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:
No notes at this time.

Added by stcules on 12-24-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
199
Reviews:
138
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
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5
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13
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Photo of wordemupg
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into pint glass dec4 2009

A clear light yellow with loads of bubbles and two fingers of bone white head that has great retention and leaves lots of lace. pretty sexy looking if you ask me

S some honey, floral hops and a fair bit of malt with a little lemon

T more malt then hops but pretty a decent balance to go with the sweet citrus, I'm enjoying this one

M crisp, clean, very smooth and well carbonated, no complaints here

D very nice I have no major complaints with this beer other then the price

I've been told there's record of Zatec paying taxes in 1004, so after a thousand years it only makes sense that they could brew a great lager

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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 tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold color thats got a slight haze to it and lots of bubbly action within that retains its firmly set cappinf of stark white foam everpresent. Lacing coats with some thickly set spots and shortened strings.

Aroma is a bit musty/mushy/musky of dull wheaty breadish doughy malt with just a ever so slight pull of Saaz hop grassyness.

More malt then hops this is adequately nice to the taste buds with a clean yet mushy mash of breadish doughy maltyness thats not light nor heavy and lifts off into the finish with just a slight nudge to some grassy hops and dryish croissant dough.

Body is just under medium but keeps a well distributed malty base of doughyness thats clean and puffy with tender breadyness within. Simple, clean inviting finish thats just crisp enough to keep it within reach of a new sip.

A quiet Czech Pils that has more malt then most, but I liked it either way and is a solid sessionable brew that stands on its own over most, if not all, macro type lagers or Pils.

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Photo of epicness
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark yellow color. Nice white head. Hardly any lacing.

S - Had a bit of a skunky smell to it. Little hoppy with some grass smell. A bit of lemon and floral notes.

T - It's a typical pilsner. Take that with a grain of salt, I said typical. I didn't say good. It's... average. A bit grassy on the taste. Nothing really jumps out at you. The taste doesn't leave you disappointed, but it definitely leaves you wishing it tasted better. It's just really simple and standard. Not bad though.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation. It's what you would expect just by looking at this beer or knowing it was a pils.

D - The best thing about this beer is you could drink a couple of them easily. I'm not saying you'd actually want to or like to drink a couple, but it's very very easy to drink.
The beer didn't jump out and grab me.
Again, it wasn't bad, but it just dind't do it for me.
Very average on all levels.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
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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Photo of flagmantho
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: translucent, medium-straw colored with very limited head; practically no lacing.

Smell: very subtle aroma; the hops seem to have a very light floral smell.

Taste: not a whole lot of bitterness. Flavor is tipped toward the malty side of the scale, with not a lot of complexity; still not bad for a lager.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a lower level of carbonation than I would normally expect.

Drinkability: highly drinkable, although I think the unbalanced maltiness would get to me after a little while.

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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 GRG1313
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light yellow honey color with a nice white head.

Nose is a light floral grapefruit with hints of light pine and light white bread/yeast.

Very pleasant light hop/yeast flavors with actually a nice balance; crisp, clean although somewhat short in the finish. Relatively simple character and flavor.

A bit light/thin/weak for my taste but very fresh and clean tasting.

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

Thanks goes out to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured into a mug a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight hop, fruity. The taste is sweet, malty, slight hop notes, and some nice fruityness. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Stinky
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic example of the style! I had this back to back with a Pilsner Urquell (draft) while eating a hearty Czech meal and loved the Zatec. Although it was close I preferred the Zatec over the Urquell. It is perfectly balanced between sweet malt and drying hops. Nothing is overpowering here and I certainly intend that as a complement. Subtly and restraint like this is a long process of refinement that rarely gets the credit it deserves.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Monsteruss
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When pouring this Czech beer, the foam was white with a hint of beigh, bubbly and stuck to the glass. Taste and smell - Had a typical pilsner, hoppy feel. The color was Light pils/ honey. Mouthfeel was light-bodied rich and smooth. Good drinkibility.

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Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery golden with a soft and foamy pure white head that leaves fine lace on the glass. Smells of grassy, slightly menthol/mint hops with rich grain. Tastes rich and smooth with fresh bready malt and grassy saaz hops. Light bodied and refreshing with nice hop bittering in the finish. A great session beer and way underrated IMO.

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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 erz316
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1.9 pint brown bottle poured into Brooklyn pokal.

A - a slightly hazy brazen color. a good forming head, bright white, that quickly thins down to a whispy layer on top.

S - a light smell of citrus, concentrating on orange peel, and some grain like sweetness.

T - bitter hops are right out front, while the faint grain/malty sweetness lingers in the back. the malts stick around for the finish and dominate that area of the tasting process, while the primary after taste is a bitter and cereal-like taste. not a very complicated beer, and the hops are not very prevalent. I haven't a clue as to why this was on the great beers display along with westmalle and samuel smith.

MF&D - the feel is slightly thicker and heavier than water, and the lack of carbonation makes the beer feel quite dull over all. I would preferably find another beer rather than have another one of these.

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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 jujubeast6000
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/14/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clear darkish yellow color body, big foamy white head, lasting. Strong malty aroma, some balancing hops and dryness present too. Some fresh grain scents. Nutty malty taste, clean tasting. Somewhat grainy, nutty aftertaste. Crisp. Satisfying, and a decent amount of flavor. Very carbonated. Not too shabby. Less flavor as it warms.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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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 Pamola
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in a VT general store. not too shabby.

A: Decent tight head. Not the prettiest color. It's a little dark. Just enough to make it look off.

S: Muted czech hops. A little sharpness in there.

T: I can see how people wouldn't be fond of this, but i found it intriguing. Not a light pils. Caramel down the tongue, ends with butterscotch.

M: Not bad. Once again, full for a pils.

D: Surprisingly so. Dunno if they threw some vienna in there but i could go for a few more of these.

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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 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 BeardedBoffin
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 500 mL bottle of Zatec. The bottle claims "Since 1004". That's a a thousands plus years of experience and sets the bar pretty high for this beer. A clear golden brew with a modest head which quickly receded into nothingness. Decent aroma of grain, grass, and hops: standard pilsner. It opens up nicely as the beer warms. Crisp malt flavor complemented by grassy bitterness from the hops. The beer finishes quick, bitter and dry. This is a drinkable decent brew, but it doesn't live up to the expectations set by knowing the brewery has been in the business for more then a millennium.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent straw with 3 fingers of cream colored head. No head retention & some lacing

S: Perfumy, lemony, & soapy hops

T: Grainyness, soapyness; too much (rinsed the hell outta my pils glass)& lemons up front. Soapyness dominates until this warms way up, then herbal & lemon hops sneak through. Finishes with a whisper of honey malt, a bit of pear fruittyness & then lemony & more soapy hops.

MF: Light bodied, so-so balance, with fairly hard carbonation that softens as this warms. Okay balance

Drinks okay, my advice, let this get to ale temp before drinking. As it was it warmed up quite a bit prior to sampling. Otherwise, you got a a blah, Czech Pils here

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Photo of Offa
4.67/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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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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3.55 out of 5 based on 199 ratings.
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