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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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180 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of theopholis
2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

theopholis, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

BeerNinja007, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

csiewert, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of baos
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

baos, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of UDbeernut
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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!!!

UDbeernut, May 30, 2011
Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev -2%

foxyaardvark27, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of cichief
3.33/5  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.

cichief, May 31, 2010
Photo of chocosushi
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

chocosushi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
1.3/5  rDev -63.6%
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.

greenmonstah, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Onslow
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours with a respectable pils head. lacing is damn fine! .. smell is of a fresh picked hop and honey corn flakes ... refreshing drink, good amount of bitters .... Not bad, would love to try fresh on tap! Goes down smooth but there is something just a tad off about it that makes it a good beer and not a great one..

Onslow, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pour two and a half fingers of slightly off-white head that fairly quickly dissipates. Head retention is minimal, with not much lacing at all. Beer is hazier and darker than many pilsners I've tried with an almost sunset yellow color. Carbonation is less than expected.

S: Definitely has the pilsner nose, but with more. The malt can be detected a great deal more than in most beers of the style. While the same grassy and hoppy notes are present, there is a sweetness and minerality in the nose that isn't in most pilsners I've tried. It's surprising, and good.

T: The same mineral notes are very prevalent throughout the beer. Grass and grain lead the way when sipped, followed by subtle malty tones and tart, under ripe fruit. The hop bitterness caries this through the finish, with citric and herbal/vegetal tones appearing. The aftertaste is minerality and diacetyl (green apples). Very refreshing. This seems like it'd be a great food beer.

M: Pilsner body. Fully carbonated without being aggressive in its seltzer qualities.

D: Pilsner. Crush it. Drink it all night. Not high enough in alcohol to get you in trouble unless you're a real jackass and tasty enough to drink with enjoyment.

McStagger, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of stella77artois
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

stella77artois, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Parrotbeak
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Parrotbeak, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of Pamola
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Pamola, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of erz316
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

erz316, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of GMB
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Zatec Bright Lager pours a bright golden amber with a small fizzy head that disappears as quickly as it appears. Scores of surprisingly large bubbles cling to the sides of the glass before racing towards the top. Within the brew are visible a few streams of finer bubbles, which seem to rise more gradually. Festive.

Very appetizing roasted malt dominates the nose. Hop presence is surprisingly minimal. Yeast aromas are present, as is a slightly tinny smell.

Right away I can tell that I am going to feel conflicted about the taste of this beer. The sweet roasted malt is overpowering. Shouldn't Czech Pilsners be crisp and clean? This one isn't. But the yeast strain has produced a buttery flavor that is one of the best I've tasted in recent years, and although the hops are overpowered, there is something delicious about this beer. The hops begin to show their bitterness about half way through. Their aroma, however, remains just out of my palate's reach.

The mouthfeel is nice. It is a bit more viscous than I expect from a Pilsner, but the viscosity does complement the malty character nicely.

Zatec comes up short when compared with other commercially available Czech Pilsners. But it is a delicious beer that I have bought before and will buy again.

GMB, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of elchingen
3.5/5  rDev -2%

elchingen, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of prisoner1572
5/5  rDev +40.1%

prisoner1572, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Sixpoint
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Sixpoint, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.22/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dull goldenrod color, completely transparent and letting in light in a way that gives it a certain luster. Bit of head formation that leaves only the smallest of patches of lace on the glass.

S: Clean profile with subtle hints of butter as well as an almost soapy aroma, but not quite. Hops seem to give it the tiniest bit of spicy and floral scent, but this is difficult to pick up at first.

T: Introduction is smooth and very minimal on the grainy taste, which is accompanied with the buttery and soft bread notes. The pale malt is fortified nicely, and it adds an interesting character to this beer. A sweeter side rears its head as it edges toward the finishes, that washes out cleanly and ever-so smoothly. Lingering Saaz hop bitterness gently clings to the palate as it fades softly.

M: Great level of carbonation, not overdone, which some have a tendency to do. This helps to accent the buttery side of things, giving it an almost syrupy quality that never fully materializes.

D: Incredibly drinkable, as far as Pilseners go, which I find to be quite quaffable anyway; I find the flavor profile stands out amongst others of its ilk. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this beer's rather unique composition for a style that was built on replication of perfection. To me, this one stands out, and is worthy of a taste from the seasoned beer veteran to the novice, as I think its characteristics will delight either one.

CharlieMopps, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of skriv
4/5  rDev +12%

skriv, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of tmitch75
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

tmitch75, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of speter
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright straw color with a substantial white fluffy head that fades to light lace.

S: Mainly grain and grass with just a hint of Saaz hops and a touch of sulfur. In some ways closer to a Helles than a Pils.

T: A sweet start goes to a blast of hop bitterness in the center. There's an unusual puff of dryness just after the center, before a minerally-dry finish.

M: Medium body with minimal carbonation. A typical (Continental) Pils oil coating on the tongue.

D: A classic Czech Pils in some respects, but sweeter than I would expect. (That said, this is perhaps closer to the standard than the skunky bottles of Pilsner Urquell we can get in the US.) There is, however, a spice note that calls too much attention to itself to make the overall drinkability exceptional. (The spice note does lessen as the beer warms, FWIW.)

speter, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of kvnstfrd
4/5  rDev +12%

kvnstfrd, May 23, 2013
Photo of scott451
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

scott451, Apr 30, 2010
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