Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark color. Made a three finger head with low retention.
Nice aroma of toasted malts and dark chocolate.
Flavor of toasted malts with coffee and caramel notes. Earthy/hay hops also emerges through its malt, and gets more and more present as it warms up.
Dry aftertaste, a bit oily and buttery.
Medium body and low carbonation.
Good beer, faithful to style and very pleasant to drink. A beer not for drinking a single bottle, once it has a good mix between drinkability and flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
maslupulos (39) - North Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep copper with small amount of tan head that quickly disappears. A more roasty aroma than most dark lagers. Coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and something that reminds me of the yoohoo chocolate drink in a bottle. Nothing like elementary school nostalgia while rating beers on the internet. Very grainy taste. Lots of sweet toasted malts that give way to an earthy hop finish. Drinks very light and smooth with a slight hop bitterness left on the tip of the tongue. A unique dark lager.
wedgie9 (2528) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Found some notes from 2010. Pours deep clear amber with a thick beige head that leaves heavy lacing. The nose is dark caramelized malt, cereal, and just a touch of nuttiness. The flavor is dark cereal malt, a nice dose of caramel, some sweetness, and the same nutty hint from the nose. The body is light with lively carbonation and a medium bitter finish.
rlgk (15335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Prague Beer Museum. Clear deep amber/mahogany beer with a rich lasting beige head. Roasted malt aroma, sourish notes, hazelnuts, caramel, some chocolate. Roasted chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee notes, raisins, some coffee notes. A bit thin bodied. Roasted and fruity finish with caramel and chocolate.
laiti (7744) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
33 cl bottle @ home. Rated on 14.02.2009
Aroma is slightly sweet and malty with some syrupy notes and hints of herbs. Flavour has bready malt, roasted notes and some chocolate. Slightly harsh finish with coffee and hints of metal. Better than I expected.
omikr0n (817) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with quickly disappearing white head. Aroma is malt, roasty, unpleasant peat and caramel. Flavor is malt, caramel, coffee.
Syzzer (625) - Oregon, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a pretty good dark lager. Straight forward, similar to schwarzbiers. There is a simple malty roasted overtone. The head is weak, color a dark brown/clear. Mouthfeel is ok. Not bad, not great. 6.4 BD 9.7 Joek
StuOhBrew (10) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of those beers that just hits me the right way. There is nothing truly extraordinary about it - it is quite smooth and drinkable, with notes of caramel and chocolate - but the simplicity strikes me as honest. Not all of Zatec’s Lagers are all that impressive, considering the age of the brewery, but this one has long been a favorite of mine.
glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate toasty and nutty for the malt, light herbs for the hops, faint earth for the yeast with cola and brown sugar in the background. Head is small, frothy, tan with some slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and bitter. Palate is medium, a little slick with a lively carbonation. Not a very complex Dunkel, but it’s got some nice deep and drinkable qualities to it.
promontor (93) - HUNGARY - NOV 24, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
0.5l bottle bought at Bohémia Sörszalon. First of all, I am not sure whether this is really the Zatec Xantho. It is the botle shown on the picture and its label says Dark Lager Beer. No word Xantho on it. (The brewery homepage anyway says Xantho is bottled in 0.33 bottles...)
Anyway, here is my verdict: Neutral aroma, very little foam that vanishes completely very soon. Quite disappointing and quite unbelievable from a Czech lager. Taste is mostly sweet, bit roasted, bit liquorice. Very simple. Moderate carbonation. Looks and tastes like a dead home-brew. Did not like it.