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Lev Black Lion | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by feloniousmonk on 01-06-2003

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pretty dark red-brown beer with a huge head from a moderate pour. Head gets bumpy and lasts as a soft small "cover" with moderate lacing.

S: Malty sweetness with a touch of hops

T: Malty and crisp biscuity warmth. Toasted malt, a hint of fig and coffee. There is a nice dry, very lightly bitter finish.

M: Smooth and refreshingly long finish.

D: At 4.5%, you could drink these welcome, smooth brews a long time: very suitable for a session beer.

A nice surprise. What is most surprising is the other ratings: makes me wonder if you were drinking this too cold -- this brew is supposed to be "chillled:" pour it at 45 degrees, not 35.

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Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty, yet simple, easy-to-drink beer if a little on the one-dimensional sweet side.

Very dark red brown, essentially blakc but not quite, it has a big tan head slowly shrinking to a foamy ring and leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is malty with chocolate, coffee, prunes, and vanilla extract.

The taste is sweet and creamy, toasty, fruity with hints of chocolate, a lot of sweetly caramelized prune and raisin, with very faint bitterness and a slightly dryish finish, toasty with a hint of leaves.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice looking brew. A jet black, completely vacuous color with a nice, thick tan head. The head stays throughout the drink as well.
Smell is very nice. There is a a lot of strong caramel smell to this beer. Very dark roasted malt smell too.
Taste is nice as well. It is a strong malt taste with good, dark roasted malt taste, almost burnt. The aftertaste is a shot of caramel that stays on the front of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is good too. Good thickness and very chewy.
Drinkability is good. This beer surprised me. I wouldn't call it a black lager. To me this tastes more like a porter or stout. It has a strong malt taste to it and very good going down. I was surprised at how much I liked this beer, but I would have it again if it was available.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

17 picked up at the Coop yesterday for about $2.75.. poured into my Smokestack goblet...

tan 2 finger head takes a while to die back leaving picure perfect crusty lacing.. brew is pretty dark verging on black.. only when held to a light do I realize it is deep dark walnut brown and perfectly clear.

Aroma is closer to a schwarzbier than a dunkel... light roasty.. more toasty.. fairly clean malts.. no real hops to speak of.

Flavor is very good.. roasty malts and the toasted malts have the right amount of sweetness to remind me of chocolate.. subtle caramel.. body is thicker than expected for a brew of this ABV, but it isn't chewy.. the mouthfeel is fairly smooth with little bubble carbonation... I know I am going to rate this higher than the average by quite a bit.. but I think it is well made and I really like the subtleties in Dark European lagers... and the drinkablity is very nice.. smooth and tasty and makes me want another drink even though it is still 80 degrees and close to 1:00 am.


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Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark; indeed, nearly black in color. When held up to the light, some deep ruby comes through revealing that the beer, though dark, is entirely free of haze. Head is a decent three fingers of pillowy tan foam which seems to have some staying power. Leaves a nice terraced lace, too.

Smell: sweet malt with a fair dose of chocolatey aroma and just a hint of biscuit. The intensity was rather low, but the composition is actually enjoyable.

Taste: flavor is precisely what I would have imagined based on the aroma. There is plenty of flavor to go around; mainly I'm getting a little chocolate, a little cherry, a little pear and a little plum. Bitterness is relatively low. A pretty tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with plenty of carbonation. Feel has a good creaminess to it which I really enjoy.

Drinkability: this is a nice, drinkable dark lager. ABV is low enough to be a really good session beer; although it is just a tad sweet to drink all night long, it's still good for a couple of pints.

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Photo of kflorence
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an almost opaque, dark, amber brown in color with a lovely thick, creamy head which leaves plenty of lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation looks solid and definitely adds some froth to the head.

S: A lovely, sweet malt aroma which I have come to love from dark lagers. There are few beers with better smells than some of the dark lagers I have been trying lately. Caramel, dark fruits, and some chocolate are detectable, but mostly a whole lot of roasted and caramelized malts.

T: As others have noted, this is not a complex beer. However, it is very tasty and what it does present, as far as taste goes, it does well. Tons of roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit, nuts, maybe some coffee in there on the back notes... very, very slight metallic tinge in there, but hardly noticeable. Alcohol is hidden well, but it's only 4.5% ABV. One of the better dark lagers I've had lately.

