Brewed by Pivovar Herold
Style: Polotmavý
Breznice, Czech Republic


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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
A well-hopped riuby-red Czech classic, brewed using the finest Saaz hops, specially selected malts and pristine water from the brewery’s own well. This full-bodied beer shows that there is more to the Czech Republic than Pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Poured from bottle into Flat Earth pint glass. Clear, medium reddish-brown with thin head that dissipates too rapidly. Very light lacing. Aroma for toffee, nuts, cherry and smoke. Overall, pretty good for a malty lager. Very malty and somewhat sweet - caramel, plum, cherry and some nuttiness. Slightly spicy finish from the Saaz. I really wish the spiciness was stronger to balance the sweetness. Leaves a cloying aftertaste. Moderate carbonation, medium body (relatively full for a lager and almost syrupy). Nice to try something different from the Czech Republic, but I would prefer a Pilsner. That said, this is pretty good, but nothing worth seeking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bonster (181) - Jersey Shore, New Jersey, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle from Beer of the Month club. Pours a red copper with a small head that quickly dissipates. Aroma was a malty caramel. Tastes of malty sweetness, it was more watery than I expected but that’s not a bad thing. I started tasting a hint of vanilla halfway through that I did not pick up on right away. Good beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coldbrewky (1532) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2009
Bottles via Bonster the monster in trade. Many thanks. Pours a deep umber/copper with very little head other than the initial pour. Sweet malts prevail in both nose and body. Vanilla tones apppear at edges for me and move no further. Nutty earth tones light whisp about as well. An easy drinking medium minsu body. Creamy body dominates as the hops appear nearly at the finish...a bold move by any brewery so closely linked to the Zatec and Saaz hop regions.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OldBoss (27) - Tuttle, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 7, 2009
Thanks to my BOM Club for this beer. Pours a clear deep-ruby color with an off-white head. Aroma of bread dough, nuts, mild fruits and a hint of spice, notably vanilla. Flavor of pale malts, with a hint of caramel, and distinct noble hops, and the same bread and mild spice as the aroma. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a mildly bitter finish. Had this beer at the brewery in Breznice, in Europe about two years ago and this brings back good memories.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Serving: 33 cl. bottle. Appearance: Reddish brown with a small, foamy, off-white head. Aroma: Light roasted malt notes, caramel, and a sharp hop note. Taste: Caramel, nuts, some roasted notes, and a slight metallic note. Some malt sweetness lingers in a medium-short finish. Palate: Medium carbonation that is pretty crisp with a medium-full body. Overall: A decent flavor profile and highly sessionable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Christian (11981) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 13, 2009
Deep amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of malt, slightly fruity with a metallic edge. Malty sweet flavour with some licorice and a touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MiP (14562) - Sřnderborg, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle, 5.8%. Clear dark brown colour. Light brown head. Quite roasted flavour, a little raw liquorice. Faint hint of aroma hops. Late bitterness, quite rough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6893) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 7, 2009
Biggish shiny yellowish head. Dark amber body. Fruity peppery dusty aroma. Dry-sweetish banana roasty caramel taste with dusty watery grassy notes. Thin-to-mid body. Smooth mouthfeel. Lovely balance and harmony. Dry watery dusty roasty aftertaste with grainy notes. Very, very nice. About as good as a dark 14P will ever be. (0.3l draft, Pivovarsky Klub, Prague.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a clear glowing caramel amber with a medium sudsy off-white head. Rich caramel malty aroma with subtle grassy notes. That is a very good vienna... rich sweet toffee, lovely caramel, lightly grassy, sweet but not annoying, perfect amount of back-ground hops. Great medium/full bodied mouthful, not sticky, fluffy softer fizzy abundant carbonation. This is an excellent example and very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (31416) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2009
Bottled. A dark amber beer with no head. The aroma is sweet malty with notes of caramel as well as light notes of alcohol. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of straw and caramel.

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