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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: 3 | 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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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

emerge077, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jason, Jul 06, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a frothy, creamy white head, very good retention.

S: Sourdough bread, very malty upfront, baking bread in the finish.

T: Nice malt, bready. The Saaz comes in midway to the finish, good flavour overall, just in the end seems to be missing something, a tad bland.

M: Crisp and clean with a good body. No off-flavours. Bigger mouthfeel than most Czech Pils.

D: As with a lot of lager imports this is probably not at its best. That being said it is a quite tasty lager beer and definitely worth a purchase.

Halcyondays, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Blind tasting at my brother-in-laws, poured into a Berliner Kindl half litre sleeve glass.

Looks and smells like a German/Czech lager, sorry pilsner, obviously from Europe, I said Germany, you can decide if that is good or bad.

Nothing bad, nothing really good about it. Not dry enough to challange the better pilsners, but not sweet either.

The bootle was a 50cl brown affair, The Sunday Times Wine Club sell them by the cardboard crate at a very good rate, according to my brother-in-law. He is welcome to them!

BlackHaddock, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first trip to Brazil (January 2009) yielded a taste of Primator Premium Lager from my friend, who was told by the bartender that THIS was voted the best lager in the world. I am curious about the competetion, but that doesn't matter now; I have a bottle stateside to experiment with. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

I'm leaving a third of my bottle unpored, as there is are a lot of floaties in the bottle. Golden sunshine color, very tiny particles suspended in the body, soapy head on top leaving soem creamy lacing. Crisp green apple hits the nose first. Smell again, more pleasant green apple. Underlying honey notes make things more sunny for the taste.

Thankfully there are no signs of imported flavors. Light biscuity malt at first, then big green apple flavors come into play. Honeysucke...yum. It's doughy as well. Good crispness goes over well in this beer. Some hop bitterenss lingers on in the aftertaste.

If I were to vote that competition that called Primator Premium Lager the best lager in the world, I wouldn't be one to vote that way. But I will say that Primator is a very competent Czech lager. Czech it out.

DoubleJ, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells yeasty and spicy lots of hop. Lots of bread and grass with some saffron.

Starts out Sweet and hoped on the tongue. Defiantly on the sweet end of the Pilsener scale good assertive hop bite. Very grassy flavor, herbal with a medium bite.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Very drinkable beer in the upper 25% for the style.

Zorro, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ejimhof, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Primator Premium Lager
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Style: Czech Pilsener
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Pours a light golden color with fine clarity and soapy white foam. Leaves some lace on the glass.

SMELL: Bready malts, lager yeast and a herbal, grassy, slightly spicy smelling noble hop.

TASTE/FEEL: More or less in line with the nose, bready malts, cracker like yeast and a drying, herbal somewhat pungent hop. Well carbonated, with a mild bitterness and a gentle crispness. Light bodied, smooth, and easy drinking.

OVERALL: A pretty standard traditional lager here from the Czech republic. Soft hops in a lager for a refreshing character. Paired well with some assorted types of sushi.

Stinkypuss, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Gusler, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is medium gold, the three finger head is off-white, airy and firm.

The smell is fresh and malty (sweet) with lots of noble hops; bitter, buttery and flowery flavours.

The taste is hoppy with butter, a passing bitterness and lots of sweet malts. The aftertaste is rather sweet with creamy notes of butter/cream, some minerals and a mild pleasant bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. Small bubbles. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A fresh Czech beer with the hops of a pilsner and the maltyness of a lager.

bark, May 19, 2008
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden with a large white rich creamy head that leaves nice lacings when it dissipates.

S: Floral hops gives the smell a citric note and the malt feels very pure. Nice bitterness as well.

T: Malty bread together with floral hops that brings citric notes.

M: Lots of carbonation and medium body. Well balanced aftertaste with nice bitterness.

D: A nice Czech Pilsener, that I'll have again.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, sweet lager like with a small hop. In the taste, earthy malt and a dry saaz hop. A small bite and a light to medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earthy malt aftertaste. Nice dry, fresh hop presence and a touch of earthiness.

OWSLEY069, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

enelson, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +11.1%

pathman, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

cokes, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

RedDiamond, Mar 06, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Brent, Nov 16, 2001
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the tall can filled with Eiro lager as I find it maintains the freshness over bottles. This is a nice Czech Pils that compares with Urquell et al. with its hops bite and fresh finish. Big enough in body to satisfy but smooth enough for summer drinking. Worth the purchase.

canucklehead, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear wheat, nice fat small bubbled white head slow to leave. Lots of cling lace.

S - Wheat and sweet malt. Grain. Slight sharpness at finish.

T - Wholesome clean malt and grain features gently bittered.

M - Medium body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Very easy to drink.

srandycarter, Jul 26, 2011
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Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.