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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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.38/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

1 litre plastic bottle served cold into an unbranded bierkrug in me friend's gaff in Bucharest. Best before: 21.10.14. Expectations are low.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: White head. Fizzles out within 10 seconds.

BODY: Clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Standard appearance for the style overall. Unremarkable.

AROMA: Light aroma of generic helles malt sweetness and barley. That's it.

TASTE/TEXTURE: Helles malts, generic sweetness, low quality barley, and some syrupy malt character. Quite simple, but it has a loose cohesion.

Overly thick and hefty on the palate. Overcarbonated. Smooth and wet.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

I like it in a general sense, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

OVERALL: It's a boring macrolager with nothing to offer the discerning drinker. About what you'd expect from a SAB Miller macrolager. Meh.


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Photo of Brenden
2.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pale yellow-gold, clear, fizzy white head with light to moderate retention and lacing. Standard stuff.
The aroma is grainy and sweet with a slight mineral quality as well as some phenols. There's also something odd, maybe the combination of grains and...whatever? Like that corn mush some places sell. Cornmeal?
The taste has more leaf, which is good, and the very light bitterness helps to offset the sweetness. A medicinal quality does build on the palate, though. There's a spiciness as though what little hopping there is was probably Noble, and grassiness to boot. A touch of brine sneaks in at the end.
The feel goes on the wrong end of even this style, as it starts slick and never drops that even as it gets sticky on the tongue. Carbonation can't cut all of that, but it can try.

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.4%

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2/5  rDev -28.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.05/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ursus Premium has a medium, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and some light lacing left behind. The aroma is pungent- sweet biscuit and cracker, and the flavor is the same, with a light-to-medium, grassy hop bitterness closing out the sip. Mouthfeel is almost medium, and Ursus Premium finishes crisp, refreshing, and delicious. One of the best mass-produced lagers I’ve ever tasted.


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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.5%

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3/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.54/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has lots of carbonation and a big head that sticks around well in a tall pilsner glass. The aroma is fairly mild and non descript but smells pleasantly of beer with the accent on malt.
Ursus tastes malty and a little bitter. It's very well balanced and flavoursome and has many of the herbal characteristics and buttery notes that make the better Czech and German beers so delicious. There is, a hint of lemon and a nice lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
A wonderful beer. This would be a much better choice than mass market, big name euro pale lagers.

Final note: At the end of the drink foam lacing clings to the sides and a head is still present. That's always a good sign! And the can says it's "all malt" which is usually a good thing too and bourne out by the enjoyable drinking experience.

Note: I've tried this a second time, bumped up the score and edited this review. It's really very good and I would say better than Pilsner Urquell or Budvar. Seems in the Czech, rather than German, pils tradition to me.

My mark out of one hundred would be 83.

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2.25/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

330 ml bottle. Clear light golden color with white head. Aroma has sweet malt and bread, some corn maybe, generic cardboard bitterness. Taste follows with dusty grains, cardboard bitterness, quite harsh on the finish. Light body with medium carbonation. Quite bad, even for a macro.

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2.5/5  rDev -10.4%

Ursus Premium from Ursus S.A. (SAB) / Compania de Bere Romania
2.79 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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