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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

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

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Reviews: 85 | Ratings: 124
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 DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"2008 World's Best Lager"

If you recall my Primator Premium Lager review, I said that I was told THAT was voted as such. I guess that....ehh, blame the jet lag. So anyways, on to the beer:

There are some floaties in the bottle, so I pour about ¾ of the bottle into my flute and leave the rest behind. Teeny tiny particles sit suspended in the body of goldenrod color. The head is airy on top, leaves some soapy lacing. Well, eight now it smells fine. Waves of honey kissed biscuit malts whirl into the nose. A little whiff of ethanol alcohol keeps things honest.

The maibock style has been a struggle for me, but Primator maibock is agreeable with my palate. There's honey, orange blossom, and bready malts. There's some alcohol weaved with those tasting notes. It has a body of medium size, washes off the palate like a regular lager....no lingering alcohol. Yep, things are looking sunny for this beer. Hops are floral, and its bitterness is most noticable towards the end.

In the overall picture, one of the better maibocks I've come across.

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Photo of SilentBob2u2
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks / Appearance: lightish Marzen-auburn color up pouring - seems half a shade light for a Mai, gracious head

Smell: light tones of malty sweetness

Taste: the bouquet leads with a dull metallic sweetness - it tastes more appealing than that makes it sound; most of the sweetness is in the finish; there's a vaguely citrus-y taste at the core of this bock, strange but true

Mouthfeel: a brew with a full feel to it - seems to monopolize all regions of the mouth

Drinkability: this is a sneaky 7.5 abv - still, it'd be hard to have more than 2 of these in one sitting

Serving type: bottle (would love to have it on draft)

Serving size: 16.9 ozs

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Photo of vacax
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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 qazelisc
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep gold/ light amber. A white head with nice retention and lacing.

Sweet grainy malt, grassy hops and a subtle fruity/banana aroma.

Taste upfront is a decent balance of sweet caramel malts and grassy hops but then some hop bitterness and alcohol flavor on the way down and after.

Feel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and body that's nice, but there is astringency from the hop bitterness and alcohol.

Overalll, a decent Maibock. The higher alcohol makes you feel good, but not so nice on the aftertaste and finish.

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Photo of dfitch81
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Noticed this on the shelf at New Seasons - I don't see Maibocks very often, and this one proclaims on the front "2008 World's Best Lager," so I thought this'd be worth a try. Good call, it turned out.

Appearance is as it should be, which is to say it looks like I have a glass full of crystal-clear honey with a good, persistent 3mm head. 'Nuf said.

Sweet bready malts dominate the nose, admitting only a hint of noble hops. Taste mirrors the nose - rich, hearty malt sweetness center-stage. Noble hop spiciness emerges later in the taste. Pretty nice.

Slightly sticky mouthfeel echoes the honey-like appearance. Owing to its alcohol content and abundant sweetness, you probably wouldn't want to have more than one of these. The one you did have, though, would be enjoyable. Overall, very nice.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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 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 armock
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a light copper color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of sweet grainy malt

T - Nothing special follows the nose sweet malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall its not a bad beer just nothing extra special has a decent taste

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 thain709
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very big, rocky, white head that never really disappears...it sits on a bright and bubbly golden colored body...nice lacing

S - A very sweet smelling nose...some pale malts shining through...but the sweetness dominates

T - Again...the sweetness is overly dominate...it has a little bit of caramel flavoring to it...picking up a few pale malt characteristics...a little fruitiness as well...I just can't get past the sweetness

M - Light bodied...crisp and refreshing...but has a cloying sweetness

D - I just couldn't get past the sweetness of this beer...if it would have been cut down a little by some hops I think I would have liked it better...it's nicely carbonated which makes it very refreshing...a good beer for the price but I'll pass the next time

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Photo of MisterClean
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Taken from a competition.

A - Pours clear golden with 3 fingers of well-carbnated head. Dissipates slowly and exhibits great retention with beautiful lacing.

S - Minerally and honey.

T - Minerally, honey, and spicy hops.

M - Very cloying, tangy and sweet. May not have fully attenuated.

D - Overall, looks can be deceiving.

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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 canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I assume this is the same beer as it came out of a mixed box of six different Primator beers. All the info on the box and the bottles is in Czech. this beer is labelled Primator Exkluzic 16%. I also got a cool Primator plastic shopping bag in the box (why though?).

The beer is bright gold with a huge white head. The nose is malty and a little alcohol fueled at first. I liked the solid malty midbody with a slightly sweet finish and the bigness of the beer in general. There was a little hotness to the beer at first but it smoothed out fast. Drinkable and in profile almost like a big Octoberfest.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.81/5  rDev -22.6%
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 scoobybrew
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has an excellent head with great retention. It is very clear and golden in color. The aroma is malty with a subtle noble hop accent. The taste is malty sweet with alcohol definitely noticeable. The hops are present, but mostly noted on the finish. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a very interesting beer. It's labeled as a 'blonde doppelbock', which is pretty unique from my experience. I think it's pretty tasty (of course I am a sucker for decoction mashing) but it's a bit too alcoholic to become a regular of mine (not to mention a bit rare in my neck-of-the-woods).

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Photo of friendofthedevil
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahh, thankful for a strong beer offering from a Czech brewery! Not particularly special as it is your usual Czech beer but a bit stronger nonetheless. Compared to other offerings, however, it is both affordable and drinkable. Tasty and a great way to wind down the day after classes. Out of the bottle it has a good layer of foam which remains throughout drinking. A bit of a hop flavour, although not much to write home about. I drink this beer regularly and can highly recommend it for those living in the Czech Republic and feeling at a loss for strong, tasty beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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 Golden2wenty1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Steve's (Univ Ave) here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant, crystal clear amber with a tall white foamy head. Smells rich and malty, grassy, with some sweet caramel notes. First taste reminded me a lot of my local gem, Capital Blonde Dopplebock - robust with sweet caramel malts and grassy notes - but sadly picks up some astringent, medicinal, bitter notes that give the tongue a little twitch and detract from the overall drinkability, though the 7% is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is rich and full. This is a solid dopplebock, but I guess I'm spoiled with Capital in town. Worth a try as it's still not a bad light dopplebock.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
3.63 out of 5 based on 124 ratings.
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