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Zubr Bison - Pivovar Prerov

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 17.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Strong Lager |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pootz on 05-03-2005

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Ratings: 67 | Reviews: 37
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Photo of Swedes21
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - beer pours with a large amount of foamy head that disappears quickly. good lacing present. carbonation is normal, however, with some larger than normal carbonation bubbles present.

Smell - nice smelling beer, one thing i notice when poured. Sweet smell of malts present, enjoy the smell.

Taste - a hint of sweetness is present in the taste. goes down real smooth and no aftertaste. definitely a light beer, but a good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel - carbonation remains the same, little bit more of the alcohol is tasted in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - i enjoyed this beer, will 100% commit to buying it again. Overall it is a nice drinking beer, i guess i may have a preference to beer in bottles, find them to be cleaner tasting.

Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very manly bottle, simple with a bison on it, of course this attracted me !
Pours like any euro lager, / pils, has a amber colour. Head is three fingers but vanishes soon. The smell is bland just a little boozy and a little malty, boring though.
The taste is bland simple lager, very usual and nothing special. taste is crisp and goes down well with a malty after taste, simple but nice. Overall this to me is a simple nothing special lager/pils, would happily drink it but not chose it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. My rep hockey team when I was a teenager was called the Bisons, so I have a bit of a soft spot for the name - now I have a Polish incarnation, through the good graces of imported beer!

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves some random splattered seaspray lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, bready pale malt, sugary corn, wet grass, and a bit of skunky, weirdly spicy noble hops. The taste is bready, crackery malt, fairly sweet in a honeyed sort of manner, with some subtle, indistinct fruit notes, a bit of further Corn Pop sweetness, and a very low-key earthy, leafy, and musty hop profile.

The carbonation is moderate, the body an adequate medium weight, more or less smooth, and perhaps a little slick. It finishes off-dry, the barley and adjunct malt sweetness working well enough together in holding sway, as the piddly extra booze is unsurprisingly well integrated, and not noticeable at all.

An agreeable plain-ass Euro-lager, if a bit lacking in balancing bitterness, but easy enough to put back, the so-called strong ABV not really a concern. Apparently 'zubr' means 'bison' in Polish, so isn't this then actually called 'Bison Bison' here on BA?

Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.34/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm afraid that most of these reviews (including what I'm about to post) are attributed to the wrong brewery. The picture shown and the several references in here to Polish beers match the one I had. Meanwhile the Czech Zubr on the brewery's website looks quite different. So, I hope this gets figured out.

NOW. For what it's worth, my 650 ml bottle poured quite clear, a shade darker than the familiar pilsner straw, effervescent but not foamy. A bit of flower and field in the nose, grassy, plus yeast smells, a little toast, a bit of orange pith. Sweet up front in the mouth, surprisingly, caramel malt flavor, buttered toast, orange marmalade (but not THAT sweet). A flick of hops that seems less bitter, maybe a bit of citrus zest, just rounding things off. A bit sticky feeling in the mouth, substantial, but more-ish. Pleasantly beating mundane expectations.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Deep clear gold in appearance, sharp chunky white head that dissipates quickly, although lots of carbonation initially.

Grainy, slightly metallic malts on the nose, grassy herbal hops, and a bit of veg.

It seems the added alcohol boost is what actually detracts from what would otherwise seem as an okay, if not inoffensive tasting euro lager. Husky grains with a metallic twang, some sour corn mash, and nearing skunky hop finish. Remove the sourness from the malts and it'd have potential.

Light, watery mouthfeel although not quite to the point of being swilly.

Won't be a return customer on this one, although it's a bit more palatable than many of the Eastern European lagers on the local shelves these days.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This half litre brown bottle claims 6.00% ABV, obtained in London while visiting my son.

Poured into a 'paderborner Goldpilsner' vase and a smaller Budweiser Budvar tasting glass.

Looked as good as any lager/pilsner when poured: good golden hue, large white head, clear and clean body.

Sweeter than most Eastern Block pilsners, in both smell and taste, almost pleasant! Certainly better than a few I've tasted over the years. I expected bog stanard Euro Fizz, but this a whole lot better than that, in all aspects.

Photo of spinrsx
2.8/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with a large size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, grass, corn

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains mixed with malts and some cooked corn. There is also a bit of a fruit sweetness.. lemons and perhaps apples or pears. It finishes with a grainy aftertaste with a touch of sweetness.

Overall – Another average euro beer.. It would benefit from some more hop bitterness to balance out the taste a little bit. I wouldn't buy this beer again.

Photo of hoser
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit grainy for a Czech pivo, but at this ABV I think it is for the Polish and Russian market. Won't buy again but there are worse beer evils in the world.

A bit grainy for a Czech pivo, but at this ABV I think it is for the Polish and Russian market. Won't buy again but there are worse beer evils in the world.

