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Primátor Maibock - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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BA SCORE
83
good

83 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 117
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Maibock / Helles Bock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2003

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 117
Photo of Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry, this beer did not work for me. I didn't like the aroma, it was caramel but stinky a bit like cheese. The looks, light amber with temporary big foam. Body was OK, though carbonation seemed unsuitable. Caramel taste with some bitterness, bit the whole experience did not work so not so drinkable. (305 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, earth, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, caramel, fruit, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast and hop 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 a solid mix of caramel, fruit, and hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle. (581 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear deep golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation along with some notes of amber hues. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a thin collar around the edge, and a delicate film of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of butter and toffee are present in the nose along with some hints of spicy hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of butter and toffee with hints of caramel, but any sweetness is negated by flavors of spicy hops, which persistently lend a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Some hints of sweetness begin to creep in once the beer starts to warm up.
M: It feels medium-bodied, clean, and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather drinkable because it does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol. I liked the balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: bottle (1,009 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Muted yellow-amber chock full of fine beer dust that is not likely to settle any time soon. The head is bone white and appears coarse rather than creamy. As it collapses in slow motion, never disappearing entirely, it leaves a thin ring of lace that will, hopefully, be one of many as I drink.

I have the same problem with this beer that I do with most helles bocks. That is, to me, pale malt doesn't result in a very distinctive aroma. Minimal maltiness and virtually no hoppiness greets my nose. There's no ethanol either, which is a positive. Bottom line: the nose lacks power and, worse yet, it lacks character.

Primator Blonde Bock doesn't taste like any blonde/mai/helles bock that I've ever had. It most closely resembles a Euro strong lager (which, come to think of it, is what it pretty much is). Even though I didn't appreciate any ethanol in the nose, it's rampant on the palate. Rarely have I tasted a 7.0% beer whose alcohol was this poorly cloaked. Not only does it dominate the flavor profile, but it has a disturbing rubbing alcohol character that reminds me of cheap vodka. An initial metallic flavor is fading, but refuses to disappear completely.

Okay, enough with the negatives, what about the positives? There's an acceptably sturdy malt backbone... that provides very little flavor. I sense an underlying sweetness trying to break through, but it's beaten down by the grain alcohol fusels. Sorry, I'm trying to focus on positives here, but it ain't easy. Hops? Not really. This is hopeless. I refuse to spend any more time attempting to break down such a rough, raw version of a style that I have trouble seeing eye-to-eye with on a good day.

I really hadn't noticed the mouthfeel until I focused on it for the purpose of assigning a score. It's medium, firm, not as rough as the flavor and appropriately carbonated. It's a wonder that I came up with all that since my tongue is nearly numb from what feels like every bit of a 12.0% ABV.

It should be fairly obvious by now that I don't care for Primator Blonde Bock. I'm tempted to break out one of my shot glasses for the remainder of the bottle, but there are only a few ounces to go, so I might as well tough it out. Here's hoping the bottle of Primator Double Bock currently residing in my cellar is not only a horse of a different color, but a horse of a better flavor. (2,361 characters)

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden color witha nice head that leaves a nice amount of lace,aroma is all malt grainy and fruity with some hints of alcohol.Taste is a malt bomb (me like that)bready malt with a hint of alcoho with a decent fruitiness to it.No hops here a beer that really takes the edge off,nice beer. (305 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a cloudy copper color with a finger's worth of white foam and some mild lacing.

S: A bit of citrus to the nose along with a slight yeastiness. The yeast provides a mild fruity ester quality that I wasn't quite expecting.

T: There is a mild caramel sweetness along with just a hint of toasted bread. The citrus and floral hop aromas provide the rest of the flavor, along with a light bitterness on the finish. There is also a bit of a metallic tinge at times.

M: The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation.

D: Not bad at all, a nice bit of citrus and malt flavor that balances nicely. The metal taste that creeps in once in awhile rains on the parade a bit. (686 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.39/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, golden-amber body with a modestly-sized, white head.

Smell: Weak notes of ineffective hops and slumped barley immersed in cooked sugars and fuming alcohol.

