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Lobkowicz Baron - Brewery Lobkowicz

Lobkowicz BaronLobkowicz Baron

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50 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.16%

Brewed by:
Brewery Lobkowicz visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2002)
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Photo of RooferOnFire

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 23:54:05 | More by RooferOnFire
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Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 06:47:48 | More by wordemupg
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 21:12:47 | More by kjyost
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 05:28:29 | More by biboergosum
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 21:09:41 | More by Graham5161986
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3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 21:24:21 | More by malmquna
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Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 04:38:47 | More by ChrisCage
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 01:42:41 | More by Phyl21ca
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Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 01:17:45 | More by sammytag
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 02:33:30 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of ablaze

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 23:37:22 | More by ablaze
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3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 15:38:44 | More by HappyHourHero
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 02:53:11 | More by Shadman
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2007 02:13:12 | More by Mandrake
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 02:15:21 | More by trevorwideman
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Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 22:56:44 | More by canadianbarman
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Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 22:26:43 | More by fisherman34
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2006 05:54:23 | More by BDTyre
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Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 03:17:04 | More by pootz
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 03:25:57 | More by elricorico
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 01:57:51 | More by Noxious26
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Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 21:01:12 | More by IronDjinn
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4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2005 21:05:29 | More by RBorsato
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 08:34:42 | More by Cwrw
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Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2004 06:12:08 | More by Garin
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