Klaster Winter Beer - Pivovar Klaster
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2.9/5 rDev -21.6%
Kind of wierd aroma. Malt is there but something else too that I can't put my finger on. Vaguely like skunked hops but that's not really it. Also kind of like spent grain after it sits for a bit.
Nice gold color with a pretty white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Lots of fine lines of carbonation rising in the glass. It certainly is a nice looking glass of beer.
Flavor starts off with Pils malt and folows through with more malt. But not huge and overbearing malt. The bitterness I get is mostly in the aftertaste and it's a pretty solid hop bitterness. It's on the malty sweet side and a little out of balance.
Carbonation level in my mouth isn't nearly what the rising bubbles would make me think would be there. Seems light and because of that a little syrupy instead of lively.
It's definitely a little more interesting and bigger than your normal central/eastern Euro lager but not so much that I would consider it a Christmas special.
12-19-2007 07:07:51 | More by czechsaaz
3.05/5 rDev -17.6%
A - Clear golden brew with a large head that dissipates leaving an opulent web of lacing in its wake.
S - Clean lager aroma. Hints of a sweet malt underneath. Some honeysuckle (a flower only vague smelling like honey) as well.
T - There is a bit of a pectin infused malt flavor. There is a bit of a grassy hop flavor as well. It is slightly sweet, the aftertaste has a bit more of a pectin presence.
M - Slick, thick, waxy, and a little harsh from carbonation too. Refreshing in the back of the throat too. A strange mix.
D - It is alright. I don't know what this brewery does that gives their beers a waxy, pectin character - perhaps it is the Czech water. I may have other beers from this brewery, but I will likely not have this one again.
02-18-2008 06:01:21 | More by mrasskicktastic
3.1/5 rDev -16.2%
Pours a two finger pure white head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving a good lace lace. Crystal clear pale amber color. Very light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor sweetens as it warms, honey? hops are noticeable, lingering bitter aftertaste. $2.15 for a 500ml bottle from John's Marketplace Portland, OR.
01-21-2008 23:39:20 | More by jdhilt
3.35/5 rDev -9.5%
Golden sunshine with a wee splash of orange. This has to be the lightest winter warmer in the history of winter warmers. The crown is a somewhat loose collection of glassy bubbles that is dingy white in hue. As the bubbles burst, fine lace is left on the upper few inches of the glass.
It's hard to know what to make of the nose. The beer smells golden malty and moderately sweet. Like a cream ale. There is no spiciness, so this must not be *that* kind of winter warmer.
The flavor follows the nose fairly directly. Again, why the 'winter' of the name? Maybe the brewers added some candi sugar and thought that gave the beer a seasonal vibe. There might be some subtle spices, it's difficult to say for sure.
Winter Lager doesn't have much personality. The malt backbone is sturdy enough and tastes very slightly toasted. Now that the taste buds have been engaged, I wouldn't be surprised if honey was used rather than candi sugar. The finish is muskily-mustily hoppy and the meager spiciness could be coming from the yeast (doubtful) or a pinch of... who knows?
The mouthfeel is on the substantial side for a 5.8% lager. That's an admirable thing in my book. There are enough bubbles to keep things moving, but not so many that annoyance sets in. Nothing to get too excited about. Note: the bottom of the bottle feels more lackluster.
In terms of overall quality, Klaster Winter Lager is roughly equivalent to Klaster Premium Lager (a Czech pils) and Klaster Dark Beer (a Munich dunkel lager). With so many tasty winter warmers on this side of the Atlantic, I can't recommend this one.
08-15-2008 12:47:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
Interesting and not your average winter warmer, heck it's not even close to a winter warmer. Basically, it's a strong, clean lager with pale and biscuit-like malt with balanced grassy and herbal hops to finish it out. It's a pretty good beer, didn't seem to be the most complex, but I enjoyed it. Worth trying for something different.
01-19-2008 06:26:25 | More by tempest
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
This is a really good looking beer. It pours a crystal clear dark yellow-gold with a creamy white long-lasting head. Nice carbonation make the bubbles keep coming throughout the duration of your imbibing experience.
Aroma is of Saaz hops -- earthy and slightly spicy. It gives you that same aroma as a good pilsner (think Pilsner Urquell). Keep your nose near the glass awhile longer and you pick up the malt.
