Primátor Maibock
Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Style:
Bock - Maibock
Ranked #114
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,461
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 12.84%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
140
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Pivovar Náchod a.s.
 
Czech Republic
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  12
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviews by biboergosum:
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biboergosum from Canada

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, nice to see a new Continental seasonal offering show up as we kick off the merry, merry month of May.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy, and slightly biscuity caramel malt, some muddled earthy spiciness, a touch of musty yeast, and very tame leafy, weedy, and dead floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and toasty caramel malt, a hint of butterscotch-like toffee, kind of warm-seeming pome fruity notes, dried and crusted honey, a still hard to get a handle on spice character, some mildly phenolic yeastiness, and a further laid-back leafy, grassy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its unionized frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as the mustiness and burgeoning alcohol take things down a peg or two here. It finishes off-dry, the malt still definitely large and in charge, but not, you know, lording it over anybody or anything.

Overall, this is a fairly well-rendered version of the style, as the hops are not really expected to do much other than provide a minor supporting role, and the elevated ABV keeps its nose more or less clean in its dealings with my willing palate. Worth checking out, especially given the relatively benign asking price. Na zdravi!

May 02, 2017
More User Reviews:
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Alpha309 from California

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip.

Pours golden in color. About one inch of lace head. Head dissipates quickly into a halo.

Smell is of a strong malt. A very low hint of cloves.

Taste is mostly bubble gum. Hints of banana and cloves. A little bit on the sweet side, but not overly so.

Body feels a little lacking. Very close but a touch light.

Feb 01, 2016
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jul 14, 2018
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maclaude from Korea (South)

4.5/5  rDev +23%

Dec 07, 2014
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 01/22/17:

Clear and multitoned, copper here, gold there, a perfect amber blend of the two everywhere else. Uniform cream-white head, even at first but chunkier as it sinks down, great retention and thick lines horizontal lines of lace. Caramel, banana, maple, mild must on the nose. Toasty and semi-sweet to taste, banana-cream just barely, so more so caramel or even toffee. Also quite bitter from start to finish, though stronger in finish, floral/herbal and to peppery and soapy. I’m tempted to say full-bodied, certainly for a lighter-colored lager, with very creamy suds. Of the regular Bocks (ignoring Weizenbocks and Doppelbocks) I have reviewed so far, this is the best.

Feb 09, 2017
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jesticals from Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sep 25, 2015
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twage04 from North Carolina

3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Fruity taste but not particularly smooth or enjoyable. Not much malt or hops to speak of, kinda has a metallic taste. Wasn't completely enjoyable but I've had better bocks.

Aug 23, 2015
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Wontonst from California

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nov 30, 2015
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Boxer_Rebellion from Utah

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 20, 2016
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CanadianGinge from Texas

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dec 29, 2017
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Kschirrmacher from California

3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 22, 2017
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Foiled neck and gold bordered label give the bottle a nice look.

A- Deep bright golden hue, great clarity with semi-sticky head.

S- Freshly cut grass with a mild fusel alcohol in the aroma, other than that the nose is pretty clean.

T- Mild honey like maltiness turns quickly to a hard-lined graininess ... clean but aggressive. Hops helps to balance but character struggles with the maltiness a bit. Alcohol is clean and warming.

M- Smooth and creamy with an underlying crispness. Medium body.

D- Pretty easy to quaff but a big enough body to keep the sipping to a minimum.

Jul 06, 2005
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michiganmatt from California

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Does not taste super great. Purchased at a local Bevmo which I know often keeps beers around for way too long. I think it's possible it might be skunked or just too old. So take this review with a grain of salt.

Apr 21, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Crystal clear light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is sweet malty caramel with hops way in background. Good price at $2.79 for a 500ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT

Nov 05, 2009
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ZAP from Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed over yellow color with orange highlights...Nose seems to be of Noble spicy hops...more pilsner like than anything....body is medium...crisp like a pilsner....finishes dry like a pilsner...taste is tight...noble hoppiness on the finish..definitely dry...deeper in I get a sweeter bready maltiness..

Overall this is unremarkable but not horrible...I would not purchase again..might fit better as an Imperial Pilsner

Jan 23, 2005
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oberon from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant golden color witha nice head that leaves a nice amount of lace,aroma is all malt grainy and fruity with some hints of alcohol.Taste is a malt bomb (me like that)bready malt with a hint of alcoho with a decent fruitiness to it.No hops here a beer that really takes the edge off,nice beer.

May 27, 2004
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline golden under a small blanket of white.
Nose of caramel and brittle herb spice.
Begins malty, obviously. Full of bread, and caramel, and reduced pears. Vanilla forms after a moment or two, and it develops a tickling graininess. Turns just a touch toasty as it flows down the tube. It carries a brisk, well lagered sense. Ends with a relatively loud Germanic hop spiciness, coupled with a lingering caramel-vanilla sweetness. There is not a single trace or stray vapor of alcohol.
Medium-full in the mouth. Given levity through the steady, but compact carbonation.
This blonde bock carries some pilsener elements with it, while still steadfastly representing its given style.
What a tasty creation.

