Praga Dark Lager | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

Praga Dark LagerPraga Dark Lager
BA SCORE
3.56/5
117 Ratings
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:
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:
#37,439
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
117
pDev:
17.13%
Bros Score:
3.56
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
24
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and slight molasses aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet toast, caramel, and molasses flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid but sweet caramel and molasses flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear dark mahogany red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin tan head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet nutty and toasted malts are present in the nose along with some hints of molasses.
T: The overall taste is somewhat sweet and has flavors of nutty and toasted malts with some hints of burnt sugar and molasses.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have a very complex taste, but it is rather easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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 zeff80
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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 Boone757
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark mahogany in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate garnet red + chestnut brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy tan head that quickly reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark, nutty, and caramel malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel + molasses sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of dark malts with a just shy of moderate flavor of toasted, caramel, and nutty malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel + molasses sweetness. No detectible hop presence or bitterness and the beer finishes clean.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Clean finish.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable. Though the flavors are fairly simple (not complex), this beer is enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of oberon
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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 smithj4
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

After enjoying the pils, figured I'd jump right into this guy, the cousin. It pours a clear dark sienna topped by over a finger of dusty wan khaki foam. The nose comprises husky barley and a touch of lightly watered-down maple syrup. It's insanely simplistic, yet still pleasant. Right on. The taste holds notes of darkly toasted malts, bruleed cocoa, and what seems like some blackstrap molasses. Things are darker, sweeter than I imagined, to say the least. Thing is, everything is too light to make it stick, so to speak, like a thick stout or porter would. I'm not sure what to think of this, frankly: Things are overly sweet, a bit too roasty-ish, a complete pendulum swing from the usual watered-down roast that normally finds its way into these Euro darks. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, I just couldn't deal with the near-cloying sweetness of this beer. It was all too much.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
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 krome
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a fairly dark brown, with a half inch head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like brown sugar, toasted bread, and very sweet caramel.

This is a pretty sweet dark lager, but it's nice anyway. Lots of brown sugar, molasses, and caramel, a little bit of raisin, and toasted bread. No real hop presence to speak of, this one is all malt all the time.

This is light bodied without being thin. The carbonation level is moderate.

Overall, not too bad, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Duff27
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin, light brown head that persists as a thick film with light lacing. Aroma of dark sweet caramel malt, brown bread, brown sugar and dark fruit, close to a bock profile. Flavor is dark dried fruit, caramel malt, brown bread, a hit of smoke. Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Quite good flavor and flavor density for a low ABV lager. Both the aroma and flavor are similar to a German bock, but lighter and thinner. Finish is also very nice for a lighter beer. I'm impressed with this, possibly the best Euro dark lager I've tried. Well done.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
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 stevoj
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
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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Praga Dark Lager from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Beer rating: 3.56 out of 5 with 117 ratings
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