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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% - Pivovar Klaster

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pbrian on 08-08-2002

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass

A: Deep, dark chocolate/mahogany color with a deep red hue. Dark tan 2 finger head that goes away quickly.

S: Roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, softened with a chocolate undertone. Very good taste. No noticable hops flavor. Smooth and rich.

M: Thin mild, not to watery though. Leaves a very mild sweet, roasted aftertaste. Good carbonation.

D: I could drink this all night. Easy to drink but not easy to forget, for me.

This was one of those beers I bought on a whim. Never heard of it, but I am slowly learning about Munich Dunkels. I am now hooked on this beer. I will definately be looking for it in the future. (698 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a smallish head that drops to a film and leaves no lace. Smell is sweetish, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, grass, fruit, hops and toffee. Taste is similar with roasted malt, hops, toffee, caramel, sweet fruit and a hint of some smokiness. Great complexity and balance. Mouthfeel is a nice balance between the hoppy lager bite and sweetness from the roasted malt. Medium/full body for a lager. Nice effervescence all over the mouth and tongue. Warms the throat slightly. Aftertaste is a bit light, though. Drinkability is vey high, would recommend this brew to anyone. (595 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown and sits a deep, reddish amber brown totally pristine, with a good sized light brown / dark tan head. Fades to minimal cover, some minor lacings.

Smells nice and toasty, good malt presence. Mild roasted presence gives off hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark grain based bready aroma overall.

Tastes malty up front, nicely balanced roasted character to pair with the toasty biscuit flavors. Unleavened bread like taste, interesting; totally crackery. Mild hop flavor delivers some unique leafy flavors, with soft wooden tones to balance it out. Finish is lightly bittered with some lingering sweetness.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, good carbonation, soft on the inside. Nice, smooth, medium body. Really makes the beer.

Really goes down easy. No rough edges on this one. A good beer all around. Session stamp of approval. (861 characters)

Photo of pjwilson
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a dark red into a tulip. a nice layer of head forms which lasts the drink

smell: mmm very complex as the beer warms. Belgian candi like smells of chocolate, nutmeg, butter, and sugar. some alcohol in the smell. almost like a belgian dark beer, but only 4 percent.

taste: candi like roasted malts mix with sweet liqourice flavors. a nic sipping beer.

mouthfeel: nice spitzly like carbination. goood (424 characters)

Photo of keilerdunkel
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 L bottle poured into a guinness imperial pint glass. Nice 1" head that lastes for a couple of minutes so I could pour the rest of the bottle into the glass. Crystal clear, brown with red highlights when held up to the light. aroma is al toasted malt with a hint of hops.

I love dark lagers, and this one does not disappoint. Nice balance between the malt and hops, with a slightly metallic aftertaste which is not too distracting - amazingly disappears when it warms.

nice mouthfeel with good carbonation and at 4% I could drink these all night. This one is slightly past its prime, but still good - I have had fresher examples in the past that were even better. If you are looking for a good introduction to czech dark lagers, look for one of these. (760 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. A red brown color with a tan head that fades quickly. Sweet, sweet smell of vanilla, almonds, and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation; light to medium bodied.
Taste is yeasty, malty sweet with vanilla and a banana-raison bread flavor.

This is dessert in a bottle. A most excellent brew. (321 characters)

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark russet leather cropped with biege.
Prune juice, candied apple, and brown sugar nose, cut and dried with a stalky bitterness.
Begins with a swaying breadiness, full of dark grains and hulls. Ebbs towards vaporous coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits ooze in, with gripping and clinging raisin, plum, and fig cues. Brown sugar is glazed crunchily over it all. Turns towards damp ferns upon the entrance of the hops, but the sugary hues linger as it ends a la sweetened tea.
Light bodied and modestly carbonation via midget bubbles.
Quite a nice sweeter-styled dunkel lager. (577 characters)

Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer actually caught me by suprise. It is a dark brown in coler and there is a small head and almost no lacing. The smell is sweet and there is caramel in the smell as well as taste. The beer is smooth. This is a nice brown beer that I could drink again sometime. (268 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating. I like the happy monk on the label.

The beer pours a nice darkish yet translucent brown. Smallish tan head.

The nose is of roasted malts and bakers chocolate with just a whiff of alcohol.

Nice toasted malt taste with a bit of coffee and chocolate. It is creamy, smokey, smooth and somewhat silky. Add in a bit of plums and raisins and you get a tasty brew. Call me crazy, but it reminds me a bit of a porter. Would be great with grilled salmon, ham, hearty soups, etc.

