Czech Dark Lager (3D)

Style Characteristics

SRM Range:14 - 35
IBU Range:18 - 34
OG Range:1.044 - 1.06
FG Range:1.013 - 1.017
ABV Range:4.4% - 5.8%

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A rich, dark, malty Czech lager with a roast character that can vary from almost absent to quite prominent. Malty with an interesting and complex flavor profile, with variable levels of hopping providing a range of possible interpretations.

Style History:

The U Flek brewery has been operating in Prague since 1499. Many small, new breweries are brewing this style.



Medium to medium-high rich, deep, sometimes sweet maltiness, with optional qualities such as bread crusts, toast, nuts, cola, dark fruit, or caramel. Roasted malt characters such as chocolate or sweetened coffee can vary from moderate to none but should not overwhelm the base malt character. Low, spicy hop aroma is optional. Low diacetyl and low fruity esters (plums or berries) may be present.


Dark copper to almost black color, often with a red or garnet tint. Clear to bright clarity. Large, off-white to tan, persistent head.


This style is a combination of the Czech styles *tmavy le ak* (11-12.9 P) and *tmave specialni pivo* (13-14.9 P). More modern examples are drier and have higher bitterness while traditional versions often have IBUs in the 18-20 range with a sweeter balance.


Pilsner and dark caramel malts with the addition of debittered roasted malts are most common, but additions of Vienna or Munich malt are also appropriate. Low mineral content water, Saazer-type hops, Czech lager yeast. Any fruity esters are typically from malt, not yeast.


The beer is the Czech equivalent of a dark lager ranging in character from Munich Dunkel to Schwarzbier, but typically with greater malt richness and hop character (aroma, flavor, and/or bitterness).

Commercial Styles:

Bohemian Brewery Cherny Bock 4%