Primus | Brouwerij Haacht NV

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Average: 3.16 | pDev: 16.14%

Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 104

Ranked #100 European Pale Lager and #46,243 overall.

ABV: 5.00% | Availability: Year-round

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Photo of flyingpig
1.89/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

250ml Keg at Magic Rubens, Brussels (€3.00):
Quite a basic & at times cheap tasting lager than was bland for the most part with some light bitterness & grassy touches. There was touches of sweetness from some corn before a few bread malts came through along with the odd vegetable adjunct but it was a poor offering & probably the worst I had when in Belgium too.

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Photo of brianfromireland
3.19/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical euro-lager but something a little different. Easy to drink, good character for a lager and was very refreshing as it was served very cold on a such a hot day. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.66/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Consider this an atypical Euro lager as it has character. Let's call it unusually fruity and friendly. Refreshing, too.

Primus Looks typical, unexciting. However, aromas are nicely balanced between sweet malts and a bit of apple. Tastes improve even more with a nice drying from the hops.

On tap, this cut through the mild grease in the fries at Frietkoten at the French Market (food court) in Chicago's Ogilvy Transportation Center. I talked a bit with the owner of the beer bar/frite-shop and he told me that the owner of Primus (fourth generation family brewer) came by on a U.S. tour to drum up distributors and told the shop-owner that he was one of the largest outlets for Primus on this side of the Pond. (I saw a dozen people come by and have a Primus-to-go for the train.)

While I like this lager's distinctiveness over the mass produced Euros, I see that they also own the Tongerlo line... which I want because I think I had it earlier in this Century. Anyone know where I can get it... or do I have to become a trader ?

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/13/2015 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, adjuncts, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast, adjuncts and a thin malt character followed by some malt sweetness. The hops presence is extremely mild and there’s a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is just a mediocre beer at best.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold, no carbonation, topped with 4 fingers of fluffy white head.

Hay, straw, molasses, very much like a German pils.

Hay, straw, molasses, glue, light fruitiness.

Light body, almost no carbonation. Like drinking hard water in texture.

Found in a quick mart in Vientiane Laos, drank in Chiang Mai Sept 11th, 2015. Nice brew, not your typical Belgian, but like Juliper. Kind of what I imagine most modern Belgians are drinking in contrast to their grand parents generation.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.02/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Pours a pale yellow with a medium head. A sweet aroma of malt and soft hops. Clean and modest. Flavour is smooth and malty with soft hoppiness. Very smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light colored straw yellow beer with a white head that retains well. Aroma of caramelized Pilsner grains and corn. The taste has creamed corn, Pilsner grains and leafy hop. Slight sourness as others have mentioned, but it's only briefly. Fizzy yellow beer that is not expensive. A more or less agreeable euro lager.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned avd purchased as part of four pack from budget supermarket B&Ms The mouthfeel is the best thing
solid with keeping a easy drinking pils
NO aroma
dull flavour

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Photo of Uniobrew31
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up off the sale rack for 20 buck per case. Not bad but I wouldn't pay full price for it. slightly better than Stella but in the same vein.

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Photo of metter98
3.14/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away and left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apples are present in the nose along with some hints of pilsener malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of apples and hints of non-descript malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light bodied, very clean, and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and doesn't have much in the way of "off" flavors, except for the apples.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of klimoja
3.92/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought this $20 case by chance and thoroughly enjoyed it. 11.2 oz bottle says 5.2% abv. Subtle lager qualities some distinct. Not unforgettable but competent quality. I wouldn't pay full price for a case. No hangover whatsoever after drinking several and that's a plus.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.38/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful light gold color with a lot of crusty lacing. Regal top subsides ever so slowly.

Mildly sweet behind moderate aromatic bitterness. Grainy with barley and hints of corn. Hopped to grassy effect with clean lagery malts competing with herbal hop notes. Somewhat floral with a hint of zesty lemon zap.

Stuffy malts scream pale ale despite the clean nose. Much more fruity and estery than your typical Euro Lager/Pils. Some pear and pomme alongside grassy herbals and sprite citrus. Hop elements noted, but the yeast is the feature. Smaller grain bill with some sweet barley steeping and malty runoff in the profile. It could do better to quench the palate. Bitterness is too mild. I really like the light body, and it's carbonated gently. Perhaps, too gentle for the style. I'm not going to complain too much. It works as a solid afternoon drinker.

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Photo of Tybo
4.31/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Clean and crisp taste to this beer. The bartender said that it outsold Stella in Belgium so i figured it was worth a try. Really surprised by this Belgium Lager - not overly yeasty - really nice dry hop touch in the middle with a clean bite at the end. I will keep an eye out for this one again.

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Photo of Ipetitt
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Primus is the little known Belgian powerhouse that is new to the States. It routinely wins awards and I can see why. It has a very clean appearance and mouthfeel. I can't think of a better way to enter the Belgian category than with Primus. It's not overly yeasty, it has a slight clove and banana flavor, but it is not overly powerful. It has a very clean finish with slight biscuity flavor, but this outshines any other standard Belgian lager that I have had.

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Photo of Scooby-Brew
4.19/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a surprising, fresh and bright lager - superior to common Belgian lagers and a fine compliment to lunch or appetizers, since it doesn't overpower. The finish was clean and the mouthfeel very appealing, I will certainly look for it and enjoy it again!

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Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, a bit skunky. Taste is crisp, grains, malts, clean and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer, great for a hot day.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(best before 03/09/2014 - is that September?)