Photo of jneiswender
2.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared a bottle of this with my wife at a restaurant in Krakow. Poured cool into a tall pils glass.

A-yellow amber body, white head with decent retention.

S-grain, clean

T-flat flavor. Nothing pronounced, some cereal and stale hop.

M-light

D-not much off here in flavor but overall very non-descript. I would not want this beer again.

Photo of ppoitras
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can hauled back from Poland by my friend Kris. Thanks!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" white head above the clear bright golden brew. Head dwindles slowly, with acceptable lacing. Aroma is effervescent and sweet, in a adjunct sort of way. Taste is the same sweetness upfront, with a malt liquorish lack of hops character. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both about what you expect for the style, for better or worse. A reasonable example of what they are trying to be.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before March 2012. At 5.6%, calling this a strong lager seems like a bit of a stretch, I've had regular EPLs with higher abv... maybe they just mean stronger flavour? Guess there's only one way to find out.

Pours a clear, brilliant golden colour, perhaps a bit darker than your average pils, topped with about a finger of soapy white head that is mostly gone within a minute or two. No lacing. The smell is also pretty unextraordinary... maybe a bit maltier than other Polish lagers I've had, but other than that it's the usual wet hay/sweetish barley malt notes.

The taste is mostly barley malt, light and cracker-y, with some honeyed sweetness. A bit of raisin bran. Definitely more malt character than the majority of Polish beers I have tried; perhaps calling it 'strong' is more appropriate than I initially believed. Not much hop presence, but there's a bit of bitterness in the finish that at least attempts to balance out the (far more prominent) malts. Medium-thin bodied, leaning toward thin, but there's enough stickiness on the tongue to prevent me from using 'watery' as a descriptor. Good carbonation; enough to keep it crisp, but not so much as to imply that they were trying to hide something.

This is a weird one, but I generally like it. Not at all boozy like other offerings from this genre, which is certainly admirable but not all that surprising given the relatively low abv. Zubr Bison offers nothing new or exciting, but I still find it enjoyable so I feel I must give it some sort of props. I'll probably get this again some time.

[Updated Dec. 14 2013]

I picked up another bottle, this time comparing it side-by-side with Lezajsk, Lech and Zywiec. I can't pinpoint exactly what it is that I like about this lager, but it comes off as much more affable than the three competitors in this Polish beer showdown. Zubr is noticeably cleaner-tasting, and even though this is the fourth 500 mL serving of the night, it is going down considerably easier than the Lezajsk and Lech. I don't know what qualifies this as a 'strong lager' vs. a regular Euro one, but it's still one of the better exported pale lagers from the country in my opinion - along with Warka Strong and Tyskie. A good night capper.

Final Grade: 3.33, a B-.

Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average golden appearance with a thick head. Sweet, malty smell and a hint of vegetables.

There is a sweet, grasy taste with a hint of hops. Leaves a bit of a stale aftertaste however.

Overall a very mediocre beer, was not impressed by the dry vegetable aftertaste and there are better beers in this category.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Can. Dark green with a picture of a bison. Everything about this beer's packaging says it is a man's beer made for those who don't mess around.

Golden amber appearance. A bit of lacing a a foam that stays on top.

Smells a bit boozy and malty. Pleasant but somewhat industrial and lacking in any kind of delicacy. Nevertheless quite inviting in a hearty east European lager way.

Tastes very drinkable with above average flavour for it's type.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky in a good Munich Helles way.

Is this a Euro Strong Lager or a Euro Pale Lager? Perla Chmeilowa and many other Polish beers are the same percentage but classed as Euro Pale. What's the difference? Just ABV or other flavour characteristics. Just wondered. Anyway... I've drunk this mant times and never regretted buying it. It is not fancy or refined but it is way better than Heineken, Stella, Kroenbourg etc. And I prefer it to other overly boozy, syrupy "Euro Strong" lagers. It's widely and very very cheaply available in London and a good choice to intermingle with"fancy pants" craft ales and lagers now and then. Well worth a try. Excellent to wash down hearty meat dishes.

My mark out of one hundred would be 75.

Photo of Long813
2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear golden body with three fingers of white head. Not much lacing.

S: Hint notes of malts and some grains.

T: Oddly tasting grains with some slight malt base.

M: Light bodied with medium-low carbonation, sweet and off aftertaste.

D: Meh, wouldn't go for this if I had the choice.

Photo of LummyGiles
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can bought from local newsagents. 500ml, 6% Vol.

Pours a dark golden colour. Little head which leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smells quite poor. Smells slightly of sick. Not very pleasant.

Tastes okay. Not much bite, which I like in a lager, but it has enough taste.

Probably won't buy again.

Photo of weissbierdrinker
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with white head that leaves some lacing.
Smell is slightly sweet and mildly of corn.
Taste is slightly malty and faint hint of hops. Very nice mildly dry finish.
Has a slight carbonation bite, but is a very easy drinker without any of the cheap metallic aftertaste of the cheap lagers.

