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Praga Premium Pils | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#42,915
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
88
pDev:
16.46%
Bros Score:
3.61
 
 
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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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 kjkinsey
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a short bright white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of skunk are present in the nose, presumably from the green bottle.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off with a little funkiness and has notes of mineral water and hints of grainy malts. There is a light amount of carbonation.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and is a little clean with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The skunkiness imparted by the green bottle in both the smell and taste is a little detracting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of superspak
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
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 Ciocanelu
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
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 smithj4
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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 TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
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 Sweffin
2.28/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Completely skunky from the bottle

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Photo of tone77
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
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 stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
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 flagmantho
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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 DoubleJ
2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nice to see another beer from the Czech Republic into the United States. Praga comes from a green 330 ml bottle, so caveat emptor. On to the beer:

This is one of the dullest beer's I've seen around. Its pale gold color is on track per style, but there's little head on the pour, and even that goes away quick. Its body looks dead, as there are no bubbles running through. The aroma at least is okay. It does have some stink, and also some vague grassy notes. Thankfully, there are no wet cardboard notes, which I was afraid of running into after its embarrassing appearance.

Praga actually has a decent taste. It has a spring of spicy hops. A tinge of honey adds sweetness. Honeysuckle as well. If it weren't for the beer's low carbonation, this beer may actually be pretty good. But as it stands, it may as well be a Pilsner Urquell ripoff.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of bylerteck
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of jzlyo
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

Photo of Brad007
2.28/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark gold with almost no finger into my glass. Sweet with little, if any hops in the nose. Sweet, grainy, skunked taste (thanks green glass!) that certainly qualifies as foreign. Lame ginger ale finish. I'm sure it's a looker when fresh. Not in this form unfortunately.

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Photo of FLima
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Praga Premium Pils from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Beer rating: 3.22 out of 5 with 88 ratings
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