Žatec Dark Lager - Žatecký Pivovar
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Reviews by goindownsouth:
3.93/5 rDev +3.7%
500mL brown bottle. So very thankful for finally being able to obtain the Zatec offerings.
Chunky, dark, ominous in appearance. Fantastic head, rocky. Smooth on the palate but still substantive. Good balance between the malty sweetness with hints of toffee and some light chocolate and a subtle hint of hop character.
A well-balanced offering, without question. As it warms, the beer becomes something more, and you are left wanting more of it... Good flavor and rather robust. A great change of pace from the traditional pale lagers of Bohemia.
12-10-2010 19:22:02 | More by goindownsouth
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3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
Poured into a becker a deeper brown with a tinge of scarlet,a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.A mix of toasty bread and bitter chocolate in the nose,I picked up a little hard water as well.Quite dry on the palate with a big firm malt base,there are notes of bitter chocolate and earth in the finish.This a real nice Czech dark lager,its not sweet and chocolaty like some of their neighbors dunkle lagers,big and malty without being sweet.
05-28-2011 22:28:47 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):
As of June 1st, this gem from a brewery in operation since 1004 AD is now available in the US thanks to Merchant du Vin. Rich, bright, leathery, dark brown with a tan cream head. Toasty malts in the nose. Fairly light bodied and smooth. Malty sweet with hints of brown sugar, cereal grains, chocolate and a wisp of smoke. Herbal, tea-like hops. Suggestions of grape. Bready. Toasty. Dry finish. A delicious, full-flavored brew, lagered for 45 days, 80 feet underground. Yeah.
01-11-2011 03:07:58 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 500mL brown bottle. Rich, dark copper/brown w/ an amazing head; fluffy, rocky, impressive.
Soft aroma. Powdery malts in the nose, some chocolate, suggestions of grape, light metallic edge.
Very smooth on the palate, a bit viscous and chewy too. Sweetness is a bit sugary, but not overwhelming. Light chocolate, toffee, and bite of coffee. Burnt raisins. Malted milk-balls. Hints of big, round, grape flavors. Bready at times. Light tea-like herbal hop flavor. Powdery dry malt finish.
Balanced overall, but it walks a bit too sweet as it warms-up ... and personally I'd love to see a bit more of that Euro hop flavor pull through, but it gets trumped by the big malt profile.
Full of body and flavor, this is a solid choice for those looking for something a bit more meaty in a lager.
08-15-2010 03:35:28 | More by Todd
4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
Pours from a 500 ml bottle, into a 1/2 liter glass dark ruby brown hue with a large creamy tan head forming nice and thick. Fine speckled lacing surrounds the sides of my glass. Aroma has hints of dark fruit a touch of raisin even some plum with a toasted dark malt breadiness coming together as well. A slight herbal hop finish comes through almost like a tea leaf earthiness in the background. Very nice clean chocolate malt presence with low roasted malt bitterness levels, mild herbal earthy hops very crisp with more fruit adding to the complexity of the malt character utilized here. Mouthfeel is creamy medium bodied nice dark lager, textbook perfect dark beer that comes off super drinkable. This is almost like the old recipe Penn Dark used to use before all their problems started, awesome beer so easy to consume it's simply pleasure in a glass.
10-04-2011 23:33:43 | More by WVbeergeek
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
500ml bottle. Suitably old-world (and at 'anno 1004', I mean old) imagery on the label.
This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby brown colour, with a multitude of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a decent ring of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.
It smells of lightly roasted, somewhat bready grainy pale malt, muddled semi-sweet dark orchard fruit, and herbal, grassy hops. The taste is toasted caramel malt, a bit of nutty breadiness, bittersweet chocolate, musty black fruit, and more late-starting bitter herbal, floral hops.
The carbonation is quite soft and cushy, the body medium-light in weight, decently smooth, and even a touch creamy, as it warms. It finishes off-dry, a bit of slightly boozy roasted breadiness tempered by the lingering earthy, leafy hops.
A pretty good dark lager, retaining the underlying Czech bright pilsner characteristics, amongst the blackened malt upgrade. Easy to drink, and appropriate for this seasonally interstitial period in the beer-swilling continuum.
11-06-2010 22:48:20 | More by biboergosum
3/5 rDev -20.8%
Deep mahogany active light brown head.
Light rolling body that actually build up a bit on the back end. Nice roasted character and toasted malts. Caramel and toffee on the side of the tongue, burnt malt bitterness with a touch of alcohol heat. A little thin up front but has no astringencies.
04-23-2013 20:39:20 | More by jtierney89
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dominated by roasted malts. Taste is also very malty, some notes of chocolate. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.
12-27-2010 14:29:01 | More by tone77
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
Served in a globe shaped snifter glass.
