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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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BA SCORE
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171 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 14:56:50 | More by wl0307
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 02:13:21 | More by BeerNinja007
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bum732

Lesotho

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:07:55 | More by bum732
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 01:21:04 | More by Parrotbeak
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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:33:59 | More by TwinSox33
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 12:51:33 | More by Reidrover
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morimech

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 19:14:13 | More by morimech
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Na zdraví!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 12:57:42 | More by goindownsouth
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cichief

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 02:14:20 | More by cichief
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 18:15:52 | More by twiggamortis420
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mdfb79

New York

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 22:51:26 | More by mdfb79
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 00:04:09 | More by Naugros
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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:17:49 | More by scott451
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:58:33 | More by htomsirveaux
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Drew966

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:28:20 | More by Drew966
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 02:15:52 | More by BEERchitect
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speter

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.)

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:50:31 | More by speter
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 20:44:25 | More by zoso1967
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popery

California

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 05:25:35 | More by popery
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 05:14:03 | More by WYVYRN527
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 09:22:34 | More by Mistofminn
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kegger22

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Zatec Pilsener pours a dark yellow, almost amber, with a two finger head that dissipates to a splotchy skin covering. The aroma is sweet blandness. The taste too, is sweet, mild and inoffensive. The feel is light bodied and not much carbonation. Zatec is highly drinkable due to it's low ABV and mild taste.

To sum it up, all I can say is ehh, moderate, middle of the road, etc.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 19:26:09 | More by kegger22
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A clear light yellow with loads of bubbles and two fingers of bone white head that has great retention and leaves lots of lace. pretty sexy looking if you ask me

S some honey, floral hops and a fair bit of malt with a little lemon

T more malt then hops but pretty a decent balance to go with the sweet citrus, I'm enjoying this one

M crisp, clean, very smooth and well carbonated, no complaints here

D very nice I have no major complaints with this beer other then the price

I've been told there's record of Zatec paying taxes in 1004, so after a thousand years it only makes sense that they could brew a great lager

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:11:49 | More by wordemupg
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rtepiak

Poland

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour of a golden yellow color with not that much head on it. white head without lace. nose is very floral or lavender and pollen... sweet malt honey. palate is not crisp hoppy but is clean and a mild sweet. has that quality of musky straw but not coarse or alkaline. easier to drink that crechvar.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:05:28 | More by rtepiak
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color thats got a slight haze to it and lots of bubbly action within that retains its firmly set cappinf of stark white foam everpresent. Lacing coats with some thickly set spots and shortened strings.

Aroma is a bit musty/mushy/musky of dull wheaty breadish doughy malt with just a ever so slight pull of Saaz hop grassyness.

More malt then hops this is adequately nice to the taste buds with a clean yet mushy mash of breadish doughy maltyness thats not light nor heavy and lifts off into the finish with just a slight nudge to some grassy hops and dryish croissant dough.

Body is just under medium but keeps a well distributed malty base of doughyness thats clean and puffy with tender breadyness within. Simple, clean inviting finish thats just crisp enough to keep it within reach of a new sip.

A quiet Czech Pils that has more malt then most, but I liked it either way and is a solid sessionable brew that stands on its own over most, if not all, macro type lagers or Pils.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 00:37:43 | More by tavernjef
ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
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