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ŽŽŽatec - ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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BA SCORE
81
good

186 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: stcules on 12-24-2005)
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Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bigred89, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of jmdrpi
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

jmdrpi, Feb 08, 2012
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.

harrymel, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

allengarvin, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of aztraz
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

aztraz, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of shelby415
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

shelby415, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

JamLand, Jul 01, 2013
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.

IronDjinn, Jul 05, 2008
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.

yemenmocha, Dec 11, 2008
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.

Offa, Oct 21, 2008
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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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

armock, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of HardTarget
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

HardTarget, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Drew966, Apr 03, 2010
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.

ummswimmin, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of bum732
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

bum732, Aug 09, 2010
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.

adamette, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

brewcrew76, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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?

Cresant, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

LJWalker, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

UnionMade, Mar 07, 2008
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.

generallee, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

rtepiak, Nov 30, 2009
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 12, 2008
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