Ursus Premium | Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania

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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 10-04-2002

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a solid head of white foam.
S - Floral hops and light grainy malt.
T - A bit coarsely bitter style for a pale lager, with some husky grain and lemon.
M - Light bodied and fizzy. Fairly dry.
D - Par for the coarse euro lager. Fairly drinkable, but not exciting.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow, but with a good head that sticks around for a bit. Grainy smell with notes of lager yeast, wintergreen, and lightly spicy hops. Taste is also a bit grainy, and the cereal grain flavor persists. Some residual sweetness and a trace of earthy hops as well as a touch of grainy sourness. There is a pleasant light bitterness on the finish. Somewhat grainy in the mouth, and medium bodied, although perhaps a bit thick for the style. Not bad at all, and if I were in Romania I would be pleasantly surprised by th drinkability of the local brew. Since I'm not, it's just another Euro lager- but better than some.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can from the LCBO on King Edward Street in Ottawa, ON- Pours a pale gold with a huge billowing but short lived white froth, leaving lots of lace. The nose is grainy, has some apples and wet paper. The flavour profile is faint. Weak sweet grains and pale malts, sugars and some fruitiness with added water to the mix. Just the slightest hop adding bitterness right at the end. Simple and standard pale lager.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.88/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a five finger pure white head that fades quickly to ring leaving a little lace. Crystal clear pale color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Grassy/skunky nose. Flavor grassy some bitterness from the hops, boring. Follows the rule - any beer labeled premium is not. $2.15 for a 330ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours an effervescent, light yellow body with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Lackluster mealy aroma with some floral notes.

Taste: Sweetish grainy flavor with a hint of cornmeal. Faint floral hops. Metallic finish with a slight stickiness, as if the taste won't vacant the tongue without a fight.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I couldn't recommend this one, so don't even ask.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all, this was probably the nearest thing to a clear beer that I’ve ever had. Looked like water with a couple drops of yellow food color and a pale head that actually lingered for awhile and left some lacing on the glass.

Aroma was very faint, and what there was tended to be grainy. Surprisingly, the flavor and finish were actually pretty decent, especially compared to waht I expected from a Romanian beer.

The key....drink it cold. Toward the end, as it warmed, this tended more to resembled what I thought it would be all along.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.82/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Body is a pale golden color, topped by a small, bright white head that doesn't have much staying power. Aroma of pale malt, a touch of hops, and a moderate amount of adjunct and skunkiness. Palate is characteristic of a nice and tasty Euro lager - a crispness from the tangy Euro hops and a nice, mellow pale malt backbone. Body is light enough not to interfere with the somewhat delicate flavors of a Euro lager, while also not being too thin. I could see myself drinking more than a few of these.

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Photo of Padron4KM
1.58/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle Best before 17-04-08.

Pale yellow with a thin white head. Minimal lace.

Grainy, corn, slightly skunky aromas.

Flavor is grainy.

Finish is dry. Too dry. Drinking it made me thirstier. I needed a glass of water just to finish the bottle.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden color with a very small white head. Not much of an aroma, all I could smell was grain and some grassy hops. It tastes the same way to me, no sweetness at all, just a sour/bitter grainy taste. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer is crisp. Drinkability is OK, but not great. Just an average beer, IMO. It's drinkable, but there's plenty of better choices out there.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very pale almost like a witbier in appearance. Slight chill haze and tons of racing carbonation. Head is whispy and long lasting with little to no lace left behind.

Faint and everpresent grain bill is the theme. There is a moment where a drying type hop presence comes into play. This has alot of similarities to a pilsner. This is a nice fresh version as they have an easy to understand dating system and the taste reflected this. Crisp to the point of being overdone, loads and loads of soda like carbonation. Hops are the highlight as the grain and sweet malt backside is spineless.

Notes: Ho hum, average, run of the mill, mediocre...etc. No glaring flaws but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cold hazed lemon yellow brew.

Smell is grain and herbal hops. Supporting scents of malt, grass, lemon and a bit of spiciness.

Taste is sweet herbal and sharply bitter for the style. Biscuit and herbal hop and its bitterness dominate this brew. Far stronger flavored than the likes of Heineken or Beck’s.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I give this a good drinkability score for being so strongly hopped and aggressive. A ballsy version of the European Pale Lager. This would be an excellent choice for a beer to pair with strongly flavored foods.

