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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-02-2003

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Photo of JohnGalt1
1.99/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine....

Clear amber brew with a short lasting head.. no real lacing.

The nose is hot alcohol and butterscotch.. banana and cabbage.

Thick caramel and diacetyl.. vegetal notes are really heavy.

Not good... pretty damn bad.


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Photo of ahnatiw
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, golden-amber body with a modestly-sized, white head.

Smell: Weak notes of ineffective hops and slumped barley immersed in cooked sugars and fuming alcohol.

Taste: Sugary sweet, treacle-toned flavor with a lighter hint of bready barley. A bit of fruitiness. Spicy, herbaceous hops, though only a minor touch of bitterness. Cutting in midway is an astringent, borderline medicinal alcohol quality to it, which rides until the sweet, curiously heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Some undesired stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Booze and sweetness are it's more notable attributes. Fine for a cheap liqueur or for a Let's Get Sauced Weekend, but that's not at all what I wanted from this. A thumb down for my displeasure, but a thumb up for not being as quite as despicable as their Double Bock.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Muted yellow-amber chock full of fine beer dust that is not likely to settle any time soon. The head is bone white and appears coarse rather than creamy. As it collapses in slow motion, never disappearing entirely, it leaves a thin ring of lace that will, hopefully, be one of many as I drink.

I have the same problem with this beer that I do with most helles bocks. That is, to me, pale malt doesn't result in a very distinctive aroma. Minimal maltiness and virtually no hoppiness greets my nose. There's no ethanol either, which is a positive. Bottom line: the nose lacks power and, worse yet, it lacks character.

Primator Blonde Bock doesn't taste like any blonde/mai/helles bock that I've ever had. It most closely resembles a Euro strong lager (which, come to think of it, is what it pretty much is). Even though I didn't appreciate any ethanol in the nose, it's rampant on the palate. Rarely have I tasted a 7.0% beer whose alcohol was this poorly cloaked. Not only does it dominate the flavor profile, but it has a disturbing rubbing alcohol character that reminds me of cheap vodka. An initial metallic flavor is fading, but refuses to disappear completely.

Okay, enough with the negatives, what about the positives? There's an acceptably sturdy malt backbone... that provides very little flavor. I sense an underlying sweetness trying to break through, but it's beaten down by the grain alcohol fusels. Sorry, I'm trying to focus on positives here, but it ain't easy. Hops? Not really. This is hopeless. I refuse to spend any more time attempting to break down such a rough, raw version of a style that I have trouble seeing eye-to-eye with on a good day.

I really hadn't noticed the mouthfeel until I focused on it for the purpose of assigning a score. It's medium, firm, not as rough as the flavor and appropriately carbonated. It's a wonder that I came up with all that since my tongue is nearly numb from what feels like every bit of a 12.0% ABV.

It should be fairly obvious by now that I don't care for Primator Blonde Bock. I'm tempted to break out one of my shot glasses for the remainder of the bottle, but there are only a few ounces to go, so I might as well tough it out. Here's hoping the bottle of Primator Double Bock currently residing in my cellar is not only a horse of a different color, but a horse of a better flavor.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
2.73/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this 500mL single from Manchester Wine & Liquors in Manchester CT for $2.79. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Murky yellow brew with a slight orange tint gives a healthy 2" of eggshell head that crackles loudly like Rice Krispies as it settles. Smell has a light caramel sweetness, vanilla and some raw grain, but otherwise smells pretty light and thin like an EPL. Taste leads with a sticky kind of light caramel which is quickly followed by a fairly strong muddy unappealing hop. Feel has a sugary slickness and viscosity, otherwise thin and watery, sharp carbonation, and a bit of alcohol burn. Diacetyl is apparent throughout and lingers into the finish.

I'm not impressed at all, it is a stretch to call this even mediocre. The feel is utterly terrible, like fizzy watered down corn syrup, and the hop is just gross.

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Photo of BeccaH
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm sorry, this beer did not work for me. I didn't like the aroma, it was caramel but stinky a bit like cheese. The looks, light amber with temporary big foam. Body was OK, though carbonation seemed unsuitable. Caramel taste with some bitterness, bit the whole experience did not work so not so drinkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy bright golden color with modest white puffy head.
Smell is very sweet with distinct notes of alcohol.
Taste also shows a distinct alcohol character that drowns out any other taste sensation.
Finish also has a dominating alcohol sensation.
I didi not enjoy this beer.

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Photo of fbone
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A:see thru light brown,good head.

S:not much aroma.

T:Slight carmel,sugar flavor with bitter hoppy finish.

M:not realy pleasant,cheap.

D:I guess if you just want to get drunk it'll do.Its a chuggin beer.It's not for philosophers.I wont buy this one again.It just didn't do anything for me.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Light amber body, super clear. Two fingers of foamy white head.

S - Grain, earthy husk, slight sourness, honey, old dough.

T - Sweet grain at the start but quickly turns to an herbal, minty perfumey, earthy bitterness. Finishes with a tangy lemon sweetness.

M - Medium to full body, creamy carbonation.

There's something off-putting in the flavors. Almost like a forced herbal mint. Didn't come together very well.

