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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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137 Reviews

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 17.13%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Czech Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A clear light yellow with loads of bubbles and two fingers of bone white head that has great retention and leaves lots of lace. pretty sexy looking if you ask me

S some honey, floral hops and a fair bit of malt with a little lemon

T more malt then hops but pretty a decent balance to go with the sweet citrus, I'm enjoying this one

M crisp, clean, very smooth and well carbonated, no complaints here

D very nice I have no major complaints with this beer other then the price

I've been told there's record of Zatec paying taxes in 1004, so after a thousand years it only makes sense that they could brew a great lager

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big, earthy spicy hop aromas rise up from the glass as your pour the brilliant straw colored liquid into the glass. Its crisp and clean and bright with light grains and a pleasantly bitter hop finish. A refreshing light beer with discernable flavor.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've seen this beer for a while and wanted to try it.

Pours a nice pale golden color with a thin, one-finger head. Smells nice and malty with a mild caramel essence detected. Sweet on the nose. Taste is mostly bready, malty and sweet at the same time. Very smooth aftertaste like a Pils should have. Goes down pretty well. The aftertaste is really nice as I already mentioned.

Very drinkable and closer to the style than most American attempts.

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Photo of Gusler
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer decamps the 500ml bottle a clear golden amber with a two-fingered creamy white head, the head settles slowly, leaving a thick sheet to cover the glass. Nose has a dominate malt sweetness, citrus crisp, start has a pleasant malt profile, slight hop bite at the back, top moderate in feel. Finish has modest acidity, the hop delectably spicy, quite dry and a smooth drinking beer, cannot say “Pilsners” are my favorites, but a good ones like this is always a pleasure to sample.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Czech beer in an amber bottle. Classic grainy bitter sweet profile. Bright (like the label says) lager. Nice head with plenty of lace. Very good carbonation. good bittersweet finish too. And a good session beer if this is your style. Clear yellow gold color. Extra clean character.

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Photo of stcules
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow colored, pils foam, white anc compact.
Grassy, good hop. But even the malt is perceptible.
In the taste is a little more malty, even if in the back the bitterness is still well present. Dry.
Grassy bitterness aftertaste, even if not really long.
Pleasant and drinkable beer, typical czech pils.

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Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine pilsner with more flavor than most. Both bready malt and noble hop flavors shine in the flavor of this beer. The aroma is fairly nondescript, nothing bad but not much more than a fresh dinner roll malt note. The malt is a bit too simply sweet, but the hops cut right through the sugar. It's a surprisingly big flavor for the abv and style. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color thats got a slight haze to it and lots of bubbly action within that retains its firmly set cappinf of stark white foam everpresent. Lacing coats with some thickly set spots and shortened strings.

Aroma is a bit musty/mushy/musky of dull wheaty breadish doughy malt with just a ever so slight pull of Saaz hop grassyness.

More malt then hops this is adequately nice to the taste buds with a clean yet mushy mash of breadish doughy maltyness thats not light nor heavy and lifts off into the finish with just a slight nudge to some grassy hops and dryish croissant dough.

Body is just under medium but keeps a well distributed malty base of doughyness thats clean and puffy with tender breadyness within. Simple, clean inviting finish thats just crisp enough to keep it within reach of a new sip.

A quiet Czech Pils that has more malt then most, but I liked it either way and is a solid sessionable brew that stands on its own over most, if not all, macro type lagers or Pils.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

It looks like flavorful Pilsners are in style again and gun- ning for a comeback in the US--like Zatec Bright Lager, which just landed on our shores.

It's bright--crystal clear, in fact. A shade darker than we expected, but certainly within the golden realm. Big grassy, earthy aroma of spicy hops, and a long, clean grainy nose that shows a bready side. The hard pour- ing knocked out a good bit of its crispness, but the top-notch smoothness makes up for it. Moderate body. Thick on fresh grain, almost brash but the dry malt flavor and the clean husk in the finish show deep, complex features. The hop bitterness is slow to build, but it's very flavorful, with undertones of spice, rose water and lemon. Finishes semidry with an ever-pres- ent graininess.

Without a doubt, this is a good beer. For the US consumer, it's a slam dunk if you're looking for a refreshing, clean and tasty Pilsner. A hearty bowl of beef stew would make for a delicious pairing.

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Photo of morimech
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale golden color with a large white head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. It is missing the Saaz hop aroma that this style posesses. But it does not smell skunky either. I pick up a lot of bready malt and yeast. Not as hoppy, bitter, and dry as the better Czech Pilseners. Mostly malt flavor upfront with the hop flavor coming in at the finish. Bitterness is low as well. Nothing wrong with the flavor but just a bit "meh". Also it is not as crisp and clean as the better pilseners. Light bodied with spirited carbonation. An easy drinker with a low ABV would allow great consumption but I would prefer a different kind of pilsener.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml, no date on it. New in the Texas market so hopefully it's fresh. Served in a Weizen glass. Very bright gold color with a large initial head that immediately collapsed, leaving not even a film across the top. Grainy malt nose with a very light touch of hops. Flavor is blah, with bland grainy malt and little bitterness. Fairly well-attenuated, so not very sweet. Clean finish.

A below average Czech pils. No real flaws, except for blandness.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
81 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.