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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 14.8%
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color, nice foam and lacing. Skunky aroma, a bit husky, and decent use of hops. Spicy hop flavor, grainy, husky, lots of cereal flavors. Crisp, fairly easy to drink, but not a fan of the flavor, so wouldn't want too many in a sitting. I've had much better Czech beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 18:45:36 | More by KeefD
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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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SickBrew

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Biggs Beer Wine and Tobacco in Vancouver WA.

Poured into a pils glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a clean yellow gold with light white head.

Aroma is great. I love the floral smell of Saaz hops and before it was done pouring I could smell it jumping into my nostrils. Hmmm.

Flavor is great, just what I would expect from the Czechs a rich but smooth maltiness witch a touch of bitter tones and spice from those hops.

Overall: This is a clean classic pilsner that is complex, balanced and refreshing. Put this on you pils list!!

Prost!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:44:36 | More by SickBrew
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yelterdow

New Jersey

1.8/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

500ml bottle purchased today for $2.49 at Total Wine, River Edge. Served at fridge temperature in a traditional stange.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light to medium gold, supporting a full three finger white head that gingerly pops away. Very little lacing.

Smell- Husky, sweet malts fill the nose... then comes a heavy, vegetal sweetness that prepares me for a possible clunker. It gets worse by the minute...

Taste- Cloying and *very* unimpressive flavors roll around on the tongue... it's artificially sweet tasting and quite tough to get down. After the swallow, there's nothing even resembling the usual hop bitterness, just an adjunct-ridden overall character.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Weak and flabby... the miniscule carbonation level never gets interesting, and it reinforces the poor qualities thus far in the tasting. Undrinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:46:18 | More by yelterdow
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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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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright brilliant amber gold hue, massive chunky foamy shock white head that dissipates slowly, leaving thick gashes of lacing in its wake.

Wow on the aroma. Biscuity malt blended with grainy metallic notes, baked bread and copper/iron, the essence of life.

Bready biscuity malt, thick, almost chewy, the middle is metallic grains, finishing with mild floral grassy hops. This is not merely a pilsener, it is poetry. Lingering bready malt and floral hops on aftertaste.

Silky smooth mouthfeel, medium-bodied for the style, the carbonation is the right balance.

Honestly, one of the most enjoyable pilseners I've tried in a very very long time, beautiful. I shall be stocking up on many more of these, it's become the ideal session beer for this summer, especially after a long hot day of slinging metal around and welding.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 03:47:19 | More by IronDjinn
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured an extraordinary clear bright orange with a slight, foamy white head that was speckled with macro-bubbles that soon collapsed to a sudsy layering. Visible carbonation was extremely soft, almost non-detect.

D: very faint and light by nature with some light caramel, oranges and a touch of spicy hops.

T: sweet oranges, dry caramel and honeyflowers. There was some popcorn hints, dried butter and light bread dough as well a touch of fruitiness (apples) that sneak in. Overall a rather nice flavor that finishes with a some malt sweetness and semi-dry oranges.

M: had a medium viscosity, was buttery with a flat carbonation with some oranges on the fade and swallow.

D: Decent drinkability, a nice flavor overall that was sweet, citrusy making for a moderately good drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 11:28:30 | More by beerthulhu
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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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tmitch75

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice clear pale gold with cool cascading action on the head, which is thick and creamy and consists of very tiny bubbles.

Clean grassy smell with a bit of a wheaty element to it. Not much hop smell to speak of.

Crisp clean malt profile with a lightly bitter hop finish. Good balance but could benefit from a bit more hops.

Clean and smooth mouthfeel, a little over light body.

This is a very drinkable pilsner that really hit the spot on a warm day.

Tasted on 5/14/08.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 04:39:15 | More by tmitch75
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baos

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From Brief notes:

Bottle into mason jar

A: Nice golden color. Some lacing.

S: Grains and a bit of malt.

T: Yes this is a Pilsner. Very refreshing. I need this on a 90 degree plus day.

M: Pretty watery but not really that bad.

D: Very drinkable. Drink away.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:49:01 | More by baos
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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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beerbutcher

Maine

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with two finger bright white head

aromas of noble hops with big malty core, notes of mineral, sulfur, and trace diacetyl. beautiful.

the taste is rich and quenching for the style. on the lighter side for hop bitterness, which could be due to freshness.. intense though. lovely malt character with some slight sweet decoction character on the mid-palate. crisp drying finish with awesome czech lager yeast influence.

mouthfeel is beautifully balanced. awesome carbonation, supporting bitterness and loads of nuance.

all in all, one of my favorite pilseners ever. love this style..

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 14:45:13 | More by beerbutcher
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Sixpoint

New York

4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer all day long.

There was nothing outstanding about this beer, but that is maybe why I like it so much. It was super clean, bright, nice floral aroma, with a perfect balance in the flavor and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was spot-on effervescence with the perfect amount of malt to make it interesting.

It would be super interesting to taste this baby fresh in the Czech Republic.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 00:47:45 | More by Sixpoint
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle

Pours a clear pale straw color with a small white head that thins. Nice lacing around the glass.

Light, crisp pilsner malt aroma with a hint of spicy hops.

Light pilsner malt flavor with a very slight bitterness and touch of spicy hops. Clean, dry, bland finish.

Light body, decent carbonation.

