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
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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 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. (560 characters)

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 (483 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Suitably old-world (and at 'anno 1004', I mean old) imagery on the label.

This beer pours a clear, very dark ruby brown colour, with a multitude of puffy and tightly foamy beige head, which leaves a decent ring of drooping lace around the glass as it slowly falls away.

It smells of lightly roasted, somewhat bready grainy pale malt, muddled semi-sweet dark orchard fruit, and herbal, grassy hops. The taste is toasted caramel malt, a bit of nutty breadiness, bittersweet chocolate, musty black fruit, and more late-starting bitter herbal, floral hops.

The carbonation is quite soft and cushy, the body medium-light in weight, decently smooth, and even a touch creamy, as it warms. It finishes off-dry, a bit of slightly boozy roasted breadiness tempered by the lingering earthy, leafy hops.

A pretty good dark lager, retaining the underlying Czech bright pilsner characteristics, amongst the blackened malt upgrade. Easy to drink, and appropriate for this seasonally interstitial period in the beer-swilling continuum. (1,039 characters)

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. (745 characters)

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. (500 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deeper brown with a tinge of scarlet,a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.A mix of toasty bread and bitter chocolate in the nose,I picked up a little hard water as well.Quite dry on the palate with a big firm malt base,there are notes of bitter chocolate and earth in the finish.This a real nice Czech dark lager,its not sweet and chocolaty like some of their neighbors dunkle lagers,big and malty without being sweet. (453 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 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 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. (756 characters)

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 (889 characters)

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. (695 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark brown, nearing black in hue. Head is a thick finger of frothy dark-tan foam. Quite nice!

Smell: sweet malt with a light fruitiness and a hint of grain which balances things out quite well. I like it a lot.

Taste: light malt flavor with similar character to the aroma, but a lot milder in intensity. I like it, but it is not as flavorful as the aroma led me to believe.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a really nice carbonation that lends a surprising creaminess. Good!

Overall: I wish this beer weren't so mild, but that being said it is still quite tasty and very quaffable indeed. I'd have this again. (674 characters)

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. (256 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 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. (677 characters)

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. (463 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 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 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 FLima
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark color. Made a three finger head with low retention.
Nice aroma of toasted malts and dark chocolate.
Flavor of toasted malts with coffee and caramel notes. Earthy/hay hops also emerges through its malt, and gets more and more present as it warms up.
Dry aftertaste, a bit oily and buttery.
Medium body and low carbonation.
Good beer, faithful to style and very pleasant to drink. A beer not for drinking a single bottle, once it has a good mix between drinkability and flavor. (480 characters)

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 (470 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL brown bottle. Rich, dark copper/brown w/ an amazing head; fluffy, rocky, impressive.

Soft aroma. Powdery malts in the nose, some chocolate, suggestions of grape, light metallic edge.

Very smooth on the palate, a bit viscous and chewy too. Sweetness is a bit sugary, but not overwhelming. Light chocolate, toffee, and bite of coffee. Burnt raisins. Malted milk-balls. Hints of big, round, grape flavors. Bready at times. Light tea-like herbal hop flavor. Powdery dry malt finish.

Balanced overall, but it walks a bit too sweet as it warms-up ... and personally I'd love to see a bit more of that Euro hop flavor pull through, but it gets trumped by the big malt profile.

Full of body and flavor, this is a solid choice for those looking for something a bit more meaty in a lager. (802 characters)

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. (440 characters)

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. (319 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)

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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
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