Primátor Maibock | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

128 Ratings
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 elNopalero
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light amber tan with some foaming that dies down into a tight lace. There’s a lightly sweet aroma followed by some light malty notes. I get a mild caramel hint of sweetness which rounds out the flavor. It’s honeyed and mellow and exceptionally smooth, with a nice rounded finish. A little too sweet for a starter beer but I could easily see having this one for dessert.

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Photo of Kunstman
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of prisoner1572
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of RichH55
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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 steveh
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at Woodman's -- 7.5, wow. I wonder how the Czechs handle a Maibock -- other than strong, that is.

A -- Unexpected mild gusher. Somewhat hazy deep gold with a thick, long-lasting white head.

S -- Sweet, bready malts up front with that spicy, woody Czech hop character balancing out. Peppery, near phenolic alcohol with warming.

T -- Sweet bready malts up front with the spicy hops finishing off and a bitter, mildly lemony aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and smooth with a medium-light body and lightly crisp finish.

O -- Overall, this is a good beer, but like Urquell I can see the Saaz hops becoming too fatiguing to my palate. I prefer the German renditions of the style better, but that doesn't take away from this being a well-made beer.

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Photo of ahnatiw
2/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of felixljr
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber in color, clear, with very good carbonation and about two fingers’ worth of frothy almost-khaki-colored foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – good and malty, and much like a Bavarian style lager.

Taste – sweet and malty, but a bit of a musky tinge to it that hits you in the middle of the taste. There’s a little bitterness in the aftertaste, but not too strong. The sweetness of it is interesting, and hard to place. The high-ish abv is not really noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, but it leans more toward the creamier side than I would have thought.

Overall – very interesting brew, with a very good taste.

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Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of StaveHooks
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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 rapayn01
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The label says this was named the "world's best lager" in 2008 by Beers of the World magazine. I'm not sure about that distinction, but it is a quality lager. Then again, I don't drink many lagers any more.

I have twice now poured the 330 ml bottle into a pint glass. It is quite carbonated and thus makes a big head. The beer is amber/gold in color and has a real kick. The bottle reports 7.5% alcohol by volume.

The taste is initially of malt, but then a decent array of hop flavor steps up for an overall balanced taste. There are some interesting flavors in the mix -- some kind of fruity, some kind of earthy. I liked it and will definitely finish the rest of the set I received. However, I probably would not actively seek out this beer. I also wouldn't turn down a pint if offered.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
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 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 Elimination
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a awesome looking clear yellow copper... This beer just looks great

Smell of sweet honey, bit of vanilla and cupcakes

Taste is a very smooth drinking bock. Vanilla, honey and pils malt. Has a subtle salty like spice in the background.

This is a great example of a maibock. Wish I can get this one more often

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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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Primátor Maibock from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
3.63 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
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