Žatec - Žatecký Pivovar
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3.75/5 rDev +4.7%
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that has good retention properties.
S: There are aromas of bready malts in the nose along with notes of floral hops.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bready malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing.
03-08-2011 03:33:57 | More by metter98
3.03/5 rDev -15.4%
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
3.53/5 rDev -1.4%
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy head that dots the pislner glass with lace
Smell: Bready aroma with a decent whiff of Saaz hops
Taste: Bready and grassy with a building influence from the floral and spicy hops; after the swallow, the malt takes on a more important role than the hops into the finish
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent
Drinkability: An OK pilsner but nothing particularly special; easy to knock back
01-04-2008 23:50:57 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +11.7%
If there's any question as to what Saaz hops give to a finished beer, well then... here you go.
Zatec begins with a dark straw / golden color that carries a white pillow of foam while showing light lacing and good retention. The beer has a mild haze despite the lable boasting the term 'bright'.
The soft pilsner malt profile is bready, rich, and has light notes of fresh yeast. Craker-like and with a subtle smoothness, the malts don't show the graininess that most lagers do. But the hops holds the success of this beer. Quite elegant, earthy, spicy, floral, and bitter; this beer may be a single-source hopped beer- the fingerprints of Saaz hops is all over it. The balance of the beer neither favor the malt or hops but the blend of both give a long lingering impression of spice and bitterness.
The body is medium but seems higher as the carbonation disipates. Malt sweetness and light kettle caramelizaiton also gives a bit of weight to the beer while adding complexity. Quite earthy and with a bitter and dry finish.
This is quite a tasty beer that showcases the Zatec (Saaz hop growing reigon) very well.
03-16-2010 02:15:52 | More by BEERchitect
3.95/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours a very light yellow honey color with a nice white head.
Nose is a light floral grapefruit with hints of light pine and light white bread/yeast.
Very pleasant light hop/yeast flavors with actually a nice balance; crisp, clean although somewhat short in the finish. Relatively simple character and flavor.
A bit light/thin/weak for my taste but very fresh and clean tasting.
06-04-2009 09:14:17 | More by GRG1313
3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
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!
06-03-2011 21:14:21 | More by oberon
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
Bright, high-clarity yellow color...a finger of foam rises and falls to a film. Spritzy, crisp carbonation, very light feeling. Spotty lacing that washes itself away. Aroma of bready grain, honey, vague herbals.
Taste is also light in that it's fairly simple and straightforward. Some nuance of herbal hop with a lingering peppery tingle on the tongue. Mineral water, pale malt, and i'm guessing noble hops form the key components of this Czech Pils.
Very easy drinking, light carbonation, with a delicate body. No offensive qualities, clearly a fresh sample. Refreshing on a hot summer night...
07-27-2007 02:31:44 | More by emerge077
3.45/5 rDev -3.6%
A - Poured out a clear, golden yellow color with a bubbly, white, three-finger head. It left small amounts of lace.
S - It smelled of grains/corn and a light malt.
T - It tasted of sweet corn and had a slight hop bite. Again, a light caramel taste.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.
D - Not great, but an average Czech Pils. Maybe a little over priced at $3 for a 1pint 0.9oz bottle.
09-07-2007 00:53:44 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: Clear golden-amber, slightly darker than average for the style. A vigorous pour produces 3 fingers of head in a tall pils glass, which retains very nicely.
Smell: A mild spicy hop aroma with notes of biscuit and hay beneath it. Subtle but very clean.
Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp biscuity malt with a hint of caramel sweetness. Very light and subtle, this is a decidedly malty pils; it doesn't quite have the hop bite that I'm looking for, but I am impressed by its exceptionally clean flavor. The finish remains fairly malty; I think this beer would benefit from a touch more dryness.
Drinkability: Very sessionable, but there are other pilsners I'd choose over this.
06-27-2008 22:28:56 | More by largadeer
3.58/5 rDev 0%
500ml bottle. The label simply states: 'Since 1004'. Wow, really? Oh, it refers to the namesake town in the Czech Republic, which, in German is 'Saaz'. I can see where the confusion arises.
This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of slow-disappearing puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves some layered drooping ring lace around the glass.
It smells of bready, biscuity, and grainy pale malt, fresh grass, a faint dry drupe fruitiness, and mildly spicy, floral hops. The taste is strangely spicy sweet bready pale malt, like there's a touch of rye in there or something, a growing apple/pear fruitiness, some gritty, buttery yeast, and fairly sassy floral, grassy hops.
The carbonation is moderate, just a sedate frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and quite plainly smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess. It finishes clean, yet not particularly crisp, a still heady malt echo and dulled grassy hoppiness holding court.
Easy enough to drink, but lacking the crisp, crackery nature of the better versions of the style, this one would have to rank farther down the imported Bohemian pils chain in my town's finer booze emporiums. Kind of a disappointment, given exactly where this one comes from.
