X-Beer 33
Minipivovar U Medvídků

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European Strong Lager
Ranked #4
Ranked #39,353
3.57 | pDev: 20.73%
Minipivovar U Medvídků
Czech Republic
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Minipivovar U Medvídků "U Medvidku 1466"
on tap @ Minipivovar U Medvídků

Notes: I thought I was going to have to buy a bottle of this until the guy next to me ordered it. It's not on tap at the front bar, they have to bring it from the back. Mahogany body beneath a frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are limited. Aromas of caramel, dark fruit, and honey liquor. The flavor is rich, and fairly sweet but cut by the alcohol to finish fairly dry. Notes of plum, berries, raisin, golden and dark caramel, almond, cherry. Medium-full body with a moderate carbonation. Alcohol is fairly well cloaked, and only delivers enough presence to balance it. I wish I had gotten a bottle of this to sit down with in a quiet room rather than having had it in a crowded noisy bar.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So, after a lot of site-seeing in Prague, and a solid meal at U Tří růží, Alewife and I stopped in here, U Medvídků, for a nightcap (03OCT13).

We opted to splurge a bit and try this beer, at 133CZK each (~$7.45). We were well below budget, so wtf...! The stubby, swing-top bottles came with matching glassware, and we dug in. It was a deep, opaque chesnut/mahogany brew. Head was thin and wispy, off-white, mostly a rimmer. Some lace was left here and there. Nose sent off some dark fruit and light sweetness. It led me to believe that this would be one rich bier. Body was medium-plus, and it was silky smooth on the tongue.

It was, indeed, a rich, smooth, creamy libation. Had a bit of sweetness and then a healthy dose of dark fruits, like raisins, dates and currants. I could feel the warmth of this one going down. Though a bit syrupy, it was a lovely, sherry-like aperitif. We both ended up having a second bottle! Prosit!!

4.21/5 rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25


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Photo of DCon
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Minipivovar U Medvídků in Prague, CZ for 111,- Kč. Tapped from a Tap in the back of the Brewpub into a 0,3 L X Beer 33 Tulip Glass.

Aroma- Has one of the strongest boozy and rich aromas possibly. Definitely has some dark fruits or plums evident in here but the alcohol aroma takes ALL of it over.

Appearance- Received with a 2.5 finger head that stays the entire time! Awesome retention! The body is a deep brown color with 0% clarity. There are definitely legs on this brew! Leaves the coolest and thickest lacing on the glass as well. Took a picture at almost every sip of this brew to show the lace progressing at each drink.

Flavor- Very sweet with a caramel flavor, rich, and malty throughout the drink. The alcohol overpowers the taste again but has a maple syrup/strong caramel taste that makes the drink at least interesting (without this, it would just simply be a mixed bourbon drink).

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Low Carbonation, and has an alcohol strength like no other!

Overall Impression- While ordering this "Euro Strong Lager" I enjoyed it greatly but would argue that this is no Lager at all! Too strong and boozy with almost a Barleywine mouthfeel and many other styles (American Brown, Eisbock, etc.) put together. I'm glad I tried something of their specialty but would like to ask a brewmaster here (next time of course) what this beer entails and what style it is.

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: deep dark brown, lackig had retention

smell: semlls sweet, cherry, maybe a tad sour.

taste: whoa, very complex lager but not in a good way. cherry flavor, heavy alcohol kick, not well hidden, way too much sweetness.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: needs work. its not the strongest beer in the worl either as claims. too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at U Medvídků, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is cloudy amber in color and poured with a thin, off-white head. No carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of cherries, oak and sweet malts in the nose.
T: The taste is very complex and has flavors of almonds, cherries, honey and oak.
M: It feels full-bodied and very thick on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
D: The alcohol is completely hidden from both the smell and taste, which make this beer go down rather easily. However, it definitely needs to be sipped given its strength.

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Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty solid effort. The flip top pretty much exploded off when I lifted the lock; sprayed me with a mist of caramel smelling beer. Better than my cologne. Smell that n even I'd go out with me; something I don't ordinarily do. Poured with a fine, thick, small to medium sized light tan head that faded fairly quickly, leaving kind of a scummy layer and a little lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy deep medium amber. Aroma is hugely caramel, with toffee, malt, fruit, slightly floral. Flavor's like aroma plus oranges, nutmeats, and a bit of tartness from somewhere. Really works out over all. Body is as expected: full, round, luscious, and nicely cut with the good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of medium length. Much nicer in bottles than on draft at the pub. Nice dessert sipping brew. I think they even offer it at the pub as an ice cream treat!

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap at the brewpub in Praha

coaster notes

appearance: short-pour, garnet-mahogany body, fizzy beige head

smell: very sweet - similar to an unrefined port, caramelized sugars, cherry

taste: a czech beer at 13%? Yeah, i'll have that please. I naturally expected this to be awful as it just isnt what the czechs do, but i was pleasantly surprised to find a fairly drinkable and very interesting elixir. It's boozy - think the cheapest port on the dessert menu. A light tartness from the cherry comes through, sweet sugars, molasses

mouthfeel: interesting - overly sweet

drinkability: fine

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Photo of mmager
1.51/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Pours a light golden brown from the bottle. Pretty much what I was expecting. Not a ton of head, but actually more than I was expecting for 12.6%. More on that later. The head dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing behind.

