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Brewed by Pivovar Chodovar
Style: Czech Pilsner (Světlý)
Chodová Planá, Czech Republic

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RATINGS: 82   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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This extraordinary beer brewed solely from Czech aromatic hops possesses a distinct gold colour, pleasant hop bouquet and full malt taste with a touch of gentle bitterness. Zámecký Lager Speciál fermenting 2 – 3 months in stock tubs of our unique rock cellar is an example of supreme art of our brewers. A specialist committee appraised its quality and the lager was awarded the “Prize of Czech Brewers 2000”.


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
polaxis (73) - - MAR 1, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours golden yellow to orange with a white head. Slight sweet and malty nose. Grainy and malty flavour. Slight alcohol finish, grainy. Very good beer.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rgf001 (201) - München, GERMANY - MAY 14, 2015
Strong fresh floral hop aroma (saaz?), low grainy-sweet malt aroma, DMS?, no detectable esters. No off aromas. Persistent white head that leaves lace. Clear but not brilliant gold color. Initial sweet flavor with soft bitterness coming immediately after. Excellent balance hoppy/ malty. Medium spicy hop flavor, and medium pils malt flavor with background melanoidins. Medium dry finish and good resiny aftertaste. Apparently soft water. Medium-light body with optimal carbonation. No astringency and no alcohol apparent. Extremely drinkable and flavorful pils in its prime. One of the best I had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lore (1438) - Budapest, HUNGARY - APR 19, 2015
darker golden colour, moderate size, dense white head; aroma of grass, hay, floral and fruity notes; taste of bread crust, fruity notes, hoppy bitterness and some buttery notes; correct pilsner

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sharkydodson (591) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 17, 2015
the aroma is malty with hints of hops, grain and grasses... the taste is rather clear and refreshening, malty and hoppy with some herbal notes... aftertaste is dry and bitter... universal Czech pilsner...

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Iznogud (1477) - CROATIA - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle, 500 ml, courtesy of JFK10000. Pours golden with white head. Sweet malty, grainy, thin bodied. Below average.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1435) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 22, 2014
Bottle. Clear pale body with low white head. Aroma is malty , clean. Taste has medium malty sweetness with well balanced noble bitterness. Actually not bad for a bottled lager, would like to try it on tap. Body is full, high carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (1070) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2014 500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass. A: Pours a clear golden yellow color forming a medium bubbled and very bubbled white head. Creamy. Excellent retention and lots of thin and lingering lacings left in the glass S: Great notes of honey and sweet grains. Delicious. Very bready with strong notes of flowery hops. Notes of vanilla and earthy, bready Lager yeasts T: Slightly sweet pale grains in upfront. Crispy. Strong notes of honey. Very bready. Delicious flowery hops. In overall, a dry but smooth and pleasant taste M: Medium, creamy and extremely smooth texture. Good carbonation and a very bready aftertaste O: Great drinkability. Quite "different" Czech Pilsener in the good sense. Very smooth and pleasant Lager [ BA Review @ 6/18/2014 ]

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djoeye (2260) - Tromsř, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2014
Decent off white head, clear golden body, some lacings inside the dimpled mug. Aroma; caramel malts, fruity hops, butter, butterscotch, floral meadow, mild spices. Taste; hops, apple, caramel malts, bitter butterscotch, peel, grass, fruitiness. Fruity, fresh on palate. Finish has hops, grains, bread, apple, fruity caramel malts. This is certainly a quality czech pilsener. [50cl brown bottle, 5.1%abv, l3°, BB24.10.14, B@U Modreho Lva Pivoteka C.Budejovice]

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crlnts (385) - SWITZERLAND - JUL 30, 2014
Bubbly white head. Grassy, lemon aroma. Rather sweet, round, hoppy. Very drinkable.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yy0pp (843) - - JUN 26, 2014
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
flying_pig (1125) - SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
500ml bottle from Prague Airport (Ł1.63):
Fresh with some nice grassy hops & hints of citrus plus medium strength lager malts, biscuit & sweetness. Hops with some spice making an appearance as well. Quite a lively one on the nose with a good balance & a pleasantly sweet aroma throughout.
Bright amber with with a 2-fingers tall head that holds well initially & looks creamy with some nice lacing on the sides & a clear body.
Sweet malts, biscuit & bread come through with the grassy hops from the nose. Citrus as well & spice from the Saaz hops & more malty than I was expecting.
Smooth with a medium body & a sweet mouthfeel that almost seemed creamy. The citrus left a tickling tang on the tongue & the beer was well-carbonated, crisp & moderately bitter towards the end.

Another cracking Czech beer. This was was thicker than I was expecting, with a great feel to it that bordered on creamy. The beer was very easy to drink and is again another that is up there with the best that the style has to offer.


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