Zatec Dark Czech Lager, an offering from Czech brewer Zatec Brewing, poured into the glass cola brown with ruby highlights, topped with a sticky tan head. The nose was mild, with very light roasted grains being the defining characteristic.
Zatec Dark Czech Lager opened with a surprisingly peppery hop start that perfectly set the stage for the roasted coffee malts. As the carbonation and hops mellowed, the lager took on a somewhat watery body, heavy in minerals. Zatec faded on a slight, stale coffee close.
Zatec Dark Czech Lager does a great job of balancing dark complexity and light drinkability.
Good, crisp lager snap and body complimented by a dark, complex malt profile. Not as big or in your face as modern brews, but highly refined.