Golden Pheasant - Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.

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Reviews: 260
Hads: 439
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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 Sammy
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another unimpressive LCBO import. Lighty saaz hopped. Malty sweet, dry and sour finish, creamy. Fizzy carbonation. Floral perfumy. Typical Ontario fare. Very Foamy head on yellow that dissipitates too slowly, not bad drinkable for a pilsner. Mild 4.4%

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
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,

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear dark yellow in color and does not have any visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high head that died down a bit but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Aromas of sweet grainy malts are present in the nose along with some hints of grapes, although no hops are noticeable.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is a bit sweet but this isn’t cloying because there is also alight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that bad, but it isn’t as malty compared to other pilseners.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was given to me from a guy I work with. Strangely enough I haven't had this one before. The beer poured out s a lightly hazy looking yellow color. The head was white, it had a decent retention to it. The smell of the beer is earthy, and gives off that grassy pilsner aroma. The taste of the beer is sharp, it has a nice hoppy bitterness with a sweet malt finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was clean and crisp. Overall its a pretty good pilsner. I actually enjoy this one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guess it's ok stuck in the Czech Pilsner sytle...I would have said Euro Pilsner because of the earthy character with a noticable, but mild skunk aroma. Disguised neatly as herbal and must-ey hops, the beer comes across characterful but dirty. A common light yellow and neatly clear hue with adequate carbonation and a lacking head retention. Moderate malt sweetness with a grain quality (expected). Hoppy for sure, but more earthy flavors than balancing bitterness. Feels typically grain-ey, carbonated, and clean, but just slight of refreshing and crisp...just a little to muddy with the hops. Never really got over the pungent aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a golden yellow beer with a nice white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma is quite weak but some malt can be detected. Taste is quite crisp with some malt that can be detected and some bitterness at the end. Overall, I would classified this as a better then average pilsner without any watery taste and no skunk taste from the bottle which are two major accomplishments for this type of beer.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was an extra from Dyan. Thanks! The weather is perfect for a pils.

500ml bottle into my half-liter Andechs glass, this beer is golden and brilliantly clear, topped with two fingers of head that slowly settles to a thin cap. The head leaves rings of lace down the glass as it settles.

The nose is spicy and faintly honey-like. Saaz hops are apparent along with a touch of lager yeast. This is exceptionally clean and delicate.

Clean and crackery on the tongue. Crisp and dry at first, a touch of bready malt briefly appears mid-palate before the floral, herbal hop character takes over in the finish. Restrained bitterness, and I must emphasize how remarkably clean this is. Incredibly quaffable stuff, yet subtly complex. One of the better Czech-style pilsners I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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?

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shiny golden amber topped by a substantive head of off-white foam. The surface is gently divoted and falls in sections, leaving arching strands of sudsy lace behind. Not a bad look.

The nose is decent and is helped by the fact that there's no trace of skunkiness or nastiness of any kind. Thanks to the brown bottle for the former and thanks to some degree of brewing skill for the latter. It's soft, floral, citrusy (lemon peel) and is really rather nice.

The flavor follows the aroma in that it's friendly, soft and approachable. I don't like it quite as well though since it's a little too laid back. The word 'insipid' comes to mind, but that's not quite fair. Golden Pheasant is grain-like, slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Nothing really stands out.

The finish is short and relatively clean, the body is light-medium and the carbonation is on the subdued side. Like the flavor profile, it's all very middle of the road. This beer needs a 'peg' (as they say in the news business). Rather than something to hang a story on, it needs something to hang a personality on, something to give it purpose, a reason for being.

Golden Pheasant is pleasant enough. If you're looking for an easy drinking, balanced, 'don't want to think too much about it' kind of pilsener brewed in the Slovak Republic (and who isn't?), this just might be your beer.

