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Primátor Premium | Pivovar Náchod a.s.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Primator Premium Lager

Medium-fermented beer with a full body, a fine distinctive bitterness, high zest, and pure hop aroma.

A taste sensation leaves you waiting for the next sip. It is typical of all types of Pilsner beers and for which Czech 12°lager is famous all over the world. Premium is the Pride of our brewery and uses only the highest quality ingredients. The lovingly controlled process ends with prolonged maturation at 1° C. It has a zesty taste, sparkling golden color and a long lasting white head. It leaves a feeling of slowly fading bitterness on the palate. It is suitable for all occasions - simply anytime you want to really enjoy beer. It is perfect with grilled meat, salads, and steaks. Serve thoroughly chilled in a tall glass. This prestigious beer stands for the unique art of brewing in Náchod.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-16-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,745
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
136
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
3.9
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle - always grand to see new brews from the CR become available in Alberta, especially ones in brown glass.

This beer pours a finely sediment-strewn, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat chunky off-white head, which leaves some random amoebic specks of lace around the glass as it evenly settles out of sight.

It smells of semi-sweet, bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser crisp biscuity cracker thing, a hint of earthy yeastiness, faint gasohol notes, and some leafy, spicy, and grassy noble hops. The taste is bready and grainy cereal malt, more wet saltine crackers, some aged lemon fruitiness, fading estery yeast, and a further fairly bitter herbal, grassy, and floral green hoppiness.

The carbonation is on the soft side, via its bored-seeming frothiness, the body an adequate middleweight, a bit oily, and yet nice and smooth, for the most part. It finishes more or less clean, the malt diminishing somewhat, letting the earthy, grassy hop bitters show a bit more of their sexy old-world leg.

Overall - this is indeed a decent Czech-bred lager, exhibiting a more malty profile than the norm, with the hops overshadowed a tad. Still, nice and drinkable, and very reminiscent of time spent on summer patios in Prague in my not so wasted youth.

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Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass, this Czech Pils showed an exceptional ability to form a stiff, meringue-like, rocky head of foam. It's peaks rose above the rim of the narrow glass, and momentarily defied gravity. From below there were sparse trails of rapid ascending carbonation through the bright amber gold liquid. A crown of fine lacing stuck itself around the rim of the glass. Retention was great, lasting for the duration of the glass, leaving irregular clumps of foam on the way down.

The aroma was floral and grassy like a fresh mowed lawn. Nicely herbal noble hops showcased in the nose. A trace of honeyish bread. So far i'm pretty impressed by this.

The flavor doesn't live up to the rest unfortunately. It has a lightly astringent apple flavor verging on medicinal, before a very dry papery finish makes you forget the first part. There is a moderate hop bitterness and flavor in a bigger quaff that redeems it somewhat. It has a light and airy body, again very drying in the finish.

Decently drinkable, but it was a bit of a let down after the first taste. Still better than most of the euro lagers i've been trying lately. Herold, Urquell, BB Burgerbrau still remain at the top in my mind for session Czech Pilsners.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and moderate medium golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy sudsy bright white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of spicy, grassy, and floral hops with a light amount of biscuit malt aroma.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit + cereal grain malts with just a hint of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy, grassy, and floral hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness which does not linger for too long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a clean finish.

O: Very easy to drink and refreshing - I could easily have a couple of these in the afternoon and it would go great with some smoked meats (pork or BBQ).

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml brown bottle with no freshness date. Foiled neck and gold bordered label give the bottle a nice look.

A- Good looking head off of a hard pouring in a 1/2L pilsner glass, bright yellow hue shows of a great clarity and bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

S- Perfume-like spicy hops with a fresh hay like maltiness ... a very pleasing aroma to say the least.

T- A very grassy palate of fresh pale malt, I can pick off a vague earthy and salty character. Hops and to the grassiness with a stand-up spiciness. A tad watery in the back as the malt drops off yet the hops hold strong with a solid bitterness and more spiciness.

M- Strong arm of crispness stays firm yet is not overwhelming.

D- Very easy to put down a few of these.

A good pick for a Czech Pils, right up there with the best of them. I paired this with a smoke sheep's milk cheese(sharp), they went very well together.

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

Pours a brilliant gold hue with a slight chill haze casted over, poured this one into my vintage Miller High life flute pils glass. Bright white cloudy head forms thick and leaves nice even scattered lacing. Aroma has a nice pale malt biscuit sweetness with clashing green/grassy herbal hops. I'm guessing Saaz here with an underlying nice fruitiness. A nice brisk bitterness from the fresh herbal noble hop profile, you really can't beat a nice Czech style pils a bit of caramelized sugar from the light toasted pilsener malts, not the most interesting beer but a satisfying one. This is probably consumed in massive quantities closer to where it's brewed at almost 3 dollars for one 11.2 oz bottle, I wound be having that same experience. Crisp dry herbal hop finish, with a nice rounded malt body. Again super refreshing with sturdy carbonation really drinks great, I wish I had a couple more bottles.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first trip to Brazil (January 2009) yielded a taste of Primator Premium Lager from my friend, who was told by the bartender that THIS was voted the best lager in the world. I am curious about the competetion, but that doesn't matter now; I have a bottle stateside to experiment with. 500 ml bottle, on to the beer:

I'm leaving a third of my bottle unpored, as there is are a lot of floaties in the bottle. Golden sunshine color, very tiny particles suspended in the body, soapy head on top leaving soem creamy lacing. Crisp green apple hits the nose first. Smell again, more pleasant green apple. Underlying honey notes make things more sunny for the taste.

