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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.53%


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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005)
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:01:11 | More by thekevlarkid
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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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WesWes

New York

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 22:10:11 | More by WesWes
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oberon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 21:14:21 | More by oberon
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Saramisu!

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.

PROSiT!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:37:55 | More by chocosushi
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a golden straw color with a small white fizzy head and no lace.

S- some floral hop, clean grass, and sweet malt

T- clean malt with some yeast strain, floral hops and just a bit of lemongrass

M- light-med body, low-med carbonation, foamy mouthfeel, a bit of yeasty chalkiness in the finish

O- this one is clean and drinkable, nothing special but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:10:47 | More by Treyliff
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Nutleybeer

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An undeniably European flare to this "bright lager beer" as the bottle refers to itself...

Poured fine, nothing remarkable...normal...a clear, golden body...bits of bubbly carbonation...it did keep a minimal head throughout...no real lacing to speak of.

A potent, grainy-like scent, but it delivers a nice smooth flavor....not sharp like some pilsners can be, and no bitterness...fresh and easy going. A good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 00:35:00 | More by Nutleybeer
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A really nice Czech Pilsener. Poured a crystal clear golden straw from a 500mL bottle. Two finger snow white head shrunk to a finger or finger and a half, but stayed put nonetheless. Streams of CO2 continuously traveled skyward throughout the drink. Smell was a bit grainy and of course, rather strong of lager yeast. Some Saaz detectable. Very average, I would say, neither being offensive nor particularly special. Taste was malty up front with definite Saaz presence on the back end. I felt this was a better than average Czech Pilsener with a nice mouthfeel and subtle, yet enjoyable flavour. I felt in the way Czechs, this was much better than Pilsener Urquell. A definite session lager if that's your thing. Not bad, all things considered.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 17:29:28 | More by SilentSabre
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Drew966

Florida

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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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scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

3.58/5  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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 04:09:12 | More by biboergosum
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UDbeernut

New York

3.58/5  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.

Cheers!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:02:29 | More by UDbeernut
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Domingo

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 15:35:40 | More by Domingo
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stella77artois

New York

3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle poured into pilsener glass. Suprised to find this at the "3rd best" beer store in my area, after never seeing it at the other too. Am a fan of Czech Pilseners, so I tried it.

A - Pours a dim peach-orange color with some haze. Not much of a head. Large amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Not a bad looking beer.

S - Malt, and very unique for a pilsener, some peach, apricot, and even a bit of lime. Very unique.

T - Smooth maltiness, and the fruitness mentioned in the aroma's is there, too. Very unique. Lot's of peach (and not in an artificial, nasty way) and apricot. Finishes smooth with a nice flavor.

F - Very crisp and clean, leaves just a bit of dryness. Could certainly session this beer.

O - Nothing outstanding, but it's a good pilsener. One of the more unique pilsener's I've tried, considering the light fruity flavors. Light and crisp but plenty of flavor. Again, not outstanding, but a good pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 21:34:28 | More by stella77artois
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 22:43:36 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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DoubleJ

California

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle purchased from Pacific Ranch Market in Orange, CA, on to the beer:

Into a flute it goes, the beer is golden straw in color with an average lokking head and retention. The aroma is of sweet pale malted barley, and quite clean. This beer is light and well balanced with a spiritzy carbonation. There's some biscuit and grain, with a mild hop bitterness, and a note of honeysuckle. Very easy drinking and sessionable.

Maybe a little too light, but very refreshing and helped quell my peppercorn pork tenderloin.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 01:56:22 | More by DoubleJ
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 14:22:24 | More by merlin48
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:51:56 | More by RblWthACoz
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largadeer

California

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden-amber, slightly darker than average for the style. A vigorous pour produces 3 fingers of head in a tall pils glass, which retains very nicely.

Smell: A mild spicy hop aroma with notes of biscuit and hay beneath it. Subtle but very clean.

Taste & mouthfeel: Crisp biscuity malt with a hint of caramel sweetness. Very light and subtle, this is a decidedly malty pils; it doesn't quite have the hop bite that I'm looking for, but I am impressed by its exceptionally clean flavor. The finish remains fairly malty; I think this beer would benefit from a touch more dryness.

Drinkability: Very sessionable, but there are other pilsners I'd choose over this.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 22:28:56 | More by largadeer
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a orangish - yellow color with about a half inch worth of head that dissapates quickly leaving a thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass
s: sweet biscuity malts hints of grassy and floral hops
t: sweet biscuity flavor balanced by subtle hints of grassy and floral hop note bitterness
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i got this because it was on sale, though i can see myself getting this occasionaly its very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 14:59:10 | More by happygnome
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AdamGarcia

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:59:21 | More by AdamGarcia
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HardTarget

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 06:16:15 | More by HardTarget
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generallee

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown, 1pt.0.9floz. or 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a bright golden color with some visible carbonation and very good clarity. The head is thin and foamy with an "egg shell white" color. It leaves only a little spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is full of floral Czech hops with some light white bread malt.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a clay like earthy quality with some very light metallic notes mixing with hops on the tongue. The hops are floral, grassy and a little bit leafy. They add a mild, pleasant bitterness to the flavor. Its body is light with a zesty texture and carbonation that tickles the tongue. The finish is quick, crisp and end on a mildly bitter note.

Notes: This is a good solid Czech pilsener. It was very refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 16:12:14 | More by generallee
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +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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