Well done easy drinker. Will make a great session type beer. (588 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazt brown with russet highlights; a decent head of foam leaves some lacing around the glass

Smell: Rich caramel aroma with a hint of butterscotch

Taste: Caramel, and mile chocolate flavors predominate through to the finish; low hops presence

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice example of the style; very easy to drink (388 characters)

Photo of katdaddy210
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad pour on this. Dark rich mahogany, with a thin cream colored head.

Smells sweet with caramel and a slight nut in the background. but not overwhelming.

Tastes of mild sweet malts and a tiny bit of balanced hops to stop the sweet at the end, A bit more of caramel malt taste

Not an overwhelming heavy brew, but a good cooler day sipper. It has a creamy finish and.... I think I will have another. Great beer fo a couple, but not too many. Lighter alcohol feel and taste could probably get you later on if you push it. A great beer to try (553 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red beer.

Smell is intensely fruity and malty like a bock beer almost.

Taste is sweet with lots of malt and grain flavor. There is just enough hops in this to keep the malt sugars in check. The fruit flavor is there to with more of English Ale type fruitiness than the Bock beer version.

Mouthfeel is good and is well balanced between watery and chewy.

A tasty brew, only drawback is that it is a bit too sweet to drink as a session beer. (469 characters)

Photo of CBFanWish
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chocolate colour with little head, if any. Strong hints of molasses and caramel in both the taste and aroma. Not a bad beer. It was easy to drink and was very comfortable. The biggest downfall was the super sweetness. Other than that, not too shabby. (259 characters)

Photo of drewbage
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at BJ's Woodland Hills Beer Appreciation Night

Beer pours a dark deep ruby with a tight fine bubbled head.

Aroma is dry and smoky with a scent of roasted black walnuts.

The beer is light body and dominated by a caramel malt with some brown sugar tinge at the edges.

Finish is light and hoppy with a touch of dry malt. (339 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Klášter Dark Beer from the Czech Republic comes in a 12 fl.oz. green glass bottle, which I suspect, is at the behest of the Importer (Proex Inc, CA) because I hardly ever saw this size bottle in the Czech Republic on the several occasions I have been. Most self-respecting Czech Drinkers would not be seen dead with such a small bottle, as they drink almost exclusively from half-litres most of the time.

It pours with a vigorous head that positively explodes when it crashes into the glass. The brown head that forms, is a profusion of massed bubbles, which continually burst and pop until the head settles to a thin 1/8” covering. The body of the beer is a very clear deep polished horse chestnut Conker color.

Aromas are of dark toffee and dark malts with a sweet molasses hint as it warms.

Tastes are varied and multi-dimensional but they lack any real strength. A more “toasted” than roasted malt introduction that’s leads to a middle that reminded me of the flavor of the thin chocolate cigarettes I bought as a child. The memories make way in turn for a chewy toffee molasses finish. Slightly sweet, but very crisp and extremely clean. A slightly dry, bitter finish balances the beer well.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is average at best. Although one has to remember that this is only a 4.0% ABV beer, which is very weak for the Czechs – so that said, it is not understated, just “light” in character. This would not go well with strong tasting foods; however, on its own on a warm day, it drinks well, and is easily dispatched.

A reasonable offering, but my memory tells me that this is not that typical of Czech Dark Lagers; it is a little too light in alcohol and flavor strength. Above Average, there are better Czech Dark Beers out there, but it does represent very good value for only $1.65 a Bottle.

9/19/03 : A 500ml Bottle - Re-rated the Appearance to 4.0 from 3.5 (1,915 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long-neck green 12 oz bottle, it's a nice-looking brown with just a hint of red. The smell is chocolate and just a bit of caramel with some spice on the back end. The taste is very nice, with lots of flavors floating around despite the low abv. Anyone looking for a new session beer? (297 characters)

Photo of livin4jc
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apparence: Bright red and dark color with a thick dense head.
Aroma: Chocolately, caramel, and spice filled aroma.
Taste: Light body, fairly fizzy. Has a strong dark malt flavoring, but it wasn't as full flavored as I would have expected from the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than schwarzbier, this is a good refreshing drink. It wasn't very thick or heavy, so it would go great with a good heavy Czech meal.
Drinkability: While I still prefer a schwarzbier like Köstritzer, I guzzled it down fast. Very refreshing, but not as refined for my dark-bier palate. About average chance of me purchasing again. (608 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New beer to try. I was leery due to the green bottle, but it turned out ok. Poured very dark with little head. Coffee and malt nose. Lots of malt taste, with chocolate and coffee(just a hint) a little sweet. Overall very drinkable. Wish it had a little more bite and hops. (272 characters)

