Ciuc Premium - Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania) visit their website

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-23-2003)
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4.25/5  rDev +53.4%

Photo of crossovert
4.13/5  rDev +49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of patrickfromnj
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of the_thumbzilla1
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of sfprint
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kbub6f
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, white, coarse, foamy, noisy head. The beer is a clear, pale yellow, with lots of carbonation. Smell is roasty crackers, with some fruit and a nice schpoonkitude. Front is fairly sweet with a nice hoppiness. Clean, crisp and a little fruity. Finishes bitter, and slightly metallic when cold. There's a nice, grainsy aftertaste. This is a decent, full-flavored pils.

Photo of soulgrowl
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A man at the shop said this is a good beer, so I bought it. Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops. Off to a good start.

The beer pours a very nice, crystal-clear golden color. The head is there, but a bit sad, and it soon dissipates into a rather ugly, frothy white scum. Mineral and slightly sulfuric aroma, but not in a skunky way... more in, like, a rusty pipe way. It smells not good. In the flavor, it is still way too metallic, but it also has a surprisingly rich, sweet, fresh malt flavor and a good smack of floral, resinous hops that lingers on for a moreish finish. Not bad at all, really. A pleasant surprise.

Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Stocean1
3.28/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml can poured into pint glass 12/10/13, cheers Liam for sending the country tic

A clear straw yellow, saturated with bubbles that feed a long lasting thumbs width of bone white foam leaves lots of random lace, no problems in this department

S grass and dried hay, a little honey and cardboard, and some faint floral notes, nothing special but nothing offensive

T a little grainy compared to the nose, again its basic but drinkable, just a faint hint of citrus

M light bodied, somewhat crisp, a little grass lingers and the bubbles give it some life

O better then I expected but still a pretty standard brew, nothings wrong with it but nothing stands out other then the look

probably the lowest rated beer I've ever traded for but country tics are getting harder and harder to come by. something you'd drink if in the region or if your like me and just need to taste a beer from every country, your socks wont be knocked off

Photo of decimator
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with minimal head. Some lacing.

S - Sweet malts with bready notes and some grass.

T - Sweet malts, hint of citrus, bitter finish with isn't strong but lingers.

M - Average carbonation, smooth, some stickiness, crisp finish.

D - Drinkable but a bit weak for a Pilsner.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can sampled from Fidelio Supermarket, Iaşi, Romania.

Pours a very pale, clear blonde colour. Excellent meringuey head, however, which has great retention and leaves excellent lacing. Carbonation is fine and plentiful.

Bit of sweaty socks on the nose, hint of cut grass, but with a tempered hoppy character to anchor it within the realms of decency. It's not amazing on the nose, but it's not bad.

Taste is slightly sweet, with a surprising sesame seed character first up, followed by a slight drying hoppiness, and a very weak diminished back palate. To be honest, it's pretty drinkable, and pretty decent, even though it doesn't have all the right characters there.

Not bad by any means - it's probably unlikely to win any awards, but as a choice for a six-pack when you're stuck in Romania, it probably makes a decent option.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, let me say that I'm very surprised to see Ciuc listed as a Czech Pilsener. I had it many times during my stay in Romania (which lasted from July 24th to August 1st), and never noted any spiciness, oiliness, or even pronounced bitterness for that matter. I would guess that this is either a Euro Pale Lager (or something similar), or the brewers are really missing the mark.

Review written from notes.

Served in a .4L Ciuc mug.

Appearance: Clear and light gold with active-looking carbonation. The white, foamy head on top retains pretty well and drags nice wispy lacing.

Smell: Leafy hops and Munich malt. Light, but well-balanced.

Taste: Sweet malt, grains, and grass. As with the smell, nicely balanced. Light bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel: Light and malty with enough carbonation to stimulate the palate without stinging it. A tad creamy and a tad oily; not too clean.

Drinkability: This became my go-to light beer in Romania. Not quite as easy to find as Ursus, Timisoreana, and others, but defnitely a cut above. Order this if you're ever in the area.

Photo of tempest
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of allergictomacros
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a fairly solid head of foam.

S - Not much here at all. Light grass... maybe.

T - Green, raw bitterness and a bit of a husky grain. Moderate sweetness. Bitterness in aftertaste is long-lasting.

M - Significant astringency and overall light body. Carbonation is on the low side.

D - Fairly drinkable, but a bit rough.

Photo of bryehn
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden colour with a soapy white head that leaves a bit of lace and settles as a collared film.

Extremely sweet aroma, but more like a caramel that standard corn syrup. Also very fresh and grainy, quite appealing.

After that nose, the taste falls quite flat. Slight sweet maltiness and a hint of toasted grain, but very little else. No noticeable weird, gross or adjunct tastes though, so that's a plus.

It has a sort of creamy mouthfeel at first, but it literally tastes like water with a can hint on the finish. Fairly crisp and dry though at least.

Well it smells decent and sure is easy drinkin', but rather unsatisfying all around. Would be good ice cold on a hot day, but I won't be going back for more.

Photo of andrenaline
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A random single I procured at the local LCBO. Part of my new mission to sample all the random imported cans they get.

A - Pours a very pale golden colour, thumb of light fluffy head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Very mild, light grassy hop notes, biscuit and bready malt.

T - Much like the nose with the grassy hops, and bready biscuit malt. The finish is almost non-existent with little flavour lingering, though a unique citrus hop bitterness does come through.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A decent pils, easy drinking, though could use a bit more on the flavour profile. Worthy in a pinch, but there's better options available.

Photo of kwjd
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow colour with nice white head and some small lacing around the glass. Aroma smells of faint grain and some very mild grassy hops. Flavour is quite clean with a tinge of bitterness. Almost no aftertaste, possibly because there isn't much of a taste in the first place. Carbonation is nice though.

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Ciuc Premium from Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)
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