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Praga Dark Lager - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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BA SCORE
83
good

20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 80
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 4
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coming out of a 330 ml green bottle, on to the beer:

Caramel brown colored and topped with an inch of head which settles into a fine lace. Visible bubbles make their marks inside the body of the beer. It has a sweet aroma, bringing to mind raisin, brown sugar, and a kiss of sulfur. A fine tasting beer, Praga Dark shows a pleasing maltiness and an accent of pilsner. Brown sugar covered raisins create the canvas for the grassy aspects to splash onto. The beer is light/medium bodied, and the prefered option to its pale stablemate. (534 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Hay, Dark Sugar, Creamy

Light “psst” when we popped the cap; thin lacing barely covers this dark brew. Smells like a loaf of dark bread with a caramel lining. Smooth creamy body struggles a bit with the low level of carbonation. Big bread tones from start to finish throw suggestions of dried hay and treacle at the palate. Surprisingly dry finish from a sweet start. A standup dark lager that just needs a bit more carbonation.

STYLE: Euro Dark Lager | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round (541 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and slight molasses aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, caramel, and molasses flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid but sweet caramel and molasses flavors.

Serving type: bottle. (586 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, with a half inch head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like brown sugar, toasted bread, and very sweet caramel.

This is a pretty sweet dark lager, but it's nice anyway. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel, a little bit of raisin, and toasted bread. No real hop presence to speak of, this one is all malt all the time.

This is light bodied without being thin. The carbonation level is moderate.

Overall, not too bad, but nothing to write home about. (562 characters)

Photo of oceanman907
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown, clear with a small amount of tan head
S-Pumpernickel, sweet rye bread, brown sugar, clean lager finish
T- Nice bready dark rye, almost Ruben-like, hints of brown sugar and a dry lager finish
M- Way under carbonated, light, dry lager feel
O-A very good dark lager with unique bready flavor, not so strong on dark chocolate or roasted barley where many of these go wrong, just wish there were more bubbles (418 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark reddish/brown with an inch of off white foam.

Smell is of earthy hops, grain, some sweet malty notes.

Semi sweet, semi hoppy, very little grain in the taste. Delicious and only 4.5% abv. Even the mouthfeel is nice.

Excellent Dark Lager. (261 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This poured lovely and dark brown. A ruby hue can be seen emanating from the body of the beer and it has wonderful clarity. The head is almost mocha colored and creamy. Falls slowly and leaves lace. The nose is rich malt. Breaddy, Pumpernickel. No hops. Some dark fruits emerge as it warms but only lightly to the nose. beautiful full mouthfeel. Breaddy, chewy and very smooth. Has so much flavor. Rich malt bread crusts, a touch of molasses, pumpernickel bread and some raisin. A touch of hops at the very end for balance. Finishes crisp dry and somewhat quickly with only a mild sweetness to linger. Darn good, I want more. =) (644 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This most delicious Czech dark pours a dark brown cola color with a nice off white head that dissipates to a thin ring. An exceptional nose for a lager with notes of raisins, cola, dark malts, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors are sweet up front with chocolate and caramel blending nicely over a rich cola like flavor and dark fruits to the rear. Smooth creamy mouth feel finishes wet and sweet with a light crisp hop bite at the rear. Outstanding. A new favorite from the Czech republic.

Cheers! (549 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

I have had this beer here several times, over the past few years, at this establishment. It appears to be one of the restaurants staple beers. The beer is a very nice, dark cola color that produced a very nice, thick, off-white head that is well retained. The beer has a lighter, sweet malt aroma, as does the taste, but the taste is certainly more full. The beer has a lighter feel to it. It is smooth and creamy and good to the last drop. This beer is really well done. I am a huge fan. (537 characters)

Photo of Theheroguy
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mild semi-coffee/roasted malt aroma. Smooth sweetish flavor. Low perceivable hop flavor. Well but gently carbonated. Light bodied and easy drinking. Dark Reddish brown in color Very malty. No off flavors. Dry Finish (216 characters)

Photo of JSigsbach
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

I was introduced to this beer at a social gathering so I wasn't really able to give it my full tasting experience attention but I liked it so much I decided to post. For me the rich, dark ebony appearance was very appealing enhanced by the bottle packaging. I didn't have access to proper tasting glassware but on direct pour some head appeared but quickly dissipated which was somewhat disappointing from an aesthetic standpoint but as I found out this in no way degraded the positive experience for me. Also, the lower carbonation made it much lighter on the midsection. Aroma was slightly raisiny, slightly chocolaty to me and again very inviting. Initial wash over the tongue was smooth and creamy, with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste which I loved and just balanced with the right amount of bitterness. Overall this beer for me is probably best in fall/winter months with bigger-flavored meals and would probably make for some fantastic recipes as well as complement some deserts but I thoroughly enjoyed it on a warmer evening. (1,038 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, dark brown hue with dark red highlights when held up to the light, plus a strong effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. I think it's quite attractive indeed.

