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Ferdinand Tmavy Lezak | Pivovar Ferdinand / Pivovar Benešov

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Brewed by:
Pivovar Ferdinand / Pivovar Benešov
Czech Republic

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Globetrotter on 07-24-2004

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by gnoff:
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2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle from a beer shop in Prague, Czech republic.

Clear rebrown color, big lasting creamy tan head.
Fresh sweet malty scent, also some fruitiness.
Butter taste, lots of red wine as well.
Medium bitterness.
Larger than medium mouthfeel.

Too much butter (not butter scotch, clear butter...) for me.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Miha
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

BBD of aug 29 2006Pours deep ruby red/slght chestnut witha 2 fingers+ tan head that drops off fast. No lacing or head retention

Smell: Licorice & iron

Taste: Licorice, iron & choclate up front. Fruittyness & raisin notes follows, along with husky grainyness. Finishes fruitty & with a little too much licorice taste

MF: Light to medium, with a okay balance & inadequate
carbonation levels

A so-so take on a style I really like, wonder if this was better at the source? Didn't see it when I was in prauge & carlsbad a couple of times

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Photo of BVGDrug
4.35/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Globetrotter
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a tall brown half liter bottle with a tapered neck and a quite non-descript blue, white and gold label with little more than the brewery's coat of arms and the name. The most obvious packing difference between the pale and the dark is that the neck label here is all dark, whereas on the pale bottle, the top half of the neck label is white. Sugar and two other indecipherable but chemical looking ingredients are included. Best before 3/29/05, I opened it on 7/24/04.

Pours a clear copper bordering on burgundy hue under a very bubbly one finger tan head that fades very quickly, leaving no lace. The nose is mild, but there's a nice caramel presence that whets the appetite. The mouth is mildly carbonated and medium-bodied. The taste is a bit watery, but substantially caramel. It's sweet and slightly sticky, with no hops to provide any balance. The finish is sweet, and the aftertaste is all caramel - nothing else. A bit too thin for the style, this beer is drinkable, certainly, but not close to the best of class.

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Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a Pilsner glass this is a clear Coca-Cola colored beer with a decent tan head that does last for a bit.

Mildly sweet aroma with wheat bran and raisins and figs in the aroma. Mild chocolate aroma and a complete lack of coffee aroma.

Taste is mildly sweet with a Raisin Bran flavor at the beginning. Slight soy sauce flavor to this but not strongly and it doesn't detract from the flavor. A virtual taste clone of Pete's Wicked ale.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability is good. It is basically a Pete's Wicked Ale Clone.

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Photo of ChiSox05
2.19/5  rDev -33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a fluffy off-white head on top of a clear reddish brown beer.

Smells like dish soap with caramel malt underneath.

The redeeming quality of the taste is a slightly burnt coffee finish. Most of the time though it just seems like something is off in this, like the grains were old, or low-grade.

Carbonation must have taxed inself on the head because there isn't much to liven things up. Medium body.

I'm pouring the rest of this out, it's flat, the taste is off and it smells soapy .

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Photo of ernie
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with a red streak. Low carbonation, great and long-lasting creamy head. Plenty of lace, too.

Aroma malty, roasty, with a distinctive fruity accent (raisins, figs, sweet plums).

Start malty, very soft, than taste becomes stronger and richer, disclosing brown candy sugar, fruity yeasts and well-roasted grain. A 'burnt' note in the finish. Aftertaste long, complex, delightful.

Really worth a try.

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz brown bottle with the foil on the neck and a nice label. Clear freshness dating wich is always nice to see.

The beer pours a very dark brown with a tan head.

The nose is of roasted malt, smoke and bit of chocolate.

The initial taste is of roasted malts and coffee. The beer also has a bit of dark bread taste to it. A bit of earthiness emerges later. Apple flavor immerges even later. Lots going on for lager! Only downside is a bit of sourness that creeps in and it seems out of place.

The mouth is decent and the carbonation is a bit subdued which works well with this beer. Easy enough beer to drink, interesting enough to be seasonable and would be good to pair with some sharp cheeses.

This is much better than the other beer (the Pilsner) I had from this brewery. $1.09 from Sal’s in Elmhurst, IL.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of BeerBeing
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 0.5 liter brown glass Euro-generic bottle, gold and white on black and silver label, black and gold foiled neck

Appearance: clear coppery gold color, medium beige head, minor lacing

Smell: caramel and minor citrus

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, very strong caramel, some citrus

Notes: below average brew

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Photo of paulish
3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crystal-clear nut brown that displays a significant infusion of ruby, as well as bright orange edges, when held up to even minimal sunlight. The buff colored crown is nice looking and suggests quality brewing (here's hoping the rest of the beer follows suit). It's firm enough to maintain its structure for more than several minutes and leaves a respectable amount of lace in no particular pattern.

Tmavy Lezak smells like a garden variety Euro dark lager, although better than most. It is, at once, fruity and lightly caramel-like, with neither characteristic really overwhelming the other. Thankfully, I can appreciate very little of that stale mustiness that seems to emanate from the vast majority of EPLs and EDLs.

The flavor is flatter and less interesting than the aroma. While semi-interesting in the nose, it becomes 'beer by the numbers' on the palate. All style elements are in place, but the goods aren't delivered with enough panache. Many Euro dark lagers taste artificially flavored to me, as if the brewers used dark caramel syrup or extract to achieve the desired flavors rather than actual barley malt. This one tastes a little like that, although not horribly so.

The flavor profile consists of dark caramel, toasted nuts, mild cocoa and, again, the barest suggestion of musty hops. Sweet and bitter are both in the house, but neither one of them tries very hard. The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style and doesn't stand out in any way. A little more carbonation would add mouth interest since the flavor is so lacking in it.

Ferdinand Tmavy Lezak was beginning to make inroads against my dissatisfaction with the EDL style... until the all-important taste test. While far from horrible, it's yet another sub-par Czech beer that I can easily do without and will forget as soon as I toss the bottle into my recycling bin.

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Ferdinand Tmavy Lezak from Pivovar Ferdinand / Pivovar Benešov
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 15 ratings
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