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Premium Lager / Kláster Svetlý Special 14% - Pivovar Klaster

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BA SCORE
85
very good

54 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Frozensoul327
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.

Frozensoul327, May 12, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
2.45/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear yellow with a tarnished brass tone; endless pillars of big bubbles coalesce into a lumpy white head. Great retention and beautiful, cloudy lacing all the way down.

Smell: Musty, moldy, tart yeast. Something that reminds me of cabbage. Very feeble apple juice. Not very alluring... could be an off bottle, but I'm not sure; no production stamp to be found.

Taste: Cheesy, funky, sour yeast with a slight edge of leafy hops. Finish is sweet red grapes at first, then a lingering, parching hops taste.

Mouthfeel: Intrusive thickness adds a weird textural component to the unpleasant cheesy taste. I actually wish this were lighter-bodied.

Drinkability: I can see this matching well with some mild curry or fish/poultry cooked with lemon. On it's own, though... I'll pass.

soulgrowl, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy medium gold color, pours with an initially large head, but fades really quickly.

Smell: Yeasty grain, with some fruitiness (light citrus).

Taste: Crisp malt flavors with lemon and grassy graininess. Very crisp and zesty. A good flavor for a czech pilsner. Also has a nice hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Not the strongest carbonated beer, but doesn't detract very much from the overall beer.

Drinkabilty: A good czech pilsner, definitely, much better than many a euor lager. Recommended.

TastyTaste, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
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.

beveragecaptain, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of czechsaaz
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strong initial hop aroma. Some malt in the background. Hop fades kinda quickly though leaving mostly Pils-type malt aroma.

Golden with a big white head. Lots of rising carbonation. Totally clear.

Taste is mostly malty with some pretty assertive grain character. Hop bitterness is high but almost no hop flavor. Lingering aftertaste is malty and cereal grain (wheaties?)

Creamy and light bodied. Carbonation level gives it a bite.

Above average light lager. Pleasant to drink but not really my thing.

czechsaaz, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of wl0307
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!

wl0307, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of cokes
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.

cokes, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a clear light yellow beer with a frothy white head, with average lacing. It had a light aroma.

The taste was a short light lager. Light hop, light sweetness, and a thin body. It was a bit fizzy. This would be a good drinking beer for a ball game. More flavor than our domestic beers and a bit more alcohol.

beercollector, May 09, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
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.

Quaffer, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
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!

Sigmund, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice and well-rounded beer. It poured a crystal clear. Made me think of ice. Served ice cold too. No head or lace. The aroma is just mildly of hops, but is quite sweet. The taste is hints of sweet malts balanced off nicely with a just slight bouquet of hops. Also, just a bit grassy with hints of citrus--lemon and lime.The mouthfeel is very crisp. Clean and satisfying. Very easy drinking.

MuddyFeet, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Skidz
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.

Skidz, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of horseblanket
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.

horseblanket, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of RoyalT
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.

RoyalT, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of Redrover
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.

Redrover, Jan 28, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean bright yellow beer. Has a big bubbly white head that leaves a nice lace. The aroma is light and grainy with a grassy sweetness and a little hop spice in the background. The flavor has a light sweetness with a hint of citrus and a sharp hop finish. A drinkable Czech lager.

ybnorml, Jan 21, 2005
Photo of beerceller99
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.

beerceller99, Sep 20, 2004
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Jun 20, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
4.63/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sunny, yellow-gold color -- perhaps a shade darker than some other Czech lagers. Minimal carbonation, spotty lace. Profound earthen malt aromas that surge with abundant freshness.

This beer is exceptionally clean. The taste unwinds into a crisp bitter finish that slowly decays into a choice, lingering aftertaste. The aftertaste then proceeds to occupy the breath awhile -- an oddly pleasing effect (especially if you can capture it in the nasal passage!). The flavors are precise and well composed. The malt is delicate and sweet -- hinting slightly at candy -- while the hops impose a crisp bitterness that never allows the grain sugars to gain excessive dominance. The resulting balance is sublime.

Klaster lager is so elegant and drinkable, I swear, it damn near brings a tear to my eye.

RedDiamond, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
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?

RocketWidget, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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.

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of brakspear
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very malty Czech pilsener, one that is lighter on the Saaz hops than most that I have tried. It pours a beautiful dark gold with a slim soapy head that laces well. The aroma is a very deep maltiness with only a slight hop nose. The flavor is not as clean as some Czech pilseners, very malty with only slight hop bitterness and perhaps a bit of diacetyl that gives it a bit of buttery taste. The mouthfeel is nice, but slightly slippery or soapy. Overall this is a good beer, but a bit too malty which cuts down on its drinkability.

brakspear, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
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.

EagleTalon, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of drewbage
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled at BJ's Beer Appreciation Night.

Aroma is intensely malty with a dry grain and honey aroma with minimal flowery hop.

Honey continues into the flavor until it is surplanted by a roasted butter squash flavor.

Finish is also decidely malty with a lack of any hops which is surprising for a continential pilsner.

drewbage, Jun 07, 2003
Premium Lager / Kláster Svetlý Special 14% from Pivovar Klaster
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.