Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

258 Reviews
THE BROS
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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 Daredevil
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is widely considered to be the best lager brewed in Slovakia ... and rightly so ... It's a bit like a softer copy of the Pilsner Urquell, almost the same but slightly sweeter and therefore less dry ...

I remember while living in Hong Kong someone visiting had the kindness to bring me a bottle of this and I truly enjoyed it ... (336 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 ski271
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-light straw with a medium-sized, white, foamy head with good retention. Light, thin lacing. Smell is moderately malty with a light hops balance. Grass, lightly sweet grain, light citrus. Taste is more of the same but with the hops more evident heading towards the finish. Nothing all that complex at all, but clean and crisp and very pleasant. I enjoyed this one. (370 characters)

Photo of ommegoose
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle with foil around the neck. $1.29 is too cheap to pass on.

Nice orange-golden color with some carbonation streams visible. It took a bit of effort with the pour to coax a head out of it, and what was there ended up receding to a thin cap rather quickly.

Initial waft of skunkiness after popping the cap, and then after the pour as well. I don't find this a terrible quality in a Czech pilsner. It's pretty much to be expected in this beer in particular, which is not packaged in as beer-friendly a way as Pilsner Urquell is in the 12 packs and covered six-packs. There's a spicy hop presence that's quite enticing, once the skunky notes fade, which they do when given a few minutes.

Very little grain sweetness as it first hits the tongue. This jumps straight to the hops. I approve. Grassy mid-palate, and an ample amount of Saaz hops in the back. It's not overly bitter, or overly anything for that matter. Well rounded, but doesn't skimp on flavor. Finishes dryly bitter with a touch of sweetness. Probably a little milder than Pilsner Urquell in hops.

This beats Urquell in mouthfeel for sure. Sometimes that beer feels slick and soapy, but this hits the right spot. Medium-light, which seems optimal for the style. Does not overdo carbonation.

This is a beer made to be consumed en masse. I would have no trouble drinking several. Very refreshing, and great for summer. Also hits a pretty reasonable price point. Beats the crap out of just about all the Euro lagers out there in terms of taste. This beer won't wow you with appearance or nose, and if you're the type who lets a little skunkiness ruin the drinking experience, then this isn't for you. But it tastes good, is quite refreshing, and would pair well with just about any meal. If available, it's a better choice than the more expensive Pilsner Urquell. (1,837 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw appearance. Foamy white head with good retention. Carbonation is evident. Aroma is a subtle mix of malt and hops with the malt winning the battle. If you're looking for a European Pilsner without the big bitter factor, this is it. It's a very pleasant tasting beer. Nice malt base. Very subtle hop nuances. A slight citric twang and maybe a little metallic. Thinnish body and fairly low carbonation. Very easy to kick this one back. Gotta love the name too. (473 characters)

Photo of rednrag
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Clean and refreshing. The Czechs and Slovaks know how to brew. Like this a little better than Budvar, maybe not quite as much as Urquell. Will definitely drink again. Will search to find this on tap. Will also try in the can, if it available. (258 characters)

Photo of funkengruven
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a standard pilsner look, a yellow-orange look with some slight lacing. Smell is actually really good for coming from a green bottle, not a single bit of skunk in the nose. Taste is pretty good, fresh grain with strong bitter hoppy undertones that fade quickly. This is not overly carbonated which makes it a pretty positive drinking experience, and goes down pretty easy. I'd have another if offered, would go well with spicy food. (443 characters)

Photo of doppelbocker971
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very light with a thin white head, looks similar to a light beer.
Smell: Very strong malty aroma, strange for a pilsner.
Taste: Once again very malty taste, similar to that of a bock. Not quite what I expected but very good nonetheless.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with no afterbite.
Overall: Very good beer, would definately recommend it to a friend or stranger. Slightly on the expensive side($12.60) for a 6 pack, but the flavor is worth it. Warning though, if you are a fan of normal pilsners you may not like it because of its aforementioned bock taste. (566 characters)

Photo of EPICAC
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed, copper golden. Topped by a white head that faded to a film. The aroma is malty with nice notes of caramel and fruit on swirling. There's not a lot in the way of hop aroma though.

Sweet bready malts with a milder caramel flavor upfront. Malts are attenuated through the center leading to a grassy hop bitterness with a hint of peppery spice. Light-bodied. highly carbonated, and crisp.

I was pleasantly surprised by a good bit of flavor in this beer. It was definitely the best of the round. (508 characters)

Photo of eschbach
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at Total wine today in search of some new beers to try. And I came across this and it looked cool. The cap has gold foil on it like a fancy champagne.

I filled my pilsner glass wit the beer and was impressed. It;s a rich golden color and it's quite foggy. It has a frothy head that sticks around a while. The smell is great. It smells like pure hops! The taste is very bitter. It tastes just like a czech pilsner should taste. It has a strong floral aftertaste. The beer feels very creamy in the mouth. It's not that easy to just throw back fast like a bud light, because it has strong flavors.

If you like a good czech pils this would be the beer for you. I really like the taste of it. It's a little expensive and it is not easy to find. Most stores don't have it. (775 characters)

Photo of vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank at Bazaar beer cafe in St Leonards, Sydney.
Pouring a sparkling light gold, with an inch-thick head, and good bubbling.
Metallic herbaceous on the nose; well balanced flavours of malt and herbs. Nice Munich biscuity note also.
Quite a full, not light, weight and palate. ....thick for a Pilsner.
Very tasty, balanced, and drinkable. (338 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml into a snifter...big pilsener head with decent retention on top of a clean body. Solid lacing for the style. Aroma isn't quite as funky with the yeast as I like in this style, but it's well balanced and also very clean. Taste is balanced, smooth, highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp too. I am using that adjective a lot in this review, but this is quite simply a super clean beer. Good value too, easy call to buy frequently, it's a classic of the style. (471 characters)

Photo of ernie
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Much-respected in Central Europe, this beer is nicely balanced, clear and delightful.

