Žatec - Žatecký Pivovar
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Reviews by erz316:
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
1.9 pint brown bottle poured into Brooklyn pokal.
A - a slightly hazy brazen color. a good forming head, bright white, that quickly thins down to a whispy layer on top.
S - a light smell of citrus, concentrating on orange peel, and some grain like sweetness.
T - bitter hops are right out front, while the faint grain/malty sweetness lingers in the back. the malts stick around for the finish and dominate that area of the tasting process, while the primary after taste is a bitter and cereal-like taste. not a very complicated beer, and the hops are not very prevalent. I haven't a clue as to why this was on the great beers display along with westmalle and samuel smith.
MF&D - the feel is slightly thicker and heavier than water, and the lack of carbonation makes the beer feel quite dull over all. I would preferably find another beer rather than have another one of these.
02-03-2009 03:37:01 | More by erz316
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3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
Poured into a becker a light golden with a thinner wispy white head,alot of tiny bubbles.Sharp herbal hops and metallic aromas,the big hops remind me somewhat of a northern German pilsner,its quite sharp.Flavors again are sharp with herbal hops,lightly toasted and grainy with that hard water/iron-like tinge to it as well.To me this lager is saaz hops on steroids,its almost to brask for my taste....and Iam a hophead!
06-03-2011 21:14:21 | More by oberon
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.
It looks like flavorful Pilsners are in style again and gun- ning for a comeback in the US--like Zatec Bright Lager, which just landed on our shores.
It's bright--crystal clear, in fact. A shade darker than we expected, but certainly within the golden realm. Big grassy, earthy aroma of spicy hops, and a long, clean grainy nose that shows a bready side. The hard pour- ing knocked out a good bit of its crispness, but the top-notch smoothness makes up for it. Moderate body. Thick on fresh grain, almost brash but the dry malt flavor and the clean husk in the finish show deep, complex features. The hop bitterness is slow to build, but it's very flavorful, with undertones of spice, rose water and lemon. Finishes semidry with an ever-pres- ent graininess.
Without a doubt, this is a good beer. For the US consumer, it's a slam dunk if you're looking for a refreshing, clean and tasty Pilsner. A hearty bowl of beef stew would make for a delicious pairing.
11-13-2010 21:05:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Presentation: It was poured from a brown, 1pt.0.9floz. or 500ml bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body has a bright golden color with some visible carbonation and very good clarity. The head is thin and foamy with an "egg shell white" color. It leaves only a little spotty lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is full of floral Czech hops with some light white bread malt.
Taste/Mouth feel: There is a clay like earthy quality with some very light metallic notes mixing with hops on the tongue. The hops are floral, grassy and a little bit leafy. They add a mild, pleasant bitterness to the flavor. Its body is light with a zesty texture and carbonation that tickles the tongue. The finish is quick, crisp and end on a mildly bitter note.
Notes: This is a good solid Czech pilsener. It was very refreshing and enjoyable.
07-16-2008 16:12:14 | More by generallee
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
500 ml brown bottle pours a medium yellow body with an attractive white head. Plenty of patchy lacing left on the glass. Aroma is spicy hops and sweet grainy malts. Light body with a zesty carbonation. Taste features the hops which are spicy and a bit earthy. Grainy and bready malt becomes much too sweet. Hop bitterness returns to rescue the finish and make for a nice drinking pils.
11-21-2007 14:22:24 | More by merlin48
4.6/5 rDev +28.1%
Appears a bright golden transparent straw color, forms a collar of white thick head, tight bubbled nice lacing. Aroma has pale biscuit malts, spicy Saaz hops green grassy herbal qualities...just a very nice smell here. Flavor equally pleasant and quaffable, brngs some glory back to the Czech lagers after the dumbing down of Pilsner Urquell. Nice toasted malts, blended into a biscuit/cracker flavor backed with spicy/herbal noble hops. It's no Victory Prima as far as aggressiveness in terms of bitterness but it's hoppy, definitely a well made Czech pils. Mouthfeel is crisp dry refreshing never falls flat extremely refreshing taste, this is liquid bread and it's light bodied lager. It now makes more since why the Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other nation, solid from beginning to end I hope to find myself a steady fresh supply of this currently served at Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson.
