Žatec - Žatecký Pivovar
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1.3/5 rDev -63.8%
500 mL bottle that was on sale for half price, which never really bodes well... I'm guessing it's 50 years old. With no bottling date, I can't know thought, so I'll just go with it.
A - Pours an odd murky yellow, like the piss of a dehydrated person. Wimpy head.
S - Skunky and sweet. Sickly sweet. Not good at all.
T - Like sugar water poured into a soapy glass. This is horrifying. There is a touchy of something resembling breadyness, but nothing worth noting.
M - Light body, and just so impossibly watery. It really feels like water. Carbonation unnoticeable.
O - I think I'm going to be sick. This must have been the cause of Slovakia's split with the Czech Republic.
I can't imagine this is what this is meant to taste like. Something must be wrong with the bottle. Neat cap for my collection, though.
04-14-2011 22:21:19 | More by greenmonstah
1.8/5 rDev -49.9%
500ml bottle purchased today for $2.49 at Total Wine, River Edge. Served at fridge temperature in a traditional stange.
Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light to medium gold, supporting a full three finger white head that gingerly pops away. Very little lacing.
Smell- Husky, sweet malts fill the nose... then comes a heavy, vegetal sweetness that prepares me for a possible clunker. It gets worse by the minute...
Taste- Cloying and *very* unimpressive flavors roll around on the tongue... it's artificially sweet tasting and quite tough to get down. After the swallow, there's nothing even resembling the usual hop bitterness, just an adjunct-ridden overall character.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Weak and flabby... the miniscule carbonation level never gets interesting, and it reinforces the poor qualities thus far in the tasting. Undrinkable.
08-25-2008 02:46:18 | More by yelterdow
2.23/5 rDev -37.9%
The aroma is like corn malt with some grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with latex. The palate is watery. Overall it's nothing I want again and everything is weak. Make sure you pass this one up.
11-20-2008 05:28:35 | More by nick76
2.55/5 rDev -29%
Appearance - Clear straw body. White one finger head with decent retention.
Smell - Skunky as hell. Corn meal or hominy.
Taste - Metallic. Bad. Corn meal or something.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and full bodied with good carbonation.
Overall - I could not enjoy this beer. The taste is fatally flawed by that off flavor.
04-02-2011 23:50:20 | More by ZenAgnostic
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
2.63/5 rDev -26.7%
Poured this 16.9 oz. undated, brown bottle into a pilsner glass. The body was clear and golden. Three fingers of fine crisp head receded to faint lacing.
Smell was citrus and dry, malted grain. Soapy. Understated.
Taste was lightly tart. This tartness was balanced by a sweet lemon flavor.
Mouthfeel was medium/light in body with light carbonation. Smoother than expected for a Czech lager. I didn't sense the Saaz aromas of grainy texture I associate with Saaz hops (a favorite of mine). Maybe this bottle was a little old?
02-12-2008 16:56:44 | More by Cresant
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
2.85/5 rDev -20.6%
Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a (nonreal) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on October 30th, 2010. Pours a clear yellow gould with a lot of bubbles. Two and a half finger head that appears fairly creamy and thick. Retains well. Appealing.
Smell: Nice aroma of zest and malted barley. Sweet and appealing, but not too strong. Hops are pronounced.
Taste: A soft open that escalates through the hoppy notes and into the strong finish. A tangy aftertaste is a little unbalanced. Built well for a pilsener.
Mouthfeel: Too wet throughout. Too smooth until the finish. I wish the mouthfeel better complemented the taste.
Drinkability: There are better pilseners to be had, but this is worth a bottle or two for fanatics.
10-30-2010 18:13:43 | More by kojevergas
2.93/5 rDev -18.4%
Pours with a dirty gold color and a head that never quite dissipates. Slight aroma of some salty bananas and cooked grains. There's relatively little Saaz character for a beer so named. On the palate, rather bland and inoffensive, with bitter hops kicking things off before things become a bit more rounded with pale malts. Nothing too deep or interesting. Mouthfeel is light, with medium carbonation, with yet again no distinguishing characteristics. Overall, this is a blah beer that has little to recommend it, but little to leave a drinker disgusted. It commits the cardinal sin of being nothing.
07-17-2007 00:07:06 | More by geexploitation
2.98/5 rDev -17%
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.
12-12-2011 05:10:56 | More by mralphabet
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Average in every respect .
It has a sourness , that can be a downfall for my palate in Pilsners ,which is the most remarkable thing about this beer.
it is pleasnt and enjoyable but very ho hum middle of the road.
Many others offer greater delights in the fascinating world of Czech Pilsners
03-08-2009 03:25:26 | More by jarmby1711
3/5 rDev -16.4%
Appearance: A pale yellow with hues of orange there was a two finger head that was foamy and bubbly. The head dissipated to a white foamy ring around the glass.
Nose: Light malt with some sulfur and yeast. The are some bananas, citrus, esters, and sweet honey.
Taste: Light malt with yeast, and some citrus. There are notes of esters, there is a sulfur, and sweet honey
Overall: It is a light beer that to me is kinda skunky. It is easy drinking. The mouthfeel is carbonation, with a sight bitterness at the end. The finish lingers in your mouth but for just a second. Not a great pilsner, just okay
12-28-2008 00:07:08 | More by colts9016
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
3.03/5 rDev -15.6%
Lemony amber with a filtered clarity and a three finger crown of yellowed ivory. The foam has some heft to it and appears to be reasonably sticky in the bargain. Too bad there's very little lace. The appearance is a little better than fair-to-middlin'.
I wish some (make that all) of these Euro lagers had dates on them. There's no reason for me to think this particular bottle is old, but the nose is less than tremendously hoppy. Each inhale brings a modest amount of Saaziness that is on the musty (and musky) side rather than being bright and snappy.
Same thing on the palate. There's a fraction more malt present than is usual for the style, so maybe that's why the hops aren't as pungent as they could be. As I get into the middle portion of the bottle, the bitterness becomes more noticeable, although the hop flavor doesn't improve substantially. In addition to musty, there's now a grassiness and a mild spiciness that keeps me somewhat interested.
The mouthfeel is appropriately light. Unfortunately, it doesn't hang in there until the finish and could stand to have a few more bubbles zipping around. I always like it when the carbonation is lively enough to make up for the flavor profile's shortcomings. It tells me that at least some part of the beer is trying.
Zatecky Pivovar has a long, storied tradition of brewing. I'm a little skeptical of the 'since 1004' on the label since I've always thought that Brauwerei Weihenstephan is the world's oldest brewery, having started operations in 1040. In any case, Zatec is far from the best Czech pilsener on the planet and isn't worth a purchase as far as I'm concerned.
10-13-2007 12:56:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Zatec Pilsner pours a big fluffy head over a clear
golden brew. Carbonation is lively and the nose is
light barley malt. The flavor is pleasant, slightly sweet
barley malt balanced out by an herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but crisp, and there's just a bit
of that herbal hop in the aftertaste. Pretty simple stuff
really, but not a bad little pils. Worth a try.
10-12-2007 07:41:21 | More by shadow1961
3.05/5 rDev -15%
Bottle from Party Source on 11/10/2007.
Poured clear amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.
Moderate grassy hop aroma.
Medium body with lively carbonation.
Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.
My expectations where met.
11-12-2008 16:07:01 | More by tmoneyba
Žatec from Žatecký Pivovar
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