U Fleku Dark Lager - U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-13-2002)
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Photo of HJJH
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is easily one of my favorite beers in the world. Up there with, maybe even ahead of, Augustiner. Regardless, it is an incredible session beer.

Now, of course, a LOT of the enjoyment of this beer is the experience of where you're drinking it. With the accordion player or oompah loompah duo playing tunes, the servers constantly bringing you new glasses because they know you want one before you do, the other servers cajoling you into shots of cinnamon schnapps, and the beer cheese appetizer, you can't help but love this beer. Great color, great head, great smell, great feel, incredible taste.

Photo of RichBeer
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of ipogios
4.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer i tasted during my 10-day trip to Prague and also the best dark beer i ever had. You can only find it in the "U Fleku" brewpub. A black coloured beer topped by a large tanned head. Aroma is malty and my nose also cought coffee hints. Taste is... HEAVEN. Damn this beer. It's excellent. If u ever find your self in Pague go to this pub just to taste the beer... It will worth it. Quite drinkable and strong mouthfeel. The ABV is ideal to spend some time at the pub drinking the "U Fleku House Beer". Excellent beer

Photo of Tanclan
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Contrary to popular belief U Fleku is not available only at the brewery in Prague. The second and only other location is at the Pilsner Urquell Brauerei Ausschank ("brewery outlet") in the Altstadt in Dusseldorf Germany. After 3 attempts to get into the pub we were finally succesful in getting there when it was open.

Tasted at the Pilsner Urquell pub in Dusseldorf Germany December 2008.

A: Pours a dark brown almost opaque but clear. Very little variation in color toward the rim. Medium head caramel in color.

S: Very inviting toffee, spice, fruit, malt, chocolate, and a hint of liquorice

T: Chocolate, nutty, spicy goodness with a mild but fresh hop finish. Reminiscent of British real ale that is mild in carbonation with a fresh hop character.

M: Light in body to remind you of the lager style that it is but almost velvety and lingering to tease for another sip.

D: One of my favorites. The most well rounded as far as wanting more with every sip yet packed with flavor you cant imagine belonging in the beer you hold.

Only available on tap at the 2 places mentioned. A must have beer for the novice or the professional.

Photo of rukus29
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A = Dark, almost pitch black other than the cherry oak edges in the light. A nice 2-3 finger light brown (nutmeg/cinnamon) colored head that sticks around in the early going.

S = Smells like a stout from the start - roasted nuts, caramel, coffee, chocolate and the slightest hint of hops

T = Tastes like a stout - coffee and chocolate along with some smooth caramelized nuts throughout. Grain/earthiness is subdued but there to show you some of the beer's lager side and the hops kick in in the back third for a nice balance

M = Phenomenally smooth with medium carbonation, fills the whole mouth, the tiny bubbles give the beer some volume and makes it almost feel grainy. Would have to say one of the best feeling beers tasted to date.

D = Incredibly drinkable. It's a stout soul in a dark lager's glass! Delicious flavors balanced by the subtle hops and the perfect mouthfeel make this beer drinkable all night and then some.

Did not even know Prague had the very dark lagers until I stumbled onto this beer. Even thought it was a stout at first, that's how similar it smelled, tasted, and felt. Would have to say this beer even beats out many stouts at what they do best.

Photo of Charthepirate
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beers actual name is "Flek" and it is truly something special. The beer pours a deep brown with a gorgeous pillowy off white head. The head lasted nearly the whole beer and left a gorgeous lace.

Smell is sweet, mostly malty. A few undercurrents but not much from the smell.

Taste is fantastic. I expected sweet and found a brew both complex and rewarding. slightly roasted but not heavily. Just the right sweet and bitter. A great brew.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth. Both the flavors and carbonations work well.

Really a great beer. If you make it to prague make sure to hit U Fleku just for the beer.

Photo of patto1ro
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a tan head; liquorice, roast and cream aroma; bitterish taste with coffee, hop, raisin and liquorice aromas; bitterish finish with sweet coffee aromas.

Beautiful, unfiltered dark beer with very complex flavours. Has, if anything, improved since the brewery renovation in the mid-1980's. A good example of a Dunkles Maerzen, a style rare outside the Czech Republic and Franconia.

Photo of tm82
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I visited the brewery with a couple of friends and after an exceptional guided tour we went to sample the beer. I sampled the beer slowly and found it to be incredibly smooth yet somewhat nutty; smokey and a little stout finish.