11-21-2010 04:09:12 | More by biboergosum
4.22/5 rDev +17.9%
There's a beautiful richness to the malt in Zatec, in both the flavor and the aroma, that it almost overwhelms the beautiful spicy, almost minty, grassy and floral hops.
It pours a crystal-clear deep amber that borders on becoming copper, and its creamy white head holds quite well, leaving behind walls of sticky lace as you drain the glass.
The beautiful maltiness and delicate Saaz hops welcome you in the nose, and carry right over into the flavor. A brisk bitterness backs it, and it's clean and refreshing, finishing dry with a swirl of spicy hops left to linger on the palate.
A very nice, interesting pils with a little more malt than most!
11-04-2007 20:14:43 | More by NeroFiddled
3.63/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours nicely with a pretty clear gold tone and a smaller off white head. Nose is of roasted and cooked cereals. Mild sweet tone is also there. A bit, earthy also shall we say. Flavor is, eh...okay. Mild cereal character and a slim fruit aspect don't really hold out for long and it drops out fairly quickly. At least quicker than I would like it to. Still, it is okay enough I suppose. Feel is typical really and not too exciting. Overall this is an okay pilsener. But for the prie? I have to say no.
03-10-2008 01:51:56 | More by RblWthACoz
4.13/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
07-23-2011 06:47:05 | More by nickfl
4.6/5 rDev +28.5%
Appears a bright golden transparent straw color, forms a collar of white thick head, tight bubbled nice lacing. Aroma has pale biscuit malts, spicy Saaz hops green grassy herbal qualities...just a very nice smell here. Flavor equally pleasant and quaffable, brngs some glory back to the Czech lagers after the dumbing down of Pilsner Urquell. Nice toasted malts, blended into a biscuit/cracker flavor backed with spicy/herbal noble hops. It's no Victory Prima as far as aggressiveness in terms of bitterness but it's hoppy, definitely a well made Czech pils. Mouthfeel is crisp dry refreshing never falls flat extremely refreshing taste, this is liquid bread and it's light bodied lager. It now makes more since why the Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other nation, solid from beginning to end I hope to find myself a steady fresh supply of this currently served at Giant Eagle Market District in Robinson.
09-26-2010 22:03:45 | More by WVbeergeek
3.18/5 rDev -11.2%
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
10-28-2008 04:11:55 | More by russpowell
3.5/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
06-17-2012 15:53:43 | More by StonedTrippin
3.55/5 rDev -0.8%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet smelling pilsner malt scent along with a light hop nose and a somewhat dry, clean finish. The taste is decent as well. It has a light, clean tasting flavor that boasts of pilsner malts and not much else. Where are the hops here? It's dry with a bit of malt sweetness and a faint hop character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer. I would like some additional hop character, but it drinks well.
11-17-2010 22:10:11 | More by WesWes
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.
a - Pours a pale golden color that is very transparent, with high carbonation and an inch of white head.
s - Smells of wheat, bread malts, and a little yeast.
t - Taste again is mostly wheat and bready malts. Not too much going on here.
m - Light body and light carbonation. Very crisp.
d - Very easy to drink with the low ABV and light body, but there isn't much to the smell and taste...just some like wheat and bready malts. Not bad but wouldn't really look to buy again.
05-04-2010 22:51:26 | More by mdfb79
3.43/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich gold color. Aromatic notes of sweet, butterscotch malt, grassy grain and spicy hops. This has a really inviting aroma to it, I really like the mix of hop and malt notes, though it could perhaps use a touch more hop aromatics.
Fairly dry, with an almost tartness, though not really. Biscuit like malt and a fresh grain character are accented by a hint of butterscotch. The beer is fairly well carbonated which provides an extra tingle on the tongue and a touch more palate cleansing character. Herbal hop notes evoke thoughts of lemon grass, hints of mint, fresh cut hay, and an almost green basil like thing. A touch of bitterness in the finish, as well as a touch of lemon-like tartness. This is on the dry side for a traditional Czech Pilsner, it seems to be lacking that malt fullness and even the diacetyl is a touch on the lower end. Still this is a decent beer, one which I would happily consume a few pints of.
09-04-2007 04:44:40 | More by Gueuzedude
2.85/5 rDev -20.4%
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.35/5 rDev -6.4%
(Notes of Aug. 2010) Tasted by a pint at a pub in London, served cold in a straight imperial pint glass.
A: golden in colour, a good white foamy head leaves nice lacing behind, lively carbonated.
S: understated notes of grassy hops plus light malts... very normal, or, a bit too light to be honest.
T: a clean palate of malts and weak hops is followed by fruity undertone of malts+hops, leaving a semi-lingering aroma of Saaz hops & grassiness in the end with a semi-dry palate.
M&D: clean, crisp, medium-minus bodied - all good, but pasteurisation has somehow taken away the real charm of a Czech lager that could be enjoyed more fully while being served unpasteurised in its homeland.
08-29-2010 14:56:50 | More by wl0307
3.25/5 rDev -9.2%
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.
09-26-2007 05:26:39 | More by Zorro
Žatec from Žatecký Pivovar
81 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.