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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 193
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005

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Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Czech pilsner/lager, light and subtle, but with nice complexity, great balance and liveliness.

Dark gold, it's bright and a little bubbly with a very big white head, dense and shirnking steadily but leaving an essentially permanent small head and some creamy lacing.

The aroma is wonderful. It's malty and hoppy, with toasty grain, whole wheat bread, lots of herbs, hints of apple and pine sap.

The taste is light, and crisp, a bit dry and with great sweet-bitter balance, both being a little light but leaing toward the bitter side. It's very tingly, zesty, and lively, with a light herbal, cypressy hop quality before the crisp juniper-toasted bread/grain finish. It is very enjoyable, crisp and very clean, and if not too cold has plenty of malt and hop flavours and subtlety. However, this beer will seem unimpressively bland if drunk too cold. The feel and character are also a little thinner that I think they should be, with a faint wateriness that weakens it a bit.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.49/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz Euro bottle purchased on 06/01/10. No freshness date noted.

Rich and a slightly darker golden in color, this pilsner poured out with solid effervescence and an okay head which ultimately left nice yet delicate lacing along the side of the glass.

Aromas wafting of the Czech Saaz hops. Crisp and clean in the nose. Subtle yet definable.

Smooth on the palate, the balance between the malts and Saaz hops work together hand in hand. While so many representations of pilsners (both Czech and German) tend to be overly sweet or hoppy, the level ground Zatec has found with this classic speaks to the true definition of a Bohemian Pilsner.

Quaffable to say the least, by the time this bottle was gone, I was ready for more. And at 4.6% ABV, this beer will be a mainstay in my arsenal for a long time.

Na zdraví!

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this beer for a while and wanted to try it.

Pours a nice pale golden color with a thin, one-finger head. Smells nice and malty with a mild caramel essence detected. Sweet on the nose. Taste is mostly bready, malty and sweet at the same time. Very smooth aftertaste like a Pils should have. Goes down pretty well. The aftertaste is really nice as I already mentioned.

Very drinkable and closer to the style than most American attempts.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright brilliant amber gold hue, massive chunky foamy shock white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick gashes of lacing in its wake.

Wow on the aroma. Biscuity malt blended with grainy metallic notes, baked bread and copper/iron, the essence of life.

Bready biscuity malt, thick, almost chewy, the middle is metallic grains, finishing with mild floral grassy hops. This is not merely a pilsener, it is poetry. Lingering bready malt and floral hops on aftertaste.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied for the style, the carbonation is the right balance.

Honestly, one of the most enjoyable pilseners I've tried in a very very long time, beautiful. I shall be stocking up on many more of these, it's become the ideal session beer for this summer, especially after a long hot day of slinging metal around and welding.

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Photo of Stinky
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic example of the style! I had this back to back with a Pilsner Urquell (draft) while eating a hearty Czech meal and loved the Zatec. Although it was close I preferred the Zatec over the Urquell. It is perfectly balanced between sweet malt and drying hops. Nothing is overpowering here and I certainly intend that as a complement. Subtly and restraint like this is a long process of refinement that rarely gets the credit it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass. The beer is a really pure golden color. A fizzy white head sits on top and dissipates to a nice even thin layer. Foamy, light lacing coats the glass. The smell is bright and clean, somewhat malty with a grassy touch. The beer tastes very clean and refreshing. There is a good balance here between malt and hops, the maltiness coming first, followed by a clean, slightly drier hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light with some carbonation.

Overall, this is what a beer should taste like. This is clean, refreshing, and to borrow a phrase from Amstel Light, "it tastes like beer." I wish this was available in 12 packs where i am, because I could session this every summer weekend. Highly impressed.

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Photo of beerbutcher
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with two finger bright white head

aromas of noble hops with big malty core, notes of mineral, sulfur, and trace diacetyl. beautiful.

the taste is rich and quenching for the style. on the lighter side for hop bitterness, which could be due to freshness.. intense though. lovely malt character with some slight sweet decoction character on the mid-palate. crisp drying finish with awesome czech lager yeast influence.

mouthfeel is beautifully balanced. awesome carbonation, supporting bitterness and loads of nuance.

all in all, one of my favorite pilseners ever. love this style..

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer recently made an appearance in Houston, so I picked one up to review. I am pretty sure that this is the same beer that used to have that little temperature sensor integrated into the label that turned colors when it was the proper drinking temp. I don't see that on this bottle, so maybe I am mistaken...or it didn't work out. Either way, here we go.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very slight orangish hue to it. There is a small head of white bubbles after the pour that actually stuck around for about a minute before falling back in the beer. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it stays around anyway indicating that there may be some mouthfeel to this beer.

