ŽŽŽatec | ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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ŽŽŽatecŽŽŽatec
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Czech Republic
zateckypivovar.cz

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
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
13
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Photo of mattparsons
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Zatec pours a brilliant dark straw color, with a foamy white head that settles quickly, and leaves just a thin film on the surface.

S: Malty, with biscuit and honey, with a fruity, floral hop aroma. Still displays some of that "Euro" character.

T: Floral and fruity hop character to begin with, but the sweet malt shines through with hints of biscuit, sweet corn, and some apple. The hops kick in again, giving the beer a dry, clean finish.

M: Light bodied, but has a long finish. Dry and very crisp.

D: Very mild for this style. Zatec is extremely easy to drink, and very sessionable.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the beer wasteland that is Southern-Southern Minnesota (yes Southern-Southern), I decided to do a little exploring into foriegn beers to pass the week.

Zatec pours a medium gold color with the slightest hint of haziness and a very lively carbonation. White head has great retention and leaves tons of lacing.

The aroma is biscuity and bready malts up front, with grassy and spicey hops and herbal notes.

The taste is more malty than hoppy, with sweet and bready malts dominating, with a nice balancing spicey hop character. Grassy hops and doughy bready malts. There is also a banana like character going on.

Medium body with a clean and crisp feel. Nothing out of the ordinary, and just right. Drinkability is great.

The farther along I get in my beer travels, and as my taste buds evolve more and more, I find myself appreciating the simple things, like great Pilsners. This is one of those. Head over heels better than any macro Pilsner out there that I've ever tried.

The surprise favorite (by a long shot) of the weekend.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold/ honey color. Initial soft barley aroma on the pour that diminishes with subsequent smelling. Thin white creamy head that also diminishes fairly soon. Clean and mildly rich barley flavor with a minty hop finish. The mouth feel is medium bodied - soft. I like this beer and would buy it again, but I do not think it stands even with the Czech all-stars; however it is a cousin to them. Better than a lot of the Czech beer I explored just to find the cheapest beer deal in the Czech Republic.

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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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Photo of timtim
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darker than gold with a white head that didn't hold that well, but left some nice lace on the glass. nose wasn't as strong as i would have hoped for, but still had a nice malty hoppy thing going on. taste was a lot better than what the nose suggested. nice malt character with a hoppy finish. fuller body than expected as well. not too dry. soft and somewhat silky. really refreshing, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of nick76
2.2/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The aroma is like corn malt with some grassy hops. The appearance is pale gold with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with latex. The palate is watery. Overall it's nothing I want again and everything is weak. Make sure you pass this one up.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zatec Pilsner pours a big fluffy head over a clear
golden brew. Carbonation is lively and the nose is
light barley malt. The flavor is pleasant, slightly sweet
barley malt balanced out by an herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but crisp, and there's just a bit
of that herbal hop in the aftertaste. Pretty simple stuff
really, but not a bad little pils. Worth a try.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Poured a pale golden color with about 2 fingers worth of head that settled to a ring with very little lacing.

S: Very bready smelling.... I'm also getting a little wheat and yeast.

T: Straight up bready malt, with a small touch of hops... very small...

M: Light body with a pretty lively carbonation. Pretty crisp.

D: Very easy to drink with the low ABV and light body, but there just not much flavor here. Pretty bland.

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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 SargeC
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Moderate gold with a fizzy white head.

Smell: Grass and clean malt.

Taste: Minimal hop flavor with a solid malt backbone. Interestingly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Light waxy quality while remaining crisp. Semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Solid and tasty brew. Simple and satisfying.

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Photo of magpieken
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kegger22
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Zatec Pilsener pours a dark yellow, almost amber, with a two finger head that dissipates to a splotchy skin covering. The aroma is sweet blandness. The taste too, is sweet, mild and inoffensive. The feel is light bodied and not much carbonation. Zatec is highly drinkable due to it's low ABV and mild taste.

To sum it up, all I can say is ehh, moderate, middle of the road, etc.

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Photo of Naugros
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours like an American pilsner, pale straw color, crystal clear, slight head, lots of bubbles.

But then the comparison to an America pilsner ends with the smell. Czech hops immediately come through with some grassy scents reminiscent of when Pilsener Urquell still used wooden tuns.

This is not extremely full of flavor, in fact it is almost neutral if not for the hops with only a hint of what the malts bring to the table.

This is light, crisp and refreshing. It is now my new "I've just finished mowing the lawn" beer. There is no bite to this at all and it satisfies a thirst. There is virtually no aftertaste.

I could down these one after another, washing down a pizza or finishing off some wings. Anything an American lager can do, this can do better. I guess a century of brewing leads to perfection in the style.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this Czech style Pilsener from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Pilsener poured a clear golden color, produced an average white head and featured below average retention and left very little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted off fresh baked bread, and grassy hops. Medium in body, this Pilsener had a base of malted husky malted grain, touch of lemon citrus, white pepper and bitter hops. Decent example of a Czech Pilsener, I believe this to be pretty authentic. Prost!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.49/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz Euro bottle purchased on 06/01/10. No freshness date noted.

Rich and a slightly darker golden in color, this pilsner poured out with solid effervescence and an okay head which ultimately left nice yet delicate lacing along the side of the glass.

Aromas wafting of the Czech Saaz hops. Crisp and clean in the nose. Subtle yet definable.

Smooth on the palate, the balance between the malts and Saaz hops work together hand in hand. While so many representations of pilsners (both Czech and German) tend to be overly sweet or hoppy, the level ground Zatec has found with this classic speaks to the true definition of a Bohemian Pilsner.

Quaffable to say the least, by the time this bottle was gone, I was ready for more. And at 4.6% ABV, this beer will be a mainstay in my arsenal for a long time.

Na zdraví!

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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 ZenAgnostic
2.57/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Clear straw body. White one finger head with decent retention.

Smell - Skunky as hell. Corn meal or hominy.

Taste - Metallic. Bad. Corn meal or something.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall - I could not enjoy this beer. The taste is fatally flawed by that off flavor.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average in every respect .
It has a sourness , that can be a downfall for my palate in Pilsners ,which is the most remarkable thing about this beer.
it is pleasnt and enjoyable but very ho hum middle of the road.
Many others offer greater delights in the fascinating world of Czech Pilsners

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Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of skriv
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of theopholis
2.61/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of foxyaardvark27
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
3.55 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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