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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

401 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-11-2002)
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Reviews by LagerCognoscenti:
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

LagerCognoscenti, Jul 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
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tbryan5, Mar 23, 2013
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bulldogg915, Nov 08, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately lined crispness within a light to medium body, a smoothness come from this. Spicy hop is noticeable upfront, hay and grassy flavours from the grain and hops set in with a mild spicy flavour from the hops that cuts through some of the malt. Then comes a slight citric hop that drops a zesty flavour in the middle to finish. Malt is very grainy in a semi clean way and linger far and broad into the after taste.

A simple lager, tasty without any complexities. Pairs well with any kind of smoked sausage, I had mine with some smoked sausage and slaw.

Jason, Jul 22, 2002
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz green bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear, medium yellow body with a small, white head that quickly drops to film, collae, and sporadic patch lace.
Aroma is Saaz hops, approaching the verge of euroskunk, but not that bad. Spicy and peppery, not sulfuric.
Mouthfeel is average for style. Light bodied, with medium carbonation.
Taste is crisp and bitter, with a light bodied malt charcter. Hops provide a white pepper character.
Drinkability is decent, but not outstanding. Just above average for style, and certainly worth a try.

merlin48, Oct 27, 2004
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2.25/5  rDev -33%

olradetbalder, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Vaguely remember having this one a while back. Best take another sample for the data pool.

Poured into a lager glass. Bright golden, no visible carbonation. Head is thick at first, disappears into little islands of foam. Some sticky lacing.

The smell is fairly typical. Hoppy, bready, wheaty, and a bit of spice in the back.

The taste is just fine. Hoppiness up front, with a bit of malts and spiciness near the back. Very smooth. Uninteresting, but definitely drinkable.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin. Could have used a bit more carbonation.

Not a bad little pilsner. Quite drinkable. For the price, it ain't bad. There's others I prefer, but every once in a while I'll give this Slovak option its due.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 06, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a nice golden color, with a small head which dissipated quickly.

S: The smell, smelled like most other Czech beers that I've had before, and wasn't overly surprising.

T: The taste was really good, and somewhat sweet, didn't really taste any bitter notes.

M: The mouthfeel was nothing extraordinary, did have a nice full bodied feel.

D: The drinkabilty was slightly above average.

Overall, decent beer. Best of luck with your beers. Cheers.

NicholasCasber, Dec 19, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

innominat, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Swedes21
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Beer pours with a good amount of head that has a slight tinge of brown to it. The head is very foamy with a lot of air pockets. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow with minimal carbonation. Some nice lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell a decent amount of hops and malt in the beer. A slight general based spiced smell as well.

Taste - Very good tasting beer, there is a slight taste of bitterness that does not ever take the taste. The beer has a strong presents to itself.

Mouthfeel - I may go as far as saying the beer appears to be flat in the mouth. The flavour remains the same as the taste, not much added here.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer that i will stock again. Overall, impressed with character this beer brings to the table.

Swedes21, Oct 25, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

Great even taste, no complexities.

Magnus-Robot-Hunter, Nov 11, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

chickenm, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

acknight, Aug 15, 2012
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3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not bad for a pilsner. Pours a little better than your average, but I guess I'm a little soured by the American bastardization of pilsner. Smells zesty, kinda impressive.

Taste is a little flat after the hop zest aroma got my hopes up. Might enjoy this more next time if its sampled in the summer. I could see this enjoyable in a more appopriate season. Its got the lemon tang and whatnot.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 24, 2009
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2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Darker yellow and transparent, huge-bubbled head that has no chance of lasting past a quick photo shoot -- and it doesn't. Laces in thin tendrils, sugary look to them. Grassy aroma, light bit of white pepper. Flavor is skewed in the malty direction, smooth and suggestive of light brown sugar with some slippery graininess that approaches wheat starch in flavor. Arid hops, dried autumn leaves and a little underwhelming in balancing the first impression. Not fizzy, superior to some mass-market Lagers in that sense -- but there's not much else to say other than it is drinkable as a simple brew with a narrow profile.

