Žatec Dark Lager - Žatecký Pivovar
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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
4.47/5 rDev +17.9%
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.
08-21-2010 04:45:39 | More by crossovert
4.36/5 rDev +15%
This is truly a finely crafted lager. Poured into a 33 cl Žatec glass, pours a dark mahogany with an appetizing head. Wonderful complex caramel, chocolate, slightly sweet/roasted nose. Taste confirms the nose, and boy is there a lot to taste in this wonderfully crafted Czech beer!
01-23-2014 21:37:44 | More by psoriasaurus
4.35/5 rDev +14.8%
Appearance: pours a dark brown with burnt orange highlights. Abundant light rocky head dissipates quickly to quarter inch of tan creamyness.
Nose: smells of rising dough and brewing coffee.
Taste: follows the nose with the addition of the spicy herbal Saaz hop character Cech Pilsners have perfected. The sweet/roasted character of the malt really pairs well with this hop profile
Mouthfeel: If not for the abundant carbonation I would call this beer creamy. As is it makes for a substantial yet easily quaffable brew.
Overall: This is almost exactly what I am looking for in a dark lager. The effervescence and clean finish of a lager with the depth of malt character and well constructed hop profile of an ale.
01-29-2012 21:17:57 | More by LongsPeakAveBrew
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
Listed as a dunkel on the Winking Lizard menu.
Dark and malty looking with a rather short head espite a rough pour from a 500ml bottle.
Smells yeasty with lots of Germanic characteristics. Almost hefeweizen-like. But the aroma grows maltier with time and warmth.
the flavor is much more malty than the aroma. Dark, rich, and creamy. Toffee and leather, sweet chocolate and mild ripe dark fruit.
Creamy mouthfeel, full bodied for a lager. Nice even carbonation. Overall it was very drinkable.
06-08-2011 01:29:02 | More by Spider889
4.28/5 rDev +12.9%
From a 500ml bottle into a European footed pilsner glass (Steam Whistle brand)
Visual (4): Light brown 2 finger head, very fizzy with large bubbles. Little to no lacing following a moderately controlled head dissipation. Very dark, almost black, body with ruby clarity when held up to light. Carbonation bubbles are slightly visible.
Aroma (4.5): Roasted grains and mild coffee dominate. Not over-powering but definitely present. Predominately malty aromas, unique for a European pilsner which is generally hops based.
Taste (4.5): Malt continues into the taste with coffee and biscuit flavours dominating, but not overpowering. Complex for a lager, but light enough to still be smooth from start to finish. Sweetness of the malt flavours lingers.
Mouthfeel (3.5): Light to medium body with a watery feel. Soft carbonation leaves a light persisting mouthfeel.
Overall (4): Although the Czech's think dark beers are for women, Zatec Dark is great for this man. The malty aromas compliment the coffee and biscuit flavour leaving a nice complexity not found in many lagers. A great dark brew (since 1004!)
09-30-2011 21:49:40 | More by tonyf55
4.18/5 rDev +10.3%
Roasted malt, hints of chocolate, toffee maybe. Very nice. I hadn't expected this, but I really like the scent.
Medium to high carbonation, a bit of body there with some residual bitterness along the sides of the mouth.
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.
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.
5.7% abv, a definite session beer. I'd like to see how many I could get through.
a great very drinkable beer which I'd love to find again.
03-28-2011 03:32:23 | More by jerryjeff
4.15/5 rDev +9.5%
500ml bottle poured pint glass 19/1/12
A dark reddish brown with a thumbs width of dark tan head that hangs around for a couple minuets leaving a couple partial rings of lace
S nutty dark toffee, some molasses, chocolate milk and a little over-ripe fruit
T a little more nutty then the nose, maybe a little cold coffee on top of what I smell
M light bodied and leaves your mouth feeling a little slick but its not a bad thing, pretty creamy from the bubbles and a chocolaty nutty aftertaste that lingers
O for style this one's quite good, It has no flaws and is very easy too drink
I'm a little surprised by this one as I didn't expect much but it was pretty good, I'm not saying this is a beer that's going too blow you away but for the style of beer it's great
01-20-2012 05:59:17 | More by wordemupg
4.05/5 rDev +6.9%
Dark Lager on a warm summer day? Let's see...
The beer exits the bottle with a dark brown color and caramel highlights. A solid cap of creamy foam patiently waits overhead and then clings to glass as the level decreases. The nose puts forth a dark grain, bready sweetness and something reminiscent of prunes. Smooth as it goes down. Sweet dark malt greet the palate along with rich dark fruity notes. A metallic tinge through the center is a prelude to a dash of hops. The palate is left with the sense that it something hefty, but it quickly springs back to life willing and eager for another round--even on a hot day.
07-06-2011 23:58:25 | More by BeardedBoffin
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
4/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Pours a deep brown color with a thick head that fades to some lacing.
S: Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt and some dark fruit.
T: Taste of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt with a bit of dark fruit sweetness. There is a nice bitterness and a clean finish.
F: Medium body, smooth and quite creamy.
O: Good drinker that goes down easy. Good example of the style. Well worth checking out.
04-06-2012 11:16:46 | More by soju6
4/5 rDev +5.5%
Thanks to Rob for providing the 500mL sample. Poured mahogany with a nice cap of foam, persists with good lacing. Smell is roasted, earthy, slightly smoky. Taste is more of the same with additional notes of brown sugar, charred toast, creamy mouthfeel. This one is good!
10-18-2011 12:57:49 | More by JackieTH
Žatec Dark Lager from Žatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.