Sunday Road SR 14° Czech Dark Lager

Czech Dark Lager

First, they made the pale Czech Pilsner. Then, the amber Polotmavý. So it’s fitting that Sunday Road should now take the next logical step and make a dark Czech lager: a Tmavé Pivo.* It’s not a common style, but it’s a delicious one.

Like the amber lager, SR 14° uses the starting gravity of the beer** in its name: in this case, 14° Plato. Like both of the previous beers, it uses traditional Czech ingredients: floor-malted Bohemian malts and Saaz hops.

And while we’re comparing it to other beers, let’s answer the question for anyone who (like me) hasn’t had the pleasure of a dark lager tour of Europe: how is this similar or different to other dark lagers that I’ve tried?

It’s fuller and sweeter and less roasty than a schwarzbier, shares some flavours with a Baltic porter but with less oomph, and has slightly more focus on hop character than either. It’s also got that nice, sweet, toasted bread crust character of a Munich dunkel.

Prunes and brown sugar on the nose carry through into the mouth, but there they caramelise in a saucepan and meet some dark chocolate and the aforementioned sweet toast. But while that stewed concoction would be sticky and sweet – and quite a strange combo, though I’ll taste most things once – SR 14° manages to hold the line with a relative dryness and subtle bitter spice, making it extremely drinkable.

This dark lager invites, begs, demands you to session it, and to say again and again with ever increasing joviality - “Na zdravi!”***

Mick Wüst

*If, like me, you’re not well acquainted with these classic Czech beer styles, don’t worry – not all of us can be Judd “real-head” Owen.
**If this talk of gravity and Plato is baffling to you, see the Polotmavý write-up.
***As you may have gathered from the context, this is the Czech way to say “cheers”; it means “to health”. But it can also be used after someone sneezes, so now I’m kind of tempted to do the same with other phrases. Might start saying “gesundheit” when I clink glasses with someone.

Published June 6, 2024

Sunday Road Brewing

147 Bath Road
NSW 2232

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