Primator Premium Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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81
good

117 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Ch1mpy
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of rarbring
3.25/5  rDev -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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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

Photo of BDTyre
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.02/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of mrmanning
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Photo of Murph
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
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!

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of Scooter77
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of marc77
2.57/5  rDev -28%
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.

Photo of rastaman
2.37/5  rDev -33.6%
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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Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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