Taste: Sugary sweet, treacle-toned flavor with a lighter hint of bready barley. A bit of fruitiness. Spicy, herbaceous hops, though only a minor touch of bitterness. Cutting in midway is an astringent, borderline medicinal alcohol quality to it, which rides until the sweet, curiously heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some undesired stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Booze and sweetness are it's more notable attributes. Fine for a cheap liqueur or for a Let's Get Sauced Weekend, but that's not at all what I wanted from this. A thumb down for my displeasure, but a thumb up for not being as quite as despicable as their Double Bock. (868 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Primator Helles Bock
2008 World Beer Awards: World's Best Lager & World's Best Strong Lager
OG: 16˚Plato; Alcohol by volume: 7.5%
"Traditional time-demanding brewing process delivers rich, perfectly balanced flavor that has astonished both beer professionals and enthusiasts around the world"

...don't believe everything you read...

It looks good... nice frothy head of off-white. Clear, glowing golden amber body beneath. Tiny bubbles rise steadily. Good head retention. Some nice lacing. For a strong beer it's right up there as far as retention and lacing go.

The aroma delivers bready malt with a little bit of gentle caramel and dry brown sugar, and a hint of hops and alcohol to round it out.

In the mouth it's medium bodied headed towards full with a dextrinous edge; and it's gently crisp with a fine bubbled, median carbonation level.

The flavor, however, offers a harshness that's a stumbling block. Alcohol cuts through it, and at only 7% alcohol by volume it combines with the spicy and floral/grassy hop flavors (it's 100% Saaz) and bitterness to leave it raspy at the back of the throat. A certain balance is needed, yes, otherwise it becomes cloying, but this is just a bit too jagged to keep it drinkable beyond one serving. Fortunately, a nice dollop of honeyish malt is present to help sooth it in the finish as you work through that first glass.

Nice, but no cigar! (1,396 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Foiled neck and gold bordered label give the bottle a nice look.

A- Deep bright golden hue, great clarity with semi-sticky head.

S- Freshly cut grass with a mild fusel alcohol in the aroma, other than that the nose is pretty clean.

T- Mild honey like maltiness turns quickly to a hard-lined graininess ... clean but aggressive. Hops helps to balance but character struggles with the maltiness a bit. Alcohol is clean and warming.

M- Smooth and creamy with an underlying crispness. Medium body.

D- Pretty easy to quaff but a big enough body to keep the sipping to a minimum. (632 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden coloring, creamy white froth, assuredly collapsing.
Lager-y nose, not getting blonde bock impressions at all...I'll sniff anew and see...there's really not much here but grainy husk.

Taste: buttery, malty, sweet a touch but drying in the end. starts odd and awkward, but essentially decent. Medium/light bodied, malt dominates the taste, slight toffee and butterscotch in the finish, which stays it's ground on the palate for a while.

I was unimpressed at the start, but by the pint's mid-way, I liked this one better and better. Let's say that I warmed up to it.
Not bad, not bad at all. (610 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle.
Despite expectations and appearances (this is a medium Amber with excellent clarity), this is a malt bomb with rather minimal hops. Lightly sweet but not cloying.

Medium body and medium carbonation. (216 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"2008 World's Best Lager"

If you recall my Primator Premium Lager review, I said that I was told THAT was voted as such. I guess that....ehh, blame the jet lag. So anyways, on to the beer:

There are some floaties in the bottle, so I pour about ¾ of the bottle into my flute and leave the rest behind. Teeny tiny particles sit suspended in the body of goldenrod color. The head is airy on top, leaves some soapy lacing. Well, eight now it smells fine. Waves of honey kissed biscuit malts whirl into the nose. A little whiff of ethanol alcohol keeps things honest.

The maibock style has been a struggle for me, but Primator maibock is agreeable with my palate. There's honey, orange blossom, and bready malts. There's some alcohol weaved with those tasting notes. It has a body of medium size, washes off the palate like a regular lager....no lingering alcohol. Yep, things are looking sunny for this beer. Hops are floral, and its bitterness is most noticable towards the end.

In the overall picture, one of the better maibocks I've come across. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is sweet with fig, plum and caramel. Smells nutty with a mix of pecan and almond smells. Hops are present and mostly grassy.

