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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

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59
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76
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
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Photo of Imbiber
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -14.5%
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 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 Charthepirate
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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%
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 drewbage
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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 +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 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 pbrian
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark ruby with a nice head. Smells chocolately, floral (Saaz), and fresh, a little metalic. Taste is a refreshing mix of sweet chocolate malts and noble hops. Finishes very clean. This beer won't "wow" you to death but it's a nice, crisp summer quaffer.

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