Lobkowicz Baron - Brewery Lobkowicz
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Reviews by RooferOnFire:
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
04-20-2013 23:54:05 | More by RooferOnFire
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3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours a deep ruby with a brownish tint with not much head to speak nice color but no head,I like the aroma I got some french roast coffee grounds and some cookie dough with a touch of sweetened chocolate ,pretty appetizing.Alot of flavors going on in this relatively simple beer some dark choclate notes with dry earthy finish almost like a nut brown ale,it was close to becoming overly sweet until the dry nutty finish saved the moment.Pretty watery though for a beer with its richer flavors,not a bad beer maybe a little tweaking would make this better.
09-02-2004 22:26:45 | More by oberon
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
Presentation: 12 oz. green bottle with no freshness date.
Appearance: Deep brown with hues of russet and red. Lace retains well leaving a patchy clusters of head in its trail.
Smell: Obvious hints of chocolate and caramel (almost toffee like) reminds us of fresh sweet dark bread.
Taste: Velvety smoothness makes for a plush medium body. Malts are clearly dominant with a full palate of sweetness, grain, chocolate, coffee and bread ... a cookie like malt profile. Hop bitterness is there just to keep thing on an even keel, lending a light spicy flavour which lingers into the after taste with some bready grain flavours.
Notes: A delicious dark lager, a great pick if you are into flavourful malty lagers. A great pairing would be with some rare roast beef on a dark rye with spicy mustard and pickled onions.
03-31-2002 00:22:58 | More by Jason
3.2/5 rDev -13.7%
A choice of three "noble" Lobkowicz brews showed up this weekend, I picked the Baron first...surprising that these aren't marked up in price. regardless of the quality.
Dark, clear chocolate brown with a tan 1/4 inch latte-like head that lasts about 45 seconds and laces in wide incomplete drips. Malty aroma, heavy on a carob and butterscotch impression with a slight hop prickle. Flavor follows aroma closely, a sweet carob sense, malted milk, nutmeg early with a rapid falloff to cane sugar. Finishes softly and on a "rain water" side with only a balancing sense of Saaz hops, if its detectable at all. Some similarities with a San Miguel Dark, but a little too sweet overall, especially as the sips continue on. Decent, but I wouldn't want more than one.
05-04-2003 12:54:27 | More by ADR
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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!
11-12-2010 05:28:29 | More by biboergosum
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
09-04-2009 01:17:45 | More by sammytag
2.45/5 rDev -34%
The Baron: bottle states “Premium Czech Dark Lager.” Presented in a half liter (about 17 ounces) brown bottle. No freshness date, no abv., on bottle. Tan head, quickly collapses to skim on top. Deep dark ruby color when it’s held up to light. Mild burnt toast, unpleasant, aroma. The taste is rich with powerful malt, almost cocoa taste. Long aftertaste. Overall, I’m not sure it was a bargain even at 99 cents a bottle.
03-29-2002 23:40:55 | More by jackndan
3.98/5 rDev +7.3%
Almost perfect balance of hops and malts, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Not too bitter, nice lacing and solid head. Great qualities typically found in a premium brown ale. Received this in a beer of the month package and so far it's been the best I've tried. No problem recommending this to a friend who'd enjoy this style.
11-26-2004 01:28:10 | More by Backer2004
3.45/5 rDev -7%
Pours a translucent deep brown with red highlights. Large tan head which quickly dissipates into a lacy sheen. Weak chocolate and roasted coffee malts in the nose. Strong roasted malt flavors with long-lasting and slightly dry hop aftertaste. Decent body, if a bit light for my personal preference. A relatively flavorful and refreshing interpretation of the style.
10-27-2004 23:58:26 | More by dgallina
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
02-14-2007 02:13:12 | More by Mandrake
3.68/5 rDev -0.8%
Nice black appearance with decent head and lacing. Smell was heavy on the malt with a molasses nose, Taste was a bit sweet with the molasses note, but a slight hop note on the finish was good. Mouthfeel was extremely smooth. Drinkability was good on a smoothness note, but the flavor was something I will have to get used to.
02-20-2004 00:50:02 | More by edchicma
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-04-2005 03:25:57 | More by elricorico
British Columbia (Canada)
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
11-12-2007 02:33:30 | More by GrimmReaper
4.25/5 rDev +14.6%
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!
