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ŽŽŽatec | ŽŽatecký Pivovar

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Brewed by:
ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Czech Republic

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 12-24-2005

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

Purchased from Biggs Beer Wine and Tobacco in Vancouver WA.

Poured into a pils glass from a 500ml bottle.

Pours a clean yellow gold with light white head.

Aroma is great. I love the floral smell of Saaz hops and before it was done pouring I could smell it jumping into my nostrils. Hmmm.

Flavor is great, just what I would expect from the Czechs a rich but smooth maltiness witch a touch of bitter tones and spice from those hops.

Overall: This is a clean classic pilsner that is complex, balanced and refreshing. Put this on you pils list!!


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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 titvs
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 2B). Bottle 33cl - Batch unknown. AROMA: malt background with faint herbal hop aroma. APPEARANCE: golden yellow color and very clear. thin head with medium-low retention. TASTE: malty sweet balanced with some bitterness that does not linger. very faint hop flavours. finishes a bit dry. no esters. PALATE: medium-light body with medium carbonation. OVERALL: a sub-par czech pilsner. should have more hop character.

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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 thirtysixbelow
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - golden yellow color with a nice white head, doesn't stick around very long which is the only thing I can take off for here.

s - malty and biscuity with some clean hops

t - crisp malty flavor with a very slight hop presence. The taste profiles are very subtle so my amateur palate is having trouble :( The finish is clean and not dry.

m - light and smooth

d - This beer has crazy drinability. This is the first beer that I have had that is light in flavor yet doesn't come with adjuncts. Just pure refreshment. I'm just taking off for the fact that it's fairly expensive at my local store.

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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 beerbutcher
4.27/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours deep gold with two finger bright white head

aromas of noble hops with big malty core, notes of mineral, sulfur, and trace diacetyl. beautiful.

the taste is rich and quenching for the style. on the lighter side for hop bitterness, which could be due to freshness.. intense though. lovely malt character with some slight sweet decoction character on the mid-palate. crisp drying finish with awesome czech lager yeast influence.

mouthfeel is beautifully balanced. awesome carbonation, supporting bitterness and loads of nuance.

all in all, one of my favorite pilseners ever. love this style..

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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 KingG
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from my salesman as a sample.

Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Bright gold color with one finger worth of head on top. Decent amount of lace fills the inside of the glass. Many carbonation bubbles rapidly moving to the top. Spot on for the style.

Smell is average. Grassy hops jump out with an earthy malt background that evens things out.

Taste is average. Grassy again. Earthy malts again. Not much else. Finishes clean and bland.

Mouthfeel is above-average. Nice lively presence when it hits the pallet but finishes very thin.

Drinkability is above-average. To call this beer an easy drinker would be an under-statement. Incredibly smooth. Too bad the flavor and thin mouthfeel makes me not want another bottle.

Overall: A run-of-the-mill lager that does nothing to excite me. Not so bad for the style, but then again, it's not a style I'm into anyway.

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Photo of TwinSox33
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Thick white head, clear Golden hue with a tad bit of sediment.

S: Sweet Malt and Clean Grain. A bit of Sazz.

T: Sweet malt up front, fades into grassy hop, and then slightly drying at the end. The hop presence is noted most at the finish.

M: Very smooth and a tad sweet up front. It dries at the finish.

D: You could drink 'em all night long. I like this Czech beauty; it strikes a nice balance between sweet and spicy. It seems most others tend to be overpoweringly bitter or sweet; not the case here.


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

Clear, golden-yellow beer with a thick, white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate aroma of malt, noble hops. Crisp, classic pilsner taste with a slight metallic bite. Soft mouthfeel, low-moderate carbonation.

Overall, a pleasant pilsner. Very drinkable.

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Photo of horseblanket
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Czech Pilsners are one of my favorite styles,
so I had high hopes for this one.

But I'm a bit disappointed.

The water character seems a bit minerally,
and the malt character seems weak.

Maybe the bottle isn't very fresh?

I think I'm getting a touch of sourness
from it also; not a good sign.

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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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