Pivovar Náchod Primátor Maibock

Reviewed by on May 3, 2017 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Pivovar Náchod a.s.

  • Origin: Náchod, Czech Republic

  • Rated On: May 3, 2017

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Maibock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

It’s always nice to see a new Continental (in this case, Czech) seasonal offering show up as we kick off the merry, merry month of May.

This 500ml bottle pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with a near-teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent cannonball splash aftermath lace around the glass as it quickly and evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet, grainy, and slightly biscuity caramel malt, some muddled earthy spiciness, a touch of musty yeast, and very tame leafy, weedy, and dead floral noble hop bitters.  The taste is grainy and toasty caramel malt, a hint of butterscotch-like toffee, kind of warm-seeming pome fruity notes, dried and crusted honey, a still hard to get a handle on spice character, some mildly phenolic yeastiness, and a further laid-back leafy, grassy, and gently perfumed floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is adequate in its unionized frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and so-so smooth, as the mustiness and burgeoning alcohol take things down a peg or two here.  It finishes off-dry, the malt still definitely large and in charge, but not, you know, lording it over anybody or anything.

Overall, this is a fairly well-rendered version of the style, as the hops are not really expected to do much other than provide a minor supporting role, and the elevated ABV keeps its nose more or less clean in its dealings with my willing palate.  Worth checking out, especially given the relatively benign asking price. Na zdravi!

Brady White

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