Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

258 Reviews
THE BROS
82
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Reviews: 258
Hads: 431
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 morebeergood
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that I've always seen in the stores and wanted to give it a shot, so I picked one up last night. Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner Urquell stemmed glass. Bright yellow color, decent sized white head, lots of carbonation. A good amount of lacing also. Then you notice that skunky, lightstruck, green bottle smell. Never pleasant, but expected. Taste was pretty average for a pils, clean and nondescript. Mouthfeel was good, it went down fairly easily. Beer seemed to lose that skunky smell ever so slightly as it warmed up to room temp. It's a decent pilsner, but I bet it would be better on tap. (626 characters)

Photo of paxkey
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer really tries to go for a champagne feel. from the gold tinwrap on the bottlecap this stuff pours out bubbly and champagne colored. a solid yellow fizzy. lots of bubbles coming up from bottom.
a white head is gone really fast.

aroma.
vinergar aroma. cidery apple smell. this settles with some aeration.
after that i get citrus hops. very light on the nose. faint aroma, weak. a little sweetness under that from malt. a faint honey.
smells average at best.
the carbonation goes and goes. more honey as the beer sits.

the beer is surprsingly bitter for its genre. eastern europe mass produce. bitterness is nice and lingers and cuts through the lemon pledge taste underneath.
going in for a second sip brings a reminder of the unappealling nose.

lots of carbonation. this beer makes a good digestive in that regard. healthy burps.i'm gonna give that a bump in the mouthfeel category.

overall not recommended. leaves a bit of dryness and bitterness but which i like but there is too much negative for me in the nose. and the style is not very ambitious or good. (1,071 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden color that is very clear, although the slightest bit cloudy. Had no head.

Smell: Has a pretty standard European Lager smell of somewhat funky malts with a bit of hops.

Taste: The taste somewhat follows the smell in being somewhat funky, although it does have a very smooth finish.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty thin.

Drinkability: This isn't bad. On it's own, it might be a little rough for me, but it goes really well with food. I could get this again if I'm in the right mood. (539 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool, poured into a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Light golden amber w/ a collar of white for a head.

S - A faint yeast aroma w/ a mineral quality w/ a hint of hops.

M - Malty mild feel w/ a full amount of carbonation.

T - Malt tast w/ light sweet flavor and a spiced hop w/ honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Slight spice flavor, but overall a very ordinary taste that dulls as it warms.

D -A very average flavored lager. Almost smooth taste w/ subtle European yeast qualities and slightly mineral malt flavor. An ok lager, but one is enough for me. (602 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pheasant pours a pale straw color with a white head froma a green 500 ml bottle with a foiled neck and cap. The smell is a little skunky at first, but that cleared up by breathing for a few minutes. A mild hop aroma dominated after the skunk cleared. The flavor is mild, not unpleasant, but not exciting either. Fairly well balanced, it's hard to pick out any flavors. Better than a lot of eastern European lagers I've had. (430 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma was quite noticable just upon opening the bottle. It had a spicey hoppy note that wasn't nearly as evident after pouring. That was more flat malt, with hints of hops. Big full head, brilliant clear gold. Has some nice qualities of many European versions of similar style, but some unusual and less pleasant aspects, such as a real flatness of aroma upon taking a drink (like drinking water), and the finish has a spiciness that ventures into sourness, grassiness and chemical tastes leaving a less than pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems a little too flat. An average overall beer. Not undrinkable, just can easily do better. (644 characters)

Photo of wl0307
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second time to try this beer. The first enounter was due to a Slovak's friend's kind recommendation, brought back from his home country. Yet this bottle obtained in London has English translations of Zlaty Bazant on the label: Golden Pheasant. Well, does it mean it's now widely available and popular? At least this is the only Slovak beer I've managed to find in London so far...
BB 21/06/06, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: pale golden in colour, the restrained beer head builds up fast yet retreats equally w/o hesitation; the sporadic carbonation contains huge bubbles occasionally ascending with growing speed from the bottom of the glass.
S: a dried-grassy note skirted with an eggy note that is quite common to mass-produced lager these days... (or is it?) The malt content is medium, not full, but sufficient to keep a balance with the grassy note. Also noticeable are a honeyish malty aroma and sweet-ish grains, while a swirl could bring up a more fragrant and lemony fruitiness. Not bad.
T: slightly metallic in texture upfront, coupled with a very soft-bodied maltiness pouring onto the palate... wrapping very faint flavours in the middle, nothing more considerable than toast-like bitter-sweet bready malts and a very mild edge of lemonade... slowly and quietly, a dryish-bitter aftertaste comes of age, marking welcomed presence of bunches of hops, and resulting in a mildly hoppy yet quite chewy finish.
M&D: smooth and semi-clean (not crisp), on the texture, pleasant enough for quaffing in quantity. Yet the flavour profile is slightly too boring, as the hoppy entry only brings aboard its body rather than sufficient flavours, hence a beer feeling better in the end than its overall taste... An O.K. Pilsner-style lager I have to say--NEEDS MORE FLAVOURS!! (1,800 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice, clear golden yellow with a tall fluffy white head that had good retention and lacung.

The first aroma was green bottle skunk, and a healthy dose of it. Under that is a nice grainy scent with some pleasant hops hiding in the background. There was just a tinge of skunkiness on the tongue, otherwise this was a nice blend of grain and hops.

The body was fairly typical for the style, as was drinkability. Overall, except for the skunk, this was a decent litle example of the style. I'd like to try a non-skunked one sometime. Worth trying if you see it. (592 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1pt .9 oz bottle with a pheasant in the middle of their logo, gold foiled cap, green tinted glass. Poured into a pilsener glass. Real nice appearance some decent pure white head and some lacing which is commendable for this style. medium carbonation.

