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Primus - Brouwerij Haacht NV

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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij Haacht NV visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-26-2002)
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Reviews by constantine_272:
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

04-13-2014 20:46:08 | More by constantine_272
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2.1/5  rDev -33.1%

Appearance – A slight cloudiness to this yellow body with a decent head that laced the glass.

Smell – Not your typical Belgian aroma. I can pick up a little malt but otherwise it’s kind of lemony.

Taste – This kind of reminds me of a very weak Flanders Red. There’s a definite sourness to the body. A small sweetness comes out in the end but I don’t find anything, “Belgian lager,” about this one.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation isn’t bad, but again the sourness puckers the lips.

Drinkability – This did not go down smoothly like a fine pale lager or perform well as an Oud Bruin sipper.

Comments – I didn’t care for the beer and it was dramatically off-style. I hate to be the low-ball here (as of this writing), but I thought this was an affront to Belgian ales and bordered on false advertising.

Update (01/06/05) – After the style revisions were implemented the classisification of this beer as a “Euro Pale Lager” makes a bit more sense. I still didn’t care for it though.

08-29-2003 01:11:03 | More by RoyalT
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3.35/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this as part of a sampler at a Brussels restaurant for lunch. I love that each "sample" was at least 8 oz.

A-Golden/yellow and very clear. Has a very white sticky head.

S-Pretty standard-weak crystal malt with a hint of bittering hops.

T-Clean, not a lot of flavor, but then again I don't think it is supposed to.

M-high carbonation, slight to medium hoppy (spicy) aftertaste.

D-Fine-nothing special.

O-A good pale lager, but not much going on. Move on.

01-29-2012 17:02:19 | More by deebo
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2.68/5  rDev -14.6%

Pale gold and crystal clear with a fluffy whitish head of medium bubbles. Some stick on the glass but no real lacing. Slightly grassy aromas, scant sense of maltiness. Light bodied and slightly overcarbonated, flavor is remarkable in its non-assertiveness -- some of the least tasty malt this side of a Killian's "Red"...finishes fairly crisp with some paprika-like hoppiness, and I suppose, OK drinkability. This is certainly not priced as a premium "Belgian" offering, but some stores deceptively advertise it that way.

03-05-2003 07:48:45 | More by ADR
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2.93/5  rDev -6.7%

On-tap around Ghent. Appears a clear gold with tall white head. This is very close to your typical, clean American adjunct lager. Crisp and refreshing with a light, sweet barley taste. Just a refreshing macro lager. Could have been made anywhere, just happens to be in Belgium.

04-11-2009 07:59:45 | More by tempest
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3.53/5  rDev +12.4%

Clear, hay-yellow hue with light gold influences, totally uninspiring in appearance, there was some animation to replenish the finger of white head. The foam does hold well, fades to a soapy cap. As the beer was drunk a decent about of lace was produced. The nose is largely clean with uneventful sweetness mixed with grain, dry and airy with a clean finish that produces a suggestion of hops. The invitation is withstanding. The palate is kind of sweet upfront, malty not adjuncty with notes of fruitiness, a kiss of vanilla, dry and fairly crisp in the middle, vaguely grainy but there is more that a little hops influence. The taste is simplistic but workable; it is like two parts Warsteiner, one part Miler High Life, and one part Stella Artois. It is very refreshing and appropriately easy to drink. Medium in body, snappy crisp carbonation, this is much better than the standard American Lagers. I purchased a 25-ounce can at a bar for $4.00, if I could find them for half that price at a liquor store, Primus would be a great choice for when a “cans only” option arises. Even after this beer warmed up a bit it was still drinkable, can you say that about B/M/C? Try one on the cheap.

01-26-2004 20:15:53 | More by bditty187
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3.48/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours with a fluffy white head which leaves some nice lace as it dissipates. Light aroma of honeyish malt. Well balanced pilsner with a slick mouthfeel. Hops are kept light and merely balance out the maltiness. Finishes lightly dry and smooth, balanced. There's many more exciting beers from Belglium but this is an affordable, easy going and well-made lager.

