Praga Premium Pils
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #284
Ranked #28,615
3.35 | pDev: 15.82%
Apr 08, 2022
Nov 20, 2005
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“Golden amber colour. Inviting aromas toasted pretzel bread, fig jam, and herb frittata with a supple, dryish medium body and a long, refreshing finish with notes of nuts, clay, jicama, and buttered herb-pepper baguette. Very well made and thoroughly refreshing. ”

The Praga Premium Pils is crisp, light and hoppy and perfect to enjoy on its own,

however works well paired with chicken piccata, cob salad or mild cheddar. It is very well made and thoroughly refreshing.
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Photo of BBThunderbolt
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

Served in 20oz mug. Poured a lightly hazy dark straw color with over an inch of white head that had very good retention and light lacing.

The aroma was fairly typical for the style; lightly grainy malts and some soft, floral hops.

Pretty much the same on the tongue, with some sweetness showing through as well.

The body was as expected, light and smooth, with a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, a pleasant quaff.

Overall, a fairly typical and enjoyable example of the style. Worth a shot if you see it.

Apr 08, 2022
3.47 by Budlum from Maryland on Feb 19, 2022
3.69 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Feb 04, 2022
3.94 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota on Feb 02, 2022
Photo of eatsluggs
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by eatsluggs from Oregon

Eh... not something impressive

Nov 20, 2021
3.28 by 22Blue from Kansas on Nov 13, 2021
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Sep 19, 2021
Photo of LukeGude
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by LukeGude from Iowa

Oktoberfest box 2021. Tall boy poured into can around first backyard fire. Drinkable, but has that English herbal (?) thing I don’t love.

Sep 18, 2021
Photo of Foyle
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Foyle from North Carolina

Poured from 330ml bottle into pint glass. A thin white head falls rapidly, no lacing. Color is gold with moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of grassy hops and toasted barley. Mouthfeel light and highly carbonated with a quite dry finish. Flavor leans a little heavy to the sweet side with bready malts, raisin, cracker, with mild grassy hops in the background. Overall: very good but not outstanding.

Aug 30, 2021
4 by Rhetion from Florida on Aug 29, 2021
Photo of Chocolatefreak
3.31/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

Liked the skunky smell. Subtle flavors of sweetness & hops. An average pils.

Aug 06, 2021
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by brewerburgundy from Virginia

16oz can, wine glass, no date.

Deep gold with a rushing white head that disappears.

Leafy hop, a little pepper, sweet pale malt, perhaps a smidge of diacetyl.

Full malt flavor, light sweetness, peppery hops. The finish is dry and mineral with medium-low balancing bitterness.

Crisp, dry, moderately bitter, and medium carbonation.

Very nice Czech Pils that I think rates higher than an “okay”.

Jul 10, 2021
Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by VABA from Virginia

Pours an color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has generous malt hints
The taste follows the nose with a generous malt flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
An average Pilsner

Jul 02, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml green bottle, from Alcampo Gran Canaria. ABV is 4.7%. Golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma, hints of grassy hops and dusty malts. Boring flavour, dusty malts and a little grassy hops, but this is not the best from the Czech.

Apr 23, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by dannydetox from Ohio

Drinkable if ordinary czech style pilsner. Noble hop bitterness persists, with notes of hay, touch of lemon peel, and a biscuits malt body. Clean, but not particularly refined or nuanced. Reminds me of street drinking in europe. Value priced at $1.75 for a 16.9 oz can in northeast Los Angeles.

Mar 14, 2021
3.74 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Mar 07, 2021
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4.11/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by JacintoCupboard from Australia

Very well made yet inexpensive Pilsener. Nice malt character and Saaz aromas and a refreshing lingering bitter finish. Despite the product description above, has good carbonation, a tight white head that holds, and leaves nice lace. Has more residual sweetness than a typical Pils. Better than most things labelled as a Pilsener, and no problems being recommended by me.

Feb 23, 2021
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3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by zeff80 from Missouri

16oz can. Poured out a crystal clear, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing on the glass. It smelled of corn, grain, hay and grasses. Sweet caramel and corn taste with a mild bitterness and a smooth finish.

Feb 14, 2021
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.85/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Praga has a thick, off-white head, a clear, golden appearance, with faint powdery sediment, lazy bubbles, and moderate lacing. The aroma is of rich barley and grass. The taste is of sweet barley, grassy hop bitterness, and bread crust. Praga is medium bodied, with a crisp finish.


