B.B. Dark Bohemia Beer - 1795 Original Czech Dark Lager | První Budějovický Pivovar Samson

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B.B. Dark Bohemia Beer - 1795 Original Czech Dark LagerB.B. Dark Bohemia Beer - 1795 Original Czech Dark Lager
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B.B. Dark Bohemia Beer - 1795 Original Czech Dark LagerB.B. Dark Bohemia Beer - 1795 Original Czech Dark Lager

Brewed by:
První Budějovický Pivovar Samson
Czech Republic

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by smcreator on 06-21-2007

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by jhtipton:
Photo of jhtipton
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown into my tulip chalice. Very little head. Smells very sweet and malty. Tastes sweet and malty, not used to a lager this sweet. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a little flat. Picked this up at the Carrefour in .5 litre bottle as something different. Should have stuck to the Chimay but change is sometimes okay. In this case, keep the change. I'd try again if I was in the mood for extra sweet but will not seek this out too often.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle of B.B. Burgerbrau "Czech Dark Lager" -- with slightly different labeling than beer shown. ABV listed as 4.5%

served in 20 oz. mug

A - clear dark mahogany with 3 finger head that slowly dissipates to a nice top coating

S - toasted malt

T - no hops; roasted malt; some sweetness

M - smooth; full; a bit fizzy

Pleasant Czech dark lager believed to be the same as the dark "Budweiser" I've enjoyed many times in Europe.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of bashiba
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice cedar color with a thick lacing head.

The nose is fairly nice toasted malt nose.

The flavor is quite different than the smell with a big sweet toffee malt flavor with a mild hoppiness.

The mouthfeel is light and watery with a mild creamyness.

Overall its ok if you are looking for something sweet and watery, almost cola like.

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Photo of Bung
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pretty transuluscent brown pour with limited white head. Smell is some malt with a little carmel and wet grass. Taste has some caremel and nut with a little maltiness. Some hops middle on with a bit of cardboard through the finish. Cardboard doesn't last thank goodness. Mouthfeel not quite creamy. Finish is a little watery, but clean. Drinkability would be higher if not for that cardboard thing. Would prefer a more traditional pils. Wouldn't be too excited to try again.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a small head. Smell is sweet, toffee and malts. Taste like it smells, malts and toffee, just a bit sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall I found this to be an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BierFan
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml green foil-topped bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Decent sized tan head. Retention is pretty good. Clear dark brown body. So dark it could pass as a porter.

Smell: Reminiscent of a doppelbock with it's dark sweetness and crisp lager characteristics.

Taste: Sweet dark malts followed quickly by a nice nobel hop spiciness. Surprisingly good stuff.

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Photo of metter98
3.34/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear but very dark garnet red in color and has some yeast particles circulating in suspension like a lava lamp from a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a layer of large bubbles covering the surface that quickly transitioned into a thin beige head and then some bits of bubbles on the surface encircled by a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is a little sweet and has flavors of malt extracts and nutty malts. No hops are detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer was on the sweet side, but I didn't find it cloying in any way. It was easy to drink and didn't have any "off" flavors despite coming in a green bottle.

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Photo of biggred1
3.67/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby amber with a creamy light tan head. Tootsie roll malt aroma with earthy noble hop notes. Sweet dark malt (tootsie roll again) with just enough Noble hop bitterness to dry the finish slightly. A simple but tasty beer that hits the spot on a 90+ degree day like today. Medium full bodied, a feat at 4.5% ABV. A better than average Dark Lager.

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Photo of papat444
2.96/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle, best before 10.09.14.

Creamy beige head that is only 1 finger, body is the typical dark lager look. Smell of toasted nutty malt, bit of metallic twang. Roasted chestnuts in the flavor, bit of coffee, metallic, charred. Alcohol fuselage is felt though under 5%. Not one i would try again.

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Photo of rlf1810
4/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of smcreator
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to find if this beer was already on BA was fairly difficult since
Budějovický M욻anský Pivovar (apparently) names the beers very similarly (granted I do not speak Czech). I looked carefully and the only beer that came close was the "1795 Original Czech Lager" (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/303/33077), but the description of the bottle and ABV were not correct.

