Lobkowicz Baron - Brewery Lobkowicz

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BA SCORE
83
good

58 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Lobkowicz visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 45
Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola coloured liquid with slight tan head.

S: Sweet malts with chocolate and caramel and clean yeast.

T: Spicy and herbal hops overtop of caramel, chocolate and bready malts. Lingering soft yeasty and somewhat smokey aftertaste.

M: Medium mouthfeel.

O: I realize the hops are traditionally Czech, but this beer would've been improved if East Kent Goldings, Styrian Goldings or Brewer's Gold hops were used for a fruity hop presence; or at minimum hallertau mittelfrueh for a softer hop presence.

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very pleasant surprise find at my local bottleshop. Coca cola pour and appearance - there was no head retention, but decent enough carbonation. Not my ideal look and feel. The aroma was metallic, with a bit of sweetness and dark bread. I'm not sure if it was just the bottle I picked up, but the overall impression wasn't as favorable as previous reviews. From a flavour perspective, there is plenty happening here. I really like the toffee, milk chocolate and tea flavours that swirl in the glass. Overall, very interesting, and extremely well-priced. I look forward to a return tasting to see if this bottle was a bit "off" or lacking freshness.

Photo of Malt_Man
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Damn, it's difficult finding your Czech beer on Beer Advocate!

Served cool from 500ml brown bottle into straight pilsner mug.

A) Very dark reddish-chestnut brown. Whitish film only, no real head developed.

S) Faint whiff of sweet warming malts, if you really get your nose in there. Below par.

T) A lot better than the nose. Deeply roasted malt is right there. A mild bitterness comes from the roasted malt only, and none from hops, as per the style. Actually, pretty good.

A) A bit of a body to it, well within the style parameters.

O) Although not on a par with the best Munich dunkels, this stands up on its own merits as a tasty nutty burnt-malt lager. A good one to chug down and not expensive; recommended to any dark lager fan.

Photo of dcmchew
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown, some reddish hues, one finger fluffy tan head that stays around for a while.
Smell of caramel, dark malts, faint cocoa, touch of dark fruit and some ripe banana, salted grains, faint cinnamon, low stewed hops.
Taste starts rather sweet, with watered down chocolate and caramel, hinting a bit of coffee, and decent dark fruit esters, the extra banana and even some apple and cherries. Still, the sweetness isn't syrupy and cloying, but rather flavourful, all on top of toasted grains. Some woody and nut flavours, finishing with low hop bitterness,that's leaving a perfectly dosed sweetness in the aftertaste.
Light, almost watery, smooth carbonation.
Has quite a few different flavours, all nicely integrated, and very (maybe a bit too) quaffable.

Photo of RooferOnFire
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What's Inside: A pretty red to brown with dissipating carbonation, light lacing and a medium head that stays at 1/4 to 1/2 inch.

Smell: Slightly sweet, reminiscent of banana bread, chocolate, bison grass. Inviting, but not powerful.

Taste: Mocha, sourdough, bitter hops, a slight citrus entry.

Mouthfeel and More: A very good quality brew. Complex, with a lightness. A nice bit of carbonation without being a bath bomb. A slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: This is a schwartz for sure, and it stays true to its class. Make no mistake- this isn't the beast you may expect from a North American brew, but it is solid, well-crafted tradition in a sessionable 4.7%abv. This is a working man's beer that you can drink warm or cold, and it's refreshing each time. An above average brew, a gem in its price point ($2.30/500ml), and one I frequently purchase. Worth a try- just don't expect a monster.

Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 2/1/12

A clear brownish maroon with a large light tan head that hangs around for a few minuets leaving a few patches of lace

S some brown sugar and molasses with a little banana bread

T a little tea bag to go with what I smell, maybe some wet leaves, decent stuff but not mind blowing

M medium bodied with a good amount of bubbles and just a little sticky on the lips, slightly earthy aftertaste lingers faintly

O not a bad beer but not something I 'd go looking for, worth a try

decent value at 2.50$ for 500ml, I'm a little surprised I've never reviewed this before as I recall trying it a few times before. worth the money so give it a go if presented

Photo of kjyost
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

500 mL bottle BB 23/11/2011 poured into a Duvel chalice.

