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 brewerburgundy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Sam Adams perfect pint.

I'm seeing a darker honey orange beer; the rather creamy, sustained, and finely bubbled head makes this look rather like an ale.

Initially, earthy, herbal hops emanated from the glass. Past that is a honey and graham cracker lager-like sweetness, but one with more depth, as it should be. A buttery, almost diacetyl, aroma is there but doesn't seem out of place while any alcohol character is fleeting.

There is a strong sweet honey and cereal grain body right up front. A surprisingly strong dank bitterness follows up quickly and the finish would be nice and clean but for an herbal, lavender lingering flavor. There is the essence of alcohol that makes one think that letting this warm to room temperature would expose something to sting the nostrils.

I think it could use some more spritz, but in my experience the Sam Adams glasses knock a lot of carbonation out quickly so I'll give this the benefit of the doubt. Body is just moderate and not at all syrupy.

I am pleasantly surprised at just about every part of this beer. For some reason I expected a big, hot lager, and that is not what I got. Everything comes together nicely, but I do think it is a little too heavy to be a quencher.

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

Amber-copper color, similar to some ciders. Modest carbonation and pours with a medium sized, firm head. Smells of grain, malt, and some sweet notes. Soft mouthfeel, round, smooth, and balanced. A bit hoppy then some bitterness, but I still found it really enjoyable.

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Photo of beergod1
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange with some cloudiness to it and a full inch of a thick white head, good retention with light lace. The aroma has Sweet grainy malt, and a subtle fruity notes. The taste is similar and rich, well-rounded and some nice character. It has strong toasty grain, and somewhat a dry finish. I felt a touch of alcohol right on the finish. I'm surprised this rates so poorly on RateBeer, and Rates pretty decent on BeerAdvocate. Well, I'm with BA on this one....I liked it.

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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 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 alexhahn82
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
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 hustlesworth
3.07/5  rDev -15.4%
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 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 ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color, 1/3" head.
S: Stone fruit and a bit of mulling spice.
T: I agree this is very grainy. A bit of fruit/honey. The hops were very muted.
M: The alcohol shows a little bit but it is not unpleasant. Medium-bodied.
O: Very drinkable, well made but not my personal favorite.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 L bottle poured into a Stella goblet.

Appearance - Poured an orange color with a 2 inch head with a large amount of lacing. Lightly carbonated.

Smell - A very complex smell. Strong malt presence that is almost overpowering. Slight smell of orange comes out every once and a while.

Taste - Very grainy malt presence offset by a stronger hop presence than the smell hinted at. The malt flavor reminds of a good Doppelbock, yet the hops make this beer slightly more balanced than most Doppelbocks I have tried to this date.

Mouthfeel - For a lighter colored beer, this thing packs a bit of a punch. A slight grainy taste lingers but is soon lost to a bitter hop aftertaste that does not overstay its welcome.

Drinkability - Although this beer is very balanced and drinkable, I feel like it is slightly less drinkable than a Doppelbock. The bitter hop presence will make you want something slightly sweeter and/or maltier everntually. But when it comes to one beer, enjoy.

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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 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 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 GrizzlyBrew
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Bright yellow clear body, dense white head
S - Sweet malt, spicy hop character in background
T - Sweet again without being too cloying, funky hop interplay not really balanced (IMO) I don't typically drink Maibock's, so maybe this is par for the course
M - Nice weight, balanced well by carbonation
D - This is not exactly my cup of tea. Even if I were a fan, the sweetness would wear heavily on me by the second pint, if not earlier.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
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 fbone
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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 BeerNinja007
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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 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 ChainGangGuy
2.39/5  rDev -34.2%
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 jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours bright gold with some hazy sediment - 1 finger white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet bready fruit malts

taste is very sweet cereal grains and apples

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation

drinkability is ok - i only bought one so i dont know if drinking more could put one into a sugar coma

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Photo of crossovert
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Primator brand just started to show up in the local stores, 3 varieties, I remember I had had the doppelbock awhile ago and it was pretty harsh. 11.2 oz brown bottle.

Pours an amberish gold that is crystal clear. It has a foamy, but also slightly creamy white head. As it recedes it leaves nice rings of lacing.

The smell is interesting, there is alot of nuttiness to it along with a graham crackery malt. The hops seem mild, but herbal.

The taste is solid, it has a nondescript bitterness form the hops which is it's lowest point, but the mouthfeel is pretty good, creamier than most of the style as you drink with a dry, bitter finish. Has some slight toasted bread int here too.

It's decent, the hop taste is a bit overbearing though.

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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 womencantsail
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a cloudy copper color with a finger's worth of white foam and some mild lacing.

S: A bit of citrus to the nose along with a slight yeastiness. The yeast provides a mild fruity ester quality that I wasn't quite expecting.

T: There is a mild caramel sweetness along with just a hint of toasted bread. The citrus and floral hop aromas provide the rest of the flavor, along with a light bitterness on the finish. There is also a bit of a metallic tinge at times.

M: The body is light to medium with a medium carbonation.

D: Not bad at all, a nice bit of citrus and malt flavor that balances nicely. The metal taste that creeps in once in awhile rains on the parade a bit.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright and amber in color, and this one is topped off with a very stark white head. Fluffy head and good lacing.

S: fruity esters and some caramel malty notes come through as well. Brown sugar.

T: Malty and toasty. There is a bitter finish and a caramel like sweet beginning. There is a macintosh apple like quality coming from the esters of this one as well.. over all very nice and rather crisp.

M: drying

D: medium to high

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Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
3.63 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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