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Lev Black Lion - M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.

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51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.02%


Brewed by:
M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S. visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2003)
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jimdkc

Missouri

2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer looked and smelled pretty good. Color was very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A bubbly tan head quickly faded to a thin ring leaving a trace of lace. The smell promised big roasted malt and coffee flavors. And those flavors were there... along with a big, off aftertaste that was somewhere between plastic and metallic. Letting it warm a little helped some, but it was still nearly undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 01:49:57 | More by jimdkc
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liveandletdie

Washington

2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this one on a whim, wasn't really expecting much from it but figured i'd try it out. Pours out black, with a finger size head. As others have said not very complex, but that doesn't make it a bad beer. Sligh metalic taste, makes me wish I hadn't read the reviews and hadn't pinpointed the taste. Felt pretty thin to me when drinking which I did not like. I've had better in this genre. Don't think I would buy this one again.

About average?....not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 21:44:53 | More by liveandletdie
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Zorro

California

2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and flowery noble hops. Chocolate and coffee aromas.

Starts out fairly dry with the taste of charred malt. Tastes of coffee with a medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an OK beer nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:40:08 | More by Zorro
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bagpiper2005

Idaho

2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Dark brown in color with streaks of red. Two and a half fingers of tan colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light but appetizing with hints of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, and fruit.

Taste: Somewhat bland. Mainly flavors of dark and sour fruit mixed with some chocolate and coffee. Very mild hop bitterness, and finishes with just an awful metallic taste that just gets worse as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh, it's OK. Palatable and not overly filling, but not exactly great either.

Final Notes: It's an OK beer. Not something I would buy again, but it's not bad. Would probably make a great barbecue or tailgating beer. I would have given it a 3.5 on taste had it not been for that metallic back end - that taste is crap!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:58:07 | More by bagpiper2005
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it spills from the bottle, a very deep blackberry color, the head impressive in size, spumous in structure, light beige in color and the remining lace a nice coating sheet. Nose is caramel sweet, malt laden, fresh and pleasant to the senses, sweet at the start, lots of malt, the top thin and a bit watery. Finish is mildly acidic, crisply hopped, dry but the “thin-waisted” feeling detracts much and leaves me lacking and the best I can do is “Average”, and that’s stretching it a bit!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 14:44:47 | More by Gusler
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beerguy101

California

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, large beige/tan head. Aroma is sweet and a touch grainy. Dark roasted malts, slightly sweet, lightly hopped, not a lot of bitterness. Medium bodied dark ale. Mouthfeel is full round and smooth. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2003 02:59:47 | More by beerguy101
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Douglas88

Utah

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark and clear amber/brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is full of toasted malts and light chocolates. A strong toasted malt flavor with a very sweet aftertaste. Some nutty and light fruit. A soft and medium mouthfeel. Pretty clean flavor, but a bit thin and watery. An interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 00:22:44 | More by Douglas88
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aracauna

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but it's also not something I'd go out of my way for either. There is very little complexity but the dark malts do factor into the flavor, but weakly. This struck me as a fairly pilsner-like beer despite the darkness.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2003 23:58:08 | More by aracauna
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ReebShorts

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark purple, thick head that stopped fading at 1 finger after about a minute. head is brown and bubbles look a bit soapy with oily reflection. smells of toasted bread and molasses.

taste is ok i guess, i dunno, this isn't real exciting, i'm kind of looking forward to finishing this so I can try something else.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2005 04:30:02 | More by ReebShorts
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mactrail

California

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark russet color in the big chalice. An average foam bubbling up. Sprightly mouthfeel. Slight hop aroma in the usual Euro Lager vein. A little of the roasted malt with some just plain burnt taste. That odd hoppy, charred flavor is a puzzler. Not very bitter at all.

A nice wash of sudsiness with a very modest flavor. I would wish for a cleaner flavor. This is quite drinkable but it seems like a mediocre compromise between a Czech Pilsener and a Schwartzbier. While it's fairly decent for a lower-alcohol brew, there are so many Utah supermarket beers that will provide more pleasure for 4.0 % ABV.

From the 500 ml bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 07:00:29 | More by mactrail
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andythejerk

Utah

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle is past the date stamped on it by about 2 months. Pours very dark with a pretty good head that is maintained as a thick lacing throughout the rest of the glass. Has a sweet, mild aroma to it, and also has a very sweet flavor. It's almost too sweet without having enough other elements to balance it or give it the stiffness it needs. It almost tastes like a mix between a belgian dark ale and a regular czech pilsner. It's good, and reminds me of my days drinking in Germany, but not a real stellar performance. The mouthfeel is pretty fizzy--nothing fabulous here. Maybe I was tired, but I was bored before I got to the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 05:22:48 | More by andythejerk
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dnichols

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a chilled challis.

A: It poured a deep dark black with hints of ruby red when back lit. The head was a richly tanned caramel, sticky and tallied about one finger under a moderately aggressive pour. The stickiness of the head generated a uniform and persistent lacing.

S: I detected roasted malts, yeast, and a touch of coffee. Nothing really jumped out and defined the character of the brew.

T: The taste followed the aroma in the sense that no single flavor dominated in a manner that defined this brew. The the roasted malts produced a thin almost diluted flavor that was joined by a zesty citrus kick. Nothing was bad but nothing was better than OK.

M: Light mouth feel with a diluted malt front and zesty tangy back and clean aftertaste.

Dr: It is an average beer...no flavor that repulses but none that attracts. It's low ABV makes it a drink you could stay with late into the night...but why do it.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 00:31:55 | More by dnichols
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This dunkel was of course dark and gave off pretty red tints along the edges. The head was modest but left a nice film on top of the liquid.

