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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 5
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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 vancurly
3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Czech pilsner and very "Czech" although technically Slovak, the Czechs' ethnic cousins. As with many great examples of the style, it combines great, firm but subtle flavours, nice complexity, and a nice combination of hop and malt, but is a delicate beer. Czech pilsners don't smack anyone over the head with their traits, but they can have rich flavours, complexity, and a wonderful interplay of elements that are rewardingly exciting and engaging but require care to enjoy fully. This is true of this beer.

Deep gold, it has a medium-big off-white head, slowly shrinking to a thin, rocky top and it leaves a hint of lace.

The aroma is wonderful and very Czech: lots of lightly toasty bread, herbs, lemon, apple, and hay; it's very aromatic and full-bodied.

The taste is similar, with a lot of honey, herb, some apple, a little toasty bread that becomes more prominent near the finish. It has a nice, very Czech feel, oily yet spritzy-zesty, but is not as oily as some. It starts off lightly sweet but this is increasingly balanced by a light herbal-lemon bitterness that just barely takes over in the very end of the finish. It's flavours are full-bodied and solid, and it has great interplay of textures, flavours, sweetness, and bitterness - a nice, constant balancing act in the mouth.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.27/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a green bottle, almost always a bad sign. The beer pours a clear pale straw color. Not much head and not much to look at. In fact it looks a lot like a macro lager... blah.

The scent is better then I expected first and foremost because there is no skunkiness detected. I get some light sweet lemony grains and a light bitterness.

Taste is a lot of the same. Mildly sweet with a light malt flavor mixed with a timid bitterness. A hint of floral flavors make a presence but nothing solid.

The flavors are clean but subdued. Nothing big or unique, pheasant has a crisp flavor and mouthfeel but nothing that stands out. A light bodied beer that is refreshing but is just teetering on the positive side.

Photo of nickynick
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden Pheasant poured a nice golden color, however it had only a small head that didn't last at all. Smell was full of strong hops, followed by a light malty sweetness. Taste was crisp malty sweet up front and followed by a slight hop finish. Mouthfeel seemed ok for a pils. Drinkability was very good. Overall this beer is exactly what it should be. A pils with some good flavors, that is very easy to drink. I enjoyed this beer and will buy it again.

Photo of AndrewMcLemore
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Golden Pheasant is a light, cheery beer that's great for a hot early afternoon. Overall, this is a smart pilsner.

It's vanilla ice cream instead of Dutch Chocolate, but sometimes just plain vanilla is more satisfying and allows one to appreciate how sustaining a beer can feel going down.

Nothing stands out about the Golden Pheasant, though it is certainly well-made with good ingredients and slightly surpasses the blandness of most Czech pilseners.

It's not quite Stella Artois, but it is from Slovakia, so I say give it a try and gain bragging rights for your extensive knowledge of Slavic beers (how many other ones can there be?).

Photo of Asgeirr
2.91/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Zlaty Bazants Golden Pheasant pours a light, light yellow colour along with barely no crown at all, small carbonation is visible.

Smell: Burnt malt and some nutty aromas are traceable, but nothing comes out as striking really...

Taste: Acidic sensations meets the tounge at first, no bitterness is noticeable. Although, relatively sweet through out the tasting experience which brings this Pilsner a stabile character.

Mouthfeel: VERY round, mild - and thus adequate - in carbonation which "makes itself heard" now and then.

Drinkability: Easy to down, sure, and it does so without becoming to bland but on the other hand, never really strikes me as something one would truly long for either.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.62/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- light hay wheat color. More like watered down pee. I am sorry but thats exactly the way it looks.

S- strong on the german malts. nothing else stands out.

T- a light sweet malt. The german malts are quite overpowering. It has that skunky flavoring but not as bad as one would expect.

M- malty and sweet. Smooth and crisp.

D- Easy to pound this beer back. A decent sessionable beer. This would be a good beer for the average bud drinker.

Photo of scoobybrew
4.03/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsner flute from the bottle.

A - extremely clear, light golden straw color with a thick foamy head: very pretty beer; head settles thick and chunky; leaves a nice lacing

S - sweet malt aroma with some noticeable hoppiness

T - very clean lager character; malt comes through first but the flavor turns somewhat hoppy at the end so it doesn't finish as sweet as first anticipated; from the flavors I would guess this to be brewed using decoction methods due to the malt character

M - medium-light body, moderate carbonation

D - This is quite a nice pilsner and definitely worth a try. However, the flavors are so delicate here that having this after any strong flavored beers would be a mistake to appreciate it fully.