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Photo of zeff80
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Nice, a Slovak quasi-tallboy. Doesn't get much better than that, right? Oh, wait, it does: Johnny Cash's "Hurt" now fills the air about me. Right on. This bad boy pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of quick-to-death white foam. The nose comprises wheat, puffed rice, and a field full o' fragrant flowers. The taste rocks all o' these elements, adding a slight corn-syrup-esque sweetness in the back. The body is pretty light, with a light carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid pils; I may not be that big a fan o' this style, but this is pretty good.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is typical of a Pilsener with lager yeast, funky light malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a little malt sweetness and some lager yeast breadiness that is quickly followed by a mild but complementary hops presence, creating a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not too bad of a beer and it's worth drinking for a while if your choices are limited, but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool, poured into a nonic at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Light golden amber w/ a collar of white for a head.

S - A faint yeast aroma w/ a mineral quality w/ a hint of hops.

M - Malty mild feel w/ a full amount of carbonation.

T - Malt tast w/ light sweet flavor and a spiced hop w/ honey-like sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Slight spice flavor, but overall a very ordinary taste that dulls as it warms.

D -A very average flavored lager. Almost smooth taste w/ subtle European yeast qualities and slightly mineral malt flavor. An ok lager, but one is enough for me.

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Photo of Jason
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Moderately lined crispness within a light to medium body, a smoothness come from this. Spicy hop is noticeable upfront, hay and grassy flavours from the grain and hops set in with a mild spicy flavour from the hops that cuts through some of the malt. Then comes a slight citric hop that drops a zesty flavour in the middle to finish. Malt is very grainy in a semi clean way and linger far and broad into the after taste.

A simple lager, tasty without any complexities. Pairs well with any kind of smoked sausage, I had mine with some smoked sausage and slaw.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.86/5  rDev -45%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very minor foggy tone to a straw color. Crème head. Minor cereal nose with a stronger metallic tone. Flavor is tart in a way I don't consider positive. Metallic edge is there, but not the biggest character of the ride. Feel is typical. Overall this is average stuff. There is nothing interesting about it and the metallic and dirty edge just kind of kills it from ever being interesting.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1.94/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Who doesn't love pheasants? Beautiful birds! Used to roam wild and free in my home town. Glorious plumage, gentle creatures. And who wouldn't enjoy a beer made from them?'s not?...okay, ...that's cool...anyway...

very clear, pale golden/amber appearance, nice, fluffy, snow-white head...

Aroma: skunkaroo! Sour lemon. Bad. Foul. Putrid. Ick.

Taste: Must I?
strong, fullish, fierce, grainy, and very bare thereafter....not much to brag about, Slovakia...blah, bleh, blech...Oooo, ish, ugh...not pleasure-enducing by any stretch.
Light bodied, dry finish, grainy all the way, with an unpleasant flavor, that never satisfies...
Does anyone like this stuff? Why? And why did I waste $2 on it that could've gone to online downloads of Falco's Greatest Hits? ("One Night In Bangkok makes a Hard man humble"...or is it, hustle? that's why I need it!)

These questions and more will be answered ...never...or, ...will they?

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear medium to dark golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation, primarily near the surface of the beer and at the edges of the glass. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a mottled surface of extremely thin film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of carbonation are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of corn adjunct malts with some light hints of skunk. The corn smell is rather sweet and there is a very light presence of grassy hops.

T: The flavor of this beer is very similar to the smell - starts out a little sweet upfront with the taste of corn adjunct malts but then the light bitterness of the grassy hops becomes present.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This beer is enjoyable, the flavor while slightly sweet initially there is a pretty good balance to the flavor. Easy to drink and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

CAN you believe what due diligence will uncover in the ongoing CANQuest (TM)? I almost CAN't, but here is another rare CAN!

From the CAN: "A Golden Pheasant in a field of ripen [sic] barley has always been a sign of a rich and bountiful harvest." It makes it sound like I should be drinking this at Thanksgiving, but I CAN't wait that long!

My pour got me two fingers' worth of fluffy, foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a pretty, deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Liquid sunshine! Nose had a rich, Saaz-hop grassiness up front, with an underlying lager sweetness. In a CAN!?! I have been missing out with all of the AALs that have been part of this process. Mouthfeel was medium and it had a pronounced molasses flavor on the tongue. Wild! Finish was slightly grassy and bitter, but lingering with a molasses tang. I have this as a "Gots" but if I do not get any takers, it will be going into my cooler.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Golden Pheasant from Pivovar Zlaty Bazant a.s.
77 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.