Smell – The roasted malts and burnt toast were mixed with a bit of coffee and maybe some brown sugar.

Taste – The dark notes from the nose pulled back at the taste. Some fruits kicked in at the finish that gave this lager an awkward twang.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Dunkel left an off tangy sensation in the mouth.

Drinkability – I enjoyed the malt aspect of this lager but could do without the summer fruit character.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2004 19:12:57 | More by RoyalT
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nick76

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is very sweet with cola, toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and syrup. The appearance is nice with a large foamy head and a red brown color. The flavor is like the aroma with a bit of fruitiness. The palate is thin. Overall it's interesting but it's sweet and a tad bit strange.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:14:23 | More by nick76
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TruePerception

California

3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lev Black Lion, dark Czech lager: Appearance: black, with a slight dark cola rim; Smell: ash, coffee; Taste/Mouthfeel: clean, slightly bitter, slight black licorice/anise (subtle); Decent

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 07:47:45 | More by TruePerception
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HochFliegen

Oregon

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a thick tan head. Smelled of roasted malts, carmel, sweetness and some chocolate. The taste had chocolate and coffee notes and some maltiness to it as well. The aftertaste finished with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 05:03:47 | More by HochFliegen
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TripelJ

Florida

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally Sampled 8/9/2003 -- Reviewing from notes.

Now Quaffing: Lev Black Lion

Pours a deep, dark mahogany, with very little light coming through the glass. The aroma is all about roasted malts--chocolate. The taste follows suit with some mellow roasted malts. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth and there is a slight bitterness/dryness (hop?) to the finish. This mildly crisp end to each sip snaps you out of roasted malt mode, and reminds you that, "Hey, I'm a lager too!"

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 12:57:41 | More by TripelJ
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Vancer

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle again. Well, started out promising, deep clear burgundy pour with nice tan head and lacey. Nice chocolaty malt aroma. Taste – hmmm, earthy, hoppy with a proper hop balance. But, crap, kinda thin and watery. Lite on the carbonation. So, it was OK and drinkable - a good summer session brew, just not anything special.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 16:38:02 | More by Vancer
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Realale

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear black with Burgundy highlights. Very fine off-white head settles quickly to a thin rim and some isolated islands of foam. Swirling rouses the head nicely, but it quickly retreats again.

Nose is crackery malt with an appetizing roasty edge to it. Nice Saaz hop notes provide some support, but the Saaz grassiness actually kind of clashes with the roasty/toasty notes.

Medium in the mouth with a nice initial roundness. Roast and hop contribute nice complexity and balancing bitterness. Becomes quite mineral in the midpalate which thins out the malt and dominates the finish.

Lowish level of carbonation is nice for the style. Quite drinkable if a bit unexciting.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 02:44:09 | More by Realale
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LIke the old style simplistic label. 500 ml bottle. Good looking dark beer dark brown, bordering on black small tan head, bubbly, nice looking in my pint mug. malty sweet aroma, slightly smoky ash in the back ground. very coffee like accent to the taste as described by others,dark coffee with hints of dried fruit, not much hops happening, dry ,quick finish leaves the impression of wateryness. Pretty thin on the palate, but that might just be the finish. A drinkable enough beer, but totally unremarkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 05:13:20 | More by Reidrover
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misterscooter

California

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the green bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a large tan head. Small dense bubbles fill the head.

The smell is of a sweet rose, lightly malty.

This beer is malty sweet with limited hops. It definitely isn't overdone. Cool, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink but not overly unique. A good Czech beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 05:38:43 | More by misterscooter
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whynot44

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium bodied, very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a moderate tan head that fades quickly.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is sweet up front and somehow fruity - apple and figs or plums -topped of with dark roast coffee and burnt toast and a hint of molasses. Finishes slightly dry with a coffee and burnt toast aftertaste that lingers.

A bit of an odd taste combination but not bad,

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 02:17:36 | More by whynot44
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scottoale

California

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Helping the local liquor store clear out some old back stock beers, I came upon this one. At $1.95 for the half litre brown bottle, what the heck i'll give it a try.

The stuff pours a dark walnut-burgundy with some body, nearly two fingers of creamy tan colored head, looks nice. The head settles to just under a centimeter, fine bubbles in the carbonation, decent fine lacing.

Smell is of dark rich malts, actually smells like a concentrated malted milk like in a malt shop. I really love the smell of this brew even though I am way more fond of hops in beers that I frequent. Hops are on the low side here but balances the brew nicely. The taste is dark malt filled with a body much lighter than it appears, smooth creamy mouthfeel with almost no detection of alcohol.

Very easy drinking for a beer this dark, as it warms a bit you get some chocolate after notes, it's really quite a pleasant beer, much to my suprise. It's not great, but is is good...cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 06:39:20 | More by scottoale
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tpd975

Florida

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this hard to get gem.

A: Pours a dark black hue with hints of amber peeking thru. The head is nice and bold with good retention. Spotty lace was noted on the glass.

S: A really nice smelling beer. Huge sweetened malt aromas with hints of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Kind of reminds me of malted milk balls in some ways.

T: The aroma does not carry over to taste. There is some roasted malt and bitter coffee. Hints of light chocolate as well. The flavors just don't meld together the way they do in the aroma though. Is is just so so in taste.

M: Medium in body, somewhat flat.

D: Smellability is great, drinkability not so much.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 16:50:49 | More by tpd975
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dauss

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black, with a creamy light brown head, moderate lacing, light carbonation. Has a sweet malty smell with hints of chocolate. When you first taste it, its really good, creamy and chocolately. A touch of bitterness at the back of the tongue, but finishes extremely thin, like water, and leaves a metallic and dry aftertaste. Tastes great at first, but finishes pretty awful.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2004 05:55:52 | More by dauss
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