Primator Dark Lager | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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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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Ratings: 59 |  Reviews: 28
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RD1163
2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

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 Tnkemist
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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2/5  rDev -45.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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 Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – very dark brown, but still able to see through it. About two fingers’ worth of light khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat quickly.

Smell – malty, and indeed much like a dark lager. It has a bit of a porter-like smell. With a roasted quality and chocolate notes.

Taste – malty, but with a tinge of bitterness that must come from hops that don’t appear in the taste itself. It tastes dark and bold, with less of a chocolate hint in the taste, but still a bit like a porter.

Mouthfeel – also like a porter, the Mouthfeel is deceptively thinner than you would think. Here, it’s very well balanced.

Overall – pretty decent brew. Not terribly interesting to think about, but not dull either.

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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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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 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 Zorro
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
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 stoepsel
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark body with a creamy head and a rather smoky nose.

Taste is sweet, very mouth coating and roasty, finishing malty, dry and smoky.

Kind of a rough beer and quite heavy too, although you shouldn't let the cheap looking bottle and the sugar listed in the nutricion facts frighten you off. In the end it's better than one expects.

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Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
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 crossovert
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of froghop
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark brown with a large dirty white head, and great lacing.

smell is of malt, some caramel, and a little sweetness in the back.

taste is smooth, malt, a touch cocoa, some roastiness, and a little caramel, ends a little dry.

overall a nice dark lager.

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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 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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Primator Dark Lager from Pivovar Náchod a.s.
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