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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

369 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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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JasonSiedman

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

02-23-2013 23:41:37 | More by JasonSiedman
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Gottesverachter

Russian Federation

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-26-2014 16:53:53 | More by Gottesverachter
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2013 19:51:43 | More by Chugs13
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-04-2014 20:23:44 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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Noelito76

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-06-2013 12:46:28 | More by Noelito76
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headlessparrot

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a particular fan of the Czech Pils style, but decided to try this anyway, mostly because it was a gift. Golden Pheasant scores big points for the oversized, foiled bottle, though it remains to be seen what else this brew has going for it.

Pours from a 500mL green bottle into my pilsner glass a light golden straw colour, with some visible effervescence. Fairly translucent, but that's to be expected. Capped by two-plus fingers of exceptionally foamy white head. It dissapates gradually to a half-finger or so (though rather uneven), but leaves remarkably little lacing (what little there is is rather runny). Islands of foam after the head has virtually dissappeared. Not bad, a standard pilsner look.

Smell is also fairly standard for a European pilsner. Grassy, herbal. A touch of toasted malt. Dirty. A touch of skunk, though subtle, and perhaps a character of the beer, rather than true skunk. A touch of indistinct fruit. Some grain. Faint citrus. Not bad, but nothing special.

Taste is, as you might expect, more of the same. A touch of malt upfront (toasted) is balanced by an assertive hoppiness that is still subtle enough to appeal to your average lager drinker. Citrus. Grassy. Balanced. Finishes slightly dry with a touch of bitterness. A hint of candied sweetness throughout. Pepper. Tasty, but hardly complex and fairly unsurprising.

Mouthfeel is a tad unusual. Not as heavily carbonated as some pilsners I've tried, and a surprisingly nice feel to the body - light, but not watery. Faintly slick. Drinkability is good, perhaps better than some pilsners. The hop flavour isn't especially assertive, which is nice if you're going for multiple servings. Taste is good, but not complex enough to warrant paying especially close attention.

I may have Golden Pheasant again, but I don't think that it will ever be a mainstay in my beer diet. A fairly straightforward pilsner, worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 23:56:57 | More by headlessparrot
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

08-08-2012 20:24:48 | More by JohnK17
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karst

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought my first Volvo in 1975, and the mechanic I used was Nick Papp, a Hungarian who loved Pheasant hunting. Nick had a dog that he brought to USA from E. Europe, it was the smartest bird dog that I have ever encountered. Nick's dog, a Hungarian Visla Bitch, was the most well treated hunting dog I ever saw or heard tell of http://www.portraits4pets.com/dogs_by_type/hungarian_visla/
After a long day in the fields of Iowa we returned back to Galesburg, Ill for a nice imported Pilsner and Nick's Visla got her own bottle.

Now the question is, is Pivovar Zlaty Bazant good enough for a fine gun dog?

Very nice appearance with strong head that puts on an excellent show ( a characteristic that is lost on a Hungarian Visla). Saaz aroma, sweet pilsner malts and grass and hay wafts. (My Lab loves the grass and hay aromas)

Lapping (tasting) starts sweet and is predominate malt, top feels middling with slight citris and the finish is brisk in its carbonation and mild hops with quite dry aftertaste.

But would the Visla lap it? We will never know but this light golden Pheasant is pleasing, refreshing although a little sweet for my taste.

To those days when we were young and the birds were thick in the cornfields of Iowa . . . Carpe Pheasant - seize the bird.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 20:11:59 | More by karst
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-08-2013 02:02:34 | More by cadaugherty
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sebaastionb

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-27-2014 13:05:03 | More by sebaastionb
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endless1408

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-31-2014 20:59:05 | More by endless1408
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

--Poured a golden straw like in color. Had a nice head that, in my opinion, stayed quite nicely. It was fairly frothy and left good tracing.
--Smell was average lager smell, maybe slightly 'skunky European'.
This was one of the better Lager, Pale that I have tasted. It was nothing spectacular but not bad as well. This was my first taste of a Slovak beer and I would consider drinking it again but I might not seek it out.
Thx

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 23:10:07 | More by canadianbarman
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DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

07-12-2013 21:00:22 | More by DenisKolkin
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Socialiste

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

06-25-2014 21:08:59 | More by Socialiste
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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a bright wheat color with a 1/2 clean white head. The head settles very quickly into a thin cap leaving no lacing. The aroma is of dry hops, clean malt, with a wonderful balance and a crisp aftertaste. The carbonation is moderate, but tingles in the throat. This is a solid Czech Pilsener...coming from a place where beer is simply beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:44:29 | More by WJVII
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abcdefghijkyle

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

11-22-2012 01:52:02 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-10-2013 20:05:33 | More by harpus
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freed

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Simple but interesting labeling, golden foil over the cap. Pours an ultra-clear pale yellow with a gentle white wisp of foam. Aroma is primarily of skunked hop or skunk something, but it's so expected that it's no surprise.

The taste is dominated by the herbish green noble hops and complimented by a simple pilsner malt flavor. Nothing fancy, but more generous in flavor than a typical American Pils.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 01:58:59 | More by freed
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

05-25-2014 00:39:31 | More by Latarnik
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Horbar

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

10-18-2012 21:28:54 | More by Horbar
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

01-02-2014 17:35:25 | More by peensteen
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GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-21-2014 21:49:22 | More by GoHabsGo
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 19:33:12 | More by JohnnyBarman
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 Ml bottle....pale yellow with foamy white head. Skunky smell fills the air as soon as I pop the top. Taste is light and watery with a little bit of hop bitterness that hangs around after swallowing. the mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Overall this is a slightly above average beer, no off tastes, very easy to drink. Im glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 03:23:36 | More by Beermazter310
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved in Czech for 6 months and this was the most served Slovak beer. Great example of a fine Pilsner. Like may beers in the area it is smooth, very drinkable and has little aftertaste. The translation for the beer is Zlaty Basant. Even though I liked it, there are betetr choices.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2008 18:34:53 | More by CampusCrew
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.