Smell: sweet malt with a light element of caramel, toffee and dark fruits. It's a little too sweet for me, but otherwise quite good.

Taste: rich fruitiness with raisin, cherry and tobacco; finish is caramel and toffee. This style can be so good when executed well, as it is here; I'm a fan.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a huge carbonation and surprisingly satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: I tend to like dark European lagers, and this is among the better of them. I'd definitely have this again. (746 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.06/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle. Pokal glass. Brown color, very dark amber tints to the light. Beige tan froth, close crown & correct retention. Roasted, sweettish aromas & slightly hoppy notes. Some metallic odors. Sweet malty syrup flavors & cloying sensation. Light body. Moderate to high carbonation. Watery texture. Sweetish finish & slight earthy bitterness. Flat & boring. (360 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet nutty and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of molasses.
T: The overall taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of nutty and toasted malts with some hints of burnt sugar and molasses.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very complex taste, but it is rather easy to drink. (675 characters)

Photo of janubio
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500 ml. bottle, pours a dark brown colour, with a small off white head that dissipates soon, leaving a small lace. Smell is very weak, some coffee and caramel. Medium to light body and too much carbonation. Taste of caramel, chocolate, some coffee and coke. (257 characters)

Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Praga I had to try because of good conversation about Czech Dark Lagers.

Best by 08.30.13 on the label.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a creamy tan head that settles to a nice cap, leaving good, sticky lacing.

S -- Sweet, bready malts with a touch of molasses giving a good impression of Pumpernickel.

T -- Same sweet breadiness in the flavor with a mild touch of roastiness at the finish. Some hop bitterness and lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

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

O -- A very nice beer that's a cross between a Munich Dunkel and a Schwarzbier. I would love to sample this fresh at the source, it's the type of Dark Lager I love to find. (705 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a footed pilsner glass.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a creamy-looking one finger offwhite shade. It fades away at a decent rate, but leaves a miniscule ring of lacing on the glass.

S: There's a pleasant nuttiness at first, with even more pleasant grassy hops hidden beneath that. Hints of coffee abound; the aroma has a real hazelnut vibe I enjoy. The aroma could be a bit bolder, otherwise I really like it.

T: At first, the hazelnut qualities from the aroma trickle down to the flavors. After that, it transitions to more raisin-y tone near the back end, before a touch of hops cleanse the finish some. It's too sweet, I think - some more grassy hops on the back end could have really made this one special.

M: This is a bit more lumbering than one would expect from a 4.5% dark lager; this has both a positive and negative effect. On the plus side, it helps give it a richer feel, but at the same token, it doesn't have the drinkability it should feature. Carbonation is soft, which is a good match for the treacly texture.

O: Being a Czech dark lager, I expected more Saaz hops. It's certainly well made, but like I said, it's just too sweet at the end of the day. Still pretty good. (1,227 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.

A Dark ruby, nearly black. One finger of tan head that fades quickly.

S Very sweet. Chocolate. Malts. Roasted almonds. Delicious.

T Up front, very much like the the smell. Burst of coffee. Raisin. Honey. Quite rich. There is a lingering sour candy tartness.

M Medium, but leaning real close to syrupy. Carbonation prevents too clean of a finish.

O Nice complexity and layers of flavors but, honestly a bit overpowering. The coffee is a little too dominating. If this were subdued a bit, the subtleties of the other flavors would work better in the overall scheme. However still good. Plays like a brown or a porter. The sour aftertaste was unsatisfying. (677 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewers of beloved Samson Cerny comes this new arrival to the market. Sampled a couple bottles to get a more solid feel for it. Best by date: "23.02.13" so it's fresh.

Poured into a tulip glass it has a reddish copper color that glints ruby in the light. Initial two finger head of creamy light tan foam that settles to a healthy skim on the surface. After the first couple sips the skim parts, and a healthy collar of lace is left behind.

Light molasses and sweetened coffee in the aroma, some toasted marshmallow and sweet grains and coarse yeast. Flavors are similarly lightly sweet, toasted grains, molasses and honeyed toast. Feels a bit thin but not out of place for the style. Easy to have several, certainly no chore to drink. Simple but tasty enough, worth trying. (784 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

After enjoying the pils, figured I'd jump right into this guy, the cousin. It pours a clear dark sienna topped by over a finger of dusty wan khaki foam. The nose comprises husky barley and a touch of lightly watered-down maple syrup. It's insanely simplistic, yet still pleasant. Right on. The taste holds notes of darkly toasted malts, bruleed cocoa, and what seems like some blackstrap molasses. Things are darker, sweeter than I imagined, to say the least. Thing is, everything is too light to make it stick, so to speak, like a thick stout or porter would. I'm not sure what to think of this, frankly: Things are overly sweet, a bit too roasty-ish, a complete pendulum swing from the usual watered-down roast that normally finds its way into these Euro darks. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, I just couldn't deal with the near-cloying sweetness of this beer. It was all too much. (989 characters)

Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
83 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.