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Premium Lager / Kláster Svetlý Special 14% - Pivovar Klaster

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002)
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RocketWidget

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a 12 oz green bottle with a monk enjoying a Klaster brew on the side of the label. Though I bought this in Prague, the label is in English.

Very hoppy and malty for a lager. There is a lot of spice here, much more so than the average Czech macro. Doesn't smell like much though, and though it pours a very pretty blond, head is only average. Nevertheless, this is a good example of a Czech microbrew lager.

PS I do miss the fact that despite buying this in Prague, it is the wimpy American 12 oz bottle, rather than the standard Czech .5 liter. What the fudge gives?

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 15:37:25 | More by RocketWidget
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beerceller99

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Amber colored with an off white head that sticks around. Has a earthy, leather, rope smell. Medium bodied, it has a super smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lightly caramel sweet flavor with bakery fresh bread taste. A nicely crafted, well rounded lagar.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2004 17:15:41 | More by beerceller99
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Pilsner. Pours out to a rich golden color with a small white foam head. Some lace, medium to medium low carbonation. Aromas of floral hops and sweet grain fill the nose, with malt notes lingering about. Taste is medium bodied and wonderfully simple; malty yeast, fresh leafy hops, grain. Nice. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, but a touch more carbonation would have been welcomed. Good drinkability. Another solid beer for the summer months ahead. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 00:39:22 | More by Frozensoul327
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wolffman17

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold. The substantial head is impressively creamy. Rings of lace line the glass. I've rarely seen pilsners that look this good.
The aroma is bready and hoppy with just a hint of sweetness.
The taste has a nice, strong bitterness. It's got an unexpected fresh hop character that's balanced by just the right amount of bready malts.
Highly drinkable. A pilsner that doesn't require a hot summer day for it to be enjoyed.

This beer gives reason to constantly explore pilsners. I'll probably use this one as a benchmark for all others. Solid and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 19:41:13 | More by wolffman17
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dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color, about the standard for Czech lagers. A fluffly white head appears with quick dissipation. A bit of buttery notes come through as well as floral hops, but overall quite clean. Flavor, again is standard, and though unremarkable, good for a Czech pilsener: a balance of hops and crystal malts. A bit more body than Urquel, but certainly very comparable. This was a nice new choice recommended as an alternative to Urquel for this unseasonably hot day. Would be great with most summer fair off the grill or some pizza, as well as a thirst quencher on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 21:04:49 | More by dreadnatty08
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RoyalT

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured a yellowish-orange color that almost radiated from the glass. The head was nice and puffy and showed pretty good retention.

Smell – This is nice. The grain is sweet and well done. Its nature is unquestionable yet it isn’t overpowering or too sharp. The hops are light and grassy.

Taste – This is a pretty good Czech Pils. The grain is smooth and pleasing. The toffee-type of sweetness at the finish is a bit much for the style but doesn’t really detract any from the overall flavor profile. The hops are light and grassy with maybe a small twist of lemon.

Mouthfeel – This Pils is medium-bodied with some dryness throughout and a light, tingly carbonation. This leaves a nice, refreshing aftertaste in the mouth after every sip.

Drinkability – Definitely one of the more drinkable Czech Pils that I’ve had here in the US. There’s nothing here that should offend anyone and it is very smooth going down.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2005 01:44:44 | More by RoyalT
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karst

Missouri

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Klášter Premium Traditional Czech Lager imported from the Czech Republic pours with three fingers of creamy white head over a clear dark golden lager body with substantial carbonation that leaves lace.

Aromas are of morovian malts and enticing Saaz Hops that dry the honeylike sweetness of the malts. Enough bitterness in finish for good balance. Medium body with a velvet mouthfeel that is not slick. From the shelves of Lucas in Ellisville, Mo.

Deserving of the name PREMIUM emblazened in red on the label.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 14:35:16 | More by karst
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Redrover

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle with a kind of neat old fashioned label.

The beer is a slightly hazy dark straw gold. It has an attractive dense white head. Nice lacing.

