ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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189 Ratings
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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.65%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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 greenmonstah
1.35/5  rDev -62%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of yelterdow
1.8/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of nick76
2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of theopholis
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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?

Photo of goochpunch
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of titvs
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of geexploitation
2.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of mralphabet
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of erz316
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of shadow1961
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of kegger22
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Zatec Pilsener pours a dark yellow, almost amber, with a two finger head that dissipates to a splotchy skin covering. The aroma is sweet blandness. The taste too, is sweet, mild and inoffensive. The feel is light bodied and not much carbonation. Zatec is highly drinkable due to it's low ABV and mild taste.

To sum it up, all I can say is ehh, moderate, middle of the road, etc.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/14/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear darkish yellow color body, big foamy white head, lasting. Strong malty aroma, some balancing hops and dryness present too. Some fresh grain scents. Nutty malty taste, clean tasting. Somewhat grainy, nutty aftertaste. Crisp. Satisfying, and a decent amount of flavor. Very carbonated. Not too shabby. Less flavor as it warms.

Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow colored, pils foam, white anc compact.
Grassy, good hop. But even the malt is perceptible.
In the taste is a little more malty, even if in the back the bitterness is still well present. Dry.
Grassy bitterness aftertaste, even if not really long.
Pleasant and drinkable beer, typical czech pils.

Photo of allengarvin
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml, no date on it. New in the Texas market so hopefully it's fresh. Served in a Weizen glass. Very bright gold color with a large initial head that immediately collapsed, leaving not even a film across the top. Grainy malt nose with a very light touch of hops. Flavor is blah, with bland grainy malt and little bitterness. Fairly well-attenuated, so not very sweet. Clean finish.

A below average Czech pils. No real flaws, except for blandness.

Photo of baos
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From Brief notes:

Bottle into mason jar

A: Nice golden color. Some lacing.

S: Grains and a bit of malt.

T: Yes this is a Pilsner. Very refreshing. I need this on a 90 degree plus day.

M: Pretty watery but not really that bad.

D: Very drinkable. Drink away.

Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of epicness
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark yellow color. Nice white head. Hardly any lacing.

S - Had a bit of a skunky smell to it. Little hoppy with some grass smell. A bit of lemon and floral notes.

T - It's a typical pilsner. Take that with a grain of salt, I said typical. I didn't say good. It's... average. A bit grassy on the taste. Nothing really jumps out at you. The taste doesn't leave you disappointed, but it definitely leaves you wishing it tasted better. It's just really simple and standard. Not bad though.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. It's what you would expect just by looking at this beer or knowing it was a pils.

D - The best thing about this beer is you could drink a couple of them easily. I'm not saying you'd actually want to or like to drink a couple, but it's very very easy to drink.
The beer didn't jump out and grab me.
Again, it wasn't bad, but it just dind't do it for me.
Very average on all levels.

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