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Primator Premium Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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BA SCORE
82
good

97 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001)
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ambruns1979

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

02-23-2014 08:21:48 | More by ambruns1979
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

Appearance - This one is light orangish-yellow in color with some good carbonation and a moderate head.

Smell - The light corn and grain is borderline offensive and the grainy sweetness at the end comes on suddenly.

Taste - The grain picks up some orange flavor at the taste. The finish is corny and leaves a long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This light-bodied Pilsner has some good, active carbonation and is smooth in the mouth. It is very refreshing.

Drinkability - This is a bit harsh for a Pils but it's a good drinker. I wouldn't have more than one at a time, though.

Update - Had this one again in 2010 and didn't like it much better than before. There's just a nasty cornish aftertaste to this Pils that frustrates the hell out of me.

12-03-2004 15:52:13 | More by RoyalT
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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

A- Good looking head off of a hard pouring in a 1/2L pilsner glass, bright yellow hue shows of a great clarity and bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S- Perfume-like spicy hops with a fresh hay like maltiness ... a very pleasing aroma to say the least.

T- A very grassy palate of fresh pale malt, I can pick off a vague earthy and salty character. Hops and to the grassiness with a stand-up spiciness. A tad watery in the back as the malt drops off yet the hops hold strong with a solid bitterness and more spiciness.

M- Strong arm of crispness stays firm yet is not overwhelming.

D- Very easy to put down a few of these.

A good pick for a Czech Pils, right up there with the best of them. I paired this with a smoke sheep's milk cheese(sharp), they went very well together.

07-05-2005 23:23:23 | More by Jason
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Marius

Romania

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-01-2014 13:46:34 | More by Marius
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

A malty, metallic Bohemian pilsener, pouring a slightly tarnished brassy color with decent head, leaving stagnant pools of foam and minimal lacing. Strong malty aroma with elements of bread crust, cracker, and vague boiled vegetables. The beer goes down quite easily, with a generous sweetness from the malts balanced by typical pilsner hoppage: heavily herbal, a bit of grass, and maybe even a twinge of black licorice. A large gulp reveals a sharpness and slight sourness that is most likely the result of time and travel. Hops taste slightly stale but I am inclined to hold that against the importer, distributor, and vendor, rather than the brewery. Easily avoided by taking smaller sips and revelling in the malty qualities up front. Mouthfeel thin and refreshing; drinkability decent if not through the roof.

07-28-2004 03:27:20 | More by Thrasher
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%

Pours a brilliant gold hue with a slight chill haze casted over, poured this one into my vintage Miller High life flute pils glass. Bright white cloudy head forms thick and leaves nice even scattered lacing. Aroma has a nice pale malt biscuit sweetness with clashing green/grassy herbal hops. I'm guessing Saaz here with an underlying nice fruitiness. A nice brisk bitterness from the fresh herbal noble hop profile, you really can't beat a nice Czech style pils a bit of caramelized sugar from the light toasted pilsener malts, not the most interesting beer but a satisfying one. This is probably consumed in massive quantities closer to where it's brewed at almost 3 dollars for one 11.2 oz bottle, I wound be having that same experience. Crisp dry herbal hop finish, with a nice rounded malt body. Again super refreshing with sturdy carbonation really drinks great, I wish I had a couple more bottles.

10-22-2011 19:33:18 | More by WVbeergeek
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.35/5  rDev -34.7%

Dad picked up a case of this for 8 pounds or something ridiculous like that, with that in mind this isn't bad. Slightly honeyish with ssome floral hops, fairly bitter. But lacking in most departmnets, nothing distinctive or anything, just a simple, quaffable lager.

09-09-2003 00:25:55 | More by rastaman
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a lumpy cream head of off-white that slowly drags down the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The green Noble hop hint has a sulfur touch that is mellow with some raw grain and masa in the finish. As the beer opens up the sulfur note in the finish grows.

T- The soft crisp dry malt is followed by a soft dry green finish and a touch of mineral water to it. There is a faint green hop note that lingers a moment after the finish. The taste of masa cornmeal comes through as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it in the crisp finish.

