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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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BA SCORE
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173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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Brad007

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this beer for a while and wanted to try it.

Pours a nice pale golden color with a thin, one-finger head. Smells nice and malty with a mild caramel essence detected. Sweet on the nose. Taste is mostly bready, malty and sweet at the same time. Very smooth aftertaste like a Pils should have. Goes down pretty well. The aftertaste is really nice as I already mentioned.

Very drinkable and closer to the style than most American attempts.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 01:43:53 | More by Brad007
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle pours a medium yellow body with an attractive white head. Plenty of patchy lacing left on the glass. Aroma is spicy hops and sweet grainy malts. Light body with a zesty carbonation. Taste features the hops which are spicy and a bit earthy. Grainy and bready malt becomes much too sweet. Hop bitterness returns to rescue the finish and make for a nice drinking pils.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 14:22:24 | More by merlin48
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull goldenrod color, completely transparent and letting in light in a way that gives it a certain luster. Bit of head formation that leaves only the smallest of patches of lace on the glass.

S: Clean profile with subtle hints of butter as well as an almost soapy aroma, but not quite. Hops seem to give it the tiniest bit of spicy and floral scent, but this is difficult to pick up at first.

T: Introduction is smooth and very minimal on the grainy taste, which is accompanied with the buttery and soft bread notes. The pale malt is fortified nicely, and it adds an interesting character to this beer. A sweeter side rears its head as it edges toward the finishes, that washes out cleanly and ever-so smoothly. Lingering Saaz hop bitterness gently clings to the palate as it fades softly.

M: Great level of carbonation, not overdone, which some have a tendency to do. This helps to accent the buttery side of things, giving it an almost syrupy quality that never fully materializes.

D: Incredibly drinkable, as far as Pilseners go, which I find to be quite quaffable anyway; I find the flavor profile stands out amongst others of its ilk. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this beer's rather unique composition for a style that was built on replication of perfection. To me, this one stands out, and is worthy of a taste from the seasoned beer veteran to the novice, as I think its characteristics will delight either one.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 14:55:02 | More by CharlieMopps
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timtim

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darker than gold with a white head that didn't hold that well, but left some nice lace on the glass. nose wasn't as strong as i would have hoped for, but still had a nice malty hoppy thing going on. taste was a lot better than what the nose suggested. nice malt character with a hoppy finish. fuller body than expected as well. not too dry. soft and somewhat silky. really refreshing, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 23:36:17 | More by timtim
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Onslow

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with a respectable pils head. lacing is damn fine! .. smell is of a fresh picked hop and honey corn flakes ... refreshing drink, good amount of bitters .... Not bad, would love to try fresh on tap! Goes down smooth but there is something just a tad off about it that makes it a good beer and not a great one..

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 15:33:31 | More by Onslow
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Gusler

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer decamps the 500ml bottle a clear golden amber with a two-fingered creamy white head, the head settles slowly, leaving a thick sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a dominate malt sweetness, citrus crisp, start has a pleasant malt profile, slight hop bite at the back, top moderate in feel. Finish has modest acidity, the hop delectably spicy, quite dry and a smooth drinking beer, cannot say “Pilsners” are my favorites, but a good ones like this is always a pleasure to sample.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 19:13:13 | More by Gusler
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 20:14:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold/ honey color. Initial soft barley aroma on the pour that diminishes with subsequent smelling. Thin white creamy head that also diminishes fairly soon. Clean and mildly rich barley flavor with a minty hop finish. The mouth feel is medium bodied - soft. I like this beer and would buy it again, but I do not think it stands even with the Czech all-stars; however it is a cousin to them. Better than a lot of the Czech beer I explored just to find the cheapest beer deal in the Czech Republic.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 03:09:19 | More by dedrinker
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HardTarget

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: 500 ml brown bottle claims “Since 1004”, but I’m having trouble with that as Weihenstephan claims 1040 and the oldest brewery.

Aroma: Earthy hops with a light mineral water back.

Appearance: Bright clear yellow glass struggles to keep a cover and only gives traces of lace.

Flavor: Expecting the Pils bitter onslaught of Saaz hops, I’m surprised by the exceptional balance, even light sweetness of the beer. The balance lets a white bread yeast quality come out, and a mild mineral quality show in the finish. Given that, I’m reaching to find some hop characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly carbonation, light medium body, slightly oily in the finish.

Overall Impression: An easy drinking Pilsner, but a bit bland overall. Pils isn’t one of my favorite styles, and I actually liked that this wasn’t over hopped, but it needs a little something to hold my interest, and everything just ends up a little washed out.
Still, a well made beer and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 06:16:15 | More by HardTarget
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goochpunch

Texas

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 06:26:08 | More by goochpunch
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 12:56:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2007 07:41:21 | More by shadow1961
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A really nice Czech Pilsener. Poured a crystal clear golden straw from a 500mL bottle. Two finger snow white head shrunk to a finger or finger and a half, but stayed put nonetheless. Streams of CO2 continuously traveled skyward throughout the drink. Smell was a bit grainy and of course, rather strong of lager yeast. Some Saaz detectable. Very average, I would say, neither being offensive nor particularly special. Taste was malty up front with definite Saaz presence on the back end. I felt this was a better than average Czech Pilsener with a nice mouthfeel and subtle, yet enjoyable flavour. I felt in the way Czechs, this was much better than Pilsener Urquell. A definite session lager if that's your thing. Not bad, all things considered.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 17:29:28 | More by SilentSabre
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Zorro

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 05:26:39 | More by Zorro
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allengarvin

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:24:00 | More by allengarvin
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zeff80

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 00:53:44 | More by zeff80
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Czech beer in an amber bottle. Classic grainy bitter sweet profile. Bright (like the label says) lager. Nice head with plenty of lace. Very good carbonation. good bittersweet finish too. And a good session beer if this is your style. Clear yellow gold color. Extra clean character.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:12:33 | More by drpimento
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 04:44:40 | More by Gueuzedude
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An undeniably European flare to this "bright lager beer" as the bottle refers to itself...

Poured fine, nothing remarkable...normal...a clear, golden body...bits of bubbly carbonation...it did keep a minimal head throughout...no real lacing to speak of.

A potent, grainy-like scent, but it delivers a nice smooth flavor....not sharp like some pilsners can be, and no bitterness...fresh and easy going. A good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 00:35:00 | More by Nutleybeer
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emerge077

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2007 02:31:44 | More by emerge077
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KingG

California

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from my salesman as a sample.

Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Bright gold color with one finger worth of head on top. Decent amount of lace fills the inside of the glass. Many carbonation bubbles rapidly moving to the top. Spot on for the style.

Smell is average. Grassy hops jump out with an earthy malt background that evens things out.

Taste is average. Grassy again. Earthy malts again. Not much else. Finishes clean and bland.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Nice lively presence when it hits the pallet but finishes very thin.

Drinkability is above-average. To call this beer an easy drinker would be an under-statement. Incredibly smooth. Too bad the flavor and thin mouthfeel makes me not want another bottle.

Overall: A run-of-the-mill lager that does nothing to excite me. Not so bad for the style, but then again, it's not a style I'm into anyway.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 01:43:22 | More by KingG
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geexploitation

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 00:07:06 | More by geexploitation
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stcules

Italy

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 16:54:09 | More by stcules
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