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

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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: BeerAdvocate on 04-09-2003

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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.

Photo of Douglas88
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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.

4/3.5/4/4/4

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.

Photo of dnichols
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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.

Photo of andythejerk
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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!

Photo of misterscooter
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

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.

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!"

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.

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.

Lev Black Lion from M욻anský Pivovar Havlíčkův Brod, A.S.
79 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.