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Primátor Maibock - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

Primátor MaibockPrimátor Maibock

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97 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.64%

Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2003)
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Photo of JohnGalt1


1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine....

Clear amber brew with a short lasting head.. no real lacing.

The nose is hot alcohol and butterscotch.. banana and cabbage.

Thick caramel and diacetyl.. vegetal notes are really heavy.

Not good... pretty damn bad.


Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 06:24:17 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of dertyd


4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type bottle to a chimay goblet

A-a nice dark copper color with little to no head and no laceing

S- sweet malt with almost no hop smell at all

T- really yummy lol a lot of malts with a little bit of hops at the end

M-really crisp lots of carbonation

A realy good beer one of my fave lagers I can put theese back all day and at 7% you can't taste the alcohol really smooth beer

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 07:39:17 | More by dertyd
Photo of Fatehunter


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

One finger of head on an almost clear copper colored body.
The aroma is wet hay and barnyard with the slightest lemon. Bold.
The taste is a rich malty sweetness at first, then a lemon bitter with a quickly following candy sweet note.
Smooth texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
An enjoyable beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 04:44:30 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of falloutsnow


3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Bolingbrook, IL
Date: None, but "705" stamped on label
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Pours a 2cm head of off-white foam composed of medium and large-sized bubbles. Retention is about average, lasting a bit over a minute as the head falls to a thin cap atop the body of the beer, thicker around the perimeter. Lacing is fairly substantial and evident in interesting patterns scattered around the glass' sides, somewhat like the framing for stained glass. Body is a fairly light copper orange color with a hint of brownish hue; light brings out a strong, pale, copper tint through the hazy body. Carbonation is visible despite the cloudiness of the beer, appearing sparse and sluggish.

Aroma of sweet bread, slightly cracker-like, grassy and floral Saaz hops, a touch of honey, and a hint of bubblegum. Scent could definitely be stronger, particularly along the hop and malt axes; probably the weak point of the beer.

Taste is appropriate for the style, but for the ethanol content, I was expecting a much bigger beer in terms of flavors. Flavor is, overall, a little watery, somewhat disappointing, but not bad, still above what I'd consider average for the style. Tasting opens with somewhat bland sweetness with a touch of honey on the front of the palate. This changes by mid-palate to sweet bread, honey, mild European bittering hops with a green, leafy edge, and ethanol. Back of palate picks up increased European hop bitterness, bread-like sweetness, and ethanol. Aftertaste of mild breadiness, light graininess, modest European hop bitterness, and mild ethanol.

Beer is medium to medium-light in weight, with medium-low levels of carbonation, enough to just create a mildly fizzy, modestly foamy mouthfeel as this travels across the palate. Finishes dry, as one might expect from the bittering hop and ethanol content of the beer, with modest residual stickiness across the palate. A very pleasant and satisfactory mouthfeel, overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 07:10:29 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of BeerManDan


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was a nice clear golden yellow with a reddish hue. There was very little white foam and not much lace on the side of the glass. The smell had a strong aroma of Saaz hops with a hint of citrus. The taste was of hops, with a citrus bitterness, but also, a citrus sweetness. A little bitter on the palate and aftertaste, but, not overly bitter. Overall, a nice balance for this Maibock.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:20:33 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of mactrail


2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive in the big chalice, though the foam is coarse and doesn't last so well. Golden amber with an orange cast. From the crack of the bottlecap you get that whiff of skunky Saaz hops.

Sweet and thick mouthfeel. Seems like the usual Euro-lager but more sugary and stronger. Malty and slightly hot. Grows more unpleasant after some sipping. Sort of a malt liquor with a peculiar abundance of hops. Ends with a hot and dirty bitterness.

Another sweetheart deal from the distributors for BevMo. From the 500 ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:55:48 | More by mactrail
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, golden honey color with a finger width head and average retention, resulting in a lace that's sparse, hanging mostly around the edges.

Smell - Notes of honey and lightly toasted grain. Hints of grassy hop.

