Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% | Pivovar Klášter

Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10%Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10%
BA SCORE
36.8%
Liked This Beer
3.45 w/ 76 Ratings
Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10%Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10%
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by pbrian on 08-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,217
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
76
Liked:
28
Avg:
3.45/5
pDev:
16.81%
Alströms:
-
 
 
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Ratings: 76 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of sraimondi
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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 mrasskicktastic
3.38/5  rDev -2%
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 scottum
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with almost zero tan headskie. Sweet chewy nose well balanced. Goes down very smooth and is quite easy to drink. If it were just a touch less sweet I could drink it all night. A very decent dark lager. Quite surprised to run into this one, but I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of Drew966
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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 Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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 sleazo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at fruit store Huron and Manhattan.

A-Pours a dark clear brown with a fluffy/soapy type head which dissipates at a moderate rate leaving a nice cap. Good lacing

S-This smells pretty nice, a nice clean roasted slightly caramel malt scent. Slight interplay with the hops, but the malt is the centerpiece. Maybe a little pumpernickle as well.

T-Immediately sweet but followed up by a nice dry bitterness This is pretty crisp actually and the hops are there, a grassy floral finish. The sweet roasted malt provides a slightly honey like taste. This is pretty straighthfoward but good.

M-Light bodied with a low ammount of fine carbonation. I could go for a little more bubbles.

D-This is a nice session lager and the sweetness provided by the malt provides a nice counterweight to typical lagers.

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Photo of stephendr
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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 gmfessen
3.16/5  rDev -8.4%
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 pjwilson
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: pours a dark red into a tulip. a nice layer of head forms which lasts the drink

smell: mmm very complex as the beer warms. Belgian candi like smells of chocolate, nutmeg, butter, and sugar. some alcohol in the smell. almost like a belgian dark beer, but only 4 percent.

taste: candi like roasted malts mix with sweet liqourice flavors. a nic sipping beer.

mouthfeel: nice spitzly like carbination. goood

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Photo of Enola
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer actually caught me by suprise. It is a dark brown in coler and there is a small head and almost no lacing. The smell is sweet and there is caramel in the smell as well as taste. The beer is smooth. This is a nice brown beer that I could drink again sometime.

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Photo of guinnessfan
4.65/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into Das Festhaus pint glass

A: Deep, dark chocolate/mahogany color with a deep red hue. Dark tan 2 finger head that goes away quickly.

S: Roasted malts and some chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, softened with a chocolate undertone. Very good taste. No noticable hops flavor. Smooth and rich.

M: Thin mild, not to watery though. Leaves a very mild sweet, roasted aftertaste. Good carbonation.

D: I could drink this all night. Easy to drink but not easy to forget, for me.

This was one of those beers I bought on a whim. Never heard of it, but I am slowly learning about Munich Dunkels. I am now hooked on this beer. I will definately be looking for it in the future.

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Photo of Byeast
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: darker , clear reddish brown/ mahogany , with a small off white head.

Smell: mainly of the malts , roasty characters , bit of mustyness , hint of dried dark fruit / raisin.

Taste: nice dunkel flavor , if maybe a little thin , roasty maltiness and slight dark fruit , bit of tart like hop bite in the back to balance.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy yet not thick.

Drikability: a very drinkable dunkel lager from the Czech Republic , in the Munich style.

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Photo of katdaddy210
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad pour on this. Dark rich mahogany, with a thin cream colored head.

Smells sweet with caramel and a slight nut in the background. but not overwhelming.

Tastes of mild sweet malts and a tiny bit of balanced hops to stop the sweet at the end, A bit more of caramel malt taste

Not an overwhelming heavy brew, but a good cooler day sipper. It has a creamy finish and.... I think I will have another. Great beer fo a couple, but not too many. Lighter alcohol feel and taste could probably get you later on if you push it. A great beer to try

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 keilerdunkel
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1/2 L bottle poured into a guinness imperial pint glass. Nice 1" head that lastes for a couple of minutes so I could pour the rest of the bottle into the glass. Crystal clear, brown with red highlights when held up to the light. aroma is al toasted malt with a hint of hops.

I love dark lagers, and this one does not disappoint. Nice balance between the malt and hops, with a slightly metallic aftertaste which is not too distracting - amazingly disappears when it warms.

nice mouthfeel with good carbonation and at 4% I could drink these all night. This one is slightly past its prime, but still good - I have had fresher examples in the past that were even better. If you are looking for a good introduction to czech dark lagers, look for one of these.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.21/5  rDev -7%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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 beveragecaptain
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Klaister Dark Beer has a very dark brown color with a small head. Malty cookie dough aroma and faint hops. The flavor is sort of dopplebock like. Rich, chewy malts. Lighty hopped. Some chocolate notes. Just a little bit fruity. There's a weird flavor that's like bubblegum. The flavor is a little too sweet, but not cloying. Medium mouthfeel. Drinkability is average. I enjoyed my bottle, but I doubt I'd want another. This is a decent beer, but I prefer their pilsner.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Golden2wenty1
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a dark brown nearing on black with a short tan head. Smells of bitter coffee and malts, with some dark fruit. Taste has the bitter coffee, then strange dark fruits reminding me of Black Boss porter, and ending with an apple cider sweetness. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but smooth. Overall an alright drinker, lots of flavors, but they don't always jive. Worth a try though

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
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 cokes
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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 ncbrewerbun
2.05/5  rDev -40.6%
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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Dark Beer / Kláster Tmavé 10% from Pivovar Klášter
Beer rating: 36.8% out of 100 with 76 ratings
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