Is this a heinekin? immediately after I took a whiff I was taken back to Las Vegas. Yes Yes I go there a few times a year and I have to bow to the Heinekins for a couple days as they are free. I'm a sucker for free beer. Golden Pheasant is very similair in smell and taste with a distinctive skunk taste that is not spoiled at all this is their intent and its not that bad because its countered more with a toasted wheat flavor and a burnt aftertaste that is cleansed quickly.

Decent. (741 characters)

Photo of stephendr
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle- color of clear bright yellow , with a white medium head - nose of hay , slight hopps , banana , sweet corn , and malt – taste of hay , skunk , hopps , and sweet - body well carbonated , and medium acidity – aftertaste of sweet corn , resin bitter , and gummy (277 characters)

Photo of NODAK
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is a very strong grassy and nutty smell. Pretty distinctive, actually.

Taste is much of the same, with some grassy notes, but a definite nutty character as well. It may very well be of grain or barley, but it comes across nutty. There is a pretty mild bitter touch on the finish that is light for style. More nuttiness and perhaps barley hang around after the swallow.

For style, I can't say this is one of the better ones I've had. The tastes are just a bit off for me. More crispness and hop character would have been welcomed, and the flavor profile is a little odd. (582 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of metallic, yeast, sulfur, and euro pale malt. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsener. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of supfur, yeast, euro pale malt, and slight grain. Overall, an obvisously light-struck beer (at least I strongly hope so). (384 characters)

Photo of Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A decent pilsner, just not something to seek out. A clear golden straw pour, with a quickly dissipating white head. A hint of euro yeast skunk in the nose, which also lessened by bottles end (500ml). Somewhat of a dry, bitter taste – which finishes with a harsh tone, not real pleasant.

Overall, was OK for a sample, but I will not return for more. (352 characters)

Photo of Boto
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color. The head fizzes away quickly. There doesn't see to be much carbonation in my bottle. Mild aroma of hops and malts. Nothing distinguished stands out. Taste is Fairly mild, with a bit of malts and a slightly bitter finish. Seems to be kind of smooth. (270 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty unremarkable stuff. Pours golden yellow with a decent head, some lace.

Everything about this is mild. Mild aroma of hops and malt, mild hops, mild bitterness to finish. Nothing fancy or memorable about this one at all, but nothing really offensive either.

As middle of the road as you want to get. (310 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 Shiloh
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Odd name for a beer isn't it or did I join the other team?.....Nah.
This product is very weak or maybe just disappointing. Light golden in colour with sparce crown which soon left leaving nothing.
The body is well carbonated but thin.
The taste has a grainy sweetness to it but not overpowering. There is some evidence of hops in the background but that is minor.
The nose does compliment the taste. (403 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is grassy, some hops with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Typical Euro pils. $2.15 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (292 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear straw with a loose head. Retention is NotBad.

S - Faint metallic hops smell and not much else.

T - Sweet-ish. Light bitterness and some grain taste.

M - Light mouthfeel.

D - Easy enough to drink. Not particularly interesting or tasty, but not bad either. I wouldn't be able to spot this one out of a lineup of pale euros and pils'. (353 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 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 RonaldTheriot
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden Pheasant has a medium, off-white head and a color and appearance very similar to apple juice. There was some sort of particulate matter floating about, and carbonation was moderate. Aroma is of a sort of off, chemical, semi-sweet, gum smell. The taste is also of that gummy, industrial flavor, which is not at all pleasant. Mouth-feel is medium and not unlike mouth wash. The beer finishes wet and difficult to down. Maybe this sample was spoiled, but I did not like it.

RJT (482 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
2.49/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Light gold in color with a fizzy short-lived head. The aroma is pungent and gross skunk! Yuck! I was hoping I might get a fresh bottle. Aroma is telling me obviously not, and you're an idiot for buying an import that's in a green bottle again. The skunk isn't anywhere near as strong in the flavor as in the aroma. It's still drinkable. The pilsener crispness is there with just enough hops for a slightly fun finish. I imagine this beer would taste pretty good and refreshing while fresh. But I doubt most of these green bottles sitting on shelves for months at a time are fresh. (580 characters)

Photo of rudzud
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Picked up a bottle at Austin Liquors in Shrewsbury. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden wheat hue with a creamy half finger head from a hard pour that leaves no side lacing by a halfway decent halo.

S - Malts and grain, with a little honey sweetness.

T - More of the same sweet honey and malts with light grain notes. Its all very thin tasting.

M - And here is the worst aspect. Stuff drinks just a hair above water. Thin, watery, almost completely devoid of carbonation. I can feel it on my tongue, but, its not making any other appearance.

O - Overall, incredibly underwhelming and lackluster beer. Wont buy again, but, atleast I check off another country. (688 characters)

Photo of slitherySOB
2.37/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden Pheasant. What can I say. Though not awful, I won't be purchasing it again. The Pheasant pours a light, pale gold colour with a whopping four finger head!!! After a while, the head creeps down to two, and is finished at 1 1/2. Small rings of lace are left after every sip. Smells a bit funky. Not quite lightstruck skunkiness, but off. Definite spicy hop aroma. Didn't care much for the taste. Perhaps I just don't like the taste of Saaz hops, but I found it lightly skunky again. It was a green bottle, so light would be a problem. But I just find Saaz hops to have that light skunk smell and taste. Their is a bit of spice and malt, even citrus. Overall, it's balanced, but the Saaz hops/skunk is in charge. Mouthfeel is lightly crisp and thin. I guess it's drinkable, but I won't be upset if I never drink another. (824 characters)

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