Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Budweiser Budvar Tmavy Lezak - Dark Lager (Czech Republic)
Budweiser Budvar Tmavy Lezak - Dark Lager
Reports show that 160 litres of beer is consumed per person in the Czech Republic annually. Of that beer 98% is of the pale lager variety. So in 2004, it was seen as quite a strange move for the original Budweiser company to launch a dark beer. For the first two years it was only available on tap but once it was released in bottle form and distributed both nationally and internationally it started to grab people's attention. At the same time the beer started winning awards including Czech Republic's Beer Consumers Organisation at which it won a gold medal.
The Dark Lager is brewed with 100% Czech hops - Saaz, semi early red varietal. Moravian Pale, Munich, Caramel and Roasted Malts are also used in the recipe.
On first pour an intensely dark brown clear liquid is present, almost black in colour. With a tan coloured frothy head. Caramel and roasted coffee is definitely on the nose with slight earthy or hay qualities. A slight sweetness with a medium bitterness and a chocolate flavour on the tongue. The beer itself feels quite light bodied with some carbonation.
Overall it is a different style lager and there are some interesting qualities. It would be very session able due to it's light palate but with some good chocolate malt and bitter flavours there is enough for an enjoyable drink on it's own.