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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

99 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 oberon
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of axeman9182
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jerryjeff
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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.

Photo of ksimons
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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.

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.

Photo of goindownsouth
3.93/5  rDev +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.

Na'zdravi!

Photo of biggred1
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle.

It pours a nice dark brown with reddish hues and a foamy off-white head that billows high, has great retention, and recedes with exceptional lace. This is perfection in appearance for this style.

The smell is decently hopped with a lot of lemon, and a hint of herbal spice. There is also a hint of cocoa and bread.

The taste is hoppy, but sweet. It is like a muenchener dunkel, I cold drink the fuck out of this all summer long. It has a nice lemony and herbal hoppiness that melds beautifully with a roasty chocolate edge.

Did I mention it goes down like super flavorful water that quenches your thirst like no other?

This beer kicks some major, major ass.

Photo of DaveHS
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours an attractive chestnut brown with about an inch of foamy tan head.

S-Nutty and sweet, reminiscent of the Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale. Something a little bit earthy behind the sweetnesss, like wet leaves.

T-Fairly sweet, a little nutty. Some caramel maltiness mid-palate. The finish is lingering, with flavors of fresh baked bread and just the faintest presence of grassy hops.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, appropriate for the style.

D-I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but it's nice enough.

Photo of Todd
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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

Photo of Gouxman
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nice dark reddish color with an off-white head that clings nicely to the side of the glass.

The aroma has nice notes of caramel and toffee.

Flavor has nice hints of roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. There is a soft earthy hop bitterness that comes through nicely on the finish and complements the semi-sweet biscuity malt base.

The mouthfeel is about right for this style. From the looks of the bottle I was expecting something closer to a Schwarzbier, but this is still a nice beer with good flavors. I could definitely enjoy another one.

Photo of NStLincoln
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours chestnut brown which is slightly transparent. Foamy tan head which hangs around for awhile.

Getting lots of dark bread and molasses.

Tastes distinctly of bitter dark chocolate. Nice bitter notes on the back end. Good sweetness up front.

Really drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it's a light reddish-brown, very clear, with a very thick foamy head. Significant lacing. Smells roasty and bready, just like a Euro Dark Lager should.

Tastes dark, roasty, slightly chocolatey, with a slightly astringent dryness that balances quite nicely. Lots of malty bread character, and finishes smoother and cleaner than expected, despite a touch of astringent dryness.

Overall quite a nice lager that makes me look forward to my upcoming month in Prague. A very nice balance of malt and hop, somewhat sweet, somewhat dry -- if not for the relatively high ABV this might make a very nice session beer. Hopefully I'll get to try it on tap sometime this summer.

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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.