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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: 6
Gots: 2 | 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 crossovert
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%

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.

crossovert, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of rarbring
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

rarbring, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

froghop, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of SilentSabre
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

SilentSabre, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%

Had in a pint glass from a 500ml. Is a pleasant yellow with a thick white head. Has a malty smell, grassy and yeasty.

Relatively smooth taste, like a typical European lager. Decent, but in an already crouded genre, there are better choices. Probably won't find it in my fridge again.

TheHoppiest, May 16, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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 Halcyondays
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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 fullsweep
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: golden-yellow beer with a very thick and rich foamy head of off-white (mostly white). Beer underneath has complete clarity.

S: for some reason I always get lentil/legune/sprout scents in pilsners, and this is no different here; mixed with sweet grains.

T: Creamy and smooth though not as sweet as some Czech pilsners I've tried.

M: Very smooth, rich, creamy.

D: A nice pilsner that I had not tried, nor even heard of until a friend brought one round the house. Glad he did!

fullsweep, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%

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 emerge077
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.

emerge077, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Can thanks to Milos- Clear light golden, pours a thin white foam. Simple nose of grain, grassy hops and some pale malts is very clean. Slightly sweet grainy pale malt flavour has a good dose of fresh grassy hops, and is slightly fruity. Slightly sharp in the finish with moderate bitterness. Good. Thanks Milos!

mrmanning, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.95/5  rDev +37.5%

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.

Offa, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of checkfeet
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

Purchased at Beermart in Ulsan, South Korea, poured into my sole surviving pilsner glass.

Pours a lovely apricot amber, with a tight head that quickly settles to a thin, consistent layer.

The nose isn't particularly strong; yeast and malts come through, along with some fresh dough and a bit of fruit, like an danish pastry perhaps..

The breadiness is pretty dominant in the taste, too, with some hay or straw-like bitterness to balance it. Quite full in the mouth, but crisp and refreshing on a hot day such as this.

Will drink again.

checkfeet, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of Ch1mpy
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%

Clear yellow colour with lots of small bubbles and an off-white head.

Dry, malty smell with hop aromas and hints of yeast.

Rather pleasant taste with malts and floral hops. Well balanced bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is what saves the day and help bring forth the malts and the hops of a brew that would otherwise be a little boring.

Ch1mpy, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of velkyal
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

What a lovely lager this is. It pours a dark golden colour with a rocky white head, the nose is full of the classic Czech Saaz floral notes. The beer itself was crisp, I would eve say it was slightly tart with a nicely rounded body, a very refreshing lager, which could quite easily become a regular in the fridge

velkyal, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Im not a big fan of chech lagers; they are often too sweet, I like the german ones better.

To me, Primator is a good lager, no more no less. Taste and smell is malty with bread, butter, flowers, grass. Nice hoppy profile, and not too sweet, I think. Good balance between malt and hops.

Nice beer when the weather is hot.

simonjohansson, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
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!

pmcadamis, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of bark
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%

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 BDTyre
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

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.

BDTyre, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%

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

thierrynantes, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

A: golden yellow with a bubbly head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lace

S: beautiful cherry nose with floral hops subtle banana and vanilla aromas

T: nicely balanced grassy, banana and tangy cherry flavour with an alcohol snap

M: creamy, medium body with good carbonation and an oh-so-smooth finish

D: A delicious pilsener from the country who does it best! For me, this is not session beer – it wouldn’t do it justice. I would savour this one slowly.

Graham5161986, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.6/5  rDev 0%

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 JanM
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

There are quite a few Czech beers imported to Sweden but unfortunately Systembolaget only include a handfull of them in their ordinary store selection. So since it's a state monopoly one has to order from the importer through Systembolaget and they add an appropritae sales tax. In that way a beer that would cost fifty cents in the store in Prague will set you back 1,50 bucks in Sweden. The things we have to tolerate just to drink beer!

Primator's Premium Lager is a special order beer in Sweden. It poured in a nice, golden color but not with much foam. The taste is great with apple and pear notes, perfume-smelling hops and citrus. The taste did not quite live up to the expectations created by the smell. Nevertheless it's a bitter, bready taste with some sourness and very typical for this type of beer. Maybe too much carbonation, though. All and all, it's a good pilsener that tastes even better a little over-chilled. Very refreshing!

JanM, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%

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
Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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