation in this bottle at least, the body is perfect though.
O- A very refreshing beer that has all the hallmarks of a gold standard Czech pils wish there was more carbonation.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.71/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden body with a small white collar. Typical pils aroma. Light, with grainy, earthy, bready, notes. Simple flavor. Quaffable. Subtle sweetness. Light body with earthy notes lingering in the finish.

Photo of beerinabottle
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up in Tesco supermarket Mullingar Ireland. A really cheap option at 1.39 euro for 50 cl green bottle compared to craft IPAS at around 3 euro. Drinkable on a sunny day when as we would say "you a desperate thirst on ye"

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Another new Czech beer to the area, touted a bit by everyone I've mentioned it to, so I had to try this stuff. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of steadfast white froth. The nose comprises dry biscuit, even drier grass, light flowers, and a healthy touch of that mineral/skunk scent reminiscent of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit coming in a bit sweeter and the grass coming in fresher, darker green. A hint of wild rice bullies its way in at times, but never leaving a lasting impression. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a very nice Czech pils, one of the best I've had straight from the fatherland in a long time.

Praga Premium Pils from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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