Primator Dark Lager | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

Primator Dark LagerPrimator Dark Lager
BA SCORE
40.7%
Liked This Beer
Avg: 3.58 | Ratings: 59
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Globetrotter on 12-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,792
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
59
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.58/5
pDev:
14.8%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 dark lager, maybe a little bit long in the tooth, but still has some life left.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -58.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark brown colored beer with a medium sized tan colored head.

Smells mostly of grain and chocolate. Good Nobel hop aroma mostly grassy with a little green herb. Faint smell of molasses.

Starts out malty with a graham cracker and chocolate flavor. Slight raisin bran cereal flavor. Moderately bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is OK.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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 pathman
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of wl0307
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Obtained this bottle from Pivni Galerie in Prague three weeks ago. The best before date is 16/03/06.

Appearance: in a 300ml Weissbier glass it pours a beautifully, very dark amber to brownish hue with a tight, pillowy, dark-yellowish beerhead with extremely good retention; quite fizzy though.
Smell: a quite lively aroma of lager malts upfront, with hints of light caramel, raisins, longen-fruits and a little bit of toffee. In general the nose is full of dark-fruits and very refreshing for a dark lager.
Taste: a medium-sweet palate of roasted malts and lightly caramelised brown sugar prevails, finished with a very crisp touch of aromatic and grassy hops. The aftertaste is crisply clean and not sugary-sticky at all, with a residual mild fruity bitterness in action, though not lingering enough.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: the mouthfeel is consistently smooth, while the flavour and body are both kept to the moderate level. A simple but nice, easy-drinking dark lager this is. Thanks again for your kind recommendation, Sigmund.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of bark
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
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 FLima
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of grahuba
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of buschbeer
3.91/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Fatehunter
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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 patre_tim
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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 ADZA
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Firstly my bottle looks abit different to this but its exactly the same beer and it pours a ruby cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and a layer of lacing around the sides of glass,i really like the aroma of this its very sweet indeed almost like maple syrup,milo,caramel and lots of honey,the mouthfeel is quite sessionable and just above light but could be thicker and has tastes of sweet toffee,caramel,roasted barley,dark dried fruits and finishes with a buttery,maple syrup smooth finish,overall it definately took me by suprise as i wasnt expecting it to be like this and my only real complaint is its mouthfeel and if you dont like sweet beers you will not like this one but im quite enjoying it and more than likely will revisit.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Offa
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
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 thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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 Kopfschuss
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

was hoping it would be a Munich dunkel when I bought it, guess not. 500ml brown bottle.

It pours a cola brown with a foamy head that leaves cobwebs of lacing.

The smell is interesting, it almost has the smell of ovaltine, but with a slap of bread and honey. The hops, like in the other primator brews, were up front and herbal/grassy/medicinal. In this particular brew, they could have done without the hop in the aroma.

The flavor is okay, the hops are overbearing with herbal character, it kind of ruins the already weak taste.

The primator beers are just hopped in the wrong way for me.

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Beer rating: 40.7% out of 100 with 59 ratings
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