Praga Premium Pils
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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Bohemian Pilsener
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3.34 | pDev: 16.47%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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

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Photo of cheeseheadinMinneapolis
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
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

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Photo of heymikew
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of monkist
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of yuriyt
3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of gvickery
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
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!!!!

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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of jkblr
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of elnachooo
2.55/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.54/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of jmartinpena
4.58/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed Praga Pils. It is bitter and more aromatic than other Czech lagers such as Czechvar or Kozel. Very nice head, and lovely color. High drinkability. Only found it in export markets, nowhere in Czech Republic to be found yet. Loved the label, nice looking and the PRAGA name with the Charles Bridge is perfect and it takes you back to CZ. Na Zdraví!

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Looks golden yellow, with fast receding head and carbonation. Smells like not much. Faint doughy smell, mild asparagus smell? Taste is very bland with a mild malt backbone. Feels almost flat, and the beer is not very well balanced. Overall this is terrible and I am going to dump the rest of the glass.(only bought 1) Off the bat I can think of several examples of American Pilsner that blow this away.

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Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent orange in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of grains, cereal, light lemon. Tastes of cereal, grains, light lemon, light citrus. Light bodied with light carbonation.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

500 ml can. Pours golden with long lasting white head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is light and smooth. Taste is of slight grassy hops and biscuit malt. Finish is medium and dry. Forgettable brew.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of April 2018. Purchased recently from Home Bargains. Contains 'hop products'.

A: Poured into a straight pint glass. A rich amber colour with faint floating sediment and good carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of spicy noble hops with hints of grass, mild herbs, light malt, stewed grain, faint yeast and a touch of overdone veg. OK but not as clean as it could be.

T: Tastes of subtle grassy hops with notes of mild herbs, a touch of spiciness, pale malt, cooked grain, stewed veggies and faint earthiness. A harsh cardboard twang lurks in the background. Quite dry, followed by a crisp hoppy bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and decent body. Perhaps a tad thin. Aftertaste of grassy noble hops, mild spice, pale malt and acrid stewed grain/veg.

O: Pretty average, with some unpleasant undertones. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour showcase nobles hops and pale malt along with overdone veg/cardboard. Body is OK. A shade better than most macro lagers but still not particularly special. No need to hunt it down.

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Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread, light skunk/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Okay aromas with balanced pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with very poor strength. Not overwhelming on skunky notes, but not much going on otherwise. Flavors of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-moderately body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp/clean, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a good Czech pilsner style. Good robustness and balance of pale malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Other than the very muted aromas, this was very well made for the style. Clean pils malts and balancing Saaz hops, not overly bitter or drying. Very flavorful for the low ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. This definitely felt pretty fresh, despite the lack of bottle dating.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.02/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Caramel malt sweetness, bready, toasted grain and a hint of noble hops. Somewhat tastes like sweet malt water. Lower carbonation. Light. Not bad, not really good either.

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Praga Premium Pils from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 136 ratings