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Praga Dark Lager - První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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80
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 22.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

08-19-2013 18:43:03 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 01:49:25 | More by metter98
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

11-28-2013 16:55:53 | More by jaydoc
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:21:26 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 00:45:57 | More by emerge077
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flagmantho

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2014 01:16:09 | More by flagmantho
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%

08-02-2013 02:48:14 | More by smartassboiler
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krome

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-10-2014 03:02:21 | More by krome
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 03:16:46 | More by ThisWangsChung
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

2.05/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 08:37:49 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +9%

11-08-2013 16:39:08 | More by MacStinson
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jgunther71

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

05-10-2014 02:54:31 | More by jgunther71
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +45.3%

10-05-2013 04:06:04 | More by Beerlover
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-03-2013 04:21:27 | More by brandonld23
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mwar

Kentucky

1.25/5  rDev -63.7%

10-27-2013 19:13:33 | More by mwar
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KC9LDB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -12.8%

03-23-2014 17:20:16 | More by KC9LDB
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Schlafly33

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +9%

08-19-2013 21:51:55 | More by Schlafly33
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steveh

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 21:53:41 | More by steveh
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

04-06-2014 01:53:19 | More by superdoopersauce
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Azpittil57

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +9%

11-30-2013 02:09:14 | More by Azpittil57
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janubio

Spain

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 16:12:39 | More by janubio
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Kerne

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-21-2013 23:46:58 | More by Kerne
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PieOhMy

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 00:52:54 | More by PieOhMy
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Catlin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -12.8%

10-04-2013 17:42:37 | More by Catlin
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CSFerrier

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

01-22-2014 05:18:30 | More by CSFerrier
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Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.