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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.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Primator Lager

Primator Lager is a great Czech lager, imported from a remote brewery in Nachod (Pivovar Nachod). Yeah, as if I knew where that was (Answer: NE Czech Republic). The amazing thing about the Czechs is that not only do they drink MORE BEER THAN ANYONE IN THE WORLD, but that their beers, even the obscure ones, are SO DAMN GOOD. 

They gave the world Pilsner, god love 'em! This beer holds up to that heritage and is a pleasure to drink. On a hot summer day, sip on a crisp half liter and you are enjoying the Czech good life.

As the Czech's would say: "Na zDravi" (Cheers!).... It pours a classic golden color, with even carbonation, and a nondescript aroma. Its all in the first sip. A light dry hop, stronger than most lagers, resolves into a rich body with metallic notes. There is a slightly bitter finish, mildly Pilsner in character, smoothed out by a underlying sweet malt. IMHO, this is a great example of classic Czech lager flavor.

The challenge for good Lagers is to balance sweet and sour. This beer, and many other good Czech beers trend mildly toward the sour side, and that is the secret sauce. Your taste buds are awakened each sip by the early sharp flavors, then savor the rich mellow balance and are left basking in a crisp aftertaste jonesin' for more. Maybe that's why the Czechs chug (and don't sip) so much of it. I can understand them. With this flavor, and this value, I "Must Have It".

Available from Corti Brothers in East Sacramento for a steal at $3.39 for a 0.5L (16.9 oz.). The beer has a 5.0 ABV.

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