Starts out bready and very slightly sweet with a sharp hop bite. Much drier than it smells woody and a substantial hop bite. There is a banana and nuts flavor here. Bitterness moderates a lot after about a 1/3 glass of this stuff.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is high due to the subdued sweetness. One of the better beers in the style. (524 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (1,099 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-Nice deep golden color with a good clarity and lots of tiny bubbles. The head is thin and soapy with a nice pale white color

S- Wonderful malty aroma that is a little sweat and slightly roasted. Just a faint hint of alcohol in there aswell. No really notice of any hops.

T- Nice hop pepperyness at the beginning that then blends with a sweat malt flavor, but not cloying. It finished pretty clean with a nice gentle alcohol warmth handing on.

M- Nice medium mouthfeel with a hint of fizz from the carbonation. A very faint alcohol warmth at the finish.

D- Very nice beer and this would make a good session beer for spring. Even though it has a big malt taste it has enough hops and alcohol to balance out. It goes down smooth and has a nice complexity about it. (816 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty caramel with hops way in background. Good price at $2.79 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT (302 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a huge white creamy head. Lots of lacing thru out. Noticed scents of wheat/grassy. Nice sweet taste with a medium body. There's also a nice malty aftertaste. This brew really does not feel/taste like a 7%. Would recommend this to everyone to try at least once. (283 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
1.99/5  rDev -45.5%
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.

2.75/1.75/1.75/3/2 (273 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of my October BOTM Club shipment...

Pours a nice clean golden/light-copper color. Fluffy off-white head. Retention looked almost "curdled", decent lacing. Smell is of carmel coated popcorn and a strong lager sulfury stank to it. Taste is a very sweet carmel coated popcoirn flavor - sweet malts and diacetyl - followed by hop presence and a very sulfury taste. Alcohol pops up in the finish. Medium bodied, slightly coating, slightly warming. Very sweet and very sulfury lager bite to it. Slow sipper. (507 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed over yellow color with orange highlights...Nose seems to be of Noble spicy hops...more pilsner like than anything....body is medium...crisp like a pilsner....finishes dry like a pilsner...taste is tight...noble hoppiness on the finish..definitely dry...deeper in I get a sweeter bready maltiness..

Overall this is unremarkable but not horrible...I would not purchase again..might fit better as an Imperial Pilsner (422 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish / copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and a touch of fruit. In the taste, lager-ish, a small fruitiness, earthiness, and a sweet biscuit like malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruit like aftertaste. Nice fruity sweetness and easy to drink. Quite nice. (324 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and decent carbonation. Solid malt grain aroma and flavor with just enough hops to balance and not be overly sweet. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry malty grainy finish.

Per Label: "1872"

Best By: 07/11/04 (11.07.04)
Tasted: 05/07/05

(11.2 oz / 330 ml) (309 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant, almost glowing orange in color and was crystal clear. The big carbonation was just gushing up the glass. The head was modest but lingering.

Smell – The grain here is strong but softened by an easy, candy sugary aroma that has a bit of artificial orange to it. There’s a sweet, raw barley aroma here as well. The ABV is noticeable at the smell as well.

Taste – This has some good, sweetish grain notes. It’s hard to pull off good grain, but they seem to be doing it here. There are some raw wheat flavors that aren’t like an American Wheat Ale or a German Hefe Weizen. It is more like the flavor of wheat that you get when stripping it right off the stalk out in the field. It closes with some light, herbal and citrus hoppy notes that seem to be out of place for the style but are nevertheless tasty.

Mouthfeel – This big, medium-bodied Bock has a sharp alcohol sting. The huge carbonation that you could see in the glass is subtle on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is the equivalent of high-quality malt liquor. It’s strong, grainy, sweet, alcoholic, but smooth. Well done. (1,138 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline golden under a small blanket of white.
Nose of caramel and brittle herb spice.
Begins malty, obviously. Full of bread, and caramel, and reduced pears. Vanilla forms after a moment or two, and it develops a tickling graininess. Turns just a touch toasty as it flows down the tube. It carries a brisk, well lagered sense. Ends with a relatively loud Germanic hop spiciness, coupled with a lingering caramel-vanilla sweetness. There is not a single trace or stray vapor of alcohol.
Medium-full in the mouth. Given levity through the steady, but compact carbonation.
This blonde bock carries some pilsener elements with it, while still steadfastly representing its given style.
What a tasty creation. (714 characters)

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Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.