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

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 60
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 01-06-2003

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, molasses, and burnt caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with burnt toast, burnt caramel, molasses, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above avearge beer with some decent molasses and caramel aspects in the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep crimson color (looks better when held up to the light) with a pretty thin head,aromas of caramel and even a little brown sugar with a light burnt hint as well.Taste has a bready kinda note to it with some roasted malt with a big Czech hop note in the finish makes the beer very clean and dry tasting.A little thin in the body but a pretty solid Czech lager,a nice find.

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Photo of mactrail
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dim dark brown with a tiny bubbled soft tan lace.

Smell: Creamed coffee in the nose with hints of malt sweetness and faint roasted malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp snappish bite on the tongue. Coffee accented from the dark malts with an causal malt sweetness that holds up the body. Suggestions of fig and other subtle fruit are perceptible ... quietly hopped just to offset the malt a pinch. A drying feeling leads the pallette to the finish with soft roasted malt taste.

Notes: Not bad at all, quite a appetizing dark lager that I would go back for time and time again. Made for a great lunchtime brew with hot pastrami on rye.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color, big boisterous off-white head. Aroma: fresh, sweet, toffeeish, roasty, nutty. I'm a bit stumped as to to the style. Is it a bottom-fermented porter, a dark lager, of a bock of some kind?
Light texture, smooth mouthfeel, very mellow. Light body, but very satisfying taste. Creamy, sweet, delicious. I like it, I like it!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Started out cold but let it warm a bit. Better .
A medium dark color, creamy white head that stuck to the glass at first. Smell of toffee, chocolate, raisin and malt.
Hops came through in the taste, but only a little. More of coffee and chocolate. the raisin smell turned to a tartness in the taste, balanced by the sweet of the chocolate.
Not a bad beer for sitting around enjoying the scenery.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, better than I expected. Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $2.75.. poured into my Smokestack goblet...

tan 2 finger head takes a while to die back leaving picure perfect crusty lacing.. brew is pretty dark verging on black.. only when held to a light do I realize it is deep dark walnut brown and perfectly clear.

Aroma is closer to a schwarzbier than a dunkel... light roasty.. more toasty.. fairly clean malts.. no real hops to speak of.

Flavor is very good.. roasty malts and the toasted malts have the right amount of sweetness to remind me of chocolate.. subtle caramel.. body is thicker than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it isn't chewy.. the mouthfeel is fairly smooth with little bubble carbonation... I know I am going to rate this higher than the average by quite a bit.. but I think it is well made and I really like the subtleties in Dark European lagers... and the drinkablity is very nice.. smooth and tasty and makes me want another drink even though it is still 80 degrees and close to 1:00 am.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rich brown color with excellent carbonation leaving a beautiful, fluffy tannish head

S: Caramel, cocoa a hintof roasted malt plus a bit of grains

T: Initial taste of some roasted notes, cocoa, Caramel, falls in, a grainiess and a very subtle hint of dark fruit and toffee

M: Not to bad, Medium body

O: Worth the money

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a one finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of light toasted malt, molasses, a hint of cocoa. Flavor is attenuated dark toasted malt and molasses, mild coffee and chocolate. Finishes with mild toasted malt with a hint of char and light grassy hops a bit stark.. Light to medium bodied. Aroma and looks are great, but the flavor is somewhat washed out. Many of the attributes of a Schwartzbier lead to expectations that are not fulfilled. The flavor is good with interesting components, but surprisingly mild. A big step up from Euro lagers, but not full bodied enough to return to.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark; indeed, nearly black in color. When held up to the light, some deep ruby comes through revealing that the beer, though dark, is entirely free of haze. Head is a decent three fingers of pillowy tan foam which seems to have some staying power. Leaves a nice terraced lace, too.

Smell: sweet malt with a fair dose of chocolatey aroma and just a hint of biscuit. The intensity was rather low, but the composition is actually enjoyable.

Taste: flavor is precisely what I would have imagined based on the aroma. There is plenty of flavor to go around; mainly I'm getting a little chocolate, a little cherry, a little pear and a little plum. Bitterness is relatively low. A pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Feel has a good creaminess to it which I really enjoy.

Drinkability: this is a nice, drinkable dark lager. ABV is low enough to be a really good session beer; although it is just a tad sweet to drink all night long, it's still good for a couple of pints.

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Photo of Gusler
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!

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Suprisingly good dark lager. Happily, this bottle tastes quite fresh. God bless my local BevMo's Eastern European clientele. The beer is about the color of medium strength coffee. The head is big and rocky, lots of lacing. The aroma is sweetly malty, all caramel, dough and lightly toasted pumpernickel. The flavor is sweet with malt sugars just barely tamed by some subtle hops. This beer drinks a lot bigger than its abv. The mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing. It reminds me of a good dark mild made as a lager. Good stuff.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16.9 ox brown bottle poured into a pint glass. The label is different from the one pictured on BA, but it's the same beer. Beer pours dark brown with a thickish and clingy tan head. It has nice lacing.

It has an aroma of lightly roasted malts & brown sugar.

The beer is a slightly sweet with a bit of roasted malts and something earthy/dusty. Beer sweetens as it warms and that causes it lose a bit of balance. Maybe it has a bit of age on it? Wish this one was dated.

The mouth is yeoman like with prickly carbonation.

Not bad by any means, but really not that good either. Maybe a field trip to Czech Republic is in order to try it closer to the source..

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Photo of beerguy101
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, yet simple, easy-to-drink beer if a little on the one-dimensional sweet side.

Very dark red brown, essentially blakc but not quite, it has a big tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is malty with chocolate, coffee, prunes, and vanilla extract.

The taste is sweet and creamy, toasty, fruity with hints of chocolate, a lot of sweetly caramelized prune and raisin, with very faint bitterness and a slightly dryish finish, toasty with a hint of leaves.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy appearance with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma was accented towards a coffee like acidity with light fruits in the background. Flavor had more bready notes with a little residual sweetness. Body was lighter actually medium but the flavors weren't enough. Weak finish. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy one of but I'm done after that.

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Photo of aracauna
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.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. Around $2.00.

A: Poured a very dark brown with a cream colored head, about an inch thick which receded to almost nothing. Nice dark red accents when held to the light. Quite a bit darker than other dark lagers I've had. No lacing to speak of.

S: Pale malts, and roasted dark malts, faint hints of chocolate as well. Nutty, buttery flavors as well. Has a few reminiscent smells of a porter, some of an English brown ale too. Smells very good.

T: Nutty, roasted malts, slightly buttery, with a little more of a roasted malt hint. Slightly metallic taste that is somewhat offsetting, but its pretty well hidden. Definite lager characteristics, but the brown ale flavors really shine in this one. Not bad at all. Pretty simple.

M: A little towards the thin side, carbonation is balanced, lingering flavors stay in the mouth for quite some time. Not as dry as I had figured. Still a good lighter feeling dark beer.

D: Not bad at all, pretty simple flavors, but tasty nonetheless. Goes down easy. This could be a good session. A good change of pace for the brown ale drinker.

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Photo of scottoale
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!

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