Primátor Maibock | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Primátor MaibockPrimátor Maibock

Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Czech Republic

Style: Maibock / Helles Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2003

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Photo of Offa
4.92/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is simply an excellent, well-rounded, complex maibock and yet another excellent beer from this brewery.

Birhgt but deep gold, it has a huge white head steadily shrinking to a permanent, 1.5" rocky, puffy head and it produces some nice, foamy lace.

The aroma is a wonderful, full-bodied Maibock character, toasty, doughy bread, raisin, slightly caramelised raisin, grape, honey, grain, overall fruitiness and light hint of mineral.

The taste is similar and similarly rich, well-rounded and characterful. It has strong toasty grain, some bread, spicey-raisiny-grapey alcohol, herbs, some grass. It has a light but firm, malty sweetness underneath a fairly strong, dominating bitterness that is herbal and grassy and, with raisiny spice, dominates the finish to linger nicely over underlying sweetness, without being too strong.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: A nice cloudy orange. Has a glow to it, really attractive.

S: Floral hops and stone fruits with some nice herbs and yeast.

T: Very well balanced sweet and bitter flavors. Some clean, light roast flavors, hops and grains.

M: Nice and filling to the palate with a coolness. Covers the mouth and fades away quickly.

O: A really wonderful beer. Suprised me to find out how good it was.

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Photo of MadeInOregon
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Only $2.69 at Beverages & More! What a steal! I'm realizing that I'm a big fan of this style and look forward to trying more of them. Hopefully they can all be as enjoyable as Primátor Maibock.

THE APPEARANCE when poured into my narrow, stemless wineglass was very nice. This beer has a very nice clear, honey-colored body with a large, airy off-white head. It definitely looks like a lager from the instant the golden liquid comes tumbling out of the bottle. There is sticky white lacing throughout drinking.

THE SMELL is that of a crisp lager with some interesting sweet, buttery candy aromas in there. Think toffee and hot buttered popcorn. One reviewer mentioned a cheese smell, and I can understand that. Though it should be noted that it is a sweet and rich cheese smell, not a funky aged one. The aromas in this beer are very appetizing and unique.

THE FLAVOR of this maibock is a nice, sweet caramel followed by a crisp, but smooth, hoppy lager-like finish. This is well-balanced in every sense: not overly complex and not too simple, sweet but not too sweet, hoppy but not too hoppy, and big (i.e. alcohol) but not too big.

THE FEEL is pretty full for a lager and is also very nice and appropriate considering the rest of its qualities.

CONCLUSION: This a great light beer and provides a very good drinking experience. Not once were my taste buds being punished with intensity or bored to death with mediocrity. 500ml of 7.5% alcohol makes one more than enough for me though. The label boasts of its award as the "World's Best Lager", while I don't know about all that I will say it's pretty dang good and interesting. Don't let the cheap, Eastern-European, malt liquor-like label fool you--this is a good one. *it's best at 50+ degrees

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Photo of himmelhuber
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer has a golden color, high rentention, looks just like beer has to look.
Smells sweet, malty and makes you really want to taste the first sip.
And this first sip, Oh Boy oh boy oh boy. I have not had such a good beer for quite a while. Very crisp as a lager should be, yet full malt flavor and little to no hops as a Bock should be, very nice example of the style!.
I only had one bottle, I should have bought more, even thou the high alcohol might come back to you after the second one, but with this beer I don't care if I have a good buzz after two pints.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Straw yellow with a slight haze of fine sediment particles. An expansive off-white foam leaves extensive, beautiful, sticky, soapy lace. The best lacing I have seen in quite a while. The foam itself goes vertical and hangs in thick sheets on the side of the glass.

S- A fresh, well-kept Primator displays malt aroma with notes of graham cracker, caramel, fruit-infused prunes, bread dough, honey puffed cereal, cut hay, banana bread with walnuts, and juicy fruit gum.

T- The attack is a very pleasant, inviting sweet maltiness. The mid palate is rich sweet animal crackers & puffed cereal grains. Finish is a nice, long lingering maltiness, and here the noble hops display their grassy flavor.

