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Primator Premium Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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BA SCORE
82
good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 4
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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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 19:14:41 | More by garymuchow
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rarbring

Sweden

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A clear golden brew with a white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing.

The smell is malty, bread and faintly of molasses, sweet lemon and somewhat metallic.

Tasting of biscuits, lemon curd, and bitter lemon zest.

Medium high carbonation, fresh liquid and a dry finish.

An average pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 15:38:43 | More by rarbring
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

France

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.

Appearance : Pale golden color, with medium creamy foam head.
Smell : grass and flowery hops aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : Flavor is bittersweet, fruity maltiness balanced by an herbal hoppy background
Drinkability : an average beer in Czech pilsener style

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 16:29:11 | More by thierrynantes
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Offa

California

4.95/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an outstanding Czech pilsner/lager, beautiful with a full, complex character.

Bright, deep gold, it has a huge, faintly off-white , foamy head, steadily shrinking to a large, permanent head that's never less than 1.5-2 inches, foamy, with nice, if uneven, rings of foamy lace.

The aroma is a wonderful Czech pilsner - firm, full-bodied, clear and aromatic with a lot of bread, herbs, lemon, grain, bread crust, hint of mineral, overall airy and slightly flowery.

The taste is similar, clean, clear, but full-bodied, firm in character, complex, balanced and engaging. It has a strong bread-herb character of bread, herbs, with grain, light lemon, hints of yeast and grass, firm sweetness with balancing, zesty, bitterness, mostly herbal, slightly medicinal, with just a light spicey bite. It has great balance, excellent interplay of the various elements, and a long, complex aftertaste of sweet lightly toasted bread with lemony-herbal bitterness. The feel is excellent, full, slightly oily yet lively and engaging. if becoming slightly thin by the end. It engages the whole mouth.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 16:22:03 | More by Offa
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FLima

Brazil

3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thick one finger head with medium retention.
Aroma of caramel malt that is gradually substituted by herbal and floral hops. Hints of minerals and honey.
Flavor of sweet pale malt, bread, floral hops, honey, minerals, grass, mild lemon and oranges, and oxidized apples. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
This seems to be well behind its prime date, so the rating is a bit unfair, though I tried to compensate it a bit.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:58:07 | More by FLima
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

09-22-2013 07:47:05 | More by Kopfschuss
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crossovert

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Unfortunately all I have is a standard american pint glass to have this in but isn't that what most people drink this out of anyways?
It pours a clear gold, not as dark as some of the other Czech examples, definitely crystal clear. The head is big, fluffy and white and recedes semi-slowly to some decent lacing.

The smell is a huge letdown for the style. Mild grass and huskiness, a hint of bread, but very flat smelling.

Taste is a bit better, the hops come though with a bit more bitterness, actually a pretty high amount for the style, but still it is incredibly over-herbal. The malt isn't what I love from a Czech Pils either.

It does have a nice mouthfeel though.

There are better Czech Pilseners out there, but some people might like this more than me, it is very herbal for the style.

edit, it gets better as it warms, usually I don't have my pilseners as cold as i originally had this one, def enjoyed cool, not cold, still it is pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 00:54:46 | More by crossovert
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 08:46:55 | More by Globetrotter
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marc77

California

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2002 19:10:03 | More by marc77
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard fare Czech lager. Slightly cloudy golden colour with a nice white head.

Flowery hop and light malt smell. There are traces of - and I am not kidding- urine. Seriously...there is a faint hint of something that smells like pee.

So-so taste. The saaz stands out, malt is okay. It had almost a lemony-flavour on the first sip, but that disappeared right away. Too bad, as that would almost be enjoyable.

Carbonation is alright, this easy to drink, but not as nice as Budvar.

Serving type: can

04-14-2008 02:28:57 | More by BDTyre
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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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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a clear straw yellow with a small white foamy head, and some lacing.

smell is of malt, some grain, a tad floral, and some grass clippings.

taste is crisp, grain, citrus, malt, and some hops in the back, end is smooth, and just a little dry.

overall a good pils.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 14:52:30 | More by froghop
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BeerManDan

California

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color when poured was a clear golden yellow with an orange hue. A fair amount of foam. The smell of hops and yeast was evident. A typical Lager aroma. The taste was your better Larger flavor. Nice balance of hops and malt. Not to bitter, but a nice balance of hops and malts, also a nice balance of bitter/sweetness, the bitterness wasn't overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 00:52:39 | More by BeerManDan
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dertyd

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-15-2014 00:10:22 | More by Canada_Dan
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2003 15:47:48 | More by aaronh
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a Mix and Match 6-pack of this at Badger Spirts in Beloit, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a clear, clean amber color. Has a decent head with an average amount of carbonation. Scent is that of some grassy grains mixed with a slighty amount of citrus. Has a nice texture that isn't too thin or too heavy. Taste is rather wheat like and mellow. Drinks rather well, especially on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:00:55 | More by Lemke10
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 11:27:21 | More by Tballz420
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow in colour. Lots of tiny CO2 bubbles streaming upwards. Fluffy, white foamy head stays in place for several minutes and slowly begins shrinking down. Quite average looking considering the style.
Smell is bready malts with a bit of earthy hops and little else.
Taste, too, is bready malts with earthy hops bringing up the rear.
This is a good Czech beer, but nothing amazing. It's definitely a well crafted beer without the "skunk" I was expecting, and highly drinkable! I'm sure this would pair well with a lot of different foods, as well. Glad I tried it, and considering the price (around $2,99/500mL) I'll certainly look for it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 22:44:41 | More by SilentSabre
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Murrhey

Montana

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pint bottle poured in a Pilsner glass on 10-15-11

A: 2.5 finger head, not very thick, fizzled away quickly. Light yellow color, very clear and no cloudiness. Well carbonated.

S: Spicy and crisp smell, enjoyable and summery with buttery notes.

T: Very light, I'm getting fruit essences but for a thin beer it is very flavorful.

M: Like mentioned above, very thing. Enjoyable for the flavor and surprising.

O: Not bad, but probably wouldn't order again. Would be better if I had enjoyed it during the summer, it is light and flavorful enough to be enjoyed by even casual beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 03:57:54 | More by Murrhey
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Golden color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Full aromatics of raw grain & a hint of coriander
T: Rich biscuit/malt up front and a slightly herbal finish
M: Light bodied, smooth with pleasant carbonation
O: If the big American brewers would make lagers half this good, I would be much more inclined to drink them. This is what the style should be

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 06:13:00 | More by ONUMello
Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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