Primator Dark Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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very good

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 57
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 6.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pivovar Náchod a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Globetrotter on 12-14-2003

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Photo of patre_tim
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, topped with a foamy, chocolatey head.

Some toasted notes, slightly nutty, a hint of molasses.

Light but not watery body, foamy carbonation adds more substance.

Not bad, not wowing, but a solid brew. (231 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Clear mahogany beer with beige head, not as long retention. Smell - caramel, kvass, cocoa.
Flavour - rather sweet: cocoa, roasted malts.
Light body, soft carbonation. Enjoyable czech dark lager. (195 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with a thick beige head with medium retention.
Nice and malty aroma with notes of chocolate, nuts, grains and cocoa.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, mild spicy and earthy hops, cocoa, maybe some prunes, cookies and grains. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Extremely easy to drink, you sure can session this Dark Lager. This is a liquid non-fat unsweetened chocolate cookie. (436 characters)

Photo of loubar
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from BevMo. Nose of yeast and mild vanilla. Mild roasted malt, pleasant caramel taste. Slightly smoky. Silky mouth feel. No hops bitterness. Good carbonation with a semi-dry finish that makes it very easy to drink. Light, yet flavorful. Love the low ABV. (268 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ML bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

L - It pours brown with amber highlights. It is capped with several inches of tan head the leaves patches of lacing as it recedes down the side of the glass.

S - It has a sweet aroma. I get some cocoa and milk chocolate.

T - It starts out with a cocoa taste that builds into chocolate flavor. It is kind of sweet.

M - Moderate and chalky

O - This was an impulse buy at the local bratwurst shop. I am glad I picked in up. It is flavorful and light. It reminds me of a Kozel Cerny I had a few years ago that I enjoyed. One of the better dark Euro lagers that I have had. (613 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Back label is printed "375" but no indication of a date.
Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Dark mahogany copper color when held to the light. Compact layer of velvety foam that seems to subside after a few minutes. Spindly, drippy lacing in the glass.

Smell is a little bland, vague lager yeast and some light traces of maple or tobacco.

Light roasted malt, a little prickly from the carbonation, smooth mild coffee and tobacco flavors linger in the aftertaste. Schwartzbier-ish. Light bodied but somewhat substantial, a little watery in the finish, traces of oxidation. Overall it's a good dark lager, maybe a little bit long in the tooth, but still has some life left. (679 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted and chocolate malt. Nice.
The roasted malt comes through in the taste as well, along with a little milk and mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is a little fizzy and crisp.
An enjoyable experience with the flavorful taste but still lighter lager. (318 characters)

Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in the Primator line that I happened on by chance. Since this is a Czech dark beer, I'm not sure how to rate this -- I don't believe I've ever had a Czech Dark before.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a dense, light tan head that holds up well.

S -- Rich, toasty, bready malts with a touch of caramel -- even light molasses and finishing with light Saaz hops.

T -- Pretty much the same character as the nose, starting with bready malts that meld into dark bread and molasses flavors (imagine liquid pumpernickel) then into a light Saaz character that balances well with the rich malts in the finish. There's even a mild, underlying roast character and a lightly sweet malt character -- even a light dark fruit character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light-medium body.

O -- Sometimes too much Saaz hop can fatigue my palate, but the balance with the toasted and roasty malts -- on top of a very drinkable 4.8 ABV -- makes this a very enjoyable beer. (992 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very dark brown, but still able to see through it. About two fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – malty, and indeed much like a dark lager. It has a bit of a porter-like smell. With a roasted quality and chocolate notes.

Taste – malty, but with a tinge of bitterness that must come from hops that don’t appear in the taste itself. It tastes dark and bold, with less of a chocolate hint in the taste, but still a bit like a porter.

Mouthfeel – also like a porter, the Mouthfeel is deceptively thinner than you would think. Here, it’s very well balanced.

Overall – pretty decent brew. Not terribly interesting to think about, but not dull either. (761 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear dark brown body that has a glow at the base. There is a creamy thick oatmeal colored head that sticks to the glass leaving register marks with each sip.

S- The dry toffee has some slightly sweet brown malt notes with a hint of Munich malt sweetness in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet brown malt with a touch of dark pot caramel and a melanoidin note that grows dominate as the beer warms. The finish is a soft dry bittern green noble hop note.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a mellow fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This had a lot of the similarities as their double bock but the melanodin and sweetness really start to dominate as it warms and there isn't any alcohol or hops to cut the sweetness. (792 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again goes out to D. Kurtz for hooking me up with 3 of these rarities-Maibock, Dark Lager & Double Bock. Pours Clear dark red/brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty sweet with notes of coffee and caramel. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, grainy hops. Nothing special but a great beer when you want to keep it simple. (341 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Primator tmavé 12 served in large mug in Kutna Hora, CZ.

A - nice aroma of spicy hops and medium and dark malts. Slightly smokey.

T - sweet for style, but some balancing bitterness kicks in at the finish. Still a bit too sweet IMO.

M - medium body with good carbonation

O - a mediocre Czech tmavé which, by global standards, means a fine beer. (350 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells mostly of grain and chocolate. Good Nobel hop aroma mostly grassy with a little green herb. Faint smell of molasses.

Starts out malty with a graham cracker and chocolate flavor. Slight raisin bran cereal flavor. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK. (357 characters)

Photo of stoepsel
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark body with a creamy head and a rather smoky nose.

Taste is sweet, very mouth coating and roasty, finishing malty, dry and smoky.