A: Golden light brown with a thin sustained head.
S: Smells somewhat synthetic and sweet. It is not a very strong smell.
T: Tastes somewhat chocolaty with a sweet tea aftertaste (interesting combinations of flavors for a lager)
M: Smooth, thin to medium bodied beer with light carbonation.
D: Not too much of a fan of lagers in general, but it had an interesting taste anyway. I might try this beer again some other time to give it a second chance.

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Photo of AlexAfonin
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Brad007
1.7/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass. Seems rather, well, dark for what it advertises on the bottle.

Aroma is full of sweet malt with a hint of caramel/molasses (it came in green glass. Skunked?) in the nose. Doesn't really remind me of a pils.

Taste is sweet and nearly intolerable. Syrupy. Full of flavors that are not typical for a pils.

Mouthfeel is just as intolerable. Bleh. Maybe it's miscategorized?

Definitely avoid and stick with the regular B.B Burgerbrau pils.

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Photo of brentk56
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a burnt caramel color with a quick fading head that leaves a few shards behind

Smell: Pumpernickel bread, caramel, raisins and yeast

Taste: Not quite as bready as the aroma would suggest, the flavors start with a sweet, buttery caramel and build with a bit of raisin; after the swallow, the raisiny flavor dominates the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not so very impressive but who knows how long this was on the shelf; too much sweetness and not enough balance

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Photo of petluo
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of baos
4.3/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz into regular ol' pint glass

Looks really good on pour with a nice 2 finger big bubbly head. Some lacing going on. Honey-clover-toffee aroma, and almost a freshly mown hay smell as well.
Almost a buttery taste with a nice spicy finish that leaves the mouth pleasantly dry. I rated lower above initially, but after the beer warmed on my taste buds this beer is pretty fucking good.
The 3.5 went to a 4.5.
Mouthfeel is a nice medium body.
D: par excellence!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Thirsty's in York, PA. Poured chilled from the 500ml into a mug. The bottle label states the abv is 4.8% though.

A - A dark bronze w/ ruby highlights and translucent clarity w/ 2 fingers of cream cap. The lager appears slightly viscous as it is poured and lace clings in a frothy ring, the beer has a bead of fine caliber

S - A creamy caramel nose w/ hints of spiced woody hops and toffee notes round out the aroma

M - A mild creamy feel w/ malty texture bordering on syrupy w/ mild carbonation for the style and caramel nutty lightly spiced semi-sweet finish

T - A caramel toffee malt flavor w/ light toast notes in the back a mild maple note at first w/ a tinge of vanilla and subtle honey and bready yeast flavor. The woody note of sweet and sligthly sappy pervades the taste w/ a maple honey combo of flavors which are lasting w/ a residual sugar note in the finish

D - A tasty lager-certainly not what I would expect- on the sweet side. I like the flavor and w/ the low abv it is easy to quaff. A decent beer, but not a great example of the style IMO.

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Photo of kvnstfrd
4.5/5  rDev +35.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a standard looking amberish gold color with a white fizzy head on top. The smell of the beer gives off some caramel and lager aromas. The taste of the beer is decent, I expected this to be more like a Pils but it ended up tasting much better. It's got a sweetness up front, some grains in there, and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel of this was pretty standard I think, decently carbonated and pretty smooth. Overall this is not a bad lager, I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of RodneyFarva
2.83/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

a: pours a deep dark brown with a one finger tan head, quickly dissipating to a thin film

s: aroma of roasted malts, a lot of sweetness, very little hops

t: a strong dark malty flavor, and strong malty sweetness. very little hops to balance the beer - ends up being overly sweet and not typical to the style. carbonation is medium.

o: somewhat enjoyable, but overly sweet.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear mahogany with a thick creamy tan head, that leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Aroma is pale and caramel malt with pleasant tropical fruit sweetness. Hops are earthy in nature. Woody, with a touch of nut.

Taste is similar to the nose. Malty and fruity. Orange, apricot, and apple along with a subdued powdery cocoa. Hints of cedar and nut. Earthy hops come out in the metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Tasty and balanced. Interesting enough to make me want another. Worth a try.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours clear copper with quite rich bubbles in the liquid. The tan head is tall but airy. Fast dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Roasted malts, sweet! Bitter hops, but faint.

T: Follows the nose, still the hops are too weak.

M: Aftertaste lingers with some sweetness. The body is a bit thin and carbonaton rich.

O: As a Czech Pilsener way too weak in the hops-department. But maybe as a Euro Dark Lager...

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Photo of dcmchew
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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