Lev Black Lion | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

BA SCORE
80
good
65 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
Czech Republic
hbrebel.cz

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of edwardkersh
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of jimdkc
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer looked and smelled pretty good. Color was very dark brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light. A bubbly tan head quickly faded to a thin ring leaving a trace of lace. The smell promised big roasted malt and coffee flavors. And those flavors were there... along with a big, off aftertaste that was somewhere between plastic and metallic. Letting it warm a little helped some, but it was still nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of s4s
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Kallenovsky
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of liveandletdie
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought this one on a whim, wasn't really expecting much from it but figured i'd try it out. Pours out black, with a finger size head. As others have said not very complex, but that doesn't make it a bad beer. Sligh metalic taste, makes me wish I hadn't read the reviews and hadn't pinpointed the taste. Felt pretty thin to me when drinking which I did not like. I've had better in this genre. Don't think I would buy this one again.

About average?....not terrible.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Clear dark brown colored beer with a small brown colored head.

Smells of toasted grain and flowery noble hops. Chocolate and coffee aromas.

Starts out fairly dry with the taste of charred malt. Tastes of coffee with a medium level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall just an OK beer nothing special.

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Photo of stevoj
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours with thick, fluffy beige head, body is dark brown and relatively clear. Light aroma and taste of roast grains, sweet malt, burnt toast. Nice mouthfeel, medium weight. Abrupt finish.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As it spills from the bottle, a very deep blackberry color, the head impressive in size, spumous in structure, light beige in color and the remining lace a nice coating sheet. Nose is caramel sweet, malt laden, fresh and pleasant to the senses, sweet at the start, lots of malt, the top thin and a bit watery. Finish is mildly acidic, crisply hopped, dry but the “thin-waisted” feeling detracts much and leaves me lacking and the best I can do is “Average”, and that’s stretching it a bit!

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, large beige/tan head. Aroma is sweet and a touch grainy. Dark roasted malts, slightly sweet, lightly hopped, not a lot of bitterness. Medium bodied dark ale. Mouthfeel is full round and smooth. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty and slightly bitter.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of bagpiper2005
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour: Dark brown in color with streaks of red. Two and a half fingers of tan colored head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light but appetizing with hints of sweet malt, chocolate, vanilla, and fruit.

Taste: Somewhat bland. Mainly flavors of dark and sour fruit mixed with some chocolate and coffee. Very mild hop bitterness, and finishes with just an awful metallic taste that just gets worse as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with very active carbonation.

Drinkability: Eh, it's OK. Palatable and not overly filling, but not exactly great either.

Final Notes: It's an OK beer. Not something I would buy again, but it's not bad. Would probably make a great barbecue or tailgating beer. I would have given it a 3.5 on taste had it not been for that metallic back end - that taste is crap!

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Photo of Douglas88
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a dark and clear amber/brown color with a thick off-white head. The aroma is full of toasted malts and light chocolates. A strong toasted malt flavor with a very sweet aftertaste. Some nutty and light fruit. A soft and medium mouthfeel. Pretty clean flavor, but a bit thin and watery. An interesting brew.

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Photo of aracauna
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is not a bad beer by any stretch, but it's also not something I'd go out of my way for either. There is very little complexity but the dark malts do factor into the flavor, but weakly. This struck me as a fairly pilsner-like beer despite the darkness.

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Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark russet color in the big chalice. An average foam bubbling up. Sprightly mouthfeel. Slight hop aroma in the usual Euro Lager vein. A little of the roasted malt with some just plain burnt taste. That odd hoppy, charred flavor is a puzzler. Not very bitter at all.

A nice wash of sudsiness with a very modest flavor. I would wish for a cleaner flavor. This is quite drinkable but it seems like a mediocre compromise between a Czech Pilsener and a Schwartzbier. While it's fairly decent for a lower-alcohol brew, there are so many Utah supermarket beers that will provide more pleasure for 4.0 % ABV.

From the 500 ml bottle bought at the Utah Liquor Store in Sugar House.

