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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 soju6
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

soju6, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

flagmantho, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +5.5%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  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.

dbrauneis, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

metter98, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a dark brown color with some garnet highlights that appeared when held up to sunlight. The head was a thin layer of tan foam that retained fairly well and left sliding bands of lacing. The aroma was of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, bread and toasted malt. The flavors were just plain delicious and I was impressed. I tasted lots of chocolate, caramel and some honey followed by some earthy malt and toasted malt. I also tasted some dark fruits as it warmed up. The finish was clean and crisp aided by just enough Czech (Saaz?) hops. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation perfect. This, in short, was the best authentic Euro Dark Lager I’ve ever had and I can now see what this brewery has been doing for over a 1,000 (!) years.

thekevlarkid, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Domingo
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Tmavé (Dark Czech lager). A fresh bottle that made it to the US - nice.
Pours a chestnut brown color with lot of carbonation. The head is sticky and has no quit in it at all.
I've heard these beers are similar to a dunkel/schwarzbier hybrid and I'm finding that to be true.
A very clean nose of lager yeast and straight ahead dark malts. Simple, but solid. No complaints from me.
The flavor profile also follows that simple but solid path. Hazelnut, milk chocolate, and just a hint of mild saaz hops in the finish. Creamy texture (no diacetyl, though) and the soft water makes this about as straight ahead as they come...but it's simple in a good way.
I'd say it reminds me a lot of a Munich dunkel, which is a style I'm far more familiar with. It's somewhat similar to Augustiner and Ayinger dunkels. I think the darker Franconian dunkels might be close, too. Maybe a hint drier and with softer hopping.
While not the geekiest thing in the world, I'm a big fan of milder dark lagers and this fits that role nicely.
I'll be on the lookout for more of these Tmavé lagers and I'll likely grab some more bottles of this particular beer in the future. Rock Solid. If other dark Czech lagers are anything like this one, I need to go.

Domingo, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a dark brown with burnt orange highlights. Abundant light rocky head dissipates quickly to quarter inch of tan creamyness.

Nose: smells of rising dough and brewing coffee.

Taste: follows the nose with the addition of the spicy herbal Saaz hop character Cech Pilsners have perfected. The sweet/roasted character of the malt really pairs well with this hop profile

Mouthfeel: If not for the abundant carbonation I would call this beer creamy. As is it makes for a substantial yet easily quaffable brew.

Overall: This is almost exactly what I am looking for in a dark lager. The effervescence and clean finish of a lager with the depth of malt character and well constructed hop profile of an ale.

LongsPeakAveBrew, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
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

wordemupg, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UDbeernut, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Flounder57, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

StJamesGate, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

JackieTH, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of tonyf55
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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!)

tonyf55, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

MoreThanWine, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

emerge077, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

horshack7, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

drpimento, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Spider889
4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Spider889, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

oberon, May 28, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

axeman9182, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Appearance
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.

Taste
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.

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

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

jerryjeff, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  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.

DoubleJ, Mar 17, 2011
ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.