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Brewed by Bernard Family Brewery / Rodinný pivovar Bernard
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Humpolec, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Dark lager with a fine yeast culture is an unpasteurized beer brewed from four types of malt, with a distinctive full taste and a fine bitterness. Its special flavour makes it unique on the Czech beer market. From Bernard´s family brewery portfolio this beer is the most recognized in Czech and foreign degustation competitions.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oppear (112) - Tallinn, - JUL 2, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2013 Visuals are good, smell’s not much and the taste is watery, roast and some melon. This is drinkable but I can not find a reason to buy this yet again. Maybe when visiting some Czech’s.


3.4
djcampbell (361) - Moravany, CZECH REPUBLIC - DEC 4, 2017
Dobré pivko s jemnou chutí, řízem, kávovým aromatem a jemnou nadýchanou pěnou.

3.9
MetalNHopHead (2223) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 28, 2017
I'm hoping that the recent availability of Bernard is sign that more Czech beers are coming to my state. This brew has a dark brown pour and a tan head. Quite pretty to look at in a tankard. Toasted grain notes and some earthy char. Mild dark fruit sweetness toward the middle-back of the mouth. At the very last, there's a complex bitter, herbal finish that's redolent of pipe tobacco. A fine example of Czech Lager beer.

3.8
wlajwl (7124) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2017
Aroma is standard dunkel, malts and hints of fruit and tobacco. The flavor is malts, toffee, mild dark fruit/tobacco and a mildly sweet/tart finish.

3.2
hatchet90 (167) - Wroclaw, POLAND - NOV 26, 2017
Butelka 0,5l, Kaufland Czechy. Ocena wystawione na podstawie wspomnień z degustacji.

3.2
geolgau (519) - Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA - NOV 5, 2017
Roasty profile, very malty but light to drink. Fine bitterness makes this an enjoyable lager.

3.7
Alebarasi (168) - Dobrova, SLOVENIA - OCT 3, 2017
Dark brown/amber color with a medium large tan head. Medium body, average carbonation, no lacing. Smell of roasted malts, caramel, grains, coffee, milk chocolate, molasses/burnt sugar. Taste is similar, with notes of (toasted) bread, nuts, cola, plums and dark berries. Oily mouthfeel, slightly sour notes in between, mild aftertaste. Enjoyable one!

4.1
superspak (6094) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2017
330 ml bottle into lager glass, bottled on 4/28/2017. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light tan head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of coffee, caramel, smoke, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/grassy hop and roasted bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light coffee/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is an outstanding schwarzbier! All around awesome complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Clean and rich Munich/roast malts, with just enough hops to balance sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

4
Benters (98) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2017
Pours a very dark brown with small beige head, average carbonation. Aroma of dark roasted malt, hints of coffee and fine hops. Taste is crisp, refreshing with roasted malt, coffee, some caramel and dried fruit malt sweetness which is well balanced by fine hoppy bitterness. A very enjoyable, drinkable medium bodied lager.

3.2
KoNrRiI (1657) - Århus, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2017 0.3 draft @ Café Louvre  Very dark brown with a large, creamy, latte-colored head. Aroma of caramel, coffee, and DMS. Taste brings in more vanilla-like flavors though coffee and DMS remain strong. Medium, creamy, soft. Overall quite good for a commercial brew.

3.2
Ritzn (1890) - GERMANY - AUG 6, 2017
Black with little brown head. Aroma is butter slight herbs. Taste is smooth roasty bitterness with sweet malty butter. A bit rough on the tongue.


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