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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

95 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar visit their website
Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: danielharper on 04-29-2010)
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of EagleTalon
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

EagleTalon, Aug 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

THEGENERALISMO, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

crossovert, Aug 21, 2010
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4.36/5  rDev +15%
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!

psoriasaurus, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

LongsPeakAveBrew, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Spider889, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of tonyf55
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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!)

tonyf55, Sep 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

canawler, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

delalove, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

afsdan, May 21, 2014
Photo of jerryjeff
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

jerryjeff, Mar 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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

wordemupg, Jan 20, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

generallee, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mikerems, Apr 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

OregonGrown7, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

grahambo, Dec 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Antnyd82, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of soju6
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

soju6, Apr 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

JackieTH, Oct 18, 2011
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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.