Good beer and worth a drink.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.01/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2.40 CDN and served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Drk yellow, with slight golden aspects with only 1/2 fingers of head which dissipates quickly. Strikingly few bubbles too.

Smell - "Beer" aroma, slight graininess, with light grassy notes. There's also a faint sweet smelling floral note which is a bit distinctive.

Taste - Slightly floral taste within the lager itself. Some sweetness up front transitioning to a grainy finish,.

Mouthfeel - Good fizzy feel, medium finish and medium high carbonation.

Overall - Not a whole lot to say here, it's nothing fantastic that is definitely quaffable, but if you're looking for something different or unique look elsewhere. Would choose others in the style before Zubr Bison, but would drink it if offered.

Photo of kojevergas
2.2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My can shows this beer at 6% ABV.

A: Poured from a can into a Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a standard clear yellow with a mildly thick head that retains fairly well (four fingers to three fingers in under a minute, then a slow decline over five minutes).

Sm: Very light smell of malted barley.

T: Unbalanced; the beer's flavour lies in its latter half. After the flat open, there are two primary notes: a crisp barley and a refreshing hint-of-pine. Built strangely and awkwardly for this style.

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Gets better in the finish but not enough to save it.

Dr: Wouldn't have it again even at this price range.

Photo of CraftDanny
1.46/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I saw the can among the other polish lagers, the logo is nice with the bison and the name so I bought it. Has nothing special I won't repeat much, looks ok orange browned few gas, smells boozy like rotten beer, no taste at all, a bit of alcohol a bit malt... Aftertaste is like wooden flavour. Not bad option for a can at home, is cheap.

Photo of andrenaline
2.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Took down a bottle with my Christmas Eve dinner.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, thumb of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Grainy malts, sweet corn, hints of grassy hops and some skunk.

T - Much like the nose with the grassy hop notes coming through alongside the sweet corn and a lingering bready malt finish. A hint of apple juice sweetness also comes through.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Nothing fancy here, standard flavour profile and fitting for the style. I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I wouldn't buy it.

Photo of ecoastman
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinkability - I could drink this all day on a patio in August.

Appearance - clear medium gold with a good head and retention for a lager. Very little lacing.

Smell - mildly sweet malt and clean mild hop. Might be a bit of corn in there...

Taste - very nice - a touch sweet. Nothing outstanding but a very pleasant drinking lager. The alcohol level is not noticed.

Mouthfeel - while watery and refreshing it has a medium body and creamy texture. Good carbonation level.

Photo of wordemupg
3.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into pint glass july13 2010

A clear golden yellow plenty of bubbles to go along with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left a few patches of lace during its short life

S sweet grains, some corn and honey with just a little booze

T not far from the smell, sweet malts with a little candied corn

M slightly syrupy and enough carbonation to fluff it up a bit

D no issues with this one but nothing worth bragging about either

worth trying perhaps, but not worth looking for

Photo of pootz
2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1/2 liter euro bottle. Pours a darker yellow-gold color, meagre head that leaves quickly...still lightly laces the glass. Nose-wise you get sweet malty grains and light grass smells but a very sneaky light vegital note ( is there some corn in this brew??)

Sweet and malty up front... light citrus hopping sits in the background in the medium body makes this a malt biased lager, with a wet biscuity finish only slightly attenuated by light hopping...normally I'd be in malt head's bliss with this beer except for one thing...an annoying funky vegital taste that lurks just below the malt profile...my thinking is there was a little corn ( 10%?) in the mash to get the ABV up to 5.8%. Too bad, that ruins an otherwise malty lager.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, deep gold with a long lasting white head that leaves thick ridges of lace on the glass. Grassy, grainy aromas remind me of a decent German pilsner. Noble hops (lublin?) are quite well represented in the nose and the taste. Pale malt doughyness and crackers balance out the hops well, and make this beer malt forward. The mouthfeel is light and delicately carbonated. Crackers and a light bitterness figure in the finish.

This is a very pleasant lager. Well balanced and lacking in any off flavors. Perhaps some more hops would benefit this beer, but its quite quaffable as it is. Try it it if you come across it.

Photo of Shadman
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool label with the bison on it.

Deep amber in color with a fluffy white head that receeds to a semi-solid cap.

Certainly not lacking in the malt department. Lot's of grainy/bready malts mixed with a musty hay scent. Not much in the way of hop.

Bit of an alcohol bite right @ first followed by some sweet bready grainy malts. The aftertaste gets a wee bit funky with some serious metallic twang on my tongue. Maybe a hint of citrus in the middle. Finish is quite dry.

Maybe a tad watery for such a strong beer.

Meh, It was decent, but as one reviewer stated, I expected more from a Czech brewer.

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Zubr Bison from Pivovar Prerov
71 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.