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Brewed by:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stcules on 12-24-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
138
Ratings:
199
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
17.46%
 
 
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Photo of tmitch75
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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 HipCzech
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 500 mL bottled poured into a stemmed Pilsener (beer tulip) glass

Appearance: Clear, deep gold with a bright, white head; modest lace.

Smell: Malty, bread and grain. Grassy, earthy and spicy hops.

Taste: Good, round malt body with spicy noble hops. Bitterness builds towards a nice crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a smooth feel and moderate but gentle carbonation.

Overall: A solid Czech Pilsener with good malt and noble hops

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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 flyingpig
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint in Smith's of Smithfield, London (£4.95):
A shaky start with a poor look & weak nose but things soon picked up. Sweeter than expected but there was a good balance & it was easy to drink; a pretty nice beer but it could easily have been so much better.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
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 zoso1967
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale golden with a nice compact bright white head and plenty of carbonation. The head fades quickly but leave a nice protective layer that lasted as long as the beer did. Bready grassy sweet aroma with a bit of fruitiness. The taste is very refreshing with a nice spicy zing from the hops both up front and in the finish. Lots of grassy herbal notes and maybe a touch of citrus. Plenty of biscuity malt sweetness; this beer seems to be a bit light on bitterness for style. The finish is fairly dry with a good clean aftertaste. Light bodied and goes down easy. Not as in your face as a lot of other Pils, maybe a good gateway beer from BMC. This is a great thirst quenching beer and I could down quite a few.

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Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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 GMB
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in shaker pint.

A: Very clear straw yellow color, with some orange undertones. Fluffy, but short-lived, bright white head.

S: Herbal, grassy, and a little spicy...saaz all the way. Hints of sweetness reminiscent of corn. Enticing floral scents. Slight sulfur aroma.

T: Some bready malt and the faintest of yeast flavors. Spicy hoppiness, with just a bit of citrus. Very clean overall. Finishes up with a short dry, hoppy aftertaste. All in all, this is missing something as far as I'm concerned.

M: Carbonation is slightly prickly and fits this beer well. Smooth, if somewhat thin, feel.

D: This is a refreshing, easy to drink beer. I just feel like it is missing something. I found myself losing interest in this one before the halfway point.

Not a bad beer, but I had higher expectations. I wouldn't estimate this bottle to be at optimum freshness, but I have no way of knowing due to the lack of bottle dating. Much, much better than the ubiquitous puesdo-pilsners, but there are many better, and more affordable, options. Pils are delicate beers and overseas journeys don't do them any favors. I'd love to try this fresh in its native Czech Republic, but in the meantime I'll grab a Prima or Pikeland the next time I need a Pils fix.

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Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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 largadeer
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of happygnome
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with a pretty clear gold tone and a smaller off white head. Nose is of roasted and cooked cereals. Mild sweet tone is also there. A bit, earthy also shall we say. Flavor is, eh...okay. Mild cereal character and a slim fruit aspect don't really hold out for long and it drops out fairly quickly. At least quicker than I would like it to. Still, it is okay enough I suppose. Feel is typical really and not too exciting. Overall this is an okay pilsener. But for the prie? I have to say no.

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Photo of steveh
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I tried this brew a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I've never been able to find it since -- till now. Let's hope it's the same as I remember.

$3.30 500 ml brown bottle.

A -- Hmm, gusher on opening, never a great sign. Hazy god to dark straw color with a pretty thin white cap (maybe the majority of carbonation went on the floor and into the sink). A vigorous pour of the last few ounces in the bottle yields a denser head, yet it still settles quickly

S -- Light, but rich bready malts with a mild spicy hoppiness back. Even a touch of resins and fusel.

T -- Light bready malts that blend into a mellow citrus, spicy hop blend. Dry, bitter finish and aftertaste, light bready sweetness and some of that light citrus character in the aftertaste too.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to nearly syrupy with a high-medium body.

O -- Overall, I think this is an old bottle. I certainly didn't have a gusher on the first one I tried a few years ago (I would have never been looking for it again) and the resiny hop character is not very smooth. No freshness dating to be found on the labels.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head. Clear straw yellow color with slowly lifting bubbles revealing a thick than lager average body. Very light malt smell. Taste too is quite light and although not dramatically different from BMCs it has more richness and is clearly an edge above. There's a decent pleasant bitter hops finish which lasts. Label says they've been brewing since 1004 and I see why they're still going strong.

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Photo of Nutleybeer
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An undeniably European flare to this "bright lager beer" as the bottle refers to itself...

Poured fine, nothing remarkable...normal...a clear, golden body...bits of bubbly carbonation...it did keep a minimal head throughout...no real lacing to speak of.

A potent, grainy-like scent, but it delivers a nice smooth flavor....not sharp like some pilsners can be, and no bitterness...fresh and easy going. A good summer beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. The label simply states: 'Since 1004'. Wow, really? Oh, it refers to the namesake town in the Czech Republic, which, in German is 'Saaz'. I can see where the confusion arises.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of slow-disappearing puffy, foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which leaves some layered drooping ring lace around the glass.

It smells of bready, biscuity, and grainy pale malt, fresh grass, a faint dry drupe fruitiness, and mildly spicy, floral hops. The taste is strangely spicy sweet bready pale malt, like there's a touch of rye in there or something, a growing apple/pear fruitiness, some gritty, buttery yeast, and fairly sassy floral, grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, just a sedate frothiness, the body on the lee side of medium weight, and quite plainly smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess. It finishes clean, yet not particularly crisp, a still heady malt echo and dulled grassy hoppiness holding court.

Easy enough to drink, but lacking the crisp, crackery nature of the better versions of the style, this one would have to rank farther down the imported Bohemian pils chain in my town's finer booze emporiums. Kind of a disappointment, given exactly where this one comes from.

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Photo of Domingo
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow with lots of foam. Carbonation remained steady throughout.
The nose and flavor profiles pretty much were as I expected.
Pale malts, saaz hops (hoppy, but not overly so), and just a hint of diacetyl creaminess.
My bottle was gone before I knew it and while I didn’t specifically crave another, I can certainly imagine going back for glass after glass.
While it’s certainly good, I find that it’s not really all that different than the cheaper and more ubiquitous Pilsner Urquell. That’s certainly not a bad thing, and it’s probably a fine illustration for how consistently good Czech pilsners are on the whole.
While my score tends to say this isn't anything special, there are no issues either. I tend to think that with the lighter Czech beers I have yet to have a beer that blows the others away. I've had German pale beers that have, so I'm going to have to hunt for a Czech one...Kout perhaps?

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Photo of chocosushi
3.57/5  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!

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Photo of stella77artois
3.57/5  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.

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