Timisoreana Original
Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania

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European Pale Lager
Ranked #466
Ranked #48,075
2.71 | pDev: 22.14%
Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania
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Notes: Formerly Bere Timisoreana
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Reviews by arkanu:
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2.25/5  rDev -17%

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
1.54/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Very complicated design on the can, including a competition, and instructions on how to work the ring pull. What fun!

Pours a pale clear dark yellow colour, with a quite ridiculously large head. Massses of carbonation, but surprisingly, the head sticks around, leaving really excellent lacing.

Slightly metallic, slightly plasticky, chemically or manufactured on the nose. It's certainly not the sort of nose you want on any kind of beer. Overall, it ends up like an artificially processed beer - like what beer would be like if it contained no natural ingredients whatsoever.

Taste is little better - initially metallic, it makes its way through a watery nothingess, before coming back with a surge of mildewy, mouldy bread/yeast unpleasantness. Yuck. Apart from the quite ridiculous blandness, the only characteristics it can offer are terrible?? Abysmal. Mouthfeel is probably reasonable enough, but it doesn't have a lot to work with on the palate.

Really bad. The Ursus company seems to rely on no one actually paying attention to what their beer tastes like. Surely once someone realises this they will be out of business. Stay well away from this, and their other products, they will cause you nothing but misery.

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Photo of drpimento
1.5/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Froma a can that I brought back from Romania a couple of months ago and kept chilled. Getting to be the standard comments of the (sub) standard beers found there. Basically very light and little character. Poured with some head and lace. Light yellow in color. Almost no aroma except for a "beery" quality. Same for taste. Thin and watery. Force carbonated. No finish. Forgettable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

AndoBrew brought back a shlew of Romanian beers from his recent European excursion. I'm told Romanian beer can be a real special treat. Here's hoping!

Apperance: Pours a clear, light yellow body with a fizzy white head. Lightly effervescent.

Smell: Cereal grains, spicy hops, and sulphur (which primarily comes across as an odd chemical scent).

Taste: Thin, middling maltiness with a light sweetness. Spicy hops. Notes of vegetables and sulphur at such levels as to provide for an icky finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Ugh. It was aiming to be an inconsequential lager, but instead it was an inconsequential lager with a harsh, unpleasant finish.

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Photo of emerge077
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw gold, sticky white cap of fluffy foam on top, about a finger's width. First thing I notice is the pungent noble hop aroma. Grassy and green. The foam manages to stick around for the duration of the glass, after a deliberate pour down the center of the pint glass. Thick ring of foam adheres to the inside rim. Bright clarity, no visible yeast sediment.

Crackery, dry, crisp feel. Pilsner malt, dried apple, with a very dry saltine cracker taste. Snappy carbonation gives it some bite, but seems a little watery in the aftertaste. Very subtle euro lager with a clean, simple flavor that is very quenching. Would be great in hot summer weather. Simplicity is underrated.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Check it out! The Romanians can make the same, decent tasting, yet uninteresting pale lager as everyone else! It's not bad. It's not great.

Actually, I think it'd go great with sushi, although I don't believe that's native to Romania. A crisp, clean, drinkable, boring lager.

The only reason I'm reviewing it is because this is the first Romanian beer under my belt.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.41/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A recent find at Barbur World Foods, this is a '1 pint' brown bottle with a 'Best before: DEC 17th-2011' date on the back label. Poured to a pint glass on a warm early summer afternoon.

A: Very clear, straw/pale gold pour. Steady carbonation rises to a short but pillowy half-finger of white cream. Head drops abruptly but never really fades, holding as a skim that adheres to the sides in a jagged ring. A few flecks of lace and goopy stalagmites circle the glass

S: Bready and hay-like aroma (think oyster crackers or saltines), with a drifting fruitiness that's 'apple' and borderline 'tropical'. A cautious floral sweetness, honeysuckle maybe?

T: Upfront dry and spicy hops catch my palate off-guard - their grassiness and dry pepper finish are both pretty nice after growing more accustomed. As with aroma, the crackery malts develop and round this one into shape. Mild apple and sourdough offer a little tang. Dry finish, a hint 'brassy'.

M: Crisp, biting feel from start to finish. Not over-carbonated, just a strong and lively feel; light-bodied. Dry finish that plays a pronounced role in flavor fades a little given time, growing mellower, softer.

O: Mediocre in terms of all beers, but in terms of the style I liked this quite a bit. Simple, refreshing, with subtle complexities. Timişoreana was a pleasant surprise that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Man does this beer look boring. Dull yellow color with almost no head or lace and crystal clarity. Nose is sweet and at least slightly more interesting.

The taste is not good but not quite terrible. A touch of early hops balances the caramel malt but then everything breaks down. Medicine and sawdust are the notes I get in the finish. Not much going on here but another eastern European country I can mark off my list.

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Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of zeff80
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a pale, straw-yellow color with a huge, bubbly white head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of grains and corn.

T - It was grassy, grainy and had some sweet caramel.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied lager with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is my first Romanian beer. It was much like most Eastern European beers - bland and uninspired.

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Photo of metter98
2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a massive two finger high bright white head that has excellent retention properties and left lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of adjunct malts in the nose—corn and grain seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of skunkiness.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has flavors of corn and grainy malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This smell and taste of this beer seem to be very similar to other American Adjunct Lagers and aren’t very notable.

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Photo of Spikester
3.28/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear gold with almost two fingers of five minute head. Some lace.
Smell is malt sweetness some grain bin.
Taste is crisp bitter then swerves into malt sweetness. Noble hops.
Mouthfeel is close to medium with good carbonation. Finish lightly dry and mildly bitter.
Overall an alright euro lager. Mine was past the best by date about four months. I assume it would have tasted better when fresh.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

While I don't expect this national lager to turn my head, but soon, I can say that I tried a beer from Romania. From a pint sized bottle, on to the beer:

That flute glass I'm using must be helping the head on this one. It's thick, soapy looking, and retention well. The color is watered down gold... dull lookin' color. The aroma brings things back to reality. It smells of cooked corn, DMS, and some chemical agent.