I was very surprised of the taste. It was not a traditional heavy dark beer as the smoothness was very similar to a good German larger ala Paulaner. I was very impressed with the mix of dark ale with a larger attitude in disguise. This proved to be very good as my non dark ale friends enjoyed it immensely.

This beer is very good for geting people into dark ale. Just a shame they don't export it. I picked up a glass and another for a mate at the shop.

Photo of grdahl
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally made it to U Fleko on a recent trip and wasn't disapointed.
Probably the most expensive glass of beer you'll find in Prague but worth it.
Very sweet in taste and almost black in color this is a beer that merits a special trip if your ever near the pub.
The best dark beer in CZ to be sure.

Photo of Sigmund
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught at U Fleku. Served too cold. Very dark brown, nearly black colour - impenetrable for light. Moderate creamy tan head. Lovely aroma of leather and oak, dark chocolate and liquorice. Flavour is malty and moderately roasty, notes of dark chocolate and coffee. Never mind the inflated prices (by Czech standards), this beer is a must (at least once). And the liqueur we were forced to buy (which I drank AFTER the beer) actually tasted not-too-bad.

Photo of RoyFokker
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is only one Beer available at the U Fleku, I never knew what it was called, I even asked and was told just "Pivo" once by a confused looking waiter, (this simply means beer). So I have just called it U Fleku "House Beer". I even tried to find out the strength again with total failure.
A black beer that reveals it is actually a very, very, dark brown ale when held to the light. Strong malty aromas if you can get near the beer for the head. Served in 0.4 liter straight sided glass mugs with a handle by the Waiters with lots of carbonation at first. This aids the huge foaming crusty brown head, which normally spills over the top of the glass. Hence the "sticky" table tops in the open Courtyard here and the flies in Summer !! A very smooth tasting and quaffable dark lager.

With the little information that is available about this beer, I tried to do some research and revealed that the ever dependant Michael Jackson had the answers I was looking for in his book Beer Companion, which states that "Four malts are used, to a gravity of 13 Plato (the system is used widely in Czech Republic my words not his!!), in a double-decoction system, and the beer is hopped three times with Saaz". The strength of 4.5% ABV is also taken from this book. Hope he doesn't mind me repeating that !!!

A classic very drinkable dark Czech Lager, one of the best available in the Czech Republic in my opinion.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of RocketWidget
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally had this beer, served only at the U Fleku brewpub in downtown Prague. A exceptionally good dark lager! Color was golden dark, with one of the best heads I've ever seen on a lager : thick, creamy white, stiff, and lasting the whole way down. Taste was very good, just enough sweetness for someone who dislikes sweet beers, and mixing the head with the brew created a very pleasant bitter kick with a smooth aftertaste. I could drink this all day!

Too bad the growlers at the pub are so darn expensive :-(

Photo of thierrynantes
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer on-tap, tasted in 2000 in the brewery.
Probably the pub-brewery's most famous in Prague. U Fleku is also said to be the oldest in the world (brewing since 1499).

Appearance : Dark brown color
Smell : liquorice, roasted
Taste and mouthfeel : Spicy, liquorice, bitter finish with sweet coffee aromas.
Dinkability : A very good beer not in the style "Euro dark lager" but Marzen (dark)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After having this beer numerous times before while studying literally around the corner, it became time for a review.

Its a dark mahogany brown lager with a very rich blackish hue. Head is voluminous and voluptuous. Light aromas of roast malt, some candy sugar. Dry in taste, smooth, easy and pairs excellently with roast pork and dumplings. Well done all around.

Photo of lehows
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As someone else said, I too was tired of drinking all the Pils so popular in Czech and Eastern Europe so when I walked in this place I was in heaven. Poured a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Nose was strong of roasted malt, which was welcoming. Also had notes of coffee and maybe some caramel. I came here several nights in a row and drank a lot of this. The drinkabilty is so high that even some friends who dont normally like "dark" beer were quaffing these down. I miss this beer.

Photo of metter98
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at U Fleků, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a two finger high beige head. The head has good retention properties and took a look time to die down and also left lacy rings of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of chocolate malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of dark malts and chocolate. There is a little bit of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer goes down very smoothly and is very sessionable.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of CampusCrew
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best dark lager around. Prague has a lot of dark lagers but this micro is one of the best. You can only get in at u fleku which is kinda of expensive for what it is, but this beer is great.

Dark in color and has a light full flavor taste. Perfect example of what a dark lager should be. I can't locals were saying this beer was going down hill. How much better can it be.

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U Fleku Dark Lager from U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace
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