Primator Dark Lager | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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Primator Dark LagerPrimator Dark Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Czech Republic
primator.cz

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Globetrotter on 12-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
59
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
14.86%
 
 
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4
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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours dark brown, with a hint of red. A great large off-white thick head that stays for a really long time before it dissipates leaving nice lacings.

S: Heavy roasted sweet malt, hazelnuts, floral hops - very well balanced. Some dark syrup and some dried dark fruit.

T: Heavy roasted sweet malt with some bitter hops. Dark syrup and hazelnuts. Raisins.

M: A really long sweet and bitter aftertaste. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D: I havn't had so many dark lagers - but if they're all like this, I'm sure gonna drink a lot of them.

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Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good dark lager/dunkel type, a bit sweet, but tasty with solid, slightly complex character.

Dark brown with a reddish hint, it has a huge, pale tan head steadily shrinking to a large (2.5"), permanent, creamy head and leaves some lace.

The aroma is nice, pleasant and fairly stron, toasted whole wheat, caramel, hints of molasses and root beer/spices, earth. It's malty and hoppy, righ, full, anf firm, an excellent aroma for this style.

The taste is full, rich, and complex, yet still light and easy going, with great depth. It has toasted grain, hint of rich whole wheat, earth, caramelised grain, hint of mapple syrup, root beer, full-flavour. It has both sweetness and a little bitterness plus a zesty spicey bite, but the sweetness is a little too strong and the bitterness is very light, the spicey zestiness being the main counterpoint to the sweetness. Dunkels and dark lagers generally shouldn't be very bitter anyway, but it is still just a tad on the overly sweet side. Overall, it's well-rounded, fairly balanced, with solid depth and range of character, very pleasant, enjoyable, satisfying yet easy to drink.

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Photo of bark
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red. The high head is compact and brown. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is nutty and malty with roasted notes. There is also a fruity hoppy flavour of noble hops.

The taste is dominated by roasted malt: Hazelnuts, soft sweet flavours of raisins and sweet loaf. The sweetness is balanced by a pleasant bitterness. The aftertaste is clean and malty with mellow roasted flavours of sweet dark bread and mixed nuts. The finish is somewhat dry with hints of minerals.

The carbonation is soft for a lager; the bubbles small. The liquid is smooth.

A dark eurolager or a swartzbier? I think it is more in the latter style. Anyway this beer is very pleasant, tasty and highly drinkable: It suits both a Mediterranean meze and BBQ.

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Photo of steveh
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another in the Primator line that I happened on by chance. Since this is a Czech dark beer, I'm not sure how to rate this -- I don't believe I've ever had a Czech Dark before.

A -- Clear, deep chestnut color with a dense, light tan head that holds up well.

S -- Rich, toasty, bready malts with a touch of caramel -- even light molasses and finishing with light Saaz hops.

T -- Pretty much the same character as the nose, starting with bready malts that meld into dark bread and molasses flavors (imagine liquid pumpernickel) then into a light Saaz character that balances well with the rich malts in the finish. There's even a mild, underlying roast character and a lightly sweet malt character -- even a light dark fruit character in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light-medium body.

O -- Sometimes too much Saaz hop can fatigue my palate, but the balance with the toasted and roasty malts -- on top of a very drinkable 4.8 ABV -- makes this a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of RoyFokker
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of loubar
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of vacax
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extra dark chestnut brown with a couple fingers of thick tan head displaying some good retention and fair lacing. The aroma is is nutty, umami, mildly roasty, and figgy. The flavor is lightly vinous, nutty, and meaty with a nicely bitter oatmeal raisin cookie finish. Medium-thick bodied with a pleasantly subdued carbonation, nicely done though perhaps a bit light for the richly full flavor. Overall this is a really nice beer, a fully flavored lager with nutty rich characters but also low in alcohol and easy drinking. Very good.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Sigmund
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle, called Tmavé Lezak in Czech. Bought in Sweden.) I somehow managed to delete my original comments here, damn! But this is still a nice dunkel, deep reddish brown colour, decent head. Flavour is malty and bready with a moderate but nice roastiness, notes of caramel, moderately sweet. I would like some more hops in the finish, but that’s the Czech dunkel style, I guess.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SilentSabre
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely reddish bronze colour with a nice sandy looking head. Mild sweet malty aroma. Taste is very rich, especially for a lager. Loads of sweet, toasted malt, a touch of caramel, and those lovely, earthy, European hops that I love so well.
Mouthfeel is lighter than I expected for such a dark and flavourful beer and is surprisingly refreshing. Very drinkable, all things considered.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Dark brown with a tan head. This beer smells malty and tastes malty with a pleasant sweetness to the finish. Full bodied with long finish this is a nice version of the style.Food friendly with a below 5% ABV this would be a good addition to any summer BBQ

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

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance : dark color, with a large and creamy head.
Smell : Malty nose with hints of roasted malt.
Taste and mouthfeel : Malty and sweet, flavours of roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and a touch of coffee.
Drinkability : a good Dunkel in the style Dark lager

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Photo of der_meister
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Primator tmavé 12 served in large mug in Kutna Hora, CZ.

A - nice aroma of spicy hops and medium and dark malts. Slightly smokey.

T - sweet for style, but some balancing bitterness kicks in at the finish. Still a bit too sweet IMO.

M - medium body with good carbonation

O - a mediocre Czech tmavé which, by global standards, means a fine beer.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Florya
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Saksis
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brongladest
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beergod1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again goes out to D. Kurtz for hooking me up with 3 of these rarities-Maibock, Dark Lager & Double Bock. Pours Clear dark red/brown beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty sweet with notes of coffee and caramel. Flavor is malty with notes of caramel, grainy hops. Nothing special but a great beer when you want to keep it simple.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a dense crystal clear dark brown body that has a glow at the base. There is a creamy thick oatmeal colored head that sticks to the glass leaving register marks with each sip.

S- The dry toffee has some slightly sweet brown malt notes with a hint of Munich malt sweetness in the finish.

T- The slightly sweet brown malt with a touch of dark pot caramel and a melanoidin note that grows dominate as the beer warms. The finish is a soft dry bittern green noble hop note.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a mellow fizz in the finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This had a lot of the similarities as their double bock but the melanodin and sweetness really start to dominate as it warms and there isn't any alcohol or hops to cut the sweetness.

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Primator Dark Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
3.7 out of 5 based on 59 ratings.
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