Taste - Follows the nose; starts with big honey sweetness, then a bit of grassy bitterness kicks in, increasing as the flavor works it's way into the finish. Subtle hints of butterscotch in the aftertaste, before more bitterness returns.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body, with decent carbonation. slick and smooth to begin, but ends a bit dry.

Overall - An interesting beer; lots of honey character, but the bitterness cuts through to give this brew a bittersweet quality not unlike a lot of Octerberfest brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 02:04:17 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of elNopalero


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light amber tan with some foaming that dies down into a tight lace. There’s a lightly sweet aroma followed by some light malty notes. I get a mild caramel hint of sweetness which rounds out the flavor. It’s honeyed and mellow and exceptionally smooth, with a nice rounded finish. A little too sweet for a starter beer but I could easily see having this one for dessert.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 05:34:01 | More by elNopalero
Photo of martino_cappachino

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint glass into a pint glass. With just a little left over because of the foamy head.

Head was a finger notch and half thick. Nice retention, but just wished it lasted a minute longer, as it gained a very pleasant aroma.

Hazy, lighter amber in appearance.

First accents of forest pine leading into stronger smells of malt and crisp green apples. Very much like a pilsner in aroma.. but with stronger and more malty accents.

Notes of apple and light lemon folding into a toasted dark malt whole grain on first sips. Spicey when it's cold, alcohol is more present and slightly bitter. Sweetens as it warms up.

Medium bodied in carbonation.

An interesting find at the local beer market. Very european in style. Now just got to compare it to its American cousin Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 11:39:03 | More by martino_cappachino
Photo of steveh


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Woodman's -- 7.5, wow. I wonder how the Czechs handle a Maibock -- other than strong, that is.

A -- Unexpected mild gusher. Somewhat hazy deep gold with a thick, long-lasting white head.

S -- Sweet, bready malts up front with that spicy, woody Czech hop character balancing out. Peppery, near phenolic alcohol with warming.

T -- Sweet bready malts up front with the spicy hops finishing off and a bitter, mildly lemony aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium-light body and lightly crisp finish.

O -- Overall, this is a good beer, but like Urquell I can see the Saaz hops becoming too fatiguing to my palate. I prefer the German renditions of the style better, but that doesn't take away from this being a well-made beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 21:51:18 | More by steveh
Photo of Jemonster


4.58/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A nice cloudy orange. Has a glow to it, really attractive.

S: Floral hops and stone fruits with some nice herbs and yeast.

T: Very well balanced sweet and bitter flavors. Some clean, light roast flavors, hops and grains.

M: Nice and filling to the palate with a coolness. Covers the mouth and fades away quickly.

O: A really wonderful beer. Suprised me to find out how good it was.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 01:41:18 | More by Jemonster
Photo of Nerudamann


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber in color, clear, with very good carbonation and about two fingers’ worth of frothy almost-khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – good and malty, and much like a Bavarian style lager.

Taste – sweet and malty, but a bit of a musky tinge to it that hits you in the middle of the taste. There’s a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too strong. The sweetness of it is interesting, and hard to place. The high-ish abv is not really noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, but it leans more toward the creamier side than I would have thought.

Overall – very interesting brew, with a very good taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:33:08 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of StaveHooks


2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light amber body, super clear. Two fingers of foamy white head.

S - Grain, earthy husk, slight sourness, honey, old dough.

T - Sweet grain at the start but quickly turns to an herbal, minty perfumey, earthy bitterness. Finishes with a tangy lemon sweetness.

M - Medium to full body, creamy carbonation.

There's something off-putting in the flavors. Almost like a forced herbal mint. Didn't come together very well.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 21:50:09 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of rapayn01


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label says this was named the "world's best lager" in 2008 by Beers of the World magazine. I'm not sure about that distinction, but it is a quality lager. Then again, I don't drink many lagers any more.

