Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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258 Reviews
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Reviews: 258
Hads: 431
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
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Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002

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Photo of KingEdward
4.39/5  rDev +28.7%
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. (194 characters)

Photo of chrisinroch
4.5/5  rDev +32%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.69/5  rDev +37.5%
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! (516 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (188 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (241 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Enjoy (334 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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! (803 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.37/5  rDev +28.2%
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. (777 characters)

Photo of OldeSchool
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (588 characters)

Photo of RandomExile
3.19/5  rDev -6.5%
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 (416 characters)

Photo of MarkoNm
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.58/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,337 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of Daniil
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of Olek4374
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (870 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml green bottle purchased from LCBO for about $2.60 CDN. Served cold into a st Pauli girl pint glass.

Appearance - clear, bright golden color. A finger or so of head rests on top. Some bubbles rise to the surface and the head leaves a thin trace of lacing and a wispy residue remains.

Smell - definitely a skunked aroma out of the bottle, however that is less prevalent once poured. A mildly grainy aroma with a some fresh flowers thrown in for good measure. Pretty appetizing.

Taste - grainy, mild bitterness, and lacks the cracker aspect that,any other pils have. Maybe just slightly metallic which melds with the bitterness, and there's the faintest hint of honey in the beer too. Pretty tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel - super smooth with just enough of a prickly sensation on the tongue to indicate the active carbonation.

Overall - a solid pils that is enjoyable, accessible and is a bit smoother than others in the style. A recommended buy for pils lovers. (964 characters)

Photo of BeerZack
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells of Pils malt sweetness and spicy Saaz-like hops with some obvious skunking (green bottles!!). Still not bad though. The flavor is right there also, first the malts make themselves known, but then the minerally hop bitterness comes in and gives the beer a drying impression. Overall, not that much different that some other green bottle Pils', but maybe not so one-dimensional as Urquell and a bit smoother on the palate. Probably would get consistenly higher ratings if they switched from the green bottles. (514 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: standard 500mL green embossed bottle, chincey macro label.

Appearance: golden yellow in colour with plenty of carbonation. A foamy head puffs up and drops almost immediately to a half-finger head with good retention.

Aroma: a very clean, crisp, hop-orientated nose. Citric and grass hops hover over a sweet bread malt backing.

Taste: a typically reasonable and pleasant Czech pilsener. The hop flavours from the nose come through. Very easy to put down, this beer. Not brilliant, but refreshing.

Aftertaste: not much aftertaste at all which is fine as that is standard for the style. Just need to drink more.

Mouth feel: light in feel with a decent amount of carbonation. Could use a bit more.

Overall: not a bad pilsener at all, but with an equivalent of AU$60 for a case of 24 x 330mL, is it worth it? I don't think so. Just get a different, cheaper equivalent Czeck or German pilsener, which are just as good. this simply doesn't have the 'cut above' factor that would make the extra cost worth while. (1,018 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I like this a lot more than Pilsner Urquell, I'll tell you why.

Bottle

Head was two fingers in the long neck. I did not see a freshness date, but it looked fresh.

Smells of lemon and grapefruit, and not like skunks.

Taste: Cereal, wet grain, a hint of metal.

Mouthfeel: thin

Overall, this is a decent representation of this style which is generally hit or miss for me. I'd have to say this was better than I expected! (426 characters)

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
78 out of 100 based on 258 ratings.