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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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137 Reviews

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a cheater pint

a: straw yellow, cream 1/4" head with good retention, lots of bubbling carbonation

s: flowery, slight skunk

t: sweetness from malt upfront, balaanced nicely with flowery hop, not overly bitter

m: light and crisp. excellent on a hot day.


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Photo of greenmonstah
1.35/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500 mL bottle that was on sale for half price, which never really bodes well... I'm guessing it's 50 years old. With no bottling date, I can't know thought, so I'll just go with it.

A - Pours an odd murky yellow, like the piss of a dehydrated person. Wimpy head.

S - Skunky and sweet. Sickly sweet. Not good at all.

T - Like sugar water poured into a soapy glass. This is horrifying. There is a touchy of something resembling breadyness, but nothing worth noting.

M - Light body, and just so impossibly watery. It really feels like water. Carbonation unnoticeable.

O - I think I'm going to be sick. This must have been the cause of Slovakia's split with the Czech Republic.

I can't imagine this is what this is meant to taste like. Something must be wrong with the bottle. Neat cap for my collection, though.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Clear straw body. White one finger head with decent retention.

Smell - Skunky as hell. Corn meal or hominy.

Taste - Metallic. Bad. Corn meal or something.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall - I could not enjoy this beer. The taste is fatally flawed by that off flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of white foamy head that leaves some lacing on the way down. The aroma is strong with caramel malt. The taste starts with the caramel sweetness and then becomes slightly bitter and then finishes with more malty sweetness. The mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp. Overall a great beer to have some sausage and kraut with.

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Photo of sommersb
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle with no date code. Served in a pilsener glass.

A: Clear, golden color with a white head 4 fingers high that had a nice amount of lacing. Lots of bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass.

S: Crisp and floral hop aromas are dominant, with a citrus or lemony character. Very little in malt aromas, but there is a touch of malt sweetness smell.

T: Taste was clean and mainly about the mild hop bitterness. Something also had a souring aspect that was unpleasant.

M: Mouthfeel was a light bodied beer, with a medium amount of carbonation. Dry finish with a lingering bitterness.

D: I wasn't too impressed by this pilsener. The off-tasting sourness didn't leave me wanting another.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed a bottle of this yesterday in anticipation of finding fresh Noble Pils.

Crystal clear golden yellow with a dense, white head that slowly falls off to a disk, leaving no lace. The nose is classic pilsner all the way. A beautiful pilsner malt character, soft, bready and mildly dough-like, along with a light grassy, lemony and mildly dusty too. Pretty much what I'd expect this beer to be.

The palate opens with the complex flavor of pilsner malt - bread, a little dough, a little honey, all very raw and cereal-like. Hops are on the lower end of the spectrum, with a mild lemon and earthy character, rather delicate. Bitterness is medium-light, present mostly in the finish. While light in body, this has a fullness that I've come to expect from the better pilsners out there. However, this finish isn't all together, despite the modest bitterness, this beer does devolve into being a little watery. Carbonation is high, providing a nice, drying, scrubbing finish. While not the best beer of the style, this is still one that I could easily drink half a case of if presented with the opportunity.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 06/1/10
Poured from bottle to perfect pint.

A: Straw, amazing clarity. Steady stream of lager bubble. No head. Granular yeast suspension noted in bottle.

S: Petite nose. Early hop additions give this a simple, grassy, bitter scent. Touch of grain.

T: Effervescent malt, slightly vanilla flavor. Good, easy finish. Great dinner beer.

M: Light, smooth lager. Easy carb, not offensive at all.

D: Best Czech lager I've had so far. Very drinkable. I would argue a win-win for anybody who enjoys lagers, and especially for a domestic macro drinker.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher out of the bottle scared me for a moment.

A - Slightly hazy golden with a fluffy white head that retreats to a few lines of lace.

S - Bready with fresh yeast notes and a cracker like maltiness. Earthy, spicy and floral hops balance it out nicely.

T - Floral and spicy hops with a bready malt balance. Doughy bread, hints of honey and a lingering minerally finish.

M - The sweet malt probably put it a bit closer to medium than light with good carbonation and a lingering dry mineral finish.

D - A bit towards the malty side but fairly balanced and tasty. A nice surprise.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of wl0307
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.


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Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.49/5  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!

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Photo of cichief
3.32/5  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.

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ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
81 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.