I have twice now poured the 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. It is quite carbonated and thus makes a big head. The beer is amber/gold in color and has a real kick. The bottle reports 7.5% alcohol by volume.

The taste is initially of malt, but then a decent array of hop flavor steps up for an overall balanced taste. There are some interesting flavors in the mix -- some kind of fruity, some kind of earthy. I liked it and will definitely finish the rest of the set I received. However, I probably would not actively seek out this beer. I also wouldn't turn down a pint if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 23:46:47 | More by rapayn01
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and deep honey-hued amber-orange colour, with a fine ring of white film around the edge of the glass. Pretty decent weight to it, and the carbonation forms in lovely tight bubbles. It looks pretty decent, all up. Not brilliant, but decent.

Nose is sticky and a little sweaty, with grassy hops coming through above a very grainy and slightly earthy base. Very classically European characters to it, but more like a generic Euro lager with the volume turned up than the green, noble freshness you can get. Only average, to me.

Taste is similar, in that it has a rather biting metallic hop character through the centre, but swirling sweet malt rushing around the outside. Again, its genesis seems to be rather in the generic Euro lager style, but with a bigger hop note through the centre and a heavier body backing it up. Booze is noticeable—despite the heavy body, it doesn't have enough heft and character to support such a level.

Hot, generic and rather unpleasant. It's perhaps not actually offensive, but it's unnecessary in its weight and aggression. I've had far, far better.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 23:37:03 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of matjack85


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this single, 330ml brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.79. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden orange color with a 2-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes. Lacing was decent.

The beer smelled like a mix of caramel, toffee, and honey.

Mostly toffee flavored malty sweetness with plenty of mild hops for good balance. Both the toffee and the bitterness rermain in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation.

I liked this a lot. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 05:19:49 | More by matjack85
Photo of Elimination


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a awesome looking clear yellow copper... This beer just looks great

Smell of sweet honey, bit of vanilla and cupcakes

Taste is a very smooth drinking bock. Vanilla, honey and pils malt. Has a subtle salty like spice in the background.

This is a great example of a maibock. Wish I can get this one more often

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 03:49:48 | More by Elimination
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint.

I'm seeing a darker honey orange beer; the rather creamy, sustained, and finely bubbled head makes this look rather like an ale.

Initially, earthy, herbal hops emanated from the glass. Past that is a honey and graham cracker lager-like sweetness, but one with more depth, as it should be. A buttery, almost diacetyl, aroma is there but doesn't seem out of place while any alcohol character is fleeting.

There is a strong sweet honey and cereal grain body right up front. A surprisingly strong dank bitterness follows up quickly and the finish would be nice and clean but for an herbal, lavender lingering flavor. There is the essence of alcohol that makes one think that letting this warm to room temperature would expose something to sting the nostrils.

I think it could use some more spritz, but in my experience the Sam Adams glasses knock a lot of carbonation out quickly so I'll give this the benefit of the doubt. Body is just moderate and not at all syrupy.

I am pleasantly surprised at just about every part of this beer. For some reason I expected a big, hot lager, and that is not what I got. Everything comes together nicely, but I do think it is a little too heavy to be a quencher.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 22:22:52 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of wardealeo


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper color, similar to some ciders. Modest carbonation and pours with a medium sized, firm head. Smells of grain, malt, and some sweet notes. Soft mouthfeel, round, smooth, and balanced. A bit hoppy then some bitterness, but I still found it really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 16:21:24 | More by wardealeo
Photo of beergod1


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange with some cloudiness to it and a full inch of a thick white head, good retention with light lace. The aroma has Sweet grainy malt, and a subtle fruity notes. The taste is similar and rich, well-rounded and some nice character. It has strong toasty grain, and somewhat a dry finish. I felt a touch of alcohol right on the finish. I'm surprised this rates so poorly on RateBeer, and Rates pretty decent on BeerAdvocate. Well, I'm with BA on this one....I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 23:47:38 | More by beergod1
Photo of Lemke10


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Mix and Match 6-pack of this at Badger Spirts in Beloit, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear copper color with a good amount of carbonation for a good head. Scent has some malts standing out giving it that obvious bock smell. The taste is mild with an almost nutty flavor to it. A very long lasting taste that is smooth and hits the taste buds just right. A great beer to go with a sandwitch.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:43:58 | More by Lemke10
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. A number stamped on the back label. Classy-looking, light-brown bottle.

