Samson 1795 Original Czech Lager Dark
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

Samson 1795 Original Czech Lager DarkSamson 1795 Original Czech Lager Dark
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První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #53
Ranked #23,881
3.62 | pDev: 11.05%
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Jul 12, 2014
Samson 1795 Original Czech Lager DarkSamson 1795 Original Czech Lager Dark
Notes: Original Czech dark lager with delicate tones of caramel, chocolate and roasted coffee. Brewed in České Budějovice using water from our 274 m deep well and four different types of malt, giving the beer an exceptional taste and color.
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Ratings by neenerzig:
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4.12/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by neenerzig from Ohio

Poured out of a 16.9 oz bottle into one of my pint glasses, this beer pours a clear dark amber/light brown color with a tan head that's about an inch thick when first poured. Head settles to a thick film layer of surface foam along with a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass. Decent lacing here. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel, and hints of chocolate and caramel. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, and a hint of coffee all present along w/ a slight herbal hop presence. The flavors balance and compliment each other more as the beer warms up a bit. Has a fairly crisp, smooth, slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly light carbonation. Has a clean finish and all the aforementioned flavors sit on my palate nicely for the aftertaste. Not bad at all.


May 14, 2022
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3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by tone77 from Pennsylvania

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a cola color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some cocoa. Taste is the same as the aroma, some dark breads are also present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

Yesterday at 12:56 AM
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4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

500ml bottle enjoyed after a Twins win

Dark and clear. Smells like cocoa and roast. Kinda sweet with the aforementioned chocolate and roast along with coffee and caramel malt over a pretty standard clean lager. Really enjoyable stuff

May 03, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by emerge077 from Illinois

Paragraph got deleted, so here’s the gist: RIP Ivan “Johnnie” Vrbetic, proprietor of Johnnie’s Lounge in the early 2000’s. Samson was the house beer until the end, and I got fond of it somehow. This is the dark version, tastier, cleaner, all around better than the old mistreated import version.

Dark brown, looks black with a ruby highlight in the glass. Ample tan head and lacing. Surface skim breaks and recedes to a thin ring.

Aromas of caramel, chocolate, coffee, minor sweetness. Initially smelled like Malt-o-meal cereal with brown sugar. Taste is similar, pretty mellow, with light roast and caramel flavors, mild chocolate and coffee. Light bodied and fairly dry, a little twang of typical euro lager yeast. Easygoing carb, pretty drinkable, would drink again.

Feb 20, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a dark chestnut brown color. Its actually clear when held to the light, but its not "see through" due to the dark hue of the beer. Thick pillowy tan head forms on the beer, lingers, then dissipates leaving a thin layer of foam on top of the beer.

Aroma has notes of cocoa, pumpernickel, toasted bread with a slight sweet cream character to the beer.

Taste follows the nose with notes of dark bread, pumpernickel, cocoa, a touch of sweetness, giving way to some spicy, herbal hops. There is a bit of a root beer-esque character to the flavor with the interplay between the spicy herbal hops and the sweetness. Its quite enjoyable.

Feel is medium bodied, smooth, mild carbonation.

Overall a very nice Czech dark lager. Not quite as impressive as their Czech pilsner, but this is also one I will certainly pick up again.

Dec 13, 2021
3.56 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Nov 25, 2021
4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois on Oct 25, 2021
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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

500 ml can, bought in Denmark. ABV is 4.5%. Dark reddish brown colour, moderate off-white head. Moderate aroma of caramel and brown bread. Caramel and brown bread in the flavour too, quite nice. Very moderate hops, as normal for the style.

Apr 23, 2021
3.62 by mishi_d from Romania on May 14, 2017
3.94 by Robertas from Lithuania on Mar 13, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by biegaman from Canada (ON)

I couldn't tell the bottle was made of green glass because the beer is so dark. In the glass, however, Samson 1795 Original Czech Lager Dark isn't quite so opaque; the chestnut brown liquid is actually crystal clear and even shoots off amber highlights. Its head is creamy and perfectly proportioned.

The nose is equal parts cocoa, bread crusts and toasted nuts. It doesn't have the richness or roastiness of a stout or porter, and it lacks the sweet, fruity notes of a stronger beer, but it definitely has a little extra dimension to its maltiness. On certain whiffs it smells almost creamy.

Samson 1795 has a slightly metallic edge, likely the result of hard water (despite that Czech beers are notorious for their soft water). This slightly more alkaline profile gives a little edge to the otherwise delicately dark, medium-light toast, more milky chocolate malt flavour.

Nuttiness wedges its way into the finish like a car cutting off other drivers in rush hour; all the lightly caramelly but perfectly attenuated malt gives way in the finish to notions of toasted chestnut, pecan and the slightest dash of cocoa powder. It's not a flavour that lasts particularly long, but it's tasteful.

Samson 1795 Dark doesn't have a great rep on rating sites. Frankly, I don't know why not. I'd think its creamier, somewhat sweeter profile would make it more popular. Regardless, I liked it and wouldn't hesitate to put it forward as a better example of the style, at least among those we get in North America.

Dec 18, 2015
3.42 by gronis13 from Sweden on Jul 19, 2015
3.4 by vinivini from Belarus on Jun 05, 2015
3.46 by DanielCole from Finland on Apr 17, 2015
2.5 by Nine_Tails from Spain on Mar 05, 2015
3.58 by nickfl from Florida on Dec 30, 2014
3.5 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation on Nov 01, 2014
3.5 by moedot from Iowa on Sep 13, 2014
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3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by dcmchew from Romania

Or Tmavy Lezak 12° if you get it straight from the Czech Republic.
Pours a woody dark brown, small one finger head that lasts a little while, leaving just a thin lace afterwards.
Smells decent, bready, some sweet dark fruit esters, nuttiness, caramel.
Tastes the same. On the malty side, with toasted dark bread and some burnt sugar, just a bit sweet. Some dark fruit also, covered by some light roast notes towards the end, some faint cocoa powder, even some faint licorice. Low hop presence, as is the bitterness.
Light bodied, medium carbonation, kinda watery.
Not a heavy dark lager, not too sweet, falls into the "decent Tmavy" category.

Jul 12, 2014
Samson 1795 Original Czech Lager Dark from První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 19 ratings