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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% | Pivovar Klášter

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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10%Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10%

Brewed by:
Pivovar Klášter
Czech Republic

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pbrian on 08-08-2002

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 76
Photo of ncbrewerbun
2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After having the winter lager a week ago, I was looking forward to trying this one. What a disappointment.

Poured a brown with ruby tints. A slightly off-white head that does not last.

Aroma is sweet...some maltiness...this is not a pleasant sweetness. What's the opposite of crisp? That's what this is.

The flavor is of wort. Either some sweetness (sacchrine?) was added to this for some reason, or it didn't attenuate, or something went wrong.

I poured out half my sample. Go for the Winter Lager.

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Photo of walleye
2.12/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

from the bottle. poured reddish brown with a light brown head that didn't last very long so no lacing. aroma sweet malts, chocolate, honey, hints of coffee. flavor weak, watery chocolates ,sugar. not impressed with this one. will not buy this one again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours a muddy dark brown with no head. kind of flat. No carbonation. No date code. Bottle says best before: see label. no code tho. Aroma is sweet raisin and carmel. Flavor is sweet, sweet, sweet. caramel, prune juice, flat Pepsi. old bottle maybe? not too good. If I get a fresher bottle I will re-rate

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Photo of jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Klaster dark Beer: half liter euro-style bottle. has a light licorice aroma and tastes. Deep black color, no head worth speaking of, certainly no lace. Molasses is the predominant flavor, however, and there is nary a hop to be found. OK for $1.29 a bottle but do not bother paying more.

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Photo of oberon
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown color with a this fizzy head it looked like pop,highly carbonated and fizzy.Picked up mainly caramel malt in the aroma along with some light roasted nuttiness.Man the mouthfeel is like pop as well sharp on the tongue and pretty thin.Taste of sweet caramel and roasted grain with even some soapiness in there late.Wow really let down by this beer I really like the Klaster lager and Winter lager but this falls way way short of those two,I'll stick with them.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a deep brown color, almost black. The low carbonation produces a thin tan head. When held up to the light the beer appears quite clear with deep red notes. There are slight roasted malt aromas in the nose. This is quite a sweet beer, and is fairly light bodied as well. The sweetness reminds me of a lactose stout. This is not very roasted tasting. The predominant taste impression is one of sweetness.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Klaster Dark Beer pours a dark mahogany brown with a light brown head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is mildly sweet. The taste is pretty much one note, mildly sweet caramel flavor, and maybe just a touch nutty toward the end. I would expect a more malty flavor from a beer this color. The mouthfeel seems a bit thin too. Not bad, but not really good either. I'd just like this beer to taste like more of something, anything.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a chocolate brown with a small and quick fading light tan head and minimal lacing. Mouthfeel is medium and fairly smooth. Nose roasted malts, and some roasted nuts. Flavor is of burnt malts and some chocolate. Sweet finish.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Before I get completely hooked on porters, I had to try another type of beer. This one poured very much like Coke or Pepsi in terms of color and rowdy initial carbonation. Head was coarse, here then gone leaving a ring and very little lacing.

Smell was mild malt and a hint of coffee? Taste was pretty much what the nose gave hints of. Mild finish after a thin but not watery mouthfeel. Overall a good experience if not special.

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Photo of gmfessen
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a brown color with a deep ruby hue and a two-finger, pillowy, cream colored head. The smell is sweet of malt, amber and slightly toasted biscuits. The taste is also quite sweet, with too little bittering hops to balance. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a creamy carbonation. This beer would be more drinkable if it wasn't so sweet. Not a terrible beer, but not very impressive either.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown longneck with no freshness date. It pours a lightly-hazed mahogany with medium carbonation, topped with an inch of khaki head that leaves light lacing. The aroma consists of caramel, lightly roasted, and dark malts backed by an almost cloying sweetness, to which the flavor adds lightly citric hops that contribute a mild bitterness on top of a light, tingly body that imparts a medium finish. Overall not too bad, but it's lacking a certain something - glad to try it but I probably wouldn't revisit.

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Photo of stephendr
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle- color of dark brown , with a minimal white color head – sweet nose is malty , milk chocolate , dried bananas , and a hint of red berries – taste of malty , sweet dark milk chocolate and vanilla - body silky , and light – aftertaste of dark milk chocolate , malt , and sweet/ sour

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Photo of sraimondi
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a minimal tan head. A beautiful dark ruby to brown color. Some spot lacing.

Sweet aroma with some hints of caramel.A very faint bit of smoke too with some toffee/choco at end.

Sweetness dominates the taste but not cloying. Malt all the way, with little going on in the hops arena. Some choco hints and a very faint metal flavor at the finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit on thin side, but not thin. Some good, subtle carbonation.

Not a bad dunkel, but no real "excitement". However, a good session beer given the ABV and middle of the road character.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby with a nice tan head that remains frothy on top my beer.
The aroma was very faint. It was sweet and nutty smelling and a finish of carmel in there as well.
The taste was very sweet with a nice amount of bitterness in the finish. It was a bit watery, more so than I would have liked.
Overall an easy beer to drink but doesnt leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of Star80
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out with a little head which turns into absolutely nothing. Beer looks flat as hell with no lacing at all. Color is a dark brownish red. Has a somewhat pleasant bready, vanilla like smell to it. Smells better than it looks to be sure! Tastes quite sweet initially, then turning somewhat salty with a doughy maltiness. Cannot pick out much hoppiness. Mouthfeel is of little carbonation bubbles on the tongue. I suppose with such low abv this could be a session beer but with so many better choices out there why would you?

