1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

U Fleku Dark Lager - U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace

Not Rated.
U Fleku Dark LagerU Fleku Dark Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

51 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-13-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 51 | Reviews: 30 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of HJJH
HJJH

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

06-30-2011 03:57:39 | More by HJJH
Photo of RichBeer
RichBeer

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-16-2011 07:35:38 | More by RichBeer
Photo of herrburgess
herrburgess

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-02-2013 01:17:30 | More by herrburgess
Photo of I2uss
I2uss

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-18-2011 20:26:32 | More by I2uss
Photo of dwaz
dwaz

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-09-2011 00:04:06 | More by dwaz
Photo of ipogios
ipogios

Cyprus

4.9/5  rDev +14%

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

04-14-2003 13:02:26 | More by ipogios
Photo of Tanclan
Tanclan

Georgia

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

01-05-2010 03:44:57 | More by Tanclan
Photo of rukus29
rukus29

New York

4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

12-08-2009 12:47:22 | More by rukus29
Photo of Charthepirate
Charthepirate

New York

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

11-18-2003 01:41:34 | More by Charthepirate
Photo of patto1ro
patto1ro

Netherlands

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

06-28-2006 09:54:29 | More by patto1ro
Photo of tm82
tm82

United Kingdom (England)

4.6/5  rDev +7%

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.

06-11-2008 12:10:04 | More by tm82
Photo of grdahl
grdahl

Florida

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

02-17-2004 18:11:09 | More by grdahl
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund

Norway

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

03-29-2005 19:59:02 | More by Sigmund
Photo of RoyFokker
RoyFokker

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-02-2014 19:32:48 | More by RoyFokker
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

10-13-2002 17:58:59 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
BlueFeetAndBeer

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-16-2012 16:41:21 | More by BlueFeetAndBeer
Photo of Jojo850
Jojo850

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-02-2013 18:49:34 | More by Jojo850
Photo of tziggy
tziggy

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

06-18-2012 18:32:02 | More by tziggy
Photo of RocketWidget
RocketWidget

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4%

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 :-(

10-17-2003 07:37:11 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of thierrynantes
thierrynantes

France

4.47/5  rDev +4%

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)

03-12-2008 19:04:04 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of allboutbierge
allboutbierge

Austria

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

12-29-2009 14:49:21 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of lehows
lehows

New York

4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

11-30-2006 14:20:44 | More by lehows
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

12-09-2010 11:49:52 | More by metter98
Photo of CampusCrew
CampusCrew

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

10-15-2008 01:30:24 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of smcolw
smcolw

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%

Here's the major (and perhaps only) reason to visit U Flecku.

Rocky beige head that leaves ring lace after each sip. Near black color where some light would come through the edge of the glass.

Strong yeast aroma with a darker (crystal or chocolate?) malt smell.

A complex blend of darker malt flavors. I can detect black patent grains. There is a good shot of hops at the swallow. The body is moderate with an above average level of carbonation. Frankly, this is a delicious treat.

12-07-2008 03:07:27 | More by smcolw
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
U Fleku Dark Lager from U Fleků Pivovar a Restaurace
94 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.