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ŽŽŽatec | ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Czech Republic | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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 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 thekevlarkid
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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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Photo of ordybill
3.24/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt aroma with some floral and hop background.
Appearance- Beer is a golden amber color with a long lasting white head.
Taste- Has a pleasant bitter malt flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied brew with medium carbonation and a dry finish
Overall- Not a bad beer but I have had better Czech beers

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Photo of armock
3.32/5  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

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a fluted pilsener glass. The beer is a really pure golden color. A fizzy white head sits on top and dissipates to a nice even thin layer. Foamy, light lacing coats the glass. The smell is bright and clean, somewhat malty with a grassy touch. The beer tastes very clean and refreshing. There is a good balance here between malt and hops, the maltiness coming first, followed by a clean, slightly drier hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium-light with some carbonation.

Overall, this is what a beer should taste like. This is clean, refreshing, and to borrow a phrase from Amstel Light, "it tastes like beer." I wish this was available in 12 packs where i am, because I could session this every summer weekend. Highly impressed.

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Photo of bum732
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of adamette
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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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 Cresant
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
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?

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Photo of UnionMade
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of Sixpoint
4.12/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this beer all day long.

There was nothing outstanding about this beer, but that is maybe why I like it so much. It was super clean, bright, nice floral aroma, with a perfect balance in the flavor and aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was spot-on effervescence with the perfect amount of malt to make it interesting.

It would be super interesting to taste this baby fresh in the Czech Republic.

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Photo of RickS95
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
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).

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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 EagleTalon
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours to a patchy but lasting head that laces generously. Dark golden color. Aroma is fresh sweet malts and honeylike floral and spicy hops: 100% Zatec (Saaz) according to label. Flavor comes in with a blend of sweet, clean malt and a spicy, tangy and crisp bitterness. Mouthfeel is light yet substantial. Overall, a very good Bohemian Pilsner.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Crystal clear golden with a huge cloudy head.

S- Smell is nutty citric pilsner malt and some noble hops

T- Tastes like it smells but the malt really dominates and the hops tickle the tongue

M- Light and well carbonated

D- Light beer makes for superior drinkability

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Photo of goochpunch
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a honey color with no bubble action and a thin head that dissipates into a thin ring. Smells of soft floral hops, honey, pale malt and has a graininess. Really disappointing flavor here as it tastes awfully similar to Heineken and its ilk. Really sweet maltiness with a overbearing graininess and faint hop character. Has a bit of a bitter edge to the finish, but overall this is pretty sweet. Mouthfeel is moderate with a relaxed bubbly sensation on the tongue. This is so-so. I was expecting more from a Czech lager, but got something that was quite blah.

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Photo of colts9016
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A pale yellow with hues of orange there was a two finger head that was foamy and bubbly. The head dissipated to a white foamy ring around the glass.

Nose: Light malt with some sulfur and yeast. The are some bananas, citrus, esters, and sweet honey.

Taste: Light malt with yeast, and some citrus. There are notes of esters, there is a sulfur, and sweet honey

Overall: It is a light beer that to me is kinda skunky. It is easy drinking. The mouthfeel is carbonation, with a sight bitterness at the end. The finish lingers in your mouth but for just a second. Not a great pilsner, just okay

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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 tai4ji2x
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle. no date. tasted in mid-may 2009.

clear golden straw color. 1-finger head fades to thin wispy layer. lacing is pretty sparse except for the bottom 1/3 of the glass.

aroma: bready malt, faintest hint of apple, lots of aromatic and floral/herbal saaz hops. but then... the apple comes in strongly again towards the back. whiff of sulfur (but bordering on skunk... uh oh...)

taste: similar to aroma, but a bit watery. moderate bitterness from the saaz, but not as fresh as hoped, mixing with possible phenol/fusel, and again that apple. green apple, to be precise - acetylaldehyde? "uh oh" again...

light body, smooth, with hint of astringency for a flash in the finish before smoothing out again. crisp, moderate carbonation.

i'm burping up skunk though...

i have a feeling this is an old bottle. the lack of a date or batch numbering scheme is almost never a good thing.

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ŽŽŽatec from ŽŽatecký Pivovar
81 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.
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