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ŽŽatec Dark Lager - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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ŽŽatec Dark LagerŽŽatec Dark Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: danielharper on 04-29-2010

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 59
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EagleTalon
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Pours to a buff head that lasts and laces. Transparent ruby black color. Slight roast and decocted malt aroma with a honey-like floral hop note. Flavor is reminiscent of molasses, coffee and toffee, with a balancing clean bitterness and hop spice. Mouthfeel is light medium. Overall an outstandingly satisfying and complex dark lager.

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gouxman
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jesse13713
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma
Roasted malt, hints of chocolate, toffee maybe. Very nice. I hadn't expected this, but I really like the scent.

Mouthfeel
Medium to high carbonation, a bit of body there with some residual bitterness along the sides of the mouth.

Appearance
Medium burghandy color which light still passes through in a regular pint glass, poured to an initial 3/4" head in a regular pint glass, has dissipated somewhat slowly with some residual about a quarter of the way through.

Taste
Malty flavor, in theme of a nut brown ale actually. This is very nice, and I'll admit rather surprising as I hadn't expected to like it this well. Almond/hints of chocolate possibly.

Drinkability
5.7% abv, a definite session beer. I'd like to see how many I could get through.

Overall
a great very drinkable beer which I'd love to find again.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark but thin malts, honey, caramel, lager yeast and touches of hops and fruit.

T: The taste starts out kind of sweet with flavors of caramel & honey. Then bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Photo of DaveHS
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours an attractive chestnut brown with about an inch of foamy tan head.

S-Nutty and sweet, reminiscent of the Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale. Something a little bit earthy behind the sweetnesss, like wet leaves.

T-Fairly sweet, a little nutty. Some caramel maltiness mid-palate. The finish is lingering, with flavors of fresh baked bread and just the faintest presence of grassy hops.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, appropriate for the style.

D-I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but it's nice enough.

Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Capital Market, Salem.$3.49 Im guessing this is this beer..the label is very different but the alc is the same and its called 'Dark lager Beer" Nice brown with a garnet tinge to it beer, with a lovelly ,huge frothy,thick creme coloured head. Aroma is mostly dark chocolate, weak coffees, and some breadiness. Taste is mostly the same with some additions of dark dried fruits and a brisk hop note in the end. Kinda thin but not too bad on the palate. OK

Photo of rarbring
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear deep reddish brown beer, an off-white head with little lacing and small curtains.

Honey and bread, cereal, butter and after a while burned candid sugar.

Some burned bread and sugar, oranges and orange peel.

Little carbonation, soft with a small body, slightly dry.

Well composed, balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a balloon glass. The beer is a dark, dark brown that's hard to see through, but ruby hues come through the light. A cream colored head dissipates to a wisp of bubbles. No lacing whatsoever. The beer smells sweet and malty, with some candy/licorice type of notes. The beer tastes as malty as it smells. There is a bitter hop presence in there toward the end. Faint toffee and licorice notes are in the middle. Somewhat of a complex beer. The mouthfeel is way too carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall, I started to like this beer a little more as I drank it. I feel that it's way too carbonated though, but it has a good taste profile.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served at Pilsener Haus Biergarten in Hoboken, NJ.

A: Pours brownish amber and clear with a half finger tall off white head. Head reduces pretty quickly but a thin layer of bubbles remains over the entire top of the beer. Moderate lacing is present.

S: Aromas are of sweet dark malts.

T: Flavors are just like the smell, primarily sweet and dark malts. Seems a little out of balance and could do with the addition of a small amount of hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly smooth.

O: A little too out of balance for me to really enjoy - I want a slight amount of bitterness and/or hops to make the flavor profile whole for me. Not overly easy to drink... Not sure that I would really want to go out of my way to sample this again.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a dark black with a large off white head. Smells of dark roasted malt and some flowery hops. Tastes of malt with some chocolatey overtones and some hops, a nice surprise for a dark lager. Beer is carbonated perfectly and has good balance for its light body. Overall a pretty good beer.

Photo of crossovert
4.46/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle.

It pours a nice dark brown with reddish hues and a foamy off-white head that billows high, has great retention, and recedes with exceptional lace. This is perfection in appearance for this style.

The smell is decently hopped with a lot of lemon, and a hint of herbal spice. There is also a hint of cocoa and bread.

The taste is hoppy, but sweet. It is like a muenchener dunkel, I cold drink the fuck out of this all summer long. It has a nice lemony and herbal hoppiness that melds beautifully with a roasty chocolate edge.

Did I mention it goes down like super flavorful water that quenches your thirst like no other?

This beer kicks some major, major ass.

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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.