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Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 243
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
Slovak Republic

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Amalak

New York

3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had out of 12 oz. bottle.
A- Dull yellow in color and bubbly. Great foam head.
S- Nice bitter pilsner scent to it.
T- Very crisp. Slight bittnerness but has a good sweet balance to it. Kind of light tasting.

Definitely a solid pilsner even if it doesn't quite compete with some of the Czech offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 21:27:25 | More by Amalak
Photo of bark


3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is pale gold; the large white head sinks to a thin white lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is sour-sweet malty with some chemical yet clean bitter flavours. Hints of vegetables and alcohol.

The taste is sweet with some Central European hops, vegetables, some fruit drops, a light bitterness and a touch of boiled meat. I cannot find much of the Czech buttery flavours. The light aftertaste is dry with notes of French loaf and a touch of alcohol.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles are medium-sized and the liquid semi-smooth.

Well... Not better or worse than any of the Swedish macro lagers. An unnecessary import.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 20:13:54 | More by bark
Photo of Evil_Pidde


3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden (a bit pale), with a great, thick head, that sadly quickly dissipates.

S: At first a yeaty smell, but quickly you can find both grassy hops as well as a malty tone.

T: Bread (malt) is the first thing that comes to mind, a little sweetness follows. Then comes the hops (a little weak, though).

M: Nothing special, an average pilsener.

D: Not the best pilsener I've had (to my taste it lacks some hops), but in the summertime - it's a great thirstquencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 20:53:43 | More by Evil_Pidde
Photo of gatornation


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
Photo of albern


3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent Czech pilsner style lager. It has a nice golden clear color with tons of foamy and billowing head, retention, and lacing. The nose is quite grassy with a very typical lagery type aroma, a touch of florals in the nose too.

The taste gets a bit thin and watery as the beer settles. Right out of the bottle, the beer was quite crisp, had a sharp little hop spicy bite, some definite graininess, husk flavors, and grassiness. The beer is settling in and it is getting smoother, sweeter, a little less spicy, and less interesting. The beer had a certain crisp refreshing taste and has evaporated and I'm getting too much bland, watery sweet malt. The mouthfeel is very light.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 22:50:05 | More by albern
Photo of jsh420


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
Photo of jarmby1711


3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The mid golden lager is insipid in appearance , having virtually no caonation , but able to retain a decent head of 1 finger froth.
Pleasantly malty on the nose reminiscent of honeyed biscuit.
The malted aromas are reflected in the palate , but manage to not sneak into cloying sweetness., which sugests that the hops are cranking in with some bitterness.
Mouthfeel on the oily side of neutral and the lack of carbonation is reflected in the lack of tingle.
I feel this is a pretty well balanced beer , that has no major drwbacks but no real excitment.
Thus drinkable , enjoyable bt not memorable

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 07:54:23 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of 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
Photo of skeetermoses


3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just picked up this beer today, just finished it, not too bad, it was not too impressive pouring it, but overall This is a pretty tastey beer. Would like to see what else they put out. It is also My first slovak beer. Overall, I could easily see myself drinking this again, perhaps with a good hearty meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 22:57:05 | More by skeetermoses
Photo of Mosstrooper


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
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old favorite back when I lived in southwestern Poland under its Slovak name of Zloty Bezant, which translates to this beer and how it's known stateside.

The color is a rich golden but the head dissipates almost instantly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzle to the top even ten or so minutes after opening. The nose is slightly hoppy but also laced with skunk. It was definitely better on tap in Krakow, oh well.

The taste delivers on the flavor I remember, with some biscuit inspired malt balanced nicely with the Saaz or Hallertau or whatever bitter European hops they're going with. The aftertaste is pleasing and slightly warming. A solid example of central European craftsmanship in their signature style.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 04:27:41 | More by daliandragon
Photo of EPICAC


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
Photo of 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
Photo of wahhmaster


4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a small stemmed Pilsner glass at a cafe in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Appearance: Golden and translucent...Left a nice head which dissapated quickly and left little lacing...Nothing too special.

Smell: Hoppy and grainy...The smell is strong; you can pick it up from the instant the bottle is opened.

Taste: Hoppy and a little bitter. Definitely one of the better pilsners I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a little noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty solid beer. A good representation of the pilsner style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 17:13:01 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of FernMaster


1.73/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I purchased this beer in a mix and match pack at the recommendation of the guy working at the liquor store = error. I poured the beer into a Boulevard pint glass and was instantly hit with a very pungent odor. The beer poured smoothly and gave off a nice display of head (which did disappear rather quickly), as to try and distract from the liquid disgust that emerged from the bottle. The look of the beer was clear and it drank smooth, but it was accompanied by the 'sour beer face.' The taste was a combination of failure and shame (with a hint of fruit) all leading to the grand finale of a quick pour into the drain.
There was no date on the bottle, sorry :-( However there was a code of some sorts (like a bottle cap) but I'm not sure what that meant (maybe I won a hat?).