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Photo of horseblanket
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light hop aromas.

Appearance: Slightly hazy.
Good foamy white head.
Light golden yellow color.

Flavor: mostly light hop flavors initially.
Light hop bitterness balanced in the follow-through
with sweet malt. Somewhat grainy in the finish.
Hops and malt are basically equally balanced.

Mouthfeel & body: moderate light.
Average carbonation.

Overall: this is a drinkable basic lager,
similar to a German Helles.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one is bright yellow and clear in the body with a nice, big white foaming head that left little patches on top of the liquid.

Smell – The light grainy malt has the traditional lagered smooth aroma that I’ve come to appreciate in the style. The hops are almost pilsner-like but very laid back and definitely in the background.

Taste – The malts here are typical European grain with the lightest hint of sweetness at the end. I could have done without that, but otherwise this is not a bad beer.

Mouthfeel – This is not quite medium in the body. It has some light carbonation and is respectably smooth in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – Well, it’s not the prettiest girl in school but I still wouldn’t mind taking her out.

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Photo of stcules
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow color, with something green. Very very clear, with a good compact foam, soft.
The smell is malty, with notes of hay after it.
The taste is more bitter than you can expect. It's an herbal bitter.
Herbal bitter in the aftertaste too. Quite plain body.
Pleasant and drinkable beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.71/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/24/04- Purchased at Belltramo's in Menlo Park, CA

Appearance- Nice golden colored pour with a huge white chunky head and excellent lacing.

Smell- Mostly malt. Maybe a bit of wheat scent. Nothing really jumps out besides that.

Taste- Tastes like a pils rather than a lager. Definite malt and some hops together make this a balanced beer. I do detect a metallic taste too it that detracts from the taste.

Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated and a bit creamy make this go down relatively easily.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. If they got rid of that metal taste, it would be a pretty damn good session beer IMO. Better than I expected though.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: A half Litre brown glass bottle. The obverse label has a very regal look. A wide gold oval label with white hints and metallic red writing. Labeled as ‘Bere Cluj URSUS Fondat 1878 Pemium’. I guess this is the 125th Anniversary beer as the obverse label has a small celebratory decal that raise the profile of this Romanian marvel. Gold foil and a crown cap complete the presentation. Labeled as 5% ABV, and the Best Before Date is printed as 17.02.04 / 1.17.33, I hope the latter is the time of bottling and not the Best Before Date!

Appearance: A light golden body with straw hints. One dimensional with a Euro Lager appearance, the head is white but thin.

Nose: Smells interesting but not special. Saaz like Pilsner nose that is spoiled with a sweet bread and yeast aroma that is sticky.

Taste: Clean to start with but thin hops and a mild malt feel entrance the beer. It finishes with a mild hoppy feel that is diluted. Not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel: Average, neither thin nor wholesome. But well, just Average.

Drinkability: Not bad, goes down relatively easily but it’s not a quaffer.

Overall: Romanian Beer. Hmmm, something different, like Morris Dancing or Sky-Diving, you may want to try it once, for the hell of it, but not again. Do it to say you have!

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Photo of Gusler
3.6/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours the prototypical golden yellow lager color, the head the quintessential bright white color, frothy in texture and the size modest, the lace a thin sealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is the archetypal lager crisp and malt sweet, fresh, pleasing to both the eye and nose. Start is somewhat sweet, nice malt profile, top is thin but passable. Finish is stinging in its acidity and the hops apropos to the style, very dry aftertaste, but a decent drinking beer and a nice palate cleaner, a nice change of pace.

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Photo of kaszeta
4.05/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ursus is pretty good for what it is, a simple East European beer. Its quite crisp and really needs to be ice cold. Its not pretentious and is well suited for quaffing after hard labor. Some colleagues brought a case back from a trip to Romania and it languished for months in a fridge until we busted it open after a particularly arduous assignment. It was a pleasant surprise. Its a refreshing lager. Its quite light in color. It has a sharp, hoppy aftertaste, with more hops character than any other beer from the region that I've had.

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