Žatec - Žatecký Pivovar
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3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.
It looks like flavorful Pilsners are in style again and gun- ning for a comeback in the US--like Zatec Bright Lager, which just landed on our shores.
It's bright--crystal clear, in fact. A shade darker than we expected, but certainly within the golden realm. Big grassy, earthy aroma of spicy hops, and a long, clean grainy nose that shows a bready side. The hard pour- ing knocked out a good bit of its crispness, but the top-notch smoothness makes up for it. Moderate body. Thick on fresh grain, almost brash but the dry malt flavor and the clean husk in the finish show deep, complex features. The hop bitterness is slow to build, but it's very flavorful, with undertones of spice, rose water and lemon. Finishes semidry with an ever-pres- ent graininess.
Without a doubt, this is a good beer. For the US consumer, it's a slam dunk if you're looking for a refreshing, clean and tasty Pilsner. A hearty bowl of beef stew would make for a delicious pairing.
11-13-2010 21:05:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.85/5 rDev -20.6%
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
3.63/5 rDev +1.1%
500ml bottle served in shaker pint.
A: Very clear straw yellow color, with some orange undertones. Fluffy, but short-lived, bright white head.
S: Herbal, grassy, and a little spicy...saaz all the way. Hints of sweetness reminiscent of corn. Enticing floral scents. Slight sulfur aroma.
T: Some bready malt and the faintest of yeast flavors. Spicy hoppiness, with just a bit of citrus. Very clean overall. Finishes up with a short dry, hoppy aftertaste. All in all, this is missing something as far as I'm concerned.
M: Carbonation is slightly prickly and fits this beer well. Smooth, if somewhat thin, feel.
D: This is a refreshing, easy to drink beer. I just feel like it is missing something. I found myself losing interest in this one before the halfway point.
Not a bad beer, but I had higher expectations. I wouldn't estimate this bottle to be at optimum freshness, but I have no way of knowing due to the lack of bottle dating. Much, much better than the ubiquitous puesdo-pilsners, but there are many better, and more affordable, options. Pils are delicate beers and overseas journeys don't do them any favors. I'd love to try this fresh in its native Czech Republic, but in the meantime I'll grab a Prima or Pikeland the next time I need a Pils fix.
09-29-2010 03:59:21 | More by AdamGarcia
4.6/5 rDev +28.1%
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
(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
3.2/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
08-24-2010 02:13:21 | More by BeerNinja007
4.2/5 rDev +17%
S: Grassy notes, floral, daisies mostly, touch of bread crust, slight spiciness. Touch of corn.
L: Clear golden yellow, nice fluffy creamy head, great retention.
T: German corn maltiness with some grassy bitterness. Bitterness is fairly low, maybe due to moderate carbonation. Finishes with some spicy dryness. Nice bready/corn sweetness, great balance.
M: Nice full body without being slick. Enough carbonation, could use a little more.
A very good pilsner, i really enjoyed this, the exact flavors i expect out of a pils.
08-09-2010 01:07:55 | More by bum732
3.35/5 rDev -6.7%
Gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving some thin patches and a ring around the perimeter.
Smell is lightly spiced, bready malts with a very subtle touch of roasted malts and and buttery notes. Little bit of grassy hops in there.
Taste very lightly spiced malts with some faint grassy hops. Touch of spices towards the finish. A bit lackluster at the finish.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a little bit of crispness at the finish. Light body.
Drinkability is good. Nothing too exciting, but it drinks easily enough.
07-08-2010 01:21:04 | More by Parrotbeak
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
A: Poured into a tulip glass. Thick white head, clear Golden hue with a tad bit of sediment.
S: Sweet Malt and Clean Grain. A bit of Sazz.
T: Sweet malt up front, fades into grassy hop, and then slightly drying at the end. The hop presence is noted most at the finish.
M: Very smooth and a tad sweet up front. It dries at the finish.
D: You could drink 'em all night long. I like this Czech beauty; it strikes a nice balance between sweet and spicy. It seems most others tend to be overpoweringly bitter or sweet; not the case here.