The beer smells of fresh hay, flowers and grains.

The taste is very earthy for a Czech lager, I was expecting something lighter, but was pleasantly surprised by the “meatiness” of this beer. Nice malt backbone balanced by flowery/peppery hops. There is some grainy texture and the hops become slightly more assertive 1/3rd of the way through.

Easy drinking but complex lager. Seems to be a bit under carbonated, but I wouldn’t change much about the mouthfeel. Very pleasant surprise and well worth the 89 cents investment!! Bought at Sam’s Wine & Liquors in Downers Grove, IL.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2005 01:05:35 | More by Redrover
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Klášter Premium Traditional Czech Lager 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 massive smooth white head that expands & sits atop a lucid dark golden lager body, light streamers, but high levels of solid carbonation continue to support the head when swirled. Given chance to settle, the head eventually leaves light lacing as it rescinds to a broken covering. Nice looking.

Aromas are of lager malts, lightly roasted, some fresh bread, light crispy Saaz Hops in the ending. Slight hints of sweetness at times.

Tastes are of a premium malty Czech lager, and they do their Job absolutely perfectly. Introduction is of lightly roasted malts with a hint of sweetness that never detracts. The middle has a crisp feel, malts still evident, ending is smooth and malty – the velvety malts are just perfect with some grain feel in the end. Slightly sweet, but always very crisp. A slightly dry, bitter finish balances the beer nicely.

The body is average in strength, but the mouthfeel is above average, thanks to the malts, carbonation levels, lending a velvety smooth characteristic. 5.6% but there is no indication of this strength at all.

Drinks well, and very smoothly, a clean malty Lager beer that would accompany you proudly on a Sunny afternoon.

A lovely malty Czech Lager, Klášter Brewery could well have jumped on the bandwagon and used the name Pilsner, or even made this a lighter offering. They have not. There are enough Pilsners Czech or otherwise out there, to sink a ship, but not that many great traditional Czech malty Lagers. This is certainly one of the better Malty Lagers from the Czech Republic.

An accomplished Lager, well worthy of a Six-Pack investment.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 02:51:36 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Quaffer

Nevada

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear, golden yellow with a nice bead. The white head rose up nicely to two fingers and settled down relatively slowly, becoming fluffy as it did so. A thin layer of bubbles remained for the entire drink. Nice, heavy lacing was left behind.

Smell: Spicy, somewhat herbal hops cut through the thick layer of green grasses, mown hay, and wildflowers. I'm not sure if they use Saaz in this or not. If they do, not much of that character came through on the nose. Overall, a very traditional smelling lager.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and thin, with a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. Stong carbonation makes the beer a little rough, but no more than I would expect from the style.

Taste: Sweet grasses upfront were immediately cut down by a hops powered mower. The hops provided a nice bitterness, but contributed more to the beer in the floral character that they added. An obvious dose of vanilla floated over the top. The finish was hops (and yes, I've decided that Saaz is used, but its presence isn't overbearing) and menthol. Well into the aftertaste a full graininess developed that was really nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 22:52:51 | More by Quaffer
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Generally clear honeyed gold spotted with a light blur. A modest white head is fed by intermittent jets of carbonation.
Fragrant of the typical (but ever-lovely) Saaz hues of prairie stems, hay, and lemongrass. It stands out in the malt department with a slightly sweetish, vanilla tinged stance.
Begins with a salty soup cracker dryness, then grows sweeter with traces of vanilla-caramel nougat and honey. It stays on the dry side with a continuation of hay and bread crusts. The middle is archtypical of freeflowing lager tidiness. A mineral-laden, but incredibly soft well-water essence grows near the tail, as everything is whisked away in a whirlpool of Saaz grassiness.
Moderate in the mouth, levitated with a brisk bead. In truth, it's a bit brawny for the style, but never at its disadvantage.
Very nice, and very different.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 02:39:19 | More by cokes
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khiasmus

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a gold color into my pilsner glass, with a couple finger, tight head that settles to a ring in a few minutes.

