Žatec - Žatecký Pivovar
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4/5 rDev +11.4%
I picked this bottle up yesterday towards reviewing all 104 styles. My buddy (Naugros on this site) recommended Zatec as one of the better styles.
When I opened the bottle, I got a ton of Saaz hop smell from the top. I poured it into a pint glass and got a pretty decent amount of light foam from the top. The beer is a bright golden with lots of tiny bubbles coming up.
The saaz hopping continues off the top and in each sip. There is a lot of flavor in this. Also, I get a little bit of sweetness on my pallatte.
I don't normally drink czech pilsners. This seems like a really good example of one. This is a far better option than Pilsner Urquel.
02-20-2012 00:58:35 | More by ummswimmin
3.7/5 rDev +3.1%
500mL bottle, with code of "961000" on back label. not sure what that means.
appears a clear pale golden color with bright white head. some lacing. aroma of pale malt and grassy hops.
taste is fairly flavorful. a bit bready. hops are earthy, with a touch of spice. body is a bit more substantial than most pilsners, dry aftertaste. medium carbonation level is fairly smooth.
overall - much better than expected, my first Czech Pilsener.
02-08-2012 02:24:57 | More by jmdrpi
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
Pale yellow with lots of foam. Carbonation remained steady throughout.
The nose and flavor profiles pretty much were as I expected.
Pale malts, saaz hops (hoppy, but not overly so), and just a hint of diacetyl creaminess.
My bottle was gone before I knew it and while I didn’t specifically crave another, I can certainly imagine going back for glass after glass.
While it’s certainly good, I find that it’s not really all that different than the cheaper and more ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. That’s certainly not a bad thing, and it’s probably a fine illustration for how consistently good Czech pilsners are on the whole.
While my score tends to say this isn't anything special, there are no issues either. I tend to think that with the lighter Czech beers I have yet to have a beer that blows the others away. I've had German pale beers that have, so I'm going to have to hunt for a Czech one...Kout perhaps?
02-06-2012 15:35:40 | More by Domingo
3.53/5 rDev -1.7%
Out of a bottle this Czech Pilsner was a clear, 24k gold color, just as it should be. The white was only a thin layer but the retention was good and the lacing in fishnets that lasted all the way down my glass. The aroma was of Saaz hops, crystal malt and a bit of sweet malt. The flavors were clean and crisp, though not overwhelming. I tasted the pleasant Pilsner malts, bready grains and some lemon grass and herbal notes from the Saaz hops. Nothing was big about this beer it was well-balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth but slick, the body medium and the carbonation light. Very pleasant albeit non-distinct.
02-04-2012 21:01:11 | More by thekevlarkid
2.98/5 rDev -17%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: Poured a pale golden color with about 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with very little lacing.
S: Very bready smelling.... I'm also getting a little wheat and yeast.
T: Straight up bready malt, with a small touch of hops... very small...
M: Light body with a pretty lively carbonation. Pretty crisp.
D: Very easy to drink with the low ABV and light body, but there just not much flavor here. Pretty bland.
12-12-2011 05:10:56 | More by mralphabet
3.43/5 rDev -4.5%
Clear, golden-yellow beer with a thick, white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate aroma of malt, noble hops. Crisp, classic pilsner taste with a slight metallic bite. Soft mouthfeel, low-moderate carbonation.
Overall, a pleasant pilsner. Very drinkable.
10-21-2011 00:33:35 | More by powellmg
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured a 2" white head. Clear straw yellow color with slowly lifting bubbles revealing a thick than lager average body. Very light malt smell. Taste too is quite light and although not dramatically different from BMCs it has more richness and is clearly an edge above. There's a decent pleasant bitter hops finish which lasts. Label says they've been brewing since 1004 and I see why they're still going strong.
09-03-2011 11:04:22 | More by MoreThanWine
4.13/5 rDev +15%
A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a golden body with excellent clarity. The head sticks around for a while before fading into a thin film that leaves light lacing on the glass.
S - Grainy, sweet honey malt with lots of honey and graham cracker character. There is also a note of herbal European hop character in the background.
T - Light, grainy malt up front with some grassy hops. More malt sweetness show up in the middle as hop bitterness begins to push back. Grassy hops and light malt in the finish with moderate bitterness.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Very nicely done. One never knows what to expect with unknown beers from Europe, bit this one turned out to be a pleasant surprise. A rich malty aroma turns into a light, grainy flavor profile with more than enough hop character to keep it balanced. Very drinkable and a nice example of the style.
07-23-2011 06:47:05 | More by nickfl
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
500ml->Large Foster's Glass
A ~ The color of dead bermuda grass. Like a Gold with a green hue. Head settles rather quick. Beautiful carbonation that's stays the entire glass. Tight lacing.
S ~ Saaz (spicy-earth) and kneaded dough with a slight floral aroma almost like a daisy.
T ~ Very herby (like oregano & dried parsley) with alot of fresh bread notes. Nice bit of arugula as well, but Mostly herb-bread characteristic through and through. A scattered apple flavor is in there as well. A warm cereal character also on the finish, Like peppered porridge.
M ~ Good mouthfeel at first, but the finish is sort of grainy and sticky. Takes away from it, especially on hot days like today.
D ~ Pretty good bohemian Pilsner. True to the style with a decent amount of hops. Good lager for ale fans who need a break from "bigger" beers.
07-10-2011 00:37:55 | More by chocosushi
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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!
06-03-2011 21:14:21 | More by oberon
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-30-2011 20:02:29 | More by UDbeernut
1.3/5 rDev -63.8%
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.
04-14-2011 22:21:19 | More by greenmonstah
2.55/5 rDev -29%
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.
04-02-2011 23:50:20 | More by ZenAgnostic
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
03-08-2011 03:33:57 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
02-28-2011 23:18:50 | More by csiewert
3.25/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
02-28-2011 04:45:43 | More by sommersb
3.75/5 rDev +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.
01-05-2011 02:56:22 | More by DefenCorps
3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
12-22-2010 07:04:23 | More by harrymel
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
12-11-2010 00:34:14 | More by brewcrew76
3.58/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-21-2010 04:09:12 | More by biboergosum
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
11-17-2010 22:10:11 | More by WesWes
Žatec from Žatecký Pivovar
82 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.