Ciuc Premium - Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)
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Reviews by pootz:
2.55/5 rDev -8.6%
Can: Clear gold, disappearing head, poor lacing, over carbonated.
Aroma is faint but there is some graininess indicating pasrtial malt beer.
Watery mouth feel, extract sweetness, gristed malt biscuit tone is obliterated by over boiled hops and massive carbonation.
Better than the Turkish abortion in a bottle I just sampled but not by much. Partial extract beer with an annoying hop signature achieved with either over boiling or hop essence over amping.
08-14-2010 19:29:27 | More by pootz
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2.7/5 rDev -3.2%
Can picked up at the local LCBO at the recommendation of my Romanian friend. He pronounced it "Tchook" - file that under 'useful'!
Poured into a tall lager glass. Very pale golden, but with a decent frothy head that retained itself fairly well. A few flecks of lacing. Actually, doesn't look too bad.
Nose is quite potent: corn, bitter hops, lemon, bread, maybe a touch of tart white wine or apple juice. Certainly more complex than most Euro lagers at the LCBO.
Taste is extremely corny, with a strong chemical flavor that gets progressively worse as I work my way through it. An incredibly sour, almost acetic taste in the background. Fortunately the bitter hop character is more respectable in the finish, helping things out a little and preventing things from getting too sweet. Still, not very pleasant to drink.
Decent body, slightly under-carbonated.
Ciuc has flavour, I'll give it that. With a bit of tweaking, this might actually be a good beer. However the strong chemical-sour flavor and strong presence of corn are huge turnoffs here. Only pick this one up of you want to cross another country off your all-time list.
09-27-2010 19:50:32 | More by JohnnyBarman
United Kingdom (England)
2.3/5 rDev -17.6%
Had both from bottle and on tap in various bars during a tour of Romania in July 2011. Pours pale gold,lively head, little if no aroma - grassy, dry. Taste is thin, highly carbonated, acid, dry, all the things expected from Euro lager from a big brewery of the area. I guess it seems refreshing if served well chilled on a hot summer day, but would not have it again. Incidently, the name is pronounced CHuish if you really need to know!
B'ham UK 2011
08-01-2011 18:03:49 | More by JohnW
2.3/5 rDev -17.6%
(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow body with a sea of carbonation. This beer has a thick white head that last and last.
S- This beer has a slight sweet pale malt note with a sulfur and noble bitterness.
T- This beer has a light dry carbonic acid flavor that finishes in a bitterness from Noble hops.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a carbonic bite.
D- Another pale dry malt beer with noble bitterness that is not very interesting or tasty.
06-25-2006 02:50:12 | More by rhoadsrage
2.6/5 rDev -6.8%
Deep golden coloured. Head is eggshell white, thin, and poorly retained. Doesn't lace. Bready aroma with mild green apple and even milder hopping. Mild residual sweetness comes through in the flavour. Unsalted cracker. Green apples are there again. Mild hop bitterness but no real hop character. No aroma or flavour, just a flat bitterness. Feels light and crisp, though perhaps a bit thin. Still inoffensive enough to finish quickly, or maybe I'm just afraid of it warming up.
09-02-2010 14:22:50 | More by mintjellie
3.48/5 rDev +24.7%
A: Dull golden yellow. Small head.
S: Barely maltier than hoppy. Hints of flowers.
T: Sour lemon, dirty in a nice way, neutral.
M; Sandy, grainy, with a medium body.
D: Inoffensive, I found nothing wrong with this beer, yet it's not outstanding at all.
05-10-2010 02:47:46 | More by sfprint
3/5 rDev +7.5%
Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Queens. After noticing on the label that this was a Heineken beer, I had trouble distinguishing the taste of Ciuc from Holland's finest. As this warmed, however, a sharp peppery hop note became apparent. The basic creamy malt was unchanged that kick of Euro hops certainly qualifies this as a legit pilsner. The aroma is uninspired with metallic hints of skunk. It's not a bad beer, but not a great pilsner.
04-07-2011 03:34:14 | More by tempest
1.6/5 rDev -42.7%
A half finger of head on a clear, yellow colored body. Poor head retention.
The aroma is grain and a stale clover honey. Weird.
The taste is quite bitter with a high level of dryness and pucker factor. Not good.
The texture is crisp with a ton of carbonation and light body.
There's too much going against this beer.
01-20-2013 20:47:13 | More by Fatehunter
3.23/5 rDev +15.8%
The beer pours a pale golden colour, very clear and luminous. A massive pure white head crowns this lasting quite well with respectable lacing.
High effervescence pushes grassy hop scents to the for. Wet leaves and sulphurous notes add to the character. Aromas of a grain store come to mind in the malt.
Bitter up front very green hop flavours that are fairly mild. Bready gram cracker malt give good body and rounds out the flavour well. A stale baguette taste mixes with the other malt flavours. A crisp hoppy finish round out the profile.
The body is very light and highly carbonated.
This one is slightly a cut about a lot of the bland euro lagers we are inundated with here. I certainly wouldn't categorize it as a pilsner though.
12-07-2010 17:57:55 | More by Reinheitsgebot71
3.28/5 rDev +17.6%
Poured a two finger fluffy white head upon a uric hued body, little retention but nice sticky patchy lacing.
