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Primus - Brouwerij Haacht NV

Not Rated.

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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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 +9%

constantine_272, Apr 13, 2014
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Photo of RoyalT
2.1/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

RoyalT, Aug 29, 2003
Photo of deebo
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

deebo, Jan 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

gunnerlincoln, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of ADR
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADR, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of tempest
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

tempest, Apr 11, 2009
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3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

bditty187, Jan 26, 2004
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3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

marcobrau, Oct 27, 2003
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3.93/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this $20 case by chance and thoroughly enjoyed it. 11.2 oz bottle says 5.2% abv. Subtle lager qualities some distinct. Not unforgettable but competent quality. I wouldn't pay full price for a case. No hangover whatsoever after drinking several and that's a plus.

klimoja, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, May 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Rickus, Sep 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Goldndomer, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of desint
1/5  rDev -68.8%

desint, May 24, 2013
Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

BlackHaddock, Oct 28, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ThaCreep, Aug 06, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

dreichus, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.6%

jjd315, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of plaid75
2.65/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

plaid75, Jul 15, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

dogma33, Jan 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

Tor-Tol, Oct 22, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Apr 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

mousebeer, Jun 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

tvghost, Dec 29, 2013
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3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

jlindros, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

beep71, Dec 05, 2013
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Primus from Brouwerij Haacht NV
75 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.