Not a great Czech pils, but passable. Maybe the more aggressive American versions have spoiled me a bit, but this could use just a tad more "uumph". Even though, it slides down with ease.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 03:24:45 | More by MaltyGoodness
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thirtysixbelow

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - golden yellow color with a nice white head, doesn't stick around very long which is the only thing I can take off for here.

s - malty and biscuity with some clean hops

t - crisp malty flavor with a very slight hop presence. The taste profiles are very subtle so my amateur palate is having trouble :( The finish is clean and not dry.

m - light and smooth

d - This beer has crazy drinability. This is the first beer that I have had that is light in flavor yet doesn't come with adjuncts. Just pure refreshment. I'm just taking off for the fact that it's fairly expensive at my local store.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 04:51:33 | More by thirtysixbelow
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horseblanket

California

3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Czech Pilsners are one of my favorite styles,
so I had high hopes for this one.

But I'm a bit disappointed.

The water character seems a bit minerally,
and the malt character seems weak.

Maybe the bottle isn't very fresh?

I think I'm getting a touch of sourness
from it also; not a good sign.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:11:49 | More by horseblanket
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armock

New York

3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that fades fast

S - Has a malt backbone with a hint of hops

T - Is of grainy malt with a touch of hops

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - A pretty average pilsner for the most part not that thats a bad thing just not anything really different about it could session

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 23:45:58 | More by armock
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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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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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UnionMade

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a willibecker glass.
Slightly deeper gold than your average pilsner, topped off with a thick cap of white foam. The head laces in thick sheets. Great head retention. A bit of a chill haze, not perfectly clear, but that's fine.
Smells soft and delicate. Very malt driven, with perhaps a touch of caramel aside from the standard fare of light kilned pils malt. Soapy, grassy czech hops round things out, with some vague grassy fruitiness.
The flavor is very soft and malt driven. Elegant, with a medium body that stick to your ribs and buoyant, fine bubbled carbonation. A faint touch of caramel to the pilsy malt. A thin drizzle of honey. Slight macintosh apple and grassy flavors. Balancing, soapy hops in the finish, just oozing czech pils. Easy going and very drinkable, but highly satisfying. The difference with this one is the softness. Not dry and ultra crisp like the german version. This is what i think of when i think of real, good pilsner beer.
Very solid. A little different, fuller than what I expect from the style. I'd buy this again when I'm looking for authentic pilsner beer. When your region is famous for its hops, it's tough to go wrong. It's a must to try this when the bottle is fresh. An old bottle won't do you any favors.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 05:29:43 | More by UnionMade
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Old Chicago.

It poured a clear gold with a 1 finger head of foam that receded quickly to just some spotting.

The smell was of light malty notes and a good presence of spicy hops.

The taste was pretty nice. Some sweet malt, bread, grain, that put together, placed it on the sweet side but there was some decent hop character to balance out the sweetness and made it pretty darned drinkable. It had a light mouthfeel and it finished fairly crisp and dry. I think this would make a very good beer to session on.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 23:24:23 | More by Bitterbill
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 16.9 oz. undated, brown bottle into a pilsner glass. The body was clear and golden. Three fingers of fine crisp head receded to faint lacing.

Smell was citrus and dry, malted grain. Soapy. Understated.

Taste was lightly tart. This tartness was balanced by a sweet lemon flavor.

Mouthfeel was medium/light in body with light carbonation. Smoother than expected for a Czech lager. I didn't sense the Saaz aromas of grainy texture I associate with Saaz hops (a favorite of mine). Maybe this bottle was a little old?

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 16:56:44 | More by Cresant
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a pillowy head that dots the pislner glass with lace

Smell: Bready aroma with a decent whiff of Saaz hops

Taste: Bready and grassy with a building influence from the floral and spicy hops; after the swallow, the malt takes on a more important role than the hops into the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: An OK pilsner but nothing particularly special; easy to knock back

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 23:50:57 | More by brentk56
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SargeC

Japan

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderate gold with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Grass and clean malt.

Taste: Minimal hop flavor with a solid malt backbone. Interestingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Light waxy quality while remaining crisp. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Solid and tasty brew. Simple and satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 20:54:58 | More by SargeC
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer recently made an appearance in Houston, so I picked one up to review. I am pretty sure that this is the same beer that used to have that little temperature sensor integrated into the label that turned colors when it was the proper drinking temp. I don't see that on this bottle, so maybe I am mistaken...or it didn't work out. Either way, here we go.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a very slight orangish hue to it. There is a small head of white bubbles after the pour that actually stuck around for about a minute before falling back in the beer. There are very few bubbles rising to maintain the head, but it stays around anyway indicating that there may be some mouthfeel to this beer.

Aroma: I initially get a blast of Saaz that is unmistakable. There is a dry grainy background that is a big player in the aroma as well as the Saaz. As the beer sits a bit, and the volatiles are driven off, it is taking on a sweeter aroma with the hops playing a supportive role rather than the lead. That was an interesting "changing of the guard"

Taste: The flavor is also led by hops, but the malt is the main player in the finish. This beer definitely has more mouthfeel than I think any other Czech beer that I have tried. The hops are there in the flavor and somewhat in the finish as a bit of a "I just ate some greens" kind of feeling on the back of the throat. Overall the malt is in charge of this beer and I am actually feeling a little bit of the warming from this beer...which makes me raise an eyebrow at the 4.6%.

Opinion: This is a pretty darn good beer. I like the malt balance as well as how they have the hops playing such a big role in the aroma and then a supporting role in the whole flavor presentation. This beer definitely has more malt presence than I am used to for this style, and I like that. I think that since the guidelines for this style are broad enough to encompass this beer, I will score it pretty high based on that.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 00:18:31 | More by SkeeterHawk
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