Kind of a rough beer and quite heavy too, although you shouldn't let the cheap looking bottle and the sugar listed in the nutricion facts frighten you off. In the end it's better than one expects. (336 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firstly my bottle looks abit different to this but its exactly the same beer and it pours a ruby cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and a layer of lacing around the sides of glass,i really like the aroma of this its very sweet indeed almost like maple syrup,milo,caramel and lots of honey,the mouthfeel is quite sessionable and just above light but could be thicker and has tastes of sweet toffee,caramel,roasted barley,dark dried fruits and finishes with a buttery,maple syrup smooth finish,overall it definately took me by suprise as i wasnt expecting it to be like this and my only real complaint is its mouthfeel and if you dont like sweet beers you will not like this one but im quite enjoying it and more than likely will revisit. (776 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was hoping it would be a Munich dunkel when I bought it, guess not. 500ml brown bottle.

It pours a cola brown with a foamy head that leaves cobwebs of lacing.

The smell is interesting, it almost has the smell of ovaltine, but with a slap of bread and honey. The hops, like in the other primator brews, were up front and herbal/grassy/medicinal. In this particular brew, they could have done without the hop in the aroma.

The flavor is okay, the hops are overbearing with herbal character, it kind of ruins the already weak taste.

The primator beers are just hopped in the wrong way for me. (593 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a large dirty white head, and great lacing.

smell is of malt, some caramel, and a little sweetness in the back.

taste is smooth, malt, a touch cocoa, some roastiness, and a little caramel, ends a little dry.

overall a nice dark lager. (261 characters)

Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely reddish bronze colour with a nice sandy looking head. Mild sweet malty aroma. Taste is very rich, especially for a lager. Loads of sweet, toasted malt, a touch of caramel, and those lovely, earthy, European hops that I love so well.
Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for such a dark and flavourful beer and is surprisingly refreshing. Very drinkable, all things considered. (383 characters)

Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extra dark chestnut brown with a couple fingers of thick tan head displaying some good retention and fair lacing. The aroma is is nutty, umami, mildly roasty, and figgy. The flavor is lightly vinous, nutty, and meaty with a nicely bitter oatmeal raisin cookie finish. Medium-thick bodied with a pleasantly subdued carbonation, nicely done though perhaps a bit light for the richly full flavor. Overall this is a really nice beer, a fully flavored lager with nutty rich characters but also low in alcohol and easy drinking. Very good. (542 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, with a hint of red. A great large off-white thick head that stays for a really long time before it dissipates leaving nice lacings.

S: Heavy roasted sweet malt, hazelnuts, floral hops - very well balanced. Some dark syrup and some dried dark fruit.

T: Heavy roasted sweet malt with some bitter hops. Dark syrup and hazelnuts. Raisins.

M: A really long sweet and bitter aftertaste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: I havn't had so many dark lagers - but if they're all like this, I'm sure gonna drink a lot of them. (557 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good dark lager/dunkel type, a bit sweet, but tasty with solid, slightly complex character.

Dark brown with a reddish hint, it has a huge, pale tan head steadily shrinking to a large (2.5"), permanent, creamy head and leaves some lace.

The aroma is nice, pleasant and fairly stron, toasted whole wheat, caramel, hints of molasses and root beer/spices, earth. It's malty and hoppy, righ, full, anf firm, an excellent aroma for this style.

The taste is full, rich, and complex, yet still light and easy going, with great depth. It has toasted grain, hint of rich whole wheat, earth, caramelised grain, hint of mapple syrup, root beer, full-flavour. It has both sweetness and a little bitterness plus a zesty spicey bite, but the sweetness is a little too strong and the bitterness is very light, the spicey zestiness being the main counterpoint to the sweetness. Dunkels and dark lagers generally shouldn't be very bitter anyway, but it is still just a tad on the overly sweet side. Overall, it's well-rounded, fairly balanced, with solid depth and range of character, very pleasant, enjoyable, satisfying yet easy to drink. (1,135 characters)

Photo of bark
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red. The high head is compact and brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is nutty and malty with roasted notes. There is also a fruity hoppy flavour of noble hops.

The taste is dominated by roasted malt: Hazelnuts, soft sweet flavours of raisins and sweet loaf. The sweetness is balanced by a pleasant bitterness. The aftertaste is clean and malty with mellow roasted flavours of sweet dark bread and mixed nuts. The finish is somewhat dry with hints of minerals.

The carbonation is soft for a lager; the bubbles small. The liquid is smooth.

A dark eurolager or a swartzbier? I think it is more in the latter style. Anyway this beer is very pleasant, tasty and highly drinkable: It suits both a Mediterranean meze and BBQ. (768 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Dark brown with a tan head. This beer smells malty and tastes malty with a pleasant sweetness to the finish. Full bodied with long finish this is a nice version of the style.Food friendly with a below 5% ABV this would be a good addition to any summer BBQ (260 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance : dark color, with a large and creamy head.
Smell : Malty nose with hints of roasted malt.
Taste and mouthfeel : Malty and sweet, flavours of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and a touch of coffee.
Drinkability : a good Dunkel in the style Dark lager (299 characters)

Photo of ernie
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 cl brown bottle. Color deep brown, with red spark. Small and unstable cappuccino head. Very modest lace.

Aroma is a mix of candy sugar with well-roasted malts and dry fruit.

Start is a bit prickly, general mouthfeel smooth, on the thin side. Taste sweetish, malty-fruity, with a gentle note of nuts. Finish fruity-acidic. Aftertaste complex: hops, malts and fruit, rather well balanced.

Worth a try, but there are Czech dark lagers much better than this one. (471 characters)

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