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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

59 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 100
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 7.41%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: danielharper on 04-29-2010

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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 100
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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. (336 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.46/5  rDev +18%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of psoriasaurus
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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! (282 characters)

Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (717 characters)

Photo of tonyf55
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!) (1,107 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (495 characters)

Photo of jerryjeff
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 (771 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (620 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (401 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (270 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Garnet brown with a surprisingly creamy taupe head. Chocolate on the nose with a bit of brown sugar and autumn leaf – no hops.
Licorice with some ash and sour roast but also blackberry juice sweetness and root beer barrel candies, then tart ending with some grassy hops. Carmelized sugar end and bitter tarry anise linger.
Light to medium, creamy, chewy, yet crisp but a bit thin.

Second tasting reveals a lot of baking chocolate and prune.

“Euro Dark Lager?” What kind of ridiculous catch-all is that? This is a Czech black lager, not as malty as a Dunkel but not as hoppy as a schwarzbier. Where's the problem?

The licorice is a bit much to start, but it smoothes out as it warms, turning into a slightly sweet easy sipper. 5.7% is nowhere in sight. Just a bit too thin to keep from going up a notch for body. Distant cousin of a lean English porter.

A thing all by itself, and a gorgeous one, especially coming from a nondescript brewery. (952 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight from a 500ml bottle is a very dark mahogany almost black with amber hues around the edges. The head is foamy and around two fingers thick.

Aroma: Buttery toffee, raisins, roasted malts a little bready as well. Hops are roasted dark but far from burnt. Dark sugary notes with underlying sweet fruit notes.

Taste: Solidly carbonated with a good touch of creaminess on the palate. Sweetness from the malts lend a dark sugary touches. Sweet fruit notes from the hops raisins as well. Subtle wisps of toffee top it off.

Notes: This is quite a neat style of lager nicely drinkable I'm glad I picked it up. Cheers. (631 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Poured with a decent sized, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy, light tan head and a little lace. Color is a clear dark brown amber. Aroma is malt, roast, fresh baked dark bread, toffee. Flavor is similar to nose with a little sweetness that's nicely countered with the yeast, dark malt, and carbonic acid. Body is good, smooth and full yet cut again by carbonic acid. Finish is like flavor, has good length, and is clean. Session beer. (448 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark brown color with some garnet highlights that appeared when held up to sunlight. The head was a thin layer of tan foam that retained fairly well and left sliding bands of lacing. The aroma was of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, bread and toasted malt. The flavors were just plain delicious and I was impressed. I tasted lots of chocolate, caramel and some honey followed by some earthy malt and toasted malt. I also tasted some dark fruits as it warmed up. The finish was clean and crisp aided by just enough Czech (Saaz?) hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. This, in short, was the best authentic Euro Dark Lager I’ve ever had and I can now see what this brewery has been doing for over a 1,000 (!) years. (787 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown/ black with a one finger head. Some reduction with awesome lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice. Sweet caramel and toffee malts come straight off the nose. There is some roastiness and dark fruit features too.

Taste: Same as above and very well balanced. Not sure how the style should be but the malts go well with the light hop profile. Very tasty and a little biscuity too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, a little chewy

Overall: This was a very nice alternative to all the lagers and pilsners of Europe. Porters and dark lagers from Europe are getting better with every one I review. That means they can onle be better across the ocean on draft. Someday, someday. (746 characters)

Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent dark lager.

Very dark red-brown, almost black, it has a small tan head soon thinning to foamy ring & wisps.

Aroma is chocolaty caramelised prunes and bread crust.

Taste is dryish toasty bread crust, lightly sweet caramelised prunes & raisins, woody-peppery light bitterness, dry toastiness dominating finish. (332 characters)

Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Tmavé (Dark Czech lager). A fresh bottle that made it to the US - nice.
Pours a chestnut brown color with lot of carbonation. The head is sticky and has no quit in it at all.
I've heard these beers are similar to a dunkel/schwarzbier hybrid and I'm finding that to be true.
A very clean nose of lager yeast and straight ahead dark malts. Simple, but solid. No complaints from me.
The flavor profile also follows that simple but solid path. Hazelnut, milk chocolate, and just a hint of mild saaz hops in the finish. Creamy texture (no diacetyl, though) and the soft water makes this about as straight ahead as they come...but it's simple in a good way.
I'd say it reminds me a lot of a Munich dunkel, which is a style I'm far more familiar with. It's somewhat similar to Augustiner and Ayinger dunkels. I think the darker Franconian dunkels might be close, too. Maybe a hint drier and with softer hopping.
While not the geekiest thing in the world, I'm a big fan of milder dark lagers and this fits that role nicely.
I'll be on the lookout for more of these Tmavé lagers and I'll likely grab some more bottles of this particular beer in the future. Rock Solid. If other dark Czech lagers are anything like this one, I need to go. (1,241 characters)

Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it's a light reddish-brown, very clear, with a very thick foamy head. Significant lacing. Smells roasty and bready, just like a Euro Dark Lager should.

Tastes dark, roasty, slightly chocolatey, with a slightly astringent dryness that balances quite nicely. Lots of malty bread character, and finishes smoother and cleaner than expected, despite a touch of astringent dryness.

Overall quite a nice lager that makes me look forward to my upcoming month in Prague. A very nice balance of malt and hop, somewhat sweet, somewhat dry -- if not for the relatively high ABV this might make a very nice session beer. Hopefully I'll get to try it on tap sometime this summer. (691 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown which is slightly transparent. Foamy tan head which hangs around for awhile.

Getting lots of dark bread and molasses.

Tastes distinctly of bitter dark chocolate. Nice bitter notes on the back end. Good sweetness up front.

Really drinkable and enjoyable. (280 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Na'zdravi! (562 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,262 characters)

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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.