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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 MaltyGoodness
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (486 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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,740 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of BrewMaven
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (432 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 ncbrewerbun
2.05/5  rDev -41.8%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of Star80
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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? (527 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 walleye
2.12/5  rDev -39.8%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (431 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 ybnorml
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (300 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 oberon
2.87/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown color with a this fizzy head it looked like pop,highly carbonated and fizzy.Picked up mainly caramel malt in the aroma along with some light roasted nuttiness.Man the mouthfeel is like pop as well sharp on the tongue and pretty thin.Taste of sweet caramel and roasted grain with even some soapiness in there late.Wow really let down by this beer I really like the Klaster lager and Winter lager but this falls way way short of those two,I'll stick with them. (480 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 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 allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from beergeek.biz. Poured into a clean German weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby color, with a moderate initial head that falls in pretty quickly.

Aroma: Slightly toffee-ish malty sweetness.

Flavor: Thin body, with a malt sweetness dominating the flavor, though it's not so sweet as to be cloying. Bitterness is low, just enough to offset the malt. Long malty finish, with maybe a hint of caramel.

Good flavor, but it would benefit from more body. (480 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours a muddy dark brown with no head. kind of flat. No carbonation. No date code. Bottle says best before: see label. no code tho. Aroma is sweet raisin and carmel. Flavor is sweet, sweet, sweet. caramel, prune juice, flat Pepsi. old bottle maybe? not too good. If I get a fresher bottle I will re-rate (303 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 RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a nice dunkel Dunkel with a gorgeous head. It came up easy, nothing explosive, but left huge chunks of brown foam on top of the liquid and alongside the interior glass.

Smell – Big, rich, caramel malts fill the room upon pouring this lager. It is such a rich combination of very dark malt and super-thick caramel. Wow!

Taste – Ouch, this one is a bit rough on the tongue. The rich, creamy aroma from the nose came in a bit off. It’s not bad, but the harsh molasses flavor doesn’t live up to the smell.

Mouthfeel – This was thinner than I had hoped but overall was nice and refreshing.

Drinkability – This is a good, very dark example of the style. (687 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 RedDiamond
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Klaster Dark is a bit too sweet for my tastes. It is somewhat Bock-like with a fragrance that hints at molasses or maple syrup. It is chestnut brown, minimally carbonated, and essentially unclouded but with small particles of yeast adrift in the brew. I like yeast, but this presentation looked a bit unappetizing -- like a fishtank. Sweet malty flavor but somewhat dilute and thin. Pleasant sugary aftertaste. The taste is pleasing but there is virtually no hop presence to speak of here, making this dark beer taste more like a root beer or similar soft drink.

Klaster Dark is enjoyable but not compelling. (612 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)

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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% from Pivovar Klaster
81 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.