ŽŽatec Dark Lager
ŽŽatecký Pivovar

ŽŽatec Dark LagerŽŽatec Dark Lager
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Style:
European Dark Lager
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
84
Ranked #26,260
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 10.82%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
108
From:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar
 
Czech Republic
Avail:
Year-round
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Reviews by drpimento:
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good beer. Poured with a decent sized, foamy, frothy, thick, creamy, light tan head and a little lace. Color is a clear dark brown amber. Aroma is malt, roast, fresh baked dark bread, toffee. Flavor is similar to nose with a little sweetness that's nicely countered with the yeast, dark malt, and carbonic acid. Body is good, smooth and full yet cut again by carbonic acid. Finish is like flavor, has good length, and is clean. Session beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

As of June 1st, this gem from a brewery in operation since 1004 AD is now available in the US thanks to Merchant du Vin. Rich, bright, leathery, dark brown with a tan cream head. Toasty malts in the nose. Fairly light bodied and smooth. Malty sweet with hints of brown sugar, cereal grains, chocolate and a wisp of smoke. Herbal, tea-like hops. Suggestions of grape. Bready. Toasty. Dry finish. A delicious, full-flavored brew, lagered for 45 days, 80 feet underground. Yeah.

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Photo of Todd
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500mL brown bottle. Rich, dark copper/brown w/ an amazing head; fluffy, rocky, impressive.

Soft aroma. Powdery malts in the nose, some chocolate, suggestions of grape, light metallic edge.

Very smooth on the palate, a bit viscous and chewy too. Sweetness is a bit sugary, but not overwhelming. Light chocolate, toffee, and bite of coffee. Burnt raisins. Malted milk-balls. Hints of big, round, grape flavors. Bready at times. Light tea-like herbal hop flavor. Powdery dry malt finish.

Balanced overall, but it walks a bit too sweet as it warms-up ... and personally I'd love to see a bit more of that Euro hop flavor pull through, but it gets trumped by the big malt profile.

Full of body and flavor, this is a solid choice for those looking for something a bit more meaty in a lager.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deeper brown with a tinge of scarlet,a thinner but well sustained off white head atop.A mix of toasty bread and bitter chocolate in the nose,I picked up a little hard water as well.Quite dry on the palate with a big firm malt base,there are notes of bitter chocolate and earth in the finish.This a real nice Czech dark lager,its not sweet and chocolaty like some of their neighbors dunkle lagers,big and malty without being sweet.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Pours to a buff head that lasts and laces. Transparent ruby black color. Slight roast and decocted malt aroma with a honey-like floral hop note. Flavor is reminiscent of molasses, coffee and toffee, with a balancing clean bitterness and hop spice. Mouthfeel is light medium. Overall an outstandingly satisfying and complex dark lager.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL brown bottle. So very thankful for finally being able to obtain the Zatec offerings.

Chunky, dark, ominous in appearance. Fantastic head, rocky. Smooth on the palate but still substantive. Good balance between the malty sweetness with hints of toffee and some light chocolate and a subtle hint of hop character.

A well-balanced offering, without question. As it warms, the beer becomes something more, and you are left wanting more of it... Good flavor and rather robust. A great change of pace from the traditional pale lagers of Bohemia.

Na'zdravi!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 500 ml bottle, into a 1/2 liter glass dark ruby brown hue with a large creamy tan head forming nice and thick. Fine speckled lacing surrounds the sides of my glass. Aroma has hints of dark fruit a touch of raisin even some plum with a toasted dark malt breadiness coming together as well. A slight herbal hop finish comes through almost like a tea leaf earthiness in the background. Very nice clean chocolate malt presence with low roasted malt bitterness levels, mild herbal earthy hops very crisp with more fruit adding to the complexity of the malt character utilized here. Mouthfeel is creamy medium bodied nice dark lager, textbook perfect dark beer that comes off super drinkable. This is almost like the old recipe Penn Dark used to use before all their problems started, awesome beer so easy to consume it's simply pleasure in a glass.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle from Capital Market, Salem.$3.49 Im guessing this is this beer..the label is very different but the alc is the same and its called 'Dark lager Beer" Nice brown with a garnet tinge to it beer, with a lovelly ,huge frothy,thick creme coloured head. Aroma is mostly dark chocolate, weak coffees, and some breadiness. Taste is mostly the same with some additions of dark dried fruits and a brisk hop note in the end. Kinda thin but not too bad on the palate. OK

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle.

