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Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #428
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3.37 | pDev: 16.02%
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic
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Notes: This authentic Czech Pils is brewed by the famous Samson Brewery. This is a full bodied beer, rich in Saaz hops and brewed following a 200 year old tradition by Czech brew mas-ters. This is a crisp, refreshing beer with less CO2 making it less filling but packed with fla-vor. A strong pale malt quality is evident in the taste profile.
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(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
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dcotom from Iowa

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
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Kolb from Montana

3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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Nass from Florida

3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Zorro from California

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Popping the top I get a nice waft of Bohemia. Pours to a bright yellow with an off white head. Taste is fresh and malty with the nice pils hopping not too little not too much. A nice drinker spot on for style

Nov 03, 2019
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

tested from a 16.9 oz can dated L19177_17:34
It's ok, no off flavors, smooth, low on hop notes. rather light duty flavor wise overall. Slightly sweet. It picked up some flavor when it almost at room temp

Sep 12, 2019
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heymikew from California

4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh on tap is the only way to really appreciate this unique "pilsner." Red-amber with a nice head. Full of flavor with a noticeable hop presence and some malt sweetness. Overall nicely balanced.

Aug 02, 2019
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daliandragon from Maryland

3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at State Line Liquors on my way back home for the 4th of July back on Long Island. This is an interesting Czech lager in tall boy cans. Very drinkable, with a moderate bitterness but also some malt sweetness. A little spice in the aftertaste Earthy and flavorful. This one grew on me.

Jul 01, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real Czech lezák, slightly on the lighter side but plenty of characteristics, not too watery, not too bitter but interesting enough, it is rather sweet (that makes up for the lighter body). Had much better lezáks in Czech but this is still good and pleasant enough.

Jun 17, 2019
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yuriyt from New York

3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into glass. Pours a deep copper, darker than expected. Bit of bready malt in aroma. Taste is malt forward with a faint sweetness and decent bitterness. Little hop aroma/flavor. Medium-light body. Overall a nice example of the style and fairly enjoyable.

Jun 05, 2019
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Caveworm from Ohio

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Praga Premium Pils | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson. Poured from a tall can into a pilsener glass, we get a two finger thick lumpy head, spotty lacing, and a medium gold body.

I smell lively, bright grains and light hops.

The taste of those grains and hops resonates on through from taking a whiff. Slight peppery note makes for a crisp, clean finish.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I rate Praga Premium Pils | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson at a 4.

Apr 26, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Extremely clear dark gold color, slightly tan off white head. Smell is malt, toasted bread, and light sulphur. Sweet at first, Pilsner malt forward saaz hops round it out. It has a slightly thick mouthfeel with a little less carbonation than its German counterpart. Love the color, smell is very light, taste is spot on. Very satisfying. Cheers.

Omg. I just saw someone describe this as “red amber”, good grief. This site is getting more and more ridiculous. ITS NOT RED AMBER YOU FUKTARD!!!!

Jan 26, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with three fingers of white head. Rings and splocthes of lace.
Smell is herbal hops with biscuit malts.
Taste is herbal hops with biscuit malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Finish is dry and well balanced.
Overall a fine German Pils.

Jan 22, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500mL can poured into a 400 mL siedel mug at fridge temp 4.7% ABV. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a pencil thin ring.
No lacing. The aroma is fairly strong for a pils with honey, bread, flowers and grass all represented. The taste is similar throughout with medium grassy bitterness laid over pils malt. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a hint of diacetyl which is to be allowed per style. Overall, pretty good. I see an imported lager that's new to my local store, I buy it. Would pass on future purchases only because I can find no sign of a package date.

Nov 12, 2018
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elnachooo from Spain

2.55/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Cerveza de color dorado, con una carbonatación y cuerpo medio. En su aroma distingue la malta y un poco de fruta. Al paladar es una cerveza ligera, suave.

Oct 19, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly hazy dark gold with visible carbonation bubbles. One finger of white head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Bready malt, citrusy hops.

Taste: Biscuity sweet malt, a bit of hop bitterness, and not much else.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with decent carbonation.

Overall: A nice, solid pilsner. Just a little balanced toward the sweet side.

Oct 03, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/8/18 (Chicago): 0.5 liter bottle purchased 7/1/18 ($2.69 Shop and Save - Nagle) poured onto large pilsner glass. Thin white head, no lacing, light golden pour, heavy carbonation. A nice looking pilsner. Sharp malt and grain aroma. Sharp malt taste, somewhat sweet, bread, grassy and pepper as well. Light crisp and clean mouth feel, carbonation holds, easy summer drinking. Overall a very good pilsner.

Sep 08, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

38120410 code on the label. Who knows what that means? I bought a 6pack and there's been major differences from bottle to bottle. 1 had so much metallic taste, I drain poured it.

This pours a clear gold, like the others, nice head of foam, good lacing.

Noble hop aromas with the smell you get with beers in green bottles, light struck smell. Aboot equal to the hops, bigger than the malt presence which comes across as grain and cracker.

Noble hop and grain tasting, bit of the light struck taste but not awful. No metallic notes. Whew.

Mouthfeel is great for the style.

Good but not up to the standards of Pilsner Urquell. I didn't expect that going in.

Sep 05, 2018
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a clear golden color with a billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is big of a grainy and bready smell mixed with a little bit of grass and hay.
Taste - The taste is much as one would have expected from the nose. There is a big grainy and bready taste that has a little bit of caramel sweetness right from the start. As the taste advances there is a little bit of herb and grass as well as a bit of hay that develop on the tongue, leaving one with a rather grainy pils taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body is a little on the thicker side for a pils of only 4.7 % with a carbonation level that was average. A little higher carbonation level and a thinner body may have been slightly more appropriate for the abv. and style, but overall it was OK.
Overall - A decent pils overall. Lower abv. and good flavor, which is nice, but the feel and smell are lacking a little bit. Overall a pretty decent brew to go to on a summer day.

Jul 29, 2018
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