Žatec Dark Lager - Žatecký Pivovar
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3.8/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Nice rich, dark color with lots of head. You'd think you were drinking a stout.
S - I was thirsty so forgot to smell. Seriously, not a lot of complex aromas from what I can remember. Some chocolate but subtle
T - Nice taste right up front. Hint of coffee and maybe tar (though I've never had tar).
M - Rich, creamy, feel that lingers nicely.
O - I much prefer this over the Zatec pilsner. A nice sessionable lager.
10-13-2012 14:50:32 | More by Beer-A-Lot
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
09-26-2012 00:16:42 | More by cyclonece09
3.9/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
07-29-2012 22:49:12 | More by damndirtyape
3.18/5 rDev -16.1%
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
2.93/5 rDev -22.7%
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
06-10-2012 14:37:53 | More by JuicesFlowing
3.55/5 rDev -6.3%
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
3.53/5 rDev -6.9%
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
4/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
04-06-2012 11:16:46 | More by soju6
3.78/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
03-31-2012 15:46:29 | More by flagmantho
Žatec Dark Lager from Žatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.