I'm glad this isn't spit out awful, so Timisoreana gains a moral victory just from that. That said, the malt level is low in this one. Smallish sourdough characteristics are present. Then I get the sensation of licking a wooden popsickle. Light in the mouth, moderately crisp, and the popsickle sensation lingers in the aftertaste. Fortunately, you don't need to hold your nose while drinking this.

Not as bad as I thought it would be. This is surprisingly decent beer from Romania. I'm not going to confuse this with a Hofbrau, but a cold bottle at hand during the summmer on a Constanța beach sounds refreshing.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Romanian beer gift from my sister, for which I am grateful.

Pours a nice light straw yellow with a soapy foamy head on top. Lots of visible carbonation continues long after the pour.

Aroma is very clean and grassy. Some slight minty hops in there.

Taste is definitely the letdown here- it's basically water. Really no malt, no hops, this is lighter than most American light lagers out there. It's not even bland in the way some sort of mild ale should be.. just totally lack character or flavor unfortunately.

That being said, almost everything else about the beer isn't that bad. It's easy to drink as long as you're not thinking about what you're tasting and has a decent medium/light/frothy body to it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall foamy white head that exhibits good retention (with over 50% of the head remaining throughout drinking). Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell is very similar to an American Adjunct, lots of corn and grain as well as sweet. There was a slight hint of skunkiness with this beer.

T: Very light flavor but it is highlighted by corn, grain, and skunk. There is absolutely no bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: While the appearance of the beer is good, the smell and taste are not as good. Not real easy to drink or enjoyable because of the skunk-like flavor.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.54/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Bright brass body, with nice clarity, and a good column of rising piping carbonation in the middle. Fluffy topped head a bit out of the pour, making only about two fingers but sticks around a bit with an eggshell foamy like top. Very nice looking lager.

Aroma is a bit neutral and very closed. Hints slightly a bit of powdery like flour touching malt qualities. Dusty nose, not horrifically sweet smelling luckily.

Palate comes up relatively straightforward. Some very light malts hints at just a little bit of crisp quality. Fairly clean even a bit bubbly sensations, but not much flavor, sort of a neutral palate. Mild sweetness even a very faint touch of herbal like hop on the aftertaste as well.

This has to be one of the most neutral lagers I've had. Nothing really wrong with it, but not much going on, but very little to complain about except a lack of flavor in general.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of jmdrpi
2.16/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle, with best by date of July 7 2012 clearly printed out. why can't every brewery do this?

golden in color, crystal clear. big bright white head. good head retention. smells not so good, like an adjunct lager. tastes clean, mildly sweet. as bit of cooked corn flavor. thin, medium carbonation. easy to drink.

overall- a bit disappointed. but at least I can say I've had a beer from Romania!

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Photo of flagmantho
2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. Printing on the back says best by June 10, 2010.

Appearance: clear, light golden-straw color with several fingers of frothy white head. Not bad.

Smell: a little sweet malt and a lot of grain; not much in the way of hops at all. This smells rather more like an American macro lager than a German pilsner.

Taste: a little malt and a little grain; there's not a whole lot of flavor here but it's not particularly bad. Bringing it down, though, is a bit of a tartness which is really out of place here. It also doesn't have any hop flavor at all.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with very low carbonation. It does have a little weight to it, but not much, and there's no excitement or crispness yielded by the carbonation.

Drinkability: mildly refreshing, but mostly boring. It's not offensive at all, but it's not a good representation of the style and I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of mactrail
2.26/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted from a half-litre can bought in Bucharest. I like to see American craft beers in a can, and I don't believe the taste is compromised whatsoever. However, in eastern Europe, the ubiquitous tall colorful can seems to indicate "cheap swill."

Can says ingredients are: "apa, malt, porumb, hamei, drojdie." Water, malt, corn, hops, yeast. Faint flavors, watery, bland. No hint of hop flavors but a possible bitter twang. Altogether uninspired and gives the impression of a true industrial product It is actually worse than American Miller or Coors. Can also notes that Ursus Breweries S.A. is "subsidiara a SABMiller." Another reason to drink wine in Romania, which is cheaper, and at least the concept of flavor is still part of the program.

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Photo of crossovert
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, best before 05/02/11.

It pours a clear, pale gold with a foamy bright white head.

The nose is light and subtle, there is a hint of white table sugar and also some bread.

The flavor is standard Euro Pale LAger, not a pilsener. It is balanced with a bready, papery malt bill and a smidge of noble hops in the finish.

It is ok, pretty run of the mill.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Finally, I've made it to Romania. (It's like Risk...I just beat down those pesky white dice!) It pours a clear sallow topped by a healthy white froth. The nose comprises soap, flowers, wet wheat, hay, corn, and rice husks. The taste doesn't bring much difference to the table, though a light splash of lemon zest and rind finds its way in. It does not help matters much at all. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a sad excuse for a pils, this thing seems more closely related to an AAL in all its patheticity. At least it looks okay...

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 13.5 oz. bottle. My first 13.5 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, honey. Taste is malts, green apples, a bit of grains. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall, it's refreshing, drinkable, but nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose pretty cool, recalling the Czech pilseners. The mouth is slightly stronger than the models of their kind, including the first entry. The key is also more alcohol - which is strange for a beer of this ABV - but hops are also dirtier. Body midway between sweet and grassy. Finish still pretty weak and bland but always with the presence of grass.

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Timisoreana Original from Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 82 ratings