09-26-2010 22:03:45 | More by WVbeergeek
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
500ml bottle. The label simply states: 'Since 1004'. Wow, really? Oh, it refers to the namesake town in the Czech Republic, which, in German is 'Saaz'. I can see where the confusion arises.
This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of slow-disappearing puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves some layered drooping ring lace around the glass.
It smells of bready, biscuity, and grainy pale malt, fresh grass, a faint dry drupe fruitiness, and mildly spicy, floral hops. The taste is strangely spicy sweet bready pale malt, like there's a touch of rye in there or something, a growing apple/pear fruitiness, some gritty, buttery yeast, and fairly sassy floral, grassy hops.
The carbonation is moderate, just a sedate frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and quite plainly smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess. It finishes clean, yet not particularly crisp, a still heady malt echo and dulled grassy hoppiness holding court.
Easy enough to drink, but lacking the crisp, crackery nature of the better versions of the style, this one would have to rank farther down the imported Bohemian pils chain in my town's finer booze emporiums. Kind of a disappointment, given exactly where this one comes from.
11-21-2010 04:09:12 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
There's a beautiful richness to the malt in Zatec, in both the flavor and the aroma, that it almost overwhelms the beautiful spicy, almost minty, grassy and floral hops.
It pours a crystal-clear deep amber that borders on becoming copper, and its creamy white head holds quite well, leaving behind walls of sticky lace as you drain the glass.
The beautiful maltiness and delicate Saaz hops welcome you in the nose, and carry right over into the flavor. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it's clean and refreshing, finishing dry with a swirl of spicy hops left to linger on the palate.
A very nice, interesting pils with a little more malt than most!
11-04-2007 20:14:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Not really a great looking beer, but that kinda goes with the style. Slightly dark, not straw-colored like I expected, more of a standard pale ale color. Pale orange, like the skin of a nectarine. There's a foamy head for a while, but it doesn't have a lot of retention, though it leaves a thin ring up top.
I've not cared for the pilsner style, but after having a Czechvar, it's growing on me. This is one of the first characteristics that distinguishes the Czechs from the Americans in the pilsner game. This has a grainy smell, but has nice compliments of floral and citrus.
The different tastes are subtle and may not stand up to any food you might be eating. Pilsner malts dominate and while the hops carry over from the smell, the floral and citric notes are very muted.
Very loose, watered down feel. Little body. Slightly acidic, faintly bitter finish.
Nothing to write home about. More or less a session beer as far as I'm concerned. Better than American macros, but only by a bit. Not bad, merely average.
09-10-2012 02:45:24 | More by RickS95
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours an effervescent straw with 3 fingers of cream colored head. No head retention & some lacing
S: Perfumy, lemony, & soapy hops
T: Grainyness, soapyness; too much (rinsed the hell outta my pils glass)& lemons up front. Soapyness dominates until this warms way up, then herbal & lemon hops sneak through. Finishes with a whisper of honey malt, a bit of pear fruittyness & then lemony & more soapy hops.
MF: Light bodied, so-so balance, with fairly hard carbonation that softens as this warms. Okay balance
Drinks okay, my advice, let this get to ale temp before drinking. As it was it warmed up quite a bit prior to sampling. Otherwise, you got a a blah, Czech Pils here
10-28-2008 04:11:55 | More by russpowell
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
Pours a clear pale golden color with a large white head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. It is missing the Saaz hop aroma that this style posesses. But it does not smell skunky either. I pick up a lot of bready malt and yeast. Not as hoppy, bitter, and dry as the better Czech Pilseners. Mostly malt flavor upfront with the hop flavor coming in at the finish. Bitterness is low as well. Nothing wrong with the flavor but just a bit "meh". Also it is not as crisp and clean as the better pilseners. Light bodied with spirited carbonation. An easy drinker with a low ABV would allow great consumption but I would prefer a different kind of pilsener.
06-06-2010 19:14:13 | More by morimech
4.2/5 rDev +17%
S: Grassy notes, floral, daisies mostly, touch of bread crust, slight spiciness. Touch of corn.
L: Clear golden yellow, nice fluffy creamy head, great retention.
T: German corn maltiness with some grassy bitterness. Bitterness is fairly low, maybe due to moderate carbonation. Finishes with some spicy dryness. Nice bready/corn sweetness, great balance.
M: Nice full body without being slick. Enough carbonation, could use a little more.
A very good pilsner, i really enjoyed this, the exact flavors i expect out of a pils.