Thick and clear dark brown with very little head that disappears. Corny sweetness on the nose with an unnaturally sweet body. Not much else going on here. No solid malt flavours. Meh.

Not looking to drink this one again.

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle...and weirdly, nowhere on it does it mention Lobkowicz.

This beer pours a clear ruby red-tinged dark amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat creamy ecru head, which leaves some decent layered and streaky webbed lace around the glass in its slow and meandering wake.

It smells of bready, fruity caramel malt, a bit of molasses, and some mild savoury cake spice. The taste is soft caramel malt, kind of dark and sugary, a sort of fruity breadiness, over-steeped tea, and a rather subtle earthy, wet leafy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite moderate, and generally just manifests as a trilling frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and rather smooth, with a touch of fruity creaminess. It finishes pretty much well off-dry - fruity malt, molasses, and only an echo of earthy hops.

A pleasant enough, old-world dark lager - a seemingly heavy, but not actually so, drinker. And pretty easy on the wallet, so bottoms up, and na zdravi!

Photo of Graham5161986
4.49/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I can't believe it's taken me so long to review this brew. I've had a few in my time and have loved every one. Here goes.

It pours into my Duvel Tulip a deep dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to light and displays a frothy tan head that dissipates to a thin film and leaves not much in terms of lacing.

Smells of rich caramel and chocolate malts, coffee, some minerals, grass, a bit of banana and other dark fruit aromas. Nice and complex.

Taste is full of dark fruit and caramel up front with chocolate, toffee and bread following up and nice roasty, nutty flavour on the finish with the bitterness from the hops coming out on the linger.

Mouthfeel is light and very crisp with a slightly creamy texture on the palate as well. Finish is crisp and clean and leaves a tingly feeling in your mouth that begs for another sip.

Drinkability is yet another one of this brew's strong suits. At. 4.7%, I could drink this stuff all day and wouldn't get bored either. A great beer all around! I'll be enjoying this one for years to come.

Photo of malmquna
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown in the glass, covered by a tan, pillowy head. Smells nutty and sweet like lactose, with a slight aroma of yeast. A rather pleasing aroma. Smells effervescent, if that makes sense.

The taste is immediately sweet, malty, and bitter, lending to more of that sweetness before ending in a nutty bitterness. Carbonation leads to some dryness on the palate. There also seems to be some tannic astringency, but not in a bad way. The balance between the roasted malt, the rather piquant hops, and the residual sugars make for an interesting overall flavor.

The dominating sweetness combined with the hop bitterness and carbonation make for an interesting mouthfeel. Not quite smooth, due to the dryness and hops, but not harsh thanks to the sweetness.

This is quite a good beer. I was happy to find it at a food salon in Paris, where the brewer was serving it up. If you come across it, it comes highly recommended.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- I poured this into my mug and was greeted with a thick, frothy, tan colored head that retains fairly well, eventually settling down to a thick layer covering the beer. The color of the brew is dark brown with reddish hues and is clear. I cannot see how much carbonation there is. The lacing is good, leaving sticky fine bubbles on the side of the mug.

S- Bittersweet chocolate and some roasted malts characterize the aroma upfront. It becomes sweeter, with rich dark fruit, but also some banana, and some toffee/molasses.

T- Quite sweet, again with the chocolate and caramel/toffee creaminess. It is also somewhat fruity, with the subtle banana flavor that's noticeable in the aroma. The hop bitterness is mild but does linger on the palate if left alone for a minute. I also taste some sticky honey on my mouth afterwards, and a slightly coffee flavor could be blended in there as well. Overall, a good even flavor profile.

