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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

Golden PheasantGolden Pheasant

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BA SCORE
77
okay

350 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%


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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep golden yellow with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a small cap. Thick legs of lace form down the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, grass, and some herbal scents. Taste is of grains and grassy flavors with a mild herbal hop quality on the finish. A very mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good carbonation level with a nice crip, clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pilsener but nothing too exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:36:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on my day trip to Bratislava from Vienna.

A: Single finger head, clear straw/golden.

S: Malty, a little spicey.

T: A little more bitter than I like for my pilsner, otherwise typical crisp pilsner taste.

M: Very smooth, not too dry. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: Similar to many other region beers,

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 22:06:46 | More by kylehay2004
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice golden colour, completely clear with a nice foamy head.

The aroma is crisp with hops and a slight malt backbone. Quite fresh.

The taste is where this beer stands out. It starts out quite clean and crisp with a fair bit of bitterness. This gradually gives way to some light sweetness and maltiness. It finishes with some slightly spicy bitterness.

Overall, this is a nice, and slightly layered beer. A pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 23:44:27 | More by evlu1441
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alankwak

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Super clear and golden with good head retention and lacing. Medium carbonation.

S: Lightly/moderately hopped(Sazz) with a malty aroma. There is a grassy aroma which is desirable.

T: A full bodied grassiness dominates here with a nice maltiness following. Full malt flavor.

M: Medium mouthfeel. No surprises.

O: Well if this is supposed to be a pils...no dice. No hops to earn remark for that. However..this would be a smooth lager.
Not a pils however.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 02:24:04 | More by alankwak
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kojevergas

Texas

1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle into Williams Bros. Brewing pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Labelled as a Lager, not a pilsener.

A: Three finger head, pretty thin, devoid of cream, but of good retention (4-5 minutes). Clear pale yellow colour.

Sm: Clean barley and hints of cream.

T: Clean bland barley with a harsh cream undertone that doesn't suit the beer (or the style, for that matter) at all. Very poorly built. There is, however, a nice cream finish but the barley sharpens during the final act, throwing off the balance. Otherwise, this might be a nice effect.

Mf: Very wet, but strangely coarse and sharp. Not at all refreshing or pleasant.

Dr: It's far too expensive in Ireland, but I assume it's affordable elsewhere. It's a garbage beer, not to be consumed by proper beer fanatics.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 21:29:14 | More by kojevergas
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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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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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paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 21:05:12 | More by paxkey
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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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Halcyondays

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle. Production code on bottom of back label.

Pours a super-clear, golden yellow. a white head laces the glass. Smell is very minerally, some biscuity malt and a faint bitterness. Taste is way more "round" than the smell. A fair amount of estery back end and a nice, mellow hop finish. Super smooth feel with some zest at the end, easy to drink. A fine pilsner, here!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 21:00:14 | More by sixerofelixir
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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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madjr80

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured the half liter bottle into a stella Artois glass. The beer poured a nice cloudy golden color with a small white lacing for a head. Plenty of nice hop bitterness on the tongue with a buttery finish. The mouthfeel is very mellow a goes down smoothly. A great sipping beer and even better for long sessions.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 01:00:07 | More by madjr80
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a crystal clear golden colour, finger of head with solid retention and some fine sticky lacing.

S - Quite mild, but grassy hops and some sour citrus come through. Classic euro scent.

T - Grassy hops and a wheaty malt come through with some hop bitterness that lingers. Reminiscent of a Heineken Pale Lager but with more dominant flavours. Better than some of the Canadian large scale brews available.

M - Medium bodied, a bit prickly going down but finishes with a nice touch of dryness.

D - A pleasant surprise and a tasty Euro lager that would bode well on a hot summer day. Flavours are mild, but I would definitely prefer this over some of the Canadian large scale brews.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 17:48:17 | More by andrenaline
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A low profile white head quickly dissipates to a thin film over the clear, honey-yellow brew with very little lacing. It clouds up a little as the last dregs from the bottle drip in some yeasty sediment. It has the smell of Euro mineral water and damp wood.

The beer has a decent grain bill, with a touch of sweetness in the cereal malts and some light hops giving a bit of bitters character. Overall a pretty smooth product, easily consumed, with a nice, straightforward label and well rounded flavor profile. Probably would pair well with a roast pheasant dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 01:24:30 | More by tubacharlie
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear deep golden colour with a big two finger white head. Settles to a thin cap with little clumps of thicker foam and left decent lacing.

