Primus
Brouwerij Haacht NV

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From:
Brouwerij Haacht NV
 
Belgium
Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #99
ABV:
5%
Score:
74
Ranked #29,840
Avg:
3.18 | pDev: 16.04%
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
73
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 06, 2022
Added:
Dec 26, 2002
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  21
SCORE
74
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Rated: 3.04 by Sphagnicola from Belgium

Aug 06, 2022
 
Rated: 2.98 by Houborg1 from Denmark

Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Tenebris

Dec 09, 2021
 
Rated: 2.85 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Oct 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.67/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Clear straw gold. Attractive medium head. Good lacing. Straightforward, malt, yeast, cereal, sweet overtones for flavour and aroma but somewhat non-descript. Crisp with medium bitterness and low carbonation. Enjoyable.
Oct 10, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

2.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
500 ml can, bought in Denmark. ABV is 5%. Pale golden colour, moderate white head. Sweetish aroma with grassy and fruity notes. The flavour is medium sweet with some pilsener malts, grassy notes again, tolerable hoppy bitterness in the finish.
Aug 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by DannyBaldoni from Canada (QC)

Jul 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.65 by igl from Russian Federation

Aug 10, 2019
 
Rated: 3.27 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 23, 2018
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

1.89/5  rDev -40.6%
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.
Jul 06, 2018
 
Rated: 3.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jul 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3 by krome from Illinois

Aug 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Aug 05, 2017
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Rated by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

3.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
06/24/2017
Jun 24, 2017
 
Rated: 2.77 by Robertas from Lithuania

Mar 03, 2017
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Reviewed by brianfromireland from Belgium

3.19/5  rDev +0.3%
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.
Nov 14, 2016
 
Rated: 2.64 by LeftoverCrizack from New York

Oct 25, 2016
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Rated by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Just pilsener, nothing special.
Sep 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev +15.1%
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 ?
Aug 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by bcm75 from Illinois

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by M_C_Hampton from Georgia

Jun 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.25 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.31 by beerinabottle from Ireland

May 16, 2016
 
Rated: 3.03 by 54V4G3 from Belgium

May 11, 2016
 
Rated: 2.59 by Momon from Philippines

Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 3 by YvesB from Belgium

Feb 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.35 by Richie71 from Ireland

Dec 02, 2015
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
Nov 14, 2015
 
Rated: 2.85 by HopBelT from Belgium

Oct 19, 2015
 
Rated: 3.58 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Oct 17, 2015
 
Rated: 2.5 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2015
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.72/5  rDev +17%
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.
Sep 11, 2015
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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

3.02/5  rDev -5%
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.
Aug 31, 2015
 
Rated: 3.17 by whitehanddream from Korea (South)

Jun 30, 2015
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Reviewed by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -11.9%
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.
Apr 27, 2015
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

2.33/5  rDev -26.7%
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
Apr 01, 2015
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Reviewed by Uniobrew31 from Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
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.
Mar 05, 2015
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Rated by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic

2.19/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Nothing special. Lager like everyone else.
Feb 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.64 by TheNightwatchman from Pennsylvania

Jan 03, 2015
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.14/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Dec 14, 2014
Primus from Brouwerij Haacht NV
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 112 ratings