Huge, fluffy three-finger head of tan foam, sticky inside the glass, slow to recede. A floating island of foam remains in the center atop an unbroken veil of skim. Deep reddish mahoghany color, looks nice.
Sweet raisiny aroma, molasses, and brown sugar. Pleasant and not too overpowering.
Flavorful with notes of lightly charred toast, raisin, prune, and molasses. Light bodied, fairly easily drinkable. Dry finish, not especially sweet, but there are hints of sweetness there. Carbonation is fine, lending to a more creamy body, but it's still a bit thin, showing it's lager roots, not particularly a bad thing. This is surprisingly good in fact. Somewhere between a Baltic Porter and Munich Dunkel.
07-17-2011 03:23:01 | More by emerge077
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
This brew pours a nice dark reddish color with an off-white head that clings nicely to the side of the glass.
The aroma has nice notes of caramel and toffee.
Flavor has nice hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. There is a soft earthy hop bitterness that comes through nicely on the finish and complements the semi-sweet biscuity malt base.
The mouthfeel is about right for this style. From the looks of the bottle I was expecting something closer to a Schwarzbier, but this is still a nice beer with good flavors. I could definitely enjoy another one.
08-04-2010 23:20:34 | More by Gouxman
3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Nice rich, dark color with lots of head. You'd think you were drinking a stout.
S - I was thirsty so forgot to smell. Seriously, not a lot of complex aromas from what I can remember. Some chocolate but subtle
T - Nice taste right up front. Hint of coffee and maybe tar (though I've never had tar).
M - Rich, creamy, feel that lingers nicely.
O - I much prefer this over the Zatec pilsner. A nice sessionable lager.
10-13-2012 14:50:32 | More by Beer-A-Lot
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
A: The beer is relatively clear very dark brownish amber in color. It poured with a finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: There are sweet aromas of dark malts in the nose along with some hints of toffee.
T: Like the smell, the taste is relatively sweet and has flavors of dark malts and notes of molasses.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t overly difficult to drink but could use a little more hops to help balance out some of the sweetness.
02-13-2012 09:27:06 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev -7.7%
From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep transluscent nut brown, tall frothy beige head with excellent retention.
Dry nutty malt on the nose with some neutral sweetness, even hints at dry bittersweet cocoa.
Clean dry metallic grains in the flavour, mild bready, chocolate malt character, clean finish.
Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, a bit watery on the finish.
Enjoyable for what it is, but not the same calibre as the Pilsener.
11-14-2010 19:44:09 | More by IronDjinn
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
500mL bottle, no date. Served over several pours into a 200mL Bitburger Pils pokal glass.
Appearance: Clear deep brown with some coppery and red notes when held up to the light. Thin off-white head as a ring at the edge of the glass, with the barest thin skin of foam across the stop. Islands and some strands of persistent lacing noted.
Smell: Bread, hints of bittersweet chocolate, malty, maybe some plums. Reminds me of a doppelbock really.
Taste: Burnt sugar, tiny bits of bittersweet chocolate, strong roasted malt. Bitterness is mild at first, becoming a bit stronger as the beer warms up. Hops barely noticeable at first, with roasted malt serving as most of the bitterness. Some noble hop flavors come out though at the end as it warms up.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, but still a bit spicy on the tongue. Stickiness on the teeth is notable.
Overall / Drinkability: Quite a nice beer, but I find one is enough. There are aspects of this beer which are very much doppelbock in style (aroma especially, sometimes the taste) which perhaps makes this an even more appealing beer in he end. Tasty, aromatic, and yet one 500 mL is enough. I guess this beer is nicely sating as well. So while I tried it I'm not seeing a desire to go out and get more.
07-29-2012 22:49:12 | More by damndirtyape
3.85/5 rDev +1.6%
Dark, cola brown with a fizzy tan head. Dark fruit and cocoa in the aroma with a touch of noble hop. Sweet chocolate and raisin with butterscotch and molasses flavors. Light bodied with sharp, fizzy carbonation. A pretty good dark lager with flavors that almost nudge it into bock territory.
11-18-2010 02:56:02 | More by biggred1
3.65/5 rDev -3.7%
Had this poured from a bottle at Winking Lizard's in Fairlawn, Ohio.
Appearance - Pours with four full fingers of head submerging an amber-brown lager. A little lighter than I expected it to look with frothy foam on top.
Smell - Malty and slightly sour. Quite unique.
Taste - A very light and hoppy amber taste. Filled with a lot of light fruits despite being a dark lager. Tastes of cherry and lime are present, which are accompanied by a bitter malt and barley taste. Very dry.
Mouthfeel / Drink - Easily drinkable and a little tangy from the cherry and lime notes. I was quite impressed with this dark lagers unique taste.
02-17-2011 16:40:46 | More by Jesse13713
Žatec Dark Lager from Žatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.