Good balance with hops and malt -- more of each than that of a pilsner...finishes towards sweet side, thanks to the maltiness. Somewhat bitter though not an unpleasant aftertaste.
This is an enjoyable beer -- a pilsner on steriods. Certainly worth a try. In fact, worth two tries.
05-29-2005 21:12:56 | More by ncbrewerbun
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
Appearance This one is a beautiful orange in color and very clear. It had a nice head that came up on a good pour and left some lacing on the inside of my glass.
Smell The malts here are very nice. They are lightly toasted and full of dark spices. The sweets smell kind of like pie of some kind, maybe like rhubarb.
Taste The malt here is delicious and the sugary sweetness makes for a good compliment. Theres a weird aftertaste though that kind of threw me off. Its very bitter and would be more at home in an ESB or even an IPA than a malty Winter Warmer.
Mouthfeel This is almost medium-bodied and extremely smooth in the mouth.
Drinkability If it wasnt for that strange bitter taste Id give this one a solid 4.0, because other than that this was a good-drinking lager.
03-14-2005 01:30:02 | More by RoyalT
3.68/5 rDev -0.5%
The beer poured into the glass crystal clear pale golden with a white and low head which maintained it presence to lace the glass.
The aroma was crisp with a husky grainy character and a bit of a sulphury component. The aroma contained some Saaz characteristics but they were at a low level.
The flavor was well bittered with a strong bittering component which overtook most of the rest of the flavor. The hops contained a light spicy character and the flavor still exhibited a husky character and the sulphur.
The finish was dry with a lasting hop flavor with that grainy character, long and lasting into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium and the carbonation level made the beer a bit creamy. I liked it, easy to drink, but the sulphur in the aroma and flavor were a bit on the high side.
12 ounce bottle.
04-20-2006 22:26:37 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
This is not a winter warmer, it seems to me (at least its very unlike other winter warmers I've had, whether from the US or Germany). As the bottle says, it is a winter lager, whatever that is.
Pours a light gold with a decent head and big fat carbonation bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells like yeast, over-ripe fruit, some spice and a hint of the alcohol. Interesting. The overripened fruit flavor is more noticeable as it is sipped, but weirdly is not unappealing. The yeastiness of this brew is very interesting, giving it a sort of doughy quality in taste. I like it. There is some spice in here too that works well with the breadiness of the taste. Not bad at all.
Pretty drinkable. Worth trying once, imho.
02-27-2006 01:58:43 | More by kingjames1
3.83/5 rDev +3.5%
This was a pretty good golden x-mas lager from Pivovar Klaster. It poured out a dark golden colour with a small head of white foam. The aromas were of coriander, slight german malts and hops, and alcohol. The taste was quite spicy, with the coriander taking the forefront midway through the sip. The mouthfeel was a bit thin for a winter brew, but it was not overly thin and the drinkability was very good for a czech lager. A decent and different take on the winter beer style.
12-16-2003 04:04:03 | More by francisweizen
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
Clear gold with a two finger white head. Plenty of lacings. Aroma is malty. Taste is sweet malts with a balanced amount of hops. Mouthfeel is good with adequete carbonation and a nice dry finish. A sessionable beer in spite of the 5.8% abv. Give it a try, I definitely enjoyed this beer.
01-25-2009 09:09:15 | More by Spikester
3.9/5 rDev +5.4%
First comment: Winter Warmer my butt.
Pours a clear bright gold, lots of sheeting lace. Frothy ivory head and fizzy. Smells of sweet fruity malt. Grassy and herbal hops.
Up front is grassy sweet malt, followed by light herbal hops and a driness in the finish. Some not too pleasant metallic flavors peeking through from time to time. Hops are most present in the finish and the aftertaste, slowly building as you finish the bottle. Crisp and eventually becomes quite bitter. Really good stuff and easy drinking on a hot summer day. Winter? I don't know. Good Czech pilsner. Check it out.
08-07-2006 21:58:58 | More by ViveLaChouffe
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
Like the previous reviews, I found this to be a pretty interesting beer. Pours a deep golden color with a thin white head. Super malty nose, with hints of spices, dark chocolate, and alcohol. Reminds me of Sam Adams Old Fezziwig, though lighter and less flavorful. Very malty throughout and finishes very dry and bitter, though it's not a hop bitterness, more of an acidic, peppery bitterness. Highly drinkable for a winter brew. An interesting take and a nice change of pace from many of the other winter seasonals out there.
