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Premium Lager / Kláster Svetlý Special 14% - Pivovar Klaster

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 04:00:50 | More by MuddyFeet
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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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TastyTaste

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 00:44:53 | More by TastyTaste
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-27-2013 14:09:44 | More by Slatetank
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herrburgess

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

05-27-2013 17:16:29 | More by herrburgess
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brakspear

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 00:08:53 | More by brakspear
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 23:50:11 | More by zeff80
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rmcnealy

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Klaster Premium

Served from a 1 PT .09 FL OZ bottle.

Poured somewhat dark amber. Fluffy white lace quickly faded. In my opinion, it has a taste similar to Leffe, a Belgium beer. It is very drinkable. Has slight carmel and then berry notes. The mouthfeel is pleasant and not overbearing by any means. Overall, a great beer. If your looking for other Czech beers, check out Golden Pheasant. A another great beer to accompany a hardy eastern European meal.

Klaster was found at Binny's in River Grove, IL

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 05:07:20 | More by rmcnealy
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trackstar1043

California

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden straw perfectly unclouded, with a fizzy white head that left a single sticky ring of lacing.

S - Crisp wheat and straw aromas, a bit of cirtus and mainly clean earthy character.

T - Clean wheat and light malt flavoring dominate the taste with a bit of herbal undertones.

M - Light and crisp with a refeshing clean finish.

D - Easy to drink and pleasant on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 20:41:47 | More by trackstar1043
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cjgator3

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 18:26:29 | More by cjgator3
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budgood1

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 23:26:35 | More by budgood1
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 13:26:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
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scoobybrew

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a clear golden color with a decent head that is well retained. Barley malt dominates the aroma with a faint trace of hops. The flavor is clean and, like the aroma, dominated by a strong barley malt presence. Hops are present but noted mostly on the finish. It's very clean. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is a decent Czech pilsner. However, I usually prefer my pilsner(s) a little lighter though, especially on a hot day like today. It's a bit grainy also for other choices in the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 22:59:42 | More by scoobybrew
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rkuhnel

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The was the 5% version purchased from Corti Bros in Sacramento. Poured a clear gold with nice white head and good lacing. Nose of caramel malts and floral hops. Smooth and clean mouthfeel. Flavor of mals and some more hops, these a little grassy. Finish is mild and slightly bitter. Pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 17:26:50 | More by rkuhnel
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 00:37:52 | More by tempest
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czechsaaz

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 01:41:19 | More by czechsaaz
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drewbage

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 00:54:29 | More by drewbage
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phishgator

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice foamy head and good golden hue. The aroma is of saaz hops and a slight biscuit, bread, malt mix. The taste has a little hops bite upfront followed by a sweet corny, bready, doughy flavor that is not overly apparent. The body is light and thin. Not a better example of Czech pilsner IMO. One thing I noticed is that the bottle that I purchased, which has a best before date of October 2006, the alcohol content was listed as 5.0%. Different from the listed ABV here, but the bottles look exactly the same.?

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 23:47:07 | More by phishgator
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2005 17:22:02 | More by ybnorml
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Enola

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is light golden in color and there is little head. Some lacing is left in the glass. The smell is slightly hoppy and grainy. The taste is somewhat bitter, relativly smooth. The mouthfeel is creamy and the beer is tolerable. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these on a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 23:25:45 | More by Enola
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beercollector

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 02:54:57 | More by beercollector
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Label says "Best before: see label." Huh? Medium head gave way to soap-like bubbles. Dull gold color, quite clear, some good hop aroma. Sweet caramel, with a good deal of corn, finish is bitter, dry and cleansing. The same league as Rebel, better than most mass-produced Eurolagers but not Budvar or Urquell. I like pilsners a lot, but they should always be very clean-tasting and this just tasted dirty to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2002 20:52:57 | More by Thrasher
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 21:25:58 | More by mmmbeer
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