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Primator Premium Lager - Pivovar Náchod a.s.

Primator Premium LagerPrimator Premium Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%


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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beertaster13

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice lager, pours a golden yellow with white head that is quite nice to look at, lacing is average. The smell is very malty, slight toasted grain, touch of fruit. The taste is maltier than most lagers, rich but still smooth, goes well with meals, the caramel grains are pleasant, slight hops cleanses the palate, light bodied and great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 05:00:03 | More by beertaster13
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A malty, metallic Bohemian pilsener, pouring a slightly tarnished brassy color with decent head, leaving stagnant pools of foam and minimal lacing. Strong malty aroma with elements of bread crust, cracker, and vague boiled vegetables. The beer goes down quite easily, with a generous sweetness from the malts balanced by typical pilsner hoppage: heavily herbal, a bit of grass, and maybe even a twinge of black licorice. A large gulp reveals a sharpness and slight sourness that is most likely the result of time and travel. Hops taste slightly stale but I am inclined to hold that against the importer, distributor, and vendor, rather than the brewery. Easily avoided by taking smaller sips and revelling in the malty qualities up front. Mouthfeel thin and refreshing; drinkability decent if not through the roof.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2004 03:27:20 | More by Thrasher
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RedDiamond

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2004 00:04:37 | More by RedDiamond
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 23:03:45 | More by Gusler
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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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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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jackndan

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 18:39:46 | More by jackndan
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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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Scooter77

Ohio

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 06:33:15 | More by Scooter77
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brakspear

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the maltiest Czech lager I have sampled yet. It pushes the extremes of its other Czech pilsener cousins. All of their characteristics are present, but here the sweet malty aroma and flavor dominates.

The beer pours a beautiful deep golden color with a generous white foamy head forming, lingering, and lacing -- very nice.

The aroma is this beer's weak point, the sweet maltiness dominates and there is very little spicy Saaz hops present.

The taste is full-bodied, chewy, and malty in the fore, but a tad grainy in the finish. Again the hop bitterness is subdued in comparison to Czechvar or Pilsner Urquel.

I enjoyed this beer a lot and it compares favorable to other Czech pilseners, but the malty sweetness would become a bit too cloying if this was a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 17:59:42 | More by brakspear
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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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Murph

Arizona

2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2002 11:38:52 | More by Murph
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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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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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Brent

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2001 09:26:47 | More by Brent
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Primator Premium Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
82 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.