08-09-2010 01:07:55 | More by bum732
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a .5l bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a pale yellow with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers, white and leaves little lace.
The smell is mild yet crisp hops with a load of biscuity malt.
The taste follows. Light yet crisp hopping and a biscuit malt taste profile.
The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is average. Not quite up to the Check Reputation.
The drinkability is ok for a summer refresher.
03-10-2008 22:43:36 | More by MuenchenerKindl
3.95/5 rDev +10%
Pours a very light yellow honey color with a nice white head.
Nose is a light floral grapefruit with hints of light pine and light white bread/yeast.
Very pleasant light hop/yeast flavors with actually a nice balance; crisp, clean although somewhat short in the finish. Relatively simple character and flavor.
A bit light/thin/weak for my taste but very fresh and clean tasting.
06-04-2009 09:14:17 | More by GRG1313
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours to a patchy but lasting head that laces generously. Dark golden color. Aroma is fresh sweet malts and honeylike floral and spicy hops: 100% Zatec (Saaz) according to label. Flavor comes in with a blend of sweet, clean malt and a spicy, tangy and crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is light yet substantial. Overall, a very good Bohemian Pilsner.
08-22-2014 23:52:11 | More by EagleTalon
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
A- pours a golden straw color with a small white fizzy head and no lace.
S- some floral hop, clean grass, and sweet malt
T- clean malt with some yeast strain, floral hops and just a bit of lemongrass
M- light-med body, low-med carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, a bit of yeasty chalkiness in the finish
O- this one is clean and drinkable, nothing special but not bad.
11-13-2012 02:10:47 | More by Treyliff
2.73/5 rDev -24%
Pours out a honey color with no bubble action and a thin head that dissipates into a thin ring. Smells of soft floral hops, honey, pale malt and has a graininess. Really disappointing flavor here as it tastes awfully similar to Heineken and its ilk. Really sweet maltiness with a overbearing graininess and faint hop character. Has a bit of a bitter edge to the finish, but overall this is pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is moderate with a relaxed bubbly sensation on the tongue. This is so-so. I was expecting more from a Czech lager, but got something that was quite blah.
10-21-2007 06:26:08 | More by goochpunch
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Poured an extraordinary clear bright orange with a slight, foamy white head that was speckled with macro-bubbles that soon collapsed to a sudsy layering. Visible carbonation was extremely soft, almost non-detect.
D: very faint and light by nature with some light caramel, oranges and a touch of spicy hops.
T: sweet oranges, dry caramel and honeyflowers. There was some popcorn hints, dried butter and light bread dough as well a touch of fruitiness (apples) that sneak in. Overall a rather nice flavor that finishes with a some malt sweetness and semi-dry oranges.
M: had a medium viscosity, was buttery with a flat carbonation with some oranges on the fade and swallow.
D: Decent drinkability, a nice flavor overall that was sweet, citrusy making for a moderately good drink.
07-04-2008 11:28:30 | More by beerthulhu
3.5/5 rDev -2.5%
Bright, high-clarity yellow color...a finger of foam rises and falls to a film. Spritzy, crisp carbonation, very light feeling. Spotty lacing that washes itself away. Aroma of bready grain, honey, vague herbals.
Taste is also light in that it's fairly simple and straightforward. Some nuance of herbal hop with a lingering peppery tingle on the tongue. Mineral water, pale malt, and i'm guessing noble hops form the key components of this Czech Pils.
Very easy drinking, light carbonation, with a delicate body. No offensive qualities, clearly a fresh sample. Refreshing on a hot summer night...
07-27-2007 02:31:44 | More by emerge077
2.63/5 rDev -26.7%
Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light to medium gold, supporting a 2 finger white head with little retention. No lacing at all.
Smell- Lots of corn-vegital aromas. Some continental hops come through, but I am fearful.
Taste- Fortunately, it tastes much better then it smells. Nice but subdued , malt sweetness,with a hint of hop bitterness. Hop bitterness no where near enough for a Pils, but it ain't awful.
Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is an odd combination. This is one of the softest beers I've ever had. (Glorious). It's also a tad under-carbonated. The soft, mild body is almost worth buying the beer by itself.
Drinkability- Not great, but not absolutely wretched.
10-08-2008 02:50:11 | More by theopholis
Žatec from Žatecký Pivovar
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