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Photo of ReebShorts
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark purple, thick head that stopped fading at 1 finger after about a minute. head is brown and bubbles look a bit soapy with oily reflection. smells of toasted bread and molasses.

taste is ok i guess, i dunno, this isn't real exciting, i'm kind of looking forward to finishing this so I can try something else.

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Photo of avwrite
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dnichols
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bottle into a chilled challis.

A: It poured a deep dark black with hints of ruby red when back lit. The head was a richly tanned caramel, sticky and tallied about one finger under a moderately aggressive pour. The stickiness of the head generated a uniform and persistent lacing.

S: I detected roasted malts, yeast, and a touch of coffee. Nothing really jumped out and defined the character of the brew.

T: The taste followed the aroma in the sense that no single flavor dominated in a manner that defined this brew. The the roasted malts produced a thin almost diluted flavor that was joined by a zesty citrus kick. Nothing was bad but nothing was better than OK.

M: Light mouth feel with a diluted malt front and zesty tangy back and clean aftertaste.

Dr: It is an average beer...no flavor that repulses but none that attracts. It's low ABV makes it a drink you could stay with late into the night...but why do it.

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Photo of andythejerk
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The bottle is past the date stamped on it by about 2 months. Pours very dark with a pretty good head that is maintained as a thick lacing throughout the rest of the glass. Has a sweet, mild aroma to it, and also has a very sweet flavor. It's almost too sweet without having enough other elements to balance it or give it the stiffness it needs. It almost tastes like a mix between a belgian dark ale and a regular czech pilsner. It's good, and reminds me of my days drinking in Germany, but not a real stellar performance. The mouthfeel is pretty fizzy--nothing fabulous here. Maybe I was tired, but I was bored before I got to the end of the bottle.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This dunkel was of course dark and gave off pretty red tints along the edges. The head was modest but left a nice film on top of the liquid.

Smell – The roasted malts and burnt toast were mixed with a bit of coffee and maybe some brown sugar.

Taste – The dark notes from the nose pulled back at the taste. Some fruits kicked in at the finish that gave this lager an awkward twang.

Mouthfeel – This light to medium-bodied Dunkel left an off tangy sensation in the mouth.

Drinkability – I enjoyed the malt aspect of this lager but could do without the summer fruit character.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Lev Black Lion, dark Czech lager: Appearance: black, with a slight dark cola rim; Smell: ash, coffee; Taste/Mouthfeel: clean, slightly bitter, slight black licorice/anise (subtle); Decent

Poured into a pint glass.

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Photo of Redrover
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

16.9 ox brown bottle poured into a pint glass. The label is different from the one pictured on BA, but it's the same beer. Beer pours dark brown with a thickish and clingy tan head. It has nice lacing.

It has an aroma of lightly roasted malts & brown sugar.

The beer is a slightly sweet with a bit of roasted malts and something earthy/dusty. Beer sweetens as it warms and that causes it lose a bit of balance. Maybe it has a bit of age on it? Wish this one was dated.

The mouth is yeoman like with prickly carbonation.

Not bad by any means, but really not that good either. Maybe a field trip to Czech Republic is in order to try it closer to the source..

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Photo of nick76
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The aroma is very sweet with cola, toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and syrup. The appearance is nice with a large foamy head and a red brown color. The flavor is like the aroma with a bit of fruitiness. The palate is thin. Overall it's interesting but it's sweet and a tad bit strange.

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Photo of TripelJ
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally Sampled 8/9/2003 -- Reviewing from notes.

Now Quaffing: Lev Black Lion

Pours a deep, dark mahogany, with very little light coming through the glass. The aroma is all about roasted malts--chocolate. The taste follows suit with some mellow roasted malts. The mouthfeel is relatively smooth and there is a slight bitterness/dryness (hop?) to the finish. This mildly crisp end to each sip snaps you out of roasted malt mode, and reminds you that, "Hey, I'm a lager too!"

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Lev Black Lion from Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod
3.41 out of 5 based on 65 ratings.
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