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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 444
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 21.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Reviews: 262 | Hads: 444
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: It pours brilliant gold with a 2” persistent white foam cap that produces light lace. S: Has a spicy, earthy nose with light grains, medium hop aromas, medium low malt T: Medium low malt with a light sweetness with traces of apple. Spicy, medium low hop flavor, crisp medium to medium high hop bitterness. F: Medium light body, medium carbonation. O: A decent drinkable beer. No traces of skunk but the level of apple was a bit odd.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Cary, NC. This beer is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is full of malt and hops, very inviting. The flavor has a sweet malt flavor with some hop bite. A very good Czech Pilsener.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.99/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: crystal clear; gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: skunky;

T: pilsner malt, a little skunky; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; mildy dry finish;

O: can't get past the skunkiness; no date on the bottle;

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Photo of KingEdward
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This has nice lacing and smells malty and spicy, taste is very crisp and clean with a nice balance of malt and hops. Feel is bubbly and refreshing. I think it is very underrated. Will buy again.

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Photo of chrisinroch
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a chilled bottle:

Good head. Lots of light foam and good retention for the style. Nose is tangy. In the mouth, surprising sweetness that balances the tang. I would say that it is very typical of some local czech beers in that regard and very different from the typical bottles that make it across to the states. Very fresh tasting. Nice beer.

If you want to try a Czech Pilsener that's different yet still true to the style, I'd recommend you find a well-traveled bottle.

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Photo of Germanstylefan7896
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

This one is not too impressive, thought it would be more similar to a nice Czech style beer. It is a slightly more entertaining Heineken. Pretty basic overall, not bad just not a standout. If you are looking for a slight bump above Heineken it may work.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An acquaintance brought this over. He didn't know any better. This is part of the large weasel piss collection beer is known for to the masses. Have it and forget about it.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.69/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A- Deep golden crystal, with a big frothy head.
S- Sweet malty aromas, with Saaz hops clearly present. Earthy smell.
T- The quintessential Czech (though Slovak) pilsner! Soft inviting taste, sweeter and more comfortable than a typical German pils. Very sophisticated delicate taste, of which IPAs seem like barbarians compared to.... Super-balanced hops to malt--very characteristic of the style.
M- Not watery, not heavy, just right.
D- An excellent, very drinkable, but sophisticated beer! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a very typical Pilsener. Bright in the glass, easy on the palate, with a bit of corn sweetness and Saaz hops at the end of the tongue. An enjoyable alternative to Pilsener Urquell.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stale smell of old grains and below average in taste. Not my style of beer. Maybe the bottle was old or spoiled somehow but I won't try it again for sure.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle

bright golden color, white frothy head from hard pour, it fades. clean, earthy aroma. taste is crisp, just a touch of sweetness and some grassy hops. thin body, but slick mouthfeel. easy to drink. pretty good overall.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A-Opens well and pour a head that is gone in 10sec. Clear

S- Smells like a Heineken

T- Tastes like a Heineken

M- A Heineken

O- Pretty much a Heineken

Food Pairing

This ok beer goes well with.... Anything a Heineken goes with


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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a golden, slightly pissy yellow, with active carbonation, and a small head with no lacing.

Smells pretty skunky. Don't use green bottles! There's some lager yeast, and a hint of sweet grains. Doesn't smell all that hoppy, which is what I would expect from a Czech pilsner.

This is pretty skunky and hard to drink. Underneath that wonderful flavor, I get a bit of sweet grains, an almost corn-like flavor, and the slightest snap of leafy hops. Meh.

This is light bodied, with a skunky sweet mouthfeel, and a higher level of carbonation.

This isn't all that good. I don't know fresh it is, but no beer of this kind, or really any kind, should be put in green bottles.

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Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a large, foamy, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A slightly skunky aroma with hints of hops and malt. Nothing overly special.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, malt, an earthy quality, and the aforementioned skunkiness. A very average flavor. Not offensively bad, but pretty forgettable.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Nothing overly interesting here. Golden Pheasant is a typical, mass produced beer. There are worse examples of a Czech pilsner, but there are certainly better ones.

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Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz green bottle purchased at the Total Wine in Spokane Valley, WA. My first Slovak beer. There’s some sort of production code stamped on the rear label, but no true freshness date. From the look of the label, I'm guessing the Slovak brewers of this beer have some serious Pilsener Urquell-envy. Maybe they were involved in brewing it when there was still such a thing as Czechoslovakia.

Poured a dark gold color verging on amber, with a small, bubbly white head that dropped quickly.

Crude, earthy malt notes and some mild floral hop scent greeted my schnozz.

What flavor there was to be had was mildly hoppy and bitter, with some earthy malt notes. No skunky taste, but not much else, either.

Fairly light bodied, with a watery mouthfeel. I think the carbonation was a little too low.

An inoffensive, but otherwise not very interesting Euro Lager. Now that I’ve tried it, I don’t think I’ll need to have another one.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 7/22/14.Comes in a pretty 11.2 ounce (330ml) bottle. Af irst I thought it was another selection from Pilsner Urquell. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 'Dinkel Acker' small glass boot.

