Ciuc Premium | Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)

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Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 10-23-2003

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 29
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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.54/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of andrenaline
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A random single I procured at the local LCBO. Part of my new mission to sample all the random imported cans they get.

A - Pours a very pale golden colour, thumb of light fluffy head with decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Very mild, light grassy hop notes, biscuit and bready malt.

T - Much like the nose with the grassy hops, and bready biscuit malt. The finish is almost non-existent with little flavour lingering, though a unique citrus hop bitterness does come through.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - A decent pils, easy drinking, though could use a bit more on the flavour profile. Worthy in a pinch, but there's better options available.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a two finger fluffy white head upon a uric hued body, little retention but nice sticky patchy lacing.

Smell and taste is Grassy hops, hay, mineral water,cardboard. Faint lemon note.

Light bodied, some carbonation, very smooth creamy mouthfeel for the style. Slightly bitter without too much sweetness.

Much better than I expected. Always the risk of that pale euro trash lager taste when it comes from a can at the lcbo, however this brew was a pleasant surprise although it is not spectacular by any means.

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Photo of emerge077
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
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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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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3/5  rDev +7.9%

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2/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of liamt07
2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, 500ml into a stange. Best before July 27, 2012.

Pours a crystal clear golden yellow, so clear the I was actually able to read the text from the ingredients list on the can through the beer. Loose and transient white head, leaving a collar and no head. Nose has some weak hop notes, a bit of corn and come assorted cereals. A general sweetness about it. Taste has some run of the mill malt sweetness with some adjunct notes, some odd metallic notes and a weird hop flavour and bitterness in the finish. Feel is pretty light, with a medium low carbonation. Little to no flavour all around, and that which exists is downright boring - yet, this beer avods being truly offensive. On the plus side, this is fairly easy to consume. Fill a funnel or something with this one...

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Photo of spinrsx
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is almost no lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts, floral notes

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts and very light hops mixed with corn. There are also some floral notes and a bit of a metallic flavour. It ends with a corny yet floral aftertaste.

Overall – I actually found this beer to be kind of harsh tasting. It's got a lot of corn/adjunct taste and it really doesn't taste refreshing.. which is one of the main qualities I look for in a beer like this one. I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.34/5  rDev +20.1%
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 JohnW
2.33/5  rDev -16.2%
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!

B'ham UK 2011

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Photo of bryehn
2.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden colour with a soapy white head that leaves a bit of lace and settles as a collared film.

Extremely sweet aroma, but more like a caramel that standard corn syrup. Also very fresh and grainy, quite appealing.

After that nose, the taste falls quite flat. Slight sweet maltiness and a hint of toasted grain, but very little else. No noticeable weird, gross or adjunct tastes though, so that's a plus.

It has a sort of creamy mouthfeel at first, but it literally tastes like water with a can hint on the finish. Fairly crisp and dry though at least.

Well it smells decent and sure is easy drinkin', but rather unsatisfying all around. Would be good ice cold on a hot day, but I won't be going back for more.

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Photo of decimator
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Photo of tempest
2.99/5  rDev +7.6%
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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4.1/5  rDev +47.5%
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 Reinheitsgebot71
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
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 allergictomacros
2.86/5  rDev +2.9%
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 JohnnyBarman
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can picked up at the local LCBO at the recommendation of my Romanian friend. He pronounced it "Tchook" - file that under 'useful'!

Poured into a tall lager glass. Very pale golden, but with a decent frothy head that retained itself fairly well. A few flecks of lacing. Actually, doesn't look too bad.

Nose is quite potent: corn, bitter hops, lemon, bread, maybe a touch of tart white wine or apple juice. Certainly more complex than most Euro lagers at the LCBO.

Taste is extremely corny, with a strong chemical flavor that gets progressively worse as I work my way through it. An incredibly sour, almost acetic taste in the background. Fortunately the bitter hop character is more respectable in the finish, helping things out a little and preventing things from getting too sweet. Still, not very pleasant to drink.

Decent body, slightly under-carbonated.

Ciuc has flavour, I'll give it that. With a bit of tweaking, this might actually be a good beer. However the strong chemical-sour flavor and strong presence of corn are huge turnoffs here. Only pick this one up of you want to cross another country off your all-time list.

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Photo of kwjd
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
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 biegaman
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
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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2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Ciuc Premium from Miercurea Ciuc (Brau Union Romania)
Beer rating: 2.78 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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