03-06-2004 23:10:47 | More by IrishRedRock
4/5 rDev +8.1%
This winter lager is easy to drink. Light lacy head and that old familiar european beer smell had me at the start. Golden and as clear as water, it showed little carbonation, but it was there. Nice hops, expecially the bitter on the aftertaste.
Tis might be a winter lager, but it could be a great summer beer too!
01-12-2008 19:01:12 | More by doboy
4/5 rDev +8.1%
Pours a very clear orange color with a good amout on carbonation. Head retention is very good. Sticks to the glass. Smells fairly spicy almost fruit like. The Saaz hops come out strong but not over powering the malt. The taste is a hoppy spice with a very clean finish. The hops seem to stick around on your tongue for a while after you take a sip. This is a very tasty and drinkable lager.
01-16-2005 04:34:29 | More by Luigi
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
This winter brew has a clear , dark straw color with a huge, thick head which leaves a thick lacing. Has a sweet, spicy smell. Medium bodied with a very smooth mouthfeel. Has a nice malty, yeasty sweet flavor with a hint of gingerbread.
Tastes very fresh for an import brew.
Not bad , this brewery has yet to disappoint.
07-12-2005 15:04:05 | More by beerceller99
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Klaster Winter Lager: This is a pale golden liquid with a slight white head. Not bad lace, though. The liquid is incredibly clear and relatively still, compared to most other brews. It looks like almost any other European Lager. The aroma is a mingling of pale malts and floral hops. It smells like a supped-up Pilsner, with a lot of Saaz and some bready malts. The taste is clean, and quite bitter. Its sweet, but immediately offset by a lot of Czech hops. They play off each other nicely. The low carbonation and maltiness make this brew very, very smooth. No doubt, its very easy to drink. The finish is punctuated with an endlessly lingering hop bitterness. Not bad at all but its not what Id call a Winter Warmer. Itd like it as an any-time-of-the-year brew. The bottom line is that this is a well-made and satisfying Czech lager.
12-23-2006 19:05:47 | More by Suds
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Presentation: Kláter Premium Winter Czech Beer arrives all the way from the Czech Republic in a brown glass 12 fl.oz. bottle. Main label has a generic design, the same as the other Kláter brews that I have had, except that this one is a light frozen blue color. Advertised at 5.8% ABV with no freshness date.
Appearance: Pellucid body shimmers with a lovely crisp golden shimmer which is punctuated with some warming orange glows when held against the setting Sun. Streamers punctuate for a short period after the pour but soon disappear and become static clinging bubbles until the next drink when they are agitated again. Creamy off-white head is thick and resilient. It has a texture similar to that seen atop open top fermenters in Breweries, but at times resembles a crater laden lunar surface. Finely attenuated carbonation start to finish with some nice ring lacing which looks proud.
Nose: Very nice aromas, a mixture of clean fresh hops and appealing lightly toasted malts. Pilsner like in the beginning with some fruity tones in the middle and a very spicy hop finish that is quite big in stature.
Taste: Starts with lost of toasted malts which balance with a mild sweetness in the middle. Fruity essence in the centre mixes with a rising bitterness which has a solid spicy aspect to it. Finishes with a lovely crisp bitter ending which lingers with a spicy Saaz zest.
Mouthfeel: The clean flavors are accentuated when set against the soft smooth palate and creamy nature of this fine lager. Medium body that feels bigger than it really is and makes you forget that this is 5.8% ABV.
Drinkability: An easy drinker, another one of those Czech lagers that reminds me of the good times I had there in 1991 drinking those infinitely quaffable libations on hot windless days in the land-locked former Czechoslovakia. A six-pack of this would not put up much of a fight.
Overall: I was quite partial to the other two Kláter offerings, so it was an easy choice to pick this one up when I saw it retailing for only $1.49. It was even less of a surprise that I thoroughly enjoyed this one. A solid Czech Lager that is a cut-above the rest. A solid performer, well worth trying!
