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Primator Premium Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Primator Premium LagerPrimator Premium Lager

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68 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 16.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 122
Photo of mrgrandefromage
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of beertaster13
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice lager, pours a golden yellow with white head that is quite nice to look at, lacing is average. The smell is very malty, slight toasted grain, touch of fruit. The taste is maltier than most lagers, rich but still smooth, goes well with meals, the caramel grains are pleasant, slight hops cleanses the palate, light bodied and great session beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear brew, pale straw in color with a yeasty, lagerish aroma and a scant white head. Delivers the goods but not in great quantity. The flavor is dry and reserved, the body is thin, the mouthfeel ordinary. A trickle of carbonation rises upwards and some yeast sediment sits below. This is a pleasant drinking beer but very modest in scope. Don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours the archetypal limpid golden yellow color with the stereotypical bright white and large spumous head, and as it desiccates the lace a forms a fine covering upon the glass. Nose is thee quintessential lager nose, malt that is somewhat sweet, citrus crisp and clean, the prototypical lager start that is nicely malted and lightly sweet, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish is almost astringent in its carbonation with the hops apropos to the style and the aftertaste dry and lingering, in all honesty one of the better lagers I have sampled.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a tall brown half-liter bottle with a nice enough label featuring a coat of arms and a Czech castle. Sugar is an ingredient. Best before 9/18/04, I opened it on 12/22/03.

Pours clear gold under a one finger white head with some body but not much staying power. The nose features mild flowery hops. The mouth is crisp, light and prickly. The taste is almost all hops, a bit harsh, a bit metallic (thanks to the sugar, I suspect) and a bit flowery underneath it all. There's also some spiciness here somewhere, reminiscent of coriander. A very good bitter bite emerges in the aftertaste. OK, but a bit disappointing.

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Photo of rastaman
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jackndan
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Out of the Czech republic. Golden in color, fluffy white head, not very consistant. The flavor from this beer (and also the smell) is a pretty malty one. Very slight hop bitterness.

This one is brewed in accordance with the german purity laws. Of the other beers that i have had that also comply (the green monsters) this is probably one of the better ones. Not as generic as some other european brews ive had, pretty decent.

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Photo of Scooter77
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark gold color with a medium side head that dissipates quickly leaving a very thin lace on the glass. Aroma is very malty with mild hop undertones. The taste is primarily dominated by the malt and finished off by a hint of sweetness. There was an astringent, almost skunky aftertaste left. This beer is OK, at best. I could take it or leave it.

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Photo of brakspear
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the maltiest Czech lager I have sampled yet. It pushes the extremes of its other Czech pilsener cousins. All of their characteristics are present, but here the sweet malty aroma and flavor dominates.

The beer pours a beautiful deep golden color with a generous white foamy head forming, lingering, and lacing -- very nice.

The aroma is this beer's weak point, the sweet maltiness dominates and there is very little spicy Saaz hops present.

The taste is full-bodied, chewy, and malty in the fore, but a tad grainy in the finish. Again the hop bitterness is subdued in comparison to Czechvar or Pilsner Urquel.

I enjoyed this beer a lot and it compares favorable to other Czech pilseners, but the malty sweetness would become a bit too cloying if this was a session beer.

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Photo of aaronh
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This rich, golden beer pours with a thick, snow white head that ever so slowly fades to a layer of white film atop the very slightly hazy liquid, while leaving a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly bready, with pepper and lemon notes, and a malt character to it as well. The taste is rather sweet, with notes of lemon and pepper, almost to a point of sourness. Very unique. The finish is fairly crisp, with the citric tartness lingering behind. The mouthfeel is very full and satisfying, and supports the sweetness of the beer well. The drinkability suffers a little from the sweetness, a little from the tartness. This beer almost seems like a cross between a dortmunder lager and a weizen of some sort. While cetainly not one of my favorites, I'm glad I experienced this beer.

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Photo of Murph
2.96/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of marc77
2.57/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear golden hue w/ profuse threads of bubbles supporting the persistant and thick head. Dense and ornate lace is left. Sweet, grainy malt in aroma, w/ a trace of cooked cabbage. The overall flavor profile is quite sweet, due to the meager hop bitterness. The malt character lacks depth, and consists ofresidual sweetness and light breadiness, but not much else is there. A mildly grassy hop flavor eeks in, but is lost amongst the malt sweetness. Although moderately bodied and smooth in mouthfeel, the sweetness and lack of balance hurts the drinkability. Finishes expectedly sweet. Primator lacks the refined balance of a good Vienna. It falls short of its attractive appearance.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle was a "boy beer", meaning it foamed out the top when it opened. This may have reduced the aroma when I did pour it, or else it just doesn't have much of one. What I could detect was more malt than hops. It did have a nice clear dark golden color and a big foamy head. A smooth malty quality predominates the flavor with a backing of hops. I usually think of the opposite with Czech beers. The hops quality is light and in the short finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and rich, but a little flat, possibly from the issue when opened. My brother referred to this as the Miller of the
Czech beers, referring mostly to its lack of uniqueness compared to others. This is not a hard beer to drink.

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

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.

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Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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