ŽŽatec Dark Lager - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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ŽŽatec Dark LagerŽŽatec Dark Lager

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 100
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of DoubleJ
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

...and now to the dark side of Zatec. On to the beer:

This one's a foamer out of the bottle. Tons of foam stays around on top of the auburn colored beer, eventually clinging to the glass whispy lace. The nose, unfortunately, does not impress. It has a little sweet, musty malt, and some sulfuric aroma that doesn't belong.

Tastes better than it smells, but still won't be a world beater. The flavors are very light; raisin strikes at first, then comes bread crust. The light, almost watery feel is dissapointing for its size, and the carbonation is on the light side.

Just as I'm getting interested in dark lagers, Zatec dark dissapoints. I'll stay on the light side of Zatec in the future.

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Photo of MaximalC
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a curious, translucent muddy caramel color (similar to Maudite) with a frothy tan head that dissipates in fairly short order. The aroma is mild and clean, with a malt sweetness akin to maple syrup. The syrupy sweetness manifests much more in the taste, which is almost bock-like. Not a whole lot of complexity here in spite of the saaz hops touted by the label. To me, the body is too light to support the malty backbone, which perplexes the palate and makes the beer taste watered down in spite of the pronounced sweetness. There is some consolation in the fact that the finish is cleaner than one would expect, but on the whole I feel this brew misses the mark, being short on identity and lacking in complexity.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red color with a two-finger head into my glass. Sure, it's dark but just how dark?

Aroma is full of sweet malt/adjunct. Not much different from a "lighter" version of this. Kind of unappealing.

Taste is sweet but at least it goes down well. Grainy. A bit sitcky. Average at best.

Mouthfeel? Why even bother going there? There's really not much to note.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the "regular" Zatec. I just don't like this beer because a. It is likely why most non-BAs hate dark beer and b. It's a waste of their time. Perfecting the light-colored Zatec should be their priority. You can still drink it and it has something over average macro lagers, etc.

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Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is almost black (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. Low off-white head. No lacing.

The smell got distinct notes of chocolate bars. Some cocoa and some hay-hops.

Hints of wax in the taste. Milk chocolate. Toasted bread. Smooth light bitter flavours in the aftertaste as well as some cocoa and noble hops.

The carbonation is medium strong, medium sized bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

An OK schwartzbier, but the wax-like flavours spoils it a bit.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 1.5" beige head. Body is dark as coffee. There is almost no smell, not even as it warmed. Taste is milder and less interesting than I'd anticipated. There is ever so slight roasted malt and chocolate but this is clearly one of the lightest dark beer manifestations I've had. A little sweet in the aftertaste and almost no hops evident to me.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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 IronDjinn
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep amber capped by a slight off white head with good retention. scent is pretty clean, hint of caramel and yeast. taste is trending sweet with toffee and worther's origional like caramelly goodness, light grassyness. light bodied. This is a good beer, but not as good as another dark lager I just had from the brother neighbor to the east.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color capped by a rocky tan head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Brown sugar, toasted grains and hints of malty chocolate

Taste: Brown sugar, chocolate malt and toasted grains, up front, with a growing sweet mocha character that dominates mid-palate and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, though I wish there a bit more hops involved to balance out the sweeter flavors

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours opaque, murky, and dark brown. A fluffy, thick head of tan settles slowly in the glass revealing plenty of ropey lacework and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Roasted malt with light notes of chocolate, caramel, and nougat on the nose.

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy, lush mouthfeel.

Cocoa, roast, and mild coffee notes lead off the palate. Low bitterness and very clean with a low-ester profile following through.

Finishes with roast and light chocolate . Easy drinking and unoffensive.

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Photo of Bajasith
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a nice frothy head.

Sweet aroma with notes of caramel and toffee almost metallic dare I say molasses.

Goes down smoothe with hints of burnt malt as the sweet caramel takes the edge off. Like taking a bite out of a banana nut bread with aged rum.

Slight to medium carbonation dissipated the oily sensation from the heavy malt characters yet it all blended well.

A very drinkable brew if you are willing to try it yet I would prefer a dark lager with more hops

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, dark brown/burgundy color with a three-finger, light brown head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace.

S - It smelled of nice roasty, malty aroma with chocolate notes.

T - It had a burnt toast maltiness with chocolate and toffee. Overall, a nice roasty quality.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied lager that was easy drinking.

D - This is a really good dark lager. Not my favorite style but this is one of the better ones and very affordable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After my summer in Prague way back in '06 I've been looking for a good dark Euro.

Sure enough, this one pours very dark ruby, bordering on black. Aggressive foaming action spilled over the top of my Stella glass (roll eyes). Head is off-white, some one dense, and settles to a nice collar in between which is a shallow pond of foam.

Semi-sweet roasted malt hits the nose. Not a powerful aroma, nor quite as thick as some of the malt bombs from Germany and such. slight detection of burnt toast. Some spice comes and goes, nothing spectacular other than it keeps the malt at bay.

Light dark fruit is added in the flavor. Soft dark plum and prune. The malt gives it a sweetness, like a Jolly Rancher candy, but not too powerful. Slightly chewy on the back end. Hops don't intrude much here, and being from the Czech Rep I kind of expected a bit more Saaz. But, still, this is a nice beer

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Photo of rarbring
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

sizzling head on this, off white tiny bubbles slowly fade into the all familiar (and all powerful) O-Ring, deep chestnut brown hue here, consistent color throughout, some carbonation bubblin' and stumblin' up the glass, pretty good looking if not special

faint prunes, bready malt with a tinge of dry summer house smell, some slightly herbal and honey notes as well, all in balance, all pretty tame but nice

taste etc...
exceptionally clean drinking, what does that mean ? fair enough... it just has a nice overall presentation, from start to finish, the mouthfeel is great, perfectly smooth and medium bodied, the carbonation stops just short of spiky, there is a nice coating on the tongue leaving you both refreshed and wanting more... the subtle hop flavor really peaks the interest of the back of the palette, it reminds me in some weird way of ESBs but with a differing hop signature

obviously well crafted but not something that butters my biscuit, there is nothing bad about this beer I would just prefer others before reaching for this

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear dark brown red color with a thin amount of head that quickly disappears to leave a layer of lace

S-roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits

T-similar to the smell, but a little weaker. Small amount of hop bitterness towards the end

M-medium carbonation, light to medium body

D-easy to drink, not very complex, a good session beer

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
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