Photo of pbrian
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby with a nice head. Smells chocolately, floral (Saaz), and fresh, a little metalic. Taste is a refreshing mix of sweet chocolate malts and noble hops. Finishes very clean. This beer won't "wow" you to death but it's a nice, crisp summer quaffer. (272 characters)

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma is of chocolate & coffee. Tastes of roasted nuts, caramel and toffee. Mouth feels is pleasant with very little carbonation. Just what I was looking for at this part of the evening. (235 characters)

Photo of sleazo
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at fruit store Huron and Manhattan.

A-Pours a dark clear brown with a fluffy/soapy type head which dissipates at a moderate rate leaving a nice cap. Good lacing

S-This smells pretty nice, a nice clean roasted slightly caramel malt scent. Slight interplay with the hops, but the malt is the centerpiece. Maybe a little pumpernickle as well.

T-Immediately sweet but followed up by a nice dry bitterness This is pretty crisp actually and the hops are there, a grassy floral finish. The sweet roasted malt provides a slightly honey like taste. This is pretty straighthfoward but good.

M-Light bodied with a low ammount of fine carbonation. I could go for a little more bubbles.

D-This is a nice session lager and the sweetness provided by the malt provides a nice counterweight to typical lagers. (817 characters)

Photo of Charthepirate
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from Pivni Galerie in Prague. This is the export version I believe, as the able is in english, and it lists the importer on the bottle.

Pours smoothly from the bottle, with a quickly expanding and dissapearing head. While it lasted the head was a light brown. The beer itself is dark mahogony. Can't judge the lacing because of residual water on the glass.

Smell is of malts, caramel and molasses.

Flavor is slightly muted. Sweet with caramel and molasses pervade. A touch of chocolate. The hops can be tasted slightly near the back of the mouth, but are hard to distinguish from the malt flavors. Finish is surprisingly dry for a sweet beer. Also leaves a pleasant sweetness on the lips. All the flavors present are very nice, but it's not very bold at all.

Feels watery and weak in the mouth. Mor carbonation could have made it more interesting.

A solid Czech dunkel. the dry finish is my favorite feature, because it's so different from other dark lagers, which normally finish very sweet. (1,032 characters)

Photo of marcobrau
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My second dark lager of the evening....a murky brown lager that pour with ample carbonation, but somehow the head falls flat....disappointing. The nose is interesting...sort of a caramel and chocolate affair. Tastes almost like a weizenbock to me, with a soft mouthfeel and sweet caramel malt and toffee flavors. The bitterness is restrained, but a tart, mineral-laden finish is sort of interesting. This lager comes across fairly hearty for its four percent alcohol and it's fruity character (buried underneath the caramel malt) almost has thinking of British Mild. Overall, this is a lager that drinks more like an ale; it gets better as it warms up, fruitier and more tart. I would like to experience this beer on tap. (721 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew was a deep red-brown color that had no haze at all. The tan head rose up to about one finger and then disappeared quickly; it was about what you would expect for the style. There was no lacing.

Smell: Overall sweet smelling, sometimes taking on notes of candied fruits. There was definitely some light plum underneath. The most distinctive characteristic was a spiciness that didn't really remind me of hops. It was almost like that spicy bite that root beer has on the nose. A little odd, but not unpleasant. A little bit of the dark roasted malt came through, but not much. If there had been more, the aroma would have had a little more depth and been more satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with the appropriate amount of carbonation developing in the back of the mouth.

Taste: Some cocoa-like roasted malt provided a nice base for this beer, though it was light and stayed well underneath the other flavors. A candy-sweet fruitiness was prevalent from start to finish. That root beer spiciness that I detected in the aroma came through on the flavor in the middle and on the finish. The slightest hint of hops peaked through on the finish.

A good and highly drinkable beer, though a little strange for a dunkel lager. (1,268 characters)

Photo of scottum
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with almost zero tan headskie. Sweet chewy nose well balanced. Goes down very smooth and is quite easy to drink. If it were just a touch less sweet I could drink it all night. A very decent dark lager. Quite surprised to run into this one, but I'm glad I picked it up. (287 characters)

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