10-27-2003 01:54:40 | More by marcobrau
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3.4/5  rDev +8.3%

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, grains, malts, clean and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer, great for a hot day.

05-10-2014 07:26:26 | More by tone77
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-09-2014 23:07:02 | More by Goldndomer
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1/5  rDev -68.2%

05-24-2013 11:52:58 | More by desint
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -4.5%

500ml can, four for £2.00, in date and a bargin!

The original review has been lost by the site (like a few of mine, 12 maybe?).

I thought this OK and a Mr Average for a cheap tinned lager/pilsner. I promise to upgrade the review if I see it on offer again!

10-28-2009 17:44:36 | More by BlackHaddock
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3.15/5  rDev +0.3%

Pale gold at the limit of transparency. Nose fine grass which is more or less think of Stella Artois. The beer is in this line and offers similar flavors. Pretty sweet, full-bodied with a touch as coming from a fermented sourdough bread. Finish low enough, it must be admitted, but enough grassland to give pleasure.

It is accompanied by a hint of bitterness developing in the palace then to achieve a drier aftertaste and refreshing.

08-06-2011 08:42:13 | More by ThaCreep
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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

04-28-2014 18:48:36 | More by dreichus
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4/5  rDev +27.4%

06-23-2014 17:29:00 | More by jjd315
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New York

2.65/5  rDev -15.6%

Poured a medium straw hue with a two finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt with some corn aroma and a smattering of noble hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront artificial sweetness with a clean grainy malt. Some residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel was light with an almost cloying sweetness.

Overall your typical euro lager - one of many available in Ireland.

07-15-2007 00:49:11 | More by plaid75
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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

01-08-2014 16:51:07 | More by dogma33
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United Kingdom (England)

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

04-23-2014 19:01:50 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

06-19-2014 06:33:25 | More by mousebeer
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-29-2013 18:03:17 | More by tvghost
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3.08/5  rDev -1.9%

new beer that just started showing up in U.S. from Belgium. A little curious but at the same time if they;re giving away a free chalice with a $7 or so 6-pack, you know this has to be so-so beer.

The foamy head quickly rises up and forces me to stop pouring just at the end, 2 finger fluffy head foamy pillowy head fades back at a med pace, reinforced by some streaming bubbles on the sides, bits of lacing, the beer is a crystal clear watery looking slightly tan pale color.

NOse is like a macro Belgian beer, there's a couple really popular ones around Belgian that are advertised everywhere and are pretty bad, this is like that. Aroma of wheat and corn adjunct, plenty of straw, little grassy note and little malt overall, a mild unhappy mineral but not quite sulfury lager yeast, some straw mostly, with a hint of grassy hops.

Taste brings more of the same, very light malt, cracked straw, dried grass, hay, etc, with little overall malt profile and fairly thin and watery. Then a bit of grassy bitter hop note, not a lot but enough so you can detect it. The yeast brings a little softness, but also some mineral flavors, like rock type minerals, and very faint unhappy lager note that even turns a bit bitter itself. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, soft minerals again, light bitterness, more straw and grassy flavors.

Mouth is lighter bod, little thin and watery, decent carb.

Overall it's not offensive, or really bad actually, just very light, thin, watery, little possible adjunct note, but nothing really too wrong, perhaps a bit rushed on the lagering

04-13-2014 22:44:55 | More by jlindros
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

12-05-2013 00:03:26 | More by beep71
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

01-27-2014 00:57:44 | More by Vylo
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

01-09-2014 23:45:05 | More by the_danish_swede
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3.3/5  rDev +5.1%

A: The looking is nice according to the style, follows and fulfills the rules, it is a clear light body transparent beer, yellow pale not to bright but with a medium withe head that dissipates not to slow but not fast leaving traces on the glass.

S: Pale lager classic smell, full malts, barley malts with some sugars.

T: Nice flavor very similar to the smell, full of barley malts and with some sugars.

M: pleasant, refreshing as a nice lager, starting with little sweetness and changing to a good lasting with some bitterness but really easy to drink.

09-18-2011 02:17:58 | More by karait95
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3/5  rDev -4.5%

04-12-2014 16:31:12 | More by Metz
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Primus from Brouwerij Haacht NV
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