Aroma: I initially get a blast of Saaz that is unmistakable. There is a dry grainy background that is a big player in the aroma as well as the Saaz. As the beer sits a bit, and the volatiles are driven off, it is taking on a sweeter aroma with the hops playing a supportive role rather than the lead. That was an interesting "changing of the guard"

Taste: The flavor is also led by hops, but the malt is the main player in the finish. This beer definitely has more mouthfeel than I think any other Czech beer that I have tried. The hops are there in the flavor and somewhat in the finish as a bit of a "I just ate some greens" kind of feeling on the back of the throat. Overall the malt is in charge of this beer and I am actually feeling a little bit of the warming from this beer...which makes me raise an eyebrow at the 4.6%.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. I like the malt balance as well as how they have the hops playing such a big role in the aroma and then a supporting role in the whole flavor presentation. This beer definitely has more malt presence than I am used to for this style, and I like that. I think that since the guidelines for this style are broad enough to encompass this beer, I will score it pretty high based on that.

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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull goldenrod color, completely transparent and letting in light in a way that gives it a certain luster. Bit of head formation that leaves only the smallest of patches of lace on the glass.

S: Clean profile with subtle hints of butter as well as an almost soapy aroma, but not quite. Hops seem to give it the tiniest bit of spicy and floral scent, but this is difficult to pick up at first.

T: Introduction is smooth and very minimal on the grainy taste, which is accompanied with the buttery and soft bread notes. The pale malt is fortified nicely, and it adds an interesting character to this beer. A sweeter side rears its head as it edges toward the finishes, that washes out cleanly and ever-so smoothly. Lingering Saaz hop bitterness gently clings to the palate as it fades softly.

M: Great level of carbonation, not overdone, which some have a tendency to do. This helps to accent the buttery side of things, giving it an almost syrupy quality that never fully materializes.

D: Incredibly drinkable, as far as Pilseners go, which I find to be quite quaffable anyway; I find the flavor profile stands out amongst others of its ilk. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this beer's rather unique composition for a style that was built on replication of perfection. To me, this one stands out, and is worthy of a taste from the seasoned beer veteran to the novice, as I think its characteristics will delight either one.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A clear light yellow with loads of bubbles and two fingers of bone white head that has great retention and leaves lots of lace. pretty sexy looking if you ask me

S some honey, floral hops and a fair bit of malt with a little lemon

T more malt then hops but pretty a decent balance to go with the sweet citrus, I'm enjoying this one

M crisp, clean, very smooth and well carbonated, no complaints here

D very nice I have no major complaints with this beer other then the price

I've been told there's record of Zatec paying taxes in 1004, so after a thousand years it only makes sense that they could brew a great lager

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a golden body with excellent clarity. The head sticks around for a while before fading into a thin film that leaves light lacing on the glass.

S - Grainy, sweet honey malt with lots of honey and graham cracker character. There is also a note of herbal European hop character in the background.

T - Light, grainy malt up front with some grassy hops. More malt sweetness show up in the middle as hop bitterness begins to push back. Grassy hops and light malt in the finish with moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very nicely done. One never knows what to expect with unknown beers from Europe, bit this one turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A rich malty aroma turns into a light, grainy flavor profile with more than enough hop character to keep it balanced. Very drinkable and a nice example of the style.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear golden with a huge cloudy head.

S- Smell is nutty citric pilsner malt and some noble hops

T- Tastes like it smells but the malt really dominates and the hops tickle the tongue

M- Light and well carbonated

D- Light beer makes for superior drinkability

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer all day long.

There was nothing outstanding about this beer, but that is maybe why I like it so much. It was super clean, bright, nice floral aroma, with a perfect balance in the flavor and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was spot-on effervescence with the perfect amount of malt to make it interesting.

It would be super interesting to taste this baby fresh in the Czech Republic.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a very slight haze. Generous white head rises up nicely and retains well.

Nose is traditional bohemian hop character, some slight skunk (perhaps light exposure), and an overall "metallic" aroma.