ADR, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of Ecliptica
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Since I've been reviewing a lot of green bottle pilsners lately, I decided to grab this during my beer excursion yesterday because of the very inexpensive price ($1.49) and the excellent name. Who doesn't want to drink a beer named 'Golden Pheasant'?

I twisted off the cap - I think this might be the first imported beer I've ever had with a twist-off cap - and poured the brew into a pilsner glass. The beer poured as it's name suggested - a golden hue with a big, frothy, almost two finger head. The head had a ridiculous amount of retention and above average lacing.

I smelled the brew out of the bottle before I poured it and got a horrible, horrible aroma of skunk. Needless to say, I was frightened. Upon pouring it into the glass, however, the skunk smell faded and the only real defining smell was that of grassy hops and minimal malt.

The taste was average for these green bottle pilsners. Not the best I've had, not the worst. As a matter of fact, I would compare this most not to any other European-style pilsners, but to San Miguel, as it was very average tasting with no real defining characteristics. The hoppiness becomes more prevalent as the beer warms and towards the end, but not enough to severely affect the taste.

Mouthfeel is a tad bitter with a dry finish, though it was actually quite nice on the palate. Easily drinkable yet not something worth revisiting. All these pilsners seem too much alike to me, so for the price I recommend it; for the flavor, I'd have to lump this with all the other green bottled beers less Hofbrau, which I think actually distinguishes itself from the rest.

All in all, no complaints on this beer but nothing outstanding either - except the twist off bottle cap. That was absolutely oustanding. I'm glad I just bought a single, because I doubt I'd drink a full six pack of this.

EDIT: 100th review of this beer. Cheers!

Ecliptica, Apr 11, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a green bottle, almost always a bad sign. The beer pours a clear pale straw color. Not much head and not much to look at. In fact it looks a lot like a macro lager... blah.

The scent is better then I expected first and foremost because there is no skunkiness detected. I get some light sweet lemony grains and a light bitterness.

Taste is a lot of the same. Mildly sweet with a light malt flavor mixed with a timid bitterness. A hint of floral flavors make a presence but nothing solid.

The flavors are clean but subdued. Nothing big or unique, pheasant has a crisp flavor and mouthfeel but nothing that stands out. A light bodied beer that is refreshing but is just teetering on the positive side.

jbphoto88, Nov 08, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

TheLevi4000, Mar 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

dcbeers, Mar 02, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Via Stanley Stawski, Chicago
Impossible to decipher production code.


Basic yellow color.
Light hop floral aroma.

A touch of sweetness and a very silky mouth feel and me daydreaming about drinking this in a nice bier garden.

Finish was slightly metallic but this is a drinkable brew.

Surprised they have a twist off cap, complete with visual directions, I am not a fan of this closure for imports. Still, it was fresh.

I'd drink it again.

brewQ, Sep 11, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

JasonSiedman, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. I have to wonder how close this will be to the Slovaks' former compatriots' offerings for the style.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and lightly frothy white head, which maintains good retention, eventually leaving some broad honeycombed lace around the glass.

It smells of punchy grassy, lemony, and leafy Saaz hops, with a slight hint of earthy skunk, and moderately crisp grainy, crackery pale malt. Not too shabby. The taste is slightly sweet grainy, white biscuity pale malt, a touch of lemon floor polish, and sassy grassy (yeah, I said it!), bitter floral hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft and coddling, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, with a small tic from the goodly amount of hops here. It finishes off-dry, the grainy, bready malt well persisting, alongside a still heady dose of slightly skunked grassy, leafy hops.

A decent example of a veritable Czech pilsener from their former (admittedly thrown-together) countrymen, with the normal amount of off-flavours likely due to the stupid green bottle. I can see you under there, my friend, too bad about that other stuff, eh?

biboergosum, Mar 21, 2009
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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.