Praga Dark Lager | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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81
good
114 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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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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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 SGR1220
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Green bottle, with like 25 mentions on the label that it's IMPORTED.

Pours a pleasant, raisin-colored brown-red with a small wisp of a head.

Smells very malty and fruity. Probably (most likely) past its prime but there's no way for me to tell since the bottle ain't dated. Not a bad smell--these guys tend to hold up decent to age--but nearly hopless. Instead, nodes of toffee, fruit, and light butter dominate.

Tastes like it smells: very sweet and malty, and pleasantly aged. Biscuits and toffee up front, fruit in the middle, and an aggressively sweet, almost frosting-like finish that gets to be a bit too much.

This a decent enough curiosity. I'd love to try it fresh. But stateside, with no guarantee of quality, it's nothing to seek out.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.31/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Bottle from Colonial Spirits.
Dark brown in color without much of a head. Molasses and caramel aroma and flavor mostly. Hints of raisin and prune but this feels mostly artificial.

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Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brown color with a small tan head of foam. It smelled of sweet caramel and slightly vegetal. This was not good. Overly sweet. Tasted like a homebrew made from extract.

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Photo of Oleg85
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MJ64
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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 Sebas
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Duffman79
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 FBarber
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deg
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beercatbrew
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of stevoj
2.72/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Good looking on the pour, dark brown to black with small creamy beige head. Aroma gives no clues, taste is overly sweet, cola flavored, some roast grain bitterness and very sweet finish. Much sweeter than I like, but may be a good dessert beer.

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Photo of DoktorEd
2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kiro
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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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