Color is pale golden, with small bright sparks, head medium, long-lasting, carbonation level also medium.

Aroma malty-hoppy, complex, with a bit of candy sugar and fresh hay.

Start fresh, taste dry, body firm. Hops are present from the first moment and slowly increase their force towards finish. Mouthfeel crisp, smooth towards the end. Aftertaste long, bittersweet.

Very good beer. Certainly the best from Slovakia. (515 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden/bronze with effervescence & 2 fingers eggshell white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Some grassy & perfumy notes

T: Perfumy & grassy notes up front. Some honey malt, soapy notes along with lemony hops as this warms. Finshes a little dry, with straw & lemon notes

MF: Medium bodied, soft & spritzy with good balance, a little more wouldn't hurt

Drinks easy, but a little too subdued to be more than a BBQ beer, although I do like it better than pilsner urquell (499 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From the ..of the month selection. Didn't think much of it at first, though the label and cap band is a nice touch. Poured yellow gold in the glass with a bubbly clear look and a head that seemed to dissipate quickly. Grassy malt and a hint of hops in the nose, but the taste was surprisngly balanced and refreshing. Nice rounded (even a touch sweet) malt flavor with a fruity hops presence that is both refreshing and yet subtle enough to render the whole beverage extremely drinkable. Perhaps a bit too drinkable. Very nice rendition of the style. Very impressed. Worth trying. Not your usual bland Czech. (607 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 500ml bottle..a nice clear yellow head with a fresh carbonated head that retains with nice lacing til the end..the smell is crisp with noble hops and malt and biscuits..the taste is a bit thin but it is a easy drinking pils with a crisp noble hop flavor it finishes with some sweet malts ... the mouth feel is crisp an you can drink these all day long.. a nice summer cookout pils or lawnmower beer.. try this one its pretty good! recommended for sure for the summer season (487 characters)

Photo of decimator
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a golden yellow with a big frothy head. The head slowly dissipated to a thin bubbly cap and some lacing is produced.

S - Sweet, bread, grass and a hint of citrus.

T - Sweet, hint of citrus with a grassy hop finish.

M - Lacks a bit of carbonation for the style. Finish is a bit dry.

D - Good beer. Easy to drink only this in a sitting. (389 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.

Poured golden yellow with slow but steady carbonation. A two-finger head slowly descended and left a decent amount of lacing along the glass.

The smell was thin, but very clean - a touch of grass and some floral hops.

The taste was of sweet malt, which gave it a nice body, and grass backed by bitter, floral hops. Very well-balanced between malt and hops.

It's smooth and refreshing. A touch more body than many others of the style. It goes down easily and flavors hold on for a little while.

It's a solid choice when looking for this style and above average for European pilseners. For the past few years, I've been getting this occasionally when I'm in the mood for a Czech-style pilsener, and it's never been a disappointment - never been harsh, metallic or skunked. (813 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Bratislava during my current study abroad there. Being in Slovakia, it is under its original name, Zlatý Bažant.

Poured from 500ml bottle into tulip glass with an etching of Bratislava on the side.

Appearance: Golden, with a slight caramel tinge to it. Large, thick head that dissipates slowly with a lot of lace left behind.

Smell: Floral hops with hints of grain and some sweet maltiness.

Taste: Very sweet- bready malt with hints of caramel. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a bit of toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, but seems a bit flat. This may not be the best bottle.

Drinkability: A very good session beer, and my favorite Czech pilsner so far (of which I have had many during my time so far in Slovakia). I do not let this affect my review because that would be unfair, but I would still like to note that this beer improves by leaps and bounds on tap. (892 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to the Golden Invtiational, a meet where four golden lagers brewed in Bavaria, Bohemia, Central America, and the South Pacific go against each other to see which of these gold brews makes the rules. Golden Pheasant represents Bohemia, and is the first review in this series of four. Without further adieu, let's get on to the beer:

Poured into a stange glass, it's a nice lighter golden color with a fluffy head. But before that, when the bottle was opened, skunk filled the area around it. However, the skunk scent fades away and spicy hops and some malt pull through. There plenty of flavor in this brew. It's hoppy, has a lingering malt flavor, and a featherly melon sweetness. Despite the amount of flavor, it's delicate, soft, and smooth. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

A superb first act here in the Golden Invitational, and a score that will take some work to overtake. Bavaria's offering will be next at the dish. (937 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice dark golden/amber, healthy sort of colour.The foamy head stays around for a surprisingly long while, which adds to the whole experience.

S - Grainy, hoppy. A typical pilsner smell that starts at the moment you open the bottle. Very appetising!

T - Crisp to the bone! Nothing that a typical pilsner/Central European lager would not taste like. It gets better with each sip, becoming fruitier.

M - Refreshing. The finish is a bit dry, but it's a good sort of dryness. Not bitter.

D - The quality, as well as tradition, is evident. Makes a good refreshment and does not leave you thirsty. (598 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 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 biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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? (1,191 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden with a 2 white finger head that left some lacing

smell is strong grains and light grassy hops - standard pils

taste - the hop bitterness hit me tastebuds first then comes a wave of sweet malts

mouthfeel has plenty of carbonation that leaves a nice crisp finish

drinkability is good with flavor and as light as this beer is (345 characters)

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