S- Grain fields, white corn, dry, beautiful beer. Smells like a pilsner should.

T- Slightly sweet malt up front, that fades to a caramel, and then corn and white bread and yeast. Very faint alcohol and hops in the finish that leaves the grain taste in your mouth.

M- Watery and thin, with medium carbonation and a smooth, long, perfect finish.

D- So wonderful. I could drink this all day and all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 01:16:14 | More by khiasmus
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EagleTalon

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Mmmmm....Pivo. I like this very much. Pours to the traditional deep gold color and ample carbonation; head that leave bits of lace. Smell is of mostly "decocted" malt and a bit of spicy Czech Zatec (Saaz) hops. Taste is smooth yet bold pale pilsner malt, balanced with said hops. Superb mouthfeel and finish which is bold and tasty with lingering spice and malt notes on the tongue. Mmmm good stuff. Retains some of the character that Pilsner Urquell has all but lost.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 02:02:55 | More by EagleTalon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light amber gold with a good off-white head. Nose is cereal sweet. Flavor is sweet and smooth with a deeper character than you might expect. Feel is good. Nice level of bubble. Smooth on the tongue. Extremely drinkable. This is one to have stocked for you or your light beer loving, non-beer-geek friends.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:36:27 | More by RblWthACoz
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boblog

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love a good Czech Pilsner and I would argue this is a pretty damn good one. Has a nice gold appearance with a large white head that dissipates quickly leaving a moderate amount of lacing. Has a good grainy, citrus smell. Has a very crisp malt and finishes with great hop flavors. Very drinkable, not expensive a good beer like most decent Czech Lagers. I would definitely say worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 18:19:37 | More by boblog
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden with a nice fluffy head that settles into a soapy-like head after a few minutes,aroma is sweet and somewhat spicey aroma very interesting for a "pale lager beer".A full flavored beer lightly sweet and spicey with a nutty malt profile with a iron note in the finish.A full flavored lager lots of stuff going on,a great Czech beer would love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2004 19:16:37 | More by oberon
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Klaster is malty, herbal and floral, and stoically bitter. It's velvety smooth and supple but firm. Each of its components resonate in the finish. Very well brewed. Superbly rounded. And excellent pilsner that offers enough character to keep your attention for more than one or two, and is equally easy enough to drink that that's not a problem!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2006 01:52:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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Sigmund

Norway

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(500 ml bottle). Okay, I've finally figured out that the % in the name of Czech and Slovakian beers is NOT the ABV, but has something to do with the malt content. Well, 5,6% alcohol seems just right for this beer. A golden beer with a faint haziness and moderate head, and a grassy, yeasty and malty aroma and flavour that makes me wonder for a second if the beer is bottom or top fermented. Bottom fermented it is, but the Czechs would hardly call this "Special" a pilsener (it's brewed in Praha, too). Great hops bitterness in flavour and aftertaste. I always like beers where the elements yeast (not too much), malts and hops are all clearly detectable. In other words, I like this beer a lot!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 20:48:16 | More by Sigmund
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this 500ml bottle from Pivni Galerie in Prague, BB 14/12/05.

A: in a 300ml pilsner glass it pours a deep golden hue, a thick, foamy white beerhead full of tiny bubbles buttressed by a fizzy body, gradually settling to a consistently 1cm-thick, creamy beerhead; leaving some uneven lace around the glass through the drink.
S: slightly sour doughy aroma buttressed by deeply candyish malty note combined with some fruity flavour like fresh sugar-cane juice; in the background a little grassy hops at present.
T: a refreshing but smooth taste of malts and corns bursting on the palate, gradually a woody, bitter flavour takes over, followed by subtle floral hops plus slightly sharp, grassy hops and more bitter-sweetness of lager malts in the long finish along with a warmish, rounded mouthfeel of bitterness.
M&D: a medium-bodied strong pilsner and plenty of flavours packed in one bottle, providing a remarkably refreshing taste not too far from that of draught pilsner. But the mouthfeel in the long aftertaste is a little bit alcoholic and sugary for me, thus I couldn’t rate it more than 4. Nevertheless, it’s a very flavoursome and well structured pilsner. I'm grateful for fellow BA Sigmund’s kind recommendation!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 00:29:21 | More by wl0307
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Zorro

California

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear golden brew with an aggressive foamy head.

