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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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BA SCORE
77
okay

362 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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.

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AdamMY

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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?

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

British Columbia (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Russian Federation

3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Russian Federation

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 03:24:54 | More by NightINgale
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pheasant is a Slovakia Pilsner and an overall good example of a Pilsner. It is easy to drink. My Golden Pheasant was serves in a tall slender Golden Pheasant mug (don't you love proper glassware) filled to the 500 ml mark. It is aggressively carbonated but did not form a persistant head. Easy to drink, interesting malt character for a pilsner. You can taste some hop flavors too. Overall, an excellent, drinkable, wet beer. I order it frequently and enjoy it everytime. Better on draught than in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 16:38:23 | More by drabmuh
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:36:09 | More by decimator
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +17%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 20:33:25 | More by russpowell
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 01:56:54 | More by tugdriver7
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ernie

Russian Federation

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Australia

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 06:14:34 | More by eschbach
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rednrag

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 20:48:12 | More by EPICAC
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.