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Praga Premium Pils | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic
samson.cz

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
25.15%
 
 
Wants:
3
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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 75
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at The Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a light amber, completely clear, with a quarter inch, very little lacing, and lots of racing little bubbles going up to the top.

This smells like slightly fruity lager yeast, with pils malt and some grassy hops.

This is really everything I want a pilsner to be. It appears to be in good condition, fresh and on tap. It's super crisp and refreshing, with spicy, grassy, and herbal hops, crackery pilsner malt, and little bit light dried fruitiness. This is exceptionally "beery."

This is light bodied, crisp and drinkable, awesome.

A really excellent Czech pilsner, one of the best I've ever had.

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Photo of AdmiralBaltimore_29
4.2/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Praga is a very nice beer with an optimal flavor. It's not Eggy tasting like a presidente. It really does mimic Czechvar somewhat. It's kinda dry for a pilsner though.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

Another new Czech beer to the area, touted a bit by everyone I've mentioned it to, so I had to try this stuff. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of steadfast white froth. The nose comprises dry biscuit, even drier grass, light flowers, and a healthy touch of that mineral/skunk scent reminiscent of hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with the biscuit coming in a bit sweeter and the grass coming in fresher, darker green. A hint of wild rice bullies its way in at times, but never leaving a lasting impression. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily feel. Overall, a very nice Czech pils, one of the best I've had straight from the fatherland in a long time.

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Photo of beerinabottle
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up in Tesco supermarket Mullingar Ireland. A really cheap option at 1.39 euro for 50 cl green bottle compared to craft IPAS at around 3 euro. Drinkable on a sunny day when as we would say "you a desperate thirst on ye"

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.76/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger and half of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is grains with a little lemon.
The taste is mild grain and bitter.
The texture is crisp.
It's a solid pils.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.71/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden body with a small white collar. Typical pils aroma. Light, with grainy, earthy, bready, notes. Simple flavor. Quaffable. Subtle sweetness. Light body with earthy notes lingering in the finish.

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Photo of Premo88
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. green bottle poured into pilsener

L: pale gold, crystal clear, nice column of bubbles rising up middle of glass; pushes up a 4/5-inch head of white foam, no sticking but it does keep a good collar; a hair darker than the average pilsener, an SRM of as much as 8-9; no lacing, but that collar is awfully pretty

S: light sweet malt and skunk ... bread malt, peach; the skunk disappears after a few minutes, leaving some good grain; bread malt is fruity

T: sweet from the light malt, not as bready as the nose with a slight bit of earth-hop flavor balancing; the flavors come off a bit watered down

F: watery and light but enough carbonation to keep it crisp and give it a bit of weight

O: not bad ... the light-malt sweetness gives it a good fruity flavor; there's next to no hop flavor or hop bitterness, only a slight bit of earthiness, so it tastes much more like a Helles or another of the lighter lagers, but it's still tasty; I won't rush out to try this one again after draining this 6-pack, but I wouldn't turn one down

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Photo of oceanman907
3.68/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Minimal head, bright golden crystal clear pilsner.
S- Very light clear, clean sweet bread smell, like Hawaiian sweet rolls
T- Tasty sweet rolls, slight sesame toast quality, very light and refreshing
M- not enough carbonation in this bottle at least, the body is perfect though.
O- A very refreshing beer that has all the hallmarks of a gold standard Czech pils wish there was more carbonation.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.67/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear golden with 2-finger white head, medium retention, classic czech aroma of pale malt and some saaz hops. Solid and even taste, well-balanced malts and hops. Ample bitterness, medium-body, good drinkability. Classic bohemian pilsener.

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Photo of Dirtyhands
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft locally in MD. Off the bat, if you want to call this a Czech pils you can go ahead, but this needs more bitterness to be anywhere near true style. I'll even look over the lack of minerality, but something is missing from this beer. Not horrible though, odds are if I have more than one lager choice, this won't be it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Crisp, Clean, Grassy, Spicy

Stunning clarity is topped with a sticky white lace. Fresh-cut grass clippings in the nose with hints of spicy hop. Great balance, with a long trail of clean graininess and a more subtle hoppiness than anticipated. Just enough bitterness from the hops to get by, hint of honey maltiness in the back. While this is quite the drinkable Pils, and it does stand a notch above the more dumbed-down Czech Pilsners we have today, we were hoping for a bit more here.

STYLE: Czech Pils | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, malts, a touch of hops. Taste is crisp, refreshing, malts, some sweetness, a bit of hops, very easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a fine session beer.