Pours a pretty gold in color with a thick foamy white head that lasted a while. Decent amount of lacing was seen also when sipped. Lots of streaming bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Since most of brews that come in a green bottle is on the 'skunky' side for some reason, this was NOT the case with this one at all! The aroma is of malts and hops for the most part. More going on with the taste as there is a slight nutty flavor in there also because the malts and hops. A very light hoppy finsih that doesn't last. Great taste and easy to drink!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.37/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big head and great lacing. Stays all the way in a tall pilsner glass. The carbonation on this can was very lively. Maybe the tall glass helped? I've had this before and it looked flat in a tulip glass.

Aroma is of noble hop... maybe Saaz? It also smells malty and nutty.

The taste is nutty with some diacetyl and and a good bitter aftertaste. Lightly roasted barley malt is also in there.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. A bit more chewy than many pilsners.

Overall there is a really nice balance of malts and bitterness here. This stands up to Pilsner Urquell as a classic Czech pils. The mild Saaz hop bitterness is there as is the buttery diacetyl flavour. A very good beer to remind one of the qualities of a simple but well made lager.

I would give this 87 out of 100.

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Photo of OldeSchool
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, yellow pilsner with a big, frothy head that fades very quickly.

S: Not much going on here; malty with a bit of spice.

T: Decent; malt up front with a bit of bitterness late; goes down very easily but doesn't leave much of an impression.

M: Again, nothing special; seems like a "typical" pilsner.

O: Not a bad brew for a hot summer day, but it's far from being my go-to when the mercury starts to rise. It's very easy to drink, but I wouldn't go far out of my way to obtain it again. Not that it's a bad beer, mind you, I just think that there are better offerings out there.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.19/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: orangy straw like apple juice, paler yellow in the light; initial large foamy head, settles to thick surface film; scattered patches of lacing
S: pleasantly and distinctly malty, and something a bit like corn
T: surprisingly sweet; malt and corn
M: medium-bodied, oily, mild carbonation
O: too sweet for my tastes, and combined with the fuller presence, it doesn't feel balanced for its style.

12oz / Pint Glass

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Photo of MarkoNm
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a clear, golden color and is topped with a generous white head with medium retention.
The aroma is dominated by malts, there are also some grains present.
The taste is pleasantly bitter and hoppy, clean and not watery. Finishes with a decent bitterness.
A nice example of what a nice pilsener tastes like.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 500 ml green bottle (fortunately I failed to detect any skunk). This pilsener is a honey gold hue with an impressive rich white head, around five inches or so ... Stands out from many other pilseners in this latter regard. Aroma is rich pilsener malt and a subdued noble hops spice. The smell was middling or just below this but fortunately the taste compensated. Not a super dry or bitter pils but with a rich malt character and assertive hopping for a European macro-brew. Admittedly much better than I expected. Cracker and sweet bread malts predominate but there are also very nice noble hop spice and fragrant hay flavors, particularly in the semi-dry finish, along with sweet honey and vanilla notes, almost evokes raisins for a moment (!). I don't get much of the characteristic Saaz floral/herbal character. There is some diacetyl which actually works well, contributing to a somewhat buttery mouthfeel that fits many descriptions of the Czech style, which is supposed to be a bit chewier than a German pils. I also detect a mild fruitiness. Honestly a rather impressive Czech pils straight from the source (well, Slovakia). I dig the complexity and softer, sweeter, rounded-off corners. Your mileage may vary of course. Style purists might consider some of the traits I enjoyed here to be faults.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a good beer and Has alot going for it.
A desent yellow orange color that had brilliant clarity. Big sreaming bubbles floating to a frothy whitehead.
The aroma smelled of pilsner malts. There was some spicy noble hops present that gave some kick.
The taste was big and bold. Nice malty taste with a crisp or spicy hop presence.
The only delta I could see was that it tended to drink a bit flat and not crisp like I was expecting. But, really this is a good beer.

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Photo of Daniil
3.87/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would say I must agree with most of the people who talk about this beer. Had this at 1. Slovak Pub in Bratislava, a great environment. The beer is served in what is called tankovar in Slovakia (and in Cech Republic too) which means it is brought in unpasteurized in tanks. This gives the beer a distinct earthy taste that is not found in the bottled version. In Slovakia of course, this beer is far cheaper than in North America, so it may not be worth buying if you live in Americas. Instead, perhaps try another more widely available Cech pilsner such as Staropramen or Pilsner Urquell.

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Photo of leaddog
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours an apple juice/straw yellow with a finger width of white bubbly head.

Smell - Grains, adjuncts (corn), hint of bready malts, lemon rind.

Taste - Grains, malts, grassy hops, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A step above from the other Euro Pale Lagers that I have tried in the past. There is a nice grassy hop finish that stands out in this brew in comparison to its competition.

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Photo of Olek4374
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's hard to write a really long review for a big Euro lager because they are all so similar. This one is a cut above the rest, however.

Eastern and Central Europe make some fantastic big brews. Being from Eastern Europe myself, I say lots of North Americans must look past the stereotypes that the area is a shithole and just get some beer from there. They will be better than any Becks or Heineken you enjoy.

This beer pours a really medium yellow - not nearly as pale as coors light or that kind of stuff. The head is pretty generous at 3 fingers' worth and the smell is really hoppy, almost like a proper pilsner. The taste is fantastic for a Euro lager - it is much more hoppy than any of the big brands, with a smooth finish and a pleasant lingering bitterness on the tongue. If you enjoy a good pilsner, you'll take well to this. Definitely grabbing this again.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 262 ratings.