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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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BA SCORE
81
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171 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 171
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.85%
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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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-03-2012 09:14:55 | More by bigred89
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allengarvin

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:24:00 | More by allengarvin
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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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aztraz

Sweden

2.5/5  rDev -30%

04-05-2012 15:03:51 | More by aztraz
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Offa

California

4.65/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 23:40:35 | More by Offa
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JamLand

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2%

07-01-2013 22:35:20 | More by JamLand
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armock

New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
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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HardTarget

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Drew966

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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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adamette

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 00:12:32 | More by adamette
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gusher out of the bottle scared me for a moment.

A - Slightly hazy golden with a fluffy white head that retreats to a few lines of lace.

S - Bready with fresh yeast notes and a cracker like maltiness. Earthy, spicy and floral hops balance it out nicely.

T - Floral and spicy hops with a bready malt balance. Doughy bread, hints of honey and a lingering minerally finish.

M - The sweet malt probably put it a bit closer to medium than light with good carbonation and a lingering dry mineral finish.

D - A bit towards the malty side but fairly balanced and tasty. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 00:34:14 | More by brewcrew76
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bum732

Lesotho

4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Grassy notes, floral, daisies mostly, touch of bread crust, slight spiciness. Touch of corn.

L: Clear golden yellow, nice fluffy creamy head, great retention.

T: German corn maltiness with some grassy bitterness. Bitterness is fairly low, maybe due to moderate carbonation. Finishes with some spicy dryness. Nice bready/corn sweetness, great balance.

M: Nice full body without being slick. Enough carbonation, could use a little more.

A very good pilsner, i really enjoyed this, the exact flavors i expect out of a pils.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:07:55 | More by bum732
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 22:55:28 | More by yemenmocha
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:58:35 | More by ummswimmin
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UnionMade

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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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Cresant

Kentucky

2.63/5  rDev -26.3%
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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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -2%

02-01-2012 03:45:26 | More by LJWalker
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generallee

New York

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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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rtepiak

Poland

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour of a golden yellow color with not that much head on it. white head without lace. nose is very floral or lavender and pollen... sweet malt honey. palate is not crisp hoppy but is clean and a mild sweet. has that quality of musky straw but not coarse or alkaline. easier to drink that crechvar.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:05:28 | More by rtepiak
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 16:07:01 | More by tmoneyba
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle tried 26 Mar 2010.

An explosive head tries to fight it's way out of the bottle immediately upon opening, completely fills the Twisted Pine shaker pint. Head is off white, creamy. Beer is clear light golden color. Aroma is lightly sweet, mineraly, touch of hay. Flaor is light but good, grainy, mineraly, with a touch of melon. Slight bit of spiciness. Bittersweet finish. Light body.

Overall very refreshing and held up well (this was sitting in the back of the beer fridge for several months before being sampled).

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:58:33 | More by htomsirveaux
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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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RickS95

Indiana

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not really a great looking beer, but that kinda goes with the style. Slightly dark, not straw-colored like I expected, more of a standard pale ale color. Pale orange, like the skin of a nectarine. There's a foamy head for a while, but it doesn't have a lot of retention, though it leaves a thin ring up top.

I've not cared for the pilsner style, but after having a Czechvar, it's growing on me. This is one of the first characteristics that distinguishes the Czechs from the Americans in the pilsner game. This has a grainy smell, but has nice compliments of floral and citrus.

The different tastes are subtle and may not stand up to any food you might be eating. Pilsner malts dominate and while the hops carry over from the smell, the floral and citric notes are very muted.

Very loose, watered down feel. Little body. Slightly acidic, faintly bitter finish.

Nothing to write home about. More or less a session beer as far as I'm concerned. Better than American macros, but only by a bit. Not bad, merely average.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 02:45:24 | More by RickS95
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