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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #482
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
69
Ranked #47,887
Avg:
2.77 | pDev: 19.13%
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
60
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Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)
 
Romania
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
69
Poor
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Reviews by arkanu:
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2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

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Photo of 22Blue
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pootz
2.55/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can: Clear gold, disappearing head, poor lacing, over carbonated.

Aroma is faint but there is some graininess indicating pasrtial malt beer.

Watery mouth feel, extract sweetness, gristed malt biscuit tone is obliterated by over boiled hops and massive carbonation.

Better than the Turkish abortion in a bottle I just sampled but not by much. Partial extract beer with an annoying hop signature achieved with either over boiling or hop essence over amping.

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Photo of JohnW
2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had both from bottle and on tap in various bars during a tour of Romania in July 2011. Pours pale gold,lively head, little if no aroma - grassy, dry. Taste is thin, highly carbonated, acid, dry, all the things expected from Euro lager from a big brewery of the area. I guess it seems refreshing if served well chilled on a hot summer day, but would not have it again. Incidently, the name is pronounced CHuish if you really need to know!

JohnW
B'ham UK 2011

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Photo of kbub6f
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, white, coarse, foamy, noisy head. The beer is a clear, pale yellow, with lots of carbonation. Smell is roasty crackers, with some fruit and a nice schpoonkitude. Front is fairly sweet with a nice hoppiness. Clean, crisp and a little fruity. Finishes bitter, and slightly metallic when cold. There's a nice, grainsy aftertaste. This is a decent, full-flavored pils.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.6/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a low yellow color lager with a medium size pure white foamy head with medium retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy cereal with some overcooked vegetable notes. Taste is dominated by some unrefined cereal notes with some overcooked vegetables. Body is light with good carbonation. Weird notes of overcooked vegetables don’t really help me enjoy this beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.13/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can sampled from Fidelio Supermarket, Iaşi, Romania.

Pours a very pale, clear blonde colour. Excellent meringuey head, however, which has great retention and leaves excellent lacing. Carbonation is fine and plentiful.

Bit of sweaty socks on the nose, hint of cut grass, but with a tempered hoppy character to anchor it within the realms of decency. It's not amazing on the nose, but it's not bad.

Taste is slightly sweet, with a surprising sesame seed character first up, followed by a slight drying hoppiness, and a very weak diminished back palate. To be honest, it's pretty drinkable, and pretty decent, even though it doesn't have all the right characters there.

Not bad by any means - it's probably unlikely to win any awards, but as a choice for a six-pack when you're stuck in Romania, it probably makes a decent option.

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Photo of drpimento
2.66/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a can bought last night at a non-stop kiosk with a nice foamy, frothy head and some lace. Very pale yellow color. Ligtht super light aroma of baer. Watery. Mild. Not much other than the head and lace. Almost no character. What finish? Go elsewhere if possible.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear yellow body with a sea of carbonation. This beer has a thick white head that last and last.

S- This beer has a slight sweet pale malt note with a sulfur and noble bitterness.

T- This beer has a light dry carbonic acid flavor that finishes in a bitterness from Noble hops.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a carbonic bite.

D- Another pale dry malt beer with noble bitterness that is not very interesting or tasty.

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Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green 12 oz. bottle from a wraparound cardboard six pack. Best by 04/05/12, so it's still in code.

Served in a narrow fluted stange glass.

High clarity pale gold, languidly rising champagne streams of carbonation, dense layer of creamy whipped foam that lasts for a good five minutes, and leaves webs of lacing in the glass.

Lightly sweet biscuit and dry hay aroma, spring water minerals.

Crisp and light, a vague noble hop grassiness lending a flash of bitterness in the aftertaste. Fairly smooth and supple in the middle, barely there flavors of cracker, honey, and dried field grasses. It's crisp cleanliness is the best thing going for it, the flavor is just average with no flaws for the style.

First Romanian beer I think... edit: nope, Timisoreana was.

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear straw with a fairly solid head of foam.

S - Not much here at all. Light grass... maybe.

T - Green, raw bitterness and a bit of a husky grain. Moderate sweetness. Bitterness in aftertaste is long-lasting.

M - Significant astringency and overall light body. Carbonation is on the low side.

D - Fairly drinkable, but a bit rough.