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Photo of steveh
3.61/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saw this at a local international grocer and had to give it a try -- despite the green bottle.

Best by 08.29.13 on the label.

A -- Clear, deep golden with a firm, long-lasting white head.

S -- Green bottle skunk with spicy Saaz fighting off the bad aromas.

T -- Malty breadiness in a good balance with spicy hops. The hops linger in a light citrus character into the aftertaste, mingling with the hop spiciness.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a light to light medium body.

O -- Not a bad Pilsner at all, a serious cousin of Pilsner Urquell. Would be better without the green bottle.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly turbid yellow-gold body, white head that fades to a ring with dots of lace. Nose is bready, some skunk, corn, and grass. Flavor is also grass and grit, corny, and with a bit of skunk, but a bit of spice and mild hop bitterness comes through. Mildly sweet. Body is easily drinkable, gassy but not overly so.
A good pilsner, based in that adjunct-dirty malt flavor with some bitterness to balance it out. As basic as the flavors sound, this would be a great summer pounder.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL green bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a tiny touch of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is a thin finger of frothy white foam with somewhat OK retention. Not too bad.

Smell: overly sweet malt aroma with a little graininess and a very light hoppy character. Could be better.

Taste: sweet malt with a reasonable dose of noble hops. Not enough to balance out the sweetness, but the flavor is there.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a drinkable and decent enough example of the style, if a little sweet for my taste.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour. Golden color with a half a finger head. Aroma has grain and grassy hops. Flavor follows aroma. It was basically okay. There are much better Czech pils out there than this one.

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Photo of gatornation
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle with a BB 030113

A-pours a golden yellow color with a fast receding head with very little lacing

S- noble hops, biscuits,grassy hops and malt

T- floral noble hops are present with light lemon grass and hay with caramel biscuit finish

M--low carbonation a tad wate

O- average czech pils one and done had some good flavors for me but i will buy a radeberger when in the mood instead

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.34/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured crystal clear, lovely carb bubbles floating to the top, no head.
Smell: light biscuity honey
Taste: actually really nice. Light, crisp, refreshing. Wonderful example of the style. Slightly bitter, not overwhelming in any sense. The biscuit malt is cut, in a dusty lightly hopped balance. Loving the higher carbonation level too.

Overall, I think this would be a great bridge brew for someone either just starting into craft, or who wants to try the Czech style. I've had a few better, but this is a solid offering.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear light gold with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, grass, and slight skunk aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet grain, corn flake, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but it's a bit too sweet for the style to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.16/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks are just average. Not exceptionally bright and there is a slight something floating around in there. Thinner head that did last well. Off white and very creamy. Color is gold with yellow undertones. Nose is breaddy pils malt. Soft baked bread with a golden crust on it and sweetly herbal hops. A little spice and pepper. but mostly cool weeds. taste is good malty no real bite from bubble so it's soft in the finish. It has a bit of sweetness int eh finish as well. It's czech style so the bitterness is soft. The malt is slow on the palate though not crisp. Flavors are good though. Clean, no diacetyl, no dms, no fruit. Lgith sulfur saves teh moutghfeel and the aftertaste and lets the malt linger. Not bad.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear straw color with white head. Sweet, bready malts with a hint of honey in the aroma. Taste starts slightly sweet and slightly tart at the same time. Towards the finish it's balanced by a slight bitterness. Light body with crisp carbonation making it very easy to drink. Overall this is a decent, easy drinking pils.

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Photo of FLima
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden color, it did not poured much head, but always leaving a thin lace.
Aroma of malt and Saaz hops, very grassy.
Similarly, taste of grassy hops and malt. Aftertaste is dry, with a low bitterness and notes of biscuit.
Light to medium body with good carbonation.
Typical Czech Pilsner, no thrills.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Crisp and clear, sharp hops and nice malt profile. Fine active carbonation, small creamy head. Falls flat on palate, no finish.

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Photo of crossovert
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml foiled green bottle. BB 01.03.13.

The cap is already rusted lol. golden effevescent pour, no lacing.

It has a slight skunk but not bad. Under that is rich carmally czech style pils.

The flavor is nice. Flower noble hops with a low lingering bitterness. Pretzel flavor, light water notes. Nothing out of place, nothing extravagant. Just a pretty standard pils here. The mouthfeel is a bit watery.

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Photo of janubio
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml. bottle, pours a clear golden colour with no head and no lace. Smell of grass, grains and citrics. Medium body, creamy, flat carbonation. Taste is the same: grass, grains and citrics, with some sweet malt notes and a dry finish. Just a correct beer, except for the head.

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