M: A bit thin compared to it's appearance, but I've come to expect that from a lager. The carbonation is ample and adds a little bit of play on your tongue. Although it doesn't come off as sticky, the flavor definitely lingers in the mouth for quite some time, so there is some syrup quality to it (as is also evident by the lacing). A solid mouthfeel.

D: This beer is quite drinkable. Easy to swallow, easy on the stomach, very tasty but not overtly complex. Would probably make a nice dark session beer, though it is equally enjoyable when drank slow. Glad I took a chance on this one and picked it up!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black color, big boisterous off-white head. Aroma: fresh, sweet, toffeeish, roasty, nutty. I'm a bit stumped as to to the style. Is it a bottom-fermented porter, a dark lager, of a bock of some kind?
Light texture, smooth mouthfeel, very mellow. Light body, but very satisfying taste. Creamy, sweet, delicious. I like it, I like it!

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at the State Liquor Store in Vernal, UT. Around $2.00.

A: Poured a very dark brown with a cream colored head, about an inch thick which receded to almost nothing. Nice dark red accents when held to the light. Quite a bit darker than other dark lagers I've had. No lacing to speak of.

S: Pale malts, and roasted dark malts, faint hints of chocolate as well. Nutty, buttery flavors as well. Has a few reminiscent smells of a porter, some of an English brown ale too. Smells very good.

T: Nutty, roasted malts, slightly buttery, with a little more of a roasted malt hint. Slightly metallic taste that is somewhat offsetting, but its pretty well hidden. Definite lager characteristics, but the brown ale flavors really shine in this one. Not bad at all. Pretty simple.

M: A little towards the thin side, carbonation is balanced, lingering flavors stay in the mouth for quite some time. Not as dry as I had figured. Still a good lighter feeling dark beer.

D: Not bad at all, pretty simple flavors, but tasty nonetheless. Goes down easy. This could be a good session. A good change of pace for the brown ale drinker.

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Photo of popery
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Suprisingly good dark lager. Happily, this bottle tastes quite fresh. God bless my local BevMo's Eastern European clientele. The beer is about the color of medium strength coffee. The head is big and rocky, lots of lacing. The aroma is sweetly malty, all caramel, dough and lightly toasted pumpernickel. The flavor is sweet with malt sugars just barely tamed by some subtle hops. This beer drinks a lot bigger than its abv. The mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing. It reminds me of a good dark mild made as a lager. Good stuff.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rich brown color with excellent carbonation leaving a beautiful, fluffy tannish head

S: Caramel, cocoa a hintof roasted malt plus a bit of grains

T: Initial taste of some roasted notes, cocoa, Caramel, falls in, a grainiess and a very subtle hint of dark fruit and toffee

M: Not to bad, Medium body

O: Worth the money

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep crimson color (looks better when held up to the light) with a pretty thin head,aromas of caramel and even a little brown sugar with a light burnt hint as well.Taste has a bready kinda note to it with some roasted malt with a big Czech hop note in the finish makes the beer very clean and dry tasting.A little thin in the body but a pretty solid Czech lager,a nice find.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer was poured into my glass, this beer had a small tan head with fine sized bubbles. The body was clear with a brown-reddish hue. The lacing was only fair on the sides of my glass with this beer. The flavor reminded me of burnt coffee and the mouthfeel was smooth.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a one finger khaki head with good retention and lacing. Looks nice. Aroma of light toasted malt, molasses, a hint of cocoa. Flavor is attenuated dark toasted malt and molasses, mild coffee and chocolate. Finishes with mild toasted malt with a hint of char and light grassy hops a bit stark.. Light to medium bodied. Aroma and looks are great, but the flavor is somewhat washed out. Many of the attributes of a Schwartzbier lead to expectations that are not fulfilled. The flavor is good with interesting components, but surprisingly mild. A big step up from Euro lagers, but not full bodied enough to return to.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Spencer's Steak House in Salt Lake City. Maybe it tasted better than it should of since I had spent an entire day manning a booth at a convention but this beer really satisfied me. Nothing astounding, but a solid tasty black lager. Nice malty aroma, a little burnt malt or bitter chocolate. Definitely not too sweet. Quite crisp, dry, almost a metallic dryness, but not necessarily in a bad way. For $0.25 more than a Miller Light, I couldn't go wrong.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Started out cold but let it warm a bit. Better .
A medium dark color, creamy white head that stuck to the glass at first. Smell of toffee, chocolate, raisin and malt.
Hops came through in the taste, but only a little. More of coffee and chocolate. the raisin smell turned to a tartness in the taste, balanced by the sweet of the chocolate.
Not a bad beer for sitting around enjoying the scenery.

