Lobkowicz Baron - Brewery Lobkowicz

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BA SCORE
83
good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Photo of VonDooom
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of Graham5161986
4.5/5  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 Garin
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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 IronDjinn
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 RBorsato
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of elricorico
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 +10.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 parintele
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cwrw
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark Czech lager pours from its distinctively labelled 500ml bottle. I got a quick, pop-fizz head that disappeared very quickly, leaving next to no head at all. The colour is appealing: dark, rich brown, bordering on ruby. Perhaps some iced-tea colouration. If only the head was better! The aroma for the most part is extremely grainy malt, with some fruity sweetness, maybe some light cocoa; not overly complex, though appetising. Immediately after pouring I get a musky, baking bread smell, with some brown sugar. Light Saaz hop in the nose when the beer warms. Fortunately this tastes better than it smells: some nice burnt malt up front, light caramel and metal in the middle, with a balanced finish, just dry and oily enough for the malt. Some definite sweet chocolate, raisins. The mouthfeel is bordering on full-bodied, with a crisp carbonation that refreshes. No strong tastes and a quenching character give this beer a better-than-average drinkability for a dunkel. This is not something I would actively search for again, although I would buy it if I seen it around.

(Note: I had this beer again about 5 months later, and it was definitely a better experience. The head was exceptional, the aroma more full, and all in all it tasted fresher. Make sure you review a nice fresh bottle, because it makes all the difference with this beer.)

Photo of Shadman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Exeter
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown undated bottle. The beer manager assured me that he had just received the shipment this week.
It pours a dark ruby-hued brown with a fast fading off-white head.
The aroma is mostly of sweet malt (almost maple syrup), with just a hint of citrus smell. The medium bodied malt has a slick, nearly oily feel to it. Roasted to the edge of smoky, this brew has a bit of a crème brulee taste to it. The hops don't compete with the sweet malt, but rather compliment it by providing a light lime-like bitterness. A very faint metallic tang can be noticed in the background. This brew is a welcome mild respite from all the hearty winter and extreme beers I've been slugging down for the past few months. Nice and easy to drink...won't have to hide my car keys.

Photo of RooferOnFire
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 Backer2004
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.86/5  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 malmquna
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 canucklehead
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New to BC, this beer is a nice dunkel that goes well with grilled meats and bbq. The colour is ruby brown with minimal head. The first taste is very malty with a slighty dry finish. This is a nice beer with decent balance. Very drinkalble, the lack of overt sweetness and full body put this on my list for when I want a dark lager.

Photo of ablaze
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear brown color, with a decent tannish layer of film for a head.
Aroma: caramelly sweet, light, and very mellow.
Taste: rather thick on the tongue at first, then nothing but lightness. Light bodied on the palate, too, but not lacking in flavor in the least. Nutty, caramelly sweetness continues and abounds. Tasty, a trifle fruity, and yummy, to a point. If you want a mild, but flavorful dark lager, by all means go for the Baron!

Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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