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a nice dunkel Dunkel with a gorgeous head. It came up easy, nothing explosive, but left huge chunks of brown foam on top of the liquid and alongside the interior glass.

Smell – Big, rich, caramel malts fill the room upon pouring this lager. It is such a rich combination of very dark malt and super-thick caramel. Wow!

Taste – Ouch, this one is a bit rough on the tongue. The rich, creamy aroma from the nose came in a bit off. It’s not bad, but the harsh molasses flavor doesn’t live up to the smell.

Mouthfeel – This was thinner than I had hoped but overall was nice and refreshing.

Drinkability – This is a good, very dark example of the style.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from beergeek.biz. Poured into a clean German weizen glass.

Appearance: Dark ruby color, with a moderate initial head that falls in pretty quickly.

Aroma: Slightly toffee-ish malty sweetness.

Flavor: Thin body, with a malt sweetness dominating the flavor, though it's not so sweet as to be cloying. Bitterness is low, just enough to offset the malt. Long malty finish, with maybe a hint of caramel.

Good flavor, but it would benefit from more body.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a 12 oz green bottle with a monk enjoying a Klaster brew on the side of the label. Though I bought this in Prague, the label is in English.

Pours a nice red black color, but lacks head. Smell is pleasing, hoppy and fresh, if it is possible for a beer to smell fresh. Taste is rather good, very sweet, even for a Czech dark lager, but still refreshing and not syrup-like. Could use a little more hops. Goes down easy. Better than average but not great.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep chestnut colored beer. Slight head and some nice lacing. Low aroma-sort of a mellow metallic smell to it. Slightly roasted with a very slight caramel like sweetness. Same traits of the aroma are in the flavor though more amplified. Somewhat nutty tasting. Lingering sweetness in the finish. Decent mouthfeel for only 4%. Not a bad beer-almost too sweet for me for a dunkel. Dry it out a bit it could be a killer beer-especially for a hot day when you want something darker.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a tan head that recedes. A hint of ruby shines through when held to the light. Not much lacing.

A very light aroma. Slightly nutty with a mild roasted background and hints of caramel.

A light nutty flavor with a bit of a roated malt flavor. Some hints of caramel and chocloate also come through. Finishes slightly sweet.

Rather thin body.

Easy to consume, easy to forget.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A light brown with a lot of ruddy red and a small tan head lining the top of the glass.

S - A slightly sweet and smoky malty aroma with a clean aroma, a hint of elderberries as well.

T - A slightly smoky malty flavor and a bit of sugar plums. Aftertaste is of a slight bit of hops and a lingering malty finish.

M - Slick, smooth, oily, a little refreshing.

D - A pretty smooth beer overall. It is a pleasant lager, but it isn't worth hunting down.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never have a problem with Czech beers anytime. Good dark brown, no lingering head. A whiff of licorice aroma. Medium or less mouthfeel, quite drinkable with active carbonation. Good taste,with chocolate malt, competitive with English browns, with this sessionable ABV.

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Photo of Durge
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather quiet deep mahogany with scant tan head and similarly whimpy lace. The aroma captures a fairly typical molasses/brown sugar malt quality, fairly strong with a touch of grassy highlight. The first taste brings a mildly carbonated brown sugar with a bit of bitterness, almost a bit flat as suggested by the lack of foam and lace. There is some grapefruit hidden in here as well. As you go along I think it grows on you and shows some complexity. I'd like to see more wholesome carbonation but the flavor appeals to me, quite sweet. This is easy enough to drink but I don't think it would stand up to drinking more than a couple, needs a little more body or something, but not bad.

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Photo of Offa
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent dunkel, a bit thin and bland but reasonably firm and not overly sweet like some.

Very dark brown, almost black, it has a thin, weak foam that quickly thins to a foamy ring.

The aroma is burnt sugar, slightly sour plums, and brown bread, and beans.

The taste is heavily toasted bread, fermenting plums, hints of earth, chocolate, and burnt sugar. It starts off a little sweet up front with faint sourness and burnt bitterness. However, the finish is more interesting, lightly spicey-peppery with a quality of root beer mixed with burnt toast. It's mostyl rather bland but it does have a little complexity and is light and rather drinkable. It seems a pretty middle-of the road dunkel for me.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Klaster Dark is a bit too sweet for my tastes. It is somewhat Bock-like with a fragrance that hints at molasses or maple syrup. It is chestnut brown, minimally carbonated, and essentially unclouded but with small particles of yeast adrift in the brew. I like yeast, but this presentation looked a bit unappetizing -- like a fishtank. Sweet malty flavor but somewhat dilute and thin. Pleasant sugary aftertaste. The taste is pleasing but there is virtually no hop presence to speak of here, making this dark beer taste more like a root beer or similar soft drink.

Klaster Dark is enjoyable but not compelling.

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