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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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BA SCORE
81
good

186 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005)
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Photo of RickS95
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

RickS95, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of Jsteez
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Jsteez, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Mike925
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Mike925, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

mattparsons, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bigred89, Jul 03, 2012
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.

StonedTrippin, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

JuicesFlowing, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of Hallce2
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Hallce2, May 20, 2012
Photo of beaulabauve
4/5  rDev +12.4%

beaulabauve, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of thisladyluck
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

thisladyluck, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of steveh
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

steveh, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of aztraz
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Drinking_Milkshakes
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Drinking_Milkshakes, Mar 25, 2012
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.

ummswimmin, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

jmdrpi, Feb 08, 2012
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?

Domingo, Feb 06, 2012
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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Kahlerbock, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

mralphabet, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of powellmg
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

powellmg, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

MoreThanWine, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

nickfl, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.55/5  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.

PROSiT!

chocosushi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker a light golden with a thinner wispy white head,alot of tiny bubbles.Sharp herbal hops and metallic aromas,the big hops remind me somewhat of a northern German pilsner,its quite sharp.Flavors again are sharp with herbal hops,lightly toasted and grainy with that hard water/iron-like tinge to it as well.To me this lager is saaz hops on steroids,its almost to brask for my taste....and Iam a hophead!

oberon, Jun 03, 2011
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