S: Here's where things got weird. My first whiff of this told me that something was up. There was a very distinct aroma that I couldn't quite place, even when it was still pretty cold. As I thought about it some more, I came to think that it was a bit like old cream. Not soured, exactly. Just old. At this point I became suspicious of a contamination. There was no barnyard funk, but there was definitely something odd going on. I honestly couldn't pick up any other aromas over this one.

T: My girlfriend and I had the same thought with our first sip of this: lambic. There was an unmistakable tartness in the back of the mouth. Bordering on fruity, but not in an estery sort of way. Again, no barnyard funk. Just tart. And weird. Maybe lactobacillus? And very, very sweet. This thing is an absolute sugar bomb. I also couldn't really taste any alcohol. Now, I've had a lot of high gravity beers, of all different varieties. And granted, some of them hide the booze better than others. But none hide it this well. I don't see how this could possibly be 12.6%.

M: Syrupy thick, coating. And again, no sign of the booze. Even with a beer that disguises it well (and has a ton of sugar) you're still going to get a warm feeling in your mouth, or at least in your stomach. Nothing here. I'd be surprised if this is actually over 8%.

D: Any more than a sip is too much. This beer is almost certainly underattenuated and is likely contaminated with wild yeast and/or bacteria.

In conclusion: For once, it's safe to ignore your curiosity and get something less "interesting." Their Oldgott is actually quite good, and is 1/3 the price. Or go somewhere else and get 5 decent beers for the price of this one.

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Photo of Brabander
1.48/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

There has to be a beer in the world which is the worst of the worst. I have tasted several beers but this one is the worst i ever had.

It's much too strong and the beer is very sticky because of the great amount of sugar in it.

There was a bit too much carbonation because the beer came out strong after i had opened the bottle. The beer looks allright in the glass but then the first sip... This is no beer for me.

After three sips i have poured the beer in the toilet (and that is something i will not do very fast)

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from bottle, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: dark brown, heavy head at first (the beer was in the refrigerator for a couple days, and when the flip-top was popped, it sounded like a champaign bottle opening) that dissipated quickly.

S: very malty, sweet smell. kind of like molasses in water.

T: sweet and syrupy. i don't get the alcohol taste like other high alcohol beers, but do get the warmth. little fruity, like dark cherries or black grapes.

MF: full bodied, high carbonation, did i say full bodied. real thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: interesting to try once. can't say i would drink it again. must be an aquired taste. more like a dessert beer, something to sip on.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown 33cl flip-top bottle with a freshness date of 31st Oct 2009, drank and reviewed on 21st July 2009. Obtained from the brew-pub while on a boozy trip to Prague.

Poured carefully into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru branded tulip glass.

Looked like a redish stout or porter, not fully black, more a deep ruby red colour. Dense and misty, the tan head that arrived at first soon left leaving just a thin collar.

Smells like a sour cherry beer (Rodenbach wise), a sweetness came as the beer warmed and after I'd tasted it.

The sweetness didn't wait for any warmth in the taste, it hits you straight away, very un-Rodenbach like in taste, although I've heard they have sweetened it now. I've had a few rearly strong lager based beers over the years and this one isn't as sweet as some, but never-the-less it isn't a beer for those that don't have a sweet tooth.

The aftertaste is boarding on sickly, the rich sweetness stays a little to long in the mouth. I can see why other reviewers have complained about the sweet nature of the beer and the lack of an alcohol feel. The sweetness certainly hides the alcohol very well, but I wouldn't want to drive a car, even after only one!

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Photo of david18
2.65/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Agree with everyone else who has reviewed this beer, it is way too sweet and, i believe, not as strong as they claim it to be. It's as though it did not attenuate all the way. The advertise it as "the strongest lager in the world". Worth a sip but not much more.

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Photo of stcules
2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brown color, very dark. Beige head, quite creamy, and abundant.
Very intense smell, malt, dark malts, burnt sugar, red fruit, and some wood.
The taste is real sweet, too cloying, with malt, molasses, burnt sugar, caramel.
Too full, too sweet.
Well, the alcohol is hidden, but the beer is too cloying.
Also sweet fruitiness like strawberry.
Some wod in the back, but not our beer.

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Photo of smcolw
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my "dessert" at the U Medvídků. Oddly, it was not available on-tap, only in bottle.

Pours a ruby-mahogany; light shines through on the edge. Rich, but modest, head that lasts throughout the tasting.

Sweet aroma, similar to a superior sherry or port. Lots of cherry and other berry notes.

Simply said, this passes as a barley wine. Thick and chewy, but has good carbonation to prevent coyness. Lots of oak, berry and vanilla.

Perhaps the most unusual beer I had in Prague--worth walking an extra kilometer to try. One of the great beers.

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Photo of moonman00
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is an honor to review this beer.

I bought two bottles in the U Medvidku minipivovar shop. I would have bought more but I still had to travel to Paris and could not carry more weight (than the one I already had).

This beer is brewed in limited quantity. It started with the number 30 and so on. I tried the 33. It is brewed with traditional technology.

The challenge for this beers is to be the strongest beer in Czech republic.

I poured it into a beer glass. It has a dark-back and somehow reddish color , with a very large head that lasts forever.

Is smells malty, with a brown sugar and caramel scent.

The taste is spectacularly sweet, caramel and you can sense the touch of the oak barrels where fermentation take place. It has some taste as fruits also, which are more complex to describe. At the end, some bitterness as the 12.6% of alcohol kicks you.

It is a very smooth beer not to be "drank alone" as the label on the bottle states.

A pleasant ride of taste, if you go to Prague, it is a must to taste this one.

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Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 37 ratings