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ŽŽatec Dark Lager - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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ŽŽatec Dark LagerŽŽatec Dark Lager

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BA SCORE
85
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 8
Gots: 4 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: danielharper on 04-29-2010)
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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -20.8%

beernads, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of grahambo
4/5  rDev +5.5%

grahambo, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Offa
4/5  rDev +5.5%

This is an excellent dark lager.

Very dark red-brown, almost black, it has a small tan head soon thinning to foamy ring & wisps.

Aroma is chocolaty caramelised prunes and bread crust.

Taste is dryish toasty bread crust, lightly sweet caramelised prunes & raisins, woody-peppery light bitterness, dry toastiness dominating finish.

Offa, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of THEGENERALISMO
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

THEGENERALISMO, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

PaBeerLover, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of sneaks2210
3/5  rDev -20.8%

sneaks2210, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +5.5%

OregonGrown7, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of tripledbrew
3/5  rDev -20.8%

tripledbrew, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of SammyD
3/5  rDev -20.8%

SammyD, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
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.

Beer-A-Lot, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of RogerDoger
3/5  rDev -20.8%

RogerDoger, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of brewandbbq
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

brewandbbq, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
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.

cyclonece09, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +31.9%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Antnyd82, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

schopenhauerale, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +5.5%

PatGreer, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of damndirtyape
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.

damndirtyape, Jul 29, 2012
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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.

bark, Jul 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

bigred89, Jul 03, 2012
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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.

MaximalC, Jun 29, 2012
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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.

JuicesFlowing, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of rarbring
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.

rarbring, May 26, 2012
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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

brentk56, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

mikerems, Apr 17, 2012
ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.