Praga Dark Lager | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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81
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114 Ratings
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Praga Dark LagerPraga Dark Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 06-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
114
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
17.61%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of enelson
4.37/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A great tasting 4.5 percent brew.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10/1/16 bottle

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Bavarian Lodge, Lisle IL. Smells of chocolate, dark fruit, and molasses. Tastes of chocolate, dark fruit, molasses, toffee, brown sugar and caramel. Flavors are all well balanced, but the molasses bring out the strongest flavor profile of the beer. Mostly a rich and sweet flavored lager with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Light bodied beer. Moderate level of carbonation. Very drinkable despite the rich sweet flavors found in the lager. Very soft mouthfeel that is quite nice. This is a fantastic beer!

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Photo of JSigsbach
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

I was introduced to this beer at a social gathering so I wasn't really able to give it my full tasting experience attention but I liked it so much I decided to post. For me the rich, dark ebony appearance was very appealing enhanced by the bottle packaging. I didn't have access to proper tasting glassware but on direct pour some head appeared but quickly dissipated which was somewhat disappointing from an aesthetic standpoint but as I found out this in no way degraded the positive experience for me. Also, the lower carbonation made it much lighter on the midsection. Aroma was slightly raisiny, slightly chocolaty to me and again very inviting. Initial wash over the tongue was smooth and creamy, with a pleasantly sweet aftertaste which I loved and just balanced with the right amount of bitterness. Overall this beer for me is probably best in fall/winter months with bigger-flavored meals and would probably make for some fantastic recipes as well as complement some deserts but I thoroughly enjoyed it on a warmer evening.

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Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Tetrodotoxine
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dentist666
4.16/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of maz
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With a dark mahogany color, it is nicely sweet, balanced and malt forward with a dark cereal and molasses malt taste. While it does have a slightly grassy hop taste, it is still balanced and effervescent with good mouthfeel and aftertaste. The low alcohol content makes this beer a very good choice for a malt session beer. This is very similar to the Primator Premium Dark Lager, the Orion Stout from Intergalactic Brewing Company and even the non-alcoholic Malty and Maltstar from Israel.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
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 mwar
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
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 vrtx64
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Theheroguy
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mild semi-coffee/roasted malt aroma. Smooth sweetish flavor. Low perceivable hop flavor. Well but gently carbonated. Light bodied and easy drinking. Dark Reddish brown in color Very malty. No off flavors. Dry Finish

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Photo of Bogdawg
4.01/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark ruby body, creamy light tan head that leaves a ring and streaks of lace. Roasty malt soothed by a bit of stone fruit sweetness on the nose. The flavor follows, with a fair amount of something like grape juice playing off the roasted, caramel-like malt. Body is wonderful; creamy, smooth, almost like a nitro beer without the flatness- there's some restrained but assertive carbonation.
Had the creamy, roasted notes I was hoping for, and then surprised me with a hearty helping of stone fruits to provide some sweetness. Thefruit was a bit much on the flavor, but still appropriate. Really impressed by this one, it's on my list of oddly satisfying brews.

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Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev +13.6%
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 MDF1IBetty
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
3.52 out of 5 based on 114 ratings.
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