M, D- Full and round on the palate, and exceedingly drinkable.

It is called a Maibock, but one might nearly call this a double/imperial lager. Very enjoyable!

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden color with a huge white creamy head. Lots of lacing thru out. Noticed scents of wheat/grassy. Nice sweet taste with a medium body. There's also a nice malty aftertaste. This brew really does not feel/taste like a 7%. Would recommend this to everyone to try at least once.

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Photo of Gorgoroth
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for $3.29 at Siciliano's Market. Shared with BA mermatinger. From notes taken on 01/14/11

Presentation: Standard brown glass 500ml bottle. Neatly organized label information and artwork. Looks pretty typical of many traditional Czech and German bottle presentations.

Appearance: Served into two 12oz Ikea-brand English imperial pint-style drinking glasses. Pours a golden amber with light, effervescent carbonation, and a quarter-fingerwidth creamy off-white head with fairly long retention.

Smell: Upfront in the nose are lager malts and accompanying sweetness; a slight honey and copper aroma with mild hop spice. It doesn't smell like a super fresh lager, but it is definitely not skunked or tainted.

Taste: Honey and malted grains pervade while the flavor of dried apple and a slight hop bitterness foil the primary tastes. It tastes very similar to a less alcohol-forward, hopped mead.

Mouthfeel: There is a coating sweetness but with a surprisingly light body on the tongue and a lingering bitterness on the palate.

Drinkability & Final Thoughts: This beer is super drinkable. Not too complex or strong in flavor and aroma, sweet, malty and fruity; definitely an easy drinker. The higher alcohol is masked almost completely which makes it a dangerous beer because you may be tempted to drink it quickly. I'm sad to see all of the hating going on against this beer and Primátor's Doppelbock. This beer was awarded Best Lager in the World 2008 by Beers of the World magazine and I believe it is a very well-made, deserving beer. And at a very low price for a 500ml bottle, I wouldn't complain even if it was half as good as it was.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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)

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Photo of dertyd
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type bottle to a chimay goblet

A-a nice dark copper color with little to no head and no laceing

S- sweet malt with almost no hop smell at all

T- really yummy lol a lot of malts with a little bit of hops at the end

M-really crisp lots of carbonation

A realy good beer one of my fave lagers I can put theese back all day and at 7% you can't taste the alcohol really smooth beer

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Photo of martino_cappachino
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint glass into a pint glass. With just a little left over because of the foamy head.

Head was a finger notch and half thick. Nice retention, but just wished it lasted a minute longer, as it gained a very pleasant aroma.

Hazy, lighter amber in appearance.

First accents of forest pine leading into stronger smells of malt and crisp green apples. Very much like a pilsner in aroma.. but with stronger and more malty accents.

Notes of apple and light lemon folding into a toasted dark malt whole grain on first sips. Spicey when it's cold, alcohol is more present and slightly bitter. Sweetens as it warms up.

Medium bodied in carbonation.

An interesting find at the local beer market. Very european in style. Now just got to compare it to its American cousin Rogue.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in October shipment of my BOTM club.

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden amber-blonde with thin white head. Some bubbly lacing lines that rise and fall.

Smell: Fruity and bready malts with a strong noble hop spicy kick. Some alcohol is noticeable as well.

Taste: Interesting mix of semi-sweet fruit malts (peach, apple, pear, orange) and a very dry, spicy and peppery hop bite.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, smooth sweet body that abruptly turns very dry at the finish.

Drinkability: Pretty strong Maibock overall in terms of malts, hops and alcohol - not that I'm complaining.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, orange blonde with a creamy bone colored head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Rich and malty with plenty of fruity yeast in the aroma. Rich and malty with nutty and green apple flavors with a dry champagne yeast quality in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied with smooth carbonation. A tasty surprise.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is sweet with fig, plum and caramel. Smells nutty with a mix of pecan and almond smells. Hops are present and mostly grassy.

