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Chodovar Zámecký Ležák Special 13° (243 of 1001)

 Rating: 3.95

I’m down to my last one or two Czech bought beer with this one now, another Chodovar beer that I picked up in Prague airport last month when leaving the city and this time it is there flagship pilsner that I will be reviewing. This is one of the beers I had been on the lookout for in Czech Republic as it is one of the beers from the country that feature on the 1001 beers list but as it happens I had no luck finding it in Prague itself until I stumbled across it in a café/shop in the airport and quickly grabbed it along with the other Chodovar beer, Zámecké Černé, that I reviewed here previously. I fairly enjoyed that previous offering so I am expecting good things from this one, especially considering it is a Czech pilsner and it’s becoming increasingly rare for me to find any bad ones from the country, hopefully this one doesn’t spoil it for me.
Chodovar Zámecký Ležák Special 13°

Appearance (4/5): This one pours a fairly bright looking amber with plenty of visible carbonation and a large, two-fingers tall head that seems to hold very well initially. The head looks quite creamy with some nice lacing on the sides once the head finally does subside some, and the beer itself is a very clear looking one.
Aroma (8/10): Quite fresh on the nose with some nice grassy hops and a few hints of citrus that is quickly followed by some medium strength lager malts, biscuit and sweetness. The citrus comes more into its own around the middle and some background hops also feature, as does some sweetness with some spice making an appearance as well. Quite a lively one on the nose with a good balance and a pleasantly sweet aroma throughout.
Taste (8/10): Sweet malts, some biscuit and bread flavours coming through with the grassy hops from the nose. There was some citrus as well and a bit of spice from the Saaz hops that are typical of most Czech pilsners I’ve had of late and this one is a very good example of the style. The taste is definitely more malty than I was expecting, particularly after the aroma seemed to be leaning more towards the hops.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and a sweet mouthfeel that almost seemed creamy. The citrus left a tickling tang on the tongue and the beer was well-carbonated, crisp and moderately bitter towards the end.

Overall (17/20): Another Czech brewed pilsner, another cracking beer; I’m starting to see a pattern developing here. This was was thicker than I was expecting, with a great feel to it that bordered on creamy, this coupled with the sweet malts and biscuit flavours were a nice change up from the more hop and citrus filled aroma. The beer was very easy to drink and is again another that is up there with the best that the style has to offer.

Brewed In: Chodová Planá, Okres Tachov, Czech Republic
Brewery: Pivovar Chodovar
First Brewed: Brewery since 1573
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 5.1%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased:  Prague Václav Havel Airport, Prague, Czech Republic
Price: 55Czk (£1.63 approx.)

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