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Žatec (304 of 1001)

Rating: 3.35

Žatec is a beer that is named after the town first responsible for grown Saaz noble hops (Saaz being the German name for Žatec as a result much of the credit away from the town). This one is a beer that I managed to stumble upon in London before heading out to a club for the night and was surprised when I discovered it featured on the 1001 beers list so naturally I ordered a pint. The bar in question, Smith’s of Smithfield also happened to have bottle of the stuff available but I opted for draught this time round. The beer is brewed by Žatecký Pivovar which is the oldest brewery in the Czech Republic to be continually brewing on the same site so there’s a lot of history here despite the fact that this particular lager was first brewed in 1964 and naturally uses plenty of Saaz hops.


Appearance (2/5): There was quite poor lighting in the bar when I tried this one but it looked to be quite a light amber colour with a clear body that had the odd bubble rising to the surface. The head was a fairly disappointing one with nothing more than a very thin, soapy white lacing on top that was patchy and bit little to cover the surface of the beer.
Aroma (6/10): The beer was sweeter than average for a pilsner, some nice vanilla and butterscotch notes kicked things off with some corn and lager malts not too far behind. I managed to detect some biscuit and a touch of grain as well but in truth it was quite a light beer on the nose.
Taste (8/10): Biscuit malts and some sweetness start of the taste of this one, there was also some butterscotch that had previously featured in the nose as well. Some grains and bread like taste come through around the middle with some nice grassy and Saaz hops. A nice tasting beer and a definite improvement on the nose, the beer was an interesting plisner and quite enjoyable too.
Palate (4/5): Quite a crisp beer with a fresh and sweet feel to it but also one with a good balance. It almost seemed creamy in places with a body what fell somewhere around medium and had a nice tang towards the end.

Overall (15/20): This one got off to quite a shaky start with a less than impressive look and an aroma that could definitely have been stronger but it managed to sort itself out come the second have with the taste being a marked improvement on the nose and really quite enjoyable too. There was more sweetness than I’d expected but the balance was good and it was a beer well worth trying, if only if looked and smelt better though.

Brewed In: Žatec, Louny, Czech Republic
Brewery: ŽŽatecký Pivovar
Also Known As: Žatec Blue Label (Bright Lager)
First Brewed: 1964
Type: Czech Pilsner
Abv: 4.6%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Smith’s of Smithfield, Farringdon, London
Price: £4.95

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