Primator Dark Lager
Pivovar Náchod a.s.

Primator Dark LagerPrimator Dark Lager
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From:
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
 
Czech Republic
Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #59
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #25,831
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 14.17%
Ratings:
70
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 11, 2022
Added:
Dec 14, 2003
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  4
SCORE
82
Good
Primator Dark LagerPrimator Dark Lager
Notes: A dark option of Czech lager, created using four types of malt and Czech hop varieties. The combination of special colour malts gives the beer a full caramel flavour with traces of roasted black coffee and dried plums. Round malt flavour, decent bitterness, velvet foam absolutely invite you to take another sip and nibble something sweet.
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4.27 by Beecham from California on Apr 11, 2022
 
4 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2022
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3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Captain69 from Illinois

creamy malty lager great beer to the finish

Oct 24, 2021
 
3.23 by ZombiePlus from California on Mar 19, 2021
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Very dark brown with tow fingers of off-white foam. Smoked earthy hops and malts with dried dark fruit in the nose. Taste is sweeter, dark fruit and chocolate emerge but are cut off by the robust smoky and earthy malts. Feel was malty, chewy, dark, smoky, yet smooth and thin. Less sweet and I would like this more

Dec 04, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Draft at Tres Bonne Cuisine. Dark brown, some light peeking through, fluffy beige head. Roast grain, musty aroma. Taste also reflects the roast grains. Some chocolaty notes in the back. Smooth, enjoyable.

Nov 29, 2019
 
3.2 by Juno106 from Florida on Apr 09, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by FBarber from Illinois

Beer pours a reddish tinged dark dark brown color. Thin one finger tan head. Head dissipates steadily, but not completely. Light comes through, but the beer is still fully opaque.

Aroma has notes of dark rustic bread, pumpernickel, with some light cola like notes. Hints of a slight cherry and dark fruit notes, but its subtle.

Taste has notes of dark fruits, bready malts, some light sweetness, and spicy hops on the back end.

Feel is medium bodied, pretty smooth with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice beer. I found that it fell somewhere between a Czech Dark lager and a bock.

Mar 29, 2019
 
3.97 by monkist from Hungary on Nov 30, 2018
 
3.5 by Robertas from Lithuania on Sep 30, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

500ml bottle - we don't get a lot of tmavy pivo around these parts.

This beer pours a clear, dark chestnut brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some decent layered streaky lace around the glass as it rather lazily recedes.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy caramel malt, a hint of free-range ashiness, bruised apples and pears, a bit of oily nuttiness, faint cocoa powder, and some very tame earthy, leafy, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, muddled black stone fruit, ethereal bittersweet chocolate, subtle wet char, some bar-top nuts, and more understated leafy, weedy, and grassy green hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its insouciant frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, with just a touch of smokiness taking things down a notch or so here. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, and dark fruity esters presiding.

Overall - this comes across as adjacent to a prototypical version of the style (Czech Dark Lager, that is, not the generic one listed above). Flavourful, easy to drink, and with a sub-average ABV that would make it a no-brainer for multiple rounds in an ancient pub, sitting at tank-like wooden tables.

Jan 16, 2018
 
3.93 by CwrwAmByth from England on Oct 22, 2016
 
3.69 by Dzu from Russian Federation on Mar 12, 2016
 
3.79 by der_meister from Ukraine on Jul 17, 2015
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3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by patre_tim from Thailand

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, topped with a foamy, chocolatey head.

Some toasted notes, slightly nutty, a hint of molasses.

Light but not watery body, foamy carbonation adds more substance.

Not bad, not wowing, but a solid brew.

Jun 26, 2015
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Clear mahogany beer with beige head, not as long retention. Smell - caramel, kvass, cocoa.
Flavour - rather sweet: cocoa, roasted malts.
Light body, soft carbonation. Enjoyable czech dark lager.

Jun 15, 2015
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by FLima from Brazil

Dark brown color with a thick beige head with medium retention.
Nice and malty aroma with notes of chocolate, nuts, grains and cocoa.
Flavor with notes of chocolate, mild spicy and earthy hops, cocoa, maybe some prunes, cookies and grains. Mildly dry aftertaste with a low bitterness.
Light body with good carbonation.
Extremely easy to drink, you sure can session this Dark Lager. This is a liquid non-fat unsweetened chocolate cookie.

May 25, 2015
 
4 by hansavijaticar from Croatia (Hrvatska) on May 07, 2015
 
3.71 by rodzm14 from Washington on Apr 09, 2015
 
3.87 by grahuba from Connecticut on Apr 04, 2015
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4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by loubar from California

500 ml bottle from BevMo. Nose of yeast and mild vanilla. Mild roasted malt, pleasant caramel taste. Slightly smoky. Silky mouth feel. No hops bitterness. Good carbonation with a semi-dry finish that makes it very easy to drink. Light, yet flavorful. Love the low ABV.

Mar 23, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

500 ML bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

L - It pours brown with amber highlights. It is capped with several inches of tan head the leaves patches of lacing as it recedes down the side of the glass.

S - It has a sweet aroma. I get some cocoa and milk chocolate.

T - It starts out with a cocoa taste that builds into chocolate flavor. It is kind of sweet.

M - Moderate and chalky

O - This was an impulse buy at the local bratwurst shop. I am glad I picked in up. It is flavorful and light. It reminds me of a Kozel Cerny I had a few years ago that I enjoyed. One of the better dark Euro lagers that I have had.

Jan 09, 2015
 
1.5 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 21, 2014
 
3.75 by Florya from Norway on Oct 18, 2014
 
3.25 by KAF from Iowa on Oct 14, 2014
 
4.25 by RoyFokker from California on Jul 06, 2014
 
3.75 by brongladest from California on May 06, 2014
 
3.25 by Sspeer1 from Massachusetts on Apr 28, 2014
 
3.25 by acdcsmith22 from California on Jan 23, 2014
 
3.75 by Saksis from Norway on Jan 12, 2014
 
3.5 by CBodamer from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2013
 
4.25 by pathman from Ohio on Nov 21, 2013
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by emerge077 from Illinois

Back label is printed "375" but no indication of a date.
Thanks to Julie & Ryan for this one!

Dark mahogany copper color when held to the light. Compact layer of velvety foam that seems to subside after a few minutes. Spindly, drippy lacing in the glass.

Smell is a little bland, vague lager yeast and some light traces of maple or tobacco.

Light roasted malt, a little prickly from the carbonation, smooth mild coffee and tobacco flavors linger in the aftertaste. Schwartzbier-ish. Light bodied but somewhat substantial, a little watery in the finish, traces of oxidation. Overall it's a good Czech dark lager, maybe a little bit long in the tooth, but still has some life left.

Nov 11, 2013
 
3.5 by Kopfschuss from Oregon on Sep 22, 2013
 
3 by SoPeL from Poland on Aug 12, 2013
 
3 by Segelstrom from Pennsylvania on Aug 05, 2013
 
3.5 by Ciocanelu from Romania on May 15, 2013
 
3.5 by BamfBacon from Ohio on May 02, 2013
 
2.5 by RD1163 from California on Apr 08, 2013
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4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fatehunter from Oregon

Almost a finger of tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is roasted and chocolate malt. Nice.
The roasted malt comes through in the taste as well, along with a little milk and mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is a little fizzy and crisp.
An enjoyable experience with the flavorful taste but still lighter lager.

Jan 25, 2013
Primator Dark Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 70 ratings