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Photo of tempest
2.99/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at EuroMarket in Queens. After noticing on the label that this was a Heineken beer, I had trouble distinguishing the taste of Ciuc from Holland's finest. As this warmed, however, a sharp peppery hop note became apparent. The basic creamy malt was unchanged that kick of Euro hops certainly qualifies this as a legit pilsner. The aroma is uninspired with metallic hints of skunk. It's not a bad beer, but not a great pilsner.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.34/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A man at the shop said this is a good beer, so I bought it. Ingredients: water, barley malt, hops. Off to a good start.

The beer pours a very nice, crystal-clear golden color. The head is there, but a bit sad, and it soon dissipates into a rather ugly, frothy white scum. Mineral and slightly sulfuric aroma, but not in a skunky way... more in, like, a rusty pipe way. It smells not good. In the flavor, it is still way too metallic, but it also has a surprisingly rich, sweet, fresh malt flavor and a good smack of floral, resinous hops that lingers on for a moreish finish. Not bad at all, really. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of biegaman
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It always astonishes me how these mass-producers lagers can be so foul smelling, insipid tasting, loaded up with preservatives and fillers and yet look so damn appealing. Its straw yellow colour has the faintest of fogginess, an almost imperceptible green tinge and is topped with a milky white froth - Ciuc is far from perfect but it still looks it.

The aroma, of course, is another matter altogether. While it is nowhere near the worst canned, exported offender it is nevertheless tarnished with the distinguishably odd smell of soured cooked vegetables (especially corn) and a heavy green apple twang. It's by no means a natural, familiar odour and consequently mustered quite a bit of my attention.

If, for whatever reason, you didn't believe me when I told you that most industrial brewers dilute their beers with chemicals and cheap adjuncts, try a few sips of this and see for yourself that the proof is in the pudding. This tastes of canned sweetcorn mulled in vinegar. I almost wish I hadn't paid enough attention to notice that, now it's all I taste.

That unusual sourish element, combined with a perceived high carbonation, makes each sip feel as though you're licking an envelope. In a sense, however, it actually improves the beer's scores because it hides a lot of the cloying sweetness and unpalatable corny taste and, somehow, oddly enough, the beer comes out of it drinking pretty average.

I end this review as I began it, wondering how a beer that looks so seemingly refreshing and clean can taste so befouled and off-putting. To paraphrase E.B. White, analyzing a beer is sometimes like dissecting a frog - few people are interested and the frog dies of it. I probably would have enjoyed Ciuc more if I just thought a little less hard about it. If you buy some, be sure to turn your brain (and sense of smell and taste buds) off.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.6/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden coloured. Head is eggshell white, thin, and poorly retained. Doesn't lace. Bready aroma with mild green apple and even milder hopping. Mild residual sweetness comes through in the flavour. Unsalted cracker. Green apples are there again. Mild hop bitterness but no real hop character. No aroma or flavour, just a flat bitterness. Feels light and crisp, though perhaps a bit thin. Still inoffensive enough to finish quickly, or maybe I'm just afraid of it warming up.

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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Half-litre can from the LCBO; best before January 2013. Another day, another European country to scratch off the list - with yet another pale lager, of course. But I am a little picky with Czech pilseners, so we'll see how this goes.

Pours a pale golden yellow, completely translucent, topped with two fingers of frothy, soapy, sparkling white head. It sticks around for a few minutes, leaving in its wake some smears of lacing on the side of the glass. It certainly looks the part, although the aroma doesn't. It's mildly grainy with some grassy hay-like qualities, but much too faint to make out anything much more specific than that. At least it smells fairly clean.

Acceptable flavour, but pretty bland for a pilsener. The flavour is mostly grainy malt sweetness and white bread, with some grassy, vaguely floral hop notes toward the end of the sip. A little metallicity (especially in the aftertaste) is not really appreciated, but not a serious detraction either. It has no real noble hop presence - no lemony zest, no crisp/spicy goodness like in real Czech pilseners. Relatively creamy mouthfeel for a pale lager, with noticeably mild carbonation. Light-bodied and highly watery.

Final Grade: 2.54, a forgettable C-. Call it whatever you want - a rather lame pilsener, or a decent-to-mediocre Euro pale lager - Ciuc Premium isn't anything special, and there aren't many reasons to bother drinking it beyond the low price (or in my case, the fact that it is from Romania, and thus a rarity here). BAs with no interest in pale lagers might as well skip this, because it's mediocre at best.

