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Pivovar Prerov
Czech Republic

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Beer with golden-honey color with thick, delicate and lasting foam, known for its medium to higher, rounded fullness and stronger, fuller body. The characteristic indicators is the medium intensity of bitterness with delicate, harmonistic character, which leads one to enjoy more draws from the glass.

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 29
Photo of JamFuel
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with fint, soapy head.

Smell is bready and malty with hints of spicy rye and some floral hops.

Taste is rich and malty with notes of rye and a relatively strong bitterness. A slight metallic note brings it down a little.

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation.

Overall, a good pilsner, pity about the metallic note.

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Photo of Atwa
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very inoffensive beer that shines on a warm summer day. Not sweet nor bitter, just a nice tasting beer. The color is beautifully golden and feels nice in the mouth. Overall a pleasant beer that is sure to satisfy but not much more. Superb when hot and bothered!

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Photo of FLima
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Golden color with lots and lots of white head.
Light aroma of malt and grassy hops.
Flavor of malt seasoned with Saaz hops giving a good bitterness to it. Notes of minerals and earth, a bit metallic. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
Average Czech pilsner, not outstanding, doesn’t show up through the Czech crowd.

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Photo of atis
2.17/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours pale golden with white bubbly and dense head that remains in one finger thickness throughout the glass, nice and dense patchy lacing. Aroma is faint malty.

Taste is mildly hop-flavoured water. Moutheel is ligh with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not good at all, it seemed way to watery.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Woah first review of the Zulu Hour New Year! Picked up a 0.5 liter bottle at Carulla. Bottle lists ALC at 5.1%. Pours to a golden yellow with a two finger head that is already gone. Smell is grainy, corny and tart. Taste is basic and consistent, front end is mildly bitter and surprisingly malty with a slightly more bitter lingering finish. Definitely has a Euro-Lager taste, actually not bad. Mouthfeel has substance at the start but thins in the end. Drinkability isn't outstanding but it does go down smooth. For an adjunct lager it ain't bad.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw gold (a bit on the copper side) with a 1 cm frothy white head of soap suds. The head settles to a lacing with excellent coverage.

The aroma is of citrus, hay, red licorice, celery. All in all, a bit more fruity than usual, but standard.

The mouthfeel is crisp, but comes across a tad watery. The carbonation is low to medium.

The taste is very malty sweet (there's that red licorice), grapefruit, some honeycomb as it warms, and a mild to medium hoppy finish. An okay session beer, but certainly not the best from the region.

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Photo of ernie
2.31/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not an American Macro but rather a Czech Pilsener. Not Urquell, not even close to it. From the other hand it's tastier than most US and dozens of European mass-market lagers.

Color pale golden, mediu, carbonation level, beautiful head and modest lace.

Smell very faint, hoppy, uninspiring.

Start weak, body slender, thin, taste maltier than may be expected from a Czech beer. Finish hoppy, weak again. Aftertaste short, bittersweet.

Won't try another one.

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Photo of JohnW
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As others have indicated, this looks good when poured, beautiful golden colour, and fairly dense head, though aroma is a little thin and "grassy" Taste, initially is thinner than expected, and sharp metalic hint, though finish is reasonable. However, if you leave it to settle, and the high carbonation to dissipate - or keep pouring it between two glasses to get the fizz out - it tastes much better, smoother and nice finish with reasonable balance between a hoppy sharpness and yeast/malt flavours. Not as good as I hoped, though if you can get the "fizz" out, its a fair pilsner, but certainly not one of the best.

John W
B'ham UK April 2006

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Photo of JanM
2.09/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It looked promising with its golden color and two fingers of thick foam. Didn't smell much, maybe some herbal malts and bitterness. The first taste is bitter followed by metal followed by bread. It's pretty light bordering to watery and far from good Czech lagers like Démon and Starobrno. A disappointment for sure.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.73/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500 ml brown glass bottle.

Appearance: gold with light sediment suspension. Head is small, but lingers with a solid white layer.

Smell: Light grass, very light, not much there

Taste: Watery, oh so watery. barely and flavor, light grainy-grass, but pretty lacking all around.

Mouthfeel: Seltzer water.

Drinkability: Reminds me of the stuff that comes out of a soda foutain when they run out of syrup. Spritzy, kind of, but odd flavored, not very good.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16.9 fluid ounce bottle or a Half-Litre as the Czechs would refer to this as. Label is different to that of the BA avatar, mine is a metallic blue label which has the words ‘ZUBR Premium Lager Beer’ on it. Color coded crown cap. Listed as from the Přerov Brewery, no strength or best before date, even though there is space on the label for the latter.

