Žatec Dark Lager - Žatecký Pivovar
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3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
02-17-2011 16:40:46 | More by Jesse13713
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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
01-24-2011 00:37:08 | More by ksimons
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
01-11-2011 03:07:58 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.48/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
12-27-2010 14:29:01 | More by tone77
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
12-10-2010 19:22:02 | More by goindownsouth
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-18-2010 02:56:02 | More by biggred1
3.5/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
11-14-2010 19:44:09 | More by IronDjinn
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-06-2010 22:48:20 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
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
11-01-2010 04:41:13 | More by Bajasith
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
10-29-2010 23:57:28 | More by Brad007
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-28-2010 18:29:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.47/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
08-21-2010 04:45:39 | More by crossovert
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-17-2010 04:32:27 | More by DaveHS
3.8/5 rDev 0%
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.
08-15-2010 03:35:28 | More by Todd
3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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
08-06-2010 05:49:43 | More by Mebuzzard
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
08-04-2010 23:20:34 | More by Gouxman
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
08-04-2010 18:18:41 | More by NStLincoln
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
04-29-2010 03:49:21 | More by danielharper
Žatec Dark Lager from Žatecký Pivovar
85 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.