Aug 24, 2004
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packetknife from Idaho

3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal yellow with an overflowing think off-white head. Smells of hard rye bread or something close to it. The taste reminded me of caramel candy without quite as much sugar, it has a sharp start and sharp finish, not quite harsh. Hope lingered throughout but I didn't get a strong hoppy feel as other reviews seem to have. I wouldn't call it spicy but there was a slight burning sensation after a while. The carbonation was suffiicient, felt reasonably well in the mouth and was quite drinkable for a heavier beer. It's a beer I'll have again along with their double bock.

Feb 08, 2004
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BeerManDan from California

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color was a nice clear golden yellow with a reddish hue. There was very little white foam and not much lace on the side of the glass. The smell had a strong aroma of Saaz hops with a hint of citrus. The taste was of hops, with a citrus bitterness, but also, a citrus sweetness. A little bitter on the palate and aftertaste, but, not overly bitter. Overall, a nice balance for this Maibock.

Dec 04, 2012
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yemenmocha from Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with generous white head. Noes is somewhat light with a clean, lightly malty aroma. Palate is warm with the alcohol, malt as the focus, and a clean finish. More alcohol warmth into the finish and aftertaste. It's light enough to enjoy with everyday food but perhaps too hot for being a sessionable beer.

Oct 26, 2009
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Primator Helles Bock
2008 World Beer Awards: World's Best Lager & World's Best Strong Lager
OG: 16˚Plato; Alcohol by volume: 7.5%
"Traditional time-demanding brewing process delivers rich, perfectly balanced flavor that has astonished both beer professionals and enthusiasts around the world"

...don't believe everything you read...

It looks good... nice frothy head of off-white. Clear, glowing golden amber body beneath. Tiny bubbles rise steadily. Good head retention. Some nice lacing. For a strong beer it's right up there as far as retention and lacing go.

The aroma delivers bready malt with a little bit of gentle caramel and dry brown sugar, and a hint of hops and alcohol to round it out.

In the mouth it's medium bodied headed towards full with a dextrinous edge; and it's gently crisp with a fine bubbled, median carbonation level.

The flavor, however, offers a harshness that's a stumbling block. Alcohol cuts through it, and at only 7% alcohol by volume it combines with the spicy and floral/grassy hop flavors (it's 100% Saaz) and bitterness to leave it raspy at the back of the throat. A certain balance is needed, yes, otherwise it becomes cloying, but this is just a bit too jagged to keep it drinkable beyond one serving. Fortunately, a nice dollop of honeyish malt is present to help sooth it in the finish as you work through that first glass.

Nice, but no cigar!

Jan 20, 2011
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light gold with a nice off-white head and decent carbonation. Solid malt grain aroma and flavor with just enough hops to balance and not be overly sweet. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry malty grainy finish.

Per Label: "1872"

Best By: 07/11/04 (11.07.04)
Tasted: 05/07/05

(11.2 oz / 330 ml)

May 16, 2005
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden coloring, creamy white froth, assuredly collapsing.
Lager-y nose, not getting blonde bock impressions at all...I'll sniff anew and see...there's really not much here but grainy husk.

Taste: buttery, malty, sweet a touch but drying in the end. starts odd and awkward, but essentially decent. Medium/light bodied, malt dominates the taste, slight toffee and butterscotch in the finish, which stays it's ground on the palate for a while.

I was unimpressed at the start, but by the pint's mid-way, I liked this one better and better. Let's say that I warmed up to it.
Not bad, not bad at all.

Jun 09, 2005
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marburg from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm. Went well with my burgers made on toasted rye bread with a little German flair. Not bad. Clear golden color with a small head that fades rapidly. Nothing too exciting or exceptional. Likewise, the aromas are non-descript -- a melding of grassy, subdued malts, understated hops, and mild alcohol sweetness. Similarly flavored with just the most mild fruity character -- perhaps mostly just the alcohol being its normal sweet self. Finishes with a very mild but balancing hop presence. Certainly appropriate for the style, but not exceptional.

Jan 13, 2004
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency with bubbles racing upwards; creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have caramel, grains and fresh bread. Lots of malts. The flavors follow the nose. More caramel leading the way. Some toffee in the mix. More fresh bread. Nice little bitterness to it. Subtle spiciness. Possibly some rye and black pepper in the mix. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed for the most part although there's a subtle warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's very fluffy, slightly creamy but sharp. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a pretty solid brew. It drinks big, but the aromas and flavors are more or less what you would expect from the style. It's enjoyable and fun to drink. I like it.

Dec 28, 2019
Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 140 ratings