Starts out bready and very slightly sweet with a sharp hop bite. Much drier than it smells woody and a substantial hop bite. There is a banana and nuts flavor here. Bitterness moderates a lot after about a 1/3 glass of this stuff.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is high due to the subdued sweetness. One of the better beers in the style.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish / copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, earthy and a touch of fruit. In the taste, lager-ish, a small fruitiness, earthiness, and a sweet biscuit like malt. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry fruit like aftertaste. Nice fruity sweetness and easy to drink. Quite nice.

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Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a Mix and Match 6-pack of this at Badger Spirts in Beloit, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a semi-clear copper color with a good amount of carbonation for a good head. Scent has some malts standing out giving it that obvious bock smell. The taste is mild with an almost nutty flavor to it. A very long lasting taste that is smooth and hits the taste buds just right. A great beer to go with a sandwitch.

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Photo of matjack85
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this single, 330ml brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.79. No freshness date.

The beer poured a clear golden orange color with a 2-finger white head that lasted about 2 minutes. Lacing was decent.

The beer smelled like a mix of caramel, toffee, and honey.

Mostly toffee flavored malty sweetness with plenty of mild hops for good balance. Both the toffee and the bitterness rermain in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation.

I liked this a lot. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle. A number stamped on the back label. Classy-looking, light-brown bottle.

Pours a clear, light amber. Bubbles swirl inside the glass while a thick, off-white head head clings very well. Smell is a sharp-tipped (alcohol), sugary malt. Taste is an explosion of sweet, dark-fruit malts and a lot of pithy bitters. An overload of ingredients in fact, but they balance out nicely. Has a rich, bready body, while the end is hoppily bitter and dry. An alcohol feel is present too. Except for a scad of alcohol burn, everything is good here. All in all, a fine example of a maibock imo, and something well worth picking up for $2.00!

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Photo of Alpha309
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of alkemy
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just the slightest haze in this golden colored brew. The rich head is off-white and a good three fingers thick. The overwhelming taste is of sweet fruitiness (kind of a combo of apples, bananas, and peaches) mixed with some caramel. Despite the higher ABV, it's pretty refreshing. I didn't know about this one after the first drink, but it really grew on me. As far as the hops, I didn't get any in the taste. However, there were some flowery hops in the nose. I'd definitely have this again.

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Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a brilliant, almost glowing orange in color and was crystal clear. The big carbonation was just gushing up the glass. The head was modest but lingering.

Smell – The grain here is strong but softened by an easy, candy sugary aroma that has a bit of artificial orange to it. There’s a sweet, raw barley aroma here as well. The ABV is noticeable at the smell as well.

Taste – This has some good, sweetish grain notes. It’s hard to pull off good grain, but they seem to be doing it here. There are some raw wheat flavors that aren’t like an American Wheat Ale or a German Hefe Weizen. It is more like the flavor of wheat that you get when stripping it right off the stalk out in the field. It closes with some light, herbal and citrus hoppy notes that seem to be out of place for the style but are nevertheless tasty.

Mouthfeel – This big, medium-bodied Bock has a sharp alcohol sting. The huge carbonation that you could see in the glass is subtle on the tongue.

Drinkability – This is the equivalent of high-quality malt liquor. It’s strong, grainy, sweet, alcoholic, but smooth. Well done.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium golden with a large head composed of large bubbles, moderate carbonation. As the head dies off, some lace remains on the sides of the glass. Pleasant looking beer. Aroma is is of malt and very gentle hops- they are there, but not strong at all. Overall weak aroma that isn't bad, but isn't exciting either. Typical of the style, as far as I can tell. Perhaps a slight metallic note?

Flavor is full, malty, slightly sweet, and very enjoyable. I don't really note any hop bite- perhaps it hold this back a bit from being more sweet, but that's about it.

Rich, healthy mouthfeel. This begs to have another, and another.

Overall, I like this as a choice of a general drinking (session) beer- just real easy to drink and enjoy, without being overly complex.

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