Pours a clear, light amber. Bubbles swirl inside the glass while a thick, off-white head head clings very well. Smell is a sharp-tipped (alcohol), sugary malt. Taste is an explosion of sweet, dark-fruit malts and a lot of pithy bitters. An overload of ingredients in fact, but they balance out nicely. Has a rich, bready body, while the end is hoppily bitter and dry. An alcohol feel is present too. Except for a scad of alcohol burn, everything is good here. All in all, a fine example of a maibock imo, and something well worth picking up for $2.00!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:22:58 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of alexhahn82


3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Meh, looks kinda like martinelli's sparkling cider.

S, Smells very yeasty with a hint of sweetness.

Taste. Semi barley like taste, definitely oats or some sort of grain to it, Excellent taste for a lager.

M. very tame, to be expected, but not a bad start and finish not crisp but not dull.

Overall. Impressed for a lager. Medium sweet semi honey like, this is the second time I purchased this beer. $2 for a 500ml thats 7.5% seems like a fair deal to me, if your at the same price point you should try it!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:00:10 | More by alexhahn82
Photo of hustlesworth


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

A- nice clear dirty golden amber with a lasting creamy head. some spots of lace stick to the glass but not much.

S- grainy and somewhat sweet, with a light fruity apricot melon aroma, diacetyl and sugar cookies. floral hops and granola as well.

T- grainy up front then oddly bitter and metallic on the back side. it's not an intense hoppiness, but more of an uncomfortable throat-scratching bitterness with astringency. the metallic flavor goes away ones the beer opens up a bit. grain flavors are nice though. finishes with bran flavor on the palate and that bitterness in the throat.

MF- the feel is the best part for me. full, rich, creamy and substantial, with light prickly carbonation and moderate dryness and is exactly what i expect from the style.

D- although not terrible, the strange flavor is off-putting and makes this one difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 01:31:38 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of MadeInOregon


4.55/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only $2.69 at Beverages & More! What a steal! I'm realizing that I'm a big fan of this style and look forward to trying more of them. Hopefully they can all be as enjoyable as Primátor Maibock.

THE APPEARANCE when poured into my narrow, stemless wineglass was very nice. This beer has a very nice clear, honey-colored body with a large, airy off-white head. It definitely looks like a lager from the instant the golden liquid comes tumbling out of the bottle. There is sticky white lacing throughout drinking.

THE SMELL is that of a crisp lager with some interesting sweet, buttery candy aromas in there. Think toffee and hot buttered popcorn. One reviewer mentioned a cheese smell, and I can understand that. Though it should be noted that it is a sweet and rich cheese smell, not a funky aged one. The aromas in this beer are very appetizing and unique.

THE FLAVOR of this maibock is a nice, sweet caramel followed by a crisp, but smooth, hoppy lager-like finish. This is well-balanced in every sense: not overly complex and not too simple, sweet but not too sweet, hoppy but not too hoppy, and big (i.e. alcohol) but not too big.

THE FEEL is pretty full for a lager and is also very nice and appropriate considering the rest of its qualities.

CONCLUSION: This a great light beer and provides a very good drinking experience. Not once were my taste buds being punished with intensity or bored to death with mediocrity. 500ml of 7.5% alcohol makes one more than enough for me though. The label boasts of its award as the "World's Best Lager", while I don't know about all that I will say it's pretty dang good and interesting. Don't let the cheap, Eastern-European, malt liquor-like label fool you--this is a good one. *it's best at 50+ degrees

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 00:47:27 | More by MadeInOregon
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Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.