Photo of tjkurz
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved in Czech for 6 months and this was the most served Slovak beer. Great example of a fine Pilsner. Like may beers in the area it is smooth, very drinkable and has little aftertaste. The translation for the beer is Zlaty Basant. Even though I liked it, there are betetr choices.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of atis
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always get confused when breweries translate names of their beer, got mine in Budapest, it is called Zlaty Bazant and has lot of Hungarian on it (I do not speak it), at first I though it was a Hungarian beer, but now it seems Hungarian Heineken is just labeling it.

Anyway, the beer is beautiful deep golden, extremely small head which disappears in 5 secs too leaving nothing - not a single patch of foam...lacing non-existent. Aroma is mild malty and fruity. Taste is clean bittery citrus with a bit sweet aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Very good Czech Pilsener.

Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden beer, slightly hazy, small white head..leaves Ok lace. Great strong pils aromas, of grassy hop and considerable malts. Nice semi-sweet maltiness to begin, then a lemon type hop taste, followed by more grassy hopping in the end. Ok on the palate. Not a bad beer..good drinking lager.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden body with streamers of active carbonation feeding a thick finger of soft, fine bubbled foam atop the drink. The head reduces quickly to a short collar and leaves thin rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell is mild and toasty with a bit of musky fruit.

The taste is lightly sweet and malty with a mellow graininess. A bit of hop bitterness adds balance without flavor and a bit of character, but this beer is hardly what I'd call "complex".

Light-bodied and mellow with very good drinkability.

Photo of beerthulhu
1.9/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a crystal clear dark orange with only a thin rim lacing and whispy covering for a head. Extremely soft visible carbonation was detected.

S: Some skunkiness was emitted upon the pour. The nose yielded slight tell tale signs of skunkiness and old oranges.

T: dry oranges and tangerines and sour citrus. There was an overall dry muskiness to the flavor which was just enough to turn you off.

M: thin, slightly oily and slick with a noticeable skunky aftertaste.

D: A big pass here drinkability wise and avoid at all cost. A heneiken by anyother name still drinks the same and wouldn't taint my toilet water with this. (ps i was under the impression heneiken owned and operated this)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a: Clear yellow/gold body, soft white head.

s: Light aroma of sweet malt

t: light, sweet grainy malt. notes of hay and grass.

m: light body, very clean, appropriate carbonation.

d: An easy drinking pilsner that goes down like water. But I'm glad I didn't buy more than one because half-way through the bottle I am already bored with it. Not much complexity to this simple and light lager.

Photo of SickBrew
3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from "By the Bottle" in Vancouver, Washington.

Poured into a standard pint class.

This is a nice and solid Pilsner. Great impression in the glass. Aroma is right there with the great pilsners and the taste is clean with no fruity esters. A good medium bodied mouthfeel sends this one straight back. Bottoms up!

Long live the Bohemians!!!

Photo of FatSean
4.42/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 20oz tulip pint.

Poured a golden color with touches of amber. The head was formidable and hung on for several minutes. Some lacing was apparent

On the nose the malts stood up to the hops without problem. A very mild scent for a pilsener, but just enough spices to keep it interesting

Nice sweet and spicy on the tongue with a mild hop finish that was just a little on the bitter side even though it was mild.

Moderate carbonation was noticable upon swallowing. Average body for a pilsener.

Pilseners are one of my favorite style. This is a great example of a czech pilsener in my opinion. Only price would keep it from being a regular drink..

Photo of dsa7783
3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
Pours a golden, light-copper hue with a minimal head and hardly any lacing...
Wheat, grain, and caramel aroma dominate this European brew...
Taste provided a nice depth of flavor for a Pilsener, hinting with bread and butter nuances...
Good mouthfeel along with an equally good level of drinkability...
Not bad at all...

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden colour with a small head that quickly fades into a thin lacing.

Smells very malty, sweet with some hops, maybe a bit of fruit and some alcohol detected.

A tasty beer, but maybe a bit too sweet, needs more hops for sure.

Bland watery mouthfeel, but overall a good beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid pilsner style beer. Very tasty, One of my favorite European Pilsners. Poured with a nice white head and a bit o lace. Malty aroma with the bitter hop fully present. Some neutral corn sweetness evident. Good finish. For sure a session beer if you're into this kind of beer. Burps too.

Photo of scottg
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a clear, dark gold color with a 1 finger white head made of little bubbles with good retention and light lacing. The aroma is dominated by malt. Up front tastes of malt and caramel lead to a lemon hop middle with a herbal, tealike finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel. Clean and refreshing but with some deeper flavor than other Czech Pils I've sampled. A great bargain for the $1.59 price.

Photo of jdhilt
2.61/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a four finger white head that fades slowly and leaves some lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Grassy nose. Flavor is grassy, some hops with a lingering hoppy aftertaste. Typical Euro pils. $2.15 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of ommegoose
3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.