Moderately malty sweet on the palate. Hops rush in to dry things out. Decent balance. Very refreshing. Very drinkable.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a willibecker glass.
Slightly deeper gold than your average pilsner, topped off with a thick cap of white foam. The head laces in thick sheets. Great head retention. A bit of a chill haze, not perfectly clear, but that's fine.
Smells soft and delicate. Very malt driven, with perhaps a touch of caramel aside from the standard fare of light kilned pils malt. Soapy, grassy czech hops round things out, with some vague grassy fruitiness.
The flavor is very soft and malt driven. Elegant, with a medium body that stick to your ribs and buoyant, fine bubbled carbonation. A faint touch of caramel to the pilsy malt. A thin drizzle of honey. Slight macintosh apple and grassy flavors. Balancing, soapy hops in the finish, just oozing czech pils. Easy going and very drinkable, but highly satisfying. The difference with this one is the softness. Not dry and ultra crisp like the german version. This is what i think of when i think of real, good pilsner beer.
Very solid. A little different, fuller than what I expect from the style. I'd buy this again when I'm looking for authentic pilsner beer. When your region is famous for its hops, it's tough to go wrong. It's a must to try this when the bottle is fresh. An old bottle won't do you any favors.

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Photo of Naugros
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like an American pilsner, pale straw color, crystal clear, slight head, lots of bubbles.

But then the comparison to an America pilsner ends with the smell. Czech hops immediately come through with some grassy scents reminiscent of when Pilsener Urquell still used wooden tuns.

This is not extremely full of flavor, in fact it is almost neutral if not for the hops with only a hint of what the malts bring to the table.

This is light, crisp and refreshing. It is now my new "I've just finished mowing the lawn" beer. There is no bite to this at all and it satisfies a thirst. There is virtually no aftertaste.

I could down these one after another, washing down a pizza or finishing off some wings. Anything an American lager can do, this can do better. I guess a century of brewing leads to perfection in the style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Old Chicago.

It poured a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam that receded quickly to just some spotting.

The smell was of light malty notes and a good presence of spicy hops.

The taste was pretty nice. Some sweet malt, bread, grain, that put together, placed it on the sweet side but there was some decent hop character to balance out the sweetness and made it pretty darned drinkable. It had a light mouthfeel and it finished fairly crisp and dry. I think this would make a very good beer to session on.

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Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour two and a half fingers of slightly off-white head that fairly quickly dissipates. Head retention is minimal, with not much lacing at all. Beer is hazier and darker than many pilsners I've tried with an almost sunset yellow color. Carbonation is less than expected.

S: Definitely has the pilsner nose, but with more. The malt can be detected a great deal more than in most beers of the style. While the same grassy and hoppy notes are present, there is a sweetness and minerality in the nose that isn't in most pilsners I've tried. It's surprising, and good.

T: The same mineral notes are very prevalent throughout the beer. Grass and grain lead the way when sipped, followed by subtle malty tones and tart, under ripe fruit. The hop bitterness caries this through the finish, with citric and herbal/vegetal tones appearing. The aftertaste is minerality and diacetyl (green apples). Very refreshing. This seems like it'd be a great food beer.

M: Pilsner body. Fully carbonated without being aggressive in its seltzer qualities.

D: Pilsner. Crush it. Drink it all night. Not high enough in alcohol to get you in trouble unless you're a real jackass and tasty enough to drink with enjoyment.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, earthy spicy hop aromas rise up from the glass as your pour the brilliant straw colored liquid into the glass. Its crisp and clean and bright with light grains and a pleasantly bitter hop finish. A refreshing light beer with discernable flavor.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery golden with a soft and foamy pure white head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Smells of grassy, slightly menthol/mint hops with rich grain. Tastes rich and smooth with fresh bready malt and grassy saaz hops. Light bodied and refreshing with nice hop bittering in the finish. A great session beer and way underrated IMO.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of white foamy head that leaves some lacing on the way down. The aroma is strong with caramel malt. The taste starts with the caramel sweetness and then becomes slightly bitter and then finishes with more malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. Overall a great beer to have some sausage and kraut with.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If there's any question as to what Saaz hops give to a finished beer, well then... here you go.

Zatec begins with a dark straw / golden color that carries a white pillow of foam while showing light lacing and good retention. The beer has a mild haze despite the lable boasting the term 'bright'.

The soft pilsner malt profile is bready, rich, and has light notes of fresh yeast. Craker-like and with a subtle smoothness, the malts don't show the graininess that most lagers do. But the hops holds the success of this beer. Quite elegant, earthy, spicy, floral, and bitter; this beer may be a single-source hopped beer- the fingerprints of Saaz hops is all over it. The balance of the beer neither favor the malt or hops but the blend of both give a long lingering impression of spice and bitterness.

The body is medium but seems higher as the carbonation disipates. Malt sweetness and light kettle caramelizaiton also gives a bit of weight to the beer while adding complexity. Quite earthy and with a bitter and dry finish.

This is quite a tasty beer that showcases the Zatec (Saaz hop growing reigon) very well.

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