Pours opaque, murky, and dark brown. A fluffy, thick head of tan settles slowly in the glass revealing plenty of ropey lacework and a solid skim coat on the surface.

Roasted malt with light notes of chocolate, caramel, and nougat on the nose.

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy, lush mouthfeel.

Cocoa, roast, and mild coffee notes lead off the palate. Low bitterness and very clean with a low-ester profile following through.

Finishes with roast and light chocolate . Easy drinking and unoffensive.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml brown bottle. Pours out a deep transluscent nut brown, tall frothy beige head with excellent retention.

Dry nutty malt on the nose with some neutral sweetness, even hints at dry bittersweet cocoa.

Clean dry metallic grains in the flavour, mild bready, chocolate malt character, clean finish.

Light mouthfeel, low carbonation, a bit watery on the finish.

Enjoyable for what it is, but not the same calibre as the Pilsener.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straight from a 500ml bottle is a very dark mahogany almost black with amber hues around the edges. The head is foamy and around two fingers thick.

Aroma: Buttery toffee, raisins, roasted malts a little bready as well. Hops are roasted dark but far from burnt. Dark sugary notes with underlying sweet fruit notes.

Taste: Solidly carbonated with a good touch of creaminess on the palate. Sweetness from the malts lend a dark sugary touches. Sweet fruit notes from the hops raisins as well. Subtle wisps of toffee top it off.

Notes: This is quite a neat style of lager nicely drinkable I'm glad I picked it up. Cheers.

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Photo of bark
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is almost black (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. Low off-white head. No lacing.

The smell got distinct notes of chocolate bars. Some cocoa and some hay-hops.

Hints of wax in the taste. Milk chocolate. Toasted bread. Smooth light bitter flavours in the aftertaste as well as some cocoa and noble hops.

The carbonation is medium strong, medium sized bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

An OK schwartzbier, but the wax-like flavours spoils it a bit.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep amber capped by a slight off white head with good retention. scent is pretty clean, hint of caramel and yeast. taste is trending sweet with toffee and worther's origional like caramelly goodness, light grassyness. light bodied. This is a good beer, but not as good as another dark lager I just had from the brother neighbor to the east.

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Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color capped by a rocky tan head that leaves a few strands behind

Smell: Brown sugar, toasted grains and hints of malty chocolate

Taste: Brown sugar, chocolate malt and toasted grains, up front, with a growing sweet mocha character that dominates mid-palate and through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Not a bad beer at all, though I wish there a bit more hops involved to balance out the sweeter flavors

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Photo of deg
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of the bottle it's a light reddish-brown, very clear, with a very thick foamy head. Significant lacing. Smells roasty and bready, just like a Euro Dark Lager should.

Tastes dark, roasty, slightly chocolatey, with a slightly astringent dryness that balances quite nicely. Lots of malty bread character, and finishes smoother and cleaner than expected, despite a touch of astringent dryness.

Overall quite a nice lager that makes me look forward to my upcoming month in Prague. A very nice balance of malt and hop, somewhat sweet, somewhat dry -- if not for the relatively high ABV this might make a very nice session beer. Hopefully I'll get to try it on tap sometime this summer.