07-01-2010 03:33:59 | More by TwinSox33
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
500ml from Capital Market,Salem Had a horrible pour, head went crazy but after it settled its a golden beer with a slightly off white ,tight bubbly head. Good pils aroma, spicy ,grassy hops with a huge bready malt backing Taste is similar to the nose, very good strong sweet cake maltiness at the start a touch of grassy hops in the end leaving a small bitter aftertaste. Palte is average for style maybe trails off a bit too much in the end.. Over all a pleasant enough pils..would love to taste fresh as i think this bottle was trashed.
06-18-2010 12:51:33 | More by Reidrover
3.18/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
06-06-2010 19:14:13 | More by morimech
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
Poured from a 16.9 oz Euro bottle purchased on 06/01/10. No freshness date noted.
Rich and a slightly darker golden in color, this pilsner poured out with solid effervescence and an okay head which ultimately left nice yet delicate lacing along the side of the glass.
Aromas wafting of the Czech Saaz hops. Crisp and clean in the nose. Subtle yet definable.
Smooth on the palate, the balance between the malts and Saaz hops work together hand in hand. While so many representations of pilsners (both Czech and German) tend to be overly sweet or hoppy, the level ground Zatec has found with this classic speaks to the true definition of a Bohemian Pilsner.
Quaffable to say the least, by the time this bottle was gone, I was ready for more. And at 4.6% ABV, this beer will be a mainstay in my arsenal for a long time.
06-02-2010 12:57:42 | More by goindownsouth
3.33/5 rDev -7.2%
Poured from a half-liter bottle.
A- Golden with a creamy, snow white head.
S- Somewhat hoppy, but not as fresh and floral as many.
T- Refreshing, hoppy and citric, but not overly so.
M- Thin in body, but well carbonated.
D- Good for a nice warm day, but not as good as other Czech Pilseners.
05-31-2010 02:14:20 | More by cichief
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
500 mL bottle with no freshness date. Pours a medium gold color with a very large cap of creamy white foam. Retention is very good for a pilsner as is the lacing. Good looker here.
Sweet grainy malts with a decent dose of some spicy saaz hops. Not the cleanest lager I have ever smelled, there is a touch of candied fruit in there.
I was hoping for a bit more crisp hops and a little less malty, sweet body. This is more of a balanced lager, reminiscent of some helles beers from Germany with a bit more saaz as opposed to hallertau or hersbrucker. That said, it still drinks very easy and the flavors are pretty good. Does not taste too old, but I am sure it would be better at the source. I am definitely glad to have tried it, but at 3 bucks a bottle, I cannot see myself getting this one very often.
05-07-2010 18:15:52 | More by twiggamortis420
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
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
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
Pours like an American pilsner, pale straw color, crystal clear, slight head, lots of bubbles.
But then the comparison to an America pilsner ends with the smell. Czech hops immediately come through with some grassy scents reminiscent of when Pilsener Urquell still used wooden tuns.
This is not extremely full of flavor, in fact it is almost neutral if not for the hops with only a hint of what the malts bring to the table.
This is light, crisp and refreshing. It is now my new "I've just finished mowing the lawn" beer. There is no bite to this at all and it satisfies a thirst. There is virtually no aftertaste.
I could down these one after another, washing down a pizza or finishing off some wings. Anything an American lager can do, this can do better. I guess a century of brewing leads to perfection in the style.
05-04-2010 00:04:09 | More by Naugros
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
A - 500ml bottle poured into a glass mug. A clear golden yellow. Lots of carbonation and a frothy white head that shrinks down to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.
S - Pleasantly malty
T - Grassy, with moderate malt flavours and mild hop finish.
M - Light, refreshing
D - Drinkability is good. Goes down easy with no major flaws. A worthy pilsner.
04-30-2010 01:17:49 | More by scott451
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
500 mL bottle tried 26 Mar 2010.
An explosive head tries to fight it's way out of the bottle immediately upon opening, completely fills the Twisted Pine shaker pint. Head is off white, creamy. Beer is clear light golden color. Aroma is lightly sweet, mineraly, touch of hay. Flaor is light but good, grainy, mineraly, with a touch of melon. Slight bit of spiciness. Bittersweet finish. Light body.
