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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 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 05, 2005
Photo of jackndan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

jackndan, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of velkyal
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 BeerManDan
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.

BeerManDan, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of checkfeet
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 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 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 pmcadamis
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!

pmcadamis, Aug 21, 2008
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 Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Canada_Dan, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of RoyFokker
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

RoyFokker, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of krh
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

krh, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

dcmchew, Nov 07, 2013
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 Unchi
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Unchi, Nov 23, 2012
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 ernie
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 cl brown bottle. Color pale golden, high level of carbonation, modest head, even more modest lace.

Aroma hoppy with hint of herbs and spices.

Start spritzy, malty, body slender, on the dry side, by no means not thin. Smooth and pleasant mouthfeel when the carbonation settles down. Great hoppy finish and delightful spicy aftertaste.

A decent beer. The best from Nachod brewery.

ernie, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Jun 01, 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 garymuchow
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.

garymuchow, May 03, 2002
Photo of ONUMello
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

ONUMello, Feb 09, 2013
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 Fatehunter
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.

Fatehunter, Dec 30, 2012
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
Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
82 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.