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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
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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 Sixpoint
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer all day long.

There was nothing outstanding about this beer, but that is maybe why I like it so much. It was super clean, bright, nice floral aroma, with a perfect balance in the flavor and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was spot-on effervescence with the perfect amount of malt to make it interesting.

It would be super interesting to taste this baby fresh in the Czech Republic.

Sixpoint, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Light, crisp pilsner malt aroma with a hint of spicy hops.

Light pilsner malt flavor with a very slight bitterness and touch of spicy hops. Clean, dry, bland finish.

Light body, decent carbonation.

Not a great Czech pils, but passable. Maybe the more aggressive American versions have spoiled me a bit, but this could use just a tad more "uumph". Even though, it slides down with ease.

MaltyGoodness, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - golden yellow color with a nice white head, doesn't stick around very long which is the only thing I can take off for here.

s - malty and biscuity with some clean hops

t - crisp malty flavor with a very slight hop presence. The taste profiles are very subtle so my amateur palate is having trouble :( The finish is clean and not dry.

m - light and smooth

d - This beer has crazy drinability. This is the first beer that I have had that is light in flavor yet doesn't come with adjuncts. Just pure refreshment. I'm just taking off for the fact that it's fairly expensive at my local store.

thirtysixbelow, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of horseblanket
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Czech Pilsners are one of my favorite styles,
so I had high hopes for this one.

But I'm a bit disappointed.

The water character seems a bit minerally,
and the malt character seems weak.

Maybe the bottle isn't very fresh?

I think I'm getting a touch of sourness
from it also; not a good sign.

horseblanket, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades fast

S - Has a malt backbone with a hint of hops

T - Is of grainy malt with a touch of hops

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - A pretty average pilsner for the most part not that thats a bad thing just not anything really different about it could session

armock, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5l bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a pale yellow with ok carbonation. The head is a small 2 fingers, white and leaves little lace.

The smell is mild yet crisp hops with a load of biscuity malt.

The taste follows. Light yet crisp hopping and a biscuit malt taste profile.

The mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation is average. Not quite up to the Check Reputation.

The drinkability is ok for a summer refresher.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a willibecker glass.
Slightly deeper gold than your average pilsner, topped off with a thick cap of white foam. The head laces in thick sheets. Great head retention. A bit of a chill haze, not perfectly clear, but that's fine.
Smells soft and delicate. Very malt driven, with perhaps a touch of caramel aside from the standard fare of light kilned pils malt. Soapy, grassy czech hops round things out, with some vague grassy fruitiness.
The flavor is very soft and malt driven. Elegant, with a medium body that stick to your ribs and buoyant, fine bubbled carbonation. A faint touch of caramel to the pilsy malt. A thin drizzle of honey. Slight macintosh apple and grassy flavors. Balancing, soapy hops in the finish, just oozing czech pils. Easy going and very drinkable, but highly satisfying. The difference with this one is the softness. Not dry and ultra crisp like the german version. This is what i think of when i think of real, good pilsner beer.
Very solid. A little different, fuller than what I expect from the style. I'd buy this again when I'm looking for authentic pilsner beer. When your region is famous for its hops, it's tough to go wrong. It's a must to try this when the bottle is fresh. An old bottle won't do you any favors.

UnionMade, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Old Chicago.

It poured a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam that receded quickly to just some spotting.

The smell was of light malty notes and a good presence of spicy hops.

The taste was pretty nice. Some sweet malt, bread, grain, that put together, placed it on the sweet side but there was some decent hop character to balance out the sweetness and made it pretty darned drinkable. It had a light mouthfeel and it finished fairly crisp and dry. I think this would make a very good beer to session on.

Bitterbill, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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?

Cresant, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

brentk56, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderate gold with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Grass and clean malt.

Taste: Minimal hop flavor with a solid malt backbone. Interestingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Light waxy quality while remaining crisp. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Solid and tasty brew. Simple and satisfying.

SargeC, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer recently made an appearance in Houston, so I picked one up to review. I am pretty sure that this is the same beer that used to have that little temperature sensor integrated into the label that turned colors when it was the proper drinking temp. I don't see that on this bottle, so maybe I am mistaken...or it didn't work out. Either way, here we go.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very slight orangish hue to it. There is a small head of white bubbles after the pour that actually stuck around for about a minute before falling back in the beer. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it stays around anyway indicating that there may be some mouthfeel to this beer.

Aroma: I initially get a blast of Saaz that is unmistakable. There is a dry grainy background that is a big player in the aroma as well as the Saaz. As the beer sits a bit, and the volatiles are driven off, it is taking on a sweeter aroma with the hops playing a supportive role rather than the lead. That was an interesting "changing of the guard"

Taste: The flavor is also led by hops, but the malt is the main player in the finish. This beer definitely has more mouthfeel than I think any other Czech beer that I have tried. The hops are there in the flavor and somewhat in the finish as a bit of a "I just ate some greens" kind of feeling on the back of the throat. Overall the malt is in charge of this beer and I am actually feeling a little bit of the warming from this beer...which makes me raise an eyebrow at the 4.6%.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. I like the malt balance as well as how they have the hops playing such a big role in the aroma and then a supporting role in the whole flavor presentation. This beer definitely has more malt presence than I am used to for this style, and I like that. I think that since the guidelines for this style are broad enough to encompass this beer, I will score it pretty high based on that.

SkeeterHawk, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +23%
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.

Brad007, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

merlin48, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

CharlieMopps, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of timtim
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

timtim, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Onslow
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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..

Onslow, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Gusler, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

NeroFiddled, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

dedrinker, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

HardTarget, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

goochpunch, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

shadow1961, Oct 12, 2007
ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
81 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.