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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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405 Ratings

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Ratings: 405
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of stoutman
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright-gold color witha normal hop nose, but ordinary dry hop flavor, just a small amount of malt flavor. Finishes just like it starts with a medium to brief dry hop aftertaste. Good, but lacks the complexity found in outstanding Czech beer. Pretty decent with crusty rye bread and sharp cheese.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this one up in Bratislava. The bottle has the same label as the one currently pictured but with the Slovak name of Zlaty Bazant.

The appearance is a golden color just as the name suggests. The head was very white and about an inch tall when first poured. The head was still there after a few minutes but had diminished to less than half its original size with no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very faint but there was a hint of alcohol when first poured. After some warming there was mild evidence of a floral hop presence.

The taste also had a hint of alcohol when first poured but again that changed with warming. Some hop bitterness coming through, but not much noble hop flavor that usually accompanies the style. It wouldn't be hard to drink a few of these in an afternoon but its flavor is pretty basic. It drinks smooth and doesn't leave a whole lot of aftertaste.

Photo of TheDM
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured a medium head of fine and medium sized white bubbles. It has a transparent dark yellow orange body. I sensed a nice smooth hoppy flavor that finished dryly. It was smooth and very nice for its style. But just an average beer none-the-less.

Photo of OldeSchool
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. twist-off green bottle. Pours a typical golden pils color with a fluffy white head. Bready and grainy aroma with a hint of Euro hops. Swayed more toward the malty side for a pilsner. A touch of malt sweetness and crisp and clean throughout, finishing with a faint astringency. Not the best pilsner I've ever had, but not bad either.

Photo of JISurfer
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

While not the best Czech beer I've had, it's still pretty decent. The head retention was fairly good, with the frothy white head. The head got less frothy after a while, and smoothed out to a laceing that was still pretty thick itself. The initial smell was a little bit of skunkiness, due to the green bottle, but then subsided over time to a grainy/light wheaty smell. The taste had small elements of skunk in it at first, but it went away as well. This gave way to the taste of mild hops and citrus. The mouthfeel was creamy too, so I liked that part. While I look at the other reviews, I think I may have lucked out with this bottle, cause it's previous reviews weren't that great. I really did enjoy this brew.

Photo of kjyost
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green 500 mL bottle dated BB F2010 poured into a flared Kanterbrau glass.

A: Golden, light head, little retention, no lacing. Bah.
S: Cooked vegetal, light earth and mild grain
T: Dominated by DMS & cooked vegetal tastes initially. Settles into a drinkable slight earthy bitterness with a raw grainyness to the body.
M: Good crisp carbonation. Finishes clean and relatively dry.
D: Not bad, not great. Would like to try this fresher though.

Photo of andrenaline
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Quite mild, but grassy hops and some sour citrus come through. Classic euro scent.

T - Grassy hops and a wheaty malt come through with some hop bitterness that lingers. Reminiscent of a Heineken Pale Lager but with more dominant flavours. Better than some of the Canadian large scale brews available.

M - Medium bodied, a bit prickly going down but finishes with a nice touch of dryness.

D - A pleasant surprise and a tasty Euro lager that would bode well on a hot summer day. Flavours are mild, but I would definitely prefer this over some of the Canadian large scale brews.

Photo of shamus
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep blonde colour moving towards a copper tone. The head started off huge and disipated almost instantly. Zero lace.
Not much of a nose but the mouthfeel is nice and beads on the palate. very drinkable in that respect. Not acidic. However not much flavour. As the farmer said "That'll do babe, that'll do." but not much more. Take it when it's offered but don't seek it out.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this beer on July 25, 2007 after purchasing it from my local LCBO store. My particular bottle is 5.0% ABV.

The beer poured a translucent gold colour, darker than most North American lagers. The head was quite large and quite dense but disappeared quickly leaving a little lacing on the side. The aroma is hoppy with some yeasty tinges. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with ample carbonation and medium-bodied. The taste is very much pilsener like, but not as good as some of the common Czech Pilseners in my opinion.

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

Photo of TheLevi4000
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JasonSiedman
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Gottesverachter
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Chugs13
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of headlessparrot
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of karst
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of cadaugherty
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of sebaastionb
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of endless1408
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of canadianbarman
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.