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Beer culture is coming of age. At any store, restaurant, bar, or friend's house you can now find at least a few good brews. In fact, there seem to be so many new beers, breweries and bars it's difficult to separate the good, the bad, and the mediocre.

If you're going spend $10 on one beer, what should you buy? If you're going to drive 2 hours to check out a brewery, what's worth your time? If you're going to plan a Friday night, what has a good selection and friendly atmosphere? We're here to help you answer these questions.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Primator Dark Lager

Primator Dark Lager is a European Dark Lager (or Schwarzbier) brewed by Pivovar Nachod a.s. in the Czech Republic. While similar in style to the Munich Dunkel, this style came out of central Germany where the Czech and German cultures mixed. The brewery was founded in 1872 and until recently was actually owned and operated by the town it's in - Nachod.

My friend bought this at Corti Brother's in Sacramento for $2.49 for a 500ml bottle. It has an ABV of 4.8%

It pours a dark reddish brown with a thick, fluffy off-white head and sticks around. The aroma is mild with caramel malts, earthy hops and the roasted chocolated malts. The taste is sweet, roasted malts, nutty, hints of chocolate, and rich flavor all around. It has a medium thick body, light carbonation, and light, smooth creamy finish.

Overall I really like this beer. I think this is a Must Have It. This is just a well made beer and a great example of its style. I've had American-brewed dark lagers before and they are not as good as Primator. California has a great supply of American beers and with the rising popularity of Belgium styles, it can be hard to find the German style beers like Primator. American breweries do try to make German beers, but something is lost in translation. Spend a little time and not very much money to find a few German or Czech imports.

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