07-26-2005 02:47:10 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
Y'know, it's no secret to my friends that I really dislike pale Euro lagers. I generally find them boring and vaguely urine-ish. But once in a while a brewery will kick something out the door that I wind up trying and liking. Klaster does with their lagers, and what I'm eyeing in my glass now is their criminally overlooked Winter brew. I broke it out on a cold winter night because... well actually because it was one of a few things in my fridge I hadn't reviewed. But I digress.
Klaster Winter beer is a rich gold with a small bright white head that leaves tiny amounts of lacing. Very lager-ish, to be sure.
The nose is rather pilsner-ish (this is going to be an very -ish laden review.) and is quite sweet with honeyed flowers taking center stage. There's a very light noble hop scent and a cool, gentle malt smell that's just simple and clean. It's all quite harmonious.
The taste is again very clean and lightly sweet with just the right amount of soft hop bitterness to keep you coming back for more. No spices to be had here, although there is a bit of a grassy dryness. Overall, this is a richer, more hearty cousin to those weak-wristed pale lagers that one usually has to choke down. With a beer this basic, any flaws will be right up front; I'm happy to report that there are next to none. Klaster has brewed up a really GOOD tasting, good feeling lager. You never get the impression you're drinking something cheap (even if you may actually be). No skunk and no nasty DMS (cooked corn) flavor either. Delicious-ish!
Mouthfeel is watery, but sprightly carbonated and the finish is sweet and crisp and refreshing. Klaster Winter is QUITE drinkable. Gulp-ish, really.
It's a pity this hasn't been reviewed more often. I quite enjoyed it. I'd put this up there near Pilsner Urquell for a pale Euro beer, and that's high praise coming from me. Well worth the $2 for the 500ml bottle. Give it a try, and if you don't like it, send the rest to me!
01-19-2008 04:55:56 | More by kkipple
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
a beer that caught my eye at the local beer store because of its carrying case and the fact it is Czech.Pours a nice rich golden color with a light but well retained head,very fruity and spicey,pretty intense and appetizing.Taste is fruity up front with a dry malty tase that comes thru late,tastes very much like a European lager beer.A real nice find and would buy again very well done.
02-15-2004 19:30:37 | More by oberon
4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
A very deep gold/amber body rests gently beneath a short cap of creamy white foam that slowly subsides to a standard collar and leaves smatterings of lace about the glass. The nose delivers an interesting combination of sweet malt and floral/spicy hops that can at times appear almost fruity or candyish. The body is medium and it's fine, lightly effervescent carbonation caresses the tongue. The maltiness remains lightly sweet in the flavor, but it's not as candyish as the aroma suggests, and there's no indication of any fruitiness whatsoever. What is there is a rich malt that's more sweet than grainy, laden with floral and spicy hops, and backed by a brisk bitterness. It's finishes dry with the malt giving way to the hops before fading into a dull bitterness. Long aftertaste! An interesting, and quite enjoyable beer.
03-09-2004 22:20:33 | More by NeroFiddled
4.58/5 rDev +23.8%
Picked up a six pack of this beer for $7, nice! Cardboard box covers all of the bottles and they are in brown bottles too! Someone cares. . .I sense the love.
Pours a wonderful, rich, deep yellow hue. Excellent lacing that clings the glass. Permafoam protects the surface from start to finish. Just the way it should be! You can tell there is a huge hop presence from this head.
Upon my first sniff I notice a bit of estery interference. Did I misread the label? Is this a hefe or kristal? Nope, Czech in origin. . . Where are these bananas coming from?
I wait a few minutes to allow the volatile esters to blow off and return. There it is. . . the esters are gone. What is left is a warm malty mash, Irish oats, sunlit hay fields and an old earthy, herbal wave of properly aged noble hops. I just love the mother Zatec (Saaz). This beer is growing on me.
In the glass this beer reveals itself as a hybrid between a classic Czech pils and a golden dopplebock. At 5.8% alcohol it is a rather robust pils. The hop profile is very nice, balanced and present. I especially love the bitterness of these old low co-humulone hops. Present, clean bitterness that blends with the malt and then washes the palate with very little resinous residuals. I am transported back to Eastern Europe - summer day - all is good.
Mouthfeel and drinkability are spot on!
I am going to have to try Urquel, and Weihenstephaner side by side with this one to see how it stands.
03-04-2006 20:31:36 | More by kohoutek
Klaster Winter Beer from Pivovar Klaster
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.