Czech Dark Lager

Recipes:
533
BJCP 2021:
03D
Era:
Traditional
Origin:
🇨🇿 Czech Republic
Fermentation:
Bottom
Conditioning:
Lagered
Color:
Dark
Strength:
Normal
Taste:
Balanced

Profile

Czech Dark Lager is a richly flavored, dark-hued beer with roots in the Bohemian brewing traditions of the Czech Republic. The style's history harks back to a time when lagers of various colors were common, and dark lagers held their own unique niche. This type of lager is characterized by its use of Czech dark malt, giving it its distinctive color and profile.

The aroma and flavor profiles are complex and balanced. Malt-forward notes dominate, boasting characteristics like caramel, toast, coffee, and sometimes a hint of chocolate without becoming overly sweet or roasty. The hops play a supporting role – aromatics can exhibit mild herbal or spicy qualities that complement the malt without overshadowing it. A clean fermentation character allows these malty and subtle hop flavors to shine through. On the palate, despite its darker appearance, this beer style is not overly heavy. It usually has a medium-light to medium body with moderate carbonation contributing to its smoothness. The finish tends toward the malty but still ends on a relatively dry note due to the presence of Czech hops which also add a gentle bitterness for balance.

While related in some ways to other European dark lagers such as Munich Dunkel or Schwarzbier – each showcasing their own regional ingredients and brewing techniques – Czech Dark Lagers maintain their unique identity within the tapestry of traditional beer styles by emphasizing their distinct ingredient base and historical origins in Czech brewing practices.

Specifications

Alcohol

Specification
4.4 – 5.8 %

In Database
4.0 < 4.9 < 6.0 %

Bitterness

Specification
18 – 34 IBU

In Database
15 < 27 < 38 IBU

Color

Specification
33 – 69 EBC
17 – 35 SRM

In Database
25 < 48 < 74 EBC
13 < 24 < 38 SRM

Original Extract

Specification
10.9 – 14.7 °P
1.044 – 1.060 OG

In Database
10.1 < 12.3 < 14.7 °P
1.041 < 1.050 < 1.060 OG

Final Gravity

Specification
3.3 – 4.3 °P
1.013 – 1.017 FG

In Database
1.3 < 3.0 < 4.6 °P
1.005 < 1.012 < 1.018 FG

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