Appearance: Sheer yellow-golden body that is perfectly clear and has a soft white head that forms quickly on the pour. The head rests for a while and slackens down to a thin but always 100% covering when given time. Medium levels of finely dissolved carbonation throughout. Smattered and clumpy lacing,

Nose: Soft Pilsner malts and grainy biscuits are low key but detectable. Light hints of freshly cut grass and a thin veiled wheat backend. Easy on the nose but nothing outstanding.

Taste: Much like the nose, the tastes are low key in strength. Grainy feel at the start rises with some grassy tones and a biscuit malt middle. The finish is soft and easy on the palate with only the grainy entrance of each new mouthful to stir things up a little. Starts a little harsh but finishes nicely.

Mouthfeel: Crisp medium carbonation is supportive and the feel is modest when chilled but improves with temperature which surprised me a little. Nothing above average though.

Drinkability: A reasonably drinkable Pilsner that could be one of a hundred or so, but the soft finish puts its head just above average in the supping stakes.

Overall: Run of the mill Czech Lager, nothing outstanding but not that bad either. I would not buy it drink it again, but I would drink it if offered.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brashly bright yet dulled lemon yellow with tons of bubbly action within. A medium paper white froth of active smoothness holds the top briefly before escalading down to a thin skim and thin collar. Fast dripping lace falls right back down with only a couple miniscule dots sticking.
Faintiful but soothing little aroma of soft wheat and caramel with a ever so light herbal grassy hop lean. Clean and natural with only a ghostly corn sweetness emerging as it sits.
Taste is of soft grain, semi bready middle, lighter corn notions subside underneath, slivers of tin poke at the top just before finishing where the herbal grassy hops come into play, drying off with a partial creamyness left over.
Body is surprisingly nice and creamy, with a tender carbonation and all around fullness that doesn't have any watery or fizzy areas like most American macro lager types this beer is suppose to be akin to. Much more likeable in that realm and really flys its own kite in the smoother qualities then any other marco I've had. Somewhat plays out like a Munich Helles. Nice in that manner. Seemingly much more natural tasting without all the over carbonation either. Shockingly enough, I actually liked this beer and wouldn't mind seeing this around in place of the usual marco stuff at local dive bars and second rate sports bars. And on a special note I'd like to point out that this was not served ice cold. Another macro lager misconception. I had it in a pint glass at around 48 degrees and it was quite good right from the get go and only got better as it warmed. Of course its no beast in flavor, its not suppose to be, but what it does offer is a more atuned natural flavor and body that is missing from most other macro lagers. Way better then the alternative.

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Photo of merlin48
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This bottle pours a clear, pale yellow body with a one centimeter, large bubbled, white head. The head quickly falls to a film and leaves a few spots of lace. Aroma is unremarkable, with faint notes of spicy hops and sweet grainy malt. Slight note of sulfur(Euroskunk) doesn't help. Mouthfeel is thin and light, with high carbonation. Taste is not very good. Cloying malt sweetness reeks of corn syrup. Hops(Saaz?) add a touch of outdoorsy bitterness, but can't overcome the poor malt profile. Crisp, but watery, on the finish. Not a beer to bring home again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden brew.

Smell is malty with a whiff of Band-Aids and spicy and floral hop scent.

Taste is fairly malty with a bit of floral flavor and a fair but not strong hop level.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK beer but I doubt I will buy this again, it is just not that good..

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Photo of Gusler
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer after its escape from the 500ml brown bottle takes up residence in the glass a clear gold with the head white and the texture frothy, the color a bright white with the lace a thin but covering sheet. Nose is malt and clean with the front malt sweet and the top cadaverous. Finish is dry and moderately acidic, lightly hopped and it does not do a 'THANG' for me.

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a tall brown half liter bottle with a silver and white label featuring the year tbe brewery was founded (1872), a coat of arms and the name Zubr in big letters. Sugar is an ingredient. Best before 11/26/04, I opened it 5/31/04.

Pours clear, slightly dark gold under a short-lived one finger white head with no body. A couple spots of lace sit on the glass. The nose has some malt and a bit of metallic hops. The mouth is prickly and fairly heavy. The taste starts with sweet malt, almost fruity, followed by a fairly substantial hoppy bite that lingers, along with the sugary sweetness, into the aftertaste. It's OK, nothing more.

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Photo of budgood1
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out a slighty hazed and cloudy golden hue. ample head and a bit of lace. some yeast sediment floating around too. a pleasant grainy aroma, floral hops and a whiff of skunk and spice. a nice crisp yet full mouthfeel lets you know there is some real body to this beer. tastes of malt and grain...a quirky bit of peppery spice, and a gentle hop finish. very refreshing. i'd need a few more bottles to come to any real conclusion about this beer, but for now i found enjoyable and would recommend to sample.

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