Smell is on the sweet side with a floral hop scent and a bit of malt in there too.

Taste is on the sweet side with a bit of fruitiness to it. There is a solid bitterness to the hopping that is just right.

Mouthfeel is good.

A tasty Pilsner that I can recommend, I will definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 04:44:36 | More by Zorro
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. This beer has a clear golden color with a huge, chunky head and vigorous carbonation. Malt and lemongrass aroma. Some zesty hops. Bready malt flavor. A little sweetness initially, but not the nasty sweetness found in many American lagers. In the middle it becomes bitter and lemony. Saaz hop finish. Clean, crisp flavor. Thicker than most pils, which is fine by me. This is a mighty tasty beer, and at $1.39 for a 22 ounce bottle it's a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 02:00:28 | More by beveragecaptain
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out pale gold and sits deep, bright gold in the glass with a large frothy white head. Fades to a nice skim, leaving a good load of lace up and down the glass.

Smells of ripe, fruity esters: apples, pears and plums. Firm, crisp malty aroma permeates giving of a nice crackery base. Mild grassy background.

Tastes crisp and malty, but not overly so, good crackery presence with some soft fruit flavors behind, Gala apples mainly. Sharp grassy flavors dig down on the tongue, leaving a fine oily residue behind, lasting well on into the finish. Well-bittered and totally refreshing.

Soft and delicate in the mouth, nice carbonation, highly refreshing feel. Light overall, but not lacking in body. Very smooth.

A fine pils. Easily consumed and gleefully too. A winner on all accounts, plus it's a gem in the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 03:47:46 | More by Skidz
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horseblanket

California

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: light hop aromas

Appearance: good foamy, white colored, long lasting head
Clarity is excellent: crystal clear.
Color is golden yellow.

Flavor: Lots of spicy/peppery Saaz hop flavor up front.
Something of a minerally character in the flavors.
Hop bitterness is moderately high, and lingers long
in the finish (IBU 40, maybe). Very clean lager like
character.
Backed up with malt sweetness, but the hops dominate.

Mouthfeel & body: Carbonation percieved
as being fairly high, but Saaz hops also contribute
to the feeling. Also somewhat minerally water gives
it a dry, lending it a moderate-low mouthfeel and body.

Overall: Very tasty Czech Pilsner. I could drink gallons
of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 18:54:43 | More by horseblanket
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, bright, perfect gold with bone-white bubbles around the collar of the beer. Not too much of a head, but still pretty. Aromas of fresh Saaz sea-air, with little in the way of malt backing. I do believe that my sample is getting slightly oxidized already -- this needs to be drunk as soon as the bottle is opened! On the palate, invigorating bitterness that sticks to the top of the mouth is laid over a sweet malt base. It's the perfect juxtaposition of sweet, bready-dough malts and zippy, acidic hops that pilsner is famous for. Mouthfeel is superb, even for the style. Ultra smooth malts coat the tongue, and the hop oils seem attracted to the roof of the mouth. The result is a sandwich of intermingling sensations, with the middle getting the best of it. Overall, this is a wonderful pilsner. Smooth and racy at the same time, it's an excellent session beer and food beer. Excellent all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 20:18:31 | More by geexploitation
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jackndan

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Klaster Lager: Wow, was I impressed with this Czech beer. Deep golden color, with a thick rocky head. Silky malts, with a crisp snap of hops. It came in a thick half liter bottle, and had a tiny, tiny whiff of skunk, which interestingly made it taste better. Not a traditional Czech pils, but as good a beer as I’ve ever had for $1.29 a half liter.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 13:10:50 | More by jackndan
Premium Lager / Kláster Svetlý Special 14% from Pivovar Klaster
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