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ŽŽatec Dark Lager - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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ŽŽatec Dark LagerŽŽatec Dark Lager

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: danielharper on 04-29-2010

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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 101
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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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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.

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Photo of tonyf55
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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!)

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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 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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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight from a 500ml bottle is a very dark mahogany almost black with amber hues around the edges. The head is foamy and around two fingers thick.

Aroma: Buttery toffee, raisins, roasted malts a little bready as well. Hops are roasted dark but far from burnt. Dark sugary notes with underlying sweet fruit notes.

Taste: Solidly carbonated with a good touch of creaminess on the palate. Sweetness from the malts lend a dark sugary touches. Sweet fruit notes from the hops raisins as well. Subtle wisps of toffee top it off.

Notes: This is quite a neat style of lager nicely drinkable I'm glad I picked it up. Cheers.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Spider889
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, received as part of Amanti Vino's April Beer of the Month club package and poured into my Duvel tulip.

Zatec Dark Lager pours an almost solid black, with *faint* cherry highlights showing under the proper lighting. The foam that crowns this beer is khaki colored and comes to two, maybe two and a half fingers in height. Retention is solid, and there's a faint bit of lacing left behind. The nose is an nice blend of slightly roasted nuttiness and sweet caramel/toffee. The flavor features a role reversal as caramel is what immediately jumps out, with nutty notes falling more in the background. Despite the jet black color, there's little in the way of darker, roasted grain flavors beyond just a touch of chocolate. All that is interrupted by a subtle, but definitely present bite of bitterness from the noble hops. That transitions to a floral, slightly herbal finish. The body is firmly middle of the road, about what one would expect from a lager of this size. The carbonation though is lacking, and leaves the beer feeling a bit dull. Zatec is a bit outside of my wheelhouse, and is probably a beer I wouldn't have picked up on my own, but I'm glad I got to try it as it's a fairly solid offering.

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Photo of jerryjeff
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Roasted malt, hints of chocolate, toffee maybe. Very nice. I hadn't expected this, but I really like the scent.

Medium to high carbonation, a bit of body there with some residual bitterness along the sides of the mouth.

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.

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.

5.7% abv, a definite session beer. I'd like to see how many I could get through.

a great very drinkable beer which I'd love to find again.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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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 goindownsouth
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL brown bottle. So very thankful for finally being able to obtain the Zatec offerings.

Chunky, dark, ominous in appearance. Fantastic head, rocky. Smooth on the palate but still substantive. Good balance between the malty sweetness with hints of toffee and some light chocolate and a subtle hint of hop character.

A well-balanced offering, without question. As it warms, the beer becomes something more, and you are left wanting more of it... Good flavor and rather robust. A great change of pace from the traditional pale lagers of Bohemia.


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Photo of biggred1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, cola brown with a fizzy tan head. Dark fruit and cocoa in the aroma with a touch of noble hop. Sweet chocolate and raisin with butterscotch and molasses flavors. Light bodied with sharp, fizzy carbonation. A pretty good dark lager with flavors that almost nudge it into bock territory.

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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 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.

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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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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
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