A: crystal-clear pale gold liquid... finger width of off-white foam, variety of bubble sizes... actually some lace - in a strange, webby, honey-comb structure... overall, looks like any other pale lager

S: about equal parts of sparkling apple juice, pils malt, and spicy Belgian yeast (a la Duvel)... undercurrent of bubblegummy pencil eraser... the aromas don't explode from the get-go and end up nearly disappearing altogether... lifeless

T: clean, almost German malt/pilsner profile... mildly tannic apple skin flavor sits up front in the palate... very delicate phenolic singe in the aftertaste... sort of dry, grainy-papery foundation - any malt definition has been sanded down to dull, two-dimensional layer of powder

M: fairly light-bodied but with a flattened, deadweight flow... slightly sharp and bright on the carbonation... quite dry, but with a mild powdery yeasty film left on the palate... decent bit of a alcohol glow long-lingering

O: not exactly what I was expecting... it's kinda like a boring mock of Duvel Single - with a few degrees less dynamic flavor

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Photo of jlindros
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

new beer that just started showing up in U.S. from Belgium. A little curious but at the same time if they;re giving away a free chalice with a $7 or so 6-pack, you know this has to be so-so beer.

The foamy head quickly rises up and forces me to stop pouring just at the end, 2 finger fluffy head foamy pillowy head fades back at a med pace, reinforced by some streaming bubbles on the sides, bits of lacing, the beer is a crystal clear watery looking slightly tan pale color.

NOse is like a macro Belgian beer, there's a couple really popular ones around Belgian that are advertised everywhere and are pretty bad, this is like that. Aroma of wheat and corn adjunct, plenty of straw, little grassy note and little malt overall, a mild unhappy mineral but not quite sulfury lager yeast, some straw mostly, with a hint of grassy hops.

Taste brings more of the same, very light malt, cracked straw, dried grass, hay, etc, with little overall malt profile and fairly thin and watery. Then a bit of grassy bitter hop note, not a lot but enough so you can detect it. The yeast brings a little softness, but also some mineral flavors, like rock type minerals, and very faint unhappy lager note that even turns a bit bitter itself. Finish is dry and a bit crisp, soft minerals again, light bitterness, more straw and grassy flavors.

Mouth is lighter bod, little thin and watery, decent carb.

Overall it's not offensive, or really bad actually, just very light, thin, watery, little possible adjunct note, but nothing really too wrong, perhaps a bit rushed on the lagering

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Photo of James_NZ
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice drinking beer, with only just enough hoppy notes to remain interesting, without being pretentiously "crafty". Little in the way of after taste. A good reliable beer to return to that won't let you down, if lacking something memorable in each mouthful. Can produce a nice head, if that's your thing.

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Photo of krykel
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This review is based drinking straight out of the bottle. I have had it from the proper glassware, but it was broken in the wash. I'm going to ditch the 'traditional' review type and just put thought to paper. (so to speak)

I was going to do the whole ASTMO review, but realized it's all about the overall. Overall, I would say Primus is something that I would give to someone I was INTRODUCING to Belgian beers. It is a great beer, but let's get one thing straight, it's not nothing other than a Lager brewed in Belgium. It smells like a Belgian beer. It tastes like a Belgian.

Expect a re-review later....

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Photo of IPA35
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

25cl bottle

A pale golden lager with a white head. Since my lager glass broke in the dishwasher I am using my Gouden Carolus chalice so that's what resulted in a small head. Quite sure it has a decent head in a proper glass.

Smells of grainy malts mainly, some leafy hops only a tiny, tiny hint of citrus like fruits.

Quite a decent taste, no nasty off-putting flavours, grainy and a slight hint of citrus. No much bitterness.

Watery mouthfeel with quite alot of carbonation.

Overall quite a decent beer, not the best lager I have had but probably one of the better macrolagers from the Low Countries.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.7/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can served in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale yellow color forming a huge white aired bubbled head. Good retention and some lacings left

S: Smells like a regular Lager. Very grainy. Sweet grains, corn, yeasts and hops

T: Pretty much like the nose. Sweet grains. A strong grainy backbone. Metallic. A dry beer, in overall. Mild hops bitterness aftertaste. Disappointing

M: Very light body. High carbonated. Mild sweet upfront, mild bitter aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Completely disappointing beer. Oh yeah, Belgium can produce disappointing beer

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Photo of benfons
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: clear golden colour, strangely very little head, (maybe because this is a can, normally you have a decent head)

S: smells like a lager shouls smell some hops, some grain

T: not as sweet as jupiler or stella, but still rather sweet; some hops but not that many, goes off rather rapidly

M: there is some creaminess; thickness i about right

O: very average beer, IMO better than Jupiler or Stella; not as good as (the renewed) Maes or Christal; the stock lagers here at home

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Photo of deebo
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this as part of a sampler at a Brussels restaurant for lunch. I love that each "sample" was at least 8 oz.

A-Golden/yellow and very clear. Has a very white sticky head.

S-Pretty standard-weak crystal malt with a hint of bittering hops.

T-Clean, not a lot of flavor, but then again I don't think it is supposed to.

M-high carbonation, slight to medium hoppy (spicy) aftertaste.

D-Fine-nothing special.

O-A good pale lager, but not much going on. Move on.

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Photo of karait95
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The looking is nice according to the style, follows and fulfills the rules, it is a clear light body transparent beer, yellow pale not to bright but with a medium withe head that dissipates not to slow but not fast leaving traces on the glass.

S: Pale lager classic smell, full malts, barley malts with some sugars.

T: Nice flavor very similar to the smell, full of barley malts and with some sugars.

M: pleasant, refreshing as a nice lager, starting with little sweetness and changing to a good lasting with some bitterness but really easy to drink.

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Primus from Brouwerij Haacht NV
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 104 ratings