M- Buttery and a nice medium body is what this beer contains. The carbonation is mild and the bubbles are fine, allowing the full flavor to come through without providing that zing on the palate that comes with so many lagers. The alcohol is well hidden, allowing the grainy sweetness to be in the forefront.

D- As I find with most Euro beers, this is another great one! I would like to try the other products by Lubkowicz. This one is clean but full flavored and I'd very much enjoy this as a session beer. I think it borders close to a desert beer and would like to try it with a meal as well. I recommend this beer!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear deep brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of light banana ester with some roasted malt and black chocolate - very tasty. Taste is very refreshing with sweet black chocolate cake notes are well married with banana ester and light roasted oat finish. Body is about average with good carbonation and low alcohol which makes this a perfect session beer. Very good overall with great drinkability factor.

Photo of sammytag
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - beautiful. nice n' dark with shafts of deep amber.

s - sweet malts. enticing.

t - pretty sweet on the attack, hopping up in the flavour with the sweetness returning on the aftertaste.

m - this is exactly what it needs to be. rich, medium-full bodied, dark, with a very small, smooth carbonation.

d - Baron kicks ass. one of the better $3/beer here in Alberta. Runs on the sweeter side of things, so it might turn you off if you're not into sweet, bready malts. Works great in marinades. I threw some fresh veggies together w/ tofu and drizzled them with red wine and Baron & cooked it over an open flame. Superb flavour.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle,nice reddish copper color with a huge tan rocky head that holds well and nice lacing.
Nose is grains and sweet fruits coming at you with some malts.
Taste is sweet and bitter with the malts and caramel flavor and a tinge of prunes,going down very easily,but with a thin watery feel to it.Very enjoyable brew,well worth a try.

Photo of ablaze
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark ruby-brown with good clarity and an off-white, lasting head with good lacing. Looks great in my mug, but past times I had this in a lager/pilsner glass and retention was a problem. I recommend mug.

Smell is sweet malts and dark fruit.

Creamy, medium body with decent carbonation. More strong maltiness throughout, juicy fruit, milk sugar, slightly metallic and sweet with very minimal hops. Nice nutty-grain finish.

This is robust and is quite nice. Plenty of malts and fruit overtones makes it quite tasty. At 4.7% it's a great session at any time. Goes great with roast beef or steak.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this beer at the local discount supermarket Norma.

Poured a thick foamy light brown colored head that held strong. Dark brown beer absorbs all the light around it. Not much aroma except for hints of metal, raisins, and dark roasted malt. Cocoa, raisins, caramel, cola, and rum all pop up in the flavor department. The body is a bit thin allowing the flavors sweetness to stand out a little more then normal. No aroma, but the flavor is pretty good. A decent beer, and worth the 50 cents I paid for it.

Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle pour a deep mahogany brown that reveals some reddish hue when held up to a light source. Nice rich tan head and lacing. Smells of deep chocolate malt and some herbal spice. Very nice balance to the taste here..sweet chocolate malt, coffee, and a touch of spicy, not-too-bitter, hop at the end. Medium carbonation which suits the flavour balance. Any less and the sweetness would take over. A great beer and at the same cost per mil as Molson or Labatt's premium lagers.

Photo of Mandrake
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep reddish-brown with tons of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and a large-bubbled, foamy medium head that builds to about three fingers before gradually subsiding. Almost cola-ish. Smell is dominated by caramel malts, quite one-dimensional. Light nuttiness and some coffee. Taste is very malt-forward as well. Coffee and caramel in roughly equal proportions now, more bitterness than expected from the aroma. Light and spicy hops, and a touch of grain. Slightly metallic aftertaste, barely noticeable. Mouthfeel is smooth and reasonably full-bodied, though it could go further in this aspect, and drinkability is good. Not a bad dark lager, has some good character and is a pleasant enough drink, but doesn't strike me as anything special.

