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Primátor Maibock - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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 GrizzlyBrew


3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Bright yellow clear body, dense white head
S - Sweet malt, spicy hop character in background
T - Sweet again without being too cloying, funky hop interplay not really balanced (IMO) I don't typically drink Maibock's, so maybe this is par for the course
M - Nice weight, balanced well by carbonation
D - This is not exactly my cup of tea. Even if I were a fan, the sweetness would wear heavily on me by the second pint, if not earlier.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 13:46:04 | More by GrizzlyBrew
Photo of TheBrewo


3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark straw color, and maintains an off-white pillowy head of one and a half fingers. As the head rescinds it leaves moderate to thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is predominantly of sour malts, a touch of lime, and faint esters. The summation of the scents falls somewhere between mildly rancid and sulfuric. As we sip, the front is composed of unripe banana esters, and a clean chalkiness. As this disappears throughout the middle, the flavor is taken over by a peppery spice, curious sweetness, and hop bitterness. These carry over to the aftertaste, which is also wrought with suggestions of acetic and lactic acids. The carbonation is relatively high, and helps to accentuate the beer's creaminess. The body is otherwise medium to thick, and the beer is nicely coating. The abv is decent, and the mouthfeel is nice, but the flavor profile keeps this beer from a quick finish.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its mouthfeel. Although the carbonation is perceivably overwhelming, the thicker characteristics and creaminess certainly make up for it. As for flavoring, there was a disproportionate level of sourness which, if curbed, might have let some other flavors shine, while ultimately making the beer stronger in quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 01:07:43 | More by TheBrewo
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 00:42:48 | More by Sammy
Photo of fbone


2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A:see thru light brown,good head.

S:not much aroma.

T:Slight carmel,sugar flavor with bitter hoppy finish.

M:not realy pleasant,cheap.

D:I guess if you just want to get drunk it'll do.Its a chuggin beer.It's not for philosophers.I wont buy this one again.It just didn't do anything for me.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 17:42:44 | More by fbone
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this 500mL single from Manchester Wine & Liquors in Manchester CT for $2.79. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Murky yellow brew with a slight orange tint gives a healthy 2" of eggshell head that crackles loudly like Rice Krispies as it settles. Smell has a light caramel sweetness, vanilla and some raw grain, but otherwise smells pretty light and thin like an EPL. Taste leads with a sticky kind of light caramel which is quickly followed by a fairly strong muddy unappealing hop. Feel has a sugary slickness and viscosity, otherwise thin and watery, sharp carbonation, and a bit of alcohol burn. Diacetyl is apparent throughout and lingers into the finish.

I'm not impressed at all, it is a stretch to call this even mediocre. The feel is utterly terrible, like fizzy watered down corn syrup, and the hop is just gross.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:59:53 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:11:02 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 17:21:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours bright gold with some hazy sediment - 1 finger white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet bready fruit malts

taste is very sweet cereal grains and apples

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation

drinkability is ok - i only bought one so i dont know if drinking more could put one into a sugar coma

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 03:34:55 | More by jsh420
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Primator brand just started to show up in the local stores, 3 varieties, I remember I had had the doppelbock awhile ago and it was pretty harsh. 11.2 oz brown bottle.

Pours an amberish gold that is crystal clear. It has a foamy, but also slightly creamy white head. As it recedes it leaves nice rings of lacing.

The smell is interesting, there is alot of nuttiness to it along with a graham crackery malt. The hops seem mild, but herbal.

The taste is solid, it has a nondescript bitterness form the hops which is it's lowest point, but the mouthfeel is pretty good, creamier than most of the style as you drink with a dry, bitter finish. Has some slight toasted bread int here too.

It's decent, the hop taste is a bit overbearing though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 02:23:37 | More by crossovert
Photo of alkemy


3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just the slightest haze in this golden colored brew. The rich head is off-white and a good three fingers thick. The overwhelming taste is of sweet fruitiness (kind of a combo of apples, bananas, and peaches) mixed with some caramel. Despite the higher ABV, it's pretty refreshing. I didn't know about this one after the first drink, but it really grew on me. As far as the hops, I didn't get any in the taste. However, there were some flowery hops in the nose. I'd definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:29:40 | More by alkemy
Photo of womencantsail


3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 05:10:01 | More by womencantsail
Photo of flannelman808


3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright and amber in color, and this one is topped off with a very stark white head. Fluffy head and good lacing.

S: fruity esters and some caramel malty notes come through as well. Brown sugar.

T: Malty and toasty. There is a bitter finish and a caramel like sweet beginning. There is a macintosh apple like quality coming from the esters of this one as well.. over all very nice and rather crisp.