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Photo of mactrail
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive in the big chalice, though the foam is coarse and doesn't last so well. Golden amber with an orange cast. From the crack of the bottlecap you get that whiff of skunky Saaz hops.

Sweet and thick mouthfeel. Seems like the usual Euro-lager but more sugary and stronger. Malty and slightly hot. Grows more unpleasant after some sipping. Sort of a malt liquor with a peculiar abundance of hops. Ends with a hot and dirty bitterness.

Another sweetheart deal from the distributors for BevMo. From the 500 ml bottle.

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Photo of prisoner1572
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of scuzzlebutt
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of ZAP
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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

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Photo of VariableStar
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of alexhahn82
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A. Meh, looks kinda like martinelli's sparkling cider.

S, Smells very yeasty with a hint of sweetness.

Taste. Semi barley like taste, definitely oats or some sort of grain to it, Excellent taste for a lager.

M. very tame, to be expected, but not a bad start and finish not crisp but not dull.

Overall. Impressed for a lager. Medium sweet semi honey like, this is the second time I purchased this beer. $2 for a 500ml thats 7.5% seems like a fair deal to me, if your at the same price point you should try it!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear and deep honey-hued amber-orange colour, with a fine ring of white film around the edge of the glass. Pretty decent weight to it, and the carbonation forms in lovely tight bubbles. It looks pretty decent, all up. Not brilliant, but decent.

Nose is sticky and a little sweaty, with grassy hops coming through above a very grainy and slightly earthy base. Very classically European characters to it, but more like a generic Euro lager with the volume turned up than the green, noble freshness you can get. Only average, to me.

Taste is similar, in that it has a rather biting metallic hop character through the centre, but swirling sweet malt rushing around the outside. Again, its genesis seems to be rather in the generic Euro lager style, but with a bigger hop note through the centre and a heavier body backing it up. Booze is noticeable—despite the heavy body, it doesn't have enough heft and character to support such a level.

Hot, generic and rather unpleasant. It's perhaps not actually offensive, but it's unnecessary in its weight and aggression. I've had far, far better.

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

A- nice clear dirty golden amber with a lasting creamy head. some spots of lace stick to the glass but not much.

S- grainy and somewhat sweet, with a light fruity apricot melon aroma, diacetyl and sugar cookies. floral hops and granola as well.

T- grainy up front then oddly bitter and metallic on the back side. it's not an intense hoppiness, but more of an uncomfortable throat-scratching bitterness with astringency. the metallic flavor goes away ones the beer opens up a bit. grain flavors are nice though. finishes with bran flavor on the palate and that bitterness in the throat.

MF- the feel is the best part for me. full, rich, creamy and substantial, with light prickly carbonation and moderate dryness and is exactly what i expect from the style.

D- although not terrible, the strange flavor is off-putting and makes this one difficult to finish.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark, clear Amber w/a 1/2" of head that reduced completely.
Smells are toffee, caramel & butterscotch but all very faint on the nose.
Mouthfeel is a quick toffee malt that is erased by a Czech Pilsner type crisp bitter blast that is a bit off putting that mixes w/a booziness that fades to a clean finish. Meh.

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Photo of vacax
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark golden orange with some cloudiness to it and a full inch or so of thick white head, good retention and lace. The aroma has fresh malted barley alongside an earthy and bitter, hot hop character. The flavor begins with a mild pale malt character with some nice grain flavors, then the hops kick into a full hops bitterness that is a bit floral but also quite astringent and surprisingly harsh on the palate. Lingering bitter finish with some cookie and pepper. Body is medium viscosity with a smooth, moderate carbonation. Not too impressed with this one, a bit rough around the edges and drinks slowly.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

part of my October BOTM Club shipment...

Pours a nice clean golden/light-copper color. Fluffy off-white head. Retention looked almost "curdled", decent lacing. Smell is of carmel coated popcorn and a strong lager sulfury stank to it. Taste is a very sweet carmel coated popcoirn flavor - sweet malts and diacetyl - followed by hop presence and a very sulfury taste. Alcohol pops up in the finish. Medium bodied, slightly coating, slightly warming. Very sweet and very sulfury lager bite to it. Slow sipper.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark straw color, and maintains an off-white pillowy head of one and a half fingers. As the head rescinds it leaves moderate to thick lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is predominantly of sour malts, a touch of lime, and faint esters. The summation of the scents falls somewhere between mildly rancid and sulfuric. As we sip, the front is composed of unripe banana esters, and a clean chalkiness. As this disappears throughout the middle, the flavor is taken over by a peppery spice, curious sweetness, and hop bitterness. These carry over to the aftertaste, which is also wrought with suggestions of acetic and lactic acids. The carbonation is relatively high, and helps to accentuate the beer's creaminess. The body is otherwise medium to thick, and the beer is nicely coating. The abv is decent, and the mouthfeel is nice, but the flavor profile keeps this beer from a quick finish.

Overall, what we liked best about this beer was its mouthfeel. Although the carbonation is perceivably overwhelming, the thicker characteristics and creaminess certainly make up for it. As for flavoring, there was a disproportionate level of sourness which, if curbed, might have let some other flavors shine, while ultimately making the beer stronger in quality.

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Photo of h4ger
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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