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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%
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

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#40,369
Reviews:
59
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pDev:
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Photo of Star80
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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 Quaffer
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew was a deep red-brown color that had no haze at all. The tan head rose up to about one finger and then disappeared quickly; it was about what you would expect for the style. There was no lacing.

Smell: Overall sweet smelling, sometimes taking on notes of candied fruits. There was definitely some light plum underneath. The most distinctive characteristic was a spiciness that didn't really remind me of hops. It was almost like that spicy bite that root beer has on the nose. A little odd, but not unpleasant. A little bit of the dark roasted malt came through, but not much. If there had been more, the aroma would have had a little more depth and been more satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth, with the appropriate amount of carbonation developing in the back of the mouth.

Taste: Some cocoa-like roasted malt provided a nice base for this beer, though it was light and stayed well underneath the other flavors. A candy-sweet fruitiness was prevalent from start to finish. That root beer spiciness that I detected in the aroma came through on the flavor in the middle and on the finish. The slightest hint of hops peaked through on the finish.

A good and highly drinkable beer, though a little strange for a dunkel lager.

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Photo of walleye
2.12/5  rDev -38.6%
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 MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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 Skidz
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out orange-brown and sits a deep, reddish amber brown totally pristine, with a good sized light brown / dark tan head. Fades to minimal cover, some minor lacings.

Smells nice and toasty, good malt presence. Mild roasted presence gives off hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark grain based bready aroma overall.

Tastes malty up front, nicely balanced roasted character to pair with the toasty biscuit flavors. Unleavened bread like taste, interesting; totally crackery. Mild hop flavor delivers some unique leafy flavors, with soft wooden tones to balance it out. Finish is lightly bittered with some lingering sweetness.

Crisp and refreshing in the mouth, good carbonation, soft on the inside. Nice, smooth, medium body. Really makes the beer.

Really goes down easy. No rough edges on this one. A good beer all around. Session stamp of approval.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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 PorterLambic
4.36/5  rDev +26.4%
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 oberon
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
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 beerceller99
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. A red brown color with a tan head that fades quickly. Sweet, sweet smell of vanilla, almonds, and caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with decent carbonation; light to medium bodied.
Taste is yeasty, malty sweet with vanilla and a banana-raison bread flavor.

This is dessert in a bottle. A most excellent brew.

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Photo of Zorro
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
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 allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Padron4KM
2.28/5  rDev -33.9%
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 livin4jc
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Apparence: Bright red and dark color with a thick dense head.
Aroma: Chocolately, caramel, and spice filled aroma.
Taste: Light body, fairly fizzy. Has a strong dark malt flavoring, but it wasn't as full flavored as I would have expected from the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Lighter than schwarzbier, this is a good refreshing drink. It wasn't very thick or heavy, so it would go great with a good heavy Czech meal.
Drinkability: While I still prefer a schwarzbier like Köstritzer, I guzzled it down fast. Very refreshing, but not as refined for my dark-bier palate. About average chance of me purchasing again.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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 CBFanWish
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a chocolate colour with little head, if any. Strong hints of molasses and caramel in both the taste and aroma. Not a bad beer. It was easy to drink and was very comfortable. The biggest downfall was the super sweetness. Other than that, not too shabby.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
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 mickeymac
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a long-neck green 12 oz bottle, it's a nice-looking brown with just a hint of red. The smell is chocolate and just a bit of caramel with some spice on the back end. The taste is very nice, with lots of flavors floating around despite the low abv. Anyone looking for a new session beer?

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Photo of Imbiber
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Bierkraft, Brooklyn. Deep ruby red, not overly carbonated. Minimal head which disappeared totally within a few minutes. Aroma is malty, slightly vinous. Flavour is soft with malt and caramel to the fore, and there is an underlying sweetness but not too much in the way of balancing hoppiness.

A bit of a lightweight but pleasant enough.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
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 RocketWidget
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Charthepirate
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up from Pivni Galerie in Prague. This is the export version I believe, as the able is in english, and it lists the importer on the bottle.

Pours smoothly from the bottle, with a quickly expanding and dissapearing head. While it lasted the head was a light brown. The beer itself is dark mahogony. Can't judge the lacing because of residual water on the glass.

Smell is of malts, caramel and molasses.

Flavor is slightly muted. Sweet with caramel and molasses pervade. A touch of chocolate. The hops can be tasted slightly near the back of the mouth, but are hard to distinguish from the malt flavors. Finish is surprisingly dry for a sweet beer. Also leaves a pleasant sweetness on the lips. All the flavors present are very nice, but it's not very bold at all.

Feels watery and weak in the mouth. Mor carbonation could have made it more interesting.

A solid Czech dunkel. the dry finish is my favorite feature, because it's so different from other dark lagers, which normally finish very sweet.

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Photo of daledeee
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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 DrewBeechum
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at BJ's Woodland Hills Beer Appreciation Night

Beer pours a dark deep ruby with a tight fine bubbled head.

Aroma is dry and smoky with a scent of roasted black walnuts.

The beer is light body and dominated by a caramel malt with some brown sugar tinge at the edges.

Finish is light and hoppy with a touch of dry malt.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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 jackndan
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
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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