Lev Black Lion | Měšťanský pivovar Havlíčkův Brod

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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:
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Added by feloniousmonk on 01-06-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
65
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.41
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
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Ratings: 65 |  Reviews: 47
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

4/3.5/4/4/4

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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 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 Reidrover
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LIke the old style simplistic label. 500 ml bottle. Good looking dark beer dark brown, bordering on black small tan head, bubbly, nice looking in my pint mug. malty sweet aroma, slightly smoky ash in the back ground. very coffee like accent to the taste as described by others,dark coffee with hints of dried fruit, not much hops happening, dry ,quick finish leaves the impression of wateryness. Pretty thin on the palate, but that might just be the finish. A drinkable enough beer, but totally unremarkable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Vancer
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

No date on the bottle again. Well, started out promising, deep clear burgundy pour with nice tan head and lacey. Nice chocolaty malt aroma. Taste – hmmm, earthy, hoppy with a proper hop balance. But, crap, kinda thin and watery. Lite on the carbonation. So, it was OK and drinkable - a good summer session brew, just not anything special.

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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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