S: Bit of a skunky aroma. But besides that there's a bit of a grass smell or at times it seems more like a vegetable smell.

T: More skunkiness. For other tastes I get grassy notes and it seems to have a little spice right at the end.

M: Light carbonation with a light body.

D: I'm not sure if this beer is always supposed to be skunky like this or not, but the skunkiness overpowered the aroma and taste to the point that it was difficult to pick them out.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 01:19:53 | More by marty21
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with amber body, one finger head, circles of lacing
incase the pint glass.

S: grain, earthy/pine, yeast.

T: sweet grain up front with dry bitter finish.

M: light/medium body, solid carbonation, light prick on the tongue.

D: Very nice import pilsner. fine session beer. Not phenomenal, but worth trying. Just wanted to try something different, this was an impulse beer buy.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 23:22:14 | More by BeerLover99
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Green 500 mL bottle dated BB F2010 poured into a flared Kanterbrau glass.

A: Golden, light head, little retention, no lacing. Bah.
S: Cooked vegetal, light earth and mild grain
T: Dominated by DMS & cooked vegetal tastes initially. Settles into a drinkable slight earthy bitterness with a raw grainyness to the body.
M: Good crisp carbonation. Finishes clean and relatively dry.
D: Not bad, not great. Would like to try this fresher though.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 23:36:30 | More by kjyost
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazed effervescent straw, with orange tints. Bone white head is one finger that dissapates to a slick and one ring of lacing.
S- Slightly floral, slightly lemony. Grainy. Not a terrible aroma, but very subdued and nothing really standout.
T- Starts grainy, finishes just a touch lemony. A bit sweet throughout, but not overly so.
M- Carbonation was a touch low, but body was slightly fuller than most in style. Together this caused a slightly syrupy note at times, but not terrible.
D- A good Czech Pilsner. though not necessarily standout in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 00:43:24 | More by jsprain1
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NODAK

Tennessee

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 02:34:13 | More by NODAK
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nickthetick

Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: golden straw, clear and extremely effervescent with a thick frothy with a pure white head. When I look at this its what I imaged beer looked like when I was a kid. The big glass of yellow with a white foam that homer was always drinking at moe's tavern. Leaves a beautiful white lacing.

S: grassy and slightly lemony with a small hop profile. Malt is noticable as is yeast and it makes for a nice white bread smell.

T: light smooth hop profile and a lot of yeast and malt backing. Dry lemongrass and not a whole lot else. All the flavors from the malt hops and yeast blend well and makes for a nice smooth flavor profile. Very typical of a good czech style pilsner.

MF: light, smooth, effervescent, not very bitter however it is not watered down. The flavors blend smoothly and do not attack the mouth.

D: very typical of a czech style pilsner and a very drinkable beer; that beening said for a beer I have to search all over and fear to find fresh at its price I'd rather buy somthing locally and just as good. A great beer but the availability takes away from it.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:42:31 | More by nickthetick
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 20:35:40 | More by CrazyMike
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Swedes21

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml poured in a chilled pint glass...

Appearance - Beer pours with a good amount of head that has a slight tinge of brown to it. The head is very foamy with a lot of air pockets. The beer itself is a nice golden yellow with minimal carbonation. Some nice lacing is occurring as well.

Smell - I can smell a decent amount of hops and malt in the beer. A slight general based spiced smell as well.

Taste - Very good tasting beer, there is a slight taste of bitterness that does not ever take the taste. The beer has a strong presents to itself.

Mouthfeel - I may go as far as saying the beer appears to be flat in the mouth. The flavour remains the same as the taste, not much added here.

Drinkability - Nice tasting beer that i will stock again. Overall, impressed with character this beer brings to the table.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 21:16:32 | More by Swedes21
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly but eventually vanishes. The aroma is of faint noble hops, and a little skunk. The taste has some nice bready malt with a hint of hops. Unlike the aroma there is no skunkiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a decent beer, but I doubt I'll drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 02:47:02 | More by KarlHungus
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - 2 fingers of creamy white head. Excellent clarity. Pale gold colour.

S - Familiar Pils smell. Grassy spicy hops.

T - Rich malt character. Surprisingly complex malt character. Nice balancing bitterness with some spicy character in the end.

M - Very smooth and full bodied, excellent!

D - Very good.

I have to question the treatment of the beer others have reviewed. Not only does the beer have to be fresh, but it needs to be treated well. Green bottles are notoriously bad for poor shelf life.

I Did not get any 'floaties' and the head was bone white. An all round excellent pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 23:56:20 | More by IllNate
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.