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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% | Pivovar Klášter

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pivovar Klášter
Czech Republic
klaster.com

Style: Munich Dunkel Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pbrian on 08-08-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
76
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
16.76%
 
 
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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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazt brown with russet highlights; a decent head of foam leaves some lacing around the glass

Smell: Rich caramel aroma with a hint of butterscotch

Taste: Caramel, and mile chocolate flavors predominate through to the finish; low hops presence

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A nice example of the style; very easy to drink

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronzed brown with highlights of orange and red. Thanks to the overcast day outside my front window, those highlights look drab rather than bright. Despite an increasingly high altitude pour, the head never achieved an impressive height and is now an unanimated, featureless one finger. No lace yet... and it looks as if the glass will remain as clean as a whistle.

The nose consists of lightly roasted malt, sour fruit and musky hops. Repeated sniffs bring forth a dark butterscotchiness and the lightest molasses notes imaginable. It isn't overly powerful, but patience and effort will be rewarded with a good Munich dunkel lager nose.

The flavor is not as wonderful. Dark Beer is thinly malted, even for the style, with fewer facets on the palate than exist in the nose. It tastes artificially sweet (as do many of the dark lagers from Europe), as if malt syrup or Dark Karo syrup have been added. There's very little depth of flavor; it's as thin as the label pasted to the front of the bottle. I'm not referring to the mouthfeel, although that's thin as well.

On the positive side, what flavor is present is pleasant in a superficial way. Sweet cocoa, dark caramel and sugared nuts are noted. However, they're anything but mouthfilling and are too transient on the palate because of the lighter than optimal mouthfeel. I was provided a clue about the less than adequate carbonation by the lack of good head formation. If ever a beer needed energetic bubbles to provide mouth interest, this one does.

Klaster Dark Beer is a passable Czech version of a Munich dunkel lager, but that's as far as I'm willing to go. I've had good versions of the style, so I know they exist. Unfortunately, this one can't be counted among 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 Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark red beer.

Smell is intensely fruity and malty like a bock beer almost.

Taste is sweet with lots of malt and grain flavor. There is just enough hops in this to keep the malt sugars in check. The fruit flavor is there to with more of English Ale type fruitiness than the Bock beer version.

Mouthfeel is good and is well balanced between watery and chewy.

A tasty brew, only drawback is that it is a bit too sweet to drink as a session beer.

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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 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Klášter Dark Beer from the Czech Republic comes in a 12 fl.oz. green glass bottle, which I suspect, is at the behest of the Importer (Proex Inc, CA) because I hardly ever saw this size bottle in the Czech Republic on the several occasions I have been. Most self-respecting Czech Drinkers would not be seen dead with such a small bottle, as they drink almost exclusively from half-litres most of the time.

It pours with a vigorous head that positively explodes when it crashes into the glass. The brown head that forms, is a profusion of massed bubbles, which continually burst and pop until the head settles to a thin 1/8” covering. The body of the beer is a very clear deep polished horse chestnut Conker color.

Aromas are of dark toffee and dark malts with a sweet molasses hint as it warms.

Tastes are varied and multi-dimensional but they lack any real strength. A more “toasted” than roasted malt introduction that’s leads to a middle that reminded me of the flavor of the thin chocolate cigarettes I bought as a child. The memories make way in turn for a chewy toffee molasses finish. Slightly sweet, but very crisp and extremely clean. A slightly dry, bitter finish balances the beer well.

The body is light and the mouthfeel is average at best. Although one has to remember that this is only a 4.0% ABV beer, which is very weak for the Czechs – so that said, it is not understated, just “light” in character. This would not go well with strong tasting foods; however, on its own on a warm day, it drinks well, and is easily dispatched.

A reasonable offering, but my memory tells me that this is not that typical of Czech Dark Lagers; it is a little too light in alcohol and flavor strength. Above Average, there are better Czech Dark Beers out there, but it does represent very good value for only $1.65 a Bottle.

9/19/03 : A 500ml Bottle - Re-rated the Appearance to 4.0 from 3.5

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Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark russet leather cropped with biege.
Prune juice, candied apple, and brown sugar nose, cut and dried with a stalky bitterness.
Begins with a swaying breadiness, full of dark grains and hulls. Ebbs towards vaporous coffee and chocolate. Dark fruits ooze in, with gripping and clinging raisin, plum, and fig cues. Brown sugar is glazed crunchily over it all. Turns towards damp ferns upon the entrance of the hops, but the sugary hues linger as it ends a la sweetened tea.
Light bodied and modestly carbonation via midget bubbles.
Quite a nice sweeter-styled dunkel lager.

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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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Photo of PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby color with a smallish head that drops to a film and leaves no lace. Smell is sweetish, roasted malt, caramel, smoke, grass, fruit, hops and toffee. Taste is similar with roasted malt, hops, toffee, caramel, sweet fruit and a hint of some smokiness. Great complexity and balance. Mouthfeel is a nice balance between the hoppy lager bite and sweetness from the roasted malt. Medium/full body for a lager. Nice effervescence all over the mouth and tongue. Warms the throat slightly. Aftertaste is a bit light, though. Drinkability is vey high, would recommend this brew to anyone.

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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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle. No freshness dating. I like the happy monk on the label.

The beer pours a nice darkish yet translucent brown. Smallish tan head.

The nose is of roasted malts and bakers chocolate with just a whiff of alcohol.

Nice toasted malt taste with a bit of coffee and chocolate. It is creamy, smokey, smooth and somewhat silky. Add in a bit of plums and raisins and you get a tasty brew. Call me crazy, but it reminds me a bit of a porter. Would be great with grilled salmon, ham, hearty soups, etc.

Well done easy drinker. Will make a great session type beer.

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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 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 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 Jerseyislandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black colour with a brown head. The aroma is of chocolate & coffee. Tastes of roasted nuts, caramel and toffee. Mouth feels is pleasant with very little carbonation. Just what I was looking for at this part of the evening.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good session beer. Pours a slightly red tinged brown. No head whatsoever. Slight carbonation. The aroma is very, very mild malts and hops. Nothing else of note really. The taste is pretty sweet with malt, toffee and molasses. It reminds me of the breads my mom makes during the holidays. Mouthfeel is pretty full, but finishes watered down. Still this makes a great beer to sit down with a six-pack and watch games all afternoon.

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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 daledeee
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New beer to try. I was leery due to the green bottle, but it turned out ok. Poured very dark with little head. Coffee and malt nose. Lots of malt taste, with chocolate and coffee(just a hint) a little sweet. Overall very drinkable. Wish it had a little more bite and hops.

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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 ybnorml
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with mahogony highlights when held up to the light. HAs a small dark beige head. There is a dark malt aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. A light mouthfeel with some prickely carbonation. The taste has a light malty sweetness and there is bit of sugar sweetness on the finish.

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Photo of botham
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pint bottle poured into a flute. pours a a deep chocolate brown with a half finger of light tan head. amber highlights with moderate lacings.

aroma is lightly roasted, with a brown sugar like sweet character that is sided by a chocolate aroma.

taste is more of the same with a bit more chocolate and some caramel mixed in. could use a bit more CO2 to liven up the body a bit.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture and a smooth finish of residual malt.

drinkability is good. this is an easy going dunkel with good concentration and solid flavors, just a bit thin on the texture and body.

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