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Photo of Ego
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
sizzling head on this, off white tiny bubbles slowly fade into the all familiar (and all powerful) O-Ring, deep chestnut brown hue here, consistent color throughout, some carbonation bubblin' and stumblin' up the glass, pretty good looking if not special

nose...
faint prunes, bready malt with a tinge of dry summer house smell, some slightly herbal and honey notes as well, all in balance, all pretty tame but nice

taste etc...
exceptionally clean drinking, what does that mean ? fair enough... it just has a nice overall presentation, from start to finish, the mouthfeel is great, perfectly smooth and medium bodied, the carbonation stops just short of spiky, there is a nice coating on the tongue leaving you both refreshed and wanting more... the subtle hop flavor really peaks the interest of the back of the palette, it reminds me in some weird way of ESBs but with a differing hop signature

verdict?
obviously well crafted but not something that butters my biscuit, there is nothing bad about this beer I would just prefer others before reaching for this

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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a globe shaped snifter glass.

Huge, fluffy three-finger head of tan foam, sticky inside the glass, slow to recede. A floating island of foam remains in the center atop an unbroken veil of skim. Deep reddish mahoghany color, looks nice.

Sweet raisiny aroma, molasses, and brown sugar. Pleasant and not too overpowering.

Flavorful with notes of lightly charred toast, raisin, prune, and molasses. Light bodied, fairly easily drinkable. Dry finish, not especially sweet, but there are hints of sweetness there. Carbonation is fine, lending to a more creamy body, but it's still a bit thin, showing it's lager roots, not particularly a bad thing. This is surprisingly good in fact. Somewhere between a Baltic Porter and Munich Dunkel.

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Photo of Domingo
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first Tmavé (Dark Czech lager). A fresh bottle that made it to the US - nice.
Pours a chestnut brown color with lot of carbonation. The head is sticky and has no quit in it at all.
I've heard these beers are similar to a dunkel/schwarzbier hybrid and I'm finding that to be true.
A very clean nose of lager yeast and straight ahead dark malts. Simple, but solid. No complaints from me.
The flavor profile also follows that simple but solid path. Hazelnut, milk chocolate, and just a hint of mild saaz hops in the finish. Creamy texture (no diacetyl, though) and the soft water makes this about as straight ahead as they come...but it's simple in a good way.
I'd say it reminds me a lot of a Munich dunkel, which is a style I'm far more familiar with. It's somewhat similar to Augustiner and Ayinger dunkels. I think the darker Franconian dunkels might be close, too. Maybe a hint drier and with softer hopping.
While not the geekiest thing in the world, I'm a big fan of milder dark lagers and this fits that role nicely.
I'll be on the lookout for more of these Tmavé lagers and I'll likely grab some more bottles of this particular beer in the future. Rock Solid. If other dark Czech lagers are anything like this one, I need to go.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After my summer in Prague way back in '06 I've been looking for a good dark Euro.

Sure enough, this one pours very dark ruby, bordering on black. Aggressive foaming action spilled over the top of my Stella glass (roll eyes). Head is off-white, some one dense, and settles to a nice collar in between which is a shallow pond of foam.

Semi-sweet roasted malt hits the nose. Not a powerful aroma, nor quite as thick as some of the malt bombs from Germany and such. slight detection of burnt toast. Some spice comes and goes, nothing spectacular other than it keeps the malt at bay.

Light dark fruit is added in the flavor. Soft dark plum and prune. The malt gives it a sweetness, like a Jolly Rancher candy, but not too powerful. Slightly chewy on the back end. Hops don't intrude much here, and being from the Czech Rep I kind of expected a bit more Saaz. But, still, this is a nice beer

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a goblet glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark but thin malts, honey, caramel, lager yeast and touches of hops and fruit.

T: The taste starts out kind of sweet with flavors of caramel & honey. Then bready flavors of lager yeast and a hearty malt character come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ksimons
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear dark brown red color with a thin amount of head that quickly disappears to leave a layer of lace

S-roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits

T-similar to the smell, but a little weaker. Small amount of hop bitterness towards the end

M-medium carbonation, light to medium body

D-easy to drink, not very complex, a good session beer

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ŽŽatec Dark Lager from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 108 ratings