Dec 12, 2020
3.25 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Dec 06, 2020
3.25 by warpedrevolution from Illinois on Dec 02, 2020
2.58 by RBorsato from Virginia on Dec 01, 2020
Photo of Balliarno
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Balliarno from France

I had this from their 500ml can and it pours out to a medium golden hue. The head is full upon pouring but doesn't stay too long. Taste is not overly strong for a Pils but does satisfy which does make it really easy to drink more than you'd think. Smell isn't strong at all but if left in the glass/bottle for a while it does kick up an undesired smell. Its smooth to drink and isn't trying to be anything special. Well worth it.

Sep 14, 2020
3.65 by ckaire69 from Georgia on Aug 11, 2020
4.01 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Jul 26, 2020
Photo of hman43
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by hman43 from North Carolina

Look: It pours golden and clear with a white head. Head retention is good.

Smell: It has a grainy sweet aroma with a bit of caramel. There are some herbal elements in the background.

Taste: It has some grainy sweet elements with a bit of caramel. It is very malty with some herbal elements. There is a touch of honey.

Feel: It has a medium body. It is tilted towards the sweetness in the finish.

Overall, a decent session drinking beer.

Jun 12, 2020
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3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(500 ml can, L19303; purchased off shelf at Total Wine... poured into a fat tulip)

L: polished-clear, amber-colored liquid; tall, tight, micro-bubble foam pad... despite the head holding initially, only a thin, broken collar persists; very little lace, a thin, crusty streak at the top

S: bready, barmy, mild hints of decaying flowers and apple spice... lightly-toasted bread crust emerges as the foam falls... lacking fresh brightness; presenting aged, generic pale lager character; overall potency fair-moderate

T: golden-crusted white bread; spicy, vinous undertone midway; long, herbal-spicy, lightly grassy-bitter aftertaste... rather dry, start to finish; leaves a delicate hint of sweet, grainy malt... the apple (blossom or cider) note detected on the nose does begin to build on the palate midway

F: light, clean body, with little roundness to it... dry, lightly parching/lifting finish, leaving a soft raked feeling to the taste buds; its carbonation does produce a lil fizz with each sip... admittedly, its wonderfully dry - liter-chuggingly so

O: didn't quite expect much with this, but had yet to try it, so that's how it goes... no need to spring for a 4-pack or however it's sold (1666)

May 31, 2020
3.06 by Wontonst from California on May 31, 2020
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3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by dcotom from Iowa

Poured from 0.5-liter can into a pilsner flute. Beautiful pour, clear amber color with a voluminous long-lasting white head that left some spotty lacing. Distinct vegetable aromas upon opening the can. Malty aromas and flavors predominate, with dark bread and caramel up front. Grassy, herbal, and bitter hop character follows, with a modicum of sweetness that creeps in as the beer warms. Medium bodied, with a crisp, dry finish and a hint of astringence and and bitterness lingering on the palate. Overall, a very good pilsner and an excellent choice with food.

May 19, 2020
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

První Budějovický Pivovar Samson "Praga Premium Pils"
500ml can coded "L19303 17:47"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's poured a clear deep gold body beneath about 30 ml of creamy white foam. The head is holding well, no doubt bolstered by the hundreds of tiny bubbles rising quickly from beneath. The aroma is grainy with a dull, herbal hoppiness to it. On to the taste... as is quite often the case it tastes very much like it smells. The grainy malt comes through clearly but at the same time it doesn't have the grassy flavor that I expect from a beautiful Pilsner malt. This seems, dare I say it, a little over-cooked. I feel like there's a little bit of a biscuity character to it. That could be coming from oxidation as well but that doesn't seem to be the case as nothing else indicates oxidation. I think it's just the grain that they're using. Maybe that's the variety, maybe it's the maltster, maybe it's the brewing process... I don't have an answer. The hops are also as the aroma suggests. They're more floral and a hint spicy as well as herbal, but they remain dull. They're not the worst hops I've ever encountered, they actually do appear as hops, but they're not great. I'm in fact tempted to put this on par with some of the lesser "Euro pale lagers" that I've come across in my travels except that there's just that little bit that keeps it from falling into that hole. With that said I'll note that I've had some incredibly great beers in Czechoslovakia, and some really bad ones as well - this falls somewhere in the middle of that. Price is important in this former Eastern Bloc nation, and even a few koruna makes a difference. I could be wrong but I'll bet that this is not that much more expensive than a price-point beer. OK, let's wrap this up quickly: very good head retention and lacing; medium bodied and crisp; serviceable but pedestrian.
Review #7,009

