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Praga Dark Lager - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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BA SCORE
80
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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012)
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5/5  rDev +42.9%

Beerlover, Oct 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

yankees27, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Thorpe429, Aug 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

JSigsbach, Sep 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

superdoopersauce, Apr 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

pjbfromkc, Yesterday at 03:41 PM
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

smartassboiler, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

steveh, Jul 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

MDF1IBetty, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%

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.

flagmantho, Jul 08, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

PieOhMy, May 08, 2013
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3.85/5  rDev +10%

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.

emerge077, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

craiglcook, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Schlafly33, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Azpittil57, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

MacStinson, Nov 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

VitorLourenco, Friday at 12:15 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Jordy777, Aug 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Esalawton, Oct 01, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

metter98, Oct 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Kerne, Nov 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

brandonld23, Nov 03, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -4%

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.

ThisWangsChung, May 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

krome, May 10, 2014
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Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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