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 06:26:42 | More by FernMaster
Photo of Cresant


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

Poured this 16.9 oz. green bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date, but coded? There was a light haze in the golden body. The head was modest and crisp white.

Smell was grainy and clean. Very light vegetal aroma. Not skunky.

Taste was light citrus and a bite of hops. Earthy. Very refreshing, one of the better Euro-lagers.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 14:56:57 | More by Cresant
Photo of biggmike


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

This poured a beautiful golden color with a small white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film along the top. Aroma was very nice without a trace of skunkiness to it. Very crisp, very clean, a very well done Czech Pilsener. The drinkability on this one is sky high. I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 00:12:17 | More by biggmike
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

It pours out a nice clear coppery amber with a rather thick, slightly off-white head. The head stays for a bit, a point in this beer's favor. Crisp aroma is fairly strong and has a fruity hint. Flavor is crisp and has a surprisingly strong bitter bite, as well as just a hint of sweet fruit. Texture is smooth and tingly, and aftertaste is somewhat bitter but not nastily so. One of the better pilsners I have sampled.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 00:20:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of steeler

Ontario (Canada)

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

Alright, i finally got my hands on this one, so onto to the review! This is a very well done czech pils, the hop bitterness on this is definatly toned down, when compared to Pilsner Uruquell (my benchmark for this style) But none the less this is a terrific beer! Pours out a deep golden yellow color, that is nice and rich, with a small ring of laceing, that holds. Pretty nice! Smell was a bit skunky, so i docked it .5, but otherwise floral hops, and beery smell, decent. Pheasant goes down smooth, with a nice smoothness, and the perfect carbonation. First you feel the carbonation, then the hops finish crisp and clean, no aftertaste. I would of given it a 4.5 but I really like a lingering hop flavor in a nice czech pils, but this didnt, so it gets a 4. Mouthfeel is nice and full, feels like velvet, with good carbonation. Drinkability is amazing with this one, when you want a beer with taste, and something that is refreshing at the same time, and will satisfy you after your done, and you can session it all night long, this is your beer. This is very good beer, and it lived up to my expectations, and what I had been told by friends. Well done! Highly Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 05:59:33 | More by steeler
Photo of philipquarles


3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold with a two-finger white head that fades fairly quickly and decent amount of bubbling from the carbonation. Smells strongly of pilsener malts, sweet grass, and light floral hoppiness. No skunking whatsoever. Taste is similar in that the malt is dominant--grain is really the best way to describe it. The light sweetness is balanced by a clean, slightly bitter finish. Nice, thick feel, for what it is. Overall, a pleasant surprise from a beer for which I had low expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 22:46:50 | More by philipquarles
Photo of WJVII


3.25/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a bright wheat color with a 1/2 clean white head. The head settles very quickly into a thin cap leaving no lacing. The aroma is of dry hops, clean malt, with a wonderful balance and a crisp aftertaste. The carbonation is moderate, but tingles in the throat. This is a solid Czech Pilsener...coming from a place where beer is simply beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 00:44:29 | More by WJVII
Photo of pmcadamis


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

A - A giant white four finger head rises quickly, and rests atop the bronze brew for a long amount of time. The head crackles and gets pitted as it slowly creeps down to a more sane two fingers. Tons of really crusty white lace looks like something from a salt cave. The beer itself is a depressingly dull bronze, but that beautiful head makes up for it.

S - Cracked wheat crackers, saltine crackers (definitely a Czech pils!), salty sea spray, ground black pepper, and seasoning salt. A little underpowered and unimpressive. It smells like what it should smell like given the style.

T - Peppercorn, salt, and meat tenderizer. This has some floral aspects to it also, but this seems a little to focused on the pepper IMO. I like pepper flavors derived from the saaz hop varietal, but this is a bit much.

M - Light bodied, crisply carbonated, and quite refreshing. Finishes slightly dry and peppery.

D - Not bad. I don't like the focus on the pepper notes, but this is a decent example of the style and it might go well with something that compliments pepper... like maybe a ham sammich.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 19:13:55 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of zeff80


3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy, white head. No lace.

S - Aroma was funky and of grains/corn. A slight floral nose, too.

T - It tasted fairly sweet with a nice grain/barley/corn flavor. It had a subtle bitter hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer that goes does smooth.

D - This is a decent pils. Nothing overwhelmingly special but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 20:42:49 | More by zeff80
Photo of summerlightning


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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Nice golden color with with 1/2 in white head with medium heavy pour.
Nothing jumps out with the initial whiff.
I have had Pilsner Urquell, but no other Czech/Slovak brews.(Czechvar is on my radar.)Very easy to drink beer with a crisp feel and nice carbonation. No outstanding taste. A good thirst quenching brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 01:21:36 | More by summerlightning
Photo of vancurly


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
Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.