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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% - Pivovar Klaster

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pbrian on 08-08-2002)
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Photo of gmfessen


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brown color with a deep ruby hue and a two-finger, pillowy, cream colored head. The smell is sweet of malt, amber and slightly toasted biscuits. The taste is also quite sweet, with too little bittering hops to balance. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a creamy carbonation. This beer would be more drinkable if it wasn't so sweet. Not a terrible beer, but not very impressive either.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 03:43:35 | More by gmfessen
Photo of pjwilson


4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 00:51:59 | More by pjwilson
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 00:12:33 | More by Enola
Photo of guinnessfan


4.68/5  rDev +36%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 12:49:18 | More by guinnessfan
Photo of Byeast


3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: darker , clear reddish brown/ mahogany , with a small off white head.

Smell: mainly of the malts , roasty characters , bit of mustyness , hint of dried dark fruit / raisin.

Taste: nice dunkel flavor , if maybe a little thin , roasty maltiness and slight dark fruit , bit of tart like hop bite in the back to balance.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy yet not thick.

Drikability: a very drinkable dunkel lager from the Czech Republic , in the Munich style.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 06:14:05 | More by Byeast
Photo of katdaddy210


4/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 22:22:50 | More by katdaddy210
Photo of lackenhauser


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut colored beer. Slight head and some nice lacing. Low aroma-sort of a mellow metallic smell to it. Slightly roasted with a very slight caramel like sweetness. Same traits of the aroma are in the flavor though more amplified. Somewhat nutty tasting. Lingering sweetness in the finish. Decent mouthfeel for only 4%. Not a bad beer-almost too sweet for me for a dunkel. Dry it out a bit it could be a killer beer-especially for a hot day when you want something darker.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 00:56:39 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 22:39:33 | More by brentk56
Photo of keilerdunkel


4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2006 04:27:40 | More by keilerdunkel
Photo of HochFliegen


3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with a nice tan head that remains frothy on top my beer.
The aroma was very faint. It was sweet and nutty smelling and a finish of carmel in there as well.
The taste was very sweet with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish. It was a bit watery, more so than I would have liked.
Overall an easy beer to drink but doesnt leave a lasting impression.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2006 04:31:25 | More by HochFliegen
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a tan head that recedes. A hint of ruby shines through when held to the light. Not much lacing.

A very light aroma. Slightly nutty with a mild roasted background and hints of caramel.

A light nutty flavor with a bit of a roated malt flavor. Some hints of caramel and chocloate also come through. Finishes slightly sweet.

Rather thin body.

Easy to consume, easy to forget.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2006 01:55:04 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Klaister Dark Beer has a very dark brown color with a small head. Malty cookie dough aroma and faint hops. The flavor is sort of dopplebock like. Rich, chewy malts. Lighty hopped. Some chocolate notes. Just a little bit fruity. There's a weird flavor that's like bubblegum. The flavor is a little too sweet, but not cloying. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is average. I enjoyed my bottle, but I doubt I'd want another. This is a decent beer, but I prefer their pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 22:46:14 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of Redrover


4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 00:49:41 | More by Redrover
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed brown with highlights of orange and red. Thanks to the overcast day outside my front window, those highlights look drab rather than bright. Despite an increasingly high altitude pour, the head never achieved an impressive height and is now an unanimated, featureless one finger. No lace yet... and it looks as if the glass will remain as clean as a whistle.

The nose consists of lightly roasted malt, sour fruit and musky hops. Repeated sniffs bring forth a dark butterscotchiness and the lightest molasses notes imaginable. It isn't overly powerful, but patience and effort will be rewarded with a good Munich dunkel lager nose.

The flavor is not as wonderful. Dark Beer is thinly malted, even for the style, with fewer facets on the palate than exist in the nose. It tastes artificially sweet (as do many of the dark lagers from Europe), as if malt syrup or Dark Karo syrup have been added. There's very little depth of flavor; it's as thin as the label pasted to the front of the bottle. I'm not referring to the mouthfeel, although that's thin as well.

On the positive side, what flavor is present is pleasant in a superficial way. Sweet cocoa, dark caramel and sugared nuts are noted. However, they're anything but mouthfilling and are too transient on the palate because of the lighter than optimal mouthfeel. I was provided a clue about the less than adequate carbonation by the lack of good head formation. If ever a beer needed energetic bubbles to provide mouth interest, this one does.

Klaster Dark Beer is a passable Czech version of a Munich dunkel lager, but that's as far as I'm willing to go. I've had good versions of the style, so I know they exist. Unfortunately, this one can't be counted among them.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 14:28:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark brown nearing on black with a short tan head. Smells of bitter coffee and malts, with some dark fruit. Taste has the bitter coffee, then strange dark fruits reminding me of Black Boss porter, and ending with an apple cider sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but smooth. Overall an alright drinker, lots of flavors, but they don't always jive. Worth a try though

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 20:27:49 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before I get completely hooked on porters, I had to try another type of beer. This one poured very much like Coke or Pepsi in terms of color and rowdy initial carbonation. Head was coarse, here then gone leaving a ring and very little lacing.

Smell was mild malt and a hint of coffee? Taste was pretty much what the nose gave hints of. Mild finish after a thin but not watery mouthfeel. Overall a good experience if not special.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 03:52:48 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of cokes


4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 04:01:56 | More by cokes
Photo of ncbrewerbun

North Carolina

2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After having the winter lager a week ago, I was looking forward to trying this one. What a disappointment.

Poured a brown with ruby tints. A slightly off-white head that does not last.

Aroma is sweet...some maltiness...this is not a pleasant sweetness. What's the opposite of crisp? That's what this is.

The flavor is of wort. Either some sweetness (sacchrine?) was added to this for some reason, or it didn't attenuate, or something went wrong.

I poured out half my sample. Go for the Winter Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 18:10:46 | More by ncbrewerbun
Photo of Star80


3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out with a little head which turns into absolutely nothing. Beer looks flat as hell with no lacing at all. Color is a dark brownish red. Has a somewhat pleasant bready, vanilla like smell to it. Smells better than it looks to be sure! Tastes quite sweet initially, then turning somewhat salty with a doughy maltiness. Cannot pick out much hoppiness. Mouthfeel is of little carbonation bubbles on the tongue. I suppose with such low abv this could be a session beer but with so many better choices out there why would you?

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2005 22:36:33 | More by Star80
Photo of Quaffer


3.68/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 14:12:30 | More by Quaffer
Photo of walleye


2.1/5  rDev -39%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

from the bottle. poured reddish brown with a light brown head that didn't last very long so no lacing. aroma sweet malts, chocolate, honey, hints of coffee. flavor weak, watery chocolates ,sugar. not impressed with this one. will not buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 01:28:42 | More by walleye
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good session beer. Pours a slightly red tinged brown. No head whatsoever. Slight carbonation. The aroma is very, very mild malts and hops. Nothing else of note really. The taste is pretty sweet with malt, toffee and molasses. It reminds me of the breads my mom makes during the holidays. Mouthfeel is pretty full, but finishes watered down. Still this makes a great beer to sit down with a six-pack and watch games all afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 19:02:44 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of Skidz


4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 04:45:39 | More by Skidz
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogony highlights when held up to the light. HAs a small dark beige head. There is a dark malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. A light mouthfeel with some prickely carbonation. The taste has a light malty sweetness and there is bit of sugar sweetness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 17:17:23 | More by ybnorml
Photo of PorterLambic


4.38/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 18:34:06 | More by PorterLambic
Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% from Pivovar Klaster
79 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.