May 13, 2020
3.62 by Boone757 from Virginia on May 07, 2020
Photo of Kolb
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by Kolb from Montana

Pours amber. Mellow grainy aroma. Sweet biscuity malts, transitioning into spicy, herbal hops and a dry finish. A bit bitter. A pretty nice pilsner, nothing to write home about

Apr 24, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

this is the first i have seen of this one, nice to see the boise import game continuing its strong trajectory. this is basic lager, and it tastes like the long journey from its origin has not been overly kind to it, but its always nice to have more foreign beers in the market. this is clear yellow and short headed but with lots of bubbles. the aroma is a little stale, but the grain is crisp and light, classically european to me, minerals, a little wet newspaper oxidation, and some light nutty character. the hops are bitter but pleasant, mild enough, and oddly seem less faded than the grain. subtle grassiness to the hops, and a cleanness to the finish of this that works really well with spicy food, a palate refresher each time i take a drag of it. i like all the bubbles, but with this were fresher overall. the yeast is familiar too, even if this is my first time with this one, i was kind of hoping it would be a little more distinctive overall, but its not bad, drinks easy, and works with my pork tacos. i would like to try this a little fresher next time, i know thats a lot to ask for a beer that has come this far, but this is not in its ideal form. light and crackling dry though, hot weather beer. better than its ratings, but not enormously so.

Mar 10, 2020
Photo of Nass
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Nass from Florida

The pour is straw colored with a meager amount of carbonation bubbles. The taste is boiled corn, cracked white pepper, malt, grain, & slight skunk. There is no date on the bottle so I don't know how old this beer is but it taste okay. Cheers! B-

Mar 01, 2020
3.25 by flyersfan900 from Virginia on Feb 24, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Once again, my thanks go out to my local, in-person trader, @tone77 who included this one in a recent drop-off for The CANQuest (tm)! I was curious when I saw that his review was kinda buried, but apparently he had it from a dreaded bottle at one point & found a CAN for me. The CANQuest (tm) rolls on!

From the CAN: "Authentic Product of the Czech Republic"; "Authentic Czech Imported Beer"; "Praga is an authentic premium Czech Pils offering a full bodied taste with a slightly sweet aftertaste. Brewed in the fine tradition of Czech brewmasters from natural ingredients of the highest quality. Praga's taste puts it among the best European beers."; "'The Homeland of Pils'".

I was VERY excited to be drinking an actual Czech Pils again that I had to really show some restraint following the Crack! of the vent. It would have been very easy to go with something other than a slow, gentle, C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass, but I held back. It foamed up beautifully to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with very good retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a distinct Saaz hop earthy spiciness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft in the mouth & on the tongue. I found this surprising since I thought that the Czech Republic was known for having hard water. Nothing is mentioned in this site's Style Guide, so no matter. The taste, while slightly sweet & biscuity, was also unmistakably of Saaz hops. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry, not as intense as some in the style that I have had. I was very pleased with it. It seemed to fit very well with the style guidelines while rating to style & not to taste, if my numbers seem high. YMMV.

Jan 30, 2020
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3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

500ml can. Stamped on can bottom is 'L19177 17:31'.
Clear, deep gold colored body. Thin white head does not last. No lacing.
Aroma of sweet malts and spicy hops.
Taste is sweet malts at first and the end has the hops.
Thinner mouth feel but appropriate. Very good carbonation.
Easy enough to drink pils beer. I liked the ending snap of the hops the best.

Jan 15, 2020
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Zorro from California

Golden colored lager with a small white colored head.

Smells sweet and malty. Sharp scent of noble hop. Scent of grain husks. Scent of scorched malt and a slight scent of smoke.

Starts out mildly sweet with a sharp hop bite. Sweeter than most but the strong hop bite balances it out. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a decent Pils.

Dec 30, 2019
3.69 by bmaggot from Lithuania on Nov 15, 2019
Praga Premium Pils from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
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