Photo of trevorwideman
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Lovely rich dark cherry-cola colouring, pours with a generous head that's almost nitro-like in appearance. Nice lacing, and pretty carbonation, that I can see that is. Smell is really very good as well, not too complex, sweet, but in a nutty/buttery/caramel sort of way, not cloying in the least.

Taste is very chocolatey, roasted cocoa beans, maybe a hint of a coffee bitterness, but not much, this is a very sweet beer. The malt presence is almost overwhelming, slight noble hop presence, but the bitterness factor is almost a non-issue. Perhaps a bit sweet for my palate. Mouthfeel is thin but not terribly watery. Slides down exceedingly well, not a bad execution of the style, but not a first choice for me as it's not really my bag.

Photo of canadianbarman
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--came in a 500 ml brown bottle, freshness date clearlt stamped on bottom
--poured a reddish almost cherry wood in color. Almost no head and almost no lacing.
--had a slightly sweet, herbal smell to it witha hint of nuts.

Overall this was a pretty good beer. I haven't tried much in this style but this is one of the best so far.

Thx.

Photo of fisherman34
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Brownish red in colour with medium carbonation. Almost no head retention at all, even though it was served in a hefeweizen glass. Aromas of caramel, light milk chocolate, and dark roasted grains. A bit more chocolate flavor too, but the roasted grain / toast elements really start to take over. The body is a bit too light for the flavors that are going on... it makes the roasted quality a little too astringent to be enjoyable. Average.

Photo of BDTyre
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first munich dunkel, and I'm enjoying it. This pours a nice deep, almost brown, red colour with a two finger head. Very little lacing or head retention.

Smell is dominated by malts, but they are lighter on the nose than a stout or a porter. Much sweeter smell, almost like demerara sugar. Very faint hop traces. There is also a smell reminiscent of yeast and bread; it smells sort of like a Russian grain bread.

Tastes like dark malts, with a well balanced dose of Czech hops. There is a hint of brown sugar, as there is just a trace of sweetness. However, this is a fairly dry (not quite bitter) brew.

This is a nice beer, and one I can see myself buying again.

Photo of pootz
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep chestnut color with a wonderful fluffy cap. Moderate head retention, laces the glass. Aromas of chocolate and sweet bread. Medium bodied...silky mouth feel...mellow, toasty-malty and slightly sweet with some slight fruit tones and a semi-dry charred finish... a very decent Czech dunkel.

Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown with a thin cap of tan head. The head doesn't last too long, but leaves a ring around the edge and a pool in the middle.

Smell is full of roasted malt. A bitter coffee type aroma. Also another malt scent that I can't identify in there, bit of a toffee flavour, but not exactly that.

The taste is full of malty goodness. Dark chocolate, roasted coffee, a grainy bread flavour. Finish is mild, leaving a faint chocolate and coffee flavour that is pretty pleasant. Major flavour for a lager.

Mouthfeel is much thicker than I expected. Carbonation is subtle, not overdone, but not forgotten.

A very drinkable beer and a pleasant surprise. My brother in law bought me one of these a couple months back and I knew I'd have to get another to review.

Photo of Noxious26
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a pint glass.

Clear, walnut brown in colour. Shows red highlights when held to the light, more of a cheery wood. 1/4 inch beige head produced on the pour, but quickly disappears leaving an off-white thin ring around the edge.

Sweet roasted malt aroma. Reminds me of a stout with it's toffee and cherry syrup undertones.

Now that I've tasted it, I'm really reminded of a stout, but lighter in texture. Mouthfeel is medium with light-moderate carbonation. Really very smooth going down.

Roasted malts give this beer it's most obvious flavour, with hints of coffee and caramel in the background. Aftertaste is medium bitter with a mild burnt flavour. This beer is nice and light, yet malty and flavourful.

This is the first Dunkel I've ever had, but it seems to do a good job of A) fitting the profile and B) pleasing my taste buds. Picked this up on a whim at my local liquor store and although I don't remember how much it cost, if it's reasonably priced I'll be keeping this on hand regularly.

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