Monday, May 23, 2011

Žatec Brewery's Bright Lager

This is the Czech Republic's Žatec Bright Lager. The Žatec brewery was named for the city of Sacz, which is apparently something to do with a German translation of Žatec, and has been around since 1004, when some jackhole wrote about it in some old bullshit manuscript that no one ever gave a shit about. The important thing about this town is its 700 year old tradition of growing hops for breweries all around the world.

The current brewery its was laid in 1798, just like my great-great-great-great-great grandpa. When the nazis rolled through in the 1930's the brewers actually buried their copper pots so they wouldn't be used in the German's war efforts. Then, ya remember when all that Czechoslovakia stuff went down?, well, the brewery went through some serious ownership changes and crap like that and eventually given to a local operator instead of it's previous "state-run" operation.

This Bright Lager is actually pretty smooth, like yours truly. It's has a light, floral smell and an abnormally smooth taste. Unlike most lagers, with isn't too overbearing with carbonation and is light enough to knock down three beers a piece of these suds when you are tarring the roof of your house. It's only got 4.6% ABV and 500mL for $4 but the drinkability of this stuff is pretty good for a beer this strong. It's a little better than Krusovice, if you ask me but in the same respect, a little more expensive.

Drinkability: 7/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 6/10

Overall: 5.75/10

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