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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 SometimesIfart
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


Another gift from the neighbor. He just must not have liked these brews since he seldom gives any thing away at import level prices. A clear bottled Czech Lager? iI must say I am a bit skeptical but let's see how it has held up.

Look - Pours a bit of darker golden than your average Euro lager with a fingers worth of bubbly white head that doesn't stick around for more than seven or so seconds. Carbonation appears to be on about medium with this one, and no lacing is anywhere to be seen. 3.25

Smell - Musk straight off the bat with a surprising though welcome dosage of clean maltyness without a hint of skunk. Grass is apparent without consuming the nasal passage. 3.25.

Taste - The musk is clearly on the forefront upon the time it touches your lips. The grass fades a bit and is only noticeable if you really choose to look for it. Once again no sign of the skunk in any way, shape or form. 3.25.

Feel - Carbonation is moderate and it sits a touch watery and easy going. No frills in this category. Flavors completely turn off. 3.25.

Overall - A bit above the average . Clean and easy drinking without any of the notorious off flavors. Not too shabby at all. If the price were lower I'd drink it as a go to when I need something to wash down beerlf brisket. 3.25.

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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 flyingpig
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint in Smith's of Smithfield, London (£4.95):
A shaky start with a poor look & weak nose but things soon picked up. Sweeter than expected but there was a good balance & it was easy to drink; a pretty nice beer but it could easily have been so much better.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 500 mL bottled poured into a stemmed Pilsener (beer tulip) glass

Appearance: Clear, deep gold with a bright, white head; modest lace.

Smell: Malty, bread and grain. Grassy, earthy and spicy hops.

Taste: Good, round malt body with spicy noble hops. Bitterness builds towards a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a smooth feel and moderate but gentle carbonation.

Overall: A solid Czech Pilsener with good malt and noble hops

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Photo of ordybill
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt aroma with some floral and hop background.
Appearance- Beer is a golden amber color with a long lasting white head.
Taste- Has a pleasant bitter malt flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with medium carbonation and a dry finish
Overall- Nota bad beer but I have had better Czech beers

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Photo of titvs
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 2B). Bottle 33cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: malt background with faint herbal hop aroma. APPEARANCE: golden yellow color and very clear. thin head with medium-low retention. TASTE: malty sweet balanced with some bitterness that does not linger. very faint hop flavours. finishes a bit dry. no esters. PALATE: medium-light body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a sub-par czech pilsner. should have more hop character.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsener glass. Suprised to find this at the "3rd best" beer store in my area, after never seeing it at the other too. Am a fan of Czech Pilseners, so I tried it.

A - Pours a dim peach-orange color with some haze. Not much of a head. Large amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Not a bad looking beer.

S - Malt, and very unique for a pilsener, some peach, apricot, and even a bit of lime. Very unique.

T - Smooth maltiness, and the fruitness mentioned in the aroma's is there, too. Very unique. Lot's of peach (and not in an artificial, nasty way) and apricot. Finishes smooth with a nice flavor.

F - Very crisp and clean, leaves just a bit of dryness. Could certainly session this beer.

O - Nothing outstanding, but it's a good pilsener. One of the more unique pilsener's I've tried, considering the light fruity flavors. Light and crisp but plenty of flavor. Again, not outstanding, but a good pilsener.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this Czech style Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Pilsener poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head and featured below average retention and left very little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted off fresh baked bread, and grassy hops. Medium in body, this Pilsener had a base of malted husky malted grain, touch of lemon citrus, white pepper and bitter hops. Decent example of a Czech Pilsener, I believe this to be pretty authentic. Prost!

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GMB
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zatec Bright Lager pours a bright golden amber with a small fizzy head that disappears as quickly as it appears. Scores of surprisingly large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass before racing towards the top. Within the brew are visible a few streams of finer bubbles, which seem to rise more gradually. Festive.

Very appetizing roasted malt dominates the nose. Hop presence is surprisingly minimal. Yeast aromas are present, as is a slightly tinny smell.

Right away I can tell that I am going to feel conflicted about the taste of this beer. The sweet roasted malt is overpowering. Shouldn't Czech Pilsners be crisp and clean? This one isn't. But the yeast strain has produced a buttery flavor that is one of the best I've tasted in recent years, and although the hops are overpowered, there is something delicious about this beer. The hops begin to show their bitterness about half way through. Their aroma, however, remains just out of my palate's reach.

The mouthfeel is nice. It is a bit more viscous than I expect from a Pilsner, but the viscosity does complement the malty character nicely.

Zatec comes up short when compared with other commercially available Czech Pilsners. But it is a delicious beer that I have bought before and will buy again.

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Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass.

A-Golden yellow, bubbly head that dissipated into a thin, white surface. Decent lacing on the glass. Looked like a pilsner lager!

S-Grains, wheat, malt, and a little caramel. There was not a lot going on in the smell.

T-Unlike the smell, the taste had more to it. I could taste sweet caramel malt, czech hops, a crisp finish with an aftertaste of cloves, spice, and salt and pepper. Very refreshing.

M-Light feeling with carbonation on the moderate/high side. Not sticky, just right for this style.

