Silva Strong Dark Beer | Silva Reghin S.A. (Brau-Union Romania)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silva Reghin S.A. (Brau-Union Romania)
Romania
brauunion.ro

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
39
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.43
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 39 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by smakawhat:
Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in Brasov poured from a bottle.

This beer is almost virtualy identical to another Romanian beer Ursus in my opinion.

Chestnut to Walnut brown clear color with a cream colored somewhat solid head lighter that the Ursus. Head manages to stay.

Smell of nut possibly chestnut but not much else, faint nose a bit weak.

Tastes like an average typical brown ale of sorts, not hoppy some malt perhaps on the palate, a bit too wet for my tastes in mouthfeel though. It is a pleasant taste, there is no excessive alcohol to pick up. It is very macro like tasting. It tastes literally identical to Ursus but not as alcohol "like" taste on the finish.

Easy drinking if that is your thing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Skaterdude97
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, poured into a lager glass.

Color is clear amber-brown. Head is big and foamy and has a beige color. Forms some decent lacing.
Smell is dominated by roasted malt.
Taste is sweet, malty with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Body feels light and is well carbonated.

Overall this is a decent romanian beer. Definitely the best dark one. Well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of alexandru
4.75/5  rDev +38.5%

Photo of crosbyms
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Eir
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of largadeer
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Silva Black was my beer of choice in Romania. Dirt cheap, generally pretty fresh from the can and quite flavorful. I wouldn't call this a traditional schwarzbier, perhaps dark lager would be more appropriate. It's on the malty side, semi-sweet but only faintly roasty, with a flavor profile that reminds me of an English brown ale, minus the complexity you'd get from ale yeast. The 7% alcohol is somewhat noticeable, though not in a harsh way. Pretty reasonable stuff on the whole, not something I'd go out of my way to get in the US, but definitely worth trying if you find yourself in Romania.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monkist
3.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of qrazvan
3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Out of the commercial beers found on the Romanian market, this is the best dark beer to be found.
A bit sweet overall, but enjoyable maybe more in the cold season.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.73/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Romanian Schwarzbier? Interesting. Of the 3 Romanian beers I got from my sister, this is the only one on BA with a somewhat respectable score so I'm looking forward to checking this out.

My first impression is that this is not in fact a Schwarzbier, but just a Euro dark strong lager since the color is a dark brown with orange tints. Very light brown creamy frothy head with little visible carbonation in the beer itself.

Aroma is dominated by caramel and very soft water. Much like a Scotch Ale, but a little lighter.

Taste is really like a lightly carbonated English Mild... well an imperial English mild at 7% alcohol. Somewhat floral from the fermentation, with most of the flavor coming from a strong dose of crystal malts.

Mouthfeel is way undercarbonated. That combined with a strange thickness or alcohol-ness to it makes it quite hard to drink.

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Photo of Chadhowie
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of mmmbirra
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

0.5 liter can
Deep red, tan head.
Some dark fruit in the nose, with a little chocolate. Also an off-putting harshness most likely from the alcohol.
The same harshness on the palate, with some nice dark fruits behind it and a pleasant dry, bitter chocolate taste on the finish.
Not too heavy, not too carbonated.
Overall, kinda harsh but the underlying flavors aren't so bad. Quite unremarkable though.

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Photo of criecke89
1.25/5  rDev -63.6%

Photo of Timbru
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only so slightly caramelized taste, reminding of some more famous belgian varieties.

A bit strong to have it as a refresher on a hot summer day, as it only comes in 0.5L bottles.

Works great with most snack/tapas, like hams, most cheeses and basically anything salty. Not the best match for richer food like curries or sauces.

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Photo of phaedrusovchaos
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of leitmotif
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Andra
2.5/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of arkanu
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of smekermann
3.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Creamy beige can head that trails over cherry brown body.
Toasty nose with some cherry stone.
Snap wheat crackers, some tin, light blonde toffee, brown pear, and mild spice to end.
Almond skin finish and yeasty linger.
Lt-med, creamy, slight cling.

Not as cloying at Timi Bruna. Nice silky body, too. This would be easy to session if the strength were a bit lower.

Most like a proper dunkelweiss.

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Photo of nandika
4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of jschitt
3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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Silva Strong Dark Beer from Silva Reghin S.A. (Brau-Union Romania)
3.43 out of 5 based on 39 ratings.
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