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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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garish goldenrod with a small number of small bubbles ascending lazily to the attractive cap. The foam is somewhere between French vanilla and simple white in color, is bubblyfirm and lays down a less than impressive array of sudsy lace. There's a more substantial short collar once the head has melted into a thick puddle on top of the beer and a few fat rings appear once the drinking begins.

The aroma is better than average, although I'm not tempted to ladle on the praise. It's pretty well-balanced, with a respectable amount of sweet pale malt (that manages to avoid smelling grainy), along with a roughly equivalent amount of gentle, mildly musky Saaz hops.

The flavor follows the path laid down by the appearance and the aroma: good, but not great. Considering the nose, I'm a little surprised at the amount of hoppiness. Premium is sharply bitter and delights in stomping all over its malt support. Less bitterness and more Saaz flavor would go a long way toward making it more palatable.

I don't get the sense that I'm drinking old beer, although with no label or bottle date it's hard to know for sure. The hop flavor tastes stale, as opposed to fresh and bright. The brewers have managed to wring every last alpha acid out of every last hop cone, but they haven't managed to do the same for the lupulin esters. Grassy > floral > spicy.

Because the malt loses its composure so completely, the beer is ultra clean and is parchingly dry on the finish. Looks like a little water is in order to rehydrate the mucous membranes. The body is a few clicks shy of medium and the initially lively carbonation is... still lively.

I wasn't hugely impressed by Klaster Dark and I'm not hugely impressed by its paler brother. I like bitter as much as the next hophead, but this beer is a tad too harsh and unrefined for me. Worth a look if you're a Czech Pils freak, but probably not if you're not.

BuckeyeNation, May 17, 2006
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 zeff80
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a straw yellow color. Highly carbonated with a small head. No lacing.

S - Grass, grains and corn are the dominant aromas.

T - It had a bittersweet taste. The corn flavor came through and it was a little toasty.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - I was impressed. I had never heard of this beer but I really liked it. The appearance an smell was not very good but it tasted quite nice.

zeff80, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Slatetank, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A czech pilsner? It's a good beer, but it's not like the others I've had. The aroma is sweet, bready and clean, but almost Belgian-like. The flavors is also a bit too clean. The hops are there, but not as in-your-face as others. The rougher, grassier hops don't come through until the aftertaste so that the first hops note is more like an American citrus rind hop. The malt also doesn't seem quite right for a pilsner. There's a touch of caramel over pale malts that altogether comes off more like an amber lager.

Bottom line is that this is a nice beer, but I'd call it a high-end Euro pale lager, not a so-so pilsener.

tempest, Sep 19, 2007
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 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 cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a large fluffy white head with beautiful retention and lacing. The aroma is largely comprised of doughy malt. The taste is malt with a delightfully dry and spicy finish from the hops. Overall, this is a pretty tasty Czech Pils that I wouldn't mind having again.

cjgator3, Jun 26, 2007
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 BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -46.9%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
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 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 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 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 Offa
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a nice, flowery, zesty, full-bodied pilsner type.

This is deep gold with a white head that is thin from the start but lasts a long time and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is yeast with strong, nutty grain and herb. It is very nice and aromatic.

It taste is of sweet, malty, toasty, nutty grain with bitter hop qualities of pine, herbs, and lemon that just barely dominate the beer, through to a lively and balanced finish of bitter hops and sweet, nutty grain.

Although light and highly drinkable, it has great balance and a lot of subtle character and complexity in the tradition of many full-bodied Czech lagers/pilsner that are often, to me, comparable to a good English bitter or ESB-type.

Offa, Apr 22, 2008
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 budgood1
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy light amber in color. quite the malty aroma for a czech lager, definitely overshadowing the hops. a very full mouthfeel and heavy grain and malt flavor lets one know that this is beer to be reckoned with. traditional saaz hoppiness in the end is there to meekly balance the malt load. higher ABV is definitely perceived too. this is a bruiser of a lager/pils. if you like your euro lagers big and bold, this is a must try.

budgood1, Dec 05, 2002
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 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 mmmbeer
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date and a very foreign label - served chilled in a pilsner glass. It pours a crystal-clear deep gold with light carbonation and a 2 finger off-white head that leaves fairly good lacing. It has a light aroma with a light sweetness, spicy hops and a touch of cardboard with a flavor that mimics it, on top of a light body that leaves a short finish. As it is, it's average at best, but it could be past its prime.

mmmbeer, Aug 25, 2006
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 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 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
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Premium Lager / Kláster Svetlý Special 14% from Pivovar Klaster
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.