Overall-Great sessionable beer for anytime. Great with any type of food. The Czech's know what they are doing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

one of the classic czech pilseners. pours clear pale golden color with a one inch white head that is gone instantly. smells meadowy, floral and grassy, malt driven but balanced. flavor really features the czech malts, they are light and grainy, very pleasant in all seasons. some mild hops on the finish, which is very crisp and dry as can be. mouthfeel is good for what it is, obviously very light on the body, but still with plenty of flavor, excellent carbonation. overall this is a nicely balanced and very drinkable pils, exemplary of the czech style, and usually widely available at a reasonable price.

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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 steveh
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this brew a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I've never been able to find it since -- till now. Let's hope it's the same as I remember.

$3.30 500 ml brown bottle.

A -- Hmm, gusher on opening, never a great sign. Hazy god to dark straw color with a pretty thin white cap (maybe the majority of carbonation went on the floor and into the sink). A vigorous pour of the last few ounces in the bottle yields a denser head, yet it still settles quickly

S -- Light, but rich bready malts with a mild spicy hoppiness back. Even a touch of resins and fusel.

T -- Light bready malts that blend into a mellow citrus, spicy hop blend. Dry, bitter finish and aftertaste, light bready sweetness and some of that light citrus character in the aftertaste too.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to nearly syrupy with a high-medium body.

O -- Overall, I think this is an old bottle. I certainly didn't have a gusher on the first one I tried a few years ago (I would have never been looking for it again) and the resiny hop character is not very smooth. No freshness dating to be found on the labels.

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

I picked this bottle up yesterday towards reviewing all 104 styles. My buddy (Naugros on this site) recommended Zatec as one of the better styles.

When I opened the bottle, I got a ton of Saaz hop smell from the top. I poured it into a pint glass and got a pretty decent amount of light foam from the top. The beer is a bright golden with lots of tiny bubbles coming up.

The saaz hopping continues off the top and in each sip. There is a lot of flavor in this. Also, I get a little bit of sweetness on my pallatte.

I don't normally drink czech pilsners. This seems like a really good example of one. This is a far better option than Pilsner Urquel.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle, with code of "961000" on back label. not sure what that means.

appears a clear pale golden color with bright white head. some lacing. aroma of pale malt and grassy hops.

taste is fairly flavorful. a bit bready. hops are earthy, with a touch of spice. body is a bit more substantial than most pilsners, dry aftertaste. medium carbonation level is fairly smooth.

overall - much better than expected, my first Czech Pilsener.

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Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with lots of foam. Carbonation remained steady throughout.
The nose and flavor profiles pretty much were as I expected.
Pale malts, saaz hops (hoppy, but not overly so), and just a hint of diacetyl creaminess.
My bottle was gone before I knew it and while I didn’t specifically crave another, I can certainly imagine going back for glass after glass.
While it’s certainly good, I find that it’s not really all that different than the cheaper and more ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. That’s certainly not a bad thing, and it’s probably a fine illustration for how consistently good Czech pilsners are on the whole.
While my score tends to say this isn't anything special, there are no issues either. I tend to think that with the lighter Czech beers I have yet to have a beer that blows the others away. I've had German pale beers that have, so I'm going to have to hunt for a Czech one...Kout perhaps?

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this Czech Pilsner was a clear, 24k gold color, just as it should be. The white was only a thin layer but the retention was good and the lacing in fishnets that lasted all the way down my glass. The aroma was of Saaz hops, crystal malt and a bit of sweet malt. The flavors were clean and crisp, though not overwhelming. I tasted the pleasant Pilsner malts, bready grains and some lemon grass and herbal notes from the Saaz hops. Nothing was big about this beer it was well-balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth but slick, the body medium and the carbonation light. Very pleasant albeit non-distinct.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Poured a pale golden color with about 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with very little lacing.

S: Very bready smelling.... I'm also getting a little wheat and yeast.

T: Straight up bready malt, with a small touch of hops... very small...

M: Light body with a pretty lively carbonation. Pretty crisp.

D: Very easy to drink with the low ABV and light body, but there just not much flavor here. Pretty bland.

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Photo of powellmg
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, golden-yellow beer with a thick, white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate aroma of malt, noble hops. Crisp, classic pilsner taste with a slight metallic bite. Soft mouthfeel, low-moderate carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant pilsner. Very drinkable.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. Clear straw yellow color with slowly lifting bubbles revealing a thick than lager average body. Very light malt smell. Taste too is quite light and although not dramatically different from BMCs it has more richness and is clearly an edge above. There's a decent pleasant bitter hops finish which lasts. Label says they've been brewing since 1004 and I see why they're still going strong.

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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 chocosushi
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Saramisu!

500ml->Large Foster's Glass

A ~ The color of dead bermuda grass. Like a Gold with a green hue. Head settles rather quick. Beautiful carbonation that's stays the entire glass. Tight lacing.

S ~ Saaz (spicy-earth) and kneaded dough with a slight floral aroma almost like a daisy.

T ~ Very herby (like oregano & dried parsley) with alot of fresh bread notes. Nice bit of arugula as well, but Mostly herb-bread characteristic through and through. A scattered apple flavor is in there as well. A warm cereal character also on the finish, Like peppered porridge.

M ~ Good mouthfeel at first, but the finish is sort of grainy and sticky. Takes away from it, especially on hot days like today.

D ~ Pretty good bohemian Pilsner. True to the style with a decent amount of hops. Good lager for ale fans who need a break from "bigger" beers.


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