O- The nice clean beer is not really dry but it is still very easy to drink. The sulfur in the nose and taste just starts to overpower the other flavors and character a bit to much.

08-25-2011 21:09:13 | More by rhoadsrage
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a finely sediment-strewn pale golden hue, with one finger of tight foamy off-white head, which leaves some random amoebic specks of lace around the glass as it evenly settles. It smells of crisp biscuity malt, and spicy, grassy hops. The taste is bready biscuit malt, some aged fruity lemon, and fairly bitter herbal, grassy hops. The carbonation is on the soft side, the body medium weight, a bit oily, and nice and smooth. It finishes more or less clean, the malt diminishing somewhat, letting the earthy, grassy hops show a bit more leg.

A decent Czech lager, exhibiting a more malty profile than the norm, the hops overshadowed a tad. Still, nice and drinkable, and very reminiscent of time spent on summer patios in Prague.

07-27-2011 02:38:58 | More by biboergosum
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%

Pours gold with an exuberant head of whipped milk.
Nose full of saltines, lilacs, and potatoes.
Begins pale malted and dry. The essense of stale plain bagels. Flashes of sweetness. Ephemeral stawberries and vanilla cream. Now back to dryness, but grassier presently. The last, dying bloom of the May lilac bush. Burnt out patches of August lawn. Wind scattered leaves in early October.
Honeyed pear creeps below.
Light bodied, steady of bead, and firm feeling, flowing freely down the hatch.
This is choice!

08-20-2004 22:19:23 | More by cokes
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5%

A - This hazy peach/apricot hued brew threw up a four finger-plus white head when poured into my big ass heavy glass mug. This is darker than most pilseners and lacing is only decent. Head retention is so-so, as the head goes away within five minutes and does not come back with agitation.

S - Malty as all hell with a giant yeast presence. This smells like a dried apricot studded scone or a peach tart bakery treat. Peach cobbler maybe? Touches of spicy hops hint at the style of this brew. nice.

T - Summery fruits...peach, pear, apricot, and maybe even a little cantaloupe. This has more hop spice than the malty nose suggests, and I appreciate the nearly flawless balance of this beer.

M - Medium bodied with middling carbonation and a dry peppery finish.

D - Drinkability is probably this brew's forte. More heavily malted and fruity than most pilseners, this is a good definition of what I consider perfect malt/hop balance. I liked this one a lot!

08-21-2008 15:48:36 | More by pmcadamis
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-07-2013 05:05:03 | More by dertyd
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

Finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
Excellent aroma of grain and honey.
Pretty good tasting too. It has medium bitterness throughout with a touch of sweetness in the middle.
Crisp and medium body, moderate carbonation.
A delicious lager.

12-30-2012 20:57:24 | More by Fatehunter
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jackndan

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Primator, no not a double bock, rather it is a hearty lager from the Czech Republic. This beer pours a fairly deep golden color. The aroma is nice and rich, malty. This is obviously not a Czech style pils, it is very malty, much more than is typical for the style. Initial sweetness leads to a toasty middle and a fairly understated aftertaste with hints of toffee. This is actually a nice beer at any price, but at 99 cents for a half a liter, it is a steal.

06-01-2003 18:39:46 | More by jackndan
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mrgrandefromage

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours a beautiful amber orange, somewhere 'tween ripe apricot and tangerine. Inch thick head that dissipated quickly. Lovely little bubbles that are fun to watch. Aroma very typical for true euro pils... like standing outside a large brewery on a windy spring day after the rain. Flavor pretty complex for a pils, a little citrusy buckling under the weight of stern hops fading to the normal pleasant euro skunkiness. Crisp and bracing in the mouth, with those lovely little bubbles giving the exact, perfect amount of carbonation. Unlike some others, I could drink a few of these at a time.

04-10-2005 05:39:23 | More by mrgrandefromage
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful clear golden, very bright, with thick creamy white foam.

Pils smell - all beer. Light spice. Mouth waters.

Very tasty clean pils, with crisp finish and layer of hop that fills the mouth.