Overall very refreshing and held up well (this was sitting in the back of the beer fridge for several months before being sampled).
04-18-2010 00:58:33 | More by htomsirveaux
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Zatec pours a pale yellow with a white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is a bit spicy. The flavor is a bit spicy from hops, but definitely quite malty. This is a nice Czech pils that doesn't seem to be very widely available around here, too bad, I like it better than a lot of the other ones we get.
04-03-2010 00:28:20 | More by Drew966
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
A: Pours a bright straw color with a substantial white fluffy head that fades to light lace.
S: Mainly grain and grass with just a hint of Saaz hops and a touch of sulfur. In some ways closer to a Helles than a Pils.
T: A sweet start goes to a blast of hop bitterness in the center. There's an unusual puff of dryness just after the center, before a minerally-dry finish.
M: Medium body with minimal carbonation. A typical (Continental) Pils oil coating on the tongue.
D: A classic Czech Pils in some respects, but sweeter than I would expect. (That said, this is perhaps closer to the standard than the skunky bottles of Pilsner Urquell we can get in the US.) There is, however, a spice note that calls too much attention to itself to make the overall drinkability exceptional. (The spice note does lessen as the beer warms, FWIW.)
03-09-2010 01:50:31 | More by speter
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours pale golden with a nice compact bright white head and plenty of carbonation. The head fades quickly but leave a nice protective layer that lasted as long as the beer did. Bready grassy sweet aroma with a bit of fruitiness. The taste is very refreshing with a nice spicy zing from the hops both up front and in the finish. Lots of grassy herbal notes and maybe a touch of citrus. Plenty of biscuity malt sweetness; this beer seems to be a bit light on bitterness for style. The finish is fairly dry with a good clean aftertaste. Light bodied and goes down easy. Not as in your face as a lot of other Pils, maybe a good gateway beer from BMC. This is a great thirst quenching beer and I could down quite a few.
02-13-2010 20:44:25 | More by zoso1967
3.73/5 rDev +3.9%
A fine pilsner with more flavor than most. Both bready malt and noble hop flavors shine in the flavor of this beer. The aroma is fairly nondescript, nothing bad but not much more than a fresh dinner roll malt note. The malt is a bit too simply sweet, but the hops cut right through the sugar. It's a surprisingly big flavor for the abv and style. A pleasant surprise.
02-03-2010 05:25:35 | More by popery
4/5 rDev +11.4%
A: Zatec pours a brilliant dark straw color, with a foamy white head that settles quickly, and leaves just a thin film on the surface.
S: Malty, with biscuit and honey, with a fruity, floral hop aroma. Still displays some of that "Euro" character.
T: Floral and fruity hop character to begin with, but the sweet malt shines through with hints of biscuit, sweet corn, and some apple. The hops kick in again, giving the beer a dry, clean finish.
M: Light bodied, but has a long finish. Dry and very crisp.
D: Very mild for this style. Zatec is extremely easy to drink, and very sessionable.
01-07-2010 05:14:03 | More by WYVYRN527
4/5 rDev +11.4%
In the beer wasteland that is Southern-Southern Minnesota (yes Southern-Southern), I decided to do a little exploring into foriegn beers to pass the week.
Zatec pours a medium gold color with the slightest hint of haziness and a very lively carbonation. White head has great retention and leaves tons of lacing.
The aroma is biscuity and bready malts up front, with grassy and spicey hops and herbal notes.
The taste is more malty than hoppy, with sweet and bready malts dominating, with a nice balancing spicey hop character. Grassy hops and doughy bready malts. There is also a banana like character going on.
Medium body with a clean and crisp feel. Nothing out of the ordinary, and just right. Drinkability is great.
The farther along I get in my beer travels, and as my taste buds evolve more and more, I find myself appreciating the simple things, like great Pilsners. This is one of those. Head over heels better than any macro Pilsner out there that I've ever tried.
The surprise favorite (by a long shot) of the weekend.
12-28-2009 09:22:34 | More by Mistofminn
Žatec from Žatecký Pivovar
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