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Photo of dauss
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear black, with a creamy light brown head, moderate lacing, light carbonation. Has a sweet malty smell with hints of chocolate. When you first taste it, its really good, creamy and chocolately. A touch of bitterness at the back of the tongue, but finishes extremely thin, like water, and leaves a metallic and dry aftertaste. Tastes great at first, but finishes pretty awful.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, with some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, better than I expected. Thanks Chuck.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is their best offering hands down. The body has a deep dark brown color with orange hue. Head pours large but disapates quickly to a cloud of off-white that floats on the surface. Not a fragerant brew but on a strong whif appetizing scents of sweet malts become apparent. Taste is unique. Not solely bitter or very sweet for that matter. A nice mellow blend of both with an odd 'metallic' aftertaste. Body is slightly chewy and carbonation is light. I would say this would be a very drinkable brew if not for that aftertaste.

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Photo of Jason
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dim dark brown with a tiny bubbled soft tan lace.

Smell: Creamed coffee in the nose with hints of malt sweetness and faint roasted malt.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium body and crisp snappish bite on the tongue. Coffee accented from the dark malts with an causal malt sweetness that holds up the body. Suggestions of fig and other subtle fruit are perceptible ... quietly hopped just to offset the malt a pinch. A drying feeling leads the pallette to the finish with soft roasted malt taste.

Notes: Not bad at all, quite a appetizing dark lager that I would go back for time and time again. Made for a great lunchtime brew with hot pastrami on rye.

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Photo of tpd975
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ibrew2or3 for this hard to get gem.

A: Pours a dark black hue with hints of amber peeking thru. The head is nice and bold with good retention. Spotty lace was noted on the glass.

S: A really nice smelling beer. Huge sweetened malt aromas with hints of coffee, caramel, and chocolate. Kind of reminds me of malted milk balls in some ways.

T: The aroma does not carry over to taste. There is some roasted malt and bitter coffee. Hints of light chocolate as well. The flavors just don't meld together the way they do in the aroma though. Is is just so so in taste.

M: Medium in body, somewhat flat.

D: Smellability is great, drinkability not so much.

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burgundy appearance with a fizzy light tan head. Aroma was accented towards a coffee like acidity with light fruits in the background. Flavor had more bready notes with a little residual sweetness. Body was lighter actually medium but the flavors weren't enough. Weak finish. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy one of but I'm done after that.

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Photo of scottoale
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Helping the local liquor store clear out some old back stock beers, I came upon this one. At $1.95 for the half litre brown bottle, what the heck i'll give it a try.

The stuff pours a dark walnut-burgundy with some body, nearly two fingers of creamy tan colored head, looks nice. The head settles to just under a centimeter, fine bubbles in the carbonation, decent fine lacing.

Smell is of dark rich malts, actually smells like a concentrated malted milk like in a malt shop. I really love the smell of this brew even though I am way more fond of hops in beers that I frequent. Hops are on the low side here but balances the brew nicely. The taste is dark malt filled with a body much lighter than it appears, smooth creamy mouthfeel with almost no detection of alcohol.

Very easy drinking for a beer this dark, as it warms a bit you get some chocolate after notes, it's really quite a pleasant beer, much to my suprise. It's not great, but is is good...cheers!

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Photo of whynot44
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Medium bodied, very dark brown, almost black, with ruby highlights and a moderate tan head that fades quickly.

Aroma is dark roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate.

The taste is sweet up front and somehow fruity - apple and figs or plums -topped of with dark roast coffee and burnt toast and a hint of molasses. Finishes slightly dry with a coffee and burnt toast aftertaste that lingers.

A bit of an odd taste combination but not bad,

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Photo of misterscooter
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the green bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a large tan head. Small dense bubbles fill the head.

The smell is of a sweet rose, lightly malty.

This beer is malty sweet with limited hops. It definitely isn't overdone. Cool, crisp and refreshing. Easy to drink but not overly unique. A good Czech beer.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured black with a thick tan head. Smelled of roasted malts, carmel, sweetness and some chocolate. The taste had chocolate and coffee notes and some maltiness to it as well. The aftertaste finished with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel was very smooth. Overall a good beer.

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