01-29-2010 04:38:47 | More by ChrisCage
4/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
09-16-2009 01:42:41 | More by Phyl21ca
4.47/5 rDev +20.5%
It pours a deep, clear brown with garnet highlights. A sticky off-white head forms and then recedes quite quickly.
Rich and toasty on the nose, this beer has loads of malt. Caramelly sweet with a hint of grainy roastiness.
Wow. Malt. This is malty. Chocolatey and rich, with a hint of booziness and caramel. The finish is all malt. How many times can I say that? Malty. Malty. This beer is extremely malty. There is a touch of tartness in it that cuts it clean and keeps it balanced and very drinkable. The sweetness is slight. There is just the vaguest hint of hops bitterness in the end.
The mouthfeel is rich and smooth. I could drink this all night long. I guess it's a good thing I only have the one bottle here.
12-21-2004 06:12:08 | More by Garin
4.18/5 rDev +12.7%
Poured from a 500 ml brown euro-style bottle. This is really a gorgeous looking dunkel, a rich, dense walnut hue that shifts to a cherry oak when held to the light. Not much in the way of head retention, a quick splash of off-white head that doesn't last very long. The aroma is mild but pronounced, toasted malt and caramel, slightly herbal hops. More flavour than the nose would hint at. Rich sweet toasted malts, some caramel, a biscuity character in the middle, with a mild hop finish that blends into a light chocolate aftertaste. Though not thick, the mouthfeel is full, with a smooth and velvety texture that rides the palate like a magic carpet. Slight kick of carbonation on the finish. I find myself full and quite satisfied after one bottle of this, not craving another one, but with fond memories of it. This will remind you of what kind of rich rounded malt profile can be accomplished in the right hands. Quite amazing for a lager.
02-21-2005 21:01:12 | More by IronDjinn
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
The beer pours a translucent deep mahogany color, the head behemothic in size, the structure creamy, the color a winsome light tan, with the lace a thick and sticky sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is mostly sweet malt, hints of caramel, fresh and clean a nice treat to the senses. Start is sweet and loaded with malt, top is thin in its feel to the palate, finish has a crisp acidity, the hops pleasant and spicy in their bite, somewhat sour, dry aftertaste that is quite long lasting. A decent beer hits the B spot as I just got home from a day on the streets of Phoenix, a feat of survival in itself, and the temperature a balmy 107 degrees Fahrenheit, ah summertime in the desert.
05-22-2003 15:25:43 | More by Gusler
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a clear dark brown brew.
Smell is sweet and very malty smells like a bock. There is a perfume smell that shows up after it warms a bit.
Taste is sweet and smoky li8ke a porter, with a bit of bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is OK.
An OK beer that seems confused about what it really is.
EDIT* OK I drank this beer a bit more and it really is a "PORTER BOCK" but is a bit better than I first judged.
03-27-2004 03:24:56 | More by Zorro
3.45/5 rDev -7%
This one pours a clear, dark, mahogany with a good head. Theres a bit of sulfur in the nose underneath the dark malts and a bit of nuttiness. In the flavor, its cocoa powder, raisins and brown sugar. The flavor is kind of dusty or powdery, but Im not sure quite how to describe it. Its ok but nothing special.
11-29-2004 01:25:55 | More by aracauna
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
Brown to dark-brown with a nice beige headand decent carbonation. Nice balanced aroma of caramel, chocolate and light smokiness. Caramel dominates the flavor with a bit of smokiness in the background. Light-medium (leans light) bodied with a light roasty dry finish.
Per label: "Anno 1466" & "Premium Czech Dark Lager"
Per Beer Club notes and http://czechbeer.com/: Saaz hops. 4.7% ABV.
01-18-2005 21:05:29 | More by RBorsato
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours out a deep purple-brown, with a tan head that hangs around. Smells of chocolate and coffee with some carmel notes. Tastes very much like coffee, almost halfway to a stout. A little sticky in the mouth, but that doesn't subtract form this beer. A very tasty beer, something like I have never had before.
12-03-2003 06:15:55 | More by TastyTaste
Lobkowicz Baron from Brewery Lobkowicz
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.