Smell and taste is Grassy hops, hay, mineral water,cardboard. Faint lemon note.
Light bodied, some carbonation, very smooth creamy mouthfeel for the style. Slightly bitter without too much sweetness.
Much better than I expected. Always the risk of that pale euro trash lager taste when it comes from a can at the lcbo, however this brew was a pleasant surprise although it is not spectacular by any means.
03-02-2012 20:33:44 | More by Stocean1
3.35/5 rDev +20.1%
Green 12 oz. from a wraparound cardboard six pack. Best by 04/05/12, so it's still in code.
Served in a narrow fluted stange glass.
High clarity pale gold, languidly rising champagne streams of carbonation, dense layer of creamy whipped foam that lasts for a good five minutes, and leaves webs of lacing in the glass.
Lightly sweet biscuit and dry hay aroma, spring water minerals.
Crisp and light, a vague noble hop grassiness lending a flash of bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly smooth and supple in the middle, barely there flavors of cracker, honey, and dried field grasses. It's crisp cleanliness is the best thing going for it, the flavor is just average with no flaws for the style.
First Romanian beer I think... nope, Timisoreana was.
02-18-2012 21:36:31 | More by emerge077
1.58/5 rDev -43.4%
Bottle: Poured a low yellow color lager with a medium size pure white foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal with some overcooked vegetable notes. Taste is dominated by some unrefined cereal notes with some overcooked vegetables. Body is light with good carbonation. Weird notes of overcooked vegetables don’t really help me enjoy this beer.
02-06-2014 03:28:46 | More by Phyl21ca
2.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, floral notes
Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts and very light hops mixed with corn. There are also some floral notes and a bit of a metallic flavour. It ends with a corny yet floral aftertaste.
Overall – I actually found this beer to be kind of harsh tasting. It's got a lot of corn/adjunct taste and it really doesn't taste refreshing.. which is one of the main qualities I look for in a beer like this one. I wouldn't buy it again.
10-25-2011 16:16:52 | More by spinrsx
2.28/5 rDev -18.3%
Can from the LCBO, 500ml into a stange. Best before July 27, 2012.
Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, so clear the I was actually able to read the text from the ingredients list on the can through the beer. Loose and transient white head, leaving a collar and no head. Nose has some weak hop notes, a bit of corn and come assorted cereals. A general sweetness about it. Taste has some run of the mill malt sweetness with some adjunct notes, some odd metallic notes and a weird hop flavour and bitterness in the finish. Feel is pretty light, with a medium low carbonation. Little to no flavour all around, and that which exists is downright boring - yet, this beer avods being truly offensive. On the plus side, this is fairly easy to consume. Fill a funnel or something with this one...
11-03-2011 14:16:20 | More by liamt07
2.55/5 rDev -8.6%
Half-litre can from the LCBO; best before January 2013. Another day, another European country to scratch off the list - with yet another pale lager, of course. But I am a little picky with Czech pilseners, so we'll see how this goes.
Pours a pale golden yellow, completely translucent, topped with two fingers of frothy, soapy, sparkling white head. It sticks around for a few minutes, leaving in its wake some smears of lacing on the side of the glass. It certainly looks the part, although the aroma doesn't. It's mildly grainy with some grassy hay-like qualities, but much too faint to make out anything much more specific than that. At least it smells fairly clean.
Acceptable flavour, but pretty bland for a pilsener. The flavour is mostly grainy malt sweetness and white bread, with some grassy, vaguely floral hop notes toward the end of the sip. A little metallicity (especially in the aftertaste) is not really appreciated, but not a serious detraction either. It has no real noble hop presence - no lemony zest, no crisp/spicy goodness like in real Czech pilseners. Relatively creamy mouthfeel for a pale lager, with noticeably mild carbonation. Light-bodied and highly watery.
Final Grade: 2.55, a forgettable C-. Call it whatever you want - a rather lame pilsener, or a decent-to-mediocre Euro pale lager - Ciuc Premium isn't anything special, and there aren't many reasons to bother drinking it beyond the low price (or in my case, the fact that it is from Romania, and thus a rarity here). BAs with no interest in pale lagers might as well skip this, because it's mediocre at best.
06-20-2012 07:05:43 | More by thehyperduck
4.13/5 rDev +48%
11.2 oz green twist off bottle. It came covered for the most part in paper and it is pretty fresh (best before 16/08/11) and the store was nice and dark.
It pours a pale gold with a foamy right white head, typical of the style. It has above average lacing though.
The smell is thankfully not skunked, it has a nice bready malt presence and some super grassy hops.
The first thing I noticed was it actually started out pretty full bodied for a pilsener, then it mellowed out with a super dry finish. It has enough flavor, it straddles the line between a generic Euro pale lager and a pilsener. But it is well balanced, the malt is bready and almost papery and the hops have a nice tang, pretty much lime zest, and a surprising bitterness right in the finish. This a noble hop bomb and I like that a ton.
I really like the drinkability and mouthfeel, and that will certainly bump this one up.
01-17-2011 03:42:31 | More by crossovert
Ciuc Premium from Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)
68 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.