M: drying

D: medium to high

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 04:48:38 | More by flannelman808
Photo of biggred1


4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, orange blonde with a creamy bone colored head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Rich and malty with plenty of fruity yeast in the aroma. Rich and malty with nutty and green apple flavors with a dry champagne yeast quality in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. A tasty surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 23:50:47 | More by biggred1
Photo of organicbrewer


3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-I guess I forgot how to pour a beer, half the glass is foam. Once the head settled a bit, nice dark gold. Brilliantly clear. Huge eggshell head.

s-Bready and munichy malt aroma. very low hop aroma. bread crust.

t-very malty. Low hop bitternesss. slightly sweet.

m-medium carbonation. No alcohol burn.

d-decent beer. I always seem to think this when I have a german or czech lager, but this was probably better over there.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 23:21:10 | More by organicbrewer
Photo of WhiteOak


4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow with a slight haze of fine sediment particles. An expansive off-white foam leaves extensive, beautiful, sticky, soapy lace. The best lacing I have seen in quite a while. The foam itself goes vertical and hangs in thick sheets on the side of the glass.

S- A fresh, well-kept Primator displays malt aroma with notes of graham cracker, caramel, fruit-infused prunes, bread dough, honey puffed cereal, cut hay, banana bread with walnuts, and juicy fruit gum.

T- The attack is a very pleasant, inviting sweet maltiness. The mid palate is rich sweet animal crackers & puffed cereal grains. Finish is a nice, long lingering maltiness, and here the noble hops display their grassy flavor.

M, D- Full and round on the palate, and exceedingly drinkable.

It is called a Maibock, but one might nearly call this a double/imperial lager. Very enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 01:03:09 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of DoubleJ


3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 05:13:15 | More by DoubleJ
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks / Appearance: lightish Marzen-auburn color up pouring - seems half a shade light for a Mai, gracious head

Smell: light tones of malty sweetness

Taste: the bouquet leads with a dull metallic sweetness - it tastes more appealing than that makes it sound; most of the sweetness is in the finish; there's a vaguely citrus-y taste at the core of this bock, strange but true

Mouthfeel: a brew with a full feel to it - seems to monopolize all regions of the mouth

Drinkability: this is a sneaky 7.5 abv - still, it'd be hard to have more than 2 of these in one sitting

Serving type: bottle (would love to have it on draft)

Serving size: 16.9 ozs

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 05:02:51 | More by SilentBob2u2
Photo of vacax


3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden orange with some cloudiness to it and a full inch or so of thick white head, good retention and lace. The aroma has fresh malted barley alongside an earthy and bitter, hot hop character. The flavor begins with a mild pale malt character with some nice grain flavors, then the hops kick into a full hops bitterness that is a bit floral but also quite astringent and surprisingly harsh on the palate. Lingering bitter finish with some cookie and pepper. Body is medium viscosity with a smooth, moderate carbonation. Not too impressed with this one, a bit rough around the edges and drinks slowly.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 23:43:26 | More by vacax
Photo of qazelisc


3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep gold/ light amber. A white head with nice retention and lacing.

Sweet grainy malt, grassy hops and a subtle fruity/banana aroma.

Taste upfront is a decent balance of sweet caramel malts and grassy hops but then some hop bitterness and alcohol flavor on the way down and after.

Feel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and body that's nice, but there is astringency from the hop bitterness and alcohol.

Overalll, a decent Maibock. The higher alcohol makes you feel good, but not so nice on the aftertaste and finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 21:43:27 | More by qazelisc
Photo of dfitch81


3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Noticed this on the shelf at New Seasons - I don't see Maibocks very often, and this one proclaims on the front "2008 World's Best Lager," so I thought this'd be worth a try. Good call, it turned out.

Appearance is as it should be, which is to say it looks like I have a glass full of crystal-clear honey with a good, persistent 3mm head. 'Nuf said.

Sweet bready malts dominate the nose, admitting only a hint of noble hops. Taste mirrors the nose - rich, hearty malt sweetness center-stage. Noble hop spiciness emerges later in the taste. Pretty nice.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel echoes the honey-like appearance. Owing to its alcohol content and abundant sweetness, you probably wouldn't want to have more than one of these. The one you did have, though, would be enjoyable. Overall, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 03:53:03 | More by dfitch81
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 23:43:38 | More by jdhilt
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New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 15:25:38 | More by rfgetz
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4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in October shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber-blonde with thin white head. Some bubbly lacing lines that rise and fall.

Smell: Fruity and bready malts with a strong noble hop spicy kick. Some alcohol is noticeable as well.

Taste: Interesting mix of semi-sweet fruit malts (peach, apple, pear, orange) and a very dry, spicy and peppery hop bite.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth sweet body that abruptly turns very dry at the finish.

Drinkability: Pretty strong Maibock overall in terms of malts, hops and alcohol - not that I'm complaining.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 21:43:51 | More by bsp77
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New York

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

A - Poured a light copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet grainy malt

T - Nothing special follows the nose sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall its not a bad beer just nothing extra special has a decent taste

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 22:09:30 | More by armock
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with generous white head. Noes is somewhat light with a clean, lightly malty aroma. Palate is warm with the alcohol, malt as the focus, and a clean finish. More alcohol warmth into the finish and aftertaste. It's light enough to enjoy with everyday food but perhaps too hot for being a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 15:10:02 | More by yemenmocha
Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
82 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.