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Saint Norbert Amber | Klášterní pivovar Strahov

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klášterní pivovar Strahov
Czech Republic
klasterni-pivovar.cz

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bottom fermentation, medium full and medium bitter whole malt beer. Vienna lager and Bavarian Märzen were the inspiration for its composition. The color is closer to Märzen and the bitterness closer to Vienna lager. Märzen, Czech March beer, used to be cooked in March, which is still rather cold. Nowadays we have mechanical cooling and, therefore, we cook amber all year round.

BEER STATS
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#11,732
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
27
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
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4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sf9549a
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of videofrog
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bwood06
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a dimpled beer mug

A - Beer pours a clear dark amber that leans more towards garnet than straight amber. Low to moderate carbonation is visible and the head is 2 fingers high, khaki in color, and frothy. Head dissipates slowly to a lacing that is retained throughout the tasting. 4/5

S - Typical of the Marzen style the aroma is a very sweet maltiness with notes of grains and caramel. Also present are a bit of floral hops. 4/5

T - Same as the aroma, this beer leans towards the sweet malty side of the spectrum with a nice caramel backbone and light fruit. Along with the sweetness comes a dose of bitter hops that come across as both grassy and herbal, not the floral that I was expecting based on the aroma. Beer finishes more bitter than I would expect from a Marzen. Bitterness lingers slightly. 3.75/5

M - Smooth and creamy, reminiscent of the style which this brewery seems keen on doing. Low carbonation makes for a medium bodied Marzen that does not linger on the palate, although it is a touch dry right before the finish. 4/5

O - Slightly more bitter than I am used to out of the Marzen/Oktoberfest department. Much closer to an American Amber than a European Marzen in terms of bitterness. Very good offering, just not quite what I was expecting. 4/5

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4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Klašterní Pivovar Strahov Amber Lager
on tap at the brewery, 31.12.2013; .4l mug for 59 Kč (@$3.12)
5.3% abv, 13˚Plato, unfiltered - based on a combination of a Bavarian Märzen and a Vienna lager

Appearance: Hazy, deep amber colored body beneath an ample head of frothy off-khaki foam. The menu states that its color is supposedly closer to that of a Märzen but I think the yeast makes it appear darker, more like a Vienna lager.

Smell: Malty sweet with a hint of golden caramel, a suggestion of darker caramel, and some very nice floral hops.

Taste: The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests it will be. It's a bit sweetish with a very charming caramel-accented maltiness, yet somehow it manages to finish dry - very nice! The hops come through nicely, perhaps adding a bit of grassiness, and maybe earthiness (but that might be coming from the darker malts as well). Median bitterness, wrapped in malt. Balanced, but leaning towards maltiness until the drying finish where the bitterness and the hops re-emerge.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Creamy-smooth. Delicate, median carbonation appears as if it were naturally conditioned.

Overall: Surprisingly good. I thought the specialty beers would be better, but in the end if I were to sit outside and have a few beers on a lazy afternoon I might go for this one.

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3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at brewery , amber, clear, small off-white head, decent lace.

Smell is caramel, herbal, some peanut butter hops.

Taste is also malty Marzen goodness with a firm hop snap. Clean, quick finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp but rounded, medium light bodied

Drinkability is pretty good. I appreciate the firm bitterness, although it's odd that the base beer is not that sweet.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Klašterní Pivovar Strahov, Prague, Czech Republic

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head.
S: There are aromas of pale and toasted malts as well as floral hops in the nose.
T: The taste is bittersweet - it has a mild amount of bitterness from the hops and notes of malty sweetness. There are also some hints of caramel.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is quite easy to drink and is rather sessionable.

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Saint Norbert Amber from Klášterní pivovar Strahov
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 27 ratings