Praga Dark Lager | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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BEER INFO

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

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Praga Dark are brewed under the supervision of the Brevnov Monastery Brewmasters. The beer is brewed in mid-sized local Czech breweries with the use of the original receipt and best quality Czech ingredients. There is always guarantee of the consistent best quality of our beers.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,155
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
137
pDev:
16.95%
 
 
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5
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Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into tall mug

L: dark brown-amber/mahogany topped with huge thick head of beige/tan foam; a little sticking and lacing on the way down, not much; keeps a thick collar and full skin of beige foam

S: fruity and toasted malt, a whiff of skunk off the top, too; muted overall

T: toasted malt, a little wood, pinch of chocolate then a lot of peach/apricot flavor; even has a bit of a mocha latte flavor but very sweet and "light" ... everything that tastes "dark" is lightly toasted, not charred and not heavy ... it's almost like a toasted English pale ale; toffee, brown sugar and caramel; there's a constant dull flavor note, almost like a film of artificial sweetener or high fructose corn syrup ... it's slight but there

F: light and full from a load of carbonation

O: not bad but there's a nagging little something in there that tastes artificial, like high fructose corn syrup artificial ... could be me and it's not a huge note or hindrance, just a bit in the background

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #85 (Feb 2014):

Hay, Dark Sugar, Creamy

Light “psst” when we popped the cap; thin lacing barely covers this dark brew. Smells like a loaf of dark bread with a caramel lining. Smooth creamy body struggles a bit with the low level of carbonation. Big bread tones from start to finish throw suggestions of dried hay and treacle at the palate. Surprisingly dry finish from a sweet start. A standup dark lager that just needs a bit more carbonation.

STYLE: Euro Dark Lager | ABV: 4.5% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Praga I had to try because of good conversation about Czech Dark Lagers.

Best by 08.30.13 on the label.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a creamy tan head that settles to a nice cap, leaving good, sticky lacing.

S -- Sweet, bready malts with a touch of molasses giving a good impression of Pumpernickel.

T -- Same sweet breadiness in the flavor with a mild touch of roastiness at the finish. Some hop bitterness and lingering sweetness in the aftertaste.

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

O -- A very nice beer that's a cross between a Munich Dunkel and a Schwarzbier. I would love to sample this fresh at the source, it's the type of Dark Lager I love to find.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Shawnadams330
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of chip26
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, dark brown in color with minimal head. Taste is cinnamon and toasted malt. Medium bodied and carbonation sweet. Complex. I could see myself drinking this often.

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Photo of Robertas
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craiglcook
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Schlafly33
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Misterefe
2/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I tried this at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. It was a solid offering.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has toasted malt and dark sugar. Taste is roasty but quite balanced. Body is on the light side. Easy drinking but kind a bit too simple.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a half finger of head on a brown body.
The aroma is an interesting mixture of grain and caramel.
The taste is caramel sweetness, one sided.
The texture is chewy.
It's solidly average.

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Photo of DoktorEd
2.35/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jheezee
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of mishi_d
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Danielr26
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the bottle in a snifter. This most delicious Czech dark pours a dark brown cola color with a nice off white head that dissipates to a thin ring. An exceptional nose for a lager with notes of raisins, cola, dark malts, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors are sweet up front with chocolate and caramel blending nicely over a rich cola like flavor and dark fruits to the rear. Smooth creamy mouth feel finishes wet and sweet with a light crisp hop bite at the rear. Outstanding. A new favorite from the Czech republic.

Cheers!

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

I have had this beer here several times, over the past few years, at this establishment. It appears to be one of the restaurants staple beers. The beer is a very nice, dark cola color that produced a very nice, thick, off-white head that is well retained. The beer has a lighter, sweet malt aroma, as does the taste, but the taste is certainly more full. The beer has a lighter feel to it. It is smooth and creamy and good to the last drop. This beer is really well done. I am a huge fan.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a damn near black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, dark breads. Taste is dark breads, molasses, hints of raisins. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the brewers of beloved Samson Cerny comes this new arrival to the market. Sampled a couple bottles to get a more solid feel for it. Best by date: "23.02.13" so it's fresh.

Poured into a tulip glass it has a reddish copper color that glints ruby in the light. Initial two finger head of creamy light tan foam that settles to a healthy skim on the surface. After the first couple sips the skim parts, and a healthy collar of lace is left behind.

Light molasses and sweetened coffee in the aroma, some toasted marshmallow and sweet grains and coarse yeast. Flavors are similarly lightly sweet, toasted grains, molasses and honeyed toast. Feels a bit thin but not out of place for the style. Easy to have several, certainly no chore to drink. Simple but tasty enough, worth trying.

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Photo of sbuck
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 137 ratings