Thankfully there are no signs of imported flavors. Light biscuity malt at first, then big green apple flavors come into play. Honeysucke...yum. It's doughy as well. Good crispness goes over well in this beer. Some hop bitterenss lingers on in the aftertaste.

If I were to vote that competition that called Primator Premium Lager the best lager in the world, I wouldn't be one to vote that way. But I will say that Primator is a very competent Czech lager. Czech it out.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Primator Premium Lager
Pivovar Náchod a.s.
Style: Czech Pilsener
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: Pours a light golden color with fine clarity and soapy white foam. Leaves some lace on the glass.

SMELL: Bready malts, lager yeast and a herbal, grassy, slightly spicy smelling noble hop.

TASTE/FEEL: More or less in line with the nose, bready malts, cracker like yeast and a drying, herbal somewhat pungent hop. Well carbonated, with a mild bitterness and a gentle crispness. Light bodied, smooth, and easy drinking.

OVERALL: A pretty standard traditional lager here from the Czech republic. Soft hops in a lager for a refreshing character. Paired well with some assorted types of sushi.

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Photo of enelson
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden colored beer with a medium sized white head.

Smells yeasty and spicy lots of hop. Lots of bread and grass with some saffron.

Starts out Sweet and hoped on the tongue. Defiantly on the sweet end of the Pilsener scale good assertive hop bite. Very grassy flavor, herbal with a medium bite.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style.

Very drinkable beer in the upper 25% for the style.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear yellow, with a frothy, creamy white head, very good retention.

S: Sourdough bread, very malty upfront, baking bread in the finish.

T: Nice malt, bready. The Saaz comes in midway to the finish, good flavour overall, just in the end seems to be missing something, a tad bland.

M: Crisp and clean with a good body. No off-flavours. Bigger mouthfeel than most Czech Pils.

D: As with a lot of lager imports this is probably not at its best. That being said it is a quite tasty lager beer and definitely worth a purchase.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Blind tasting at my brother-in-laws, poured into a Berliner Kindl half litre sleeve glass.

Looks and smells like a German/Czech lager, sorry pilsner, obviously from Europe, I said Germany, you can decide if that is good or bad.

Nothing bad, nothing really good about it. Not dry enough to challange the better pilsners, but not sweet either.

The bootle was a 50cl brown affair, The Sunday Times Wine Club sell them by the cardboard crate at a very good rate, according to my brother-in-law. He is welcome to them!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is golden with a large white rich creamy head that leaves nice lacings when it dissipates.

S: Floral hops gives the smell a citric note and the malt feels very pure. Nice bitterness as well.

T: Malty bread together with floral hops that brings citric notes.

M: Lots of carbonation and medium body. Well balanced aftertaste with nice bitterness.

D: A nice Czech Pilsener, that I'll have again.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)

A- This beer pours a clear orange body with a lumpy cream head of off-white that slowly drags down the glass with each sip. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The green Noble hop hint has a sulfur touch that is mellow with some raw grain and masa in the finish. As the beer opens up the sulfur note in the finish grows.

T- The soft crisp dry malt is followed by a soft dry green finish and a touch of mineral water to it. There is a faint green hop note that lingers a moment after the finish. The taste of masa cornmeal comes through as the beer opens up.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz to it in the crisp finish.

O- The nice clean beer is not really dry but it is still very easy to drink. The sulfur in the nose and taste just starts to overpower the other flavors and character a bit to much.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bark
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is medium gold, the three finger head is off-white, airy and firm.

The smell is fresh and malty (sweet) with lots of noble hops; bitter, buttery and flowery flavours.

The taste is hoppy with butter, a passing bitterness and lots of sweet malts. The aftertaste is rather sweet with creamy notes of butter/cream, some minerals and a mild pleasant bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. Small bubbles. The liquid is mid-smooth.

A fresh Czech beer with the hops of a pilsner and the maltyness of a lager.

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Photo of FLima
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden color with a thick one finger head with medium retention.
Aroma of caramel malt that is gradually substituted by herbal and floral hops. Hints of minerals and honey.
Flavor of sweet pale malt, bread, floral hops, honey, minerals, grass, mild lemon and oranges, and oxidized apples. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with low carbonation.
This seems to be well behind its prime date, so the rating is a bit unfair, though I tried to compensate it a bit.

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Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 136 ratings
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