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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

380 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 380
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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KrisDLSmith

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

08-25-2012 04:41:35 | More by KrisDLSmith
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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a clear golden colour, with a small white head, spotty lacing, average retention.

S: Lots of sweet sourdough bread with some spicy, grassy noble hopping.

T: Direct grassy hop character with a very bready center, the carbonation does play a bit of a role. A good flavour.

M: Crisp, biting carbonation, light-bodied, easy drinking.

D: A solid pilsner here, just be careful not to get it skunked. When it's at its peak it's a nice little beer.

03-14-2011 03:34:11 | More by Halcyondays
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Vyronian

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-21-2012 01:35:31 | More by Vyronian
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SoonerNY

New York

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

05-23-2012 19:32:06 | More by SoonerNY
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badmotorgrunge

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

06-15-2014 14:31:15 | More by badmotorgrunge
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Hopscat

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

10-22-2013 19:49:40 | More by Hopscat
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bfreems1

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

This was a bit of a surprise for me. The bottle was chosen for me and I did not decline the offer. The yellow-green label left little to be impressed about. Once poured, there was very little head. This was expected.
The body was golden and not very translucent. The taste was very good for the style. Also,the taste was crisp and went well with the Indian food I was enjoying.
The smell was a bit skunky, but nothing to be upset about. Overall, the drinkability was smooth. I will definitely drink another one of these in the future.

04-24-2008 23:42:09 | More by bfreems1
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

Smells of Pils malt sweetness and spicy Saaz-like hops with some obvious skunking (green bottles!!). Still not bad though. The flavor is right there also, first the malts make themselves known, but then the minerally hop bitterness comes in and gives the beer a drying impression. Overall, not that much different that some other green bottle Pils', but maybe not so one-dimensional as Urquell and a bit smoother on the palate. Probably would get consistenly higher ratings if they switched from the green bottles.

04-01-2013 00:30:15 | More by BeerZack
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; BB date May 2012. Pours a deep golden-yellow, borderline-amber colour, topped with a foamy one-finger head that is largely gone within a few minutes. A patchy cap remains on the surface. The smell is skunky at first (when I am emperor, putting beer in green bottles will be illegal), but letting it mellow for a bit reveals the true aroma - grainy barley malts with a bit of grassy hay.

This stuff is pretty tasty actually, with a very good balance between sweet, bready barley malt and grassy, leafy noble hops. Faint leafy bitterness lingers briefly in the finish. A bit of nutty character in the malts. Light-bodied, with marginally lower carbonation than average for the style. Very smooth, and easy to throw back, but it's tasty enough that I'd rather pace myself and enjoy every sip.

A solid Czech - err, Slovak - pilsener. In fact, it's probably better than most of the Czech-made Czech pilseners I've had recently. Any pilsener fan would be doing themselves a disservice by avoiding this; I will probably pick it up again some time.

[Updated July 24 2014]

Haven't had a fresh bottle of this in years, mostly because I haven't seen it locally. In the time since my last review, I've had considerably more experience with this style and I'm confident enough to say that Golden Pheasant is one of the best Czech-style pilseners available. I could do without the green glass, but other than that this is basically exactly what I want from a pale lager. Great stuff - crisp, refreshing and delicious.

Final Grade: 3.78, a superb B+.

09-26-2011 04:13:18 | More by thehyperduck
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

First off, this beer has a really great bottle (despite the light struck inviting green color). It has a bulge in the gold foiled neck, and a sleak profile.

It pours a nice gold color with a minimal white head and moderate lacing. The aroma is of doughy malts and a fresh mown hay, grassy hop character. The taste is some what watery with a malty beginning and a more hoppy, well rounded middle. The finish is a little slender, with moderate bitterness. This beer is a lot more characterful than maintstream imports like heinekin, grolsch and becks.

11-13-2004 23:07:04 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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MikeBrandman

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%

A - Pours a hazy orange amber into a pint glass. Visible carbonation. 2 fingers of white head that quickly recede into a thin cap. Very small bubbles in this milky head. Body is a lot hazier than any other pilsner I've ever had.

S - Rather weak smell for a pilsner. Bready and malty, but not the aromatic hop smell I was looking for. Slight roasted smell. Rather good.

T - Wow. This is so unlike any other pilsner I've ever had. First of all, it isn't the light, crisp taste I'm used to from a pilsner, like Sierra Nevada or Lagunitas. This taste is slightly orange, a little grapey, and slightly roasted. Hops aren't very overpowering on this, good for a pilsner. Very fruity and tangy.

MF - Very heavy for a pilsner. Slightly syrupy.

D - I think the pint 0.9 ounce serving is perfect for this. Very strong flavor and big body, but still very drinkable.

05-06-2010 01:50:18 | More by MikeBrandman
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VWBuggirl

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +12.8%

This is my favorite Pilsner. It is very balanced and has great carbonation. It is pours a nice clear straw yellow. It definitely has a skunky smell to it, but that didn't interfere with the taste.

This has a nice dryness that is very but is also a bit sweet. I get a slight hint of citrus as well.

02-07-2010 21:07:56 | More by VWBuggirl
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AdamMY

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +13.6%

While this has a crisp golden bronze color, it had basically no head, but the aroma is nice and hoppy with a nice bread like character to it. The taste and mouthfeel are crisp and clean and again rather like raw bread dough in flavor. I will say I like the fact that it had a bit of an effervescent quality to it.

03-20-2011 03:47:48 | More by AdamMY
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

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?

03-21-2009 20:06:24 | More by biboergosum
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium dark amber with black tinges. Foamy white head that settles out to a wispy layer. Grainy smell. Clean smooth pils taste. Mellow hop in the middle, closes smooth. Touch lemony.

Really drinkable. Solid.

03-08-2011 01:49:38 | More by KTCamm
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

A fresh tasting pils that resembles both in design and taste Pilsner Urquel. I liked the clean taste of the finish and decent hopping level of this beer . Put it in tall boy cans ands I would buy it again( most euro pils come in cans in BC). Not a world beater but a quality lager that does slovenia proud

01-01-2010 18:33:03 | More by canucklehead
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%

This lager is brass colored with fizzy, foamy white head and some trailing lace. The aroma is mostly malty with some hops and a trace of alcohol fuminess. Medium herbal malt with an earthy quality. Medium lemony hops. Crisp and clean and only a slight dull aftertaste.

05-11-2003 17:39:09 | More by BeerResearcher
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jsh420

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

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

06-03-2009 01:14:15 | More by jsh420
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

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

06-19-2009 22:32:01 | More by gatornation
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tjkurz

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +15.1%

I won a sixer of this at a golf outing. I was not enthused to win it because I thought I had a bottle of this a couple years ago that was skunky - I'm glad I didn't trade it because this sixer was a nice surprise.

Bottle poured into chalice - thin head, a tad soapy in some areas - a bit hazy - golden thatch in color. Smell fairly clean grain some malt. Taste surprisingly malty for a pilsener hoppy aftertaste. MF - a touch creamy but pretty average body - nicley carbed. Very drinkable - I am generally not a fan of czech pilsener - could easily down a few of these with some salty snacks watching a ball game.

10-16-2008 13:29:06 | More by tjkurz
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Daniil

Russian Federation

3.89/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

10-25-2013 22:55:10 | More by Daniil
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

08-22-2006 21:05:12 | More by jwc215
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Mosstrooper

California

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

03-16-2009 20:41:06 | More by Mosstrooper
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DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

04-15-2007 16:55:18 | More by DoubleJ
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

02-16-2009 03:24:54 | More by NightINgale
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
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