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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 133
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005

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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 OKCNittany
3.16/5  rDev -11%

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009.

clear golden straw color. 1-finger head fades to thin wispy layer. lacing is pretty sparse except for the bottom 1/3 of the glass.

aroma: bready malt, faintest hint of apple, lots of aromatic and floral/herbal saaz hops. but then... the apple comes in strongly again towards the back. whiff of sulfur (but bordering on skunk... uh oh...)

taste: similar to aroma, but a bit watery. moderate bitterness from the saaz, but not as fresh as hoped, mixing with possible phenol/fusel, and again that apple. green apple, to be precise - acetylaldehyde? "uh oh" again...

light body, smooth, with hint of astringency for a flash in the finish before smoothing out again. crisp, moderate carbonation.

i'm burping up skunk though...

i have a feeling this is an old bottle. the lack of a date or batch numbering scheme is almost never a good thing.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 500mL bottle from Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY for $3.99. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This clear straw yellow brew initially gives an inch of eggshell head that sticks around quite well, settling to after a few minutes to a thin whispy layer and a thick meniscus around the glass. Pretty good, for what it is. Leaves a respectable amount of lace throughout the session.

Smell is a bit of pungent pilsner skunk on a hearty background of thick raw grains and silage with a tiny bit of diacetyl. The skunk fades eventually to reveal a little metallic twang and more sweet-ish silage.

The dry finish is of lightly buttered corn. Mouthfeel is light/ light-moderate (3 out of 10) thickness, slightly zingy carbonation. Taste is pretty unremarkable, I guess a bit of caramel and silage.

Photo of ordybill
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
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

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of herrburgess
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of KeefD
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, nice foam and lacing. Skunky aroma, a bit husky, and decent use of hops. Spicy hop flavor, grainy, husky, lots of cereal flavors. Crisp, fairly easy to drink, but not a fan of the flavor, so wouldn't want too many in a sitting. I've had much better Czech beers.

Photo of sommersb
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle with no date code. Served in a pilsener glass.

A: Clear, golden color with a white head 4 fingers high that had a nice amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Crisp and floral hop aromas are dominant, with a citrus or lemony character. Very little in malt aromas, but there is a touch of malt sweetness smell.

T: Taste was clean and mainly about the mild hop bitterness. Something also had a souring aspect that was unpleasant.

M: Mouthfeel was a light bodied beer, with a medium amount of carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

D: I wasn't too impressed by this pilsener. The off-tasting sourness didn't leave me wanting another.

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic Pilsener appearance, clear golden colored beer with no trace of chill haze and a good puffy white head. A little more head and it would have received a higher score.

Sharp Nobel hop scent and it isn't exactly shy. Herbal, grassy, spicy and a bit bitter smelling the malt is completely secondary here. Mild Pilsener malt, it mostly just stays out of the way.

The taste begins sweet and grainy, not what I expected from the smell. Malty for the style the hop is mostly a bitter aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is OK.

It is always a shame when a beer scores so well in appearance and smell but doesn't deliver in the taste department. This is an OK beer but just not a great one. I cold see tasting this again in Europe but there is no reason to get a six pack of this stuff.

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