Žatec Dark Lager - Žatecký Pivovar
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2.9/5 rDev -23.7%
...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.
03-17-2011 06:08:36 | More by DoubleJ
2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
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.
06-29-2012 01:45:08 | More by MaximalC
3/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
04-23-2013 20:39:20 | More by jtierney89
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
10-29-2010 23:57:28 | More by Brad007
3.18/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
07-21-2012 18:23:19 | More by bark
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
02-13-2012 13:53:03 | More by dbrauneis
3.38/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
09-03-2011 11:08:00 | More by MoreThanWine
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-27-2010 14:29:01 | More by tone77
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
11-14-2010 19:44:09 | More by IronDjinn
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-24-2011 10:46:21 | More by UDbeernut
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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
05-21-2012 23:08:33 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
10-01-2012 23:50:49 | More by brewandbbq
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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
11-01-2010 04:41:13 | More by Bajasith
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
05-26-2012 17:45:50 | More by rarbring
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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
08-06-2010 05:49:43 | More by Mebuzzard
Žatec Dark Lager from Žatecký Pivovar
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