Very tasty and drinkable. Excellent.

04-25-2010 22:24:19 | More by KTCamm
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PaF

Israel

3/5  rDev -16.7%

04-15-2013 21:43:07 | More by PaF
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emerge077

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass, this Czech Pils showed an exceptional ability to form a stiff, meringue-like, rocky head of foam. It's peaks rose above the rim of the narrow glass, and momentarily defied gravity. From below there were sparse trails of rapid ascending carbonation through the bright amber gold liquid. A crown of fine lacing stuck itself around the rim of the glass. Retention was great, lasting for the duration of the glass, leaving irregular clumps of foam on the way down.

The aroma was floral and grassy like a fresh mowed lawn. Nicely herbal noble hops showcased in the nose. A trace of honeyish bread. So far i'm pretty impressed by this.

The flavor doesn't live up to the rest unfortunately. It has a lightly astringent apple flavor verging on medicinal, before a very dry papery finish makes you forget the first part. There is a moderate hop bitterness and flavor in a bigger quaff that redeems it somewhat. It has a light and airy body, again very drying in the finish.

Decently drinkable, but it was a bit of a let down after the first taste. Still better than most of the euro lagers i've been trying lately. Herold, Urquell, BB Burgerbrau still remain at the top in my mind for session Czech Pilsners.

12-22-2009 01:41:44 | More by emerge077
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Murph

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%

This brew pours a beautiful golden copper color with a thick and creamy white head that dissipates too quickly but leaves a nice lace. Sweet maltiness dominates the aroma with a slightly husky grain aroma and very faint hops in the background. The taste starts off with some sweet maltiness before the brief burst of hops in the middle. The hops are then beaten out again by the malt for the finish of the brew. There is a lingering sweet maltiness, almost sticky, along with a strange metallic flavor, almost like I was drinking this out of a can. The brew has a decent body to it but the sticky sweet taste that is left in your mouth drops it down some as well as bringing the drinkability down some. There is just too much overly sweet malt in this beer and not enough hops to balance it out.

09-22-2002 11:38:52 | More by Murph
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

04-18-2012 02:59:17 | More by LJWalker
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enelson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-28-2013 01:38:45 | More by enelson
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-24-2011 07:26:10 | More by Harkrank
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Telestic

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-16-2012 10:03:02 | More by Telestic
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Brent

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Amber/caramel color with a nice, chunky head. One of the most malty lagers I've come across. Solid mouthfeel full of moderately sweet caramel/toffee malt. Hops held back, but gave enough show to throw a little balance in, although the overall effect was unbalanced toward the malt side. Nontheless, quite a smooth and easy-drinking beverage. Interesting to find a beer with a name ending in "-ator" that isn't a dupplebock.

11-16-2001 09:26:47 | More by Brent
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TobiasGoth

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Appearance A saturated orange golden yellow pour with a two finger bright white cap leaving frothy and airy lace sliding down the sides of the glass.

Smell My nostrils are filled with a rich and light malt note but also butter and bread undertones.

Taste This pilsner taste buttery, sweet and has light but distinct flavoring hops. I notice citrus and a hint of metallic as well. A hoppy bitterness comes after a while and stays on thorough the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel It feels like a rock solid pilsner this one, a whole lot more of a body than I’m used to when drinking pils. So I’d place the mouthfeel somewhere between heavy light to light medium. It also has a round and oily style. Packed with an evil but nice fizz.

Overall It’s one of those classic last-summer-day-of-the-year atmospheric evenings in Stockholm. It’s also Friday so people tend to get off work a bit earlier and wind down in time for the weekend. My family, a couple of friends and myself decided to meet up at Babylon Bar in the center of town. The bar’s owned by a family that operate a few Czech influenced restaurants and bars so naturally I felt inclined to order something Czech off the beer menu. Sitting in the sun in the outdoor section of the place I really wanted something mellow and easy and the pils was therefore the perfect match. A traditional and well crafted old-world pilsner from the heart of the Czech republic. Na zdraví!

09-06-2011 06:44:58 | More by TobiasGoth
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Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.