ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average in every respect .
It has a sourness , that can be a downfall for my palate in Pilsners ,which is the most remarkable thing about this beer.
it is pleasnt and enjoyable but very ho hum middle of the road.
Many others offer greater delights in the fascinating world of Czech Pilsners

Photo of erz316
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1.9 pint brown bottle poured into Brooklyn pokal.

A - a slightly hazy brazen color. a good forming head, bright white, that quickly thins down to a whispy layer on top.

S - a light smell of citrus, concentrating on orange peel, and some grain like sweetness.

T - bitter hops are right out front, while the faint grain/malty sweetness lingers in the back. the malts stick around for the finish and dominate that area of the tasting process, while the primary after taste is a bitter and cereal-like taste. not a very complicated beer, and the hops are not very prevalent. I haven't a clue as to why this was on the great beers display along with westmalle and samuel smith.

MF&D - the feel is slightly thicker and heavier than water, and the lack of carbonation makes the beer feel quite dull over all. I would preferably find another beer rather than have another one of these.

Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A pale yellow with hues of orange there was a two finger head that was foamy and bubbly. The head dissipated to a white foamy ring around the glass.

Nose: Light malt with some sulfur and yeast. The are some bananas, citrus, esters, and sweet honey.

Taste: Light malt with yeast, and some citrus. There are notes of esters, there is a sulfur, and sweet honey

Overall: It is a light beer that to me is kinda skunky. It is easy drinking. The mouthfeel is carbonation, with a sight bitterness at the end. The finish lingers in your mouth but for just a second. Not a great pilsner, just okay

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/14/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear darkish yellow color body, big foamy white head, lasting. Strong malty aroma, some balancing hops and dryness present too. Some fresh grain scents. Nutty malty taste, clean tasting. Somewhat grainy, nutty aftertaste. Crisp. Satisfying, and a decent amount of flavor. Very carbonated. Not too shabby. Less flavor as it warms.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a very slight haze. Generous white head rises up nicely and retains well.

Nose is traditional bohemian hop character, some slight skunk (perhaps light exposure), and an overall "metallic" aroma.

Moderately malty sweet on the palate. Hops rush in to dry things out. Decent balance. Very refreshing. Very drinkable.

Photo of nick76
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aroma is like corn malt with some grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with latex. The palate is watery. Overall it's nothing I want again and everything is weak. Make sure you pass this one up.

Photo of Pamola
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in a VT general store. not too shabby.

A: Decent tight head. Not the prettiest color. It's a little dark. Just enough to make it look off.

S: Muted czech hops. A little sharpness in there.

T: I can see how people wouldn't be fond of this, but i found it intriguing. Not a light pils. Caramel down the tongue, ends with butterscotch.

M: Not bad. Once again, full for a pils.

D: Surprisingly so. Dunno if they threw some vienna in there but i could go for a few more of these.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from Party Source on 11/10/2007.

Poured clear amber with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Moderate grassy hop aroma.

Medium body with lively carbonation.

Medium bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration.

My expectations where met.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear golden with a huge cloudy head.

S- Smell is nutty citric pilsner malt and some noble hops

T- Tastes like it smells but the malt really dominates and the hops tickle the tongue

M- Light and well carbonated

D- Light beer makes for superior drinkability

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle of Zatec. The bottle claims "Since 1004". That's a a thousands plus years of experience and sets the bar pretty high for this beer. A clear golden brew with a modest head which quickly receded into nothingness. Decent aroma of grain, grass, and hops: standard pilsner. It opens up nicely as the beer warms. Crisp malt flavor complemented by grassy bitterness from the hops. The beer finishes quick, bitter and dry. This is a drinkable decent brew, but it doesn't live up to the expectations set by knowing the brewery has been in the business for more then a millennium.

Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent straw with 3 fingers of cream colored head. No head retention & some lacing

S: Perfumy, lemony, & soapy hops

T: Grainyness, soapyness; too much (rinsed the hell outta my pils glass)& lemons up front. Soapyness dominates until this warms way up, then herbal & lemon hops sneak through. Finishes with a whisper of honey malt, a bit of pear fruittyness & then lemony & more soapy hops.

MF: Light bodied, so-so balance, with fairly hard carbonation that softens as this warms. Okay balance

Drinks okay, my advice, let this get to ale temp before drinking. As it was it warmed up quite a bit prior to sampling. Otherwise, you got a a blah, Czech Pils here

Photo of Offa
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Czech pilsner/lager, light and subtle, but with nice complexity, great balance and liveliness.

Dark gold, it's bright and a little bubbly with a very big white head, dense and shirnking steadily but leaving an essentially permanent small head and some creamy lacing.

The aroma is wonderful. It's malty and hoppy, with toasty grain, whole wheat bread, lots of herbs, hints of apple and pine sap.

The taste is light, and crisp, a bit dry and with great sweet-bitter balance, both being a little light but leaing toward the bitter side. It's very tingly, zesty, and lively, with a light herbal, cypressy hop quality before the crisp juniper-toasted bread/grain finish. It is very enjoyable, crisp and very clean, and if not too cold has plenty of malt and hop flavours and subtlety. However, this beer will seem unimpressively bland if drunk too cold. The feel and character are also a little thinner that I think they should be, with a faint wateriness that weakens it a bit.

Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml brown bottle into a clean, clear Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale glass. No date that I could find on the bottle. Proudly centered on the top of my label is the interesting "Since 1004"

A Basic Lager look. Very light brown, yellow head ...almost white... with a clear yellow body with plenty of bubbles rising from the bottom. If someone poured it into a Bud pint then no one could tell the difference (on look alone!).

S Not much but what is there smells like a stronger version of Bud. Sure enough, they are both Lagers. There are grains, malt, not a lot of hops but it is notable.

T Nice lager. Grains, malt, some hops. Not dramatic but a very solid Lager taste. It is very much like a stronger, more flavorful Bud.

M Light, "refreshing." There is some softness that I appreciated later but overall the mouthfeel is not impressive.

D Really good (like I suppose most if not all Lagers would be).

Notes: I am not a fan of Lagers. This beer certifies that for me. It is just fine but that is the point...it is just forgettable. Life is too short to drink such uninspiring beers.

Photo of theopholis
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear light to medium gold, supporting a 2 finger white head with little retention. No lacing at all.

Smell- Lots of corn-vegital aromas. Some continental hops come through, but I am fearful.

Taste- Fortunately, it tastes much better then it smells. Nice but subdued , malt sweetness,with a hint of hop bitterness. Hop bitterness no where near enough for a Pils, but it ain't awful.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is an odd combination. This is one of the softest beers I've ever had. (Glorious). It's also a tad under-carbonated. The soft, mild body is almost worth buying the beer by itself.

Drinkability- Not great, but not absolutely wretched.

Photo of KeefD
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of happygnome
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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

Photo of SickBrew
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

Photo of yelterdow
1.8/5  rDev -49.4%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of tmitch75
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of baos
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
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