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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

378 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | 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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acknight

Indiana

4/5  rDev +18.7%

08-15-2012 22:27:10 | More by acknight
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-25-2011 02:06:26 | More by mdillon86
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ommegoose

Illinois

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

05-04-2008 06:44:10 | More by ommegoose
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Mashedbrotatoes

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

11-26-2011 00:17:17 | More by Mashedbrotatoes
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myxy

Hungary

4/5  rDev +18.7%

07-23-2013 10:32:14 | More by myxy
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18.7%

Golden yellow appearance with moderate head. Smell is grassy, large amount of hops are apparent.

The taste is rich and grassy. This has a moderate body and goes down smooth. Carbonation is light. The after taste is bitter and spicy that lingers for awhile after drinking.

Overall, this is a simple and refreshing beer. Although expensive, it is worth drinking all night.

11-06-2010 20:35:40 | More by CrazyMike
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +18.7%

04-26-2014 00:44:44 | More by rale
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4/5  rDev +18.7%

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase yesterday.

A: Poured a clear mango/apricot yellow, a tad darker than your average pils. Lots of carbonation, lots of head, some lace. Pretty!

S: How do you say hops? This has the classic noble hop aroma - spicy, earthy, lemony and grassy. A faint biscuit/pils malt aroma in the back. No butteriness, despite me being impatient about waiting for it to cool.

T: A lot more subdued on the palate than on the nose with a mild pils malt taste, followed by a mild hop bite with earthy and grassy notes being dominant. The finish is fairly dry. Very well balanced.

M: This is the perplexing part of this beer - it's fairly flat and slick on the tongue and that's a little disconcerting

D: When i'm in the mood for a Czech pils and i'm not close to the Toronado and Moonlight, this will probably be my go to pils.

*Edit 24 Aug 2009: Tried this again, and I'm upping the mouthfeel score as it's a lot better than that. Crisp yet full in the sense that it brings to mind some pils that were decoction brewed, with good carbonation and a tasty finish that's got a gorgeous, delicate hop character.

06-17-2008 23:22:32 | More by DefenCorps
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GabooL457

Florida

4/5  rDev +18.7%

10-07-2012 12:14:55 | More by GabooL457
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Donkster46

Washington

4/5  rDev +18.7%

08-02-2014 00:04:23 | More by Donkster46
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kersjous


4/5  rDev +18.7%

07-22-2014 13:10:09 | More by kersjous
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Ecxeeder616

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +18.7%

01-10-2013 18:28:27 | More by Ecxeeder616
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Daredevil

Switzerland

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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 ...

10-15-2005 13:16:11 | More by Daredevil
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

09-20-2002 19:37:26 | More by Bighuge
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +18.7%

07-03-2013 12:35:21 | More by mrfrancis
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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!

07-23-2014 14:34:46 | More by BeerWithMike
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Hallce2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +18.7%

05-20-2012 16:54:58 | More by Hallce2
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

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.

02-17-2007 18:33:36 | More by ski271
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rednrag

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

02-28-2010 16:22:49 | More by rednrag
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

02-20-2006 05:24:04 | More by funkengruven
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doppelbocker971

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

04-07-2011 06:39:35 | More by doppelbocker971
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EPICAC

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +18.1%

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.

02-23-2009 20:48:12 | More by EPICAC
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

06-20-2006 15:26:39 | More by ernie
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

05-19-2011 17:43:55 | More by chicagoabbot
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vancurly

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

11-25-2008 07:26:26 | More by vancurly
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