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

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 58
Avg: 3.41
pDev: 11.14%
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 58
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark red-brown beer with a huge head from a moderate pour. Head gets bumpy and lasts as a soft small "cover" with moderate lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a touch of hops

T: Malty and crisp biscuity warmth. Toasted malt, a hint of fig and coffee. There is a nice dry, very lightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and refreshingly long finish.

D: At 4.5%, you could drink these welcome, smooth brews a long time: very suitable for a session beer.

A nice surprise. What is most surprising is the other ratings: makes me wonder if you were drinking this too cold -- this brew is supposed to be "chillled:" pour it at 45 degrees, not 35.

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Photo of whynot44
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,

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Photo of ReebShorts
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.

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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 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 Realale
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Spencer's Steak House in Salt Lake City. Maybe it tasted better than it should of since I had spent an entire day manning a booth at a convention but this beer really satisfied me. Nothing astounding, but a solid tasty black lager. Nice malty aroma, a little burnt malt or bitter chocolate. Definitely not too sweet. Quite crisp, dry, almost a metallic dryness, but not necessarily in a bad way. For $0.25 more than a Miller Light, I couldn't go wrong.

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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 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 dauss
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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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 jimdkc
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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!"

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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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 hotstuff
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, this beer had a small tan head with fine sized bubbles. The body was clear with a brown-reddish hue. The lacing was only fair on the sides of my glass with this beer. The flavor reminded me of burnt coffee and the mouthfeel was smooth.

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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 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 allboutbierge
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is their best offering hands down. The body has a deep dark brown color with orange hue. Head pours large but disapates quickly to a cloud of off-white that floats on the surface. Not a fragerant brew but on a strong whif appetizing scents of sweet malts become apparent. Taste is unique. Not solely bitter or very sweet for that matter. A nice mellow blend of both with an odd 'metallic' aftertaste. Body is slightly chewy and carbonation is light. I would say this would be a very drinkable brew if not for that aftertaste.

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