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2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Reinheitsgebot71
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale golden colour, very clear and luminous. A massive pure white head crowns this lasting quite well with respectable lacing.

High effervescence pushes grassy hop scents to the for. Wet leaves and sulphurous notes add to the character. Aromas of a grain store come to mind in the malt.

Bitter up front very green hop flavours that are fairly mild. Bready gram cracker malt give good body and rounds out the flavour well. A stale baguette taste mixes with the other malt flavours. A crisp hoppy finish round out the profile.
The body is very light and highly carbonated.

This one is slightly a cut about a lot of the bland euro lagers we are inundated with here. I certainly wouldn't categorize it as a pilsner though.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First off, let me say that I'm very surprised to see Ciuc listed as a Czech Pilsener. I had it many times during my stay in Romania (which lasted from July 24th to August 1st), and never noted any spiciness, oiliness, or even pronounced bitterness for that matter. I would guess that this is either a Euro Pale Lager (or something similar), or the brewers are really missing the mark.

Review written from notes.

Served in a .4L Ciuc mug.

Appearance: Clear and light gold with active-looking carbonation. The white, foamy head on top retains pretty well and drags nice wispy lacing.

Smell: Leafy hops and Munich malt. Light, but well-balanced.

Taste: Sweet malt, grains, and grass. As with the smell, nicely balanced. Light bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel: Light and malty with enough carbonation to stimulate the palate without stinging it. A tad creamy and a tad oily; not too clean.

Drinkability: This became my go-to light beer in Romania. Not quite as easy to find as Ursus, Timisoreana, and others, but defnitely a cut above. Order this if you're ever in the area.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.24/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml can poured into pint glass 12/10/13, cheers Liam for sending the country tic

A clear straw yellow, saturated with bubbles that feed a long lasting thumbs width of bone white foam leaves lots of random lace, no problems in this department

S grass and dried hay, a little honey and cardboard, and some faint floral notes, nothing special but nothing offensive

T a little grainy compared to the nose, again its basic but drinkable, just a faint hint of citrus

M light bodied, somewhat crisp, a little grass lingers and the bubbles give it some life

O better then I expected but still a pretty standard brew, nothings wrong with it but nothing stands out other then the look

probably the lowest rated beer I've ever traded for but country tics are getting harder and harder to come by. something you'd drink if in the region or if your like me and just need to taste a beer from every country, your socks wont be knocked off

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Photo of crossovert
4.1/5  rDev +48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz green twist off bottle. It came covered for the most part in paper and it is pretty fresh (best before 16/08/11) and the store was nice and dark.

It pours a pale gold with a foamy right white head, typical of the style. It has above average lacing though.

The smell is thankfully not skunked, it has a nice bready malt presence and some super grassy hops.

The first thing I noticed was it actually started out pretty full bodied for a pilsener, then it mellowed out with a super dry finish. It has enough flavor, it straddles the line between a generic Euro pale lager and a pilsener. But it is well balanced, the malt is bready and almost papery and the hops have a nice tang, pretty much lime zest, and a surprising bitterness right in the finish. This a noble hop bomb and I like that a ton.

I really like the drinkability and mouthfeel, and that will certainly bump this one up.

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Photo of kwjd
2.79/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow colour with nice white head and some small lacing around the glass. Aroma smells of faint grain and some very mild grassy hops. Flavour is quite clean with a tinge of bitterness. Almost no aftertaste, possibly because there isn't much of a taste in the first place. Carbonation is nice though.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.63/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A half finger of head on a clear, yellow colored body. Poor head retention.
The aroma is grain and a stale clover honey. Weird.
The taste is quite bitter with a high level of dryness and pucker factor. Not good.
The texture is crisp with a ton of carbonation and light body.
There's too much going against this beer.

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Photo of decimator
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into a pint glass.
ABV 5%

A - Poured a clear golden yellow with minimal head. Some lacing.

S - Sweet malts with bready notes and some grass.

T - Sweet malts, hint of citrus, bitter finish with isn't strong but lingers.

M - Average carbonation, smooth, some stickiness, crisp finish.

D - Drinkable but a bit weak for a Pilsner.

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Ciuc Premium from Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 60 ratings